Parkview Center School

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Parkview Center School
Entrance to Parkview Center School.
Parkview Center School
Location
Roseville, Minnesota, USA
Information
Type Public
Established 1989
Principal Kristen Smith Olson
Enrollment 750
Color(s) Black & Silver
Mascot Jaguar
Nickname Parkview or PCS
Information 651-635-1660
Website

Parkview Center School (Parkview or PCS) is a public K-8 School located in Roseville, Minnesota, USA near the Twin Cities. Parkview Center School is the only district-wide, kindergarten through eighth grade school in Roseville Area Schools District 623. Families living in the district, as well as in surrounding communities, choose to enroll their children at Parkview where innovation,[1] high achievement[1][2] and global education.”[3] are at the heart of the school. This K-8 public school was established in 1989.[4] The building is also home to the school district's Early Childhood Family Education Center, which serves children from birth to five years old.[5][6]

Parkview Center School has procedures designed to allow equitable access for enrolling at PCS. An annual enrollment application timeline, followed by a lottery drawing every February, governs access to the School. The district neighborhood elementary schools draw their students from a specific district attendance area.[7]

The school's choice program attracts students from throughout the Roseville School District which serves Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, and Shoreview, Minnesota, as well as from St. Paul and neighboring suburbs.

History[edit]

Parkview started in the fall of 1989 when a group of Roseville Area School district educators created an alternative or “choice” elementary school for grades kindergarten through four. Grade five was added a year later, followed by grade six the year after that. Grades 7 and 8 were added in 1994 and 1995, respectively.[8] The school is housed in the former Parkview Middle School built in 1967.

Unlike the neighborhood elementary schools and middle school in the district, Parkview offered “flexible, multi-aged groupings of students in each classroom and used a thematic approach to learning that emphasized global education and community involvement.”[8] Parkview teachers incorporated whole language with traditional learning approaches. Classrooms were structured along multi-age groupings, pairing first and second grade students, third and fourth, etc. Only Kindergarten and grades seven and eight were not paired.[9]

The school was the only school in the district, until 2012, to offer a K-6 foreign language program, exploring several languages, including American Sign Language,[10] in its first four years until finally settling on Spanish in 1995.

Parent involvement was encouraged at this alternative school. In addition to the traditional parent volunteer roles parents could participate in, such as, classroom volunteer, room parent, field trip chaperone, etc., parents could also be on the AESOP Committee or Parkview Advisory Committee (forerunner of today’s Site Council).[11] Parkview continues to be the only school in the district with a parent advisory committee - the PCS Site Council.[12]

Parkview Center School currently enrolls 750 students in grades K-8.

Academics[edit]

Parkview Center School offers an inclusive educational program with 29 regular classrooms and additional facilities provided for Instrumental/Vocal music; Art; a K-6 exploratory Spanish language and culture program (one of two schools in the district to offer an elementary foreign language program); a grade 7-8 Spanish language program; Child Study Team Services; Speech/Language; and Special Education. The Special Education program offers a full continuum of services for children with disabilities including IShine and Home Base programs. Chorus, band and orchestra programs are available for students in grades five through eight. Unlike the other neighborhood schools in the district, students in grades 1-4 and grades 6-8 are with the same teacher for two years.

An example of the interage connections students make is the Parkview tile mural project. After a year-long initiative, involving students from Pre-K to grade 8, the permanent PEACE (Peace, Equity, Action, Community and Environment) mosaic mural near the cafeteria and the main entrance to the building was unveiled at a school-wide assembly on May 26, 2011. The project was funded with a grant that allowed local artists and a local tile company to work with students across the age spectrum for a month.[13][14]

AESOP turns to PEACE[edit]

In 1989 AESOP stood for the Academic Enrichment Special Options Program. This global education program was developed by parents. Students took an imaginary "journey around the world" selecting learning activities of their choice as they "visited" a different country or continent (Tanzania, Russia, Antarctica, etc.) each month. This creative venture between parents, community members, and teachers offered special classes taught by parents and others from the community. The program provided a world community focus to the entire Parkview program.[15]

AESOP, reorganized in the fall of 2002, incorporated many existing Parkview programs: Cultural Studies, Environmental Education (School Forest), Peace Program, and Service Learning Opportunities. As part of the restructuring, the AESOP acronym changed to: A (Affirming Diversity) E (Environmental Stewardship) S (Service to our Community) O (Ownership as Responsible Citizens) P (Peace in our World).

P.E.A.C.E.[edit]

On October 1, 2010, the AESOP Program became the P.E.A.C.E Program. Five weeks throughout the school year are chosen to focus on a letter in PEACE (Peace, Equity, Action, Community, Environment). Each grade level develops specific activities they will complete during these weeks.[3]

  • Peace --- Promoting peace in our world
  • Equity --- Equitable acceptance
  • Action --- Acting with responsibility to others, ourselves, and places
  • Community --- Community building through service learning
  • Environment --- Encouraging earth friendly endeavors

Parkview Center School was dedicated as an International Peace Site in 1995 and displays their Peace Pole next to the building's entrance.[3][16]

Recipient of the National Blue Ribbon School Award-Category: High Performing - 2010[edit]

"The US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are either high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels, especially among disadvantaged students. The program is part of a larger Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds."

Parkview Center School was honored as a “School whose students, regardless of backgrounds, are high performing. These are schools ranked among the state's highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments."[17] "The Blue Ribbon Schools Program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals . . . To be named a Blue Ribbon School is to join an elite group. Of more than 138,000 in the United States, just over 6,000 of America's schools have received this honor over the past 28 years."[1]

Environmental Program and an Emmy Award[edit]

Parkview began participating, during the 2008-2009 school year, in Ramsey County's and Washington County's Food-to-Hogs Program under the direction of Dan Schoepke, Sr. Environmental Specialist with the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment and supported by MEHA (Minnesota Environmental Health Association). The school also started looking at other ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.[18]

Emmy Award[edit]

In 2011 Parkview Center School and their partners won a 2011 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award. The video is a guide to school recycling initiated and funded by Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health, produced by the City of Roseville, filmed and edited by CTV North Suburbs, and starring students and staff at Roseville's Parkview Center School. "Boxes, Bottles and Banana Peels: A Guide To School Recycling," won first place in the "Education/Schools - Program/Special/Series" category of the Regional Emmy Award competition of The Upper Midwest Chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The video offers a step-by-step guide for schools considering establishing or improving a program for recycling paper, bottles cans and food leftovers.[18][19][20][21]

Urban School Forest[edit]

Parkview has a school forest, an official designation bestowed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 1993. A school forest is an outdoor classroom where students learn and apply math, art, science, language arts, and geography while gaining an appreciation and awareness of natural resources. School forests promote peace through use of environmental action in schools and community with participation from the Department of Natural Resources; the local Forestry office; local community leaders and members; and parents. Parkview is part of a network of just 125 school forests, out of Minnesota's 1,967 public schools,[22] located around the state.[23][24]

Trees planted by students in 1993, led by an active team of parents, teachers, and natural resource professionals, literally transformed the landscape around the school. School Forest projects continue to include planting and landscaping projects on the school grounds. Periodically these projects are featured on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources web site, the latest was in 2012.[25]

Web Presence[edit]

Parkview Center School was one of the first schools in Roseville Area Schools District 623 to have a web site thanks to the efforts of three parent volunteers, the University of Minnesota School of Forestry (now part of the College of Natural Resources), and the staff of the University of Minnesota Remote Sensing Lab.[26][27]

Parent volunteers Pam Jakes, Jerrilyn Thompson, and Dorothy Anderson envisioned a School Forest program at Parkview[28] and part of that vision included putting the school on the web in 1994-95,[29] hosted by the Department of Forest Resources, GIS and Remote Sensing Laboratory and webmaster Steve Lime.[26] The Parkview web site moved sometime before August, 1996,[30] to the Roseville Area Schools[31] district web site.

GreatSchools[edit]

Greatschools.org reviews schools for their quality and collects statistics and feedback, giving each school a rating of 1-10. Parkview Center School is among the few public schools in Minnesota to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 9 out of 10.

The school community has reviewed the school and given it an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars.[32]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Eligibility-Exemplary High Performing Schools". U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "PEACE Program". Parkview Center School. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Welcome Visitors". Parkview Center School. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Early Childhood Programs & Parenting". Roseville Area Schools. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Berglund, Judy. "Roseville School District Hosts Grand Opening Thursday for Early Childhood Center". Patch Network. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Enrollment Process". Parkview Center School. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Owen, Linda. "Parkview School will add grades seven, eight to plan". St. Paul Pioneer Press. 
  9. ^ "Parkview Center School (http://www.roseville.k12.mn.us/parkview/index.html)". Parkview Center School Original Web Site. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Enabnit, Ann. "Signs of another culture highlighted at Parkview". Roseville Review. 
  11. ^ Smith, Kay (1990). Parkview Center School Family Handbook 1989-1990. Roseville, MN 55113: Parkview Center School. pp. Addendum. 
  12. ^ "What is a Site Council?". Parkview Center School. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  13. ^ Buelow, Mary. "Putting PEACE Together at Parkview School". Patch Network. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Parkview's New Mural". Parkview Center School. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  15. ^ Hentges, Pam (January 19, 1993). "Imaginary journey around the world". Roseville-Falcon Heights Sun-Focus News. 
  16. ^ "World Citizen Peace Site Locations". World Citizen. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Parkview Named 2010 Blue Ribbon School: High Performing". Parkview Center School. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "Environmental Education - PCS School Forest". Parkview Center School. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Ramsey County Going Green: Inside and Out". Ramsey County. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "2011 Upper Midwest Emmy Recipients". Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  21. ^ Berglund, Judy. "They're Regional Emmy Winners!". Patch Network. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Minnesota Education Statistics Summary". Minnesota Department of Education. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "School Forests in Minnesota - Welcome to the School Forest Program Website". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  24. ^ Hentges, Pam (October 20, 1993). "Trees teach children the importance of environment". Roseville-Falcon Heights Sun-Focus News. 
  25. ^ "Parkview Center School Forest". Parkview Center School. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  26. ^ a b Lime, Steve D. "Department of Forest Resources, GIS and Remote Sensing Laboratory". Wayback Machine. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "History of the Parkview Center School Home Page". Parkview Center School. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  28. ^ Sullivan, Al (Fall 1995). "How does the College of Natural Resources make a difference to the average Minnesotan?". University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources Spectrum. 
  29. ^ Thompson, J. L.; D. H. Anderson, G. Steinman, P. J. Jakes, and D. Jones. (1996). "Making natural resources environmental education work: The University of Minnesota's College of Natural Resources partnership with Parkview Center elementary school.". The Sixth International Symposium on Society and Resources Management: Social Behavior, Natural Resources, and the Environment, Book of Abstracts (State College, PA: The Pennsylvania State University).: 85–86. 
  30. ^ "Parkview Center School Home Page". Wayback Machine. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  31. ^ "Roseville Area Schools World Wide Web Server". WaybackMachine. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  32. ^ "Parkview Center School". GreatSchools. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 

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