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Inside FWISD October 31, 2019

In this edition:

Superintendent Focuses on a Highly Effective Habit in Fall Message | We’re Looking for a Few Lead Content Teachers in Each Fort Worth ISD School (UPDATED with FAQ) | FWISD Celebrates Teaching Chair Honorees | FWISD Staff Must Acknowledge Employee Handbook Receipt By Today | 2019 DFW Teacher Survey Goes Live Friday | FWISD Employees: Don’t Miss Out on Big Prizes For Giving to United Way | Have a Fun And Safe Halloween By Following These Safety Tips | FWISD WEEK 10: North Side and Dunbar can clinch playoff berths | Early Voting Ends Friday | Conference of the Education of Hispanics Rebrands, Opens Registration |Alzheimer’s Association Partners with North Side HS to Launch Ambassador Program | Let’s Talk School Community Forums | FWISD To Observe Native American Heritage Month This November | Join FWISD Community for Two Mural Events This Saturday | Paschal HS to Commemorate Bean’s 1969 Moonwalk with Weeklong Celebration | FWISD Career Fair Events Set For November 7 | Find a Career Path At FWISD’s Choices Expo, November 8-9 | FWISD To Participate In 2019 Veterans Day Parade | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

SUPERINTENDENT FOCUSES ON A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE HABIT IN FALL MESSAGE

Bestselling author Stephen Covey provides the theme for Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner’s fall message to teachers and staff: Begin with the End in Mind.

In the video message, Dr. Scribner compares the advice to using GPS in your car.

“You always start with the end in mind,” says Dr. Scribner. “You type or say where you want to end up, and then follow directions.”

The video then takes us to Luella Merrett Elementary School, where Principal Karelyn Roberts, teachers and students start with end-of-the-year goals in mind, and then track their progress daily in inventive, fun ways.

Luella Merrett Elementary School hosted a red carpet private screening of the Dr. Scribner's Fall Message in the school library on Friday, October 25.

We’re Looking for a Few Lead Content Teachers in Each Fort Worth ISD School (UPDATED with FAQ)

Chief Academic Officer Jerry Moore invites teachers to apply to become a Fort Worth ISD Lead Content Teacher. The position comes with a $3000 stipend.

Watch the video!

For more information and an application, follow this link.

https://forms.gle/mP7xPFgXLjEUH6Lf9

If you have any questions, please call 817-814-2470.

Lead Content Teacher (LCT)

Frequently Asked Questions

What areas will LCTs support and how many positions are available?

LCT positions will support core subject areas and serve as an extension of content support provided through the district’s content area departments. They will primarily lead work with teachers on their campus but will also serve the wider district as in support of the content department.

Available positions at a campus can be projected using the following general guidance:

  • Early Learning (PreK-1) = 1 per campus
  • Elementary Literacy (Grades 2-5) = 1 per campus
  • Elementary Math (PreK-5) = 1 per campus
  • Middle School Literacy = 1 per 6th Grade campus; 1 per 7-8 campus; or 1 per 6-8 campus
  • Middle School Math = 1 per 6th Grade campus; 1 per 7-8 campus; or 2 per 6-8 campus
  • High School = 1 Literacy, 1 Math, 1 Science, and 1 Social Studies

Who can apply to serve as an LCT?

The LCT position is open to certified educators currently designated as classroom teachers. Applications from Instructional coaches, Data Analysts, and other non-teacher designated staff will not be considered. Content area directors are available to answer additional questions unique to their area

Does the LCT position require taking on responsibilities beyond daily classroom duties?

Yes. The LCT position is in addition to a teacher’s regular classroom duties. An LCT will continue to teach their regular schedule of classes while adding leadership responsibilities aimed at supporting content area instruction. See the LCT Overview document for a full list of responsibilities.

How much time beyond a teacher’s regular duties will the LCT position require?

LCTs will be asked to attend a series of curriculum collaborations with their content area team between December and the end of the school year. These sessions are up to 3 hours in length. LCTs will be asked to redeliver the information at their campus following these meetings.

LCT responsibilities also involve supporting the content area departments with initiatives to include delivery of 18 hours of district-wide professional learning. Individual preparation and delivery times will be scheduled with content area directors. All LCT responsibilities need to be fulfilled by June 2020.

See the LCT Overview document for a full list of responsibilities.

Will LCTs be pulled during school hours to attend meetings or professional learning?

No. LCT activities with content area directors will take place outside of the instructional day. Some activities will happen during after-school hours while other activities might take place on Saturdays or during June when school is not in session. See the LCT Overview document for a current calendar by content area/grade level.

If selected as LCT, does the stipend replace other teaching stipends? (Ex. Secondary Math, Science, ESL/Bilingual stipends)

No. The LCT stipend is separate from other teaching stipend for which a teacher might qualify. Contact the relevant content or program director with additional questions.

How will the $3000 stipend be paid?

The stipend will be paid in a lump sum after the LCT completes all requirements listed in the LCT Overview. LCTs will be asked to submit documentation to their content director to initiate payment.

What happens if an LCT cannot complete required duties to earn the stipend?

To receive the $3000 stipend, LCTs must complete all requirements listed in the LCT Overview.

How will the selection process work? When will applicants be notified?

  1. LCT applications received by content area directors by November 8, 2019;
  2. Content area directors review applications and solicit feedback from principals;
  3. First round of selection notifications anticipated by November 15, 2019;
  4. It is anticipated that, in some cases, additional information from applicants may be necessary. Applicants will receive an email requesting information in these instances;
  5. All applicants receive email notification no later than November 22, 2019.

Content Area Contacts

Early Learning - Dr. Cheryl Mixon - 817-814-2450

Elementary Literacy - Cherron Ukpaka - 817-814-2520

Mathematics - Shannon Hernandez - 817-814-2540

Secondary Literacy - Michelle McCone - 817-814-2520

Science - Dr. Herman Jackson - 817-814-2600

Social Studies - Joseph Niedziela - 817-814-2470

FWISD Celebrates TEACHING CHAIR HONOREES

Congratulations to Fort Worth ISD's 2019-2020 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence.

All 16 educators will be conferred with the title of Chair for Teaching Excellence for one year, receive a $5,000 honorarium and a banner to display on their campus in a prominent location, as well as their photograph displayed at the FWISD Professional Development Center for one year.

The Chairs for Teaching Excellence will be recognized at a special luncheon on November 14, 2019.

For more details on the the Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence program, click here.

This year’s Teaching Chairs sponsors and honorees are:

Angela D. Paulos Chair for Teaching Excellence in Visual Arts

Alyssa Vallecorsa, Trimble Tech High School

Central Market Chair for Teaching Excellence in Acquisition of Language

Maria Cruz Washington, Stripling Middle School

Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts

Brent Schooley, South Hills High School

Blue Zones Project Chair for Teaching Excellence in Health & Physical Education

Mark Greenwood, Westcliff Elementary School

Broadway at the Bass Chair for Teaching Excellence in Dance & Theater

Victoria K. Scheffler, South Hills High School

Chase Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary English

Cassie Hanson, Trimble Tech High School

Crescent Real Estate Chair for Teaching Excellence in Career & Technical Education

Vickie Jenson, South Hills High School

Atmos Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Science

Naomi V. Gutierrez, Rosemont 6th Grade

Kroger Chair for Teaching Excellence in Special Education

Lauren Caldwell, Westcliff Elementary School

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Reading

Brandi Mayhall, Burton Hill Elementary School

Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Math & Science

Marisol Herrera, Dolores Huerta Elementary School

Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Middle School STEM

Ann Marie Burgess, J. Martin Jacquet Middle School

Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in High School STEM

Barton Scott, Young Men’s Leadership Academy

Sewell Lexus & Infiniti of Fort Worth Chair for Teaching Excellence in Humanities

Nathan Pena, Young Women’s Leadership Academy

TTI, Inc. Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Math

Heather Hedges, Paschal High School

XTO Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Amy Sikes Morrison, Waverly Park Elementary School

FWISD STAFF MUST ACKNOWLEDGE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK RECEIPT BY Today

TO: FWISD Full-Time Employees

FROM: Cynthia Rincón, Chief—Human Capital Management and Legal Services

RE: Employee Handbook Receipt--ACTION REQUIRED

Congratulations to you all for being part of the Fort Worth ISD team! For our veteran employees, we hope you found some time to enjoy some part of your summer. For all new employees… WELCOME!

The 2019-2020 FWISD Employee Handbook is now available for your use and reference. You can preview the employee handbook before acknowledging receipt by going to this website. In an effort to ensure a successful school year, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the policies summarized in the handbook, and access the handbook online as needed. Please access the employee handbook acknowledgement at https://EmployeeHandbook.fwisd.org with your Active Directory credentials.

All employees are responsible for adhering to District Policies, Procedures and Administrative Regulations outlined in the Employee Handbook. To that end, you are required to acknowledge receipt of the Employee Handbook no later than October 31, 2019. Upon accessing the link, you will complete a signature page acknowledging receipt of the handbook and will submit an electronic receipt through your login which will be date and time stamped. At that time, you will be able to print a copy of your acknowledgment receipt, as well as the Employee Handbook if you wish to have a hard copy for your files. For questions about the Employee Handbook, please contact:

Employee Relations Department

817-814-2790

Emp.Relations@fwisd.org

On behalf of Human Capital Management, I wish you much success in the 2019-2020 school year. If our staff can be of assistance, please let us know.

2019 DFW Teacher Survey Goes Live Friday

All Fort Worth ISD teachers, substitute teachers and teacher assistants (paraprofessionals) are invited to participate in the DFW Teacher Survey beginning Friday, November 1.

The end of the semester quickly approaches and there’s no better time than now to check the pulse of our District. Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Best in Class to administer the 4th Annual DFW Teacher Survey designed to assess the teacher experience in our district.

“The DFW Teacher Survey is designed to get to the heart of the teacher experience and provide valuable data to our District as we work to improve the quality of instruction for all Fort Worth ISD students,” said Karen Molinar, FWISD Chief of Staff.

Implementing thoughtful approaches that create thriving ecosystems for our teachers is our priority. Your feedback provides us with actionable data we can harness as we enter planning for the 2020-2021 school year, and it sheds light on ways in which we can support our human capital assets.

To protect your privacy all survey responses are collected and analyzed by a third party. All survey responses are anonymous and aggregate level results are provided to the District. Survey data collected will not be released to us or any other party.

Please click here to access the survey. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete and can be done via mobile phone or computer. The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, November 25, 2019, and 50 respondents will be chosen at random to receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

FWISD Employees: Don’t Miss Out on Big Prizes For Giving to United Way

Fort Worth ISD employees who submit online donations to the District’s 2019 United Way Campaign are automatically eligible for multiple prizes including a two-night hotel stay in downtown Fort Worth and gift cards.

Campaign fund raising for employees and students started, Monday October 21 and continues through November 1. Online giving ends November 8.

“When you give to United Way, you are making a difference in individual lives.,” said Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “Your support insures the success of our children, the integrity of our families and neighborhoods, and a second chance for people to rebuild their lives.”

FWISD employees who submit online donations are eligible for multiple prizes including a two-night stay at the Embassy Suites in downtown Fort Worth that will be awarded to two campaign donors or a $200 Target gift card. The FWISD department contributing the most to the campaign will receive four $25 gift cards from Texas Live!

FWISD employees received an email from United Way of Tarrant County October 21 with personalized login information for donating online, details on what the nonprofit does and how to help.

Students can participate in the campaign on their respective campuses through coin drives and other fundraising efforts.

Once again, employees can make online donations by credit/debit card or payroll deductions this year. Donations will be deducted from employee’s paychecks over eight months from January to August.

Employees wanting to submit a donation by check may do so by completing a paper pledge form by Friday, November 1 and returning it to their department/campus campaign coordinator.

When donating, employees can specify the agencies or programs they’d like their donations to support and 100% of the donation will support the cause or agency designated.

The 2019 District goal is increasing participation 20% above the number of participants in 2018.

Campaign participation is voluntary.

United Way of Tarrant County partners with over 45 nonprofit agencies to support more than 300,000 people annually in need with resources and various services.

For more details about FWISD’s 2019 United Way Campaign, contact Cindy Ybarra at cindy.ybarra@fwisd.org or call 817-814-3350.

Have a fun and SAFE Halloween by following these safety tips

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content is from MedStar.

For Trick or Treaters:

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

For Drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

FWISD WEEK 10: North Side and Dunbar can clinch playoff berths

By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

The race is going down to the wire in District 4-5A, with North Side closing in on its first playoff appearance in 40 years. The Steers are sitting second in district at 3-1 with two games remaining, including Saturday meeting with Polytechnic (1-3) at Handley Field.

North Side, which last reached the postseason in 1979, would lock down a playoff berth by beating the Parrots. The Steers are also 4-4 overall this season, their most wins since 2008.

Despite being 1-3 in district, Poly hasn’t been eliminated from postseason contention. Fort Worth ISD teams Eastern Hills (3-2), O.D. Wyatt (2-2) an0d Southwest (2-2) are also in the mix for one of the four playoffs spots from 4-5A. Wyatt and Southwest square off in a huge matchup Saturday at Clark Stadium.

Dunbar (3-1) would secure a playoff spot with a win in Friday 6-4A clash with Western Hills (0-4) at Clark Stadium. The Wildcats are currently second place in district.

Thursday, October 31

3-5A: Chisholm Trail vs. South Hills, Clark Stadium, 7 p.m.

4-6A: North Crowley vs. Trimble Technical, Farrington Field, 7 p.m.

4-5A: Northwest vs. Carter-Riverside, Handley Field, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 1

6-4A: Dunbar vs. Western Hills, Clark Stadium, 7 p.m.

3-5A: Boswell vs. Arlington Heights, Farrington Field, 7 p.m.

4-6A: Arlington Martin vs. Paschal, Handley Field, 7 p.m.

6-4A: Benbrook vs. Kennedale, Kennedale Wildcat Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

6-4A: Diamond Hill-Jarvis vs. Castleberry, W. O. Barnes Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 2

4-5A: O. D. Wyatt vs. Southwest, Clark Stadium, 2 p.m.

4-5A: Polytechnic vs. North Side, Handley Field, 11 a.m.

Early Voting Ends Friday

Early voting across Tarrant County for the November 5 state constitutional amendment, school district, municipal, county college and water district elections ends Friday, November 1.

Polls are open at most locations from:

  • 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, October 31
  • 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, November 1

There are 44 designated early voting locations in Tarrant County. Registered voters may vote at any county vote center location from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday November 5.

Voters will go to the polls on November 5 to determine the successor to Dr. T.A. Sims’ District 4 seat on the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education. Dr. Sims, the District’s longest-serving board member with more than 35 years as a trustee, resigned July 16, 2019.

Three candidates are vying to succeed Dr. Sims. They are:

  • Johnny Cook-Muhammad, family program manager
  • Daphne Brookins, youth administrator
  • Terry D.T. Miles, artist

The candidate elected to the seat will represent District 4 until the term expires in May 2021.

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

Conference of the Education of Hispanics Rebrands, Opens Registration

The Conference of the Education of Hispanics, now in its 26th year, is getting a new name.

All teachers and administrators are encouraged to attend Edu-Con Fort Worth, hosted by Texas Wesleyan University’s College of Education on Saturday, November 16 at the new Nick and Lou Martin Center on the Texas Wesleyan campus. Education experts and practitioners from the Fort Worth ISD, surrounding districts, private and public universities, and servant community leaders are slated as presenters and facilitators for the conference’s professional learning sessions.

Registration is $30 for FWISD educators. Teachers may earn flex credit for attending, and their participation can be “included in their T-TESS evaluations when they exceed the minimum requirements of their professional learning plans,” said Dr. Raul Peña, FWISD chief of elementary schools and Edu-Con Fort Worth chair.

Conference proceeds benefit the Mexican American College Education (MACE) Scholarship Fund. Founded in 1969, MACE is a nonprofit that awards approximately 90 college scholarships annually worth more than $50,000 to Tarrant County students.

To register, visit http://bit.ly/ECFW19_Part. After full attendance is verified, teachers will be enrolled and given credit on Strive, according to Dr. Peña.

Alzheimer’s Association Partners with North Side HS to Launch Ambassador Program

Students at Fort Worth ISD’s North Side High School recently participated in a simulation exercise exposing them to what people living with Alzheimer’s disease experience.

Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association shared information with students about the disease and dementia on Friday, October 25, 2019. The association is partnering with health science students at North Side to launch an Alzheimer’s Ambassador program that increases Alzheimer’s and dementia awareness. Students will be trained as community ambassadors and encouraged to share their knowledge with elementary and middle school students.

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that affects a person’s memory, thinking and behavior. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and 5.8 million Americans are living with the disease, according to the association’s website. Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, according to the association. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, which is the overall term for cognitive impairment conditions.

“Alzheimer’s is a health crisis that is facing both the United States and the world,” said Audrey Kwik, Alzheimer’s Association director of program services for the association’s North Central Texas chapter. “We believe that by educating our students, we really do have the power to change the progression of this disease.”

Students received information about the warning signs, risk factors and how they can raise awareness about the disease.

For more details about Alzheimer’s disease, visit www.alz.org.

LET’S TALK SCHOOL COMMUNITY FORUMS

Parents and students are invited to attend upcoming forums on proposed school boundary changes. The boundary changes will impact all traditional high school feeder patterns and address overcrowding, demographic shifts, and equity for all students.

Between now and November 19, Superintendent Kent P. Scribner will host community forums at every comprehensive high school in the Fort Worth ISD. The topics: school feeder patterns and overcrowding, demographic shifts, and equity for all students.

Attendees are encouraged to use our new Let’s Talk! feature for questions and feedback during the Boundary Forums. You’ll be able to submit a question or comment from any device, and we’re committed to returning a timely response.

The following community forums are scheduled:

Monday, November 4: 6-7 p.m. Dunbar HS Auditorium, 5700 Ramey Ave., 76112

Thursday, November 7: 6-7 p.m. South Hills HS Auditorium, 6101 McCart Ave., 76133

Monday, November 18: 6-7 p.m. Southwest HS Auditorium, 4100 Altamesa Blvd., 76133

Tuesday, November 19: 6-7 p.m. Paschal HS Large Auditorium, 3001 Forest Park Blvd., 76110

Forums already held and the presentations:

Tuesday, September 17: 6- 7 p.m. Arlington Heights HS Auditorium, 4501 W. Freeway, 76107

Thursday, September 26: 6-7 p.m. O.D. Wyatt HS Auditorium, 2400 E. Seminary Drive,76119

Thursday, October 3: 6-7 p.m. Amon Carter-Riverside HS New Cafeteria, 3301 Yucca Ave., 76111

Thursday, October 10: 6-7 p.m. North Side HS Auditorium, 2211 McKinley Ave., 76164

Wednesday, October 16: 6-7 p.m. Eastern Hills HS Auditorium, 5701 Shelton St., 76112

Thursday, October 17: 6-7 p.m. Benbrook Middle-High School Auditorium, 201 Overcrest Drive, Benbroook, 76132

Monday, October 21: 6-7 p.m. Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS Auditorium, 1411 Maydell St., 76106

Tuesday, October 29: 6-7 p.m. Western Hills HS Auditorium, 3600 Boston Ave., 76116

Wednesday, October 30: 6-7 p.m. Polytechnic HS Auditorium, 1300 Conner Ave., 76105

FWISD TO OBSERVE NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH THIS NOVEMBER

The Fort Worth Independent School District will observe Native American Heritage Month this November with displays in the District’s Central Administration and Board Complex lobbies of native artifacts and student artwork.

The artwork will honor Native Americans in the District and community and celebrate the cultural importance of Native American heritage, said Elizabeth Gravelle, FWISD American Indian Education Program liaison. On November 2, a group of FWISD students will visit the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, and the Board of Education will honor the American Indian community at its November 12 meeting.

President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution in 1990 designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. The observance celebrates the culture, tradition, history and significant contributions of America’s Native people.

Last month, the FWISD Board of Education recognized District employees, students and parents of the American Indian community at a board meeting in observance of American Indian Heritage Day in Texas, which is recognized annually the last Friday in September.

Nearly 360 identified Native American students are represented in the Fort Worth ISD. The District’s American Indian Education Program offers academic support and cultural education to FWISD students who identify or who are of Native American descent.

Annually the program hosts field trips throughout the school year and a two-week summer cultural camp in June.

For more details on the FWISD American Indian Education Program, contact Ms. Gravelle at 817-814-2879.

Pictured is an outline of the mural that's being painted at Manuel Jara this Saturday.

Join FWISD Community for Two Mural Events This Saturday

The Fort Worth ISD community is invited to participate in two beautification events Saturday, November 2 and a presentation recognizing Manual Jara Elementary Art Teacher David Orona.

Two mural painting events will run simultaneously from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

  • “Spreading Color Through the Community” at Manuel Jara Elementary School, 2100 Lincoln Ave., 76164 (Mural painting will be done at the back of the school)
  • “Color Your World Community Mural Project 2019” at Polytechnic High School, 1300 Conner Ave., 76105 (Painting will take place at the school’s soccer field

The Manual Jara event will also recognize Mr. Orona at 10 a.m. for his work and dedication to the community. Fort Worth District 2 Councilman Carlos Flores is expected to present a proclamation honoring Mr. Orona. The art teacher, who has served a decade in the FWISD, worked 30 years in advertising as a graphic designer before retiring and starting his career as a teacher at Manuel Jara. The 2014-15 FWISD Teaching Chair in Visual Arts recipient has led community beautification projects in which his students and others have added bursts of color to city and District facilities like the Fort Worth Animal Care and Adoption Center and Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School.

Following the proclamation presentation, students at Manuel Jara will present a POW/MIA banner they created to military veterans.

An estimated 1,000 Fort Worth ISD students, their families, employees and faculty from Texas Christian University’s Office for Community Engagement are slated to participate in the two events.

Mural participants are encouraged to wear older clothes and sneakers. People in sandals will not be allowed to participate in the mural paintings.

Paschal HS to Commemorate Bean’s 1969 Moonwalk with Weeklong Celebration

Paschal High School will commemorate the 50th anniversary of 1950 alumnus Capt. Alan Bean walking on the moon with a weeklong celebration, November 4-8. The week kicks off sales for the Panther yearbook which is also commemorating Capt. Bean’s 1969 moonwalk.

Dubbed “Moonwalker Celebration,” the weeklong festivities will include NASA displays with a life-size astronaut suit and information detailing the history of the Apollo space missions. Amy Bean, Capt. Bean’s daughter, is slated to present “Moonwalker’s Daughter,” her unique perspective of the space race, to classes all day on Tuesday, November 5 in the Todd Theater.

Dr. Morgan Reinhold and Dr. Doug Roberts, staffers from Fort Worth’s Museum of Science and History, will make presentations on the Apollo space program history and virtual reality that will include space artifacts from the museum’s collection.

Other festivities slated throughout the week include a presentation on the Future of Space from Paschal science teacher Dr. Robert Scheer; “Take Me to the Stars,” a portable planetarium; a performance of “Space” music in the atrium during lunch by the Paschal orchestra and opportunities for students to create patch designs during lunch. Additionally, student artwork of space will be on display, and the school library will highlight space travel and provide opportunities for real time space exploration through library computers all week long.

“I am excited to work in a school with such a great history, Principal Troy Langston said.

Capt. Bean was the fourth human to walk on the moon.

In November 1969, Capt. Bean was a lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, the country’s second moon landing mission. In July 1973, he was a commander aboard the U.S. second crew flight traveling to Skylab, the first U.S. space station.

After graduating from Paschal, Capt. Bean enrolled at the University of Texas where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering. He attended Navy Test Pilot School and was among 14 trainees from the U.S. Navy selected in 1963 by NASA to become one of its third group of astronauts.

Capt. Bean retired from the Navy in 1975, and from NASA six years later. Following his career at NASA, he became an accomplished artist who for nearly four decades painted Apollo-themed pieces. According to NASA, the canvases were “textured with lunar boot prints,” and the acrylics were “embedded with small pieces of his moon dust-stained mission patches.”

He died May 26, 2018. Capt. Bean was 86.

Capt. Bean is among one of the first people recognized as a Wall of Fame honoree, which celebrates successful FWISD students.

A Paschal High pennant flown on the moon and Capt. Bean’s patch that he wore on the Apollo 12 mission was presented to the faculty and students at the high school in December 1969. It currently hangs in a frame on a wall in the high school along with a framed portrait of the astronaut.

An updated replica of the pennant will also be on display during the weeklong celebration.

“Moonwalker Celebration” is being sponsored by the Paschal PTA and The Paschal Alumni Association. The event is planned under the supervision of Panther yearbook adviser, Terry Buckner with help from faculty members, Dr. Scheer, Mark Fay, Charlotte Burrell, Thomas Kiesel, Lauren Ehrlich, Cavan Crane, Toby Jones, Assistant Principal Ben Swanson, and committee members Jackie Ferguson and Meg Benkel.

For more details on Mr. Bean, visit https://www.alanbean.com/.

FWISD Career Fair Events Set for November 7

What: Fort Worth Independent School District Career Fairs for District personnel

When: Thursday, November 7

4 to 6:30 p.m. for teaching applicants

9:30 to 11:20 a.m. for all other FWISD job openings

Where: Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd.

Summary: Tell your friends -- there’s a career for them in the Fort Worth ISD. The District is hosting two hiring events, Thursday, November 7 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

  • People interested in careers as nurses, substitute teachers, bus drivers, campus monitors, cafeteria or custodial service employees and much more are invited to meet with District representatives from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Campus principals will meet with applicants interested in a teaching career from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The two career fairs are the perfect spot to:

  • Meet and interview with District representatives on the spot
  • Get questions answered about working in the Fort Worth ISD
  • Learn about the $54,000 starting salary for teachers and professional development available to ensure success

For more details on FWISD employment opportunities, call 817-814-HIRE or visit www.fwisd.org/careers.

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Find A Career Path at FWISD’s Choices Expo, November 8-9

Pick your pathway!

Learn about Fort Worth ISD’s Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice at expo and open house events this November.

Students and families may explore pathways to colleges and careers at the annual Choices Expo, as well as school and neighborhood open house events. More than 12,700 postcards were mailed to families with fifth- and eighth-grade children recently with information.

Students can begin submitting online applications for FWISD’s Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice, Friday November 8. Because all applications are submitted online, it’s extremely important that parents have an active email address prior to starting the application process. District employees submitting applications for their own children may use their active directory login.

Online Gold Seal applications are due no later than 5 p.m. Friday, December 13.

Fifth and eighth-grade presentations are currently underway at schools across the District where students are viewing video overviews of the 2020-2021 Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice catalog in campus assemblies, receiving information about important upcoming Gold Seal events and having opportunities to get questions answered about the program offerings. The presentations continue through Thursday, November 7.

“Industry-driven Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice offer Fort Worth ISD families and students the power of choice now more than ever to go beyond the basic, beyond the traditional, to find the pathway that’s a match to a student’s interest, goals and learning style,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner.

Join the District for Choices Expo, November 8 and 9 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd., Fort Worth. This one-stop shopping event allows families to learn how students can earn their high school diplomas, associate degrees or trade licenses and certifications simultaneously. Computers and on-site assistance for completing the Gold Seal application are available to families at Choices Expo.

Choices Expo is slated for:

  • 4-7 p.m. Friday, November 8
  • 9 a.m.- noon Saturday, November 9

FWISD will host Gold Seal neighborhood open houses November 11-14. On-site assistance for submitting online applications is available at these events.

Gold Seal representatives will host Application Help Date events from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. December 12-13 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center where families can complete online Gold Seal applications and ask questions about the process.

Assistance will also be available through counselors and College and Career Readiness coordinators at FWISD campuses.

For more details, visit www.fwisd.org/choice or call the Gold Seal office at 817-814-2584.

FWISD To Participate in 2019 Veterans Day Parade

Fort Worth ISD JROTC, JCC, and school bands will participate in the centennial celebration of the Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11.

The District’s 15 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and 21 Junior Cadet Corps (JCC) units are among cadets from across the county participating in the parade, which begins at 11 a.m. at the Tarrant County Courthouse, 100 E. Weatherford St. in Fort Worth. Bands from FWISD’s Benbrook, Carter-Riverside, Paschal, Western Hills and O.D. Wyatt high schools are slated to join the parade processional.

Military and JROTC groups, floats and bands are expected to travel from the county courthouse down Main Street. This year’s theme, “Centennial Celebration,” recognizes 100 years of Armistice and Veterans Day parades in Fort Worth and Tarrant County and the 100-year anniversary of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Military Order of World Wars organizations.

Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade is being hosted by the City of Fort Worth and organized by the Tarrant County Veterans Council. The Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade is designated as a 2019 National Veterans Day Regional Site by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to parade organizers.

Veterans Day is the annual national observance honoring men and women who’ve served the country in the U.S. military. Federal offices are closed November 11 to observe the holiday.

For more Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade details, visit fw2019vetparade.org.

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

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead):A private altar called “ofrenda” is set up in the Central Administration Building lobby to remember and honor staff members' loved ones who've passed away. Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, celebrated annually October 31 to November 2, is a holiday to celebrate, honor and remember the lives of loved ones who are deceased.

Story Book and Character Parades: Multiple Fort Worth ISD elementary schools celebrated their love of reading hosting parades through their class hallways, dressing up as their favorite book characters and decorating pumpkins of their favorite story characters this week.

Red Ribbon Week: Multiple Fort Worth ISD schools hosted theme days in observance of Red Ribbon Week. Established in the 1980s by National Family Partnership, formerly the National Federation of parents for Drug Free Youth, Red Ribbon Week educates and encourages youth to participate in drug-free activities. Red Ribbon Week, which began on October 23 concludes today.

Polytechnic High School Homecoming:Polytechnic High School’s homecoming festivities culminated with a community parade, Saturday October 26. Originated by the Poly Alumni Associations as a way of connecting the community and giving back to generations of Poly Parrots, the annual homecoming parade showcases community leaders and businesses alike.

UNCF Empower Me Tour: About 350 Fort Worth ISD students participated in the October 25 eventat Tarrant County College-Trinity River. The college-and-career-readiness road show that participants information about UNCF-member HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and University) institutions.

Fort Worth After School Anniversary: The Fort Worth After School(FWAS) program celebrated its 20-year anniversary with a party October 24 at Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School –including a birthday cake and cupcakes lit with candles and LED lights. Since 2000, FWAS has provided high-level enrichment programs after school from 3 to 5 p.m. primarily for students in grades 3-8. High schools participate, intermittently, through 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. More than 7,000 students participate in the program over the course of a school year.

2019 Financial Aid Help Sessions, Continue through November 19

United Way campaign, Continues through November 1

Early voting for the District 4 special election, Continues through November 1

Red Ribbon Week, Continues through October 31

Employee Handbook Receipt deadline, October 31

End of Second Six Weeks, November 1

Start of Second Six Weeks, November 4

School boundary forum at Dunbar HS, November 4

District 4 FWISD Board of Education Special Election, November 5

School boundary forum at South Hills HS, November 7

Teacher Hiring Fair, November 7

FWISD Auxiliary Career Fair, November 7

Choices Expo, November 8 and 9

Veteran’s Day Parade, November 11

Report Cards Issued, November 13

Professional development offered by the Prevention and Crisis Response Department, November 16

2019 Football Schedules

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