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Inside FWISD May 28, 2020

In this edition:

Fort Worth Salutes The #FWISDCLASSOF2020 Tonight: Today 8:20 p.m. –20:20 –is the Hour to Celebrate! | Fort Worth ISD Board Approves Sale of Additional Inefficient and Underused Properties | FWISD Ends 2019- 2020 Academic Year Today: Four-Day Summer Workweek Begins June 1 | Benefits Open Enrollment Begins July 21 | FWISD To Host JROTC/JCC Pass-In-Review Friday | FWISD Accepts Summer School Teacher Applications | FWISD Teachers to Join Metropolitan Opera’s Premier Global Opera Summer Camp | ConnectEd Teacher Conference Goes Online: Teachers Earn FLEX Hours For Participating | FWISD Announces 2020-2021 Safe Schools Training Requirements For Employees | Fort Worth ISD Continues Meals-To-Go Through July With Free Summer Food Program: District Extends Free Meals Program | Food Distribution To Families At Four Mobile Pantry Sites This Saturday | Free Books Available For Elementary-Aged Students At Meals To Go Sites June 11 |Fort Worth ISD Board Appoints New District Advisory Committee MembersInside FWISD Briefs | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Fort Worth Salutes the #FWISDClassof2020 Tonight

Today 8:20 p.m. –20:20 –is the Hour to Celebrate!

Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and Mayor Betsy Price will lead the cheers on tonight in a citywide salute to the Fort Worth ISD Class of 2020.

The District is asking everyone to stand on their front lawns, porches, or patios and let out a big cheer to show their appreciation for the significant milestone the graduating seniors have achieved. At exactly the same time, the Superintendent and Mayor will celebrate, socially-distanced, on the campus of the Mayor’s alma mater, Arlington Heights High School.

Pictured are class photos of AHHS alumna Betsy Price and Superintendent Scribner and billboards put up around the city celebrating the Class of 2020. 

While the entire day is devoted to celebrating the 4,928 graduates, Fort Worth ISD requests that everyone stop what they are doing at 8:20 p.m. for a literal “shout out.” That hour and minute were chosen because, in military time, it is 20:20. It’s also 10 minutes before sunset on that day!

Dr. Scribner and Mayor Price will at that hour join three cheerleaders and three drummers – all seniors in their caps and gowns – as they make a little noise for the graduating class. This is not a public event and everyone will follow CDC guidelines in maintaining appropriate distance and taking precautions.

The District is also asking everyone to share their celebratory comments and photos on social media – starting immediately – using the hashtag #FWISDClassof2020. Whether it’s a photo of your graduating student or praise for a group or an individual school, let’s spread the love – and the likes! – on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Everyone is encouraged to post multiple times and inspire the rest of our community to do the same.

Dr. Scribner visited Dunbar and North Side high schools earlier today ahead of tonight's Senior Salute.

The 7th Street Bridge, the Pier 1 building, and other landmarks will light up in the District colors of “New Day Blue” and “Gold Seal Gold” to celebrate the accomplishments of all graduating Fort Worth ISD students.

Additionally, billboards are going up all around town in celebration of these students who –because of Coronavirus -- have had to forgo many of the exciting events associated with their senior year. “Accomplished, determined, resilient” are the words being used to praise this special group of graduates.

But the public is encouraged to make their own signs and banners and display them proudly in their neighborhoods!

Fort Worth ISD Board Approves Sale of Additional Inefficient and Underused Properties

At the regularly scheduled Fort Worth ISD Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, trustees approved the next step in the sale of surplus properties identified after a year-and-a-half-long strategic study of inefficient and underused District facilities.

The eight properties approved for sale by the Board have contract prices totaling $21,736,650 and include:

  • The Central Administration Building, 100 North University ($5,212,854)
  • Metro Opportunity School, 2702 Cullen ($3,571,527)
  • Former Adult Education Center and Original Young Women’s Leadership Academy, 1066 West Magnolia ($2,736,650)

“We are moving forward with the precise plan the Board approved for the sale of outdated, inefficient facilities that no longer serve the needs of our children or educators,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “The sale of these properties have the potential for returning millions of dollars to the tax rolls in Fort Worth and Tarrant County helping to support a brighter future for public education in Fort Worth.”

“It is encouraging to see our District Long Range Facilities Master Plan move forward with such efficiency,” said Board President Jacinto Ramos Jr. “The sale of these properties will support student outcomes through improved and equitable learning environments.”

The 1066 Magnolia property is under contract with Urban Genesis, LLC while the remaining properties are all individual contracts with Keystone Investment Opportunities, LLC.

The sale of the existing FWISD Central Administration Building comes with contractual flexibility on the timing of vacating the building. District leadership will take some time to evaluate options that provide more efficient and safe use of space for the District.

Other properties included in the sales are the Capital Improvement Program facility, maintenance buildings, various office facilities and accompanying parking areas.

At an earlier meeting the Board approved the sale of four properties for a total contract price of $11,514,180.

The Fort Worth ISD leadership has completed a detailed evaluation of the District’s administrative buildings and other, non-instructional properties. The evaluation comes as FWISD continues building a smarter and more efficient District to better serve our students, faculty, staff, and the taxpayers.

The Fort Worth office of JLL, a globally acclaimed real estate services company, has worked with the District over the past 18 months to prepare a strategic real estate plan to identify and monetize these under-utilized District properties.

Details regarding the sale of additional properties are still being considered.

FWISD Ends 2019- 2020 Academic Year Today

Four-Day Summer Workweek Begins June 1

Fort Worth ISD’s 2019-2020 academic year officially ends for students today. A teacher preparation day is slated for Friday, May 29 and the year ends for them at the end of the workday.

From June 1 through July 31, 2020, the District will operate on a four-day summer workweek schedule with no business being conducted on Fridays. The normal work schedule resumes Monday, August 3, 2020, and employees will return to their normal work schedule per Board approved calendars.

FWISD administrative business hours during the summer are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. District offices are closed Thursday, July 2 and Friday, July 3 to observe Independence Day.

“Based on the ongoing guidance from Governor Abbott, as we continue to navigate through this unprecedented time, if the four day workweek schedule needs to be adjusted we will notify employees in an effort to allow them time to make any necessary arrangements,” a District message to employees working throughout the summer notes.

Summer work hours are from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch daily for employees. The workday extends 30 minutes for employees wanting an hour for lunch.

Pay dates this summer will remain as published on the 2019-2020 employee calendar for 240 and 245-day employees. Absences (half or whole days) in summer are multiplied by 1.25 and charged against employee absence balance. View the memorandum below for additional details.

For additional absence or pay date questions, contact the Payroll Department at 817-814-2180. Employees are encouraged to contact their supervisor if they have additional questions about the four-day workweek implementation.

Benefits Open Enrollment Begins July 21

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content regarding open enrollment for employees is from the FWISD Benefits Department.

To all Fort Worth ISD Employees:

It’s time for our 2020-2021 Benefits Annual Open Enrollment.

The 2020-2021 Annual Open Enrollment will begin on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 and will end Friday, August 21, 2020.

All changes made during the Annual Open Enrollment period will be effective September 1, 2020.

2020-2021 Annual Open Enrollment information will be available online at www.mybenefitshub.com/fortworthisd on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

We encourage you to consider any changes in your life that may affect your insurance and benefits needs, and make the best possible enrollment choices for you and your eligible family members for the 2020-2021 plan year.

If you have questions about this communication, please email benefits@fwisd.org or call 817-814-2240.

FWISD To Host JROTC/JCC Pass-In-Review Friday

The Fort Worth ISD will host its annual JROTC/JCC Pass-In-Review ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 29.

The annual event, generally held at Farrington Field, will be hosted virtually this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The capstone ceremony is a culmination of the hard work and accomplishments made by JROTC/JCC cadets throughout the school year and it acknowledges students’ leadership development. Cadets will be awarded for student achievement by the JROTC and patriotic organizations. Active service members will also be recognized during this year’s ceremony.

Slated to make remarks during this year’s JROTC/JCC Pass-In-Review are:

  • JROTC Corps Leadership Remarks
  • Cadet Corps Commander
  • Cadet Deputy Corps Commander
  • Cadet Corps Command Sergeant Major

The ceremony promotes citizenship, patriotism, and community service and highlights this country’s heritage and values.

This year, the JROTC program includes more than 300 graduating seniors, including a student who earned an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, said retired LTC Richard Crossley, the program’s director.

“This year’s awardees have over $12.8 million in scholarship dollars,” he said. “I’m just proud of what they’ve done this year. Our young leaders, that’s what I’m proud of -- leaders in our schools and in their community.”

The 2020 virtual JROTC/JCC Pass-In-Review will be recorded and posted online for general viewing at a later date, according to JROTC officials. District staffers interested in viewing the ceremony live are encouraged to contact 1SGT Terrence Campbell at Terrence.campbell@fwisd.org.

The District’s JROTC program, founded in 1915 with 100 students, is one of the country’s oldest and is FWISD’s premiere citizenship program.

FWISD ACCEPTS SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHER APPLICATIONS

Help Fort Worth ISD students further their education this summer while Learning at Home and earn some extra money in the process.

The District is currently accepting teacher applications for the next phase of the Learning at Home curriculum – June summer school programs.

"FWISD is excited to be able to provide robust and diverse summer programming to support all of our students throughout the summer," said Dr. Marcey Sorensen, FWISD Teaching and Learning assistant superintendent. "We want to make sure all of our students have the opportunity to be engaged in summer learning so we are prepared for next year!"

Teachers interested in applying are encouraged to complete the FWISD Summer School Jobs Form at https://bit.ly/FWISDsummerschool2020. Interested candidates must be logged into their FWISD Google account through MyFWISD to respond.

An overview of programs offered this summer, beginning June 3, are available online:

Have a question about the summer school programs? Contact your campus principal or a District lead for the program:

Elementary Summer Programs

Hilda Caballero – hilda.caballero@fwisd.org

Middle School Summer Programs

Joseph Niedziela – joseph.niedziela@fwisd.org

High School Summer Programs

Shannon Hernandez – shannon.hernandez@fwisd.org

For questions about the FWISD Summer School Jobs Form, contact Mr. Niedziela at joseph.niedziela@fwisd.org.

“June Summer Programs will be a model of continuous growth. A collective effort focused on educating students and supporting families in these extraordinary times,” Mr. Niedziela said. “Thank you in advance to those employees who will continue serving on the front lines this summer.”

FWISD Teachers to Join Metropolitan Opera’s Premier Global Opera Summer Camp

Two Fort Worth ISD educators are among eight U.S. teachers presenting content this summer for the Metropolitan Opera’s premier Global Opera Summer Camp.

The teachers -- Benbrook Middle-High School Head Choir Director Emily Sáenz and Timothy Brendler, I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA visual and performing arts department head, music theory and piano instructor – are among master class instructors who will lead students globally through an eight-week program focused on interactive opera activities and online streams.

This spring semester, the two also participated in the Metropolitan Opera’s educator showcase events. Weekly, the program included online opera streams and activities for students, teacher resources for engaging students in the genre, and artist chats with opera stars who appeared in the week’s featured production.

In 2016, the Fort Worth ISD piloted an opera immersion curriculum with the New York-based company. The District was accepted into the opera company’s education program the following year.

Dinah Menger, FWISD director of choral and elementary music, said the program has not only fostered a love for the operatic genre among students, but it’s “enriched their overall music experience to include a time-tested art form that they can enjoy for a lifetime.”

“Led by two of our most creative and innovative FWISD educators, Dr. Emily Saenz and Mr. Tim Brendler, the Fort Worth ISD student chapter is the largest in the nation,” she said.

Operatic instruction includes “music, art, theatre, social/emotional learning, reading, writing, critical thinking and listening, story telling, classical literature, history, and even career opportunities,” Ms. Menger said.

This spring, the Metropolitan Opera launched Free Student Streams to “support teachers, students, and families working and learning remotely,” during this pandemic with operatic instruction according to its website. Weekly, Free Student Streams hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live focus on a deeper understanding of the genre and opera viewings.

Ms. Sáenz and Mr. Brendler have led several 45-minute Free Student Streams Educator Showcase lessons this spring. Two lessons on The Merry Widow and one on La Fille du Regiment were among the showcases presented by Ms. Sáenz. Mr. Brendler presented two fairytale operas: Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon, a classic retelling of Cinderella story, and Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. The lessons, focused on the weekly featured opera, allow the teachers to share their opinions and offer techniques for helping students engage with the genre. They also shared the work of their own students.

“I find it really meaningful to know that teachers from around the world are taking some of the activities we practice in our classroom and sharing them in their own schools,” Ms. Sáenz said.

Opera, Mr. Brendler said, exposes students to all aspects of life –loss, temptations, losing control, love, the rewards of hard work, life’s messy moments.

“What I love most about opera is that it affords our students an opportunity to experience and discuss matters that affect them everyday, particularly during their adolescent years, and reminds them—‘you are not alone,’” he said. “I firmly believe that opera is for everyone, and the lessons and activities that we offer for teachers, parents, and students to engage in help break down barriers and make opera accessible to all.

“On a global front, this pandemic has actually opened our eyes to opportunities for cross-cultural and cross-continental conversations amongst students that we never would have imagined. I am most excited for our students here in Fort Worth to engage with students around the world through their shared love of opera. We’re only scratching the service, and it’s really exciting to be a part of it and think of what this may morph into in future Live in HD school years.”

Ms. Sáenz and Mr. Brendler both joined the District in 2016.

Prior to becoming a full-time choral teacher, Ms. Sáenz spent several years as an opera singer. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on Opera Outreach Education and its effects on secondary students.

Mr. Brendler, in addition to co-coordinating the District’s Metropolitan Opera Educational Program with Ms. Sáenz, is the Fort Worth Children’s Honor Choir artistic director

CONNECTED TEACHER CONFERENCE GOES ONLINE

Teachers Earn FLEX Hours For Participating

ConnectED, Fort Worth ISD’s first virtual teacher conference, will offer teachers a variety of opportunities to earn FLEX hours this summer.

The online professional learning, which starts June 8 and continues through August 7, offers teachers up to 30 in-district FLEX hours. A glimpse at the session offerings goes live Monday, May 25. Additional sessions will be added throughout summer.

“We are excited to bring you the first virtual teacher conference in Fort Worth ISD. This is a cross-curricular event,” said Sharolyn Chitwood, FWISD Professional Learning and Innovation coordinator. “Different sessions will be offered weekly, and sessions will be added throughout the event. Most of the sessions will repeat, so if you miss one you wanted, you will have another opportunity to participate.

“We hope you take advantage of this exciting opportunity to collaborate you’re your colleagues and to get "connectED!"

Most sessions are flexible and self-paced with specific start and end dates or set ranges of time to complete, Ms. Chitwood said. Repeat sessions offer teachers additional opportunities to participate.

All “core content” sessions are created in-district. Other sessions include in-district and a few out-of-district pre-approved offerings, Ms. Chitwood said.

“We have several exciting courses from our Equity division, including ‘Intro to Courageous Conversations about Race’ and ‘The Anti-Racist Classroom,’” Ms. Chitwood said. “We also have social-emotional sessions, such as ‘I Hope You Step on a LEGO.’ There will also be content-specific courses for teachers.”

Pre-registration is not required to participate. However, some sessions with live components, such as a video call, may require registration. Details on how to register for those sessions will be provided in the course description.

For more details, visit www.fwisd.org/connected or email pli@fwisd.org.

FWISD ANNOUNCES 2020-2021 SAFE SCHOOLS TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYEES

All Fort Worth ISD employees are required to complete several Safe Schools online courses for the 2020-2021 school year between June 1 and June 14, 2020.

Among the required Safe Schools courses employees must complete next month are:

  • Coronavirus Awareness (Deadline to complete is June 1)
  • Coronavirus: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Workplace (Deadline to complete is June 1)
  • Texas Cybersecurity Awareness for Employees Program (Deadline to complete is June 14)

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.

Fort Worth ISD Continues Meals-To-Go Through July with Free Summer Food Program

District Extends Free Meals Program

Fort Worth ISD’s current Meals-To-Go program will continue offering free breakfasts and lunches to children 18 years of age and younger after the official school year ends.

FWISD’s Summer Food Program, which begins June 1 and runs through at least July 30, 2020, will continue to offer free meals to all children up to age 18.

Each Monday and Thursday, between 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., meals can be picked up at the same schools currently offering the Meals-To-Go. The schools are listed below.

No. 005 Dunbar High School

No. 048 William James Middle School

No. 051 Meacham Middle School

No. 063 Como Montessori

No. 105 West Handley Elementary School

No. 107 Burton Hill Elementary School

No. 114 Manuel Jara Elementary School

No. 121 DeZavala Elementary School

No. 130 Harlean Beal Elementary School

No. 137 Hubbard Heights Elementary School

No. 147 Morningside Elementary School

No. 157 Luella Merrett Elementary School

No. 168 Springdale Elementary School

No. 180 Western Hills Elementary School

No. 188 Atwood McDonald Elementary School

No. 216 Woodway Elementary School

No. 222 Clifford Davis Elementary School

No. 227 Dolores Huerta Elementary School

Adults may pick up meals for students if they can show documents verifying students are in the household.

For more information please visit www.summerfood.org or call the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3540 or 817-814-3500.

Food Distribution to Families at Four Mobile Pantry Sites this Saturday

The Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) continues its work with local partner organizations and Fort Worth ISD and will provide boxes of food to families this Saturday, May 30, at four mobile pantry sites.

Two sites (Leadership Academy at Maude Logan Elementary and Leadership Academy at Mitchell Blvd. Elementary) will distribute food from 9 – 11 a.m. and two sites (Meadowbrook Elementary and Carroll Peak Elementary) will distribute food from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

TAFB and its partner agencies will distribute 25-pound boxes of non-perishable food to families at the following mobile pantry sites:

  • Leadership Academy at Maude Logan Elementary, 2300 Dillard Fort Worth, 76105, from 9 – 11 a.m., Saturday, May 30.
  • Meadowbrook Elementary, 4330 Meadowbrook Dr. Fort Worth, 76103 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, May 30.
  • Leadership Academy at Mitchell Blvd. Elementary, 3601 Mitchell Fort Worth, 76105 from 9 - 11 a.m., Saturday, May 30.
  • Carroll Peak Elementary, 1201 E. Jefferson Fort Worth, 76104 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, May 30.

Volunteers are with TAFB partner agencies and will take all necessary safety precautions and employ social distancing during food distribution. Food boxes will be provided to families on a first come, first served basis.

Free Books Available For Elementary-Aged Students At Meals To Go Sites June 11

Volunteers from Broadway Baptist Church will start distributing new books to Fort Worth ISD elementary-aged students at “Meals to Go” pickup sites on Thursday, June 11.

The books, donated by children’s literacy nonprofit Reading Partners, are available in English and Spanish for student use at home. Each book will include a reading comprehension card for parents to use as they help guide their child’s reading.

“During this challenging time, Reading Partners is pleased to continue to work with Fort Worth ISD on virtual services and to provide resources including new books to students and their families to support learning in homes,” said Lisa Bracken, Reading Partners North Texas executive director. “As we all continue to find ways to educate students, we have found that books in homes are critical to continue to support reading achievement.

Approximately 1,300 books were recently delivered to Broadway Baptist where volunteers organized them and prepared them for distribution. The books are available for students while supplies last.

Titles being distributed to students include:

  • Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!/¡Insectos! ¡Insectos! by Bob Barner
  • Enemy Pie/Pastel para enemigos by Derek Munson
  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea/ Narval. Unicornio marino by Ben Clayton
  • Cats vs Dogs/Los gatos vs los perrosby Elizabeth Carney
  • Julián Rodríguez: Trash Crisis on Earth/ Julián Rodríguez: Crisis de basura en la tierra by Alexander Stadler

Meals To Go locations are open from noon to 1:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at 18 schools across the District through June. For a complete list of Meals To Go locations, visit www.fwisd.org/mealstogo.

The book distribution coincides with Fort Worth ISD’s initiative –100 X 25 FWTX – which sets a goal of 100% of third graders reading at or above grade level by the year 2025. Superintendent Kent P. Scribner is partnering with Mayor Betsy Price and city business officials to lead the community-wide Read Fort Worth initiative. This collective impact strategy engages parents, grandparents, and caregivers as well as volunteers from the city’s business sector, higher education, non-profit organizations, and the faith-based community.

Fort Worth ISD Board Appoints New District Advisory Committee Members

The Fort Worth ISD appointed nine new members to the District Advisory Committee (DAC) during the Board of Education meeting on May 26.

The DAC is a 24-member group of interested individuals who meet four to six times a year to advise the Superintendent and the School Board on educational plans, goals, performance objectives, and major classroom instructional programs.

New DAC members are:

Place 13, Elementary School Parent, Makenzie Carpenter

Place 13, Elementary School Parent, Roxanne Martinez

Place 14, Middle School Parent, Dr. Hana Dobrovolny

Place 15, High School Parent, Bret Helmer

Place 15, High School Parent, Joy Schwartz

Place 16, Special Education Parent, Jason Amon

Place 17, Program of Choice/School of Choice parent, Chandra Riccetti

Place 17, Program of Choice/School of Choice parent, Jennifer Ledbetter

Place 18, Community Representative, Alexandra Thurston

Place 19, Community Representative, Steven Poole

Place 20, Business Representative, Steve Gay

Place 21, Business Representative, Estrus Tucker

Established by law, the DAC encompasses representatives from the professional staff of the District, parents of students enrolled in the District, and business and community members. The Superintendent consults with the committee regarding matters pertaining to curriculum, new programs and initiatives, and progress towards achieving educational goals. Terms of service on the committee are two years.

Twelve members of the committee are elected by FWISD professional staff. Eight are classroom teachers, one position is an at-large non-teaching position, and three positions are reserved for campus-based administrators.

Eleven remaining positions are appointed by the Board of Education: five parents of FWISD students, three community representatives, and three business representatives. Individuals appointed by the Board must represent the diversity of the community, and additional persons may be appointed by the Board to ensure adequate diversity.

The committee is strictly advisory in nature. Each year the committee evaluates the academic progress in the district and assists staff in making appropriate changes in the District Educational Improvement Plan. Other matters that come before the committee include the District’s budget, calendar, plans for professional development, and new educational programs and initiatives. Meetings are open to the public, but only committee members may vote and/or participate in discussions.

Returning DAC members are:

Place 1, Elementary School Teacher, Rachel Madison

Place 2, Elementary School Teacher, Heather Walker

Place 3, Elementary School Teacher, Pamela Smith

Place 4, Elementary School Teacher, Kalicia Williams

Place 5, Middle School Teacher, Susan Walker

Place 6, Middle School Teacher, William Landy

Place 7, High School Teacher, Janice Thomas

Place 8, High School Teacher, Steven Hogan

Place 9, At-Large, Non-Teaching Position, Susan Robinson

Place 10, Elementary School Administrator, Roberto Baeta

Place 11, Middle School Administrator, Ronnita Carridine

Place 12, High School Administrator, Brian Renteria

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 on Saturday, May 30. Read more about the distribution here.

FWISD Accepts Two-Way Dual Language Applications for 2020-21School Year

Apply today for Fort Worth ISD’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten Two-Way Dual Language programs for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Applications are being accepted through June 12 for PK-K English proficient students who want to become bilingual and biliterate. Notifications for students accepted into the program go out the week of June 22. Students for the program will be selected randomly. Read more here.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos/videos from across the Fort Worth ISD of events and ways schools are connecting with families and the community during the District closure.

Grand Send Off: Multiple Fort Worth ISD schools ended the year with socially distanced in-person graduation and virtual award celebrations. Students from O.D. Wyatt High were recognized with gift cards while at work.

Showing Love: Dolores Huerta Elementary School's annual Discover College Life Project field trip to the University of North Texas was canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that didn't stop UNT students from motivating Huerta Elementary students and their families with a virtual message of comfort and encouragement. Learn more about the Discover College Life Project here. View the video here.

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.

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

LinkedIn Learning Resources

In light of the current public health crisis, so many have made the shift from company office to home office for the first time. Balancing meetings and emails while still making time for necessary breaks and taking care of your family can be challenging. Check out these quick tips from LinkedIn Learning to help make this adjustment a little easier to navigate:

Create a productive workspace (5 mins)

Keep work hours in balance (6 mins)

Plan meaningful breaks (5 mins)

Communication tools (3 mins)

Use virtual meetings productively (5 mins)

Building boundaries with loved ones (4 mins)

Manage interruptions and emergencies (5 mins)

Succeeding as a remote worker (3 mins)

Don’t forget to schedule some fun into your breaks!

Whether it's drawing, reading or something else, make sure you have breaks in your schedule.

Questions?

Contact Aracely Chavez, executive director of Classified Learning, at aracely.chavez@fwisd.org.

More LinkedIn Learning Opportunities

Get access to online training in a variety of subjects with LinkedIn Learning!

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.

Take Care This Mental Health Awareness Month

In the spirit of helping you live your best life, especially during these trying times, we’ve rounded up some LinkedIn Learning courses that can help you prioritize your mental health:

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.finpath

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.

Equity and Excellence, Restorative Practices Offer Social, Emotional Wellness Resources

Take care of your social and emotional wellness during this pandemic. Log onto the FWISD Restorative Practices Community Facebook page weekly for self-care lessons. Tune in Monday, Wednesday and Friday for live check-in sessions.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Tarrant Area Food Bank offers Grab and Go Dinners for Children

Fort Worth YMCA Grab & Go Meals- Schedule & Locations For Families Impacted By COVID-19

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content is from the The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is continuing to serve the growing needs of the community with free Grab & Go meals with updated service locations and times. Pick up times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 4pm – 6pm at the following locations.

  • Airport Area YMCA - 3524 Central Drive Bedford, TX 76021
  • Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA - 512 Lamar St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
  • Benbrook Community Center YMCA - 1899 Winscott Rd, Benbrook, TX 76126
  • Eastside YMCA - 1500 Sandy Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76112
  • Hood County YMCA - 1475 James Road, Granbury, TX 76049
  • Joshua Community YMCA - 1009 Joshua Station Blvd, Joshua, TX 76058
  • William M. McDonald YMCA - 2701 Moresby Street, Fort Worth, TX 76105
  • YMCA Sports Complex - 4320 Altamesa Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76133

Pick up times changed to support the City of Fort Worth requests to limit food distribution to only 3 days/week or less and to comply with “stay-at-home” recommendations on social distancing. It is important to note that families will still receive up to 5 days of food when they go to pick-up their Grab & Go Meals.

Mondays, families will be able to pick up meals for 2 days (Mon-Tue)

Wednesdays, families will be able to pick up meals for 3 days (Wed - Fri)

This change reducing the number of times people are asked to leave their homes and risk exposure, thus helping to support “flattening the curve.”

“By providing these meals to children who need them most, Fort Worth area Y’s are truly fulfilling their mission of healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development. I’m proud of their continued community outreach despite their temporary facility closures.” Julie Wilson, Chair, Board of Directors at YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.

Meals are provided by local vendors including Purple Hearts, Inc. and Tarrant Area Food Bank and they come complete with protein, fruit or vegetable, snacks and more. Together with the support of community leaders, volunteers, staff and donors, the Y wants to ensure that every child is safe, healthy and fed.

“For over 130 years, the YMCA has served the ever-changing needs of our local community. Today is no different as we continue to find ways to support Fort Worth, Benbrook and surrounding counties by partnering with local organizations to provide grab-and-go meals at our branches.” Tony Shuman, President and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.

In addition to the Grab & Go initiative, the Y is continuing to support the community by providing pre-schools and childcare to the families of essential employees and first responders and connecting with seniors to check on their wellbeing to help avoid isolation.

For questions or additional information or visit www.ymcafw.org

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth branches have been temporarily closed for traditional health and wellness activities due to the COVID-19 public health mandates by city, county and state authorities. Staff and volunteers have continue to be vigilante in continuing to serve the community outside of the walls of the Y.

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FWISD SPED Chat, Every Thursday and Friday in May

FWISD 2020 Virtual College Fair, Week of May 25

Last Day of School, May 28

Class of 2020 Salute, May 28

Virtual Pass-In-Review, May 29

Teacher Prep Day, May 29

Board of Education meeting, June 9

FWISD Virtual Graduation Ceremonies, June 20

FWISD In-Person Graduation Celebrations, June 19-26

Board of Education meeting, June 23

FWISD Chair for Teaching Excellence Application Deadline, June 25

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