NEW FOOD TRUCKS NOW ROLLING TO HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUSES
Four new Fort Worth ISD Food Trucks rolled out this week to District high schools, giving students fresh new complimentary culinary choices throughout the spring semester.
The innovative program, promoted as “A Taste You Can Roll With,” capitalizes on the popularity of food trucks and is designed to increase high school student satisfaction and meal participation. The four trucks, operated in a collaborative partnership with Sodexo Magic, will visit each FWISD high school during a Tuesday to Friday rotation.
Family Communications Offers Tips for Improving Student Attendance
As educators and parents, we are so focused on academics and what happens in the classroom that we often forget what role good attendance plays in student success.
Did you know that being absent two days per month equals 18 days per year? That’s almost one month of school missed.
That’s why the Fort Worth ISD Family Communications division is posting attendance messages throughout the semester on social media channels.
School attendance is a primary indicator of academic success. Missing out on a reading strategy or an algebra lesson can set your student back - and it adds up with every absence.
While illnesses and family emergencies cannot be helped, it is important to ensure your child is on time to school and ready to learn every day. Because attendance is so critical for the quality of your child’s education, Texas has a required school attendance law.
We’d also like to hear from you by using our Let’s Talk portal. You can ask questions about attendance, share concerns, or just leave a comment.
Check out this week’s tip below:
Attending school regularly helps student stay on track and keep up with classmates. This also includes being to school on time.
Parent tip: Set out clothes and pack back packs the night before!
FORMER FORT WORTH ISD COACH LANNY TRAMMELL REMEMBERED
Former Fort Worth ISD football coach Lanny Trammell died on Monday, February 17, 2020. He was 67 years old.
Trammell was best remembered within the District for his coaching success at Southwest High School. He was also a well-respected English teacher who spent more than 40 years in education.
Read more about Coach Trammell in the poignant story currently in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Former Waverly Park ES Student Becomes Honorary Fort Worth Police Officer
The Fort Worth Police Department swore in Carter Escobar, a former Waverly Park Elementary School student, as an honorary police officer today.
Becoming a police officer is on Carter’s bucket list, according to a media advisory released by the department. In 2018, the child was diagnosed with stage 4 alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer that impacts large muscles, arms and legs.
Carter’s family, FWPD SWAT, K-9 and Air One were all expected to participate in the ceremony.
View the swearing in ceremony at twitter.com/fortworthpd.
Inside FWISD Briefs
Editor's NOTE: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening around the District.
Report Cards Available Next Week
Report cards for the fourth six weeks grading period are being posted February 26. Read more on how to access your child's report card here.
Centennial Logo Debuts
Arlington Heights High School has a new logo celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Read more about it here.
Fort Worth ISD Career Fair Next Week
Tell a friend -- Fort Worth ISD is hosting a career fair, February 27. Learn more about employment opportunities with the District here.
District Celebrates CTE Month
Fort Worth ISD is celebrating Career and Technical Education Month is this February, and the Fort Worth ISD is celebrating with activities and information that puts a spotlight on some of its program offerings. Read more here.
Elementary History Fair Winners Announced
Click here to see who took home gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2019-2020 Elementary History Fair, hosted by the Fort Worth ISD Social Studies Department.
Business Leaders Tour FWISD High School
More than a dozen Fort Worth business leaders toured Fort Worth ISD’s Trimble Technical High School last week, learning how students are being trained and educated for the future workforce. Read more about the tour here.
City Launches New Emergency Alert System
The City of fort Worth Emergency Management Office has a new emergency alert system – Fort Worth Texas Alerts.
The free system keeps city residents and visitors updated about potential hazards, such as severe weather, acts of terrorism, chemical spills or other man-made disasters, according to the Emergency Management Office webpage. Fort Worth Texas Alerts picks up where Nixle, discontinued on January 31, left off. Users may also choose opt-in to receiving weather warnings from the National Weather Service through the system.
Click here to register. Users previously using Nixle must re-register for the new Fort Worth Texas Alerts system.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
Children's Education Program Production of Romeo and Juliet: Fort Worth ISD high school students attended the Children's Education Program performance of "Romeo and Juliet" on February 19 at Bass Performance Hall. With featured music from Lizzo and more, students from across the region enjoyed Stage West Theatre's new modern twist on this classic story!
Dance Showcase: Dance programs from seven Fort Worth ISD middle and high schools performed at the 2020 Dance Showcase, Tuesday, February 18. Movers Unlimited Dance Company gave a featured dance performance at this year’s showcase. The company, under the direction of Dr. Kihyoung Choi, hosted master classes for FWISD dance students earlier in the day.
February 2020 Elementary School Principal Celebrations: Elementary School Leadership executive directors recognized principals from Waverly Park, Sunrise-McMillan, Clifford Davis, Lily B. Clayton, W.M. Green and Meadowbrook elementary schools for displays of effective instruction and effective, well supported teachers, February 17.
Webby Award Winners: South Hills Elementary School and Riverside Middle School are this month's Webby Award winners. Distributed monthly by the FWISD Communications Department, the Webby Award recognizes campus websites that engage families, students, alumni and the community at large through monthly challenges. Click here to learn more about the award. Pictured with Web Communications Coordinator Thomas Ketchersid is Melissa Russell, principal of South Hills Elementary School.
FAFSA MVP: Southwest High School earned the highest percentage of students completing the FAFSA application within the last month. Principal John Engel (center) received a banner to recognize the achievement at the Secondary Schools Principals Meeting, February 17.
TMEA Clinic/Convention: Eight Fort Worth ISD students represented the District as members of multiple all-state ensembles at the centennial Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention in San Antonio, February 12-15. Read more about the students here.
National Hispanic College Fair: Fort Worth ISD students attended National Hispanic College Fair's Spring College and Career Fair, Friday, February 14 at Game On Sports Complex. This event brings representatives from as many as 50 colleges, universities and vocational training institutions to meet with FWISD students.
Fort Worth ISD Council of PTA annual Founders Day Luncheon:Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price gave the keynote address the February 13 event celebrating 100-plus years of child advocacy and family engagement.
For the Future Town Hall on Public Education: Superintendent Kent P. Scribner joined Texas State Rep. Ramon Romero Jr. for a panel discussion on public education, growth and more on February 12 at North Side High School. Hosted by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, the non-partisan discussion is among a series of talks being held across Texas focusing exclusively on public education issues and Texas Legislature candidates "which plays a huge role in shaping the requirements and resources of every public school in our state," according to the foundation's website. View past For the Future forums here.
Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors Second Semester Begins: The second semester of classes got underway the week of February 10 at Oakhurst and Eastern Hills elementary schools. Abriendo Puertas is currently being piloted at the two schools and in English and Spanish. The 10-week parenting program empowers parents with knowledge, resources, and activities they can do at home with their children ages 0-5 years old to help with their development. Pictured are classes at Eastern Hills Elementary School.