Redbird Roundup, Vol 9

Friday, October 5, 2018

Principal's Greeting

Happy Friday Norris Staff!

We are nearing the end of first quarter and there is lots of excitement around. Our Student Tech Team members received their iPads this week, and that is making our school very excited for rollout on October 17 and 18!

We held our faculty workshop on Monday where we talked about Standard Response Protocol and our School Improvement Plan. We also debriefed on our peer observations for the month of September. Our Tuesday PD was on cooperative learning, and next week you and your teams will be discussing lesson design and implementation. NLT will be coaching all throughout the month!

Our 6th graders had a big week taking their annual H2O field trip to Fontenelle Forest, and our Strings students were able to see the Black Violin performance on Thursday at the Holland.

Next week we have our first Family Night with RASA on Tuesday, please join us as we share resources with our community! The grading window opens Thursday.

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Carr

October 8-12 Calendar

Monday, October 8: MTSS-B Vision Team Meeting after school

Tuesday, October 9: Fundraiser Kick-off Assemblies (see email from Schnabel for schedule) Student Support PD with Jacquie during team time; Scheduling Committee at 3:15; RASA/Title 1 Family Resource Night from 6-8; Volleyball at Lewis and Clark

Wednesday, October 10: Cooperative Learning Lesson Design/Implementation Discussion in Teams; Professional Book Club with Rossell after school; Cross Country City Finals at Bryan

Thursday, October 11: Grading Window Opens; JV Football home vs. Bryan Middle

Friday, October 12: Football home vs. Marrs

Staff Introductions

This week we will get to know our three new ACP paras, now making that classroom fully staffed! I'll be introducing two of the three new paras, LaTonya Bogan and Tish Webster.

Tonya Bogan

Name: Tonya Bogan

How many years have you been teaching? First year

What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? The staff and students

What is one of your favorite quotes? "There can be no greater gift than that of giving one's time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return." Nelson Mandela

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Vacuuming. I have my grandson come do it.

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 50-old enough not to go back and young enough to stay.

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Close my eyes and open my mind.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Pay off my debt.

Sweet or salty, and what is your favorite food in that category? Sweet, ice cream.

Tish Webster

Name: Tisha Webster

How many years have you been teaching? I have been a para for 10 years.

What is your favorite thing about Norris? My ACP kiddos.

What is one of your favorite quotes? Live life like no one is watching and be happy.

What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Softball

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Dishes

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? Forever 31!

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time? I enjoy mowing my yard.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Send my kids to college.

Powerful Practices


Ms. Wright's students created a game for their final book report projects. The board represented the scene for their book, and the game cards were conflicts/resolutions from their reading. They played the game as their culminating activity. An added touch, Ms. Wright invited the students' parents to come play with them, and several took her up on her offer! Great activity and parent engagement!

Cooperative Learning/One Stray

We just finished discussing cooperative learning in our Tuesday PD, and Ms. Greco's students exemplified this so incredibly in a lesson this week! She used the strategy, "One Stray" where one student from a group has to go report to the next group on what they found and their evidence. This enables all group members to be engaged and summarizing the info. Click on the video to see this powerful practice! You can also get to the video through SharePoint>Norris Staff> 18-19 PD > October PD-Cooperative Learning.

Peer Observations

Our first round of peer observations is complete. I was wowed by all the great stories of strategies learned from colleagues. Thank you for being a "pineapple" and welcoming others into your room, it is so powerful to learn from others! We debriefed at our faculty workshop, and will continue this practice. Your October peer observation should be focused on cooperative learning.

Reviewing Expectations

8B held an assembly on Thursday to review expectations with their team. It was brief (only during RBB) but it was a chance to bring together their team and review important procedures and expectations. They noticed things were not going as they would like, so they problem-solved and wanted to be proactive in re-teaching their students. Great job 8B!

Celebrating Growth

Ms. Jensen and Ms. Damewood give certificates to their students for showing growth on MAP. As we are just finishing our first round of MAP testing, this is a good time for students to reflect on their goals and set new goals for winter MAP. Way to go!

Norris Staff and Students Seen and Heard

6th Grade H2O Trip to Fontenelle Forest

Our 6th graders divided into two groups and took their students on their annual H2O field trip to Fontenelle Forest on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is a great opportunity for them to take their learning outside!

Black Violin Performance

Mr. Brown took his Strings students to see the "Black Violin" performance at the Holland which was classical music meets hip-hop. What a cool opportunity for our students to experience!

United Way Fundraiser

Congrats to Mr. Jabens, whose toffee brownies stole the show and won the UW bake-off! Thank you to everyone who donated!

September Redbirds on the RISE

Congrats to our September Redbirds on the RISE. These students were recognized on Monday as our first batch of Students of the Month. A huge honor!

6A-Yulisa Lorenzo Peralta and Fernando Lopez

6D-Anderson Acosta and Judith Garcia

7A- Angel Nila-Bonila and Kloe Lopez

7B-Bryan Monje and Petrona Jacinto

7C-Juan Chino and Vanessa Becerra

7D-Carmen Wilhem and Oliver Alvarez

8A-Christian Belcher and Zy'Aerra Williams

8B-Ashley Antunuez and Abdilexy Andres Gutierrez

8C-Felix Rodriguez and Bridget Kriegh

8D-Diana Lopez Padilla and Jesus Garcia

7th Grade-Bethzy Molina Garcia

VILS Parent Night #2

We held our second iPad Parent Night on Tuesday, October 4. We had another great crowd, but still have a ways to go until we get as many students as possible signed up! Our next parent event will be Wednesday, October 10 at 2 p.m. Please share this with your students!

Redbird Alumni

Some of our alumni, Jennifer and Neli Hernandez Briceno, helping out the community. This article came out last year.

Final Thought

I treasure our Dual Language Program. It is truly one of the most incredible hallmarks of our school community. Our program is one-of-a-kind, and if you ask any DL expert, it is done with fidelity and really how a DL program should be done. A huge kudos to our teachers in this program: Mr. Bernard, Ms. Wright, Ms. Reyes, Ms. Miro Porta, Ms. Vega, Ms. Lescewicz; their team leader Mr. Lewis, counselor Mrs. Zermeño, DL Liaison Ms. Real y Vásquez, Admin. Mr. Schnabel, and so many others who advocate for this program daily.

Why do we do it? Why do we purposefully and creatively schedule 150 students? Why do they take certain classes in English and others in Spanish? Well, check out the graphic to the right to understand more. And think of the power our students have by being bilingual. The power of communication, of understanding, of thinking.