Important Information!

3.6.2020

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

Non-Licensed Staff Meeting

The non-licensed staff meeting scheduled for March 13th will be an optional meeting for those non-licensed staff that have not completed the MCA training modules. You are only required to attend if you have not completed the training by March 13th. Computers will be made available for those that are not done in room 119. The peer observation discussion originally planned for the 13th will move to the March 20th meeting.


Mark Reporting Day Information

Education Minnesota-OSSEO and the School District agree that the Mark Reporting Day at the end of trimester 1 and 2 will be scheduled at the discretion of the teacher to complete the work. On these two scheduled Mark Reporting Days, teachers may choose to report to work or not report. District required work must be completed by the deadline established by each site.


On trimester 3 Mark Reporting Day, all teachers must report to their site in the morning for 3.5 hours and check out with their supervisor prior to leaving for the school year.


MCA Testing Information

A basic overview of information regarding the upcoming MCA test can be found here. Expect more detailed information to come in the following weeks, but for now this should answer most of the basic questions you might have.


March System Professional Learning

Our March System Professional Learning meeting is being offered in an online learning format and is open from Monday, March 2 to April 3. You may complete your learning online at a day and time of your choosing or join Kelly Armstrong on Monday, March 23nd from 2:50--3:50 pm in room 209 for a supported online work session. Materials are in the NVMS Schoology course in the 2019-2020 System Professional Learning Folder.


Family/Community Newsletter

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

  • A School Visit Reminder
  • Information about our Math Program.
  • Young Adult Book Recommendations
  • A glimpse inside our school with fun photos of our school community in action.
  • Ways to be Involved.

If there is anything you or your department would like to highlight or think we should highlight, please me let me know.


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.


Peer Observations

The licensed staff peer observation deadline is fast approaching. Be sure to submit your information using this link that follows by March 9th, 2020.


Got Chromebook?

Do you want to know if a student's Chromebook or charger is available in the Media Center? Click here to be taken to that information. This is information is also scrolling on a computer screen within the Media Center display case.

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. The item of focus for the next few weeks are Warm Ups. Warm up activities provide our students with a chance to settle down into the class and get their minds focused on the lesson ahead. Thank you in advance for your fidelity to the grade level engagement plan.

Consciousness Development

Principal Mauri Friestleben speaks at Stillwater Correctional Facility

I came across information that I thought you might be interested in. Click here to be taken to a message from incarcerated men about what they wanted from their educators as students. 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.

Tech Tidbit

Accessibility Series


By using the accessibility features that are accessible on the Chromebook we are able to adapt to the needs of the learner. In the coming weeks, I will highlight accessibility features that empowers students to use the Chromebook in a way that meets their needs. Click here to be taken to information about Chrome Accessibility Features.

Pic of the Week: Zanewood Book Buddies

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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:

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 and discussed at our 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.

Important Links

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


BrainPop Password

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

  • User Id: NVMSBRAINPOP
  • PW: knights5


Chromebook Ticket Link:

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


Got Chromebook?

Do you want to know if a student's Chromebook or charger is available in the Media Center? Click here to be taken to that information. This information is also scrolling on a computer screen with the Media Center display case.


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.


W.I.C.O.R. Posters

Please use the form found here to request an AVID W.I.C.O.R. (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, & reading) strategy poster(s) for your classroom or area of supervision. There are two options to choose from. You have your choice of a poster with a summary of all strategies or five individual posters with more detailed information for each strategy.

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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