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Principal's Message

Welcome to Norco Intermediate!  I'm glad to have the opportunity to tell you more about our school, and about our approaches to learning!  The middle-school years are critical, foundational, and can be difficult as our students balance academic learning and physical and emotional growth and change.  But as a Bobcat at NIS, they receive personal attention, academic rigor and support, surrounded by a culture of caring professionals and peers.  We are proud of our school and our story, and that pride is reflected in our work!

Norco Intermediate School (NIS) is located in Norco, California, a city whose motto is, “City Living in a Rural Atmosphere.”  Norco is also officially branded as Horsetown, USA, and is the home to several equestrian training and show facilities, ranches, and most recently Circle D Ranch, where Disneyland will house and prep their fleet for the nearby resort.  Horse trails and split-rail fencing connect the streets and sidewalks, and the equestrian life-style is clearly evident.  Built in 1958, on nearly 27 acres, our school is one of the older facilities in Corona-Norco Unified School District, and is a source of pride and tradition in the community.  With seventy-five percent home ownership, and median home pricing significantly above average due to the large lots and ranch properties in the Norco area, there is a feeling of stability, strong relationships, and family that permeates the city, and our school.  We serve many students whose family members also attended NIS, and the feeling of comfort and familiarity is palpable when visitors come to our site.

At NIS, we pride ourselves in serving the whole child, and we are truly a staff with a “do whatever it takes” mentality as we approach academic concerns, behavioral plans, parent meetings, and professional learning.  We have, with the support of our CNUSD bond and LCAP goals, been the recipient of new classroom technology to enhance instruction with integrated speakers, projectors, and document cameras.  Our teachers and students have use of computers in 4 labs, and an instructional machine in every classroom.  Our MyCNUSD Portal provides easy access to collaboration team resources, quick links, and on-line learning opportunities, and our teachers are developing new ways to share and learn together to the benefit of our students. We have access to the use of Illuminate for the development of common formative assessments in every subject area and data analysis at every level of assessment ranging from the state to the individual classroom.  Our teachers commit themselves to leadership of several clubs, such as ASB, AVID, STEM, Intramural Sports, Club Live, Bobcat Buddies, Environmental Science Green Team, Math Field Day, and most recently PAW PAC (Positive Action in the World begins with Positive Action in our Community), Chess and Art.  Our music program, offering three levels of band instruction and performance, as well as a 140-voice choir, is a tremendous success, and serves over 35% of our students. We are in year-three of Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) implementation, and our students receive a strong orientation program toward our BobCATS Expectations each year as a way to unify our language and our considerations for others around us, for the purpose of developing a strong, caring school culture.

We believe that students, parents and school staff, working in collaboration, generate greater student learning and success.  Thank you for visiting our website, and we look forward to serving your family soon!

Amy Shainman, Principal

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