News from the View!

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This month's update contains information on our school goals for instruction and achievement, activities used to meet those goals, and our progress toward meeting these goals. This issue includes information related to:

  • Masking Update
  • Vaccine Clinic
  • COVID-19 Testing Options (At home and School Testing)
  • Available Resources: Low Cost Internet
  • R.E.A.L Talk Leadership Group
  • Winter Sports
  • NVMS Monthly Student Trivia Question
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Ways to Stay Updated

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, our staff, or our administrative team with any questions you may have. We are always happy to hear from you!

Masking Guidance Update

Masking is determined by the total number of student and staff absences as it relates to illness (unexcused absences will be included for students). These numbers are calculated on a Friday - Thursday schedule and should impact the masking schedule for the following Monday - Friday.

Osseo Area Schools will be following a Green, Yellow, Red approach to masking based on the above description.

  • Green - Masking is Optional at the sites during the school day.
  • Yellow - Masking is Strongly Recommended at the sites during the school day.
  • Red - Masking is Required at the sites during the school day.

The District Team will send masking guidance emails to all families via School Messenger on Friday, Feb. 18, and Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. Communication will go out to families at 3 pm.

Beginning on Friday, March 4, families will be informed of building-level status via the Friday e-newsletter and updates will be posted on the COVID-19 Hub. (This will occur weekly thereafter)

March Vaccine Clinic for K-12 Families

Osseo Area Schools will be offering the Pfizer vaccine series for our K-12 students (ages 5+) and their parents/guardians. Vaccine doses for 5-11, 12-15, and 16+ will be available. While we are focused on accessibility for students in our schools, we know that opportunities for the entire family are important.


All family members aged 5+ can be vaccinated at this event on a first-come, first-served basis. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines/booster shots will also be available for adult family members. This is a walk-in-only event. No advanced appointments will be taken. A consent form will be required and will be provided.

The following dates/times are currently being offered:

Please note, the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses to be most effective and a parent or legal guardian is required to be present for both vaccine administrations. The vaccines are free to Minnesotans. Insurance is not required to participate.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, your pediatrician or family physician can be an excellent source of information. Check out the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites for further details.

MDH is also available to help answer any questions at 833-431-2053 (English, Español, Soomaali, Hmoob).

Thank you for your continued help in creating safe school environments.

Community Resource

BD Veritor COVID-19 at-home tests

Starting in early January, the school district will begin distribution of BD Veritor rapid antigen testing kits for student use at home, after parents request them. One test kit (containing two tests) may be requested for each student at this time. This is a voluntary program and families are under no obligation to participate. These are private, at-home tests that are completed under the consent of a parent/guardian and detect active infections within 15 minutes using a digital connection, via the free ScanWell app. BD Veritor tests are app-enabled, so must be used in conjunction with a SmartPhone. All tests are provided at no cost to families. An alternative test option will be supplied to families when no Smartphone is available.


To request a student test, please click here.

The initial orders for test kits will be sent home with students as soon as the order can be processed, approximately 3-5 days. Schools will accept test requests until Friday, January 14th, 2022.


Coordinating distribution for at-home, private COVID-19 testing supports our district’s goal to maintain the in-person school, five days per week.

Please direct any questions to RiskManagement@district279.org.

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen School Testing

Testing symptomatic students for COVID-19 at school is the fastest way to return students that test negative to in-person learning. North View Middle School students who become symptomatic for COVID-19 while at school will have the opportunity to take a rapid antigen test under supervision from a trained district staff person. In order to be tested, a student must have a completed consent form on file that is signed by their parent/guardian. Sign the consent form


North View Middle School uses the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test to test symptomatic students in school. The BinaxNOW test is an anterior (front of the nose) nasal swab with a soft tip on a long, flexible stick that is inserted into the nose. Tests will be made available to symptomatic students free of charge as a part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ELC Reopening Schools grant.

District staff are available to assist with administering the test to students under the age of 14 and assist students over the age of 14 as they self-administer the test. Results are available within fifteen minutes.

Students with mild symptoms who test negative for COVID-19 may return to class immediately. Students who have symptoms that make them too ill to remain in school and who test negative for COVID-19 will need to go home for the remainder of the school day, but will be able to return to school once symptoms improve – they do not need to quarantine for 10 days. Students and staff who live with the symptomatic student and attend district buildings may remain in school regardless of whether the student that tests negative stays in school or needs to go home.

** Please remember to perform a daily health screening for your child each day before you send them to school. If they are not feeling well, please do not send them to school to be tested. **

Students will not be tested unless they have a completed consent form on file that is signed by their parent/guardian. Verbal authorization is not sufficient for a student to be tested.

Your Voice Matters!

At North View Middle School we aim to ensure that our families feel empowered to make significant decisions and share responsibility for the success of their child. One practice we use to achieve this is to have teachers work with parents on identifying goals for their child during parent-teacher conferences. We hope that your recent experience was a productive one, and would like to know who we can improve upon it. Please consider giving us your feedback here.

Available Resources

Click here for resources and support that will be available to you throughout the year. This site will be updated throughout the year with available resources and support. If you have other ideas for resources that should be highlighted in the North View newsletter, please send Principal Bledsoe an email at bledsoed@district279.org and we will do our best to accommodate your requests.

CAPI Resources

CAPI is an organization that strives to help refugees, immigrants, and low-income communities gain access to jobs, housing, food, health education, and senior social services to promote economic independence, self-determination, and social equality. Click here if you would like more information about the available resources.

R.E.A.L Talk Leadership Group

Racial Education Awakening Liberation (R.E.A.L) Talk is starting once again. This is a district-wide, multiracial, multicultural, student leadership group for all Middle and High school students. R.E.A.L Talk creates critical spaces for student leaders to:

  1. Develop and understand their own cultural and racial identity.
  2. Learn about cultures and races different from their own.
  3. Become empowered student leaders who create transformational change in their schools and communities.

Click the link here to complete the R.E.A.L Talk Student Leader Application for this school year.

Interested in Winter Sports?

Click the link below for important detailed information about Park Center Senior High Fall Tryouts. Most sports are available for seventh and eighth-graders.

Books for you and your student.

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 use this post to recommend books for your middle-level learner to engage with at home. Please read the information provided by Allison Sirovy, an 8th grade English teacher at North View Middle School, below to put a great book in your student’s hands.

Student Trivia Question

How many sovereign native American nations flags are hanging in the cafeteria? The first five students to respond correctly to this question, by submitting an answer here, will receive five Knight Pride Tickets.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will students be required to wear face coverings at school?
    Staff, students in early childhood through grade 12, and visitors will be required to wear a face-covering/mask inside all school facilities through Monday, January 31st.
    *As of November 2021. Please click here for up-to-date information.


  • Will social distancing be required in the building?
    Schools will maintain at least three feet of social distancing between students, staff, and visitors within classrooms, where and when possible.
    *As of November 2021. Please click here for up-to-date information.


  • Can I come in and visit my student's classroom?
    Following the appropriate protocol, visitors and volunteers will once again be allowed into our schools.
    *As of November 2021. Please click here for up-to-date information.


  • Will breakfast and lunches continue to be free this year?
    Regular school meals will continue to be provided free of charge to all students thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Even so, it’s extremely important to fill out the free/reduced meal application to continue to receive discounted services, like school activities and home internet service (upon qualification).


  • Where do I find the school supply list?
    Please click here for this year's school supply list.


  • When does the school open?
    The school building will be open for students to enter each day at 7:50 am. Please do not drop off students before this time if possible.


  • Who should I contact with questions?
    If you have general questions, please call the school at 763-585-7200.


  • 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.

Ways to Stay Updated

Monthly Newsletter

At the beginning of 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 are 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.


School Website

The NVMS website is a place to go to pull static information, facts about North View Middle School that could be important for a family at any point of 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.

Hello

I am currently serving my eighth year as principal of North View Middle School. Before coming to North View, I spent six years working as the Assistant Principal of Osseo Senior High. Before that, I spent time as a Dean of Students for Richfield High School and as a middle school level Science teacher and behavior dean with the Minneapolis public school system.


While in Minneapolis, I spent five years teaching middle-level Science at Lincoln Community School and Anishinabe Academy and two 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. A school should focus on high expectations for all students, and through developmentally appropriate and high-quality instruction, give students the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to exceed these expectations.


If you would like to contact 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.