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Jazz Bear is challenging kids in kindergarten all the way through 12th grade to read 600 minutes by April 27Jazz Bear Reading Challenge

Those who complete the challenge will be entered into a drawing to win awesome prizes, like an autographed team ball, an autographed jersey and more!

Tracking your reading is easy—just download and print off or save your Bear’s Reading Challenge tracker here:

Once you’ve read your 600 minutes, submit your reading time by filling out this form . Make sure to submit your reading by April 27 to be entered into the prize drawing!


Do The Write Thing

Students in Ms. Lujan’s history classes participated in the Do the Write Thing Challenge.  This writing challenge, sponsored by the National Campaign to Stop Violence, gives students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence in their lives.  Demareay Grayer and Daysi Garcia placed in the top 12 state finalists.  Congratulations to both of you!

Art Home Learning Packet

Students who have art class with Ms. Coyle or Mr. Hetzel, please click here to access the Art History packet.  For questions, please email your teacher.

Letter from our Counselors


Hello Families, 


In an unfamiliar time, we can become anxious and often our students don't know how to handle this either. Below are some tools you can use with your families to help alleviate some stress. 


  • Click here for suggestions for keeping students on a routine while school is not in session.

  • Click here for strategies for reducing stress.


Please use the resource links below for additional information.


  • Emergencies 911 Crisis Suicide Prevention 24 hours: 801-587-3000.

​​(We received this information from another school in our district yet we do not have that information to credit them. If it looks familiar, please let us know.)

If you or your student has questions or concerns, please contact your school counselor:


Dan Sachse:  Has all answers

Tra'Cee Brothers:  8th grade

Nereida Beltran:  7th grade

Tips for an Extended Spring Break

SLCSD Board of Education Considering Late Start Times

The  Board of Education is considering implementing later start times for our SLCSD high schools.  

In the month of January, Board members embarked on a listening tour throughout the district. Because a change to high school start times will impact starting/ending times for almost all other schools in the district, we invite all SLCSD community members and stakeholders to join us at one of four listening sessions to share your thoughts on late start with our Board. 


For updated information from the SLC Board of Education, click here for English and Spanish.


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To read the entire letter from Superintendent Dr. Lexi Cunningham, click here for English and Spanish.


For late start time options, click here.


For contact information for all Board members, click here.


Math Students Kick Off Angle Unit

In Ms. Mapes’ math classes, students began a unit on angles. To kick off the unit, students created posters with various definitions related to angle vocabulary.  Students will use their posters as support when talking about            and when measuring and drawing angles. Math Students Kick Off Angle Unit

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             Ath Students Kick Off Angle Unit

Language Arts Students Take Virtual Journey to Syria

In Ms. Bacca’s class, language arts students  participated in a Virtual Reality presentation titled Clouds over Sidra, which took students on a virtual journey through the life and thoughts of a young Syrian girl named Sidra who lives with her family in a Refugee Camp. ELA students take virtual reality trip to SyriaThe use of VR headsets allowed the students to  teleport to Syria to experience everyday life through Sidra's eyes. It was an unforgettable experience!  Click here for the full gallery.

Eighth Grade U.S. History Students Take Civics Test

In Mr. Nye’s 8th grade U.S. History class,  students took the Civics Test this term. After the first round, 86% passed the test! Here they are using online games to compete against one another in preparing for the test.

New Seventh Grade Student Government!

Prior to the start of second semester, seventh grade students  ran for specific offices or applied to be part of the student government team.  The students are excited about their new roles and responsibilities as leaders in our school community.7th Grade Student Government Teamwork Challenge


These new SGA members are building teamwork skills through an exciting Lego challenge!  Click here to see the  photo gallery.


7th Grade Student Government Mission Statement

7th grade: The Student Government Association (SGA) at Northwest Middle School is a group of students and teachers whose mission is to improve our school to the best of our abilities. We take responsibility to create positive change in order to make our community better. SGA will create a genuine academic experience for everyone in our community. We will listen to community issues and create solutions through teamwork and leadership.

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete

On January 11, Northwest Middle School’s First Lego League teams competed at the Salt Lake Community College.  Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Innovation Project, and the Core Values. The Innovation Project tasked teams to build a better world through the City Shaper challenge. One Northwest team focused on the Animal Adoption Center, while the other team focused in the Salt Lake City Rescue Mission.  Both teams worked to improve the respective buildings for aesthetics and use.  Congratulations to the team—Challenge the Process—who ranked 7th in the Robot Game!


To see the picture gallery, click here.

AVID News!

This fall, first and second year AVID students visited the University of Utah to learn more about the university while exploring the college campus.AVID students serve school community


Fall Family Night was a great success!  There was a poetry reading, guest speakers, games, and snacks.  Families, students, and teachers celebrated together while building the Northwest AVID community.


AVID students participate in community service. At lunch, AVID students provide binders, dividers, and other resources to help students keep organized.  This positively affects learning and grades.  AVID students have also volunteered their time at the Northwest Family Center.


To see the full gallery, click here.

Wild Wonders Visits After-School Program

Recently, the students in the after-school program had an opportunity to interact with wildlife from Utah as well as from around the world. Based in Utah County, Utah, Wild Wonders is a state and federally licensed and insured, non-profit animal education facility. They provide a home for injured, displaced, non-Wild Wonders Visits After-School Programreleasable, and geriatric animals. These animals have become ambassadors to help educate people about the wonders of the animal kingdom. Students learned about the care and nurture of these special animals as well as the animals’ stories. 


To see the full gallery, click here.

Physical Education Receives Donations

The Northwest Physical Education Department has recently received much-needed and very generous donations.  Collin Wallace, organizer of Beehive Sports adult sports league, donated new basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, jump ropes, and exercise bands.  Physical Education Receives DonationTad and Kristen Harris, strong supporters of Utah schools, provided funding for new weight room equipment. Northwest students now have access to a cable pull-down machine, a reverse hyper machine, three benches, weights, bumper plates, and two power racks!


The better quality equipment allows students to be safe while strength training.  Some of Northwest’s student athletes are taking advantage of the equipment to be better prepared for their sports.  There are plans to offer a weight training class as an elective in the future. Northwest’s PE coaches are hoping that weight training as a regiment of fitness will appeal to students who do not like the typical mainstream sports.


To see the gallery of before and after pictures, click here.

Exciting New Club at Northwest!

Running Strong is a group of Native American students working in solidarity to strengthen and support their community. Led by educator Jennifer Quintana, the group focuses on collaboration and standing together in pursuit of the knowledge gained from Running Strong Field Tripunderstanding their indigenous heritage and from the wisdom of their elders.


The club recently went on a field trip to Salt Lake Community College in celebration of November’s Native American month.  Students attended a beading ceremony and ate traditional foods with the Native American students at Salt Lake Community College.


We are proud of who we are and where we come from. We are Running Strong! To see the entire photo gallery, click here.

Language Arts Students Make Sugar Skulls and Write Stories

 Language Arts teacher Andrea Seminario and her students explored the differences and similarities between Halloween and Dia de los Muertos by writing compare and contrast essays. Ms. Seminario helped the students create Sugar Skulls out of sugar, meringue powder, and water.  Students were required to think of a theme and then creatively decorated their skulls and wrote short stories about them.  This activity allowed students to review text structures as well.  Students’ projects were judged on creativity.  

Language Students Make Sugar Skulls       To see the entire photo gallery, click here.


Seventh Grade Math Classes Participate in Friendly Competition

Teachers Ms. Dasanjh, Ms. Haupt, Ms. Garland, Ms. Francis, and Ms. Mapes took their classes to the auditorium for a friendly math competition.  Students have been learning a variety of difficult mathematical equations and concepts.  The competition allowed students to review what they have been learning while competing against their peers. Teachers would randomly select a student’s name who then had to answer the math problem.  If the student answered correctly, the class received a point. The game became quite competitive as classes developed strategies to win. Students had a lot of fun as did their instructors!

To view the entire gallery, click here.

Seventh Grade Math Classes Participate in Friendly Competition

Northwest Students Participate in Constitution Day at the State Capitol

On Thursday, 9/17, twenty students from Northwest along with students from other area middle schools participated in a mock trial honoring Constitution Day.  The students enacted the roles of defendant, defense council, prosecutors, judge, and witnesses.  The eight student jurors weighed evidence over a fictional stolen car.  After carefully weighing the evidence, the student jurors chose to convict one of their classmates who posed as the accused car thief.  Students learned about the burden of proof and discussed the meaning of “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Students agreed the experience expanded their understanding of civics and the judicial system.

Northwest students participate in mock trial

     Read the KSL news article here.


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After-School Program

After-School ProgramExciting things are happening after school!  The Northwest Community After-School Program begins September 3.


The Northwest Community After-School Program offers a fun and safe learning environment where students can create new friendships while exploring different academic and recreational interests. Community Education group leaders provide academic assistance to students during homework hall. Students will have opportunities to participate in various enrichment classes such as Kids Court, cooking, and field trips.


For more information, click here.



School Attendance Matters!

School attendance is an important key to student sSchool Attendance is an Important Key to Student Success.  uccess.  Click here to read an important District message regarding student attendance at school.

School Attendance Matters!

VIDEO: Engaging Parents in Preventing Chronic Absence: English

VIDEO: Involucrando a los p adres en la prevencion de la ausencia cronica: Spanish

Social-Emotional Learning Comes to Northwest

This year at Northwest Middle, we will help our students develop a sense of safety, respect, and well-being by focusing on social-emotional health.  One way we’ll do this is by teaching weekly Second Step lessons.  Second Step is a program designed for middle school students to help them manage stress and develop empathy.  Each Friday our teachers will share a new lesson with their students on topics such as bullying, managing conflict, helping others, staying calm, and many other important issues in middle school.  Families are encouraged to follow up with questions and ask their students to share what they learned each Friday. 

For more information, click on the following links:

Northwest Receives Ron McBride Foundation Donation

Let’s celebrate!  In September, Northwest Middle School was awarded a $15,000 donation from the Ron McBride Foundation to support the school’s Healthy Learners Initiative.  This donation was the result of the efforts of the Salt Lake Education Foundation and Ron McBride DonationNorthwest Middle School.  Glendale Middle School also received a $15,000 donation.


Healthy learners are students who exhibit positive characteristics in mind, body and social interactions. This partnership will help close the achievement gap by ensuring that all students have increased access to opportunities to engage in activities associated with being a healthy learner. Students will be encouraged to exhibit positive characteristics in the following areas:


  • Mind:  academic development, positive mental health

  • Body:  physical activity, nutritious food

  • Social Interactions:  friendship, meaningful connections with others


Thank you, Coach McBride!



Northwest Family Center

Come one and all and see the amazing Family Center here at Northwest! We recently celebrated the grand opening and we are excited to offer this to our amazing community. If you or your family would like to come and see what we have to offer, please reach out to the school and we will be happy to make arrangements for you to use the resources that are housed in the family center.

2020-2021 Magnet Extended Learning Program Information

The Extended Learning Program supports the mission of Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) to cultivate a love of learning in a diverse and inclusive school community, committed to educational excellence and integrity. In collaboration with families and community, we hold high expectations for all students. We respond effectively to individual needs, and provide a safe, healthy environment in which every student can learn the academic, problem-solving and social skills required for success in college, career, and life. The district has designed and implemented an Extended Learning Program to meet the cognitive and affective needs of identified gifted students. Through ELP, a continuum of program options provides a beneficial learning environment and curriculum designed to meet the needs of gifted/talented and high ability students.


For more information, click here.


Información del programa de aprendizaje avanzado Magnet 2020-2021

El Programa de Aprendizaje Avanzado apoya la misión del Distrito Escolar de Salt Lake City (SLCSD) de cultivar el amor por el aprendizaje en una comunidad escolar diversa e inclusiva, comprometida a la excelencia e integridad educativa. En colaboración con las familias y la comunidad, tenemos altas expectativas para todos los estudiantes. Respondemos de manera efectiva a las necesidades individuales y brindamos un ambiente seguro y saludable en el que cada estudiante puede aprender las habilidades académicas, de resolución de problemas y sociales necesarias para tener éxito en la universidad, la carrera y la vida. El distrito ha diseñado e implementado un Programa de Aprendizaje Avanzado para satisfacer las necesidades cognitivas y afectivas de los estudiantes dotados identificados. A través de ELP, un continuo de opciones de programas proporciona un ambiente de aprendizaje beneficioso y un plan de estudios diseñado para satisfacer las necesidades de los estudiantes dotados / talentosos y de alta capacidad.


For more information, click here.


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 for 8th Graders

Celebrating the Rich Culture at Northwest


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