News from the View!
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Welcome to the new school year!
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:
- Fall Conferences
- Application for Educational Benefits
- Assessment Results
- Health Emergency Contact Form
- Important Forms
- Referendum Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Fall Sports
- Student Triva Question
- Ways to Stay Updated
Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, our staff, or our administration team with any questions you may have. We are always happy to hear from you!
Welcome Back Students!
Free or Reduced-Priced Meals
Please complete this application to see if you and your family qualify for additional educational benefits. The information collected from this form could help your family and the North View community by providing additional academic support (reading and math interventions), field trip opportunities, technology supports, opportunities to participate in district activities, access to county resources, and free breakfast and lunch while at school.
In the past, this form may have been referred to as the Application for Free and Reduced Meals, but there are many more benefits connected to this form including potential funding or discounts for North View Middle School. You may recall that you have previously filled out this form, but each school is required to have families complete the form every year with updated information. Please complete this application by following one of the steps below.
Online through SmartSchoolK12 – This option will create a family account allowing online access to view meal accounts and pay online for meals.
Online at this link – This option will bypass making a family account and allow you to fill out the form.
Complete a paper copy of the form. Forms are available at North View Middle School in the main office or in the cafeteria with the kitchen staff.
As for our students' performance on last year's Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) our building met our growth targets at all three grade levels in reading. As a building, we were one index point away from meeting our math goal with our sixth graders performing the strongest and meeting their grade level goal.
As a result of this progress, our educators will continue to work hard on behalf of our students by:
- Reflecting on the data and student feedback.
- Creating or re-committing to action steps to support positive student outcomes.
- Participating in goal setting with students.
You too can help support positive student outcomes for our students. Consider having conversations with your child about the importance of taking tests like these seriously and persisting through the testing experience even when things get hard.
October Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thank you to everyone for attending our planning conferences in August. Our goal was to provide you with the opportunity to meet the staff, see the school, and receive an overview of class expectations and the year's curriculum. Our most recent Talking Points suggest that we were able to meet those expectations for most families. Ninety percent of participants stated that, yes we did meet our goal. Our next step as a building is to connect with those families that did not have an ideal experience to determine how we can improve.
Coming up next for you is our first trimester conferences. This year we will be providing families with both an in-person conference experience and a virtual conference experience. Our in-person conferencing experience will be held on Tuesday, October 18th from 3:00-7:00 pm. During this time you will be able to:
Meet each of your child's teachers.
Review classroom objectives and goals.
Discuss how your child is progressing in class.
Our virtual experience will be held on Thursday, October 27th from 3:00-7:00 pm. During this time you will be able to:
Set an appointment to meet with your child's advisory teacher using the Google Meets platform.
Review classroom objectives and goals.
Discuss how your child is progressing in each of their classes.
A link to schedule the virtual conference will be sent out by your child’s advisory teacher the week of October 17th for scheduling purposes.
* Spanish & Hmong Translators will be available.
Osseo Area Schools is hosting community informational meetings to share additional information on Building a Better Future and answer questions on it. The evening will begin with a 30-minute presentation and then transition to a conversational open house where participants are welcome to ask district and school leadership Building a Better Future questions on a one-on-one basis. The meeting dates are as follows:
6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Park Center Senior High School Forum room (or via the YouTube livestream link)
6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Maple Grove Senior High School Cafe (or via the YouTube livestream link)
This is the first time in nearly a decade that the community is being asked to reinvest in district schools to maintain services and address growing needs.
Early voting started Friday, Sept. 23. You can request an early voting ballot via the Minnesota Secretary of State website. Also on the site, check your voter registration and find your polling place location for Nov. 8.
Continue to stay tuned to district279.org/BetterFuture for the latest information.
DISTRICT PLANNING ADVISORY COUNCIL (DPAC)
The district needs parents/guardians from each middle school to serve on the District Planning Advisory Council (DPAC). The District Planning Advisory Council (DPAC) provides community and ISD 279 staff involvement in planning for and evaluating existing instructional programs. DPAC membership is based on interest, not educational expertise.
Meetings may be held virtually through Google Meet and at the Educational Services Center (11200 93rd Ave North, Maple Grove) with the first meeting being held on October 17th. Subcommittees may, at their discretion, schedule additional meetings or extend their meeting.
DPAC operates with subcommittees. DPAC members select the subcommittee on which they want to serve. The previous year's subcommittees with brief descriptions are listed below:
- Achievement & Evaluation: Members of the Achievement & Evaluation Subcommittee advises the district on student assessments, achievement expectations, and the levels of achievement reached by ISD 279 students. The group examines multiple sources of information, including data from standardized tests. Analyzing trends over time, the subcommittee recommends priorities for improving achievement in certain curricular areas and student populations.
- Program & Assessment: This subcommittee offers input and advice to subject areas in the pre-assessment phase of the Program Improvement Process. Typically, the subcommittee focuses on one of the subject areas that is in the pre-assessment phase. Activities include gathering information, identifying trends, analyzing needs, and preparing recommendations. In addition to being included in the DPAC report to the School Board, these recommendations are forwarded to the assessment team for that subject area.
- Student Services: This subcommittee reviews the student support service areas which enhance and supplement regular education programs. The service may be directed to a student or groups of students and/or consultation to regular education classroom and leadership staff. Typically, this subcommittee will select one or two areas to review and make recommendations for improvement. The student support service areas are as follows: Community Education, Counseling and Guidance, Health Services, Media, Special Education, and Gifted Education.
For additional information, please feel free to visit this link on our district website. If you are interested in being involved, please complete the District Planning Advisory Council Volunteer Form. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity.
Health Emergency Contact Form: Students under 18 years of age will not be released from school if ill or injured unless authorized by a legal parent/guardian or another adult designated by a parent/guardian. Please update emergency information annually and as changes occur. Emergency Contact information can be changed in ParentVue.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will students be required to wear face coverings at school?
Osseo Area Schools will encourage but do not require quarantines and/or mask wearing for all staff, students, and visitors.
*As of August 8th, 2022. Please click here for up-to-date information.
- Can I come in and visit my student's classroom?
Yes. Following the appropriate protocol, visitors are allowed into our building.
- Will breakfast and lunches continue to be free this year?
No, school meals will not continue to be provided free of charge to all students this year. It is extremely important to fill out the free/reduced meal application if you would like to continue to receive discounted services, like school activities and home internet service (upon qualification).
- Where do I find the school supply list?
Please click here for this year's school supply list.
- When does the school open?
The school building will be open for students to enter each day at 7:50 am. Please do not drop off students before this time if possible.
- Who should I contact with questions?
If you have general questions, please call the school at 763-585-7200.
- When will students get their Chromebooks?
Students will begin receiving their Chromebooks on Friday, September 9th.
- When is picture day?
Picture day is November 9th and the retake day will be December 8th.
- 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. Internet support and resources may also be provided to families as necessary by the district.
For the first time in nearly a decade, the community is being asked to reinvest in district schools to maintain services and address growing needs. Two Nov. 8th, 2022 ballot questions are being presented:
- Question 1: Continue day-to-day learning operations and enhance individualized learning, academic interventions, student mental health needs, and other critical classroom supports.
- Question 2: Continue classroom learning technology, infrastructure systems, and support staff and additionally prioritize school safety and security, tools and systems for all scholars, and digital learning spaces at schools.
Visit district279.org/BetterFuture for details on ballot questions and upcoming community meetings. #BetterFuture
Ways to Stay Updated!
At the beginning of 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 are 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 pull static information and facts about North View Middle School that could be important for a family at any point of 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 student's distance learning progress using Schoology.
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