Important Information!

11.1.2019

Hello,

I am writing today to provide you with information regarding the items listed below. Although all of the information in this email may not pertain to everyone, I am sending it all at once to limit the number of emails that come your way. With that being stated, it is expected that you read the information associated with the first TWO bullets. If ever you need to access previous important information emails, please click here. This link will take you to a Google Doc that contains previous information.

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New Information

FYI- STAFF UPDATE

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FAQ

When is MAP make up testing? Math MAP makeups on Tuesday 11/5 .


What is Girl Scout Connectz? The NVMS Girl Scouts ConnectZ program supports girls by developing the knowledge and skills necessary for a positive future. This group is facilitated by Lacy Myrman, a former North View Knight, and will be held during breakfast through advisory. Click here to be taken to more information about this program. A student list will be coming out shortly.


THANK YOU

Thank you to all of you that supported our most recent PBIS celebration. Sixty percent of students were reward for their hard work and displays of Knight Pride.

North View News

Budding journalists, Sarah Baheza-Martinez and Oluwagbemiga Akiyode, are very happy to present you with the first edition of their student newsletter "North View News". This edition provides a book review, staff profiles and upcoming events in our school community.
I came across a resource that I thought you might be interested in. This site provides information about an upcoming celebration that is important to many of our students. Click here to be taken to the site. If you are interested in celebrating with our students, click here to be taken to a guide to the upcoming Hmong New Year celebration in Saint Paul. If you have a resource that you believe will help our staff develop their consciousness about our students’ experience inside, and outside of North View Middle School, please share it with me.

Tech Tidbit

Do you use Classroom Relay? (the tool that will help with monitoring student progress on the Chromebook) Or would you like to use this tool? Or have used Relay and are experiencing frustrations. Having had a few weeks to troubleshoot and learn how the tool is functioning we have learned a few tips and tricks.


  1. Every teacher who wants to use Relay must first configure their classroom. If you have not done this yet; prior blocks may be holding from other classes.

  2. Decide how you want to monitor student use. -- No rules, No browsing or a custom setting.

  3. If you are a teacher that has day 1 and day 2 schedules; It will help to rename your sections so that you know which class period / day you are selecting. (If you start the wrong day it will hold until you clear it… even if you close the tab and start the correct day)

  4. If students are still getting a blocked message after you have cleared the block in your class, make sure students closes the browser and re- launches it.


If you want support in any of this, please reach out to Marie Lundt at lundtm@district279.org and she can come help get this going for you.

Informal Walk Throughs

Informal walk-throughs continued last week. The informal walk-throughs were conducted by NVMS administrators and ILT members. The goal for this trimester is to ensure fidelity of our grade level engagement plan. This week we were looking for the items below:


  • Visual entrance directions;
  • A warm-up activity;
  • Review of the posted agenda;
  • Tardy Procedure


The chart below reflects the percentage of fidelity in each grade level and content area classroom. For example, one hundred percent of the seventh grade classrooms we visited followed the tardy procedure.

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Spirit Week Photo

Click here to see the NVMS Halloween Staff Photo

Reminders

TIER THREE (RED ZONE) REFERRALS:

If you are reporting an incident that involves a threat to staff or student safety, please be sure to connect with Kim Sturdy personally. Because administrators are not always at our desks during the school day, emailing or leaving a message for us might not get a timely response. You can do this by calling her or stopping down to the administration office. If you are unsure about what a tier three incident is, please click here for that information.


EMERGENCY LINE:

We also have an emergency line number if you are having a student related issue and cannot get a hold of an administrator through the normal channels. The emergency number is 86500 and will ring on every secretary and administrators phone.


SAFETY LINK

The link found here will take you to a form to report any non-emergency conditions that could contribute to an unsafe school environment and/or to make suggestions that will improve school safety. When completing this form, it is not necessary to identify yourself*, but please be as specific as possible so we can respond effectively. All submissions will be reviewed daily and discussed at our weekly administrative meetings. This form should not be used in lieu of discipline referrals or to report emergency situations. If you have any questions about this form, please let me know and I will assist.

Important Links

You can manually add both these links to your desktop. If you do not how to do manually add these links to your desktop, please watch the video found here.


Peer Observation Submission Link

The purpose of this form is to record licensed staff peer observation dates. All peer observations must be done by the mark reporting date of each trimester.


Reppin’ Knight Pride Certificates:

The form found here has been created to provide you with an opportunity to positively acknowledge our students who are showing Knight Pride. Students who are acknowledged by staff will be given a certificate, Knight Pride tickets as well as a positive phone call home to share this acknowledgement with their family members. Please consider nominating a student next week.


Chromebook Ticket Link:

This link that follows will take you to a form to report any iPad violations that occur in your area of supervision. Click here to access the iPad ticket icon.

Education Minnesota Representative

Listed above are the staff that will be serving as members of NVMS’s Education Minnesota Representatives team for the 2019-2020 SY. Their representation will provide you with an individual who listens to employee complaints and present employee grievances to the building’s administrative management team. Agendas for each meeting can be found here. Please follow up with a representative If you have questions about specific items.

Our Commitments:

We, the staff at North View Middle School, commit to…

  • Providing challenging academic opportunities that are relevant, engaging, culturally responsive, and rigorous.
  • Providing a meaningful, encouraging and safe environment that fosters the whole child, and focuses on student strengths.
  • Including data driven best practices and instruction that meets the academic and individual needs of our students, improves student achievement, and promotes growth.
  • Engaging in continued professional development to ensure that we are aware of our students’ racial perspectives, challenge our biases, and include practices that serve our diverse student population.
  • Providing effective collaborative partnerships with the entire school community by ensuring that we encourage multiple opportunities for involvement, communication, and access.
  • Modeling and implementing daily engaging multi-level reading and writing strategies within our classrooms.
  • Accepting responsibility for each student’s success and celebrate that success with our school community.

Our Mission!

Committed to furthering the lives of each student by using the best practices available.

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