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 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."
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.