Animal Adventure Program Visits Richland Elementary

AT&T DONATES $50,000 to bring

Animal Adventures Program to

40 DFW-area schools

Program Empowers Students to Discover and Apply STEM-based Solutions to Wildlife Questions; Promotes Awareness of Careers in Animal Welfare and Conservation


Colorful birds, cuddly mammals and crawling reptiles visited with students at Richland Elementary recently for a 45-minute interactive learning event as AT&T and the Dallas Zoo continued a series of Animal Adventure visits to 40 DFW-area schools. The educational outreach effort is in its third year and is again funded by a $50,000 contribution from AT&T.


“The Animal Adventures Program brings the real world of animals directly to our students in school,” said Linda Caram, Regional Director, AT&T External Affairs. “AT&T is proud to support this program and partner with the Dallas Zoo to bring this wonderful educational experience to students throughout the area. Hands-on, interactive learning can inspire our students to discover the world and help them discover their own passions and interests.”


AT&T is the Presenting Sponsor of the program for the 2017−18 school year. Part of the Dallas Zoo’s education department, Animal Adventures empowers students to discover and apply STEM-based solutions to wildlife questions, learn about careers in animal welfare and conservation, and nurture appreciation of animals and their connections with nature.


Aligned with TEKS, Animal Adventures supports concepts learned in the classroom. Trained to deliver age-appropriate content and messaging, Dallas Zoo instructors share fun, science-based facts that spark interest and create a sense of wonder. They pair these details with fascinating live demonstrations, showing off the animals’ unique adaptations and behaviors necessary for survival in their native habitats. Instructors also address conservation success and action to ensure that future generations can enjoy wild things in wild places.


Dr. Darrell Brown, Birdville ISD superintendent, attended the event and praised school leaders and students for participating in the program, as well as the zoo and AT&T for working to bring this innovative program to local schools.


“Animals – from the soft and furry, to the cold and crawly – can hold a child’s focus and fire their imagination,” Brown said. “I applaud the Dallas Zoo and AT&T for their continued commitment to bringing this innovative program to students in Birdville ISD and across the metroplex.”


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About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we’ve passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008−2017.


About the Dallas Zoo: The Dallas Zoo, named one of the nation’s Top 10 Zoos by USA TODAY, is the largest zoological experience in Texas. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the zoo features a 106-acre park, thousands of animals, and an education department that offers programs for all ages. The zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis) and is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 469.554.7500. The zoo is committed to conservation and education, providing hundreds of educational experiences each year and partnering with groups worldwide to protect species. The zoo supports many international conservation projects for elephants, giraffe, cheetah, gorillas, horned lizards and more.


GATE Identification Information Meeting

BISD Gifted and Talented Logo

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Identification Information Meetings for parents of first- and second-grade students will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 6:30−7:30 p.m. at the Administration Building Board Room,  6125 E. Belknap,  Haltom City, TX  6:30-7:30 pm. and Thursday, Feb. 22 from 6:30−7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts/Athletics Complex, 9200 Mid Cities Blvd, North Richland Hills, TX 76180.

Green Valley Student Selected For NRH Fire Safety PSA #BISDShines

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Congratulations to Sterling Cheeks, Green Valley Elementary student, for being selected to be in the fire safety PSA for the NRH Fire Department.

Click to view EDITH PSA on Facebook [Opens in a new window]

The North Richland Hills Fire Education team worked with third-grade classes from each of the schools in North Richland Hills to help develop the Exit Drills In The Homes, also known as EDITH. A winner from each school was chosen and NRHFD team had the difficult task of narrowing down to the top three winners.

Congratulations to Debbie from IL Texas, Abby from Fort Worth Christian and Sterling from Green Valley!

Each student worked so hard on their designs and truly turned out incredible plans that can readily be used in their homes. If you haven’t made exit plans, now is the time! Practice the drill to make sure everyone knows their two ways out!

Click here to learn more about designing your exit plans. [opens in a new window]

BISD Girls Advance to UIL Playoffs

Congratulations to the girls basketball teams from Richland and Birdville high schools for advancing to the UIL playoffs.

UIL Girls Bi–District Basketball Playoffs


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Monday, Feb. 12

Richland HS vs. Trimble Tech HS

7 p.m. at Eaton High School

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Passes Accepted:  TABC, THSCA, District Administrator Passes


Tuesday, Feb. 13

Doubleheader at Thomas Coliseum

Birdville HS vs. Arlington Heights HS at 6:30 p.m.

Arlington Lamar HS vs. Timber Creek HS at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Passes Accepted: TABC, THSCA, District Administrator Passes

Birdville Honored by Northeast Tarrant Chamber and NRH


Recently, Birdville ISD was honored by the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce at their annual awards gala. BISD was chosen by the City of North Richland Hills to receive the Momemtum Award.


The Momentum Award is for cities to recognize the exceptional business within each Chamber partner city that excels in overall business growth, corporate contribution to the community and is recognized by their employees as a great place to work. The city noted the revitalization due to the new North Richland Middle School and the major renovation at Birdville High School, as well as other improvements throughout NRH. They also noted the positive achievements such as Smithfield Elementary being named a National Blue Ribbon School, and Smithfield Middle being named as a top performing middle school in Tarrant County. #BISDShines #WeAreBirdvilleISD

UIL Realignment Updated


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UIL 2018–2020 Reclassification and Realignment 

Every other year, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) reclassifies and realigns districts. The University Interscholastic League exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests.

BISD’s 2018–2020 UIL Districts

Birdville High School (5A) Football Only
Region 1, District 4
Carrollton Creekview High
Carrollton Smith High
Carrollton Turner High
Colleyville Heritage High
Denton High
Denton Ryan High
Grapevine High
Birdville High

Birdville High School (5A)All Other Sports
Region 1, District 7
Azle High
Colleyville Heritage High
Ft. Worth Boswell High
Ft. Worth Chisholm Trail High
Grapevine High
Saginaw High
White Settlement Brewer High
Birdville High

Haltom and Richland high schools (6A)
Region 1, District 3
Abilene High
Euless Trinity High
Haltom High
LD Bell High
Richland High
San Angelo Central High
Weatherford High