District News

Norris School District Welcomes Gossamer Grove Familes

0.pngAs we settle into the 2016-2017 school year, Norris would like to welcome our newest district residents from the master planned Gossamer Grove Development in Shafter, CA.  Students in this development will be attending Olive Drive Elementary, Norris Middle School and Shafter High School (in the Kern High School District).  Many Norris families are surprised to know just how far the Norris School District boundaries reach, and our growing potential for robust growth in the coming years.

Norris Middle School Students Lead the Pledge of Allegiance

Norris Middle School students led the pledge this month and shared their experiences at NMS.  Joel, CJ, Chelsea, Kailynn, Kody and Joshua described the activities that they are involved in and shared the teacher that they have made a special connection with on campus.  Activities like Gateway to Technology, ASB, the Science Bowl, music and athletics keep these outstanding students very busy.  

December Board Meeting

The Olive Drive Elementary ASB officers led the pledge at the December board meeting.  The ASB president, J.P. Etcheverry, enthusiastically shared the projects that the students have been working on throughout the school year.  It has been a busy year - Red Ribbon Week in October, and it was officially "Socktober" and students collected more than 1200 socks for needy families.  In the new year, they plan to do a fundraiser for the Honor Flight, Friendship Grams for Valentine's Day, and a rally to encourage the students to do their best for state testing.

November Board Meeting

The Norris Elementary ASB officers led the pledge of allegiance at the November board meeting.  In addition, the students reported on their campus' current fundraiser to benefit the non-profit organization, Honor Flight Kern County.  Through this organization, veterans are able to travel to Washington, D.C. to view the memorials.  Norris' goal was to raise $2,400 which would send two veterans on the next Honor Flight.  They had already exceeded their goal and raised more than $2,700!  The ASB organized an assembly in which students led cheers and a World War II Veteran spoke.  

One Thousand Cranes

Students on the Norris Middle School Design Team for the Mary Louise Robinson Library served as docents at the recent Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on October 9, 2016. This is a story that student, David Saldana, shared during the tech lab tour.

When you look into our tech lab you might wonder why we have origami cranes hanging from the ceiling.  These cranes are based on the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, which is based on an old Japanese legend.  The legend says that anyone who folds one thousand cranes will be granted a wish.  We thought that this was a perfect project for our library.  There are 1000 cranes, each one represents one of the almost 1000 students here at Norris Middle School.  We figure that we must have been granted a wish to receive a library and tech center as beautiful as this! 


Mary Louise Robinson Library Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Written by Hallee Chapman - NMS 7th Grade Activities Commissioner

On October 9, 2015, an official ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Norris Middle School Library.  The ribbon cutting honored the opening of the Mary Louise Robinson Library.  The library was named for Mary Louise Robinson, who went to school at Norris in 1935, over 80 years ago.  The Lake and Robinson families made a generous donation to assist in the building of the new library.

Veterans Elementary ASB Officers Lead Pledge

The newly elected ASB Officers at Veterans Elementary led the Pledge of Allegiance at the October board meeting.  The president is – Tyler, Vice President – Brady, Secretary – Tawny, Treasurer – Travis, Commissioner of Athletics – Dylan, Commissioner of Safety – Chloe, and Commissioner of Buildings & Grounds – Chase.  The students shared about their upcoming activities – planning for the annual Fall Festival and Red Ribbon Week.  The students will have dress up days and a rally to remind students to say no to drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

Pledge of Allegiance led by Gateway to Technology Students

Mr. Carr, Norris Middle School Principal, introduced 4 students from the Gateway to Technology Elective (sponsored by Chevron).  The students led the pledge of allegiance at the September Board Meeting and shared their passion for engineering and how the elective and a summer school course have influenced them to choose a career path in the engineering or medical field.  The 8th grade elective will focus on automation and robotics.  

NES Students Lead Flag Salute

Norris Elementary students- Katelynn Leonard, Lauren Samaniego, Erin Taylor and Emaad Sohail are pictured prior to leading the Flag Salute at the May Board of Trustees meeting.  Principal, Dan Weirather, introduced the students who then introduced their parents.  These students recently participated in the annual Knowledge Bowl at Bakersfield Christian High School and won the Consolation Championship. Jill Higgins, Norris Elementary 6th grade teacher, was their advisor and was also present at the Board meeting.

Thank you to our Norris Elementary School students for their hard work and effort preparing and participating in this curricular competition.  In addition, a big thank you for taking the time to represent their school at the Board meeting.  Great job!