Redbird Roundup, Vol. 7

Friday, September 21, 2018

Principal's Greeting

Happy Friday Norris Staff!


Another full week under our belts and we are well on our way into fall. Sports are in action, clubs and activities are moving along, and we get the opportunity to celebrate our renovated building next week with our ribbon cutting and open house!


I have highlighted some pretty amazing classroom practices below, be sure to check them out. I have had some great visits this week, especially highlighting some learning goals that are on point!


We have our first NAC (Norris Academic Community, formerly content meetings) on Monday. We'll all start in the library and then break out from there. Other calendar events are below.


Have a great weekend!


Dr. Carr

September 24-28 Calendar

All week: Peer Observations on Learning Goals


Monday, September 24: Norris Academic Community (NAC) Meeting, start at 3:25 in Library

Tuesday, September 25: Volleyball at Monroe, Ribbon Cutting and Open House, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26: Principal's Roundtable, 7 a.m. in room 129; New to Norris Meeting after school in Library; Cross Country at Bryan Middle Invite

Thursday, September 27: VILS PD by team, Scheduling Committee 3:25 p.m. in Library, Volleyball at Marrs

Friday, September 28: Football vs. Buffett at Norris

Staff Introductions

This week we will get to know Katie Novakoski and Yessica Valadez de Padilla.

Katie Novakoski


Name: Katie Novakoski

How many years have you been teaching? 3rd year

What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? The students



What is one of your favorite quotes? “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” -Helen Keller

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Hiking and running

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Folding laundry If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 26

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Coffee break

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Pay adoption bills

What is something you learned in the last week? How to get to Bakers without my GPS

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for? Tying my shoes

What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? The Office

What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? Board games

Sweet or salty? And what food is your favorite in that category? BOTH – popcorn and banana taffy

Yessica Padilla de Valadez

Name: Yessica M. Padilla de Valadez

How many years have you been teaching?

I been with OPS for 13 years

What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School?

Staff is friendly


What is one of your favorite quotes?

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?

Watch movies, coloring and being outside with my 7 year old daughter.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Putting clothes away

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

40

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

I spend it watching my favorite novela

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Go to visit my family in Honduras

What is something you learned in the last week?

To let it go.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?

Not sure.

What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time?

Stranger Things, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings

What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

Latin Culture. Our language is not Mexican it is Spanish and we all come from different countries. We are not all Mexican.

Sweet or salty? And what food is your favorite in that category?

Sweet: I like chocolate without caramel.

Salty- popcorn, potato chips

Powerful Practices

Learning Goals Spotlight

The month of September we are focusing on learning goals. Teachers are implementing in lessons now and will be able to do peer observations next week! I visited Ms. Wright's classroom where she had her learning goal posted in student friendly language, she unpacked the learning goal, and in dual language form she had both a language and content goal. Way to go Ms. Wright!

Review Games

Ms. Gatson's students were preparing to take a vocabulary quiz in math, so she had them play Yapper to review. Yapper challenges the students to describe the term in their own words until their partner guesses. A great quick review!

Data Review

Students are finishing their first round of MAP testing, which means teachers are getting together with Mrs. Collington to review their data and begin goal-setting. MAP allows us to break down students' skills to specific needs to provide re-teaching. We grew all over the place in MAP last year, so I can't wait to see how we do this year!

Hogwarts Bake Sale

Mrs. Sorrell had quite a lesson on Wednesday with her Math 7 students. Students are learning about multiplying and dividing fractions, and what better way than with cooking! Students got into "houses" from Harry Potter and figured out the appropriate measurements for their house. Then, the fun began! They measured the ingredients needed after solving some fraction problems and were able to enjoy their snack after. This was a highly engaging and relevant activity-great way to create a memorable classroom experience!

Community Building/Open House Ready

Mr. Shenefield's students are getting their classroom door ready for Open House with a display of the flags of their countries and other artifacts. The kids are so excited about this, and can tell you every flag on the door!

Norris Staff and Students Seen and Heard

Wellness Day

Our annual Wellness Day was a hit! We enjoyed a great Redbird Pride Breakfast complete with pancakes from our very own Mr. Good, followed by some great wellness activities! Staff could choose between volleyball, art projects, walking, and healthy cooking! It is fun to compete against one another and do activities together!

Football Victory

Our Varsity Football Team kicked off the season with a commanding 26-0 win over Beveridge. It was a great start for this team! They will be at home against McMillan on Friday, with JV playing at McMillan. Come check it out!

Athletics Updates

Mr. Schnabel sends out an Athletics Update every week to coaches and sponsors. It's a great way to get out big announcements, celebrate successes, double-check transportation times, and ensure we carry out the mission of Norris Athletics. Awesome!


https://sway.office.com/BrvAH5WHhEsGiGdg?ref=Link&loc=play

VILS Parent Night 1

We hosted our first VILS Parent Night on Thursday of this week. Parents could come complete paperwork for their students to receive the iPads, as well as pay for the insurance and learn about digital citizenship. We wanted a large crowd, and we got it. Tons of families were ready to do paperwork to get their devices. Our next parent night is October 4. We will definitely be needing more staff help. Please talk this up with your students! iPads roll out October 17 and 18!

GSA (Gender Sexualities Alliance)

Our GSA met on Monday for their first meeting, and they have some great activities coming up! Ally Week is next week, and Ms. Hansen, Ms. Carver, and Ms. Ferris are going to be getting info to you for your RBB, but there will be some opportunities for students to get involved!

Redbird Alumni

Jazemyn Reynolds is a former Norris Redbird helping out RASA after school. She graduated from Central High in 2016. Please say hi if you see her in the hallway!

Omaha Education Week Breakfast

I was able to treat Mrs. Denning, Ms. Gatson, and Mr. Daren Petersen from McCarthy to the Omaha Education Week breakfast at TAC this morning. This annual breakfast kicks off open house week, and celebrates the start of the school year. We had some entertainment from Northwest High School, and some great food!

Final Thought

David Guerin is another fun educator to follow on Twitter. I was able to hear him speak this summer at the National Principal's Conference, and he actually was the one who motivated me to rap :)


He talks about being a future driven educator. One of the "signs" he lists in this post is that future driven educators are always striving to grow and learn. I can't think of a day on this job where I haven't learned something new, even if it's something learned the hard way. I learn a ton by being in your classrooms and seeing you rock your lessons. I learn a ton about our kids by talking with them and getting to know them, and watching them learn. And I learn an infinite amount of things from daily human interactions.


Our mission and vision point us towards this future, and it helps to be reminded of that. "Norris Middle School prepares all students for their future by providing a safe, caring, and diverse school environment that maintains academic excellence, high expectations, and respect for all. Success, achievement, respect...it's a Redbird thing!


http://www.davidgeurin.com/2017/09/17-signs-youre-future-driven-educator.html