News from the View!
Dedicated to furthering the lives of our students.
Another month has gone already by since I last wrote, and before you realize it, the trimester will end and winter will sneak up on us! Time is truly passing much too quickly. During this season of giving thanks, I hope that you have time to reflect on all the many blessings you have received this year. I do everyday when I am greeted with our amazing North View Middle School students, staff and community members. Our students exude an exuberant, and bubbly confidence that make them a joy to have in our building. Their grades are up, their tardies are down and they are exceeding my expectations when it comes to contributions to our school community. One such contribution is highlighted in the video below.
In case you missed!
Spirit week is an opportunity to promote community and school spirit. We have found that it is a great way to bring a school community together, and can be a lot of fun for students and staff alike. Our spirit week can involve dressing up in costumes, wearing school colors, taking part in activities and games, events, competitions, decorations, and more.
About seventy percent of our students earned this celebratory event on November 11th by meeting the expectation of being timely to class, showing appropriate behavior, and making satisfactory progress in their classes. The students had some great dance moves!!
Our student athletes were treated by a Skype conference with Travis Reid ,forward from the Kentucky men's basketball program, to discuss the values of hard work, persistence and scholarship. It was great to see my students connect with this amazing student athlete.
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.
This is my fifth 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 Anishanabe Academy to sixth, seventh and eighth grader 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.
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