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Last day of school reflection: 10 things that went amazingly right at Norris this year



  • Norris District stakeholders, admin, and School Board developed and BOE adopted a strategic plan to guide governance and major program initiatives in coming years.
  • Norris won Nebraska Coaches’ Association Sportsmanship awards every season, including the volleyball, girls basketball and boys soccer state tournaments.
  • Norris parents and patrons contributed quarter of a million dollars ($250K) to achieve donor target for starting turf field and track resurfacing project.
  • Norris volleyball team won historic back-to-back repeat state championship.
  • Numerous members of Norris’ esteemed faculty were recognized with individual awards which furthered their professional growth or recognized their outstanding contributions to the profession, including but not limited to
  • Our Tech Director’s latest order of Chromebooks for our students has shipped from Amazon: Excitement already building for next year!
The list is hardly exhaustive, but enough to demonstrate that our Norris School District has had another memorable year of great accomplishments from students and staff. Thanks for all you do and have a safe and productive summer getting geared up for the 2015-16 school year!


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