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Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

Welcome to Northview High School
home of the Wildcats!

Go Cats!


WILDCAT SPIRIT STORE:

OPENING SOON!

NHS Produces Lip Dub Video
"Keeping the Beat" is a Metro Health program that offers free heart screenings to high school students.
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Phone: (616) 363-4857
Fax: (616) 361-3494)

4451 Hunsberger NE
Grand Rapids, MI
49525

Vote on November 4, 2014

Non-Homestead Operating Millage Renewal of 18 Mills Proposal

The Northview Board of Education has approved the placement of a “Renewal of the 18 Mills of Non-Homestead Millage” on the November 4, 2014 ballot. There is no tax rate increase. The tax applies only to commercial and industrial property and second homes, not primary residences.  Voters are being asked to renew the tax, which expires in 2015, for 12 years, 2016 to 2027. The renewal would generate approximately $3 million for the district in 2016 for general operations for classrooms.  Please vote on Tuesday, November 4.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

WHAT IS MEANT BY HOMESTEAD AND NON-HOMESTEAD PROPERTIES?

When Michigan voters passed Proposal A in 1993, Michigan’s property taxes for schools were restructured and reduced.  Property was divided into two categories: homestead and non-homestead.  A homestead property is the home where you live (primary residence).  Non-homestead properties are land and buildings such as businesses and vacation homes that have not been designated as a primary residence.

WHY IS THIS ISSUE ON THE BALLOT NOW?

A renewal of the 18 mills is required periodically by voters in order for the district to continue collecting this millage.  Because our authorization expires in 2015, we need your approval to continue collecting the revenue which is crucial in maintaining Northview’s educational programs.

WILL THE APPROVAL OF THIS RENEWAL RESULT IN A TAX RATE INCREASE?

No. Approval of this request will maintain the current assessment on non-homestead property and will not change or increase the assessment on your home residence.

HOW MUCH OF OUR NORTHVIEW SCHOOL BUDGET DOES THIS NON-HOMESTEAD MILLAGE FUND?

The current assessment of 18 mills that voters are being asked to approve for renewal is used to fund a significant part of Northview’s school district operating budget. Approximately $3,000,000 (8.4%) of the annual budget comes from the 18 mill non-homestead tax assessment.

WHY IS THE RENEWAL OF THE NON-HOMESTEAD MILLAGE IMPORTANT?

If the request for the renewal of the 18 mills non-homestead was not approved, Northview would lose approximately $3 million of funding (8.4%) for the 2015/16 school year and similar amounts for each following year.  There is no other way to receive the revenue except by voter approval of renewal of the 18 mills non-homestead on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

 


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Northview Senior Garrett Bakos Perspective on "WE ARE NORTHVIEW"
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE: ENTEROVIRUS

Please click on this link for important information re: Enterovirus.

Subject--Enterovirus Precaustions, Enterovirus Press release, Prevent the spread of Enterovirus


Greetings Northview Parents/Guardians, Students, and Community Members,

Welcome back to the 2014-2015 school year.  We are so excited to open up our new facilities as we near completion of our three and a half year bond project.  We would once again like to thank all of our community members for supporting public education in the Northview community.  In honor of the project being completed, the district is planning to host two community Open Houses.  The dates and descriptions are listed below:

Northview High School Ribbon Cutting and 1st Open House

Thursday, October 23rd from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

5:15 p.m. Ribbon Cutting ceremony in front of NHS with performances by Northview Band and Varsity Voices, followed by refreshments, tours and free entrance into October 23rd Athletic events.

Parking is available at Max Colley Jr. Performing Arts Center lot off of Rahn Dr. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony takes place inside the Performing Arts Center.

Northview High School 2nd Open House

Saturday, October 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

Tours will be available.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.  We look forward to seeing all of you at some of our upcoming events.  Have a great holiday weekend!

Respectfully,

Mark C. Thomas, Principal


Dear Parents/Guardians:

Next week our students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades will be participating in Aspire testing.  Aspire is a set of new online assessments from ACT designed to provide students, teachers, and parents with information to assess current learning levels relative to the national ACT test which is typically used by most colleges and universities in the admissions process.  The ACT is also part of the Michigan Merit Exam which all juniors in our state are required to take.

Each underclass student will take part in roughly 3.5 hours of online assessments in math, science, English, and reading.  We plan to give these assessments three times over the course of the school year.  Creating an assessment framework will allow us to do many things; we can get a benchmark score for where each student is at early in the year.  Over the course of the year the other assessments can be used as progress monitoring to chart individual student growth. The assessment scores can assist students, teachers, guidance counselors, and parents as they make plans for post-secondary education.  We realize that not all of our students need a four year degree to be successful, but we also know that additional post-secondary training/education will be important so our students can attain quality incomes and livable wages.

The assessment results will also be used by teachers to determine which areas of our curriculum could use additional time and focus to improve learning.  We plan to use the results to not only assist individual students, but also to review our syllabi, pacing guides, classroom assessments, etc. in order to support improved student learning.  We do not believe in just "teaching to a test," but we do believe in practicing under similar conditions, using like questions, etc. so that our students will have gained confidence/familiarity through practice in order to then achieve optimum results when the time comes to take an important test.

We understand that there is a great deal of discussion/debate by some regarding the amount of testing now required by our students.  Please know we are sensitive to that concern. At the same time, while the current state/federal requirements are in place, we believe in doing the best we can to prepare our students to be successful.  Our track record of consistent student achievement should offer evidence that our approach to date has been successful. We are also committed to continuous improvement. We believe that asking our students/staff take part in a few hours of Aspire testing over the course of the year will help us all improve leading to increased future success.

Below are 4 attachments (3 are grade-specific; the 4th is the Aspire Testing Schedule), which we ask that you please review with your student(s).

We wanted all of you to be aware of our plans and the rationale for our thinking.  If you have any thoughts, comments, or questions please feel free to contact myself or Mr. Dickerson at any time.  As always, we appreciate the trust, confidence, and support provided to Northview High School.

With Respect,

Mark C. Thomas, Principal

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FALL PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

The High School Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, November 5th and Thursday, November 6th.

We will set up in the cafeteria, and the Art, Language Arts, Math, World Languages, and Special Services classrooms.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, November 5th

5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 6th

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

4:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Staff Dinner in Media Center Lobby

5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

On Thursday, students will have half day of classes, as follows:

1st Hour: 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

2nd Hour: 8:20 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

3rd Hour: 8:55 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.

4th Hour: 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

5th Hour: 10:05 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

6th Hour: 10:35 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

There will be no after school CATS for Science on Wednesday, November 5th or for Math on Thursday, November 6th In addition there will be no school for staff or students on Friday, November 7th.

ADDITIONAL STUDENT SCHEDULES FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH:

KCTC Students:

1st Session (6:55 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.)

Session and buses will run as normal.

Students are excused for 2nd and 3rd hour classes.

Students will attend 4th, 5th and 6th hour classes.

2nd Session (9:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m.)

Students may elect to be excused from 2nd Session.

Students will ride buses to KCTC only.

There will be NO buses home.

3rd Session (12:00 noon to 2:15 p.m.)

Students will be excused from 3rd Session.

There will be NO buses to or from KCTC.

KIH Students:

Buses will run to KIH only . There will be no buses returning students to the High School.

 

We look forward to seeing you at our Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences!


2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR FORMS

 

2014-15 Athletic Flyer

2014-15 Vehicle Registration Form

2014-15 Free & Reduced Meal Application

2014-15 Finger Scanning Process

2014-15 Medical Form

2014-15 Medical Prescription Form

2014-15 Yearbook Order Form Front Page 2014-15 Yearbook Order Form Back Page

2014-15 Yearbook PDA Order Form

2014-15 Yearbook Senior Photo Letter

2014-15 Yearbook Senior Quotes Form

2014-15 Band Booster Patron Drive Form

2014-15 Vocal Music Boosters Patron Drive Form

2014-15 Freshman & Sophomore Fundraiser Form

2014-15 Diploma Name Form

2014-15 Personal Network Agreement Form

2014-15 Youth Screen Parent Consent Letter

"NEW" Maps of the High School for 2015!

Main Floor, Second Floor


 


Click on the graphic to link to the KISD School News Network.  This site provides you with clear, concise, honest, and interesting stories about schools and school districts in Kent County.  Look for news about Northview in future issues.  Check the site frequently as new stories are constantly being posted.



BE A MENTOR TO AN NORTHVIEW STUDENT!
This is a great opportunity for current mentors to learn valuable information on how to mentor more effectively! It is also a time for people interested in mentoring to come and talk with the mentor coordinator about the possibility of volunteering. Feel free to come for the whole event, or for whichever workshop interests you the most.  For more information, please contact Janine Conway, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Video Feature on Northview Mentor Program


NORTHVIEW RECOGNIZED ON A STATE & NATIONAL LEVEL!

US News and World Reports does an annual ranking of high school based on performance measures (http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2013/04/east_lansing_okemos_high_schoo.html#incart_river) in reading, math, and college/workforce data.

Northview High School was awarded a Silver Medal and ranked #59 out of 826 Michigan High Schools.  The national ranking was #2004 out of 21,000 high schools.



MISSION STATEMENT:
Accelerate/Advance student academic performance and nurture their social development.

VISION STATEMENT:
Northview High School is a Learning Community that prepares each student for success in college, the workplace and life.

Core Beliefs:
We believe that:

1. All students can learn.

2. All decisions are made in the best interest of students.

3. All stakeholders have input and are accountable for actions/behaviors.

4. All staff members create an environment where students are successful.

5. Assessment helps guide the instruction for students.

6. Shared leadership and collaboration lead to greater success.

7. Our teachers and administrators make the critical difference in student achievement.

8. Engaging the student’s family and the community in the education process enhances learning and academic achievement.


NHS ALUMNI

SCHEDULE NOTES FOR THE CLASS 0F 2015

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REQUESTING TRANSCRIPTS THRU DOCUFIDE!

Docufide by Parchment provides students and alumni with the convenience of online transcript requests.  Click Here to get the process started. Other important information:  Docufide Overview & Student Flyer.

NATIONAL COMMON STANDARDS ON THE WAY

The Parents Guide to Student Success was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 40 states have adopted. (To find out if your state has adopted the standards, visit CoreStandards.org/In-The-States.) Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college

CREDIT RECOVERY PROGRAM

E2020 Credit Recovery --aligned to state and national standards, and it combines the best of master degree teachers with the effective use of interactive technology.

 

 


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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 19:33