The iPads are Here!

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At North View Middle School(NVMS) 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. One of the ways to do this is by integrating technology into students’ educational experience. With the use of iPad technology we are able to enhance learning and instruction; use the Schoology learning management system for communication and collaboration; and expanded online learning options for students.

With the addition of the iPads to a school community many worry about the misuse that can come with such a devise. Because of this concern NVMS takes a proactive approach to the management of the iPads.

For example we:

  • Held a parent meeting in September to help parents understand our deployment plan, student expectations and consequences associated with misuse.
  • The district internet filters have been updated so that the following nuisance sites are blocked during the school day: Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram.
  • A full time tech support ESP is present in the building. Her work primarily involves repairing the iPads, and assisting with the monitoring of inappropriate use.
  • The ability to download unauthorized apps has been removed because student iPads are no longer associated with Apple IDs.
  • With the help of our tech ESP, we take “Big Brother” approach by monitoring student activity and sending out reminders and updates for students.
  • Our deployment process provided for time to teach expectation lessons associated with the appropriate use of student iPads in advisory. View the video below to learn more about the appropriate use guidelines.

My hope is that with these proactive measures in place, our students will be equipped to fully engage with this powerful learning tool. If you have any questions about the digital learning initiative at NVMS please connect with me by filling out the form below.

 

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In Case You Missed It: Service Learning

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At North View Middle School, we believe in genuine community involvement is a fundamental component of successful schools for young adolescents. I believe that schools should seek appropriate partnerships with businesses, social service agencies, and other organizations whose purposes are consistent with the school’s mission.

Because of this belief, our school partnered with the Project Linus this year to engage in a whole school  service learning project.

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Students were provided with an opportunity to make blankets, using supplies donated by staff, for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  A blanket making station was set up in our cafeteria during all three lunches.  Students, along with interested staff, had the opportunity to work in the area before or after they ate and contribute to a blanket.  Included below is a slide showwith pictures of our school community’s experience with the project.

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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.

I would love to hear from you!

Contents for this blog posting were provided by Demyko Jackson, summer school coordinator.

We are so excited about the amazing start we’ve had here at Summer Knights. These past few weeks students have been making new friends and enjoying new experiences. Each day every student participates in an interactive science, social studies and reading class. Students also participate in two elective classes that they have chosen. Elective classes include: Art, Cooking/Gardening, Bucket Drumming, Digital Music Production, Young Men Mentors, and Teen Annex Leadership. Students also have the option of participating in either Phy Ed, Open Gym Basketball or Hip Hop Zumba class each day. Each week you will receive an email with highlights from our program and information you may need to know about up and coming events. You can also follow us on Facebook, so you can see what your kiddos are up to throughout the day.

Thank you for choosing Summer knights!

~Summer Knights Team

CLASS HIGHLIGHT: This week in Art class, students used the internet to find an inspirational quote that meant something to them and others created their own. They then turned their quote into art by creating a Sidewalk Chalk Mural. Here are pics of just a few!

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, July 6th , Summer Knights will spend the day at the Maple Grove Community Center.  Students who would like to swim may bring their swim suits and towels, and a bag for their wet clothes. Bag lunches will be provided, but students may bring money for concession stands.

REMINDERS:

  • Summer Knights will be closed on Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th for the holiday. We will resume programming on Wednesday, July 5th.
  • Summer Attendance: Please be mindful of our summer attendance policy. If your child is absent, please call or email Program Facilitators no later than the day of to ensure an excused absence.  If your family is taking a vacation, please let Program Facilitators know at least one week prior to the leave.

Attendance Line: (763) 585-7260 or email jacksondemyko@district279.org .

 

THIS & THAT:

Program Contact Information:  North View Middle School’s Main Office (763)585-7200

*Please Note: The fastest communication during the summer is through email.

Student Concerns

Behavior `Concerns

Attendance

General Program Information

Mr. Oliver    Phone: (763) 585-7260

                       Email: oliverj@district279.org

 

Ms. Jackson Email: jacksondemyko@district279.org

 

Health/Medication Concerns

Nurse Hyde   Direct Phone: (763) 585-7206

Message Line: (763) 612-356-6588

Email: hydep@district279.org

 

Last week’s Field trip Pics: MALL OF AMERICA

 

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

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.

 

 

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.

Recognizing Excellence

At North View Middle School we believe that recognizing our school community members for their accomplishments is key to building a school community that fosters a shared commitment to high expectations for student achievement, high standards of teaching and learning, and a culturally competent environment where diversity is valued.

Whether it is a teacher who is honored was nominated for the VFW teacher of the year award for her ability to help students collaborate and engage in learning, conversation, and reflection about the role of equity in relation to American History, civic responsibility, and patriotism.

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Or a student who was recognized by the district for their “Significant Investment in Their Own Learning” honor.  As his principal  I have watched this young man develop both academically and personally into a mature individual epitomizing the characteristics that the North View Middle School community believes are essential for success in school and in life.

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Or Mrs. Hill who has been with North View for over forty years and was recently recognized for the district’s “Significant Investment in the Betterment of Education” honor. Mrs. Hill has been with North View for over forty years. First as a teacher, and currently as an Educational Support Professional and has positively impacted many lives at North View as a result.

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In addition to honoring individuals we also take great pride in honoring groups of students who contributed to the school community. Pictured below are students who were recently recognized for the academic achievement by earning a spot on the A and B honor roll.

Please help me in congratulating them!