Taft High School


Happy Friday Raider Families,

Next week is the last week before our winter break. Please help us in asking your students to check on their missing assignments, attendance, and of course setting aside study time for their exams.

We will begin our final exams on Tuesday December 14th. You will find the final exam schedule in this newsletter. A reminder that Thursday and Friday are early release days.

On Monday December 13th at approximately 9:30 am we will practice a lock down drill at both Taft /Communications Arts. Please know this is a scheduled lock down drill.

Homework Helpline/Virtual AR

Operating Hours:

Monday-Thursday - ELEM - 4:00 - 8:00pm

Middle and High School - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday - ALL Levels - 10:00am to 2:00pm


1. Students need to sign into their NISD Portal.


2. Find and Click on the Homework Hotline Tile

3. Have them fill out the digital form

4. It will take them to a live Chat Agent that will assign them an AR Room if they do not need tutoring OR a tutor if they need assistance with an assignment.

5. Our AR Monitors are very strict and all students MUST agree to and follow our rules or they will be released.

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Free and Reduced Lunch

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As a reminder, Northside ISD students will receive meals at No Cost under the current USDA Waiver for the 2021-22 School Year. Although a Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application is Not Required for student meals, applications are being accepted to provide increased funding and resources for campus programs and services that benefit Northside students, including potential P-E-B-T Benefits for the 2021-22 School Year.

Families are welcome to fill out applications online at www.schoolcafe.com or pick up a paper application at the Free and Reduced Office located at 7520 Mainland Drive, San Antonio, TX 78250.

For more information, visit the Child Nutrition website at nisd.net/schools/menus.

As a reminder, while all meals are free, qualifying for free and reduced lunch will help mitigate AP Exam costs and will make students eligible for fee waiver for SAT.


Final Exams will begin on Tuesday December 14th. Please see our schedule below. You can also visit our website at https://www.nisd.net/taft

Students must qualify for second semester exam exemptions. One of the qualifiers is that students must pass the first semester for the specific course . Please see student exemption memo below for a list of all qualifications.

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Seniors and senior parents. Let's help our class of 2022 raise money by ordering a senior class shirt today. Please visit myschoolbucks.com and look for Taft High School Senior class shirt. The deadline to order is January 14th.

We currently do not have an official date for our graduation. The information currently posted is last year's information. Information about graduation should be posted on the Northside website sometime next week. We will share details as soon as we have an official word from NISD. We do have information on cap and gown and this is the last extension to ensure your senior receives their cap and gown on time.

For Communications Arts students please see Mrs. Banda's Newsletter for your QR code.

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These five Teacher Planning Time/Student Early Dismissal Days are Jan. 26, Feb. 16, March 23, April 20, and May 18.

Elementary schools will dismiss at 11:45 a.m., middle schools at 12:40 p.m., and high schools at 1 p.m. Breakfast and sack lunches will be provided on these days.

First early dismissal day scheduled for Jan. 26


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Holiday Concert Dates:

Monday December 13th 7:00pm - ASL Winter Concert

Tuesday December 14th 7:00pm- Band Winter Concert

Thursday December 16th 6:00pm- Orchestra/Choir Winter Concert


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