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School year begins Aug. 27

In less than two weeks, students will be back on campuses, so make sure you're prepared for Northwest ISD's first day of school on Aug. 27!

Important back-to-school event dates can be seen at www.nisdtx.org/backtoschool, which separates events by campus level (elementary, middle or high school). Additionally, enrollment remains ongoing at www.nisdtx.org/enrollment, though the transportation deadline for the first few weeks of school has passed. Any family that qualifies for transportation but missed the deadline may have to wait as bus routes are adjusted following the first few weeks, though they can still send their children to the nearest bus stop (which may not be within close walking distance). Information about bus routes will be emailed tomorrow.

Finally, if you have any specific questions, please use the district's Who to Call List to find the most appropriate contact. Most questions are likely best directed to your child's campus, and phone numbers for all schools can be seen on the bottom of their websites.
Mike Blankenship named principal of Eaton High School
Mike Blankenship Trustees unanimously approved the district-recommended naming of Mike Blankenship as the new principal of V.R. Eaton High School.

Mr. Blankenship is the current principal of Northwest ISD's Truett Wilson Middle School, where he has been leading the Wildcats since the building opened in 2012. Mr. Blankenship has worked in Northwest ISD for 12 years, beginning as an assistant principal at Gene Pike Middle School before becoming its principal in 2007.

Prior to his career in Northwest ISD, Mr. Blankenship worked as a social studies teacher and coach as well as an assistant principal in Birdville ISD.

He has a master's in education and a bachelor of arts in education from University of North Texas. He has presented across the state and nation on classroom instruction, professional development and more. Most recently, Wilson Middle School received the 2017-18 Schools Transforming Learning under his leadership.
Natalie Arnold named principal of Wilson Middle School
Natalie Arnold Northwest ISD has named Natalie Arnold as the new principal of Truett Wilson Middle School, moving from her previous role as associate principal of Northwest High School.

Ms. Arnold served families at the high school campus since 2013 as a teacher, assistant principal and associate principal.

Ms. Arnold has worked in Northwest ISD for eight years. Prior to serving in an administrative role, she worked as an instructional support teacher for secondary mathematics. She has also taught math to students ranging from seventh to 12th grade in Arkansas, California and Texas.

She has a master's degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelor of arts degree from Harding University.
Join our Facebook Live about busing today
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Northwest ISD will host a Facebook Live video chat featuring Dr. Ryder Warren, district superintendent, and leadership from Reliant, the district's transportation service provider, at 6:30 p.m. today, Aug. 16.

The Facebook Live session will discuss the new transportation partnership, new buses and the state of bus route creation (set for release on Friday). Additionally, online audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions following the overview.

To join in, search for "Northwest ISD" on the Facebook website or social media app to visit the district's Facebook page.
Find your school's social media accounts
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Is your child at a new campus and you want to follow the school on your social media platforms? Visit this district webpage to see a list of all our schools' Twitter and Facebook social media accounts. While schools will connect directly with you through email newsletters, texts or phone calls, they regularly update their social media with news and photos from school events.
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Where Northwest ISD publishes news
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This Northwest News email newsletter is one of the primary ways Northwest ISD contacts families, but it's not the only way.

Northwest ISD regularly posts updates to the news section of the district website at www.nisdtx.org, with the biggest news included in this newsletter. More frequent updates of news and school events are posted to the district's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts. Any vital information will be emailed to you, while we use social media to also show a snapshot of some of the unique activities at schools as well as accolades of students and staff.

Finally, if a district photographer was at a school event, photos can usually be found on the district's Flickr account and are free to download. Video segments made by the district can be found on its YouTube account.

When in doubt, check the district's website or social media accounts for general news. Parents and families will always be directly contacted in emergency situations through phone, texting, email or a combination of the three.
New buses feature seat belts, other safety improvements
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New buses are here! In addition to switching to a new transportation service provider, Reliant (a division of MV Transportation), Northwest ISD has purchased new buses for the 2018-19 school year that feature seat belts and other safety improvements.

Click the image above to see a video of the district's new buses, as presented by some of our students, or click here. Additionally, an NBC DFW story regarding the buses can be seen here.
Resources to understand state's new academic rating system
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Northwest ISD held a Facebook Live session on Tuesday, Aug. 7, regarding the state's academic accountability systems for students and schools, and a recording can be viewed here.

In the video chat, Dr. Ryder Warren, Northwest ISD's superintendent, was joined by curriculum staff as they discussed how academic accountability systems work. A PowerPoint presentation including a voiceover can be downloaded here.

"As a school district, we are not in favor of the A-F rating system. Though I am pleased NISD received an 'A' rating from the state, we use so much more to measure academic and social excellence," said Superintendent of Schools Ryder Warren, Ed.D. "I am extremely proud of our students and educators. The state rating system is a small piece of the overall picture we use to measure our kids, our teachers, our schools, and NISD as a whole. We continue to advocate for a community-based accountability system that looks beyond one grade and one exam. The district supports an accountability system that is meaningful and has value to students, parents, teachers and stakeholders and measures what our communities, with an emphasis on our parents, deem appropriate in promoting college, career and life readiness."

Student assessment information can be viewed online at www.texasassessment.com, the Texas Education Agency's official testing results portal. For information on how to access data in the portal, view this informational video.
Consider supporting teachers and students through NEF on North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 20
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You're invited to save the date to support the Northwest ISD Education Foundation in the 10th annual North Texas Giving Day, a one-day online giving extravaganza for the region! 

NEF provides financial support to district educators (through innovative teaching grants) and students (through scholarships for graduating seniors). Your gift matters! When you donate on   www.northtexasgivingday.org/nef between 6 a.m. and midnight, your dollar will be stretched with bonus funds and prizes raised by Communities Foundation of Texas. Not available on Sept. 20? No worries! You can schedule a donation from Sept. 10 to Sept. 19.

For more information, please contact community relations specialist Alyssa Edstrom at alyssa.edstrom@nisdtx.org or 817-215-0084. To learn more about NEF, visit www.nisdtx.org/nef.
Six Northwest ISD schools receive top National PTA award
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The National Parent Teacher Association has named six Northwest ISD schools to its list of 2018-20 Schools of Excellence in the United States for the work of their school community associations.

Associations at Beck Elementary School, Justin Elementary School, Love Elementary School, Schluter Elementary School, Byron Nelson High School and Northwest High School all received the award this year, placing them among just 55 Texas schools on the list.

The schools were named to the list for their leadership in cultivating rich school-based relationships between parents, teachers and students. At the secondary level - at Byron Nelson and Northwest - students are directly involved in their associations, as they operate as PTSAs.

Notably, the recognition marks the second consecutive time Northwest has earned the award.
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