#MGBooktober

During the month of October, English Language Arts classes celebrated #MGBooktober, which was started four years ago by a few middle school librarians across Canada and the United States and celebrates middle grade (#MG), middle school, books. 

  • North View ELA department promoted a love of reading by:
    • Sharing a new middle school book every day on the Daily Announcements 
    • Giving away prizes for kids who finished a book the last three weeks of October
    • Holding a contest for students to match up staff and their favorite books and win prize
  • Black Garnet Books, a new Black Woman-owned bookstore in Minneapolis featuring adult and young adult contemporary literature by Black and racially diverse authors, donated gift cards for some of our student winners. Please check out their information: Black Garnet Books.

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North View’s ELA department also has an Instagram account, where parents and students can find diverse and engaging books for middle school students. Please follow us at North_View_Reads.

More ways to learn about and find fabulous books . . .

  • Mrs. Sirovy writes a blog about the books she reads because she reads night and day and wants you to kow about these wonderful books. Find her blog at Reading the Middle
  • Also, check out the wonderful books and resources available, like homework help, at Hennepin County Library. If you don’t have a library card, it’s free to get one. The closest libraries to North View are Brooklyn Park Library (near North Hennepin Community College) and Brookdale Library (in the government center building in Brooklyn Center). 

6th Grade

In 6th grade English, we have been learning about Habits of Mind in which students are focusing on self-awareness and how students show up in their learning, whether at school or at home, during these challenging times. Check out one of the video lessons and student responses here: Habits of Mind.

7th Grade 

Seventh graders have been working on acrostic poems, a poem where certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase. Check out the slide show of student examples here: Acrostic Poems.

8th Grade

In 8th grade English, we have been reading – lots, and lots, and lots! Independent reading is the best way for students to improve their reading skills and also foster a lifelong love of reading. 

Some of the books that have been popular so far this year:

  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • Refugee, Prisoner B-3087, and Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz
  • Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Also, we have been writing Rambling Autobiographies for the past two weeks. Here is some of our work: Ramblling Autobiographies

Coming up, we will be researching women suffragists, specifically Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, who fought for the right to vote in the United States. After our research is complete, we will be following the Rambling Autobiography format and writing Rambling Biographies. Some of the women we will be studying are: Mary-Ann Shadd Cary, Zitkala-Sa, Mary Church Terrell, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, and Jovita Idar. 

Welcoming our Future 6th Graders!

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We want to welcome our incoming 6th-grade student(s) to North View Middle School! Even though we can not hold a traditional open house for your student and family this year, our staff is excited to introduce your student(s) to the middle school. This is why we created a “virtual tour” website.

Our Principal, teachers, and staff created short videos to introduce themselves to you, letting you know what to expect at North View Middle School, and show you some of the work you will complete. Also, some of our amazing 7th-grade WEB ambassadors created videos to give you words of wisdom on the transition. We hope you enjoy this “virtual tour” and we can’t wait to see you in the fall.

If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal. 

Academic Spotlight

 

Distance Learning Tips for Parents

I hope you enjoyed this spotlight. If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal. 

A Spotlight On Check & Connect

 

At North View Middle School we believe that teaching and learning approaches should accommodate the diverse skills, abilities, and prior knowledge of young adolescents, cultivate multiple intelligences, and draw upon students’ individual learning styles. When learning experiences capitalize on students’ cultural, experiential, and personal backgrounds, new concepts are built on knowledge students already possess.

To ensure this happens, we use the nature of young adolescents to guide our decision making. Because of this belief, our staff spend a considerable creating engaging learning opportunities. One of those opportunities is our building and district’s partnership with the Check & Connect program featured in the video below.

I hope you enjoyed this spotlight. If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal. 

 

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

 

At North View Middle School we believe that providing challenging and relevant learning opportunities is the key to our students’ success in middle school and beyond. Because of this belief we are excited to offer an AVID exploratory course to our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students next year.

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This exploratory course is designed to support students, who are in the academic middle, on their path to college.  This course is an optional class that students can apply to enter.  The AVID program will continue to support these students and prepare them for college as they move on through middle school, and high school.  Key components of our AVID course are:

  • Skill development in the areas of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading.
  • Expectations of taking rigorous courses.
  • The opportunity to be tutored by academic mentors.
  • Tutorial activities designed to support students with challenging course work.
  • Exposure to a college-going culture through guest speakers, college visits, college tutors, etc.

For more information, please visit WWW.AVID.ORG, and feel free to reach out to Anna Paulson, our AVID instructor.
If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal. 

A Spotlight On Math

 

At North View Middle School we believe that teaching and learning approaches should accommodate the diverse skills, abilities, and prior knowledge of young adolescents, cultivate multiple intelligences, draw upon students’ individual learning styles, and utilize digital tools. When learning experiences capitalize on students’ cultural, experiential, and personal backgrounds, new concepts are built on knowledge students already possess. To ensure this happens, we use the nature of young adolescents to guide our instructional decision making. Because of this belief, our teachers spend a considerable creating engaging learning opportunities.

Math teachers have been working diligently on developing curriculum for Trimester two. Students and families might notice some changes in math, specifically with homework. Seventh and eighth grade math classes will have homework assigned digitally in IXL, an online math program, which is to be completed weekly. Students are expected to complete the work assigned each week to support learning in the classroom. There is after school math help available to students who need extra support.

Our sixth grade math students will be doing explorations of area, surface area, and volume this trimester. Students will engage in math investigations that will allow them to develop deeper understanding of mathematical concepts in the real world. Students will:

  • Develop and use formulas for finding the area of triangles, quadrilaterals, and irregular shapes.
  • Understand the relationship between area and perimeter of figures.
  • Create solutions to problems involving surface area and volume of prisms.

Our seventh grade math students will be working on ratios, rates, graphs, tables and equations. Students will be engaged in a scenario to develop deeper understanding of the relationships between mathematical expressions. Students will be recruited as bloggers as they research and present findings related to different cars for our scenario. Students will:

 

  • Understand and be able to use unit rate and ratios to solve problems.
  • Create tables, graphs and equations to express data and develop conclusions.
  • Communicate findings and recommendations based on given data.

 


Our eighth grade math students will be working on linear algebra, forms of equations, and inequalities. Students will be engaged in a problem-based scenario where they will need to determine which pay scales are best for a given company. Students will:

 

  • Create and scale graphs to adequately show given information.
  • Use information to move between standard form, point-slope, and y-intercept forms of equations.
  • Express inequalities in both equation and graph form.
  • Communicate findings and recommendations.

Check out the video below to learn more about the Fortnite Challenge!

I hope you enjoyed this spotlight. If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal. 

 

A Spotlight on Science

 

At North View Middle School we believe that teaching and learning approaches should accommodate the diverse skills, abilities, and prior knowledge of young adolescents, cultivate multiple intelligences, draw upon students’ individual learning styles, and utilize digital tools. When learning experiences capitalize on students’ cultural, experiential, and personal backgrounds, new concepts are built on knowledge students already possess. To ensure this happens, we use the nature of young adolescents to guide our instructional decision making.

Because of this belief, our teachers spend a considerable creating engaging learning opportunities. These opportunities occur in all classes and today I would like to use this post to highlight science. The first unit of instruction I would like you to learn more about is from our sixth grade Science classrooms.

 

 Our students are in the fifth week of a five week unit covering “How do scientists conduct experiments?”. The key concepts studied are:

  • The Scientific Method is a way of conducting experiments?
  • How to measure using International System of Units?
  • How to collect and share data?

Our seventh grade students are in the second week of a three week unit covering “The Characteristics of Life”. The key concepts being studied are:

  • Explaining the six characteristics organisms must have to be considered “living” and determining if an organism is living based off of those characteristics.
  • Determining how scientists group all living things. What are the 5 kingdoms all living things fit into?
  • Comparing and contrasting living things. What characteristics do they share? What makes them different?

 

Lastly, our eighth grade students are in the third week of a four week unit covering, “Engineering and the Design process”. The key concepts being studied are:

  • How engineering and technology impact the changing world we live in.
  • What the design process is and how we use it.
  • How patterns and predictions impact the design process.
  • How our culture impacts our ideas.

I hope you enjoyed this spotlight. If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal. 

Pic of the Week- Health Class

Health Class

At North View Middle School(NVMS) we believe that students and teachers should be engaged in active, purposeful learning. Because of this belief, our educators strive to ensure that impactful learning opportunities are present in every student’s daily experience.

Students in health class got a chance to use Alcohol Impairment Goggles. These goggles induce the sensation of being drunk….vision, balance, and control issues. These goggles provided our students with a sobering view of what alcohol impairment can do.

If you have any questions about this or anything related to North View Middle School please contact me here. or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal.

Pic of the Day!

AVID students presenting at Edinbrook.

In case you missed it!

At North View Middle School(NVMS) we believe that students and teachers should be engaged in active, purposeful learning. Because of this belief, our educators strive to ensure that culturally responsive practices and learning opportunities are present in every student’s daily experience.

One example of this, is the work Ms. Farrow, NVMS AVID Teacher, does to fosters a safe, open & college going culture in her classroom. Recently her students took college visists to Metropolitan State University and the University of Minnesota. Included below is a short video of our students getting the “411” on what it is like to be a student at Metro state.

Another example of students being involved in active and purposeful learning was the opportunity students were given last week to be the jury, judge and witness in the Dred Scott case.

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In addition to engaging in active and purposeful learning, we also like to have a little fun. One example of this are our assemblies. Our assemblies help develop school spirit; feelings of community and unity among students. It enables students to share stories and performances, as well as their abilities/talents. Assemblies also provide an opportunity to remind students of building wide expectations and recognize students who contribute to a positive school community through recognitions.

 

Our hope is that through this work we will make real connections within our school community to develop a positive school climate and culture that is supportive of all its members. Students taking part also have a chance to work with students they may otherwise not usually choose to; opening minds, broadening horizons. Included below is a video of our recent staff versus student competition during our assembly. The kids didn’t stand a chance!

If you have any questions about this event or anything related to North View Middle School please contact me here. or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal.