Redbird Roundup, Vol. 27
Friday, April 26, 2019
Breaking News: Congrats Ms. Hansen!
Happy Friday Norris Staff!
Another great and busy week. Beautiful weather, great student events and activities, and lots of high engagement strategies happening in classrooms. I am seeing lots of classes taking advantage of our campus and taking instruction outside. I love the change of scenery for keeping our kids engaged!
I want to remind you all I will be gone next week. Never easy to be gone, but I know you are in good hands with the NLT. They are outstanding. Please know my goal is to always be available to you, so don't hesitate to contact me if you need anything.
I love Todd Whitaker's "What Great Teachers Do Differently." He reminds us to bring a positive attitude, ten days out of ten. "One of the hallmarks of great teachers is that they create a positive atmosphere in their classrooms and schools. So many things can bring teachers down: an upset parent, a troubled student, limited resources. These are the facts of the job (and life). As educators, our role is to take a positive approach, ten days out of ten."
Make that your goal the last 18 days (18 days!!). Let's make it 18 out of 18, a positive approach and attitude each day.
Have a great weekend!
April 29-May 3
Monday, April 29-MAP Testing Begins, NAC Meeting After School
Tuesday, April 30-Boys Soccer at Morton, Girls Soccer H vs. Morton, JV2 Soccer at Hale; Field Club Visit to Norris at 1:30
Wednesday, May 1-Track vs. Bryan and Hale at Norris
Thursday, May 2-Girls Soccer City Finals TBA
Friday, May 3-Casetlar Visit to Norris at 1:30
Saturday, May 4-Cinco de mayo parade featuring our Redbird Posse, 10 a.m. on 24th St.
Reminder-Spring MAP Testing Begins Monday
A reminder that our last round of MAP testing begins Monday. The schedule is to the left. Remember, there are two competitions happening:
1) For students: If 8th graders grow by 5 pts in one testing area they earn a school dance (6th and 7th graders will earn a dance based on NSCAS scores in fall).
2) For team teachers: Team by grade level that grows the most on MAP gets a lunch delivered by NLT for their team. Second place gets to pie the NLT of their choice in the face.
Reminder-Carr gone April 29-May 3
Name: Brandy Burse (Formally Gatson)
How many years have you been teaching? 3 year teaching, 16 year with the district.
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? Students and The RedBird Posse
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Lawn Care
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Washing Dishes
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Sleep
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Build my dream home.
What is something you learned in the last week? Chewing gum makes you hungry
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for? Buying shoes
What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? Will and Grace (old and the reboot)What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? Cooking
Sweet or salty? Salty And what food is your favorite in that category? Pretzels
Name: Matthew Pepperdine aka Puma
How many years have you been teaching? 18/ 15 at Norris
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? The things that my students ask or say like, "Do you like donuts?"
What is one of your favorite quotes? "Hands are made for shaking, not tying." Chris Cornell
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Watching TV outdoors sounds interesting.
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? dusting
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? I was pretty awesome at 22.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? on my phone
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Start planning my dungeons and dragons hideout.
What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? The Punisher on netflix
What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? How to properly cut a pineapple.
Sweet or salty? And what food is your favorite in that category? My ectomorphic shape demands that i say all particularly snacky cakes.