Norton Weekly Update

Week of May 30th - June 3rd

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Happy Retirement to Cindy Franks and Linda Wickersham!

Schedule for the Week - Happy Summer!

Monday - No School! Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday - Kindergarten Review, Kindergarten Party, 2nd Grade Party

Wednesday - 1st Grade Party, 3rd Grade Party, 4th Grade Party, 5th Grade Party, 6th Grade Party

Thursday - 6th Grade Graduation/Reception

Friday - Work Day for those that did not attend the Norton Retreat or those that were on contract

End of Year Reminders

  • White Envelopes are available in the office for your end of year awards. We will send these awards home on Wednesday, June 1st. Please use the same guidelines as the past. Let me know if you have questions.
  • Books - Consumable math textbooks should be sent home with students at the end of the year.
  • Kids Club - Kids Club will be using the Computer Lab, Gym, MPR, Sci Lab, Art Lab and the following classrooms: 130, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 139, 141, 143, 147, 149. They will begin setting up on Monday, June 6th. If you are impacted, please have all of your things put away/locked up/covered. They will move out of classrooms by August 5th, but will still be in the building until August 12th.
  • Summer Hours - Access to the campus through your prox card will be deactivated beginning on June 13th. Your card will not work again until July 30th. The district is planning to have air conditioning back on and running from 7:30 - 4:30 daily beginning on August 6th. They will provide air on the weekends from then until the first day of school.

16/17 Update

  • Michelle Crawford is moving to 2nd Grade
  • Casey Willaby is moving to 5th Grade
  • Terri Cooper will be our new Campus Intervention Specialist

As you think about next year, please consider the following:

  • Consecutive Personal Days - DEC Local Policy prohibits anyone from taking more than 3 consecutive personal days at one time. This year some flexibility was allowed because it was the first year of the change in policy. There will be no exceptions to the policy next year. If you take more than 3 consecutive personal days, you will be docked. Please plan carefully and take your vacations during our scheduled vacation days. We need our teachers and staff in the classrooms!
  • Personal Days - Next year we will not approve more than 3 personal leave days on any date. This year we have been negatively impacted on several occasions by large numbers of personal leave days taken. If you know you will need a day off for a personal reason, please put it in the system early. If you wait and 3 days have already been accepted, we will not be able to approve the absence.
  • Recess and Movement - This topic has gotten bigger and bigger over the past few months. Please make certain that you are building in brain breaks, movement breaks, or some physical activity into your published schedules. We will need to communicate this information to parents next year.

Moving Rooms

Please check with the person whose room you are moving into to determine when a possible moving date might be. We want to keep things as normal as possible for our kids - ha! - but also know that you will need to be finished soon. Perhaps you could designate a small area of your room to begin placing your boxes, etc. Communicate with each other and be respectful, please! :)

In addition, please do not allow students to carry anything heavy if they are assisting you.

Thank you!

Thank you to all who contributed to the retirement ceremony for Cindy and Linda. You ladies will be missed!

Thank you to Carol Gelabert for organizing this year's Talent Days and to our fabulous coaches for helping things to run smoothly!

Thank you to Coach K and Coach C for organizing this year's Field Day! And thank you to Judith Cardenas for making sure all of our students are fed! We appreciate everyone's flexibility as we try to have a totally terrific indoor Field Day. :) :(

Thanks to everyone for a year full of hard work and great accomplishments! We appreciate you! Enjoy a nice, long summer vacation!

Staff Spotlight -Dianna Wash

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Navasota, Texas during the heat of the summer in 1959. When I was two years old, our family drove the old Studebaker to Santa Cruz, California, where we lived for seven years. Fearing the influx of long-haired hippies in that area, we moved back to Texas, this time College Station, in 1968, where I lived until 1980, when I moved to the bright lights and big city of Dallas.

Describe your family.

I have a kind husband, Bill, who you know is currently receiving chemo treatments for colon cancer. I am glad to say that his last treatments will be the week of April 4th and we couldn’t be happier.

We have three children. Tyler, 28, a 2010 graduate of Texas Tech, salesman; Bishop, 21, a junior at UT Austin, pursuing advertising/public relations/business/politics; and Erin, 18, a freshman at Blinn College, pursuing something in Animal Sciences. Bill and I haven’t had a chance to enjoy an empty nest yet, but are looking forward to it soon!

What university did you attend?

I attended Blinn College way back in the 70’s and then went back to school and received my Paralegal Certification through UNT.

What are your favorite activities?

I love cooking with my family, throwing a good party, shopping with girlfriends, seeing plays/musicals, enjoying the great outdoors, and indulging in a beautiful glass of wine!

If you had $1000 to spend on anything, what would you spend it on?

I would like to take my husband on a trip as a reward for completing his chemo therapy treatments.

What is your favorite reality TV show?

Face Off. It’s on the Syfy cable network in which a group of prosthetic makeup artists compete against each other to create prostheses such as those found in science fiction and horror films.

If you were not a secretary, what would you be?

I spent 15 years working as a paralegal but gave up the career when baby #3 came along. I taught pre-school (3 and 4 year olds) for 6 years and then came to work at Norton. I’ve always worked so, I think I would like to be independently wealthy and a world traveler. Work is so overrated!

Happy birthday over the summer to Jennifer Gerard, Christian Calton, Tracy Savitch, Laura DeLaBorda, Annette Alexander, Cindy Butler, Ann Timmons, Rachel Hardin, Charlene Kemme, Judi Davis, Debbie Bailey, Jenny Chapates, Whitney Benton, Nancy Swan, and Morgan Jones!