September 19, 2016
We are off and running at full speed as we have two and one half weeks underneath us and all is going super. Our staff is in place, construction is done, the building is cleaned, and the students are back at it like they never had a summer break.
Our new faculty and staff include, Mrs. Kelly White, English, Mrs. Megan Benjamin, elementary, Mr. Jake Barnby, music, Mr. Jared Petersen, social studies/industrial tech/AD, and Mrs. Tammi Kramer, custodian. We are fortunate to have this wonderful and caring group of adults who are here to help teach and shape the students of Herman-Norcross School District. If you see someone new in the hallways, please stop and introduce yourself.
Our kitchen has had a complete remodel over the summer and really looks nice with the new quarry tile floors, stainless steel cabinetry, shelving and new lights. The finishing of this project brought us right into the first week of school, but we managed to serve lunches and get everything approved.
The doorframes have all taken on a look as if a box of color crayons were opened up and spilled all over. They have been painted different colors and look absolutely wonderful. It has given this part of the school a bright and cheery touch. Vonna Anderson and a couple of helpers, on occasion, have spent countless hours priming and painting these frames. We can’t thank her enough for taking on this volunteer project.
The locker room floors have also been refurbished with enamel paint and speckled with flecks as maybe some have done in your garage at home and similar to what is on the Community Center building floor. Dan and Tracy Perry have graciously volunteered their time to get this done for the students. This, too, looks very nice. Thanks Dan and Tracy for volunteering your time and expertise in getting this done.
We have also tiled two more floors in the elementary wing. We are in the process of getting them all re-tiled as the current tiles are lifting and are in need of repair. The clean white floor with colorful borders make these rooms look new and welcoming. This project will continue over the course of the next few years as we replace a couple each summer.
The wellness room has been completed and we are working on getting all the pieces of equipment put in the room so it will become useable for our physical education classes and students to use after school. We will try to see what we can do to have this open to public, but we will need to figure out the supervision piece. I would like to thank Pat and Trish Haney for donating the machines from their business downtown and Dianna Bertram for donating a couple more pieces of equipment. If anyone has any used equipment in good shape and would like to donate it to the school, please give me a call at 320-677-2291.
Volunteers make our district what it is today. Without your help, donation of items, and your willingness to give of yourself, our school would not be what it is today. I am sending a big thank you to everyone who so freely gives of themselves. I have said this before and I will say it again and again, the culture of the Herman-Norcross communities is one to be extremely proud.
One last item, we are hosting our only home football game this Friday afternoon at 3:30. Please come and support our athletes as we would like the whole town to come out and be a part of this exciting game. Our seniors will be having a tailgating meal in the cafeteria after the game. Please plan on attending this meal - BBQ’s, chips, cookies and lemonade. This is the one big fund raiser that our senior class does.
Make it a great week!
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016