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:

  • Principal Message: Challenging Times
  • Summer School
  • Real Talk Leadership Group
  • Full In-Person Learning (FAQ)
  • COVID Reporting Option
  • Student Support Feedback Request
  • After School & Saturday School Support

  • Technology Support
  • Available Resources

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.

Principal Message: Challenging Times

The loss of eight lives, six of them Asian American women, in Atlanta earlier in March and the beginning of the Derek Chauvin in Minnesota has reminded me that as a school we are not only handling the challenges of COVID but also the challenges of the greater community. So, what does that mean for us at North View Middle School? It means that we continue as a community to be welcoming, respectful, and supported of everyone. As a school community, we believe that our diversity is our strength and that these are not the times to be divided.

North View Middle School is a family, and I want you to know that my goal is that everyone will feel physically and emotionally safe here. I know when traumatic and disturbing things are happening in our world, they impact our entire school community. As a result, we at North View Middle School employ a number of strategies to support the students in our school community.

Direct supports to students include:

  • Advisory Processing using the advisory curriculum.
  • Counselor meetings and connections.
  • Social Worker Check-ins
  • Access to building-level administrators throughout the school day to report any concerns.
  • Access to Real Talk Leadership opportunities that develop student leaders to create transformational change in their schools and communities. You can see more about that below.

We also prepare our staff to support students by:

  • Providing classroom resources to help teachers supplement the curriculum, inform their practices, and create inclusive classrooms where your children are respected, valued, and welcome participants.
  • We engage in continued professional development to ensure that each staff, myself included, are aware of our students’ racial perspectives, challenge our biases and includes practices that serve our diverse student population.
  • Lastly, we strive to ensure that our student and family engagement practices are responsive to the community we serve. We are always reflecting and considering how to grow in our professional practices.

I believe we are ready to support students who are experiencing the challenges of our larger community, but if we are not meeting your needs, please reach out to me. I am here to help.

Best Regards,

Diana Bledsoe

Spring Conferences

Spring virtual conferences will be held on Thursday, April 22 from 3:00-7:00 PM. Families will have the opportunity to meet with their student’s advisory teacher to discuss academic growth and student goals for the remainder of the school year in an online format. Please use the link found here to select a conference time. Please contact Assistant Principal, Alex Berg at with any questions.

COVID Reporting Reminder

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R.E.A.L Talk Leadership Group

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.

Summer School Update

The "Game On" summer school program will provide a focused enrichment experience for current 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Brooklyn or North View Middle Schools during the 2021-2022 school year. Students will participate in enrichment activities each day centered around Reading and Math.

The program will be located at Brooklyn Middle school and will run from 10 am to 3 pm, June 21-July 29, Monday through Thursday, except for the week of July 5th to 8th. If you are interested in having your student attend, please have your student pick up an application in the main office or sign up online at the NVMS website.

Full In-Person Learning

As a reminder, students in grades. 6-8 will return for full in-person learning starting Tuesday, April 6. We look forward to seeing your student back in our building for in-person learning, Monday-Thursday. Each Friday will be a distance learning day, just like we ran while in the hybrid model. On Fridays, students may have a live advisory via GoogleMeet and can take advantage of teacher office hours for additional support. Included below are answers to questions you may have.

Full In-Person Learning FAQ

Are students required to attend a class every day?

  1. Students must participate for the entire class period for every class on their schedule.
  2. Students will be counted as “present” as long as they participate (remotely or in-person) for the entire period of each class on their schedule.
  3. Attendance will be taken in every class. Students are expected to follow their regular class schedule, whether attending in person or remotely.
  4. If a student chooses remote learning on any day, they will participate in real-time, with live (“synchronous”) instruction by their teacher, who will also be teaching the students attending in person.
  5. Students who choose remote learning will follow their regular class schedule, taking lunch during their assigned lunch period, and following the same schedule as students doing in-person learning.

Will free meals will be available on in-person learning days and Fridays?

  1. Students who attend in person will be offered free breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria. They will also be offered a three-day meal pack (for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) to take home at the end of the day each Thursday.

  2. Students who are choosing to finish the school year in remote learning only (no in-person learning at all) can sign up for free 7-day breakfast/lunch packs. If your student will complete the school year in remote learning only, sign up for weekly meal packs here.

  3. Students who attend school remotely on Thursday (and therefore miss the Thursday take-home meal pack) can pick up a three-day meal pack from their school on Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Can students participate in extracurricular activities and athletics?

Yes. Middle school students who attend school remotely and wish to participate in after-school activities at their respective high school will need to provide their own transportation to the activity; they can take available activity buses home.

Will end-of-year activities will look different this year?

  1. Our typical end-of-year activities will be designed to comply with the governor’s executive orders in place at that time.
  2. As of today, we remain under an order that prohibits large family engagement types of events such as awards/honors nights.
  3. If and when state direction changes, we will adjust our plans.
  4. Until then, we will identify other ways to recognize student accomplishments.

A New Way to Report COVID-19 Symptoms, Exposure and Positive Cases

There's now an easier way for staff and families to report COVID-19 symptoms, exposures, and confirmed cases.

If you display symptoms, are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or test positive yourself, please fill out this 5-question form. North View's COVID Coordinator or their designee will reach out to you should they need more information. As always, you are also welcome to contact the school directly.

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.

After School & Saturday School Support

After School Support

North View has begun to provide "virtual" after-school support to students in English and Math on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:40 pm to 4:40 pm. Specifics for this opportunity are available in advisory and Schoology.

Saturday School Support

North View will begin to provide "virtual" Saturday School support to students in all subject areas each month. Saturday School will be held on April 24th, and May 15th from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. Specifics for this opportunity are available in advisory and Schoology.

Technology Support!

Do you or your child need help with district-provided technology? If so, click the link below.

Family Resource

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, a 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.”
Leah Vancura

Need a Good Book to Read?

At North View Middle School we believe that our student's education does not end when the school bell rings. Because of this belief, I would like to share a resource with you that will help you put a great book in your student's hands. Click here to be taken to the North View Reads Instagram page created by Ms. Sirovy.

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.

Monthly Newsletter

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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

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.

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School Website

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 student's distance learning progress using Schoology.

Social Media Updates

You can also stay up to date by following me at @NVMSPrincipal or liking our Facebook page by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are you doing to ensure a safe return to the school year?
    Please click here 279 COVID-19 information.

  • 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. 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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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.