Important Information!

3.27.20

Hello,


Well, it looks like my wish to wear sweats to work every day has come true. It is not quite how I imagined, but I am thankful none the less. For those that haven't heard, we will be not returning to school on Monday but instead will be entering into the flex learning world until at least April 30th. This will mean that we will need to learn new skills, interact in different ways and continue to support and collaborate.


The good news is that you are all experts at this already! We have had many parents contact us throughout this closure, and you don’t know how much they all appreciate your constant communication with them. One said that the leadership and staff of NVMS are giving them hope. Thank you for what you do every day to stay connected with our students and families.


For those of you looking for a little fun during the stay at home order, consider joining me and the rest of the school in a bit of a community building called the “THE ULTIMATE SHELTER IN PLACE SCAVENGER HUNT!” -- It’s a working title, but I kind of like the acronym. Here’s what we’ll do. We’re going to use our departments as teams, with a few adjustments, and I’ll have some mystery prizes for the top three teams, and not to mention bragging rights. Scroll down to the end of this newsletter to see the team lists and rules.


Please make sure you review all the info below, and 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. Enjoy your day, please wash your hands, take of each other, and don't forget to exercise.

A big shout out to all the staff that came in this Thursday and Friday during our pick up days. Your support of our school community during this time of uncertainty is what makes the NVMS staff the best in the district! Do you have a message of congratulation, support, or appreciation that you would like to share? If so send it my way and I will include it in the staff shout out section of the important information email.

For All

FAQ:

  • Question- Will we have spring break?
  • Answer- Yes.


Working Remotely:

We are continuing to work remotely through at least April 30. Based on the governor’s order, all employees (salaried and hourly) will be expected to continue to be available to work and will continue to be paid through May 4. The governor will bring staff back to buildings on May 1 and 4 to prepare for students to return on May 5.

If you have questions about:


Reporting Expectations:

  • During this time, as long as you report a summary of your daily work using the form found here by the end of your duty day, you will be paid your regular salary or hourly wage according to your regular work schedule. This will require you to be logged into your Osseo Area Schools apps account.
  • Licensed staff- your duty day will be from 8 am to 3:10 pm.
  • Non-Licensed- staff your duty day will be communicated to you by Ann Dale.
  • As a reminder, you are required to be available and accessible for either on-site or remote work during your regular work hours. You must be ready to report to work on-site or remotely at any time.


Office Hours:

  • Beginning March 30th all licensed staff are required to have a minimum of two office hours per day conducted through Google Meets during the duty days. Office hours are staggered by department during the duty hours and can be found here. If staff want to be available outside of these, they may.
  • Administrative and Instructional Support office hours can also be found here. These times are for staff only, and should not be shared with students or their families. The below hyperlinks will take you to a document that outlines each individual's Google Meets information.


Staff Identification:

Yesterday Governor Tim Walz ordered a shelter in place in Minnesota per executive order 2020. The order begins midnight on Friday, March 28 and runs through April 10. The order identifies education as a critical infrastructure and allows employees to report to work to support an essential service. For the school district, essential services would fall under three categories:


  • Work to support distance learning.
  • Work to support our emergency childcare centers.
  • Work to support food and nutrition services.


Employees who need to report to work for essential services should have their district employee identification with them as they commute to and from work to provide proof their travel is related to supporting critical infrastructure.


Mandated Reporting Reminder:

  • We are all mandated reporters. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, you must continue to report this to Hennepin County Child Protective Services.
  • If you know a student who is experiencing a mental health crisis:
    • Notice
    • Ask
    • Report and Refer
  • Try to get in contact with the parent, if you cannot get in touch with the parent, call local law enforcement, 911.

Flex Learning Resources & Supports

Click here to be taken to a document that contains a variety of resources and supports to help you navigate the flex learning world.

For Non Licensed Staff

During the closure the following is expected of all NVMS ESPs.

  • Check email by 8:30 am and 2:30 pm on a daily basis, and more frequently as you are able. The district and I will be sending out email communications, and it is expected (and essential) that you are reading these emails.
  • Learn how to use Google Meet (previously known as Google Hangout), the district-supported remote conferencing tool. You may be required to support students using this tool or attend a remote meeting. Further supports with this tool will be made available next week.
  • Complete NVMS Daily Work Summary every day by 2:30 p.m. This will require you to be logged into your Osseo Area Schools apps account.
  • Complete online professional development from HR and your union representative. I have included the instructions for Safe Schools Courses and Online Professional Development courses with this email. The instructional guide for accessing materials can be found here.
  • Complete your performance evaluation form for your end-of-year meeting. Ms. Dale has sent out a copy.
  • Check-in with the teachers you support and offer your support remotely. They are putting together instructional content within the district’s distance/flex learning framework, and there may be ways that you can help support those efforts.
  • Collaborate with other ESPs and with me. We need each other!
  • Catch up on email and/or clean out email inbox.

Tech Tidbit

As we move into this uncertain time of Covid19 and the potential of “distance learning” please reach out to Marie Lundt lundtm@district279.org for any support regarding Schoology - Google or Digital Instruction. She is able to set up private 1:1 chats, small group chats or large group chats through Google Meet and can help to answer questions that come up as we are all in this uncertain time.

For Licensed Staff

Student Attendance:

  • We are currently using an opt-out process; this means that unless a parent calls in to report his/her child’s absence, we will assume they are in attendance. Mary Anne Maurer will be checking daily attendance calls and recording that information into Synergy. If you know that a student is absent due to illness or for another reason, please forward that information onto Mary Anne Maurer as well.


Teacher Expectation for Attendance Monitoring:

  • Per the district's flex learning plan, licensed teachers are expected to be making daily contact with students. 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 your Google Meets office hours or your duty day. You just need to see students engaging with class materials at some point during the day. If you do not have contact with a student for two days in a row, please attempt to call the student and notify Mary Ann Maurer, your grade level SMS and counselor on the third day.


ATPPS Update:

  • PLTs: Licensed staff will need to continue to meet online in their PLTs during distance learning beginning next week. Times will be scheduled to meet collaboratively (during the workday and outside of student office hours). Your PLT facilitator will reach out to you with more information shortly.


  • SLG/PGP: It is expected that teachers will complete a final PGP and SLG reflections on their summative evaluation that encompasses the work completed over the entire school year.


  • Observations & Summatives: Observations, summatives, and observation post-conference will be rescheduled beginning next week. The individual assigned to support you during this process will contact you shortly. The updated completion dates are below.
    • Probationary Observations/Summative Conferences: Due May 15th
    • High Cycle Observations/Summative Conferences: Due May 15th
    • High Cycle/Off Cycle 3rd PGP Observations: Due May 15th


Peer Observations:

There will be no required peer observations for trimester three.

CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT

I came across information that I thought you might be interested in. Click here to be taken to a Teaching for Tolerance learning plan builder. The anti biased learning plan builder allows you to select meaningful student texts, choose how you'll teach them and how you'll assess student learning. If you have a resource that you believe will help our staff develop their consciousness about our student's lives inside, and outside of North View Middle School, please share it with me.

The Ultimate Shelter in Place Scavenger Hunt

Rules

I will email out a list of items/challenges tomorrow morning with a point value next to each. For each item your team acquires, you will get that number of points, with bonus points available if your submission makes me laugh or if it is of very high quality. I will also be sharing some of the best submissions with everyone, and if your team has one featured, you’ll get five bonus points for that too.


The game will last for four weeks, if you include spring break, with new lists emailed out each week. Some of the items might be tasks, some might be pictures, and some might seem quite strange, but I assure you there is a method to my madness!


You are free to go about acquiring the items however you wish, including recruiting students to help if appropriate. I only want one submission emailed to Kay Evers for each team, and the deadline will be Wednesdays at 11:59 pm. This will give Ms. Evers an opportunity to tally scores on Thursday, and give me the results for my Friday email. Please be sure to Cc: me on your submission.


And let me just say this, for the ultimate winning team, you’re going to LOVE your prize!

You’ll receive your first list tomorrow. Thanks, everyone for participating and let’s have a little fun. Good luck to everyone!


Here is the list of teams:

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Fitness with Ms. Gross

Are you looking to stay fit during the school closure? If so consider joining Ms. Gross on Instagram for Instagram live home workouts daily! You can also click here for a sample workout routine to sweat it out in solitude.

Important Links

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


BrainPop Password:

The BrainPop user id and password are below and case sensitive.

  • User Id: NVMSBRAINPOP
  • PW: knights5



If you have questions about:

COVID-19 Resources

I am worried about COVID-19. What resources are available to me?

Here are some of the specific resources included in the HR FAQ (the most updated FAQ is posted on my279).

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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Report Reminder

  • From March 18-27, unless otherwise directed by your supervisor, you will work remotely.
  • During this time period, as long as you report a summary of your daily work using the form found here by the end of your duty day, you will be paid your regular salary or hourly wage according to your regular work schedule. This will require you to be logged into your Osseo Area Schools apps account.
  • You are required to be available and accessible for either on-site or remote work during your regular work hours. You must be ready to report to work on-site or remotely at any time.