Sixty-two outstanding students from across Texas completed the 2021–2022 Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council program. Members represented 38 school districts, four private schools, three charter schools, and one home school. You may read about each of the member’s individual projects, in the printable Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council Newsletter!
Avery S., First-year member
Project: Bears for a Purpose – Avery and her friend developed guidelines on bears that could be donated to Cook Children’s Hospital. These guidelines were provided by a chaplain within the Spiritual Care Department of Cook Children’s Hospital to be sure the bears were safe to give to patients with compromised immune systems. Avery and her friend, with the assistance of Avery’s teacher, principal, and assistant principal, communicated these guidelines to the students of her school. As a result, 44 bears were donated and delivered to the Cook Children’s Hospital Spiritual Care Department to provide comfort to the young patients. Avery said, “There will always be problems along the way, but if it’s something you really want, those problems will be nothing.” Sponsor: Rebecca Berthold, Teacher.
Ainise Havili, Haltom High School class of 2014 alum, was hired as the assistant volleyball coach at Purdue University.
Havili, a three-time AVCA All-American with the Kansas Jayhawks, joins the Purdue staff as the volunteer assistant coach. During her time as a Jayhawk (2014–17), Havili became the first player in Big 12 Conference history to be named Big 12 Setter of the Year. Additionally, Havili’s success led to four First Team All-Big 12 and AVCA All-Midwest Region First Team accolades and culminated in becoming Kansas’ All-Time Assists leader.
Following her collegiate career, Havili played overseas from 2019–21 for the Allianz MTV Stuttgart in Germany (2019–2020) and Karayolları Spor Kulübü in Turkey (2020–21) before returning stateside. Since then, the former setter served as an assistant coach for the Texas Image Volleyball Club while working for Signature Consultants as a recruiter.
Havili graduated from Kansas in May 2018 with a bachelor of science in sports management and earned a master’s in marketing from the University of Arizona in 2019 while competing for the Wildcats’ beach volleyball team.
Birdville ISD educators representing Teaching and Learning & Advanced Academics were among the thousands who engaged in the first face-to-face AVID Summer Institute since 2019 in Dallas June 13–15. Those attending from Haltom High School, the Collegiate Academy of Birdville, and Haltom, North Oaks and Watauga middle schools participated in learning the best instructional strategies and leadership practices to impact collective agency in order to maximize student potential and possibility.
El personal de BISD participa en el Instituto de Verano AVID 2022
Los educadores de Birdville ISD que representan a Enseñanza y Aprendizaje y Académicos Avanzados estuvieron entre los miles que participaron en el primer Instituto de Verano AVID presencial desde 2019 en Dallas del 13 al 15 de junio. Los asistentes de Haltom High School, Collegiate Academy of Birdville y las escuelas intermedias Haltom, North Oaks y Watauga participaron en el aprendizaje de las mejores estrategias de instrucción y prácticas de liderazgo para impactar la agencia colectiva con el fin de maximizar el potencial y las posibilidades de los estudiantes.
Birdville ISD’s Retirement Class of 2022 consists of 88 individuals that gave a combined 1,733 years to the BISD family, and more than 2,357 combined years to public education. Thank you for your service and enjoy a long and healthy retirement.
Congratulations to 2017 BISD graduate and former Birdville Center of Technology and Advanced Learning (BCTAL) automotive technology student, Anastacia Clough, for being recognized at Freeman Toyota for earning her Master Diagnostic Technician certification. This is the highest certification level that a Toyota technician can achieve. Anastacia is the only female Master Technician in Gulf States Toyota. Gulf States Toyota represents all dealerships in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Anastacia is another reason #BISDShines.