Principal's Corner

Mr. Jeff Harshbarger
Principal/Educational Leader
865.494.7171
Education
Graduate of Anderson County High School
BS Biology and Science Ed. - Univ. of TN
Masters in Administration and Supervision - LMU
EDS in Curriculum and Instruction - LMU

Principal's Corner

Welcome to Norris Middle School.  I am proud to be a part of such an exceptional school.  Our staff, students, and parents are serious about learning, not just test scores.  Our students are expected to think and problem solve, develop their reading and writing skills, while focusing on the future and being college and career ready.  

Sometimes, parents of middle school students think that now is the time to let their children do school on their own.  While middle school students certainly want more independence, they need supervision and good role models to develop the skills they need to be successful.  Therefore, I encourage parents/guardians to take an active role their child's education in middle school.  Here are some great ways to do this:

 - Read with your child.  Model reading at home, set a time for the whole family to read.  Discuss books, magazines, newspaper articles (you remember those don't you?  You can access many on-line) with your child.  
- Check Skyward weekly at least, not only for grades, but attendance too.  
- Come by after school and go through your child's locker with him/her.  Most days you can access the building until 5:00 or so by ringing the doorbell.
- Communicate with your child's teachers via email, phone, or other ways. Work toward building a positive relationship with your child's teachers.

The more you do now to help your child be successful, the less likely they will be to move into your basement as an adult!

Here are a few books I have read lately. If you have a book that you would like to share, please email me or drop by and chat.  I am always looking to add to my "to be read" stack.  

Book Title and Author

Review

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I deeply moving story that my wife loved.  I enjoyed the read and its redeption story but felt it was a little canned or  predictable.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

This cutting edge research book debunks many of the myths of the 80's and the concept of a fixed mindset.  Our entire staff read this book and we are constantly striving to keep a growth midset in all our professional and personal endevours.  In 11 years this is only the third book I have asked all the staff to read.  

The Librarian of Auschwitz  by Antonio Irturbe

Based on real-life experiences of Auschwitz survivors.  The story is another fascinating and disturbing look at humanity's cruelity and perserverence.  I highly recommend this book.  

 The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss This was one of the 7th grade summer reading options that I chose to read since my youngest son was reading it.  It is a perfect book for any pre-teen outdoorsperson or adventurist.  A glamorous yet somehow realistic story based on a father's bedtime storytelling.  I both listened to a recording on audiobooks and read my own copy.  
 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe   A must read for all Americans.  You can get a free recording from Libravox on the Audiobooks App.