School Notes


Northwest ISD School Notes, Oct. 18

Byron Nelson wins state title in cheerleading, Eaton earns bronze
Byron Nelson and Eaton high schools represented Northwest ISD at the University Interscholastic League’s State Spirit Championships on Saturday, Jan. 13, earning a state title and third-place finish at the competition.

The Byron Nelson Bobcats won the 6A Division II band dance state championship, finishing first with a score of 55.900, just ahead of the Clemens High School Buffaloes from Schertz, who scored 55.333. Byron Nelson and Clemens were the only two schools to score 54 points or higher in the band dance competition. The Bobcats also advanced to the finals of the overall 6A Division II competition, where they finished seventh out of 64 squads.

The Eaton Eagles finished third in the overall 5A Division I finals category, earning bronze medals in the field of 65 squads. Eaton scored 79.85 points in the overall competition’s finals, behind the Cedar Park High School Timberwolves’ 83.65 points and Seguin High School Matadors’ 83.50 points.

To see full results from the 2018 UIL State Spirit Championships, click here.

Sixteen Northwest ISD students earn spots on TMEA all-state music groups
Sixteen Northwest ISD students earned places on the Texas Music Educator Association’s all-state music groups, with each high school having at least four students selected. The total marks the district’s most students selected to the groups over a span of at least two decades, as the oldest data TMEA has available online for Northwest ISD comes from 1998.

Byron Nelson High School earned six students across four all-state music groups. In the All-State Tenor-Bass Choir, senior Zachary Garcia earned a selection as a tenor 1 singer, and junior classmate Ethan Gates earned his spot as a tenor 2. In the All-State Treble Choir, junior Melanie McBride was selected as a soprano 2, and fellow junior Whitney Stonecipher was selected as a soprano 1. Senior Emily Chippendale earned first-chair alto 2, the top spot, on the All-State Mixed Choir, while senior percussionist Emily McCollum is representing the Bobcats on the All-State Band.

Eaton High School also earned six students across four all-state music groups. Freshman Athens Allec earned a spot on the All-State Band playing French horn, and junior classmate Abigail Elder was selected to the group as a Bb clarinet player. Eaton seniors Jessica Webba and Sarah Zimmerman earned spots on the All-State Mixed Choir as alto 2 and soprano 1 singers, respectively. Senior Hunter Kuhlman was the school’s representative on the All-State Jazz Ensemble as a bass trombonist, and sophomore French horn player Micah Northam was its All-State Band selection.

Northwest High School students earned four selections to two all-state music groups. In the All-State Mixed Choir category, senior Cynthia Kaniki was selected as an alto 2, senior Pierce McKinzie was selected as a tenor 2 and senior Jonathan Sneed was selected as a tenor 1. Junior tenor trombonist Justen Williams was the school’s representative on the All-State Band.

TMEA’s all-state groups represent the top honor for high school music students in Texas. Students must first audition and make their respective discipline’s all-region group, then they must audition and make the all-area group. Those who qualify at the top of their area are named all-state musicians. For more information about Northwest ISD’s TMEA all-state music selections this year, click here.

Byron Nelson, Eaton, Nance earn CREST awards for top counseling
The Texas School Counseling Association has named Byron Nelson and Eaton high schools and Nance Elementary School as recipients of its CREST award, marking the third consecutive year multiple Northwest ISD schools have earned the state’s top counseling honor.

Each year, the TSCA selects school counseling departments to receive the Counselors Reinforcing Excellence in Texas distinction based on applications judged by a committee of professional experts. Applications are primary rated based on seven categories: principal’s comments, school counseling advisory council, school climate and safety, student results, major achievements, community partnerships, and parent collaboration.

The TSCA created the award to recognize counseling staffs that demonstrate continuous improvement through effective communication and a commitment to obtaining results.

This year’s award marks the third consecutive year that Byron Nelson has received the CREST award. This is also the second consecutive year that three Northwest ISD schools have received CREST awards.

Because of their win, the TSCA will recognize the three schools alongside their winning peers from across the state at the association’s annual conference on Sunday, Feb. 18, in Galveston.

Former NHL player visits Hatfield students
Recently retired NHL player Vernon Fiddler visited Hatfield Elementary School students on Friday, Jan. 12, teaching hockey and also discussing his foundation, Fidd’s Kids, which benefits children with cancer.

Mr. Fiddler played professional hockey since 2000, breaking into the NHL in 2002. Over his career, he played for four teams – the Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils and Phoenix Coyotes – and scored 104 goals and 157 assists for 261 points. He visited Hatfield thanks to the invitation of Chloe Brown, a Leukemia survivor who was assisted by his foundation.

Byron Nelson, Eaton, Northwest set schedules for upcoming musicals
Each of Northwest ISD’s three comprehensive high schools – Byron Nelson, Eaton and Northwest – will soon host a second-semester musical, with tickets available prior to each performance at the respective school.

Byron Nelson and Northwest will host their musicals first, with each scheduled to run from Jan. 25 to 28. All performances for both plays will take place at 7 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, Jan. 28, performances, which will take place at 2 p.m. instead. Tickets for either musical are $10 for adults and $5 for students or seniors. Northwest ISD staff and Gold Card members can attend any show for free, while tickets are available.

The Byron Nelson students will perform “The Addams Family” for their second-semester musical at the school’s performing arts center, located at 2775 Bobcat Blvd. in Trophy Club. Tickets for the Byron Nelson musical can be purchased online at this link. For its musical, Northwest will present “Hello, Dolly!” at the school’s Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center, located at 2301 Texan Drive in Fort Worth. Tickets for Northwest’s musical can be purchased online at this link.

Eaton will perform its musical, “My Fair Lady,” from Feb. 1 to 4 in the school performing arts center, located at 1350 Eagle Blvd. in Haslet. Its performances will all take place at 7 p.m. except for the Sunday, Feb. 4, performance, which will take place at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students or seniors. Tickets for Eaton’s musical can be purchased online at this link. Staff and Gold Card members should visit a ticket checkpoint prior to the musical to ensure they receive exact seats.

Second issue of Northwest Navigator now available
The second issue of Northwest ISD’s new district magazine, Northwest Navigator, is now available. This magazine is designed to keep the district’s families and community informed on unique and innovative educational experiences of students.

Featured stories in the new issue include a student who started a company to help those with visual impairments, a STEAM (science, technology, education, arts and math) program expanding and high school students earning certifications. Additionally, a question-and-answer section catches up with Chester Rushing, an actor on the Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

Northwest Navigator has two additional issues scheduled for this school year. A limited number of physical copies are printed for each issue. For more information about the magazine, please email Anthony Tosie, communications specialist and magazine editor, at

Next regular school board meeting taking place Jan. 22
The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees will hold its next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, in the boardroom at the Northwest ISD Administration Building, located at 2001 Texan Drive in Fort Worth. This time is 30 minutes earlier than 2016-17 board meetings, as trustees voted to move up their starting time for all future meetings.