News from the View!
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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 information related to:
- A Request for Support
- January Conferences
- Meal Distribution Information
- Technology Support
- The Girl Scout Connectz Program
- R.E.A.L Talk Leadership Group
- Available Resources
- Check and Connect
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.
A Request for Support
Dear North View families,
We are emailing to ask for your help. Each year North View gets compensatory funding based on our free and reduced lunch rate. We use this funding to purchase intervention staff who provide small-group academic and social/emotional/behavioral interventions for students.
Because the United States Department of Agriculture is providing free breakfast and lunch to all students this year, our applications for free and reduced lunch are down considerably. This means our funding for intervention staff may be reduced by almost two-thirds for the upcoming school year.
If you haven't already done so, please take the time to log into SmartSchoolK12 where you access your child’s lunch account here https://lobby30.wordwareinc.com/, and fill out the online application by January 4th. Final budget funding will be decided by the January 4th free and reduced count lunch application count.
We appreciate your support.
Parent Teacher Conferences
In light of the continued community concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, North View Middle School is required to host a virtual conference experience for families to engage with on either Tuesday, January 19th, or Thursday, January 28th. During this time you will be able to:
- Meet your student’s advisory teacher.
- Review classroom objectives and goals.
- Discuss how your student is progressing in each of their classes.
Families should use the link found here to sign up. This link will also provide you with the Google Meets link for your scheduled conference. If you are unable to attend or would like to view your student's progress ahead of time, please login into Schoology or ParentVue.
Meal Distribution: Winter Break
Winter Break Meal Distribution:
The district will be distributing seven-day meal boxes on Monday, December 21st, and Monday, December 28th from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at three sites only.
The distribution will occur at the following three sites:
- Park Center High School – North side of the school near the sports dome, enter through Regent Avenue.
- Maple Grove Senior High School – North side of the school at the entrance to the sports dome.
- Osseo Middle School – East side of the school by the tennis courts.
These meal boxes are available to anyone 18 years old or younger regardless of enrollment. An adult may pick the meals up, the children do not need to be present. Meal boxes will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis, if they run out there will be “food shelf” bags available.
Daily meal bags will not be available at any of our schools over Winter Break. Daily meal bags will recommence at all sites on Monday, January 4th.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions this.
Student Support Feedback
We are looking for five families from each grade level who are willing to meet (virtually) to provide feedback on the School and Family Compact and the Schoolwide Title I Plan. Some of the programming at North View Middle School that your children may experience includes, but is not limited to, Math Intervention, Reading Intervention, Restorative practices, counseling, and family events.
If you are interested in sharing your perspective and assisting to ensure the programming at North View continues to push all students please fill out this form to be contacted for more information.
Girl Scouts ConnectZ
Hey North View Ladies!
It's Miss Lacy from Girl Scouts ConnectZ. I hope the school year is going well so far and that you’ve all been settling into the new schedule. Last year our troop got cut short because of COVID, but now we’re back and we're better than ever.
This year we'll have two ways to participate in Girl Scouts ConnectZ:
- "Friday Fun Day Troops"
Meet weekly for 45 minutes via Google Meets, starting November 6th. (6th grade @ 10AM / 7th grade @ 11AM / 8th grade @ 12pm)
- "ConnectZ Courses"
Not interested in meeting weekly? Sign up for a virtual program on a topic that interests you and make new friends while you're at it.
Interested in learning more about these options?
Fill out the registration form at gsrv.gs/connectz-registration
Have more questions? Reach out to me directly via email email@example.com.
Hope to see you soon!
- Miss Lacy
R.E.A.L Talk Leadership Group
Racial Education Awakening Liberation (R.E.A.L) Talk is a district-wide, multiracial, multicultural, student leadership group for Middle and High school students. R.E.A.L Talk creates critical spaces for student leaders to:
Develop and understand their own cultural and racial identity
Learn about cultures and races different from their own,
And become empowered student leaders who create transformational change in their schools and communities.
Email Ms. Audra or Mr. Ritchie at the information below to get the R.E.A.L Talk Student Leader Application for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Family School Coordinator program is a program of and funded by the Northwest Hennepin Family Service Collaborative in partnership with PrairieCare, a psychiatric group that provides mental health care for children, adolescents, and adults across Minnesota. Family School Coordinators can offer the following to students in need: provide skills-based support, work closely with teachers and other school staff to support and improve functioning in school, assist families in navigating through the, at times, confusing array of school and community support services, team with the student, family members, and school staff to address mental health needs, and offer referrals to other, more intensive services when needed. Please reach out to your school social worker or counselor if you are interested in this service for your student.”
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Ways to Stay Updated
Talking Points Text Messaging
We have begun to use the Talking Points text messaging application to provide families with quick updates related to North View Middle School. Be sure that your information is updated in our system to stay informed. Please email Ms. Petersen if you would like to update your contact information.
Each month, North View Middle School will send you the "News from the View" Family Newsletter. These newsletters are organized in a fashion that the most critical information is at the top and as you scroll down the newsletter the information becomes more oriented toward the future. This is your “one-stop-shop” to stay informed about the happenings of our school community.
Multilingual Facebook Pages
The multilingual Facebook pages listed below is where you can find resources, news, and information, in multiple languages, about ISD 279 Osseo Area School.
Another way to receive personalized information and be engaged in conversations related to the North View Middle School community is to attend parent-teacher conferences each trimester. Not only will you be able to meet your child's teacher, but there will also be opportunities to provide us with feedback about your needs. North View Middle School is a dynamic community; if you want to be involved and don’t know how, please ask. We can connect you to a cause, action, or person that will help you be connected to our community.
The NVMS website is a place to go to access information that could be important for a family at any point in the year. This may include but is not limited to, the daily schedule, the school calendar, how to check your student's grades using Parent Vue, and stay informed of your students distance learning progress using Schoology.
Social Media Updates
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are you doing to ensure a safe return to the school year?
Please click here for #279ReadytoRestart plan.
When does the school open?The school building will be open for students to enter each day at 7:50 am. We are asking that families do not drop off students prior to this time to avoid the congregation of large groups of students in front of the building prior to the start of the school day.
- I need support with 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. Internet support and resources may also be provided to families as necessary by the district.
- Will students be required to wear face coverings and socially distance at school?
Yes. All staff and students (kindergarten and older) are required to wear a face covering. Socially distancing will also be enforced in all areas of the building when students and staff are in the building.
This is my seventh 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 Anishinabe 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!
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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.