Debate Competition

As you may know, this year Becky Stewart began teaching a debate class for the first time at Northwest.  24 of our 8th graders joined the class and last week, four students competed at the middle school state tournament.  We want to acknowledge the bravery and hard work each of these students showed by choosing to participate in debate.  Please pass along a congratulations to the following students:

  • Maximo 
  • Isabela 
  • Katherin 
  • Pierce 

In addition, please congratulate Becky Stewart on the hard work and dedication to our students.  None of this would be possible without her willingness to take on an extra class period, learn to teach debate, and jump through all the hoops necessary to get our kids to the competition.

Finally, the Harry B. Davis Spirit of Utah Debate Award honors long-time coach and community member Harry Davis who passed away in 2013. This award annually recognizes students whose attitude transcends trophies and accolades; a student who characterizes the very traits of humility, integrity, leadership, respect, and service that Harry Davis embodied as a friend of Utah Debate.  Northwest Middle School is proud to announce that our 8th grade student, Katherin, is the 2017 recipient of this prestigious award.

Becky Stewart, described Katherin as “a resilient young woman with a caring heart and a vivacious personality.”  She goes on to explain, “Katherin has demonstrated her belief in education and the importance of work ethic.  Katherin has risen to the challenge of debate class and has willingly tried everything asked of her with a can-do spirit. … Katherin’s upbeat attitude lifts those around her.”  Congratulations Katherin!

KG Award



Just wanted to share this good news with all of you. 

SAGE 2017 Window Open

SAGE Testing has begun. From April 19th – May 22nd, students will be assessed on writing, math, reading, and science.  See dates below:

  • April 19th – 26th : Writing
  • May 1st – 5th : Math
  • May 8th – 12th : Reading
  • May 15th – 19th : Science
  • May 22nd – 25th : Make up testing

If you plan on having your student absent during these weeks, please notify your student’s teachers as soon as possible.

Auditions are May 18th!


Strong Start: New Warrior Teachers

Two Northwest teachers were interviewed about what our school is doing to support those new to the building.  Mario Murillo and Nathan Tanner discussed what it is like for new teachers to be successful at Northwest.  Dallin Miller adn Keslie Green discussed the important steps necessary for mentoring new teachers. Nice work team!

Link: Northwest Teachers

Northwest teacher

So far, 78% of students tested have passed the Civics test!


Congrats to those who have passed the Civics test so far!  This is the first step toward graduating from high school!

Want to work at Northwest? Check out the video!

Northwest Positivity Project

Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America is coming to Northwest this Semester!  The Northwest community is excited to welcome both the All Stars program and Boys’ Voices group from Volunteers of America!

The All-Stars program will be hosted in Luke Shroyer’s 6th and 7th periods. All Stars curriculum focuses on building identity and social skills through our experiences and understanding of roles we play in our community. “Students will learn decision-making skills, how to create healthy habits, and how to resist peer pressure.” This once a week program will run from Wednesday, February 1st, through Wednesday, April 26th.

Boys’ Voices will be hosted as an 8th period. This group will help students build positive peer connections though the development of self-concept, effective communication, voicing feelings, and building healthy relationships. Students in this group will be referred and screened by Counselors and Administration. Boys’ Voices will be held every Wednesday starting February 15th and going through April 26th from 3:15 to 4:00pm.

Both of these programs will be facilitated by Paris Brown, a member of our community and a graduate of Northwest! He is excited to connect with our students and staff.

More information here.

Stakeholder Survey for Parents

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Beginning today, Salt Lake City School District will be administering school climate surveys for our school. The purpose is to gather stakeholder input about teachers, principals, and schools. All parents/ guardians and all students will be invited to participate. Responses are anonymous and no personal information will be collected. Results will be shared with teachers and administrators in order to help improve schools. The survey is short, taking less than 10 minutes to complete. The survey can be taken through the Parent Portal of PowerSchool by clicking the “Parent Course Survey” link at the bottom left hand side of screen after you login. If you do not have a computer, we will have access to one at the school during parent teacher conferences. The survey can also be taken on any internet connected device. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Somali, Tongan, and Bosnian.

You can access the PowerSchool Parent Portal by clicking here: For more information on how to set up a PowerSchool account to monitor your student’s records please click here:

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Estimados Padres y Apoderados,

Desde el lunes, 23 de enero, 2017 el Distrito Escolar de Salt Lake City ofrece encuestas acerca del ambiente escolar para nuestra escuela. El propósito será de unir información acerca de los maestros, administradores y escuelas. Les invitamos a todos los padres y estudiantes a participar. Sus respuestas son anónimas y no pediremos ninguna información personal de usted. Compartiremos sus respuestas con los maestros y administradores para ayudar en mejorar las escuelas. La encuesta es corta y durará menos de 10 minutos para terminar. Usted puede participar en la encuesta por medio del Portal de Padres en PowerSchool por hacer clic en “Parent Course Survey” a la izquierda al fondo de la pantalla después de entrar a PowerSchool. Si usted no tiene acceso a una computadora, habrá una disponible en la escuela durante las conferencias de padres y maestros. También lo puede tomar por medio de cualquier aparato conectado al internet. La encuesta está disponible en inglés, español, somalí, tongano y bosnio.

Usted puede acceder el Portal de Padres en PowerSchool por hacer clic aquí:

Para más información acerca de cómo crear una cuenta en PowerSchool para seguir la información de su hijo, por favor haga clic aquí:

Gracias por su participación.

Donations for Northwest

Thanks to the amazing generosity of Community Volunteers, the volunteer board of Utah First Credit Union, 500 students received brand new shoes through the Warm the Soles campaign.  Each year, they donate 1,000 pairs of brand new shoes to kids. Northwest was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of 500 of those shoes.  Our students give a huge thank you to Community Volunteers.


Thank You Teachers and Staff

THANK YOU Northwest staff members for making our Warrior Tree such a success this year! We were able to serve 10 students and fulfilled all of their wish lists (something you want, something you need, something that’s warm, something you’ll read). The counselors are touched by everyone’s support for our students and so grateful to work with such a wonderful group of passionate educators.


Science Team Rocks!

Congratulations to our science team from last year! They won the district's science team award for the top growth scores in the district on the SAGE, year end test. This year the science team is doing a great job to keep up the pace!

science team

Civics Test for 8th Graders

Civic test

Congrats Ms. Dasanjh

Ms. Dasanjh was honored by the Salt Lake Education Foundation for having the greatest growth scores in the district on her Math 8 SAGE test for multiple years. We are lucky to have her at Northwest!


Celebrating the Rich Culture at Northwest



Crew stands for Community Repayment through Education and Work. This new program has been created to replace what was formally known as in-school suspension or ISS.  Below is a link of the process students will go through in order to repay his or her school community.


Link: Crew website


SWAG Bands Wednesday

SWAG Bands Wednesday has started! Students earn green SWAG bands from teachers and staff when they are caught being CONNECTED, THOUGHTFUL and RESPONSIBLE. Every Wednesday at lunch, students purchase fun items with their bands. Thanks to Ms. Lorrie's class for running the SWAG store!

SWAG Table

Warrior Club Information!

You too can be part of the Warrior Club fun!  Get a 3.2 GPA (B average) and less than 5 tardies and get prizes, treats and more!!

Warrior Club

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