Showing Appreciation for Custodians

All year, the Student Council has been thinking about ways to show appreciation for the four custodians at our school. Steve, Charlie, Bob and Dan are more than people who clean up the school — they go out their way to be friendly and welcoming to everyone.

So, the Student Council surprised them by asking classes to create signs and cards (in secret) and the custodians to come to a classroom where the entire sixth grade was waiting for them. The students presented signs of Thanks and the Student Council presented them with $10 gift cards to Downtown Northampton.

Charlie wrote an email, thanking the students, noting: “Southampton not only has the best tasting water in the country it also has the greatest kids in the country!!!!!”

Principals of the Day

Two of our students — Jack and Laura — earned the status of Principals for the Day after publishing some work in the student newspaper. The names of all writers were put into a hat by the Student Council and the names of Laura (a sixth grader) and Jack (a first grader) were pulled out.

They did an excellent job running the Norris School today (while Mr. Collins traded places and went into Laura and Jack’s classrooms to take their place).

Among their duties today were:

  • Reading two poems to the entire school during some quick ‘Poetry Breaks.’
  • Choosing a special dessert treat for all school lunch eaters today (yummy chocolate chip cookies and ice cream)
  • Speaking to Superintendent Ripa about the Norris School.
  • Choosing some new activities for the end of the year Field Day.
  • Eating lunch with three friends in Mr. Collins’ office.
  • Overseeing some recess duties (with walkie-talkies).
  • Dismissing the entire school for February vacation.

The event was a nice way to launch into winter break!

Super Bowl Spirit Day

(NOTE: WE RAISED MORE THAN $200 WITH THIS EVENT AND THAT MEANS WE NOW HAVE THE $1,000 WE NEED TO “ADOPT” A PUPPY. MORE NEWS WILL BE COMING ON HOW WE WILL COME UP WITH SOME NAMES)

On Friday (February 1), students and staff are encouraged to wear clothing that reflects support for either the New York Giants or the New England Patriots as they face off in the Super Bowl.

There is an optional donation of $1.00 to help support the ongoing Puppy Adoption Program.

Hat Day Craziness

The Student Council hosted its annual Hat Day at Norris School on December 21, just before holiday break, and the school was filled with crazy and bizarre hats of all shapes and sizes. Just as important, the council was able to raise a whopping $450 for its ongoing work to support a group that provides assistance dogs for disabled people.

Mr. Hodgson and Mr. McCarthy pose on the morning of Hat Day in their hats:

With the addition of the Hat Day funding, we are less than $200 away from our goal of raising $1,000 for the effort, and plans are already underway for another fundraiser in the new year.

Welcome to the Student Council News Site

This is the new virtual home of the Norris School Student Council.

We hope to use this site as a place for news and events related to the work of the student leaders at the Norris Elementary School in Southampton, Massachusetts.

So far this year, the council has:

  • Collected more than 100 new toys for a Lakota Indian Tribe in North Dakota (this is an annual event for the school)
  • Sponsored a Mix It Up Day for fifth and sixth graders in the cafeteria to promote tolerance and friendship
  • Hosted a Pajama Day as a way to begin raising money for a program called NEADS that trains and provides assistance dogs for disabled combat veterans

  • Launched a student-written and -produced newspaper called Tigger Talk
  • and began planning more ideas to promote school spirit and community service in our school and town.