TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR TEXAS RANGERS FORT WORTH ISD GAME DAY
Tickets are available through noon Friday, April 6, for the Texas Rangers’ very first Fort Worth ISD Game Day, featuring the Paschal High School Choir performing the United States and Canadian national anthems. The game against the Toronto Blue Jays begins at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, April 8.
Contact Danielle Stenger at email@example.com with any questions regarding the Texas Rangers Fort Worth ISD Game Day.
kudos TO nash es tEACHERS Whitney Vickers and Phong Nguyen
Whitney Vickers and Phong Nguyen, fifth-grade teachers at Charles Nash Elementary School, are using creative methods to engage students in the classroom.
Ms. Vickers is engaging her students by using a flexible seating layout in her classroom, while Mr. Nguyen is getting students excited about math and science with a comic book he created.
Robin Whitehead, counselor at Nash, recently contacted Inside FWISD to offer kudos to the two fifth-grade teachers. He said that their techniques are showing other teachers that trying new methods to engage students is not out of reach, and that they too are capable of doing it.
“When a person is walking by, and they can see a kid engaged, and they can see how connected they are, that is a big part of a classroom being successful,” Mr. Whitehead said. “That’s what ideally you would want your school to do, and these people are being the leaders.”
Exercise balls, a rocking chair, elevated desks, tables and comfortable saucer chairs are just some of seats available to students in Ms. Vickers’ English-language arts classroom. For more than a year, she’s utilized a flexible seating layout in her classroom.
She said it not only gives students a choice on where they want to sit, but it impacts how students focus on class assignments. Students have opportunities to choose daily where they want to sit or stand to learn. Ms. Vickers said variable seating is designed to improve classroom management and focus because of student choice.
“Kids that need to be moving, I’ve seen them doing much better,” she said of the seating arrangement. “It really requires [being proactive] on the teacher’s part."
Mr. Nguyen one day hopes to produce his own YouTube videos that get students engaged in math and science. In the meantime, he’s doing the job with a comic book he creates for classroom lessons. The comics, are a storyboard for future videos, he said.
MORE THAN 50 JOIN MAYOR, FWISD SUPERINTENDENT FOR WALK
More than 50 Fort Worth Independent School District students and employees joined Mayor Betsy Price and Superintendent Kent P. Scribner for a morning walk, Monday April 2.
The walk, part of the Mayor’s Fit15 campaign, encourages local businesses to give their employees 15 minutes during the workday to exercise.
Mayor Price said she was thrilled to see so many people taking responsibility for their fitness and setting an example for students.
“It’s very important for the health of the city, for the health of our students,” Mayor Price said. “The example that it sets for kids to know that their teachers and administrators are out doing something will inspire them to do things, and, that’s great for our future workforce.
“Healthy kids learn better, and healthy teachers are going to teach better, and when I say teachers, I mean admin people too. We’re all teachers.”
TRIAL BY FIRE
When Jack Farr accidentally burned down a loved one’s barn a few years ago, he said he took a visit to the local fire station where he learned how to prevent fires.
Now, the Paschal High School junior spends weekends and school breaks with his father and serves as a member of the Cresson Volunteer Fire Department junior firefighter program. He’s been part of the junior program about two years assisting with all firefighter duties except actually entering burning buildings or driving the department’s fire engine.
What started as a lesson learned has evolved into a desire to give back to the community. Jack said that by participating in Cresson’s junior volunteer program he’s progressed in his leadership skills, and learned the importance of responsibility and camaraderie.
“It’s definitely a morale boost just gaining leadership skills and responding to several incidents,” Jack said.
Lt. Col. Derrick A. Corbett, Jack’s JROTC instructor at Paschal High, said he was amazed and impressed to learn Jack serves as a volunteer firefighter.
“I was surprised because here is a young cadet/ student volunteering his time on the weekends doing something that epitomizes selfless-service…the very thing that we impress upon all of our cadets,” he said. “JROTC is one of the best citizenship and leadership programs in the nation. We support the mission of preparing all students for success in college, career and community leadership.
“Jack’s selfless service to our community exemplifies the very best of what we desire to see in our cadets and students alike."
Cresson, a city approximately 20 miles southwest of Fort Worth in Hood County, has a population of fewer than 800 residents, according to Census estimates.
Fire Chief Ron Becker said that Jack has learned some emergency medical skills, such as CPR, as well as how to help extract the injured from vehicle accidents. The teen has also assisted with hose operations from the outside, cleaning up after incidents, controlling traffic and general station chores. Chief Becker said that Jack is a mature teen who uses good judgment and is just about ready to become a full-fledged volunteer firefighter when he turns 18 years of age.
“He’s done a great job,” said Chief Becker. “Jack has matured greatly, and he’s dependable.
“Jack has been really good for our department, and I hope that our fire department has been a real positive thing for Jack.”
Jack said he one day hopes to serve as a professional firefighter.
Professional Development: FWISD Teachers Assist with Trinity River Turtle Survey
Nearly 20 Fort Worth ISD science teachers participated in a professional development, Friday, March 30, in which they prepared traps for the Trinity River Turtle Survey.
Launched last October, the three-year project traps, weighs, measures and tags turtles for tracking before releasing them back into the Trinity River. The survey is supported through a grant provided by the Texas Christian University College of Education Andrews Institute. The project is executed by Paschal High School students and teacher Andrew Brinker.
Through the Trinity River Turtle Survey, students also study the type of algae on the backs of turtle shells, analyze turtle toenails for mercury concentration and determine growth rates, population and movement through the river via tracking devices injected into the reptiles.
On March 30, 18 science teachers prepared turtle traps with bait including tilapia, cantaloupe and crayfish, which were used to capture 25 turtles for the survey. They learned how to build and prepare the traps. Teachers participated in setting the traps, removing turtles from the river, analyzing turtle behavior, measuring the reptiles, determining the sex of turtles and the overall “nuts and bolts of a mark-recapture study,” according to Mr. Brinker.
Monthly, turtles are surveyed for the study by Paschal High students and other volunteers. Earlier this year, Paschal students Katherine Faulkner and Taha Sharaf and TCU graduate student Shelly Wu presented a poster about the survey at the Informal Science Educator Association of Texas conference, hosted by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
Follow the progress of the Trinity River Turtle Survey at www.facebook.com/phsturtlesurvey/.
In the top four photos, Woodway Elementary School teacher Becky Paniagua Rojas models for her prekindergarten students as they paint her portrait during a recent class activity.
The bottom three photos show fourth-grade students at Lily B. Clayton Elementary recently participating in a training in which they learned cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) device.