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We are a PeaceBuilders School. PeaceBuilders Pledge: “I pledge to Praise People, Give Up Put Downs, Notice and Speak Up about Hurts I have caused, to Right Wrongs and to Help Others. I will build peace at home, at school and in my community each day.” Students have learned to sing the PeaceBuilders Song with the sign language.
In April of 2004, Northview was featured in a promotional video by PeaceBuilders, a California-based anti-violence youth program. Selected as a model PeaceBuilders School, Northview was one of 10 in the nation (out of 600 schools) and one of 3 in Illinois. The selection was made because of the strong implementation of the PeaceBuilders program and the nurturing peaceful environment conducive to learning.
Research has shown that the PeaceBuilders Program can increase academic performance. Achievement test scores have risen since first implementing PeaceBuilders during the 1998/1999 school year. Staff members note that more class time can be devoted to academics, since discipline problems require less time. A common language proves essential for the children.
Gretchen Courtney Reading Program
Rantoul City Schools has engaged the services of Gretchen Courtney & Associates, Ltd.--a Literacy Engineering Firm. "The Architecture of Literacy" includes teaching children how to use 6 strategies (predicting, summarizing, connecting, questioning, inferring, and imaging) to better comprehend what they read. The strategies are taught through "Read Alouds, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, and Independent Practice." Students read multiple genres of text, i.e., Traditional Literature, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.
A Literacy Mentor teacher at each grade level facilitates reading planning meetings twice a week and every month teachers watch a Gretchen Courtney Associate teach lessons in the classrooms then attend an instructional session on the next comprehension strategy. In order to continually monitor students' reading progress, teachers will give a detailed reading test periodically. This is an intense effort to help children become better readers.
Students have the opportunity to shop at the Northview School Store every Friday before school. The store is stocked with items such as, but not limited to pencils, glue, folders, notebooks, sweatshirts, tshirts, and so much more!
2001 Northview test scores increased by 23.2% from 1999 to 2001.
2002 Illinois State Board of Education Golden Spike Award ISAT scores of 66% or high in a high-poverty area.
2003 Adequate Yearly Progress
2004 Adequate Yearly Progress
2005 Illinois State Board of Education Spotlight School for Academic Achievement
2006 Illinois State Board of Education Spotlight School for Academic Achievement
2007 Illinois State Board of Education Spotlight School for Academic Achievement
2008 Illinois State Board of Education Spotlight School for Academic Achievement
To earn a “Spotlight Schools Award”, a school must:
- have had an enrollment of at least 50 percent low income students;
- have had at least 60 percent of students meeting or exceeding in both reading and mathematics;
- have had at least 50 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards in bothreading and mathematics in 2005 and 2006; and
- must have made Adequate Yearly Progress in 2006 and 2007, which includes
- at least 70 percent meeting and exceeding standards in both reading and mathematics;
- 95 percent participation rate in state assessments for all students in each subgroup;
- attendance rate of at least 90 percent for elementary schools.
At www.isbe.net, you can learn more about the Illinois Honor Roll. At this website, you will find a page devoted to Northview and a customized logo. Also, you will find the criteria for the awards and a full list of the winners.
Northview students have access to the Illlinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) test preparation website called Study Island.com. The username is the child’s first initial.lastname@nv The Password is nview. Students are encouraged to utilize the website both at school and at home. To repair/close gaps in their learning, it is suggested that students start on Math and Reading at the 2nd grade level and work up. Several game formats are available.