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Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
Phone: 801.578.8547
Fax: 801.578.8558

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Welcome to Northwest Middle School


News & Announcements

Upcoming Events

View our full calendar here

  • April 4 - Multicultural Celebration Night
  • April 4 - SCC & PTSA meeting 8:30am
  • April 8 - 8th grade panoramic picture
  • April 14-18 - No School, Spring Break
  • April 22 - Evening Choir & Orchestra Concert
  • April 25 - 4th Quarter Midterms


Posted: March 28, 2014

Congratulations Orchestra Students

Orchestra at FestivalMrs. Carlton's Combined Orchestra from Northwest and North Star Elementary went to Festival Thursday and received a SUPERIOR rating on their performance.

Way to go Warriors & future Warriors!!!

Posted: March 28, 2014

2014 César Chávez Contest Winners

Congratulations to Northwest Warriors Candy Soto, Mayeli Garcia and Joselyn Zavala on receiving Honorable Mention awards in the 2014 César Chávez Contest.

Please click on the following links to access the complete list of winners:

Language Arts | Visual Arts



Posted: March 20, 2014

Good Luck Science Fair Students

Northwest Students are competing in the science fair at the U of U, today. Perhaps some of our Northwest students might even make it on the news! Watch Fox News tonight at 4:00 and 9:00 to see if they are on!

Please give a HUGE congrats to Ann and Amy Ortega, Kathleen Nguyen, Ramiro Arancedo, TJ Wissler, and Elmir Dzaka!

Way to go Northwest Warriors!

Posted: March 20, 2014

Career Fair & Open House Opportunities

Aeronautic Careers Open House

Aeronautic Careers Open House  12 Apr 2014 FlyerSaturday, April 12, 2014 10:00am - 3:00pm

Talk with Pilots, Flight Attendants, Mechanics, Air Traffic Controllers, Grounds Crew, and schools that can make your dreams a reality!







Stepping Into The Future Youth Job Fair

Youth Job Fair 26 April 2014 FlyerSaturday, April 26, 2014 10:00am - 2:00pm

Come prepared to talk to employers about current openings, schools and community resources. Attend workshops about employment, applying for FAFSA, career exploration and more.

Posted: March 20, 2014

Stepping Up to College Open Houses

Learn how you and your family can step up to higher education at one of our regional college open houses this March. Participants can attend presentations on the importance of college and how to prepare and pay for college. College and university representatives will be available to answer your questions about Utah’s higher education options, as well as how to apply and obtain financial aid at their institution.

6:00-8:00 pm, Sorenson Student Center
Utah Valley University
6:00-8:00 pm, Student Event Center
Salt Lake Community College
6:00-8:00 pm, Shepherd Student Union
Weber State University
6:00-8:00 pm, Gardner Student Center
Dixie State University

CLICK HERE or visit for more information.

Posted: March 10, 2014

Congratulations District Science Fair Winners

Six of our students received awards at this year's District Science Fair. We congratulate them on their hard work!!

Amy and Ann Ortega received second place in the Physics and Astronomy category for their project "Water Witching: Does it Work?".

Kathleen Nguyen's "Grease Wars" project won her third place in the Chemistry category.

Elmir Dzaka, Ramiro Arancedo and Taylor Wissler teamed up to earn third place in the Physics and Astronomy category with their project "Shoes got Hops".

Way to go Warriors!


Posted: February 18, 2014

Students Enjoy Reading Science Fiction.

During January our library challenged our students to try reading some science fiction. Several of our students did, and really enjoyed discovering the new worlds these books held within

student with bookXavier R. read The Giver by Lois Lowry. He thought is was "a little confusing, but a really interesting book" and would recommend it to anyone.

Alfredo H. is reading Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. HE calls Ender's Game his "most favorite book." He "just love books that take place in space."

student with bookFair-weather Friends was read by Sateki M. He enjoyed how the friends were grateful for the things around them, and that it matters most what is on the inside not the outside.

student with bookCatching Fire was checked out by Grettel G. She really enjoyed the book and calls it, " a real page turner!" She "totally recommends this book."


Sci-Fi Book DisplayFor February we challenge all of you to come into the library and FALL IN LOVE with a new book!!!



Posted: February 14, 2014

César Chávez Language Arts and Visual Arts Contest

Ceaser ChavezWe are pleased to invite all Salt Lake City School District students K –12 to participate in the 6th Annual

César Chávez Language Arts and Visual Arts Contest


Civil rights activist César Chávez has a street in Salt Lake City street named after him. Other famous leaders for social justice, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. enjoy this same honor.

If you could name a street after a leader for social justice who isn’t so famous, who would you choose? It could be someone in your family, community, school, city or state. Make specific arguments about what makes this person so deserving of having a street named in their honor.

Write a essay or poem. Draw or paint a picture.

Deadline for submitting entries: Wednesday March 5th at 5:00pm

For links to detailed information, printable flyers and Language Arts Entry Forms and Visual Arts Forms, please click here: César Chávez Contest Information.



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Huntsman Award Nominations

The Jon. M. Huntsman Family is proud to sponsor the
22nd Annual Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education.

· Nominate your favorite Utah public school teacher, volunteer, or administrator
· 11 winners will receive $10,000
· Nomination forms can be found online at
· Due Date: Friday, March 14, 2014


Posted: February 7,2014

Colorguard Takes First Place!

Colorguard at Bear River CompetitionThe Color Guard competed on Saturday at Bear River High School. The did an amazing job and took first place in their division competing with schools from across the state. They did an amazing job representing Northwest!

They will be competing again on February 15 at West Lake High School.Colorguard Award

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Northwest Colorguard

Northwest Colorguard teamCongratulations to all of our students who are a part of our very first Northwest Colorguard team. They participated in their first evaluation show and did very well.

Way to go Warriors!!!

Posted: January 22, 2014

College and Career Readiness Fair

College and Career Fair flyerJanuary 14, 2014 will be our first ever College and Career Readiness fair. Come learn about going to college. The University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Westminster College and Utah Valley University will have representative here to talk to you. West High School and Innovations will also have representatives there to talk about your student's high school plans.

It will be a really fun night!! Special performances by West High's JROTC, Oestanas and the Northwest Colorguard. Refreshments will be provided by our PTSA parents. Children's activities will be provided for younger siblings. We will also be giving away a Kindle Fire and other prizes.

Posted: January 9, 2014

Secretary of Education visits Northwest

Duncan at NorthwestThe U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, visited Northwest Middle School today to ask why that school is experiencing such success. Northwest has used a 3-year federal School Improvement Grant to make big changes and significantly increase student achievement.

To read more about Secretary Duncan's visit to Northwest CLICK HERE.

Also check out these news stories:

Salt Lake Tribune

Deseret News

Salt Lake Tribune

Desert News


FOX 13

Posted: December 16, 2013

Holiday Meals available

Holiday meals are available for those who need help. CLICK HERE for a list of locations.

Posted: November 27, 2013

Our Current Issues Students ROCK!

Students doing serviceThe students in both current issues classes have been working on service projects this term.

  • 3rd period is organizing the "Giving Closet" here at school and sponsoring a clothing drive & take-away event for families of Northwest.
  • Students doing service6th period designed, created and sold "Falling Leaves" thank you cards. All proceeds will be donated to the Road Home homeless shelter.
  • Students on fieldtripThe Social Studies department offered an evening field trip to recognize Indigenous Day at the Celebration of Storytellers. Students were able to do archaeology projects, enjoy traditional food, and listen to storytellers from Students on fieldtripseveral American Indian tribes.

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Posted: November 27, 2013

Open Enrollment Information

For the coming school year, students interested in enrolling in a Salt Lake City school, who live outside the district or school boundaries, may apply for an Open Enrollment Application during the Early Enrollment period from December 2, 2013 through February 21, 2014. Applications are taken in the Student Services Department of the Salt Lake City School District Administration East Building, 440 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.
Students may apply for enrollment in schools designated as “Open” to transfer. Selected schools, programs and grades may be at capacity for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year and not available as a choice for out-of-resident students. A list of available schools, grades, and programs or other information pertaining to the open enrollment policy may be obtained after November 30, 2013 from the Student Services office at the above address or by calling 578-8206 or 578-8475.

For More information :

School Choice Press Release English | Spanish

Open-Close School Choice Designations English | Spanish

Posted: November 27, 2013

Who read about Zombies?

Zombie Book readersSeveral of our students checked out books from our Zombie display. Here are what some of them thought about the book they read:

Blaze W. liked Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn because of the brain puzzling chapters and frightening descriptions.

More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark was read by Joseph S. He recommends that if you have nothing to do go read this book in the darkest part of your house and he's sure you'll have the chills. "Read this book if you dare."

Clara S. checked out The Taste of Night by R. L. Stine. She said, "The part I liked best was when Livvy is at the club and she finds Patrick and she tried to drink his blood then screamed when she didn't find any blood. Then he tells her he is not just any vampire."

Zombie book reviewAnrah F. really liked reading about the process of how the characters in Vampire Plagues by Sebastian Rook turned into vampires. It was really interesting to her and her favorite part of the story.

Come check out these and other fun books in our library. Plus come see the display in the library about what books our teachers are reading, maybe you'd like to read one of those too.


Posted: November 27, 2013

Community Council

Community Council MeetingWednesday’s community presentation focused on strategies that positively impact our student achievement – thank you to all community members and Westpointe Community Council for attending!

Posted: November 22, 2013

Are you as smart as a Northwest Warrior?

Northwest students have shown they are building the language arts skills they need to succeed. The results of our first practice test shows that over 80% of our 7th graders are able to identify the main idea of a reading and listening passage. Over 75% can identify evidence to support the main idea.  75% of our 8th graders can also identify the main idea of a reading and listening passage. They also rock at determining the meaning of unfamiliar words in context!

Here is a question from the first 8th grade interim test. Can you answer it?

Read this sentence from the passage.

Caesar's successes in Gaul made him a powerful and popular celebrity.

The word celebrity most likely comes from a Latin root word meaning:









Posted: November 22, 2013

Science Test Results Just In!

Science DataOur science teachers are working very hard to meet this year's goal for 70% of our students to be science proficient. Look at these test scores!! On average, our 8th grade students scored 65% correct and our 7th grade students scored 71% correct. Science is our most challenge content area. On the Physics test, 52% of our 8th graders are proficient. On the Classification test, 68% of our 7th graders are proficient. Still some work to do, but WOW!! Look at the % of students who showed growth between the pretest and the post test!! Keep working students!

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Thank you Donor's Choose!!!

Several of our teachers here at Northwest received generous grants to help out in their classrooms.

Lois Harris received several books and other supplies to help make history come alive for her students. Melinda Waterbury received Kindle Fires for Warrior Club. Angie Algarin received books as well as audio recordings to help her students with reading. Cyndy Carlton received funding for her students to enjoy playing drum buckets, and they sound amazing!! Angie Elegante also received funding for her students as they learn English.

Thank you to these donors for helping make Northwest a great place for our students!!

Posted: November 15, 2013

Zombies invade the Library!!!

Zombie Book displayDo you enjoy reading "Scarey Stories" that give you "Goosebumps"? Come check out all the books featuring Zombies and other creepy characters to help put you in the Halloween mood.


Posted: October 22, 2013

Who is Reading Banned Books???

Banned Book displayAll this month the Northwest Library has had a fun banned book display. These are books that have at one time or another been on a banned book list. Several of our students have been checking them out.

Jovani M. is enjoying the plot of The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. "I really like the plot of the Greasers against the Socs".

Luis M. checked out Go Ask Alice by Anonymous. He decided to give it a try because he really liked the name of the book.

Carlandrea T. is reading two of the banned books, Lord of the Flies by William Golding and The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. She picked The Lord of the Flies because both of her brothers have read it. "I checked out this book (The Catcher in the Rye) because I have never read it before. The prologue is very impressive but it already has me interested. The narrator has a very unique view onStudent Readers things I have never really thought of."

Way to go Warrior Readers!

Coming soon.....ZOMBIE BOOKS!!!! Be sure to check them out in the library.

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Northwest in the News

KSL spotlighted our school in a recent article about the Salt Lake City School District and how well we are doing at recycling. So far this school year Northwest has recycled 40,000 pounds!!!

Way to go Warriors!

So see the article CLICK HERE.

Posted: October 14, 2013


Dear Parents & Guardians of Northwest 7th grade students,

Northwest 7th graders had the opportunity to view the film Bully. The movie Bully shows the pain and suffering that students endure as they deal with being bullied by their peers. The film shares stories of suicide, includes strong language, and shows in detail how students hurt others emotionally by bullying with words, not fists. We feel this movie is a valuable experience for all students and will help us at Northwest to think about how our words affect others.

Please discuss this movie with your 7th grader this evening. If you or your student have any questions or concerns, please call or visit the front office.

For more information about the movie please visit

Posted: October 8, 2013

Warrior Reading Corner

September Book Display at Northwest Middle SchoolEach month in our Library, Northwest will be spotlighting some really fun books to read. This month it's all about BANNED BOOKS!

Come check out and read books that have been on banned book lists. Did you know Junie B. Jones was a banned book? So was Harry Potter!

Is your favorite book on the list? Come find out!!!


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Suicide Prevention Parent Seminar

You will learn about youth suicide, including information about the State of Utah. You will learn what you can do to prevent suicide and what to expect if you call for help. You will also learn about your community resources and there will be resource materials to take home!

Please attend one of the following seminars:

  • Bryant Middle School (40 S. 800 E.) September 24, 2013 6:00 p.m.
  • Highland High School (2166 S. 1700 E.) September 25, 2013 6:00 p.m.
  • Clayton Middle School (1470 S. 1900 E.) October 1, 2013 6:30 p.m.
  • Glendale Middle School (1430 W. Andrew Ave.) October 3, 2013 6:30 p.m.
  • Northwest Middle School (1770 W. 1700 N.) October 10, 2013 6:30 p.m.

*This seminar has sensitive material. Please have your children stay at home. Thank you!

Posted: September 16, 2013

Big News for our Science Department!

Science Grant WinnersThis year’s Century Link Technology grant received 285 applicants; only twenty are awarded to schools throughout the state. Northwest Middle School science teachers, Rob Dahl and Colleen Cooper-Vanosdell, are recipients of this year’s grant. The teachers submitted a proposal for aSMARTLinx interactive device with multiple sensory probes. The technology will allow their students to engage in authentic inquiry, collect real time, relevant and quantifiable data in almost any environment, as well as manipulate data and create reports.

Posted: June 3, 2013

Kiwanis Terrific Kids

Terrific Kids 2013Today the Salt Lake Kiwanis Club celebrated our Terrific Kids from this year with a luncheon.

Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids, and thank you Salt Lake Kiwanis for all you do!!

Posted: May 23, 2013

Let's Get Social!

Northwest is now on Facebook and Twitter. Stay connected on news and events, Like us on Facebook and/or Follow us on Twitter!

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Posted: March 2, 2013

Exciting News from our Teachers

Many of our teachers applied to receive grants through Donors Choose this year, and through many generous donors their wishes for their students were granted.

CLICK HERE to learn which teachers received their grants and all the exciting new things their classes will be enjoying THANKS to Donors Choose.

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Great Things Are Happening!

Great things are happening in our schools. Recently, Northwest Middle School invited teachers from the elementary schools that feed into Northwest and shared with them the great things happening with student achievement. Northwest thanked the elementary teachers for their tireless work in getting students better prepared to move to middle school and high school. We sincerely thank John Kelly for creating this fantastic video which shows the great things we are doing in the Rose Park Community!!


Posted: October 1, 2012

Look at What the Top Performing School is Up To!!”

We are really proud of our school and want to share our excitement with all of you!

Please CLICK HERE to see what it is that we are so excited about.

Please CLICK HERE to view in Spanish.

Posted: May 22, 2012

The NEW Northwest Flag!!

flagIn the fall students voluntarily participated in a contest to create a new flag for our school that represents the diversity we are so proud of. The final flag is a combination of art work from Bernardo Palacios and Ms. Lorrie's class. Thank you to all who participated and to the Student Government for sponsoring the event.

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Northwest Wins Top Performing Middle School Award!!

awardThank you to all of our students, parents, teachers and staff last year for working so hard!! Our goal is to see the same success this year!!

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