I would first like to begin by thanking you for the service and support you have provided our students this year. I can't thank you enough for what you have given them and each other during these trying times. I know that the obstacles we are faced with right now may not leave us in the near future, but I am blessed to have you at my side while we face them.
Whether we are returning to the brick-and-mortar environment that we are most accustomed to, or to a hybrid or distance learning model, we will be ready. As you know building administrators and teacher leaders have begun to anticipate what fall might look like for our learning community. We have begun and will continue transitional planning for the return to school by students and staff this fall. Between now and August, Mr. Berg, Ms. Dale, and I will take your good thinking and develop plans for the opening of the upcoming school year.
While we would normally do this in a small group, I believe that your feedback will be needed. I have learned that you possess a wealth of knowledge about meaningful ways to connect, teach, and lead our school community and I aim to tap into that throughout the summer. Mr. Berg, Ms. Dale, and I will be providing you with voluntary opportunities to provide feedback, participate in planning, and check-in. Thank you in advance for your participation in these planning efforts.
In closing, I wish everyone a very happy, healthy, and safe summer break. I look forward to hearing about all the fun and exciting socially distanced experiences you and yours have enjoyed over the summer. If you need anything, feel free to reach out. Please know, my “virtual” door is always open.
Thank you again for your support,
- From Ms. Stanton: The shout out this week needs to go to Ms. Bledsoe, Mr. Berg, Mr. Love, Mr. Loberg, and Ms. Ross. You build us up and keep us going from a distance. I miss you all.
From Ms. Haik and Ms. Schroeder: Shout out to Rachael Anderson for being an amazing counseling team member! Thank you for jumping into the role during this crazy time and being such a valuable member of our team. You have handled everything that has been thrown your way seamlessly and we appreciate you!
From Ms. Bledsoe: This shout out goes to everyone who supported device collection and materials distribution this week. You are appreciated!
Do you have a message of congratulation, support, or appreciation that you would like to share? If so send it my way and I will include it in the staff shout out section of the important information email.
Information For All
Daily Work Summary & Attendance
The daily work summary and student attendance requirement conclude today for both licensed and non-licensed staff.
Distance Learning Materials:
Please archive your distance learning materials in Schoology before you are done for the summer. And by archive I mean, don’t delete the materials you have created. Instead, I ask that you unpublish the material. This will allow you to reference the material next year if necessary. Please have this request completed before you close out your year on Monday, June 8th.
End of the Year Celebration:
Please consider joining me for an end of the year happy hour celebration. We are going to toast, Kahoot, and celebrate the end of this wild year. Specifics below.
- June 8th at 3:01 pm
- Request: Please send Allison Stapley an interesting fact about yourself. She is going to put together a little fun for us.
Ms. Teeple put together this Flipgrid to provide us with a socially distanced way to say goodbye to each other. Consider posting a message today.
Resources for Your Racial Equity Journey:
Click here to be taken to a collection of resources compiled by Emily Bollinger, my administrative intern, that you may be interested in. If you have any questions about the resources, you can connect with her here.
Resources For Staff
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.
- Interpreting services information can be found here.
If you have questions about:
- Your work responsibilities between now and May 4: contact your direct supervisor.
- Your pay: contact Payroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your benefits: contact Human Resources at HR@district279.org.
- How to access confidential support during these challenging times: take advantage of our Employee Assistance Program.
Flocabulary Login Link
Click here to access the district Flocabulary account.
The BrainPop user id and password are below and case sensitive.
- User Id: NVMSBRAINPOP
- PW: knights7
If you haven’t already done so you might want to add Google Nod to your list of Chromebook extensions. It provides quick emoji reactions for muted team members during virtual meetings. It is also very helpful to the facilitator because it allows us to gauge real-time feedback as were are speaking. This is just a suggestion, not a requirement.
Professional Development Articles for Staff
If you would like to use this time for professional development consider visit the site found here using the log included below. This site is filled with a variety of information on a wide variety of topics that impact educators.
- User Id: email@example.com
- PW: nvms279
Virtual 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 in this distance learning environment. Students who are acknowledged by staff will be sent a certificate, a sweet treat, and will receive a positive phone call home to share this acknowledgment with their family members. Please consider nominating a student next week.
PBIS Distance Learning Incentives
Looking for a way to positively recognize your students during distance learning? If so click here for more than seventy-five incentive ideas.
I am worried about COVID-19. What resources are available to me?
Here are some of the specific resources included in the HR FAQ (the most updated FAQ is posted on my279).
- District 279 website: https://www.district279.org/covid-19/
- Employee Assistance Program: https://www.district279.org/human-resources/51-services-departments/human-resources/573-employee-benefits?start=7 (24 hour, anonymous employee access for general needs or concerns)
- Tips for dealing with the Coronavirus: https://www.district279.org/human-resources/51-services-departments/human-resources/573-employee-benefits?start=7
- Education MN: Coronavirus resources
- National Education Association: http://neatoday.org/2020/01/06/schools-and-coronavirus/
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/getattachment/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/COVID-19-and-Mental-Illness-NAMI-Releases-Importan/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US
- Minnesota Dept. of Health COVID-19 public hotline: 651-201-3920; open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon-Fri.
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.