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 2017-18 and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by GFOA for the fiscal years 2002-03 through 2017-18.

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 19th time and the Meritorious Budget Award for the 17th year.

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

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

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.

Medlin Middle School was named a 2018 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. Medlin and Granger Elementary School were later named 2018 National Schools of Character, a recognition awarded to just 73 schools across the United States.

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.

Nance Elementary School and Byron Nelson and Eaton 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.

Northwest ISD was included among the winners in the Center for Digital Education’s and National School Board Association’s 2017-18 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 2018 Best Communities for Music Education list, marking the 10th 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 2018 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 2017-18 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.

Beck Elementary School and Wilson Middle School were honored as Schools Transforming Learning by the Principals’ Institute, recognizing each school’s commitment to providing innovative educational services. Just 31 schools across Texas received the honor in 2018.

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.

Northwest ISD was named a 2017-18 Common Sense District for its lessons on digital citizenship and use of technology. All district students engage in digital citizenship lessons based on Common Sense resources as well as local stakeholder resources and input.

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.

Student Accomplishments

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.

Northwest ISD’s high school fine arts programs combined to have 16 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 third consecutive year.

Northwest ISD’s Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship, housed at Eaton High School, qualified 39 students to compete in the Texas DECA’s State Career Development Conference during the 2017-18 school year.

Three 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 teams, a team from Northwest advanced to the Destination Imagination Global Finals, the top national and international round of competition.

Eight Northwest ISD wrestlers earned medals at the 2018 UIL Wrestling State Tournament, including four state champions. State champions include Byron Nelson’s Lexie Basham in the 6A girls 138-pound weight class, the school’s first wrestling state champion ever; Eaton’s Mattison Parker in the 5A girls 138-pound weight class, the school’s first individual athletic state champion ever; and Northwest’s Michael Kumlien in the 5A boys 138-pound weight class and Andrena Carter in the 5A girls 165-pound weight class.

Fifty-seven 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.

Northwest High School’s boys basketball team advanced to the UIL State Basketball Tournament for the second time in school and district history, falling in the state final game in 2018. 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 region round of 2018 UIL competition for the first time in school history.

Byron Nelson High School earned 11 nominations in the seventh annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards, the second-most nominations of any school. Additionally, Eaton earned three nominations and Northwest earned one nomination in the awards program. At the ceremony, Byron Nelson’s Wendy Bramlett earned her second consecutive best direction award and Zachary Garcia won best supporting actor.

Eaton High School earned 11 nominations in the Betty Lynn Buckley Awards, while Northwest High School earned two nominations in the awards program. At the ceremony, Eaton won two awards, Vincent Harrill was named best male actor in a musical and Lane Norris earned best male supporting actor in a musical. Northwest’s Naomi Calloway went on to earn best female actor in a play.

Eaton High School’s current issues team – composed of Zack Flowers, Avery Nennmann, Nathan Newton and Zach Sheehan – earned silver medals at the 2018 UIL Academic State Meet following their second-place group finish. Additionally, Nathan earned a silver medal in the individual current events competition.

Defy, a Northwest ISD Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship company, earned second place in Junior Achievement’s national Company of the Year competition for student-run businesses.

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 Sarah Cornerstone and Hannah Stauss, and Eaton’s Grant Westfall – were named National Merit Semifinalists, 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.

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.

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.

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.

The Byron Nelson High School cheerleading squad won the 2018 UIL State Spirit Championships’ 6A Division II Band Dance competition, while the Eaton High School cheerleading squad finished third overall in the 5A Division I finals.

Eaton High School’s robotics team advanced to the national FIRST Championship in Houston following qualification in their Dallas regional qualifier, where they earned the rookie all-star team award.

Byron Nelson FFA program’s agronomy team was named State Reserve Champions in its category at the State Career Development Events competition, while the program’s entomology team finished third in its category.

The Eaton High School baseball team earned the 2018 UIL 5A State Baseball Championship, notching the school its first state athletic team championship ever in just its second year of varsity competition and first year with a senior class.

Northwest ISD high school seniors earned $31.9 million in scholarships during the 2017-18 school year, including $16.2 million from Byron Nelson, $7.6 million from Eaton, $8 million from Northwest, and $124,000 from Steele.

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.

Northwest ISD’s communications team earned eight 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.

Byron Nelson High School’s Wendy Bramlett earned the best direction award at the 2018 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.

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 teacher Monica Valenta was named Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year by Project Lead the Way, a Texas-based technical education initiative.

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.

Thompson Elementary School teacher Kelly Suarez was named at third-place winner in the Texas Medical Association’s Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. Mrs. Suarez received the award based on her creativity and passion for teaching science.