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.

Blackout Dodgeball Returns!

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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.

Stakeholder Survey Results

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Throughout the year North View Middle School students and families participated in several surveys to gain feedback on our school culture and student engagement. There were three surveys administered: the parent stakeholder survey, North View student engagement survey, and the North View grades 7-8 trend report. The questions fell in several different sub categories including: strategic outcomes, teaching and learning, classroom respect, communication, student support, adult trust, belonging, help for parents, and lifelong learning. The results from this survey were then compared to the results from the same survey at North View in 2014 and the results from other schools in our district.  

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First are the key findings from the Parent Stakeholder Survey.  Overall, North View had similar results to district averages in many subcategories. Though we did stand out in some very important areas. Listed below are several highlights from the survey where North View parents had a higher percentage rating than the district average or averages from 2014:

  • We have more families that believe their son/daughter has clear dreams or visions for his/her future
  • We have a higher percentage of families who believe that someone who works with their son/daughter at school has helped him/her to set goals so he/she can get closer to achieving his/her dreams
  • Our families believe that teachers at North View help their students be creative and innovative
  • We also have more parents that believe all students from different cultures get along well together
  • Our families also believe that their student gains skills in critical thinking and using information and technology
  • Our families also felt that NV keeps them informed about school improvements, events/activities and other important information
  • Many families felt that their son/daughter feels that he/she can do well in school
  • And finally, when surveyed, 100% of our families expect their son/daughter to go to college

 

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Next are the highlights from the Student Engagement Survey in Grades 6-8. Again North View had very similar results to district averages. However, there are several key areas to note where we stand out:

  • North View had high positive percentages in both students feeling like they learned a lot every day and their teachers asking questions to make sure students are listening and engaging with the material
  • We were also high in students feeling like teachers have several good ways to explain each topic
  • Students also feel that their teachers tell them what they are learning each day and explain why they are learning it
  • Another area of high positive percentages were students feeling like their teachers believe they can learn, believe they can be successful, expecting the students to work hard, and not letting the students give up
  • And finally, students rated positively when saying that their teachers want them to use their thinking skills, not just memorizing skills

Finally, I would like to share the results from the North View Middle School Grades 7-8 Trend Report. In this report, North View again had similar results with district averages. However there are even more areas to highlight that represent a significant increase compared to other schools in our district. Those increases include:

  • Our Hispanic, biracial, and special education students had significant increases in feeling as if they can set goals and achieve their dreams
  • There were significant increases from Asians, Hispanics, white students, biracial students, free and reduced lunch, and special education students in feeling like they are treated with respect and that students from different cultures get along well together
  • We also had significant growth for our Hispanic, black, white, biracial, and free and reduced lunch students in feeling comfortable to share their thoughts and ideas as well as having a sense of belonging within the school

 

Improvement

After analyzing the survey data and celebrating our strengths and areas of advancement, it is also important to note areas where we can improve our school culture and student engagement. Below are areas where our students are asking for their teachers to change their practices to help them create a better educational experience. As we plan for the next school year, these will be at the forefront:

  • We saw a decrease in our black students feeling that there was someone to help them identify their dreams and set goals to achieve them
  • There was also a decrease in our Asian, black, ELL, and free and reduced lunch students feeling as if their teachers listened to them carefully
  • Finally, we saw a decrease in our black and white students saying they have access to technology that they need for school work and that they learn a lot when they do class work online

This school year North View saw many changes due to the grade span reconfiguration and this has made for an exciting, yet developing school year. We have worked relentlessly to create a culturally relevant and digital learning environment that meets the needs of all students. However we are not quite where we want to be. We will continue to work with our staff to create a  positive school climate and culture, and have high student engagement within our classroom.

Contents for this blog posting were provided by Stephanie Kortan, a North View Middle School’s English Language teacher.