Points of Pride

District/Campus Accomplishments:

For the second consecutive year, NISD has been named to the College Board AP Honor Roll. NISD is one of 23 districts in Texas to receive this recognition.

NISD Board of Trustees received the Dr. John R. Hoyle Memorial Administrative Leadership Institute’s Texas School Board Excellence Award for excellence in education.

Northwest ISD is a member of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, selected by the Texas Education Agency, which extends the ongoing work of the Public Education Visioning Institute. The vision encourages innovation, creativity and more meaningful assessment and accountability measures.

Northwest ISD received high marks on a recent security audit. Results showed a significant amount of work and capital has been invested in the schools’ physical security.

NISD ranks in ‘Top 100’ Best Food School Districts in America. NISD ranks 96 in the nation and eighth in the state of Texas.

Northwest ISD has earned a 4.0 star rating in the Financial Allocation Study for Texas report for low cost, high efficiency operations. The district received a rating of “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system for the tenth consecutive year.

The Northwest Independent School District budget document has been awarded the Meritorious Budget Award by ASBO for the fiscal years 2001-2002 through 2014-2015 and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by GFOA for the fiscal years 2002-2003 through 2015-16.

Additionally, the Northwest Independent School District Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Association of School Business Officials for the 17th time and the Meritorious Budget Award for the 15th year.

Northwest ISD received the Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations with Recognized Status from the Texas Association of School Business Officials for the fifth consecutive year.

The NISD Partners in Education program has recognized 103 official partners this year with a dedicated commitment to Northwest ISD students and a partnership with the school district.

For the third consecutive year, NISD has been recognized as a Fit-Friendly Workplace by the American Heart Association.

NISD was recognized by Texas School Business Magazine’s Texas Bragging Rights for the NISD Wellness Center.

Roanoke and Granger elementary schools and Medlin Middle School have been announced as recipients of a Promising Practices Award from the Character Education Partnership.

NISD received a School Safety Certification by the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University.

The Consortium of School Networking recognized the technology division with the Team Award.

Steele Accelerated High School’s environmental systems class collected 3,600 pounds of recycled items and placed sixth in the state in the Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl competition.

The NISD communications department received two awards from the National School Public Relations Association for the “I Love NISD” campaign and the “On the Grow” video production.

The National Parent Teacher Association has named Pike Middle School and Northwest High School to its list of just 173 Schools of Excellence.

The NISD Twitter account, @NorthwestISD, was ranked first ahead of several larger area school districts by the Texas Social Media Research Institute as the No. 1 Texas school district account for Region XI.

Northwest ISD was named one of five finalists in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards in the large school districts category.

Beck Elementary School was named a 2017 Texas School of Character – one of only seven state schools to receive the recognition – for its commitment to nurturing well-rounded students who represent their school and community with honor. Beck was later named a 2017 National School of Character, a recognition awarded to just 83 schools across the United States.

Northwest ISD’s communications team earned 11 state awards in the Texas School Public Relations Association’s annual Star Awards banquet. These awards serve as the top professional honors for school public relations professionals in the state.

Eaton High School’s design earned the Caudill Class recognition in the Texas Association of School Administrators’ annual architecture competition, the top honor available for a school’s architecture.

Haslet and Hughes elementary schools and Byron Nelson High School were named recipients of the Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas – or CREST – award. This award is the top honor for public school counseling staffs in the state.

Northwest ISD was ranked No. 8 in the Center for Digital Education’s and National School Board Association’s 2016-17 Digital School Districts Survey. The selection annually goes to school districts that demonstrate pioneering uses of technology and most fully implementing technology benchmarks as part of digital education.

Chisholm Trail Middle School has been named to the Texas Schools to Watch list for the third consecutive time, honoring the school’s commitments to academics and ensuring all students reach lofty achievement levels. The program honors middle-level schools across the state based on academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs and interests of students, a commitment to all students, and strong organizational structures and processes.

The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation named Northwest ISD to its 2017 Best Communities for Music Education list, marking the ninth consecutive time the district has received the honor. School districts selected to this list are awarded for their demonstration of outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music education and access to all students.

Steele Accelerated High School has been named to the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best High Schools list, earning the bronze ranking. The recognition places Steele in the top third of schools across the nation, according to the publication.

Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education recognized Steele Accelerated High School as a 2016 Texas Honor Roll awardee. Steele earned the recognition for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, student improvement over time and a reduction in achievement gaps.


Student Accomplishments

The number of students earning National Merit Recognition doubled from 13 to 26.

Byron Nelson High School senior Gabrielle Williams is among the approximately 15,000 semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Gabrielle’s honor means she is among the top 1 percent of students in the United States who took the PSAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Fifteen NISD students have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program

Two NISD students have been named National Hispanic Recognition Scholars.

Northwest ISD music groups accumulated a record-setting number of “Sweepstakes” awards during the 2015-16 school year, with 40 ensembles receiving this high competition score.

Three NISD teams from Tidwell Middle School, Lakeview Elementary School, and Seven Hills Elementary School advanced to the Global Finals Destination Imagination Tournament. Tidwell Middle School received first place out of 57 teams in the Instant Challenge competition.

Northwest High School senior Austin Hille will advance to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Salt Lake City this June after winning first place in dramatic interpretation at the National Qualifier.

The Gene Pike Varsity Women’s Select Choir has been selected as one of only three treble choirs in the entire state to perform for the 2016 Middle School/Junior High National Conference for Choral Music.

Steele Accelerated High School is the recipient of a $40,000 grant from BK to “flip a classroom.”

With its 2016 win, the Byron Nelson High School solar car team has won first place three consecutive years in the Solar Car Challenge.

In its first year as a firm, the Byron Nelson High School Virtual Enterprise International Business Program has been named national champions at the Global Business Challenge and International Trade Show.

The class of 2017 earned a combined total of more than $34 million in scholarships.

The NISD Culinary team is the Texas ProStart Culinary Champions for the fourth consecutive year. The culinary team received first place and the management team received second place. 

The culinary arts team received third place at the National ProStart Invitational in Grapevine.

Byron Nelson High School speech and debate team has been named the 4A State Champions. This is the team’s second state title in three years.

Byron Nelson High School business team earned first place in the commercial competition in the VEI South Region Trade Show and Business Plan Competition in South Carolina.

NHSTV has been named the Best Video Newscast in Texas at the Technology Student Association Competition.

Four Academy of Media Arts and Technology students received second place at the National Convention of Student Television Network for “man on the street reporting.”

The Byron Nelson High School debate team has won the state championship title. This is the second state title in three years. Two students qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament.

The Byron Nelson High School speech and debate team have received the National Speech and Debate Associations prestigious 100 Club title.

The Byron Nelson High School softball team has been recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for having the highest high school team grade point average in the nation for four consecutive years.

Byron Nelson High School FFA team receives state honors and made NISD history by being the highest placing team and taking the most students to a state FFA Leadership Career Development Event.

The Veterinary Science Team from Byron Nelson High School earned the first state championship win in Northwest ISD FFA veterinary tech history.

Northwest High School speech team members Austin Hille and Isaiah Thompson placed seventh in the nation for Duo Interpretation at the Harvard National Tournament.

Culinary Arts students’ recipe has been selected for the PF Changs Kid’s Menu as part of the Medical City Children’s Hospital Kid Fit Menu program.  

Devon Energy awarded Seven Hills Elementary a $10,000 grant to purchase a mobile STEM and maker space labs to be used to build resources to support the school’s STEM initiative.

The Byron Nelson High School student council is the recipient of the Texas Association of Student Councils Top 10 Project and Video award for their Dude Be Nice Week – a program used to increase campus morale and spirit.

Byron Nelson High School senior Caroline Gross has received the Texas Woman’s University Chancellor’s Endowed Scholarship Award.

Three Byron Nelson High School students qualified for the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament. Luke Chitwood qualified in humorous interpretation, Claire Perkins qualified in original oratory and Hannah Stauss qualified in dramatic interpretation.

Northwest ISD’s high school fine arts programs combined to have six students named to the Texas Music Educator Association’s all-state music groups. Byron Nelson senior Joseph Caskey was named to All-State Choir for bass, and senior classmate Gini Choi was named to the All-State Symphony Orchestra for violin. Eaton High School junior Hunter Kuhlman was named to the All-State Jazz Ensemble 2 for bass trombone, and freshman classmate Micah Northam was named to the All-State Symphonic Band for French horn. Northwest junior Cynthia Kaniki was named to the All-State Treble Choir as an alto 2, and junior classmate Jonathan Sneed was named to the All-State Tenor-Bass Choir as a tenor 1.

The staff of NHSTV, the student-run television network at Northwest High School operated by the Academy of Media Arts & Technology, was named the Best Daily Live Show in the Southwest Region by the Student Television Network for the second consecutive year.

Northwest ISD’s Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship, housed at Eaton High School, qualified 54 students to compete in the Texas DECA’s State Career Development Conference, a massive increase from the 17 students who qualified in 2015-16.

A Pike Middle School robotics team – composed of Alex Earnhart, Claire Johnson, Matthew Pope and Caleb Skeem – qualified for the Texas Computer Education Association’s State Robotics Contest for its robot that folds laundry on its own with the push of a button.

Campus Crime Stoppers honored six students from Northwest ISD’s three comprehensive high schools – Madeleine Azcona (Northwest), Haley Coffman (Byron Nelson), Nicholas Cosper (Eaton), Ethan Montandon (Northwest), Kassy Norman (Byron Nelson) and Lauren Plasencia (Eaton). These students received three awards at the Campus Crime Stoppers Conference for the state, including the productivity award for medium-sized school districts, best website and best social media platform.

Six Northwest ISD Destination Imagination teams advanced to the Texas Destination Imagination State Tournament. These six teams are part of 32 district teams that medaled at Destination Imagination’s Greater Fort Worth Regional Tournament. Of those six teams, three – representing Chisholm Trail and Medlin middle schools and Thompson Elementary School – qualified for the Destination Imagination Global Finals. At the Global Finals, Chisholm Trail’s qualifying team placed eighth in its event, “top secret.”

Northwest ISD’s Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship, housed in Eaton High School, qualified 15 students to participate in the International Career Development Conference. These students placed first or second in their disciplines at the State Career Development Conference, or were chosen for their accomplishments.

Five Northwest ISD wrestlers earned medals at the 2017 UIL Wrestling State Tournament, including one state championship. From Eaton High School, Kiylie Delgado earned bronze in the 102-pound girls classification, and Mattison Parker earned bronze in the 119-pound girls classification. These are the first state medals in Eaton wrestling history. Northwest High School was led by Mike Kumlien, who earned a gold medal and state championship in the 132-pound boys classification. He was joined in medaling by Northwest teammates Schon Ausman, who earned bronze in the 145-pound boys classification, and Andrena Carter, bronze medalist in the 165-pound girls classification.

As of May 2017, 60 Northwest ISD student-athletes have signed to play collegiate sports, including 31 Northwest High School students and 29 Byron Nelson high school students.

Northwest High School’s boys basketball team advanced to the UIL State Basketball Tournament for the first time in school and district history, falling in the state semifinals in 2017. The team earned district, bi-district, area and region championships along the way to the state tournament.

Eaton High School’s one-act play advanced to the area round of 2017 UIL competition, while Northwest High School’s one-act play advanced to the 5A region meet.

Byron Nelson High School earned 13 nominations in the sixth annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards, the second-most nominations of any school. Students earned nominations in every acting category of the prestigious musical theatre competition.

Byron Nelson High School earned seven nominations in the Betty Lynn Buckley Awards, and Northwest High School earned six nominations. At the theatre awards program’s ceremony, Byron Nelson earned the top play award, while Joe Caskey won the best actor in a play award and Emma Horn won the excellence in sound design award.

Three Northwest ISD students and one team qualified for the 2017 UIL Academic State Meet. Eaton’s Nathan Newton (current issues) and Taylor Glissman (editorial writing) qualified for the meet, as did Byron Nelson’s Hannah Stauss (poetry interpretation). Eaton’s current issues team – composed of Zack Flowers, Avery Nennmann, Nathan Newton and Zach Sheehan – also qualified for the meet.

Hatfield Elementary School’s fifth-grade GATES class won the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Purple Plow Challenge in the H2Grow Maker Space category. The students won the challenge by using pet fish to fertilize a sustainable food source.

Three Northwest ISD students earned medals at the 2017 UIL Track & Field State Meet, including two earning state championships. Byron Nelson’s Sanna Barnes earned gold in the 6A girls high jump, Northwest’s Caden McDonald earned gold in the 5A boys discus throw and Eaton’s Allyn Tyer earned bronze in the 5A girls pole vault.

Three Byron Nelson High School culinary arts students – Amanda Arts, Taylor Carnes and Joshua Williams – earned bronze in Aramark’s Lone Star Chef Competition with their recipe of a glazed chicken teriyaki with pineapple brown rice. Their recipe was featured on a districtwide lunch menu in May.

Staff Accomplishments

Beck Elementary School Principal Sandy Conklin is the 2016 H-E-B Excellence in Education Elementary Principal winner, spotlighting some of the best educators in Texas for 15 years.

Byron Nelson High School Academy of Biomedical Sciences teachers Monica Valenta and Patrick Matouse have been selected to participate in a pilot program working with secondary biology students to map neurons in fly brains.

The Northwest ISD Education Foundation presented 29 grants to 14 campuses totaling $100,000.

The Northwest ISD technology department is the recipient of an Honorable Mention for CoSN’s 2016 Team Achievement Award.

Michael Griffin, Ed.D., Executive Director of Elementary Education, has been accepted as a member of Learning Forward’s Academy Class of 2018.

Medlin Middle School Principal Eric Drewery, Ed.D., and Eaton High School Principal Carri Eddy, Ed.D., are two of 95 principals from 61 school districts and four charter schools selected to participate in a summer leadership program at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Northwest High School Principal Jason Childress has been named the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Region XI Principal of the Year. Eaton High School Associate Principal Philo Waters, Ed.D., has been named the TASSP Region XI Assistant Principal of the Year.

Roanoke Elementary School teacher Monica Lemke was named the 2016 Region XI Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Byron Nelson High School Associate Principal Todd Rogers and Northwest ISD Director of Counseling Jamie Farber have been honored by the Texas School Counselor Association. Mr. Rogers has been named the Counselor Advocate of the Year and Ms. Farber has been named the Counselor Supervisor of the Year.

Adam Feind, Northwest ISD’s chief technology officer, received the Grace Hopper Outstanding CTO of the Year Award from the Texas K-12 CTO Council.

Two Northwest ISD assistant football coaches, Eaton’s Zach Woodward and Northwest’s Bobby Allison, were named Dave Campbell’s Assistant Coach of the Week during the 2016 season.

Nine Northwest ISD coaches were named district Coach of the Year for their respective sports. These include Byron Nelson’s Travis Pride (football); Eaton’s Lynn Rottman (softball) and Brad Turner (football); and Northwest’s Brad Armour (tennis), Mike Hatch (boys basketball), John Herrick (baseball), Dan McCready (wrestling), Nathan Moses (golf) and Kristi Pottorff (swimming).

Two coaches earned area recognitions as Bill Poe was named Keller Citizen Football Coach of the Year and Jennifer Chandler was named Star-Telegram 5A Volleyball Coach of the Year.

Eaton High School’s Mark Springer earned 5A Assistant Coach of the Year honors at the 2017 UIL Wrestling State Tournament.

Byron Nelson High School’s Wendy Bramlett earned the best direction award at the 2017 Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards