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Inside FWISD June 3, 2021

In this edition:

Potential Foul Weather Moves First Three FWISD Graduations Indoors: COVID-19 Restrictions Relaxed For High School Graduations | JROTC Awards And Change Of Command Ceremony Rescheduled | Saturday Is Election Day | FWISD Launches ESSER III Survey, Seeks Stakeholder Input | FWISD Annual Family Literacy Celebration: English-Learner Students and Families are provided with Tools and Resources for the Summer During Saturday’s Drive-Through Event | FWISD Urges Parents And Students To Prepare For Summer Learning With A Big Difference – It's For Everyone! : Deadline to Apply Is Friday | It Takes A Village: Surprise Leaves Leadership Academy at Como ES Father of Six Speechless | Become A Child’s Champion With The Fort Worth ISD: In-Person Career Fair Set for High Need Content Educators June 10 | See What Makes Reading Fun At FWISD’s Summer Read Aloud : In-Person Career Fair Set for High Need Content Educators June 10 | Rediscover FWISD: Campuses, Choices, And Connections : District-Wide Online Registration Begins June 14 | Become A Canvas Champion | 5 Awesome Advantages Of Canvas For Teachers | Fort Wort ISD Earns Common Sense District Designation | District Announces New FLEX Course Initiative For Educators | $1.5 Billion In Extra Benefits Headed To SNAP Households | Superintendent Asks Employees To Consider Special Donation To United Way Of Tarrant County | District Issues Important Message For Employees Set To Retire At End Of 2020-2021 Academic YearFWISD Announces Recent Retirees | Food Available At Multiple Sites For FWISD Families, Community | Inside FWISD News Briefs | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

POTENTIAL FOUL WEATHER MOVES FIRST THREE FWISD GRADUATIONS INDOORS

COVID-19 Restrictions Relaxed For High School Graduations

The Fort Worth ISD will move the first three graduations ceremonies to an inside venue because of potential bad weather.

The change of venue will impact ceremonies for the District’s three Early College High School programs. All three graduations will now be held at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd., immediately adjacent to Clark Stadium.

  • Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, Thursday, June 3, 7:30 p.m. – Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center
  • Marine Creek Collegiate High School, Friday, June 4, 7:30 p.m. – Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center
  • Tarrant County College South Collegiate High School, Saturday, June 5, 7:30 p.m., Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center

Note that the graduations scheduled for all other FWISD schools, June 16 – June 20, will remain as scheduled.

Additionally, the District will relax previous COVID-19 restrictions for all high school graduations ceremonies.

Unlike the spring 2020 graduations ceremonies, the District will not limit the number of attendees so that all family and friends may celebrate students. Masking and social distancing preferences, while optional, are still recommended.

Before attending a graduation ceremony, we ask all attendees to please self-screen checking for new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19 that include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills, repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat, loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit,
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

Please do not attend any graduation if you are experiencing the aforementioned symptoms.

JROTC Awards and Change of Command Ceremony Rescheduled

The Fort Worth ISD annual JROTC Awards and Change of Command Ceremonies, postponed Friday, May 28, 2021 because of possible inclement weather, is rescheduled.

The event is set for 9 a.m. Friday, June 4 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd.

COVID 19-protocols are optional but strongly recommended.

To RSVP, email Victoria.negrete@fwisd.org or call 817-815-7350.

Saturday Is Election Day

Election Day for area city and school district runoff races is Saturday, June 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Registered voters in Tarrant County may cast ballots in person at any county Vote Center.

On Saturday, voters will decide the victor in several city and school district runoff elections.

Among the races on the ballot is the District 9 Fort Worth ISD Board of Education seat.

On the ballot is Roxanne Martinez and Cade Lovelace. The victor will succeed Ashley Paz, who did not seek re-election.

Voters will also decide the next Fort Worth mayor in Saturday’s runoff. Mattie Parker and Deborah Peoples are vying to succeed FWISD alumna Betsy Price, who announced earlier this year that she would not seek a fifth term.

For more details, visit the Tarrant County Elections Administration website.

FWISD Launches ESSER III Survey, Seeks Stakeholder Input

The Fort Worth ISD is seeking stakeholder input on how to best use more than $261 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER III) to address student learning recovery and lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The District encourages its students, families, teachers, school administrators, campus support staff, District staff and community members to complete a survey that takes fewer than five minutes to submit and let your voices be heard. All survey responses are anonymous.

Complete the survey today at www.fwisd.org/ESSERsurvey. The ESSER III survey is open through Monday, June 7.

“These dollars will ensure a plan for a safe return to in-person instruction here in the District,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “We want to hear from our entire community – students, families, teachers, principals, community groups, special education and English Language Learner advocates and many others.”

On Monday, May 24, 2021 the District hosted two virtual town hall events in English and Spanish to answer stakeholder questions and receive input about how to best utilize the ESSER III funds. Replay the town hall videos in English and Spanish on the FWISD News YouTube channel.

Over the next four summers and three full fiscal years, the District will use the more than $261 million in one-time/short-term federal funds to address student learning recovery and the ongoing impact of the pandemic using four major strategies:

  • Teacher support
  • Rigorous instructional materials
  • Creating more time for learning
  • Empowering parents

ESSER III funding for K-12 schools is part of the American Rescue Plan of 2021, which builds upon measures from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, enacted in March 2020.

Stakeholders with questions about the ESSER III survey are encouraged to email AskEval@fwisd.org.

FWISD Annual Family Literacy Celebration

English-Learner Students and Families are provided with Tools and Resources for the Summer During Saturday’s Drive-Through Event

The FWISD Student Placement Center invites Fort Worth ISD families to attend its annual Family Literacy Event. The celebration – focusing on families who speak a language other than English at home-- takes place this Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at North Side High School, 2211 McKinley Avenue.

Families will receive free books and information about community resources, encouraging students to continue reading through the summer. This is a drive-through event so it will not be canceled because of rain. Parent and community volunteers will distribute the giveaways.

This occasion is made possible through a collaboration between Fort Worth ISD and our community partners, including the Fort Worth Public Library, Tarrant County College, Half Price Books, UNT Health Science Center, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, JPS Health Network, the Fort Worth Fire and Police Departments, Clayton Youth Enrichment program, the YMCA, and the City of Fort Worth.

FWISD Urges Parents and Students to Prepare for Summer Learning with a Big Difference – It’s for Everyone!

Deadline to Apply is this Friday, June 4

Fort Worth ISD is offering a first-of-its-kind opportunity for students this summer. Think of it as an exciting makeover to summer learning. And one of the biggest changes? It’s for everyone this year – K-12.

Called Summer Launch, the program will allow students to catch up or accelerate their learning and recover credits lost due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. It will include both academic and enrichment activities (STEM, arts, and more), and all courses will have a math or literary focus.

The deadline to apply is this Friday, June 4. Parents will find all the information they need and the registration form at www.fwisd.org/summerlaunch.

Summer Launch will also be learning at its most fun and engaging. Partners such as Read Fort Worth, Clayton YES, and United Community Centers will assist the District in providing high-quality, high-energy learning experiences. Some courses will put students in off-campus settings, such as museums.

Grades K-8 will be taught entirely in person.

  • Every course offering will be tied to literacy and math.
  • Partner organizations will provide the enrichment component of the program, in schools and off-campus locations. Parents can learn more about the Read Fort Worth component at www.readfortworth.org/summer-scholars.
  • Literacy and math will be embedded in enrichment courses, as well as academic courses.

At the elementary level, summer learning is offered at many campuses and is open to anyone who wants the experience.

At the middle school level, FWISD will offer summer learning opportunities at many campuses. Students who failed two or more math or literacy courses will be given priority.

At the high school level, students can participate in either of these two ways or both:

  • In Person
  1. Any student who failed two or more STAAR courses (such as English 1, English 2, Biology, Algebra, U.S. History) will be invited to participate.
  2. Students who failed one STAAR course and another class will also be asked to attend.
  3. Courses will be held at many campuses (construction work may prohibit classes at some campuses)
  • All Virtual
  1. This component is credit recovery for all other courses (non-EOC, such as English 3, Geography, Algebra 2, Physics, Chemistry, Foreign Languages, P.E.), including enrichment courses.
  2. This will be asynchronous learning, using Edgenuity.
  3. Students can get in-person support at their campus, if needed.

Again, the deadline to apply is Friday, June 4.

Parents will find registration information, including a link to the registration form, at www.fwisd.org/summerlaunch. Parents can also register at their home campus.

  • Parents or students will go to the form and make their summer school choices, including whether they want to learn more about enrichment options that may be available at their home campus. Not all campuses will offer enrichment options after lunch.
  • This information will go to the campus, and the campus will contact the family to discuss their choice and other options.
  • Campuses will also be inviting many students to attend summer school.
  1. Counselors will send the invitations and will be the main contact for families at middle schools and high schools.
  2. The contact at elementary schools will be an administrator and/or counselor.
  3. Bilingual/ESL programs will be offered by invitation.

A final check with families will happen the week of June 7.

Classes start June 23 and end July 22.

  • Half-day academic sessions begin at 8 a.m. (elementary), 8:30 a.m. (middle school), and 9 a.m. (high school), and will be held Monday through Thursday.
  • Enrichment classes may have extended hours but will mainly take place in the afternoon, giving some students the opportunity to participate full-day.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
  • Transportation will be provided.

Parents can learn more at www.fwisd.org/summerlaunch. The site is now active, and more information is being added daily.

It Takes A Village

Surprise Leaves Leadership Academy at Como ES Father of Six Speechless

Ivery Williams had no idea what awaited him on the other side of the front door at the Leadership Academy at Como Elementary School on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 27.

He had agreed to help school nurse Chelsea Brandewie move heavy boxes from her vehicle. As they made their way to the front of the school, the door swung open, and the father of six saw five of his children, school staff and friends with black, white and gold balloons, cheering him on.

“Thank y’all so very much. This is God sent,” Mr. Williams told the crowd. “Who would have ever thought?”

The surprise left him speechless.

'Our school is truly a family'

In March, four of his children were in a serious accident with their mother that left some temporarily in wheelchairs and on crutches. Following the accident, Mr. Williams took on full responsibility caring for his six children. Five of them attend the Leadership Academy at Como Elementary, and a sixth is a student at Monnig Middle School. Things became rough for the single parent, according to a recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram story. Mr. Williams lost his job and his car.

Ms. Brandewie recalls seeing Mr. Williams waiting across the street from the Leadership Academy at Como Elementary for the Trinity Metro bus. At the time, three of his children were in wheelchairs and one was on crutches.

“It was the most heartbreaking scene seeing them wait at that bus stop day after day,” Ms. Brandewie said. “I saw the struggle.”

She would soon ask Mr. Williams, who would walk or ride the Trinity Metro bus to transport his children, about what happened to his car. He shared his story with her, and Ms. Brandewie couldn’t turn away.

“I was like I have to help him. I have to do something,” she said. “He has stepped up like I’ve never seen before for these kids. His love is so evident that I just I respect it so, so much.

“Seeing someone … struggle but have such good intentions on taking care of his children, you just don’t have a choice. You have to step up and help… you rally around them to give them hope and show them they’re not alone but also just further the point that our school is truly a family.”

With Mr. Williams’ permission, Ms. Brandewie started a GoFundMe page to help the family, hoping it would raise a few hundred dollars. On the page she explained the family’s struggles and how Mr. Williams, despite the challenges, had taken it all in stride and kept a positive attitude.

What occurred next was unexpected.

“It took off,” she said. “It’s like the starts aligned.”

All worth it

More than two weeks after launching the fundraiser, Mr. Williams’ children, school staff, his pastor and friends stood on the school steps cheering him on and holding a hand-made check. In just a couple of weeks, the fundraiser collected more than $24,000. And there was more good news to come.

Unbeknownst to his children and behind the cheering well-wishers, a 2020 red Dodge Grand Caravan was parked in front of the school, ready for Mr. Williams to take the wheel. It was donated to him from local dealer, SouthWest Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

“It’s a blessing to see the community surrounding [my family] like this,” Mr. Williams said. “This puts faith back into the community and into our school system. For those that don’t think the school system is behind you, it is.

“God worked all through this. God has his angels circled all around me, and that’s this school.”

Nearly speechless, Mr. Williams said the outpouring of generosity gives him “a sigh of relief.” He said that he intends to put the monetary donation toward his rent, other necessities and paying it forward.

As the children made a beeline for their new vehicle, Mr. Williams thanked all who had gathered. One of his children who hardly smiles, smiled more than ever that day.

“Just hearing and seeing their smiles made it all worth it, 100%,” Ms. Brandewie said.

Become A Child’s Champion with the Fort Worth ISD

In-Person Career Fair Set for High Need Content Educators June 10

Become a champion for Forth Worth ISD students.

The District is inviting high-need content area educators (math; science; English language arts/ ELA; English as a Second Language/ESL; special education; bilingual; Spanish; Career and Technical Education/ CTE) to meet with hiring managers and campus principals for face-to-face interviews, Thursday, June 10. The career fair is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the FWISD Teaching and Learning Center, 1050 Bridgewood Drive in Fort Worth.

Interested candidates must register to be considered for the event. An invitation will be extended to qualified applicants to meet campus principals and hiring managers for interactive on-site interviews on June 10.

FWISD Human Capital Management personnel will also be available to answer candidate questions.

Stand out by following these helpful tips:

  • Apply to teach with the Fort Worth ISD at fwisd.org/careers
  • Register for the June 10 High Need Content Area Career Fair
  • Upon receiving your invitation to attend the career fair, make copies of your cover letter, resume and certification/credential documents to share with campus principals and hiring managers at your interview
  • Dress for success
  • Call 817-814-HIRE if you have any additional questions

Hiring managers and campus principals are eager to meet highly qualified and energetic candidates with expertise in preparing FWISD learners for success in college, career and community leadership.

Eligible candidates must have a valid teacher certification in one of the high-need content areas; have recently passed their Alternative Certification Program exams and have a Statement of Eligibility letter; be a university graduate awaiting their standard certification or an be out-of-state applicant with at least one year of a content area certification posted.

Your journey to becoming a champion in the lives of FWISD students starts here.

Don’t forget to visit www.fwisd.org/careers for additional career information or call 817-814-HIRE.

See What Makes Reading Fun at FWISD’s Summer Read Aloud

All-Day Virtual Event Set for June 11

Jumpstart your love for reading this month.

Join Fort Worth ISD’s Educational Technology Department June 11 for a virtual Summer Read Aloud event. From 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., FWISD campuses and departments are invited to tune in for live stories read aloud by Ed Tech team members.

Themed “Reading is Fun,” the Summer Read Aloud schedule, other relevant information and the livestream can be accessed here. Education Technology has built a Google site to complement the live readings that include digital activities for engaging with the books featured in the read aloud and additional resources for promoting a love of reading. All readings are being recorded and will be available for viewing throughout the summer.

No registration is required to participate. Summer Read Aloud is being broadcast via a Google Meet Live Stream. FWISD employees accessing the event are encouraged to access the stream by logging in with their FWISD Google account.

“We hope that all who participate will be engaged with our readings and learn how to leverage technology tools to support student instruction,” said Shana Ellason, FWISD Technology Learning Integration director. “If you love reading and understand the importance of being a good reader, this event is for you! The website with all the recordings and extension activities will be available all summer long for students to access.”

For more Summer Read Aloud information, contact the Educational Technology Department at 817-814-3100 or contact the Digital Learning Specialist on your campus.

Rediscover FWISD: Campuses, Choices, and Connections

District-Wide Online Registration Begins June 14

All Parents/Students Must Complete this Process

This year, we’re asking students, parents and community members to “rediscover Fort Worth ISD” – and touting its campuses, choices, and connections:

Campuses – with new college-like, collaborative learning spaces in every high school

Gold Seal Choices – where students learn in-demand job skills and can earn an associate degree for free

Connections – with business, higher ed, and many great partners who know good investments when they see them – our students!

Online registration for the 2021-22 school year begins in just a few days –and it’s easier than ever.

Beginning at midnight, June 14, all Fort Worth ISD students –or their parents – can complete registration by visiting www.fwisd.org/register or www.fwisd.org/rediscover . Online registration is for all students –both new and returning – and is a “must do” 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

Families of new students will find the process easy as well – with instructions for uploading any necessary documents. On June 14, parents can visit www.fwisd.org/register , click the Registration button, and create an account.

The site www.fwisd.org/rediscoverFWISD will also work.

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 2021-22 school year

When: Beginning at midnight on June 14.

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 your Parent Portal account.

Help: Have a question? Text or call 817-500-0381 for help or email your questions to parentinfo@fwisd.org .

BECOME A CANVAS CHAMPION

Editor’s Note: The following content from the FWISD Education Technology offers details about the Canvas Champions cohort program. Educators interested in participating must express interest to their campus principal by June 4.

Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) is coming to the Fort Worth ISD this fall. The Fort Worth ISD is implementing the application through a soft rollout.

As early as August, administrators and teachers can opt-in to using Canvas as their full learning management system. Campuses will receive Canvas training during the 2021-22 school year, with all educators in FWISD expected to use Canvas by the 2022-23 school year.

In preparation for the Canvas rollout, the FWISD Educational Technology Department is hosting a cohort of early Canvas adopters from each FWISD campus in a program called “Canvas Champions.” The program is designed for motivated, self-driven, tech-savvy early adopters who want to serve as a contact for their campus in the implementation of Canvas. We believe this cohort will play an instrumental role in ensuring the success of the Canvas rollout next school year.

Canvas Champions will:

  • Complete a six-hour self-paced online Canvas Champions training offered by FWISD EdTech. This flex eligible training will open June 22, 2021 and will close July 7, 2021
  • Attend a three-hour virtual Canvas Deep-Dive training with Region 11 trainers in July or August
  • Attend a follow-up training offered by FWISD EdTech in Fall 2021 to review the newest developments and implementations within FWISD Canvas
  • Be an active member of the FWISD Canvas Champions 2021-2022 community. Educational Technology Specialists and campus Canvas Champions will work together to model Canvas usage for the campuses, serve as contacts for teacher questions throughout implementation, deliver training, campus support, and more

Action Items:

  • If you’re interested in becoming a Canvas Champion for the 2021-2022 school year, please express your interest to your campus principal before June 4, 2021

If you're not interested in serving as a Campus Champion but would still like to get a head start on learning to use Canvas, stay tuned for a Canvas learning opportunity from Educational Technology this June. Details will be available soon in Eduphoria.

Once fully implemented, Canvas will be utilized by District employees, students and parents. The application allows for uploading and sharing of course materials, grades, tracking student participation, conducting virtual learning and communication. It also links with features FWISD already utilizes including Microsoft, Google, and some textbook material. Canvas is used by more than 3,000 school districts, including more than 250 districts, colleges and universities in Texas.

The LMS will replace Google Classroom, which is currently being used for first through 12th-grade instruction. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten will continue to use Seesaw for instruction.

5 Awesome Advantages of Canvas for Teachers

Fort Worth ISD is abuzz with news that the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) is coming soon! During the 2021-2022 school year, various campus-based early adopters will use Canvas to house digital instructional materials and lessons. Curious about what Canvas can offer your classroom? Here are five awesome advantages for teachers using Canvas:

1. Ease of Access

With the Canvas LMS implementation in FWISD, teachers and students can access Canvas through the click of an icon within the FWISD Apps Portal (ClassLink). Automated student rostering will make keeping up with class rosters a breeze; in fall 2021, teachers will log in to find their Focus courses listed in Canvas complete with enrolled students. Many District resources will be available within the LMS, such as Google for Education tools and more!

2. Communication Tools Galore!

Canvas offers teachers and students a wide variety of communication options to support and enhance the learning experience:

  • Canvas Inbox - functions like an email account allowing teachers to communicate directly with students without having to manage email addresses.
  • Calendar - populates every class assignment to help all stakeholders manage lessons and grading.
  • Discussions - Teachers and students can participate in discussion topics throughout their course. These can be content related or serve as a class question-and-answer forum.
  • Collaborative Assignments - a virtual space for teachers to collaborate with their students, allowing students to work on real time, collaborative documents.
  • Announcements and Notifications - Teachers can push announcements course-wide, and students will see their announcements listed at the top of their course dashboard.
  • Assignment Feedback - provide individualized recommendations using feedback options within assignments, quizzes, the gradebook and more!

3. “One-Tab Learning”

FWISD teachers will have the opportunity to utilize Canvas’ robust Rich Content Editor within pages, assignments and more. The use of this element allows teachers to spark student creativity and learning by adding images, videos, links, text formatting, and external tools, such as Google for Education documents, directly into their content. Students are able to access the embedded content directly within Canvas, which eliminates the need for juggling multiple tabs! Teachers can provide content, resources, assignments, quizzes, feedback and many other learning opportunities all in one place: Canvas.

4. Helps You and Your Students Stay Organized

No more worrying about crumpled paper assignments in the bottom of backpacks. With Canvas, teachers can post coursework, feedback, and announcements that are easily accessible online to students. Assignment due dates are displayed on the Canvas Dashboard, so students can see all upcoming assignments across their courses. The integrated calendar populates all class assignments to help all stakeholders manage school work and grading. Teachers can quickly grade and provide feedback with the SpeedGrader application while students can see graded schoolwork in the integrated Gradebook. Teachers can leverage cloud-based resources and content through the rich-text editor, embed feature and integrated resources.

5. Use Your Previously Created Google and Microsoft Materials

The power of cloud-computing allows for seamless integration of Google for Education, Microsoft Office 365 and Canvas! Canvas LMS offers Google Assignment integration and allows distribution and collection of student work through the use of Docs, Sheets, Slides and more. Content and assignments used in Google Classroom this year are accessible in Google Drive and can be easily implemented in Canvas. Similarly, Microsoft Office 365 documents can be used in Canvas as collaborations and assignments.

Fort Worth ISD Earns Common Sense District Designation

The Fort Worth ISD is officially a 2020-2022 certified Common Sense District.

The honorable accomplishment is bestowed by Common Sense, a leading independent nonprofit “dedicated to helping [children] thrive in a world of media and technology.” It recognizes districts that have demonstrated a “commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges [a district’s] commitment to creating a culture where our whole community is invested in helping kids thrive as digital learners and citizens,” according to a Common Sense statement.

FWISD Educational Technology officials say the distinction is a testament to the District’s commitment to instructing students about safe online practices and becoming digital citizens. Teaching responsible digital citizenship promotes and supports digital literacy skills for FWISD students, according to Educational Technology officials.

“Gaining the Common Sense District certification confirms that we are diligent in preparing our students to be responsible users of technology,” said Dr. Becky Navarre, FWISD Assistant Superintendent of Technology. “In addition, our teachers are modeling ethical and responsible technology use for our students on a daily basis, thus preparing our students for life in an interconnected digital world.”

FWISD is among more than 80,000 United States schools that use Common Sense Education’s free K-12 research-based curriculum. Common Sense Education resources “teach students, educators and parents tangible skills related to internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, media balance, managing online relationships and media literacy,” according to a Common Sense statement.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Fort Worth ISD for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Liz Kline, vice president of Education Programs for Common Sense Education. “Fort Worth ISD deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

To learn more about the criteria for becoming a certified Common Sense District, visit www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-districts.

DISTRICT ANNOUNCES NEW FLEX COURSE INITIATIVE FOR EDUCATORS

Editor's Note: The following content about the District's new FLEX initiative for teachers beginning this June is from the Division of Academics.

The 2021-2022 FLEX Initiative is set to begin June 23, 2021 and run through April 14, 2022. This year’s FLEX will be different than in the past with offerings divided into three areas: Campus, Content, and Teacher-Selected Professional Learning.

Content hours are based on the District's Initiatives (such as Literacy Instructional Framework, Equity, SEL, Curriculum Alignment, etc.) and are provided consistently across the district. The purpose is to build consistency across the district and efficacy in teacher practice.

Campus Leaders will determine the professional learning for their campuses. Professional Learning will be aligned to the campus needs/goals (CEIP, T-TESS, Tier, Student Data, etc.) and geared to improve teacher effectiveness and student success.

Teachers will participate in professional learning offerings based on their interest, needs, and district initiatives. The professional learning will align with their professional goals as outlined in Domain 4 of their T-TESS appraisals. Teachers will choose from a menu of options to be completed beginning in summer 2021 and/or throughout the 2021-22 school year.

For more information, visit the district’s website www.fwisd.org/pli.

$1.5 Billion In Extra Benefits Headed to SNAP Households

The second round of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits is here! P-EBT is a food benefit for families with children who temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price meals at school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Families will be able to use funds to buy household food items, such as fruits, meats, dairy products and breads. P-EBT benefits can be used wherever SNAP food benefits are accepted.

SNAP P-EBT benefits will be automatically loaded onto each family’s Lone Star Card. They will also receive a notice in the mail after their benefits have been loaded. Non-SNAP families will need to apply for P-EBT benefits. Parents will receive communication directly from their school about who is eligible, and provide a link on how to apply.

The application for P-EBT opened June 2, 2021 and the deadline to apply is August 13, 2021.

For more information, visit hhs.texas.gov/pebt or call the P-EBT Call Center at 833-442-1255.

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SUPERINTENDENT ASKS EMPLOYEES TO CONSIDER SPECIAL DONATION TO UNITED WAY OF TARRANT COUNTY

Editor’s Note: The following letter from FWISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner outlines the many ways that United Way of Tarrant County has supported our Fort Worth families during the pandemic. He asks that employees consider a special one-time donation this month. For additional information about making a contribution, please contact the District United Way Coordinator Cindy Ybarra at cindy.ybarra@fwisd.org.

DISTRICT ISSUES IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR EMPLOYEES SET TO RETIRE AT END OF 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

Editor's Note: The following memorandum from Chief Financial Officer Michael Ball offers details for employees planning tot retire at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. Employees with questions about the memorandum are encouraged to submit a Let's Talk ticket and select "Payroll."

FWISD Announces Recent Retirees

The following Fort Worth ISD employees recently retired, according to Human Capital Management:

  • Ginger E. Cary, administrative associate IC library clerk, Ridglea Hills Elementary School -21 years
  • Amy L. Smiley, librarian, Luella Merrett Elementary School- 40 years
  • Irasema Rosas, librarian, South Hills High School- 27 years
  • Evelia R. Solis, nutrition services manager, Trimble Tech High School- 27 years
  • Maria Garcia, pre-kindergarten teacher’s assistant, W.J. Turner Elementary School- 18 years

FOOD AVAILABLE AT MULTIPLE SITES FOR FWISD FAMILIES, COMMUNITY

Multiple organizations across Fort Worth continue offering food to help families through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March 2020, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with several nonprofits to share information and organize food distribution events for the community.

Curbside Meals To Go breakfast and lunch service is available at more than 20 designated FWISD locations for FWISD virtual learners. Meals To Go is available three times weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. FWISD students participating in virtual learning may pick up a combination of breakfast and lunch meals for the week and weekend at any of the designated meal pickup sites. For more information, contact the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3500.

The Fort Worth ISD has compiled a list of locations to find free and nutritious food here.

Food is available at these locations:

Food Distribution

1. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon

LVTRISE

8201 Calmont Ave.

Every Tuesday and Thursday LVTRise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living in the Las Vegas Trail area, distributes nonperishable food items to the community. For additional information email Amortimer@lvtrise.org.

2. Every Tuesday, 3:45-5:30 p.m.

South Hills High School

6101 McCart Ave.

South Hills High School is offering free curbside, ready-made meals for children while supplies last. Meals are provided to families that show proof of children under age 18 in the household or if a child is present at pickup. Children do not have to be enrolled at South Hills High or a Fort Worth ISD school to obtain food.

3. Every Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Eastside YMCA – Centralized Youth & Family Programs

1500 Sandy Lane

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is offering Grab and Go Meals at the Eastside YMCA until the end of the 2020-2021 school year. It is open to all youth ages 18 years and under ─ no qualifications required. For additional details, call 817-571-3371

4. Monday through Thursday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., 4:30-6 p.m.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County Panther Branch

1500 Hemphill St.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County opens a daily food pantry to families that includes fresh groceries and dry goods. Additionally, drive-through food distribution events will continue each month.

Contact La Toyia Greyer at LGreter@bgcgtc.org for more information.

5. Friday, June 4, 9 a.m.- Noon

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of fresh produce, meat dairy and groceries. For additional information, visit https://tafb.org/megamobilemarkets/

6. Wednesday, June 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (every Wednesday)

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

Free, drive-thru food distribution open to everyone. For additional information, call 817-473-1236 or visit https://www.bethlehemmansfield.org/events/

7. Friday, June 11, 9 a.m.- Noon

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of fresh produce, meat dairy and groceries. For additional information, visit https://tafb.org/megamobilemarkets/

8. Saturday, June 12, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Metro Opportunity High School

2720 Cullen St.

Fort Worth ISD’s Metro Opportunity High School and Middle Level Learning Center is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to provide families with food boxes.

For additional information, call 817-814-6700.

For the complete Tarrant Area Mobile Food Pantry Schedule, visit https://www.tafb.org/wp-content/uploads/mobile/mobile-pantry-schedule.pdf. Need food delivered? Call 817-857-7100 to speak with a live representative about how to access nutritious food.

Other food resources are also available:

https://www.facebook.com/tafoodbank

INSIDE FWISD NEWS BRIEFS

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Mouton Named To Principal Impact Collaborative Alumni Council

Dr. Marion Mouton, a FWISD Region III Student and School Support executive director, is one of seven educators recently named to the inaugural Principal Impact Collaborative Alumni Council.

Council members will support the organization and advance its mission.

Dr. Mouton is part of the 2016 Principal Impact Collaborative cohort.

Learn more about the inaugural alumni council and the Principal Impact Collaborative here.

2 FWISD Principals Participate in Panel About COVID-19 Impacts on Education

Fort Worth ISD principals Keri Flores and Tamara Albury recently participated in a virtual panel discussion hosted by the George W. Bush Institute and Bellweather Education Partners. During the discussion, the two administrators talked about their experiences leading their students and staff through a pandemic.

The two principals discussed how their respective schools have handled in-person instruction and virtual learning over the last year; lessons learned and how those lessons impact their outlooks on education; how they plan to address learning loss and what they’re hopeful for in the coming school year, according to officials with the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The panel was moderated by Anne Wicks, The Ann Kimball Johnson Director of Education Reform at the George W. Bush Institute and Andy Rotherman, Co-founder and Partner of Bellweather Education Partners.

Mrs. Albury leads FWISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy, and Mrs. Flores is the principal at Western Hills High School. Both administrators are part of the Bush Institute’s School Leadership initiative.

View the discussion here.

Helpful Honda Surprises YWLA Teacher

Congratulations to Gaynell Bellizan, a CTE teacher at Fort Worth ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy, who was recently recognized by Honda Helpers.

North Texas Honda Dealers recently surprised Ms. Bellizan for the impact she’s made on students.

View the surprise here.

FWISD Launches COVID Vaccination Resource Page For Employees

As a service to our employees, the Fort Worth ISD is consolidating information about COVID-19 vaccine opportunities.

Visit https://www.fwisd.org/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 vaccination opportunities available to District employees. The site is continually updated as more opportunities for employees become available.

Tarrant County Public Health also offers local vaccine clinics on a regular basis. Learn more by visiting its website.

The following content is from the City of Fort Worth

Trinity Metro: Masks required through Sept. 13

Trinity Metro will continue following the federal mandate that requires passengers and employees to wear face masks in the agency’s facilities and on board all buses, trains and other public transit vehicles.

The Transportation Security Administration recently extended the face mask requirement for all public transportation through Sept. 13.

The mask policy applies to transportation hubs, such as Fort Worth Central Station, as well as other train stations. Masks are required on all services, including buses, TEXRail, Trinity Railway Express, ZIPZONE and ACCESS paratransit.

Food bank, HelloFresh donate meals to those facing food insecurity

Tarrant Area Food Bank, the primary distribution source of donated food for hunger-relief partner agencies and feeding programs in Tarrant County, has teamed up with HelloFresh to provide more than 250,000 meal kits to people facing food insecurity in Tarrant County and the 12 surrounding counties by the end of this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic worsened food insecurity over the past year, with recent studies finding that there are nearly 550,000 people still battling food insecurity across the 13 counties served by the food bank.

The meal kits were designed by HelloFresh through its Meals with Meaning program to provide food-insecure residents with wholesome, fresh ingredients to make complete meals at home for their families. Each meal kit includes a step-by-step recipe card and all the ingredients needed to make hearty meals like chicken sausage pasta with tomato cream sauce and zucchini or cheesy chicken and bean taco skillet.

In addition to a meal kit, recipients will also receive a bag of fresh, seasonal fruit. Meal kits will be assembled every Wednesday at the Tarrant Area Food Bank’s distribution center in Fort Worth by community volunteers and distributed at their weekly Mega Mobile Market, which takes place at Herman Clark Stadium every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Tarrant Area Food Bank is so appreciative of our partnership with HelloFresh to give nutritious home meal kits to those families and friends who attend our Mega Mobile events,” said Julie Butner, president and CEO of Tarrant Area Food Bank. “We are always looking for ways to encourage our food-insecure families to learn how to cook fresh vegetables and incorporate them into their daily meals, which is exactly what Meals with Meaning does as well.”

HelloFresh operates distribution and fulfillment facilities in Grand Prairie and Irving.

Creando Una Amistad at Evans Avenue Plaza: Fort Worth ISD closed out its 5th Annual Creando Una Amistad or Creating a Friendship May 28 at Evans Avenue Plaza. This year Creando Una Amistad is focusing on providing resources to families in the Diamond Hill and Polytechnic High School pyramids information from PreK registration to college admittance. Creando Una Amistad began in 2016, as a way to connect the District’s first Spanish-speaking superintendent with the community and building that relationship with our families.

Trimble Tech Students Commit To Electrical Apprenticeships: A handful of Trimble Tech seniors committed to a four-year electrical apprenticeship with independent electrical contractors recently. Trimble Tech High School hosted a signing day celebration May 27 for the students in the school’s electrical lab. Students committed to work a paid electrical apprenticeship for an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) partner company in North Texas while attending four years of classes at nearly no cost. Through the program, students will complete the 8,000 hours required by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation in order to take the journeyman level state exam.

Woodway Pre-K Enrollment Celebration: Woodway Elementary had an amazing turnout for their pre-K and kindergarten celebration on May 27. Attendees received Chick-fil-A, registration assistance, books and toys from the FWISD Bookmobile!

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Parents are now able to sign up their kids 12-15 for vaccination. Children will need proof of their age - birth certificate or shot card. Parents will also need an ID to show their relationship with the child.

Visit www.tarrantcounty.com/vaccinefinder to schedule an appointment.

Walk-ins are welcome at all sites, though registering in advance saves time.

The new clinic hours are listed below:

Hurst Conference Center

Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday and Monday: Closed

Resource Connection

Monday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

White Settlement – Drive thru

Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday - Tuesday: Closed

Tim Curry Criminal Justice Building

Wednesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday - Tuesday: Closed

The US Medicineers

Compound Pharmacy in Plano now has immediate availability for the Pfizer vaccine. The Pharmacy is located at 5969 Dallas Parkway,

Plano. Call today at 972-905-4915 or email Jimella Miles, Office Manager and Coordinator at vaccines@usmedicineers.com.

Walk-ins are welcome! Monday to Friday 10-6pm

Virtual Care for Kids (now ‘Goodside Health’) have notified the District that Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are available to District staff and anyone age 18 or older.

Goodside Health at 3400 Texas Sage Drive, Fort Worth, 76177 is the vaccine opportunity location.

This information is only being shared with Goodside Health’s SchoolMed partners, such as FWISD. To schedule an appointment please use the url below.

Https://z3-rpw.phreesia/net/ApptRequestForm.App/#/form/fc89a116-e9cd-4698-843c-90a358185562

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County Expanded Basic Needs Program for Families

FWISD Partners With Virtual Care For Kids To Offer Students Telehealth Services

In efforts to reduce COVID-19 spread, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with Virtual Care for Kids to offer students and their families telehealth services. Free COVID-19 testing is also available for select FWISD employees by visiting www.virtualcarefamilies.com/fwisd-abbott.

Students can see a Texas-based pediatrician within minutes from home virtually via computer, smartphone or tablet for urgent care services including minor colds, the flu, sore throat, cough, ear concerns, headaches, sinus or allergy issues or pink eye. Additionally, Virtual Care for Kids is offering coronavirus screening and testing in English and Spanish. Visit https://urgentcarekids.com/fwisd/ to register for services.

FWISD is partnering with Virtual Care for Families to offer select employees with free Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 testing. All eligible employees must preregister to receive the test.

The following employees/departments are eligible for testing:

  • Teachers
  • Transportation
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Custodians
  • Child Nutrition Services
  • Special Education personnel

District employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are advised not to arrive at a designated FWISD testing location and to contact their doctor or visit www.virtualcarefamilies.com to be connected with a provider.

Employees are encouraged to follow the instructions below to register for the free COVID-19 testing.

Employee Assistance Program Resources for FWISD Employees

Fort Worth Zoo Discounted Tickets for FWISD Employees

Check out other discounts for FWISD employees here.

Follow COVID-19 updates from the City of Fort Worth at fortworthtexas.gov/COVID-19/

Fort Worth Public Library’s annual Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, Continues through August 28

HCM In-Person Teacher and TA Career Fair, June 3

TABS Graduation, June 3

Summer Launch registration deadline, June 4

Marine Creek Collegiate Graduation, June 4

Family Literacy Celebration, June 5

TCC South Collegiate Graduation, June 5

Bookmobile at West Handley ES, June 8

Virtual Battle of the Books competition, June 8-9

FWISD High Need Campus Hiring In-Person Event, June 10

MBK/MSK Graduation Stole Draping Ceremony, June 10

Online Registration Begins, June 14

2021 Graduation Schedule

Youth Mental Health First Aid training, June 25

Youth Mental Health First Aid training, July 16

Youth Mental Health First Aid training, July 30

Youth Mental Health First Aid training, August 5

Summer Literacy Programs

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