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Inside FWISD October 25, 2018

READ FORT WORTH WINS $100,000!

Read Fort Worth received a $100,000 donation from Reliant Energy ® Gives during a special presentation at Fort Worth ISD’s North Hi Mount Elementary, Tuesday, October 23.

The Fort Worth ISD joins Read Fort Worth in offering a heartfelt “Thank You” to Reliant and its employees for nominating and promoting Read Fort Worth for this impactful program. Supporters of Read Fort Worth came together to vote over the past week and their turnout was truly amazing.

This could not have happened without the tireless efforts of Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Superintendent Kent P. Scriber, Fort Worth ISD students, parents and staff, City of Fort Worth employees and the countless champions of Read Fort Worth throughout the community!

This donation will make a difference in the lives of children across Fort Worth! #100X25FWTX #ReliantGives

View photos of the special presentation here.

FWISD ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 CHAIRS FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE

Sixteen Fort Worth ISD teachers have been chosen as the 2018-2019 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence. The selected teachers will be conferred with the title of Chair for Teaching Excellence for one year and receive a $5,000 honorarium. The campus of the winner will also receive a banner to be displayed in a prominent location. In addition, a photograph of each winner will be on display at the FWISD Professional Development Center for one year.

The Chairs for Teaching Excellence Luncheon is scheduled for winners and sponsors Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

The Chairs for Teaching Excellence program was established in the Fort Worth ISD in 1994. It is modeled after the university-level Chair program and is designed to recognize and reward exemplary teachers. This program is unique because of its role in a public K-12 setting and for its rigorous selection process.

Parents, principals and colleagues may nominate teachers, or they may self-nominate. Candidates undergo a rigorous three-part evaluation process based on a written application and narrative, an interview session with a distinguished panel of judges, and an authentic teaching demonstration. There are separate selection committees for each Chair.

This year, Fort Worth ISD received a record number of applications, including representation from all areas of the District. Central Market is supporting the 2018-2019 Acquisition of Language Chair with a first-time sponsorship, and Lockheed Martin added a third sponsorship for 2018-2019, now supporting Elementary Math and Science, Middle School STEM and High School STEM.

The sponsors, honorees and their citations are:

Rachel Varney of Western Hills Primary, the 2018 Angela D. Paulos Chair for Teaching Excellence in Visual Arts

Maria Ortiz-Garcia of Young Women's Leadership Academy, the 2018 Central Market Chair for Teaching Excellence in Acquisition of Language

Brandi Waller - Pace, of Bruce Shulkey Elementary School, the 2018 Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts

Jeff Peters of Rosemont 6th Grade Center, the 2018 Blue Zones Project Chair for Teaching Excellence in Health and P.E.

Julia Worthington, of Western Hills High School, the Broadway at the Bass Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts in Theater and Dance

Leo Vaughns Jr., of Kirkpatrick Middle School, the 2018 Chase Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary English

Colby Allen, of Young Women's Leadership Academy, the 2018 Crescent Real Estate Chair for Teaching Excellence in Career & Technical Education

Jodi Sarber of International Newcomer Academy, the 2018 Atmos Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Science

Lori Cerja of Springdale Elementary School, the 2018 Kroger Chair for Teaching Excellence in Special Education

Elizabeth Foreman of South Hills Elementary School, the 2018 Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson, LLP Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Reading

Ashlie Duncan of Sam Rosen Elementary School, the 2018 Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Math and Science

Bradley Leake, of McLean Middle School, the Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Middle School STEM

Sergio Flores, of Young Women's Leadership Academy, the 2018 Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in High School STEM

Samantha Keaton of Young Women's Leadership Academy, the Sewell, Lexus & Infiniti of Fort Worth Chair for Teaching Excellence in Humanities

Chris Workman of Arlington Heights High School, the 2018 TTI, Inc. Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Math

Randi Higgins of Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center, the 2018 XTO Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood Education

FWISD PARTNERS TO HOST DYSLEXIA RESOURCE FAIR, MEET AND GREET

The Fort Worth ISD is partnering with several community organizations to host a Dyslexia Resource Fair and Meet and Greet, Thursday, October 25.

Join parents, teachers, administrators and experts for this come-and-go informational event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the FWISD Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave.

The Dyslexia Resource Fair and Meet and Greet is open to families of children with dyslexia and District teachers and administrators who want to learn more about how to support students. Connect with families of children with dyslexia while also obtaining free resources and learning of services available to children who are struggling as they learn to read.

Learn about free and low-cost audio options. Talk with parents and teachers at information booths. Attendees also have opportunities to win door and giveaway prizes.

Direct and explicit intervention for students with dyslexia increases their reading skills and abilities, according to event organizers.

“Dyslexia is a common learning issue that many highly successful people have,” said Patty Coté, director of dyslexia services. “There are proven teaching strategies that can help a child with dyslexia learn to read. FWISD is happy to partner with other community agencies and groups to provide parents with information to help their child get support s/he needs at school and at home.”

Among the event’s participating partners are the Fort Worth Public Library, Learning Ally, Understood.org, Discovering Dyslexia of Tarrant County and Bookshare.

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that impacts 1-in-5 people, according to a Tarrant County Commissioners Court proclamation approved September 25, 2018, observing October as Dyslexia Awareness Month in the county. Dyslexia impacts the way the brain processes information and can affect one’s reading, writing, and spelling abilities, according to the proclamation.

Tobi Jackson

Jackson Receives Amiga Award

The United Hispanic Council of Tarrant County has named Tobi Jackson, Fort Worth ISD Board of Education president, recipient of its 2018 Gilbert García Amiga Award.

President Jackson was presented with the award at the 33rd annual United Hispanic Council of Tarrant County Awards Banquet, Saturday October 20.

Pictured from left is Rebecca Galindo Castro, Tobi Jackson, Carlos Flores, Deborah Gallardo, Pete Geren and FWISD School Board Trustee Anael Luebanos at the 33rd annual United Hispanic Council of Tarrant County Awards Banquet, Saturday October 20.

Named for the late community activist and a charter member of the council, Gilbert García, the Amigo/Amiga Award is presented to non-Hispanic individuals who’ve gone “above and beyond” to support the Hispanic community, said Treasurer Rufino Mendoza. President Jackson was recognized for her work supporting all students, including FWISD’s Hispanic population, and for the board’s recent approval of a resolution designating a class holiday in the spring recognizing labor and civil rights leaders, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.

Other award honorees included:

  • Pete Geren, recipient of the Chairman’s Special Award
  • Deborah Gallardo, Rebecca Castro and Carlos Flores, Hispanic Heritage 2018 Award recipients

The council’s annual awards banquet is a fundraiser that supports scholarships for students from FWISD and neighboring districts.

2017 Superintendent Scholars Ceremony

FWISD HONORS SUPERINTENDENT SCHOLARS

The Fort Worth Independent School District will be honoring 464 students as Superintendent Scholars during two special ceremonies on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA located at 1411 I.M. Terrell Way.

Ceremonies on each day will begin with hors d’oeuvres/after-school snacks at 6 p.m. with the award ceremony following at 7 p.m.

Superintendent’s Scholars include students recognized as:

  • National Merit Semi-Finalists and Commended, National Achievements, National Hispanic
  • FWISD African-American Scholars,
  • AP, AP with Honor, AP with Distinction, National AP
  • International Baccalaureate students
  • Capstone Award students
  • Honored teachers

Attending the ceremonies will be Superintendent Kent P. Scribner, School Board Members, Chief of Academics Charles Carroll, Executive Director of College and Career Readiness David Saenz, principals, parents and other school officials.

Being selected for these distinguished honors places the students in the top academic echelon of the District. Each scholar will receive a recognition certificate as well as a stole to be worn as part of the student’s graduation regalia in June.

FWISD Announces September Webby Award Winners

The Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard Elementary School and Southwest High School are Fort Worth ISD’s Webby Award challenge winners for the month of September.

The September challenge theme – Guess Who? – urged District schools to update campus websites with contact information, photos and biographical details about school staff that was appealing, organized and readily accessible. Winners received the coveted Webby Award to display on their campus for the next month and a Kroger gift card. Webby Award presentations were made at principal meetings, Oct. 17 and 18.

"There were dozens of campuses that could’ve taken home the Webby Award this challenge," said Thomas Ketchersid, web communications coordinator. "A lot of great work was done on campus web directories, and our winners went above and beyond."

From left: Peg Murphy, director of Community and Strategic Partnerships and Thomas Ketchersid, web communications coordinator, present Aileen Martina-Quiñones, principal at the Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard with the Elementary School Webby Award; Peg Murphy and Thomas Ketchersid present John Engel, principal at Southwest High School, with the Secondary School Webby Award.

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

For the month of October, FWISD wants to know “What’s Going On?” The October challenge is all about informing stakeholders of the day-to-day club and organizational meetings, fine and athletic events and family events happening on District campuses. It’s also encouraged that campus websites include information highlighting student groups, celebrating campus milestones and successes and offering details on how to become involved with campus organizations such as PTA, SBDM or booster club.

For more details or assistance with your campus website, visit www.fwisd.org/websitetraining or email web@fwisd.org.

ES Principals Recognized for Student Engagement, Professional Learning Communities

The Fort Worth ISD Elementary Schools Leadership Department recently recognized campus principals whose schools exhibited “spectacular student engagement” and “phenomenal learning communities” within the last month.

Each elementary school leadership executive director recognized two schools assigned to them with the honor for the month of October. Principals for those schools were recognized and awarded certificates at an elementary schools principal meeting, October 17.

The following honorees recognized are:

Spectacular Engagement

George C. Clarke, Zoo Proposal Project, Principal Kimberly Benavides

Leadership Academy at Como, Studying Sounds Fully Engaged, Principal Valencia Rhines (not pictured)

Diamond Hill, Visual Anchors, Principal Marlyn Martinez

Leadership Academy at Maude I. Logan, Moon Phases with Oreos, Principal Steven Moore

Eastern Hills, Science Small Group Turn and Talk, Principal Whitney Scott

Luella Merrett, Class Operating Room, Principal Karelyn Foley

Sam Rosen, Checking for Alignment with TEKS App, Principal Alberto Herrera

T.A. Sims, Personal Tubs for Reading, Principal Andrea Harper

Clifford Davis, Lesson and Objective Alignment, Principal Pamela Henderson

Cesar Chavez, Focus on Writing, Principal Monica Ordaz

Phenomenal PLC

Christene Moss, Instructional Planning Alignment, Principal Charla Staten

Richard J. Wilson, Laser Focus on Standards, Principal Maria Angeles Gonzalez

Woodway, Accountability for Student Engagement, Principal Bryan Johnson

Bonnie Brae, Instructional planning Alignment, Principal Samantha Gonzalez

EMPLOYEES MUST COMPLETE MANDATORY TRAINING BY OCTOBER 31

Fort Worth ISD employees have a few more days to complete 10 mandatory Safe Schools online courses for the 2018-2019 school year.

Employees must complete the courses by Wednesday, October 31. New hires must complete the courses within two months of their hire date.

This is the third year FWISD has used Safe Schools for Safety and Compliance training.

The 2018-2019 mandatory Safe Schools online courses include:

  • Bullying Response and Recognition
  • Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Child Abuse Mandatory Texas Course
  • CIPA: Compliance with Children’s Internet
  • FERPA
  • Work Place Injury Prevention
  • Teen Dating Violence and Prevention
  • Sexual Harassment: Student Issues and Response.
  • Health Emergences: Overview

View the courses at fwisd.tx.safeschools.com. An active directory and password is required to access the system. Google Chrome is the preferred browser for using Safe Schools.

The Safe Schools Library includes more than 240 courses. Employees are encouraged to take as many courses as they’d like beyond the 10 mandatory courses.

It’s recommended that employees with questions about Safe Schools training visit the FAQ page at http://bit.ly/2rxuw95 or email Ms. Chavez at Aracely.chavez@fwisd.org.

Air Force Band to Perform at I.M. Terrell Academy For Stem and VPA

WHO: United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants

WHAT: A special concert performance. Tickets are free and are required to attend

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, October 26

WHERE: I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA Auditorium, 1411 I.M. Terrell Circle, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Street parking around I.M. Terrell Circle is first-come, first-serve, with limited VIP parking. Overflow parking is located at the Fort Worth Housing Solutions facility with shuttle available to the auditorium before and after the concert.

SUMMARY: The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants from Washington, D.C. will perform a special concert, Friday, October 26 in Fort Worth. The concert will be the first public performance at the newly constructed I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA.

Col. Larry H. Lang, commander and conductor of the band, and an El Paso native, is conducting the performance.

The concert is part of a 12-day community relations tour to New Mexico and Texas this October. All concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Ticket information for these concerts is available at https://bit.ly/TheUSAFBandTour.

For more details, click here.

The following indicates the available parking around I.M. Terrell Academy:

WE REMEMBER ROSEDALE PARK

On Saturday, October 20, the Fort Worth ISD and the Carver Heights neighborhood celebrated the 60th anniversary of the construction of Maudrie M. Walton Elementary School, formerly known as Rosedale Park Elementary. Additional sponsors included the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society.

The Carver Heights neighborhood was one of a few across the country designed as a planned community specifically for professional African-Americans. Originally platted in the late 1940’s, it attracted Black professionals from across the city. The streets bear names such as Ellington, Bunche and Carver, after noted figures in Black History.

The Rosedale Park School began in 1954, and had existed as a set of makeshift bungalows before an official building was erected in 1958. Maudrie M. Walton, a WWII veteran and long-time educator in the FWISD led the school from its opening until her retirement in 1974. This special celebration also marked the 110th anniversary of Mrs. Walton’s birth.

Click individual photos to enlarge.

Former Star-Telegram journalist Bob Ray Sanders moderated a community forum entitled, “Separate but Excellent: Memories of Academic Achievement, Black History, and Cultural Pride in a Segregated Community Setting.”

Students performed and recognition was given to staff who were among the earliest employees of the school decades ago. Historic photos were also displayed around the school.

Many alumni have strong, passionate memories about the education received in this segregated school community. There were stories about the ‘extended family’ atmosphere and nurturing that many students received, with a strong emphasis on academic excellence and cultural pride.

View photos from the celebration here.

Choices Expo Set for November 9-10

What: Fort Worth ISD Gold Seal Choices Expo

When: 4-7 p.m. Friday, November 9, and 9 a.m.–noon Saturday, November 10

Where: Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd., Fort Worth

Discover the power of choice! Learn all about Fort Worth ISD’s Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice at Choices Expo, November 9 and 10.

Choices Expo is the place where hundreds of families and students come to explore pathways to college and careers.

“It’s your opportunity to see programs close up, ask questions and get assistance in filling out the Gold Seal application,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “I look forward to seeing you at the Expo!”

Computers and on-site assistance are available for families looking to complete their Gold Seal application while attending Choices Expo.

Online Gold Seal applications will be available November 9. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. December 7.

For more information, view 2019-2020 Gold Seal catalog or call 817-814-2584.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ask Elsie is a column where Chief Financial Officer Elsie Schiro tackles employee queries, or in areas outside her purview, asks other District leaders to answer them.

Dear Elsie,

While taking attendance in Focus, we are able to hover over student names and see a photo of the student. While in the grade book, we are able to click the student name and go to all of their information. Those features are very helpful, but we are not able to do each one in each place for some reason. Can that be improved?

Thank you,

Jessica McCammon

Mathematics Teacher

Dear Ms. McCammon,

Thank you for your question. I reached out to Robert Mendez, executive director of application development, and David Megginson, systems administrator, regarding your question and here’s the response: “When a teacher takes attendance in Focus, they are able to see the student photo (if uploaded) when they hover on the name. That is correct. There are no other links on that page to click and go anywhere.

When a teacher is in the grade book, the name of the student is a link. That link takes them to the assignment grades for that student.

When the individual is asking, “while in the grade book, we are able to click the student name and go to all of their information,” I am not sure what they are meaning because it goes to the gradebook grades not any other information. I am not sure what the question is referring to.

Thanks again, Ms. McCammon for your question, and thank you Mr. Mendez and Mr. Megginson for your response.

Elsie

Dear Elsie,

Discipline in the classroom is a concern of most teachers and administrators. I know that attention has been placed on working with middle and high school students. With the decision of no more suspensions for students in the elementary level, I feel that these young students deserve equal opportunity to receive the assistance at an early age to redirect and retrain their behavioral patterns. Waiting and letting unacceptable behavior occur over and over for several years is like a habit that is difficult to correct. Why is there not emphasis for the elementary-level students with intervention counselors assisting students that are exhibiting major behavior episodes repeatedly? Wouldn’t it be more beneficial to all, if the behavior was addressed in the early years of a child’s educational setting?

Thank you,

Rose Elliott

Carter Park Elementary

President UEA

Dear Ms. Elliott,

I reached out to Dr. Raul Peña, chief of elementary schools, Cherie Washington, chief of secondary schools, and Michael Steinert, assistant superintendent of student support services, regarding your question and here’s the response: “FWISD Campus Administrators and Student Support Services staff at all grade levels are expected to support teachers in their utilization of Tier 1 behavioral supports in the classroom. Teacher relationships with students and their daily efforts to understand root causes of behavior are critical elements in helping students that struggle academically or behaviorally. Changes in the Texas law limiting exclusionary suspensions PK-2 have driven all districts to spend more time understanding the mitigating life factors behind student behavior. When behaviors move beyond what a teacher is able to address, members of the Student Support Services and Administrative team are using Restorative/Relational Practice strategies to help students identify, in their own words, what occurred, what they were thinking when the incident occurred, how others were impacted by their actions, and what they need to do to help make things right. This process allows students to learn new insights about themselves and to practice new, more positive behaviors. In the most serious incidents involving ongoing student safety, exclusionary suspensions do still occur and are allowable per State law and FWISD Board Policy. Even in these instances, an immediate focus on Restorative planning for the student’s return is a District-wide expectation.”

Thanks again, Ms. Elliott for your question, and thank you Dr. Peña, Mrs. Washington and Mr. Steinert for your response.

Elsie

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4 FWISD SCHOOLS NAMED 2018 AMERICA’S BEST URBAN SCHOOL AWARD WINNERS

Four Fort Worth ISD schools are 2018 winners of the America’s Best Urban School Award.

The honor, presented by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST), at America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium in San Diego, California, Wednesday, October 10, recognized:

  • Young Men’s Leadership Academy (Silver winner)
  • World Languages Institute (Silver winner)
  • Bonnie Brae Elementary School (Bronze winner)
  • Westcliff Elementary School (Silver winner)

Additionally, NCUST recognized Melany Rodriguez, a junior at WLI, as its Student Speech contest winner and Adriana Camacho, WLI PTO president, for her volunteer work on the campus.

The America’s Best Urban School Award recognized 15 schools nationwide for outstanding transformational work in urban centers of more than 50,000 students. Winning schools are awarded cash prizes, a banner, certificate and bumper stickers

Selected schools’ students are from all ethnic and special population groups, such as Special Education and English Language Learners, and consistently outperformed state averages for all respective student groups. Additionally, these schools serve a large percentage of students as economically disadvantaged, meeting requirements to be eligible for ABUS awards. The winning schools have high attendance and low suspension rates. Finally, students who have matriculated into the next level of school must continue to demonstrate high performance levels.

FWISD’s four honorees are among six Texas schools receiving America’s Best Urban School Award this year.

“The winning schools have attained a level of achievement more typically seen in schools that serve very affluent communities,” said Joseph F. Johnson, Jr. NCUST executive director, in a recent statement. “In these impressive schools, outstanding teachers and leaders maintain very high expectations for all of their students. At the same time, they create learning environments that enable students to meet their high expectations. These school exemplify how otherwise typical urban schools can transform students’ lives.”

For more details on the award and NCUST, visit www.ncust.com.

FORT WORTH ISD UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY

The 2018 Fort Worth ISD United Way Campaign concludes Friday, October 26. Once again, this year, employees will have an opportunity to make online donations.

Here’s how it works:

  • Employees will receive an email from the United Way of Tarrant County with specific login information to access the secure FWISD pledge website.
  • Each employee will have the opportunity to review information for the 2018 campaign at his/her desktop and consider the size of the pledge they wish to make to the United Way.
  • A confirmation email will be sent after completing the donation.

Last year, FWISD contributed more than $175,000 to its United Way Campaign. This year, the District anticipates contributing $250,000 in donations from its students and employees.

United Way of Tarrant County has long invested in Fort Worth ISD students and continues to make education a funding priority. In recent years, funds donated to the District by the nonprofit has supported programs focused on improving elementary students’ literacy skills, helping middle school students identify and prepare for career dreams, and preparing high school students for college and careers.

Additionally, the nonprofit offers resources to assist FWISD families, including placing low-income families on a path to financial stability and assisting families with ongoing health issues.

If you have any questions regarding the campaign or online pledge system contact Cindy Ybarra at 817-814-3350 or cindy.ybarra@fwisd.org.

H&R Block Joins FWISD’s #StartHereGoAnywhere Campaign

H&R Block is partnering with three Fort Worth ISD high schools to recognize students who complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

The tax preparation company is donating prizes that will be distributed to students at Diamond Hill-Jarvis, North Side and Western Hills High Schools who are entered into monthly drawings for prizes upon completing the application for financial aid to attend college. Prizes will be donated through April 2019. One large prize will be presented to a student at each of the high schools next spring.

Additionally, H&R Block is providing the District’s Academic Advisement Department with fliers in English and Spanish on college financial aid planning, new tax laws and preparation for the future.

“H&R Block is happy to join the initiative to increase FAFSA filings and send more FWISD students to college,” said Joetta Reetz, preseason manager, for H&R Block’s DFW1 District.

On October 15, FWISD launched its FAFSA campaign, #StartHereGoAnywhere. From October through April, students who apply for FAFSA will receive a T-shirt and be entered into monthly drawings for prizes. The school with the highest percentage of students completing FAFSA monthly will receive a banner to display outside its campus.

Read more about the campaign here.

FWISD becomes nation’s largest Blue Zones Project Approved School District

Fort Worth ISD is the largest school district in the country to become a Blue Zones Project Approved™ worksite. The designation was officially announced at FWISD’s Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, October 23.

Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and Board president Tobi Jackson led trustees in ringing bells to celebrate the achievement. Matt Dufrene, vice president of Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth, presented Dr. Scribner and President Jackson with a banner and framed certificate recognizing the District as a Blue Zones Project Approved™ worksite.

Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative that works in select cities across the nation. Partnering with municipal leaders, neighborhoods, employers, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, and faith-based organizations, Blue Zones Project helps optimize a sense of purpose and to ease stress through principles patterned after lifestyles in Blue Zones® areas—pockets of the world where people are most likely to reach age 100 and beyond.

“Blue Zones is making a real difference when it comes to the health and happiness of our residents, and I’m proud to lend my support,” Dr. Scribner said. “What’s happening benefits families today and lays the groundwork for better well-being for generations to come.”

To become Blue Zones Project Approved, FWISD completed the Blue Zones Worksite® Pledge, adding to its existing wellness program. Changes include forming a well-being advisory committee, hosting plant-based cooking demonstrations, and supporting walking and standing meetings. Many FWISD employees have gotten involved in the initiative. Meanwhile others are serving as ambassadors for Blue Zones Project. Ambassadors, such as Director of Athletics Dr. Lisa Langston, share information and model well-being.

“In the course of my day, I get up and walk outside, get some fresh air and come back in. Everyone sees me doing that,” Dr. Langston said. “It’s something I recommend to everybody in the office.”

From top are Blue Zones initiatives throughout FWISD including Walking School Bus at Mendoza Elementary; designated parking spots at the Professional Development Center encouraging employees get active and walk; walking and standing meetings; cooking demonstrations; FWISD students interning at Blue Zones through the Vital Link program and much more.

Students are also benefiting from Blue Zones Project, as FWISD organizes Walking School Buses, incorporates movement into lessons throughout the day, adds more fresh produce to the lunch menu, and teaches children stress-relief techniques. More than 30 FWISD campuses are now Blue Zones Project Approved schools.

“Healthy behaviors and academic success go hand in hand,” Mr. Dufrene said. “We also know that if we want our communitywide efforts to be sustainable, we have to engage the next generation. That’s what we’re doing in Fort Worth ISD.”

Throughout Fort Worth, more than 400 businesses and organizations have joined the movement to better well-being, while 87,000 residents have taken the Blue Zones Personal Pledge or participated in a Blue Zones Project activity. Fort Worth is now a certified Blue Zones Community® and will mark its accomplishments with a free community celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 10 at Will Rogers Memorial Center. For more information, visit LiveLongFortWorth.com.

TABS In the News

Fort Worth ISD’s Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences is among the top public high schools in North Texas.

In a recent Dallas Business Journal article, TABS is listed among the region’s top 16 public high schools based on recent accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency.

Read more here.

Latino Studies Community Forum Dates Set

Families are invited to participate in two community forums relating to a Latino/a studies curriculum being developed for Fort Worth ISD K-12 students.

The District and Texas Christian University’s Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies are partnering to host the forums slated for:

  • 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 30 at the North Side High School Culinary Arts Café, 2211 McKinley Ave., Fort Worth
  • 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 5 in the Paschal High School Cafeteria, 3001 Forest Park Blvd., Fort Worth

The October 30 forum will include a performance from the North Side High School Mariachi Espuelas de Plata and food prepared by the North Side High culinary art students.

The Paschal Mariachi Band is slated to perform at the November 5 gathering.

Literacy activities will be available for pre-kindergarten-aged children and older at both events.

The forum discussions will focus on the following:

  • What children are learning about Latino/a culture and history in school
  • What parents learned about Latino/a studies in school
  • The importance of incorporating Latino/a studies in curriculum
  • What the public wants children to learn about Latino/a studies in FWISD classrooms

In September, Board of Education trustees authorized the District to hire TCU’s Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies as a consultant to develop a K-12 overlay curriculum relating to Latino/a American History and Culture that will be added to classroom lessons. In-depth Latino/a studies electives will also be developed at the secondary level.

The 2017-2018 school year, the District developed a similar K-12 overlay curriculum with a focus on African and African-American History and Culture.

CDC Recommends Vaccine to Prevent Flu

The District’s on-site flu vaccination clinics may be over, but it’s not too late to get a shot that can prevent contracting the illness this season.

A flu shot helps reduce the number of people who might otherwise contract the virus as well as reduces symptoms for those who do contract it.

While flu activity across the United States is currently low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecasts upticks in the illness in coming weeks. The CDC recommends that people six months and older receive a flu shot.

Flu season typically runs from October to mid-May, with peaks between December and February.

Visit the Fort Worth ISD Health Services Department webpage for information on the flu and how to prevent it. For more details on where to get a flu shot, contact your local health provider or visit the Tarrant County Public Health website.

Courtesy photo

FWISD Recognizes Day of the Girl

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education recognized and honored October 12, 2018, as Day of the Girl in the District.

Hundreds of people, including students from Fort Worth ISD’s Dunbar, Diamond-Hill, North Side and Eastern Hills High Schools, Young Women’s Leadership Academy and T.A. Sims Elementary School participated in the 2018 Day of the Girl Celebration, Friday October 12 in downtown Fort Worth. FWISD students spoke at the event, performed the national anthem, designed T-shirts and advocated for the rights of girls and women throughout the community and nation.

The local celebration, led by Girls Inc. of Tarrant County, was held the same week as the International Day of the Girl Child, observed October 11.

FWISD Students march in the 2018 Day of the Girl Celebration, Friday October 12 in downtown Fort Worth (Courtesy photo)

Board of Education trustees approved a resolution recognizing Day of the Girl in FWISD at its meeting Tuesday, October 23.

“The day of the Girl is a response to an urgent problem facing our world today: the neglect and devaluation of girls around the world. The Day of the Girl celebration helps to highlight, discuss, celebrate, and ultimately advance girls’ lives and opportunities across the globe,” according to the resolution. “Fort Worth ISD is proud to join the City of Fort Worth and Girls Inc. of Tarrant County in recognizing Day of the Girl, and to show our appreciation to all women in Fort Worth for their contributions that help make our city the great place that it is today.”

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Texas Businesses, Residents Affected by Severe Storms, Flooding

The following communication is from the U.S. Small Business Administration:

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Texas businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding in Ellis, Sutton and Tarrant counties that occurred Sept. 21 23, 2018, announced Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to written requests SBA received from Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 15 and Oct. 16, 2018.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Crockett, Dallas, Denton, Edwards, Ellis, Henderson, Hill, Johnson, Kaufman, Kimble, Menard, Navarro, Parker, Schleicher, Sutton, Tarrant, Val Verde and Wise counties.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Texas with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster,” said McMahon. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

The following Disaster Loan Outreach Center is open in Tarrant County to answer questions about the process (No appointment necessary):

Disaster Loan Outreach Center Tarrant County Resource Connection, 2300 Circle Drive, Suite 2303 Fort Worth, Open from 9 a.m. to 6 pm. Monday-Friday. The center officially closes at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 8.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

The deadline to apply for property damage is Dec. 17, 2018. The deadline to apply for economic injury is July 18, 2019.

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

Red Ribbon Week : Schools across the nation, including those in Fort Worth ISD, are observing Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31.

Schools across FWISD are observing Red Ribbon Week with school theme days, dress-up days and multiple other activities. Pictured from top left (4) Clifford Davis Elementary; Bottom left (2) Sam Rosen Elementary; Bill J. Elliott Elementary and Glencrest 6th Grade Center.

ALA Students to Tour North Side HS Culinary Kitchen, Dining Area: More than 30 students from the Applied Learning Academy will tour the North Side High School culinary kitchen and dining area, Tuesday, Oct 23.

Student Input Sought at North Side High: WRA Architects recently held a student design charrette at North Side High School to seek student input and ideas for the school’s proposed campus renovations.

Students were separated into groups and asked to design their version of new spaces throughout the school. Each group presented their ideas which prompted a collaborative discussion between all the students of how they hope their remodeled spaces might look.

SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES

The following communication is from Social Media Coordinator Kiana King:

New Teacher Professional Learning Opportunities

Professional Learning and Innovation Opportunities

Voly Training, Continues Through Friday, November 9

Elementary Professional Learning Opportunities for October, November

Secondary Professional Learning Opportunities

HAM Radio Technician Licensing Course, 5:30- 7:30 p.m., October 29 and November 5

Financial Aid Help Sessions, October 2-December 3

Early voting for the Nov. 6 Election, Continues through November 2

Dyslexia Resource Fair and Meet and Greet, Thursday, October 25

Selective College Admissions Family Workshop and Fair, Thursday, October 25

United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants Concert, 7 p.m. Friday, October 26 at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

Boo at the Zoo, October 26-28 Fort Worth Zoo

Take Back Meds Day, Saturday, October 27

Superintendent Scholars, October 29 and 30, I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

LAHC Community Forum, 6-8 p.m. October 30 and November 5

Final Day to Complete Mandatory Safe Schools Training, Wednesday, October 31

Call for presenters for the Fort Worth Technology Conference, open through Wednesday, October 31 http://bit.ly/fwtc19proposals

November is Native American Heritage Month

Elementary Literacy Professional Learning Opportunities in November, Register in Eduphoria

End of Second Six Weeks, Friday, November 2

Fort Worth Walking for Wellness + Expo, Saturday, November 3

Shred Day, Saturday, November 3

Daylight Saving Time Ends, Sunday, November 4

Start of Third Six Weeks, Monday, November 5

Election Day, Tuesday, November 6

Gold Seal Applications Available, Friday, November 9

Choices Expo, November 9 and 10, Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center

Veterans Day Parade, Saturday, November 10, downtown Fort Worth

Billy W. Sills Lecture Series: "The Yanks Are Coming, Over There, Over There," Saturday, November 10

Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11

National Psychology Awareness Week, November 12-16

FWISD Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, November 13

Report Cards Issued, Wednesday, November 14

Education Support Professionals Day, Wednesday, November 14

Youth Mental Health First Aid event, Wednesday, November 14

National Parental Involvement Day, Friday, November 15

Thanksgiving Break, November 19-23

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA Dedication, Friday, December 7

Save the Date: Conference on the Education of Hispanics, Saturday, December 8

Save the Date: Fort Worth Technology Conference, Coming January 2019

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