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  • 2017- 2018 Public Notification of Nondiscrimination

    in Career and Technical Education Programs


    BISD offers support to school district for career and technical education programs in Journalism / Agriculatural Food and Natural Resources / Architecture and Construction / Transportation, Distribution and Logistics / Arts, Audio Visual Technology and Communications / Hospitality and Tourism / Business Management and Administration / Finance / Marketing / Information Technology / Education and Training / Human Services / Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security / Government and Public Administration / Health Science / Science, Engineering and Technology.  Admission to these programs is based on enrollment in BISD secondary schools.


    It is the policy of BISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its CTE programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.


    It is the policy of BISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.


    BISD will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and CTE programs.


    For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Skip Baskerville, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator, Lysette Reeves, at 6125 Belknap Street, Haltom City, Texas 76117 or 817-547-5700.


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  • "GREAT Moments in CTE History"History Clipart


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    • We had a great School-to-Work Coalition Luncheon on November 14th, we recognized our Outstanding Community Partner for 2018-2019. Medical City North Hills Hospital has supported student internships for the past forty years, and we are extremely grateful  to Medical City North Hills Hospital for giving BISD students this tremendous opportunity to pursue careers in the high demand field of Health Science. Thank you to Richard Davis, BISD School Board President, for presenting the special recognition.
    • We also had the opportunity to recognize Thomas Powell and Marilyn Ackmann for their dedication and service to the CTE Scholarship Committee.
    • It was a tremendous team effort from our CTE staff: Lisa Carnes, Kim McCrory, DeeDee Bocanegra, Susan French, Andrea Anderson, Elizabeth Clayton, Lisa Harrison, Mike Benton, Carol Adcock and our CTE student leaders listed below that spoke about the Marketing/Entrepreneurship, Health Science, Culinary Arts and Audio Video Production programs. They did an excellent job, and we appreciate all of their hard work to help make the luncheon successful.


    Haven Henning, BHS

    Adam Jennings, BHS

    Rhonda Ontiveros, RHS

    Gibson Ratliff, RHS

    Sabrina Franklin, HHS

    Annalise Esposito, RHS

    Daisy Frausto, BHS

    Chandler Hawkins, HHS

    Aileen Castillo, BHS

    Cali Cunningham, BHS

    • As always thank you to Martha Strain for welcoming our business partners and guests.
    • We appreciate Josh Gentry, Steve Wesley, Emily Livingston, Lissa Bartle, Carly Harris, Sharon Leon, Lisa Greco, Emily Shipman and Chad Lewis for selecting these outstanding students to speak at the luncheon.
    • Thank you to Trevor Kasal, Jeremy Upchurch and students for the production of the 2018-2019 CTE program video.
    • Thank you all for your wonderful contributions, diligence and hard work and for helping make this year’s School to Work Coalition Luncheon a success!

    Allison Vinson, M.Ed.

    Career and Technology Education Director


    Fall School-to-Work Coalition Luncheon 2018

    {click cover photo above to view the photos from the luncheon}


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  • Engineering Advisory Board Meeting at American Airlines

    {click cover photo above to view the photos of our teacher's behind the scenes tour}


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  • BISD 2018 College and Career Night

    {click on the cover photo above to view our 2018 College and Career Night}


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  •  PRESS RELEASE (featuring one of Birdville's own)


    For Release August 20, 2018

    Contact: SystemsGo • 830 997 3567 •


    36 teachers complete training for high school rocketry program 

    Thirty-six teachers in four states completed training this summer for various levels of the SystemsGo rocketry program, according to Rebekah Hyatt, Program Director. Training sessions were held in Roswell NM, Richardson TX, and Fredericksburg TX. Connor Gorman from Birdville Center of Technology attending the training in Richardson. Mr. Gorman has stepped into a thriving Rocketry program at Birdville Independent School District that successfully launched seven Oberth and Tsiolkovsky level rockets in April of 2018.


    The training was offered to accommodate the rapid growth in the SystemsGo program this year, which added 22 schools and expanded classes within existing schools. SystemsGo is now active in more than 72 high schools in Texas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah.


    The training covered all levels of the innovative project-based curriculum that uses rocketry to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and workplace skills. Some teachers were new to SystemsGo, and some were being trained to teach different levels. The goal is to guide them in “acting like a probe rather than a shovel.”


    “We introduce them to the teaching philosophy of SystemsGo, then model the stages of learning their students will experience,” said Hyatt. “There is a huge shift in pedagogy. Using Socratic Method of questioning as opposed to giving answers to student questions is quite different for many teachers. Seeing the value of ‘failure’ as a learning opportunity is also quite different. It is best for teachers to experience this first hand so they get a deeper understanding of how it increases accountability and ownership.”


    The shift in approach is challenging for teachers using it for the first time, said Hyatt, who taught the program for 10 years at Midlothian ISD and Maypearl ISD before joining SystemsGo in 2016. But they embrace it.


    “After the training, teachers said this was the best and most productive professional development they had ever attended,” Hyatt said. “Several said their teaching philosophies were going to change in all the classes they teach because of this week of training.”


    With a grant from The Boeing Company, Hyatt has begun revising and updating the curriculum. Over the summer, she brought in current SystemsGo teachers to help revise the Tsiolkovsky Level course, which is being rolled out to schools this fall.


    SystemsGo was developed at Fredericksburg High School (TX) by Brett Williams in 1996. Using project-based instruction, students’ progress from drafting, CAD, and engineering design, to building and launching rockets. The goal at the Tsiolkovsky Level is for rockets to loft a one-pound payload one mile high. The goal at the Oberth Level is to design and build a vehicle that reaches the speed of sound. Advanced students travel to White Sands Missile Range to attempt to reach 100,000 feet while carrying a scientific payload.


    Career-wise, a high percentage of SystemsGo students go on to study STEM related fields in college and end up working for organizations such as NASA, the Department of Defense, SpaceX, and other private sector aerospace and engineering firms.


    Fredericksburg training and curriculum review was supported in part by a grant from The Boeing Company and hosted by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. Additional teacher training sessions were hosted by Berkner High School in Richardson, TX; Eastern New Mexico University Roswell, Roswell, NM; and Milby High School, Houston, TX.


    Information on starting a program or supporting the nonprofit organization is available at, 830-997-3567,


    PHOTO: Connor Gorman

    Connor Gorman


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  • National Technical Honor Society Inductions

    March 21, 2018

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    NTHS Group pic


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  • NRH Fire Department Earns "Recognized" Status


    The North Richland Hills Fire Department is among a select few to be awarded "Recognized" status by Texas Fire Chiefs Association Best Practices Recognition Program. After a rigorous evaluation process involving a thorough assessment of the agency's policies, procedures, facilities and operations, North Richland Hills Fire – Rescue was awarded a “Recognized” status from the Texas Fire Chiefs Association (TFCA) Best Practices Recognition Program on February 15, 2018. The evaluation process involved a review of the following areas: Administration and Organization; Emergency Medical Services; Fire Prevention; Risk Reduction; Community Outreach; Safety and Health; Professional Standards and Conduct. After the department produced proof of compliance for each area, an internal review was conducted and all materials moved to an outside audit and review. The final step in the assessment process involved an on-site review by trained Fire Chiefs and Assistant Fire Chiefs from across Texas. North Richland Hills is honored to be the sixteenth department in the state of Texas to receive this recognition. Through the hard work of our staff and administration, we have been able to reach this status. We are proud to share this with our citizens, and feel confident this award demonstrates our dedication to being among the best in Texas fire service. The award presentation will take place at a future City Council Meeting (TBD), and the department will also receive recognition at the TFCA Executive Conference later this month.



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  • Check out our EMT Students and Teachers in Action!!!

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    BISD's educational access channel from Charter Communications cable is channel 192.

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