Inside FWISD February 20, 2020

In this edition:

New Food Trucks Now Rolling To High School Campuses | FWISD Informs Employees Of District Properties Up For Sale | Join FWISD Council of PTAs For Lunch, Vaping Discussion | YWLA Teacher Publishes Youth Book About Trail of Tears | Family Communications Offers Tips For Improving Student Attendance | Former Fort Worth ISD Coach Lanny Trammell Remembered | Former Waverly Park ES Student Becomes Honorary Fort Worth Police Officer | Inside FWISD Briefs| City Launches New Emergency Alert System | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog


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.

The four truck concepts are Fort Worth Sliders (sliders served with coleslaw and fries), Mac Attack (bowls served with garlic knots, fries and a Caesar salad), Fort Worth Street Tacos (tacos served with black bean, corn salsa and Spanish rice) and Wok Dis Way (Asian-inspired entrees served with fried rice and stir fry veggies). Each of the trucks will have one concept for the week and visit four high schools each day.

Look for more details about the food trucks here.

FWISD Informs Employees of District Properties Up For Sale

EDITOR's NOTE: The following message was shared with all Fort Worth ISD employees via email earlier this week.


As you have heard reported, the District is placing a number of underutilized and inefficient properties on the market as part of a strategic real estate plan. For some of you, this will mean eventually relocating to better facilities.

In the meantime, you may see FOR SALE OR LEASE signs in front of some of these properties. We want you to know that this is part of a marketing effort to get the best deal possible for these tracts of land. Ultimately, this will be a win-win-win for students, for staff, and for taxpayers.

Even if a property is sold soon, in some cases it could take up to two years for relocation of employees who work there. No one will lose his or her job as a result of this “right-sizing” effort.

Properties and assets include:

  • FWISD’s main administration building located at 100 N. University Drive
  • An administration warehouse located at 2901 Shotts Street
  • An administration security building and parking lot located at 3000 and 3008 Shotts Street
  • The service center, maintenance building and service center parking lot located at 2808 Tillar Street
  • CIP and technology building, lot and maintenance office, and lot located at 2801, 2809 and 2821 Cullen Street
  • The Professional Development Center located at 3150 McCart Avenue
  • The food service facility building located at 509 and 601 E. Northside Drive
  • A three-acre tract located at 5201 C.A. Roberson Boulevard near the northwest corner of Wichita and Interstate 20
  • The vacant Magnolia Building located at 1066 W. Magnolia Avenue
  • Land tracts near Lowery Road Elementary School located at 840 Cooks Lane

District plans for additional properties that include the Farrington Field/Billingsley Fieldhouse complex and the Boulevard Heights School will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

Join FWISD Council of PTAs For Lunch, Vaping Discussion

Spend your lunch hour with Fort Worth ISD parents learning about vaping and its impact on youth!

The Fort Worth ISD Council of PTAs will host a free watch party, “Straight Talk: A Matter of Life and Breath” Panel Discussion, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 25 at Fort Worth ISD’s Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave. Free lunch is being provided for attendees who register here.

The organization is among 25 district-wide PTA councils in Texas streaming the discussion which addresses the nation’s deadly vaping crisis and its impact on youth live from the Texas Capitol. Following the live streaming, FWISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner will address the group, and five to 10 parents will be randomly selected for a small focus group with the superintendent. Attendees may also sign up at the event for a committee taking action to extinguish youth vaping.

Tiffany Rogers, FWISD Council of PTAs president, said the watch party brings awareness to the vaping epidemic and starts local dialogue on taking action against it. The event is among several which have occurred locally about the topic. Ms. Rogers said that what hit home for her at an event last month was a student who urged parents not to count their kids out.

“Most parents don’t think it’s a problem for their kids. I don’t think parents have an awareness of how many kids do it (vape) … and that it affects all our kids,” Ms. Rogers said. “As scary as it sounds for parents to talk to their child … it’s scarier to think about what could happen if they don’t talk to their kids about this. The casualties that could be had are just too great.”

Read more about the watch party here.

YWLA Teacher Publishes Youth Book About Trail of Tears

Andrea Rogers, an art teacher at Fort Worth ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy, recently published her first book.

“Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story,” a juvenile fiction story was released by Stone Arch books/ Capstone in library hardback on January 1, 2020 and paperback, February 1, 2020. Previously she’s published short stories and an essays.

“In the fourth grade, I had a teacher who loved how I put words together to tell stories, and her telling me that was the best gift ever. What I didn’t realize until I really tried writing some books was that the great idea is only a tiny bit of the product,” Ms. Rogers said. “There was a lot of editing and rewriting before it became a real book. Lots of people have great ideas but never do the work.”

Ms. Rogers has taught 12 years and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She was a 2019 finalist for the Secondary District Teacher of the year Award.

Recently, Inside FWISD caught up with Ms. Rogers to discuss her book, what inspired her to write it and the writing process.

Check out a portion of the question-and-answer from the conversation.


Q: What is “Mary and the Trail of Tears” about?

A: “Mary and the Trail of Tears” is about a young girl whose family is a part of the Cherokee Nation that fought removal and tried to negotiate to stay on land they had been on for thousands of years. They are forcibly removed at gunpoint, suffer internment, illness and death. They are separated from their father who is sent ahead several months earlier by Federal troops, while they are kept in prison camps. It's a walk of a 1,000 miles and conditions are terrible. The rations are sparse, and the camps are dirty and diseased. My people went from living in cabins to tents in a drought, rain, and snow. Up to 25% of the Cherokees died as a result of Indian Removal. Today, though, the Cherokee Nation is strong and prosperous with a capital in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and over 370,000 citizens.

Q: What are some things you hope children take away from reading this book?

A: I hope Mary’s story gives them an example of the strength a child can have. Though her story is historical fiction, it’s based on real events and things that Cherokee people endured. I hope children see how important family and culture and language is to who they are. As a people, the Cherokee lost a lot of things with the deaths of the grandmothers and grandfathers, some of which can’t be recovered. But we have thrived in our new home. Language, customs, and culture can be lost, but we can also choose to keep those things alive in the way we live.

Read the rest of the Q-and-A on the Inside FWISD blog.

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.

>> Learn more by clicking here.

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!

Get weekly attendance tips throughout the semester on the District’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.


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.

Professional Development Opportunity

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course, February 22

Billy W. Sills Lecture Series: A Dallas Native Looks at Fort Worth Fondly, February 22

Board Meeting, February 25

Fort Worth ISD Council of PTAs will live stream the first-ever Straight Talk at the Capitol: A Matter of Life and Breath, a discussion on vaping from Austin, February 25

Southwest Classic Unified Basketball Tournament, February 26

Report Cards Issued, February 26

District Teacher of the Year applications are due, February 28

Cowtown Marathon, February 28-March 1

Save the date for the Racial Equity Summit

Save the date for Summer Professional Learning

Share your story ideas, successes, calendar items, photos, questions and feedback with us at Inside@FWISD.org. Check the Inside FWISD blog, www.fwisd.org/insidefwisd, regularly updated throughout the week with additional content and features.