Important Information!

4.24.2020

Hello,


Another week of distance learning is behind us and I appreciate what you have done to make the best of this difficult time. I know that none of us signed up to educate virtually, but your efforts continue to pay off each week. As an update, there have been 602 unique student users in the last seven days. Good job finding two more students in the distance learning environment! Those 602 students have increased their Schoology views by 15% to over 49,000 views this week.


Those views resulted in a little under 2,900 Schoology discussions and over 2,400 assignment submissions. This along with over 2,600 assessment and quiz submissions has increased the view to submission rate from 15%, last week to 16% this week. If you would like a closer look at these stats just click on the picture in the upper right-hand corner. Thank you for your continued efforts to engage students in this virtual environment.


Please make sure to also 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 care of each other, and don't forget to exercise.


  • From Mulvahill: "Thank you, Mr. Berg, for the super spreadsheet."

  • From Bledsoe: "Thank you to everyone who participated in the NVMS FlipGrid mixed tape. I appreciate the effort you took to connect with students. If you would like to check out the videos, please click here."

  • From Stanton: "I wanted you to know that there are several sixth-grade teachers (Ms. Cremer, Ms. Botzet & Ms. Maron) going above and beyond when it comes to keeping me up-to-date with my caseload kiddos."


  • 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.

Information For All

Admin Support During Conferences

During conferences on Thursday, April 30, all administrators – Ms. Bledsoe, Mr. Berg, Ms. Ross, Mr. Love & Mr. Loberg – will be on-call and available for support and consultation. If you would like an administrator to join a conference send a request via email. Please include the Google Meets conference information in that request. Unless otherwise pre-occupied, they will respond and/or join the conference within two minutes. If you know in advance that you will need administrative support during a conference please make that known to the individual in question as soon as possible.


May 1st Professional Development

The systems May 1st professional development time has been specifically designed to be supportive of your unprecedented efforts during this distance learning time. We have 71 sessions for you to select from as you “Build Your Own Schedule” for the day. Most of these sessions are asynchronous and provide you time to create products to use in your virtual classroom.

You can contact Jill Kind or Kelly Armstrong with questions. Math and Literacy PLTs will also offer time this week for questions.


Monday, May 4th

Monday, May 4th has also been designated as a required staff development day by Commissioner Ricker. This staff development day will be held remotely. A tentative plan of professional development activities for all staff has been included below. We will be connecting with staff during ESP and grade level meetings next week to get feedback about final plans. ESPs are paid for this day and will be included in these learning opportunities.

  • Grade level meetings and optional Department & PLT team check-in meetings (8:00 am - 10:00 am)
  • Sustaining operations, a.k.a. prep (10:20 am -12:30 am)
  • Duty-free lunch (12:30 pm -1:00 pm)
  • Equity Foundational "Digital Checklist" Training (1:00 pm -3:00pm)

Thank you in advance for your patience as we finalize plans.


NVMS Distance Learning Links Hub

If you’re like Mr. Berg it is very possible that you have struggled at times to keep the various links, spreadsheets, and docs we are now using on a daily basis organized. As a result, he put together this hub of various links to help you stay organized. If there is something you would like included send it to Mr. Berg, and he will add it.


Virtual Reppin’ Knight Pride Certificates

The form found here has been created to provide you with an opportunity to positively acknowledge our students who are showing Knight Pride in this distance learning environment. Students who are acknowledged by staff will be sent a certificate, a sweet treat, and will receive a positive phone call home to share this acknowledgment with their family members. Please consider nominating a student next week.


PBIS Distance Learning Incentives

Looking for a way to positively recognize your students during distance learning? If so click here for more than seventy-five incentive ideas.


Google Meets

If you are interested in learning more about how to how to keep students from joining or rejoining a meet without you, click here. This resource was shared with me by Mr. Gunther. Connect with him if you have specific questions. If you have a resource you would like shared, please send it my way.

Reminders For Non Licensed Staff

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

  • 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.


Google Nods

If you haven’t already done so you might want to add Google Nod to your list of Chromebook extensions. It provides quick emoji reactions for muted team members during virtual meetings. It is also very helpful to the facilitator because it allows us to gauge real-time feedback as were are speaking. This is just a suggestion, not a requirement.


Professional Development Articles for Staff

If you would like to use this time for professional development consider visit the site found here using the log included below. This site is filled with a variety of information on a wide variety of topics that impact educators.


Reminders 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.


Reporting Expectations:

  • During this time, as long as you report a summary of your daily work using the form found here by 3:50, 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.


Google Nods

If you haven’t already done so you might want to add Google Nod to your list of Chromebook extensions. It provides quick emoji reactions for muted team members during virtual meetings. It is also very helpful to the facilitator because it allows us to gauge real-time feedback as were are speaking. This is just a suggestion, not a requirement.


Professional Development Articles for Staff

If you would like to use this time for professional development consider visit the site found here using the log included below. This site is filled with a variety of information on a wide variety of topics that impact educators.


Resources For Staff

CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT

I came across information that I thought you might be interested in. Click here to be taken to a Brookings Institution article about the racial disparities related to the COVID 19 outbreak. 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.

Tech Tidbit: Digital Whiteboard to Demonstrating Learning

Included this week is a video tutorial on how to use a digital whiteboard to demonstrate something learning. Click HERE to access the document.

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.

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.


Pacific Interpreters

  • Interpreting services information can be found here.


If you have questions about:


Flocabulary Login Link

Click here to access the district Flocabulary account.


BrainPop Password:

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

  • User Id: NVMSBRAINPOP
  • PW: knights6

The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt

Last Week's Totals:

1. Speducators 31

2. SWEDYS 30

3. Social Distant Scavengers28

4. Evolved Explorers 28

5. Champions 25

6. Pandemic Pedagogues 24

7. You Can Unmute Now 24

8. Formerly Known as guidance 20

Overall totals and winners will be announced on May 8th!

Week Four Challenge:

This is the final round of NVMS's first, and hopefully last, quarantine scavenger hunt. Included below are your suggested scavenger hunt items. Be sure to have your team submissions in by Wednesday, May 6th at 11:59 pm. Yup, I am giving you two weeks again because that last one may take some coordination. You can thank Jill Christanson for that!


Here is this week’s list:

  • 2 points: Your favorite social distancing meme.
  • 4 points: A coordinated group photo of a Google meet. You'll get 5 extra points if there are students or their parents in the meet.
  • 4points: Pic of your home workspace that is most similar to your normal workspace.
  • 3 points: A picture of your Pets/kids/family members “helping” you work.
  • 2 points: A written description of a funny Google Meets interaction.
  • 3 points: A photo of someone on your team staying/being active.
  • 4 points: A picture of something in your neighborhood; stalker style.

  • 3 points: Your favorite sentimental picture of NVMS, with a caption.
  • 4 points: A written description of the funniest interaction you have had with a student.
  • 2 points: Your favorite quarantine song. You'll get 5 extra points if you're singing it for us.
  • 2 points: A virtual experience recommendation, and your creative reviews to go with it.
  • 20 points: A Masked Singer(alonger) Parody using a costume with appropriately designed PPE or improvised PPE. Note—The unnecessary use of N95s will disqualify you! Please submit your entry via video (Tic Tok, Flip Grid, or whatever.) You'll receive bonus points if you have an engaged audience.

Remember, you don’t have to obtain everything, but the more that you do get, the more points you score! Good luck to all the teams; it is still anybody’s game! Let me share some of the best submissions from last week.

Best of the Last Week:

  • Take a picture next to yuftorodonro (Yes it’s scrambled for a reason.)
    Submitted by team "So What is it You Do Anyway"

  • Best Quarantine Tip
    Play a drinking game while watching Trump’s coronavirus “press briefings.”Submitted by team. "Pandemic Pedagogues".

  • Netflix Recommendation
    WIld Wild Country (Netflix): This riveting docu-series follows a cult relocating from India to a small town in Oregon. It is bizarre and fascinating. It pulls you in and keeps you interested by telling this story in a powerful way. It is one of those moments in history that you won’t believe it unless you see it."Socially Distant Scavengers".

Celebrity Photo

Submitted by the "Evolved Explorers"

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Teams

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More fun photos.

They didn't win, but they're pretty nifty.

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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.