Classroom Connections


Parkview features a full-day kindergarten program. A kindergarten day is 6 hours and 20 minutes which is the same as our other elementary grades. Literacy is our largest block of time with aspects of listening, speaking, reading and writing integrated with social studies concepts for about half of the day. Math is scheduled for a little over an hour as well as additional time for science or social studies enrichment. Specialists in areas such as Art, Gym, and Music will be offered similar to other grades and of course, time for lunch and recess. It is a full day with a varied routine which allows for large group, small group work and independent learning time.

While we look forward to the instructional time to lay a solid foundation for learning it is much more than academics. It is time to develop confidence, self-regulation, problem-solving and social understandings. As children continue to develop a sense of self they also to begin to understand differences. All of this is important as they become active learners in their environment. Learning for them is a social process where children learn through play, exploration and inquiry.

Grade One

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Grade Two

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Grade Three

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Grade Four

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Grade Five

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Grade 5 Band

District 196 has an award-winning band program. WCCO TV recently named the Rosemount High School Band, the best in Minnesota. The RHS Band has performed in the Tournament of Roses parade and has been invited to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in 2017. That journey to excellence begins at Parkview where students are taught by Ms. Claybaugh.

Title One

The District 196 Title I program is a federally funded program that provides valuable supplemental services to raise the achievement of elementary children who are performing below grade level in the areas of reading and math. For more than 30 years, Title I programs have played a key role in raising student achievement levels throughout the nation in these subject areas. The students are taught in small groups either in their regular classroom or in a resource room.
Parent involvement is a key component of the program. Parents are notified when their child is eligible for Title I services, and the schools plan a variety of parent activities and newsletters to promote parent involvement and enhance communication.

Parkview Elementary SchoolParent and Family Engagement Plan 2019-2020

Parkview Elementary School is a Title 1 school. Title 1 funds are used to improve structures that support student learning with the primary goal to ensure that all students demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement. Parkview Elementary School recognizes that some students may need extra assistance available through the Title I program to reach the state’s high academic standards in reading, writing, or math.

Parkview Elementary School is committed to providing a high quality education for every child. To this end, we want to establish partnerships with parents and families. Everyone gains if school and home work together to promote high achievement for our children. Neither home nor school can do the job alone. Parents play an extremely important role as children’s first teachers. Parent support for their children and for the school is critical to their children’s success every step along the way.

A. Parkview Elementary School will jointly develop and revise with parents the Parent and Family Engagement Plan and make it available to the local community.
Feedback will be collected following 1 or 2 Parent and Family Engagement events (feedback can be gathered at Title 1 specific events or multi-program/school wide events).
An electronic survey or an open forum will be offered to all parents soliciting feedback on parent and family engagement.
Parents and families are encouraged to share comments and/or concerns regarding the Parent and Family Engagement Plan. Comments and concerns shared throughout the school year will be incorporated into the annual review process.
Annually, a meeting will be held with school staff and Title 1 parents to review the parent and engagement feedback and to plan/review and improve the Parent and Family Engagement plan.

B. Parkview Elementary School will inform parents and families about the Title 1 program, services, student eligibility, and parent and family engagement plan.

Letter given out at conferences or sent out with compact (“What is Title 1?”)
School-Parent Compact
Conferences, November 2019 & February 2020
Flyers for events
School website
School Messenger and/ email
Individualized phone calls and email

C. Parkview Elementary School will develop a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. The School-Parent compact will include:
  • what the school does to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective environment.
  • what parents and family members can do to support their child's learning and home and at school.
  • what means are used to ensure ongoing communication and when.

D. Parkview Elementary School will provide information to parents and families regarding the curriculum in use at the school, assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
A school calendar is given to all parents on the August Literacy Assessment days. The calendar includes an outline of our district’s curriculum.
Information regarding District 196 curriculum is available on the district website
Information regarding District 196 assessments is available on the district website and on our school website

E. Parkview Elementary School will provide opportunities to ensure full participation of all parents and families. Accommodations available to parents and families include:
  • Translated Documents and/or Interpreters
  • Cultural Family Advocates
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Instructional Materials to take home
  • Phone Conferences

F. Parkview Elementary School will provide activities, training and materials to parents and families to improve student academic achievement.

  • Parent Open House/Fall Conferences
  • Reading and writing academic focus- handouts will be sent home to help parents
October to January
  • Math Nights/Grades K-5
  • Math games and learning about math curriculum
  • EL Family Night
  • Community building event
  • STEM Night/ Grades
  • Math and STEM focus- make and take activities will be available for families around math and science concepts
  • Author Visit/Parent Summer Literacy Training
  • Prepare students for summer literacy and teach parents how they can support continued literacy learning through the summer months
  • Summer Reading Club Book Distribution
  • Carnival/Spring Event
  • Parents receive information to support their student at home in the area of reading and writing during the summer months. Students receive books at their independent level to read.
  • Community building event
September to June
  • Website or social media posts
  • Newsletters

The Parkview Elementary School Parent and Family Engagement Plan has been developed and revised jointly with and agreed on by parents of children participating in Title I programming.

The Parent and Family Engagement Plan was developed on May 13, 2019.

Bethany Hilgart
Parent Representative
Kimberly Bill
Parent Representative
Samantha Curren
Parent Representative
Amy Larrow
Title 1 Lead Teacher
Sharon Blatzheim
Title 1 Teacher
Nicole Garcia
Michael Zick
Administrative Assistant


Gifted / Talented Program

Gifted and talented children and youth…
1. Are those students with outstanding abilities, identified at preschool, elementary and secondary levels. These students are capable of high performance when compared to others of similar age, experience, and environment and represent the diverse populations of our communities.
2. Have potential which requires differentiated and challenging educational programs and/or services beyond those provided in the general school program.
3. Are capable of high performance and include, but are not limited to, those with demonstrated achievement or potential ability in any one or more of creativity, leadership, and visual and performing arts.

Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholars (YS) Program is an academic program that embraces research-based practices for identifying and nurturing gifted potential in students who have been historically underrepresented for gifted services.


Parkview's technology program was one of the first ones initiated in District 196. Students have lessons in computer graphics, animation, music composition, multi-media authoring, word processing & page design, math simulations, and programming.


Parkview's music program has a long history of excellence, taught by gifted educators and superb musicians. Students encounter music theory, composition, music history, vocal performance, and instrumental performance.


Back in the day, Media Education was simply referred to as "Library Class." Today, the Media program involves computer research techniques, source evaluation, and internet safety, as well as exposure to a wide range of literature.

Physical Education

At Parkview, Physical Education is far more than "play time." Our PE program is an important part of District 196's commitment to student learning and health. Evidence shows that healthy students are better on all levels of academic achievement: academic performance, education behavior, and cognitive skills and attitudes.


Parkview regular program features an art specialist that provides instruction in the visual arts. Students experience a variety of media as they develop their aesthetic awareness.

Student artwork is regularly displayed in our hallways. During parent-teacher conferences is a great time to peruse student work. The gallery below contains work from Technology class and the Art program.
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