North Richland Middle School Farewell

North Richland Middle School staff invite the community to attend the “farewell” to the old campus as they prepare to welcome in the new campus. #BISDShines #BISDBond14

 North Richland Middle School staff invite the community to attend the “farewell” to the old campus as they prepare to welcome in the new campus.

Please join us for a Farewell Celebration

Saturday, May 20, 2017

2 – 4 p.m.

Time to reminisce before the old building is no more.

  • Photo Booth
  • Refreshments
  • Yearbooks for Sake
  • Memories Slide Show

North Richland Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society Awarded Friendship Award

On Thursday, March 23, North Richland Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society was awarded the Friendship Award by SafeHaven of Tarrant County.  NJHS officers Katherine Schraub, president; Steven Nguyen, vice-president; Audrey Wasson, secretary; and Teresa Chen, historian, attended SafeHaven’s Annual Meeting to receive the award.

 North Richland Middle School’s NJHS has supported SafeHaven for the last nine years through an annual Pay It Forward fundraiser. Every year, NJHS uses the funds raised to pack Valentine’s goodie bags and donate supplies for a full-fledged Easter Egg Hunt for every single child at both SafeHaven of Tarrant County shelters. 

Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP): Seventh-Grade Talent Search


Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented students. Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential. Now in its 36th year, the seventh-grade talent search identifies bright seventh-graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exams as seventh-graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. In addition, they gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students.

The following Birdville ISD students qualified for state recognition by scoring at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or the SAT.

  • Luis Gonzalez, Haltom Middle School
  • Joshua Grantham, North Richland Middle School
  • Erin Powell, North Richland Middle School
  • Mercedes Wacks, North Richland Middle School
  • Trayson Sosa, North Oaks Middle School
  • Fiona Burleson, Smithfield Middle School
  • Ethan Harrah, Smithfield Middle School
  • Kyle Nimon, Smithfield Middle School
  • William Thorne, Smithfield Middle School
  • Trinity Vaughn, Smithfield Middle School
  • Alexander Anderson, North Ridge Middle School
  • Jackson Keefe, North Ridge Middle School
  • Solyn Tidwell, North Ridge Middle School
  • Meredith Turner, North Ridge Middle School

The following Birdville ISD students scored high enough to qualify for grand recognition. Students who qualify at the grand level scored approximately at or better than 90 percent of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or the SAT. These students are invited to a special recognition ceremony at Duke University. Only about three percent of all the participants in the talent search qualify for grand recognition. This is quite an achievement!

  • Eva Kuderer, Smithfield Middle School
  • Kyle Settelmaier, Smithfield Middle School

Middle School Artists Succeed at Junior VASE Competition


Congratulations to all seven BISD middle school art departments for their participation in this year’s Junior VASE (Visual Art Scholastic Event). With more than 1,300 entries from students across multiple districts, BISD had 177 young artists enter 235 artworks for adjudication. Over 75 percent of BISD artworks received a “Superior” rating, with 15 pieces gaining special recognition as Silver Medal winners. Silver Medal winners were:

  • Julia Nguyen – Haltom Middle School
  • Morgan Layfield & Mary Ho – North Richland Middle School
  • Jonathan Pinch – Richland Middle School
  • Mandi Inthalangsy – North Oaks Middle School
  • Kayla Meyers & Aleyna Holcombe – Watauga Middle School
  • Gracyn Conniff, Lauren McMahon, Kairi Merriam, Lauren Moore, Kaylee Rademacher (two pieces), and Yaidmaris Ramos – Smithfield Middle Schoolx
  • Idalyis Bunyavong – North Ridge Middle School

Two BISD teachers selected to study at George Washington’s Mount Vernon home


Two Birdville ISD eighth-grade social studies teachers have been accepted to attend a week of learning at George Washington’s Mount Vernon home. Elizabeth Cumbie, an eighth-grade teacher at Watauga Middle School, and Mickie Siek, an eighth-grade teacher at North Richland Middle School, were invited to be part of a small group of social studies teachers from across Texas to go to Mount Vernon during spring break. They will attend a week-long exploration of new ways to teach the Constitution, in alignment with our Texas standards. Both were part of a rigorous selection process, which included an essay explaining how George Washington and the 18th-century world is relevant to their teaching, their personal teaching philosophy, and how they can use what they learn to engage and impact their students.

Cumbie will be using her class social media accounts (Instagram: WMSHistory) to engage and interact with students while attending the training.