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.
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.
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.).
Upcoming activities on the calendar include:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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