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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 (info@nvps.net).  Go, ‘Cats!

To the Continued Success of Students,

Dr. Scott Korpak, Superintendent

 

FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – FEBRUARY 2017

Dear Families, Community Members, Students and Staff,

 “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.”  This statement was made by the late leadership consultant, Stephen Covey, in his book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”

Every time the topic of student assessment is discussed, I think of Covey’s quote and ask myself the following questions:

  • “What does the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) mean for a student’s future career success?”
  • “The M-STEP is only given to students in Michigan.  We live in a global society.  How do we know how our students are doing compared to students in other states?  Other countries?”

These questions trouble me.  While there is a tremendous amount of time, money and publicity spent on the M-STEP, it cannot serve as the only wall our ladder leans against.

The Northview Board of Education understands this, and so they have developed their own Ends Policies, or goals, for us to use to measure student learning.  In a real sense, the Board has constructed “walls” for us to put our ladder on and climb.  Walls that are sturdy.  For example, the Boards Ends Policy 4.1.3 states, “The literate Northview student acquires and shares knowledge of subject matter through reading, writing and speaking.”

Students, families and Northview educators can support climbing the ladder against this wall because we understand the expectation.  Understanding the expectation leads to assessments that not only show a student’s current level of ability, but help them learn.  This mirrors life in today’s workforce where skills must be demonstrated, and continuous learning is a must.  It’s what is best for our students, and it is how Northview ensures that our students are “Prepared for life’s next step.”

To the continued success of our students,

Scott

Our Mission

Preparing students for life’s next step

Our Vision

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.

Our Beliefs

  1. Every student can learn – just in different ways and at different rates.
  2. Every person is a valued member of the Northview school community.
  3. We are all responsible for student success and learning.
  4. Integrity, honesty and ethical behavior guide the treatment of students and adults in Northview.
  5. People working together toward common goals can accomplish anything.
  6. Embrace change and continuous improvement.
  7. Focus on performance and results.
  8. Our words and behaviors accelerate student academic performance and nurture their social development.

Our Superintendent

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Dr. M. Scott Korpak is the Superintendent of Northview Public Schools.  He has served the Northview district since 2015.  He may be contacted at (616) 363-6861 or skorpak@nvps.net

 

 

 

 

 

Achievement

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.

Community Spirit

Northview LogoThere 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.

Opportunities that Teach Beyond the Classroom

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.

Our Location

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.

 

Our School Buildings

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).

Our Student Population

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).

Our Employees

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.