EDUCATION

Northwest Notes for Wednesday, August 29, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NORTHWEST ISD LAUNCHES BOND REFERENDUM WEBSITE – Following the recommendation of the long-range planning committee, the Northwest ISD board of trustees called for a $255 million capital bond referendum. As the second-fastest growing school district in the state, the bond was called to address the district’s continuing student population growth, which is expected to increase by 35 percent in the next five years. For a look at what the bond referendum would provide and additional information about tax rates and voter registration, go to www.nisdtx.org/bond2012. Northwest ISD currently operates 27 campuses, spanning three counties (Denton, Tarrant and Wise) and 14 municipalities across 234 square miles. Election day for the Northwest ISD bond election is Nov/ 6, with early voting Oct. 22 to Nov. 2. To register to vote in the upcoming November election, go to www.votexas.org/register_to_vote.html at least 30 days prior to the election.

NISD ISSUES NETBOOKS TO SECONDARY STUDENTS – During student registration, NISD issued approximately 8,700 Dell Latitude 21X0 series netbook computers to students in grades 6 through 12. The mini laptops are equipped with wireless networking and software, including the district’s filtering system, which restricts questionable websites regardless of the student’s location. The student netbook initiative is a key ingredient in the district’s vision where every student will graduate future-ready: ready for college, ready for the global workplace and ready for personal success. This is the fourth consecutive year netbooks have been distributed in Northwest ISD.

NISD PREMIERES FIFTH CAREER ACADEMY – The district will open its fifth career academy, The Cosmetology Academy, at James M. Steele Accelerated High School this year. The academy will provide 25 freshmen and sophomores an opportunity to graduate as a certified cosmetologist.

Other career academies in Northwest ISD include: The Academy of Media Arts and Technology; The Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; The Academy of Medical Professions; and The Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality.

IMMUNIZATION CLINICS AT NISD – State law requires students attending public schools to have up-to-date immunizations. Northwest ISD is hosting Movax Immunization Clinics during the month of August. The cost per child is $14 for one vaccine and $25 for two or more.

Children need to bring current shot records, and a parent/guardian must be present. For a list of dates, times and locations, go to www.nisdtx.org.

VOLUNTEERS BACKGROUND CHECK ONLINE – Parents and other volunteers who plan to work with children in NISD schools must have passed a criminal background check. It is available at www.nisdtx.org/volunteercheck.

NISD CLOSED LABOR DAY – Northwest ISD will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day. Classes resume Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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