Points of Pride

District/Campus Accomplishments

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 and creativity as well as 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.

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 12th consecutive year.

The Northwest Independent School District budget document has been awarded the Meritorious Budget Award by ASBO for the fiscal years 2001-02 through 2018-19 and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by GFOA for the fiscal years 2002-03 through 2018-19.

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 20th time and the Meritorious Budget Award for the 18th year.

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

The National Parent Teacher Association named six Northwest ISD schools – Beck, Justin, Love and Schluter elementary schools as well as Byron Nelson and Northwest high schools – to its list of 2018-20 Schools of Excellence. The schools were named to the list for maintaining positive community environments with their associations.

The Northwest ISD Twitter account, @NorthwestISD, was ranked among the top 10 school district Twitter accounts in Region XI by Texas Social Media Research Institute. The account was the top-ranked among school districts with Northwest ISD’s enrollment or smaller.

The Outdoor Learning Center’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.

Byron Nelson, Eaton and Northwest high schools 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.

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 2019 Best Communities for Music Education list, marking the 11th 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.

Byron Nelson High School has been named to the U.S. News & World Report 2019 Best High Schools list. The recognition places Byron Nelson 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 2018-19 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.

Hughes Elementary School was honored as a School Transforming Learning by the Principals’ Institute, recognizing each school’s commitment to providing innovative educational services. Just three elementary schools across Texas received the honor in 2019.

Niche.com ranks Northwest ISD among the top 100 school districts in Texas for the 2018-19 school year. The website gave the district high marks in all categories, particularly health and safety, academics, college prep, and clubs and activities.

Northwest ISD schools earned the EPA Energy Star certification for their energy conservation. Buildings with this certification are guaranteed to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide in terms of conserving energy usage.

Prairie View and Seven Hills elementary schools were named Leader in Me Lighthouse Schools for their positive student response to the program’s leadership and emotional development initiatives.

Student Accomplishments

Northwest ISD’s high school fine arts programs combined to have 13 students named to the Texas Music Educator Association’s all-state music groups. Students were selected from each of the district’s three comprehensive high schools into five groups – all-state band, all-state jazz ensemble, all-state mixed choir, all-state tenor-bass choir and all-state treble choir.

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 fourth consecutive year.

Two Northwest ISD Destination Imagination teams (representing Thompson Elementary School and Medlin Middle School) advanced to the Texas Destination Imagination Global Finals, the top national and international round of competition for the problem-solving contest.

Byron Nelson High School’s Paige Flickinger earned the Gatorade Texas Volleyball Player of the Year award for her exemplary play in her sport as well as her academic excellence.

Seven Northwest ISD wrestlers earned medals at the 2019 UIL Wrestling State Tournament, including two state champions. State champions include Byron Nelson’s Lexie Basham in the 6A girls 138-pound weight class and Northwest’s Aiden Jean in the 5A boys 182-pound weight class.

Northwest High School’s Cooper McDonald won the gold medal in the 5A boys discus, and Byron Nelson High School’s Calvin Wiggins Jr. earned the silver medal in the 6A boys 200-meter dash at the 2019 UIL Track & Field State Meet.

Seventy-nine Northwest ISD senior student-athletes have signed to play collegiate sports after graduating in 2018, spanning all three of the district’s comprehensive high schools.

The Northwest High School girls golf team and Byron Nelson High School boys and girls golf teams all advanced to the 2019 UIL Golf State Tournament.

The Northwest High School one-act play theatre group advanced to the 2019 UIL 5A Region I One-Act Play Meet, earning state alternate status.

Byron Nelson High School earned five nominations in the eighth annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards, among the most for any school.

Northwest ISD’s three comprehensive high schools combined for 12 nominations in the Betty Lynn Buckley Awards, one of the top theatre awards contests in the state. Eaton High School’s Jenelle Cumberland won the overall award for excellence in scenic design.

Three Northwest ISD students – Byron Nelson’s Sarah Cornerstone and Hannah Stauss, and Eaton’s Grant Westfall – were named National Merit Finalists, placing them among the top-scoring PSAT-takers in the state and nation. In all, 18 Northwest ISD seniors earned some form of distinction from top PSAT test scores.

Byron Nelson High School’s softball team earned the top weighted team GPA in the nation in its sport for the sixth straight year, earning the National Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association’s All-Academic Team award. Additionally, Eaton High School placed fourth on the list of top weighted team GPAs in its second year of eligibility; it moved up from the No. 5 spot in 2017.

All three Northwest ISD high school marching bands – from Byron Nelson, Eaton and Northwest – earned the top score possible, Division 1, at the UIL Region 2 contest.

Northwest High School’s cheerleading squad and Sidekicks drill team members performed in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in front of more than 50 million television and 3 million in-person viewers.

The Byron Nelson High School cheerleading squad earned bronze medals by finishing third overall in the 6A Division II classification of the 2019 UIL State Spirit Championships.

Staff Accomplishments

The Northwest ISD Education Foundation presented 27 grants to 19 campuses totaling $86,000.

Byron Nelson High School’s Tammy McClure was named the 2019 Eddie G. Bull State Advisor of the Year by the Texas Association of Student Councils for her work leading Byron Nelson’s council.

Thompson Elementary School’s Marcie Conrad was named a finalist for the HEB Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring her career in education.

District educator Kaycee Bennett earned the Marty Murrell Excellence in Education Award for her work teaching and assisting deafblind students and their teachers, representing the top regional honor in her profession.

Jason Sanders, the district’s coordinator of instructional technology, received the Technology Administrator of the Year Award from the Texas Computer Education Association for his exemplary work integrating technology in schools.

Northwest ISD’s communications team earned five state awards in the Texas School Public Relations Association’s 2019 Star Awards banquet. These awards serve as the top professional honors for school public relations professionals in the state.

Eaton High School counselor Shana Jackson was named a Texas OnCourse leader fellow, making her one of just 29 counselors and advisers in the state selected among the top in their field.

Byron Nelson High School’s counseling team received 2018 RAMP distinction from the American School Counselor Association, designating it as one of the top counseling staffs in the nation for five years.