Pic of the Day- Debate

Sixth grade students debating whether or not sports teams should change their logo name or mascot if it is offensive to indigenous people. 

Pic of the day: NVMS Students Shine!

NVMS students shine at the district 279 Student Art Show. Ms Pam Paulsen’s students, Josh Moua and Ariel Fernandez, are highlighted in the picture below!

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In Case You Missed It: Penny Wars

 

At North View Middle School, we believe that genuine community involvement is a fundamental component of successful schools for young adolescents. We also 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 H2O for Life  this year to engage in a whole school  service learning project called “Penny Wars”. Students participated in an advisory competition to raise money to support a public school located in Benin, Edo State, Nigeria. If you would like to help us in supporting this great cause please click here. 

Congratulations to Ms. Eldridge’s advisory for the largest Penny War total. Ms. Eldridge’s advisory will get $25 toward a treat of their choosing!

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Honor Roll Breakfast

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At North View Middle School we believe in honoring students who are committed to going above and beyond our expectations.  We do this in many ways and today we provide an honor roll breakfast for our students. Below are pictures our honor roll recipients.

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In addition to honoring our scholars, we also celebrated a birthday!

 

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 Day: Seventh Grade Math

I’m hanging out with seventh graders today and learning about writing equations for parallel and perpendicular lines.

A Highlight on Science- 8th Grade

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.

An example of this, is our 8th graders Alien Invasion Project. During this summative assessment, students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge of the features of the different planets and moons of the solar system, including their sizes, locations, and compositions. Based on this knowledge, they are asked to apply what they know about essential life functions and show that not all planets can support life as we know it.

In this project-based summative assessment, students will either assume the role of a NASA researcher who has discovered a new creature on a different planet, or will act as the creature itself. In their role, students will describe, in either a personal narrative or an informational paper, the creature’s habitat, the characteristics of the creature and how it adapts and survives on its planet, and develop creative solutions to the possible problems that creature would encounter if it were to inhabit a different planet.

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.

Published Authors!

During the week of May 8-12, 2017 the 8th grade students at North View Middle School had a special opportunity to work with authors on a Writing Apprenticeship Program. Through this authentic writing experience with professional, student-selected writers, students developed an understanding of concepts and tools used within a specific genre, saw author/artist as a viable occupation, and experienced writing as a joyful and positive activity. They worked the comedic writer, comics writer and spoken word artist featured here.

As a result of this opportunity, two NVMS students became published authors in the 2016-2017 Compas collection of student writing. Each year COMPAS collects some of the best student writing from across Minnesota and publishes them in an Anthology. They’ve published 37 over the decades and have added NVMS to their collective voice of Minnesota students. Take a look at the sample writing below.

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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.

Pic of the Day: Orchestra Concert

At North View Middle School we believe that learning should challenging, explorative and relevant. Because of this belief, we provide students with experiences in areas beyond the core subjects. These classes can reveal skill sets students that might not be obvious in their other classes, helping them see their strengths and affording them opportunities to be of value to their classmates. One of these course offerings is Orchestra. Pictured below is Ms. Knapp conducting our recent concert.

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Pic of the Day: Literacy O’ Lantern


At North View Middle School we recognize the fundamental importance of literacy to expanding life opportunities for our students. As a result of this understanding, we work diligently to ensure that literacy is alive in our building and in our student’s lives inside and outside of the school day. Because of this belief, we make every attempt to get students and their families engaged in our literacy engagement opportunities. 

This year for example, our school hosted our first “Literacy-O-Lanternsevent in our Media Center for students and their families to enjoy during parent-teacher conferences last night. Armed with Sharpies and a pumpkin, hand picked by one of our Reading Teachers, they were able to decorate the pumpkins with characters from a children’s book or their imagination. This year’s event will conclude with an opportunity for our students to continue their work after school on Tuesday. 

Our ultimate goal is to foster a genuine love of reading within our school communities, and to get kids talking about their favorite books. Our hope is that events like these will provide them with an opportunity to become avid readers. 

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Collaborative Planning at NVMS


At North View Middle School we believe our best work is done collaboratively, including our time together in professional discussion. As part of the Site Improvement Plan, each week the English Language Arts(ELA), Social Studies, Science, English Language Learner(EL) and Special Education teachers from each house engage in a collaborative inquiry cycle around literacy standards. Teams work closely with the Literacy Coordinator, IB Coordinator and Differentiation Coach.


During this work, teams asses students to find out what they already know about a specific reading standard, share strategies for teaching the standard, plan how they will teach it and reflect on student learning. This is done to ensure that all students are appropriately supported and challenged.


This trimester each grade level has been focused on narrative writing. The ELA teachers began by pre-assessing student’s narrative writing ability by providing them an opportunity to write without interruption on a topic of their choice. This was followed by a review of student work and will continue with work to plan instruction in each content area around writing. Students will then be given a post-assessment during December to track their growth.

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