District News

Week of 9/26/21

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  1. Created a Parent PowerSchool Portal Account
  2. Completed the required Parent forms in your Parent PowerSchool Account. These forms can be found by logging into your parent account, choosing "forms" on the menu and completing the forms electronically.
  3. Completed the required CEP eligibility form

Communications will be sent out weekly to parents of students who have not completed these steps.




Coming up this Week........

  • HOMECOMING WEEK!! See each building section for more details on the events happening in each building.
  • 9/27-9/29 -Smiles on Wheels - NWHS - Scroll down to the NWHS section for more information.
  • 9/28- NWHS Color War - Scroll down to the NWHS section for more information.
  • 9/29 - Early Release- MS and HS release at 1:20 PM Elementary Release at 2:35 pm.
  • 9/29 - NWHS Marching Band Exhibition - Chelsea High School
  • 9/30 - NWCS Homecoming Bonfire - Open to the Community - Scroll down for more information.
  • 10/1 - Homecoming Parade, Food Trucks, Football Game @ NWHS - Scroll down to sign up a group for the parade!
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In case you missed it...........

Mountie Mission Cancer Awareness Week

Proceeds from the Mountie Mission Cancer Awareness week were presented to Henry Ford Allegiance Health at the football game on Friday night. No one fights alone in Mountie Nation!
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District Updates on JTV


Congrats to the NW Equestrian Team - DISTRICT CHAMPS!

Skylar Tucker, Kaitlynn Sommer, Rachel Keeler, Teryn Berkeypile and Ava Conner.

The team will complete at Regionals in Mason on October 1 - October 3!


Jackson Magazine Top Teacher

For several years our Mountie Teachers have dominated the Jackson Magazine Top Teacher awards! Let's do it again this year!

Jackson Magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Top Teachers. If you know a teacher that is an outstanding leader, is dedicated to students, and has gone above and beyond to help students and parents, especially during the pandemic, click this link (http://www.jacksonmagazine.com/teacher-nomination) to nominate them!

The due date for 2022 nominations is October 15, 2021.

Miss 9 days or less....for Mountie Success!
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What does it mean to you to be a mountie!?

Click the link to register! https://bit.ly/3BMSAGC
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Homecoming Parade 2021

Northwest Community Schools, in conjunction with STORM from Northwest High School, is sending a courtesy letter to you in advance of the Homecoming Parade. This may or maynot affect your travel time to and from your home.

Friday, October 1, 2021 is Homecoming. Our tradition of hosting a parade will cause traffic and road closures for a period of time. We are asking all of our participants to arrive at the District Office/Flora List parking lot at 4:00PM. Blackman Township Officers will begin road closures around 4:30PM. They will place a car on the north side of Flora List on Rives Junction Road, on Rives Junction Road and Van Horn Road intersection, and on Van Horn Rd and M50.

The Parade route begins at Flora List, moves south on Rives Junction Road, turns west on Van Horn Rd, and enters at the high school. Like many years before, people will line the roads as we celebrate and ring in Homecoming 2021. We invite you to join our traditions by sitting roadside for the parade, enjoying the Food Trucks at the NWHS, watching the football game at 7pm, and the Royalty announcement at halftime.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

NWHS STORM Co-Advisors,

Katie Christner and Emily Stepke

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The Mounties are going to THAILAND!!!!

Are you interested in joining us for an incredible trip to Thailand?! This trip is open to all of Mountie Nation, including students, parents, staff, and alumni.

You can check out our tour page here: www.explorica.com/Dryer-9887

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We are very excited to partner with Early Impressions to be even more opportunities for our little Mounties to our community!

Please visit www.earlyimpressionspre.com for more information.

If you have enrollment questions, please call 517-817-4741


Click here for more information.

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Northwest Early Elementary, Northwest Elementary, our amazing maintenance team and Bailey Excavating have teamed up to install a walking track at our Elementary Complex. Once finished the track will be open for our community members to use after school hours. Follow us to see the progress!
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New NWEL Staff

Pam Thompson is a parapro in our special education department and is a friendly face in our building! Welcome Mrs. Thompson!

Chinelle Campbell is a new playground supervisor for us this year and has been a great addition to our team! Welcome Mrs. Campbell!


Please read carefully:

If you would like to add your student to the EVERY DAY parent pick up list please fill out the following form:


If you are unsure which form to fill out or have any questions please call our office at 817-4704.

Morning Drop Off Reminders

*Drop off begins at 8:15 am. Students must remain in vehicles until this time. This is extremely important! Staff will come out of the building at 8:15 am to signal the start of arrival.

There are two options to dropping off your student(s).

1. Follow the drive and pull up along the sidewalk. Staff will direct traffic to move ahead if possible. As soon as you are stopped please have your student safely and quickly exit the right side of the vehicle. *The quicker this happens, the faster we can move traffic through the campus.

2. Park in the gravel parking lot and walk your student to the crosswalk. Please do not have your student walk alone in the parking lot. It is a busy area and we want everyone to remain safe.

Please be patient and kind to others. We look forward to seeing you in the mornings!

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NWKMS Homecoming Dress Up Days

Monday-Camo Day

Tuesday-Red Carpet "Dress Fancy"

Wednesday-Sports themed Shirts

Thursday-TV/Movie Shirt


Click below for NW Kidder Notes for Sept/Oct

Limited supply of 2020-21 yearbooks are available to purchase. $35

Please contact Heather Caster- Heather.caster@nwschools.org

8th Grade Washington DC Trip!

For the first time since 2019, our Mountie 8th graders are able to travel to Washington, D.C from April 27th to April 30th of 2022.

We will be spending three nights and four days in our nation’s capital. We will get to visit many of the national monuments, museums, government buildings, and other historicals sites. Some examples of the places we visit include the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Ford’s Theater, Arlington National Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, and the U.S. Capital.

The current price for the trip is $840. The price includes travel, lodging, food, and any admission costs.

For more information, please contact your student’s 8th grade history teacher. Mrs Arbrouet (christina.arbrouet@nwschools.org) or Mr. Fairley (kevin.fairley@nwschools.org)

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Fall Testing Opportunities

NWHS fall testing opportunities are here! Any student grades 9 - 12 wanting to take the PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT, or SAT this October, please view this link and sign up by Friday, September 24, 2021! https://bit.ly/3k0r8z3

Smiles on Wheels

Sept 27-29, 2021 Smiles on Wheels will be here providing dental hygiene services for students at no cost to you! Please see this flyer for more information and for the consent form. Forms can be turned into the high school office at any time this week.

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NWHS Study Lab - Click below for more information

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CLASS OF 2022- Book mark www.nwschools.org/classof2022 for important Senior Information including Senior Portrait Info!!!
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College and Career Readiness Information Center

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Big Dog BBQ - Now Hiring

Big Dog BBQ, located in Holt, Michigan is a mobile food service and concessionaire specializing in authentic, homemade, southern style barbecue. Big Dog BBQ will operate as a subsidiary of Mama T. & Papa T. LLC., owned by Mr. Jeff Thompkins. In 2021, Big Dog BBQ will explore an exciting opportunity. We propose to purchase the former landmark location of Todoroff’s Coney Island drive-in at 1200 W. Parnall Rd., Jackson MI, 49201 and open our first brick and mortar location. For several years Big Dog BBQ has operated as a mobile unit and has held exclusive concessionaire contracts with Mecosta County Parks and Consumers Energy. During this time we developed our name brand and a loyal following, Big Dog BBQ was named The Best BBQ Ribs & Brisket in Mid-Michigan by WNEM TV5 two years in a row by the viewers. A move to a permanent location is the next logical step based on the popularity of Big Dog BBQ locally as well as our past success in our northern markets.

The keys to success for Big Dog BBQ Drive-Thru will be our excellent location, word-of-mouth reputation for great tasting barbecue classics and FASYT /FRIENDLY SERVICE. That is where YOU come in! Big Dog BBQ is looking for a few good people to welcome to our family. We are a new business with a BRIGHT future ahead of us. We are eager to teach, share and help any young person that want more out a job than just a few dollars.

The Dog Pound wants YOU!

Please contact Jeff if interested in employment. We are also offering an Externship opportunity with this business. Please see Mrs. Watts (517-817-4867) if you are interested in an Externship with Big Dog BBQ!

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