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 tenth 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 2015-16 and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by GFOA for the fiscal years 2002-03 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 18th time and the Meritorious Budget Award for the 16th year.

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

The NISD Partners in Education program has recognized 103 official partners during the 2016-17 school 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.

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 during the 2016-17 school year.

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.

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.

Prairie View and Roanoke elementary schools were honored as Schools Transforming Learning by the Principals’ Institute, recognizing each school’s commitment to providing innovative educational services. Just 19 schools across Texas received the honor in 2017.

Medlin Middle School earned a Promising Practice award at the National Forum of Character Education for its work on seventh-grade empathy education projects.

Northwest ISD’s Outdoor Learning Center was named a finalist in the 2017-18 Exhibit of School Architecture competition, which honors excellence in the planning and designing of learning environments.

Niche.com ranks Northwest ISD among the top 100 school districts in Texas for the 2017-18 school year. The website gave the district high marks in all categories, particularly health and safety, academics, college prep, and clubs and activities.

The Texas Energy Summit Steering and Awards committee recognized Northwest ISD with the Outstanding K-12 School award for its energy efficiency during the 2017 CATEE Texas Energy Summit. Northwest ISD’s energy conservation efforts are led by Charles Ashby, energy manager.

Student Accomplishments

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

The culinary arts team from Byron Nelson High School placed second in the Texas ProStart Culinary Championship for 2017. This marks the fifth straight year the team has placed in the top two; previously, it was won the championship for four straight years.

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.

Sixty Northwest ISD senior student-athletes have signed to play collegiate sports after graduating in 2017, 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 Sanaa 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. Sanaa later finished second in her event at the 2017 U.S. Track & Field Junior Championships.

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.

Two Northwest ISD Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship companies, CHAAO and Feel the Color, were nominated as finalists in Junior Achievement’s national Company of the Year award for student-run businesses. Just 15 companies in the U.S. were nominated for the award.

Byron Nelson High School’s Buddy Davis placed in the top 10 in the National Technology Student Association Conference’s CAD architecture competition in the high school division. He was the only Texas student to place in the event.

Byron Nelson High School’s Haniyah Burney earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT exam, placing her among the top 0.1 percent of students who take the college entrance exam.

Three Northwest ISD students – Byron Nelson’s Zoe Bass and Haniyah Burney, and Eaton’s Tobey Mathis – were named National Merit Semifinalists, placing them among the top-scoring PSAT-takers in the state and nation. In all, Northwest ISD had 26 students receive a form of National Merit distinction for their top test scores.

Byron Nelson High School’s softball team earned the top weighted team GPA in the nation in its sport for the fifth straight year, earning the National Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association’s All-Academic Team award. Additionally, Eaton High School placed fifth on the list of top weighted team GPAs in its first year of eligibility.

Wilson Middle School’s wind ensemble received commended status in the Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence competition, making it one of the top ensembles in its category.

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.

Byron Nelson High School’s Kwame Ambaah won the public speaking contest at the Southern Association of Student Councils conference, performing in front of an audience of roughly 1,200 students and advisors.

Six Northwest ISD student-athletes qualified for the UIL Cross Country State Championships. Byron Nelson’s Cassidy Teuscher was the district’s top finisher at the state meet, placing 18th in the girls 6A race. Fellow Byron Nelson qualifiers included Kaitlyn Rodysill and Spencer Hataway. Eaton’s Dominick Vastlik and Northwest’s Jacob Webster and Carson Hughes also competed in the state meet.

Byron Nelson High School’s cheerleading squad performed in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in front of more than 50 million television and 3 million in-person viewers.

Thirteen Northwest ISD student-athletes have signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers in college as of the first semester of 2017-18.

Byron Nelson High School’s Kwame Ambaah was named the second alternate in the Texas Youth Senate Program, placing him among the top four individuals in the program. The program selects students based on their involvement in approved student government, civic or educational organizations. 

Staff Accomplishments

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

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

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.

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.

Two Northwest ISD football assistant 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.

Four Northwest ISD school administrators were recognized by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Region 11 during the 2016-17 academic year. Josh Withers, Chisholm Trail, was named Outstanding Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year; Bobby Morris, Northwest, was named Outstanding High School Assistant Principal of the Year; Chris Jones, Pike, was named Outstanding Middle School Principal of the Year; and Susan Moore, Special Programs Center, was named Outstanding High School Principal of the Year.

Todd Rogers, associate principal of Byron Nelson High School, was named the Texas PTA’s Secondary Principal of the Year for his work promoting student success through family and community engagement.

Northwest ISD’s communications and community relations team earned five awards in the National School Public Relations Association’s Publications and Media Awards. The district’s website, by Melissa Shawn, and Northwest News newsletter, by Anthony Tosie, received awards of excellence in their categories. Rachel Bobbit earned two awards for videos, and Emily Conklin earned an award for the Northwest Vision print newsletter.

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.

Wilson Middle School teacher Andrea Driver recently helped set national performance standards in her certificate area of English language arts for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, an honor just 271 educators from across the U.S. assisted in setting.