Teen Shares Story of Her Personal Vaping Battle with FWISD Community
Fort Worth Board of Education, City Council Pass Anti-Vaping Resolutions
Anna Carey began vaping and using e-cigarette products at 14 years old.
Seeing news reports linking e-cigarettes to serious respiratory illnesses and even death didn’t deter her.
“It didn’t really hit me that that would happen to me,” she told a packed auditorium of students and educators Wednesday, January 29 at Fort Worth ISD’s I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA.
Everything changed for Anna, now 17, when the effects of vaping and e-cigarettes left her in a hospital bed, she said.
“It was the worst pain in my entire life,” said the homeschooled student. “Imagine a brick being thrown at your chest like constantly.
“Everything is just so scary when you’re actually in that [hospital] bed.”
Anna was among multiple guests brought to the Fort Worth ISD this week for two discussions – one with parents and another with students and educators – hosted January 28 and 29 about vaping’s impact on youth, it’s effects and how to detect e-cigarette devices. Other panelists included medical professionals, state officials, high school and college-aged and students.
FWISD JROTC Cadets attend Medal of Honor Luncheon
A small group of Fort Worth ISD JROTC cadets were selected to have lunch with some U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor recipients today, January 30.
The luncheon marked the official announcement that the Congressional Medal of Honor Society would hold its 2020 National Convention in Fort Worth, September 22-26.
As part of their annual meeting, Medal of Honor recipients make it a priority during their convention to meet and visit with local students in addition to active duty and retired military personnel.
The Fort Worth ISD Social Studies Department and the JROTC program are making plans to unveil a special history program related to the Medal of Honor to coincide with the convention later this year.
There currently are 70 living recipients, and 50 heroes of those are expected to attend the convention this fall.
The JROTC cadets at today’s luncheon personally met Medal of Honor recipients Michael Thornton and Britt Slabinski, both former Navy SEALS. The students also posed for a photo with Fisk Hanley, a Paschal High School graduate, who was shot down in the Pacific and held captive by the Japanese during World War II.
FWISD Announces Area Spelling Bee Winners
6 Advance to 2020 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee
The results are in for the Fort Worth ISD’s 2020 Spelling Bee.
More than 100 FWISD elementary and middle school students competed in one of six area bee competitions, January 27-29 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, with six prevailing as winners. Winning the area spelling bee was a qualifier for the 2020 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee, March 24 hosted at Texas Christian University. Runners-up from the area bees are alternates for the regional competition.
“Students, parents and family members, sponsors, and campus administrators all were wowed by the spelling ability of our FWISD students,” said Norma Burks, FWISD’s academic activities coordinator.
The following students will represent FWISD at the 2020 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee this spring:
Area 1: Winner – Richard Perez, eighth grade, J.P. Elder Middle School; Runner-up -- Brian Hernandez, seventh grade, Riverside Middle School
Area 2: Winner – Terrance Williams, fifth grade, Bill J. Elliott Elementary School; Runner-up – Brayden Jones, fourth grade, Sagamore Hill Elementary School
Area 3: Winner – Gabriel Zuraa, fifth grade, Clifford Davis Elementary School; Runner-up – Quentin Brooks, fifth grade, W.M. Green Elementary School
Area 4: Winner – Hudson Felker, sixth grade, Benbrook Middle-High School; Runner-up – Juliette Hernandez, fifth grade, Bruce Shulkey Elementary School
Area 5: Winner – Ayan Butt, sixth grade, Young Men’s Leadership Academy; Runner-up – Peggy Carr, eighth grade, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Area 6: Winner – Ava Stubblefield, eighth grade, Daggett Montessori; Runner-up – Landon Fike, sixth grade, McLean 6th Grade
North Side HS Wins Inaugural FWSSR Mariachi Competition
Fort Worth ISD’s North Side Mariachi Espuelas de Plata took home the top prize in the inaugural Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Invitational Mariachi Competition.
The mariachi group was heads and shoulders above its competition, completing the January 25 contest with 764 points. More than 20 points separated Mariachi Espuelas de Plata from the competition’s runner-up, Mariachi Sol Azteca from Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy.
Prior to the awards presentation, Mariachi Espuelas de Plata, paid tribute in song to senior Benjamin Castañeda Floran, a member of the group who died in a tragic car accident, Thanksgiving Day 2019. Benjamin’s family joined the group for the awards presentation, and Ramon Niño, the group’s director, placed a medal around Benjamin’s mother’s neck to honor him, officials with the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo said.
“We know that North Side is missing a violinist tonight and that person is Benjamin Castañeda, who is no longer with us. And we know that one of those medals goes to him,” Norma Garcia, news anchor for Telemundo 39 and the program's host, said in Spanish during the awards presentation. “Thank you for the effort made tonight in his name and memory. No doubt he was cheering them on from above. Congratulations and enjoy this win in his name.”
FWTC EQUIPS TEACHERS WITH TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION TOOLS FOR THE CLASSROOM
The 15th annual Fort Worth Technology Conference (FWTC) offered teachers courses on how to “integrate technology seamlessly” in the classroom, said Dr. Becky Navarre, FWISD assistant superintendent of technology.
The one-day event, hosted by the District’s Educational Technology Department, Saturday, January 25 at Southwest High School, offered something for everyone, Dr. Navarre said. Nearly 100 presentations, sessions and workshops led by local, regional, and national digital-instruction innovators offered tools for how teachers can integrate technology in elementary, secondary and special education classrooms and subjects including music, science, math and social studies.
“It was the best attended,” said Dr. Navarre who was still in the process of tallying participation numbers, Tuesday, January 28. “The energy was palpable.”
Game Day Recipes from FWISD’s Gold Seal Culinary Programs
Wow your guests at this Sunday’s Super Bowl party with recipes from Fort Worth ISD’s Gold Seal culinary arts programs.
This week leading up to the big game, FWISD Culinary Arts instructors from three high schools are sharing recipes for the appetizers that were served to audience members at the recent Whiz Quiz Finals.
Make a big impression with these dishes
- Bruschetta Tarts and Mini Cajeta Caramel Cheesecakes from South Hills High School
- Tropical Pineapple Meatballs, Red Goddess Deviled Eggs and Grapefruit Bars from North Side High School
- Mini Italian Meatballs with Rustic Tomato Sauce and Alfredo Sauce and Mini Cinnamon/Sugar Biscuits with Strawberry Compote and Chantilly Cream from Trimble Tech High School
8 To Represent FWISD on TMEA All-State Ensembles This February
Eight Fort Worth ISD students will represent the District as members of multiple all-state ensembles this February at the centennial Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention in San Antonio.
The following students will perform with all-state ensembles at the TMEA Clinic/ Convention, February 12-15:
Emily Bunn, alto, Paschal High School
Micaela Ostrander, alto, Benbrook Middle-High School
Eduardo Guerrero, bass, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School
Mary Martin, violin, Benbrook Middle-High School
All-State Jazz Ensemble
William Woodard, tenor saxophone, Paschal High School
Liam Heffley, drums, Paschal High School
Adam Parham, clarinet, Arlington Heights High School
Lucas King, trombone, Benbrook Middle-High School
The students selected to all-state ensembles are chosen through a rigorous audition process. Selection is the highest honor a student musician in Texas can receive. The eight FWISD students are among 1,795 students across Texas selected to all-state ensembles.
Fewer than 3% of students who audition become all-state musicians.
All-State students participate in rehearsals for three days directed by nationally recognized conductors leading up to concerts that close out the TMEA Clinic/ Convention. For a complete schedule of TMEA Clinic/Convention activities, visit www.tmea.org/conventions.
Buzz Worthy: Coffee with the Principal
Fort Worth ISD campuses are always posting great ways to motivate students and staff. Regularly, Inside FWISD will post tricks of the trade. If you see an idea you like, try it at your campus!
In an effort to engage with families, Whitney Scott, principal at Eastern Hills Elementary School and her leadership staff, hosts monthly Coffee with the Principal events.
“One of our focus areas is Family and Community Partnership. We truly wanted to make a direct effort to intentionally connect with our community,” she said. “Coffee with the Principal allows parents and community members an opportunity to meet with campus leadership to talk, receive information, resources and more. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with our community and take time to learn and listen.”
How it works: Monthly from 7:30-8:30 a.m. parents meet in the school’s Family Room for coffee and food. “We spend time getting to know each other, sharing information about the school, listening to areas of praise and feedback and seeking ideas from our families,” Ms. Scott said.
Impact: Increased connections and relationships with families. “We will continue outreach initiatives, so we can start building a strong community support system for our students,” Ms. Scott said.
Ms. Scott offers three tips for organizing a monthly Coffee with the Principal event on your campus:
- Have a coordinator for the chat. Our Family and Community Partnership Specialist Saida Santiago has done an excellent job in coordinating our chats as well as David Rush, our Student Success Specialist.
- Be willing to learn from another school. We are connecting and learning from Oakhurst Elementary School. We got the idea from them to implement the principal chats.
- Be willing to listen. Sometimes we always want to pour on all of what we want someone to know, but it is important to take intentional time to listen to your families.
What a great way to engage families!
Want to be featured in the Buzz Worthy column? Follow these easy steps:
- Post it on your campus social media page or email Inside@fwisd.org
- Provide photos of the impact
Try Coffee with the Principal out on your campus and let us know the benefits and challenges!
Communications Celebrates January Webby Award Winners
The Fort Worth ISD Communications Department recently recognized Waverly Park Elementary School and Morningside Middle School for how each campus website celebrated community partners this month.
On Monday, January 27, principals from the two schools were presented with the coveted Webby Award trophy during elementary and secondary principals’ meetings held at the Professional Development Center. The winning schools will keep the Webby Award trophy for the next month and receive a Kroger gift card for campus use.
Distributed monthly by the FWISD Communications Department, the Webby Award recognizes campus websites that engage families, students, alumni and the community at large. Elementary and secondary campus websites that best complete monthly challenges are recognized with the award at principals’ meetings.
The Webby Award challenge for February is “Love For Our Families.” Each campus webmaster is encouraged to put a spotlight on parents, guardians, caregivers, family leaders and organizations and the work they do to keep the school moving forward daily.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
Whiz Quiz: In this Sport of Knowledge, two five-member teams square off nightly, January 21-23, to answer rapid-fire questions about science, literature, social studies, geography, grammar, math and pop culture in the Jeopardy-style academic competition. The top two teams squared off for Whiz Quiz trophies in the categories of sixth grade, middle school and high school. The following teams clinched 2020 Whiz Quiz titles --World Languages Institute, sixth grade; McLean, middle school and Paschal, high school. Pictured are images from the high school competition.