Haltom High School Principal Announced

E. Dion Varnado, Ed.D.

Birdville ISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Brown announced the appointment of E. Dion Varnado, Ed.D., as principal of Haltom High School. He is replacing David Hamilton, who accepted a position with the Region 12 Education Service Center in Waco. 

Varnado has been principal at M.L. King Middle School with Beaumont ISD since 2016. Prior to Beaumont, he was an assistant principal at Lancaster High School with Lancaster ISD from 2013–16, principal at Barnett Junior High with Arlington ISD from 2010–13, and academic associate principal at Mansfield High School with Mansfield ISD from 2008–10. He has been in various other administrative and teaching positions since 1999. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, master’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, and doctorate degree from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. 

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)

Inaugural Class Members in the Collegiate Academy of Birdville Each Receive $12K in Scholarships

The Collegiate Academy of Birdville will hold its first Signing Night Ceremony on April 22 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Haltom High School. The inaugural class of 60 students will officially accept their scholarships, valued at approximately $12,000 per student, for the opportunity to earn Associates Degrees from Tarrant County College during their four years of high school. The Academy is designated as an Early College High School by the Texas Education Agency, and students can earn 60 or more college hours while earning their high school diplomas. Early College High Schools recruit and enroll students who are at risk and subpopulations of students historically underrepresented in college courses, such as first generation college goers, students of low socioeconomic status, and African American, Hispanic, and Native American students.

Haltom High School Receives 2018–19 AVID Revalidation

Birdville ISD celebrates Haltom High School for being revalidated Thursday, November 29, 2018 as an AVID National Demonstration School. Originally validated in 2015, Haltom has been granted another three-year validation through fall of 2021. AVID National Demonstration Schools are centers of teaching and learning that also serve as models for those interested in the AVID College Readiness System which operates with five core principles–Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR). Instructional strategies among these areas are not just visible among the 282 Haltom High School AVID enrolled students, but schoolwide.

The Revalidation launched with a leadership team meeting focused on the impact of AVID at Haltom High School and next steps of instructional, systemic, cultural and leadership implementation. Following, classrooms across disciplines and among the AVID elective classes were observed with teachers imbedding engaging strategies. A highlight of the day included a student lunch panel with eight AVID scholars articulating the benefits of AVID. The day concluded in a celebratory reception with trustees, members of the Superintendent’s Cabinet, district leadership, community partners and photography session with all AVID scholars.

Haltom High School Leadership:  David Hamilton, principal; Brenda Jacks, AVID site coordinator; Clara Campbell and Liz Pena, assistant principals for AVID; Pamela Wright and Jessica Wallace, AVID elective teachers.

District Leadership:  Dr. Darrell G. Brown, superintendent; Dr. Elizabeth Clark, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction; Clarence Simmons, executive director of secondary learning; Dr. Julie Hyman, director of gifted & talented and advanced academics; and Ramonda Fields, AVID district director/coordinator of advanced academics.

AVID Center Guests and Validation Team:  Dr. Mike Mozingo, Southern Region assistant director; Stacie Valdez, project manager of leadership development; and Traci Grove, CA Division program manager.


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