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: NVMS Students Shine!

NVMS students shine at the district 279 Student Art Show. Ms Pam Paulsen’s students, Josh Moua and Ariel Fernandez, are highlighted in the picture below!

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.

Honor Roll Breakfast

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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 are pictures our honor roll recipients.

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In addition to honoring our scholars, we also celebrated a birthday!

 

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- Raffle Week

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

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 “Raffle Week”.

Raffle week is meant to serve as a positive behavior recognition for students who model Knight Pride AND as an incentive for students who consistently exhibit respect, responsibility, safety and readiness. Here’s what you need to know…

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.

 

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Families and school personnel must work collaboratively in helping to ensure a sense of security for students in school. The first thing we must do, is talk to our students about their feelings regarding this topic, particularly after an act of school violence occurs in one of our nation’s schools. The infographic below may be of interest to you as you talk to your child about school safety. The full article found here can also be a resource for you.

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.

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.