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Northwest ISD School Notes, July 26

Eaton counselor Shana Jackson named TXOC leader fellow
Texas OnCourse has selected Shana Jackson, Eaton High School’s lead counselor, as a TXOC leader fellow, joining a prestigious group of 29 state counselors and advisers who are among the top in their fields.

Ms. Jackson demonstrated leadership in supporting Eaton students and colleagues with counseling needs, leading to her selection as a fellow. As a result of her selection, Ms. Jackson will now serve as a critical resource for counselors, advisers and teachers across the state as they connect students, families and educators to Texas OnCourse resources.

Texas OnCourse will recognize Ms. Jackson and the other 28 leader fellows – the first group selected in the program’s history – at the University of Texas at Austin on July 27 to begin their fellowship service. The event can be followed on Twitter through the hashtags #TXOC and #LeadersOnCourse.

The Texas OnCourse initiative is a joint program created by the state government and operated by the University of Texas at Austin in partnership with the Texas Education Agency, Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. It provides free education resources across the state to students, families and educators alike through their goal of preparing students for colleges and careers.

Leader fellows can receive up to $10,000 over two years and their schools receive a $5,000 award for their leadership.

For more information about Texas OnCourse and its leader fellow program, visit www.texasoncourse.org.

Byron Nelson solar car team hosting community gathering July 29
Byron Nelson High School’s solar car team will host a community open house on Saturday, July 29, inviting all its supporters to see the progress the team made during the 2016-17 school year.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at a hanger located at 5925 Janet Court in Westlake. During the event, refreshments will be served and attendees will see the progress made on the Byron Nelson solar car during the school year.

Sponsors, community members and fellow classmates are encouraged to attend so the team can thank them for their support. Middle school students who are zoned for Byron Nelson as their high school and are interested in the solar car program are also encouraged to attend, as they can learn about the team and program.

For more information about the event, please contact Jeff Taylor, solar car team sponsor, at jtaylor01@nisdtx.org.

Registration events available for those who need enrollment assistance
Northwest ISD's three comprehensive high schools - Byron Nelson, Eaton and Northwest - will each host a registration event soon to assist those who need help enrolling their children for the 2017-18 school year.

The registration days, sponsored by the Northwest ISD Council of PTAs, are open to assist families of both new and returning students. Additionally, the events are open to all grade levels. The parent or guardian of an elementary or middle school student, for instance, should attend the registration event of the high school that child is zoned for. Steele Accelerated High School families are welcome to any registration event.

Eaton will hold its registration event on Monday, July 31, followed by Northwest on Wednesday, Aug. 2, and Byron Nelson on Friday, Aug. 11. Each event will take place from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Parents and guardians of all returning Northwest ISD students were emailed codes to enroll their children for the 2017-18 school year. These emails allow parents and guardians to click a link to re-enroll their children in PowerSchool, the district's new enrollment service. Most information will already be filled out based on previously submitted enrollment forms, but families can verify and update any information that needs changing.

Beginning this year, returning families must provide a proof of residency during enrollment. For returning families, this proof of residency can be submitted online as part of the PowerSchool enrollment process. Both new and returning families can also submit proof of residency at summer registration events. Examples of accepted proof of residency documents include a current utility bill (not a phone bill), lease or closing papers (for 30 days until a utility bill is available). If living with a friend or relative within Northwest ISD, an affidavit must be completed, notarized and provided to the school's front office along with a current utility bill.

Those who prefer to provide proof of residency at their children's schools can do so from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

Online enrollment should be completed no later than Tuesday, Aug. 22, to ensure all information has been processed and schedules can be completed by the first day of school. Northwest ISD's 2017-18 school year begins Monday, Aug. 28.

For more information about online enrollment, visit www.nisdtx.org/registration. Expect additional back-to-school information from both the district and individual schools to be released over the next two weeks.

Four district schools serving as vaccination clinic locations
Four Northwest ISD schools will serve as hosts to vaccination clinics prior to the start of the school year, allowing parents and guardians to meet some back-to-school immunization requirements.

North Texas Flu Shots and Passport Health will host the clinics, which will accept payment from Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicaid and United HealthCare. PPO plans will be accepted, though the services are unable to accept HMO plans. Some plans may not be covered, including Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield gold, silver or bronze plans. Attendees should bring a photocopy of their insurance cards and the driver’s license of the primary insured party.

Northwest ISD host locations and times are as follows:

  • Eaton High School: 8 to 10 a.m. July 31
  • Northwest High School: 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 2
  • Byron Nelson High School: 3 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11
  • Hatfield Elementary School: 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 23

A parent or guardian must accompany any child receiving a shot, and the child’s current shot record is required.

Children who are 18 and younger who don’t have any insurance can receive shots for $10 per vaccines, with a $40 maximum. For those who have insurance plans that do not cover vaccines, shots will be available by cash or check (receipts will be provided for submission to insurance companies). The following vaccines will be available: chicken pox ($11), DTaP ($50), Gardasil ($190), hepatitis A ($50), hepatitis B ($50), Hib ($50), meningococcal ($125), MMR ($80), pneumonia ($200), polio ($60) and Tdap ($70).

Information on mandatory Texas school vaccination requirements can be found here.

AlphaBest summer camp registration now open
Northwest ISD’s afterschool service provider, AlphaBest, will host its summer camp at five locations across the district beginning July 31, with registration now open.

AlphaBest’s summer camp will be hosted at Granger, Love, Peterson, Roanoke and Schluter elementary schools, with the camp offered in four weeklong periods: July 31 to Aug. 4, Aug. 7 to 11, Aug. 14-18 and Aug. 21-25. At the camp, which lasts from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., students will take part in mystery-solving games, arts and crafts, technology activities, fitness lessons, and more.

Parents or guardians can choose to register their children for one to five days per week for as many of the weeklong sessions as desired. Pricing begins at $42 for one day per week; the five-day per week option costs $155 per week, or a rate of $31 per day.

To register a child or learn more information about the program, visit www.alphabest.org/northwest.

Eaton hosting ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ summer play Aug. 10-13
Eaton High School will host performances of its theatre department’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” summer play Aug. 10-13, with tickets now available for purchase.

The play, based on Harper Lee’s award-winning classic novel, will be performed in the school’s performing arts center, located at 1350 Eagle Blvd. in Haslet. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10; Friday, Aug. 11; and Saturday, Aug. 12. The Sunday, Aug. 13, performance will take place at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for children, students and seniors. Adult tickets are $10. To purchase a ticket for any of the play’s performances online through Ticketracker, click here.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” tells the story of a young child learning about society through a courtroom case in a small Alabama town. The novel won Harper Lee a Pulitzer Prize and went on to be adapted into an award-winning film and a play.

For more information about the performances, please contact Nick Kougias, Eaton theatre director, at nkougias@nisdtx.org.

Next school board meeting taking place Aug. 14
The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees will not hold any meetings in July; they will resume regular meetings in August.

The board’s next regular meeting will take place 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, in the boardroom at the Northwest ISD Administration Building, located at 2001 Texan Drive in Fort Worth.

District hosting fifth annual Back-to-School Fair on Aug. 19
Northwest ISD is collaborating with United Way of Denton County to host the fifth annual Northwest Back-to-School Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 19, at Pike Middle School (2200 Texan Drive in Fort Worth/Justin).

District families in need will be able to receive school supplies and backpacks as well as hearing screenings, haircuts, eye exams, physicals, immunizations and more.  To register, click here. The application will remain open through Aug. 4.

Hundreds of families annually attend the Northwest Back-to-School Fair, and volunteers are needed before, during and after the event. Sign up to volunteer at the event by clicking here.

 

2017-18 School Notes