Highview E-News

    June 15, 2018


    Several Highview Staff are leaving us at the end of this past school year.  We wish them they best and thank them all for their dedicated service to our students. 


    Caleb Bjorklund, Dean  

    Mr. Bjorklund will be taking a leave of absence during the 2018-19 school year and moving to Haiti this month.   This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for his family to immerse themselves in another country and culture.  He will be working in an orphanage and school outside of Port au Prince, the capital of Haiti.   He will be returning to the district for the 2019-2020 school year.   We cannot wait to hear about his adventure!


    Victoria Wheeler, Teacher

    Ms. Wheeler worked at both Highview Middle School and Pike Lake Kindergarten serving students who are emerging English Learners.  She will be going to work full time at Island Lake Elementary in Shoreview.  Her passion for her students is evident... Island Lake is lucky to have her. 


    Phoebe Wong, Paraprofessional

    Ms. Wong is leaving Highview to pursue her studies and earn Master’s Degree.   Good luck Phoebe!


    Kris Fredrick, Technology Specialist

    Mr. Fredrick is leaving Highview to pursue an exciting opportunity at an overseas university.  Kris and his family will be moving to Sweden for two years as part of their exciting adventure.  Good luck Kris!  You will be missed!


    Officer Kim Boyd

    Officer Boyd has been serving as Highview’s School Resource Officer for 6 years.  Officer Boyd will be returning to patrol with the New Brighton Police Department.  Lucky for us, we can still see her out in the community.  We’ve been so lucky to have her.  Be safe Officer Boyd!


    Brent McGrew, Teacher

    Mr. McGrew has served our district for 10 years as a Physical Education Teacher, as well as a coach.  Brent is moving to Rochester, Minnesota and will pursue his teaching career down there.  Those students will be so lucky to have him.  Best of luck Mr. McGrew!


    Bethany Smith, School Psychologist

    Ms. Smith has served as the School Psychologist for both Highview Middle School and Irondale High School.  Bethany is pursuing a full-time position as a School Psychologist at Centennial High School.  Good luck on your new position!


    Rich Burke, Adapted Physical Education Teacher

    Rich Burke has retired from the Mounds View Public Schools System after many years of service to the students of our district.  In addition to teaching, Mr. Burke, coordinated and coached the Adapted Sports Teams for the Mounds View School District.  He touched many lives throughout his tenure.  Best wishes on your new journey Mr. Burke! 


    We wish you all the best!  Good luck and Hawk Pride!!  Once a Hawk… always a Hawk!



    Beginning this past Monday, June 11, Highview Middle School was closed for summer due to construction of our new front parking lot and main office.  The Highview Office will be temporarily housed at Mounds View High School for the summer.  Phone numbers will remain the same.  Hawk Pride!



    A big HAWK PRIDE welcome to the following staff joining Highview for the 2018-2019 school year:

    Joel Dlouhy, Spanish

    Joseph Dustin, Adapted Physical Education

    Heather Aldridge, Math

    Nathan Johnson, Dean, Last names O-Z

    Nancy Keen, Special Education

    Melissa Chiri, English Language Learners

    Jason LePera, Science

    Joseph Warren, Physical Education

    Jessica Winkelaar, Social Studies

    Matt Farmer, School Resource Officer



    Wednesday, August 22                     Highview Hawk Pride Welcome Back Day            2:00 to 7:00 PM

    Teachers will be here from 5:00-7:00 PM.  Students will get their school photos taken; get their schedule and their locker assignment and more!   Watch for a mailing to come to your house via U.S. Mail this summer with more information. 


    Thursday, September 13, 2018        Parent Information Night                                        6:00-8:00 PM

    The purpose of Parent Information Night is for parents to have the opportunity to experience their child’s daily routine at Highview as they meet their child’s teachers and move from class to class.  Parents will experience a shortened version of a typical school day.  In each class, parents will receive an overview of the course, find out how grades are determined, learn what assignments will be like and hear how the teacher feels parents can best help their students be successful.  We also see this evening as an opportunity for parents to meet the principal, associate principal and their child’s dean. 


    Parent Teacher Communication Hours will be from 4-7:00 PM on the dates below (unless otherwise noted). 

      • Thursday, October 4, 2018
      • Thursday, November 15, 2018
      • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (Also 5th Grade Parent Information Night)
      • Thursday, March 7, 2019
      • Tuesday, April 23, 2019


    7th Grade Laurentian Environmental Center        Trip 1 – Monday, September 17-Wednesday, September 19

           Trips in Britt, Minnesota                                   Trip 2 – Wednesday, September 19-Friday, September 21


    Tuesday, September 4, 2018

    First day of school for incoming 6th graders and new 7th & 8th grade students


    Wednesday, September 5, 2018

    All students return



    Highview Summer STEAM program still has space and is open for any Highview students interested in attending. During Highview Summer STEAM, students will take fun, project-based classes with reading and math support embedded.  Some classes are Math and Sports, Middle School vs. Wild, Lights!  Camera! Action, Printmaking, Coding, Crime Scene Investigation...and more!

    Kids get both breakfast and lunch each day.  In addition…there's a great field trip planned as well.  Don’t miss out!

    Due to construction at Highview Middle School this summer, Highview Summer STEAM will take place at Mounds View High School this year. Students who live outside of the Mounds View High School walking area will be provided transportation at no cost. All students will receive breakfast and lunch each day of the program.

    The program will run July 9 through August 2, Monday through Thursday 7:40 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. Registration forms can be found below, and can be returned in person to the Highview Front Office, faxed to 651-621-6705, or scanned and emailed to Ben Chiri at Benjamin.chiri@moundsviewschools.org

    If you have any questions, please contact our Associate Principal, Ben Chiri, at benjamin.chiri@moundsviewschools.org or at 651-621-6736.

    We hope you can join us-- it's going to be awesome!  Hawk Pride!  

    Summer STEAM Registration Forms:





    We believe that the primary purpose of grading is to provide feedback to students to improve performance. We understand that each content area has a unique approach to grading and this document should serve as a framework that will guide teachers to fit their own content area standards and curricular needs.


    There will be two categories in the weighted grade book; one is 80% performance events (summative) and the other is 20% practice events (formative).


    • No extra credit will be given.


    • Practice tasks should be meaningful extensions of classroom learning.


    • Grades will be standards-based, evaluating knowledge and skill. Behavior will not be reflected in an academic grade except for in content areas where participation is embedded as a standard (i.e. PE, Music).


    • All practice tasks and relearning must be completed by the student before a retake can be attempted.


    • Practice tasks may or may not be graded. The focus should remain on feedback and student learning.


    • Performance tasks must meet the minimum proficiency threshold of 75% to receive a score in the grade book. The grade for that performance task will be a zero in the grade book until the retake is complete.


    • Grades will be updated in Synergy at a minimum of once a week in order to give timely feedback to students and parents.


    • Teachers will use proactive communication tools (websites) along with reactive communication (Synergy) to inform parents and students of expectations and then give feedback on performance.


    • Any student scoring below a passing grade at the end of a quarter will be recorded as an “I”. Students have two weeks to complete any performance items needed to show progress or the grade will remain an I.



    We have a fun summer reading program we have starting at Highview.  Join Highview's ‘Camp Read S-more’ this summer! There is nothing better than "camping out" with a good book. Join us at "camp" this summer and read this book that was chosen for your grade level:


    Entering 6th grade book:

    Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen


    Entering 7th grade book:

    The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall


    Entering 8th grade book:

    The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

    In September, we will meet once, during lunch, to discuss the book.  Check out the link below for more information about this and other summer reading information.

    Highview Summer Reading Program and more!


    Free Grab‘n’Go bag lunches for families will be available this summer on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, June 11-August 24 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 7th St NW, New Brighton.  Check it out!



    There are many organizations to help your family with food, school supplies, medical services and more during the summer months.  Click this link for more information Resources to Keep Your Family Summer Strong



    Looking for some Mustang gear?  Check out these websites!


    Look book: https://www.moundsviewdeca.org/Look-Book

    What's new: https://www.moundsviewdeca.org/what-s-new


    If you have questions, contact DECA Adviser, rebecca.allard@moundsviewschools.org



    In spring 2017, the School Board approved start time changes that go into effect for all schools starting this fall. To download a 2018-2019 daily schedule for any school, visit www.moundsviewschools.org/starttimes.



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