Inside FWISD June 27, 2019

In this edition:

FWISD Board Adopts 2019-2020 Budget | FWISD District-wide Online Registration Begins July 1 | FWISD Offices Closed July 4 | Getting to Know FWISD | Fort Worth ISD Back to School Slogan Contest | Inside FWISD: The Blog | Chairs For Teaching Excellence Applications Due Today | Special Presentation Recognizing Recent Paschal Grad Set for Monday | 2019-2020 Reporting, Ending Dates | Registration For ‘YES! Conference’ Open Until July 19 | FWISD Receives Five Top National School Communication Awards | EHHS Class of 1967 Gives Back | FWISD JROTC Cadets Participate In STEMaverick Camp | Cyber Thieves Are Out To Get You! Today If Possible! | Mandatory Email Signature Information | FWISD Announces 2019-2020 Safe Schools Training Requirements | Volunteers Needed For Active Shooter Training Exercise | How Are You Spending Your Summer Vacation? | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

FWISD Board Adopts 2019-2020 Budget

Budget includes employee pay raises, bump in starting teacher salary

A raise of at least 2% for all employees and a $54,000 starting teacher salary are part of the 2019-2020 general budget approved 7-0 by the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education this week.

On Tuesday, June 25, Board trustees adopted a $821.5 million operating budget for the upcoming year. In the budget is an $18.4 million compensation package that includes a 2% midpoint or 2% raise, whichever is greater, for employees. Starting teacher salaries will increase from $53,000 to $54,000.

The District will defer an amended compensation allotment that includes raises for teachers, full-time counselors, nurses and librarians and other non-administrative employees until a July or August board meeting when the District has more defined figures on the state revenue being allocated to FWISD.

During the 86th Legislative session, state lawmakers passed House Bill 3, legislation that provides increased compensation to teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors. HB 3 includes $6.5 billion in public education funding. Of that funding is $2 billion in compensation for Texas teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors over the next two years.

FWISD’s new fiscal year begins Monday, July 1. Employees pay increases will appear on 2019 September payroll checks.

The Board will consider the District’s tax rate in August.

In other board action:

  • Trustees voted 7-0 in two separate administrative appointment actions on Tuesday. Lisa Castillo, principal at the Tarrant County College South/ FWISD Collegiate High School, was appointed the District’s Choice and Enrichment executive director. Yvonne Garcia Huizar, a District operations coordinator, was promoted to the Manager III- Business Operations position.
  • Board members approved action naming the Western Hills High School Baseball Field and Complex for David Hightower, booster club member and president.

View the District’s YouTube channel for additional details on the June 25 board meeting.


All Parents/Students Must Complete this Process

Online registration for the 2019-20 school year begins in just a few days –and it’s easier than ever.

Beginning at midnight, July 1, all Fort Worth ISD students –or their parents – can complete registration by visiting www.fwisd.org/register. Online registration is for all students –both new and returning – and is a “must do” in order to be enrolled in the Fort Worth ISD.

The process for returning students is fast and should take from five to ten minutes. Using your student’s individual Snapcode, simply go to www.fwisd.org/register and confirm the information you’ve previously supplied or update any new information.

A Snapcode is a 15-digit combination of numbers and letters unique to each student. Snapcodes were sent out with this year’s final report cards. Superintendent Kent Scribner sent out this video in early June and explained where to find your student’s Snapcode on his or her final report card.

Families of new students will find the process easy as well – with instructions for uploading any necessary documents. On July 1, parents can visit www.fwisd.org/register, click the Registration button, and create an account.

Online registration is a time-saving tool that can be done from the convenience of your own home, at any hour, day or night, using your smartphone, laptop, or any digital device.

Who: All Fort Worth ISD students – either new or returning

What: Online registration for the 2019-20 school year

When: Beginning at midnight on July 1.

Why: It’s easy, it’s convenient, and parents no longer have to fill out form after form with the same information.

How: Parents of returning students use an assigned Snapcode, which can be found on the 2018-19 final report card or on your Parent Portal account.

Help: Have a question? Call Fort Worth ISD’s Parent Information Hotline at 817-814-2070, or visit the District website at www.fwisd.org/register to read a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

FWISD Offices Closed July 4

Fort Worth ISD administration offices are closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Administrative offices will remain closed Friday, July 5 and reopen for business at 7:30 a.m. Monday, July 8.

The District is currently operating on a four-day workweek schedule. Through August 3, administrative offices are open for business from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and closed each Friday.

Normal business hours will resume the week of Monday, August 5.

The 2019-2020 school year officially begins Monday, Aug 19.

Getting to Know FWISD

Stay in the know of who makes up the Fort Worth ISD.

Over the next several weeks, Inside FWISD will take a look at FWISD employees.

This week, check out the number of employees FWISD employs full time and part time.

Fort Worth ISD Back to School Slogan Contest

In past years we’ve come up with fun but memorable slogans in order to remind parents of the first day of school. schoolsupplies

For example:

“We’ll see you on 8/22!”


“In the door on 8/24!”

Now, we’re looking or a slogan for the start of the 2019-20 school season, which begins on August 19 or 8/19 or “eight-one-nine” (We’ll say it anyway you suggest sounds the best and/or gets the most attention!)

Send your entry – along with a little information about yourself -- to Inside@fwisd.org. Everyone is eligible and deadline to submit is Monday, July 1 (we’ve got some designing to do!)

The winner will receive a basket of goodies to enjoy – between now and August 19!


For the past 18 months, Inside FWISD has brought you news every Thursday about the District and the people who work here – a week’s worth of interesting, inspiring stories delivered to your virtual doorstep. Each week we average more than 2,000 readers.

But, did you know—

You can also get the scoop every day with Inside FWISD: The Blog!

The Blog is there for you every day of the week with new, dynamic content to keep you current on all things Fort Worth ISD.

Like the weekly Inside FWISD, The Blog covers them all -- sudents, teachers, and support staff -- in words, videos and photographs – many times thanks to your contributions and shared information.

You don’t have to wait until Thursday to learn the latest about your colleagues. Read Inside FWISD: The Blog today and every day!


Applications for Fort Worth ISD’s 2019 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence are due by 5 p.m. today. This prestigious program recognizes outstanding classroom teachers in the District. Recipients are awarded the title of Chair for Teaching Excellence and a $5,000 honorarium.

The District established the Chairs for Teaching Excellence in 1994. The program is modeled after the university-level chair program and is designed to recognize and reward exemplary teachers. This program is unique because of its role in a public school setting and for its rigorous selection process.

Candidates must be full-time, certified, classroom teachers who have taught a minimum of three years in Fort Worth ISD and have at least five years of total teaching experience. They must submit an online application and obtain recommendation letters from their principal and from a colleague.

Recipients will be recognized at the Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence luncheon in November. The principal at the school of the winning teacher will also be invited to the luncheon, and the winner’s school will receive a Chair for Teaching Excellence banner for display at the campus.

Eligibility requirements and the 2019 application for the Chairs for Teaching Excellence Awards are posted on the Community and Strategic Partnerships web page. The application, principal recommendation form and colleague recommendation form are only available to submit online.

Contact Judy Ramos at judy.ramos@fwisd.org to learn more about the Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence.

Special Presentation Recognizing Recent Paschal Grad Set for Monday

Join Paschal High School for a special presentation recognizing recent graduate Danielle “Boogie” Wilson, Monday, July 1.

We need FWISD Nation to pack out the Gus Bates Center at 9 a.m. for this special event. The Bates Center is located at 3001 Forest Park Blvd.

Danielle, who was part of the Paschal girls' basketball team, graduated May 31 and will attend the University of Houston on a full academic scholarship.

Her inspiring story of staying positive in the face of adversity was featured in a WFAA Original story earlier this month, a recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram article and on NBC 5’s DFW Inside High School Program in January.

"I have never had a student-athlete go through this much adversity and succeed and reach the goals they set as a freshman in high school," said Dave Geer, Paschal Girls Basketball head coach.

2019-2020 Reporting, Ending Dates

The following are the 2019-2020 reporting and ending dates for employees who work less than 240 days.

Registration for ‘Yes! Conference’ Open Until July 19

Registration for the 5th Annual “YES! Conference” is open through July 19.

The “YES! Conference” offers professional development training on payroll, budget, accounts payable, travel, health and physical education, maintenance and communications among other things. The one-day conference, slated for August 1 at Paschal High School, is open to District secretary, clerical, and administrative associate employees and some counselors.

Click here to register.

People registering for the conference are encouraged to read each question carefully and select the classes they’re interested in attending. Changes are not permitted once registration is submitted.

For more details, contact Vanessa Crump, management and budget administrative assistant, at vanessa.crump@fwisd.org or by calling 817-814-2171.

FWISD Receives Five Top National School Communication Awards

The Fort Worth ISD 2017-18 Annual Report was one of five communications tactics earning Awards of Excellence from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) School Communication Awards contest. This is the highest award given in each tactic category.

NSPRA contest entries come from not only public and private schools and educational organizations across the country, but also from private businesses that partner with schools.

Fort Worth ISD earned a total of nine NSPRA 2019 awards:

Award of Excellence

Fort Worth ISD 2017-18 Annual Report: You Belong Here

Inside FWISD E-Newsletter

Read Fort Worth: Our Collective Journey Marketing Video

Fort Worth ISD Pre-K Marketing Publications

Fort Worth ISD Online Reference Guide for Staff

Award of Merit

Did You Know E-Newsletter

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA Gold Seal Marketing Video

My First Day by Sammy Monge Convocation Video

Honorable Mention

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA Branding

EHHS Class of 1967 Gives Back

The Eastern Hills High School Class of 1967 is giving back to the Class of 2019.

Alumni recently presented two outstanding students, Alva Andrade Pedrego and Jainaba Njie with $1,500 scholarships.

The EHHS Class of 1967 held its 50-year reunion two years ago. Money was raised for several celebration events through fees and donations. After all expenses were paid, the event committee had money left over. Dismissing the idea for hosting another party, the decision was made to use the money to provide scholarships to two deserving graduates of the Eastern Hills Class of 2019.

With the assistance of Eastern Hills counselors Nekeisha Kirk and Angelia Hicks, Alva, who will be attending Texas A&M University and Jainaba, who is headed to Texas Christian University, were awarded the scholarships.

The scholarship presentation was made at the Eastern Hills Senior Day ceremony on May 24. Six alumni from the Eastern Hills Class of 1967 were on hand to award the scholarships.

FWISD JROTC Cadets Participate in STEMaverick Camp

Cadets from Fort Worth ISD’s JROTC program were recently among 60 students participating in STEMaverick camp at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The one-week residential summer camp, hosted by UTA’s colleges of science and engineering, allowed students from FWISD and the San Antonio, Lewisville, Birdville and Alvarado school districts to conduct scientific research, develop and present engineering projects. The camp, hosted June 17-21, is a collaborative project between UTA and the U.S. Army Cadet Command in Fort Knox, Kentucky, designed to enhance the leadership and critical thinking skills of future leaders and to provide greater exposure to scientific research projects.

STEMaverick is FWISD’s first-ever alternative to its STEM JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge.

This camp forces cadets to collaborate with other like-minded students to complete a project and present their findings. Camp participants are exposed to peer-reviewed scientific literature, the work of an engineer, and they learn new engineer concepts that they put into practice for producing projects that are communicated to others. Cadets use tools to solve scientific programs including mathematics, which is utilized for modeling and analyzing results of their experiments.

“Leadership is solving problems,” said retired Lt. Col. Richard Crossley Jr., FWISD JROTC programs director. “This camp provides our young people the opportunity to find their passion, to discover a problem they want to solve and to decide a career path or field of study connected to their talents and passion. Our mission is to graduate students prepared for post-secondary success.”


WAIT! Don’t open that email! At least not until you are sure where it came from.

Cyberattacks are real, every day real, and they come at us each day in a wide variety of seemingly harmless emails. Malicious email remains one of the most significant and ongoing computer security threats facing the Fort Worth ISD. Cybercriminals use various email-based traps to deliver malware, lure victims to malicious websites, and steal log-on credentials. And, all of us need to understand these threats and learn what we can do about it.

The FWISD Information Technology Department battles daily with domestic criminals, foreign countries and other hackers. But YOU can have a big impact on the success of our cybersecurity effort with just a few simple steps.

Using tools built-in to your email program, you can help determine if email arriving in your inbox is legitimate, junk (such as marketing items), or phishing. Whether you are using Microsoft Outlook or Office365 for your email, there is a simple solution to help keep you and FWISD safe.

On Office365, whether you are accessing email at your desk or off campus, click on the small icon located near the top of the page (see pictures below). This will open a dialogue box that allows you to mark the email as junk, phishing, not junk or other. Make a selection and follow the instructions.

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When using Microsoft Office Outlook to access your email, the steps are almost exactly the same. Click the button at the top right-hand corner of the page labeled “Report Message” and make a selection from the drop down box (see pictures below).

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Once you have completed those simple steps, Microsoft and the Fort Worth ISD IT Department will use your selections to determine if those particular emails are a threat to our security.

There’s one more important step to remember. Should your email program start to perform inappropriately, or if your files seemed moved, missing, or are changed, or if you receive a message threatening to lock your files if a ransom isn’t paid, immediately send a message explaining the problem to ethreats@fwisd.org. The District IT Department will quickly respond and investigate.

You can help protect the sensitive information of our students, your co-workers and yourself by being cyber-aware when you “See Something, Say (Do) Something!”


Editor's Note: The following content was originally published in the February 14, 2019 edition of Inside FWISD

FWISD now requires all of its employees to use an official e-mail signature for all email correspondence created through your FWISD email account. Email signatures that do not follow this standard may no longer be used. Consistent email signatures deliver a visually coherent look across departments and campuses and are just one more tool to help all employees judge if email correspondence is legitimate. Just as our business cards follow a standardized approach, email signatures should be consistent.

Email signatures should include:

  • Your name
  • Job title
  • Department or Campus
  • Fort Worth Independent School District
  • Phone number
  • Email Address
  • Location

Shortened versions of this signature are acceptable for reply or smartphone emails.

Microsoft Outlook: How to set your Email Signature (or www.fwisd.org/emailsignature).


All Fort Worth ISD employees are required to complete 13 Safe Schools online courses for the 2019-2020 school year.

Employees have from Tuesday, May 28 to Thursday, October 31, to complete the mandatory courses. New hires must complete the courses within two months of their hire date.

All District supervisors will receive a monthly report of employees’ training progress.

The Safe Schools courses for the upcoming school year include:

  • Bullying: Recognition and Response
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Child Abuse Mandatory Texas Course
  • CIPA: Compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act
  • Email and Messaging Safety
  • FERPA: Confidentiality of Records
  • FWISD Avoid Deny Defend Active Shooter Custom Course
  • Health Emergencies: Overview
  • Password Security Basics
  • Protection Against Malware
  • Sexual Harassment: Student Issues and Response
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention

Each employee was sent an email by Tuesday, May 28 with a link to fwisd.tx.safeschools.com.

Employees will be required to use their active directory and password to access the system. Google Chrome is the preferred browser for using Safe Schools.

In addition to the mandatory training courses, multiple other online courses are available to staff.

Contact the Help Desk at 817-814-4357 if you encounter any problems with your active directory or password.

For more details on the courses, contact Aracely Chavez, executive director of classified learning, at Aracely.chavez@fwisd.org or visit the Classified Learning webpage at www.fwisd.org/Page/2807.


The following message is from the City of Fort Worth regarding its upcoming Active Threat Full Scale Exercise. FWISD employees will be required to use a vacation day off if interested in participating in this exercise. The message is slightly modified for clarity.

Emergency Operations Center Cadre (EOC) and Partners,

On July 29, we will be having our second Active Threat Full Scale Exercise. This has been an almost six-month planning process by Office of Emergency Management and the planning team comprised of Fort Worth Police Department, Fort Worth Fire, MedStar, JPS Hospital, Cook Children’s hospital, Fort Worth Marshal’s Office, City of Fort Worth, and the Tarrant County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The exercise will be a full scale exercise at Trimble Tech High School and will include activation of the Fort Worth ISD EOC and Fort Worth EOC as well as coordination of the mass casualty component at local hospitals.

Opportunities to Participate

EOC Activation Play (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)Click here to register to play in the JEOC

The EOC will be activated for the exercise and there are various positions that need to be filled by the EOC cadre for each EOC section/group. We are using Eventbrite to manage the registrants and distribute information for the various players and their roles within the EOC. The EOC Sections we are needing players are for the following:

  • Situational Awareness Section (Fire, PD, MedStar, FWISD, and five Medical Coordination)
  • Resource Support Section (Park and Recreation, Transportation/Public Works, Neighborhood Services, Red Cross, Salvation Army, MHMR, Fort Worth HR for Family Assistance Center coordination, any other representatives from other City of Fort Worth departments)
  • EOC Support (City Marshal’s, other representatives to field phone calls)
  • Joint Information Center (Public Information Officers)
  • Organizations are designating specific unified command staff and first responders that will be participating in the exercise.
  • OEM is contacting individuals for controller/evaluators and to be simcell participants.
  • Joint Emergency Operations Center Executive Team members may register as a VIP or email me (Maribel.martinez@fortworthtexas.gov) to observe the exercise at an observation area at the school.

Family Assistance Center Observation (9 a.m.- 2 p.m.) - Click here to register to observe at the FAC

FWISD will lead the Family Assistance Center (FAC) but there is an opportunity to observe/supplement FWISD FAC function. (City of Fort Worth HR, Red Cross, MHMR...these positions will liaison from the field to EOC counterparts.)

Field Support Staff and Volunteers (6 a.m.-3 p.m. at Trimble Tech High School) - Click here to register to be exercise support staff

Staff/volunteers to assist in moulage – OEM will lead the moulage team but we need additional assistance as we need to moulage 55 volunteers in a short timeframe

  • Volunteer Support – We are anticipating ~200 volunteers to play in the exercise so we need staff to assist OEM in coordinating checkin and volunteer logistics.
  • Safety Support – OEM will lead a safety team to ensure the safety of the volunteers and players
  • Food Team – for coordinating and setting up feeding for all exercise participants

Volunteers to be actors IN the exercise (6 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Trimble Tech High School) Click here to register to be a volunteer and role play in the exercise

  • 200 role players needed (including 100 high school age kids)

As you register, additional logistical information will be coming in the next few weeks as we get closer to the date of the exercise.

As always, OEM appreciates all the help and support!


The Fort Worth ISD Communications Department will continue to publish Inside FWISD throughout the summer months.

Let us know how you're spending your summer.

Throughout the summer break, don't forget to email us with photos of your travels, professional development activities and just simply how you're spending your vacation. We'd love to share some of those photos with your colleagues in future Inside FWISD editions throughout the summer.

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

Evacuation Chair Training: The Fort Worth ISD Safety and Security Department conducted evacuation chair training on Wednesday, June 26. FWISD employees learned how to use the chairs to get someone out of the building safely during an emergency. The chairs were recently installed at the Central Administration Building, Professional Development Center and will be installed at the new Teaching and Learning Center on Bridgewood Drive.

Vital Link: Now in its 28th year, Vital Link is a free, week-long, half-day unpaid internship program for rising seventh graders that's designed to demonstrate the connection between what is learned in the classroom and what is needed for success in the workplace. Students are currently interning with multiple local businesses including Tarrant County College, Texas Christian University, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Balfour Beatty, and the Trinity River Authority. Vital Link 2019 started June 10 and concluded June 21.

FWISD Basketball Camp: Fort Worth ISD’s annual Basketball Camp was hosted June 17-20. The one-week camp, which had 48 rising third through ninth graders registered, emphasized basic basketball fundamental instruction in shooting, ball-handling, offensive moves, footwork, defensive positioning and rebounding.

AHHS Summer Dance Intensive: The Arlington Heights High School Dance Department hosted its Summer Dance Intensive camp June 10-21. Dance classes included ballet, modern, body work and choreography/composition.

FWISD is looking for Bilingual Teachers

FWISD is hiring bus drivers

Professional Learning and Innovation Opportunities

Gold Seal Late Application Window, Continues through September 6

Four-Day Workweek, Continues through August 3

Board of Education meeting, June 25

Fort Worth ISD’s 2019 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence Application Deadline, June 27

Online Registration Begins, July 1

Independence Day, July 4 (District Closed)

Fort Worth Vaqueros 2019 Season, continues through July 6 (Admission to all home games is free for FWISD students and faculty with an District-issued ID.)

Board of Education meeting, July 16

YES! Conference Registration closes, July 19

Benefits Open Enrollment for employees begins, July 22

Summer Semester, Continues through July 25

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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