Student Spotlight

Many people participate in community service because they enjoy helping others and improving their community. One of those individuals is NVMS 8th grader Shauntaya Williams. She and her family spend every weekend serving their community by providing food and other items for the homeless. When asked how her school community could help her in this commendable endeavor, she stated that they could really use items like toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, etc. to pass out. If you would like to help me help her, please contact me here. The items donated will be collected and passed out to those in need. If you would like to learn more about Shauntaya’s initiative, please take a look at the video below.

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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.

Reppin Knight Pride- Choice Day

At North View Middle School (NVMS) we believe that teachers and students deserve a school environments that is safe, supportive, and conducive to learning. To ensure this supportive and inclusive environment, we pay close attention to the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students. We provide our students with a school-wide system of supports that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and acknowledging appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment.

At NVMS we have developed 3 behavior expectations that are applied school-wide and apply to all students and staff in every environment.

At North View we believe that students should be:

  • Respectful
  • Responsible and Safe
  • Ready

To ensure this occurs we teach those expected behaviors by direct instruction, modeling and reinforce that learning by allowing time for role play, practice, and by giving reminders and prompts.

In addition to actively supervising and monitoring behavior, we also positively reinforce expected behaviors by acknowledging students who meet or exceed our expectations. We do this by handing out Knight Pride tickets that students can use in our school store, hosting Knight Pride assemblies where students are acknowledged publicly by their peers and staff and providing students with a “Choice Day”.

Students who earn “Choice Day” do so, by not receiving behavioral referrals or participating in restitution activities. By doing this they get to skip class and participate in a variety of activities hosted by school staff. Our last “Choice Day” allowed us to provide opportunities for students to watch a movie, go sledding, dance to K-Pop, play dodge ball or basketball, swim in our pool along with a wide variety of other activities shown in the pictures and video below.

This is one of my favorite days of the year. The students love it and staff enjoy getting in on the fun too!

 

Christmas Toys for Needy Children

Christmas Gift Giving

Pic of the Day: Orchestra Concert

At North View Middle School we believe that learning should challenging, explorative and relevant. Because of this belief, we provide students with experiences in areas beyond the core subjects. These classes can reveal skill sets students that might not be obvious in their other classes, helping them see their strengths and affording them opportunities to be of value to their classmates. One of these course offerings is Orchestra. Pictured below is Ms. Knapp conducting our recent concert.

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Give to the Max Day

Please consider making a donation to North View Middle School during the Give to the Max campaign (November 1 – 16) by clicking here.

Are you passionate about what we do? Then consider setting up an individual fundraising page to help us do even more. You will be able to mobilize your friends, family and co-workers to support us.

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.

One2One Standout Student

At North View Middle School we believe that the school environment should be invitingsafeinclusive, 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.

One example of this is our partnership with the One2One mentoring program. The One2One mentorship program partnership began in November of 2011 with the goal of developing a mentoring program that would provide support to students struggling within the school environment. It has since evolved into a multi-school partnership supporting over a hundred middle and elementary school students. One student that has been supported by this program is one of our current 8th graders, Shaliesch.

Shaliesch was asked to speak at the most recent One2One Mentor fundraising luncheon. She spoke in front of 200 people about her experience as a student, her time in the One2One program and her hopes for the future. After her speech Shaliesch end up being the most famous people in the room. If you would like to more about this 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.