Inside FWISD June 21, 2018

Fort Worth ISD Launches District-Wide Online Registration on July 2

All Parents/Students Must Complete Process in Inaugural Year

The Fort Worth ISD is launching District-wide online registration. It’s easy, it’s convenient, and parents will no longer have to fill out multiple forms with the same information. However, in this inaugural year, all students –both new and returning –must complete the online enrollment process.

Fort Worth ISD parents and guardians will receive a Snapcode – or identifying number – for each of the students in their families. Some Snapcodes went out with this year’s final report cards; others are being sent in the mail.

Beginning July 2, parents can visit www.fwisd/org.registration, click the Registration button, and create an account.

In a letter to parents, Superintendent Kent P. Scribner praised the convenience of online registration, “because as a Fort Worth ISD parent, I, too am excited about this time-saving tool.”

Technical support for parents will be available from the company that helps the District host the online solution.

When parents hit a snag or have a question, they can call 866-434-6276, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

And, for non-technical information, parents can call the Parent Information Hotline at 817-814-2070.

Training for the PowerSchool Online Registration System is scheduled for District employees.

Save the date! All trainings will be held at O.D. Wyatt High School – 2400 E. Seminary Drive.

Registration for each training will soon be posted in Eduphoria.

July 31, 2018

  • High School Data Clerks
  • High School Secretaries

August 1, 2018

  • Elementary Secretaries

August 2, 2018

  • Help Desk, SIS support team
  • Central Admin

August 3, 2018

  • Middle School Data clerks: 2-hour sessions, AM
  • Middle School Secretaries: 2-hour sessions, PM


New elementary campus appointments are announced for the Fort Worth ISD:

  • Alberto Herrera to Sam Rosen ES from a previous position at Dallas ISD
  • LaTonya Ordaz to Bill J. Elliot ES from assistant principal T.A. Sims ES
  • Roberto Baeta-Gutierrez, to Waverley Park ES from assistant principal North Hi Mount
  • Sharon Schultze to Hazel Harvey Peace ES from assistant principal Carter Park ES
  • Suzelle Birkmire to Meadowbrook ES from assistant principal Meadowbrook ES
  • Terry Guthrie to Boulevard Heights from assistant principal Boulevard Heights ES
  • Misty Rothermund to Morningside ES from previous position at Dallas ISD
  • Steven Moore to the FWISD Leadership Academy at Maude I. Logan from principal Bill J. Elliott ES
  • Julia Yost to D. McRae ES from principal Sam Rosen ES
  • Kendall Miller to Daggett ES from principal D. McRae ES
  • Ronnita Carridine to Harlean Beal ES from principal Morningside ES
  • Keith Christmas to Carroll Peak ES from interim principal Carroll Peak ES

Secondary principal appointments will be announced soon.

Save the Date: Convocation 2018 is Aug. 17

What: Fort Worth ISD Convocation for 2018-2019 School Year

When: Friday, August 17, 2018, 9 a.m.

Where: Originating at Board Conference Room, 2903 Shotts Street and streamed to all schools and campuses

Who: Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner; Charles Foster Johnson, founder of Pastors for Children; FWISD Board of Education; all District educators, administrators and a select group of students

Summary: This year’s Fort Worth ISD Convocation will again be both virtual and live –and teachers will be able to watch from their respective campus.

We hope teachers are taking a break and enjoying the summer, but don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2018 Convocation.

A lively video featuring Fort Worth ISD teachers-- and a couple of cute kids-- shares the message.

The Friday, August 17, event begins at 9 a.m. and will be an hour long, or less, so that teachers can maximize their time preparing for the first day of school on August 20.

Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner and Reverend Charles F. Johnson will speak live from the Fort Worth ISD Board Room before an audience of students. The platform will be YouTube Live and will resemble a “Ted talk,” informal yet informative. Each FWISD campus will watch as a group.

Reverend Johnson leads the statewide ecumenical organization, Pastors for Children, which mobilizes the faith community for public education support and advocacy. PTC promotes school assistance programs in communities all over the state, cultivates community partners for public education, and mobilizes clergy to advocate for sound public education policy in state government. Charles Johnson is a frequent speaker in university, church, business, education, and non-profit circles.

Information about the stream connections will be sent as we get closer to the day of Convocation. We will also broadcast the event live on cable via Charter (Spectrum), Channel 192 and AT&T U-verse, Channel 99.

staar/eoc retest tips

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and End-of-Course (EOC) retests will take place June 25-29 across the state.

Earlier this year, Cherie Washington, chief of secondary schools, and Maria Sanchez, secondary leadership executive director, provided Inside FWISD with helpful tips for how administrators and teachers can prepare for and get through STAAR week.

Here are their recommendations:

  • Principals set the tone for the testing environment and teachers set the tone in the classroom prior to and during the test. Ensure you have a valid testing process and that all stakeholders, including the students are aware of the process. Practice the process if needed.
  • Principals should:

1. Encourage all stakeholders, including teachers, to get a great night’s sleep and have a good breakfast.

2. Touch base often with the test coordinator and be on hand to assist if needed.

3. Keep calm, positive and resolve issues as they arise.

4. If possible, show appreciation for your teachers’ work and dedication

  • Ensure there’s a complete and accurate list of testers for each teacher with matching test booklets. If teachers have anyone who is not supposed to be in their rooms or testing materials for students not on their list, they must let an administrator or testing coordinator know immediately.
  • Ensure there’s a system for giving teachers their planning periods back after testing is complete to avoid any conflicts afterwards.
  • It is always nice to provide snacks or lunch for staff on test days. Look for community donations. Staff really does appreciate it!
  • Teachers, plan for interesting and engaging activities after all testing is complete for the day for students who tested. If the testers worked hard, then they will be drained.
  • Don't forget to say THANK YOU to the students and all who helped with testing. Yes, it's their job, but it is always nice to feel appreciated.

Please feel free to share these helpful tips with parents for how they can help their children prepare for performing well on state exams:

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s rest
  • Offer your child a healthy and nutritious breakfast
  • Making sure your child dresses comfortably, complying with Fort Worth ISD dress code
  • Encourage your child to think positively about the test and their abilities
  • Remind your child to review their work for mistakes

Teaching Chair Recognition Empowers Classroom Educator

Apply Today for One of 14 Disciplines

Becoming the 2017-2018 XTO Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood Education empowered Julissa Gomez of Fort Worth ISD's Leadership Academy at John T. White Elementary School as an educator and a person, she says.

“I feel like I can better serve my students and families because I have more confidence in what I am doing,” Mrs. Gomez said. “It has also confirmed my desire to pursue a principal certification so that I may one day be able to make an impact on teachers' lives as well as student.”

Applications are being accepted for the District’s 2018 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence to empower even more classroom teachers like Mrs. Gomez.

Modeled after the university-level chair program, Chairs for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding classroom teachers and awards them with a $5,000 honorarium.

Applications are currently being accepted for the following disciplines:

  • Acquisition of Language
  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary Reading
  • Humanities
  • Secondary Math
  • Middle School STEM
  • High School STEM
  • Career & Technical Education
  • Elementary Math and/or Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Science
  • Special Education
  • Visual Arts

Eligible classroom teachers may self-nominate or be recommended for the recognition by principals, colleagues or parents.

Nominees must:

A nominee must:

  • Be a full-time, certified, and highly-qualified FWISD teacher in good standing.
  • Have completed a minimum of three years teaching in FWISD, a total of five years’ experience, and currently be a classroom teacher.
  • Be employed by FWISD during the entire school year served as the Chair.
  • Complete and submit the online application by the published deadline – no exceptions.
  • If selected for an interview, nominees must be prepared to be recorded teaching a lesson.
  • Have never been named for any Chair for Teaching Excellence before.

More eligibility details are available on the Department of Community and Strategic Partnerships website.

This year’s honorees will be recognized at a luncheon this November. Chair honorees are encouraged to further their education and training and share their knowledge and expertise with their colleagues.

For more details, contact Danielle Stenger at Danielle.stenger@fwisd.org or by calling 817-814-2977.

2018-2019 Guides to Grade Reporting Now Available

Modifications to the elementary and secondary school Guides to Grade Reporting for the 2018-2019 School Year are now available for FWISD educators to view online.

Elementary school changes focus on requirements for posting grades to Focus; assignment redo and test retake guidelines; the weight of a student’s homework or summative assessments to their overall six-weeks grade and homework guidelines.

Changes at the secondary level include:

  • Teacher’s required communication with parents regarding their child’s pending failing grades and/or excessive absences;
  • Coursework grades;
  • Requirements for students completing missed assignments because of an absence;
  • Assignment redo and test retake guidelines;
  • Grades for AP courses earned at the middle school level being included in calculations for high school GPA and class rank;
  • Earning course credit and guidelines relating to a student dropping a course after the deadline.

To view the guides, visit https://www.fwisd.org/Page/6999.

Apply Today for ELITE Institute for Teachers

Apply today for Session 2 of the ELITE (Excellent Literacy Instruction to Empower) Institute for Teachers.

A partnership of Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth ISD and Fort Worth Sparc, the institute offers kindergarten through fifth-grade educators best practices and strategies for teaching reading and writing to “culturally and linguistically diverse students,” according to the program’s website.

Session 2 is slated from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday, July 9-25.

Teachers can receive T-TESS and CPE credit for participating.

Participating ELITE Institute teachers who choose to enroll in the master’s program for education at Texas Wesleyan University will have their application fee waived.

Apply today at https://www.smore.com/emy30.

For more details, email fwisdpli@fwisd.org or call 817-814-3400.

Rules for Strength and Conditioning Programs

Strength and conditioning sessions are underway this summer at FWISD schools.

Schools and coaches may conduct strength and conditioning sessions for seventh – 12th-grade students from their attendance zone for a total of six weeks, Monday-Thursday for no more than two consecutive hours a day.

For detailed strength and conditioning regulations, and frequently asked questions, visit the UIL (University Interscholastic League) website.

Contact your local high or middle school for more details on its strength and conditioning schedule.


Families: it’s more important than ever to make time for reading this summer.

And, Fort Worth ISD is providing free online reading resources that are both easy to use and can fit into a family’s summer schedule.

All you need is a browser to connect to the program for every grade level from Pre-K to 12th grade.

Here’s how it works: students can select articles to read that interest them and can share what they learn with their parents. Parents can reward their children when they achieve an activity score of 75 percent or higher to recognize them for their accomplishments. The online resources provide many suggestions for students and parents to get the most out of their summer reading activities.

Visit https://www.fwisd.org/summerreadingresources to learn more about supporting student literacy and preventing summer slide. Reading even a little bit every day helps students maintain their skills through the summer.

SmartyAnts for grades Pre-K – 1: Suggested 10 minutes practice each day

KidBiz Pro for grades 2 – 5: Suggested 30 minutes practice each day

TeenBiz Pro for grades 6 – 8: Suggested 45 minutes practice each day

Empower Pro for grades 9 – 12: Suggested 60 minutes practice each day

Fort Worth ISD’s early literacy initiative – called 100 X 25 FWTX – sets a goal of 100% of third-graders reading on grade level or above by the year 2025. Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner is partnering with Mayor Betsy Price, BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose to lead the community-wide Read Fort Worth initiative. This collective impact strategy engages parents, grandparents, and caregivers as well as volunteers from the city’s business sector, higher education, non-profit organizations, and the faith-based community.

JCLC Teaches tRust, confidence

Lacey Norris quickly scurries up a utility pole. As the rising South Hills High School sophomore reaches the top nerves set in and she pauses.

She looks down to the ground where an instructor tells her to slowly lift one foot after another onto the top of the pole. Lacey has to stand atop the pole before lunging for a trapeze bar suspended in air.

Attempting to keep her balance, she composes herself and makes the final two steps up onto the top of the pole. She takes a breath, leaves fear behind and jumps into the air catching the pole as she leaps.

“South Hiils,” she yells as she makes the leap.

Lacey is one of nearly 200 students from Fort Worth ISD and other surrounding schools who participated in this year’s JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC), a one-week camp just outside of Azle.

“It’s been crazy,” Lacey said. “I’ve never done this before. It’s like adrenaline constantly.”

A first-time attendee, Lacey said the one-week experience, allowed her to improve her skills in teamwork, communication and talking though things with others. If she could share anything with another student about the process she said it would be: “don’t be afraid to try new things. Don’t be shy.”

The FWISD JROTC Program hosted the camp in two cycles, June 4-8 and June 11-15, at the District’s outdoor JROTC Leadership Learning Center, a more than a 230-acre site. Students from 15 FWISD schools, and high schools in Alvarado, Richardson and The Colony were placed in a rural setting where they participated in relays, drills and obstacle courses where they had to problem solve, communicate and trust one another.

Participants are introduced to a military setting where they pick up citizenship skills and learn about land navigation. In addition to camp activities, participating cadets visited the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, museums and offices for area businesses.

“They are a better person in the end, and they’ve gained greater confidence that they had not had,” said LTC. Richard Crossley, director of FWISD’s JROTC programs. “They overcome a physical obstacle and know that they can go back and overcome challenges in the classroom.”

Power Adams, a rising junior at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy, said each exercise was a building block that not only challenged him but forced him to trust others, listen to others and to think outside the box.

“It’s a challenge but something that’s really going to teach you how to think in life, to think outside the box,” Power said of the camp. “Knowing that that any job that I have is going to deal with people, I need to learn how to work with any and every body. It’s a turning point, a learning pint in my life for what’s going to come.”

Dr. Kenneth Estes of Alvarado ISD who came out to observe his district’s students who were participating in the camp, called JCLC fantastic. He said it teaches students leadership, confidence, what it means to overcome obstacles and to trust others – all skills they will need in the workforce.

“I think this is incredible and a great opportunity for our kids,” Dr. Estes said.

High School JROTC units are required to participate in an annual JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge, and each school is required to have at least 10 percent of its cadets participate per U.S. Army Cadet Command regulations. Cadets are recommended for camp by their campus instructors.

Since 2012, the District has conducted its JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge in Azle. In recent years, exercises have motivated students to overcome their fears, read a map and sharpen skills for becoming productive members of their community. The camp culminates with the cadets’ parents being invited out to observe how they’ve spent their week.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Ask Elsie is a column where Chief Financial Officer Elsie Schiro tackles employee queries, or in areas outside her purview, asks other District leaders to answer them.

Dear Elsie,

1. I was looking at the 2018-19 calendar-linked from the FWISD Employee page and I noticed the grading periods are not marked on it. May I please have a calendar with the grading periods, for next year, delineated?

2. Has a "blackout dates" calendar for 2018-19 been developed yet? Each year there is an additional calendar circulated that has testing dates for EOC/Star and AP testing dates for the upcoming school year (Benchmark test dates are not always on it, though). Around those times/dates on this calendar, teachers cannot take field trips or remove students from the courses that are preparing for those exams. That is the calendar I need a copy of. It is called the "black-out" calendar because the dates on it are "blacked- out" for outside activities. We usually have access to a copy of it by this time of year.

Thank you,

Lynne Gibbon, BS, RN, Instructor

Dear Ms. Gibbon,

I reached out to Sammy Monge, Chief of Policy and Planning, regarding your questions, and here are his responses: “Thank you for your question. The 2018-2019 calendar has been updated with both the grading periods and the testing dates and is on the District webpage under the Employees link.”

Thank you, Ms. Gibbon for your questions, and thank you Mr. Monge for your responses.


Dear Elsie,

Why does this District allow the employees who work at the Administration Building to park in visitor parking instead of parking in their assigned parking spots? As an employee of this District, it is embarrassing when a real visitor is coming to visit my office and tells me they have to park blocks down and walk over. There are several employees who work in the offices near the front of the building parking in visitor parking. Also, when there are school employees coming to the District office for meetings or trainings they are parking in employee spots leaving the employee who works at District [office] nowhere to park and causing them to be late to work. Several people on my staff have experienced this issue on multiple occasions. This parking problem should be fixed.


Dear Anonymous,

I reached out to Sammy Monge, Chief of Policy and Planning, and he had this to say on the matter: “Thank you for your question. Parking at the Administration Building has many challenges. We are currently reviewing our parking procedures to see what changes may be needed to address the issue mentioned above and others as well. In the meantime, we will send a reminder to all Division Heads to remind all their staff to park only in their assigned spaces. We have made some changes to how our security guard operates to try and prevent visitors from parking in assigned spaces but realize this is an issue especially in the garage area. We hope to have a proposal with some changes by the end of August.”

Thank you, Anonymous for your question, and thank you Mr. Monge for your response.


Direct your questions to Inside@fwisd.org and put the words "Ask Elsie" in the subject line. Please close your letter with your preferred signature as you wish it to appear in the column. When there are multiple queries on the same subject, we will select the one that is most representative of the subject. We will try to answer as many questions as possible.

FWISD’s First Director of Research and Analysis Dies

The Fort Worth ISD extends its sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of Dr. Charles Lee Evans, the District’s first director of Research and Analysis.

Dr. Evans died June 7. He was 94.

Raised in East Fort Worth, Dr, Evans was a graduate of Polytechnic High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he obtained the rank of corporal. The G.I. Bill allowed him to enroll in college at North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in education in 1948 and a master’s degree in 1951. He received a doctorate degree in education from the university in 1969.

Courtesy of the Evans Family

Dr. Evans joined Fort Worth Public Schools in 1948 as a sixth-grade teacher at East Handley Elementary School. In 1959, he was promoted to principal at Glencrest Elementary. The 1968-1969 school year, he took a leave of absence to work as a research manager for Southwest Educational Development Laboratory and was assigned to the local Central Cities planning project.

He returned to the District in November 1969 to head a new department of Research and Analysis as its director. The department was responsible for evaluating “programs in instruction, administration, business and supply research facilities for the entire administrative staff,” former Superintendent Julius Truelson is quoted saying in a District newsletter in 1969.

“Dr. Evans will do statistical analysis and other forms of research on a variety of items which are vital to administrative decision making,” said Dr. Ivan Fitzwater, former deputy superintendent in 1969. “He would be the man to ‘test the product’ of our efforts in the instructional program as well as other areas of operation. He would perform a service which is unique and different from anything we have at the present time.”

Among Dr. Evans’ first projects was:

  • Analyzing data from state standardized tests to determine how students were performing in math, spelling and language
  • A pilot extended school day program at Southwest High School
  • The effectiveness of the middle school and costs for maintenance, business and school operations.

He retired from the District in 1983 and went on to oversee student teachers at the University of Texas at Arlington, according to his obituary.

Dr. Evans was preceded in death nine months ago by his wife of 67 years, Betty. He is survived by his three sons and their spouses, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

An inurnment for Dr. Evans will take place Saturday, June 30.

Click here to view the full obituary for Dr. Evans.

New Student Placement Center Brochures Available

Student Placement Center brochures for the 2018-2019 school year are now available for download. The brochures are translated in Spanish, Arabic, Burmese, Nepali, Somali and Swahili and are available here.

Campus principals and office staff are encouraged to print and share the brochures with parents and students who speak or hear a language other than English in their homes who are enrolling with the District for the first time.

The Student Placement Center, located at 999 N. University Drive, is part of the Bilingual/ ESL Department.

Students new to the Fort Worth ISD who hear or speak a language other than English must schedule an appointment with the center to take an assessment test. The test, which determines placement in the best possible program, varies in time depending on a student’s age.

Throughout the summer, the Student Placement Center is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and its staff is available to meet with families from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, for families unable to visit the facility on a weekday.

Families without transportation to make an appointment are encouraged to contact the center, and staff will make arrangements to register and assess students at their home school.

For more details, contact the Student Placement Center at 817-815-7700.

FWISD Students Explore the Arts, Sharpen Dual-Language Skills

Students in Fort Wort ISD’s Spanish immersion, dual-language one-way and dual language two-way courses will wrap up a three-week camp later this month that’s allowed them to engage with native Spanish speakers.

For the fifth year, the District’s Multilingual Program is partnering with Sister Cities International and Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education to host the Dual Language Immersion Summer Camp at Burton Hill Elementary School. Ten college students and two educators from Mexico are serving as camp facilitators.

By engaging with educators and native Spanish speakers from Mexico in enrichment activities, students are sharpening their proficiency skills for reading and writing in English and in Spanish.

This year’s theme – Art: An Expression of Language – exposes students to the arts, various artists, genres and mediums, and its role in expressing Latin American and Spanish language and culture. The Kimbell Art Museum, during the course of the camp, is facilitating a tour of its special collections for camp participants. The three-week camp culminates with FWISD students participating in a closing ceremony in which they highlight what they’ve learned.

“Our Dual Language Immersion Camp [provides] Fort Worth ISD students with an opportunity to fuse dual-language development, appreciation for art and other cultures,” said Xavier Vasquez, District bilingual director.

The Dual Language Immersion Summer Camp, which began June 11, concludes Thursday, June 28.

New Elementary Principals Academy

Vital Link: Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth

Vital Link: Fort Worth Zoo

Vital Link: Blue Zones Project Fort Worth

Vital Link: Lockheed Martin

Vital Link: Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve BaseFort Worth

Vital Link: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Vital Link: Bass Performance Hall

Vital Link: Sid Richardson Museum

Vital Link: Cook Children's Medical Center

Vital Link: EECU

Vital Link: Students visit Tarrant County offices

Vital Link: KERA

Dates Set for Jumpstart Teacher Academy

Jumpstart Teacher Academy, formerly known as the New Teacher Academy, will welcome new teachers to the District this summer.

The Jumpstart Teacher Academy for teachers new to the District with at least three years of teaching experience will take place July 30-August 2. The academy for teachers new to the profession, is slated for August 6-10. Both one-week sessions, designed to prepare educators for a successful school year, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Professional Development Center (PDC), 3150 McCart Ave.

Professional learning will focus on maximizing instructional time, instructional planning, effective student relationships in an urban environment, technology, curriculum and instruction.

New teachers will receive an invitation to register to attend the academy when they’re hired and processed by Human Capital Management.

Jumpstart Teacher Academy participants will receive a copy of “Teach Like a Champion 2.0,” a book by Doug Lemov with 62 teaching techniques teachers can use when preparing students for college and career readiness, and other materials to assist them in their first year. (assist who? Teachers or students?) Throughout the year, monthly professional learning opportunities will provide new teachers ongoing support.

For more details, contact Berty Magana, new teacher induction director, at berty.magana@fwisd.org.

Training Scheduled for Teachers, Principals Implementing the FWISD Learning Model

Fort Worth ISD Learning Model professional learning opportunities are scheduled this summer for teachers and principals who will be implementing the model at their campus this school year.

Teacher Learning Model classes will take place in two three-day sessions, June 26-28 and July 10-12. A two-day session for principals is being scheduled for August and is open to administrators who will have staff who will be actively implementing and working in the Learning Model the 2018-2019 school year.

Teacher coaching in one-on-one and small group sessions will be provided to educators throughout the 18-19 school year.

If your campus is implementing the Learning Model this year, contact your campus principal for more details on professional learning registration.

Launched last fall, the Learning Model is made up of four components:

  • challenge
  • research and create
  • communicate
  • reflect and grow

Through the components, students develop shared ownership, leadership and collaboration skills.

“Our learning model is a win-win for all involved. The research-based best practices are aligned to T-TESS indicators and move us toward student-centered learning,” wrote Charles Carroll, chief academic officer in a recent memorandum to principals. “We know our student population thrives when learning is interesting, personalized and hands-on.”

YouTube video resources are also available to get a deeper understanding of the Fort Worth ISD Learning Model:

For more FWISD Learning Model details, visit https://www.fwisd.org/Page/14555.

Texas DPS Launches App for Reporting Suspicious Activity

A new Texas Department of Public Safety application is allowing the public to report suspicious activities or behaviors via mobile devices.

Launched earlier this month, the iWatchTexas app allows Texans to report criminal, terroristic or school safety-related threats, according to a DPS statement.

“The new iWatchTexas mobile app is one of several solutions that Texas is implementing immediately to identify and report those who pose a threat to our schools and to our communities,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in the DPS statement. “Our law enforcement often rely on vigilant Texans to help keep communities safe, and this new toll will give everybody the ability to quickly and easily communicate with authorities and help prevent future tragedies.”

The iWatchTexas app is available for iOS users in the Apple App Store and for Android users in the Google Play store.

In addition to the mobile app, the public can also report suspicious behavior via www.iwatchtx.org or by calling 1-844-643-2251. All reports are confidential and take fewer than five minutes to complete.

For more details on iWatchTexas and examples of suspicious activity to report, view the full DPS news release.

Tarrant County Back to School Roundup Donors Needed

Businesses, organizations and individual people are needed to collect backpacks and school supplies for this year’s annual Tarrant County Back to School Roundup.

Get involved in supporting Tarrant County schoolchildren by hosting an onsite “Fill the Backpack” drive or making an online donation.

Groups interested in conducting a physical “Fill the Backpack” drive must sign up no later than Saturday, June 30 on the Back to School Roundup website. Parties hosting a physical drive must set a collection goal of 50-100 backpacks with supplies included and must drop off the donations by July 26. School supply lists are available for download at backtoschoolroundup.org.

There is no requirement for online donations. A backpack, with supplies included, is available on the Back to School Roundup website through Educational Products Inc. (EPI) for $16.95.

Donated backpacks and supplies will be distributed to approximately 10,000 underserved prekindergarten through 12th-grade children at the annual Tarrant County Back to School Roundup, Thursday, August 9. In addition to back-to-school supplies, the one-stop shop event will also offer free haircuts, health, dental and vision screenings, immunizations, and health and social service resources.

Families interested in receiving supplies must preregister online to attend by July 9 or signup at one of multiple pre-registration events being hosted throughout the county, Wednesday, June 27- Thursday, August 2. For more details, visit http://backtoschoolroundup.org/.

Meet FWISD’s Campus Ambassadors

Nearly 20 FWISD employees have been selected to serve as Campus Ambassadors for the 2018-2019 school year.

The ambassadors make up a diverse group of employees serving in various campus roles who will interact with prospective District employees. Prior to the end of the 2017-2018 school year, the 17 ambassadors gave personalized tours to 130 prospective teacher applicants who visited their respective campuses during Human Capital Management’s campus Bus Tour.

Ambassadors are selected and recommended to HCM by their campus principals for the one-year term.

Shalunda Corzine, HCM talent management coordinator, said the ambassadors would interact with prospective candidates and serve as a voice to what their respective campus has to offer. She said they are knowledgeable individuals who reflect the diversity of Fort Worth ISD.

Campus ambassadors excel in their roles, represents their respective campuses well, exemplify what it means to be part of Fort Worth ISD, display a positive influence on students and staff, and increase awareness regarding the amazing things happening in the District.

The 2018-2019 Campus Ambassadors are:

  • Brenda Ayala, fourth-grade math/science teacher, West Handley Elementary School
  • Crystle Morales, third-grade self-contained teacher, Leadership Academy at Como Elementary School
  • Fanny Perez, Instructional coach, Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard Elementary School
  • Karen Britt, AP ELA and Inclusion Support Teacher, Glencrest 6th Grade School
  • Kristi York, fourth-grade writing teacher, Walton Elementary School
  • Krystle Marberry, instructional coach, Leadership Academy at John T White Elementary School
  • Lateesha Leonard, third-grade ELA Teacher, Sunrise McMillan Elementary School
  • Lisa Yanagida, 11th- and 12th-grade AVID coordinator, Eastern Hills High School
  • Angelica Ortiz, second-grade teacher, George C. Clarke Elementary School
  • MSG. John Whitfield, Junior Cadet Corp, J. Martin Jacquet Middle School
  • Octavia Silas, math teacher, Leadership Academy at Forest Oak Middle School
  • Porsche Brewer, math specialist, Morningside Middle School
  • Ramon Hodges, Program Support Specialist Restorative Practices prekindergarten – fifth grade, Harlean Beal Elementary School
  • Safiyyah Omar, fifth-grade science teacher, Leadership Academy at Maude I. Logan Elementary School
  • Sarah Willis, 11th-grade U.S. History teacher, South Hills High School
  • Wartika Scott, fifth-grade science teacher, L. Clifford Davis Elementary School
  • Zach Reimer, history teacher, Polytechnic High School

“A lot of them are innovative. A lot of them are people persons,” Ms. Corzine said of the ambassadors. “They give a global view of what it means to be on their campus.”

Information about the campus ambassadors and why they chose to serve FWISD families will soon be featured on the HCM website.

fwisd celebrates substitutes

The Fort Worth Independent School District is currently accepting applications for its general, auxiliary and 180-day substitute teacher positions.

During the 2017-2018 year, approximately 1,600 people served as substitutes filling in for fulltime FWISD employees.

Substitutes are vitally important to the District, ensuring that classes are covered, students don’t lose instruction days and that District operations continue as scheduled.

At a recent event, the District showered its current substitutes with appreciation.

The Human Capital Management Department hosted 173 people for its Substitute Appreciation Event Thursday, June 7, at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Cheerleaders, dance squads and drum lines from the District’s high schools welcomed attendees to the venue with performances.

Inside, invited guests were treated to light refreshments and gift bags from the District. The first 70 guests received goody bags from Bimbo Bakery. Substitutes who attended were also eligible for door prizes including Kindle Fire tablets, a Lenovo laptop, a 43-inch 4K high-definition Vizio TV, a Samsung tablet, a Roku stick and multiple gift cards to local restaurants and venues. The event honored and recognized substitutes for their dedication, according HCM officials.

Guest speakers included Benbrook Elementary School third-grade teacher Paula Libby and Polytechnic High School Principal Nick Torrez. Cynthia Rincon, HCM chief, Orlando Torres, HCM Central Calling supervisor and Board of Education Trustee Christene Moss also gave remarks at the event.

Know someone interested in becoming a FWISD substitute?

Invite them to join the team and apply today at www.fwisd.org/careers.

how are you spending your summer?

Are you spending your summer vacation traveling throughout Europe, supervising students studying abroad, doing mission work, participating in intriguing professional learning or lounging by the water? Let us know all about it.

Email Inside FWISD photos and a description of your much-needed time off that we can share with your colleagues here at Fort Worth ISD. Throughout the summer, Inside FWISD will share summer photos in future editions of the newsletter.

Hope you’re enjoying your well-deserved vacation, and we’ll see you back at work soon.

Host Families Needed for Upcoming International Leadership Academy

Fort Worth Sister Cities International will welcome 100 youth July 19-23 for its International Leadership Academy, and it’s looking for individuals to serve as host families during their stay. The organization is also looking for individuals willing to host students in Fort Worth from Mbabane, Swaziland and Reggio Emilia, Italy, on an extended stay after the academy, July 26-August 2.

A host family orientation is slated for June 26 at a location to be determined. At the orientation, host families will receive a photo and profile on the student they will be hosting.

The International Leadership Academy connects students from Fort Worth with youth from sister cities in China, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Swaziland. Students will participate in activities at Texas Christian University that will include improving leadership communication and problem-solving skills; learning about and developing appreciation for various other cultures; and gaining knowledge about citizen diplomacy, according to the Sister Cities International website.

Host families are not obligated to have teenage children to participate. However, families without children are asked to host two students – one male and one female – from the same country.

Families do not have to be a member of Fort Worth Sister Cities International to host a student. Nonmembers of the organization will receive a complimentary one-year family membership for agreeing to host an exchange student.

Sister Cities International, a nonprofit established in 1985, promotes Fort Worth internationally and provides the community with international education, exchange and commerce opportunities, according to its website.

For more details on becoming a host, contact Courtney Cannon, International Leadership Academy coordinator by emailing courtney@fwsistercities.org or calling 817-632-7107 or visiting https://www.fwsistercities.org/join-in/host-students-and-teachers/.

#thankyouthursday: dallas mavericks, whataburger

Thank you, Dallas Mavericks and Whataburger for recently celebrating the winner of the Mavs Reading Challenge, a student at the Leadership Academy at Maude Logan Elementary with a school pep rally.

Teachers, please share this information with your students about the Summer Reading Incentive (www.fwisd.org/summerreading)

ELITE (Excellent Literacy Instruction to Empower) Summer Institute, Session 1 is June 4-21, and Session 2 is July 9-25

Ram Readers Summer Reading Clinic for K-5 Students, Session 1 is June 4-21, and Session 2 is July 9-25

FWISD Summer Food Program, Continues through Wednesday, June 27

Education Technology Summer Professional Development classes

FWISD Summer Semester 2018, June 18-July 26

Dual Language Programs professional learning for principals, Monday, June 25

Early Literacy Professional Learning Opportunities

Secondary Literacy Professional Learning Opportunities, Register in Eduphoria

Professional Learning Opportunities for Sixth-Grade Literacy, Social Studies and Music Teachers and Campus Librarians, Register in Eduphoria

Elementary Math Summer Learning Opportunities

STAAR and EOC retests, Monday June 25- Friday, June 29

FWISD Board of Education regular meeting, Tuesday, June 26

Fort Worth ISD’s 2018 Academic Chair for Teaching Excellence application deadline, Friday, June 29

Concerts in the Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks and Picnic, Monday, July 2- Wednesday, July 4, Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4 (FWISD will be closed Wednesday, July 4, and Thursday, July 5, to observe the holiday. The district reopens Friday, July 6.)

Fort Worth’s Fourth, Wednesday, July 4, Panther Island Pavilion

Applied Digital Skills professional development for sixth- 12th-grade teachers, 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 19, Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave. Room 256

University Grill in the Administration Building, closed Monday, July 9- Friday, July 27

AAIL Summer Academy, Monday, July 23-Thursday, July 26

The Advanced, Accelerated and Innovative Learning Department will be hosting its annual summer academy and renewal opportunities for gifted and talented certification July 23-26, 2018. The event will be held at the Applied learning Academy on Camp Bowie, and participants may register on Eduphoria.

PowerSchool training, Register in Eduphoria

o July 31, 2018

High School Data Clerks, O.D. Wyatt HS

High School Secretaries: O.D. Wyatt HS

o August 1, 2018

Elementary Secretaries: O.D. Wyatt HS

o August 3, 2018

Middle School Data clerks: 2-hour sessions, AM, O.D. Wyatt HS

Middle School Secretaries: 2-hour sessions, PM, O.D. Wyatt HS

Texas Home and Garden Show, August 17-19, Will Rogers Memorial Center (FWISD Teachers and Support Staff tickets are half-price)

Convocation 2018, Friday, August 17, Originating at Board Conference Room, 2903 Shotts St. and streamed to all schools and campuses

Visit the Inside FWISD blog on Mondays for a look at The Week Ahead.

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.

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