A Highlight on Social Studies


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.


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.” 


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



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?”  


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!

International Baccalaureate Programming Evaluation



North View Middle School recently had an evaluation visit of the International Baccalaureate(IB) Middle Years Program by a group from IB. The evaluation process that IB uses is intended to give schools a thorough understanding of their areas for growth and their strengths. In preparation of the site visit, North View and Park Center had undergone a self-assessment of all of the standards required to be an IB school. The staff at both schools showed that they were aware of what our IB programs strengths and weakness are. The team from IB took three days to visit classrooms, tour each school and speak with students, teachers, administration, and parents. Their findings matched very closely with what our own self-assessment had told us.

In the coming weeks we will be getting a formal report from IB stating our areas for growth and our strengths. Both North View and Park Center will create an action plan related to any of the areas of growth. We are very confident that we will be able to respond to any feedback that our evaluation report gives our school and we will be sharing more information with you when we get our report back from IB in the coming weeks. If you ever have any questions about our IB program at North View, please feel free to contact Kurt Carlson, our IB Coordinator at North View. He can be reached at 763-585-7227 or by email at carlsonkurt@district279.org .

Contents for this blog posting were provided by Kurt Carlson, North View Middle School’s IB Coordinator