Haslet Elementary Opens New Campus
Haslet Elementary Opens New Campus
Posted on 09/25/2020
haslet elementary prototype campus

As the doors of Haslet Elementary opened for students on Sept. 14, 2020, many stopped and looked around in awe. 

“I thought it was really big,” said fifth grader Colt Dobbs. “There’s a lot of room and open areas where you can work outside the classroom.”

Haslet Elementary New Prototype Campus Exterior of building on a cloudy day

The students were getting their first look at “The Nest,” Haslet Elementary’s new campus on Wisdom Way in the LeTara development. The new building — funded by Northwest ISD taxpayers in the 2017 bond election — features an open concept library, learning pods with classrooms and collaborative spaces, and room for 850 students. 

Haslet Elementary new campus mural honoring the history of the Haslet community and school building

Following school closures due to COVID-19, the first day In-Person Learning for students across NISD felt more significant to Principal Melissa Webber. Not only were Haslet students getting to see their teachers and classmates for the first time in six months, they were walking into a new building and navigating unfamiliar hallways.

But they were doing it together, Webber said, and that’s what counts. 

“Our beautiful building finally felt like a school,” she said. “I could not wait to see if through their eyes.”

elementary students learning in bright classroom with teacher instructing at whiteboard

The campus was designed for collaboration; hallways are lined with rolling tables, stools, and other places for students to sit and work outside their classroom. The library features reading nooks for kids to curl up with a good book. And there’s even an outdoor pavilion in each wing where students can study outside.

outdoor courtyard collaborative learning space at Haslet Elementary prototype campus

Even with all the extra learning spaces, though, Dobbs said his favorite spot is still at his desk in the classroom. The windows and openness of the new building makes it easy to enjoy the incredible view, he said. 

“At old Haslet, you would look out a window at a brick wall,” he said. “You didn’t really see much. Now you can see really far out.”

young girl studying in hallway at Haslet elementary school with the mascot on the wall behind her

The prototype design will be used at new elementary construction projects throughout NISD, like Berkshire Elementary, which is scheduled to open for the 2021-2022 school year.

That also includes the five new elementary campuses included in the 2020 Northwest ISD Bond proposal — three new schools and replacement schools for Hatfield Elementary and Seven Hills Elementary. 

Voters will consider the $986.6 million Bond referendum on Nov. 3. The NISD bond proposal includes seven new school buildings, renovation and expansion of Northwest High School, expansion of Nance Elementary, pre-kindergarten additions at 14 elementary schools, technology upgrades, student programs updates, and more. 

overhead look at haslet elementary library featuring learning pods and collaborative spaces

Projects are designed to address rapid growth throughout Northwest ISD, which is expected to increase enrollment by 6,100 students in the next five years. That growth is something Marie Schank, first grade teacher at Haslet Elementary, has experienced firsthand.

“The Haslet community is growing rapidly,” she said. “We needed a new place to welcome all our new students to HES!”

Also on the Nov. 3 ballot will be a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election to approve the maintenance and operations tax rate of $1.0463. If approved by voters, the VATRE would restore the tax rate to what it was in 2018-2019, allowing the district to access an estimated $21 million annually in additional funding for teacher and staff salaries, student programs and operating costs. 

Click here for more photos of the new Haslet Elementary campus.