Dear Families, Community Members, Staff and Students,
Welcome to Northview Public Schools! Northview is a wonderful place to live and learn. As one of the finest school districts in the state, we work in partnership with parents and the community to prepare competent, caring, respectful and confident young people. In 2013, Northview was granted AdvancED School System accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission. This means Northview and all of its schools are accredited and the Northview Public Schools District is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.
We are proud of our tradition of dedicated service to students and outstanding parent and community involvement in our programs. Our excellent reputation for high expectations and a responsible and well-disciplined student body makes Northview a truly effective and sought after school district.
Learn what Northview is all about at this website. Contact us anytime with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). Go, ‘Cats!
To the Continued Success of Students,
Dr. Scott Korpak, Superintendent
FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – DECEMBER 2016
Achieving good grades, high SAT scores and an “advanced-proficient” rating on M-STEP tests are indicators of future success as an adult. But they are not a guarantee, and research even suggests that there is something more important than academic achievement.
But what could be more important and predictive of future success than test scores? The answer might surprise you: social competence. In kindergarten.
That’s according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study’s researchers found that “…statistically significant associations between measured social-emotional skills in kindergarten and key young adult outcomes across multiple domains of education, employment, criminal activity, substance use, and mental health (p.2283).”
The research results make me question our focus on academic testing. Considerable resources and time are being spent by the Michigan Department of Education and our legislators on how to best test our students. Specifically, will the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) remain? Or will there be a new assessment for the 2017-18 school year?
But if social competence is really that important, perhaps we should be more concerned with teaching self-control, honesty, integrity and the importance of working together. The researchers concluded that the “measure of social emotional skills may be useful for assessing whether children are at risk for deficits in non-cognitive skills later in life and, thus, help identify those in need of early intervention. These results demonstrate the relevance of non-cognitive skills in development for personal and public health outcomes (p. 2289).”
Northview is known for a culture which stresses the importance of social competence. Evidence of this is seen in the Skills4Success emphasis at the High School and East Campus High School; the current pilot of TrueSuccess (TrueSuccessTools.org) at Crossroads Middle School; and the district’s ongoing commitment to a full-time social worker at each of our elementary schools. And we will continue to do more.
Good grades, and test scores. Yes, they are important. But not as important as the social skills we all know are a key part of success as an adult. Regardless of what Lansing decides, we know what our students need to be “Prepared for Life’s Next Step.”
To the Continued Success of Students, Scott
Damon E. Jones, Mark Greenberg, and Max Crowley. Early Social-Emotional Functioning and Public Health: The Relationship Between Kindergarten Social Competence and Future Wellness. American Journal of Public Health: November 2015, Vol. 105, No. 11, pp. 2283-2290. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302630
Northview Public Schools and its community inspire and develop literate, creative problem solvers, ready for continued learning and career success, while becoming respectful, productive members of society.
Northview Public Schools is an AdvancED accredited school district acknowledged for the high caliber of its graduates, the high quality of its staff, and the excellence of its programs. We are a school district where students learn to appreciate diversity and the many cultural influences that shape the community.
Northview’s strong academic program includes learning experiences in all areas of language arts (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), math, science, social studies, technology, physical education, instrumental and vocal music, and art. Special education services are an integrated facet of our educational opportunities for students. A developmental kindergarten program allows even the youngest to be successful.
We respect individual learning styles that allow each student to learn more easily and successfully through their strengths. There is not “one right way” to learn. Each person has an individual learning style. Physical, environmental, sociological, and motivational factors are considered.
Northview students consistently have a record of high scores on national tests. On state tests, they score well above the state and county averages. Excellent curriculum alignment results in high scoring student performance. Testing information is available at individual building websites.
Enrichment programs that provide opportunity for all students to learn and advance as quickly and as far as interest and talents allow enhance our general education program.
There is a collective spirit among parents/guardians, board members, teachers, administration, staff and community members to “do the right thing” for our students. This spirit is an important groundwork for the success every child deserves. Parents are encouraged to become involved whenever possible. Parent groups support every district school.
Our community spirit produces overwhelming voter support that has allowed us to recently renovate our school buildings and grounds to provide safe, secure, and nurturing learning environments. A 750-seat Performing Arts Center showcases student and community productions. A well-equipped media center in each building, computer labs, and advanced technology in every classroom reveal the commitment of the entire Northview community to “do the right thing” for students. A Community Fitness Center and 13-lane Swimming Pool offer a convenient and affordable facility where adults, seniors and students can work out side-by-side to get healthy and stay healthy.
Northview ‘s Community Education program strives to meet the needs of all residents from the babe in arms to the senior citizen with a variety of recreational, cultural, and educational activities and services. They include adult education programs, youth sports, a senior citizens program, summer academics, fine arts and recreational classes, sports camps, and more.
Recognizing on a need for our students to explore the natural environment, develop team work and leadership skills and provide them the opportunity to learn outdoor skills, A.L.P.S was created. The Adventure Leadership Program is dedicated to bringing exciting outdoor opportunities and skill to 5th and 6th grade students at Highlands through adventure activities and service learning projects. A.L.P.S meets Tuesday and Thursday for 9 weeks, for 1.5 hours after school.
Northview’s Extended Day Care Program provides working parents with the security of knowing their children (Grades K-6) are in a safe and nurturing environment during after-school and before-school hours. A summer program is also available along with a program that cares for students when school is closed during the scheduled school year.
Northview’s Early Learning program is where children between the ages of two and six come together to begin their early school experiences in learning. Community Ed Preschool and Great Start Readiness Program are for four-year-olds. Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a program offering testing by an early childhood diagnostic team. Children with a delay in one or more developmental areas qualify for this programming. The Bright Beginnings program provides services to families with Children birth to kindergarten entry.
From early childhood on through high school, Northview prepares students for life’s next steps. Share in our excitement for learning and our commitment to educational excellence. Our combination of rigorous academic standards, an excellent staff and community involvement is a proven recipe for success.
Northview Public Schools covers approximately 13.5 square miles in the county of Kent in the southwestern portion of Michigan’s lower peninsula. The community is surrounded with a wonderful array of educational, cultural, business, and recreational opportunities. It includes portions of Plainfield Township, Ada Township and Grand Rapids Township. Population is approximately 20,000.
The Northview School District has three elementary schools (East Oakview, North Oakview, and West Oakview), two middle schools (Highlands/grades 5 and 6 and Crossroads/grades 7 and 8), and two high schools (Northview High School and Northview High School East Campus).
Northview Public Schools serves approximately 3,392 students in seven buildings. Approximate counts are: East Oakview Elementary (371), North Oakview Elementary (453), West Oakview Elementary (329), Highlands Middle School (448), Crossroads Middle School (515), Northview High School (1153), and Northview High School East Campus (123).
Northview Public Schools employs approximately 440 persons to meet the needs of our students. We are an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability, age, religion, height, weight, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, (collectively, “Protected Classes”) in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities.