Registration for Back to School Roundup Opens
EDITOR’S NOTE: FWISD employees, please share this information with District families you work with.
Back to School Roundup kicked off this week with a celebration at a Fort Worth Walmart, presenting sponsor for the roundup.
Families can now pre-register for a free backpack and school supplies online through July 9 or by signing up at one of multiple pre-registration events being hosted throughout the county, Wednesday June 27- Thursday, August 2. The backpack and supplies will be distributed at the 14th annual Tarrant County Back to School Roundup event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Pre-registered families will receive a voucher admitting them into the Aug. 9 roundup event and guaranteeing free school supplies.
To qualify for the free supplies, families must produce:
• Valid photo identification
• Proof of Tarrant County residency (water bill, electric bill, etc.)
• Proof of income (must meet 2018 poverty guidelines)
In addition to the school supply distribution, the one-stop shop roundup event offers free haircuts, health, dental and vision screenings, immunizations, health and social resources.
Volunteers are needed to assist families with pre-registration at one of the more than 20 registration events. People are also encouraged to donate backpacks and supplies for the event. A backpack, including supplies, is available on the Back to School Roundup website through Educational Products, Inc. (EPI) for $16.95.
For more details, visit backtoschoolroundup.org.
FWISD REVISES student code of conduct
Fort Worth ISD is making two local revisions to the Student Code of Conduct for the 2018-2019 school year. The document communicates to the expectations of students and consequences for misconduct.
The FWISD Board of Education approved revisions, Tuesday, June 26 to the document that focus on informal teacher removal of students from class and capturing photos, video or audio of a student.
The Student Code of conduct is now available for viewing here.
Parents and students must agree that they’ve reviewed the Student Code of Conduct document when registering for school.
FWISD Recognizes Student-Athletes for Advancing to state contests
For the first time in history, Fort Worth ISD students competed in all four running sessions at the UIL Track and Field State Meet last month in Austin. On June 26, the Board of Education honored those competitors as well as other student athletes who recently achieved athletic distinction at the state level.
Track, tennis and softball stars showed off their medals and proudly stood to applause at the Tuesday Board meeting.
SAVE THE DATE: CONVOCATION 2018 IS AUG. 17
What: Fort Worth ISD Convocation for 2018-2019 School Year
When: Friday, August 17, 2018, 9 a.m.
Where: Originating at Board Conference Room, 2903 Shotts Street and streamed to all schools and campuses
Who: Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner; Charles Foster Johnson, founder of Pastors for Children; FWISD Board of Education; all District educators, administrators and a select group of students
Summary: This year’s Fort Worth ISD Convocation will again be both virtual and live –and teachers will be able to watch from their respective campus.
We hope teachers are taking a break and enjoying the summer, but don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2018 Convocation.
A lively video featuring Fort Worth ISD teachers-- and a couple of cute kids-- shares the message.
The Friday, August 17, event begins at 9 a.m. and will be an hour long, or less, so that teachers can maximize their time preparing for the first day of school on August 20.
Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner and Reverend Charles F. Johnson will speak live from the Fort Worth ISD Board Room before an audience of students. The platform will be YouTube Live and will resemble a “Ted talk,” informal yet informative. Each FWISD campus will watch as a group.
Reverend Johnson leads the statewide ecumenical organization, Pastors for Children, which mobilizes the faith community for public education support and advocacy. PTC promotes school assistance programs in communities all over the state, cultivates community partners for public education, and mobilizes clergy to advocate for sound public education policy in state government. Charles Johnson is a frequent speaker in university, church, business, education, and non-profit circles.
Information about the stream connections will be sent as we get closer to the day of Convocation. We will also broadcast the event live on cable via Charter (Spectrum), Channel 192 and AT&T U-verse, Channel 99.
Thank you to First Officer Greg Storm of Envoy Air, and the many volunteers who’ve participated in school Career Day events and assisted with other tasks at Fort Worth ISD schools.
Throughout the 2017-18 year, First Officer Storm read books to students in the Springdale Elementary School library. Just before school ended, he volunteered to participate in the campus Career Day where he answered student questions about a career in aviation and handed out Envoy Air kid wings. Envoy Air, Inc., formerly known as American Eagle Airlines, Inc., operates more than 150 aircrafts on close to 1,000 daily flights to more than 150 locations, according to the company website.
First Officer Storm calls his experience reading to students at Springdale Elementary “great.”
“I think the kids learned and had fun,” he said in a school media release. “I love kids, and I love to read, so it was an easy fit.
“The kids I read to were extremely well behaved, very motivated and really a joy to get to know.”
The involvement reading to students at Springdale Elementary is just one of many examples of the 100 X 25 FWTX initiative which has a goal that all third-graders are reading on or above grade level by 2025. Superintendent Kent P. Scribner is partnering with Mayor Betsy Price, BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose to lead the community-wide Read Fort Worth project, which engages parents, grandparents, and caregivers as well as volunteers from the city’s business sector, higher education, non-profit organizations, and the faith-based community.
First Officer Storm is just one of approximately 10,000 volunteers who assisted in Fort Worth ISD schools the 2017-2018 year. The volunteers contributed approximately 200,000 volunteer hours to the District, according to the Family Communications Department.
For more information on the FWISD volunteer program, contact Alma Pohler, volunteer specialist, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 817-814-2973.
We asked FWISD employees how they're spending their summer.
Here's some of their responses:
Sidney Allen, a first-year art teacher at Jacquet Middle School, spent some of her summer attending a glass/ceramics/ clay training session for art teachers. "I loved being surrounded by other art teachers. We talked and I learned many tips for teaching," she said. "The training was very exciting, inspiring, and super educational. I look forward to bringing the techniques I learned into the classroom." Below is some of her work.
Clint Bond, executive director of external and emergency communications, captured these images on a recent visit to Cedar Hill State Park.
Carr: Teaching Chair Honor Offers Teachers Second Wind
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Kenyail C. Carr said that applying for Fort Worth ISD’s Academic Chair for Teaching Excellence program “more than worth it.”
The application and process, she said, were overwhelming but one she would do all over again. Mrs. Carr, a former teacher at Meadowbrook Middle School who will teach geometry and Algebra II at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA in the fall, is the current Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary STEM.
Being honored with the recognition is a validation of a teacher’s work, Mrs. Carr said.
“The experience is indescribable. It makes you feel like all of your efforts and time that you put into it has come back to you tenfold,” she said. “It kind of gives you a second wind as far as teaching is concerned to know that your effort has not gone unnoticed.
Applications are currently being accepted for the District’s 2018 Academic Chairs for teaching Excellence, which will once again honor extraordinary District educators.
Modeled after the university-level chair program, Chairs for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding classroom teachers and awards them with a $5,000 honorarium.
Applications are currently being accepted for the following disciplines:
-Acquisition of Language
-Middle School STEM
-High School STEM
-Career & Technical Education
-Elementary Math and/or Science
-Health & Physical Education
Eligible classroom teachers may self-nominate or be recommended for the recognition by principals, colleagues or parents.
- Complete and submit an online application no later than 5 p.m. Friday, June 29
- Submit a principal recommendation online
- Submit a colleague recommendation online
A nominee must:
- Be a full-time, certified, and highly-qualified FWISD teacher in good standing.
- Have completed a minimum of three years teaching in FWISD, a total of five years’ experience, and currently be a classroom teacher.
- Be employed by FWISD during the entire school year served as the Chair.
- Complete and submit the online application by the published deadline – no exceptions.
- If selected for an interview, nominees must be prepared to be recorded teaching a lesson.
- Have never been named for any Chair for Teaching Excellence before.
More eligibility details are available on the Department of Community and Strategic Partnerships website.
This year’s honorees will be recognized at a luncheon this November. Chair honorees are encouraged to further their education and training and share their knowledge and expertise with their colleagues.
According to Mrs. Carr, the honor gives a new energy one’s work. It’s also an opportunity for educators to share their stories and encourage other teachers.
“It was just a great honor, and a great privilege,” she said. “With so few of the awards given, for me, it kind of inspired me to complete applications for other awards, other honors that are out there.”
For more details, contact Danielle Stenger at Danielle.email@example.com or by calling 817-814-2977.
Board of Education meeting: Trustees unanimously approve a proclamation honoring the late Pauline Gasca Valenciano for her contributions to FWISD. Read more here.
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NEW START AND END TIMES FOR FORT WORTH ISD STUDENTS
‘Attendance Adds Up’ for Students
Starting this fall the Fort Worth ISD will implement a new daily class schedule. While it means ten to 15 more minutes in class for students, the benefits – both instructionally and operationally – are many. And, FWISD will join many other districts in aligning with a new state law based on minutes, not days.
In 2015 the Texas Legislature changed the way school districts account for student instructional time. Instead of the old 180-day calendar, lawmakers decided that students must be in class at least 75,600 minutes each year.
Under our ongoing campaign of Attendance Adds Up, the District is unveiling the following schedule:
Fort Worth ISD’s traditional high schools will now begin at 8:25 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.
Middle school students will arrive at 9:15 a.m. and end their day at 4:30 p.m.
And, traditional elementary school students in the Fort Worth ISD will begin at 7:50 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m.
The District’s Schools of Choice, early college high schools, and other specialty schools will also extend their instructional day but some with different beginning and ending times. See below for a complete chart.
Under the new state law, teachers will work the same number of hours as they did under the 180-day calendar.
Changing from days to minutes (a day is considered to be at least 420 minutes) brings benefits to student and their families as well as districts.
The increased learning time will provide more opportunity for integrated instruction. It will benefit students who may need additional assistance.
Also, under the old 180-day system the Fort Worth ISD had to include two weather make-up days. These days were often scheduled for Good Friday or for the day after school was scheduled to end. Allowing FWISD to count, and accumulate minutes, however, allows for the elimination of the scheduled “weather days.” By adding 10 or 15 minutes to each day, students will gain enough minutes to still meet the state required goal without adding extra days.
The message of Attendance Adds Up –which, when launched, addressed the importance of going to school every day, now also means making every minute count!