Keller Citizen

March 24, 2014

School briefs

Keller and Northwest ISD news.

Northwest ISD

Digital distinction

It’s a digital dynasty. For the third consecutive year, the Northwest school district has been named a national Top Ten Digital School District. This time around, Northwest ranks seventh in the national 2013-14 Digital School Districts Survey. It is one of three Texas school districts to receive this award – and the only district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. School districts are recognized for their commitment to the digital learning environment and high quality daily teaching and learning in classrooms. Northwest will be recognized next month at the Digital School Districts Survey awards reception.

Making connections

The Northwest district and area real estate and housing professionals made a connection early this month at the district’s annual connection luncheon. About 80 professionals representing realtor agencies, builders and developers and businesses attended the luncheon, sponsored by the Northwest ISD Education Foundation. The luncheon is held to provide realtors and businesses with information about Northwest school district and its growth projections. For more information on Northwest’s growth and its close relationship with realty industry, go to The district is consistently among the fastest-growing districts in the state.

Principal accomplishment

Kay Granger Elementary School Principal Kimmie Etheredge has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 National Distinguished Principal Award. The award honors outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for their school community. Etheredge will be recognized at the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association conference in June. Granger, which is located in north Fort Worth, was in 2013 named a National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership.

Book smart

Northwest High School librarian Naomi Bates has earned the Texas Library Association’s Young Adult Reading Incentive Award. The award honors a librarian who has shown exceptional ability in motivating young adults to read by developing and implementing a reading incentive program for students in sixth through 12th grades. The award will be presented at the state library association’s conference next month in San Antonio.

Night of no limits

The Northwest School district will present the second annual Night of No Limits on May 29 at Byron Nelson High School, 2775 Bobcat Boulevard in Trophy Club. Kindergarten through high school students will present their inquiry projects and problem-based learning experiences. Families can engage in interactive exhibits from Dallas’s Perot Museum. CBS 11 meteorologist Jeff Jamison showcase the Mobile 11 Storm Chasing vehicle.

Keller ISD

Test drive for students

Freeman Buick-GMC in Grapevine will present a “Buick Drive for Your Students” event where test driving Buick vehicles earns funds for the Keller ISD Athletic Association for scholarships and equipment. The Buick Drive for Your Students will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 in the parking lot at the Keller ISD Stadium, 500 N. Pate Orr Rd. The KISD School Walk for Diabetes will take place that morning inside the stadium. For more information, go to

Central business leaders

Central High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) had a great showing at the recent state conference. Sophomore Idalia Nunez was elected State Vice President for Area 7. Six students qualified for the national competition this summer in Nashville: Christian de Lara, Idalia Nunez, Julia Chheng, Janine Baruian, Taylor Berns and Finley Sehorn.

Writing contest winner

Cassidy Hawks, a sixth grader at Bear Creek Intermediate School, won the December Scholastic Magazine Writing Contest. Cassidy was one of five winners from across the United States. For her winning essay, Cassidy compared an Ethiopian folktale and a nonfiction article, both on the subject of conquering fears. Entries were judged on effective use of supporting evidence, organization, originality and grammar.

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