Important Information!

9/13/2019

Hello,

I am writing today to provide you with information regarding the items listed below. Although all of the information in this email may not pertain to everyone, I am sending it all at once to limit the number of emails that come your way. With that being stated, it is expected that you read the information associated with the first TWO bullets. 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.

  • Important Dates

  • New Information

Important Dates

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New Information

FYI- STAFF UPDATE


I am writing to request your support on Thursday, September 19th . Mr. Berg and I will be out of the building, at a district level meeting that concludes at 11:30. This will leave Mr. Love and Ms. Ross alone to manage the building by themselves. While I am completely confident in their ability to do this, I am hoping that everyone could be supportive during this time. It would be helpful if you could be present in the hallway, actively ushering students to class and being a general visible presence during that time frame as your schedule allows. I am hoping that we will return by 1st lunch, but if we do not, I am sure they would welcome your presence in the lunchroom.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What’s the deal with granola bars this year?

We will not be distributing granola bars to students that miss breakfast. As a result, we are asking you to not send students out of class to get granola bars from the counseling or main office if they miss breakfast.

Myth of a Culture of Poverty

I came across a resource that I thought you might be interested in. This article provides a critique of the "Culture of Poverty" research. The author asserts that the poverty concept is constructed from a collection of smaller stereotypes. Click on the picture below to be taken to the full article. If you have a resource that you believe will help our staff develop their consciousness about our students’ experience inside, and outside of North View Middle School, please share it with me.
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Within our school district we have systems set in place to support our priority work for 2019-2020 school year. The priority work for digital learning is students will experience learning that is personalized in path, place and pace through strengthening teaching and learning practices that support student success.


In order to help teachers in this work, a Digital Learning team has been set in place to support each teacher. The role of this team is to support teachers in the classroom, and to help with digital learning activities in order to personalize learning. They can help you brainstorm ideas on how to integrate technology into a lesson with you, co-teach, or assist as another set of hands when trying out a new strategy. At any time teachers can reach out and contact the team members listed below, and they will be able to support you.


Marie Lundt : lundtm@district279.org - Middle School

Tom Brandt: brandtt@district279.org - High School

Melissa Sanchez: sanchezm@district279.org - Elementary School

Andi Bodeau: bodeaua@district279.org - ESC

Reminders

TIER THREE (RED ZONE) REFERRALS:

If you are reporting an incident that involves a threat to staff or student safety, please be sure to connect with Kim Sturdy personally. Because admin is not always at our desks during the school day, emailing or leaving a message for us might not get a timely response. You can do this by calling her or stopping down to the admin office. If you are unsure about what a tier three incident is, please click here for that information.


EMERGENCY LINE:

We also have an emergency line number if you are having a student related issue and cannot get a hold of an administrator through the normal channels. The emergency number is 86500 and will ring on every secretary and administrators phone.


Safety Link:

The link found here will take you to a form to report any non-emergency conditions that could contribute to an unsafe school environment and/or to make suggestions that will improve school safety. When completing this form, it is not necessary to identify yourself*, but please be as specific as possible so we can respond effectively. All submissions will be reviewed daily and discussed at our weekly administrative meetings. This form should not be used in lieu of discipline referrals or to report emergency situations. If you have any questions about this form, please let me know and I will assist.

Brain Break with Ms. Tessman

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If you have any photos you would like shared with our school community, please send them my way.

Important Links

You can manually add both these links to your desktop. If you do not how to do manually add these links to your desktop, please watch the video found here.


Peer Observation Submission Link

The purpose of this form is to record licensed staff peer observation dates. All peer observations must be done by the mark reporting date of each trimester.


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. Students who are acknowledged by staff will be given a certificate, Knight Pride tickets as well as a positive phone call home to share this acknowledgement with their family members. Please consider nominating a student next week.


Chromebook Ticket Link:

This link that follows will take you to a form to report any iPad violations that occur in your area of supervision. Click here to access the iPad ticket icon.

Education Minnesota Representative

Listed above are the staff that will be serving as members of NVMS’s Education Minnesota Representatives team for the 2019-2020 SY. Their representation will provide you with an individual who listens to employee complaints and present employee grievances to the building’s administrative management team. Agendas for each meeting can be found here. Please follow up with a representative If you have questions about specific items.

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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