Congratulations to Watauga Middle School Social Studies Teacher #BISDShines


Congratulations to Elizabeth Cumbie, Watauga Middle School social studies teacher, for being named the Texas Council for the Social Studies’ (TCSS) Betty Barringer Middle School Teacher of the Year. She will be honored at an awards luncheon Oct. 15 at the TCSS fall conference in Corpus Christi.

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.

Stage West Theatre Announces Neighborhood Play Contest Winners



Congratulations to several BISD aspiring middle school and high school playwrights who were recently announced as winners of the Stage West Theatre’s Neighborhood Play Contest. These students’ plays will be professionally produced and directed by Stage West during Festival of the Kid 2016. To see the complete list of winners as well as information on Festival of the Kid performance dates and times, go to

Contest Winners

  • “The First Encounter” by Isabella Suazo, Watauga Middle School
  • “Angela” by Shannon McGahey, Richland High School
  • “Should I?” by Brittany Mock, Watauga Middle School
  • “The Fourth Wall” by Josh Leeming and Jaden Cox, Watauga Middle School
  • “Originality is a Lie” by Nathan Young, Haltom High School
  • “Chains” by Kadin Thomas, Haltom High School


Finalists/Honorable Mentions

  • “The Destruction of Annie” by Caty Suazo, Haltom High School
  • “The Most Beautiful Smile in Kansas City” by AnnaLisa Perricone, Haltom High School

Middle School Band Members Excel at Region Auditions


Congratulations to BISD’s middle school band members that auditioned for placement in the Region 5 middle school region bands. Competing against students from the Mansfield and Arlington school districts, BISD placed almost 100 students in one of the two region bands. These students will perform on Dec. 5 at the Willie Pigg Auditorium in Mansfield ISD.

Region 5 Middle School Band 1

  • Haltom MS:  Matthew Azua, Mateo Deleon, Julia Nguyen, Joseph Nguyen, John Pham, Perla Picon, Madison Sliavongsa and Leonardo Velasquez
  • North Oaks MS:  Ayana Anaya, Alexis Halik, Kevin Le, Hayden Merriman, Chloe Jean Rey, Austin Sundara and Brandon Vu
  • North Richland MSTai Ha, Zoe Harris, Isaiah Knight, Morgan Layfield, Aiden Mata, Elizabeth Mey and Joshua Walz
  • North Ridge MS:  Cole Brown, Ali Gleaves and Josue Martinez
  • Richland MS:  Jacob Fritts, Matthew Fritts, Michelle Galan, Zach Hocker, Laisha Luna, Pedro Medrano, Imanol Ortiz, Gino Pellittieri, Tori Perrin, Mason Rushing, Darryn Salinas, Alyse Stiles, Ben Streeter, Davon Taylor, Catherine Tran and Jasmine Tuetkin
  • Smithfield MS:  Abby Bouchelle, Parker Boyd, Kaylee Rademacher, Jonathan Schirmer, Parker Visage and Greg Ybarra
  • Watauga MS:  Noah Strickland and Andru Wilson

Region 5 Middle School Band 2

  • Haltom MS:  Angel Beltran, Eric Delgadillo, Obed Gonzalez, Travis Visounnaraj and Manuel Govea (alternate)
  • North Oaks MS:  Alyson Grow, Hania Mirza, Sydney Seig and Briana Hacksisombath (alternate)
  • North Richland MS: Michael Britt, Madeline Harris, Sarah Hill, Schuyler Moreno, Steven Nguyen and Julianna Thompson
  • North Ridge MS:  David Beavers, Haley Compton, Cameron Fielding, Chanel Finnikin, Aaron Gieder, Joel Polk, Anthony Rodriguez, Lindsey Wheeler and Marisa Perez (alternate)
  • Richland MS:   Isaiah Aponte, Ana Carranza, Ana Juarez, Damon Lewis, Diego Lozano, Jocelyn Renteria, Matthew Tolbert, Daisy Amaro (alternate) and Javier Cruz (alternate)
  • Smithfield MS:  Cassidy Burris, Rhett Howe, Amie Johnson, Evan Pallanes; Alternates: Lauren Eastman and Lane Henyan
  • Watauga MS:  Alaynna Barkley, Anthony Barrett, Patricia Roberts, Alexis Terrazas and Andrea Phillips (alternate)Bold denotes First chair

Middle School Singers Dominate Region Auditions


Congratulations to BISD seventh- and eighth-grade singers who recently competed at the Region 5 Middle School (MS) Choir auditions. With 29 schools from four different school districts participating, BISD schools dominated the competition by filling almost 50 percent of the coveted region choir chairs. These singers will perform at Martin High School in Arlington at 5 p.m. Nov. 14.  Thanks to the outstanding middle school choir directors and private lesson teachers that helped guide these talented singers.

Region 5 Middle School Concert Tenor Bass Choir

  • North Oaks MS:  Gabe Murphy
  • North Richland MS:  Deondre Fowler, Jarred Gracy, Brandon Johnson, Kingston Leota, Colt Lewellen, Jarod Miller, Alex Owens, Mikel Serpe and Chester Vitug
  • North Ridge MS:  Aaron Jett, Gilbert Morales and Preston Robertson
  • Richland MS: Trevor Mote
  • Smithfield MS:  Michael Aguilera, Joshua Arendse, Nathaniel Blair, Parker Chapman, Keeton Charbonneau, Grayson Cram, Elijah Eastep, Jack Hembree, Cade Jankowski, Joshua Joe, Christian Jordan, Stephen Keil, Logan Lacey, Evan Pallanes, Ethan Robinson, Josue Sanchez, Will Thorne and Giovanni Valforte
  • Watauga MS:  Christian Alcala, Mason Buck, Bobby Kilcrease, James Lyne, Destyn Medina, Noah Strickland, Joshua Vidal and Andru Wilson

Region 5 Middle School Concert Treble Choir

  • North Richland MS:  Maddi Bazuldua, Annalise Esposito, Madeline Harris, Hailey Joseph, Savannah McDonald, Yamileth Mena-Rios, Samantha Orman and Annie Zamora
  • North Ridge MS:  Jaclyn Denson, Maddilin Howell and Sophia Miller
  • Richland MS:  Jocelyn Renteria
  • Smithfield MS:  Abbie Aswad, Ellen Ayers, Rainey Bailey, Amanda Blackburn, Lauren Cram, Emma Dixon, Janelle Henley, Claire Hollingsworth, Katie Loe, Lilly Melson, Bella Patricio, Alyssa Perrin, Lexi Rios, Christi Risenhoover, Lily Tolleson and Sarah Watkins
  • Watauga MS:  Alaynna Barkley, Abigayle Cox, Cristina Del Cristo, Emelina Diaz, Tran Le, Anastasia Lee and Kayla Meyers

Region 5 Middle School Honor Treble Choir

  • Haltom MS:  Catherine Wilson
  • North Oaks MS:  Missy Hawes, Mandi Inthalangsy and AnnaBelle OtwellNorth
  • Richland MS:  Adle Andrade and Simara Peyton
  • North Ridge MS:  Alexis Martinez and Audrey Smith
  • Smithfield MS:  Ellissa Abdo, Arianna Carrasco, Sophie Connolly, Madison Falzett, Abby Fambrough, Maddy Hodges, Jessica Horn, McKenzie Hurst, Mackenzie Patterson, Daisy Robeson, Audrey Roof, Maddie Russell, Mattie Vaughan and Kaitlin Weast
  • Watauga MS:  Renathe Apomolia, Avery Collins, Kaelina Dunn, Aisha Hassan, Bianca Molina, Carolina Portillo and Isabella Suazo