Welcome to the Norris School District. The beginning of every school year is such an exciting time. The NSD staff knows how important every day, week, month and year is to the growth and development of our students and we are committed to helping them be the best that they can be. Norris has a Tradition of Excellence and has developed a climate and culture that is based on Dr. Larry Lezotte’s Effective Schools Model. This model has seven (7) Correlates of Effectiveness:
· A safe and orderly environment The effective school has a positive, orderly, purposeful, businesslike environment, which is free from the threat of physical harm. Desirable student behaviors are consistently articulated and expectations are clear. Students and teachers help each other and want what is best for all. This environment nurtures interaction between students and teachers that is collaborative, cooperative, and student centered.
· A clearly stated and focused mission The effective school has a clearly articulated mission. The staff shares an understanding and commitment to the mission and the instructional goals, priorities, and assessment procedures it projects. The staff accepts responsibility and accountability for promoting and achieving the mission of learning for all students.
· Instructional leadership The effective school practices that the principal is the “leader of leaders” not the “leader of followers.” The principal effectively and persistently communicates the mission of the school to staff, parents and students. In addition, the principal understands and applies the characteristics of instructional effectiveness in the management of the instructional program.
· High expectations for all students The effective school expects that all students can attain mastery of the essential school skills. In order to meet these high expectations, a school is restructured to be an institution designed for “learning” not “instruction.” Teachers and students must have access to “tools” and “time” to help all students learn.
· Frequent monitoring of student progress The effective school frequently measures academic student progress through a variety of assessment procedures. Assessment results are used to improve individual student performance and also improve instructional delivery. Assessment results will show that alignment must exist between the intended, taught, and tested curriculum.
· Maximize learning opportunities The effective school allocates and protects a significant amount of time for instruction of the essential skills. The instruction must take place in an integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum. Effective instruction time must focus on skills and curriculum content that are considered essential, that are assessed, and most valued.
· Positive communication – school, home, community The effective school builds trust and communication within the school, with parents and the community. Forming partnerships with the parents and community enables all stakeholders to support the mission of the school and have the same goals and expectations.
A big part of our success as a district is the support of our parents and community. We never take this for granted and we understand that working together as a team- students, parents and staff- we will accomplish our ultimate goal of maximizing each child’s potential. Thank you in advance for another successful school year.
Steven K. Shelton
Wednesday, December 4th
Extra Short Minimum Day
**SCHOOL BEGINS AT 8am**
**ALL BUSES RUN 15 MIN EARLY**
TK ~ 2nd Dismissed at 11am
3rd ~ 6th Dismissed at 11:30am
7th ~ 8th Dimssed at 11:55am
Friday, December 20th
Classes Dismissed One Hour Early
Mon. Dec. 23, 2013
Fri. Jan. 3, 2014
School Resumes on Monday, January 6, 2014
The Next Regular Board Meeting Will be Held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Norris Middle School Library
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