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Inside FWISD June 11, 2020

In this edition:

Fort Worth ISD Trustees Approve New Racial Equity Resolution | Dr. Kent P. Scribner, Mayor Betsy Price, Dr. Eugene Giovannini to Headline June 25 Virtual Summit-- Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins Brings FWISD, TCC and Fort Worth Chamber Together to Learn About Needs of Business and Industry | Fort Worth ISD Celebrates Valedictorians and Salutatorians for the Class Of 2020Deadline Approaches For Texas Cybersecurity Safe Schools Training Requirements For Employees |FWISD Board Approves Leadership Academy Network Changes | Student Final Report Cards Now Available Online | WLI Seniors Leave Mark As First Graduating Class | FWISD Accepts 2020 Teaching Chair Applications: Application Deadline is June 25 | Senior Spotlight: Jesus Paredes | Inside FWISD Briefs | FWISD Policy Alert for June 2020 | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Fort Worth ISD Trustees Approve New Racial Equity Resolution

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education has taken another bold step against systemic racism by approving through a resolution a significant statement developed by the District’s Racial Equity Committee regarding social justice and the dismantling of systemic racism.

In February, 2016 the Board approved the creation of the Racial Equity Committee for the purpose of fighting against systemic racism directly. The committee developed a policy that declares “the responsibility of addressing these disparities [institutional racism] among students rests with the adults, not with the students.”

Now, the Racial Equity Committee has made a another bold statement for social justice with a call to identify and eliminate systems, policies and practices which perpetrate racism in our schools and community.

With a unanimous vote, the Board found that the Fort Worth ISD, with over 83,000 students and more than 11,000 employees, has the power and the duty to be part of the solution to dismantle institutional racism on behalf of the children they serve and the community in which we all live.

The Board’s resolution and the Racial Equity Statement are attached to this news release.

Dr. Kent P. Scribner, Mayor Betsy Price, Dr. Eugene Giovannini to Headline June 25 Virtual Summit

Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins Brings FWISD, TCC and Fort Worth Chamber Together to Learn About Needs of Business and Industry

Superintendent Kent P. Scribner will join Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini as panel headliners of the June 25 virtual summit, “Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins.”

The summit is part of a partnership between Fort Worth ISD, Tarrant County College, and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce to better understand how education and industry can work together to meet the workforce needs in a post-COVID 19 world.

This city-wide summit comes on the heels of eight industry-focused virtual discussions – or mini-summits – held June 2 – 4 that became the foundation for this culminating event. The individual sessions focused on aviation and aerospace; transportation, both distribution and logistics; hospitality and culinary; IT and cybersecurity business; small businesses: the construction industry: general business; and health care. Register for the summit at www.fwisd.org/virtualsummit.

Organizers from FWISD, TCC, and the Chamber listened as business leaders shared stories of how this pandemic has impacted their businesses. The feedback from industry leaders provides important guidance to the District, which is also adapting to a rapidly-changing environment. As participants listened to each other, it became evident that now is the time to strengthen existing partnerships and create new ones to ensure a successful future for Fort Worth.

“We did our homework, and we will incorporate the ideas and feedback from industry leaders,” said Dr. Scribner. “We are eager to continue this conversation toward developing a dynamic and prepared Fort Worth workforce that is homegrown.”

The June 25 “Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins” virtual summit will take place at 1:30 p.m. that day and can be viewed on the District’s YouTube channel and Spectrum Channel 192. More details will soon be shared regarding individual panelists and participants.

Fort Worth ISD Celebrates Valedictorians and Salutatorians for the Class Of 2020

As the Fort Worth ISD continues to celebrate all graduates of the Class of 2020 the District is especially proud of those seniors who have attained the honors of valedictorian and salutatorian.

“Vals and sals” are those students with the highest and second-highest class rank respectively. To be eligible for such recognition, the student must:

  • Have completed the foundation program with the distinguished level of achievement; and
  • Have completed 19 credits before the first day of the school year in which graduation requirements are completed; and
  • Have continuously enrolled in the same District high school for the two school years immediately preceding graduation.

View a complete list of FWISD's Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian honorees here.

DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR TEXAS CYBERSECURITY SAFE SCHOOLS TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYEES

All Fort Worth ISD employees are required to a Safe Schools online course on cybersecurity for the 2020-2021 school year by Sunday, June 14, 2020.

The course is Texas Cybersecurity Awareness for Employees Program.

An email about the mandatory training began appearing in employee inboxes on May 20 with a link to fwisd.tx.safeschools.com.

Employees can access the courses by using their employee email address and password.

In addition to the mandatory training courses, multiple other online courses are available to staff.

Contact the Help Desk at 817-814-4357 if you encounter any problems logging on to Safe Schools.

For more course details, contact Aracely Chavez, executive director of classified learning, at Aracely.chavez@fwisd.org or visit the Classified Learning webpage at www.fwisd.org/Page/2807.

FWISD Employees: Check Your Clutter and Junk Email!

To all Fort Worth ISD Employees:

We would like to remind you all to check your “Clutter and Junk Email” folder on a daily basis for important emails.

Our robust filter system for emails may unintentionally place action required emails into your clutter folder. It is a best practice to check and clear your clutter box on a daily basis.

FWISD Board Approves Leadership Academy Network Changes

During its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education voted to incorporate the Glencrest 6th Grade Center into the Leadership Academy at Forest Oak Middle School.

The Leadership Academy Network is a school management partnership between Fort Worth ISD and Texas Wesleyan University. Adding 6th grade to Forest Oak has been a part of the District’s and the Leadership Academy’s long-term plan. This approval supports both the continuity of academic service as well as the District’s boundary actions.

The most notable change will be the removal of the Glencrest name as that campus is absorbed by the Leadership Academy at Forest Oak Middle School.

Current fifth-graders from Harlean Beal, Clifford Davis, W. M. Green, Glen Park, Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard, Oaklawn and David K. Sellars elementary schools will (still) attend the (old Glencrest) campus at 4801 Eastline Drive. Incoming 6th graders will now join a school community where students are flourishing and academic outcomes are rising, thanks to an innovative partnership between Fort Worth ISD and Texas Wesleyan University.

This change is effective with the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Student Final Report Cards Now Available Online

Final report cards for all Fort Worth Independent School District students for the 2019-2020 school year are now available on Parent Portal.

Parent Portal is the online access for grades, and much more, for all Fort Worth ISD parents with students enrolled in PK-12.

Additionally, students have access to report cards through their student FOCUS account.

Parents are reminded that grading requirements and class promotion eligibility changed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Generally speaking, the District adopted a Pass or Fail grading criteria for the last two six-week periods of the school year.

Here are a few highlights:

  • For the fifth and sixth six-weeks grading period, students received a Pass/Fail grade. This includes all grades, 1-12, and in every subject.
  • Students received at least one assignment a week. Those assignments were graded on a pass/fail basis.
  • The GPA and Class Rank as of the end of the first semester was used to determine Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Latin Honors for graduating seniors.

It is still not too late for parents to register for the Parent Portal. Visit www.fwisd.org/parentportal and choose Request Access to Parent Portal. You will need to have available your email address, your child’s student ID and date of birth to register.

Parent Portal will also provide you access to your student’s Snapcode for 2020-2021 online registration, which will open July 1!

WLI Seniors Leave Mark As First Graduating Class

Pioneers. Tenacious. Inquisitive.

These three words are among the characteristics Principal Guadalupe Barreto uses to describe the World Languages Institute’s (WLI) first graduating class. The 12 seniors are among the first in Fort Worth ISD to graduate with the state’s seal of bi-literacy, she said.

A virtual graduation ceremony for WLI graduates will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20. An in-person celebration is slated for the class on Tuesday, June 23 at Farrington Field.

All 12 seniors will graduate multilingual, each having studied at least three languages including American Sign Language, Japanese, French, Mandarin, German and Portuguese in addition to English and Spanish. The graduating class finishes high school with $2.6 million in scholarship awards, Principal Barreto said.

“They’re very, very special. All of them are very smart, inquisitive, innovative,” she said. “They’re pioneers of a program that didn’t exist at the secondary level in Fort Worth ISD.”

WLI first opened its doors in August 2014 to sixth and seventh graders from the Spanish Immersion and Dual Language Enrichment programs with interests in pursuing careers with an international focus. The campus offers students the opportunities to study multiple languages while receiving an education that includes rigorous curriculum such as Pre-Advanced Placement, AP and dual credit courses.

In their time at WLI, these seniors have given back to their community through service projects and traveled the world through a partnership with Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

Graduates from WLI leave high school with multilingual skills to thrive in the workplace, Principal Barreto said.

“We’ve got the best kept secret in Fort Worth,” she said. “It’s a key that will open many doors for them in many different markets.

“I’m extremely proud of them. Each one of them have accomplished amazing things in their time here at WLI.”

FWISD ACCEPTS 2020 TEACHING CHAIR APPLICATIONS

Application Deadline is June 25

Fort Worth ISD is accepting applications for the 2020 Chairs for Teaching Excellence awards through June 25. There are two Performing Arts Teaching Chair categories and 14 Academic Teaching Chair award categories.

The Chairs for Teaching Excellence program recognizes outstanding classroom teachers with honorary titles of Chairs for Teaching Excellence for one year and a $5,000 honorarium.

Our teachers have risen to the challenge of teaching online, from home. They are more student-centered than ever before, using creative and innovative tools and techniques, including social media, to engage and motivate their students.

Campus Teacher of the Year winners within the last five years (2015 – 2020) or educators who’ve received a significant award in the teaching field within the last five years (2015 – 2020) are eligible to apply.

Applicants who’ve taught in the District for at least three years and have at least a total of five years teaching experience are eligible for the award.

The application submission deadline is 5 p.m., Thursday, June 25. So, apply today!

Performing Arts online applications (music, theater/dance) are available at: https://form.jotform.com/93105417242146

Academic Teaching Chairs online applications (14 non-performing arts categories) are available at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3qcmoaAnUnGy7UGSyydbKbtrXFCByi3z37TArcoTyk2BMWQ/viewform

Teachers with questions are encouraged to contact Judy Ramos, judy.ramos@fwisd.org or Peg Murphy, peg.murphy@fwisd.org.

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Jesus Paredes

EDITOR’s NOTE: In the weeks leading up to Fort Worth ISD’s virtual graduation ceremonies and in-person celebrations, Inside FWISD will put a spotlight on some of this year’s high school seniors.

Meet Jesus Paredes, the 2020 salutatorian at World Languages Institute.

He finishes high school multilingual -- having studied English, Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese -- and with a full scholarship to Stanford University in California. Jesus' academic excellence includes all honors, Pre-Advanced Placement, AP and OnRamps classes. He's also been recognized as a National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholar by the College Board.

Congratulations to Jesus and FWISD’s Class of 2020.

Know a senior Inside FWISD should spotlight? Send their story to Inside@fwisd.org.

INSIDE FWISD BRIEFS

EDITOR'S NOTE: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening around the District.

Free Groceries Distribution

Christ Church Fort Worth is partnering with Convoy of Hope to distribute free groceries to families in need in our community.

Convoy of Hope is sending a tractor-trailer of food to be distributed on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Distribution will in the church parking lot, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing while supplies last.

Christ Church is located at 5301 Altamesa Blvd. in Fort Worth.

The event will be a drive-through, no-contact event. Volunteers will be screened for COVID-19 and wear masks and gloves.

Fort Worth To Open More City Facilities Starting June 15

More City of Fort Worth facilities will reopen the week of June 15.

City facilities are reopening with changes including health screenings and visitors and staff being asked to wear a face covering while in the public areas and building.

"The facilities have been modified to promote physical distancing, with some of the furniture removed or spaced farther apart. Protective barriers have been installed where needed," a city statement reads.

View the city facilities reopening next week here.

Kirkpatrick Middle School and Food for the Soul Partner to Feed Hundreds of Families

Groceries were handed out to more than 300 families on Fort Worth’s North Side last weekend.

Fort Worth ISD’s Kirkpatrick Middle School partnered with Food for the Soul to distribute the food, Saturday, June 6 on its campus. Cars drove onto the campus parking lot where the groceries were loaded into their vehicles by volunteers.

Within the last two months, Kirkpatrick Middle School and Food for the Soul has distributed more than 2,000 bags of groceries, said Jeffrey Bartolotta, principal at Kirkpatrick Middle.

“The [North Side] community and Kirkpatrick Middle School is so thankful,” he said.

UIL Summer Strength and Conditioning, Band Practice Gets Green Light For Texas Member Schools

Limited University Interscholastic League (UIL) summer strength and conditioning and marching band practices could begin across Texas this week.

As restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic begin to be lifted throughout Texas, UIL member schools can start workouts and band practices with UIL requirements and guidelines in place to mitigate spread of coronavirus. As workouts and practices get underway next week across the Fort Worth ISD, the District will adhere to a well-planned safety program that incorporates all UIL precautions and guidelines.

“We are cautiously optimistic about beginning summer strength and conditioning programs and marching band practices that safely allow students to get back to working with their coaches and directors in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt in a recent statement. “While we are eager to resume UIL activities, we must do so carefully, deliberately and with an understanding that major adjustments are needed to ensure safety. The requirements outline an approach designed to help schools mitigate risk while ensuring students are physically prepared to return to activities in the Fall, should state and federal guidelines allow.”

FWISD POLICY ALERT FOR June 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following alert is from the FWISD Division of Policy and Planning

The FWISD Board Policy manual contains policies governing the operation of this District. Periodically the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) provides updates to various policies based on changes in the law and Texas Education Agency (TEA) requirements. Occasionally revisions may be needed to meet the needs of the District as well.

As a courtesy and in an effort to keep you informed, a policy alert will be provided monthly so that you may be aware of changes specific to our District. Each employee is still expected to be aware of and follow all policies of the District.

The District policy manual consists of four (4) different components:

  • LEGAL policies compile federal law, state law, and court decisions, providing the statutory context in which all other policies should be read; these cannot be changed by District administration or the Board.
  • LOCAL policies reflect decisions made by the Fort Worth ISD board of trustees and are specific to our District.
  • REGULATION documents are administrative procedures that implement board policies.
  • EXHIBIT documents may contain forms, charts, and other kinds of supporting information.

The following policies have been revised and/or added:

CO(LOCAL): FOOD AND NUTRITION MANAGEMENT

DCB(LOCAL): EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES- Term Contracts

DEA(LOCAL): COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS- Compensation Plan

DF(LOCAL): TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT

DIA(LOCAL): EMPLOYEE WELFARE- Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

EHBAF(LOCAL): SPECIAL EDUCATION- Video/Audio Monitoring

FDA(LOCAL): ADMISSIONS- Interdistrict Transfers

FDB(LOCAL): ADMISSIONS- intradistrict Transfers and Classroom Assignments

FNG(LOCAL): STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES- Student and Parent Complaints/Grievances

FNG(EXHIBIT): STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES- Student and Parent Complaints/Grievances

Please feel free to disseminate to others, and if you have questions, contact Dr. Amanda Coleman in the Division of Policy and Planning at amanda.coleman@fwisd.org.

Student Scholars: Congratulations to our FWISD seniors and 2020 graduates across Tarrant County recently recognized as Student Scholar honorees by the Fort Worth Alliance of black School Educators. View video from the Student Scholar presentation here

Senior Celebration: O.D. Wyatt High School celebrated its Class of 2020 with a Senior Parade recently.

Straight Outta Preschool: Edward J. Briscoe Elementary School recently celebrated its pre-kindergarten students with a traveling graduation. Online pre-K registration for the 2020-2021 academic year is underway at www.fwisd.org/prek.

Finishing Strong: Congratulations Young Women's Leadership Academy's Class of 2020 which has 100% of its seniors accepted to college, $12 million scholarships, more than 30% first-generation high school graduates and 55% first-generation college attendees. Check out video below from YWLA's recent Decision Day celebration.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

FWISD's J.P. Elder MS Serves As Free COVID-19 Testing Site

The Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. and the City of Fort Worth to offer a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Fort Worth’s North Side.

Testing will be offered at Fort Worth ISD’s J.P. Elder Middle School from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Tuesday through Saturday. People needing a test will use a virtual screening tool based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to see if they are eligible.

Click here for more details.

CDC Tips on Properly Wearing A Cloth Mask

FWISD Partners With Virtual Care For Kids To Offer Students Telehealth Services

In efforts to reduce COVID-19 spread, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with Virtual Care for Kids to offer students and their families telehealth services.

Students can see a Texas-based pediatrician within minutes from home virtually via computer, smartphone or tablet for urgent care services including minor colds, the flu, sore throat, cough, ear concerns, headaches, sinus or allergy issues or pink eye. Additionally, Virtual Care for Kids is offering coronavirus screening and testing in English and Spanish. Visit https://urgentcarekids.com/fwisd/ to register for services.

Technology Assistance

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Course examples:

  • Microsoft Teams Essential Training
  • Working Remotely
  • Learning to Teach Online
  • Teaching Techniques: Blended Learning
  • Managing Stress for Positive Change
  • Team Collaboration in G (Google) Suite
  • Time Management: Working From Home

and over 13,000 videos more...

A certificate of completion is given for each finished course.

Interested? Go to the link https://bit.ly/2K7c685 to request access to LinkedIn Learning. It may ask you to log in to active directory when clicking on the link.

A limited number of LinkedIn Learning licenses available; licenses will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Questions? Email Classified Learning at aracely.chavez@fwisd.org.

Employee Assistance Program Resources for FWISD Employees

FinPath Offers FWISD Employees Tips For Managing Finances During Pandemic

FinPath, an employer-paid workplace benefit, is offering Fort Worth ISD employees financial wellness tips, coaching and resources for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launched by the District last fall, FinPath offers employees tips for managing finances and much more. Recent webinars and courses offered by the service have included “Dealing with the Financial Shock of COVID-19” and “Breaking Down the CARES Act and What It Means To You.”

Not using FinPath yet? Click here to activate your account.

For more details on FinPath, visit the FWISD Employee Benefits Portal and click on the Financial Wellness tab.

Blue Zones Health and Food Resources

Since March, Blue Zones Project has responded to the COVID-19 crisis offering immediate resources for local communities in regards to health and food access.

Recently, the organization offered beginner gardeners ideas on easy starter plants to grow and making your next 10 years your best.

Check out more ways Blue Zones Project is working with local agencies to support Fort Worth residents here.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Check www.fwisd.org/COVID-19 regularly for District updates

FWISD “Meals To Go,” Available from Noon-1:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday

Join the mayor for live virtual updates on the city's COVID-19 response

Online Pre-K/ Kindergarten Registration Currently Underway

Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice Late Applications being accepted

Unidos Para Aprender, 7 to 8 a.m. Monday- Friday on UniMas 49

Your Voice Matters: Students Leading the Way, June 11

FWISD Virtual Graduation Ceremonies, June 20

FWISD In-Person Graduation Celebrations, June 19-26

Board of Education meeting, June 23

“Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins” Virtual Summit, June 25

FWISD Chair for Teaching Excellence Application Deadline, June 25

Share your story ideas, successes, calendar items, photos, questions and feedback with us at Inside@FWISD.org. Check the Inside FWISD blog, www.fwisd.org/insidefwisd, regularly updated throughout the week with additional content and features.

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