FWISD Starts 2019 UNCF Employee Giving Campaign
The Fort Worth ISD kicked off its 2019 UNCF Employee Giving Campaign with a celebratory breakfast on Monday, February 4 at the Professional Development Center.
From February 4 to March 22, 2019, District employees are encouraged to contribute to the campaign, which supports scholarships for graduating FWISD seniors who plan to attend a United Negro College Fund (UNCF) member institution or a historically black college or university (HBCU).
Employees may contribute to the campaign three ways:
- Online giving through the UNCF website (Donors must still complete a pledge form so that the amount contributed is counted towards campus/district campaign totals.)
- Cash donations in any amount to a UNCF campus/district representative
- NEW! Payroll Deduction:
a. One-time or monthly deductions can be set-up electronically through the UNCF website
b. Pledge form donation from UNCF campus/district representative: Employees must select or indicate a deduction amount on their pledge form. The amount selected is deducted per pay period. For example: If a monthly payroll deduction of $5 was selected for 4 months, the total contribution will be $20. Special Note: Payroll deductions begin July 2019 and end by December 2019
The District’s 2019 UNCF Employee Giving Campaign coincides with the start of Black History Month. UNCF coordinators and supporters, some in HBCU and Greek-letter apparel, attended the District’s Feb. 4 kickoff breakfast to hear about this year’s campaign and to pick up campaign materials.
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.
Are there serious efforts in the works to move all field trip requests and approval processes to an online medium? The current process is quite archaic and incredibly time-consuming for everyone involved. Making the move to an online process could vastly improve many operations within the District. It could allow for automatic tracking, ensure there is no missed information, improve reporting, and would probably relieve the cramped hands of those that have to sign many at a time. It would also be in line with any green initiatives that we have in the District. The most important issue this could resolve is just how long it takes to communicate and complete from beginning to end. Is this something that District staff can look forward to in the future?
Dear Ms. Sartain,
Thank you for your question. This item is currently being discussed and researched by Dr. Scribner’s Leadership Team, and we hope to have a new process soon.
Thanks again for your question Ms. Sartain.
Why are Teacher of the Year recipients chosen solely by other teachers? It tends to lead to a popularity contest where the most deserving teachers are passed over in favor of the “most popular” teachers.
Dear Frustrated Educator,
Thank you for your question. I reached out to Peg Murphy, director of community and strategic partnerships, regarding your question and here’s the response: “Thank you for your question about the Campus Teacher of the Year Program. Campus Teachers of the Year have been nominated by and selected by their peers, to include all certified staff, as long as that staff member works with students at least four hours per day. Each campus principal can structure the election in the manner that best fits that campus. Many times a principal and/or assistant principal will participate in the voting, especially if the election is close. When previous teachers of the year have been interviewed, their responses have always indicated that to be selected by their peers is the highest honor. Those teachers are respected and admired because they obtain student growth, they collaborate with colleagues and share their expertise, and they tend to be well-liked because of these qualities. We know there are so many highly-qualified and deserving teachers for this honor, and we continuously evaluate the program so that those who go above and beyond for their students and their school communities are honored. Below is the list of general criteria for selection. Again, thank you for your question,
- Have taught in the Fort Worth ISD for a minimum of three years
- Have a total of five years minimum teaching experience overall
- Be a full-time, certified, pre-kindergarten-12 Fort Worth ISD teacher in good standing. Good standing means that no disciplinary action, pending or completed, has been taken against the teacher during the year including and prior to application. Disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to, suspension without pay or other restrictive measures based on a violation of policy or law. Determination of good standing is at the sole discretion of the FWISD.
- Plan to continue teaching in the Fort Worth ISD for the 2019 - 2020 school year
- Lead students of all backgrounds to demonstrate learning
- Collaborate with colleagues, students, and families to create a culture of respect and success
- Engage in leadership opportunities that contribute to the work of the profession
- Connect the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large
- Express themselves in an engaging and articulate way
- Demonstrate leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning
- Communicate the District's vision and goals at all times”
Thanks again for your question Frustrated Educator and thank you Ms. Murphy for your response.
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.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
Paschal HS Panther Corps Performs at Kimbell Art Museum Ahead of Historic TMEA Appearance: Ahead of its big performance at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the men’s ensemble from Paschal High School performed a free local concert at the Kimbell Art Museum's Recital Hall, Tuesday, February 5. The show titled “This Is My Song” celebrated diversity through music of various world traditions including Mexico, Pakistan, Germany, Estonia and Finland. The will become the District’s first choir performing at the TMEA Convention when it takes the stage Thursday, February 14 at San Antonio’s Henry B. González Convention Center. Click here to view video footage from the February 5 concert.
FWISD Celebrates National School Counseling Week: #FWISD celebrates by thanking our school counselors for helping students navigate their path to success in college, career and community leadership! Visit https://www.fwisd.org/domain/942 to learn more about #FWISD’s guidance and counseling resources. Pictured are counselors from Arlington Heights High School, Waverly Park Elementary School, Leonard Middle School Bill J. Elliot Elementary School, Glen Park ES, and Westpark ES. #NSCW18
The Cowtown CALF Donates to Bill J. Elliott and Sam Rosen Elementary Students: The organization presented students with shoes for the upcoming Cowtown 5K, this week.
Multicultural Education Institute: About 175 educators from across Texas attended the second annual Multicultural Education Institute, hosted by the Fort Worth ISD Social Studies Department. The department teamed up with Texas Christian University’s Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies to present the all-day event which included nearly 30 sessions that equipped teachers with curriculum and resources culturally responsive to educating today’s diverse classrooms of students.
Kids Vision Fest: About 400 FWISD students free vision screenings and eye glasses at the seventh annual Kids Vision Fest. Superintendent Kent P. Scribner attended the fest, gave brief remarks, and joined Andy Pawson, president and general manager of Global Vision Care Franchise eye company Alcon, in reading “Howard and the Amazing Eye Exam” to a group of fest attendees. He also volunteered for an eye exam following story time.
200 Fort Worth ISD Educators Attend Fifth Annual NACAC Essentials Professional Learning Conference: The conference offered educators more than 21 breakout sessions with essential tips on preparing students for success after high school..
About 100 People Attend ESL Classes at Student Placement Center: For the first time the SPC recently hosted ESL classes in collaboration with the FWISD Adult Education Department.
Trimble Tech Culinary Students Advance to ProStart State Competition: Five students enrolled in the culinary arts program at Trimble Tech High School have qualified for the Texas ProStart State Invitational March 8-9 in San Antonio.
O.D. Wyatt HS Students Advance to the UIL Cross-Examination Debate State Meet: Wyatt High School students took first and third, respectively, and have qualified for the UIL Cross-Examination Debate State Meet. Tarrius Miller and Simone Wallace took home first place honors at regionals, and Justyn Wallace and Wilson Castro finished third. The team from Wyatt also won the Cross-Examination District Sweepstakes.