Eaton Sapphires perform in 128th annual Rose Parade

Eaton High School's Sapphires drill team performed in the 128th annual Rose Parade on Monday, Jan. 2, showcasing their talents alongside the few fine arts teams and organizations chosen to perform in the prestigious event.

The parade, one of the largest New Year celebrations of its kind in the world, took place in Pasadena, California, and preceded the annual Rose Bowl football game. As part of the event, the Sapphires performed with 250 of the top dancers from the state of Texas to kick off the parade. 

Click the image above to see a clip of part of their performance!
Vote for the 2017-18 academic calendar


What should Northwest ISD's 2017-18 academic calendar look like? Have your voice heard by voting for one of three options in an online poll at www.nisdtx.org/calendarvote.

The poll will be available through Friday, Jan. 13, and the Northwest ISD Board of Trustees will vote on the final academic calendar in February. All three options available for selection were created based on community feedback from previous school years, including requests for scheduling semester exams prior to the winter holiday, having breaks in both the fall and spring and using Good Friday as a holiday.

Each year, the Northwest ISD District Education Improvement Council is tasked with developing academic calendar options. The council is composed of parents, teachers and community members, and they develop and submit calendar options to seek input from staff and community members.
Don't forget Jan. 16 is a district holiday for MLK Day


Be sure to note on your calendars that all Northwest ISD schools and offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Schools will resume classes and operate on their normal schedules the following day, Tuesday, Jan. 17.

To view the full 2016-17 Northwest ISD academic calendar, click here.
Incoming freshmen invited to high school showcase events on Jan. 23
All incoming freshmen are invited to their respective high schools' showcases on Monday, Jan. 23, where they can learn about campus programs and opportunities as well as high school in general.
 
Each high school - Byron Nelson, Eaton, Northwest and Steele Accelerated - will host its showcase from 6 to 8 p.m., where students can learn about academic courses and extracurricular activities. A 30-minute parent/guardian information meetings will be held at two times, 6 and 7 p.m., with the latter session serving as a repeat for anyone unable to attend the first session.
 
In addition to general information about campus programs and opportunities, school faculty will provide students and families with information for course selection for the coming academic year. Students currently involved in high school programs will also be on hand to share their experiences in activities and unique courses.
 
Though the event is primarily aimed at incoming freshmen, any student (regardless of grade level) or guardian is also welcome to attend. For more information, please contact a high school's front office directly. Byron Nelson can be reached at 817-698-5600, Eaton can be reached at 817-698-7300, Northwest can be reached at 817-215-0200 and Steele can be reached at 817-698-5800.
Spring sports ramping up, check out athletics website for schedules


Spring sports such as basketball and soccer are ramping up, so be sure to visit www.nisdtx.org/athletics to see schedules for every middle and high school's sports teams! Basketball has already entered district play, and more sports will start soon, such as track and field.
Follow updates on state education policy at coming legislative session


The Texas Legislature begins its 85th legislative session Tuesday, and many issues discussed and voted on are expected to have significant influence on public education in the state.

Many of the issues expected to result in changes for Northwest ISD and other school districts revolve around how the state funds public education. ASATR, which provides substantial funding to Northwest ISD and many other districts, for instance, is expected to go away. What's not clear is how lawmakers will help offset this potential loss.

Additionally, changes are expected in accountability systems, ranging from end-of-course exams to school ratings. As with many other districts across the state, Northwest ISD opposes the planned A-F rating system, as it relies primarily on STAAR exams for ratings, which the district feels doesn't adequately show student knowledge and learning.

To read Northwest ISD's stance on legislative issues and see updates on matters that could affect the district, visit www.nisdtx.org/legislative.
Reminder on inclement weather procedures


During extreme weather conditions, Northwest ISD continues to keep the safety of students and staff a top priority. When inclement weather conditions are forecast, the district closely monitors weather conditions and reports.

Northwest ISD partners with Durham School Services to travel the roads to inspect actual conditions. Additionally, the Facilities, Planning and Construction Department monitors all buildings for power outages, water leaks and other weather-related damages that may occur. The district tries to make the decision to cancel school prior to 5:30 a.m. so school closures can be communicated quickly to media, staff, parents and students.

To learn more about the district's school closing procedures and for a detailed list of frequently asked questions, visit  www.nisdtx.org/schoolclosings.
  Upcoming Events

Jan. 9
Board of Trustees Meeting
Northwest ISD Administration Building

Jan. 12-15
"Big Fish" Musical
Northwest High School

Jan. 23
6 p.m. High School Showcase
All High Schools

Jan. 26-29
"Thoroughly Modern Millie" Musical
Byron Nelson High School

Feb. 2-5
"The Wizard of Oz" Musical
Eaton High School
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