BISD Launches Cheney Hills Web and Social Media Sites (2021)

Cheney Hills Elementary

The new Cheney Hills Elementary campus is scheduled to open August 2021. On Wednesday, Jan. 13, BISD launched the website for the new campus along with the Facebook page for the campus.  

Dr. Shane Conklin, Cheney Hills Elementary principal, will provide updates on the opening of the new campus. 

BISD’s 2021 Spelling Bee: Can you spell … ?

Spelling Bee

Watch BISD’s top spellers represent their campuses as they compete for the coveted 2021 BISD District Spelling Bee Champion title. 

Watch Live at 

Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. 

NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in-person attendance is limited to invited guests only.  

BISD Announces MTSS Coordinator

Kerri Sands

Birdville ISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Brown announced Kerri Sands’ appointment as Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Coordinator. Sands has been principal at Richland Elementary since 2015.   

The MTSS Coordinator will help develop and implement a consistent multi-tiered support model of tiered intervention processes and procedures across the District and ensure that the District’s MTSS program complies with state requirements. Tiered interventions are for students who struggle with reading and math. As MTSS Coordinator, Sands will be working with all levels, as well as other District staff, to assist with planning and providing support for summer school programs.   

Sands will begin her new position on July 1, 2021. 

Grades K–1 Screening for GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Services


BISD is currently accepting referrals for kindergarten and first grade students who would like to be screened for GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) services. BISD gathers multiple measures during the screening process that include standardized testing and input on observed gifted behaviors from parents and classroom teachers. Additional data may be collected and considered for individual students as requested by the GATE Placement Committee. Screening will be conducted during the months of February–March 2021. If your child is receiving face-to-face instruction on campus during that time, then he/she will complete the screening process at school. If your child is learning remotely during that time, you will be contacted by the GATE Department to make an appointment to come to a designated location for screening during the month of February. 

To refer your child for screening for GATE services, complete the online GATE Parent Referral/Rating Form by Friday, January 29, 2021. This form is located at The form can be completed on any electronic device with internet access.