Inside FWISD July 25, 2019

In this edition:

Employee Benefits Open Enrollment Underway | Board of Education Votes to Hold Special Election For District 4 |FWISD Sets 2019-2020 Bilingual Campus Administrator Stipends | FWISD Dual Language Summer Conference Celebrates 50 Years of Bilingual Education | Dr. Lisa Langston Receives NIAAA State Award of Merit | FWISD District-Wide Online Registration Has Begun: All Parents/Students Must Complete this Process | Enroll Now In Fort Worth ISD Pre-K | Rockley Family Foundation To Host Piano Sale: Proceeds support FWISD’s Southwest, Diamond-Hill Jarvis high school musicians | Getting To Know FWISD | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | FWISD 2019-2020 Safe Schools Training Requirements | Volunteers Needed For Active Shooter Training Exercise | How Are You Spending Your Summer Vacation? | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Employee Benefits Open Enrollment Underway

Enrollment in 2019-2020 insurance benefits for Fort Worth ISD employees is underway. Staff may apply through Thursday, August 22, 2019.

According to the Benefits Department, an average 2% increase in medical premiums is the only change for the upcoming coverage year, which takes effect Sunday, September 1, 2019. Employees will keep the same insurance cards unless there’s a change in coverage information.

Because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), ALL employees must either enroll, opt to keep the same coverage or decline health coverage.

Premium increases

About 55 percent of FWISD employees signed up for medical coverage during the 2018-2019 open enrollment period, according to Benefits officials. Of those who enrolled, 4,500 opted to accept the TRS ActiveCare 1-HD (high-deductible) plan, which is most popular among employees.

Workers currently paying $80 in health premiums monthly under the TRS ActiveCare 1-HD employee-only plan will pay $91, beginning September 1, 2019.

Visit www.mybenefitshub.com/fortworthisd for a complete list of premium rates and additional insurance details.

The District will host open enrollment sessions August 6-22, 2019 where employees can learn more about the benefits available to them, ask questions and complete the online enrollment for 2019-2020 benefits. District staff enrolling for benefits must use their active directory username and password to complete the process.

Assistance completing open enrollment is also available by contacting the Benefits Department.

Postcards detailing the 2019-2020 insurance benefit open enrollment dates and information sessions were mailed July 8, 2019 to the home address employees have on file with the District.

For additional details about insurance coverage available for the upcoming year, text “FBS FWISD” to the number 313131

or visit the FWISD Employee Benefits Portal.

Board of Education Votes to Hold Special Election For District 4

Fort Worth, Texas – On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education voted to conduct a special election to fill the District 4 seat vacated by the retirement of long-serving member Dr. T.A. Sims.

The Board’s decision followed a public comment session and was by a vote of 6-2.

The election is expected to be held on November 5, 2019, which is the next uniform election date under Texas law.

The Board is expected to formally call for the special election at its next regular meeting which is August 13. Additional information will be available at that time.

FWISD Sets 2019-2020 Bilingual Campus Administrator Stipends

The following memorandum is from the Fort Worth ISD Chief of Staff regarding bilingual campus administrator stipends:

FWISD Dual Language Summer Conference Celebrates 50 Years of Bilingual Education

Dr. Rudy Rodriguez, a bilingual education pioneer in North Texas, is among the esteemed panelists taking part in the third annual Fort Worth ISD Dual Language Summer Conference.

The two-day event, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of FWISD’s bilingual education program, brings together pre-kindergarten to fifth-grade dual language teachers to discuss strategies for empowering English Learners to become bilingual, bicultural and biliterate. The conference, sponsored by FWISD’s Multilingual Program, will take place August 7 and 8 at the Region XI Education Service Center, 1451 S. Cherry Lane in White Settlement. All sessions for the conference are full, and registration is officially closed, according to conference organizers.

Dr. Rodriguez, who served as FWISD’s first bilingual/ English as a Second Language director from 1969 to 1973, will participate in a panel that brings together members who served in the District’s bilingual/ESL program over its 50-year history.

The year’s conference theme is “Reflecting on Our Past, Present and Future in Order to Continue Making a Difference.” Other conference speakers include Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and Jacinto “Cinto” Ramos Jr., FWISD Board of Education president.

“Reflecting on our bilingual program history enables us to honor our Fort Worth ISD’s commitment and role as a pioneer in North Texas,” said Xavier Vásquez, bilingual director of FWISD’s Bilingual/ESL Department. “When we filter our present day through the lens of the past, we avoid repeating missteps and we become determined in reproducing elements of our success. While our future may be uncertain, the spirit of our first co-laborers lives on in us.”

For more details, contact Laura Jimenez, administrative associate to Mr. Vásquez, at 817-814-2411.

Dr. Lisa Langston Receives NIAAA State Award of Merit

Dr. Lisa Langston, CMAA, Director of Athletics for Fort Worth Independent School District received the 2019 NIAAA State Award of Merit during the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association state conference on Monday, July 22.

This annual award is provided by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), for recognition of meritorious dedication to High School and Middle School Athletics.

Dr. Langston is a:

  • Certified Master of Athletic Administration (CMAA)
  • Member, NIAAA Board of Directors, At-Large C (2018-Present)
  • Presenter, NIAAA National Athletic Director Conference (NADC), Phoenix, AZ, December 2017

About the NIAAA: Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the NIAAA is the professional organization for interscholastic athletic administrators. The NIAAA consists of athletic director associations in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the membership includes over 10,000 athletic administrators from the U.S., as well as internationally. NIAAA membership provides opportunity for professional development, education, certification, benefits of services, products, recognition, the exchange of ideas and promotion of the profession.


All Parents/Students Must Complete this Process

Online registration for the 2019-20 school year is underway –and it’s easier than ever.

All Fort Worth ISD students –or their parents – can complete registration by visiting www.fwisd.org/register. Online registration is for all students –both new and returning – and is a “must” in order to be enrolled in the Fort Worth ISD.

The process for returning students is fast and should take from five to ten minutes. Using your student’s individual Snapcode, simply go to www.fwisd.org/register and confirm the information you’ve previously supplied or update any new information.

A Snapcode is a 15-digit combination of numbers and letters unique to each student. Snapcodes were sent out with this year’s final report cards. Superintendent Kent Scribner sent out this video in early June and explained where to find your student’s Snapcode on his or her final report card.

Families of new students will find the process easy as well – with instructions for uploading any necessary documents. Parents can visit www.fwisd.org/register, click the Registration button, and create an account.

Online registration is a time-saving tool that can be done from the convenience of your own home, at any hour, day or night, using your smartphone, laptop, or any digital device.

Who: All Fort Worth ISD students – either new or returning

What: Online registration for the 2019-20 school year

When: NOW!

Why: It’s easy, it’s convenient, and parents no longer have to fill out form after form with the same information.

How: Parents of returning students use an assigned Snapcode, which can be found on the 2018-19 final report card or on your Parent Portal account.

Help: Have a question? Call Fort Worth ISD’s Parent Information Hotline at 817-814-2070, or visit the District website at www.fwisd.org/register to read a list of Frequently Asked Questions.


Registration for Fort Worth ISD Pre-K continues. Enroll your child now for the 2019-2020 school year at www.fwisd.org/prek.

Fort Worth ISD’s Pre-K program is free of charge and there’s enough room for every child.

Children attend school from 7:50 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. each day in classrooms that are nurturing, safe spaces that inspire discovery and learning.

FWISD Pre-K teachers are state certified and receive an extra 30 hours of training each year. This additional training equips our Fort Worth ISD Pre-K educators with the latest tools to give young students the right balance of structure and play in their education.

Watch this video in English or Spanish to learn more.

And, visit www.fwisd.org/prek.

Rockley Family Foundation to Host Piano Sale

Proceeds support FWISD’s Southwest, Diamond-Hill Jarvis high school musicians

What: Pianos and violins for sale to general public

When: August 1-3, 2019

Where: The Performing Arts Center at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA, 1900 I.M. Terrell Way, Fort Worth, 76102

Summary: Grand pianos, digital pianos, violins and other musical instruments used by Fort Worth ISD’s Southwest and Diamond Hill-Jarvis high schools during the 2018-2019 school year will be available for public purchase, August 1-3.

The instruments were provided to Southwest and Diamond Hill-Jarvis high schools last school year on a no-cost basis through a partnership with the Rockley Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides music scholarships, donates instruments to the underprivileged and use of instruments to the music education community. The instruments sold August 1-3 will contribute to the foundation’s efforts to support local institutions with musical instruments.

Pianos available for purchase include grands, baby grands, digital player grands, vertical (upright) and digital. Orchestral strings will also be available. The instruments, some of which are less than a year old, are from famous makers including Yamaha, Bösendorfer, Pramberger, Seiler, Clavinova, Stravari Fine Violins and others. A discrete selection of vintage Steinway & Sons pianos are available.

Instruments come tuned, ready to go and include a new factory warranty. Special no-interest financing and delivery are available. A large portion of the purchase may be considered a tax-deductible charitable contribution to the Rockley Family Foundation.

The purchasing event will take place at the Performing Arts Center at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA, 1900 I.M. Terrell Way, Fort Worth, 76102.

There are two opportunities for purchasing the instruments:

  • By Appointment: A special pre-sale is set for Thursday, August 1, Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3. Call 817-807-2547 to make an appointment.
  • Public Sale (No appointment needed): 2 to 5p.m. Saturday, July 28

For more details, visit RockleyFamilyFoundation.org/FWISD or call 817-257-5333.


Stay in the know of who makes up the Fort Worth ISD.

Over the next several weeks, Inside FWISD will take a look at FWISD employees.

This week, check out a breakdown of the District's employees by job type.

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

Ready. Set. Swim!: More than 560 participated in swimming lessons this summer at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center Natatorium. From June 17- July 3 and July 8-25, the Rainwater Charitable Foundation supported free swim lessons for Fort Worth youth at the natatorium Monday through Thursday. In partnership with the City of Fort Worth’s Mobile Rec and Fort Worth Children's Partnership, the lessons are led by Richard Sybesma, a retired Texas Christian University swim coach.

Bon Appétit: Annette Smith, award-winning instructor for the Gold Seal Culinary program at South Hills High School, recently participated in the Culinary Educator Workshop for Teachers at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Austin. The workshop, hosted July 20, gave attendees a refresher in knife skills, offered advanced techniques of vegetables and instructed those in attendance on selecting a knife that best fits their needs. Ms. Smith participated in a group that won the Mystery Basket Challenge with baked salmon.

LifeChanger Nominee: Faiha Al-Atrash, a coordinator for the Home School Program, at International Newcomer Academy is a nominee for the LifeChanger Award, sponsored by insurance company, National Life Group. Read more here.

Top Coach: Congratulations to Leonard Middle School's Toddrick Hall, who was named Coach of the Camp at the Citi Dak Prescott Football Pro Camp earlier this summer.


All Fort Worth ISD employees are required to complete 13 Safe Schools online courses for the 2019-2020 school year.

Employees have until Thursday, October 31, to complete the mandatory courses. New hires must complete the courses within two months of their hire date.

All District supervisors will receive a monthly report of employees’ training progress.

The Safe Schools courses for the upcoming school year include:

  • Bullying: Recognition and Response
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Child Abuse Mandatory Texas Course
  • CIPA: Compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act
  • Email and Messaging Safety
  • FERPA: Confidentiality of Records
  • FWISD Avoid Deny Defend Active Shooter Custom Course
  • Health Emergencies: Overview
  • Password Security Basics
  • Protection Against Malware
  • Sexual Harassment: Student Issues and Response
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention

Each employee was sent an email by Tuesday, May 28 with a link to fwisd.tx.safeschools.com.

Employees will be required to use their active directory and password to access the system. Google Chrome is the preferred browser for using Safe Schools.

In addition to the mandatory training courses, multiple other online courses are available to staff.

Contact the Help Desk at 817-814-4357 if you encounter any problems with your active directory or password.

For more details on the courses, contact Aracely Chavez, executive director of classified learning, at Aracely.chavez@fwisd.org or visit the Classified Learning webpage at www.fwisd.org/Page/2807.


The following message is from the City of Fort Worth regarding its upcoming Active Threat Full Scale Exercise. FWISD employees will be required to use a vacation day off if interested in participating in this exercise. The message is slightly modified for clarity.

Emergency Operations Center Cadre (EOC) and Partners,

On July 29, we will be having our second Active Threat Full Scale Exercise. This has been an almost six-month planning process by Office of Emergency Management and the planning team comprised of Fort Worth Police Department, Fort Worth Fire, MedStar, JPS Hospital, Cook Children’s hospital, Fort Worth Marshal’s Office, City of Fort Worth, and the Tarrant County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The exercise will be a full scale exercise at Trimble Tech High School and will include activation of the Fort Worth ISD EOC and Fort Worth EOC as well as coordination of the mass casualty component at local hospitals.

Opportunities to Participate

EOC Activation Play (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Click here to register to play in the JEOC

The EOC will be activated for the exercise and there are various positions that need to be filled by the EOC cadre for each EOC section/group. We are using Eventbrite to manage the registrants and distribute information for the various players and their roles within the EOC. The EOC Sections we are needing players are for the following:

  • Situational Awareness Section (Fire, PD, MedStar, FWISD, and five Medical Coordination)
  • Resource Support Section (Park and Recreation, Transportation/Public Works, Neighborhood Services, Red Cross, Salvation Army, MHMR, Fort Worth HR for Family Assistance Center coordination, any other representatives from other City of Fort Worth departments)
  • EOC Support (City Marshal’s, other representatives to field phone calls)
  • Joint Information Center (Public Information Officers)
  • Organizations are designating specific unified command staff and first responders that will be participating in the exercise.
  • OEM is contacting individuals for controller/evaluators and to be simcell participants.
  • Joint Emergency Operations Center Executive Team members may register as a VIP or email me (Maribel.martinez@fortworthtexas.gov) to observe the exercise at an observation area at the school.

Family Assistance Center Observation (9 a.m.- 2 p.m.) - Click here to register to observe at the FAC

FWISD will lead the Family Assistance Center (FAC) but there is an opportunity to observe/supplement FWISD FAC function. (City of Fort Worth HR, Red Cross, MHMR...these positions will liaison from the field to EOC counterparts.)

Field Support Staff and Volunteers (6 a.m.-3 p.m. at Trimble Tech High School) - Click here to register to be exercise support staff

  • Staff/volunteers to assist in moulage – OEM will lead the moulage team but we need additional assistance as we need to moulage 55 volunteers in a short timeframe
  • Volunteer Support – We are anticipating ~200 volunteers to play in the exercise so we need staff to assist OEM in coordinating checkin and volunteer logistics.
  • Safety Support – OEM will lead a safety team to ensure the safety of the volunteers and players
  • Food Team – for coordinating and setting up feeding for all exercise participants

Volunteers to be actors IN the exercise (6 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Trimble Tech High School) Click here to register to be a volunteer and role play in the exercise

  • 200 role players needed (including 100 high school age kids)

As you register, additional logistical information will be coming in the next few weeks as we get closer to the date of the exercise.

As always, OEM appreciates all the help and support!


Anna Crisostomo, a literacy learning model instructional coach for Professional Learning and Instructional Services, visited New York City for the first time this summer.

Here's some photos from her travels:

Let Inside FWISD know how you're spending your summer.

Throughout the summer break, don't forget to email us with photos of your travels, professional development activities and just simply how you're spending your vacation. We'd love to share some of those photos with your colleagues in future Inside FWISD editions throughout the summer.

FWISD is hiring nurses

FWISD is looking for Bilingual Teachers

FWISD is hiring bus drivers

Online Registration, Ongoing

Benefits Open Enrollment for employees begins, Ongoing through August 22

Gold Seal Late Application Window, Continues through September 6

Four-Day Workweek, Continues through August 2

Back to School Roundup Registration, Ongoing through July

Summer Semester, Continues through July 25

FWISD Auxiliary Job Fair, July 30

FWISD CIP/ PROCEDEO Business and Networking Mixer (RSVP to attend), August 1

5th Annual YES! Conference, August 1

Jumpstart Teacher Academy, August 5-9

Dual Language Summer Conference, August 7-8

Tarrant County Back to School Roundup, August 8

Creando Una Amistad, August 9

Texas Tax-Free Weekend, August 9-11

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