FWISD Board Approves TEMPORARY VIRTUAL LEARNING OPTION (TVLO) This FALL SEMESTER
Families may now register for the Fort Worth ISD Temporary Virtual Learning Option (TVLO) .
The FWISD Board of Education approved the temporary virtual learning option for students who have been unable to return to school due to a documented medical condition. The Board action took place at a regularly scheduled meeting, Tuesday, August 24. Registration opened at noon Wednesday, and families may apply for the program through noon Monday, August 30 at www.fwisd.org/TVLO. Classes begin on Monday, September 13 and continue through the rest of the fall semester.
While we know in-person instruction is best for academic success, we also recognize that some medically fragile students need a virtual learning option. This opportunity will be for those younger students --kindergarten through sixth grade --who are unable to receive COVID vaccinations at this time and have a documented medical condition that prevents them from attending school in - person due to COVID – 19.
There are a limited number of seats; our intent is to meet the needs of our students who can furnish the verifiable medical documentation that prevents them from attending in-person instruction.
The Board of Education heard a presentation about the TVLO prior to voting on funding for the program on Tuesday. View a recording on the presentation on the Fort Worth ISD LIVE YouTube Channel.
Visit www.fwisd.org/TVLO for additional information about the virtual learning option, including an FAQ and a form for application. The site will also contain some learning resources for parents.
On Tuesday, the board also:
- Recognized organizers of the Wildcat, Welcome Back! Registration and Resource Fair. Hosted July 31 at Dunbar High School, the pyramid-wide event offered families nearly 150 backpacks and registered 125 students for school. Families had opportunities to engage with 30 community and District vendors, enjoy food and entertainment including food trucks, face painting and bounce houses. The Wildcat, Welcome Back! Registration and Resource Fair was hosted by FWISD’s Division of Equity and Excellence along with the Family and Community Outreach and Marketing Department.
- Adopted a tax rate of $1.3432 per $100 valuation, which is a 3.5% reduction from the previous rate of $1.3784. For every $100 a taxable property is worth, $1.3432 will go to the District’s its operating budget and payments for bond projects.
- Approved the 2021-2022 FWISD Compensation Manual. The official document will be available for viewing soon on the Compensation and Employee Records webpage. A draft of the Compensation Manual notes is available in the Board agenda book beginning at page 296.
The FWISD Board of Education will convene again for a special meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. Here is the meeting agenda. The meeting will be held at the FWISD Professional Development Center Room 108, 3150 McCart Ave.
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Fort Worth ISD Offers Elementary Students “Hands-on” Experience in STEM* Education
*Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Mobile Labs Are Transforming Instruction for Younger Pupils
“Three! Two! One!” a group of excited D. McRae Elementary School students shout as their classmate lowers her finger onto a black button.
She presses the button. A sound, similar to a trumpet blaring, echoes through the air school grounds as a paper rocket catapults from a pressurized launcher and soars through the air.
“Whoa,” the students shout in amazement as the rocket floats over the school’s back fence before making a landing on Vaughn Boulevard where parents wait their vehicles for afternoon pickup.
“Good job,” instructor Lila LeCuyer tells the student pleased with her result, as another child prepares for their own rocket launch.
Over and over, students shout “3,2,1!” as approximately 20 children take turns at launching their own rockets. Some fly out into the faculty parking lot; others whimper a few yards, while others soar high before landing out of view.
“Where did it go?” the students ask.
Second through fifth grade students at D. McRae Elementary were the first to experience the District’s STEM Mobile Innovation Lab tour across the Fort Worth ISD this academic year. They were also the first to meet the District’s new mobile STEM lab teachers, Ms. LeCuyer and Joshua Grizzelle.
The two science teachers hold certifications for early childhood through eighth grade. Ms. LeCuyer, who is from New Mexico, is starting her first year with the District and her fourth in Texas. Her background is in third-grade science. Mr. Grizzelle, now in his 26th year as an educator, has been with the District eight years. He’s taught fifth grade science and kindergarten.
Earlier this month the District’s Career and Technical Education Department hired Ms. LeCuyer and Mr. Grizzelle to take its STEM Mobile Innovation Lab trailers “on the road” to District campuses throughout FWISD to engage students in STEM-related activities and modules at each stop, like flying drones, 3-D printing, programming robots and much more.
The two educators will write curriculum that exposes students to skills they may not learn in the classroom. Curriculum can also be customized by campus. If a school or class struggles with a particular Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standard and needs additional help, lessons can be designed to address the needs of the school or class, Ms. LeCuyer said.
“There’s a really cool opportunity for us as science educators to kind of grab it by the reins and get to come up with our own ideas and make it our own which is really, really exciting to me,” she said. “I’m really excited so far to see all the students that we’re going to be able to inspire through doing this.”
Billy W. Sills Center for Archives Settles Into Temporary Home
Fort Worth ISD’s Billy W. Sills Center for Archives is open for business at its new, temporary home and ready to serve the community with its expansive slice of Fort Worth ISD history.
The Sills Center, has moved to 100 N. University Drive in the FWISD Administration Building. Visitors have access to District information, such as the history of schools, individuals who have made an impact, yearbook collections and more from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The staff is also available to assist visitors with their research needs and photo requests.
People needing to visit the center outside of its general operating hours may do so by calling 817-814-2040 to book an appointment. Visitors must check in at the FWISD Information Center before entering the Sills Center from the outside doors on the far south end of the Administration Building complex -- the former Transition Center space.
The Billy W. Sills Lecture Series is currently on hold, however, due to space restrictions.
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