Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on Jan. 15_ a district holiday
Schools closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Don't forget that this coming Monday, Jan. 15, is a district holiday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day!  Schools and district facilities will be closed these days unless otherwise noticed, such as if high schools host open gyms at designated times. 

Students will return to schools on regular schedules the following day, Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Following Martin Luther King Jr. Day, spring break serves as the district's next holiday break . To see the full 2017-18 district calendar, click here .
Byron Nelson, Eaton, Northwest all host plays over the next month
Theatre drama masks

Each of Northwest ISD's three comprehensive high schools - Byron Nelson, Eaton and Northwest - will soon host a second-semester play, with tickets available prior to each play at the respective school.

Byron Nelson and Northwest will host their plays first, with each scheduled to run from Jan. 25 to 28. All performances for both plays will take place at 7 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, Jan. 28, performances, which will take place at 2 p.m. instead. Tickets for either play are $10 for adults and $5 for students or seniors. Northwest ISD staff and Gold Card members can attend any show for free, while tickets are available.

The Byron Nelson drama students will perform "The Addams Family" for their second-semester play at the school's performing arts center, located at 2775 Bobcat Blvd. in Trophy Club. To purchase tickets for the Byron Nelson play online, click here. For its play, Northwest will present "Hello, Dolly!" at the school's Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center, located at 2301 Texan Drive in Fort Worth. Tickets for Northwest's play can be purchased online at this link.

Eaton will perform its play, "My Fair Lady," from Feb. 1 to 4 in the school performing arts center, located at 1350 Eagle Blvd. in Haslet. Its performances will all take place at 7 p.m. except for the Sunday, Feb. 4, performance, which will take place at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students or seniors. Tickets for Eaton's play can be purchased online at this link. Staff and Gold Card members, who receive free admission, should visit a ticket checkpoint prior to the play to ensure they receive exact seats.
Start your child ahead with pre-kindergarten
A pre-kindergarten student at Love Elementary

Have a child who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2018? Make plans to enroll him or her in pre-kindergarten to get a head start on being in a school environment and learning.

Two forms of pre-K are available at Northwest ISD, a state-assisted program and a tuition-based program. Families must meet specific requirements for enrollment in the free, state-funded program (such as economic or military requirements), while the district will use a lottery system to select children for inclusion in the tuition-based program. Both are half-day programs (7:40 to 11:20 a.m. or 11:20 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

The tuition-based program is paid in 10 monthly installments of $377.80 from August 2018 to May 2019.  Additional information about pre-K at Northwest ISD elementary schools will be available soon, with the district currently planning to open its lottery registration system on Feb. 1. 

For more information about both state-funded and tuition-based pre-K at Northwest ISD, click here. Expect additional information in the coming weeks.
Reminder on S.H. 114 closure near F.M. 156

As stated in yesterday's email to Northwest ISD families and staff, S.H. 114 below the F.M. 156 bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday through morning rush-hour traffic Monday.

The Texas Department of Transportation informed the school district of the closure and also wanted to let families and staff know that F.M. 156 will remain open during this construction period.

S.H. 114's closure should have minimal changes to school traffic, as it begins after schools are out and ends on a district holiday. Some after-school events, such as any after-school practices and games at Northwest High School, may be affected by the closure, however.
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Devon Energy awards OLC $15,000 science grant
Devon Energy presents the OLC with a check for _15_000

Devon Energy presented Northwest ISD's Outdoor Learning Center with a $15,000 grant on Thursday, Jan. 11, which the facility plans to use to expand earth science offerings, particularly to early childhood students.

Amy Hollenshead, coordinator of the facility, applied for the grant with the intention of encouraging students and teachers to "get their hands dirty" to experience science firsthand, complementing book-based learning. It will fund the creation of a "soils play lab," where young students can explore and build using earth soils to develop scientific process skills.

Thanks to the grant, the OLC will allow more than 1,500 Northwest ISD kindergartners explore nature "through the lens of scientific inquiry," Ms. Hollenshead wrote. In all, about 3,400 to 4,450 young students are expected to use the new lab annually.
Tips for monitoring for the flu
A thermometer reading 100.7 degrees

It's unfortunately flu season across the U.S., and North Texas is no exception. While it's important to stay on guard for the flu, it's also important to remember a cold and the flu are two different illnesses.

The flu is characterized by a high fever and often includes a headache and severe cough. Conversely, a cold is characterized by a low fever (or no fever at all), only sometimes includes a headache and the cough is usually a mild, hacking form. Other differences are that the flu includes severe aches and pains and comes with a fatigued state that can last several weeks, whereas a cold comes with slight aches and pains and mild fatigue.

If your child has a fever of 101 degrees or higher for more than 24 hours, please take him or her to your physician. Regardless of whether a child has a cold or the flu, please remember to practice proper hygiene habits, including washing hands and keeping them away from the eyes, nose and mouth area.

For more information about flu symptoms, click here.
Second issue of Northwest Navigator magazine available to read online
Northwest Navigator logo

Enjoy the stories about the Eaton student running a unique business and Northwest grad appearing in "Stranger Things" as seen above? Then read the full second issue of Northwest Navigator, the district magazine where those stories first appeared.

Northwest Navigator is a quarterly publication designed to highlight the unique academic opportunities led by Northwest ISD students. If your child appeared in the magazine, email Anthony Tosie, magazine editor, at to save a physical copy that will be sent to your school to give to you.
Community folder provides news and updates about third-party events

Northwest ISD's community folder, located at, provides district families with information about events and services in the area that are hosted by third parties (and not Northwest ISD). To view approved flyers of community events and services, click here.

These events include camps, sporting offerings, local business services and more. Simply click the "Approved Flyers" link (click the "+" icon on smartphones and mobile devices) to view all the current or upcoming events and services. Local organizations and businesses can also provide information on this website to offer their flyers for distribution in the community folder.
Upcoming events
  • Jan. 15: No School for MLK Day
    (all district schools)
  • Jan. 25-28: "The Addams Family" Play
    (Byron Nelson; see details above)
  • Jan. 25-28: "Hello, Dolly!" Play
    (Northwest; see details above)
  • Feb. 1-4: "My Fair Lady" Play
    (Eaton; see details above)
  • Feb. 16: Student Early Release
    (all district schools)
  • Feb. 16: End of 4th Six-Weeks Grading Period
    (all district schools)
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