In this edition:
FWISD CFO Issue Memo Regarding Payroll Questions | Great Opportunities Await at 2 FWISD Hiring Events, October 4 and 7 | Celebrating the Classroom Library Campaign’s New Beginning | Loved Ones, Dignitaries Celebrate Retired FWISD Trustee Dr. T.A. Sims | Let’s Talk School Community Forums | FWISD Staff Must Acknowledge Employee Handbook Receipt By October 31 | FWISD’s United Way Campaign Kicks Off Monday | FWISD Offers Flu Vaccine Clinics Dates For Employees | FWISD Offers College Financial Aid Help Sessions | Parents Can Access Report Cards Via Parent Portal Starting October 9 | Voter Registration Deadline Is Monday | FWISD Week 6: Eastern Hills And Benbrook Playing For First | Glen Park ES Teacher Receives National Recognition As An Achieve3000 PRO Educator | FWISD Mass Choir To Perform At Harambee Festival Saturday | Ask Elsie | Ten North Texas School Districts To Launch Aerial Robotics Initiative | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Calendar
FWISD CFO Issues Memo Regarding Payroll Questions
The following memorandum regarding salary increases and frequently asked questions in regards to Payroll and Compensation is from Elsie Schiro, Fort Worth ISD chief financial officer:
GREAT OPPORTUNITIES AWAIT AT 2 FWISD HIRING EVENTS
Tell a friend – Fort Worth ISD is hiring.
The District is hosting two hiring events, October 4 and 7.
Information about available employment opportunities is available at the Fort Worth ISD Job Fair, from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, October 4 at the Forest Hill Civic and Convention Center in Forest Hill.
On-site hiring opportunities are available to eligible candidates for various positions.
Supervisors and staff representatives from the following departments will be on site to meet with prospective employees:
- Central Calling (Substitute staffing)
- Child Nutrition Services (Cafeteria service)
- Transportation (Bus drivers and attendants)
- Safety and Security (Campus monitors)
- Maintenance (Custodial service)
Opportunities are also available with the District’s Student Placement Center, the Family Communications Department and as an administrative associate, office assistant, attendance clerk, data clerk, registrar and much more.
Know someone interested in being a bus driver or attendant?
A FWISD Bus Driver and Bus Attendant Job Fair is slated from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday, October 7 at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd.
This is the fifth FWISD job fair catered to transportation workers in recent weeks.
So far nearly a dozen fully-credentialed bus drivers and over 30 trainees have received job offers.
Applicants must pass a DOT physical, a pre-employment drug testing which will be available on site as will the opportunity to pass a state license check. Successful applicants must possess a Texas Commercial Driver’s License –Class B with a passenger, and school bus endorsement.
Applicants with no experience can be considered for employment as bus driver trainees. Trainees must also pass the DOT physical, pre-employment drug screening, a criminal history check and work to obtain a Texas Commercial Driver’s License –Class B with a passenger, and school bus endorsement.
Tell a friend. There’s a spot for them on the Fort Worth ISD team.
For additional details, contact the Fort Worth ISD Human Capital Management Department at 817-814-2717 or view the District’s list of available jobs at www.fwisd.org/careers.
Celebrating the Classroom Library Campaign’s new beginning
By Art Garcia
Inside FWISD Contributor
Katherine Enriquez marched proudly down the Carroll Peak Elementary hall, four schoolmates in tow. Each carried a plastic red bin full of books, momentarily borrowed from their classrooms to tell a story.
More than 130,000 stories, actually.
After two years of planning and executing, fund raising and volunteering, distributing and setting up, Read Fort Worth’s Classroom Library Campaign celebrated its “conclusion” with a special ceremony in the Carroll Peak Elementary library on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The afternoon gathering involved many of those instrumental in the campaign’s success.
“The Classroom Library Campaign aligns perfectly with the District’s mission to prepare all of our students for success in college, career and community leadership,” Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner said. “Early literacy is one of the District’s fundamental goals.”
Dr. Scribner and others shared their thoughts on what it means to outfit every prekindergarten through second grade teacher in Fort Worth ISD with 50-100 books for individual classroom libraries. In total, more than 130,000 books were purchased from Scholastic to blanket the District‘s 84 elementary schools.
“While we may be celebrating the completion of the Classroom Library Campaign today, really this is just beginning,” Read Fort Worth Executive Director Elizabeth Brands said. “The books in these classroom library sets can now make a difference with teachers, reading volunteers and, most important, our Fort Worth ISD students. This is another example of our committed stakeholders coming together to support students and teachers with the literacy resources they need to succeed.”
Loved Ones, Dignitaries Celebrate Retired FWISD Trustee Dr. T.A. Sims
Friends, family, and colleagues honored retired Fort Worth ISD Board Member Dr. Theophlous Aron Sims at a reception on Tuesday, October 1.
The program, hosted in the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA lobby, included colleagues and friends sharing memories, personal stories, and the multiple accomplishments of Dr. Sims.
Among the prestigious group was Fort Worth ISD Board President Jacinto Ramos Jr.; Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner; FWISD Board First Vice President Tobi Jackson; former Board trustee Christene Moss; Tarrant County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks; Devoyd Jennings, Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce president; Ron Price, Texas Southern University Board regent and former Dallas ISD board member and former state representative, Glenn Lewis.
Resolutions honoring Dr. Sims were presented by Texas State Sen. Beverly Powell staffers and Commissioner Brooks. Additionally, the I.M. Terrell Alumni Organization presented a special award honoring Dr. Sims’ service to the community.
Ten North Texas School Districts To Launch Aerial Robotics Initiative
More than two dozen STEM teachers from 10 different North Texas school districts trained for the launch of the North Central Texas Aerial Robotics Initiative at Fort Worth ISD's Teaching and Learning Center Thursday, September 26.
This initiative is sponsored by TEA’s Texas Regional Pathways Networks and is designed to provide schools that teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with educational pathways to the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry.
At the very beginning of the training teachers were treated to a short aerial display of unmanned aerial robotics capabilities.
The Aerial Robotics Initiative is being funded by a $700,000 TEA grant administered by the Fort Worth ISD. Each school district will have the opportunity to order UAV’s from OnPoynt Drone Solutions which was awarded the contract for the initiative following a thorough Request for Proposal process. In addition, OnPoynt will provide the professional development and the classroom curriculum.
“OnPoynt is proud to be part of NCTX Aerial Robotics STEM Initiative,” said Ron Poynter, president of OnPoynt. “Drones in the classroom offer students hands-on exposure to exciting new technology and aviation careers.”
As one of the 10 school districts participating the Fort Worth ISD will be offering this course in 17 of its high schools. Other districts participating include Azle ISD, Birdville ISD, Cleburne ISD, Crowley ISD, Era ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Keller ISD, and Strawn ISD.
OnPoynt, founded in 2012, is the nation’s leading supplier of classroom-ready STEM drone education and drone racing kits to schools, universities and community organizations. OnPoynt’s focus is a hands-on learning experience for elementary through college students. OnPoynt creates innovative solutions - drones, curriculum and training - for education customers. See more about OnPoynt Drone Solutions at onpoynt.com.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
International Walk to School Day: Multiple Fort Worth ISD schools participated in International Walk to School Day, Wednesday, October 2. Known as Walking School Buses, groups of children walked to school together with chaperones—often making stops to pick up more students. City and District officials accompanied students on the walk to school Wednesday.
Cotton Patch Surprise: Cotton Patch Cafe surprised Nash Elementary fifth grade teacher Enrique Ramirez with free Cotton Patch for a year and $1,000 to be used for his school on Friday, September 27. In honor of the restaurant's 30th anniversary, it's launched The Heroes Circle and is currently celebrating "teachers and school faculty members who go above and beyond to teach our children and help shape a brighter tomorrow," according to its website.
Fort Worth Iron Chef: Culinary students from five Fort Worth ISD highs schools participated in Community Food Bank’s annual Fort Worth Iron Chef and Silent Auction, Thursday, September 26 at the Tarrant County College-Trinity River Campus. The competition is a fundraising event for Community Food Bank, which serves as a food pantry and also offers education, programs and resources to needy North Texas families. Three teams received top honors in the appetizer, entrée and dessert categories -- North Side High School, appetizer; Trimble Tech, entrée and Polytech, dessert.