Taft High School

weekly update 9/24/2021

Raider Families,

Next Friday marks the end of the first six weeks of school. Although it is not the end of the grading cycle, it does affect our student eligibility. Please continue to monitor your student's attendance and grades using HAC.(Home Access Center) If you have not yet set up an account please visit this site https://www.nisd.net/parents.

Construction update: although we are not 100% done with construction, I am happy to announce that the front main entrance to our campus will be open beginning the evening of September 29th. This is just in time for our open house. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.

Marti Fernandez

Taft High School Principal



We are asking our families to visit during the designated hour that corresponds to their student's last name. Open House is a time to meet teachers and receive important information pertaining to each subject. If you would like a parent/teacher conference, please schedule one with the teacher at a different time as we want our teachers to be able to visit with all families.




On Wednesday October 13th, a College Board assessment, is being administered at no cost to all Seniors.

On that same day (Wednesday, Oct. 13) the PSAT/NMSQT exam, a College Board assessment, will also be administered at no cost to all 10th and 11th grade students. The PSAT/NMSQT exam is the route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program for 11th grade students.

Click here for SAT Practice and click here for PSAT Practice.

We will be a closed campus on this day. This means there will be no off campus privileges on PSAT/SAT day.


We are living through historic times and the best way to remember everything that happens this school year is by purchasing a yearbook. Yearbooks are on sale now through the end of the year, but if you want the cheapest price of $70 and FOUR FREE ENGRAVED ICONS ON YOUR COVER you need to order by Friday, October 15. The price increases to $75 on October 16 and then to $80 on January 29th. Orders are done through JostensYearbooks.com

If you ordered last year’s and have not picked it up, we will be delivering those to students next few weeks or you can contact Mr. Kohlmann at Taft to arrange pick up sooner. If you did NOT order last year’s, but would like to purchase one, we still have some available for purchase for $80 or you can purchase a package deal of last year's and this year's yearbook at $120. That's a $30 savings.

Please note: Yearbooks include both Taft and Comm Arts


We will celebrate our homecoming week the week of October 12-16. Monday October 11th is a staff development day and a student holiday. Students will be allowed to dress up for the different themes each day as long as they follow the dress code. Our homecoming pep rally will be held on Wednesday October 13th at 6:00pm on the football field. Our homecoming football game will be played on Thursday October 14th, 7:00pm at Farris Stadium against Stevens. Our homecoming dance will be held in the Taft High School Cafeteria on Saturday October 16 beginning at 7pm and concluding at 10:30pm. Tickets will be sold online. . Students will need their school ID to purchase tickets and attend the dance. Dress up theme days are attached. in the flyer below. The link for online ordering of tickets will be provided in next week's newsletter.

Support teachers during NEF Annual Giving Campaign

The Northside Education Foundation (NEF) kicked off its Annual Giving Campaign on Sept. 2 allowing the community to support teachers with a donation. For more than 25 years and $8 million in awards, fundraisers like this campaign have helped countless Northside ISD teachers utilize new teacher methods and inspire student success. Whether it’s a book vending machine or a traveling planetarium, NEF stands side-by-side with educators to help students thrive.

Help our campus win a $150 grant by texting NEFFAN to 41444 and donate. Learn more about NEF at nisd.net/community/nef and watch NEF board members and supporters surprise grant recipients in this year’s campaign video.


Here is this week's letter communicating positive COVID cases of individuals who have been on our campus. We are sanitizing classrooms, cafeteria, locker rooms and high traffic areas on a daily basis. As always student and staff safety is our number one priority. Please know that contact tracing is done each time there is a positive case and students and staff who are deemed in close contact for each case are notified immediately.

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