FWISD Billboards Target Teachers and Other Job Seekers
The word is out on new Fort Worth ISD billboards. And, our teachers, bus drivers, and cafeteria staff are the faces of this new campaign aimed at filling some of the most important jobs in the District. The signs began going up around the city on October 22, urging future teachers and other job seekers to apply now.
Kirkpatrick Elementary School teachers Agatha Agyemang, Mercedes Contreras, Octavio Luis Herrera, and Jessica Montalvo are the stars of the billboards, along with several students. Bus driver Martha Rodriguez confidently takes the wheel in one of the ads. And in another, Kirkpatrick Elementary cafeteria staff member Juana Travizo hands a nourishing lunch to an appreciative student.
FWAS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS WITH BIRTHDAY PARTY
The Fort Worth After School (FWAS) program is lighting an oversized birthday cake to celebrate 20 years of programming, Thursday, October 24. The event starts at 5 p.m. in the Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School cafeteria.
Annually, FWAS participates in the national observance Lights on Afterschool, a celebration of the nation’s after school programs, and it lights a city or Fort Worth ISD structure to recognize the day. This year’s celebration will be a well-lit birthday cake. Mayor Betsy Price and Texas Sen. Beverly Powell are slated to present proclamations honoring FWAS at the event.
FWISD Board of Education Trustees Anael Luebanos and Tobi Jackson, Acting Public Events Director Richard Zavala and National Youth Ambassador Vidiriana Gonzalez are also slated to attend. Afterschool participants from Van Zandt-Guinn and other students including cheerleaders from D. McRae, Mitchell Boulevard and Alice Contreras elementary schools are also expected to join the celebration.
FWAS, since 2000, has provided high-level enrichment programs after school from 3 to 5 p.m. primarily for students in grades 3-8. High schools participate, intermittently, through 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. More than 7,000 students participate in the program over the course of a school year.
“Long term data shows that students who participate for longer periods of time perform better in school and achieve higher scores on their STAAR tests,” said Miguel Garcia Jr., Fort Worth After School director. “Residents of Fort Worth should also know that no FWAS regular participant has ever matriculated through Tarrant County Juvenile Services, suggesting students make better decisions and make productive citizens.”
The program serves nearly 80 sites.
“FWAS has helped my students become the best PERSON they can be. The caring adults – who also happen to be the students’ school-day teachers – have demonstrated a belief in each one of my afterschool participants that they can be and will be successful,” said Howard Robinson, O.D. Wyatt High School principal who previously led Carter Park Elementary School. “The students have re-paid the teachers with their dedication to school during the day. Grades and behavior have improved!”
The FWISD Board of Education approved a proclamation recognizing FWAS at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 22. See the proclamation below.
For more details on FWAS or the 20-year celebration, contact Mr. Garcia at 817-815-2950.
FWISD WEEK 9: Logjam at the top of District 4-5A
By Art Garcia
Inside FWISD Contributor
The District 4-5A race is setting up for a wild finish going into the playoffs, with a logjam of teams at the top. Fort Worth ISD teams Eastern Hills (3-1), North Side (2-1) and O.D. Wyatt (2-1) each have only one district loss and are chasing undefeated Northwest (4-0).
That makes the clash between North Side and Wyatt Friday night at Farrington Field huge, with the winner sitting 3-1 with only two district games left. The Chaparrals claimed a big win in this matchup last season at Clark Stadium.
Eastern Hills is in action Thursday night at Clark Stadium against Southwest (1-2), which would be back in the mix with a win. Also in 4-5A, Polytechnic hosts its homecoming against Carter-Riverside at Handley Field Friday night.
In a collision of 2-1 squads, Dunbar can claim sole possession of second in 6-4A with a Friday night victory over Castleberry at Clark Stadium. The Wildcats are looking to bounce back at last week’s tough loss to district-leading Kennedale.
In 3-5A, Arlington Heights (2-3) hopes to build on the momentum of last week’s win with a tough trip to Crowley (5-1) Friday night.
Thursday, October 24
4-5A: Eastern Hills vs. Southwest, Clark Stadium, 7 p.m.
6-4A: Diamond Hill-Jarvis vs. Kennedale, Handley Field, 7 p.m.
Friday, October 25
6-4A: Dunbar vs. Castleberry, Clark Stadium, 7 p.m.
4-5A: North Side vs. O. D. Wyatt, Farrington Field, 7 p.m.
4-5A: Carter-Riverside vs. Polytechnic (homecoming), Handley Field, 7 p.m.
3-5A: South Hills vs. Boswell, Boswell Pioneer Stadium, 7 p.m.
3-5A: Arlington Heights vs. Crowley, Crowley Eagle Stadium, 7 p.m.
4-6A: Paschal vs. Arlington Bowie, Arlington Wilemon Field, 7 p.m.
4-6A: Trimble Technical vs. Arlington Martin, UTA Maverick Stadium, 7 p.m.
6-4A: Western Hills vs. Lake Worth, Lake Worth Kittrell Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Elementary Leadership Recognizes Campus Principals, Administrative Associates
Fort Worth ISD’s Elementary School Leadership Department recently recognized campus principals for effective instruction and effective, well supported teachers on their campuses. The department also recognized campus administrative associates for efficiency and customer service. The recognitions were made at meetings on October 14 and 16.
The following schools were recognized for effective instruction: Western Hills, Manual Jara, Westcliff, and Bill J. Elliott.
The recent schools recognized for and effective, well supported teachers were: Seminary Hills Park and Cesar Chavez.
Campus administrative associates recognized for efficiency included: Vera McDonald, Atwood McDonald and Stephanie Bravo-Vordokas, H.V. Helbing.
This month’s administrative associates recognized for customer service are: Maria Sigala, Hubbard Heights; Yuri Muñoz, Kirkpatrick; Brenda Franklin, C.C. Moss and Sabrina Chavez, Meadowbrook.
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.
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Leslie Mixon, administrative associate, Prevention and Crisis Department
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
Board of Education Meeting: Multiple individuals, groups and causes were recognized at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting including Monnig Middle School volunteer Bret Helmer, the Fort Worth After School program, the FWISD United Way of Tarrant County Campaign, the 50th anniversary of FWISD's Bilingual Education as well as some founding educators of the program. Students from Alice Contreras Elementary School led attendees in the pledges to the American and Texas flags, and the student greeters for the evening represented the Army JROTC at South Hills High School. View the meeting in its entirety here.
Red Ribbon Week: Multiple Fort Worth ISD schools hosted theme days in observance of Red Ribbon Week. Established in the 1980s by National Family Partnership, formerly the National Federation of parents for Drug Free Youth, Red Ribbon Week educates and encourages youth to participate in drug-free activities.
Arlington Heights High School Pyramid Literacy Rally: The eighth annual event serving kids in the Arlington Heights pyramid offered literacy-based activities and free books to elementary school-aged students, Saturday, October 19.
Unity in the Community: The second annual Unity in the Community (UITC) Family and Youth Summit event, which aims to offer the public resources for enhancing their quality of life, was hosted Saturday, October 19 at Dunbar High School. Free groceries were offered, and participants were eligible for door prizes. Information sessions focusing on three key areas -- public awareness, mental health and wellness and financial literacy -- were presented at the event.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels Visit Southwest High School: JROTC cadets and engineer students at Southwest High School received a special visit from U.S. Navy Blue Angels members, Friday, October 18. Principal John Engel was able to secure the presentation because of the school's outstanding robotics program and innovative design. The flight demonstration squadron was is in town for the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show.
South Hills HS Students Volunteer for Community Service Project: More than 400 South Hills High School seniors volunteered at 16 community sites on Tuesday, October 15th. Additional students volunteered at four sites across the community, October 16 and 23. Students' volunteer work included: cleaning out animal cages, mopping floors, walking pets, pulling weeds, cleaning facilities, serving meals to the homeless, raking leaves, working with elementary students and more. The event was coordinated by Senior Sponsors Jessica Conrad Tackett and Annette Smith.