Ryder Warren, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
PO Box 77070
Fort Worth, TX 76177

Dear Northwest Families,

It is absolutely crazy that we are at the end of our 2016-2017 school year.  It seems as I get older, the school years go faster and faster.  Now that we are at the end of our school year, the most important message from me to all of you is an emphatic “Thank You!”

This school year will go down as one of the most successful years we’ve had, and that directly correlates with the strength of our students and parents, our teachers and support staff members, and our community members.  As we do every school year, we had so many challenges, but more times than naught, we met every one of those challenges head on, and please know I am very proud of the efforts I witnessed this year.  

As was reported at the beginning of the year, there were seven specific goals undertaken by the district this school year, which included: 

  • Goal #1 - Increase the number of students identified as reading on or above grade level in grades K-3 to meet the goals set forth in the NISD Profile of a Graduate. 
  • Goal #2 - Continue to align with the Profile of a Graduate by increasing opportunities, participation, and performance in the area of Advanced Academics and enhance the curriculum and resources in order to improve the overall learning experience for students. 
  • Goal #3 - Increase academic success of students within – Bilingual/English as a Second Language, Career and Technology, No Child Left Behind (Title 1), and Special Education.  
  • Goal #4 - Support campus instructional programs by enhancing the curriculum and resources in order to improve overall learning experiences for students. 
  • Goal #5 - Analyze expenditure patterns and future revenue estimates to reduce reliance on local district fund balance to fund Maintenance and Operations yearly budget. 
  • Goal #6 - Promote a climate and culture within Northwest ISD to ensure that actions align to the core beliefs and vision of the District. 
  • Goal #7 - Work with the district’s Long-Range Planning Committee to develop a plan that anticipates and prepares for enrollment gains. 

As we analyze the metrics we use to gauge progress on these goals this summer, we will continue to raise the academic bar for our children, because our world is ever changing for them.  We cannot sit on the successes of the past.  We must continue to grow as a district. 

One goal you will continue to receive information on over the next several years is the successful school bond election that was approved by voters in the May election.  By the time school begins this August, our expectation will be to report to all stakeholders the building schedule for the next several years.  All 28 campuses will see improvements from the approved bond election, so it is very important we all know the schedule that will be followed to hopefully avoid confusion and surprises. 

Finally, I want to say a specific “Thank You” to the parents and caregivers of NISD.  Especially on behalf of our teachers, please know we could not experience any kind of success with the students if you were not part of the equation.  Teaching is difficult and challenging every day; however, with the overwhelming support we receive from our families, it makes a very demanding task much more manageable.  

Northwest ISD is a special district – I say that more as a parent of the district than as the superintendent.  I have specifically witnessed my son grow in Northwest, and he has been challenged every day to be better.  Thank you all for your support of our schools and most importantly – your support of our children. 

Everyone have a wonderful and very safe summer! 


Ryder Warren, Superintendent of Schools
Northwest Independent School District