Friday, December 20, 2013

My end of semester note to our teachers

Happy semester break, everyone!
  • Thanks for working diligently to ensure every child learns; we saw lots of evidence today of teachers' patience and persistence in pushing kids to the limits of the time available to get work in, get requirements done, and master essential material. The all-out effort requires an 'all hands on deck' mentality and lots of teamwork to coordinate. 
  • Thanks for providing fun and inviting learning opportunities like your assemblies and the other end of semester ceremonies and recognition events.  Positive school cultures celebrate and recognize exceptional performance and great effort. Recognition and inclusion of students is the way they internalize that value.
  • Thanks most of all for instilling a spirit of caring and compassion by modeling how we give back.  Whether through food bank donations, fundraising efforts, or individual outreach, you have taught by example and our students will be better citizens and kinder people because of it.
Thanks for all you accomplished first semester and we'll see everyone in '14!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December 2013 Norris Superintendent's Report

The December 2013 Superintendent's Report to our Norris Team is posted here - happy holidays! Thanks to all who exhibit the spirit of giving this season and demonstrate outreach toward those who need it most.