Redbird Roundup, Vol. 11

Friday, November 1, 2019

Our Mission and Vision

Norris Middle School prepares all students for their future by providing a safe, caring, and diverse school environment that maintains high expectations, academic excellence, and respect for all. Success, achievement, respect…It’s a Redbird thing!

La Escuela Secundaria Norris prepara a todos los estudiantes para su futuro ofreciendo un entorno escolar seguro, atento y diverso que mantiene altas expectativas, excelencia académica y respeto para todos. Éxito, logro, respeto…Es una cosa de los Redbirds!

Principal's Greeting

We survived the first snow and Halloween. Enough said.

Quite a busy week. We have lots to look forward to in the coming weeks as well with our next session of sports beginning competitions, and performances and other activities.

I hope you can join us tonight for our Dia de los Muertos celebration put on by RASA and No Place for Hate. This is always a well-attended event by our families.

We have our big Robotics tournament tomorrow at Norris, I would encourage you to come check it out. It's quite a fun event!

Have a wonderful weekend, get some rest!

Dr. Carr

Note from Dr. Carr

I will be out of the building the following dates:

November 4-5 at a Principal Mentor Training (should have access to phone/email)

November 12 at Principal's Meeting (should have access to phone/email)

November 14-15 at La Cosecha Dual Language Conference (should have access to phone/email)

I am going to combine the Redbird Roundup for the week of November 4 and November 11, so we'll get one big one on Friday, November 15. Thank you!

November 4-November 8

Monday, November 4: Faculty workshop after school

Tuesday, November 5: Team PD (to be scheduled by team leads, doesn't have to be this day); Boys Basketball home vs. Morton

Wednesday, November 6: Wellness Wednesday, Westat Visit, Schedule Committee meets after school

Thursday, November 7: Westat Visit, Boys Basketball home vs. Buffett

Friday, November 8: Girls swim vs. Marrs at South

Staff Introductions

This week we get to know Heather Blumel and Katrina Jacobberger.

Heather Blumel

Name: Heather Blumel

How many years have you been teaching/in education? 12

What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? How well my team works together.

How would your friends describe you?

(I asked 3 friends) Intelligent, Athletic, Creative, I get things done, Speak my mind, kind, funny

What website/app do you use most often?


What is something we would never guess about you?

I failed a math class in high school

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen a kid do?

I saw a kid lick his tennis racquet

What is the worst food you ever ate?

Raw conch penis (can I say that?) It is a delicacy in the Caribbean

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

5779 miles Athens, Greece

Katrina Jacobberger

Name: Katrina Jacobberger

How many years have you been teaching/in education? This is year 10 with OPS (8 at Norris) and 11 with MCC

What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? The cohesiveness of our staff is unparalleled. We are an excellent team and not everybody has that when they go to work every day.

What website/app do you use most often? Outlook… sigh.

What is something we would never guess about you? I am terribly, terribly shy with new groups of people. I get painfully nervous every time I speak in public.

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen a kid do? Friends, I teach the kids who revel in their own weirdness… Ah! Student at last year’s Rotary Honor Roll luncheon, ate her packed lunch from home under the table because the food was “strange.”

What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? Doctor Who (again). Sherlock (again). Something new and a little bit scary.

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? Rome, Italy

What would you sing at karaoke night? Well, apparently, Lizzo’s Truth Hurts and I can really nail Left Eye’s rap in the middle of Waterfalls.

Is a hot dog a sandwich? Why or why not? Not the way we do it in the United States. A French hotdog, sliced in half and served in a baguette? For sure.

Up Next Week in the Redbird Roundup

I do three staff introductions each week. You'll be getting an email from me with questions. Even if you have done it before, please participate and do it again! Please respond and include a picture by Thursday! I will do the first week.

Up next: Teresa Faris, Cathy Lodge, and Blake Heybrock.

Wellness Word to the Wise

Taking care of your teeth and gums offers more reward than just a healthy smile: Research suggests your oral hygiene may also have an impact on your overall health.

So, during National Dental Hygiene Month, take a look at exactly how good a job you’re doing by capturing a video of yourself while you’re brushing. Why? One study found that people who recorded their toothbrushing sessions for just two weeks increased both their accuracy and number of brush strokes, helping improve their overall technique

Powerful Practices

Clear Learning Goals/Activities Aligned

Mrs. Armstrong rocked her learning goal earlier this week. Students heard that they were going to identify the short and long-term effects of marijuana and examine the effects on the developing brain. Underneath her posted learning goal she added their learning activities which included a Kahoot, reading an article, and a video. Students were having multiple exposures to the material and their purpose was clear as day! Great job Mrs. Armstrong!

Students Restating Learning Goals in Their Own Words

Ms. Hardt has her students write the learning goal in One Note. Then, students restate in their own words. One lucky student gets to come to the board and write the LG in their own words and read it out loud to the class.


Reading Across the Curriculum

Ms. Blumel is teaching her students about rational numbers, integers, and absolute value. She uses a reading about the Titanic to illustrate this for students. They look at figures including the weight of the ship, how many feet down it sank etc. The students were super excited because the Titanic was something familiar and relevant to them. Awesome job!

Scary Story Time

After learning the elements of horror, Ms. Hardt's students read their scary stories to the class, practicing generating suspense and using voice inflection.

Dry Ice with DL

Mrs. Walentine's 7th grade Dual Language Science students experiment with a little dry ice in Science class. I think the looks on their faces says it all when they get to be hands-on in Science!

House Cup Updates

The competition is getting HEATED!!!!

Norris Staff and Students Seen and Heard

No Place for Hate

No Place for Hate went to the Open Door Mission to prepare a meal. Mrs. Zermeño leads this group of students that does some amazing service activities throughout the year!

The Fun Never Stops

I can't express how moved I was by all the thoughtful cards, notes, sweets, coffees etc. for National Principal's Month. I really was just so overwhelmed with emotion. I had a few teachers take me on a scavenger hunt on Thursday. One of my stops was in the Chorus room and the students sang me a beautiful song! It was so wonderful.

Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I love this place, our kids, our staff. I am so lucky.

Final Thought

"Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience is your trademark." -Jay Danzie