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    Friday, January 27, 2017


    Monday, January 30

    7:00 AM - Open Gym, Open Library

    2:45 - 4:00 PM - Girls Basketball, Play Rehearsal, Girls Ensemble, Student Council, Fitness Training

    2:45 PM - 4:00 PM - After-School Academic Support - Reading/Test Retakes

    3-9:15 PM - Ski and Snowboarding at Afton Alps


    Tuesday, January 31

    7-7:45 AM - Open Gym, Open Library

    7:15 AM - Chamber Orchestra, Guys Chorus

    3:00-9:15 PM - Ski and Snowboarding at Afton Alps

    2:50-4:00 PM - Jazz Band, Makeup Swim, STRIPES, Service Learning, Play Rehearsal

    3:30-5:30 PM - Boys Basketball Game at Highview

    2:45 - 4:00 PM - After-School Academic Support--ELA, Math, Reading/Test Retakes, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, English Language Tutors

    4:00-6:00 PM - Parent Teacher Communication Hours

    5:15-6:00 PM - Math Department, OLPA Presentation, Learning Center

    6:00-7:30 PM - Middle School Information Night for current 5th grade parents


    Wednesday, February 1

    7:00 AM - Chess Club, Open Gym, Open Library

    2:45-4:00 PM - Play Rehearsal, Stage Crew, Science Olympiad, Strategy Gaming, Creative Writing, Fitness Training

    2:45 - 4:00 PM - After-School Academic Support--ELA, Math, Reading/Test Retakes, Science, Social Studies, English Language Tutors

    3:30-5:30 PM - Girls Basketball Game at Highview


    Thursday, February 2

    7:00 AM - Open Gym, Open Library

    7:15 AM - Chamber Orchestra

    2:45 - 4:00 PM - Jazz Band, Play Rehearsal, Stage Crew, Makeup Swim, Yearbook Club, Boys Basketball

    2:45 - 4:00 PM - After-School Academic Support--ELA, Math, Reading/Test Retakes, Science, Social Studies, Spanish

    5:30-7:00 PM - 8th Grade Information/Registration Night at Irondale High School, Last Names M-Z

    7:00-8:30 PM - 8th Grade Information/Registration Night at Irondale High School, Last Names A-L


    Friday, February 3

    7:00 AM - Open Gym, Open Library, Girls Ensemble

    2:45 PM - Play Rehearsal




    The next Parent Teacher Communication Hours will be Tuesday, January 31st.  To sign up, please visit teacher websites via our web page.  Hawk Pride!!



    Registration is still open for Girls Basketball, Co-Ed Fitness Training, Badminton, Floor Hockey and Swimming.  Register online at  https://www.moundsviewschools.org/domain/77 or get forms in the school office.  Contact Sam Carew at sam.carew@moundsviewschools.org  or at 651-621-6720 with any questions.



    Our Eighth Grade Snow Daze Dance is this Friday, January 27 from 6:30 - 9:00 PM sponsored by the Highview Student Council.  The dance is for eighth grade Highview students only.


    Tickets are on sale this week for $10.00 each or may be purchased from The Nest (our school store) using 15 Gotcha Tickets.  The ticket includes light snacks, dessert, and a commemorative photo. Additional photos can be purchased the night of the dance for $1 each.


    Traditionally, students have worn semi-formal attire.  A skirt or dress for the girls and khakis or dress pants for boys.  We do expect attire that is appropriate and is not revealing.  It is not necessary for students to go with a "date."  In fact, we encourage all students to attend and are welcome to attend in groups.


    We are still in need of parent volunteers. We are looking for several parents to help set up from 12:30 - 4:00 PM, parents to help chaperone the dance itself, and several parents to assist with cleanup.  If you are able to help, please contact Sam Carew at 651-621-6720 or sam.carew@moundsviewschools.org

    We are also still in need of donations of store-bought treats or desserts for the evening.  We unable to accept homemade goods at this time.  If you are able to help by supplying a treat/dessert, please contact Sam Carew at651-621-6720 or Sam.Carew@moundsviewschools.org.

     We are looking forward to a GREAT Snow Daze event! 



    The end of the second quarter was Wednesday, January 25. Report cards will not be mailed out this quarter, however; parents and students will be able to view them via Student VUE and Parent VUE on Friday, February 10th


    If you have not already signed up for Parent VUE and would like to, please contact Cindy Palmer in our school office at 651-621-6700. 


    If you would like a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact Karen Portal at 651-621-6725 or Karen.porath@moundsviewschools.org or your student’s dean.




    Ms. Alexandra Peterson

    My name is Alex Peterson, and I currently teach 6th grade Language Arts!  I recently graduated from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, where I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a 5-8 endorsement in CALE (Communication Arts and Literature).  While there, I enjoyed two years of playing volleyball and a third year of coaching volleyball.  I also met my wonderful husband Andy there, who currently teaches at Edgewood Middle School.  I currently coach volleyball for North Central University, as well as here at Highview!  I also enjoy reading (of course!), hiking, camping, road trips, board games, and the show Fixer Upper.  

    In ELA 6, we started the year by strengthening our sentences and paragraphs.  We also read a class novel titled Iqbal, during which we focused on child labor and using the book to cite textual evidence.   Most recently, we finished a unit centered on the elements of plot in books that have previously been nominated for the Maud Hart Lovelace award, which is a Minnesota-based, kid-voted award.   Next, we are starting a unit during which we will write personal memoirs.  While doing this, we will learn the different parts of the writing process, as well as more about each other’s lives!


    Ms. Marina Kuperman

    This is Ms. Kuperman's first year as a part of the wonderful Highview community.  She teaches 8th grade ELA, 8th grade ELA Extensions, and 7th grade Perspectives. Ms. Kuperman grew up just outside of Chicago, Illinois and graduated from the University of Minnesota, where she completed her bachelor's degree in English, and her Master's degree in Education. Teaching English and literacy skills are especially important to Ms. Kuperman, as she and her family immigrated to the United States from Ukraine. Her background moves her to promote and embrace diversity and critical literacy within the classroom, and to use it as a catalyst for meaningful learning and building community. Her 7th and 8th graders have allowed her to do just that, as they have excelled in grappling with challenging topics such as human rights, social change, and identity, this school year. 


    In 8th grade ELA, her students began the year with exploring identity, and creating metaphor speeches, which were a fun and meaningful way to build community. They then completed human rights research letters, where students were able to become activists on human rights issues. Currently, the 8th graders are completing a dystopian novel unit, where students read dystopian novels in "book clubs," and compare the texts to society today. Next quarter, Ms. Kuperman is excited to begin a new unit, which will allow students to delve deeper into the theme of identity, reflect on their own beliefs and values through a multimedia project, and read "I am Malala." 


    7th Grade Perspectives is a quarter long course, which encompasses examining multiple perspectives on identity, diversity, conflict, and social change. Students will have the opportunity to explore topics such as the Holocaust, human rights, identity, stereotyping, and critical media literacy, through mediums including texts, images, documentaries, speeches, media, research, theater, and more.


    Mr. Nate Zell   

    Mr. Zell is new to Highview this school year coming to us from California.  He feels that it’s a privilege for him to provide your students with the power and practice necessary to proficiently produce playful and practical works of prose in English 7 and 8 this year!


    Outside of his work in the classroom, Mr. Zell is an avid sports follower and player, moviegoer, cook, cat worshiper, and all around fun guy. He appreciates the love, care and spirit that exist in the Highview Community.


    7th grade students can look forward to their first experience with the research process as we delve into the biographies of people who changed the world in the 19th and 20th Centuries. We will also look at injustices of days past and present as students read the novel "Mississippi Trial" and construct a speech on an issue of injustice in their present world. 

    8th grade students can look forward to completing their dystopian novel unit with an analytical essay comparing aspects of their novel to real-world events.


    We will then take on an identity unit which will ask students to consider what values they hold and how they see themselves as they make their way towards high school.  Hawk Pride!



    The Mounds View High School Robotics Team will be part of the Grand Opening activities at the new Shoreview Library from 2:00-4:00 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Please come and see them, along with Irondale's KnightKrawlers, FIRST Tech Challenge teams Height Differential and Ponytail Posse, FIRST LEGO League Teams The Dots and The WYLDE from Chippewa, and the LEGO Shark Phins, an FLL Jr. team attending Turtle Lake Elementary. 


    The opening ceremony is at 10:00 AM, with children's crafts all day, the architect's design presentation at 11:30 AM, Mounds View High School Orchestra at 12:30 PM, ice sculpture demonstration from 12-1:30 PM, a comedy show at 2:00 PM, caricature sketches 1:30-4:30 PM, along with tours and other activities. We hope you can join us!



    Please congratulate our winners of the Highview Geography Bee! 

    1st Place: Bill Ketola

    2nd Place: Hamza Rahmoune

    3rd Place: Aidan Ellickson


    Bill represented Highview last year at the Minnesota State Geography Bee. Bill will take the state qualifying test to see if he can make it again. Wish him luck!  Hawk Pride!!



    Max Derosier, Hamza Rahmoune, and Bill Ketola all qualified for regionals in the State History Bee.  The Minneapolis Regional Finals will be held on Tuesday, March 21.  Good luck!  Hawk Pride!!



    Students planning to attend Irondale High School should plan on attending the Irondale Information & Registration Night for 8th Graders on February 2, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM for last names beginning M-Z or from 7:00-8:30 PM for students with last names beginning A-L.  Although the event takes place at Irondale High School, our Highview Middle School Deans will be on hand to answer questions and give assistance.


    For those students planning to attend Mounds View High School, their Information & Registration Night for 8th Graders will be February 16, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 PM for students whose last name begins A-L and from 7:00-8:30 PM for those students with last names beginning M-Z.  This event will be at Mounds View High School.  Again, Highview Middle School Deans will be on hand for questions and assistance.


    Highview 8th graders will visit their respective high schools on April 6, 2017 from 9:45-11:00 AM.


    Both Mounds View and Irondale High School Deans and student mentors will be at Highview Middle School for a Question and Answer Session with 8th graders on May 16, 2017 from 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM.  


    8th Grade students & families invited to learn about co-curricular opportunities at Mounds View High School at Mounds View High School Fall Co-Curriculum Day on May 17, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the Mounds View High School Commons.


    "Spring Into Fall" Irondale High School Co-Curriculum Day will take place on May 31, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Irondale High School.  8th Grade students & families invited to learn about co-curricular opportunities at Irondale High School.


    The First Day of High School is Tuesday, September 5, 2017.  We know our Highview students will be ready.  Hawk Pride!



    Volunteers are needed for the 8th Grade Snow Days Dance on Friday, January 27 from 6:30-9:00 PM.  If you are interested, please contact Sam Carew at Sam.Carew@moundsviewschools.org or at 651-621-6720.



    February 2, 2017  Frequently Asked Special Education Questions  6:45 - 8:15 p.m. at Snail Lake Education Center 


    In response to the October, 2016 Special Education Parents Survey and the first Special Education Parent and Professional Advisory Council (SEPPAC) meeting attendees, SEPPAC will hold an informational meeting covering frequently asked special education questions. These frequently asked questions will include transition, educational evaluations, IEPs, communication, modifications including paraprofessional support, extra-curricular activities, etc.  



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