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.
As report card testing begins again, at our campus there is some confusion on how we mark grades for things that have not yet been introduced in Pre-K and K. We assign students either an “E” for emerging, “D” for developed, “U” for unsatisfactory and in previous years, we would give “NI” for "not introduced."
However, this year we have been told by administration that we cannot give any “Nis” this time. It is only the second six weeks, and in early childhood there are some things that our students have not yet been exposed to. For example, adding, subtraction, rhyming, counting words in a sentence, etcetera. I would like to know what the Early Childhood Department says about giving students an “NI” on report cards. Is this a new District policy or is this a decision that each campus is allowed to make?
Anonymous and confused
Dear Anonymous and confused,
Thank you for your question. I reached out to Dr. Cheryl Mixon, executive director of Early Learning, and here’s the response: “Thank you for your question. The Early Learning Department has not issued a statement that Not Introduced (NI) may not be used. That sounds like a campus level directive.”
Thanks again, Anonymous and confused for your question and thank you Dr. Mixon for your response.
Why has the District scheduled a school shut-down benchmark test for Election Day?
Thank you for your question. I reached out to Sara Arispe, associate superintendent of accountability and data quality, and here’s the response: “The window for the benchmarks for grade 7 Writing, English I, English II was November 5-7. Campuses selected the day within the window on which to administer.”
Thanks again, Anonymous for your questions and thank you Ms. Arispe for your response.
I often see stipends and/or bonuses (during hiring process) offered to teachers who can speak dual languages. But I was wondering why FWISD never uses funds to offer Spanish classes to teachers who speak English but would love to learn the Spanish language to better serve our populations.
Dear Ms. Williamson,
Thank you for your question. I reached out to Cynthia Rincón, chief of Human Capital Management, and here’s the response: “The District is currently researching options to ensure that the dual language and Spanish class vacancies are filled with quality teachers. Your suggestion is appreciated.”
Thanks again, Ms. Williamson for your question and thank you Ms. Rincón for your response.
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The following are sneak peek computer renderings of FWISD 2017 bond projects
Dunbar HS Field House Expansion
FWISD Sixth-Grade Honor Choir concert at I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
#ThankYouThursday: Thanksgiving Donors
Thank you to the numerous community groups and businesses that provided meals to Fort Worth ISD families for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Among the generous donors were ramp operators from Dallas-based Southwest Airlines who donated 20 LUV baskets to 20 families at Harlean Beal Elementary School. The baskets were filled with what was described as a “grocery bill” worth of goods. read more here.
Over at Sam Rosen Elementary, employees of Federal Medical Center Carswell presented 10 families of students at the campus with a turkey and trimmings for a holiday feast. Read more here.
During the Thanksgiving break, 900 FWISD families received a turkey and a bag of groceries to prepare a holiday dinner. The meals were supported by a fundraiser put on by Joe Hidrogo of Round 1Boxing, an organization with the United Hispanic Council.
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