Inside FWISD October 10, 2019

In this edition:

Fort Worth ISD Announces New Principal Appointments | No Classes for FWISD Students on Monday: Monday is a Flex Day for Classroom Teachers | Report Cards Available Via Parent Portal | Fort Worth ISD Holds a Teacher Hiring Event – Come Ready to Work! | Let’s Talk School Community Forums | Free Flu Shots, Resources Available at Family Health Celebration Saturday | Fort Worth ISD Board President Jacinto Ramos Jr. Elected to State Association Board | United Way Campaign Sessions Set for October 15 |Metroplex Cadillac Dealers Cut Ribbon on Technology Lab at C.C. Moss ES |FWISD Staff Must Acknowledge Employee Handbook Receipt By October 31 | FWISD Offers Flu Vaccine Clinic Dates For Employees | FWISD Week 7: Homecoming week even sweeter with wins | Eastern Hills HS Homecoming Week Celebrates School’s 60th Anniversary | FWISD Students to Join Local Day of the Girl Festivities Friday | New North Side HS Mariachi Hall Under Construction | 2019 Fort Worth BookFest Writers Bring Characters To Life and Connect with Readers | Fort Worth Public Library Goes Fine-Free As Of Oct. 1 : The move is designed to help patrons feel free to return to the Library | Fire Prevention Week October 6-12 | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Fort Worth ISD Announces New Principal Appointments

A veteran Fort Worth ISD administrator will become the first principal at the District’s new Overton Park Elementary School.

Connie Smith, longtime principal at Tanglewood Elementary School, has been selected to lead the new campus, slated to open next fall.

Dana McKenzie, an assistant principal at Tanglewood Elementary, will succeed Ms. Smith as principal.

Additionally, Tiffany Hayes, recently an assistant principal at Eastern Hills Elementary, is the new principal at East Handley Elementary School. She succeeds Alleia Hobbs who was recently appointed the district’s Executive Director of Instructional Initiatives.

All three appointments were announced on Tuesday, October 8, and are effective immediately.

Ms. Smith has served as principal at Tanglewood Elementary a combined 14 years, leading the school from 2000-2008 and for the last six years. Her career as an educator spans more than 40 years. She joined the Fort Worth ISD in 1977, and throughout her career has served as a math and kindergarten teacher, athletics coach, magnet coordinator/administrator, director of Elementary Mathematics and principal. Ms. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and an early childhood certification from Texas Christian University and her master’s degree in public school administration and mid-management administrative certificate from the University of North Texas.

Ms. McKenzie has served as Tanglewood Elementary’s assistant principal the last six years. She joined the District in 2005 as a first grade and ESL teacher at Western Hills Primary, and in her eight years there she also worked as an instructional specialist/data analyst. Prior to joining the District, Ms. McKenzie worked six years as an elementary teacher in Los Angeles, California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in deaf studies from California State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. She also holds Texas teacher and principal certifications.

Ms. Hayes currently serves as an assistant principal at Eastern Hills Elementary School. She joined the District in 2003 and over the last 16 years, she’s served as a teacher, data analyst and an assistant principal. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Texas Christian University and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Walden University.

No Classes for FWISD Students on Monday

Monday is a Flex Day for Classroom Teachers

There are no classes for Fort Worth ISD students, Monday, October 14, as it is a student holiday.

Monday will be the first flex day of the 2019-2020 school year for 187-day teacher employees. All 245, 240, 220, 217, 215, 210, 205, 198, 193, 188 and all other 187 workday employees must report to work Monday, according to the District’s Reporting and ending dates calendar.

Flex days are designated days in which classroom teachers receive extra training and professional development on days when classes are not in session. Teachers must complete 30 flex hours by March 31, 2020.

“Some have completed those hours, some are still earning those hours, some will participate on October 14th for those hours and some will not,” said Karen Molinar, FWISD Chief of Staff. “It is the option of the teacher if they attend sessions on October 14.”

For additional details, contact your supervisor or review the District’s 2019-2020 Reporting and Ending Date calendar below.

Classes will resume for students during normal operating hours, Tuesday, October 15.

Report Cards Now Available Via Parent Portal

Parents can now access child’s report cards via Parent Portal. Report cards were posted online, Wednesday, October 9.

Additionally, the Portal gives parents and guardians access to their child’s 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!

Parents who prefer a physical copy of their child’s report card may request one from the campus.

The first six weeks officially ended for students at Fort Worth ISD traditional schools on Friday, September 27. The second six weeks began Monday, September 30.

Fort Worth ISD Holds a Teacher Hiring Event – Come Ready to Work!

What: A Fort Worth ISD Teacher Hiring Event

When: 5- 7 p.m., Monday, October 14, 2019

Where: South Hills High School, 6101 McCart Avenue, Fort Worth, 76133

Summary: Your teaching career is calling. Answer it at a Fort Worth ISD Teacher Hiring Event taking place Monday, October 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at South Hills High School.

The event is open to everyone interested in a teaching career – whether you’re a teacher wanting to relocate to Fort Worth ISD, whether you’re certified through a college program or an alternative certification process, or whether you’re a recent college graduate or will graduate in December 2019 or May 2020. All are welcome!

Fort Worth ISD is looking for teachers at all grade levels. Bring your passion, along with your resume, and be ready to interview.

Here’s what you can expect at the event:

  • Meet and interview with principals on the spot
  • Get answers to any questions you have about teaching and about our District. We will educate you on the steps to becoming a FWISD teacher.
  • Learn everything Fort Worth ISD has to offer new teachers, including a starting salary of $54,000, all the professional development you will need to be an awesome teacher, and support and encouragement from all the FWISD family

For more information, contact Susan Rhoten at 817-814-HIRE.


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 following community forums are scheduled:

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

Forums already held:

Tuesday, September 17: 6- 7 p.m. Arlington Heights HS Auditorium, 4501 W. Freeway, 76107

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

Free Flu Shots, Resources Available at Family Health Celebration Saturday

Get free pediatric flu shots and tips for living healthy at the annual Family Health Celebration this weekend.

Festivities get underway at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 12 at Billingsley Field House, located at 1400 Foch St. The free event, sponsored by Fort Worth ISD’s Student Placement Center, promotes healthy lifestyles in the community. No registration is required.

Ballet Folclorico de Fort Worth, Zumba, a hula-hoop contest and prizes are part of the events slated through 1 p.m. Breakfast is being prepared for attendees by Trimble Tech High School culinary students.

Other program participants include JPS, Cook Children’s, University of North Texas Health Science Center, several FWISD departments, Fort Worth police and fire departments, Tarrant County College, the U.S. Census Bureau, Clayton Youth Enrichment and many more.

“We are holding this event as an additional service offered to families in the FWISD to promote a healthy lifestyle, which has an impact on the academic and socio-emotional development of students,” said Felipe Ramirez, Student Placement Center home liaison specialist and counselor. “The purpose is to ensure students receive health and safety services needed.

“Health and safety are central to the physical and mental development of a young mind, especially in cognitive areas that contribute to learning and reading abilities.”

The Student Placement Center, which is part of FWISD’s Multilingual Programs Department, assists in registering students new to the District who customarily hear or speak a language other than English at home.

For more details, contact the Student Placement Center at 817-815-7700.

Fort Worth ISD Board President Jacinto Ramos Jr. Elected to State Association Board

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content is from the Texas Association of School Boards

(Austin) — The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has elected Jacinto “Cinto” Ramos Jr. of Fort Worth ISD to a one-year term on the TASB Board of Directors, representing TASB Region 11, Position B.

Ramos is president of the Fort Worth ISD Board, having served on the board for six years. He is the president-elect of the Mexican American School Boards Association and the chair of the National School Boards Association Council of Urban Boards of Education.

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Jacinto has devoted his time to providing a voice to disengaged and disenchanted youth. He is a certified multicultural trainer for the Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County, a probation officer for the state of Texas, and an affiliate of Courageous Conversations about Race. In addition, he is a member of the Council of the Great City Schools, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and the Center for Reform of School Systems. He also is part of the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, where he is the only Texas school board member on the advisory team.

Ramos has a degree in criminal justice and criminology from The University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s in family studies from Amberton University. He is currently working on his doctorate in educational leadership and administration.

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.4 million public school students. For more information on TASB, visit tasb.org.

United Way Campaign Sessions Set for October 15

Employee campaign managers are invited to attend one of two kickoff rally sessions in preparation for the launch of Fort Worth ISD’s 2019 United Way Campaign.

The sessions are being hosted Tuesday, October 15 at FWISD’s Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave. From 8-9 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m., attendees will receive a campaign overview and materials for putting on an effective fundraising campaign.

Earlier this week the District hosted a United Way Campaign kickoff breakfast for campus principals where they received details about this year’s fundraising efforts and how members of their staff can participate. The 2019 District goal is increasing participation 20% above the number of participants in 2018.

United Way Campaign Kickoff Breakfast for campus principals, held Monday, October 7.

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.

Metroplex Cadillac Dealers Cut Ribbon on Technology Lab at C.C. Moss ES

On Thursday, October 3, students at Fort Worth ISD’s Christene C. Moss Elementary School celebrated a brand-new Technology Lab created in just one day through the support of local volunteers. Metroplex Cadillac Dealers employees transformed a space within the school at C.C. Moss into a tech lab complete with new paint and décor, an interactive white board, 30 Chromebooks, and a 3D printer. Metroplex Cadillac Dealers joined nonprofit partner Heart of America Foundation to design, build, and unveil this engaging place for students to learn and grow.

Heart of America worked with Moss Elementary and Fort Worth ISD to select unique design and tech elements. Metroplex Cadillac Dealers provided funding to complete the transformation which includes a gift of 178 new books for the library. Every student will receive three new books to take home.

School officials, teachers, students, and volunteers unveiled the library makeover with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

About Heart of America

Heart of America transforms spaces into modern learning environments so that students and communities can learn and grow. The national nonprofit creates vibrant centers of learning with state-of-the-art technology labs, school libraries, athletic facilities, makerspaces, cafeterias, and other educational spaces in under-resourced communities. Since 1997, Heart of America has transformed more than 450 educational spaces nationwide and has provided children in need with more than 4 million library and take-home books and vital technology. For more information, please visit www.heartofamerica.org.

About Metroplex Cadillac Dealers

There are eleven Cadillac dealerships in the Metroplex Local Marketing Association. They are: Britain Cadillac, Bruner Cadillac, Cadillac of Arlington, Carlisle Cadillac, Crest Cadillac, Frank Kent Cadillac, Garland Cadillac, James Wood Cadillac, Sewell Cadillac, Sewell Cadillac of Grapevine.


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.


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.

Click here for details on the remaining flu clinics scheduled this fall.

FWISD WEEK 7: Homecoming week even sweeter with wins

By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

Mums, pep rallies, kings and queens rule this week, as homecoming is being celebrated across Fort Worth ISD. Six of the seven games on the District docket center around the annual festivities that welcome back alumni to remember the glory days.

As meaningful as it is to win on homecoming, the race to the playoffs is front and center as schools get into the heart of the district season. While there is plenty of football to be played, teams are looking to create separation in the standings.

District 4-5A features a trio of interesting games, with several teams aiming for a second league win to stay squarely in postseason position. North Side (1-0 in district) is coming off a bye week and is the homecoming foe for Southwest (1-1 in district) Thursday night at Clark Stadium. Justin Northwest (2-0) and O.D. Wyatt (1-0) square off the same night in a battle of undefeated district squads. Eastern Hills (1-1 in district) looks to keep pace Friday night in its homecoming against Carter-Riverside (0-2 in district).

The featured affair in District 6-4A is Benbrook (1-1) as the homecoming opponent for Dunbar (1-0) Saturday at Clark Stadium. Both the Bobcats and Wildcats are on the heels of Lake Worth and Kennedale atop the league.

Paschal, Arlington Heights and Eastern Hills are also hosting homecoming.

Thursday, Oct. 10 (All three Fort Worth ISD football games will begin an hour earlier than usual because of the threat of severe weather this evening. Watch the Fort Worth ISD website and Fort Worth ISD social media pages for updates.)

4-5A: North Side vs. Southwest (homecoming), Clark Stadium, 6 p.m.

4-6A: Trimble Technical vs. Paschal (homecoming), Farrington Field, 6 p.m.

4-5A: O. D. Wyatt vs. Northwest, Handley Field, 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11

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

6-4A: Western Hills (homecoming) vs. Castleberry, Farrington Field, 7 p.m.

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

Saturday, Oct. 12

6-4A: Benbrook vs. Dunbar (homecoming), Clark Stadium, 3 p.m.

Eastern Hills HS Homecoming Week Celebrates School’s 60th Anniversary

Eastern Hills High School is pulling out all the stops for its 60th anniversary celebration this week. Homecoming Spirit Week festivities started Monday, complete with hallway decorations, homecoming court selections and the unveiling of special 60th anniversary throwback T-shirts featuring an image of the school’s original front entrance, which is still in use today.

Eastern Hills is also this week’s featured CBS 11 High School Pep Rally on Friday, Oct. 11. Broadcasting live from the Highlander gym, CBS 11 Meteorologist Anne Elise Parks will interview scholar athletes, performance groups, student club members, alumni and administrators from 4:50-7 a.m. A recap of the interviews will air during 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday broadcasts, and the Saturday morning CBS 11 newscast.

The CBS 11 High School Pep Rally, a community event highlighting North Texas high schools and students, launched during the 2017-2018 school year and is now an annual tradition. Eastern Hills is one of two FWISD high schools taking part in a CBS 11 High School Pep Rally this season. O.D. Wyatt was the featured CBS 11 High School Pep Rally on Friday, Sept. 13.

Eastern Hills High School students Jose Moreno and Myah Young will control CBS 11’s social media accounts during the live pep rally. People can follow the event on Instagram at CBSDFW and Facebook at CBSDFW. Social media coverage can also be found with the hashtag #CBS11PepRally.

Following the CBS 11 broadcast, Eastern Hills will commence its homecoming parade at 10 a.m. Friday from Meadowbrook middle and elementary schools with student floats, alumni, the Highlander marching band, the JROTC battalion, football team and other student groups. The parade route down Meadowbrook Drive to Eastern Hills High School concludes with an all-student pep rally on the EHHS football field.

After the rally, alums, administrators and the band will retreat to the band hall where it will be officially dedicated to honor long-time Highlander band director Charles Watts Sr., the parade grand marshal. The Board of Education officially named the band hall for Mr. Watts, June 11, 2019.

The dedication ceremony will feature numerous alums taught by Mr. Watts during his tenure at Eastern Hills, presentations of recognition and special musical performances by current and former band members. In addition, alums celebrating their 50th reunion will visit the school for a tour and a sneak peek of the architectural renderings illustrating the nearly $50 million upgrade and renovations made possible by the 2017 FWISD bond program.

The activities continue at 5 p.m. at Handley-Scarborough Field with an alumni-hosted tailgate party for all graduating classes over the last 60 years. The tailgate runs right up to the start of the homecoming football game between Eastern Hills and Carter-Riverside at 7 p.m. The pregame coin toss will include honorary Eastern Hills alumni captains.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the party continues. An all-alumni breakfast is being held from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Luby’s Cafeteria in Forest Hill, 3312 SE Loop 820. Wrapping up the celebratory week is the homecoming dance starting at 8 p.m. at the school.

Eastern Hills alumni include15 former students who’ve been added to Fort Worth ISD’s Wall of Fame.

“During its 60-year history, Eastern Hills has graduated two Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers, a sitting congresswoman and former Fort Worth mayor, numerous other elected officials, judges, law enforcement officials, philanthropists, and professional athletes,” Principal Katrina Smith said. “We even have alums who are successful Wall Street financiers, authors, screenwriters, TV and movie personalities, musical performers, business leaders, medical professionals, educators and more. Given the fact that the school is about to undergo a massive $50 million upgrade and renovation, we wanted to celebrate the legacy of the past while looking forward to fostering future generations of Highlanders who aspire to make their own positive impact on our world.”

For more historical information about Eastern Hills, visit the campus website.

FWISD Students to Join Local Day of the Girl Festivities Friday

Students from eight Fort Worth ISD schools will participate in International Day of the Girl festivities on Friday, October 11.

Students from Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, Eastern Hills High School, North Side High School, Paschal High School, O.D. Wyatt High School, Meadowbrook Middle School, Handley Middle School and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy will join five other area schools for Girls Inc. of Tarrant County’s seventh annual Day of the Girl Celebration rally at 2 p.m. on the steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse west lawn.

A celebratory march through the streets of downtown Fort Worth that will include drumlines and cheer squads from area high schools will follow the rally.

Girls Inc. of Tarrant County’s Day of the Girl event commemorates the International Day of the Girl, which was established by the United Nations in 2012. Observed annually on October 11, International Day of the Girl “aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights,” according to the UN website.

The annual event in Tarrant County draws crowds of more than 1,200 women, men and girls “to recognize the influence of women in our community, celebrate the Girls Inc. Girls’ Bill of Rights and advocate for girls’ rights everywhere,” said Valerie Salter, Director of Volunteers and Special Events for Girls Inc. of Tarrant County.

The event also informs the public of how advocating on behalf of girls benefits everyone, she added.

“We celebrate the International Day of the Girl so that all girls are able to live in a society where they are respected, valued and have all opportunities available to them,” said Jennifer Limas, Girls Inc. of Tarrant County president and chief executive officer. “Girls Inc. of Tarrant County is committed to empowering girls to go beyond traditional limitations. We know that by empowering a girl, it not only changes her life – it strengthens our communities and improves society. This is why we march with and for girls.”

For more details, visit www.girlsinctarrant.org.

New North Side HS Mariachi Hall Under Construction

A new state-of-the-art mariachi rehearsal space is under construction at Fort Worth ISD’s North Side High School.

Read all about it in this Fort Worth Star-Telegram story.

The project is part of a $750 million Capital Improvement Program approved by voters in 2017 that includes renovations to most of FWISD’s neighborhood high schools.

2019 Fort Worth BookFest Writers Bring Characters to Life and Connect with Readers

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content is from Fort Worth BookFest

Fort Worth, Texas – Fort Worth BookFest is back for a third year. A multi-genre exhibition of books for all ages, award-winning authors will sell and sign their books, engage with the public during readings of their works or in moderated conversations, and with activities for the young and young-at-heart. Exhibiting authors come from around the Metroplex, across Texas, the Southwest-region, and beyond. Fort Worth BookFest is family-friendly, with FREE ADMISSION, and is open to everyone. This year’s BookFest is Saturday, October 12, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at Maddox-Muse Center, 330 E. Fourth St., east Bass Hall.

Meet the authors through the interviews at www.fortworthbookfest.com/fwbf19-authors.

Fort Worth Library Youth Division continues to provide activities for the young and the young-at-heart. Readings and discussions will occur throughout the day, with educational activities, and more. Not only is October BookFest Month, but Halloween is just around the corner, so costumes are encouraged, as is joining the Parade of Characters and Superheroes at 4 PM. Get a FREE ADMISSION ticket at Eventbrite.

Nuestros Cuentos/Our Stories turns the spotlight on culturally contemporary award-winning Latinx authors and poets. They will present intriguing insights into the Latino world through their literary art. Reading With You/Leyendo Contigo, is an NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 initiative that encourages reading literacy for elementary-aged children. Books will be awarded to youth attending the reading.

Fort Worth BookFest is the brainchild of a cross-cultural, community-driven Action Group. The event is envisioned as an inclusive thread of the fabric of our community, and the southwest region reflecting the uniqueness of the people, their cultures, thoughts, life-styles, religious-beliefs, and backgrounds in a multi-genre presentation spotlighting conversations centering on our collective "human being-ness.”

Fort Worth Public Library goes fine-free as of Oct. 1

The move is designed to help patrons feel free to return to the Library

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content is from Fort Worth Public Library

SEPT. 30, 2019 – FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Overdue fines are a thing of the past at the Fort Worth Public Library starting Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. This means the Library will no longer charge overdue fines in the future, and existing overdue fines are forgiven.

“We don’t want there to be any obstacles to residents enjoying their Library,” said Fort Worth Public Library Director Manya Shorr. “Removing the burden of overdue fines is just one step in helping ensure everyone feels free to return to the Library.”

The change will help the estimated 18,000 cardholders with blocked accounts feel free to return without any shame or frustration about overdue fines. Going fine-free allows the Fort Worth Public Library to align practice with one of its main philosophical goals – to engage more customers by reducing barriers to access.

Another aspect of the change is that overdue materials are also free to be returned without penalty. Other large, metropolitan systems including those in Denver, New Orleans and San Francisco have gone fine-free and continue to see more items returned to their libraries.

“We want to be good stewards of city resources and materials,” Shorr said. “If our guests are returning their items in good condition for someone else to check out, we shouldn’t penalize them or make them feel unwelcome.”

Phyllis Grissom, chair of the Library Advisory Board, agrees.

“Fines really don’t bring books back; I think what fines do is they keep people out of the Library,” Grissom said. “They prevent them from checking out books, and they prevent them from going to the Library and seeing the other services that are offered there.”

Previously, Library cardholders’ accounts were blocked when cardholders owed at least $5 in overdue fines and replacement fees. Now that threshold has risen to $50. If an item is not returned after 90 days of notices, it will be designated as “lost” and cardholders will be charged a replacement fee. This is also true if an item is returned in damaged condition.

Youth accounts (ages 17 and younger) that reach the $50 level may be paid, or the child may volunteer or commit to reading a certain number of hours to pay off their fees. Library staff members are available at all locations to explain the read-off program to interested families.

Find information at FortWorthLibrary.org/FineFree .

Fire Prevention Week October 6-12

This week is Fire Prevention Week.

The Fort Worth Fire Department encourages residents to ensure that their home has working smoke alarms.

Click here for more details.

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

Board of Education meeting: The Naval JROTC unit at Arlington Heights High School greeted guests as they arrived at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting. Students from Luella Merrett Elementary School led attendees in the pledges. They were introduced by Principal Karelyn Roberts. Ruth and Buddy Calzada, leaders of the outreach program Metro Ministries were recognized with a certificate of appreciation, for their volunteer work at Carter Park Elementary over the last 20 years. Through Metro Ministries, the couple has provided school supplies, toys, clothes and food to families at the campus and an after school program for students.

District employees were also recognized in commemoration of Texas Education Human Capital Management Day, observed October 9 in honor of the important contributions of school HCM personnel and White Cane Day, observed nationally on October 15 to honor the many contributions being made by blind and visually impaired Americans.

Fort Worth ISD Hiring Fairs: FWISD's Human Capital Management Department recently hosted two hiring events, October 4 and 7 at the Forest Hill Civic and Convention Center and Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, respectively.

Harambee Festival: A 459-member Fort Worth ISD Mass Choir, made up of students representing 21 FWISD schools, participated in the Anti-Bullying Rally at the 10th annual Harambee Festival. The rally, which coincides with Anti-Bullying Month, teaches students effective responses to addressing all forms of bullying and offers resources for kids and teens experiencing troubling situations.

Bonnie Brae Elementary School Open House: Classroom visits, a book fair and remarks from Superintendent Kent P. Scribner were part of the school's Open House event, Thursday, October 3.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Multiple Fort Worth ISD schools are hosting events and activities, decorating classroom doors, doing research projects and putting up educational displays in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Observed annually September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans, who are descendants of individuals from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The observance originated in 1968 as a weeklong celebration and expanded into a 30-day commemoration in 1988, according to hispanicheritagemonth.gov. Pictured are images from Leonard and McLean middle schools and World Languages Institute.

Recently, students at the Leadership Academy at Como debuted the video "One Love" in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The video was directed by Como math teacher Thomas Mayfield.

FWISD is hiring nurses

FWISD is looking for Bilingual Teachers

FWISD is hiring bus drivers

Hispanic Heritage Month, Continues through October 15

2019 Financial Aid Help Sessions, Continue through November 19

School boundary forum at North Side HS, October 10

CBS Pep Rally at Eastern Hills HS, October 11

International Day of the Girl, October 11

Family Health Celebration, October 12

2019 Fort Worth Book Fest, October 12

Fall Break Holiday (No Students), October 14

United Way Kickoff Rally Sessions for Campaign Managers, October 15

School boundary forum at Eastern Hills HS, October 16

School boundary forum at Benbrook Middle-HS, October 17

Unity in the Community, October 19

8th Annual Arlington Heights Pyramid Literacy Rally, October 19

United Way campaign begins, October 21

School boundary forum at Diamond Hill-Jarvis, October 21

Early voting for the District 4 special election, October 21- November 1

Board of Education meeting, October 22

Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31

School boundary forum at Western Hills HS, October 29

Last Day of Flu Vaccines for Employees, October 29

School boundary forum at Polytechnic HS, October 30

Employee Handbook Receipt deadline, October 31

2019 Volleyball Schedules

2019 Football Schedules

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