Inside FWISD September 26, 2019

In this edition:

Board Appoints New Leadership | Ten North Texas School Districts To Launch Aerial Robotics Initiative | Take a Fast, Fun Video Tour Of FWISD Gold Seal Programs, Schools of Choice | FWISD Extends Safe Schools Training Deadline | Let’s Talk School Community Forums | FWISD Staff Must Acknowledge Employee Handbook Receipt By October 31 | Five FWISD High Schools Set to Compete in Annual Fort Worth Iron Chef and Silent Auction | Fort Worth Library to Recognize FWISD Bilingual Education Program and Founding Educator | Jacinto Ramos Jr., New CUBE Chair, to Deliver Opening Keynote at Annual Conference | FWISD Among TXU Energy Leadership Award Honorees | FWISD Offers Flu Vaccine Clinics Dates For Employees | First Six Weeks Ends Friday: Parents Can Access Report Cards Via Parent Portal Starting October 9 | FWISD Board Observes American Indian Heritage Day | FWISD’s United Way Campaign Begins In October | FWISD Week 5: All FWISD schools in district action | Free Youth Heart Screening Event Slated at FWISD’s Wilkerson-Greines September 28 | Reception Set to Honor Retired Board Trustee Dr. T.A. Sims | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | City Urges Residents to Practice Gun Safety, Prepare for Emergencies | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Board Appoints New Leadership

Clockwise from top: Jill Balzer, Cloris Rangel, Jerry Moore and Aaron Muñoz. Not pictured is Marcey Sorensen

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education approved the following personnel recommendations:

Chief Internal Auditor – Aaron Muñoz, currently Compliance Officer, Dallas ISD

Chief Academic Officer - Jerry Moore, currently interim Chief Academic Officer Fort Worth ISD

Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction – Marcey Sorensen, currently Deputy Chief of Secondary Schools, Madison Metropolitan Schools

Executive Director, Bilingual and ESL – Cloris Rangel, currently Director of Dual Language Programs, Dallas ISD

Executive Director, School Leadership – Jill Balzer, currently Principal, Birdville ISD

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 today.

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.


Experience an exceptional education in a Fort Worth ISD Gold Seal School or Program of Choice. In new videos released this week, in English and Spanish, parents and students learn about the adventure that awaits in a Gold Seal Program or School of Choice. Opportunities include internships, certifications, and tuition-free college credit hours.

You’ll find all the details in the 2020-2021 Gold Seal Catalog. Also, be sure to mark your calendar for:

Choices Expo

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, 4 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. – noon

Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center

5201 C.A. Roberson, Fort Worth, 76119

Online Choices applications will be available Nov. 8. Applications are due Dec. 13, 2019.

For more information call 817-814-1540.

FWISD Extends Safe Schools Training Deadline

Fort Worth ISD employees have more time to complete 13 mandatory Safe Schools online training courses for the 2019-2020 school year.

On Wednesday, Art Cavazos, FWISD’s operations chief, announced that employees have until December 31 to complete the required Safe Schools courses. The previous deadline was October 31.

New hires must complete the courses within two months of their hire date.

“While over 57% of employees have completed all required training courses, we recognize that others may need this extra time,” Mr. Cavazos wrote in a memorandum.

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

The required Safe Schools courses for the 2019-2020 school year, available via fwisd.tx.safeschools.com, 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

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.


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 remaining community forums are scheduled:

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

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

FWISD Staff Must Acknowledge Employee handbook Receipt by October 31

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.

Five FWISD High Schools Set to Compete in Annual Fort Worth Iron Chef and Silent Auction

Culinary students from five Fort Worth ISD highs schools are participating in Community Food Bank’s annual Fort Worth Iron Chef and Silent Auction event today.

Beginning at 6 p.m. in Action Rooms A, B and C at the Tarrant County College-Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle, 18 student cooks from North Side, O.D. Wyatt, Polytechnic, South Hills and Trimble Tech high schools will get to work creating their best appetizer, entrée and dessert dishes.

The food will be judged by a trio of local celebrity executive chefs including Chris Boydston of Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Debbie Berry of Classic Q and James Gaines of Reata restaurant.

Bob Ray Sanders, former Fort Worth Star-Telegram vice-president and columnist, is the event’s master of ceremonies.

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.

Guests will be treated to the live-action competition, similar to the Iron Chef TV series, and food tastings prepared by the 18 high school chefs. Officials with the District’s Career and Technical Education Department say the competition puts the skill sets of FWISD culinary students center stage.

FWISD administrators and teachers are invited to attend the event as Community Food Bank guests. The attire is a button-down shirt and pants for men and business casual for women. There’s no charge for parking.

For more details, visit food-bank.org.

Fort Worth Library to Recognize FWISD Bilingual Education Program and Founding Educator

The Fort Worth Public Library is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting the 50th anniversary of Fort Worth ISD’s Bilingual Education Program and celebrating one of the program’s founding teachers, Dr. Rudy Rodriguez Sr.

The Fort Worth Modern Pioneer: Chicano Trailblazer event is being hosted from 6-8 p.m. today at the Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St.

A performance by North Side High School's Mariachi Espuelas will open the event, followed by a panel discussion featuring past and present Fort Worth bilingual educators. The discussion is being moderated by local author Richard Gonzalez. A reception, featuring a performance by Ballet Folklorico, will follow the program.

The Hispanic Heritage History Project will present Dr. Rodriguez with the Chicano Trailblazer award, which was co-founded by Jodi Valenciano and Rosalinda Martinez and co-sponsored by the Fort Worth Public Library.

Dr. Rudy Rodriguez is an extraordinary leader who has committed his life’s work to education and equality.

In 1969, he helped create Fort Worth ISD’s first Bilingual Education Program in eight schools. Dr. Rodriguez remembers fondly that commitment put forth by his colleagues in those critical start-up years to design and build a program from scratch with no previous clear identity or defined curriculum.

FWISD’s first bilingual educators gave their energy, professional talent and unfailing commitment to make the impossible, possible. They focused on creating a well-organized, credible, culturally empowering learning experience for FWISD’s language-minority children. Bilingual teachers emphasized culturally relevant experiences for Mexican American students, such as the use of use of the children’s dominant language in instruction and dances common to different Mexican regions, while also encouraging cafeterias add traditional Mexican dishes to the lunch menus.

Dr. Rodriguez served the children of the Fort Worth ISD from 1969-73 and continued working with the District for decades during his tenure as a professor at Texas Women’s University and the University of North Texas. His collaboration with the Fort Worth bilingual educator community made a perpetual mark on FWISD.

His values and world outlook were largely shaped by the Civil and Chicano Rights Movements of the 1960s. As a young educator, he was a target of bigotry and racism in public schools and throughout college. He aspired to make a difference in the lives of other minorities experiencing similar oppression.

A self-described Chicano renaissance person, Dr. Rodriguez set out to ensure his generation’s minority communities became fully self–actualized, psychologically healthy and developed fully functional individuals.

This District offers our profound thanks to Dr. Rodriguez on behalf of all past, present and future students of the Fort Worth ISD.

Art Garcia contributed to this report.


Jacinto Ramos Jr., Fort Worth ISD Board of Education president, gave today’s opening keynote address at the State of Urban Education Luncheon in Miami, Florida. The luncheon is among several events being hosted over the next three days at the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Annual Conference.

This speech marks Mr. Ramos first official NSBA conference since being named the CUBE chair in April. Superintendent Kent Scribner introduced him via a special video message.

The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) supports urban school boards, fosters effective school district leadership, and addresses the educational challenges that exist in our nation’s urban centers.

“I am honored that my colleagues would entrust me to serve in this position and help advocate for the needs of urban students, parents, teachers, and our schools.” Mr. Ramos said in a recent statement posted on the NSBA website. “As I approach this position, I am very aware of the daunting task that lies before urban school board members across our nation. Our diverse students and their families are searching for educational opportunities that will provide a secure future and a path to the American Dream. Our students, parents, teachers, administrators, and board members must work together as a team to address student equity, new curriculum standards, standardized testing, and cultural diversity.”

Mr. Ramos represents Fort Worth ISD’s District 1, and voters first elected him to the FWISD Board of Education in 2013. Two years later, he became the District’s youngest board president and the first Latino president from Fort Worth’s North Side. In June, his colleagues elected him to once again serve as Board president.

He led efforts establishing a FWISD student holiday honoring the lives and legacies of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez, who spent decades advocating for the civil rights of labor workers. The Board approved a resolution in April, 2018 establishing the annual observance honoring Mr. Chávez and Ms. Huerta the Monday before Chávez's birth date on March 31. FWISD hosted its inaugural Dolores Huerta and César Chávez Day of Service, March 25, 2019, becoming the first school district in Texas with a student holiday honoring Mr. Chávez and Ms. Huerta.

Mr. Ramos is a Tarrant County Juvenile Services community service restitution supervisor. He is dedicated to working with youth at tackling issues such as multiculturalism, community pride, and building a strong cultural identity.

FWISD Among TXU Energy Leadership Award Honorees

Fort Worth ISD is the recipient of a 2019 TXU Energy Leadership Award.

Members of the District’s Operations Department were presented with the award Tuesday at the second annual TXU Energy Leadership Awards ceremony in Arlington.

The TXU Energy Leadership Award recognizes businesses for accomplishments in the areas of energy management, innovation, engagement, sustainability and community.

“Fort Worth Independent School District has demonstrated excellence in managing electricity consumption while minimizing environmental impact. Fort Worth ISD installed an onsite display of solar arrays, educating the public and inspiring others in the industry to follow its lead,” according to a TXU Energy statement. “The District saved $250,000 and 800,000 [kilowatt hours] of energy by leveraging TXU Greenback rebates to install HVAC and control work, and strategically partnered with advisors to increase energy efficiency and manage electricity consumption. With 143 schools, Fort Worth ISD is shaping the future of our state. Showing leadership in energy management ensures that their future will be a bright one.”

TXU Energy is one of the largest electric providers in Texas that powering homes and businesses.


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.

The following are the remaining flu clinics scheduled this fall:

September 27: Tanglewood Elementary, 7 to 8:30 a.m.; John T. White Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Monnig Middle, 10 to 11 a.m.; Bill J. Elliott Elementary, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Atwood McDonald Elementary, Noon to 1 p.m.; Como Montessori, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Como Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Lowery Road Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

September 30: Maude Logan Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Paschal High, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; World Languages Institute, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Sunrise-McMillian Elementary, 11 a.m. to Noon; Sagamore Hill Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Young Women's Leadership Academy, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 1: South Hills Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Wedgwood 6th, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Rosemont 6th, Noon to 1 p.m.; Alice Contreras Elementary, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; De Zavala Elementary, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

October 2: Seminary Hills Park Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Lily B. Clayton Elementary, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.; Wedgwood Middle, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

October 3: Woodway Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; O.D. Wyatt High, 7:45 to 9 a.m.; J. T. Stevens Elementary, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

October 4: Daggett Elementary, 7:30 to 9 a.m.; Manuel Jara Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Daggett Montessori, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

October 7: W. M. Green Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Richard Wilson Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; FWISD Transportation Department at Clark Field, 9:30 to 11 a.m.; Rosemont Elementary, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Rosemont Middle, Noon to 2 p.m.; Hubbard Heights Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 8: I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

October 9: Alice Carlson Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Burton Hill Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 10: Westcliff Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; FWISD Professional Development Center, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

October 11: D. McRae Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; William James Middle, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Stripling Middle, 10 to 11 a.m.; Harlean Elementary, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; George Clarke Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Polytechnic High, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

October 15: West Handley Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. ; Handley Middle, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; East Handley Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 16: Marine Creek Collegiate High, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Boulevard Heights, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Texas Academy of Biomedical Science, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Metro Opportunity High, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Jo Kelly School, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 17: Arlington Heights High, 7:45 to 9:30 a.m.

October 18: Meadowbrook Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Meadowbrook Middle, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; McClung Middle, Noon to 1 p.m.; C. C. Moss Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Kirkpatrick Elementary, 9 to 10:00 a.m.; Dolores Huerta, 3 to 4 p.m.; Benbrook Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 21: Carter Park Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Morningside Middle, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Morningside Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; M.H. Moore Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Western Hills High, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

October 22: Clifford Davis Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Worth Heights Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; South Hi Mount Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 23: Sam Rosen Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Daggett Middle, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Success High, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Rufino Mendoza Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 24: Luella Merrett Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Bonnie Brae Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Leonard Middle, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

October 25: Greenbriar Elementary, 2 to 3 p.m.; Cesar Chavez Elementary, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

October 28:Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Southwest High, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

October 29: South Hills High, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; McLean Middle, 4 to 5 p.m.

First Six Weeks Ends Friday

Parents Can Access Report Cards Via Parent Portal Starting October 9

The first six weeks officially ends for students at Fort Worth ISD traditional schools on Friday.

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 second six weeks begins Monday, September 30.

FWISD Board Observes American Indian Heritage Day

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education observed American Indian Heritage Day at its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 24.

The state of Texas recognizes the last Friday in September as American Indian Heritage Day. The observance recognizes “the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian community leaders have made to this state,” and celebrates “the rich traditional and contemporary American Indian culture” with ceremonies, activities and programs in public school and other locations, according to Texas Government Code.

The nation observes Native American Heritage Month in November.

The Board recognized several District parents and employees of the American Indian community and their tribes at Tuesday’s board meeting. Of those recognized were:

  • Regina Blakeley, parent, Narragansett Nation from Rhode Island
  • Andres Rogers, FWISD teacher and parent, Cherokee Nation
  • Rachel Ferrera, parent, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
  • Terry Hunter, parent, Kiowa Tribe
  • Cristal Bloomer, FWISD employee, Apache Tribe
  • Hailey Sides, former student, Jicarilla Apache Nation
  • Ida Paz, grandparent, Tiqua Tribe
  • Karka Navarro, parent, Tiqua Tribe

In 2018, the Board approved a resolution honoring American Indian heritage. Under the resolution, the second Monday in October, the District will annually observe a day of service honoring and recognizing American Indian Heritage for Fort Worth ISD students. The resolution was brought to the board at the recommendation of committee made up of District students, teachers and parents and local residents of Native American descent, according to board trustees.

“A day to honor American Indian heritage is an opportune time to educate the public about tribes and to raise awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically, and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizen have worked to conquer these challenges,” the resolution reads. “A day to honor American Indian Heritage is also a time to celebrate the rich and diverse culture of … Native Americans residing in the United States keeping in mind all of the historical sacrifices they have made in the country, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of native people.”

Hundreds of students of American Indian/ Alaska Native descent represent multiple federal- and state-recognized tribes in the Fort Worth ISD.

The District’s American Indian Education Program offers academic support and cultural education to FWISD students who identify or who are of Native American descent. For more details, call 817-814-2879.

FWISD’s United Way Campaign Begins in October

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 WEEK 5: All FWISD schools in district action

By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

Getting off on the right foot is the goal for every team entering district play, so it’s no surprise Polytechnic and Eastern Hills want to get an early jump on the playoff push when the two rivals square off Thursday night.

It’s the District 4-5A opener for the Parrots and Highlanders, who come in with matching 2-2 records and are both coming off losses in their final nondistrict game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Handley Field.

Eastern Hills began its run to the postseason last year with a 22-0 victory over Polytech to begin loop action. The two squads have faced each other every year since 2012, with the Highlanders claiming all seven of those meetings.

District play is now in full swing for all FWISD programs. Friday night is homecoming for both South Hills and North Side against Granbury (Clark Stadium) and Carter-Riverside (Handley), respectively.

Thursday, Sept. 26

3-5A: Arlington Heights vs. Azle , Clark Stadium, 7 p.m.

4-6A: Arlington High vs. Trimble Technical, Farrington Field, 7 p.m.

4-5A: Polytechnic vs. Eastern Hills, Handley Field, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 27

3-5A: South Hills (homecoming) vs. Granbury, Clark Stadium, 7 p.m.

4-6A: Paschal vs. Sam Houston, Farrington Field, 7 p.m.

4-5A: Carter-Riverside vs. North Side (homecoming), Handley Field, 7 p.m.

4-5A: Southwest vs. Northwest, Northwest Texas Stadium, 7 p.m.

6-4A: Diamond Hill-Jarvis vs. Lake Worth, Lake Worth Kittrell Stadium 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28

6-4A: Benbrook vs. Western Hills, Farrington Field, 1 p.m.


Free youth heart screenings are being offered to Fort Worth ISD students ranging from 11 years old to high school seniors participating in athletics, band, cheer and JROTC. heartscreening flyer

The Healthy Hearts DFW – Free Youth Heart Screening event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 28 at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center Gate 1, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd. in Fort Worth.

The event, sponsored by Ryan Powell Memorial Foundation, Holden Strong Awareness Campaign, Run for Sarah and the Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Foundation, is an opportunity for parents with concerns about their child’s heart health to receive a free electrocardiography (ECG).

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for young athletes.

“Health and safety of our students always comes first," said Todd Vesely, FWISD Executive Director of Athletics.

To register, visit GBOGH.as.me/HealthyHeartsDFW.

For additional information email Nathan Schwarz, the North Texas/Louisiana heart screening director for the Cody Stephens Foundation, at nathan@codystephensfoundation.org.


What: Reception for Retired Board Member, Dr. T.A. Sims

When: 5 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Where: I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA, 1900 I.M. Terrell Circle, Fort Worth, Texas

Who: Friends, family, colleagues of Dr. T.A. Sims

Summary: Friends, family, and colleagues are invited to honor retired Fort Worth ISD Board Member, Dr. Theophlous Aron Sims at a reception, Tuesday. October 1, 2019.

The 5 p.m. event will be hosted in the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA lobby. A program, beginning at 5:30 p.m., will include remarks from Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner, FWISD Board President Jacinto Ramos Jr., past and present Board members and other colleagues of Dr. Sims.

The Southwest Jazz Band will provide music, and the I.M. Terrell Chamber Choir will perform some special numbers. Light snacks will be provided by Sodexo Magic.

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 16, 2019. The Board has called a November 5 special election to fill the vacant trustee seat.

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

Board of Education meeting: The Board of Education celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month and American Indian Heritage Day in Texas at its regular board meeting Tuesday with performances and remarks from students. Students from J.T. Stevens and Waverly Park elementary schools led the audience in the American and Texas pledges verbally and sign language, respectively.

TASA/TASB Conference: North Side High School's Mariachi Espuelas represented Fort worth ISD at the txEd TASA/TASB Convention last week in Dallas. 

City Urges Residents to Practice Gun Safety, Prepare for Emergencies

With the recent shootings of five Tarrant County children that ended in two fatalities, the City of Fort Worth is urging parents to practice gun safety around children.

Read more about the “3Ts of firearm safety and children” in this recent City of Fort Worth post.

In an unrelated post, the Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management is urging residents to build a home emergency kit to be used in case of a disaster. Read this post for additional details on creating emergency kits for your home and vehicle.

FWISD is hiring nurses

FWISD is looking for Bilingual Teachers

FWISD is hiring bus drivers

Gold Seal Late Application Window, Available to the end of the first six weeks of school

Hispanic Heritage Month, Continues through October 15

Campus Web and Social Media Training, September 26

School boundary forum at O.D. Wyatt High School, September 26

Dolores Huerta Elementary School Hispanic Heritage School Museum opening, Thursday, September 26

College Preparation Workshop (open to parents, teens, and adults considering college.), September 26

End of First Six Weeks, September 27

Healthy Hearts DFW – Free Youth Heart Screening, September 28

Convoy of Hope Fort Worth Community Event, September 28

Start of Second Six Weeks, September 30

Race to Submit College Kickoff, October 1

T.A. Sims Retirement Reception, October 1

2019 Financial Aid Help Sessions, October 2- November 19

School boundary forum at Carter-Riverside HS, October 3

FWISD Job Fair, October 4

2019 Volleyball Schedules

2019 Football Schedules

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