Pic of the Day- Hard Hats Only

It’s official we are under construction! I’m excited to see the new View this fall! 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!

At North View Middle School(NVMS) we believe that students and teachers should be engaged in active, purposeful learning. Because of this belief, our educators strive to ensure that culturally responsive practices and learning opportunities are present in every student’s daily experience.

One example of this, is the work Ms. Farrow, NVMS AVID Teacher, does to fosters a safe, open & college going culture in her classroom. Recently her students took college visists to Metropolitan State University and the University of Minnesota. Included below is a short video of our students getting the “411” on what it is like to be a student at Metro state.

Another example of students being involved in active and purposeful learning was the opportunity students were given last week to be the jury, judge and witness in the Dred Scott case.

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In addition to engaging in active and purposeful learning, we also like to have a little fun. One example of this are our 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.

 

Our hope is that through this work we will make real connections within our school community to develop a positive school climate and culture that is supportive of all its members. Students taking part also have a chance to work with students they may otherwise not usually choose to; opening minds, broadening horizons. Included below is a video of our recent staff versus student competition during our assembly. The kids didn’t stand a chance!

If you have any questions about this event or anything related to North View Middle School please contact me here. or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal.

In case you missed it: MLK at NVMS

At North View Middle School we believe that students and teachers should be engaged in active, purposeful learning. Because of this belief our educators strive to ensure that culturally responsive practices and learning opportunities are present in every student’s daily experience.

One example of this, is the work Ms. Knighten did this week to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Take a look at the Channel 12 feature that was filmed last week to highlight this classroom experience.

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

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.