Area Superintendents Compete In 2020 NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS “GAME OF DRONES” SHOWCASE
Student demonstrations and competition teams from Region 11 school districts participated in the “Game of Drones” event today at Wilkerson-Greines Activity. The event culminated with area superintendents trying their hand at flying drones in a fierce competition against one another with students coaching them.
Coached by Dunbar High School junior Kenneth Rodgers, Superintendent Kent P. Scribner clinched the Games of Drones superintendent title.
This “Game of Drones” event included remarks from school district, law enforcement and industry professionals, performances by Cowley ISD's Summer Creek Middle School Jazz Band and the Dancing Drones. The nation's colors were presented by the FWISD JROTC program, and the choir from I.M. Terrell Academy sang the national anthem. Additionally, the event included mock competition demonstrations from FWISD and Birdville ISD student teams.
Change the Narrative at the 2020 Racial Equity Summit III
Just a few days remain to pre-register for Fort Worth ISD’s 2020 Racial Equity Summit!
The third annual event, hosted by Fort Worth ISD’s Division of Equity and Excellence, brings together District students, staff, community members and higher education leaders for discussions about student equity, race and its impact on schools and the community. The free summit gets underway with check-in at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21 in the Nick and Lou Martin University Center at Texas Wesleyan University, 3165 E. Rosedale St.
Online pre-registration is open through Thursday, March 5 at www.fwisd.org/RES2020.
The 2020 theme, “Changing the Narrative,” offers attendees 30 breakout sessions focusing on four learning strands:
- Student Voice
- Teaching Practices
Sydney Johnson, a University of California Los Angeles political science and African American studies student, will present the 8:30 a.m. keynote, “Who You Are and What You Aren’t” in the Ann Waggoner Fine Arts Building. Miss Johnson is the student racial equity leader for Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR), and her work advocates for underserved and underrepresented communities.
Summit organizers say they’re looking forward to engaging and meaningful conversations that challenge attendees to examine their own biases, consider multiple perspectives and see how differences are not a source of discord or division but a source of strength and recognition.
Teachers attending the summit can earn three or six FLEX hour credits but must register in Eduphoria!
Limited seating is available for this year’s summit.
Booth space at the summit expo is still available for community organizations. For more details, contact Mia Hall at 817-814-2339 or email email@example.com.
Meet Dunbar’s New Aviation Maintenance Instructor
Fort Worth ISD Dunbar High School’s new Career and Technical Education/ aviation maintenance instructor brings a wealth of knowledge to the job.
Al Brooks grew up near New York’s LaGuardia Airport. His father began working on aircraft in the mid 1950s and at the time was one of the few African Americans who went to school and earned an airframe and powerplant (A&P) license.
Growing up around airplanes, Mr. Brooks became fascinated with them and a career in aviation was inevitable.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and in his five years in the military, Mr. Brooks was an aircraft crew chief who performed engine and aircraft inspections and maintenance. Throughout his career, he’s also taught at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, as an instructor at Irving High School’s Aviation Academy and at Tarrant County College. In the 2014-2015 school year, the Seidel Chapter of the Air Force Association named him Teacher of the Year.
Recently, Inside FWISD caught up with Mr. Brooks to learn more about him and his goals for the aviation program at Dunbar.
Education: U.S. Air Force CCAF (Community College of the Air Force); aviation science degree from Eastern New Mexico University
Related Credentials: Airframe and Powerplant license; FAA certified drone pilot
Q: What fascinates you about aviation?
A: I’ve worked on airplanes for over 30 years now, mostly as an aircraft mechanic. Being an aircraft mechanic, it has taken me all over the world, and I have enjoyed my work. Getting into education was not the plan. I went on an interview, with a friend, to teach at Aviation Institute of Maintenance. Little did I know that I would fall in love with educating people about aircraft maintenance. Years later I was asked to put together an aviation program at Irving High. After Irving High for six years, I taught with the Tarrant County College District for two years.
Q: As an instructor, what do you hope to pass along to future aviators?
A: Aviation is never the same. You must always do your job in a safe manner. What fascinates me is that I work on some of the newest technology on the planet.
Q: What are your goals for the aviation maintenance program at Dunbar?
A: My goal for the aviation program at Dunbar High is to provide the students with my 30 years of experience, the best education on aircraft maintenance, electronics and overall aviation science. That being said, I also want to provide the students, when they leave Dunbar, with certifications they can use – OSHA 10 certification, FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot License and forklift certification. The overall plan is for the students to pursue their A&P license to work on aircraft.
Q: What would you like the FWISD community to know about you?
A: I would like the FWISD community to know I am very happy to work in FWISD. It is an honor to teach at the historical Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Being the Air Force’s Teacher of the Year in 2014-2015, I will bring my knowledge and experience to the Dunbar classroom.
Wedgwood Sixth Honors and Inspires with Black History Month Program
Wedgwood Sixth Grade Center hosted a successful and well-attended Black History Month program Tuesday, February 25. The program was called, “Honoring the past, inspiring the future.”
The event included a presentation of colors, performance by the show choir, presentation of posters of famous African Americans, and a skit depicting African American heroes, past and present. One person portrayed in the skit was school custodian Mr. Eddie Dukes, who was in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam war. Mr. Dukes, who sat in the audience, did not know his story would be included in the skit. He is a much-beloved member of the Wedgwood staff. Event organizers wanted everyone to know his service to his country had not gone unnoticed.
Law School Students Lend A Hand In Sunrise-McMillan Elementary Campus Beautification Project
Students arriving for classes at Fort Worth ISD’s Sunrise-McMillan Elementary School on Monday, February 24 were greeted with some new campus additions.
Principal LaTres Cole stood in the school hallway watching as students pointed to new campus murals, drawn by fifth-grade science teacher Yasmine Toney, and painted by campus staff and other volunteers.
“They were excited,” Mrs. Cole said. “They were in awe.”
School staff along with their families and students from the Texas A&M School of Law spent Saturday, February 22 sprucing up the school’s landscaping, installing bird houses, posting positive messages in student restrooms, repainting outdoor murals and painting indoor murals. Approximately 20 people volunteered at the campus helping to make it an attractive landmark in the Stop Six Community.
The beautification project was a continuation of work that started on the campus last year, Mrs. Cole said.
“We got a lot done. It was well needed; our landscaping in the front looks awesome,” she said. “It was a very productive day and we were able to get a lot accomplished and our campus looks great.”
View more photos from Sunrise-McMillan Elementary’s Campus Beautification Project here.
FWISD Announces Campus Stakeholder Survey Winners
The results are in, and 10 Fort Worth ISD schools are being recognized for meeting or exceeding targets on the parent portion of the 2019-2020 Fort Worth Stakeholders’ Climate Survey incentive.
More than 30 schools were entered into a drawing for the chance to win gift baskets for a family game night, coffee maker and new kitchen utensils or a bookcase and collection of books to build a home library. Schools who met or exceeded targets for the parent portion of the survey were eligible for the drawing.
Winners were announced live via Facebook, Monday, February 17.
- Kirkpatrick Elementary School
- McLean Middle School
- McLean 6th
- Sam Rosen Elementary
- Leonard Middle
- Diamond Hill Elementary
- Alice Carlson Applied Learning Academy
- I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
- Monnig Middle
- South Hi Mount Elementary
The winning schools may use the prizes for a campus program incentive or campus initiative.
INSIDE FWISD BRIEFS
Editor's NOTE: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening around the District.
Fourth Six Weeks Report Cards Now Available
Report cards for the fourth six weeks grading period are now available to parents via the Fort Worth ISD Parent Portal. Read more here.
FWISD AVID Students Outperform Peers Nationally In Taking AP Exams
Fort Worth ISD’s 2019 AVID graduates outperformed their peers nationally in completion of Advanced Placement exams, according data released by the AVID program.
Data released for the 2018-2019 school year show 78% of FWISD’s 2019 AVID class sat for at least one AP exam. That’s 32 percentage points above the national average. Additionally, 97% of FWISD AVID graduates met four-year college entrance requirements, and 84% took at least one AP, international Baccalaureate or Advanced International Certificate of Education course.
Read more here.
FWISD Board President Jacinto Ramos, Jr. Inaugurated As Leader Of MASBA
Fort Worth ISD Board of Education President Jacinto Ramos Jr. has another new leadership role -- president of the Mexican American School Board Association.
Ramos was recently sworn in as leader of MASBA during a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, as the organization celebrates its 50 year anniversary. Read more here.
Ramey Street Maintenance Project Meeting This Saturday
The City of Fort Worth will host a meeting Saturday, February 29, to discuss upcoming road construction on Ramey Avenue. For more details, read here.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
Southwest Classic Unified Basketball Tournament: Fort Worth ISD’s Southwest High School hosted the District’s inaugural Southwest Classic Unified Basketball Tournament, Wednesday, February 26. The tournament promoted inclusion and brought together seven high school teams made up of both special and general education student-athletes. This is the first event demonstrating Unified Sports in the Fort Worth ISD, according to organizers.
“Straight Talk: A Matter of Life and Breath” Panel Discussion: The Fort Worth ISD Council of PTAs hosted a free watch party, February 25.The organization was among 25 district-wide PTA councils in Texas streaming the discussion which addressed 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 addressed the group, and five to 10 parents were randomly selected for a small focus group with the superintendent. Attendees could also sign up at the event for a committee taking action to extinguish youth vaping.
Lowery Road Annual Black History Month Program
D. McRae Elementary School Black History Festival: The inaugural celebration, hosted February 20, included food, a photo booth, performances by the Dunbar High School Prancing Kittens and Drumline, a Harriet Tubman interpretive dance performance and a display of handmade Kente fans and sashes from Ghana.