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Inside FWISD January 7, 2021

In this edition:

Annual Fort Worth Technology Conference Aims To Innovate, Integrate, Motivate Educators | FWISD Child Nutrition Services Meal Distribution Changes: Weekend Meal Opportunity Added | January Is School Board Recognition Month In Fort Worth ISD And Texas | Education Pioneer Dr. Dennis Dunkins Dies At 80: Funeral Service To Be Streamed Online FridayChildren At Risk Selects Tobi Jackson Its Humanitarian Award Honoree | FWISD Employees Must Update Personal Information | Title IX Compliance Overview Course Deadline Approaching | FWISD Collects Donations For MLK Day Of Service Through Friday: Volunteer Sign-ups Open Monday | Dilley Is DFW Child’s January 'Mom Next Door' | Regional Black Contractors Association Recognizes FWISD CIP Chief Officer | FWISD Stakeholders’ Survey Underway! | Fort Worth ISD, General Motors And KABOOM! Work To End Playspace Inequity With A New Playground In Fort Worth: The new playspace brings joy to hundreds of students after months of playground closures | Mobile STEM Lab Offers FWISD Students Career Opportunity, Entrepreneurship Lessons | FWISD Announces Recent Retirees Food Available At Multiple Sites Through January | Inside FWISD News Briefs | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Annual Fort Worth Technology Conference Aims To Innovate, Integrate, Motivate Educators

Get ready for a full day of more than 70 sessions aimed to Innovate, Integrate and Motivate you all from the comfort of your home. Fort Worth ISD’s Educational Technology Department will host an all-virtual Fort Worth Technology Conference (FWTC), Saturday, January 23, 2021.

This is the first time the 16th annual event is being hosted 100% online via the Google Meet video conferencing platform. The free conference kicks off at 9 a.m. with the keynote session featuring Jake Miller, host of the Educational Duct Tape Podcast. Through the podcast Mr. Miller answers teacher questions and addresses how duct tape is used as a tool for solving life’s problems. Like duct tape, education technology is utilized in the classroom. Sessions will continue through 3 p.m.

“The Fort Worth Technology Conference isn't about the technology. It's about teachers and classroom transformation,” said Becky Navarre, Assistant Superintendent of Technology. “There's a session for everyone at FWTC to meet you where you are in the technology integration journey. There's no hidden agenda here; the objective is to learn and grow in our craft to make a better tomorrow for our students.”

Fort Worth ISD teachers and staff and national digital-instruction innovators will lead curriculum-based and digital driven instructional sessions that offer attendees a myriad of tools for engaging students, leveraging digital technology for student success and increasing productivity in a hybrid educational environment. Annually, FWTC offers practical technology tools that educators can immediately implement in lesson plans and administrative tasks.

Visit www.fwisd.org/fwtc to register and for additional session details. Have additional questions? Contact Shana Ellason, Technology Learning Integration Director, at 817-814-3100 or email shana.ellason@fwisd.org.

FWISD CHILD NUTRITION SERVICES MEAL DISTRIBUTION CHANGES

Weekend Meal Opportunity Added

Beginning February 8, 2021 Fort Worth ISD Child Nutrition Services will move its free “Meals To Go” distribution to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for children under the age of 18 years. This is a change to the current schedule.

Right now, Fort Worth ISD meal distribution sites are serving breakfast and lunch meals on Mondays and Thursdays. With the new schedule the Thursday distribution will be discontinued and moved to Wednesdays. Additionally, a new “Meals To Go” meal distribution day will be added on Fridays.

The Friday meal distribution will provide students with meals for Saturday and Sunday consumption. If there is a holiday, the meal pick-up will be the next school day.

All students participating in onsite learning may receive meals at no charge at their assigned Fort Worth ISD campus. Likewise, eligible children not participating in onsite learning at a particular campus may continue to pick-up free breakfast and lunch meals at any of the meal distribution sites listed below.

For more information and meal service times, visit www.fwisd.org.

Meal distribution sites are located at:

  • Amon-Carter Riverside High School
  • West Handley Elementary School
  • Arlington Heights HS
  • Daggett ES
  • Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS
  • DeZavala ES
  • Trimble Tech HS
  • East Handley ES
  • Western Hills HS
  • C.C. Moss ES
  • J.P. Elder MS
  • A.M. Pate
  • William James Middle School
  • M.L. Phillips ES
  • Morningside MS
  • South Hills ES
  • Rosemont MS
  • Washington Heights ES
  • Jacquet MS
  • Westcreek ES
  • International Newcomers Academy
  • Woodway ES
  • Como Montessori
  • Clifford Davis ES
  • Glencrest 6th Grade Center
  • Bonnie Brae ES
  • McLean 6th
  • Seminary Hills Park ES

Additional information about the Child Nutrition Services Department is available at https://www.fwisd.org/Domain/162 or call 817-814-3540.

January is School Board Recognition Month in Fort Worth ISD and Texas

The Fort Worth Independent School District will join 1,024 school districts throughout Texas to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month, according to Superintendent Kent P. Scribner.

Observed annually, this year’s statewide theme of recognition is “Navigating to Success.”

“Our school board members are elected officials who, as volunteers, shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices for our District. Their goal is always focused on the success of the children we serve,” Dr. Scribner said. “Celebrating ‘School Board Recognition Month’ is one way to say thanks for all they do.”

Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. The Fort Worth ISD’s Board is responsible for an annual budget of over $821 million, 77,000 students, more than 11,0000 employees, and 145 campuses.

In recent years, just a few of the Board’s accomplishments include:

  • Commitment to continuous improvement of student outcomes through the adoption of the Lone Star Governance model of Board leadership
  • Successful passage of the Voter Approval Tax Ratification Election
  • My Brother’s Keeper resolution as well as the institution of MBK programming for the Fort Worth ISD
  • Expansion of Parent University
  • Racial and Ethnic Equity work system-wide
  • Addressing on-time attendance, graduation rates, and reducing the number of over age/under credit students.

Board members serving the Fort Worth ISD are:

  • President (District 1) Jacinto Ramos Jr. First elected in 2013
  • 1st Vice President (District 2) Tobi Jackson. First elected in 2010
  • 2nd Vice President (District 3) Quinton ‘Q’ Phillips. First elected in 2019
  • Board Secretary (District 8) Anael Luebanos. First elected in 2017
  • District 4 Trustee Daphne Brookins. First elected in 2019
  • District 5 Trustee Carin “CJ” Evans. First elected in 2019
  • District 6 Trustee Anne Darr. First elected in 2019
  • District 7 Trustee Norman Robbins. First elected 2004
  • District 9 Trustee Ashley Paz. First elected in 2013

“It’s more important than ever that communities support public education in order to prepare today’s students to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Please take a moment and tell school board members ‘thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community.’ Let them know we support them and that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated,” Dr. Scribner said.

Education Pioneer Dr. Dennis Dunkins Dies At 80

Funeral Service To Be Streamed Online Friday

The Fort Worth ISD is saddened by the recent death of education pioneer Dr. Dennis Dunkins.

The family of Dr. Dunkins will say their final goodbyes in a small ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 8. The ceremony, which is limited to family and a few guests because of COVID-19 protocols for funeral services, is being streamed live online.

Dr. Dunkins died December 29, 2020, of COVID-19 complications, according to local media reports. He was 80 years old.

The Fort Worth native is remembered by many for his work advocating for more Black students and educators in leadership roles within the Fort Worth ISD.

In 1986, he along with 12 other Black educators founded the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators. He served as the association’s president from 2008-2010.

Dr. Dunkins is fondly remembered by Tarrant County educators and residents for his contribution to the creation of magnet programs in Fort Worth ISD high schools and for organizing college visits to Historically Black Colleges and Universities for FWISD students. He worked for the District from 1980-2009.

In addition to his work as an educator, Dr. Dunkins served on the Trinity Metro Board from 2013-2020.

Read more about Dr. Dunkins’ life and legacy in this recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram article.

Dr. Dunkins is survived by his wife of 57 years, three children, one brother and three grandchildren. The Fort Worth ISD extends its deepest sympathy to Dr. Dunkins’ family and all who were impacted by his life.

Children At Risk Selects Tobi Jackson Its Humanitarian Award Honoree

Tobi Jackson, Fort Worth ISD Board of Education first vice president, is the recipient of the 2021 Children At Risk Humanitarian Award.

Mrs. Jackson is being presented with the award this April at the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraising gala in Fort Worth. She is being recognized for her advocacy work and achievements with children.

Mayor Betsy Price is gala’s the keynote speaker. Along with Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Mayor Price will present Mrs. Jackson with the Humanitarian Award at the April 16 gala.

Mrs. Jackson represents District 2 on FWISD’s Board of Education. First elected to the FWISD Board in 2010, Mrs. Jackson represents Eastern Hills Elementary, Christene C. Moss Elementary, S.S. Dillow Elementary, Glen Park Elementary, Meadowbrook Elementary, D. McRae Elementary, Mitchell Boulevard Elementary, Oaklawn Elementary, Sagamore Hill Elementary, T.A. Sims Elementary, Forest Oak Middle, William James Middle, Meadowbrook Middle, Eastern Hills High School, Polytechnic High School as the District 2 trustee.

Her professional experience in education includes administrator and faculty member in public, private, and corporate arenas. Coupled with over three decades of community service in Tarrant County, Mrs. Jackson’s focus is firmly planted in sustainable, outcomes driven efforts on behalf of Fort Worth youth. Learn more about Mrs. Jackson here.

Through research and multiple advocacy tools, Children At Risk fight addresses several causes and public policies that affect children in Texas including education, well-being, health and nutrition, immigration and the fight to end human trafficking. Learn more about Children at Risk at http://childrenatrisk.org.

FWISD Employees Must Update Personal Information

To the Employees of FWISD:

The Payroll and Benefits Departments would like to provide you a courtesy reminder to update your personal information.

It is important to keep this updated as we often send out important notices, such as information regarding W-2 and 1095 forms. If you need to make any changes, you are able to do so in Employee Self-Service (ESS) under Personal Information/Contact. You can make updates to your Direct deposit account information at Direct Deposit Form (qualtrics.com).

You have until January 8, 2021 by 5 p.m. to make any changes; after this time, information on file will be processed as is. Please remember it is your responsibility to ensure that your information is up-to-date.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Payroll Department at 817-814-2180 or by email at payroll@fwisd.org and/or the Benefits Department at 817-814-2240 or by email at benefits@fwisd.org.

Business and Finance Department

Title IX Compliance Overview Course Deadline Approaching

Editor's Note: The following memorandum from Classified Learning refers to upcoming SafeSchool training deadlines. This year employees will be able to test out and not have to view all courses with the exception of the Employee Handbook, Title IX Compliance Overview, Texas Cybersecurity and two coronavirus videos. Employees who decide to test out of a module and who pass will not receive a certificate, but their training will meet District compliance requirements for 2020-2021. Employees who opt to test out of a training and who do not pass with 80% must watch the module and retake the test. Employees must complete the Title IX Compliance Overview course by Friday, January 8, 2021.

  • Employees will receive generated SafeSchools emails that contain three modules that were assigned in May. These modules were not assigned for the 2020-2021 school year because of the pandemic but are required by state and federal laws. Cybersecurity is two hours because of Texas HB 3834. Title IX Compliance is a new federal requirement.
  • This year employees may test out of select courses. Courses exempt from the test out include the Employee Handbook, Title IX Compliance Overview, Texas Cybersecurity and the two Coronavirus videos. Additionally, this functionality is not available in District created modules like the Active Shooter module.
  • Employees may test out of any of the other modules by clicking "Test Out." Employees who decide to test out of any modules but who do not pass with an 80%, will have to watch the module and retake the test.
  • Please note that employees who decide to use the "Test Out" functionality will not receive a certificate, but their training plan will state “Tested Out”. This is still meeting the District's compliance requirements for this 2020-2021 school year.

All courses are due by February 15, 2021 except for Title IX Compliance Overview that is due January 8, 2021.

For additional FAQs and information please click here.

FWISD COLLECTS DONATIONS FOR MLK DAY OF SERVICE Through Friday

Volunteer Sign-ups Open Monday

The Fort Worth ISD is currently collecting donations for its 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service via Amazon wish list.

In light of the pandemic the Equity and Excellence Department is collecting in-kind nonperishable food, toiletries, gloves, winter hats and drawstring backpacks via Amazon through Friday, January 8, 2021. The department is also collecting in-kind monetary donations. In previous years, Equity and Excellence would set up donation boxes at FWISD schools and the Central Administration Building where people could drop off items that would be placed into individualized care packages for Fort Worth’s homeless community.

Mia Hall, a FWISD Equity and Excellence executive director and organizer for the employee service day, said that she anticipates assisting approximately 200 people at the upcoming event. This 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is especially tremendous because the pandemic has rocked many families and left many in need of assistance with food, housing and other resources, she said. Mrs. Hall said that the day of service is not only a commitment to equity but rallying around and standing in the gap for our neighbors who are struggling.

“When you get everything together, you kind of stand there in awe of all of this support,” she said. “It’s a testament of community and generosity and just how much people care. Our love for our community and our families extends beyond our campuses.”

The 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Monday, January 18, marks the third year FWISD employees will observe the MLK federal holiday in service to others. The day generally begins with employees assembling care packages consisting of food, winter accessories and toiletries. Once the packages are filled, employees take them to Fort Worth’s West Lancaster corridor where they are distributed to the homeless along with a boxed lunch. The service event is one of two FWISD employees and students participate in during the school year. Students in years past have participated in service projects during the spring to observe the District’s Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Day of Service.

“People always say that they wish we had more days like this. They enjoy the opportunity to give back and to meet other colleagues,” Mrs. Hall said. “Everyone just likes rallying together for a common cause for our community. It’s a great opportunity to give back.”

Volunteer sign-ups for employees open Monday, January 11. Equity and Excellence will need 20 volunteers for two-hour morning and afternoon shifts. Ten volunteers will assemble the care packages from 8-10 a.m. at the Central Administration Building and 10 volunteers will distribute the care packages and meals from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. in the West Lancaster corridor. All volunteers will be adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety protocols.

Annually on the third Monday in January, the nation observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day, established to honor the birth of the late preacher, author, civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner who was assassinated in 1968. He is most notably known for his “I Have a Dream” speech delivered at the 1963 March on Washington in Washington, D.C.

Since 1994, the U.S. Congress has commemorated the holiday as a national day of service, encouraging Americans to participate in service projects within their communities.

FWISD stakeholders are encouraged to consider contributing to the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service care packages via www.fwisd.org/mlkgiftregistry. People with questions or interested in making a monetary donation may contact Mrs. Hall at 817-814-2339 or email mia.hall@fwisd.org.

Dilley Is DFW Child’s January 'Mom Next Door'

Priscila Dilley, senior officer for the Leadership Academy Network, is the featured “Mom Next Door” in the DFW Child magazine January 2021 edition.

In the article Mrs. Dilley discusses her upbringing and work advocating for students and families. In May 2019, Mrs. Dilley was selected as a senior officer for the Leadership Academy Network—a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Fort Worth ISD and Texas Wesleyan University to maintain and grow academic success at five once-struggling PK-8 campuses.

Learn more about Mrs. Dilley in the latest edition of DFW Child.

Regional Black Contractors Association Recognizes FWISD CIP Chief Officer

Congratulations to Fort Worth ISD Capital Improvement Program Chief Officer Vicki Burris, recipient of the Regional Black Contractors Association ‘s General Joe Webber Award.

Chosen specifically by the association’s chairman John Proctor, the award recognizes individuals who’ve exhibited “unwavering leadership, courage, integrity, and a willingness to ‘help others help themselves,’” according to an association statement.

“Under the leadership of Vicki Burris, the entire team demonstrates that executing with excellence and valuable collaboration is of the highest priority,” the Regional Black Contractors Association statement reads. “This commitment is evident not only in her client relationships but also through corporate responsibility; opening doors and creating opportunities. FWISD continues to be a role model for building capacity and community impact through valuable partnerships.”

FWISD STAKEHOLDERS’ SURVEY UNDERWAY!

There's still time to complete the 2020-2021 Annual Stakeholders’ Surveys.

This year there are two surveys for different stakeholder groups.

The first survey is for all Students (3rd grade to 12th grade) and all Teachers. They are taking the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) survey from Panorama.

Students can access their survey through the Panorama icon in Classlink using their Student ID.

Teachers have already received an email in the fwisd.org account with their unique survey link. If you have not received that link be sure to check clutter or junk mail for “Panorama Education Team support+fwisd@panoramaed.com. "

The second survey is for principals, assistant principals, non-instructional school staff, district staff, and parents who are taking the historic FWISD Stakeholders’ Climate Survey.

FWISD Stakeholders’ Climate Survey for Principals, Assistant Principals, Non-instructional school staff, District staff, and parents can access the 2021-2020 FWISD Stakeholders’ Climate Survey here.

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

Each school has the autonomy to administer the survey to students according to its own schedule anytime during the survey administration time period. The survey format will automatically adjust to most electronic devices (computers, iPads, and cell phones).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

All responses are anonymous. FWISD students and employees will be asked to enter their student or employee ID to authenticate their association with the District however, names and other individual identifiers will not be included in the data set.

In addition, FWISD employees (including all teachers) who have students attending our schools can take the FWISD Climate survey as a parent without using the authenticator.

Thank you for your cooperation and participation in administrating the 2020-2021 stakeholders’ surveys. If you have any questions, please contact the Grants Compliance and Monitoring department at 817-814-1850 or via email at Askeval@fwisd.org.

Fort Worth ISD, General Motors and KABOOM! Work to End Playspace Inequity with a New Playground in Fort Worth

The new playspace brings joy to hundreds of students after months of playground closures

Students at Fort Worth ISD’s A.M. Pate Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas, are starting the new year with a great new place to play. For months, representatives from Fort Worth ISD, A.M. Pate Elementary, the Pate Foundation, General Motors and KABOOM!, the nonprofit organization focused on ending playspace inequity, have worked together to increase access to playspaces for local children with the creation of a new, child-designed playground that was installed over the winter break. The playground, which replaces the previous one that was more than 20 years old, will give students an incredible place to play close to where they live and learn, an opportunity that is often hard to achieve. A.M. Pate Elementary officially opened the playground Thursday, January 7, 2021.

“Because of the pandemic, 2020 [was] especially hard for A.M. Pate students, who spent a majority of the year distanced from friends and attending classes virtually. It’s been tough meeting students’ emotional needs and giving them comfort and reassurance during this time”, said A.M. Pate Principal Rochelle Horton. “The new playspace gives students a safe and fun place to be children, and it’s a bright spot to [start] the year.”

“I want the children to have fun at school so that when they look back on their elementary school years, they have fond memories.” Ms. Horton said.

Students from the community contributed ideas about their dream playground. Inspired by their drawings and input from A.M. Pate parents and staff, the new playground will provide hundreds of children and their families in Fort Worth with an incredible playspace that can spark hope and enable children to reach their full potential.

The Pate Foundation, founded by the family of businessman, Adlai McMilan Pate Sr., and the school’s namesake, assisted A.M. Pate Elementary in securing its portion for the installment of the new playground. For several years, the Foundation has supported the school as needs arise.

KABOOM! knows that playspaces are essential to resilience, health and childhood, and the communities that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 – communities facing challenges already, and communities of color – are the same communities that often lack access to parks and playspaces due to historic disinvestment. The partners have teamed up to help end playspace inequity, creating a new place for students to play that reflects the neighborhood’s unique needs and aspirations and gives every child the opportunity to experience the joys of childhood.

“We know disasters and crises often exacerbate the inequities that communities are already experiencing, and in many communities, kids won’t have a playground to go back to once the COVID-19 crisis is over,” says James Siegal, CEO of KABOOM! “We must stop the playspace inequities from becoming even deeper after we get through this pandemic, giving every kid the chance to play and just enjoy being a kid.”

Now in the fourth year of partnership, General Motors has supported playspace projects in Detroit, Flint, Chicago, Phoenix, Atlanta, Austin, St. Louis and now Ft. Worth. GM’s social impact strategy accelerates efforts by placing a focus on philanthropic investments that create smart, safe and sustainable communities around the world.

“Each year, we hear directly from our neighbors about the challenges their communities are facing and the ideas they have to drive change,” said Bill Kulhanek, Plant Executive Director, Arlington Assembly. “That’s why GM and Arlington Assembly are proud to partner with KABOOM! and the Fort Worth ISD to bring positive and visible change to the community through the addition of this playground.”

To ensure that playgrounds are able to open safely in every community, KABOOM! has issued important playground guidance that all communities, playground owner/operators and caregivers can follow. The guidance can be viewed or downloaded at kaboom.org/reopen.

About Fort Worth ISD’s A.M. Pate Elementary School

A.M. Pate Elementary School, part of the Fort Worth Independent School District, educates nearly 400 students in grades pre-kindergarten to fifth in southeast Fort Worth. More than two-thirds of the school’s population is made up of English Language Learners – students who are African refugees, asylees or native-born citizens whose first language is not English. The school offers a Dual Language Enrichment Program for ELL students and those who want to learn English. The school originally opened its doors in 1959. The Fort Worth ISD educates more than 84,000 students in grades Pre-K-12. The District’s motto is “Preparing ALL students for success in college, career and community leadership.”

About General Motors

General Motors (NYSE:GM) is a global company committed to delivering safer, better and more sustainable ways for people to get around. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Baojun and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

About KABOOM!

KABOOM! is the national non-profit that works to achieve playspace equity. Kids who don’t have access to play miss out on childhood and are denied critical opportunities to build physical, social and emotional health. And all too often, it more deeply affects communities of color. So we amplify the power of communities to build inspiring playspaces that spark unlimited opportunities for every kid, everywhere. KABOOM! has teamed up with partners to build or improve 17,000+ playspaces, engage more than 1.5 million community members and bring joy to more than 11 million kids.

To learn about our goal to end playspace inequity for good, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom.

Mobile STEM Lab Offers FWISD Students Career Opportunity, Entrepreneurship Lessons

Students at Fort Worth ISD’s Como Montessori School were recently among the first testing out one of the District’s new STEM trailers.

Just before the 2020 winter break, the mobile learning lab set up shop in the school’s GO Center. Approximately 100 students in grades 5-8 were offered opportunities to participate in hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activity modules including Building Materials, Alternative Energy, Robotics, and 3-D Electronics (ZSpace).

Additionally, students in Como Montessori’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) program participated in a session about STEM and entrepreneurship. Rickie Clark, executive director of FWISD’s MBK program, said that students were amazed by the STEM trailer and that its components encouraged students to consider the careers they might have someday. By having the ability to touch, see and feel devices in the mobile lab, students recognize “they can do it.”

“They have opportunities to do things beyond our wildest dreams,” Mr. Clark said.

FWISD has two 32-foot District STEM trailers that are funded by Lockheed Martin and a grant awarded earlier this year from Facebook. The mobile learning labs offer FWISD elementary and middle school students an interactive introduction to STEM-related fields. Through ZSpace, an augmented and virtual reality technology, students learn STEM subjects using immersive images that they can move and manipulate.

“One of the things that we try to do is provide our young people an opportunity so that they can build their leadership skills,” said Sherry Breed, FWISD Equity and Excellence Department chief. “This is the wave, in my opinion in my perspective, of the future.”

View more from the STEM mobile learning lab’s recent visit to Como Montessori below.

FWISD Announces Recent Retirees

The following are Fort Worth ISD employees that have recently retired, according to Human Capital Management:

1. Bill Jarvis, appliance repair journeyman- 20 years

2. Arthur Henry, assistant foreman- 23 years

3. Judy Jech, nutrition services manager, Western Hills Primary- 34 years

4. Maria Sifuentes, nutrition services worker, Bruce Shulkey Elementary- 21 years

5. Rodney Stowers, fifth grade teacher, David K.Sellars Elementary- 3 years

Food Available at Multiple Sites Through January 2021

Multiple organizations across Fort Worth are offering food to help families through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with multiple organizations to share information and organize food distribution events for families.

Curbside Meals To Go breakfast and lunch service is available at 28 designated FWISD locations for FWISD virtual learners. Twice weekly on Monday and Thursday mornings, FWISD students participating in virtual learning may pick up a combination of breakfast and lunch meals at any of the 28 designated meal pickup sites. For more information, contact the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3500.

Beginning February 8, 2021 free Meals To Go Service will be available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Friday meal distribution provides students with meals for the weekend.

The Fort Worth ISD has compiled a list of locations to find free and nutritious food here.

Food is available at these locations throughout January 2021:

Food Distribution

1. Monday and Wednesday, Times vary

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Grab and Go Meals

Multiple Locations

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is serving free meals to youth 18 and under at multiple branch locations. Learn more here. Contact communications@ymcafw.org for additional details.

2. Monday through Friday

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County

Curbside individually packaged meals and snacks are available for free to children ages 18 and younger while supplies last at Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County branch locations. Weekly at home learn resources will also be distributed with each meal. Other meal distribution options are also available.

Click here or contact LaToyia Greyer at LGreyer@bgcgtc.org or call 817-442-7275 extension 258 for more information.

3. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon

LVTRISE

8201 Calmont Ave.

Every Tuesday and Thursday LVTRise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living in the Las Vegas Trail area, distributes nonperishable food items to the community. For additional details, email Amortimer@lvtrise.org.

4. Friday, January 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries. For additional information, visit https://tafb.org/megamobilemarkets/

5. Wednesday, January 13, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

Free, drive-thru food distribution open to everyone

For additional information, call 817-473-1236

6. Friday, January 15, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries. For additional information, visit https://tafb.org/megamobilemarkets/

7. Wednesday, January 20, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

Free, drive-thru food distribution open to everyone

For additional information, call 817-473-1236

8. Friday, January 22, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries. For additional information, visit https://tafb.org/megamobilemarkets/

9. Wednesday, January 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

Free, drive-thru food distribution open to everyone

For additional information, call 817-473-1236

10. Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m

St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church

4301 Meadowbrook Drive

St. Luke’s in the Meadow will host a Mobile Food Pantry. For additional details, call 817-534-4925.

11. Friday, January 29, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries. For additional information, visit https://tafb.org/megamobilemarkets/

For the complete Tarrant Area Mobile Food Pantry Schedule, visit https://www.tafb.org/wp-content/uploads/mobile/mobile-pantry-schedule.pdf. Need food delivered? Call 817-534-0814 to speak with a live representative about how to access nutritious food.

Other food resources are also available:

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University Christian Church Gives the Gift of Love and Hope

The “Grinch” did not stand a chance this Christmas against the dedicated staff at Fort Worth ISD’s Morningside Elementary and the generosity of the University Christian Church. Proving that Christmas means more than ribbons, packages and bags, the gift of love and hope was brought to students recently along with some much-needed coats.

Just prior to the winter break, 15 warm winter coats were distributed to students by the Rev. Jessica Vacketta, Minister of Connections for University Christian Church and Kimberlin Willis, a social worker at Morningside Elementary. The COVID-19 pandemic placed great financial pressures on many families including some within the Fort Worth ISD. These generous gifts not only helped families in need but offered the gift of love and hope this holiday season.

University Christian Church has an extensive community outreach program with many programs that benefit FWISD students and families throughout the year. For additional details, visit https://www.universitychristian.org/ministries/outreach/

Kick off 2021 with the Fort Worth Public Library’s Winter Challenge

Editor’s Note: The following content is from the Fort Worth Public Library.

Need to shake off the winter blues? The Fort Worth Public Library has just the cure – a Winter Challenge to start off fresh in 2021, get on track and have some fun.

The Winter Challenge is geared for readers of all ages – adults and children. Participants can track their activities using Beanstack to earn virtual badges. Beanstack is free to use on a computer or to download onto an Android or Apple mobile device.

Challenges for adults include using resources to help make and keep New Year’s resolutions, activities to boost the brain and memory, ways to start a new hobby or enhance a current one and many others.

Children’s activities include earning badges as a Time Traveler by researching a musician or fashion from a past decade or finding a historic event that occurred on their birthday; as a Secret Agent by creating a coded message or perfecting their “sneaking skills.” Those are just two challenges among many available for age groups including preschool, school-age and teens.

The goal is not only to learn, dream about and do new things, but also to help new Beanstack users become familiar with the app. As it did in 2020, participants in the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge will use the service to track progress, earn badges and work toward cool prizes in 2021.

Learn more about the library’s Top Reads of 2020 here.

Get Fit With the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge

Fort Worth by FitWorth is encouraging residents to participate in the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge.

The eight-week challenge, which got underway Monday “unites and mobilizes schools, businesses, organizations, community members and mayors toward the common goal of transforming a community’s health,” according to a recent City of Fort Worth statement.

The challenge runs through February 28. Learn more here.

City, County Announces COVID-19 Testing Sites Through Friday

The City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County has expanded its free community COVID-19 testing sites. Locations for testing include two Fort Worth ISD sites. The following are upcoming events where COVID-19 tests are available.

COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Opens For Eligible Tarrant County Residents

The Tarrant County Public Health Department has created an online portal for eligible residents to register for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Click here for more details.

Long-Time Dunbar HS Assistant Basketball Coach Dies At Age 86

The Fort Worth ISD is saddened by the recent death of long-time Dunbar High School assistant basketball coach Leondas Rambo.

Mr. Rambo died December 15. He was 86.

"He was well-respected and liked. I always enjoyed my conversations with him because I knew he was sharing wisdom that could only be gained by a life experiences," said FWISD Athletic Director Dr. Lisa Langston. "When I think of Coach Rambo, I can only smile."

Read more about Mr. Rambo's life and legacy in this recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram article.

The Fort Worth ISD extends its deepest sympathy to Mr. Rambo's family and all who were impacted by his life.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

5 Tips to Maximize your Paycheck this Year

FinPath, our financial wellness program provider is hosting a brand new series of Spring Financial Workshops. Sign up and join us at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 12 for "5 Tips to Maximize your Paycheck this Year." Attend LIVE for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

If you can’t attend, don’t worry, register anyway and you will be emailed a recording of the workshop.

If you would like to register for the event, click HERE

Register for your FREE FinPath account at FinPathWellness.com.

No-cost COVID-19 Testing

Wear A Mask

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. Free COVID-19 testing is also available for select FWISD employees by visiting www.virtualcarefamilies.com/fwisd-abbott.

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.

FWISD is partnering with Virtual Care for Families to offer select employees with free Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 testing. All eligible employees must preregister to receive the test.

The following employees/departments are eligible for testing:

  • Teachers
  • Transportation
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Custodians
  • Child Nutrition Services
  • Special Education personnel

District employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are advised not to arrive at a designated FWISD testing location and to contact their doctor or visit www.virtualcarefamilies.com to be connected with a provider.

Employees are encouraged to follow the instructions below to register for the free COVID-19 testing.

Employee Assistance Program Resources for FWISD Employees

Follow COVID-19 updates from the City of Fort Worth at fortworthtexas.gov/COVID-19/

Winter Trainings For Teachers, Continue through January 31

SafeSchools Title IX Course Deadline, January 8

Employee 5 p.m. deadline for updating personal information for direct deposit and in the Employee Self Service system, January 8

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service volunteer sign-ups begin, January 11

First day to file for school board elections, January 13

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday/ Day of Service activities, January 18

Registration for February 19 Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Ends, January 19

Equity and Excellence Self-Care Café kickoff, January 20

Fort Worth Technology Conference, January 23

Board of Education Meeting, January 26

End of Fall Semester, January 29

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