After School Programming-Girls on the Run

 

At North View Middle School we believe that our students education does not end when the school bell rings. Because of this belief we offer a number of after school activities for our students to participate in. Today I would like to highlight our Girls on the Run  program. The program is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the range of ages and varied experiences of middle schoolers. Activities include strength and conditioning training and the season culminates with the “Girls on the Run 5k”. This celebratory event was held this past weekend on June 3rd and underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing in the program.

 

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

In case you missed it: “One World Many Stories”

At North View Middle School we believe that no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. Because of this belief we spend a considerable amount of time building community with our building stakeholders. Our hope is that through this work we will make real connections with our school community to develop a positive school climate and culture that is supportive of all its members. One example of this is bringing families into the school community by hosting our 2nd annual “One World Many Stories” event. This event highlights the many stories of North View.

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

 

 

A Highlight on Language Arts

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The week of May 8-12, the 8th grade students at North View Middle School have a special opportunity to work with authors on a Writing Apprenticeship Program.  This program was designed by the students in grade eight. A few months ago they selected three genres of writing that they wanted to learn more about—spoken word, comedy writing, and comics/zine writing.

Now, three local professional writers Levi Weinhagen (comedy),

Fiona Avocado (comics),

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and Tou Saiko Lee (spoken word poetry) 

will work with the eighth grade to learn more about their chosen genres, create new pieces within those genres, and share them with their classmates. Through this authentic writing experience with professional, student-selected writers, students will develop an understanding of concepts and tools used within a specific genre, see author/artist as a viable occupation, and experience writing as a joyful and positive activity. Interested students will share their writing at the One World Many Stories event on May 25. The professional writers will also each select three pieces from the week to be published in the annual COMPAS collection of student writing.

A Highlight on Social Studies

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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.

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The first unit I would like to highlight this year is from our 6th grade Social Studies classroom. Our students are in the fifth week of a five week unit covering the “Minnesotan Immigration Experience”. The key concepts being studied are “Community and Identity” with the debatable question of: “How can we use an understanding of others’ identities to help define our own identities?”

With this unit, students are learning about the identities and experiences of particular immigrant groups in Minnesota, and using this information to compare and contrast the identities and experiences of the immigrant characters in their Language Arts classroom using the book “Seedfolks.” 

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As part of this learning opportunity teachers also incorporate AVID instructional strategies during the unit. Included below is a video of Mr. Rishavy engaging his 6th graders in W.I.C.O.R – writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading – by using the AVID strategies of Marking the Text,

then using that same text to introduce Cornell Notes.

I hope you enjoyed this highlight. If you have any questions about this unit or anything related to North View Middle School, please feel free to contact me using this form.

In House Field Trip

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At North View Middle School we believe that students learn best when involved in active and purposeful learning opportunities. To ensure this happens, we use the nature of young adolescents to guide our instructional decision making. Because of this belief, we invited the National Theatre for Children to our building on Friday, September 23rd and our students engaged in an in-house field trip. The play centered around two ideas that will be studied in many of our science classrooms this year. The first being the key concept “Change” and the second, the debatable question of:To what extent does human activity have on matter transformations in nature?”  

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During the 45 minute skit, our students learned about living green, saving energy, and preparing to be future leaders of our world. Student’s engaged with the content in a fun, interactive, and enriching format. Teacher’s comments about the play were, “I thought it went well and was engaging for our students!” “I loved the humor and the way it was personalized towards our students!” “It was wonderful and we should have them back!”

Click here for more information about the National Theatre for Children!

We can’t wait to have them back!

In case you missed it.

At North View Middle School we believe that no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. Because of this belief we spend a considerable amount of time building community with our building stakeholders. Our hope is that through this work we will make real connections with our school community to develop a positive school climate and culture that is supportive of all its members.

Because of this belief our students spent a considerable amount of time on the first day and week of school working with student leaders and staff to make real connections with each other and learn that people at school care about them. This work help us begin to develop a positive school climate and culture that is supportive of all community members.

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As you can see activities included large group activities, community building competitions with their grade level peers and small group activities within their advisory classrooms. Students learned about the school’s expectations for them as community members and got familiar with the most difficult thing about middle school, finding your classes in three minutes!

If you haven’t heard our Knight Pride, check out the NVMS school cheer here.

Math Update

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Math updates provide more access to accelerated options and clearer course titles.

The middle school math course sequence has been revised to ensure that students at every grade level in all four middle schools have access to accelerated math, and to provide course titles that more clearly convey course content.

With teacher recommendation, 6th graders now have access to an accelerated Pre-Algebra course; 7th and 8th graders may be eligible for either of two accelerated math options.

The changes do not require any action by students or families. As they do every year, teachers will place students in the appropriate math course, according to teacher recommendation and standardized test scores.

Students will receive their class schedules, including math course placement, at orientation in August. The updated Middle School Registration Guide can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/28Z8f9t