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Mission Statement:  The Northwest Middle School Community will provide educational, emotional, technological and wellness opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate Knox County Schools and Tennessee State Academic proficiencies, as well as, empathy, respect, and responsibility as they move forward in their lives.

Shared Vision:  The Northwest Middle School Community will be a place where a professional, cohesive staff provides an environment that will enable students from diverse backgrounds to demonstrate high levels of achievement in order to become knowledgeable and productive citizens possessing moral character.

Latest News!


Tennessee History Day Award Winners!

Six Northwest Girls competed at the Tennessee History Day in Nashville on April 12th, and all six placed in the top 4 of their categories!  Four of the girls will go on to represent Tennessee at the National History Day Competition in June!

Best Project on African American History:  "If Not Us:  The Rights and Responsibilities of America during segregation."  Lyric Ray and Hanna Hayles

4th Place:  "Finding Our Voices" Hadleigh Peevyhouse and Gabriella Rakestraw

2nd Place: 
"If Not Us:"  Lyric Ray and Hanna Hayles
1st Place:  "A Season in Hell"  Brooke Allen and Lindsay Jones
(All 4 go to National History Day in June)

Teacher of the Year (Junior Division):

Chris Standridge (Will represent Tennessee at the National History Day)

East Tennessee History Day Award Winners!

Over 40 students participated at the East Tennessee History Day Contest at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on March 7th.  Northwest took home many medals!

1st Place "A Season In Hell" Lindsay Jones and Brooke Allen
3rd Place  "If Not Us, Segregation and Freedom Rides" Lyric Ray and Hanna Hayles
4th Place "The Dam and the Darter" Andrew Faulkenberry and Chase Miller

4th Place:  "Rights of Foster Children" Rebecah Miller
4th Place:  "At Any Cost:  Worcester v. Georgia" Josh Williams, Lanze Alcarez, Indigo Stephens, and Tyler Thomas

2nd Place:  "Finding Our Voices" Gabby Rakestraw, Hadleigh Peevyhouse

Congratulations to all who participated, you represented Northwest well!


Boys Basketball Ends a Perfect Season!

The Rangers are undefeated - "Perfect Season" winning the Eagleton PreSeason Tournament, the Regular Season Conference Championship and Knox County Schools Tournament Championship
All County Team
1. Teazjawon Hodge-Harper
2. Roman Robinson
3. Ishon Hardin
4. DeShawn McKinney

All KCS Tournament Team
1. Teazjawon Hodge-Harper
2. Roman Robinson
3. Ishon Hardin
4. Nigal Davis
5. Most Valuable Player of the 2014 KCS Tournament - DeShawn McKinney


Valentine's Day Dance

The 6th grade teachers will be hosting an all-school Valentine's Day dance on Friday, February 14 from 4:00-5:30 pm.  Permission slips are available in STUDENT SERVICES, as well as in the Lunch room during your lunch. Tickets can be purchased at lunch from now until Feb. 14 for $3.00. Students MUST have a permission slip signed in order to buy a ticket.  Students may purchase tickets at the door, as long as a SIGNED PERMISSION SLIP is present upon purchase. 
Along with music and dancing, courtesy of DJ Marlon, there will be food, games, and a photobooth! Students can purchase 1 picture for $3.00 and $1.00 for each additional copy.

Northwest inducts new members into the new National Junior Honor Society!

Ms. Jordan Scrimsher created a new branch of the National Junior Honor Society at Northwest Middle School this year.  NJHS has the highest standards for entry and this year's inductees have worked hard to meet these standards.  This year's inductees include:  Sara Armani, Janaya Colbert, Andrew Faulkenberry, Kadyn Lawson, Joe McDonald, Carlos Ortiz, Faith Sullivan, Brooke Allen, Emily Elliott, Courtney Gibson, Hanna Hayles, Donyea McDermott, Kristen Sharpe, and Claudia Young.

Parent Explore Night at Northwest
On Wednesday, December 10th, parents and students were invited to come to see how Northwest Middle School is continuing to help students improve academics for this year's tests and to prepare studetns for High School and beyond!


8th Grade:  To consider when deciding on High School next year:

8th Graders visit Civil War Actors at Fort Sanders!
Thank You, Ms. Young, for taking such beautiful pictures!

Attention 6th Grade Parents!
Want some extra help with your child?  Student Leadership is meeting on Tuesday and Thursday Mornings from 7:30 to 8:15 for tutoring, as well as Wednesdays until 4:30!  Expert 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade students are happy to help with any subject, any homework, or any project!  Just send them to room 204!

Need a Pencil to get through the Day? 
The Athletics Department is selling "Smelly Pencils!"  Get one, today!


Welcome to Northwest the New Coaches for the 2013-2014 Basketball Season!
Joining us this year for the basketball season are our new coaches!
Boys Basketball Coach: Cassen Jackson-Garrison
Girls Basketball Coach:  Megan Ciborowski
Cheerleading Coach:  Krystal Selvidge
Dance Coach:  Erin Housam
Tryouts for the boys and girls basketball teams will be held in mid-October.  More information soon...

Northwest Middle School Implements
Accountable Talk©
in Classrooms!

With Common Core now a part of our programs, one part in particular that we have really started to work on is the Accountable Talk portion.  Accountable Talk is group driven work that entices students to lead the discussion of a reading, film, or artifact in small groups, then through large groups, and finally with a whole-class setting.  Instead of a teacher giving a lecture, students will take primary sources or short stories and work together to learn from those sources and use evidence to back their arguments in the classroom.  Below is the Norms that all teachers use for Accountable Talk.

Parents Can Now Get Information on the Reading Level of Their Child!

Letter to Parents- An Overview of Lexiles
Lexiles represent a measure of students' reading ability and can be used to help parents choose books and materials that are at an appropriate difficulty level for students. For the first time, TCAP Individual Profile Reports (IPRs)  for English/Language arts in grades 3-8 and 10 include Lexile measures for both 2012-13 and 2011-12 (if available). 
The 2012-13 TCAP IPRs were shipped to districts in mid-June, and were made available online the week of July 15. The document linked here along with the Lexile Maps here and here are being provided to districts as optional resources to help parents and students use student reading levels to choose appropriate texts.  
The department has also posted this information on TNCore.org (here). 
For questions, please contact TNCore.Questions@tn.gov.


Upcoming Events!
Image3  Blue and Orange Day Schedule Here! 

Grading Schedule (when grades are due)

Thursday, 9/12/13 - 4 1/2 weeks
Wednesday,10/16/13 9 weeks
Tuesday, 11/19/13 13 weeks
Friday, 12/20/13 - 18 weeks - end of first semester
Friday, 2/7/14 - 4 1/2 weeks
Thursday, 3/13/14 - 9 weeks
Wednesday,4/14/14 - 13 weeks
Wednesday, 5/21/14 - 18 weeks - end of 2nd semester


Upcoming events at Northwest Middle School!

12/2 -12/6 -- DE RLA & Math Testing
12/9 - 12/13 -- DE Science Testing
12/17 -- Honors Math and ELA Tests
12/18 -- Science and Social Studies Honors Tests
1/20 - 1/31 MS Algebra I DE Testing
2/3 - 2/7 8th Grade Writing Assessment
2/10 - 2/28 -- 6th, 7th Writing Assessment
2/27 -- NAEP
3/3 - 3/7 -- RLA and Math DE Testing
3/10 - 3/14 -- MS Algebra I DE Testing
3/10 - 3/13 -- Science DE Testing
4/28 - 5/1 -- TCAPs
5/2 -- AYP/EOC Algebra I Testing
5/15 -- Science and Social Studies Honors Exam
5/16 -- Math and ELA Honors Exam


Our Beliefs:

  • All students can learn.
  • Learning should be engaging and relevant.
  • Learning is a life-long process for students and staff.
  • Learning occurs in a caring, physically safe and emotionally positive environment.
  • Learning should respect every student's abilities and learning styles.
  • Data-driven decision making is a collaborative process that fosters communication among faculty, parents, students, and community.
  • Effective instruction occurs when resources are research-based, relevant, accessible, and adapted to multiple learning styles of all students to increase proficiency levels.
  • Life skills are introduced, reinforced, and enriched.
  • Meaningful assessment is diverse, diagnostic, and reflective. 
  • An effective atmosphere with high expectations for all students is directly related to the quality of the policies, instruction, and leadership of the school that provide a clear purpose and direction.
  • Students should be provided with opportunities that support technology, fine arts,  wellness.

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