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Northview High School and Student Recognized by SSD Board of Education

The SSD Board of Education officially recognized SSD’s Northview High School for being named a National School of Character.

The Board also honored Diamond Perry, a student at Northview, who presented one of Northview’s Promising Practices at the Missouri Character Education conference.

Diamond shared her story with the Board at its meeting on December 12. She explained how Northview has had a positive impact on her, and how the school is helping her to succeed in life.

This is the second time that Northview High School has been named a National School of Character. 

Northview Earns National School of Character Honor

national school of character badgeNonprofit organization has named Northview High School as a 2017 National School of Character.
Northview is one of 83 schools and four school districts being recognized nationwide in 2017. It is the only one of 17 schools honored in Missouri that serves an entirely special education population.
Each year, selects schools and districts that demonstrate through a rigorous evaluation process that their focus on character development has had a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities.
“The students and staff really put forth their best effort when it comes to character education, from activities in the classroom to reaching out to the community, mentoring at elementary schools and providing character education lessons at the local elementary schools,” said Northview Principal Brian O’Connor. “They’ve really gone above and beyond to make this happen. So congratulations to the staff and students.”
Selected schools will serve as models for other schools, helping them to achieve the same results.
“We are extremely proud of this year’s National Schools of Character as well as our district recipients. Their dedication to character development has proven over time to increase the well-being of so many students, their families and their communities across the United States and beyond, " said Doug Karr, president and chief executive officer of
Northview is one of 17 schools being honored in 2017 that are former National Schools of Character reapplying for the national designation. will honor the 2017 National Schools of Character at the National Forum on Character Education, to be held Oct. 20-21 in Arlington, Virginia.
For more information about and the National Schools of Character program, visit

Harvest Festival

Friday, November 15th is the date for another great Northview Tradition: 
Harvest Fest.  Our students love this day which includes a tug-of-war competition,  cookie decorating, needle in the haystack search, pumpkin seed spitting competition, and turkey (teacher) races.  The weather has been perfect for this afternoon activity for the past few years and with fingers crossed, this date will provide perfect weather as well.

Service Learning at its Best

The students at Northview are very involved in several Service Learning projects in our community and beyond.  Below are  5 examples of projects that our classes are working on to make it a better world.

Shoes For Kenya – Gently used shoes are sold in Africa and proceeds from sales purchase water purification systems for needy areas.  Parents may send in gently used shoes that are in decent condition.


Food Pantry – Parents may send in canned goods and nonperishable items used to make up food baskets at Christmas and other times that a bit of assistance is required for needy families.

Operation Gratitude – Classes donate $15.00 each to pay for postage for one care package sent to a soldier in harm’s way (like Afghanistan).  Parents may send in money to assist with donations.  Also, if you have a family member who is serving in one of the branches of the military send in a picture of them and we will place the picture on our world map recognizing our active duty military.

St. Patrick’s Center Casserole Program – Parents may send in brownie mixes, canned icing, marshmallows, rice krispies, cake mixes for monthly bake sales that raise money to buy ingredients for casseroles.  These casseroles are prepared by the students monthly for St. Patrick’s Center for homeless people located downtown.

House of Hope – This is an organization which makes up care packages of toiletries and personal hygiene items for children in Haiti.  We are looking for these items as well as pennies which are collected in all classrooms throughout the school year.

Stray Rescue – Some classrooms collect plain Milkbone dog biscuits, dishwasher detergent, bleach, nylabones, 13 gallon and 50 gallon trash bags used at the Stray Rescue shelter. 



Here’s a great way for you to be of service to your own school at Northview.  Room 106 collects, counts and submits Boxtops for Education on behalf of our school.  You can find these boxtops on many products such as cereal, soup and cake mixes to name just a few.  Last year, we collected 2,285 boxtops.  Since 2004, Northview has earned over $2000 to purchase educational items that make our school a better place for learning.  Remember to look for the Boxtop symbol on products you use, clip those symbols and turn  them in to Room 106!  We are collecting Campbell Soup Labels also!

Northview is involved in
Schnucks’ Community escrip program.  Ask for a card at your local Schnucks’ store.  Everytime you shop, a percentage of your purchase is donated back to Northview.  If interested in getting a card through school, please contact us at 989-7300.