School Notes


Northwest ISD School Notes, Feb. 21

Trio of Northwest ISD seniors named National Merit Finalists
Byron Nelson High School’s Zoe Bass and Haniyah Burney and Eaton High School’s Tobey Mathis have received the prestigious distinction of being named National Merit Finalists, placing them among the top students in the United States for academic achievement.

The Byron Nelson and Eaton seniors earned the distinction after having previously been named National Merit Semifinalists. By making the cut to the finalist level, the trio is among an elite group of 15,000 academic achievers from across the nation who were first chosen by their exemplary PSAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores.

After scoring among the top 1 percent of PSAT to earn semifinalist status, Zoe, Haniyah and Tobey had to submit strong applications that included their academic transcripts, SAT scores, school activities and personal essays. Those applications advanced the students into the finalist category.

Beyond their academic accolades, all three students take part in multiple extracurricular activities at their schools. Both Byron Nelson students take part in Junior World Affairs Council and Lynx Crew. Zoe also takes part in Spanish Honor Society and choir, while Haniyah also takes part in French Honor Society, HOSA and orchestra. Tobey is a student at the district’s Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship, housed at Eaton, and takes part in Junior Achievement and Virtual Enterprises International.

Read more about their honor by clicking here.

Northwest ISD hosting Expo event to highlight student projects on Feb. 22
Northwest ISD will host its Expo event on Thursday, Feb. 22, at Northwest High School, where more than 100 student projects will be on display and highlight unique student learning.

Expo begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until about 8 p.m. In addition to projects on display, other student work, such as orchestra performances and culinary food, will be available. Students will guide visitors through their projects and lead every session themselves.

For an entire list of projects presented as part of the event, visit Sessions for each project will last about 15 minutes, and student presenters represent schools across the entire district.

District offering two SAT boot camps on Feb. 24, April 21
Northwest ISD’s College & Career Readiness Department will host two SAT boot camps this semester to help students prepare for the college-entry exam.

Each boot camp costs $50 per student and consists of 4 hours of practice and strategies. The first boot camp will take place Saturday, Feb. 24, and the second will take place Saturday, April 21.

Students can sign up for the boot camps by visiting the College & Career Readiness Department website.

Northwest softball team raising funds for autism awareness
Northwest High School’s softball team is hosting its 10th annual autism awareness fundraiser, and those interested in contributing can purchase a T-shirt to support the Northwest Special Olympics Program.

The Lady Texans will sell T-shirts for $12 each throughout February, aiding the local Special Olympics program that assists Northwest ISD students with special needs. Shirts are available in sizes ranging from youth large to adult XXXL.

Shirts are expected to arrive at the end of March, in time for Autism Awareness Month in April. Additionally, the Lady Texan softball team will host its annual home game in support of autism awareness on Friday, April 6.

To see the design of the shirt and download an order form, click here. Completed forms should be submitted to Northwest High School at the attention of Tanya Morrow, head softball coach. For more information, please email Coach Morrow at

NEF scholarship application for Northwest ISD students now open
The Northwest ISD Education Foundation has opened its annual scholarship application for district students, providing impending graduates with opportunities to have part of their college bills paid for.

The application is posted on the NEF website, located at Students have until Friday, March 30, to submit their applications. For technical support or any issues, please contact Alyssa Edstrom, community relations specialist, by email at or by phone at 817-215-0084.

To date, NEF has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to Northwest ISD students. The foundation works with local individuals, businesses and organizations to fund scholarships, and it also provides district teachers with grants for innovative teaching projects. For information about sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Ms. Edstrom.

Northwest ISD lottery registration for tuition-based pre-K now open
Parents and guardians interested in Northwest ISD’s pre-kindergarten program can now register for the district’s lottery system for its tuition-based pre-K program.

Two forms of pre-K are available at Northwest ISD, a state-assisted program and a tuition-based program. Families must meet specific requirements for enrollment in the free, state-funded program (such as economic or military requirements), while the district will use a lottery system to select children for inclusion in the tuition-based program. Both are half-day programs (a morning session and afternoon session).

The tuition-based program is paid in 10 monthly installments of $377.80 from August 2018 to May 2019. To enroll in the tuition-based program, parents and guardians must first register their children through the lottery system at from Feb. 1 to March 9. A drawing will take place Wednesday, March 21, to determine students selected for the program. Registration for the program itself will then begin in mid-April, and parents will have until April 27 to complete the process. Parents and guardians will be able to select what campus their children will attend, subject to classroom space.

Children in pre-K during the 2018-19 school year must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2018.

For more information about both state-funded and tuition-based pre-K at Northwest ISD, click here.

‘Campaign 4 Kindness’ taking place in Trophy Club with schools, town
The Trophy Club community has partnered for a month-long kindness campaign, including several events taking place between the town, its public schools and two nonprofit organizations.

Northwest ISD’s Trophy Club schools – Beck and Lakeview elementary schools, Medlin Middle School and Byron Nelson High School – will take part in the Campaign 4 Kindness initiative to perform 5,000 random acts of kindness across just 15 days. Students will use these acts to encourage community members to spread kindness through their workplaces, homes and community.

Jamie Farber, Northwest ISD’s director of guidance and counseling, said the event serves as a testament to the collective good a community can do when it works together.

“I am grateful for the combined effort between the town of Trophy Club, the schools, the community and the parents,” she said. “In society right now, it’s not that we don’t want to remember others in ‘random acts of kindness,’ rather we are often too busy. The Campaign 4 Kindness provides a reminder – an intentional, community focus on kindness and a time to expressly think of others.”

The partnership will receive the help of Think Kindness, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring acts of kindness in schools, and Hope Kindness Community, a Trophy Club nonprofit committed to supporting the area’s youth population, for additional community events. At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12, all the campaign partners will host a community and parent program in the Byron Nelson High School performing arts center to discuss how to encourage kindness among children and the community as a whole. At 8 a.m. Feb. 17, a fun run will take place at the high school, with runners encouraged to bring a pair of shoes to donate to charity.

Mayor Nick Sanders of Trophy Club has proclaimed February 2018 as Kindness Awareness Month in support of the Campaign 4 Kindness in the community.

For more information about the events taking place, visit

School districts collaborating for disability resource fair on April 3
Northwest ISD will collaborate with two other local school districts, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD and Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, as well as the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Council of Tarrant County for a special needs and disability resource fair in April.

At the Making Connections Disability Resource Fair, community members can attend exhibits and breakout sessions with information on assisting individuals with special needs or disabilities. Resources at the event are relevant to individuals with special needs or disabilities of all ages. Three breakout sessions will be provided at the event, with two sessions taking place from 5 to 6 p.m. and two (one repeating session) taking place 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

These sessions will discuss life planning, Social Security Disability and My Health My Resources. The life planning session will take place during both breakout session times. Other resources will be available for assistive and adaptive technology, financial services, guardianship, health, housing, therapy, transition services and more.

The event is scheduled to last from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Grapevine-Colleyville Professional Development & Education Center, located at 5800 Colleyville Blvd. in Colleyville.

Attendees who require sign language or Spanish interpretation or another accommodation should email at least five days before the fair.

Next regular school board meeting taking place Feb. 26
The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees will hold its next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in the boardroom at the Northwest ISD Administration Building, located at 2001 Texan Drive in Fort Worth. This time is 30 minutes earlier than 2016-17 board meetings, as trustees voted to move up their starting time for all future meetings.