CAMPUS TEACHER OF THE YEAR RECEPTION SURPRISES EDUCATORS
The announcement of 10 finalists for District Teacher of the Year wasn’t the only surprise at Fort Worth ISD’s Campus Teacher of the Year reception this week.
Ten educators walked away with prizes including the loan of a Mercedes Benz for the summer, a $1,000 travel voucher and gift cards. Local businesses and community partners donated the gifts.
The Campus Teacher of the Year gift winners are:
- $75 Reata Restaurant gift card: Manuel Alvarado, International Newcomer Academy
- $100 Clay Pigeon Food & Drink gift card: Sydney Jones, Worth Heights Elementary School
- $100 Silver Fox Steakhouse gift card: Abraham Campus, Natha Howell Elementary
- $100 Tim Love Restaurants gift card: Robert Smith, Wedgwood Middle School
- $100 B&B Butchers & Restaurant gift card: Cletis Cabbil, Jacquet Middle School
- $100 The Capital Grille gift card: Shannon Warwick, Sunrise-McMillan Elementary
- $150 Central Market gift card: Sherry Cotton, Clifford Davis Elementary
- $500 EECU Visa gift card: Sharmecia Lindsey, Middle Level Learning Center
- $1,000 travel voucher from the United Educators Association: Marisa Phillips, Southwest High School
- Mercedes Benz on loan for the summer from Park Place Motorcars Fort Worth: Janae Bean, Meacham Middle School
AHHS Dancers Accepted to College, Summer Dance Programs
Auditions at the Regional High School Dance Festival led to multiple college and summer dance program acceptance offers for Arlington Heights High School Repertory Dance Company members.
“Twisted,” choreography created by Heights senior Kelsey Wedding was recognized with an honorable mention in the student choreography concert at the event, held in March at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
GETTING THROUGH STAAR
EDITOR'S NOTE: These tips originally appeared in an April 2018 edition of Inside FWISD
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing for students in the fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth grades and End-of-Course (EOC) exams at the high school level will take place April 9-18 across the state.
Inside FWISD spoke with Secondary Leadership about how administrators and teachers can prepare for and get through STAAR week.
Here are their tips:
- Principals set the tone for the testing environment and teachers set the tone in the classroom prior to and during the test. Ensure you have a valid testing process and that all stakeholders, including the students are aware of the process. Practice the process if needed.
- Principals should:
1. Encourage all stakeholders, including teachers, to get a great night’s sleep and have a good breakfast.
2. Touch base often with the test coordinator and be on hand to assist if needed.
3. Keep calm, positive and resolve issues as they arise.
4. If possible, show appreciation for your teachers’ work and dedication
- Ensure there’s a complete and accurate list of testers for each teacher with matching test booklets. If teachers have anyone who is not supposed to be in their rooms or testing materials for students not on their list, they must let an administrator or testing coordinator know immediately.
- Ensure there’s a system for giving teachers their planning periods back after testing is complete to avoid any conflicts afterwards.
- It is always nice to provide snacks or lunch for staff on test days. Look for community donations. Staff really does appreciate it!
- Teachers, plan for interesting and engaging activities after all testing is complete for the day for students who tested. If the testers worked hard, then they will be drained.
- Don't forget to say THANK YOU to the students and all who helped with testing. Yes, it's their job, but it is always nice to feel appreciated.
Thank you to Secondary Leadership for providing us with these helpful tips.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
TXU Energy Donates Trees to 2 FWISD Schools : TXU Energy donated 20 trees to Fort Worth ISD’s Eastern Hills Elementary School and Eastern Hills High School. An educational seminar and ceremonial tree planting event was held on Tuesday, April 2 at Eastern Hills Elementary in partnership with the Texas Trees Foundation.
Paschal Tennis Qualifies for Regionals: Paschal High tennis players recently competed in District 4-6A contests, and six are advancing to the Region 1 6A competition -- Emily Buell and Shauna Galvin (first-place girls doubles); Hailey Presnall and Maggie McInnis (second-place girls doubles); Eileen Yu (first-place girls singles) and Ruby Yu (second-place girls singles); Nathan LaCombe finished third in boys singles and is an alternate for Region 1 competition. Paschal clinched the 4-6A District Championship in girls doubles and singles. The District 4-6A competition was hosted April 1-2 at the Arlington Tennis Center.
Fort Worth ISD Day at Globe Life Park: The Texas Rangers Baseball Club hosted the second Fort Worth ISD Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Sunday, March 31. The North Side High School Choir, directed by Carlos Saenz, performed the national anthem prior to the first pitch of the afternoon game in which the Rangers beat the Chicago Cubs 11-10.