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Inside FWISD October 11, 2018

Gold Seal Videos Provide Fast-Paced Look at College and Career Pathways

Fort Worth ISD has begun releasing videos for the 2019-2020 Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice. The videos give parents and students an action-packed look at the many college and career pathways offered. The videos also help families prepare for the Choices Expo in November, where they come to learn much more about the programs they are interested in.

In the Gold Seal high school and middle school overview videos hosted by Superintendent Kent P. Scribner, you’ll also see these local media celebrities, each a Fort Worth ISD graduate:

  • Dionne Anglin, Fox4 News reporter
  • Deborah Ferguson, NBC5 anchor
  • Jeff Jamison, CBS11 meteorologist
  • Bud Kennedy, Star-Telegram columnist
  • Bob Ray Sanders, former Star-Telegram columnist

Former Gold Seal students share their perspectives and successes, as well.

The individual videos being released this week and next cover all Gold Seal high school and middle school categories and programs (be sure to look for video releases of the categories without links next week):

High Schools

Advanced Academics Scholars

  • Arlington Heights High School
  • North Side High School
  • R.L. Paschal High School
  • Western Hills High School

Agriculture and Horticulture

  • Arlington Heights High School

Architecture and Construction

  • Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School
  • Trimble Technical High School

Audio/Video Production

  • Southwest High School

Automotive/Aviation

  • Polytechnic High School
  • P.L. Dunbar High School

Business and Marketing

  • Benbrook Middle-High School
  • Trimble Technical High School

Career and Technical

  • Trimble Technical High School

Collegiate Academies

  • P.L. Dunbar High School
  • O.D. Wyatt High School

Culinary

  • North Side High School
  • Trimble Technical High School
  • O.D. Wyatt High School

Early College High Schools

  • Marine Creek Collegiate High School
  • Tarrant County College South/Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School
  • Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS)

Fine Arts

  • Arlington Heights High School
  • North Side High School
  • Southwest High School
  • Trimble Technical High School

Fire Science, Legal Services and Law Enforcement

  • Eastern Hills High School
  • Marine Creek Collegiate High School

Health Science

  • North Side High School
  • O.D. Wyatt High School

STEM

  • Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School
  • R.L. Paschal High School
  • Southwest High School

Sixth-12th-Grade Schools of Choice

  • World Languages Institute (WLI)
  • Young Men’s Leadership Academy (YMLA)
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA)

Teaching and Education

  • Polytechnic High School

Technology and Communications

  • Amon Carter-Riverside High School
  • South Hills High School

I.M. Terrell Academy

  • I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

Middle Schools

Applied Learning

  • Applied Learning Academy

Engineering

  • J. Martin Jacquet Middle School
  • William James Middle School
  • Leonard Middle School
  • W.A. Meacham Middle School
  • Meadowbrook Middle School
  • Wedgwood 6th
  • Wedgwood Middle School

Fine Arts

  • J.P. Elder Middle School
  • William Monnig Middle School
  • Wedgwood 6th
  • Wedgwood Middle School

Medical

  • J.P. Elder Middle School
  • W.C. Stripling Middle School

For more information on the programs, families may view the 2019-2020 Gold Seal catalog.

Everyone is also urged to attend:

Choices Expo

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 4 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. – noon

Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center

5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd., Fort Worth, 76119

Online Choices applications will be available November 9, 2018. Applications are due December 7, 2018.

For more information, call 817-814-2580.

FWISD LAUNCHES #STARTHEREGOANYWHERE TO BOOST FAFSA COMPLETION RATES

The Fort Worth ISD will launch a series of initiatives this month encouraging graduating seniors to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

On Monday October 15, the District launches its FAFSA campaign, #StartHereGoAnywhere. From October through April, students who apply for FAFSA will receive a T-shirt and be entered into monthly drawings for prizes. The school with the highest percentage of students completing FAFSA monthly will receive a banner to display outside its campus.

“Some people may say, ‘well I don’t qualify,'” said Dr. Anita Perry, academic advisement director. “You don’t know until you apply. Start here and you can get anywhere.

“You can’t be eligible for aid unless you apply.”

In June FWISD was named among 25 U.S. education institutions and organizations selected to receive a grant up to $40,000 for boosting FAFSA completion rates by 5 percent the 2018-2019 school year. District officials have a goal to increase completion rates among students by 6 percent, Dr. Perry said.

This is the second iteration of the challenge and the first time FWISD has participated. Fort Worth is one of eight Texas organizations awarded the grant.

In September 2019, the National College Access Network will award a $100,000 grand prize to one city that’s shown great gains in FAFSA completion rates through the adoption of effective strategies and that shows likeliness to sustain the percentage rates. The announcement will be made at the NCAN National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Monday, October 1, was the first day students could officially begin submitting FAFSA applications nationwide.

The District will host Financial Aid Help Sessions in both English and Spanish at its high schools throughout the fall semester to assist students and their families in completing the FAFSA process. All sessions will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here for additional Financial Aid Help Session details and a complete list of session dates and times.

For more FAFSA details, visit studentaid.gov.

Walton ES Principal Named to Talented 10 List

Dr. Christina Hanson, principal at Maudrie M. Walton Elementary School, is a Talented 10: Education honoree.

BetterTarrant.com, a local website that celebrates “young, outgoing, politically-savvy and mobile-minded professionals” who work to make the county better, recently recognized 10 Tarrant County educators as its Talented 10.

Dr. Hanson

The recognition highlights bright and innovative educators, according to the website. Local organizations and county residents nominated K-12, vocational school, college and university educators, young professionals and education entrepreneurs to the Talented 10 list, according to BetterTarrant.com.

“It was an honor to be nominated and chosen as a finalist,” said Dr. Hanson, who is in her 11th year with FWISD. “I look forward to a future in which all students that I serve receive a quality education.”

Honorees will be recognized at future event, according to BetterTarrant.com.

FWISD Trustees Recognize Parent Volunteers

Fort Worth ISD Board of Education trustees recognized parent volunteers for their work at Paschal High School and George C. Clarke Elementary School at their regular board meeting, Tuesday, October 9.

Sarah Teichler was presented with a certificate for the number of years she’s volunteered for field trips, athletic and fine arts events. Maricela Hernandez and her daughters, Fatima and Michelle, were also recognized with certificates for their support at George C. Clarke, assisting with parent organizations.

Ms. Teichler, mother to a student at McLean 6th Grade, a 2018 Paschal High graduate, and a Paschal junior, has served as a band volunteer, chaperone and performance mentor. She has a degree in music.

“In volunteering for these types of events, she helps bring people together to build meaningful bonds with other parents, the school, and the students,” said Clint Bond, FWISD’s external and emergency communication executive director, who presents recognitions at board meetings. “In addition, her degree in music has made her very important to the development and promotion of music as a fine art at Paschal.”

Ms. Hernandez supports academic and extracurricular events at George C. Clarke through her work with the Parent Teacher Organization. Her daughter, Fatima, connects community resources to the campus for donations, including school supplies and backpacks, while her other daughter, Michelle, advocates for improvement and equality as a member of the Language Performance Assessment Committee.

“They are always willing to assist and there is no task too small or too big for them to take. They help with bulletin boards, lamination, copies, and food for school events,” Mr. Bond said. “Teachers, students and parents know Ms. Hernandez and her daughters as experts and helpers. The Hernandez family is available any time the school needs them.”

View video of the recognition on YouTube.

Read Fort Worth Is Hiring

Read Fort Worth currently has two openings for Collaborative Action Managers.

This position is a member of the Read Fort Worth backbone staff and will work with cross-sector partners to facilitate the collective impact work across Collaborative Action Networks (CANs). The Collaborative Action Manager will be responsible for up to two CANs. At the highest-level, they will facilitate results-orientated meeting agendas with cross-sector partners, project manage the CAN’s action plans keeping diligent documentation, and be responsible for providing CAN members the appropriate supports to fulfill their role.

For a more detailed job description, please visit: http://readfortworth.org/careers/.

West Point Representative Meets with FWISD JROTC Cadets

A representative from West Point spoke with JROTC cadets from Fort Worth ISD and surrounding districts about the education and service opportunities offered at the U.S. Military Academy (Army).

First Lt. Christmas Linzy, the Southwest Outreach Officer, Directorate of Admissions at West Point, visited North Side High School, Thursday, October 11, to discuss what’s required for appointment to the academy, scholarship opportunities and to answer cadet questions.

A West Point graduate and its Diversity Officer, First Lt. Linzy offers cadets a first-hand account of what the academy has to offer and she allows them to “hear from an individual, from similar background, much like themselves, who possesses a servant heart, a desire for public service and [who successfully] completed the rigors of one of the most physically and intellectually challenging institutions of higher learning in America,” said Lt. Col. Richard Crossley Jr., director of FWISD JROTC programs. The annual visit is attended by 150 to 200 FWISD JROTC cadets.

LTC Crossley said that he’s hopeful the visits increase the number of FWISD students attending military service academies as well as supports and inspires student core learning experiences in the classroom, particularly in the area of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

“Students accepting nominations to our military service academies, graduating and accepting a commission are the epitome of service, community and leadership. Military members are always engaged in activities that serve the community, nation and the world,” he said. “Leadership is solving problems. Our mission is to graduate students prepared for post-secondary success.”

Representatives from other U.S. military service academies are also slated to visit with FWISD JROTC cadets throughout the school year.

Daggett Montessori School students participate in the campus' very first Walking School Bus

Daggett Montessori Hosts Its First Walking School Bus Event

Daggett Montessori School hosted its very first Walking School Bus, Wednesday, October 10.

The event coincided with International Walk to School Day. The Walking School Bus brings groups of children together to walk and bike to school with adult supervision. About 200 students, parents, teachers and community leaders, including District 9 Councilwoman Ann Zadeh, planned to participate.

The 7:25 a.m. walk/ride to school route began at two locations – the Fire Station Park and the corner of Sixth Avenue and Park Place – and ended at Daggett Montessori where students led participants in the Texas and United States pledges. Blue Zones Project Fort Worth provided stop signs and vests, ensuring participant safety throughout the event.

Daggett Montessori School students participate in the campus' very first Walking School Bus

Leading up to the event, officials at Daggett Montessori encouraged participants to lace up their walking shoes, grab their helmets and hop on their bikes and join the festivities.

“We tend to be far more successful at reaching goals when we have friends encouraging us. As a school, we [challenged] families to set the alarm and walk or bike to school on Oct. 10th,” said Natalie Williams, physical education teacher at Daggett Montessori. “If they try it once and feel engaged and successful, they are more likely to try it day after day. As a school wellness team, we are hosting multiple ‘walking school buses’ to empower families with structure to find what works best for them.

“We … hope the positivity gains momentum to make each school day just as exciting.”

Other Fort Worth ISD elementary that hosted Walk to School Day events Wednesday included H.V. Helbing and Christene C. Moss. Every fourth Friday, North Hi Mount Elementary School hosts Walking Bus events.

Images from the Walking School Bus event at Christene C. Moss Elementary School

This is the fifth year FWISD schools have participated in the Walking School Bus event.

They joined thousands of U.S. schools and more than 40 countries worldwide in celebrating International Walk to School Day, October 10. First organized in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America, the event builds “awareness for the need for walkable communities” and promotes walking and biking to school among youth, according to walkbiketoschool.org.

Unity in the Community Set For Saturday, October 13

It’s not too late to register for this Saturday’s very first Unity in the Community Family and Youth Summit.

The free event, slated for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is being hosted at Dunbar High School, 5700 Ramey Ave. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Free groceries will be offered, and participants are eligible for door prizes.

Summit organizers say the event aims to continue engaging and informing Fort Worth families about helpful community resources and initiatives.

Participants may attend information sessions of their choice focusing on three key areas: public awareness, mental health and wellness and financial literacy. Session topics include:

  • Know Your Rights
  • Adult Education
  • Building Resilience within our Community
  • How to Understand and Use Credit
  • Home Ownership and more

Representatives from Medicaid and CHIP; Adult Education; Tarrant Area Food Bank; Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County and North Texas Area Community Health Centers will be available to meet one-on-one with summit participants at the Unity in the Community resource fair.

To register and get more details, visit www.fwisd.org/uitc.

2018 United Way Campaign Giving Begins October 15

The Fort Worth ISD is launching its 2018 United Way Campaign, Monday, October 15.

District employees and students will have opportunities to contribute to the campaign through October 26.

This year’s campaign message is: Live United

Once again, this year, employees can make online donations, and coin donations will be collected at elementary school campuses. Employees will receive an email with more details on how to donate online on October 15.

Other important campaign dates include:

  • Coin pickup (elementary schools only)- October 29-30
  • Secondary packets due- November 2 to the United Way headquarters
  • FWISD Department packets due – November 2 to the FWISD Communications Department office

Last year, FWISD contributed more than $175,000 to its United Way campaign. This year, the District anticipates contributing $250,000 in donations from its students and employees.

United Way of Tarrant County has long invested in Fort Worth ISD students and continues to make education a funding priority. In recent years, funds donated to the District by the nonprofit has supported programs focused on improving elementary students’ literacy skills, helping middle school students identify and prepare for career dreams and preparing high school students for college and careers.

Additionally, the nonprofit offers resources to assist FWISD families, including placing low-income families on a path to financial stability and assisting families with ongoing health issues.

For more details or questions about the campaign, contact Cindy Ybarra at cindy.ybarra@fwisd.org or by calling 817-814-3350.

"WE REMEMBER ROSEDALE PARK"

What: A celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the construction of Maudrie M. Walton Elementary School, formerly known as Rosedale Park. It is also the 110th anniversary of Mrs. Walton’s birth.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018

Where: Maudrie M. Walton Elementary School, 5816 Rickenbacker Place, Fort Worth

Summary: On Saturday, October 20, the Fort Worth ISD and the Carver Heights neighborhood will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the construction of Maudrie M. Walton Elementary School, formerly known as Rosedale Park Elementary. Additional sponsors include the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society.

The Carver Heights neighborhood was one of a few across the country designed as a planned community specifically for professional African Americans. Originally platted in the late 1940’s, it attracted Black professionals from across the city. The streets bear names such as Ellington, Bunche and Carver, after noted figures in Black History.

The Rosedale Park School began in 1954, and had existed as a set of makeshift bungalows before an official building was erected in 1958. Maudrie M. Walton, a WWII veteran and long-time educator in the FWISD led the school from its opening until her retirement in 1974. This special celebration also marks the 110th anniversary of Mrs. Walton’s birth.

Former Star-Telegram journalist Bob Ray Sanders will moderate a community forum entitled, “Separate but Excellent: Memories of Academic Achievement, Black History, and Cultural Pride in a Segregated Community Setting”.

Students will perform and recognition will be given to staff who were among the earliest employees of the school decades ago. Historic photos will be displayed around the school.

Many alumni have strong, passionate memories about the education received in this segregated school community. There will be stories about the ‘extended family’ atmosphere and nurturing that many students received, with a strong emphasis on academic excellence and cultural pride.

This event is free and open to the public with no registration required. For additional information please contact Walton Elementary School at 817-815-3300 or jhigg75@gmail.com.

SCHEDULE

10 – 11 a.m. Appreciation Ceremony for all former staff of Rosedale Park with opening remarks by Dr. Kent Scribner, Superintendent, Fort Worth ISD.

11 a.m. – Noon A Roundtable Conversation with the Elders: “Separate but Excellent: Memories of Academic Achievement, Black History, and Cultural Pride in a Segregated Community Setting,” moderated by journalist Bob Ray Sanders.

12:15 - 12:30 p.m. -- Historic Marker Unveiling presented by Bert Williams, former Mayor pro tem, City of Fort Worth and Board Members of the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society

Noon – 3 p.m. Open House inside building, meet and greet, viewing memorabilia table/displays.

Community celebration on the playground, with a variety of children’s activities, music, food, etc.

YWLA Featured In NCGS Message to Members

A $100,000 gift that benefits the Young Women’s Leadership Academy was recently featured in a message sent to National Coalition of Girls’ Schools members.

In September, the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth, which supports the mission of Fort Worth ISD’s first and only single-gender school for young women, learned that it would become the recipient of a $100,000 donation from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

YWLA, which educates girls in grades six through 12, is a member of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network.

Click here to read more about the generous gift.

WE CAN HELP!

The Fort Worth ISD reminds all employees that a wide variety of life assistance services are available at no cost through the District’s employee assistance program (EAP) with Alliance Work Partners. Over the next several Inside FWISD issues, Nicola Leach, Senior Director, Account Services for Alliance Work Partners, our EAP provider, will explain the benefits available.

Law Access

All of us need legal and financial assistance from time to time. LawAccess, a service of Alliance Work Partners offers an inexpensive means to address legal and financial issues, which may arise in the lives of employees and their immediate families.

LawAccess provides assistance, resources and information on legal and financial topics, issues and questions. Services are available by phone and online to access a network of legal and financial professionals and information that can help provide peace of mind.

Legal topics include: Civil Issues, Consumer Issues, Divorce, Family Trust, Immigration, Leases, Personal Property Disputes, Will / Living Will. An initial 30-minute legal consultation is available at no cost to you, by phone or in-person per issue per year with a licensed attorney or legal representative. If the client chooses to retain an attorney through LawAccess, a discounted rate will apply.

Financial topics you can discuss with a Certified Consumer Credit Counselor include: Debt Reduction, Budgeting, Bankruptcy Prevention, Foreclosure Prevention, Financial Goal Setting, Credit Report Review.

Online Services are available via your customized EAP website. Legal and financial libraries, legal forms, and financial tools and calculators, are available including: Online Will Services, Financial Management and Credit Monitoring.

For more details, visit www.awpnow.com/main/FWISD-EAP-Resource-Room.

“SATURDAY MORNING MEDICINE” RETURNS FOR ANOTHER ROUND

Fort Worth ISD’s “Saturday Morning Medicine” program is returning for a second great year. This enrichment program, first begun in the 2017-2018 school year, is for students in the Fort Worth ISD Anatomy and Physiology high school classes.

Last year, Drs. Sam and Clara Cantu created this program for Fort Worth ISD students. Dr. Sam Cantu is a pediatric gastroenterologist affiliated with Cook Children’s Medical Center and his wife, Dr. Clara Cantu, has worked extensively in the education field.

A “Saturday Morning Medicine” teachers-only information session was hosted Saturday, October 6. It provided teachers with the opportunity to see what the students will be experiencing, discuss the Anatomy curriculum, and have their questions about the program answered.

Students must apply to attend the program and only 15 will be accepted. Classes will be held at Cook Children’s Medical Center monthly on four Saturdays starting in December and concluding in April.

Drs. Cantu also hope to offer HESI and Anatomy Credit-by-Exam review sessions for the students this year. Due to the challenging nature of the Anatomy Credit-by-Exam and HESI (Health Education Systems Incorporated) tests, this program is most effective when the high school Anatomy curriculum is blended with the Tarrant County College District Anatomy curriculum.

The program exposes students to various aspects of the medical profession, provides them with mentoring, increases their anatomy knowledge, and allows them to challenge the Anatomy I Credit-by-Exam at Tarrant County College.

Once the program application is made available to the students, they will have until November 1 to submit their applications.

FORT WORTH SISTER CITIES ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING, SUMMER YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

Fort Worth Sister Cities is accepting applications from students interested in participating in the nonprofit’s spring and summer youth exchange programs.

Current high school students with interest in participating in the youth exchange programs must submit an application no later than Friday, October 19.

Fort Worth Sister Cities youth exchange programs are slated for March, June, July and August 2019. A youth exchange to Guiyang, China, is slated for June 2020. Youth participating in the program will stay with host families, however, some exchanges are slated to spend one night in a youth hostel.

Youth Ambassador Exchanges

Students selected as a youth ambassador for one of the eight exchanges will have an opportunity, according to Fort Worth Sister Cities International, to:

  • Participate in a U.S. Department of State recognized program;
  • Meet local officials in Fort Worth and the exchange city they’re visiting;
  • Volunteer on projects emphasizing global community service;
  • Share Texas culture and promote Fort Worth abroad;
  • Explore and gain an understanding of different cultures while making life-lasting friendships.

Approximate exchange costs ranges from $1,500 to $3,800.

Three scholarship opportunities are available for students participating in the exchange program.

Students will be required to submit a $25 student membership fee with their application.

For more details, visit www.fwsistercities.org.

FORT WORTH ISD SUPERINTENDENT TO BE FEATURED IN DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP PANEL AT STATE BILINGUAL EDUCATORS CONFERENCE

Who: Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner serves on the Distinguished School Leaders Panel at a conference of hundreds of bilingual education professionals from throughout Texas

What: Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) 46th Annual state conference, “Estamos Unidos: Strengthened by Our Differences”

When: October 10 – 13, 2018

Distinguished School Leaders Panel features Dr. Kent Scribner with a panel of school superintendents from Dallas-Fort Worth discussing “Diminishing State Resources: Policy/Program Implications for Improving EL Outcomes”

Where: Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas

For more information visit https://www.tabe.org

Summary: Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner will serve on a school leadership panel to discuss bilingual education policies and programs at the Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) state conference in Dallas. The Distinguished School Leaders Panel will discuss “Diminishing State Resources: Policy/Program Implications for Improving EL Outcomes.”

TABE is a statewide organization of bilingual education professionals dedicated to enhancing learning outcomes for English learners through bilingual and ESL education programs. TABE members are in Dallas October 10-13 for their 46th annual state conference. This year’s conference theme is, “Estamos Unidos: Strengthened by Our Differences.”

The Distinguished School Leaders Panel is highly anticipated as one of the most important discussions of the conference because it will examine policy and program implications for the academic achievement of English learners. The panel will feature six superintendents from Dallas-Fort Worth and will be moderated by President and chief executive officer of the Intercultural Development Research Association, Dr. Maria “Cuca” Robledo Montecel.

The panel will address the issue of diminishing state resources and the challenges of educating more than 1 million children of the 5.3 million students enrolled in Texas public schools who are English learners.

At the event, Dr. Scribner was also recognized as a TABE 2018 Public Education Honoree of the Year for his support of bilingual education and influence in advancing social justice for all learners.

Superintendent Kent P. Scribner poses for a photo with Christene Moss, FWISD District 3 Board of Education trustee, after being presented with the TABE 2018 Public Education Honoree of the Year award, Thursday, October 11.

Other speakers during the conference represent organizations such as Dallas County Community College District, Dallas Association for Hispanic School Administrators, and League of United Latin American Citizens.

The mission of TABE is to pursue the implementation of educational policies and effective bilingual-bicultural programs that promote equal educational opportunity and academic excellence for Bilingual/ESL students. The organization is headquartered in San Antonio, with membership open to teachers, administrators, college students, parents and other educators.

H&R Block sponsored this Coffee with the Principal event, September 27 at J.P. Elder Middle School.

H & R BLOCK CONTINUES AS A FORT WORTH ISD PARTNER

H&R Block, the tax preparation company, will be continuing its partnership with the Fort Worth ISD. Block became a FWISD partner in the summer of 2017. More specifically, Block employees will be working at seven different campuses during the 2018-2019 school year.

Those campuses are:

  • Bonnie Brae Elementary School
  • Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School
  • J. P. Elder Middle School
  • Leadership Academy at Forest Oak Middle School
  • North Side High School
  • Riverside Middle School
  • Western Hills High School

Block will continue supporting the children and teachers of the Fort Worth ISD through a variety of events and activities including:

  • Academic Achievement (i.e., clothing or school supply drives, incentives or rewards for academic excellence, mentoring, tutoring, etc.);
  • College and Career Readiness (i.e., Career Day speakers, internships, support of Gold Seal Programs of Choice, sponsor scholarships, etc.);
  • Student and Family Support (i.e., join a parent or booster group, sponsor a Family Night, provide holiday baskets for families in need, etc.);
  • Teachers and Staff (i.e., donate classroom supplies, provide incentives for teacher recognition, serve on Site-Based Decision Making Team, etc.);
  • Increase Partnerships (i.e., encourage other organizations and businesses to get involved, etc.); and
  • Volunteer (i.e., become a classroom buddy, judge academic contests at schools, become a field trip chaperone, etc.).
H&R Block sponsored this Coffee with the Principal event, September 27 at J.P. Elder Middle School.

Upcoming activities on the calendar include:

October 2018

  • 22nd: Teacher Appreciation – Block will provide cookies, brownies, punch and water for teachers – Leadership Academy at Forest Oak Middle School.
  • 23rd – 8:15 a.m.: Teacher Appreciation – Block will provide breakfast for teachers – Riverside Middle School.
  • 26th: Field Day – Bonnie Brae Elementary School.
  • TBD: Teacher Appreciation – Bonnie Brae Elementary School.

October 2018-May 2019

  • Teacher Incentives – Block will provide bagels and fruit each month for teachers – North Side High School.

October 2018-May 2019

  • Western Hills High School Cougar Community (student) Scholar Award given to both a female and a male student. Students must have good grades and be involved in at least one (1) extracurricular activity.

November 2018

  • 5th: Proposed for “Bring your Dad to School” – Block will provide donuts for Dads – J. P. Elder Middle School.
  • 9th: Student Achievement – Hot Chocolate Bar – Block will provide hot chocolate, chocolate chips, whip cream, cups and stirrers for students with 95 percent or higher attendance – Western Hills High School.

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

Cowtown C.A.L.F. Run: Culinary arts students from Fort Worth ISD’s Polytechnic, Trimble Technical, and North Side High Schools made and served healthy food samples to race participants from tasting stations at the Cowtown C.A.L.F. Run, Saturday October 6. Food samples, which were set up at Coyote Drive-In, included a house-made yogurt and fruit parfait, a Pancakes All Day booth, cauliflower soup, watermelon gazpacho, and chicken salad wonton cups.

Pictured from top left are culinary arts students from North Side, Polytechnic and Trimble Tech High Schools.

Kids Fit Menu Invitational Live Demo Event: Culinary arts students from Fort Worth ISD’s North Side and South Hills High Schools competed against each other, Saturday, October 6, for the chance to have their culinary creations added to the “Kids Fit Meals” menu at la Madeleine French Bakery and Café.

From left: Judges wait to taste dishes from culinary arts students; North Side High School prepares an Apple Pie Roll Up for its signature dish; North Side High students Abigail Morin (left) and Jacob Hernandez speak with judges; South Hills High School prepares Ooh La La Chicken and Rice for its signature dish; South Hills High student Mark Torres holds a plate of the team dish, Ooh La La Chicken and Rice. Contest results are expected to be announced in two weeks

Trinity River Turtle Survey: Paschal High School seniors recently worked with Teacher Andrew Brinker at the Trinity River Turtle Survey site. Students learned about conservation and the impacts of pollution and water level on the turtle population.

Click the individual images to enlarge the photos.

Hispanic Heritage Month:The nation is observing Hispanic Heritage Month September 15, 2018-October 15, 2018, celebrating the significant contributions of Hispanic Americans. FWISD salutes its very own District alumni who've made significant contributions to this community and nation. View more about these honorees on FWISD's Wall of Fame webpage.

From top left are: Paulie Ayala; Julio Cesar Cedillo; Chief Hugo Esparza; Sal Espino; William Flores; Yovani Gallardo; Juan Hernandez; Rose Herrera; Manuel Jara; Rufino Mendoza; Ralph Mendoza; Rosa Navejar; Camille Rodriguez; Alfred Saenz and Louis Zapata. Not pictured is Hope Garcia Lancarte and Rachel Ramirez Johnson.

Second annual Industry Discovery Expo: Students from Southwest High School and the Young Women's Leadership Academy recently showcased their career and technical education programs -- broadcast and robotics -- at the event, which celebrated Careers in Texas Industry Week. The Industry Discovery Expo was hosted by Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County.

Kirkpatrick MS Retires Willie Wildcat Sr. and Unveils Willie Wildcat Jr.

Social Media Guidelines

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New Teacher Professional Learning for the Fall Semester

Professional Learning and Innovation Opportunities in October

Voly Training, September 5-November 9

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15 (Send photos of events hosted at your campus to Inside@fwisd.org)

Onsite Vaccination Clinics, September 25- October 19

Elementary Professional Learning Opportunities for October, November

Secondary Professional Learning for October

Elementary Literacy Professional Learning Opportunities in October

HAM Radio Technician Licensing Course, 5:30- 7:30 p.m., October 15, 22, 29 and November 5

Financial Aid Help Sessions, October 2-December 3

Unity in the Community Family and Youth Summit, 8:30- 1 p.m. Saturday, October 13, Dunbar High School

Billy W. Sills Lecture Series: The Evolution of Sundance Square, 9:30-10 a.m., Saturday October 13

Reliant Gives Voting Underway. Don't forget to vote for Read Fort Worth, October 15-21

Join O.D. Wyatt HS for the First Cowtown High School BBQ regional competition, October 19-20

We Remember Rosedale Park, Saturday, October 20

Health and Safety Fair, Saturday, October 20

Second Annual Fort Worth BookFest, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday, October 22, Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus

Frontier Fall Fest, Saturday, October 20, Log Cabin Museum

Early voting for the Nov. 6 Election, October 22- November 2

Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, October 23

Boo at the Zoo, October 26-28 Fort Worth Zoo

Final Day to Complete Mandatory Safe Schools Training, Wednesday, October 31

Save the Date: Conference on the Education of Hispanics, Saturday, December 8

Save the Date: Fort Worth Technology Conference, Coming January 2019

Call for presenters is open through October 31 at http://bit.ly/fwtc19proposals

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