Redbird Roundup, Vol. 7
Friday, September 27, 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!
Happy Friday Norris Staff!
It has been another great week in Redbird Nation. It's hard to believe we are over halfway done with first quarter. There are lots of things happening in October and the near future.
We kicked off our school fundraiser this week, and it is always a great opportunity to earn money for our school. Our fall sports are also continuing to have great success!
We held our first Clubs Day on Wednesday. While we still have some procedures to iron out, it was a great day for our students to be exposed to different activities and opportunities.
Please check out the calendar below for other important events!
Have a great weekend!
September 30-October 4
Monday, September 30: Learning Walks in Teams; Classroom Support Day (Jacquie here); NAC Meeting after school
Tuesday, October 1: Team PD canceled; VB home vs. Lewis and Clark
Wednesday, October 2: Schedule Committee after school; JV VB at McMillan; XC at Davis Invite
Thursday, October 3: Varsity VB home vs. Monroe
Friday, October 4: FB vs. Buffett
Katie Leland-Intro to Careers
Name: Katie Leland
How many years have you been teaching/in education? Eight years. I started at Burke as a long term for one year and the last seven years at Norris.
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? I really like my curriculum and I get to teach students I had in 6th grade again.
How would your friends describe you? “She’s never on time.” and “A Clean Freak”
What website/app do you use most often? Spotify-vintage or true crime podcasts and of course music.
What is something we would never guess about you? Teaching is my second career, I worked in sales at InfoGroup and sales at Complete Nutrition before teaching. I talk in my sleep…a lot.
What is the worst food you ever ate? Rhubarb is gross.
What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? Curb Your Enthusiasm
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? Honolulu and Pearl Harbor Memorial in 2004, which was a very sobering experience. I was there for an NJCAA softball tournament with my IWCC teammates.
What would you sing at karaoke night? Ballroom Blitz by Sweet, thank you Wayne’s World!
Kris Swanson, 7C Science
Name: Kris Swanson
How many years have you been teaching/in education? This is my 24th year at Norris. I taught 3 years at a Jr. College in Chicago previously.
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? I love the feeling of family and community that exists between the students and the staff
How would your friends describe you? I am a total Enneagram 9
What website/app do you use most often? I listen to a lot of podcasts. Two of my favorites are “Happier” and “On Being”
What is something we would never guess about you? I used to stun rats (it’s not pretty) to feed to snakes.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen a kid do? Asked me if Winston was Ms. Churchill’s (former PE teacher) first name after reading a Winston Churchill quote in my room.
What is the best thing that happened to you this week? Saw some amazing sunrises and sunsets. What a gift every day!!
What is the worst food you ever ate? Some sort of organ meat at a Sudanese wedding.
Would you rather go 30 days without your phone or an entire lifetime without dessert? 30 days without my phone would be heaven!!
What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? Will and Grace
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? Jonskoping Sweden
What would you sing at karaoke night? Brick House or Paradise by the dashboard light.
Is a hot dog a sandwich? Why or why not? Doesn’t matter….a hotdog is one of my favorite foods.
Name: Camille Wakefield
How many years: 28!!
Favorite thing about Norris: Norris is really just a great place. We have diversity, a caring staff, and a sense of community and family here.
Where is the farthest you have ever been from home? I'm an Air Force BRAT and we lived in the Philippines as a kid. So beautiful. Second place would be Newfoundland. Best camping trip I ever took and maybe the friendliest people.
What is something we would never guess about you? I have a bad temper when it flares up - which is very rare.
What TV show would you binge? Downton Abbey for sure. The movie was so good!!
What the worst food you have ever eaten? Onions. Yuck.
What is the best thing that happened to you this week? Both kids were home this weekend for my birthday. 51!!
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: Dave Dinslage, Jenn Moore, and Anna Vetter.
Learning Goals in Action
Ms. Novakoski does an awesome job stating and unpacking her learning goal in Math. She posts it, then has students copy it. She then unpacks by explaining the different components of a bar graph and having students identify. Awesome job!
One other amazing thing, Ms. Novakoski and Ms. Parker constantly give positive feedback to kids. They doesn't say a sentence without saying, "Nice job! Way to go! Kiss your brain!" The positivity just radiates in that classroom.