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.
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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.