FIRST LEGO Robotics League at Northwest!

FIRST LEGO League teams visit the Rescue Mission of Salt LakeNorthwest Middle School is the only middle school in Salt Lake School District that offers FIRST LEGO Robotics League as an elective. Woot!  Woot!  The League is in their second year. FIRST LEGO League is an international competition organized for elementary and middle school students.  Each year in August, FIRST LEGO League introduces a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus and research on.  Each Challenge has three parts:  the Robot Game, the Innovation Project, and the Core Values. When students are engaged in hands-on STEM experiences, they build confidence, grow their knowledge and develop habits of learning. Students are encouraged to try, fail, and try again, while connecting STEM concepts to real-world examples.


Educator Jill Littlefield is coaching student teams in programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field [Robot Game] and in developing a solution to an identified problem [Cityscapes Project].  The teams are guided by the Core Values set by FIRST LEGO League.


Core Values

  • Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.

  • Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.

  • Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.

  • Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.

  • Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.

  • Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!


For the Innovative Project, Littlefield’s teams decided to renovate the Rescue Mission building to make it more eye appealing to the community and functional inside. To that end, the Robotic teams took a field trip on a Saturday to the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake on a fact-finding mission.  Students served the clients and shared their design ideas with the Rescue Mission staff.  Students enjoyed the experience so much; they want to return again to volunteer!


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Northwest Basketball Season is Here!

Basketball season is here.The basketball season has begun!  Coach Smith and Coach Drecksel are excited about the new season due to the quality of the players.  Coach Smith shared, “We plan on having another undefeated season for both Black and Red teams.”  Coach Drecksel added, “Our returning players are strong athletes, and with our new players, we should have another great year.”  We invite the Northwest Community to come out to support our teams.  Click here for the schedule.

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!

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Seventh Grade Math Classes Participate in Friendly Competition

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

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.


      Click here for a photo gallery.

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.



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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