One2One Standout Student

At North View Middle School we believe that the school environment should be invitingsafeinclusive, and supportive of all and every student’s academic and personal development should be guided by an adult advocate. While much of this support is provided by staff at the building level, we also partner with community members to ensure that every student has a champion.

One example of this is our partnership with the One2One mentoring program. The One2One mentorship program partnership began in November of 2011 with the goal of developing a mentoring program that would provide support to students struggling within the school environment. It has since evolved into a multi-school partnership supporting over a hundred middle and elementary school students. One student that has been supported by this program is one of our current 8th graders, Shaliesch.

Shaliesch was asked to speak at the most recent One2One Mentor fundraising luncheon. She spoke in front of 200 people about her experience as a student, her time in the One2One program and her hopes for the future. After her speech Shaliesch end up being the most famous people in the room. If you would like to more about this program, please click here.

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.

Need a Good Book to Read?

At North View Middle School we believe that our students education does not end when the school bell rings. Because of this belief, I would like to use this post to recommend books for your middle level learner to engage with at home. Please read the information provided by Allison Sirovy, an 8th grade English teacher at North View Middle School, below to put a great book in your students hands.


 New experiences . . . all from my living room couch

 I apologize for not writing on this blog for a few weeks, but I’ve been hooked on reading so many great books (and teaching 8th grade English)! In looking over my most recent reads, I’ve read books ranging from a Native American childhood in the Southwest to an Egyptian girl, who was sold as a slave at eight years old to a wealthy family.

These books have made me cry, have made me laugh, and have made me think about how lucky I am to live the life I live. Reading lets me experience the lives of others without ever leaving my couch, and I am so thankful that middle school students and high school students have a multitude of fabulous books by fabulous authors to chose from. Here are the four books I have read in the past four weeks:

Rattlesnake Mesa: Stories from a Native American Childhood by Ednah New Rider Weber

I’ll be honest; I usually judge a book by it’s cover. That’s terrible – I know, especially since I’m an English teacher, and this book had sat in my closet for over a year because I didn’t like the cover. Well, I finally decided to read it, and I wonder why I waited so long. It was an eye-opening book. The author, Ednah New Rider Weber, shares brief stories about her childhood – about her friends and family and her times at an Indian boarding school, which she, along with thousands of other Native children, were forced to attend by our government in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Ms. New Rider Weber has a way of telling each story with heart yet at the same time making each story brief, so she can share as many of her wonderful (and heartbreaking) stories as possible.

Goodreads blurb (a really quirk blurb that doesn’t do the book justice): EdNah, a seven-year-old Pawnee girl, goes to live with a father she hardly knows on a Navajo reservation after her grandmother dies.

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson


Just read this book! That’s all I need to say.

Goodreads blurb: Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity. She has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods.

But Jade doesn’t need support. And just because her mentor is black doesn’t mean she understands Jade. And maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.

Friendships, race, privilege, identity—this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.

Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave by Shyima Hall
 
Recently and over the past several months, there have been news stories about human trafficking in the United States and across the globe, but it never really dawned on me what was truly happening to these children, teens, and adults who were sold into slavery or captured into slavery. Shyima Hall’s story begins in Egypt where she is a happy child even though she lives in abject poverty. At eight years old, she is sold by her parents to a wealthy family in Egypt; this family eventually leaves Egypt and takes Shyima with them to the United States to be their slave from before sun-up to well after sundown. There is a happy ending to this real-life story, but that happiness comes slowly to Shyima.
Goodreads blurb: Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt’s capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima’s servitude—but her journey to true freedom was far from over.

A volunteer at her local police department since she was a teenager, Shyima is passionate about helping to rescue others who are in bondage. Now a US citizen, she regularly speaks out about human trafficking and intends to one day become an immigration officer. In Hidden Girl, Shyima candidly reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances and brings vital awareness to a timely and relevant topic.

Patina (Track series, #2) by Jason Reynolds
 
If you’ve never read a book by Jason Reynolds, I highly recommend everything he has written! Reynolds has a way of getting to the heart of the characters in his story and making his readers want to finish one of his books in one sitting.

Patina is another one of these books. It is the second book in his Track series. (Ghost was the first one in the series, which

I also highly recommend.) Patina, a.k.a. Patty, will have you cheering her on as she deals with her mom’s illness, her new school, and doing her best to take care of everyone around her, including her younger sister, Maddy.

Goodreads blurb: Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons—to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she’s not able to live with her “real” mom any more: her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that the disease that took her mom’s legs will one day take her away forever. So Patty’s also running for her mom, who can’t. But can you ever really run away from any of this? As the stress builds up, it’s building up a pretty bad attitude as well. Coach won’t tolerate bad attitude. No day, no way. And now he wants Patty to run relay…where you have to depend on other people? How’s she going to do THAT?

You can learn more about great books for middle school students and connect with Alison Sirovy here.

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.

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: Being on time

At North View Middle School we believe that every student’s academic and personal development should be guided by an adult advocate. Because of this belief, we ensure that each of students is paired with an advisory teacher and meets with this advisory teacher and about 8 to 10 peers every day to discuss college and career readiness, build community and hear about important information related to their school day. Pictured below is a group of sixth graders helping their class mate problem solve how to get to class on time.

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.

The First Week Assembly

At North View Middle School we believe that no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. Because of this belief our incoming students spent a considerable amount of time during the first week of school working with student leaders and staff to make real connections with each other, learn that people at school care about them and begin to develop a positive school climate and culture that is supportive of all community members. In addition to learning school expectations, we also like to recognize our students at all school and grade level 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. Students taking part also have a chance to work with students they may otherwise not usually choose to; opening minds, broadening horizons. Included below are photos of our recent all school assembly.

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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!

 

The First Week of School

At North View Middle School we believe that no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. Because of this belief our incoming students spent a considerable amount of time during the first week of school working with student leaders and staff to make real connections with each other, learn that people at school care about them and begin to develop a positive school climate and culture that is supportive of all community members.

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Activities include large group activities and competitions with their grade level peers and small group activities within their advisory classrooms. Students also connected with the adults that are here to support them. One group that is featured in our first “Carpool Karaoke” video was my administrative team. This video was shown during our Welcome Fest on the first day of school.

Students were also able to learn about the school’s expectations for them as new community members and get familiar with the most difficult thing about middle school, opening your first combination locker. The video below outlines my message to students about being kind to each other.

When asked about their experiences during the first week, many students stated that this was a great way to start the school year because they felt welcomed and excited about joining a new school community.

2017-2018 Web Leaders

2017-2018 Web Leaders

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.