Schools may choose to describe up to two additional pieces of information about how their school is supporting students. These self-reported indicators are not factored into school accountability calculations but provide the opportunity for schools to highlight successful programs or practices in addition to the indicators included in school accountability.
EQUITABLE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Reading Intervention and Leadership Opportunities
Northwest Middle School focuses on building equitable opportunities for all students; including Reading Intervention classes for Multiple Language Learners (MLL), and all readers who meet criteria for being under the lexile level of grade appropriate reading and comprehension levels. Students also have the opportunity to participate in ELP, Honors, and extended Math,Science,Language Arts, Fine Arts courses. Diverse student leadership and community involved opportunities through Student Government, Trio, Mock Trial, Intramural Sports, Performing Arts, STEM activities, Robotics, Coding, and Academic Gameplan. Social-Emotional curriculum (Move This World) is taught in second period, daily. Equitable educational opportunities are also provided for teachers through year-long MLL professional development for secondary instruction to better meets the demands of MLL learners. Teachers also participate in a Brene Brown "Daring Ways" professional development to support their student's social emotional learning. Counselors participate in a year-long professional development for "Teen Play Therapy".
PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
Northwest Family Center and Food Pantry
Northwest has a strong commitment to strengthen communication and meaningful relationships with families. The Northwest Family Center and Food Pantry is sponsored by Rudy Gobert and Smith's. The School Community Council (SCC) meets once a month at the NW Family Center to participate and address the school's greatest area of need and help create a plan of success using Trust Land funds. Northwest also hosts a family meeting half an hour before SCC to connect families and community partners with free resources including free English and digital literacy courses, immigration concerns, health options etc. The food pantry is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:30. Communication is addressed through weekly robocalls to families, weekly "Good News" postcards written by teachers to students, emails, phone calls and text messages.