American Indian Ed. Day & Wacipi is April 30th

Dear Families,

As we move through the third trimester, I wanted to use this communication method to keep you updated on the opportunities available for you to engage in the school’s community.  Please consider joining us at this year’s  American Indian Ed. Day & Wacipi. One of our students will be the Brave featured in this celebration.

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Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

Dear Families,

As we move through the third trimester, I wanted to use this opportunity to keep you updated on a number of opportunities available for you to engage in the school’s community.  Please consider joining us.

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In case you missed it.

At North View Middle School we believe that no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. Because of this belief we spend a considerable amount of time building community with our building stakeholders. Our hope is that through this work we will make real connections with our school community to develop a positive school climate and culture that is supportive of all its members.

Whether it is through our trimester assemblies where the purpose is to recognize each other, build community and re-teach expectations. 

 

By administrators being “head over heels” to honor groups of students that create and attain classroom goals like being on-time, dressed and successful during the building’s swimming unit. 

Or at our annual Black History Celebration night. Where we put our student and staff talents on display.

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A star is born!

 

Or during or most recent 6th grade field trip. Where our students explored the concepts of force and motion in action.

Our students are at the center of everything we do . Please consider joining us at any of our upcoming events.

World Read Aloud is Today!

 

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The purpose of World Read Aloud Day is to reinforce the enjoyment of reading, and continue to build a community of NVMS readers.  In honor of this day, each teacher will be given a portion of a 5 minute mystery.  They are asked to read the first minute or two of the story at the beginning of the hour. You’ll see with picture pictures below that the story is divided by hours 5, 6, 7, and 8. And there is a chunk of text specifically for each hour.  Students are to listen to see if, by the end of the day, they can pull the clues together to make a guess as to “who dunnit”.  Students will then be able to enter their guesses on Thursday in the media center. Students’ names will be drawn from correct guesses to win a book of their choice.

 

 

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IB Evaluation Visit

 

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As an authorized IB school, the International Baccalaureate Organization evaluates the implementation of their programs in more than 4,300 schools globally. This coming April, North View Middle School will have its evaluation visit. A team of educators will be visiting North View and Park Center to check on our Middle Years Program implementation. Part of the evaluation visit will include parent interviews, as well as student and staff interviews. If you are interested in being part of this evaluation process and are able to come to North View during the day please contact our IB Coordinator, Kurt Carlson at 763-585-7227 or carlsonkurt@district279.org. The site visit will occur April 4-6, but a definitive time for the parent interviews has not been determined yet.

To find out more about the IB Middle Years Program at North View, please click here.

Testing Questionnaire

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At North View Middle School we believe that an education for young adolescents must be developmentally responsive, recognizes that every student can learn and everyone is held to a high standard. To monitor our success at this goal and advance our students’ learning we use varied and ongoing assessments. One of measurement devices we use is the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment(MCA) test. The MCA test is used to find out how well our curriculum is aligned to the state standards and how well our students are instructed to those standards, specifically in reading, mathematics, and science.

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We look for areas where our students do well so we can reinforce the ways we teach these skills and also look for areas that need improvement, so we can modify our instruction. Our testing season will begin late March with the eighth grade science test and will continue throughout the spring in all three grades in the areas of reading and math. To ensure that our students experience an assessment environment that is supportive of all we would like your input. The link below will direct you to a survey that will allow you to provide us with information on how we can best support your student during testing situations.

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Click here to be taken to the parent survey. 

 

 

 

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

Dear Families,

As we move through the second trimester, I wanted to use this opportunity to keep you updated on a number of opportunities available for you to engage in the school’s community.  Please consider joining us.

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In case you missed it.

At North View Middle School we believe that no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. Because of this belief we spend a considerable amount of time building community with our building stakeholders. Our hope is that through this work we will make real connections with our school community to develop a positive school climate and culture that is supportive of all its members.

Whether it is spirit week where the staff and students participated in “College Gear”, “Repp your High School”, and “Twins” days with a culmination of the week being Halloween costumes.

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Or at our annual Fall Family Bingo night. Where we gave away fun prizes, that included turkeys and complete Thanksgiving meals in a box.

 

Or our Choir concert.

I know you’ll find something you love. Please consider joining us at our upcoming events..

Upcoming Parental Involvement Opportunities

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Dear Families,

As we continue to progress through the year I want to use this forum to keep you updated on opportunities to be involved in the school community. Three items to note for this month are our upcoming Turkey Bingo meeting, parent V.I.P days, and our Parent Advisory Group. Please plan on participating in any or all of the opportunities available to you.

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Next Thursday, November 19th, is our annual Fall Family Bingo night. We will be giving away the fun prizes, along with turkeys and complete Thanksgiving meals in a box. I encourage you to come out with your families and spend some quality time with your school community.

Your Voice Counts

Our Parent Advisory Group (P.A.G.) aims to improve communication and involvement among parents, students, and the school.  During our meetings you will be provided with an opportunity;

  • To become informed about what is happening at NVMS,
  • Raise questions regarding policies and procedures at NVMS,
  • Gain clarification regarding issues related to NVMS,
  • Create an environment that supports ongoing parent involvement at NVMS,
  • Address issues, concerns and suggestions presented to the group and to be involved in the solution and on-going feedback.

If you were unable to attend our last meeting, please consider coming to our next meeting on  November 24th, 2015-2016 from 6:00-7:00pm. The purpose of this meeting will be to help families understand the integrated work to support equitable student achievement at NVMS and how you can support it. Please be sure to contact Diana Bledsoe at 763-585-7200  if you are planning on attending.

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I would also like to invite you into the building during the school day for a comprehensive introduction to North View Middle School. Our school’s purpose is to create an educational environment in which students are given the opportunity to reach their full potential, and I would love for you to see this in action during one of our V.I.P. days.

Our next V.I.P. day will be held on November 23rd from 10:00-11:30 am and will include an opportunity for parents to tour our campus, attend classes, dine in our cafeteria, and see our school in action. If this is something that interests you, please call the school at 763-585-7200 to sign up. Space is limited so sign up early.

Sincerely,

Diana Bledsoe,

Principal

College Knowledge Month

At North View Middle School we believe that every student’s academic and personal development should guided by an adult advocate. As part of this guidance, we intentionally build opportunities in our school day to provide students with guidance for “Life After High School”. Much of what we do is aligned with outcomes associated with the Ramp-Up to Readiness advisory program. As a result of our implementation of this programming model a number of building wide activities will be held throughout the year. The first of these is College Knowledge Month.

 

College Knowledge Month

The purpose of College Knowledge Month at the middle school level is to increase students’ awareness around post secondary options.  Every Wednesday this month there have been activities or events designed to get our students thinking about and talking about their options. Activities have included staff “reppin” their college gear, college talks in advisory and college souvenir giveaways to name a few. As we conclude our activities, we would like to get our families and community members involved as well.

If you are interested in talking to students about your career or help inspire students to follow their dreams, North View Middle School would love to have your support.

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We are looking for individuals who would be willing to participate in a career panel. Specific information is below.

Who: Adults from our community who love their job!

What: A career panel discussing the personal and social benefits of your career with students.

When: Tuesday, November 17th, from about 9:15-10:15 AM.

Where: North View Middle School.

How: Contact Lara Woyno, 8th grade school counselor, at 763-585-7213 or woynol@district279.org by Tuesday, November 3rd.