Taft High School

Friday September 17th

Raider Families,

Thank you for another great week. Progress reports were available this past week. Please communicate with your child's teacher if your student has any missing assignments or is struggling in any of their coursework. Friday October 1st marks the end of the first six weeks. Although it is not the end of the grading cycle, it determines UIL eligibility. Students involved in extra curricular activities would not be able to participate if they are not passing all classes by 4:30pm Friday. Please monitor your student's grades and encourage them to complete all assignments. We also encourage you to monitor your student's attendance. If you see any discrepancies please contact the teacher for questions.

Construction update: Due to some pending inspections construction will continue for at least one more week.

Thank you again for your support and understanding.

Marti Fernandez

Taft High School Principal

Join our PTSA

Taft and Comm Arts parents, teachers and students please join our PTSA. Scroll down to Northside ISD, then select William Howard Taft High School PTA.

Open House Information


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.



Free PSAT & SAT INFORMATION Exams on Oct 13

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.


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.

Does your child need free internet access at home?

Northside ISD has partnered with TEA Connect Texas (TEACT) to provide eligible families access to free, filtered internet service at home.

Monthly home-based, high-speed broadband internet service will be available at no cost on a first come, first served basis. To be eligible, families must currently lack adequate home internet service.

The goal is to address the “Homework Gap” and provide students internet access outside of school hours. This is along with the District’s one-to-one device initiative which provides laptops and Chromebooks to all students.

To get started, visit the TEA Connect Texas website. Families will need to provide their child’s student ID number, phone number, email address, and home address.

Hard copy forms will be available in each NISD school office for families who need assistance completing and submitting. All forms must be submitted by Oct. 1, 2021.

Once eligibility is determined, TEACT will work as a liaison between families and internet service providers to schedule installation.

TEACT is a Texas Education Agency initiative to support school districts. For more information or questions about the program, visit the TEACT website.

Parking on campus

Every student parking on campus must have a parking permit. This helps us monitor our parking lot and identify vehicles that do not belong on campus. Students need to have filled out the 21-22 Student Parking Application. Students must pay the $20 fee on MySchoolBucks or pay in exact change the day of and have their license and insurance card.

If they are paying through MySchoolBucks, click on Taft Fines and select Parking Fee and you can pay online.

Please make sure that you pay online or have the exact payment amount. We will not have change.

We cannot issue decals to students with a learners permit, only those with Provisional Licenses may get one.

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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.

Tutoring Opportunities

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