Family Resources

A hand of a child over the hand of an adult.

Parenting is tough. We understand.

This page is dedicated to providing advice and support in parenting the children in Northview.

INTRODUCTION OF STATE OF MICHIGAN PARENT DASHBOARD

On January 9, 2018, the Michigan Department of Education announced the unveiling of the Parent Dashboard for School Transparency.

What is it? It is an easy online tool developed with significant parent feedback on its planning, content and design.

What does it do? The Dashboard makes a variety of data available to parents and caregivers who wish to check the performance of a child’s school and allows comparison with other public and charter schools using nearly 20 separate measures which parents have requested. The format allows a deeper look into various groupings of students by gender, race, subject and services to students. Data is presented in a rolling three-year time frame and will be a living document. Graphic comparisons are offered for each school building, similar demographic group or geographic area, and statewide average.

How did it come about? The Parent Dashboard is a component of the State of Michigan Strategic Plan to make Michigan a Top 10 Education State in 10 Years and is offered to encourage and promote meaningful, authentic engagement with parents and families.

Northview Public Schools and I invite you to check out the variety of information available here.

To the Continued Success of our Students,
Scott Korpak, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Northview Public Schools

Loss & Grief

When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss. How much kids understand about death depends on their age, experiences and each individual child. Here are some resources to help you guide a grieving child.

Ele’s Place specializes in assisting children and families through this process. They can be reached at: 616-301-1605

Gilda’s Club (1-800-325-1419) provides cancer support and grief/loss support for all ages.

St. Mark’s Church (134 Division Avenue N.) works with CompassionateFriends.org to offer a grief and loss group for parents and family members. Contact Connie at 616-430-0905. Their website also has numerous resources to help with grief.
Bereaved Parents of the USA provides a variety of supports for families impacted by loss of a child, though the nearest sponsored support group is in Utica, Michigan.

Grieving the Loss of a Child is an article that may be helpful for families to read and refer to as they process the loss.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health has a variety of counseling supports that include individual, family, and group therapy centered on topics of grief and loss. The central access number is 616-455-9200.

Healthier Communities

Northview Public Schools partners with Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities to provide consultative nursing services, as well as “on call” services. Contact your child’s building office for nursing services.

Michigan’s Child Protection Registry

The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a parent’s frontline defense in blocking adult-themed content from reaching children and teens on their phones, tablets or other electronic devices. Simply register your child’s cell phone number, email address or Instant Messenger ID at: ProtectMiChild.com

It’s free, easy and secure, and so important. It works to stop messages about alcohol, tobacco, gambling and pornography from reaching your child. This is a service provided by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

Multitasking – The Myth and the Truth

“Fatal Accident Result of Texting While Driving” – Who hasn’t seen the increase in sad stories related to this hazard? Many states have enacted legislation which bans the use of cell phones while driving an automobile, and what parent doe...

Is Internet Addiction Real?

A common concern we hear parents express relates to the amount of time their children spend on screens – phones, computers, television. What parent hasn’t encountered resistance from a child connected to a screen when asked to come to the dinner ...

Loss & Grief

When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss. How much kids understand about death depends on their age, experiences and each individual child. Here are some resources to help you guide a grieving child.......

Starting Back to School

A new school year. The joy of reuniting with friends. The thrill and fear of a new grade, building, and teacher. For students, parents, and educators, it is a season of change that affords us the opportunity to grow. For many, despite earlier curfews...

Violence

The recent attacks in France, the United States and all over the world are front and center in the news and therefore likely to have an impact on children. While our instincts are often to shield children from the dangers and violence around us, chil...

M-STEP

Each year, 3rd through 8th grade public school students take the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) assessments in English language arts and mathematics. Additionally, students in 4th, 7th, and 11th grade take M-STEP tests in science while 5th, 8th, and 11th grade students are assessed in social studies.
M-STEP assessments are designed to measure students’ proficiency with regard to Michigan Academic Standards in each grade level. Here are two parent resources to provide additional information.

Parent Report Video (Fall 2017)

Click here to visit the M-STEP Website

Starting Back To School

A new school year. The joy of reuniting with friends. The thrill and fear of a new grade, building, and teacher. For students, parents, and educators, it is a season of change that affords us the opportunity to grow. For many, despite earlier curfews and a cut in social and technology freedoms, we are rejuvenated and ready to resume progress with academic and athletic goals. Many of us will experience a mixture of anxiety and nervous excitement as the new school year approaches. Though the start to a new school year can be quite challenging, most individuals are able to transition to a new normal within a few weeks. For others, the fear and dread of being away from home, mastering with new routines, and having to be more social leads to a spike in anxiety which is displayed in numerous ways including: acting out behaviors, poor sleep, and feelings of hopelessness that are often observed for weeks after school has started. This flurry of emotions and increased anxiety is typical and temporary for most of us, but those with lingering behaviors should be given added attention and support, especially if and when they interfere with a student’s ability to succeed in school.

As our community prepares for a new school year, it is important for families to prepare students for the transition from summer to school. A good place to start with children and teenagers is to have a short discussion about what is coming up. Identify expectations. Label emotions. Help them to formulate goals. Normalize their concerns and anxieties. Help younger ones establish new routines. Support teenagers as they re-establish healthy, appropriate, and balanced boundaries for academics, social interaction, and sports. You may not have all of the answers. That’s okay. The most important thing is for us to be present in the lives of our children. Below are some resources that may assist you as your family prepares for the upcoming school year.

16 Ways To Prep For Back To School

Beat The Back To School Power Struggle

What Kids Are Worried About

Back To School Anxiety In Teens

If school anxiety persists beyond the first month of school, it may be a good idea to consult with your school social worker or counselor to ensure your son or daughter is best supported. Northview is passionate about the well being of students and is eager to help families with this transition so that our students can focus on maximizing their potential inside and outside of the classroom.