English Spotlight

 

One of our goals in our English classes at North View Middle School is to help all of our students enjoy reading and become lifelong readers. To help accomplish this, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students read independently for the first 10 – 15 minutes of their English classes, and the English teachers check in with students about what they are reading, help them with any reading issues they may be having, and set goals with the kids. 

Independent reading has many benefits for kids (and adults).

  • Like practicing a sport or an instrument, independent reading helps kids get better at reading.
  • Reading improves knowledge.
  • Reading reduces stress.
  • Reading expands vocabulary.
  • Reading creates new synapses in your brain, which improves memory. 
  • Reading improves your analytical skills.
  • Reading improves your focus and concentration skills. 
  • Reading helps with writing skills.
  • Reading is free entertainment.

Since reading has many benefits, both academically and socially, we strongly encourage your child to read 15 -30 minutes at home on a daily basis. In 8th grade, it is required that students read at home for 1-2 hours a week. 

Looking for some good middle school and young adult books? Check out Allison Sirovy’s reading blog at readingthemiddle.blogspot.com  and check out the books below, too.


     

If you have any questions about this post or anything related to NVMS, please connect with me here.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

 

At North View Middle School we believe that providing challenging and relevant learning opportunities is the key to our students’ success in middle school and beyond. Because of this belief we are excited to offer an AVID exploratory course to our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students next year.

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This exploratory course is designed to support students, who are in the academic middle, on their path to college.  This course is an optional class that students can apply to enter.  The AVID program will continue to support these students and prepare them for college as they move on through middle school, and high school.  Key components of our AVID course are:

  • Skill development in the areas of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading.
  • Expectations of taking rigorous courses.
  • The opportunity to be tutored by academic mentors.
  • Tutorial activities designed to support students with challenging course work.
  • Exposure to a college-going culture through guest speakers, college visits, college tutors, etc.

For more information, please visit WWW.AVID.ORG, and feel free to reach out to Anna Paulson, our AVID instructor.
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. 

One2One Mentoring Program

At North View Middle School we believe that the school environment should be inviting, safe, inclusive, 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.

One2One, our community partner, has been working on some amazing things for next fall! Please take some time to view video below to learn about the fantastic opportunity many of our One2One students will be a part of next year. It also highlights the amazing experience many of our Dare 2 Be real students and former NVMS students were given to help design and implement a new law enforcement course for Metro State University.

If you would like more information about this program or how to get involve the One to One mentoring 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.

Pic of the Day!

AVID students presenting at Edinbrook.

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.

New Student Open House

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At North View Middle School we believe that empowering our students with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful begins before the school year does. An effective transition is key to that success. This spring we held a 5th grade open house event for our incoming students. Parents and students were provided with information about “What to Expect in Middle School”, visited classrooms and were provided a guided tour by our student leaders. If you were unable to attend the open house, I would encourage to contact us to schedule a visit or take a look at the ABCs of North View Middle School information below.

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The ABC’s of North View Middle School

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Digital Career Event

North View Middle School is putting on a digital career event and we need your expertise to make it happen! We surveyed our students and they want to learn about you and your career. We are hoping you will put together a two minute video using your smartphone or iPad, to discuss your experience as a professional. This is what they’d like to know:

  • Name
  • Job title and place of employment
  • What a day at your job is like
  • Your favorite/least favorite part of your job
  • How much could you make in your career field
  • How you became interested in your career
  • Where you went to college
  • What the classes in college were like
  • How you paid for college
  • What high school classes students could take to prepare
  • Advice for students interested in going into your field

Thank you for considering sharing your professional experience with North View’s students. The directions below provide the information you will need to upload your video to our YouTube channel by May 12th.