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Teacher Interview Fair set for March 21

Northwest ISD will host a Teacher Interview Fair on Thursday, March 21, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., where quality teacher applicants can attend an event to meet district administrators and have interviews.

This is an invitation-only event. To be considered for the event, you must complete an Employment Application and apply to the Teacher Interview Fair. 

Qualified candidates will receive additional information and details.

Apply for the Teacher Interview Fair

Teacher certification event for community members set for October 18

Members of the Northwest ISD community who are interested in learning about earning their teaching certification are invited to take part in an informational event on Wednesday, October 18. RSVP is required.

The event, part of Northwest ISD’s Grow Our Home program to train those interested in becoming teachers, will last from 5 to 7 p.m. During that time, attendees will hear from district principals, receive resume help and learn tips/tricks to land a job teaching. The event is open to both those who already have a degree and are looking to add a teaching certification, as well as those who want to earn both a degree and teaching certification.

Please fill out this Google Form to RSVP for the event, which will take place at the district's Legacy Learning Center, located at 501 School House Road in Haslet.

For more information about the program, please email Kim Barker, executive director of human resources, at kbarker@nisdtx.org.

Real-time bus tracking available with SMART tags

Northwest ISD families can track their students' buses easier than ever before with the new SMART tag system! Based on parent and guardian feedback, our district has transitioned from Zonar to SMART tag this school year.

The SMART (Secured Mobile Authorized Ridership Technology) tag system works by tracking a tablet on a bus with real-time updates. When a student boards a bus, they will scan their tag so the tablet assigns them to the bus for parents and guardians to track. This technology also ensures students board the appropriate bus, as the system will indicate if a student has boarded the wrong bus.

For the start of the school year, drivers will manually log students into the system. During the first two weeks of school, campuses will distribute SMART tags to students. Once obtained, students should keep the SMART tag with them, such as on a lanyard or strapped to their backpack, to scan when boarding a bus.
 

SMART Tag Information & F.A.Q.

Parent Portal

Though schools have not yet distributed SMART tags, families can already register for SMART tag alerts and receive updates the first day of school! Parents and legal guardians can register an account on the district’s SMART Tag Parent Portal to monitor whether their child is on the bus as well as the bus’s real-time location. Users of the Parent Portal can also set notifications to alert them via text message when the bus is nearing their child’s stop.

To register for the SMART Tag Parent Portal, families must have the following information ready:

  • Their child’s student ID number
  • Their child’s date of birth
  • The school their child attends

SMART Tag Parent Portal

Results of Family Survey now viewable in dashboard
An image of charts and graphics with text saying Family Survey Results & Online Dashboard along with the NISD logo

Results from the 2023 Northwest ISD Family Survey are now available for viewing in an online dashboard at www.nisdtx.org/familysurvey, providing residents with the opportunity to view what topics district families feel are most valued as well as their thoughts on district performance.

District families completed the survey over a three-week period, from February 6 to February 27, with responses tied to 4,420 students. The survey’s results provide district and school leaders with valuable insight into areas where families believe the district is succeeding and where it can improve.

Positive satisfaction scores led all categories and all questions, with top-scoring categories including communication, campus climate, safety and classroom instruction. Notably, the vast majority of families said both they and their students feel welcomed and treated with respect by schools, and families also overwhelmingly report that they say their children feel safe in schools.

Questions that resulted in a dissatisfaction score of 10% or more serve as growth opportunities for the district, and leaders will examine these areas for improvement. Some examples of areas for growth include responses to negative student behaviors and bullying. District leaders are already analyzing this data and planning improvements.

Thanks to all families who participated in the Family Survey, as your responses provided quality insights into values and views about our school district. These responses will help us grow as a district to support our shared goals and best meet the needs of our students, families and community.

Council of PTAs to host school board candidate forum on April 17

The Northwest ISD Council of PTAs will host its annual election forum for school board candidates from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Pike Middle School. Council leaders have partnered with the nonpartisan League of Women Voters to run the forum, which is open to the public.

Three Northwest ISD Board of Trustee places will appear on ballots for registered voters within district boundaries. A full list of candidates can be viewed on the district's elections webpage. The April 17 forum will take place in Pike Middle School's library at 2200 Texan Drive in Justin, and all candidates are invited to take part.

Registered voters can cast ballots in both the school board election as well as the bond election during early voting from April 24 to May 2, or on Election Day on Saturday, May 6. Polling locations have not yet been announced, though Northwest ISD will communicate locations once they are set.