FWISD First-Week Essentials
Fort Worth Independent School District will once again observe First 5 the initial days of the 2019-2020 school year.
First 5 is an opportunity for campus teachers, administrators, counselors and students to get to know one another as a means of building relationships and classroom community before intensive core instruction begins. This is done through a series of fun activities the initial five days of school.
Activities include classroom procedures, respect/relationship agreements, weekly respect goals and much more.
Campus administrators, teachers and counselors can access First 5 lessons and activities through the Its Learning application under “SSS-First 5-Elementary” and “Secondary” to get a head start on planning for the upcoming school year.
The 2019-2020 school year begins, Monday, August 19. For more back-to-school details, visit www.fwisd.org/backtoschool.
The following memorandum is from Operations and Technology:
AC Energy Management System Extends Operating Hours First Weeks of School
Air conditioning will run continuously through August 26 at all Fort Worth ISD campuses to help maintain cool classrooms.
In addition to an extended schedule, the Energy Management Systems (EMS) specialists are continuously monitoring building temperatures to ensure FWISD facilities and classrooms are comfortable for all students and staff.
“Further assessment will determine if normal operating hours will resume the first week in September,” Art Cavazos, chief of District operations, wrote in a recent memorandum to campus principals and facility managers.
For additional information, principals and facilities managers are urged to contact the energy specialists.
Teacher Laptop Exchange Information
The following content is from the Operations Department:
Password Reset Information
The following information is from Educational Technology Department:
With my.fwisd.org, resetting your own employee password is quick and easy!
To reset your password, you must first create security questions. The FWISD Customer Service Department is urging ALL Fort Worth ISD employees to set up or reset their security questions as soon as possible. Completing this task will empower you with the capability to reset your own password in the upcoming school year, should the need arise.
View this video tutorial for details on resetting your password.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
Students, Teachers, and Staff Treated to Taste-Test of New School Cafeteria Concepts: Just a few days before the start of the new school year, students, teachers and staff from Fort Worth ISD’s Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School were treated to a sampling of the types of new food items they can expect in the cafeteria in the coming months on Wednesday. The District’s new food service provider, SodexoMAGIC, plans a wide-variety of innovative and nutritious “crowd pleasing” food concepts aimed at engaging and satisfying students and staff who patronize school cafeterias across the District on a daily basis. Read more in next week's Inside FWISD.
Career and Technical Professional Learning event: Marc Istook, a 1994 graduate of Fort Worth ISD’s Southwest High School and a News 8 Daybreak anchor, was the keynote alumni speaker for the District’s Career and Technical Professional Learning event, August 14. More than 300 educators are participated in the mandatory waiver day training, focused on classroom strategies, specialized training, community building, policy and procedures, curriculum and much more.
Principal Appointments: The 2019-2020 Campus Principal Appointments were announced at the Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, August 13. They are: Howard Robinson, O.D. Wyatt High School; Aundra Bohannon, Metro Opportunity High School; David Trimble, J.P. Elder Middle School; Darryl Gentry, Meadowbrook Middle School; Marron McWilliams, Jean McClung Middle School; Quanda Collins, TCC-South Collegiate High School; Kalyn San Jacinto, Carroll Peak Elementary School; Margaret Huff, Carter Park Elementary School; Anthony Avery, Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary School; Marlette Martinez, De Zavala Elementary School; DuVaughn Flagler, S.S. Dillow Elementary School; Nikita Moye, Leadership Academy at John T. White Elementary School; Debora Fuentes, Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School; Aura Angel, D. McRae Elementary School; Vanessa Cuarenta, Morningside Elementary School; Laura Hill, Mary Louise Phillips Elementary School; Irma Ayala, Richard J. Wilson Elementary School; Jennifer Kennedy, Riverside Applied Learning Center; Victorius Eugenio, Daggett Montessori; Kendall Condit, Westpark Elementary School and Deborah Baez-Carrasquillo, M.G. Ellis Primary School.
Creando Una Amistad: Fort Worth ISD kicked off tax-free weekend with its fifth Creando Una Amistad, a back-to-school event for families, Friday, August 9 at La Gran Plaza. Fort Worth ISD Board President Jacinto Ramos, Jr. and Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent discussed with parents the importance of welcoming environments for students as well as other issues. The event also provided attendees with online registration assistance, back to school/book giveaways, a fashion show, student performances, merchant coupons and additional resources.
Supplies Galore: Schools in Fort Worth ISD will receive individual school supply kits this week and next week to wrap up the annual Kroger “Backpack Boosters” school supply campaign. Shoppers in North Texas and Louisiana donated money for supplies and school supply kits at their local Kroger in July. Fort Worth schools will receive more than 7,700 school supply boxes delivered in 35 pallets, valued at more than $60,000. This generous donation from Kroger customers and employees will help students start the year with the tools they need to be successful.
Trane Donates School Supplies: Representatives from Trane Commercial Systems donated school supplies to Glencrest Sixth Grade Center, Friday, August 9. This is the second year the heating, ventilating and air conditioning manufacture company has donated supplies to the campus.
Dressing for Success: First United Methodist Church Fort Worth recently donated school uniforms to students at Charles Nash and T.A. Sims elementary schools.
Poly Family Reunion: New Fort Worth ISD teachers, who graduated from Polytechnic High School, were treated to lunch by former Poly administrators, Friday, August 9.
Jumpstart Teacher Academy: An estimated 300 rookie and experienced teachers new to FWISD participated in District’s Jumpstart Teacher Academy, August 5-9. The conference focused on topics to assist the new educators in having a successful first year with students. Participants received a copy of “Teach Like a Champion 2.0,” a book by Doug Lemov with 62 teaching techniques that prepare students for college and career readiness, and other materials to assist them in their first year. Throughout the year, monthly professional learning opportunities will offer new teachers ongoing support.
CIP/PROCEDEO Mixer: The latest FWISD Business and Networking Mixer, organized by the District's Capital Improvement Program and Procedeo, owner representative for the 2017 bond project, was hosted August 1 at Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School. Attendees networked with Capital Improvement Program and Procedeo personnel and other general contractors and subcontractors for the 2017 bond project. The next FWISD Business and Networking Mixer is September 5. RSVP here to attend.
HOW ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR SUMMER VACATION?
Diana Garcia-Allen, a Career and Technical Education teacher at Kirkpatrick Middle School, spent 11 days in Tokyo and Thailand. She said she went sightseeing in Tokyo. In Thailand, she volunteered pouring cement and with landscaping at a rehabilitation center for people struggling with drug addiction. Her daughter, who is a FWISD substitute teacher, met her in Thailand and volunteered at a children's home that cares for more than 100 children.
"We had a great time exploring Thailand as well as giving of our time to these amazing people," Ms. Garcia-Allen said.
Here's some photos her trip: