Inside FWISD September 20, 2018

FWISD Prepares for Gold Seal Catalogs Distribution

Fort Worth ISD will begin distributing the 2019-2020 Gold Seal Choices Catalog to students, Monday, September 24. The catalog will also be available online beginning next week.

Published annually, the catalog informs students and their parents of the District’s Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice opportunities.

“This catalog outlines Fort Worth ISD’s many Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice that can put your child on his or her best pathway for success in college and career,” Superintendent Kent P. Scribner writes in the catalog’s introductory letter. “Instead of asking students what career they want to pursue, let’s ask ‘What kinds of problems do you want to solve, and what experience do you need in order to prepare yourself?’”

“No matter their answers, Fort Worth ISD has a Gold Seal Program or School of Choice to match, with critical thinking, rigorous hands-on learning and opportunities for internships, certificates and college hours.”

Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice offers student opportunities in advanced academics, engineering, aviation technology, culinary arts, health science, audio/video production, college preparatory, applied learning, STEM, Montessori and much more.

Here are some key Gold Seal dates to remember:

October 15-November 8

Fifth- and Eighth-Grade Presentations

November 9

Applications Available

November 9-10

Choices Expo

November 13

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Elementary and Middle School Open Houses

November 12-15

6-7:30 p.m. Neighborhood Open Houses

December 7

5 p.m. Application Deadline

For more details and a complete list of scheduled events, visit www.fwisd.org/choice.

Traffic delays near Central Admin Building Expected Friday

Anyone driving to or near the FWISD Central Administration Building on Friday, September 21, should be aware that traffic is expected to be heavy because of the funeral of a Fort Worth Police Officer. Officer Garrett Hull was recently killed in the line of duty.

A funeral procession will leave the Greenwood Funeral Home sometime on Friday morning bound for Christ Chapel Bible Church near I-30 and Montgomery Street. Following the 1 p.m. funeral service the procession will return Officer Hull to Greenwood for internment. Alternate routes to Central Admin. may be needed depending on the time of day.

Voter Registration Deadline is October 9

Texas residents have until Tuesday, October 9, to register if they intend to vote in the General Election on November 6.

Per the Texas Education Code, high schools are required to have a campus principal or designee serving as a deputy registrar and who twice a year distributes a registration application to each student who is or will be 18 years old or older on Election Day, subject to rules put in place by the Texas Secretary of State office.

Eligible residents may register to voter if they are:

  • A U.S. citizen;
  • A resident of the county where the voter registration application is submitted;
  • At least 17 years and 10 months old and will be 18 years old on Election Day;
  • Not a convicted felon (“you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole,” according to the secretary of state’s office);
  • Not “declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote,” according to the secretary of state’s office.

Visit votetexas.gov to confirm voter registration status.

The following graphic details District expectations as well as the high school implementation plan for the voter registration program.

Employees Must Complete Mandatory Training By October 31

More than a month remains for Fort Worth ISD employees to complete 10 mandatory Safe Schools online courses for the 2018-2019 school year.

Employees have until Wednesday, October 31, to complete the courses. New hires must complete the courses within two months of their hire date.

More than 50 percent of District staffers have completed the courses since they became available in May, according to Aracely Chavez, executive director of Classified Learning. This is the third year FWISD has used Safe Schools for Safety and Compliance training.

The 2018-2019 mandatory Safe Schools online courses include:

  • Bullying Response and Recognition
  • Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Child Abuse Mandatory Texas Course
  • CIPA: Compliance with Children’s Internet
  • Work Place Injury Prevention
  • Teen Dating Violence and Prevention
  • Sexual Harassment: Student Issues and Response.
  • Health Emergences: Overview

View the courses at fwisd.tx.safeschools.com. An active directory and password is required to access the system. Google Chrome is the preferred browser for using Safe Schools.

The Safe Schools Library includes more than 240 courses. Employees are encouraged to take as many courses as they’d like beyond the 10 mandatory courses.

It’s recommended that employees with questions about Safe Schools training visit the FAQ page at http://bit.ly/2rxuw95 or email Ms. Chavez at Aracely.chavez@fwisd.org.

FWISD employees received on-site immunizations at the Central Administration Building, Wednesday, September 19

Jackson: FWISD On-Site Immunization Clinics Going ‘Very Well’

Fort Worth ISD employees registered for 1,575 immunizations in the first week of fall on-site vaccination clinics, according to the Health Services Department. Of those immunizations, 879 are for flu shots, according to the department.

The District began offering flu shots and other immunizations for employees and their family members at onsite-vaccination clinics across FWISD on Monday, September 17.

“Information that I have received indicates that the clinics have gone very well so far, including our clinic here at the Admin. building on [Wednesday],” said Alice Turner-Jackson, director of health services.

FWISD employees received on-site immunizations at the Central Administration Building, Wednesday, September 19

Employees, there’s still time to sign up for vaccines.

Multiple vaccination clinics are scheduled at District facilities through Friday, October 19.

Sign up for immunizations by visiting www.passageware.com/ClinicSignUp/FWISD/.

See the communication from the Health Services Department below for more details.

$25 Million in Free Health Care Available Through Friday

An estimated $25 million in medical and dental services is available at no cost to noninsured and underinsured Fort Worth residents this week, according to city officials.

More than 2,000 healthcare professionals and volunteers are participating in the free clinic, hosted at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. The clinic continues through 4 p.m. today, and is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Services are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and no insurance or identification is required, according to the city.

For more details, click here.


The following communication from the FWISD Athletics Department relates to date changes for upcoming football because of impending inclement weather Friday, September 20:

1. Dunbar vs Celina – game has been moved from Friday, September 21 at Clark to Thursday, September 20 at Celina

2. Western Hills vs Quinlan Ford – game has been moved from Friday, September 21 at Quinlan to Thursday Thursday, September 20 at Quinlan

3. Dunbar and Western Hills Freshman and Junior Varsity football games have been cancelled.

4. Carter Riverside vs Diamond Hill-Jarvis scheduled for 7:30 at Handley Field onFriday, September 21 has been moved to a 6 p.m. kickoff. (Still Pending)

5. Saginaw vs Arlington Heights scheduled for 7:00 at Farrington Field on Saturday, September 22 has been moved to a noon kickoff.

Option Allows Employees to Transfer HSA Funds

Employees with a balance in a Health Savings Account (HSA) with another financial institution have the option to transfer the funds to EECU.

Earlier this month, EECU Credit Union became Fort Worth ISD’s financial institution for Health Savings Account payroll deductions. Previously, the District’s HSA accounts were handled by HAS Bank.

Employees who elected an HSA for 2018-2019 should receive a welcome letter from EECU via mail with their new HSA account number and other important documents. Additionally, EECU will be sending employees who elected the 2018-2019 HSA a beneficiary designation form and an HSA Direct Transfer Instruction Form, which will aid employees with transferring HSA funds in accounts with other financial institutions to EECU.

EECU is providing a limited offer, a $25 credit, to employees who are charged a closing fee for transferring their HSA funds from another financial institution to EECU. Employees must complete and mail their Direct transfer form to EECU by September 30, 2018 and mail documentation to EECU by October 31, 2018, showing they were charged a closing fee to receive the credit.

For more details on the new HSA account, contact EECU by visiting a local branch, calling 817-882-0800, or emailing HSA@eecu.org.

Employees with questions may also contact the Fort Worth ISD Benefits Department by emailing Benefits@fwisd.org or calling 817-8142240.

FWISD announces Department Reorganization

The following communication from Superintendent Kent P. Scribner relates to the reorganization of District departments that became effective September 1.

ES Campuses, Leaders Recognized at Principals Meeting

Several schools and their principals were honored for “spectacular student engagement” and “phenomenal professional learning communities” at their campuses during Wednesday morning’s Elementary Principals Meeting.

Each executive director recognized two schools in his or her group for extraordinary work. Principals received colorful certificates and the applause of their peers during the September 19 meeting.

Additionally, not one but two schools received the newly-revived Webby Award, a “traveling trophy” that will be awarded each month for outstanding websites. The criterion for this month’s award was “back-to-school resources.”

The honorees are:

Spectacular Student Engagement

Meadowbrook, Principal Suzelle Birkmire

Pictured is Principal Birkmire with Todd Koppes, Elementary School Leadership executive director

Alice Contreras, Principal Cortes Rangel

Pictured is Principal Rangel with Todd Koppes, Elementary School Leadership executive director

Springdale, Principal Leann Moreno

Pictured is Principal Moreno with Shawn Buchanan, Elementary School Leadership executive director

Alice Carlson, Principal Janis Harris

Pictured is Principal Harris with Shawn Buchanan, Elementary School Leadership executive director

Kirkpatrick, Principal Christine Renteria

Pictured is Principal Renteria with Todd Koppes, Elementary School Leadership executive director

M.G. Ellis Primary, Principal Leticia Sparks

Pictured is Principal Sparks with Todd Koppes, Elementary School Leadership executive director

Burton Hill, Principal Tm Bigley

Pictured is Principal Bigley with Xavier Sanchez , Elementary School Leadership executive director

D. McRae, Principal Julia Barrera Yost

Pictured is Principal Yost with Sonja Starr-Malone, Elementary School Leadership executive director

Phenomenal PLC

Worth Heights, Principal Andrea Lange

Pictured is Principal Lange (right) with Hilda Caballero, Elementary School Leadership executive director

Rosemont, Rodolfo Valdez

Pictured is Principal Valdez (right) with Hilda Caballero, Elementary School Leadership executive director

Glen Park, Principal Ellen Verreault

Pictured is Principal Verreault (right) with Xavier Sanchez, Elementary School Leadership executive director

Western Hills, Alexandra Montes

Pictured is Principal Montes with Sonja Starr-Malone, Elementary School Leadership executive director

A.M. Pate, Principal Rochelle Horton

Pictured is Principal Horton with Dr. Raul Peña, chief of elementary schools

The overall elementary Webby Award went to Luella Merrett Elementary School, with first runner-up and second runner-up

Pictured is Luella Merrett Elementary Principal Karelyn Foley (center) with Barbara Griffith (left), senior communications officer, and Dr. Raul Peña, chief of elementary schools

In a surprise, the overall secondary Webby Award was given to Daggett Montessori, which now falls under the supervision of the Chief of Elementary Schools, Raul Pena.

Pictured is Daggett Montessori Principal Veronica Delgado (center) with Barbara Griffith (left), senior communications officer, and Dr. Raul Peña, chief of elementary schools
Courtesy phtoto

Castillo Recognized As Coach of the Week

Congratulations to Coach Oscar Castillo for being selected by North Texas fans the Week 1 Dallas Cowboys Whataburger High School Coach of the Week.

Mr. Castillo is the head football coach at Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School. In addition to his recognition his football team will receive a $2,000 grant from Whataburger and the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation.

Coach Castillo has led the Eagles since February 2016. On Thursday, August 30, he coached the team to its first victory in eight years, snapping a 77-game losing streak. The Eagle defeated Dallas Conrad 40-12. The victory was covered by local and national media outlets.

“I can’t even explain how proud I am of these guys,” Coach Castillo said after the win.

Plans are underway to present Coach Castillo and his team with the $2,000 grant at an October pep rally. Whataburger executives, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Cowboys mascot Rowdy are expected to attend.

FWISD Employees Must Confirm Handbook Receipt by September 30

Fort Worth ISD employees must confirm receipt of the 2018-2019 Employee Handbook by Sunday, September 30.

All District employees are required to login to the Employee Handbook portal using their active directory credentials and acknowledge they’ve received the handbook.

“In an effort to ensure a successful school year, it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable of and adhere to District Policies, Procedures and Administrative Regulations outlined in the Employee Handbook,” wrote Cynthia Rincón, Human Capital Management chief, in a recent memorandum to District employees.

The 2018-2019 Employee Handbook includes important information regarding:

Employment rights

  • Leaves and absences
  • Compensation and wage

Employment responsibilities

  • Standards of conduct
  • Separation of employment procedures
  • Workplace requirements and procedures
  • District policies

“The Employee Handbook is a guide to success for all employees,” said Patrick Smith, director of employee relations. “It is a first-stop resource for answers to many FAQs asked by employees.”


Guidance and Confidential Counseling for You and Your Family

The Fort Worth ISD reminds all employees that a wide variety of life assistance services are available at no cost through the District’s employee assistance program (EAP) with Alliance Work Partners.

This EAP is designed to help you, and your family, manage daily responsibilities, major events, work stresses, or any issue affecting your quality of life. And, it is completely confidential as is required by federal law. Any assistance you seek cannot be reported to your employer or your supervisor.

All of the benefits offered through the FWISD EAP are available with just a toll-free phone call 24 hours a day, seven day a week. Your EAP benefits include:

LawAccess – Legal and Financial services provided by a lawyer or financial professional.

HelpNet – a customized EAP website featuring resources, skill-building tools, online assessments and referrals.

WorkLife – Resources and referrals for everyday needs.

SafeRide – Reimbursement for emergency cab fare for eligible employees and dependents that opt to use can service instead of driving while impaired.

1-to-3 Counseling Sessions – Per problem, per year. Short-term counseling sessions which include assessment, referral, and crisis services.

In addition, there are regular Newsletters, Webinar Training Series, and Tips for Everyday Living all prepared with the right information to help you as life happens.

The Fort Worth ISD Employee Assistance Program is available right now to serve your needs! You can check-out all the benefits available at www.awpnow.com/main/FWISD-EAP-Resource-Room. The toll-free phone numbers are:


1-800-448-1823 TDD

1-800-334-TEEN (8336) for dependent or other teens living in your family

Remember this service is completely confidential and is provided by the Fort Worth ISD at no additional cost to you. In the coming weeks, INSIDE FWISD will highlight many of the different benefits available through this beneficial employee resource.

2017 Campaign Kickoff Breakfast

United Way of Tarrant County to Host 2018 Campaign Kickoff Breakfast for FWISD Leaders

The United Way of Tarrant County will host its 2018 Campaign Kickoff Breakfast for Fort Worth ISD principals and employee campaign managers, Wednesday, September 26.

More than 200 people are confirmed to attend the breakfast which is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. in The Great Hall of the ACH Child and Family Services’ Hickman Center, 3712 Wichita St.

Leadership from United Way of Tarrant County and Fort Worth ISD are slated to make remarks at the breakfast, including Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and TD Smyers, president and chief executive officer for United Way of Tarrant County.

This year’s campaign message is: Live United.

United Way of Tarrant County has long invested in Fort Worth ISD students and continues to make education a funding priority. In recent years, funds donated to the District by the nonprofit has supported programs focused on improving elementary students’ literacy skills, helping middle school students identify and prepare for career dreams and preparing high school students for college and careers.

Additionally, the nonprofit offers resources to assist FWISD families, including placing low-income families on a path to financial stability and assisting families with ongoing health issues.

Last year, FWISD contributed more than $175,000 to its United Way Campaign. This year, the District anticipates contributing $250,000 in donations from its students and employees.

The 2018 campaign will run from October 15 – 26. Once again, this year, employees will have an opportunity to make online donations.

The collection deadline for departments is November 2. Training for the coordinators is slated for 8 a.m. September 27, at the Professional Development Center.

Bond Bid Preview Slated For Sept. 26

The Fort Worth ISD Capital Improvement Program (CIP) will host a Bid Preview to provide information on upcoming procurement opportunities with the District.

This event provides an opportunity for the construction community to meet the CIP leadership, owner representatives, and architects, as well as learn specifics about upcoming bid opportunities. The 2017 FWISD Bond Bid Preview is slated for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 26 at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Agenda items include:

  • CIP Update
  • Overview of 2017 Bond Projects
  • Bid Strategy
  • HUB Program Requirements

Make plans to attend the Bid Preview by submitting your RSVP at:


For more details about the 2017 FWISD Bond Bid preview, contact Marisol Gomez at 817-317-7731 or mgomez@fwisd.org.

For more information about the 2017 CIP, visit www.fwisd.org/cip

For more information about the 2017 FWISD Bond, visit http://fwisd2017bond.com

City Features FWISD’s Vital Link Program

The City of Fort Worth recently featured Fort Worth ISD’s Vital Link program in a story on the city website.

Vital Link is offered to incoming FWISD seventh-grade students during the summer. Students spend a half-day for one week interning with local companies and working side-by-side with employees. Students learn how reading, mathematics, writing, oral communication, technology and other skills are used daily. Teachers are on-site with students to supervise and assist in incorporating school lessons into workplace application.

This year, 24 businesses and organizations participated in the program’s 27th year.

More than 40 FWISD students participated in Vital Link’s internship program with the City of Fort Worth this summer.

Read more about what students recently experienced and learned through Vital Link’s internship with the city here.

FWISD Awards Contract for Latino American History, Culture Consultant Services

The Fort Worth ISD has received authorization from the Board of Education to award a contract for Latino/a American History and Culture consultant services to Texas Christian University Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies.

TCU will be working with the District in developing a “K-12 overlay curriculum” relating to Latino/a American History and Culture that will be incorporated into classroom lessons, according to board documents. Elective studies at the secondary level focusing on an in-depth study of Latino/a history and culture will be reviewed and refined, and “professional learning for teachers and staff that fosters an understanding and appreciation of the rich histories, cultures and contributions of Latino(a)s and how to transfer that understanding to serve the best interests of students,” will also be developed, according to board documents.

More than $86,000 in general funds is designated for the contract.

“In tandem with African and African American History and culture resources developed in [School Year 2017-2018], the Latino/a American History and Culture deliverables will lay a foundation for the purposeful infusion of multiple historical and cultural perspectives into the core curriculum,” according to Board documents from the September 11 meeting. “Through exploring multiple perspectives, students will cultivate critical thinking and literacy skills transferable to life beyond the classroom while growing socially and emotionally as they become equipped to better understand themselves and foster authentic relationships grounded in mutual understanding.”

Read more about this recent action in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Photo courtesy of Arnoldo Hurtado

North Side Alumnus Unveils Mural In Historic North side Neighborhood

Fort Worth ISD’s North Side High School community kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month attending the unveiling of a 110-foot wall mural, Sunday September 16.

Created by North Side High alumnus and artist Arnoldo Hurtado, the mural titled “Convivo (coexist): Murals of Community and Inclusion” features the high-school’s award-winning Mariachi Espuelas de Plata ensemble. The mural is painted on an exterior wall at Franko’s Market, located at 2622 Azle Ave.

“I want people to be proud and say ‘yes’ this is what I bring to the table and this is what my culture brings to the table,” Mr. Hurtado said. “We’re relevant. We’re important, and we’re being acknowledged and being represented through the arts.”

The mural unveiling was held in conjunction with a festival celebrating Mexican Independence Day.

To learn more about the mural, click here.

Hispanic Heritage Month continues through October 15.

Fort Worth ISD encourages employees and its campuses to join in celebrating the significant contribution of Hispanic Americans to this nation.

Post your photos of celebratory events on social media using the hashtags #FWISD and #HispanicHeritageMonth – and tagging @FortWorth_ISD on Twitter and @FortWorthISD on Facebook and Instagram. We’ll share as many photos as we can on our District platforms!

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.

College Night 2018

FWISD Council of PTA Fall Training

Battle of the Boot


The Fort Worth ISD thanks the family of Rufino Mendoza Sr. who recently donated backpacks to students at Rufino Mendoza Elementary School.

Photos courtesy of Rufino Mendoza Elementary School

The District also thanks the Fort Worth business community that committed more than $100,000 earlier this week to the Read Fort Worth Classroom Library Campaign. The Rainwater Charitable Foundation matched the gifts bringing total contributions to more than $200,000, according to Read Fort Worth. The Classroom Library Campaign project is a community effort focused on advancing early childhood literacy by placing at least 100 “high-interest” and culturally-relevant books in Fort Worth ISD pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms, according to the organization.

Fort Worth ISD’s 100 X 25 FWTX initiative aims to have 100 percent of third-grade students reading on or above grade level by 2025. Superintendent Kent P. Scribner is partnering with Mayor Betsy Price and BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose to lead the community-wide Read Fort Worth initiative. This collective impact strategy engages parents, grandparents, and caregivers as well as volunteers from the city’s business sector, higher education, non-profit organizations, and the faith-based community.

FWISD Social Media Guidelines

The following communication is from Social Media Coordinator Kiana King

Campus Back to School events, August 7- September 28

Website Training for Web managers, Friday, August 24- Friday, September 28

Professional Learning and Innovation Opportunities in September

Educational Technology Professional Learning Opportunities in September

Voly Training, September 5- November 9

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15 (Send photos of events hosted at your campus to Inside@fwisd.org)

St. Jude Walk/ Run to End Childhood Cancer, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, September 22, Panther Island Pavillion

Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, September 25

Bond Bid Preview, Wednesday, September 26

UNCF Empower Me Tour, Friday, September 28

Stop Six Family Festival, 10 a.m. Saturday, September 29, Eastover Park, 4300 Ramey Ave.

Teens' Workshop: Make Your own Zine, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, September 29, Sid Richardson Museum

HAM Radio Technician Licensing Course, 5:30- 7:30 p.m., October 1, 15, 22, 29 and November 5

Financial Aid Help Sessions, October 2-December 3

Mariposa Market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, October 6, Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Monarch Migration Festival, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, October 6, Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Waiver Day, Monday, October 8

Last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election, Tuesday, October 9

Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, October 9

Unity in the Community Family and Youth Summit, 8:30- 1 p.m. Saturday, October 13, Dunbar High School

Billy W. Sills Lecture Series: The Evolution of Sundance Square, 9:30-10 a.m., Saturday October 13

Join O.D. Wyatt HS for the First Cowtown High School BBQ regional competition, October 19-20

Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, October 23

Save the Date: Fort Worth Technology Conference, Coming January 2019

Share your story ideas, successes, calendar items, photos, questions and feedback with us at Inside@FWISD.org. Check the Inside FWISD blog, www.fwisd.org/insidefwisd, regularly updated throughout the week with additional content and features.

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