Winter break begins tomorrow afternoon

We're just a day away from winter break! The holiday time off begins after schools release students during early dismissal tomorrow and lasts through Monday, Jan. 8, for students.

Please remember that all Northwest ISD schools, offices and facilities will be closed during the break. Teachers and staff will return to schools one day before students for a professional development day. Schools will operate on their regular schedules on Tuesday, Jan. 9, the day students return.

To see the full Northwest ISD 2017-18 calendar, click here.
Business academy student leads unique company to help those with visual impairments
Jakayla Dixon_ head of Feel the Color

A common adage in the business community is that the best companies are founded to solve a certain problem. For one Northwest ISD student, the problem was right in her own family: How to help her blind aunt know what color clothing she's picking out each morning.

At the Academy of Business Management and Entrepreneurship, housed at Eaton High School, students are able to create their own companies with the guidance of academy staff and the Junior Achievement organization. Jakayla Dixon, a junior at the academy, started Feel the Color because she knew current offerings of clothing tags for those with visual impairments aren't well-liked.

Jakayla got the idea after talking with her aunt, who loves fashion but lost her eyesight 20 years ago after a surgery. To read the story about Jakayla's company, click here.
Military-deployed father surprises children at Schluter Elementary
Jose Trevino reunites with his children for a leave during deployment

For Christmas, Schluter Elementary School students Brissa and Jacob Trevino wanted their father home from deployment. He wasn't expected to be home, but they got their wish when he surprised them at the school's talent show on Thursday.

Jose Trevino, an 11-year veteran in the Navy, had been deployed on USS Iwo Jima for the past six months before coming home to surprise them.

The Trevino family's reunion is scheduled to appear on local CW, Fox and NBC outlets as well as in the Star-Telegram or Keller Citizen. See photos from their reunion by clicking here.
Catch up with Chester Rushing, Northwest alumnus who appeared in 'Stranger Things'
Chester Rushing_ far left_ plays Tommy on Stranger Things

Chester Rushing was once a student at Northwest High School filming videos for fun, and now he's part of a cultural phenomenon TV show just a few years out of high school.

As Tommy on Netflix's "Stranger Things," Mr. Rushing's acting has led internet commenters across the world to call the character one of the most hated on TV - in a good way, for an actor - because of the reaction his acting as a bully created from audiences. His work creating a response from the audience has led to more roles, including characters in the upcoming Hulu series "All Night" and the movie "Jeepers Creepers 3."

Read the latest Alumni Answers interview with Mr. Rushing by clicking here.
MySchoolBucks increased online meal payment fee
MySchoolBucks logo

MySchoolBucks has increased the convenience fee for using the online meal payment service. The convenience fee is now $2.49 per payment. This is the first time in 16 years that MySchoolBucks has raised its program fee.

MySchoolBucks is the third-party meal payment management system used by the district. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact MySchoolBucks directly at 855-832-5226 or

To avoid paying the online fee, families can have students add money to their accounts in person. All Northwest ISD cafeterias accept cash or check payments.
An ad for Tanger_s extended holiday hours on Fridays and Saturday until Dec. 23
Northwest's Darrell Simpson signs to play football, continue academic career at Oklahoma
Darrell Simpson signs his letter of intent to play at Oklahoma

Congratulations to Northwest High School student-athlete Darrell Simpson, who today signed to play football and continue his academic career at the University of Oklahoma, taking advantage of the NCAA's new early-signing option.

Darrell is one of the top-ranked football players in the nation, placing 268th in the ESPN 300, which includes all high school football players in the current graduating class. ESPN's Scout recruiting service ranks him as the 36th overall football prospect in the state.

He received offers from 19 top NCAA Division I programs from the power five athletic conferences, which includes the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.
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.
Eaton's Kale Burks becomes first aviation academy attendee to earn private pilot license
Kale Burks flies his 2008 Legend Cub airplane

Eaton High School junior Kale Burks recently became the first attendee of Northwest ISD's Aviation and Aeronautics Academy to earn his private pilot license, earning the certification about a year after he took his first solo flight.
Kale became one of the first attendees of the aviation academy last year, the academy's first year open. In it, he and classmates learn about aviation history, aerodynamics and other fundamentals of aviation. Additionally, Kale comes from an experienced aviation family, as both his mother and father are licensed pilots.
To read about Kale's first solo flight last year, click here.
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
  • Dec. 22: Student Early Release (see times here)
    (all district schools)
  • Dec. 25-Jan. 5: Winter Break
    (all district schools)
  • Jan. 8: Student Holiday, Staff Development
    (all district schools)
  • Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)
    (all district schools)
Stay Connected
Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View on Instagram
Northwest ISD
P.O. Box 77070 Fort Worth, TX 76177
Phone 817-215-0000 Fax 817-215-0170
An equal opportunity district
NISD is not responsible for content on external websites.