Inside FWISD September 19, 2019

In this edition:

Cybersecurity Incident Update | FWISD Debuts Teacher Communications | Fort Worth ISD Parents – Sign Up for Parent Portal! | FWISD Annual Report Debuts at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon | FWISD Week 4: North Side Claims the Boot Once Again | TCU Appreciates Teachers with Discount to Saturday’s Game | Free Youth Heart Screening Event Slated at FWISD’s Wilkerson-Greines September 28 | Reception Set to Honor Retired Board Trustee Dr. T.A. Sims | FWISD Offers Flu Vaccine Clinic Dates For Employees | District Accepts Instructional Materials Advisory Committee Nominations | Dolores Huerta ES Opens Hispanic Heritage School Museum September 26 | Unity in the Community Family and Youth Summit Announced | FWISD Students Show Gratitude for Military Veterans, First Responders | Communications Crowns First 19-20 Webby Award Winners | Library Goes To the Dogs For Tail Waggin’ Tutors Program | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | FinPath Launches Online IRA Course | Calendar| View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Cybersecurity Incident Update

To All FWISD Employees:

An investigation is underway to determine the origin of a malware attack to Fort Worth ISD systems earlier this week.

On Monday, Fort Worth ISD systems, including MUNIS and the “My FWISD” portal used by students and teachers to access applications, were impacted by malware. E-mail, FOCUS, and other functions hosted by our third-party vendors were not affected.

In recent days, the District has made great progress in restoring services. MUNIS and My FWISD are back up and running.

While there is no evidence of data loss, the Division of Technology and the Cisco Incident Response Team response team are continuing to investigate the situation. We anticipate on having all systems restored by the end of the week.

Malicious email remains one of the most significant and ongoing computer security threats that the Fort Worth ISD faces. Cybercriminals use a variety of email-based attacks to deliver malware, lure victims to malicious websites, and steal logon credentials, and all of us need to understand these threats and what we can do about it.

Using tools built-in to your email program, you can help determine if email arriving in your inbox is legitimate, junk (such as marketing items), or phishing. Whether you are using Microsoft Outlook or Office365 for your email, there is a simple solution to help keep you and FWISD safe.

On Office365, whether you are accessing email at your desk or off campus, click on the small icon located near the top of the page (see pictures below). This will open a dialogue box that allows you to mark the email as junk, phishing, not junk or other. Make a selection and follow the instructions.

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When using Microsoft Office Outlook to access your email, the steps are almost exactly the same. Click the button at the top right-hand corner of the page labeled “Report Message” and make a selection from the drop down box (see pictures below).

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When you do get a suspicious email – and you will – especially one that is obviously trying to entice you to click on a link you don’t recognize – DON’T DO IT! Instead, forward it to ethreat@fwisd.org as soon as possible. This will help the Division of Technology to isolate it and render it harmless. Don’t just delete it because co-workers may have been sent the same message and could inadvertently open it. It’s up to you to take immediate action!

FWISD Debuts Teacher Communications

Welcome to Teacher Communications!

Get started at https://fwisd.parentlink.net, click Single Sign-on and use your regular FWISD credentials.

Blackboard (Parentlink) has created a student/parent notification system just for teachers.

With grading assignments, preparing students for tests, and meeting academic standards, teachers are busy. Communication is key, but who has time to type up 20-60 messages out to parents and students? Definitely not teachers. Teacher Communications is here to help.

No teacher setup. Your class rosters and groups are automatically populated for you. You can start messaging right away!

Create the messages you need. You can create your own messages.

Select recipients from any of your classes. You can easily select parents, students, one class, all classes — whatever you need.

Contact recipients at their convenience. Messages will be sent to students and parents via voice, email or text messages.

Create Once, Publish Everywhere (COPE) messaging system! Write your message once and select as many delivery options that are available to your school.

Global translations available. Communicate with all parents, regardless of language barriers. Teacher Communications allows for automatic translation into over 70 languages!

Send personalized messages about academic progress. You'll have access to student information such as attendance, schedules, and assignments.

Visit https://fwisd.parentlink.net. Click on the HELP button at the top of the page to learn how to start sending messages to your students and parents.

Need more help? Principals can contact their technology learning coach to schedule a training or call 817-814-3100


Fort Worth ISD parents, now is the time to sign up for Parent Portal!

The Fort Worth ISD Parent Portal gives you access to your student’s grades, attendance, and provides an easy way to email your child’s teacher.

Starting this year, you’ll be able to access your child’s report cards in the Portal.

Visit www.fwisd.org/parentportal, click on Request Access. You’ll need your child’s student ID, birth date and your email address.

It’s that easy--sign up today!


Business and philanthropic leaders flipped through the new Fort Worth ISD 2018-2019 Annual Report at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s State of Education luncheon on Thursday, September 12, at the Frost Tower. The annual report, titled “Listen, Learn and Lead,” is now in print and online.

As FWISD Superintendent Kent Scribner told luncheon attendees, we – District personnel, community organizations, and individuals – accomplish much more when we come together and listen and learn with the goal of improving student outcomes.

This report is a testament to the power of listening, learning, and then leading. It is filled with short stories and beautiful photographs that capture the spirit of our great students and a very good year.

FWISD WEEK 4: North Side claims the Boot once again

By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

The communities supporting North Side and Diamond Hill-Jarvis came out in droves last Saturday night, as the 5th annual Battle of the Boot took centerstage at Farrington Field. Pageantry, tailgating and just some good old-fashioned fun filled the air for the friendly but passionate rivalry between neighboring District schools.

On the football field, it’s a non-district (ND) affair and, once again, the Steers proved victorious. North Side (1-2) jumped out to an early lead and claimed a 42-20 win before an energized crowd to take the coveted Boot trophy back to campus for a fifth consecutive year.

Wide receiver Da’Wain Lofton led the way for North Side, scoring four touchdowns and totaling 222 all-purpose yards. The versatile junior scored twice each through the air and on the ground for the Steers, who were up 21-0 early in the second quarter. Junior quarterback Isaak Rosales accounted for three touchdowns, two passing to Lofton and another on a 23-yard run in the third quarter.

Diamond Hill-Jarvis (2-1) suffered its first loss on the season, but not without some outstanding performances. Sophomore quarterback Anthony Valdez threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Senior receiver Jonah Delgado caught six balls, including one for a 5-yard score.

View more Battle of the Boot photos in the Fort Worth ISD Snapshot below.

North Side returns to Farrington this week for a Friday night date with Wylie East, while Diamond Hill-Jarvis tackles Carter-Riverside the same night at Handley Field. In other action, South Hills and Arlington Heights continue District 3-5A play on the road against Azle and Saginaw, respectively.

Thursday, Sept. 19

ND: Dunbar vs. Celina, Handley Field, 7 p.m.

ND: O. D. Wyatt vs. Bishop Lynch, Clark Stadium, 7 p.m.

ND: Western Hills vs. Quinlan Ford, Farrington Field, 7 p.m.

Friday. Sept. 20

ND: Eastern Hills vs. Nolan Catholic, Clark Stadium, 7p.m.

ND: North Side vs. Wylie East, Farrington Field, 7 p.m.

ND: Diamond Hill-Jarvis vs. Carter-Riverside (HC), Handley Field, 7 p.m.

3-5A: South Hills vs. Azle, Azle Hornet Stadium, 7p.m.

3-5A: Arlington Heights vs. Saginaw, Saginaw Rough Rider Stadium, 7 p.m.

ND: Benbrook vs. Anna, Anna Coyote Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

ND: Polytechnic vs. Dallas Madison, Dallas Forester Field, 7:30 p.m.

ND: Southwest vs. Weatherford, Weatherford Roo Stadium, 7 p.m.

TCU Appreciates Teachers with Discount to Saturday’s Game

Texas Christian University is showing its appreciation for teachers with a discount to the Horned Frogs’ Iron Skillet game against Southern Methodist University on Saturday.

The university is hosting Teacher Appreciation Night and offering $20 reserved tickets on the east sideline and the north end zone. Tickets are available at gofrogs.com/teachers. Students, faculty, family and friends can take advantage of the discounted tickets. The school with the most attendees will have an opportunity to take a group photo on the field.

The Iron Skillet match between the TCU Horned Frogs and SMU Mustangs begins at 2:30 p.m. at Amon G. Carter Stadium, 2850 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth.

For more details contact Tyler Libby at 817-257-4341 or tyler.libby@tcu.edu.


Free youth heart screenings are being offered to Fort Worth ISD students ranging from 11 years old to high school seniors participating in athletics, band, cheer and JROTC. heartscreening flyer

The Healthy Hearts DFW – Free Youth Heart Screening event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 28 at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center Gate 1, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd. in Fort Worth.

The event, sponsored by Ryan Powell Memorial Foundation, Holden Strong Awareness Campaign, Run for Sarah and the Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Foundation, is an opportunity for parents with concerns about their child’s heart health to receive a free electrocardiography (ECG).

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for young athletes.

“Health and safety of our students always comes first," said Todd Vesely, FWISD Executive Director of Athletics.

To register, visit GBOGH.as.me/HealthyHeartsDFW.

For additional information email Nathan Schwarz, the North Texas/Louisiana heart screening director for the Cody Stephens Foundation, at nathan@codystephensfoundation.org.

Reception to Honor Retired Board Trustee Dr. T.A. Sims

What: Reception for Retired Board Member, Dr. T.A. Sims

When: 5 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Where: I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA, 1900 I.M. Terrell Circle, Fort Worth, Texas

Who: Friends, family, colleagues of Dr. T.A. Sims

Summary: Friends, family, and colleagues are invited to honor retired Fort Worth ISD Board Member, Dr. Theophlous Aron Sims at a reception, Tuesday. October 1, 2019.

The 5 p.m. event will be hosted in the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA lobby. A program, beginning at 5:30 p.m., will include remarks from Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner, FWISD Board President Jacinto Ramos Jr., past and present Board members and other colleagues of Dr. Sims.

The Southwest Jazz Band will provide music, and the I.M. Terrell Chamber Choir will perform some special numbers. Light snacks will be provided by Sodexo Magic.

Dr. Sims was the longest serving FWISD board Member, with more than 35 years of service to his community. He resigned from the Board on July 16, 2019. The Board has called a November 5 special election to fill the vacant trustee seat.

FWISD Offers Flu Vaccine Clinics Dates for Employees

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.flushot

To sign up for a clinic please visit: 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.

The following are the remaining flu clinics scheduled this fall:

September 20: Forest Oak Middle School, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; FWISD Maintenance Department, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; David Sellars Elementary School, 3 to 4 p.m.; W.J. Turner Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

September 23: M.M. Walton Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; J.P. Elder Middle, 8:15 to 9:30 a.m.; Young Men's Leadership Academy, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; North Side High School, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Jacquet Middle, Noon to 1 p.m.; Middle Level Learning Center, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; M. G. Ellis Elementary, 2:30 to 4 p.m.; Dunbar High School, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

September 24: H.V. Helbing Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Western Hills Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Western Hills Primary, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Meacham Middle, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

September 25: Waverly Park Elementary, 7:30 to 9 a.m.; Springdale Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Applied Learning Academy, 10 to 11 a.m.; Oakhurst Elementary, 10 to 11 a.m.

September 26: Ridglea Hills Elementary, 7 to 8 a.m.; Carter Riverside High, 8 to 9:30 a.m.; Riverside Applied Learning Center, 11 a.m. to Noon; Natha Howell Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; M. L. Phillips Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Glencrest 6th Grade, 4 to 5 p.m.

September 27: Tanglewood Elementary, 7 to 8:30 a.m.; John T. White Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Monnig Middle, 10 to 11 a.m.; Bill J. Elliott Elementary, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Atwood McDonald Elementary, Noon to 1 p.m.; Como Montessori, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Como Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Lowery Road Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

September 30: Maude Logan Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Paschal High, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; World Languages Institute, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Sunrise-McMillian Elementary, 11 a.m. to Noon; Sagamore Hill Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Young Women's Leadership Academy, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 1: South Hills Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Wedgwood 6th, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Rosemont 6th, Noon to 1 p.m.; Alice Contreras Elementary, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; De Zavala Elementary, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

October 2: Seminary Hills Park Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Lily B. Clayton Elementary, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.; Wedgwood Middle, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

October 3: Woodway Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; O.D. Wyatt High, 7:45 to 9 a.m.; J. T. Stevens Elementary, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

October 4: Daggett Elementary, 7:30 to 9 a.m.; Manuel Jara Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Daggett Montessori, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

October 7: W. M. Green Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Richard Wilson Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; FWISD Transportation Department at Clark Field, 9:30 to 11 a.m.; Rosemont Elementary, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Rosemont Middle, Noon to 2 p.m.; Hubbard Heights Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 8: I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

October 9: Alice Carlson Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Burton Hill Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 10: Westcliff Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; FWISD Professional Development Center, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

October 11: D. McRae Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; William James Middle, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Stripling Middle, 10 to 11 a.m.; Harlean Elementary, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; George Clarke Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Polytechnic High, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

October 15: West Handley Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. ; Handley Middle, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; East Handley Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 16: Marine Creek Collegiate High, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Boulevard Heights, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Texas Academy of Biomedical Science, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Metro Opportunity High, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Jo Kelly School, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 17: Arlington Heights High, 7:45 to 9:30 a.m.

October 18: Meadowbrook Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Meadowbrook Middle, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; McClung Middle, Noon to 1 p.m.; C. C. Moss Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Kirkpatrick Elementary, 9 to 10:00 a.m.; Dolores Huerta, 3 to 4 p.m.; Benbrook Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 21: Carter Park Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Morningside Middle, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Morningside Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; M.H. Moore Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Western Hills High, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

October 22: Clifford Davis Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Worth Heights Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; South Hi Mount Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 23: Sam Rosen Elementary, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Daggett Middle, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Success High, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Rufino Mendoza Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.

October 24: Luella Merrett Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Bonnie Brae Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Leonard Middle, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

October 25: Greenbriar Elementary, 2 to 3 p.m.; Cesar Chavez Elementary, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

October 28:Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary, 3 to 4 p.m.; Southwest High, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

October 29: South Hills High, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; McLean Middle, 4 to 5 p.m.

District Accepts Instructional Materials Advisory Committee Nominations

The following communication is from the Curriculum Policy Department:

Dolores Huerta ES Opens Hispanic Heritage School Museum September 26

Fort Worth ISD’s Dolores Huerta Elementary School PTA will host opening night of the campus Hispanic Heritage School Museum, Thursday, September 26.

From 4 to 5:30 p.m., the public is invited to view 30 classroom bulletin board project/exhibits displaying the life and work of Latino authors and illustrators in children’s literature, Hispanic American role models, leaders and heroes in science, history and the arts. Displays celebrating family traditions and Latino immigrant families in the United States are also part of the exhibit.

All attendees will receive a museum guide, and students will serve as museum docents talking about their classroom projects. The museum will remain open during school hours September 30 to October 18.

Dolores Huerta Elementary is located at 3309 Long Ave. in Fort Worth.

“Our Hispanic Heritage School Museum project was created in 1990 to give FWISD elementary grade classroom teachers and their students the opportunity to research the many contributions made by Latinos in children’s literature, science, history, and the arts; and to encourage students to value and celebrate family traditions, and culture. After researching a topic, teachers plan their project with their students and create a bulletin board project/exhibit to showcase what they learned in our school museum,” said Eddie Arellano, museum founder and coordinator. “Our purpose is to promote and celebrate diversity in our community and encourage other educators to create their own museums at their schools.”

To schedule a tour, contact Mr. Arellano at 817-205-2595.

Unity in the Community Family and Youth Summit Announced

Registration is underway for the second Unity in the Community (UITC) Family and Youth Summit.

WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2019 / 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Dunbar High School, 5700 Ramey Ave., 76112

This year, UITC will host its first Family Summit. The purpose of the event is to continue to engage and inform families in the community on variety of helpful resources and initiatives in a unified setting.

The Summit will kick-off with breakfast followed by speakers who will give an overview of the day. After the welcome and overview, participants will attend sessions of their choice. Additionally, a community resource fair will provide one-on-one access with various vendors. A light breakfast and lunch are provided, there will be door prize drawings and free groceries for participants.

FWISD Students Show Gratitude for Military Veterans, First Responders

Messages of gratitude written by Fort Worth ISD elementary school students are being delivered to local first responders and military personnel deployed overseas.

Last week, as part of Patriot Day activities, students at Luella Merrett and S.S. Dillow elementary schools participated in a volunteer service project in which they wrote letters and poems and drew pictures for first responders and deployed military members to thank them for their service. The project, done in partnership with Texas nonprofit Give More HUGS (Helping Unite Giving Souls), encourages youth to lead volunteer projects serving their communities on the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020) and Global Youth Service Day (April 17-19, 2020).

Chantel Fontenot, a fifth-grade math and science teacher at Luella Merrett Elementary, and DeAnte Starks, a fourth-grade math and science teacher at S.S. Dillow are Give More HUGS teacher ambassadors and brought the projects to their campuses.

In addition to students writing letters, military and first responder veterans were invited to read with students locally and virtually.

Mr. Starks explained the significance of this service project in a recent Give More HUGS media release.

“Service to me is … providing for a person or group of people without the expectation of a thanks. It is simply knowing that you made someone’s day by doing something special,” he said. “Service shows others that no matter who you are, where you live, your ethnicity or religion there is someone who cares.”

An estimated 250 third, fourth and fifth graders were expected to participate in the youth service project at Luella Merrett Elementary, said Mrs. Fontenot. She partnered with school librarian Amy Smiley and the project was twofold.

Students viewed a PowerPoint presentation about the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States that claimed 3,000 lives on September 11, 2001 and discussed the events. It also opened dialogue about facing one’s fears, and students had opportunities to learn more about the events in the school library. Following the history lesson, students wrote notes with messages such as “thank you for protecting my family;” “we’re glad we’re safe because of you,” said Ms. Smiley.

“For me as a librarian, I hope they will always want to know more, research more, read more, want to find answers and be curious about history,” Ms. Smiley said. “I want them to be appreciative of our police officers and firefighters … and maybe look at them with different eyes.”

Mrs. Fontenot, who is a military wife and daughter, said that through the project, she wants students to see the people that are still impacted by 9/11 and remember the troops still deployed overseas and their sacrifice. She said that student letters will be delivered to local first responders and military members serving in the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines stationed in the Middle East. Some military members are awaiting the cards and intend to respond back to students with a group photo and video of them reading books aloud to students.

Oftentimes, students want to make an impact but just don’t know how, but this volunteer service project gives them “the opportunity for the how,” Mrs. Fontenot said.

“The ultimate goal is to empower our students that they too can impact others or even change the world,” she said. “I just hope that they see that they can make an impact in someone’s life in their community and in society, that they’re not too little. It’s the simple gesture that shows the most gratitude.”

Pictured is Glen Park Elementary Principal Ellen Verreault and Peg Murphy, Department of Community and Strategic Partnerships director

Communications Crowns First 19-20 Webby Award Winners

Fort Worth ISD’s Glen Park Elementary School and TCC-South Collegiate High School claimed the first Webby Awards of the 2019-2020 school year this week.

Thomas Ketchersid, FWISD’s web communications coordinator, recognized principals from the two campuses on Monday for the back-to-school resources displayed on their school webpages. Last month, FWISD schools were challenged to place helpful resources on their campus websites such as registration, drop-off, back-to-school event and school supply information, goals, expectations and themes that entice parents to visit the website all year long.

Both schools will receive the Webby Award trophy to display on the campus for the next month and a $100 Kroger gift card for campus use.

“Our winners of this month’s challenge went above and beyond to provide their audience with any and all back to school information,” Mr. Ketchersid said. “A lot of campuses stepped up for this first challenge and the competition is already fierce. It will be exciting to watch the campus websites improve with each challenge throughout the year.”

This month’s challenge is “Guess Who?” FWISD campuses are encouraged to update administrator, faculty staff contact and biography information and to update department pages on campus websites.

Distributed monthly during the school year by the FWISD Communications Department, the Webby Award recognizes campus websites that engage families, students, alumni and the community at large. Elementary and secondary school websites that best complete monthly challenges are presented with the Webby Award at monthly principals’ meetings.

For assistance with your campus website or social media page, attend one of the following come-and-go campus website and social media open lab training sessions:

  • Sept. 19: 4:30- 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 26: 1:30- 4:30 p.m.

The open lab training sessions are available for web and social managers appointed by their campus principals. Attendees must bring their own laptop to participate and arrive at least 30 minutes before the lab ends.

Web and social managers will receive training to support the best online impression possible. Attendees will learn how to update and maintain their campus website and social media platforms.

Contact Mr. Ketchersid at thomas.ketchersid@fwisd.org, and Kiana King, social media coordinator, at kiana.king@fwisd.org with questions about the upcoming sessions, campus websites and social media pages.

For more details, visit www.fwisd.org/websitetraining.

A special back-to-school kickoff for Tail Waggin’ Tutors was conducted in September at the Central Library. (Photo courtesy of the Fort Worth Public Library)

Library goes to the dogs for Tail Waggin’ Tutors program

Courtesy of the Fort Worth Public Library

Furry, four-legged friends Phizz, Honey, Ranger and Gabby are excited to meet pals – new and old – and hear fun stories at the monthly Tail Waggin’ Tutors events 1-3 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month at the Fort Worth Public Library-Central.

The next event is set for Oct. 5.

Across the program’s 10 years, an estimated 3,600 children have read at least 144,000 minutes to the dogs – 10 minutes at a time. Children ages 6-16 who read independently grab a book to practice reading aloud for 10 minutes at a time to each of the patient pooches. Most will read to all four dogs during an event, which typically draw 20 to 30 children.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors fulfills two of the library’s strategic focus areas: cultivating a community of readers; and also enriching out-of-school time to make learning fun and enjoyable.

“My favorite thing about Tail Waggin’ Tutors is watching children transform,” said Michelle Lara, who coordinates the program at the Fort Worth Public Library.

One girl in particular would keep her head down and not engage with her, she said, taking her time each visit to get closer to the dog, whispering at first. “I was astounded when she appeared one Saturday and spoke to me without hesitation,” Lara said. “She had her book, went right to the first dog, and began reading while stroking him. We all melted.”

Phizz and Honey are veterans of the Tail Waggin’ Tutors program’s 10-year run, and all four are certified by Therapy Dogs International. Readers gain confidence and vocabulary skills, as well as an appreciation for the animals, through the program.

Jay and Meaghan Semple began taking their adopted daughter Chloe, who was 6 at the time, in Summer 2013.

“I loved the library and wanted that for my kids, too,” Jay Semple said. “I wanted the library to be a special place for our family, and we started going there just about every Saturday.” On a first Saturday of the month, the Semples saw a familiar face – Vicki Carter – who worked at the Gladney agency that had placed Chloe in their family. Carter was there with her dog Phizz, a Tail Waggin’ Tutor.

Phizz even visited Gladney on Sept. 12, 2013, the day the Semples officially adopted Chloe, who is now 12. She loves to read to her younger siblings – Mae, 7; Grace, 5; and Justus, 2.

“Chloe loved reading from an early age, and reading to the dogs was such a special opportunity,” Jay Semple said. “We love the program, and our whole family has participated as much as we can.”

Melissa Muyskens has been taking her daughter Isabelle to Tail Waggin’ Tutors for more than two years. Isabelle is now in the second grade.

“I always have instilled reading in our home,” Muyskens said. “We have books in every room of our house, including the bathroom. I saw the sign at the library and wanted to help Isabelle learn to read.”

As a first-grader, Isabelle volunteered to read a difficult and lengthy scripture reading to all the 700 students in her school.

“I have no doubt that Tail Waggin’ Tutors helped give her the confidence to do this,” Muyskens said. “The program has been so beneficial to her and her ability to read. She looks forward to reading and petting the dogs, the owners help and encourage her along the way. As parents, we sit back and get to experience her pride; we see her face light up.”

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

North Texas Giving Day: Today on North Texas Giving Day Superintendent Kent P. Scribner became a member of each of the District's PTA groups.

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.

Community Boundary forum at Arlington Heights High School: Local residents attended the first of multiple FWISD community forums slated throughout the fall. 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.

College Night: High school students, along with their parents, attended Fort Worth ISD’s 2019 annual “College Night” on Monday at the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibit Hall. College Night is a mall of educational opportunities, with multiple colleges, universities and institutions from around Texas and across the nation ready to recruit new students. It offers “one-stop shopping” for higher education including financial aid seminars, a discussion on scholarships available in Tarrant County and college admissions details.

O.D. Wyatt Celebrates Homecoming with CBS 11 Pep Rally, Other Festivities: Wyatt Nation celebrated homecoming as the featured CBS 11 Pep Rally, September 13. CBS 11 Meteorologist Anne Elise Parks interviewed O.D. Wyatt High School athletes, club members, alumni and administrators live on the CBS 11 News This Morning show in the high school gymnasium. Other homecoming festivities throughout the weekend included a student vs. alumni basketball game, parade and the homecoming game against Trimble Tech.

Battle of the Boot: The coveted Battle of the Boot trophy will remain at North Side High School. The team defeated Diamond Hill-Jarvis 42-20 in the the fifth annual in-district rivalry Battle of the Boot match, September 14 at Farrington Field. Prior to the game were lively tailgate events.

Elementary School Celebrations: FWISD's Elementary School Leadership Department recognized campus principals this week for effective instruction and effective, well supported teachers on their campuses. The principals at Milton Kirkpatrick Elementary was also presented with a $5,000 incentive for her campus because the school achieved the highest average daily attendance for the sixth six weeks during the 2018-2019 school year. The Elementary School Leadership Department also recognized administrative associates for customer service this week. Look for more about the celebrations soon on the Inside FWISD blog.

Springdale Elementary: Effective, well supported teachers

Pictured is Executive Director Shawn Buchanan and Principal Leann Moreno

Bruce Shulkey Elementary: Effective instruction

Pictured is Principal Vanessa Tritten and Executive Director Hilda Caballero

Sam Rosen Elementary: Effective instruction

Pictured is Executive Director Todd Koppes and Principal Albert Herrera

Eastern Hills Elementary: Effective instruction

Pictured is Executive Director Dr. Marion Mouton and Principal Whitney Scott

Washington Heights Elementary: Effective, well supported teachers

Pictured is Principal Mary Jane Cantu and Executive Director Xavier Sanchez

Luella Merrett Elementary: Effective instruction

Pictured is Principal Karelyn Roberts and Executive Director Sonja Starr-Malone

Milton Kirkpatrick Elementary: Student Attendance Incentive Winner

Pictured is Ann Marie Shelton, District budget manager; Kirkpatrick Principal Christine Renteria and David Johnson, FWISD senior officer of budget and finance

Administrative Associate Customer Service Honorees

Pictured from left is Leslie Garcia of Versia Williams Elementary and Diana Enriquez, Elementary Schools Leadership administrative assistant; Maria Robledo of Richard J. Wilson Elementary and Ms. Enriquez; Olga Hernandez, Elementary Schools Leadership administrative assistant and Diana Vasquez of Rufino Medoza Elementary; Ms. Hernandez and Tammy Rainey of Boulevard Heights; Yolandia Evans, Elementary Schools Leadership administrative assistant, and Rocio Gonzalez of DeZavala Elementary; Ms. Evans and Monica Lewis of Edward J. Briscoe Elementary.

State of Public Education: Superintendents from the Fort Worth and Arlington school districts discussed how the two districts are shaping the futures of more than 140,000 students through college and career readiness initiatives at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 16th annual State of Public Education luncheon, Thursday, September 12. Almost 300 business, education and community leaders attended the event hosted in downtown Fort Worth.

Paschal Students Use Scanning Electron Microscope for Research: The Botanical Research Institute of Texas Education Department recently loaned the microscope to Paschal High School for a week. Students learned about electron microscopy and collected data that will be used to present a poster at a biology conference this November. The last two years, students at Paschal have researched the turtle community in the Trinity River, and one of the projects examines diatoms (a type of algae) on the shells of the turtles. Recently, students took photos of diatoms using the scanning electron microscope. The sample was taken from a red-eared slider turtle caught by students in the river. The Trinity River Turtle Survey was made possible through a generous grant from Texas Christian University Andrews Institute.

FinPath Launches Online IRA Course

Plan for retirement with the FinPath University course “Individual Retirement Accounts 101.”

Launching today, this online course offers IRA plan options, features, rules and regulations and smart retirement planning tips.

Earlier this month, Fort Worth ISD debuted FinPath, a new and free workplace benefit that offers financial wellness tips and coaching for District employees.

For more details on FinPath, visit the FWISD Employee Benefits Portal.

FWISD is hiring nurses

FWISD is looking for Bilingual Teachers

FWISD is hiring bus drivers

Online Registration, Ongoing

Gold Seal Late Application Window, Available to the end of the first six weeks of school

Hispanic Heritage Month, Continues through October 15

Campus Web and Social Media Training, September 19

Board of Education meeting, September 24

National Voter Registration Day, September 24

Campus Web and Social Media Training, September 26

School boundary forum at O.D. Wyatt High School, September 26

End of First Six Weeks, September 27

Healthy Hearts DFW – Free Youth Heart Screening, September 28

Start of Second Six Weeks, September 30

2019 Volleyball Schedules

2019 Football Schedules

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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