• Northwest Elementary Update: March 19-23

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/8/2018

    Good afternoon NES parents and families!

    We’ve reached Spring Break! I’ve spoken to so many of our students and it sounds like many of you have some fun and exciting things coming up! Personally, my wife and I will be traveling to Lake Tahoe to enjoy most of the week with close friends. I hope you all have a restful week!

    When we return we will be preparing for end-of-the-year activities and need your support. Currently, many positions of PTO board will be up for election in May. So far we only have a few interested parents to take over for next year. If you have questions about the positions or time commitments, please let me know. We truly need your support in order to maintain and grow our wonderful PTO for next year.

    Additionally, our teacher leaders have been developing goals for next year. Currently, we have one goal created and will create the next two before May. If you are interested in supporting the creation of our campus goals, please let me know. We value your feedback! 


    Spring Break (No School)

    • March 12-16 

    Campus Facilities Advisory Committee Members Needed

    • The Campus Facilities Advisory Committee is looking for community members to provide representation for the next bond election in November.
    • I have served on this committee for the past three bond elections and know that your feedback is critical in developing goals and priorities.
    • I would truly love to have a member of the Northwest community join me. Please let me know if you are interested by Friday, March 9 if at all possible.
    • Meetings typically meet after 5:30 and last about an hour. Dates are to be determined at this time.

    End of the third nine weeks

    • Friday, March 23

    Nathan Steenport
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: March 5-9

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/5/2018

    Good afternoon NES parents and families!

    writing goals We’ve begun planning for the 2018-2019 school year. On Thursday, March 1 several members of our leadership team attended a training that uses data to focus on goal setting. Through this process, we developed a more concise writing goal for next year. Check out the picture of our completed work. If you would like to be part of the planning process, consider attending our next Campus Academic Advisory Council (CAAC) meeting on Tuesday, March 20 from 3:30-4:30 here at NES. Our parents and community play a HUGE role in creating and meeting our goals. 

    I hope you and your children enjoy spring break next week. Take time to spend this quality time with your kiddos and relaxing. I know our staff will look forward to seeing them when we return! 


    March PTO Meeting

    • Tuesday, March 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the NES library
    • We will be discussing  the Spring Fling in April and need your support for planning. With that said, we need your help to make this event a success!

    Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

    • March 12-16

    Nathan Steenport
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Feb. 27-March 2

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/22/2018

    Good afternoon NES Parent and Families!

    I have been so proud with the hard work our teachers and students have put in over the past week. Our 4th and 5th grade teachers are preparing students for the first round of STAAR coming up during the 2nd week of April. Know that your students will be fully prepared with the time comes. Our Pre-k-3rd grade continue to build on our student’s reading ability to move towards their 80 percent classroom goal. If they meet this goal, they will be able to slim me at the end of the year!  

    More importantly, we are working hard to ensure that our students grow socially and emotionally. Starting next week, each student will decorate a rock that represents them. Each rock will be added to a rock path in front of the school which should be completed just before Spring Break. This project will teach our students to love themselves and each other for who they are. Check out details of the project below!



    Parent Meetings for Dual Language Programs

    • In an effort to reach all parents who may be interested in Dual Language Programs for kindergarten, there will be several parent meetings via the attached letter. 

    Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Week

    • 2/26: Monday – Green Eggs and Ham – Wear green
    • 2/27: Tuesday – Fox in Socks – Crazy sock day
    • 2:28: Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday – Wear mismatch clothes
    • 3/1: Thursday – There’s a Wocket in my Pocket – Wear clothes with pockets
    • 3/2: Friday – If I Ran the Zoo – Bring your favorite (small) stuffed animal to school

    4th Grade PTO Movie Night 

    • Friday, March 2 from 6-8 p.m.
    • Movie: "Coco"

    NES 2016-2017 Federal Report Card

    The 2016-2017 Federal Report Card is now available. 

    You may view it using the following webpage or request a copy from the office at 594-4400.

    Nathan Steenport
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Dr. Seuss' Birthday!

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/19/2018

    Dear Families, 

    March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and in celebration we will be dressing up all week long as well as participating in Read Across America Day! 

    • 2/26: Monday – Green Eggs and Ham – Wear green
    • 2/27: Tuesday – Fox in Socks – Crazy sock day
    • 2:28: Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday – Wear mismatch clothes
    • 3/1: Thursday – There’s a Wocket in my Pocket – Wear clothes with pockets
    • 3/2: Friday – If I Ran the Zoo – Bring your favorite (small) stuffed animal to school

    Students will be reading the corresponding book in class as well as completing fun activities that go along with the book.

    Nathan Steenport
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Feb. 19-23

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/17/2018

    Good afternoon Northwest Elementary School Parents and Families!

    In light of the recent events in Florida, I want to take the time to reassure you that Northwest, and all PfISD campuses, take safety and security as the highest priority. Our campus regularly conducts drills and daily inspections of safety measures to ensure all students are safe. While I cannot go into specific details of our campus security measures, know that every child will be kept safe each and every day.

    Tonight, we will have our annual Musical Club Performance! This year, Mrs. Wilkinson and her crew will present "Aladdin"! Come see us this evening from 6:30-7:30 or tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 17) from 2:30-3:30. Hope to see you there!


    Northwest Elementary Year Book

    Yearbooks are on sale! The cost of the year book is $15 until March 31 and the it goes up to $20. 

    Please see attached message for information about our 2017-18 year book. 

    PTO Officers Needed

    Many of our PTO Officer positions are up for election this year and we need your support to fill them.

    All positions, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian are open.

    Elections will take place at the May PTO meeting. 

    Please let me know if you have questions about any of these positions. 

    Amazon Smile

    Did you know you can support Northwest Elementary just by purchasing everyday items on Amazon?

    Amazon Smile supports schools by giving a small fraction of each purchase you make!

    To sign up, go to https://smile.amazon.com/

    Once signed up, look for Northwest Elementary.  

    Nathan Steenport
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Feb. 12-16

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/12/2018 10:00:00 AM

    Good afternoon Northwest Elementary parents and Families!

    Happy 100th day of school! Well, technically today is the 99th, but we are celebrating it today as there was a shift in days due to the weather day a few weeks ago. Our teachers and students are conducting great 100th day of school activities today, so ask your child about his when he/she gets home this evening.

    Next week, our 5th graders will travel to Camp Mabry to engage in their first Star Base camp. Star Base “focuses on the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math and dedicated to enhancing the performance, success and personal growth of youth.” This program was brought to our attention via Ms. Kettisha Jones (assistant superintended of elementary schools) and board member Dr. Carol Fletcher. We thank them very much for their suggestion and look forward to engaging our 5th graders in this wonderful event!



    WVMS Instrument Fair

    • Monday, Feb. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at Westview Middle School
    • See attached flyer for more information.  
    • If you child is interested in playing a stringed instrument in middle school then please join this wonderful event! 

    Dream Box

    • Dream Box is an online math resource that our students began using this week.
    • The program supports each child’s individual math needs from kinder through fifth grade. 
    • We are currently testing this program to see if the data supports its purchase next year.
    • I have attached a flyer for your records and how your child can use Dream Box at home on your PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone!

    PTO Meeting and 3rd Grade Choir Performance

    • Tuesday, Feb. 13
    • 3rd Grade Performance: 6-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria
    • Monthly PTO meeting: 6:30-7:30 in the library. Free child care provided! We will begin discussing our annual Spring Fling so all parent support and suggestions are welcomed.

    Northwest Elementary’s Annual Musical, 'Aladdin'

    • Each year, the wonderfully talented Ms. Sharla Wilkinson and her team of students perform a spring musical.
    • This year, these students will perform Aladdin. Ms. Wilkinson’s musicals attract top district officials and community members. In the past, they have even performed in front of all PfISD staff at convocation!
    • Be sure to see the play at any one of three performances!
    • Performance 1: Friday, Feb. 16 from 6:30-7:30
    • Performance 2: Saturday, Feb. 17 from 2:30-3:30
    • Performance 3: Monday, Feb. 19 from 1:30-2:30 

    Valentine’s Day Parties

    • Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 1:30-2:30
    • Special Note: 5th grade will have their party on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 1:30-2:30 due to Star Base on Feb. 14. 

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal Northwest Elementary
    Pflugerville ISD


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  • Northwest Update: Feb. 5-9

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/2/2018 2:00:00 PM

    Good morning wonderful NES parents and families!  

    We’ve officially finished our first month of 2018 and our staff and students have completed so much! In January, we began our after school tutoring program, conducted a successful Math/Science night, Science Fair, and improved our online capabilities with mathematics. We are very proud of the progress we have made.

    February will bring Valentine’s Day class parties and dances. In addition, we will have our next PTO movie night and, more importantly, our annual musical play put on by the wonderful Sharla Wilkinson. Communication will be sent home and via email as we get closer to these events.

    Lastly, NES purchased the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program at the beginning of the year. This program is utilized by our reading interventionist to support our students in need of additional reading support. It touts at least two years’ worth of growth in one year.  So far we have about 55 percent of our students at one to one and a half year’s growth of reading progress so far! This is great! Our interventionist are continuing to grow with this program to ensure 100 percent of our students are making progress.


    100th Day of School

    • Friday, Feb. 9

    Citizen of the Month

    • Friday, Feb. 9 from 7:20-7:40

    If your student is selected for Citizen of the Month, please try to be in the library by 7:20. 

    PTO Valentines Dance

    • Friday, Feb. 9 from 6-8

    $2/student. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. $1 Bingo for parents! 

    Nathan Steenport
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Jan. 30-Feb. 3

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 1/26/2018 7:00:00 AM

    Good afternoon Northwest Elementary Parents and Families.

    Attendance goals As you know, our annual attendance goal is 96.6%. If we achieve this goal, we will receive $2,500 to be used however we would like. Let me just say, we can VERY much use this money! While we were doing well towards the end of December, we are drastically losing ground.  I assume it is because of the current flu epidemic.

    With that said, please keep your child at home if he/she is sick. Sending children to school sick spreads the flu to more children and makes things worse in the long run for our attendance. Below are some things you can do to support our goal:

    • Schedule doctor’s appointments after 3 if at all possible
    • Arrive on time with your child in class no later than 7:40 a.m.
    • Teach your child to wash his/her hands regularly and sneeze/cough into their sleeves.

    Who knows, your Northwest Elementary principal may do something fun for our students if we reach our goal.  


    Chick-Fil-A Night Tonight!

    • When:  5:00-8:00  TONIGHT
    • Where?:  Chick-Fil-A at Parmer and Mo Pac

    Please tell the cashier inside or in the drive through you are with Northwest so we may receive 10 percent of your purchase.

    Campus Academic and Advisory Committee (CCAC) Meeting

    • When:  Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 3:30-4:30
    • Where:  NES Library

    We will be reviewing our middle of the year growth information and allow for feedback.

    Early Release (Noon Dismal)

    • When: Wednesday, Jan. 31
    • Dismissal at noon

    Class Picture Day

    • When: Friday, February 2nd

    Nathan Steenport
    Northwest Elementary


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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Jan. 22-26

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 1/18/2018 4:00:00 AM

    Happy week, Northwest Elementary parents and families. I hope you stayed warm and cozy over the very limited school week this week. 

    Can you believe that January is almost over? The first month of 2018 has been a good one, with many of our students reading more and more books to reach their AR goals. 

    NES teachers continue to work with each child to ensure he/she is reading on a regular basis. As a reminder, each student should be reading with someone at home for at least 30 minutes each evening. Have your child read a book to you or ask them about the chapter book they are reading. If your child is reading fluently, it will greatly support their learning at school every day!

    Important Update: 

    I received word after work yesterday that we will not be starting school at 7:35 as reported yesterday. So, school will start at normal time, 7:40, for the remainder of the year. To make up for the weather day all students will come to school on Monday, Feb. 19 (previously a staff development day).

    If you have any questions regarding this change, please feel free to email me.  


    Math/Science Night and PTO Meeting (RESCHEDULED)

    • When: Tuesday, Jan. 23 
    • Math/Science Night: 5:30-6:30
    • PTO Meeting: 6:30-7:30

    Texas Lesson Study

    Our first grade team, in conjunction with Region 13 learning center, will be working together each week to support student learning.

    The Texas Lesson Study is a program that helps develop teachers’ ability to desegregate student achievement data to focus on student learning.

    While it takes a considerable amount of time for our team, it shows their commitment to our students!  

    Chick-Fil-A Night   

    • Thursday, Jan. 25 from 5-8 p.m. at the Parmer/Mo Pac location

    Stop by between 5-8 p.m. to enjoy some great Chick-Fil-A food! Please make sure to tell them you are with Northwest Elementary. 

    All proceeds go directly to Northwest Elementary.

    Nathan Steenport
    Northwest Elementary


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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Jan. 15-19

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 1/11/2018 7:00:00 AM

    Good morning Northwest Elementary parents and families. I hope you are having a fabulous week.

    We’ve had a very energetic first week of 2018 so far. Our teachers are working hard to review classroom and school-wide expectations and re-establishing a positive classroom culture in each class. After spending many hours in class this week, I can feel the energy from all of our students and teachers. I am so happy to be back!

    We’ve got a busy week coming up next week. First, on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 5:30-6:30 we have our annual Math/Science night. Each classroom teacher will have a fun math game/activity for each student to play. In addition, Ms. Toy, our 5th grade science teacher, is leading the science fair. Many of our 3rd-5th grade students produced a science project that they can present to you! We had a really big turnout last year and fully expect many more parents this year! 


    Martin Luther King Holiday Break

    • NO SCHOOL Monday, Jan. 15

    Interim Assistant Principal

    As you all know, Mrs. Thompson had her baby just before we left for the holiday break. Mr. Johnson, a retired long-time administrator and teacher, will be here to support us until March 28 when Mrs. Thompson will return. Mr. Johnson has served at NES as a sub several times and knows our teachers and students well. Please say hello to him if you see him!

    Math/Science Night

    Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    • 1st grade is doing the addition roller coaster and estimation station.
    • 2nd grade is doing an awesome frog hop measurement activity.
    • 3rd grade has some great hand-on activities planned.
    • 4th grade is doing a paper airplane measurement activity and a recipe conversion.
    • 5th grade is doing the 3D shape activity from the packet.

    PTO Movie Night

    • Friday, Jan. 19 from 6-8 p.m.

    Intervention Newsletter

    Please see attached for January’s Intervention Newsletter.

    Spring Tutoring

    • Every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-3:30
    • Teachers will be reaching out to select parents to have their students stay after school to receive additional academic support starting Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 3-3:30.
    • Students will focus on reading skills to ensure positive growth.
    • If your child is selected for tutoring, please ensure you are on time to pick them up promptly at 3:30. Parents who are habitually late will result in the student being exited from spring tutoring.

    Nathan Steenport
    Northwest Elementary

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