Northwest ISD's newsletter for families and the community
May 13, 2021
COVID Protocol Changes Take Effect June 7
The following updates to the district’s COVID-19 protocols will begin on June 7, 2021 for summer school and for the 2021-2022 school year:
 
  • Masks and face coverings will be optional for all students, staff, and visitors; 
  • Visitors will be allowed on campuses; and 
  • Facility rentals will be available again.

District administrators are still in the process of analyzing the guidelines for contact tracing and specific cleaning measures, and any updates to those protocols will be announced later.
Northwest ISD Honors Teachers of the Year
Northwest ISD stakeholders came together last night to honor exemplar educators, service pin recipients and retirees in a ceremony at the Northwest High School Performing Arts Center.
Erin Pitts from Roanoke Elementary School was named Elementary Teacher of the Year.

In her application for the honor, Mrs. Pitts wrote, "This fall I was given the opportunity to serve students from all over our district by designing asynchronous learning ... What an amazing challenge this has been. I have tried to find that same balance of excitement, challenge, and engagement that I strive for in my classroom, and translate it to a digital platform for students I may never meet."
Jeff Oster from Eaton High School was named Secondary Teacher of the Year.

In his application, Mr. Oster wrote, "My greatest accomplishment as an educator is the building of relationships with students, that supersedes any lesson or assignment I give them...The students may not remember what caused the War of 1812 or who wrote the Federalist #51, but I hope I was able to teach them a little something about life along the way."
Finalists for the awards included Kaitlyn Candler from Northwest High School, Lauren Smith from Pike Middle School, Lindsey Hart from Lance Thompson Elementary, Mandy Hill from Schluter Elementary, Sarah Jones from Justin Elementary and Amanda Wise from Thompson Elementary.

Employees of the Year, Teachers of the Year and Teacher of the Year finalists received a cash award, generously provided by the Northwest ISD Education Foundation.
Graduation Questions Answered at www.nisdtx.org/graduation
Northwest ISD is excited to celebrate with the Class of 2021 and their families! Commencement ceremonies for the district's three comprehensive high schools will be held at the NISD Stadium on June 1, and graduation for Steele Accelerated High School will be at the Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center at NHS on May 28.

All guest seating is general admission so tickets are not required. Ceremonies will also be live streamed on the NISD YouTube channel for those who can't attend.

To find information about arrival times, parking, traffic flow, prohibited items, and more, visit www.nisdtx.org/graduation.
Track Athletes Earn Medals at State Meet
Congratulations to the following student athletes on their remarkable seasons! These young men and women have represented their schools and Northwest ISD at the highest level of competition in the state.
Terry "TJ" Caldwell - Byron Nelson High School
  • 2nd Place in 110M Hurdles at 6A State Championship
  • 6th Place in 300M Hurdles at 6A State Championship
Anaya Potter - Northwest High School
  • 3rd Place in High Jump at 5A State Championship


Additional track athletes who competed at the state meet:
Byron Nelson High School Mens 1600M Relay -
5th Place Finish at 6A State Championship
  • Carlos Tello
  • Braxston Redmond
  • Charles Walker
  • Mike Jones
Mikayla Hayes - Byron Nelson High School
  • Competed in 100M in 6A State Meet
  • Competed in 200M in 6A State Meet
NHS Golfer Finishes 4th in State Tournament
The Northwest High School girls golf team competed in the 5A state golf tournament earlier this week. The team consisted of
  • Jacee Fields
  • Avree Fields
  • Libby Hall
  • Sadie Poe

Jacee Fields, a senior who will attend Southern Mississippi University next year, finished fourth overall at state tournament earlier this week.
NEF Offers Financial Literacy Classes
The Northwest ISD Education Foundation (NEF), along with NISD Partners in Education and Parenting Education, partnered with Charles Schwab last week to offer a series of financial literacy classes for parents. 

The classes — which were held virtually — gave parents more information on college fund planning, saving money and budgeting, and planning and saving for retirement. Charles Schwab financial consultants volunteered to present the information. 

These workshops were just one part of a $10,000 financial literacy grant funded by Charles Schwab. NEF executive director Jennifer Burton said the goal of the programs is to bring the expertise of Charles Schwab to NISD families so that students and caregivers are prepared to make confident financial decisions.

“The ongoing partnership between Charles Schwab and NEF is invaluable,” Burton said. “It is because of their generous contribution that we can partner with NISD to provide equitable opportunity for anyone in the NISD community to attend financial literacy classes at no cost.”
Volunteers Needed for Northwest ISD Mobile Food Pantry
NISD is partnering with the Northwest ISD Education Foundation and Tarrant Area Food Bank to provide a monthly food pantry.

Volunteers are needed to help Saturday, May 15 or Saturday, June 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at the NISD Administration Building, 2001 Texan Drive in Justin.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Minimum age to volunteer is 13 years old.
  • All volunteers will be required to read a document from the Tarrant Area Food Bank and will sign off that it has been read on the day of the event (annual TAFB requirement to volunteer).  
  • All registration table volunteers will be required to complete online training from the Tarrant Area Food Bank that takes approximately 30 minutes and is required annually. The required training instructions will be sent via email after receipt of your volunteer sign-up.  
Parenting Education Workshop
Encouraging Motivation in Children

Tuesday, May 18 at 7 p.m.