The Keller ISD family prides itself on being Intentionally Exceptional! Below are just some of the our district, student, and staff awards and recognitions.
KISD Earns 5-Star Rating for Financial Efficiency for Third Straight Year
Keller ISD earned Five Stars on the Financial Allocation Study of Texas (FAST) for the third consecutive year. The 2011-12 results were released by the office of Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller for Public Accounts in September 2012.
Keller ISD is one of just 45 districts or charter schools in the state of Texas to achieve a five-star rating, the highest rating awarded. The District is also one of just 15 schools to receive five stars for the three years straight. This independent assessment of KISD's financial performance accentuates its recognition of Superior Performance in the 2010 Texas Education Agency FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) system, an award the district has received for 9 consecutive years.
Keller ISD Receives Texas Honors Circle Awards for Public Education Excellence
Keller ISD, Bear Creek Intermediate School, Parkwood Hill Intermediate School, and South Keller Intermediate School are all recipients of the Texas Comptroller’s 2011 Texas Honors Circle Award, which recognizes schools and districts that are achieving academic success through cost-effective operations. Award recipients achieve strong academic performance while spending relatively little compared to their peers. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced that 46 Texas school districts (only 4%) and 313 campuses received the Texas Honors Circle Award for high rankings in the 2011 Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST).
Indoor Air Quality National Model of Sustained Excellence Award
KISD was awarded the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools National Model of Sustained Excellence Award by the Environmental Protection Agency. This award is presented to U.S. school districts that demonstrate ongoing exceptional commitment and achievement in maintaining healthy educational facilities while institutionalizing comprehensive IAQ management practices.
Recipients of this award must have been a past National Excellence Award recipient and are selected through a highly competitive process. Applicants must show how they have sustained their IAQ practices, established IAQ management goals, and tracked short-term and long-term progress on IAQ management.
2010 Clean Air Award - National Air Filtration Association
Keller ISD was awarded the 2010 Clean Air Award by the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA). KISD was one of 24 recipients, as well as one of two school districts, to be honored. NAFA initiated the Clean Air Award in 1995 to recognize the efforts of facility managers and building owners who go above the “recommended minimums” and put into place “best practice” maintenance. The Clean Air Award is based upon innovative technology, the use of proper air filtration, and the benefits realized by initiating these measures. It is judged and presented by NAFA to hold and maintain buildings to a higher standard for occupant safety, health and productivity.
TASA/TASB Architectural Award
VLK Architects and Timber Creek High School were recognized by the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASA/TASB) with Design, Educational Appropriateness, Innovation and Sustainability architectural awards for the design and construction of the district’s 4th high school.
2010 Region XI Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented Awards
Every year, the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) awards outstanding Texans for committing to the benefit of all gifted children, contributing time and effort in support of this commitment, and encouraging shared leadership and global participation in its achievement. This year, Keller ISD individuals took honors in three outstanding categories:
The 2010 Region XI Rising Star Teacher of the Gifted, the 2010 Region XI Parent of the Gifted, and the 2010 Region XI Advocate of the Gifted and State Advocate of the Year.
LEED Silver Level Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council
Timberview Middle School was awarded with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Level Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This honor recognizes the design and construction of innovative facilities that are highly efficient, sustainable, and built with environmentally-conscious building practices. Timberview Middle School is Keller ISD’s first LEED-Certified facility.
KISD Finance Awards
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded Keller ISD with two prestigious finance awards:
- The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for fiscal year ending August 2010. This awards program encourages and assists state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that illustrate the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.
- The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for fiscal year beginning September 2010. This awards program encourages and assists state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting.
Keller ISD has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the past four years and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the past three years.
KISD also received both the Meritorious Budget Award for the district’s 2010-11 Annual Budget and the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended August 2010 by the Association of School Business Officials International.
School Safety Awards
KISD was singled out as the top school district in Texas for safety. The 2010 Texas Safe Schools Award was presented to the district for its diligent efforts towards providing a safe and secure learning environment for all students and promoting safety.
In addition, for the third consecutive year, KISD has been named among the 500 most secure organizations by Security Magazine. The monthly national security publication ranked the district as the 19th most secure organization in the Education: K-12 category for 2011. Key matrices included in selecting the 500 were: Security spending/Student; Security spending/Employee; Security spending/Revenue; Security Officers/Square Feet of Facilities; and Security Officers/Employee. Sectors were measured and evaluated on metrics among peer organizations.
TASBO Award of Merit for Purchasing and Operations
Keller ISD was honored with the Award of Merit for Purchasing and Operations by the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO). This award recognizes school districts statewide that are committed to following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services.
KellerISD.net Finalist for SchoolE Award for Top Site
KellerISD.net was a Finalist for the SchoolE Award recognizing the nation’s top school district websites. The district's main website was one of seven finalists in the "Large District" Division and competed against districts from California, Nevada, Florida and Virginia, as well as fellow Texan school districts Brownsville ISD and Clear Creek ISD.
CHS and FRHS Receive College Readiness Recognition
Both Central High School and Fossil Ridge High School received the "2011 College Readiness Award" from the Texas ACT Council for increasing the number of students taking the ACT Assessment over the past five years and significantly increasing their level of achievement and college readiness. Only 10% of all high schools in Texas were honored for this superior level of accomplishment.
2011 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List for Texas
Bear Creek Intermediate School and Bluebonnet Elementary School were named to the 2011 National Center for Educational Achievement’s (NCEA) Higher Performing Schools List for Texas. The Higher Performing Schools List identifies those Texas schools that have shown tremendous commitment and effort in bringing more students to college and career readiness than expected. The schools identified on this year's list are based on one of two measures: consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years and/or absolute student achievement using the school’s Commended Performance results on the spring 2011 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test.
Timberview 2010-11 Green Ribbon Schools Award
Timberview Middle School received the 2010-2011 Green Ribbon Schools Award for their efforts in making their school environment a healthier and happier place by completing the Four Cornerstones of a Green Ribbon School Program. Timberview Middle is one of only 41 schools honored with the award for the 2010-11 school year. The program includes the following Four Cornerstones: Eco-Campus, Nature Adventure, Health & Fitness, and Natural Classrooms.
KISD Fine Arts Director TAEA Educator of the Year and TETA 2012 Founders Award
Dr. David Stevens, Keller ISD Director of Fine Arts, was named the 2011 Supervision/Administration Educator of the Year by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA). The award recognizes TAEA members who have significantly contributed to the association and to art education at the state, local and national levels.
In addition, Dr. Stevens was also awarded the 2012 Founders Award by the Texas Educational Theatre Association for his ongoing service to the organization. The Founders Award is the most prestigious award given by the TETA Board of Directors to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to educational theatre in Texas.
State Teachers of the Year
For two consecutive years, Keller ISD was home to State Teachers of the Year by the Texas Education Agency. Hidden Lakes Elementary teacher Grant Simpson was the 2008 State Elementary Teacher of the Year, and in 2007, Fossil Ridge High School teacher Nika Maples was the State Secondary Teacher of the Year. Most recently, Trinity Meadows Intermediate teacher Donalyn Miller was named as the 2010 Region XI Elementary Teacher of the Year and TEA State Finalist.
"American Teacher" Documentary Features TSMS Teacher
Erik Benner, a Texas History teacher and coach at Trinity Springs Middle School, is one of four teachers featured in the documentary “American Teacher,” a film by Oscar-winner Vanessa Roth and narrated by Matt Damon. The documentary discusses the many demands that teachers face today. Erik was filmed both teaching in his classroom and coaching on the field at TSMS. He also traveled to New York, where he participated in an “Education Nation” panel discussion led by Al Roker and Jenna Bush.
American Diabetes Association Recognition
Two Keller High nurses, Debbie Gregory and Kathy Poulsen, were recognized by the American Diabetes Association of North Texas for their efforts in organizing the district’s Walk for Diabetes. In addition, KISD received the Outstanding School District Event award from the American Diabetes Association as well as recognized by the ADA for being one of the top 20 fundraising districts Nationwide.
State achievements in Academics, Fine Arts, and Athletics
- Keller ISD proudly announces that 10 of its students have earned Semifinalist honors in the National Merit Scholarship Program as named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. These high school seniors now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring. Finalists will be notified of their status in February 2012.
- Two students from Central High School
- One student from Fossil Ridge High School
- Six students from Keller High School
- One student from Timber Creek High School
- As a district, KISD high school seniors for the 2010-11 school year received nearly $40 million in scholarship offers.
- The Destination Imagination teams from Florence Elementary, as well as from Timberview and Trinity Springs Middle Schools, represented Keller ISD at the Destination ImagiNation® Global Finals Competition. The 4th grade team from Florence Elementary placed 3rd in the State competition. The 8th grade team from Timberview and Trinity Springs placed 2nd as well as received one of the very few “DaVinci Awards” given for outstanding creativity with their instant challenge performance.
- A Keller ISD 4th grader from Lone Star Elementary School was among the 25 champions who competed in The Star-Telegram Regional Spelling Bee at TCU. The student correctly spelled his way through 12 Rounds and found himself in the Top 4 Spellers at the beginning of Round 13.
- Fossil Ridge High School competed as a finalist in the UIL State One-Act Play Contest. The group was one of eight Conference 5A schools winning four levels to advance to the State Contest. This was Fossil Ridge’s third appearance at the State Contest in the history of the school, placing 3rd in 2006 and 2nd in 2008. In addition, this was Keller ISD’s fourth consecutive year to have a school at the State One-Act Play Contest, with an unprecedented five appearances by three different Keller ISD schools.
- All four high schools and 35 students were represented at the Visual Arts Scholastic Event State (VASE) Competition. KISD received a total of 10 Gold Seal Awards - the highest award possible - and the most ever won by Keller ISD.
- All four high schools and 18 choir and band members were recognized as Texas Music Educators Association’s All-State Musicians.
- Keller ISD high school students participated in both the 26th Congressional District Art Competition hosted by U.S. Representative Michael C. Burgess, and the 12th Congressional District Art Competition hosted by U.S. Representative Kay Grainger. After only appearing for the FIRST time in 26th Congressional District art competition, KISD students swept the contest, claiming the top three places: Two Students from Timber Creek High took 1st and 2nd Place, and a Keller High student took 3rd Place. In addition, a Central High student placed 2nd in the 12th Congressional District Art Competition. For the past three years in a row, a Keller ISD student has placed in the District 12 Competition.
- Central High saw 12 teams reach the post-season, two of those earning district championships in their respective sports, and 11 athletes were recognized at the state level.
- Fossil Ridge High saw 7 teams reach the post-season, two of those earning district championships in their respective sports, and 9 athletes were recognized at the state level.
- Keller High saw 15 teams reach the post-season, four of those earning district championships in their respective sports, and 20 athletes were recognized at the state level.
- Timber Creek High saw 8 teams reach the post-season, 4 of those earning district championships in their respective sports, and 15 athletes were recognized at the state level.
- Keller ISD has been a proud participant in Special Olympics since 1991, offering sports during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons for its athletes. This year, Keller ISD had 54 outstanding athletes – 25 in Basketball and 29 in Track and Field – advance to the State Special Olympics hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington.