One2One Programming

When founder Stefan Van Voorst started One2One 10 years ago he had one goal in mind, facilitating intentional relationships. One2One is founded upon the belief that intentional relationships create change, and build communities “research shows that nearly every aspect of health and well-being improves for individuals and communities that are connected” (One2one.org). With this in mind, One2One began as a school-based mentor program that matched college students with 5th-9th graders in Brooklyn Park schools as a way to facilitate intentional one-on-one relationships and build connection.

Treasure & Joy
Naseeb & Anggi

While we had considerable success with our mentor-to-mentee model and the goal to facilitate intentional relationships remains the same, the Covid-19 pandemic and social injustices occurring in our communities has had a major impact on us all but especially on our youth. Because of this, One2One thought that we should adapt our model to better meet the expanding needs of our youth. We began this transition when we brought in our five Changemakers over the summer and provided them with the tools and resources to successfully facilitate conversations and cultivate intentional relationships with their peers. With the knowledge they gained, our changemakers helped us facilitate several consensus workshops with their peers from various Minneapolis / St. Paul neighborhoods on the topics of public safety and community values.

Workshop with students from Bethel University on Community Values

The overwhelming positive response from our summer workshop participants on their experiences encouraged us to head into the 2021-22 school year with a new peer-to-peer model. This model focuses on building intentional relationships between the youth and their peers and within their communities. We noticed that when we focus on building and strengthening the relationships the younger generations have with one another, their connections have real power to dismantle the barriers that divide us.

Now, One2One is currently in the process of implementing a program using the new peer-to-peer model at one school that we’ve consistently worked with in the past, North View Middle School. This program will prioritize facilitating intentional relationships between the students at North View because we believe they are the ones capable of creating the school culture and community they desire. To assist in facilitating the program, we kept on two of our changemakers who will utilize the skills and tools they learned over the summer. Through the use of our ERIC model, fun daily activities, interactive consensus workshops, in-depth conversations, leadership development and more, One2One aims to facilitate intentional relationships, prioritize the needs of the students, and empower and magnify their voices within their school and communities.

I hope you enjoyed this spotlight. 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. 

School Spotlight

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A Spotlight On Counseling

North View Middle School has become one of the first schools in Minnesota to be recognized by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) for their delivery of exemplary school counseling programs! RAMP honorees are awarded for aligning their programs with nationally recognized criteria that include demonstrating best practices, creating a data-driven program and closing the achievement gap. An emphasis is placed on all students having access to comprehensive academic, social/emotional and college/career counseling.

In a school year like no other, school counselors have seen the demand for their support rise. “With everything going on in the world right now, including COVID-19, the murder of George Floyd and racial injustices in our community, the need for more school counselors and better counselor-to-student ratios is more apparent than ever,” says North View school counselor Kaylee Herlofsky. Despite this demand across all grade levels, it can be easy to underestimate the pivotal role counselors play in a school community.

“It’s challenging to show the larger community what kind of an impact school counselors have because of the confidential and sensitive nature of our jobs,” explains North View Counselor Shanna Schroeder. “Having the RAMP designation pushes us to make our work more visible and highlights the benefits of students having access to a comprehensive school counseling program.” 

North View Middle School will be honored at a recognition ceremony at ASCA’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 13, 2021. The designation is valid for five years. Congratulations!

I hope you enjoyed this spotlight. 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. 

A Spotlight On Check & Connect

 

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, and draw upon students’ individual learning styles. 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 decision making. Because of this belief, our staff spend a considerable creating engaging learning opportunities. One of those opportunities is our building and district’s partnership with the Check & Connect program featured in the video below.

I hope you enjoyed this spotlight. 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. 

 

A Message From Counseling

Hello North View! Your Counselors and Social Workers are here for you during the school closure. We care about your physical, mental, and emotional health. We have gathered resources and information so that students and families have access to mental health support, food and housing assistance, and online learning resources along with a Virtual Mindfulness Room. Check out our website for all of these resources!

In the meantime, if you need to reach your school counselor during school hours you can get into contact with us via phone:

  • 6th Grade: Mrs. Haik, 612-399-6072 
  • 7th Grade: Mrs. Schroeder, 612-567-2802
  • 8th Grade: Mrs. Herlofsky, 612-567-7811
NVMS Student Services

 

A Spotlight On Check & Connect

 

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, and draw upon students’ individual learning styles. 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 decision making. Because of this belief, our staff spend a considerable creating engaging learning opportunities. One of those opportunities is our building and district’s partnership with the Check & Connect program featured in the video below.

I hope you enjoyed this spotlight. 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. 

 

Welcome Back NVMS!

Pic of the Day- End of the Year Field Trip

North View Middle School Staff at the Grand Slam sixth grade field trip. I think we had more fun then the kids. A big THANK YOU to everyone for pitching in and making this a great day for our students.

If you have any questions about this or anything related to North View Middle School please contact 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.

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!

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.

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