The Texas Education Agency announced Northwest ISD is one of 23 school districts in the state selected to the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium. Created by Senate Bill 1557 in the 82nd Legislative Session, the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium is charged with informing the governor, legislature and commissioner of education concerning methods for transforming public schools through the development of innovative, next-generation learning standards, assessment and accountability systems. To learn more, visit www.nisdtx.org/consortium.
The Northwest ISD Partners in Education program is seeking volunteers to participate in the fifth annual Northwest Reads on Friday, March 1 from 9-10 a.m. Participants will read their favorite children’s book to pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students at one of the district’s 16 elementary schools.
NISD community members are invited to attend the third annual Techno Expo at Byron Nelson High School on Thursday, February 28 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. 950 students will present and demonstrate their use of technology during a series of more than 450 breakout sessions. Dinner will be served by the district’s Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality from 5 – 7 p.m. Student presentations are scheduled from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Check out the mobile-friendly website which provides a complete schedule, map, a Twitter live feed and more at http://technoexpo.nisdtx.org/.
Northwest High School seniors Damon King, Kassidy Knight and Matthew Walker have been named National Merit Finalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The three finalists were selected from approximately 16,000 semifinalists. More than half of the estimated 15,000 finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the title of Merit Scholar. Approximately 8,300 students will be selected as Merit Scholars. Students will be notified this spring.
Karen G. Rue, Ed.D. accepted the Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award as the most outstanding superintendent in north Texas at the Score a Goal in the Classroom’s “The Best is Yet to Come” awards dinner on September 18. The Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award was established in memory of Bayard Friedman, a renowned civic leader with a passion for public education, to honor outstanding school employees. Rue was presented a $1,000 honorarium which she donated to the Northwest ISD Education Foundation (NEF).
The student enrollment in Northwest ISD continues to climb. In fact, Northwest ISD’s student population has nearly tripled in the last 10 years, and the district welcomed more than 1,200 new students in the fall of 2011. To meet the needs of its growing communities, Truett Wilson Middle School opened in August 2012. The new school will serve sixth- through eighth-grade students who live in the Sendera Ranch community as well as families who live in the Haslet Elementary attendance zone