Dear Norris Middle School Families,
I would like to welcome everyone to the 2019-2020 school year! It is my honor, and privilege, to serve as the Principal of Norris Middle School. This school year starts my 13th year in the Norris School District, all of which have been at Norris Middle School. During those 13 years, I have taught 7th & 8th grade Science, served as Dean of Students, and have spent the past four years as Principal.
There is a tenet in the Norris School District mission statement that says, “a belief that our success as an educational institution is measured primarily by the success of our students.” I believe this wholeheartedly, and I know every staff member does as well. It is necessary to keep in mind that success looks different for every single child. It is important to celebrate accomplishments, but to also encourage our students to persevere through difficult times because that is when true learning takes place. Winston Churchill said it best: “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
The transition to middle school and adolescence can be challenging. As this transition takes place, your child might start to push away. They will be meeting new people, making new friends, and possibly asking to go new places. Don’t let them push away, and stay involved in their lives. Get to know who their friends are, continue to ask them how their day was, and monitor their social media. To offer the best education for your child, we need your involvement and support. You can help by:
*Being sure your child is at school on time every day
*Modeling respect and support for our school and of all school personnel
*Joining our Parent-Teacher Club (PTC)
*Volunteering in the classroom or at PTC events
*Insisting that your child complete and turn in all assignments
*Carefully reviewing all correspondence from school
*Communicating regularly with your child’s teacher
I’m excited about this new school year and the opportunity we have to help your son/daughter learn and grow. Please know that my door is always open, and I welcome any ideas that will help strengthen our campus. Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s education.