AVID Students in Birdville ISD Outperform Students Nationally

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AVID Students in Birdville ISD Outperform Students Nationally in FAFSA, College Application Completion and College Acceptance

Data from 2018-2019 school year shows
district leading in preparing students for college

Birdville ISD recently released new 201819 data on the success of last year’s graduating class of students participating in the District’s AVID program―a nationally recognized program that helps students navigate the college application process, and build the academic and soft skills needed to succeed in college and the workforce of the future. 


Last year, 94% of Birdville Independent School District seniors participating in AVID completed a FAFSA application, compared to the national rate of 61%. Likewise, 100% of AVID students applied to four-year college or university, and 100% were accepted. Nationally, 81% of high school students aspire to earn a bachelor’s degree, yet less than 50% actually enroll at a four-year college or university.


“The numbers reflect what we already know about students that participate in AVID in BISD. This program prepares first-generation college students to be successful,” stated Dr. Darrell G. Brown, Birdville ISD superintendent. “Birdville ISD is dedicated to excellence in academics, a personalized education for every child, and preparing our students to be college, career or future ready.”


Research shows that applying for financial aid is one of the best predictors of whether a student will enroll in college. Through the AVID program, the District hosts regular FAFSA application nights and provides dedicated in-school time for students to work with teachers and staff to complete their applications, providing them with better insight into the financial resources available to them.


“We congratulate Birdville Independent School District for its demonstrated commitment to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to pursue a postsecondary education. The milestones announced today reflect the Birdville Independent School District’s holistic approach to college readiness, starting with building a culture of high expectations among teachers and students, and including the delivery of rigorous, student-centric instruction that prepares them for college-level work,” said Dr. Sandy Husk, former school superintendent and CEO of AVID. “We are proud to be part of Birdville Independent School District’s work to ensure all students can reach their full potential.”


Birdville Independent School District joins over 7,000 K12 schools and districts across 47 states that partner with AVID to build a safe and open culture, high expectations for teachers and students, and collaboration in all classrooms. To learn more: www.AVID.org.




BISD Appreciates Our Principals

October is Principal Appreciation Month, and Birdville ISD celebrates the educational leaders we call campus principals. They are:

Elementary Schools

  • Binion – Hilda Hager
  • Birdville – Tammy Pope
  • Cheney – Darrell Brown
  • Foster Village – Sherri Gamble
  • Francisco – Angela Limon
  • Green Valley – Dawn Demas
  • Hardeman – Katie Moran
  • Holiday Heights – Lisa Walker
  • Mullendore – Billy Pope
  • North Ridge – Deborah Coulson
  • Porter – Chad Paris
  • Richland – Kerri Sands
  • Smith – Jennifer Martin
  • Smithfield – Melissa Minix
  • Snow Heights – Susan Nall
  • Spicer – Cheryl Waddell, Ed.D.
  • Stowe – Nathan Frymark, Ed.D.
  • Academy at C.F. Thomas – Sabrina Linsey, Ph.D.
  • Walker Creek – Marsha Perry
  • Watauga – Sarah Upchurch
  • West Birdville – Vanessa Sutton

Middle Schools

  • Haltom – Tim Drysdale
  • North Oaks – Jennifer Klaerner, Ph.D.
  • North Richland – Steve Ellis
  • North Ridge – John Davis
  • Richland – Jody Fadely
  • Smithfield – Kyle Pekurney
  • Watauga – Shannon Shedd

High Schools

  • Birdville Center of Technology and Advanced Learning – Carol Adcock
  • Birdville – Jason Wells
  • Collegiate Academy of Birdville – Michael Gerard
  • Haltom – Dion Varnado, Ed.D.
  • Richland – Mark McCanlies
  • Shannon – David Williams

Governor Greg Abbott’s Proclamation (opens in a new window)

BISD Teacher Named ATPE Elementary Teacher of the Year

Mindy Antsey, a teacher with Porter Elementary School, was recently honored with the Charles Pickitt Elementary School Teacher of the Year Award by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) during 2019 ATPE Summit held at the Marriott Marquis in Houston.

“ATPE is proud to recognize outstanding educators in Texas,” said Shannon Holmes, Ed.D., ATPE Executive Director. “The educators honored this year were selected because of their dedication to giving our children the highest quality of education and for inspiring the next generation of educators.” 

The Charles Pickitt Educator of the Year Awards annually recognizes ATPE members who demonstrate exceptional or innovative capabilities in their respective educational fields. This year’s winners each received a $5,000 prize along with their awards.

Antsey was honored on stage at the 2019 ATPE Summit Awards Luncheon, which saw hundreds of educators gather to celebrate the achievements of public school employees from across Texas. With nearly 100,000 members statewide, ATPE is the largest educators’ association in the state and serves as a major voice for public education.

Five BISD Schools Named 2018–19 Honor Roll Schools

Five BISD Schools Recognized for High Achievement in Student Success by a National Campaign of Business and Education Leaders

Birdville ISD announced that Mullendore and Smithfield elementary schools, North Ridge Middle School, and Birdville and Richland high schools have been named to the 2018-19 Honor Roll for their high achievement in student success. The program, presented by Educational Results Partnership, is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. They are five of 855 public schools in Texas to be recognized.

The 2018-19 Honor Roll is developed by Educational Results Partnership (ERP), a nonprofit organization that applies data science to help improve student outcomes and career readiness. ERP maintains the nation’s largest database on student achievement and utilizes this data to identify higher-performing schools and districts.

Schools that receive the Honor Roll distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.

“The Honor Roll is the only school and district recognition program in Texas based solely on objective achievement data,” said Marilyn Reznick, ERP board chair. “Our goal is to guide other educators to data-informed best practices for raising student achievement.”

“ERP is all about improving educational equity and promoting career readiness for all students, regardless of their family income, background or ZIP code,” said James Lanich, Ph.D., ERP president and CEO.  “These Honor Roll schools and districts are living proof that our students can succeed when schools are committed to removing educational obstacles and accelerating student success. By focusing attention on these bright spots among our schools, we hope to change the conversation from ‘what’s wrong’ to ‘what’s working,’ and encourage others to replicate their success.”

In Texas, the Honor Roll program is supported by numerous businesses and organizations, including the Texas Business Leadership Council, American Automobile Association (AAA) Texas, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Chevron Corporation and Enterprise Holdings Foundation.

To access the Honor Roll, visit www.edresults.org and scroll to bottom of page.

About Educational Results Partnership 

Educational Results Partnership (ERP) is a nonprofit organization that applies data science to help improve student outcomes and career readiness throughout our educational system. In partnership with educators and employers, ERP charts the pathways that lead to academic success and living-wage jobs. ERP’s goal is to ensure that more students are equipped to enter the workforce with the skills today’s global economy demands.

Congratulations Class of 2019! Graduation Information for Shannon, Birdville, Haltom and Richland High Schools

Graduation Date and Times

  • Shannon High School, Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7 p.m.
    6010 Walker Street, Haltom City, TX 76117
  • Birdville High School, Sunday, June 2, 2019, 12:30 p.m.Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
  • Haltom High School, Sunday, June 2, 2019, 4 p.m.
    Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
  • Richland High School, Sunday, June 2, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

    Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Please Note: If you need a sign language interpreter for any of BISD’s graduation ceremonies, please email Mary Sue Blackwell at marysue.blackwell@birdvilleschools.net no later than May 15 to make your request. Please include the high school’s name (Birdville, Haltom, or Richland) in your request.  

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This year’s senior class graduation will be broadcast live, worldwide over the internet. For those that cannot watch it live, it will be broadcast afterwards on the ICB website. Graduation can be watched via any computer or mobile device, anywhere the internet is accessible.

To view the Birdville, Haltom or Richland high school ceremonies, go to http://icblive.com/birdvilleisd/ and select the appropriate BISD school and corresponding graduation time. 

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Graduation Location:
Birdville, Haltom and Richland HS Graduations will be held at the

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Fort Worth Convention Center

1201 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Garage Parking: $18 (pay on entry)