Apps You Want To Know

At North View Middle School we believe that schools and families must work together to provide the best possible learning for every young adolescent. We also believe that schools should take the initiative in involving and educating families. Because of this belief, I am writing this post to keep you informed about the apps and corresponding sites that your students might come across while using their iPads, smartphones or other digital devises. If you have any questions about this post or anything related to NVMS, please connect with me here.

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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.

Pic of the day: Honor Roll Breakfast

At North View Middle School we believe in honoring students who are committed to going above and beyond our expectations.  We do this in many ways and today we provide an honor roll breakfast for our students. Below is a picture of some of our honor roll recipients.

Honor Roll Breakfast

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 iPads are Here!

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At North View Middle School(NVMS) 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. One of the ways to do this is by integrating technology into students’ educational experience. With the use of iPad technology we are able to enhance learning and instruction; use the Schoology learning management system for communication and collaboration; and expanded online learning options for students.

With the addition of the iPads to a school community many worry about the misuse that can come with such a devise. Because of this concern NVMS takes a proactive approach to the management of the iPads.

For example we:

  • Held a parent meeting in September to help parents understand our deployment plan, student expectations and consequences associated with misuse.
  • The district internet filters have been updated so that the following nuisance sites are blocked during the school day: Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram.
  • A full time tech support ESP is present in the building. Her work primarily involves repairing the iPads, and assisting with the monitoring of inappropriate use.
  • The ability to download unauthorized apps has been removed because student iPads are no longer associated with Apple IDs.
  • With the help of our tech ESP, we take “Big Brother” approach by monitoring student activity and sending out reminders and updates for students.
  • Our deployment process provided for time to teach expectation lessons associated with the appropriate use of student iPads in advisory. View the video below to learn more about the appropriate use guidelines.

My hope is that with these proactive measures in place, our students will be equipped to fully engage with this powerful learning tool. If you have any questions about the digital learning initiative at NVMS please connect with me by filling out the form below.

 

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In Case You Missed It: Service Learning

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At North View Middle School, we believe in genuine community involvement is a fundamental component of successful schools for young adolescents. I 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 Project Linus this year to engage in a whole school  service learning project.

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Students were provided with an opportunity to make blankets, using supplies donated by staff, for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  A blanket making station was set up in our cafeteria during all three lunches.  Students, along with interested staff, had the opportunity to work in the area before or after they ate and contribute to a blanket.  Included below is a slide showwith pictures of our school community’s experience with the project.

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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 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!