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.
Admin Out of Building
I am writing to request your support Thursday morning. Mr. Berg and I will all be at the ESC at a meeting that concludes at 12:30. This will leave Mr. Loberg, 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 B lunch, but if we do not I am sure they would welcome your presence in the lunchroom.
Digital Learning Walkthrough
As many of you know I provide monthly digital learning walkthrough opportunities to the building’s assistant superintendent, the executive director of technology integration, and other interested parties. The purpose of these walkthroughs are to:
Gather information about our students' experience with their Chromebooks.
Determine best supports to increase staff’s technology integration capacity.
Determine our readiness for potential flex learning days.
Each visit also allows me to get feedback from them on what is going well, and what we could do differently to support student learning. Outlined below is the feedback that I have received.
There are high levels of engagement in each of the classes we have entered.
Tech integration has provided students with opportunities to work collaboratively or independently.
Effective tech integration has provided students with a choice in the path and pace of their work.
Building level systems and routines, such as Exit Directions, are providing highly productive learning environments that support student learning.
Thank you for the work you have done to strengthen our instructional practices and support student success. It is appreciated.
Safety and Security Visit
Outlined below is feedback from an unannounced visit of NVMS on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. The Director of Facilities/Transport/Operations and Coordinator of Risk Management entered our building and walked the building for about a half-hour. Below are some observations that they shared with me.
All the doors were locked and secured.
Hallways and corridors were quiet and controlled.
Minimal to no students roaming the halls.
Badge compliance needs to be reviewed with all staff. They noticed several employees not wearing badges during our visit.
They were asked by one staff member if they needed some help and why they were in the building. Otherwise they navigated the building, rooms, and student learning spaces without any engagement from staff. During this time they did not display their ID’s at any time.
As a result of this recent visit, I would like to remind everyone that an important part of providing a secure environment for our students is to ensure that everyone who enters our schools is identified. Employees are required to wear their district issued name badge any time they are at work. It should be worn in a visible spot on the upper portion of the body at all times.
I am also requesting that if you see something that doesn't seem quite right, say something. this includes engaging with building visitors and unfamiliar staff at all times. Please, request that visitors display their visitor or employee badge, and send them to the main office if they do not have one. Please alert administration to any suspicious behavior as well by calling 86500.
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Tech Tidbit Using Schoology as a Planner
You can empower students to use the schoology calendar to plan out their day. When a teacher puts a date into the schoology calendar, it will show up on the students calendar. Teachers should be doing this for all assignments so students and parents know what's happening in the classroom. Did you know that students can add events into their calendar? Students are able to add events to their calendar. Maybe they need to study for an assessment- they could add that event into their calendar. Maybe they are going to babysit on a Thursday afternoon- they could add that into their calendar. We are always looking for ways to prepare students for “the real world.” Using the Schoology calendar could be a great planning tool for students.
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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.