Northwest Participates in #Unite Against Violence

On March 14 at 10:00 a.m., Northwest Middle School joined other schools across the nation in the National School Walkout Day protesting school gun violence.  Students participated in class discussions regarding school safety before writing their ideas on paper #Unite Against Violencechains.  Students and faculty then met in the soccer field where classes joined their Peace Chains together as they formed one large circle. Students and faculty stood in solidarity for 17 minutes—a representation of Parkland, Florida’s 17 tragic deaths.   The Latinos in Action students read prepared speeches and displayed visual representations and statistics of gun violence in schools around the country.  Northwest Middle School honored the victims of Parkland, Florida, by standing in silence for one minute   The American Spanish-language broadcast television network, Univision, covered the event, which can be viewed on Northwest Middle School’s Facebook page. Students who wished not to participate were given an activity to complete in the Library Media Center.


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#Unite Against Violence          #Unite Against Violence    

Science Research Students Visit Zoo

Science Research students went to the zoo to identify the amazing adaptations that animals have to better survive and reproduce in their environments. For example, students pointed out the thick layer of white fur polar bears have to keep warm in the arctic coldScience Research Students Visit Zoo and to provide camouflage with the surrounding ice and snow. Students participated in a Dental Detectives class where they analyzed skulls of animals to find out if the animal was adapted to eat mainly meat or plants, walk on 2  or 4 legs, and to be prey or predator.

Science Research Students Visit Zoo                 Science Research Students Visit Zoo

Celebration of Dance!

Northwest Middle School held their annual Celebration of Dance in March. Approximately 120 talented students participated. It was an extravaganza of multi-cultural dance genres such as Latin, African, Polynesian, hip-hop, swing, and modern. The auditorium wasCelebration of Dance packed with exited family and friends!  


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Celebration of Dance!

Northwest Students of the Month

Northwest Middle School is recognizing the hard work of our students. These students are the Students of the Month because they are hard workers, respectful leaders, and role models throughout our building. Congratulations to these outstanding students!  To view gallery, click here.


October Students of the Month

The October Students of the Month are Christina Le, Eduardo Landa-Urcino, Jesus Herrera, Julie Spotten, Leslie Kioa, Lutuiki Nau, Nazario Soliz, and Yulisa Jimenez.  Congratulations!


November Students of the Month

The November Students of the Month are Adilene Brito, Eh Ku Moo, Fabioloa Dominguez, Kenny Shirley, Sarahi Remirez-Monge, and Siriyamungu Nbadajuniye.  Congratulations!


December Students of the Month

The December Students of the Month are Armando Vasquez, Jerry Valdez,  Kalama Florreich, Julie Paredes, Quay Von Palmer, Fidel  Alarcon, and Warda Mohamed.  Congratulations!


January Student of the Month

The January Student of the Month is Lily Lucero.  Congratulations!


March Students of the Month

The March Students of the Month are Alexis Bernabe, Laura Urcino, Isaiah Garza, and Emma Do.  Congratulations!

Alexis Bernabe             Laura Urcino           Isaiah Garza            Emma Do



Jacque Tovar Awarded Para Educator of the Year

Northwest Middle School’s para educator, Jacque Tovar, has been awarded the Marilyn Likins Para Educator of the Year for Utah.  Tovar has worked as a para educator for twenty-two years in the Salt Lake City School District and has been a valued staff member at NorthwestTovar Award Para Educator of the Year Middle School for the last six years. Tovar invests an enormous amount of energy in the students she serves.  Over the years, Tovar has spent time working with, coaching, mentoring, and cheering for students of all ability levels and backgrounds.  This year—at Tovar’s request—she is also acting as a student advocate helping students with a variety of unique challenges in and out of school. This is in addition to her para educator role.  Tovar meets one-on-one with 10-20 students daily. She works closely with students to set academic, social, and behavioral goals with support from classroom teachers.  These goals are then communicated to teachers and administration for implementation. Northwest students adore Tovar! Students seek her out daily to say hi, get a high-five, or to talk about worries, stressors, and celebrations. Tovar stays beyond her scheduled hours to help prepare things for students, to brainstorm with teachers and administration, and to be available for students who need her support.  She spends her time away from work creating tracking sheets for students that are engaging and purposeful, finding small things to motivate and excite students about coming to school, attending students’ sporting events, and even visiting with students and parents in the neighborhood around Northwest where she lives. Jacque Tovar consistently goes above and beyond the duties of the job she was hired to perform.


Congratulations, Ms. Tovar!  Salt Lake City School District and the Northwest Middle School community deeply appreciate your dedication, hard work, and love for students!  Thank you!


Northwest Recognizes Outstanding Teachers

Northwest is recognizing teachers who go above and beyond when working with students, supporting school goals, and helping out their colleagues.    January’s Teachers of the Month were Jason Miller, Techniques for Tough Times, and Luke Shroyer, College and  Career Awareness.  Dani Bainsmith, 8th grade Science teacher, is March’s Teacher of the Month. Congratulations!  To view the entire gallery, click here.

Jason Miller, January Teacher of the MonthLuke Shroyer, January Teacher of the Month        Dani Bainsmith March Teacher of the Month

Northwest Middle School Teacher Honored as KSL Teacher Feature Winner

Northwest Middle School math resource teacher, Lisa Garland, has been honored as a KSL Teacher Feature winner! KSL News Radio and Zions Bank have been highlighting outstanding teachers throughout the State of Utah since 1994. 


Ms. Garland was nominated for being a dedicated and caring teacher who sincerely loves her students.  Ms. Garland pushes each student to do their best and enthusiastically celebrates their successes. Ms. Garland sees the potential in each of her students andNorthwest Teacher Honored helps them to see the same potential in themselves. Her students have many kind things to say about their teacher!


After raising her family, Ms. Garland attended the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.  After graduating, Ms. Garland worked for six and a half years in a private middle school before moving to Utah in 2015.  Ms. Garland worked for two years as the special education facilitator and teacher at Provost Elementary School in Provo where she received The Crystal Apple Award and The Provo Way Award for excellence.  As Ms. Garland missed teaching middle school students, she began teaching seventh grade math at Northwest Middle School in the fall of 2017.


KSL News Radio's Jeff Caplan and a representative from Zions Bank surprised Ms. Garland by arriving in her classroom unannounced.  As her excited students looked on, Ms. Garland was told she was a KSL Teacher Feature winner!  Ms. Garland was clearly overwhelmed as the nomination letter was read aloud and as she received congratulatory handshakes and hugs! Ms. Garland is honored with a plaque from Zion’s Bank, an overnight stay at Anniversary Inn, a gift certificate for dinner at the beautiful Roof Restaurant at Temple Square, and a pair of season tickets from Hale Centre Theater.  Ms. Garland will also attend an end-of-the-year banquet for KSL Teacher Feature winners at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building where one lucky teacher will have an opportunity to win a grand prize of a two-year lease on a new car, courtesy of Burt Brothers Tire and Service.


Congratulations, Ms. Garland!  Northwest Middle School students are very fortunate to have you as their teacher! To view the entire gallery, click here.


Click here to see the KSL Teacher Feature website page. 

Northwest Students Recognized as Terrific Kids

The Salt Lake Kiwanis Club has partnered with the middle schools in the Salt Lake District to sponsor the Terrific Kid Program.  This program is a student recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance. The acronym for “Terrific” Kid is Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive, and Capable.  For the month of October, students  Yar Yar Cam, David Peck, Lutuiki Nau, and Alejandro Hernandez were honored. For the month of November, students Evelyn Ortiz, Serafina Ah See, Siri Ndabajunjiye, and Jake Davis are being honored. To see pictures of these students along with why they are being honored, please see the Student Recognition page. 

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

Civics Test for 8th Graders

Civics Test

Celebrating the Rich Culture at Northwest


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