Northwest Notes for Wednesday, July 25, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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OUSTANDING BOARD – The 2011-2012 Northwest ISD Board of Trustees was named the Region XI winner and will compete in the Texas Association of School Administrators Texas School Board of the Year contest. Pictured are (front row, from left) Secretary Josh Wright, Devonna Holland, Jeannette Leong, Kerry Jones, (back row) Vice President Mel Fuller, President Mark Schluter and Daryl Laney. Submitted photo

NISD SCHOOL BOARD NAMED OUTSTANDING -The 2011-2012 Northwest ISD Board of Trustees has been named the Region XI Outstanding School Board. This group will be one of 20 in the Texas Association of School Administrators’ Texas School Board of the Year competition. Five winners will be announced in August.

Members include President Mark Schluter, Vice President Mel Fuller, Secretary Josh Wright, Devonna Holland, Kerry Jones, Daryl Laney and Jeannette Leong.

NHS GRADUATE NAMED SOLDIER OF THE YEAR – Northwest High School graduate Sgt. Steven Davidson has been named the 2012 Soldier of the Year. Davidson is the human resource specialist with the Army Reserve’s 490th Civil Affairs Battalion.

In the past three years, he has been deployed to Africa, assisted in saving a fellow soldier’s life and served in a job typically reserved for a staff sergeant as an E-4. He serves as a mentor to students at Northwest ISD’s O.A. Peterson Elementary School, John M. Tidwell Middle School and Northwest High School.

Davidson was featured on local news stations June 1 after presenting a medal to Northwest High School teacher Scott Fletcher.

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE – The Northwest ISD Partners in Education (PIE) is collecting monetary or school-supply donations for its Tools for School drive for 500 students in the district who need financial support. The program also needs 170 backpacks.

Make a tax-deductible donation at the PIE office at the Northwest ISD Administration Building, 2001 Texan Drive in Justin. For information, contact PIE Specialist Phil Beckman at (817) 215-0172 or

STAFF CONNECTS WITH 2012 TECHNOPALOOZA – Northwest ISD will hold a TechnoPalooza 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 24 and 25, at Byron Nelson High School (2775 Bobcat Blvd. in Trophy Club). This Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) conference is packed with sessions and workshops to inspire classroom innovation and increase student learning and engagement.

From web literacy to the workshop model, educators will leave the first TechnoPalooza conference with tricks, tips and trends for the classroom.

VOLUNTEERS ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE BACKGROUND CHECK ONLINE – Parents and other volunteers who plan to work with children in NISD schools must have passed a criminal background check. The volunteer background check form is available online at and can be completed before the rush of the new school year.

PREKINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION – Prekindergarten registration is Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 1, and 2, at Hatfield Elementary School (2051 Texan Drive in Justin by appointment only.

Call Deanne Colley at (817) 215-0198. For information about prekindergarten qualifications, go to

NO SHOTS, NO SCHOOL – Northwest ISD is hosting Movax Immunization Clinics in August. 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, or

For a list of dates, times and locations, go to

NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION DATES – All students new to Northwest ISD are asked to register at the school they will be attending with the following information:

  • accurate home address and telephone number,
  • work telephone number for both parents (if applicable),
  • student’s Social Security number and place of birth,
  • name and phone number of a person, other than a parent, to notify in case of an emergency,
  • birth certificate,
  • copy of child’s records from the school most recently attended,
  • last report card (if available),
  • immunization records,
  • proof of residency and
  • parent/guardian’s driver’s license.

For information regarding specific registration dates and back-to-school events, visit

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