News from the View!

Dedicated to furthering the lives of our students.

We are contacting you today to keep you updated, and aware of the work being done to further the lives of North View Middle School students. This update contains information on our school goals for instruction and achievement, activities used to meet those goals, and our progress toward meeting these goals. In this issue you will be provided with:


  • Chromebook Collections
  • Incoming 6th Grade Transition Information
  • End of the Year Celebration Information
  • Virtual Conference Feedback Information
  • Yearbook Update
  • Resources to support our students and your families.
  • Information about attendance.
  • Who to contact for support.


If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School, please connect with me here. You can also stay up to date by following me at @NVMSPrincipal or liking our Facebook page by clicking here.


Noticias de la View!

Kev Tshaj Tawm

Chromebook Collection

Chromebook collection dates at North View Middle School. Below are the dates and times for each grade level. This will also be an opportunity for those students to pick up remaining personal items and return musical instruments and other school-related items to the school.


  • Thursday, June 4th, 8 a.m- 3:00 p.m.
    • All 6th Graders
    • 7th Graders whose last names begin with A-K.

  • Friday, June 5th, 8 a.m- 3:00 p.m.
    • All 8th Graders
    • 7th Graders whose last names begin with L-Z

Please note that we will need to limit the number of individuals in a given area to groups of ten or less for social distancing purposes.

If you have transportation barriers and are unable to return school materials to your student’s school on their designated dates and times, please complete this form or call 763-391-7244 to make alternate arrangements. The deadline to request alternate arrangements is Sunday, May 31.

Note: Students who are receiving support through our partnership with Lee Carlson will be allowed to keep their devices.

Welcoming our Future 6th Graders!

We want to welcome our incoming 6th-grade students to North View Middle School! Even though we can not hold a traditional open house for your student and family this year, our staff is excited to introduce your students to the middle school. This is why we created a “virtual tour” website.


Our Principal, teachers, and staff created short videos to introduce themselves to you, letting you know what to expect at North View Middle School, and show you some of the work you will complete. Also, some of our amazing 7th-grade WEB ambassadors created videos to give you words of wisdom on the transition. We hope you enjoy this “virtual tour” and we can’t wait to see you in the fall.

Celebrating our 8th Graders

Please consider helping us celebrate our 8th graders by adding a message of congratulations here to the class of 2024. We won't be able to say goodbye in person, but we want them to know how special they have been to us. We thank them for the memories. We'll miss them tremendously!

Conference Feedback

Thank you for providing feedback on North View's first "virtual" conferences on April 30th. Our goal was to provide our families with a meaningful conferencing experience, and I hope we accomplished just that.


If you are interested in reviewing the family feedback we have received so far, please click here. If you haven't had a chance to provide feedback on your experience and would like to, please do so by clicking here.

Yearbook

Updates about the status of yearbooks:

  1. Because of COVID -19, production and shipment of yearbooks through TreeRing is delayed.
  2. Recently purchased yearbooks will be delivered at the earliest on June 16th.
  3. They will fulfill all orders and as we receive information about their printing and shipping status, our yearbook advisor will provide updates to families that have ordered books.
  4. You can still order yearbooks, but please know they will also be delayed.

One World Many Stories

The One World Many Stories family engagement event is going virtual this year! For those of you that don’t know, our One World Many Stories event is our year-end celebration that recognizes students that have excelled in academics, have a special talent, and/or embraced the Knight Pride cultural expectations of Respect, Responsibility & Safeness, and Readiness.


Our goal is to ensure that, although school looks a little different now, we still honor those who have excelled. One way you and your student can be involved is by participating in a Flipgrid talent show. You could sing, dance, or display a special talent you or your entire family has. If this is something that interests you, please click here to participate. Kids will need to log in with their email.


PS- 8th graders we have something special lined up for you as well.

Student Attendance

Per the district's flex learning plan, all students are expected to engage with the virtual instruction being provided by their classroom teachers every day. This can be done either via phone or through Schoology discussions or a Google Meets class session, etc. This does not have to be one-on-one contact and it does not have to be synchronous to with their teacher's Google Meets office hours.


If your child is unable to engage every day because of illness or for another reason. Please continue to call the school with the reason for the absence. Your telephone call will eliminate the need for our staff to contact you regarding your student's absence. We would appreciate having the call between the hours of 7:30 and 9:30 am.

SUPPORTS DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE

Click here for resources and support related to the COVID-19 school closure. If you have other ideas for resources that should be highlighted in the North View newsletter, please send Principal Bledsoe an email at bledsoed@district279.org and we will do our best to accommodate your requests.

Schoology

Included here are resources to support your Schoology needs. The first resource included is the parent guide. The Parent Guide consists of detailed explanations of different features and tools, along with step-by-step walkthroughs. Designed as a hands-on resource, this guide can be used on a stand-alone basis or in coordination with the platform. Next is the overdue area. When accessed, the Overdue Area provides you with a list of materials that your student did not turn in on time.

Lastly is the parent email digest. The Parent Email Digest allows you to receive email digests of your child(ren)'s activity in Schoology. I hope this information is helpful. If you have further needs associated with Schoology, please contact help@district279.org. They will be able to support you further. If you have other ideas for resources that should be highlighted in the North View newsletter, please send me an email at bledsoed@district279.org and I will do my best to accommodate your requests.

Distance Learning Supports

Online Facebook communities to stay updated about distance learning are available here.

Home Heating Assistance

The flyer below will provide you with information on assistance in paying for home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households. This serves both renters and homeowners.

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Technology Resources

Schoology, SeeSaw, and Google Meet are district-supported communication tools. Linked are resources to help students and families access these tools.
Some tips for parents as students begin distance learning

Who to contact for support.


Internet Resources: Resources are available to support families that do not have access to the internet in their homes can be found here. We will also post these resources as they become available to the COVID-19 section of the district website.


Technology Support: If you need technical assistance related to district-provided technology resources, the district tech support help desk will remain open during normal business hours of 7 am - 4 pm, M-F. We would prefer an email at help@district279.org, but you may also call 763-391-7180.

Instructional Support Information

Overview

The NVMS instructional support service is a comprehensive academic support opportunity that is focused on helping your students succeed throughout the school’s closure. The instructional support service offers tutoring services in Math, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts via GoogleMeets. All supports are free for North View Middle School students and will begin on Wednesday, April 15th. Click here to be taken to more information.


Frequently Asked Question (FAQ):

Question: What is the difference between a teacher’s office hour and the NVMS instructional support service?

Answer: Teacher office hours are times when your student can meet with their teachers to discuss the material being presented virtually. Teachers have announced their office hours and posted these hours in Schoology. The NVMS instructional support service, however, is an academic support opportunity that consists of North View Middle School educational support staff identifying and mobilizing resources that facilitate learning and promote student success.

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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.

About me.

Hello,

This is my sixth year serving as principal of North View Middle School. Before coming to North View, a large portion of my professional career has been spent with Osseo Area schools, six of which were spent working as the Assistant Principal of Osseo Senior High. Before that, I spent time as a Dean of Students for Richfield High School and middle school level Science teacher and behavior dean with the Minneapolis public school system.


While in Minneapolis, I spent five wonderful years teaching middle level Science at Lincoln Community School and Anishanabe Academy to sixth, seventh and eighth graders, and two years providing academic and behavioral support while working as dean. My past experiences have shaped my core beliefs and philosophy of education. For me, schools must be an integral part of the community they serve. They should also be focused on high expectations for all students, and through developmentally appropriate and strong instructional practices, give students the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to exceed these expectations.


If you would like to connect with me please click here. I would love to hear from you!