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.
School Board Member Feedback
The feedback included below was provided to me after the legislative breakfast from one of our board members. I believe that it is a testament to the work you do everyday to support our students.
"The students were outstanding. I greatly enjoyed talking with the students on the tour and loved their expression of pride in their school, connectedness to staff and each other, and confidence in themselves and their learning. I also observed a respectful and positive environment during the hall passing time while I was in the building. I observed staff outside their rooms, engaging with students, smiling, and creating a safe and positive environment. I think there is much we can learn from you and your staff's work to ensure all students feel safe, included, and empowered across our district. The global map was a key artifact that our tour leaders expressly pointed to as a source of inclusion and pride. They said "this is me" and pointed to the markers on the map. This was a powerful statement.”
I have linked the student speeches from the legislative breakfast here. I am sharing them with you because our students spoke very highly of you and the support you give them every day. My hope is that you see that everything you do to build relationships and support our students is appreciated.
Non-Licensed Staff Observations
I am writing to let you know that our non-licensed staff will be participating in peer observations between February 10th and March 20th. The purpose of these required peer observations is to allow them to observe and give feedback on another colleague’s practice related to the restorative practices learning they have done this year. This will require them to be released from their regularly scheduled duties for one thirty minute period. Each individual has been requested to notify the classrooms or areas they serve during that time about their upcoming absence. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please connect with Ms. Bledsoe.
System Monthly Learning
Monday, February 10 is the System Monthly Pathway Learning from 2:50-3:50. Reminder: After the January 27 PD at OSH, you signed up to either “Go Deeper” in the same pathway or you picked a “New” pathway. Contact Kelly Armstrong with any questions.
- Path, Pace, and Place meets in 109
- Procedures, Routines, and Processes meets in 105
- Increasing Capacity for Racial Equity meets in 101
Black History Month Library
Pic of the Week: The Legislative Breakfast
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.
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.
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.
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.
The BrainPop user id and password are below and case sensitive.
- User Id: NVMSBRAINPOP
- PW: knights5
Education Minnesota Representative
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.