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

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. The summer of 2017 might go down as one of the fastest breaks we've had, and the first day of school - Monday, August 28 - will be here before you know it. I truly cannot describe how excited we are in the school district to get the kids back. Our teachers and staff are preparing to make this the best year yet for your child, and we can't wait to get to know him or her and to learn and grow together.
As parents and caregivers, we all have different experiences during a year of school. My wife and I have registered our youngest son for his high school senior year, and this brings a whole new dynamic to our family. There are many NISD families that will have seniors this year, so the Warren family wishes you the very best of luck during this time of family transition. I also know we have many parents who are experiencing NISD for the first time - you may have young students coming into our system or you might be new residents. For both groups who are new to NISD, please know we want to welcome you to the district, to your school, and to our area.
The official Northwest ISD theme for the 2017-2018 school year is "Excellence for All." We want to make sure that every child, all staff, and every stakeholder has an opportunity to excel. This is our pledge to you this year - we want to work with you so that we see academic, social, and emotional growth in our children every day.
I truly believe we have a special school district. Please know you have almost 3,000 staff members who are going to dedicate themselves to caring for every one of our 23,000+ students this year. We are also going to dedicate ourselves to partnering with all parents and caregivers to make our children "Future Ready." This means - no matter what their age - we will do everything we can to get our children ready for the higher education institution of their choice, the occupation in the global workforce they dream of, and the means to achieve their definition of personal success.
During this busy time, there is much to do to get ready for school on August 28. To help you get ready for the first day, following are a few tips:

  • Complete online registration.

If you haven't already done so, please complete your child's online registration as soon as possible. While you have until August 22, the sooner you can complete your registration and submit all required documentation the better. Remember this year begins our new process to verify residencyinside NISD. As we continue to grow in student enrollment, we must verify that we are making room for every Northwest student in the district, so please make sure you provide that documentation. We downloaded a copy of our electric bill to register our son, and there are many other forms of documentation that can be submitted as well.
Class schedules will be available in the Home Access Center for middle and high school students beginning August 21, if your child's registration and required Proof of Residency and immunizations have been submitted and verified by your child's campus. Please keep in mind that our campus staff must check every student's information, so we ask that you please be patient with us as we verify this important information for more than 23,000 students.
Our campus staff is doing a wonderful job with the registration process, and if you have any questions about online enrollment, please click here.

  • Attend the Back-to-School activities for your school(s).

Our schools have planned some informative and helpful opportunities to prepare you and your child(ren) for the start of the new year. Click here to view the Back-to-School events and activities for each campus, so you will be able to get to know all of our campus staff. 

  • Determine how your child will get to school, and locate your child's bus route if needed.

If your child will be riding the bus, you can find their bus route by clicking here. Parents of bus eligible students will also be receiving transportation information this year by e-mail. Please be flexible with us on arrival and departure times - especially the first week of school. Arrive at the bus stop early, and anticipate possible delays. Even though Durham Transportation is already practicing routes and travel times, we know there will be unforeseen circumstances that might slow down and disrupt the expected schedule.

  • Locate other Back-to-School information, and always feel free to ask questions.

Click here for more Back-to-School information, and visit your school's website for a listing of school supplies, school hours, and more.

  • Continue to be involved in your child's education and complete the volunteer background check.

We welcome you in our schools, and know that parental involvement is key to a student's success. Continue to be your child's biggest supporter and advocate, and help us learn more about him or her. We also encourage you to volunteer when you are able. Register in advance by clicking here.
We know you are trusting us with your most valuable possession - your child - and our staff understand that you may have questions. Our school offices and phone lines are busy this time of year, but we are happy to help answer your questions.
We cannot thank you enough for your continued support and for entrusting us with your child's education. On behalf of the Northwest ISD Board of Trustees, teachers, and staff, welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. We are looking forward to a year of excitement and learning as we prepare future-ready students.
Dr. Ryder Warren, Superintendent of Schools
Northwest Independent School District