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Principal's Note

Welcome to Southview!  At Southview, we are committed to high levels of learning for every child, in every classroom, every day!  Students participate in individualized instruction through Reader's and Writer's Workshop, Word Study, and Mathematics, as well as ongoing and integrated learning through Art, Music, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Health, Library Media and Technology

As principal of Southview, I believe it is my ultimate responsibility to ensure high levels of learning for all students.  Our classrooms have 150 minutes of literacy each day: 60 minutes of Reader's Workshops, 60 minutes of Writer's Workshop, and 30 minutes of Word Study.  Science and Social Studies are integrated through our Units of Study.  The literacy blocks each have a short mini-lesson, time for small group and individual instruction, independent work time and sharing.  All of these components are critical for student success.  Teachers use our literacy assessment tool up to four times each year (August, November, March, and May) to plan their instruction.  In addition to this, teachers use student work such as Reader's Notebook, Writer's Notebook, Word Study Materials, and Science Journals.  All of this data is used to plan individualized instruction that may include: asking questions when students are reading independently, conferring with students as they are writing, and meeting with small groups or individuals to provide focused instruction to support student learning.  

Math instruction is based on the Minnesota Academic Standards in Mathematics.  The curriculum builds students' mathematical understanding, skill and proficiency at each grade level within the strands of number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability.  The focus is also on developing a growth mindset for math, engaging in "number talk" and seeing different solutions for number problems to understand and learn ways to act on numbers flexibly, and seeing mathematical patterns and strategies in life, nature and future careers.  Our classrooms have 75 minutes of math each day: 60 minutes of Math and 15 minutes of Number Corner.  Our teachers use data from observations, common assessments, and unit assessments to flexibly group students and plan instruction to best meet their needs.  Some of our beliefs around math include:

  • Everyone can learn math at the highest levels.
  • Mistakes are valuable.
  • Questions are really important
  • Math is about creativity and making sense.
  • Math his about connections and communicating.
  • Math class is about learning not performing.
  • Depth is more important that speed.

It is so exciting to see the relationships between students and their teachers and between students and their classmates.  We are building 21st century learners.  Students are becoming communicators of their thinking, learning and understanding.  

I am the principal at Southview because I believe in kids.  I believe in our school and the great work we do every day to support children as they grow and become amazing learners for our future.  We are on an exciting journey at Southview and I am thrilled to be leading us through our critical next steps.  We can make a deep and genuine difference in the lives of our students and our community.  It is a privilege and an honor to be the leader of learning at Southview Elementary.  

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"

Nelson Mandela


Christine Heilman, Principal