Important Information!

1.6.2020

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 two bulleted items below. 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

Licensed Staff Meeting

Specifics of our January building level licensed staff meeting are below:

  • Purpose: To ensure employees can identify and respond to the influence of race and culture on learning.

  • The meeting will begin promptly at 3:00 pm in room 183 and conclude at 3:50 pm.

  • Please bring a fully charged device to access the online materials we will using during the meeting.

  • There is no need to register in KeepCertified. This will be done for you.


Peer Observation Submission Link

I am requesting that you submit your 2nd and 3rd trimester peer observations using this updated form. The previous form is not is to accurately recording staff peer observation information.


Family Newsletter

In this month’s issue our families were provided with:

  • Information about the impact of the One2One mentor program.
  • Information about the Check & Connect Program.
  • A glimpse inside our school with fun photos of our school community in action.
  • Ways to be Involved.


Counseling Out of Building

Counseling staff will be out of the building Thursday morning until approximately 10:30.


Flexible Learning Days

Click here to ensure that you are ready to implement a flex learning day if inclement weather requires a school closure. The link will take you to online training and resource materials to support your preparation. The training includes how to use Google Meets for students to be able to contact you via phone during office hours, how to access the flex learning day pre-built templates in Schoology for setting up your lessons, and how to take attendance during a flex learning day.


FAQ

What is the BRAINPOP password?

The BrainPop user id and password are below and case sensitive.This information will be included in the reminder section of this email going forward.

  • User Id: NVMSBRAINPOP
  • PW: knight5

North View News

Hello, North View Community! This month, we have made another newsletter full of entertainment and information we hope you enjoy. Please let the team know if you have suggestions for next month. Follow the link that follows to check out this month's edition of North View News.

Informal Observations

Informal walk-throughs continue. The informal walk-throughs are conducted by NVMS administrators and ILT members. Our goal is to ensure fidelity to our grade level engagement plan. One of the items we will be focusing our attention on for the next few weeks are Exit Directions. Exit Directions, not to be confused with end of class routines, provide our students with visual information about what they need during independent or small group work. They should include:


  • What to do (Task)?
  • How to do the task. (Steps, Key Information, etc.)
  • Where to put the completed work when finished.
  • What to do when done.


The chart below reflects the percentage of fidelity in each grade level and content area classrooms visited. For example, one hundred percent of the seventh grade classrooms visited displayed Exit Directions.

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The Mothers Who Fought To Radically Reimagine Welfare

I came across information that I thought you might be interested in.This article attempts to debunk the word gap myth. Click here to be taken to the resources. If you have a resource that you believe will help our staff develop their consciousness about our students lives inside, and outside of North View Middle School, please share it with me.

Pic of the Day: Rock on with Ms. Pat

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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 administrators are 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 administration office. If you are unsure about what a tier three incident is, please click here for that information.


GRADE CUTOFF DATES

Outlined below are the second and third trimester grade cut off dates* that were reviewed in recent house meetings. This information will also be included in the reminder section of my important information emails for future reference.


  • Mid-trimester Two: Wednesday, February 5th, 2020
  • Final Trimester Two: Friday, March 6th, 2020
  • Mid-trimester Three: Wednesday, April 29th, 2020.
  • End of the Year Field Trips: End of the year field trip grades will need to be submitted by May 26th.
  • Final Trimester Three: Friday June 5th, 2020.


*Note: Students who are failing a class must continue to be provided with opportunities, regardless of the cut off date, to increase their grade to a passing status.


SUSPICIOUS EMAILS

If you receive an email that is suspicious, for example, asking for personal information, impersonating a member the district or district staff, don't reply, but instead forward the email to the Helpdesk.


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.


BRAINPOP PASSWORD

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

  • User Id: NVMSBRAINPOP
  • PW: knight5

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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