FWISD Adds Alice Contreras To Wall of Fame
The contributions made by Alice Contreras stretch back more than just decades. The former Fort Worth ISD Director of Bilingual Education impacted generations of students and educators, building a legacy of inclusion and acceptance that continues to impact the District today.
Mrs. Contreras also happens to be a former District student, and her inspirational career is being celebrated as she will be among the next class of the prestigious FWISD Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame is dedicated to those whose FWISD education served as the basis of their success.
“Alice Contreras, like many other ethnic minority teacher educators of her generation was, no doubt, motivated in her approach to education by her own personal experience as a young Mexican-American student facing discrimination in the public school system,” said Dr. Rudy Rodriguez, founding FWISD Director of Bilingual Education. “This was evident in her hard work and mucho corazón devoted to improving education for Spanish-speaking children in the FWISD and other culturally diverse learners. ‘Fixing the system’ thus was not only a professional interest for Alice, but also a personal one.”
Alice Contreras was born in Fort Worth in 1928, went to Washington Heights Elementary and graduated from North Side High School. She began teaching in FWISD at M.G. Ellis Elementary after graduating from Texas Wesleyan in 1951. One of the few Mexican-American teachers in FWISD, she followed Dr. Rodriguez as bilingual director in 1976. Mrs. Contreras died in 2013, at the age of 85.
“Alice taught me and other Mexican-American students, and was a wonderful role model for teachers who wanted to become principals, vice-principals and administrators in Fort Worth ISD,” said Jesse Martinez, former District 6 FWISD board member. “She is someone whom all of Fort Worth can be proud of.”
Mrs. Contreras poured her considerable heart into her students, colleagues, and mission to expand bilingual and ESL programs. FWISD has previously honored her with the dedication of Alice D. Contreras Elementary, which was championed by Mr. Martinez.
“Alice left the legacy that we as teachers respect all children, regardless of race, color, rich, poor, etcetera,” said Dr. Anita Castaneda, an assistant professor at Tarleton State University. “Do the best job you can so the children can become productive citizens and aspire to become the best in the area of their choice.”
INSIDE FWISD BRIEFS
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Banding Together: Paschal Football Raises Funds to Replace Classmate’s Bike
The Paschal High School football team recently gifted junior Sean Miller, who films practice for the team, with a new bicycle.
Last month, Sean’s bike was stolen. When the team learned about this, they raised funds to replace the bike he lost.
Read more of this story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Teachers Can Recognizes Walton ES Teacher
Kimberly Robertson, a fourth grade teacher at Fort Worth ISD’s Maudrie Walton Elementary, is the subject of this week’s Teachers Can Tuesday spotlight.
Teachers Can, a statewide movement led by teachers and supported by multiple businesses that elevates the teaching profession and the critical role teachers play in Texas’ success, recognized Ms. Robertson on Facebook for being a campus leader who “works tirelessly tutoring students, mentoring teachers and interns and presenting new and innovative ideas to colleagues.”
“Her leadership and dedication to social emotional growth has led to real results for students,” the post reads. “The parent who nominated her says that ‘she views every student interaction as an opportunity to add value. There’s nothing she won’t and can’t do to help students meet their personal growth goals.’”
The Teachers Can Tuesday spotlight shows appreciation for amazing Texas teachers. Students, parents and community members nominate teachers for the spotlight.
NBC 5 Conversation Spotlights FWISD Racial Equity Committee
NBC 5’s (KXAS) Community Conversation: A Call for Change recently featured Fort Worth ISD’s Racial Equity Committee.
In the 22-minute conversation, FWISD Board of Education Trustees Quinton Phillips and Ashley Paz explain the committee’s purpose of ensuring academic success for all students, its goals and how the community can get involved.
Click here to view the segment and learn more about FWISD’s Racial Equity Committee.
City, County Announces This Week's COVID-19 Testing Sites
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.
TEA, Texas DSHS Partners to Post COVID-19 Cases in Public Schools
The Texas Education Agency and Texas Department of State Health Services is partnering to post weekly statewide COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools.
COVID-19 cases for public school students and staff and data by school district will be reported each week.
“The data will provide an overview of the burden of disease in Texas schools over time and inform public policy decisions about COVID-19. School districts and other local authorities will continue to be the best source of the most current and specific information about cases in their schools,” a recent TEA statement reads. “Reporting this information to the state does not replace the legal requirement that schools notify public health officials in their area of all cases. Additionally, as per TEA guidance, schools will still be required to inform all parents, teachers, and campus staff of any positive cases tied to their on-campus instruction or activities.”
Additionally, Tarrant County Public Health recently launched a school data dashboard “to help school leadership and residents better understand the COVID-19 metrics in the area,” according to the county health department’s recent statement. View the dashboard at www.tarrantcounty.com/schoolguidance. The dashboard is updated weekly on Monday.
Time Running Out to Complete 2020 Census
Time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census, and U.S. households are encouraged to complete it before it’s too late, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The quick and easy confidential 2020 Census asks households to answer questions about the area of the country in which they live and the number of people living in their households.
“The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and is key to shaping the future of communities,” according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau statement released. “Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs legislative district boundaries. They also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers to communities for public services and infrastructure like hospitals, emergency services, schools and bridges each year over the next 10 years.”
Households are encouraged to complete the Census online at 2020Census.gov, by phone in English or 12 other languages at 844-330-2020 or via mail. Earlier this week, the Secretary of Commerce announced the 2020 Census self-response and field data collection operations will end October 5, 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Know The Plan: Build Your Emergency Kit for Disaster, Evacuation
The City of Fort Worth is encouraging residents to build emergency kits for their homes and vehicles.
As National Preparedness Month came to a close this week, the city recommended residents build a 72-hour emergency kit for their homes that can be accessed when a disaster hits and a smaller GoBag for their vehicles in the event of an evacuation.
“During disasters, first responders might not be able to get to you right away due to missing or flooded roads, downed power lines or trees or other reasons,” according to a recent statement from the city. “Plan for what you can do … in a major disaster.”
The emergency kits should include essentials for everyday life. For ideas of what to add to your kit, click here.
Teachers Return to Campuses: FWISD teachers returned to their respective campuses this week in preparation for in-person instruction. Pictured are educators teaching from their classroom and preparing their campuses for in-person students.
Rock the Vote: FWISD's Paschal and Polytechnic high schools recently hosted voter registration drives for eligible students and the community on their respective campuses. Texans who want to be eligible to vote in the November 3 general and special elections must submit their voter registration documents no later than Monday, October 5.
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