Inside FWISD October 3, 2019

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:

If additional assistance is still required, you may submit your questions directly to the Compensation Department by using the “Contact Us” option on the Frequently Asked Questions page.


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.”

The campaign was a comprehensive initiative developed with FWISD leaders ensuring young students and teachers have effortless and equitable access to high-interest, culturally-relevant books throughout the school day. The initial target centered on a fraction of the schools in the District in need of additional resources for the younger classrooms.

As the campaign grew and gained momentum with donors and volunteers, the entire District benefitted. Eventually, more than $320,000 was raised. Read Fort Worth coordinated the volunteer effort that collectively unpacked, labeled and organized the books. Every Pre-K class received 50 books, with first and second grade classes receiving 100 books each.

The Fort Worth Public Library is also collecting the titles, giving children access to their classroom library sets throughout the year.

“These books can make a difference year-round for all kids in Fort Worth,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “Learning and reading doesn’t stop when the bell rings at the end of the day.”

TXU Energy took a lead role in supporting the campaign from its inception. Several TXU Energy representatives attended the celebration at Carroll Peak.

“As a company based in D-FW, TXU Energy is invested in the people of North Texas,” said Kimberly Hilley, TXU Energy community relations manager. “When we heard Mayor Price speak passionately about Read Fort Worth at an event a few years back, we knew we had to support it. Our team at TXU Energy understands that a love of reading sets students up for a lifetime of success.”

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.

The Southwest Jazz Band, directed by Adam Kramer, provided a musical prelude, and the I.M. Terrell Chamber Choir, directed by Megan Gackle performed.

Food was elegantly prepared and presented by Sodexo Magic, with a special dessert and Dr. Sims’ favorite, mini lemon crème pies.

Dr. Sims was the longest serving FWISD board member, with more than 35 years of service to his community. He resigned from the Board on July 15, 2019. The Board has called a November 5 special election to fill the vacant trustee seat.

Let’s Talk School Community Forums

Parents and students are invited to attend upcoming forums on proposed school boundary changes. The boundary changes will impact all traditional high school feeder patterns and address overcrowding, demographic shifts, and equity for all students.

Between now and November 19, Superintendent Kent P. Scribner will host community forums at every comprehensive high school in the Fort Worth ISD. The topics: school feeder patterns and overcrowding, demographic shifts, and equity for all students.

Attendees are encouraged to use our new Let’s Talk! feature for questions and feedback during the Boundary Forums. You’ll be able to submit a question or comment from any device, and we’re committed to returning a timely response.

The following community forums are scheduled:

Thursday, October 3: 6-7 p.m. Amon Carter-Riverside HS New Cafeteria, 3301 Yucca Ave., 76111

Thursday, October 10: 6-7 p.m. North Side HS Auditorium, 2211 McKinley Ave., 76164

Wednesday, October 16: 6-7 p.m. Eastern Hills HS Auditorium, 5701 Shelton St., 76112

Thursday, October 17: 6-7 p.m. Benbrook Middle-High School Auditorium, 201 Overcrest Drive, Benbroook, 76132

Monday, October 21: 6-7 p.m. Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS Auditorium, 1411 Maydell St., 76106

Tuesday, October 29: 6-7 p.m. Western Hills HS Auditorium, 3600 Boston Ave., 76116

Wednesday, October 30: 6-7 p.m. Polytechnic HS Auditorium, 1300 Conner Ave., 76105

Monday, November 4: 6-7 p.m. Dunbar HS Auditorium, 5700 Ramey Ave., 76112

Thursday, November 7: 6-7 p.m. South Hills HS Auditorium, 6101 McCart Ave., 76133

Monday, November 18: 6-7 p.m. Southwest HS Auditorium, 4100 Altamesa Blvd., 76133

Tuesday, November 19: 6-7 p.m. Paschal HS Large Auditorium, 3001 Forest Park Blvd., 76110

Forums already held:

Tuesday, September 17: 6- 7 p.m. Arlington Heights HS Auditorium, 4501 W. Freeway, 76107

Thursday, September 26: 6-7 p.m. O.D. Wyatt HS Auditorium, 2400 E. Seminary Drive,76119


TO: FWISD Full-Time Employees

FROM: Cynthia Rincón, Chief—Human Capital Management and Legal Services

RE: Employee Handbook Receipt--ACTION REQUIRED

Congratulations to you all for being part of the Fort Worth ISD team! For our veteran employees, we hope you found some time to enjoy some part of your summer. For all new employees… WELCOME!

The 2019-2020 FWISD Employee Handbook is now available for your use and reference. You can preview the employee handbook before acknowledging receipt by going to this website. In an effort to ensure a successful school year, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the policies summarized in the handbook, and access the handbook online as needed. Please access the employee handbook acknowledgement at https://EmployeeHandbook.fwisd.org with your Active Directory credentials.

All employees are responsible for adhering to District Policies, Procedures and Administrative Regulations outlined in the Employee Handbook. To that end, you are required to acknowledge receipt of the Employee Handbook no later than October 31, 2019. Upon accessing the link, you will complete a signature page acknowledging receipt of the handbook and will submit an electronic receipt through your login which will be date and time stamped. At that time, you will be able to print a copy of your acknowledgment receipt, as well as the Employee Handbook if you wish to have a hard copy for your files. For questions about the Employee Handbook, please contact:

Employee Relations Department



On behalf of Human Capital Management, I wish you much success in the 2019-2020 school year. If our staff can be of assistance, please let us know.


Fort Worth ISD is hosting a breakfast Monday, October 7 specifically for campus principals to kick off the District’s 2019 United Way Campaign.

The event is being held at 7:30 a.m. at Blue Mesa Grill, 612 Carroll St. in Fort Worth. The 2019 District goal is increasing participation 20% above the number of participants in 2018.

Employee campaign managers are invited to attend one of two kickoff rally sessions October 15 in which they will receive a campaign overview and materials for putting on an effective fundraising campaign. The kickoff rally sessions will be held at FWISD’s Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave. at 8-9 a.m. (morning session) and 4 to 5 p.m. (afternoon session).

FWISD’S 2019 United Way Campaign officially begins October 21 and continues through November 1. Once again, employees may donate online or via payroll deduction this year.

United Way of Tarrant County partners with over 45 nonprofit agencies to support more than 300,000 people annually in need with resources and various services.

For more details, visit unitedwaytarrant.org.

FWISD Offers Flu Vaccine Clinics Dates For Employees

Passport Health/Staying Healthy Medical Services will be providing on-site vaccination clinics for Fort Worth ISD this fall for all eligible employees and their eligible immediate family members. A schedule of clinic locations and times is listed below.

Between October 2018 and September 2019, MedStar, Mobile Healthcare, the ambulance service provider to Fort Worth, responded to over 1,000 patients with flu-like illnesses.

To prevent flu this season, sign up for a clinic by visiting: https://www.passageware.com/ClinicSignUp/FWISD/. Any questions regarding insurance should be directed to Passport Health at 469-241-1954.

The following PPO type insurances plans are acceptable for coverage:

  • TRS-Aetna ActiveCare 1-HD and 2 Plans – covered at 100%
  1. TRS SELECT plans cannot be accepted.*
  2. Scott & White Plans cannot be accepted.*
  • Aetna*
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield*
  • Cigna*
  • Humana
  • United Health Care
  • Medicare Part B (Flu shots only - also, please provide a copy of any supplement plans)

TRS Aetna ActiveCare Select plans with group numbers that start with 866344 and Scott & White plans cannot be accepted. Employees on these plans must see a Baylor Scott & White physician for all services, including vaccinations for the plan to cover the services. We are unable to accept HMO plans, Aetna & BCBS Bronze, Silver and Gold plans and Cigna Local Plus. Please see the consent form for other known exceptions.

On the date of your vaccinations, you must bring a photo copy of both your insurance card and your driver’s license to receive your vaccinations at no charge. Cash or a check made out to Staying Healthy Medical Services are also acceptable.

When you enroll online, a confirmation page will be displayed. Follow the link to print the consent form for vaccinations. Only one consent form is needed for all vaccinations. The B12 shot will require a separate form. If you have questions about any particular vaccination, please see the onsite nurse on the day of the clinic.

The new Shingles vaccine (Shingrix) will be available at this clinic for employees (age 50-64) that register for it. Please note that this vaccine is known to cause more frequent local reactions than other routine immunizations. Staying Healthy Medical Services is not currently able to offer Pneumonia vaccines to employees with Aetna insurance however the vaccine is still covered at 100% on your plan. Please see your doctor or pharmacist if you wish to receive either of these vaccines. Employees with an accepted insurance through a different carrier are welcome to request one of these vaccines.

If you received routine vaccinations from Staying Healthy Medical Services, other than flu, in previous years and need a copy of your records, please email them at info@stayinghealthymedical.com. In the email you will need to include your name and birthdate. Depending on the carrier, insurance claims may be filed as Community Health and Immunization Services or Staying Healthy Medical Services.

Click here for details on the remaining flu clinics scheduled this fall.

FWISD Offers College Financial Aid Help Sessions

What: College Financial Aid Help Sessions

When and Where: See schedule listed below

Summary: The Fort Worth Independent School District, in conjunction with Tarrant County College and other District partners, will sponsor 2019 fall semester college financial aid sessions in October and November at most District high schools.

Assistance will be available in both English and Spanish to help parents and students with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)/ Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) application.

All sessions will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude by 8 p.m. The fall schedule of aid sessions will take place at the following high schools:

Oct. 2 – O. D. Wyatt

Oct. 8 – Trimble Tech

Oct. 9 – South Hills

Oct. 10 – Carter-Riverside

Oct. 15 – Arlington Heights

Oct. 15 – Diamond Hill-Jarvis

Oct. 16 – Dunbar

Oct. 17 – Eastern Hills

Oct. 23 – Southwest

Oct. 29 – Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Oct. 29 – Western Hills

Oct. 29 – World Languages Institute

Oct. 30 – Benbrook Middle-High

Nov. 6 – Young Men’s Leadership Academy

Nov. 12 – TCC-South

Nov. 12 – North Side

Nov. 14 – Paschal

Nov. 14 – Polytechnic

Nov. 19 – Success

Parents and students are encouraged to bring the following items to complete FAFSA/TASFA forms:

Federal Student Aid PIN*

Social Security number*

Driver’s license number

Tax records* — or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Records of untaxed income*

Records of all assets (savings and checking account balances)

List of the school(s) the student are interested in attending

Pre-registration is not required for any of these sessions, and students and their parents are welcome to attend as many of these events as they find helpful.

*Mandatory documents needed to complete the FAFSA/TASFA forms

Parents Can Access Report Cards Via Parent Portal Starting October 9

Starting this year, parents can access their child’s report cards via Parent Portal. The first report cards will be distributed Wednesday, October 9

Additionally, the Portal gives parents and guardians access to their child’s grades, attendance and provides an easy way to email the child’s teacher.

Visit www.fwisd.org/parentportal, to request access. Parents need their child’s student ID, birth date and their email address to register.

It’s that easy--sign up today!

The first six weeks officially ended for students at Fort Worth ISD traditional schools on Friday, September 27. The second six weeks began Monday, September 30.

Voter Registration Deadline Is Monday

The voter registration deadline for the November 5 elections is Monday, October 7.

Texans who want to be eligible to vote in the next election, November 5, must complete and submit their voter registration application by the deadline. In-person early voting for the November 5 election will take place at designated polling locations October 21-November 1.

Residents are eligible to vote in Texas if they are:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of the county they’re submitting their application in
  • At least 17 years and 10 months old, and will be 18 years old on Election Day
  • Not a convicted felon (residents are eligible if they’ve completed their sentence, probation and parole)
  • Not declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote

Voters who’ve previously registered may check their status at votetexas.gov using their:

  • Texas driver’s license number if used when applying for voter registration
  • Voter Unique Identifier issued on their voter registration certificate
  • First and last name

For more details, visit votetexas.gov or the Tarrant County Elections Administration website.

On November 5, voters will go to the polls to determine the successor to Dr. T.A. Sims’ District 4 seat on the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education. Dr. Sims, the District’s longest-serving board member with more than 35 years as a trustee, resigned July 16, 2019. A reception honoring his decades of service was held Tuesday, October 1 at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA.

Three candidates are vying to succeed Dr. Sims. They are:

  • Johnny Cook-Muhammad, family program manager
  • Daphne Brookins, youth administrator
  • Terry D.T. Miles, artist

The candidate elected to the seat will represent District 4 until the term expires in May 2021.

FWISD WEEK 6: Eastern Hills and Benbrook playing for first

By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

The opportunity is there for Eastern Hills to take early control of the District 4-5A race with Thursday night’s showdown against Justin-Northwest. Both teams aiming for a 2-0 start in district, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Clark Stadium.

The Highlanders (3-2) are coming off a nail biter, slipping past Polytechnic 44-42 last week. Eastern Hills quarterback Adama Hudson continues to the lead the attack, proving equally effective through the air and on the ground.

Justin (1-4) won this matchup a year ago, and the Texans are coming off their first win of the season last week against Southwest. North Side (2-3, 1-0), off this week, is the only other undefeated team in District 4-5A.

In 6-4A, Benbrook (3-2, 1-0) also has first place on the line going against Lake Worth (3-2, 1-0) on Friday night at Clark Stadium. The Bobcats, who opened league play with a win over Western Hills, beat Lake Worth last year on their way to the playoffs.

Also, in 6-4A on Friday night, Western Hills (2-3, 0-1) faces the other district unbeaten team, Kennedale (2-3, 1-0), on the road. Dunbar (0-4, 0-0) is the homecoming foe for Diamond Hill-Jarvis (3-2, 0-1) at Farrington Field.

Thursday, October 3

4-5A: Eastern Hills vs. Northwest, Clark Stadium, 7 p.m.

4-5A: Southwest vs. Carter-Riverside, Farrington Field, 7 p.m.

Friday, October 4

6-4A: Benbrook vs. Lake Worth, Clark Stadium, 7 p.m.

4-5A: O. D. Wyatt vs. Polytechnic, Handley Field, 7 p.m.

6-4A: Dunbar vs. Diamond Hill-Jarvis (homecoming), Farrington Field, 7 p.m.

3-5A: Arlington Heights vs. Granbury, Granbury Pirate Stadium, 7 p.m.

4-6A: Trimble Technical vs. Lamar, Lamar Cravens Field, 7 p.m.

4-6A: Paschal vs. Arlington High, UTA Maverick Stadium, 7 p.m.

6-4A: Western Hills vs. Kennedale, Kennedale Wildcat Stadium, 7 p.m.

Glen Park ES Teacher Receives National Recognition as an Achieve3000 PRO Educator

Glen Park Elementary School is proud to announce that Shelly Byrd has recently been recognized as an Achieve3000 PRO Educator.

This recognition is reserved the most professional, resourceful, and outstanding educators whom are successfully helping their students accelerate their literacy growth. High-performing educators are invited to apply. After completing their applications, their responses are reviewed and accepted by Achieve3000’s PRO Educator Advisory Committee. When an educator is deemed not yet ready to be recognized a PRO, they have access to additional training and support from Achieve3000’s team of literacy coaches. Achieve3000 PROs receive several benefits including membership in the PRO Educator Network, access to free student prizes, special webinars and thought leadership sessions, and $300 travel vouchers for the National Literacy Summit that is scheduled to take place at Disney’s Coronado Resort in November of this year.

Ms. Byrd has been using Achieve3000’s solutions in her classroom for approximately four years with students in 3rd-5th grades. Overall, students at Glen Park Elementary School met or exceeded their expected literacy growth. By the end of the 2018-19 school year there were more students at Glen Park Elementary School whose reading levels were on track for college and career readiness than at the start of the year.

Stuart Udell, CEO of Achieve3000, explains the intent of the PRO Educator initiative, “With the majority of 4th and 8th grade students across the U.S. falling below proficient levels in reading on the NAEP assessment, we at Achieve3000 believe that these teachers deserve to be celebrated as national models of high-quality, highly-effective literacy instruction. Congratulations to Glen Park Elementary School and Fort Worth Independent School District for supporting and nurturing these professional, resourceful, and outstanding educators. We are proud to call you our partners.”

FWISD Mass Choir to Perform at Harambee Festival Saturday

A 459-member Fort Worth ISD Mass Choir will participate in the Anti-Bullying Rally at this weekend’s 10th annual Harambee Festival.

The choir, made up of students representing 21 FWISD schools, will perform at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Evans Avenue Plaza, 1050 Evans Ave. The rally, which coincides with Anti-Bullying Month, teaches students effective responses to addressing all forms of bullying and offers resources for kids and teens experiencing troubling situations.

The following schools are represented in the Fort Worth ISD Mass Choir: Bill J. Elliott, Clifford Davis, Luella Merrett, Bruce Shulkey, Hazel Harvey Peace, Seminary Hills Park, Richard J. Wilson, Glen Park, Van Zandt-Guinn, George C. Clarke, M.L. Phillips, South Hills, Atwood McDonald, Bonnie Brae and Sam Rosen elementary schools; Jacquet, McClung and Morningside middle schools; Daggett Montessori, Young Women’s Leadership Academy and World Languages Institute.

The two-day event is produced by the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society. In Swahili, Harambee means “all come together.”

Harambee Festival activities begin at 6 p.m. Friday, October 4 with the Seafood, Chicken and Blues Fest.

Activities continue at 9 a.m. Saturday with a parade that departs from the Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave. Evan Anderson, an NBC 5 (KXAS-TV) anchor/ reporter and Eastern Hills High School alumnus, will serve as parade grand marshal and opening ceremony host.

Other festivities throughout the two-day event include a health and wellness fair, kids’ zone, poetry slam, food, art, live music and much more.

For more details, visit tarrantcountyharambee.com or call 817-229-7778.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ask Elsie is a column where Chief Financial Officer Elsie Schiro tackles employee queries, or in areas outside her purview, asks other District leaders to answer them.

Dear Elsie,

We as a District are supposed to be improving productivity while being conscious of our spending. Please tell me how it is cost effective to have staff at satellite offices required to drive to the Central Administration Building to move paperwork from one department to another. As a department head, I have to pay mileage and time for someone to go and do this several times a month. The office has to be left unattended while this person goes to move the paperwork (ex. move 910’s from the approver’s office to the purchasing office), and productivity stops until they return to the office.

Anonymous Supervisor

Dear Anonymous Supervisor,

Thank you for your question. Over the past couple of several years, Administration has been attempting to automate forms to avoid hand delivery to one or more departments at Central Administration. These include Travel Forms 910 and Mileage Reimbursement Forms. The District has an inter-office mail process where "red bags" are picked up and delivered to campuses and other district offices daily. Are you utilizing this process? While I understand the frustrations of hand delivery, I would certainly be open to an opinion on how you feel we could make the inter-office mail process better until District forms requiring delivery to Central Administration are fully automated.


Direct your questions to Inside@fwisd.org and put the words "Ask Elsie" in the subject line. Please close your letter with your preferred signature as you wish it to appear in the column. When there are multiple queries on the same subject, we will select the one that is most representative of the subject. We will try to answer as many questions as possible.

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.

FWISD is hiring nurses

FWISD is looking for Bilingual Teachers

FWISD is hiring bus drivers

Hispanic Heritage Month, Continues through October 15

2019 Financial Aid Help Sessions, Continue through November 19

School boundary forum at Carter-Riverside HS, October 3

FWISD Job Fair, October 4

10th Annual Tarrant County Harambee Festival, October 4 and 5

Voter Registration Ends, October 7

FWISD Bus Driver and Attendant Job Fair, October 7

United Way Kickoff Breakfast for principals, October 7

Board of Education Meeting, October 8

Report Cards Issued, October 9

School boundary forum at North Side HS, October 10

CBS Pep Rally at Eastern Hills HS, October 11

Day of the Girl, October 11

2019 Fort Worth Book Fest, October 12

Fall Break Holiday (No Students; 240 and 245 employees work), October 14

United Way Kickoff Rally Sessions for Campaign Managers, October 15

School boundary forum at Eastern Hills HS, October 16

2019 Volleyball Schedules

2019 Football Schedules

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