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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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