Message to Parents

 

 

 

The 2018-2019 school year is off to a great start. Staff and students have been engaged and learning since day one, our enrollment hit a 24,000+ student milestone, and we proudly added two new schools to the NISD family – Lizzie Curtis Elementary School and Leo Adams Middle School. As Northwest ISD celebrates its 70th anniversary, we have a lot for which to be thankful.

As we start this new year, I’d like to share with you my objectives for the school year. In Northwest ISD, our mission is to engage in a culture of learning that prepares all students to confidently navigate their future. With the support and approval of the NISD School Board, the following are my performance objectives and expectations to help support your child and his/her future:

  • Increase the emphasis on literacy at all grade levels
  • Emphasize mastery grade level performance on academic measurements
  • Ensure college, career, and life readiness for every student
  • Increase academic success within special student populations
  • Ensure student, staff, and stakeholder safety
  • Maintain the financial viability of the district

I hope you and your child have already seen an emphasis on some of these areas. I would especially like to ask for your help in supporting the safety of our schools and our students’ “life readiness” by helping us monitor the social-emotional health and development of your child. We always welcome your direct reports of any safety concerns; however, we also want to help ensure that students are in a mentally healthy position to learn and grow. As part of a strategic initiative, NISD will begin exploring social-emotional learning and how to further integrate key skills into the classroom. Skills like emotion management, communication, and problem solving will help children succeed in school, work, and life.

Throughout this school year, we are going to keep our expectations high for all NISD stakeholders. Exciting things are happening in our schools, and I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of this year brings. I hope you enjoy reading about our students’ successes and unique learning opportunities, such as the middle school musical Mary Poppins, Jr.  and the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Academy’s recent trip to Italy. I appreciate your support and am so proud of the work and dedication of our staff and students.

I know many parents have already done this, but I encourage you to sit down with your child and help him/her set personal goals and set those high expectations that will lead to a phenomenal school year. We want our children to achieve at their highest potential. Setting goals is a good habit, and you are never too young – or old – to start.

Thank you for your support of our children, our schools, and NISD.  We will be successful this school year by all of us working together for our kids.

Thank you!
 

Ryder Warren, Superintendent of Schools
Northwest Independent School District