Day ten of distance learning is almost done and you should be proud of all of your efforts. There have been 600 unique student users and more than 43,000 Schoology views by students over the last seven days. Those views resulted in over 2,900 Schoology discussions and 2,100 assignment submissions. Thank you for your continued efforts to engage students in this virtual environment.
While I know you may not be satisfied with the number of students that are "showing up", for you, please don't be disheartened. The picture included above shows that while our students may not be submitting assignments at a high rate, they are in fact with us. Your efforts have reached over ninety percent of our students. It looks to me like they are still trying to figure this all out just like the rest of us. Please be patient. Your willingness to continue to find new ways to engage each learner will pay off.
Please make sure to also review all the info below, and 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. Enjoy your day, please wash your hands, take care of each other, and don't forget to exercise.
Information For All
The district will be launching a stakeholder distance learning survey on Friday, April 17th. This survey window will remain open from April 17th through April 24th and will involve students, families, and teachers. It will help the district assess our students' technology needs and their ability to use the technology resources available to them among other items. Please encourage and remind our students and families to complete the survey.
System Professional Development Updates
- Per the email sent by Laurel Anderson on 4/14/20, our system PD day has been rescheduled from April 27 to May 1. This means April 27 is a contact day for students and May 1 is not.
- Once the May 1st PD session information comes out, you will be able to register for the 3.5 required middle school hours. Because this is a virtual PD, registration will be a bit different. Directions will come out on how to do this as needed. Some of the sessions will require your virtual presence on May 1 and some can be done anytime. You will have until May 11 to complete the sessions.
- The April and May Pathway meetings (Processes, Routines, and Procedures/ Increasing Capacity for Racial Equity/ Path, Pace and Place) are canceled. However, you are still getting CEUs for them as a small way to honor all of the work you've done for distance learning. You can confirm you have received your hours by logging into Keep Certified, clicking on “Master Record Report” and scrolling down. It is labeled NVMS February - May System Monthly, 4.0 CEUs.
- Please email Kelly Armstrong with questions or concerns.
Please consider joining me and the rest of the staff in sending a mixed taped Flip Grid video message to our students. All you need to do is click here, record a brief message of support and encouragement by Tuesday, April 21st. Ms. Teeple will combine all of our messages into one NVMS shared message. This message will then be sent out to families through our normal challenges.
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
Reminders For Non Licensed Staff
During the closure the following is expected of all NVMS ESPs.
- Complete NVMS Daily Work Summary every day by 2:30 p.m. This will require you to be logged into your Osseo Area Schools apps account.
- Complete online professional development from HR and your union representative. I have included the instructions for Safe Schools Courses and Online Professional Development courses with this email. The instructional guide for accessing materials can be found here.
- Complete your performance evaluation form for your end-of-year meeting. Ms. Dale has sent out a copy.
Reminders For Licensed Staff
- We are currently using an opt-out process; this means that unless a parent calls in to report his/her child’s absence, we will assume they are in attendance. Mary Anne Maurer will be checking daily attendance calls and recording that information into Synergy. If you know that a student is absent due to illness or for another reason, please forward that information onto Mary Anne Maurer as well.
Teacher Expectation for Attendance Monitoring:
- Per the district's flex learning plan, licensed teachers are expected to be making daily contact with students. This can be done either via phone or through Schoology discussions or a Google Meets class session, etc. This does not have to be one-on-one contact and it does not have to be synchronous to your Google Meets office hours or your duty day. You just need to see students engaging with class materials at some point during the day. If you do not have contact with a student for two days in a row, please attempt to call the student and notify Mary Ann Maurer, your grade level SMS and counselor on the third day.
- During this time, as long as you report a summary of your daily work using the form found here by 3:50, you will be paid your regular salary or hourly wage according to your regular work schedule. This will require you to be logged into your Osseo Area Schools apps account.
- Licensed staff- your duty day will be from 8 am to 3:10 pm.
Resources For Staff
Tech Tidbit: Schoology Course Analytics (Video Tutorial)
The document at the hyperlink below will provide you with information on how to review your course analytics. Included this week is a video tutorial. Click HERE to access the document.
The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt
Week Three Challenge:
This was supposed to be the last week for the scavenger hunt, but I have added a bonus week because of all your great scavenger hunt ideas. If you have not participated yet, I would encourage you to jump in the game. The bonus week will be the make or break week for everyone. Thank you all for your participation. Good luck to all the teams; it is still anybody’s game!
Here is this week’s list:
- 4 points: PUZZLE CLUE: Take a picture next to yuftorodonro (Yes it’s scrambled for a reason.)
- 4 points: Does someone on your team look like a celebrity? Find a picture of that celebrity and then take a photo of you looking like that picture.
- 3 points: 3 little known Netflix or other streaming shows you recommend, and your creative reviews to go with them.
- 2 points: Your favorite sentimental picture from March, with a caption.
- 2 points: Your favorite funny picture from March, with a caption.
- 2 points: Send me the name and baby picture of your youngest team member.
- 2 points: A description of your favorite class assignment and how it went this year, with a picture if you have it.
- 4 points: Your best tip for quarantine living.
- 3 points: A written description of your favorite cabin fever remedy.
That’s it for today! Be sure to have your team submissions in by Wednesday, April 22nd at 11:59 pm. Let me share some of the best submissions from last week.
Best of the Last Week:
Send someone not on your team a nice, digital, pick-me-up.
Submitted by team. "So What Exactly Do You Do? "
You'd never believe it if I told you...
You’d never believe me if I told you that I (Haik) can lick my elbow but it’s true and Schroeder can prove it. Submitted by "Formely Known as Guidance"
A written description of the silliest thing you did to prepare for social distancing.
The silliest thing I did to prepare for social distancing was buy cute matching loungewear sets. Even in quarantine, I still have to have the fit on fleek. Submitted by the "Socially Distant Scavengers".
Drastic measures preparing for social distancing
The most drastic thing I did to prepare for social distancing was buying 5 pounds of Pizza Rolls! Submitted by the "Pandemic Pedagogues".
Idea for next scavenger hunt...
The Masked Singer(alonger) Parody "Pandemic Pedagogues"
Book recommendations, with creative explanations.
I recommend the book There’s A Hair In My Dirt! By Gary Larson (the creator of The Far Side). It is a worm’s story. A family of worms sits down to dinner and the son finds a hair in his dirt. The father tells him a story of a foolish woman who while walking through the forest, sees a snake trying to kill a mouse, she rescues the mouse, cuddles and kisses it, catches a virus and dies. Throughout the book Larson explains the natural world with his absurd sense of humor and interesting perspective as a biologist. Submitted by the "Evolved Explorers"
Cross Word Puzzle
Submitted by the "Pandemic Pedagogues".
Submitted by the "Champions".
Submitted by the "Socially Distant Scavengers".
More fun photos.
They didn't win, but they're pretty nifty.
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.
- Beginning March 30th all licensed staff are required to have a minimum of two office hours per day conducted through Google Meets during the duty days. Office hours are staggered by department during the duty hours and can be found here. If staff want to be available outside of these, they may.
- Administrative and Instructional Support office hours can also be found here. These times are for staff only, and should not be shared with students or their families. The below hyperlinks will take you to a document that outlines each individual's Google Meets information.
The BrainPop user id and password are below and case sensitive.
- User Id: NVMSBRAINPOP
- PW: knights5
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.
- From March 18-27, unless otherwise directed by your supervisor, you will work remotely.
- During this time period, as long as you report a summary of your daily work using the form found here by the end of your duty day, you will be paid your regular salary or hourly wage according to your regular work schedule. This will require you to be logged into your Osseo Area Schools apps account.
- You are required to be available and accessible for either on-site or remote work during your regular work hours. You must be ready to report to work on-site or remotely at any time.