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NOVEMBER 30, 2022 - NEWSLETTER
Hello to our Northpoint Community,
We wrap up our first trimester tomorrow! As I seem to say every year, “Boy, did that go fast!”
Please remember there is no school for students on Friday, December 2 or Monday, December 5. Teachers will be using these days for reporting on student progress, communication and professional learning. We’ll see students back at school on Tuesday, December 6 as we begin Trimester 2.
On Thursday, December 8, your child’s report card will be available to you in Campus Parent Portal. To access the report card, please see the instructions below in the Need to Know section.
When you see your child’s report card, you may notice some shifts to the career and life skills portion. This has been updated to reflect our career and life competencies. Student progress on these skills will be reported in grade bands for grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6 with performance levels at the timeline of the report cards of consistent, progressing or emerging. Please take a few minutes to review a high-level overview of what you can expect to see in today’s newsletter.
Changes to K-6 Report Card
When you access your child’s K-6 report card, you may notice some shifts in the career and life skills portion. The career and life skills section now reflects our set of career and life competencies. These are skills and mindsets that will be consistent over grades K-12 and become more complex over time.
The career and life competencies you will see on the K-6 report card are:
- Self-direction: Recognizes and regulates emotions, Focuses attention to achieve results, Uses tools and strategies to achieve results, With support identifies goals and monitors progress (Grades K-1), Identifies goals and monitors progress (Grades 2-6),
- Collaboration: Works productively and responsibly with others
- Civic and cultural awareness: Shows care for others in our school community
- Communication: Listens to make meaning and connections, Asks questions to make meaning and connections
- Digital literacy: Uses digital tools and information responsible
For these elementary years, the competencies describe what we hope to see by the end of second, fourth, and sixth grades. Because of this, student progress on these skills will be reported in grade bands for grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6. On your child's report card, you will see a current performance level based on what your child is demonstrating right now for each competency. The levels are:
- Consistent: I can usually do it on my own, in various situations
- Progressing: I'm working on it and can do it in familiar situations
- Emerging: I'm just learning about it
It is quite likely students in the younger end of the grade band will show more "emerging" skills. For instance, kindergarteners may remain in “emerging” all year long and show growth over the K-2 years. It may take varying amounts of time for each student to reach "consistent." The report card is a snapshot of where your child is currently at with each competency in the grade band. Reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions you may have and for more information about the competencies and how we are measuring student growth and progress.
Accessing Student Report Cards
On Thursday, December 8, grades will be available for families to access in the Campus Parent Portal. Report cards will only be shared electronically. Instructions on how to access report cards are below. If you would like to request a paper copy or have any questions, please call our Northpoint office at 763-600-5700. Click on the images below to enlarge.
Fueling a passion and a plan through Pathways
Through career and college pathways, students like senior Sam Larson are finding their passions and making big plans for their future. After spending sophomore and junior years exploring courses in the Technology, Engineering & Design Pathway, he entered his senior year with purpose.
Sam will attend North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) next year as a student in the John Deere Tech program. He’ll learn through classroom and hands-on lab work. It’s a combination he already knows he's passionate about from his experience at Spring Lake Park High School.
Get to know our 2022-2023 student school board reps
Seniors Kennedy Cuddihy, Emilia Holm and Maria Horst are this year's student representatives on the Spring Lake Park Schools school board. Each year, the board welcomes student representatives from the high school’s student council to join their board meetings and update members on student life and the SLP experience.
These student board representatives come with long-time Spring Lake Park Schools experience and have discovered many passions and interests along the way.
Northpoint snow fun!
Recess has been a favorite time of the day with all of the recent snowy weather. Students have enjoyed the opportunity to turn our playground into a snow sculpture garden.
Northpoint PTO Meetings
The next Northpoint PTO meeting will be held on Monday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Northpoint Media Center. There will be no December meeting.
Upcoming Westwood Theater Performances
You don't want to miss upcoming theater performances put on by our talented Westwood theater students. Purchase tickets at our box office today.
First up is Snowy Off-White and the 8 Little Dudes performed by 5th and 6th grade students, December 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. Follow the adventures of Snowy Off-White, Hansel and Gretel, and of course the 8 Little Dudes as they fend off the wicked and horrible Queen Ermengarde and bring happiness back to the kingdom. Full of fun songs and good humor, it's a wacky musical. Purchase tickets for Snowy Off-White and the 8 Little Dudes. Watch a promo of this performance.
Next is Einstein's Brains performed by 7th and 8th grade students, December 9 at 7 p.m. and December 10 at 2 p.m. IT’S ALIVE! Albert Einstein’s brain, that is. Sci-Fi geek and pizza delivery boy Otto and dog, Swamp Thing, must make the most important delivery of all time. Zombies and an evil mad scientist stand in their way. Can they make it? Purchase tickets for Einstein's Brains.
Thursday, December 1
- End of Tri 1
- Grade 5-6 play – “Snowy Off-White and the 8 Little Dudes” – FAC, 7 p.m.
Friday, December 2
- No school for students
- Grade 5-6 play – “Snowy Off-White and the 8 Little Dudes” – FAC, 7 p.m.
Monday, December 5 – No school for students
Friday, November 9 - Grade 7-8 play - "Einstein's Brains" - FAC, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 10 –
- SLP Winter Market – SLPHS, 10 a.m.-noon
- Grade 7-8 play - "Einstein's Brains" - FAC, 2 p.m.
Vision screening coming on December 7
The Northpoint health office will be conducting vision screening on Wednesday, December 7. This year, we are excited to partner with the Spring Lake Park Lions Club. They will be bringing trained volunteers to use a vision spot screener to screen students for potential vision issues. Please make sure your child brings their glasses to school on December 7 for the vision screening. If you do NOT want your child to participate in vision screening, please call the Northpoint health office at 763-5704 by Thursday, December 1.
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