Redbird Roundup, Vol. 19
Friday, February 1, 2019
Happy Friday Norris Staff!
The weather has been quite the roller coaster lately. I have a feeling it will continue like that through February as well. Please keep reminding your kids to wear hats, coats, gloves etc., and we have plenty of things in Lost and Found they can use!
We had a busy week with lots of activities to share. Our winter sports are competing regularly, and there are lots of home events to check out.
Next week we have conferences week. Wednesday and Thursday are long days, but there is a break on Friday. We also host our large Quiz Bowl tournament on Saturday.
I have a few pieces below about the fundraising for Maddock and the head shaving, but will have more pictures next edition.
Have a great weekend!
February 4-8 Calendar
All Week: National School Counseling Week
Monday, February 4: Grades due; Boys Swim home vs. Beveridge; MTSS-B Vision Team Meeting
Tuesday, February 5: Girls Basketball at Beveridge; Wrestling at King; Pink Out Day for Maddock!
Wednesday, February 6: 4-7:30-Conferences
Thursday, February 7: 8-11, Teacher Planning and Preparation; 12:30-7:30, Conferences
Friday, February 8: No School, no staff report (building open until 1)
Saturday, February 9: Quiz Bowl Tournament at Norris (see Jacobberger to help!)
Pink Out Day-February 5
Name: Anabel Frayre
How many years have you been teaching? 19 Years
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? Everything
What is one of your favorite quotes? All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, also must do to them. Matthew 7:12
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Walk and Zumba
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 20’s
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Spend more time with my daughter
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Pay off my house and my relatives houses and go for a long vacation.
What is something you learned in the last week? There is more happiness in sharing than receiving.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for? Could be Zumba
What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? Black and white movies.
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? Bible study and Zumba class
Sweet or salty? And what food is your favorite in that category? Both but Mexican food, specialty my mom’s food.
Name: Julie Dunn
How many years have you been teaching? 9
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? Teachers on 8C; I love our team!
What is one of your favorite quotes? You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Knitting is my favorite indoor activity right now.
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Cleaning out closets.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Knitting or reading
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Pay off my bills.
What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? Lately, I would choose Midsomers Murders
Name: Giovanna Zermeño
How many years have you been teaching? I taught for 4 years and this is my fourth year as a School Counselor
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? I truly enjoy working with our students. I am glad to be able to help them overcome some of their struggles and to be a positive influence for them. They are a very resilient group of kids.
What is one of your favorite quotes? “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not” Dr. Seuss
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Dancing
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Mopping
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 34....
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Getting my news from Twitter or reading a book
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Pay off my mortage, as well as my credit and student loan debt.
Sweet or salty? Salty And what food is your favorite in that category? Guacamole
Norris Staff and Students Seen and Heard
Congrats to Aracely Gonzalez Diaz!
Music Fundraiser Earns College Tuition Money!
6th Grade Field Trip to the Holland
"Norris comes together for its staff." "Norris is an amazing community." "Norris is strong." "Norris staff looks out for each other."
These were things I heard over and over as I began my principalship here at Norris, and things I continue to hear. And it's true. When someone is down or struggling, everyone jumps in to help. Help can be by covering a class so someone can go to an appointment, or picking someone up whose car won't start. Help can be listening when someone is having a bad day, and help can be writing someone a note, or raising money or gathering donations for a cause.
I think we can all agree that Jenny Maddock has a presence in our building. That was evident to me the first time I met her. I did one on ones with the team leaders to get to know them better when I first started, and here are a few of Jenny's responses:
What is the best thing about Norris Middle? The co-workers. When it's rough, it makes it nice to come to work.
What is one thing you want me to know/understand about you? I treat kids like they're my own. Sometimes it looks like the good, the bad and the ugly, but it works out. I'm not afraid to say sorry, and I have called a parent to apologize.
As you go through this next week, wearing pink or having participated in the MADD Drive, reflect on why you do it, and think of the woman, the teacher, the mother, the coach, behind our reason to wear pink.
We love you Maddock. You make Norris stronger, and we have no doubt you will kick this in the butt and make it wish it had never found you.