PRE-K AND KINDER REGISTRATION MAKES IT EASY FOR PARENTS TO ENROLL CHILDREN FOR EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS
FWISD Pre-K and Kindergarten Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration is underway. Go to www.fwisd.org/prek to register online now.
Parents, the Fort Worth ISD is making it easier for you to enroll your child for Pre-K and Kindergarten. Backing up its belief that “Your Child Belongs Here,” the District is providing streamlined online registration and requiring fewer documents during enrollment.
Additionally, the Fort Worth ISD Bookmobile is visiting local neighborhoods to help parents register their children. Children will receive free books to get them excited about learning as they prepare to begin school in the fall.
FWISD Visual, Performing Arts Department Recognized Nationally Six Straight Years
Fort Worth ISD is one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education a sixth straight year.
The designation recently presented by the NAMM Foundation, honors districts and individual schools for ensuring music access to students in the classroom and for an “outstanding commitment to music education,” according to the nonprofit partly supported by the National Association of Music Merchants. The District responded to questions about “funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time facilities,” music program support and “community music-making programs” to qualify for the designation, according to the foundation.
“The music programs in Fort Worth provide a unique opportunity for educational enrichment. Our programs inspire students to be productive community members and provide inspiration for consistent attendance and effort throughout the school day,” said Dick Clardy, FWISD director of instrumental music. “The commitment and work ethic our students developed in their music classes transfers to all aspects of their life. Receiving an award of this magnitude magnifies the tremendous commitment and work of the students and staff. We are thankful!”
The District recently completed a five-year replacement plan, providing new acoustic pianos to all District campuses and is in the process of completing a $1.4 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Education supporting various music education certifications for elementary and secondary music teachers, said Christina Walk, FWISD executive director of visual and performing arts. Additionally, FWISD has multiple partnerships with organizations and foundations in the Fort Worth arts community that offer free concerts and master classes and other support and opportunities to students and teachers.
In an effort to ensure optimal music experiences for students, the FWISD “Music Department is in a resurgence of hiring the very best music educators,” said Dinah Menger, director of choral and elementary music.
“These enriching experiences build confidence in helping students find power in their own abilities, which infuses every other subject,” she said. “Through patience and persistence, [music teachers] create true musicians who can compete at the local, state, and national level. These students leave us with stronger soft skills and grit to better prepare them for the future.”
Fort Worth ISD has received the Best Communities for Music Education designation since 2014.
AHHS Dance to Host Second Artist Residency This Semester April 15-17
Leslie Williams, director of dance at West Texas A&M University, will take up a two-day residency with dancers at Fort Worth ISD’s Arlington Heights High School, April 15-17.
While Ms. Williams has annually attended AHHS Senior Recruitment, this is her first time taking up a residency at the school. In addition to leading dance at West Texas A&M University, she dances with Michigan’s Peter Sparling Dance Company, according to her biography.
“We are pumped to have her here for a longer time to work more in depth with our students,” said Rachel Wade, director of AHHS’ Dance Department and Repertory Company. “She is truly an outstanding educator and more than that is a huge advocate for dance in high schools.”
This is the second artist residency at Arlington Heights this semester. In January, the Dance Department hosted Amy Miller, senior company director at Gibney, a New York-based dance company. Her four-day residency included master classes and two choreography workshops with Heights dancers. Ms. Wade said that she hopes to continue the artist residency with students this fall.
Final Week to Vote for Read Fort Worth In A Community Thrives Contest
The following is from Read Fort Worth:
Three days remain to help Read Fort Worth raise $100,000 and possibly more to upgrade four Fort Worth ISD libraries as part of the District's 100X25 initiative -- 100 percent of third-graders reading on grade level by 2025. These funds will help implement elementary literacy strategies and introduce STEM enrichment to libraries at four elementary campuses in need -- Sunrise, Moss, and Western Hills Primary and Elementary.
One-hundred percent of the funds raised will go directly to FWISD. Let's get these four FWISD school libraries current with state standards in STEM library resources. The four 100x25 project elementary school libraries serve 2,247 students, of which 91.5 percent are economically disadvantaged.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
STAAR Testing: State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing for students in the fourth-, fifth-, seventh- and eighth-grades, and at the high school level took place this week in the Fort Worth ISD and across the state. In preparation for the test teachers motivated their students with encouraging messages as they entered school. Here are just a few examples from Bill J. Elliott, the Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard, Glen Park and South Hills elementary schools.
Week of the Young Child:Fort Worth ISD is joining school districts across the country in celebrating National Week of the Young Child, April 8-12. The 2019 Week of the Young Child focus is intergenerational friendship, building community and finding beauty in unlikely places.
AHHS Project Dance: The Arlington Heights Dance Department celebrated its 25-year anniversary with its Project Dance production April 5 and 6 at the Fort Worth Community Art Center’s W.E. Scott Theater. The production included all-level dancers performing choreographed works by Arlington Heights faculty, current and former students.
Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Literacy Fair: More than 450 attended the annual event which provided on-site assistance with the pre-K and kindergarten online registration process, immunizations, developmental and dental screenings and free books. On-site registration assistance is still available at FWISD campuses, and families can call the Parent Information Line at 817-814-2070 for assistance.
Transformation Day at Dunbar High School: Fidelity Cares volunteers returned to Dunbar High School, April 6, for another Transformation Day event. Volunteers spent several hours participating in beautification projects on the campus.
Leadership Academy at Maude Logan Career Day: Students learned about becoming artists, barbers, police, firemen and much more at the April 4 event.
Riverside ALC Students Tour GRACE Restaurant: Students at Fort Worth ISD’s Riverside Applied Learning Center were recently treated to a special tour of downtown restaurant GRACE, by owner Dain “Adam” Jones. The April 4 tour is the culmination of an applied learning six-week study of the restaurant and hospitality industry by pre-kindergarten through second-graders participating in the school’s Too Cool to Cook club.
Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School Student-Athletes Receive $2,500 grant: The student-athletes recently received a grant from the Gene and Jerry Jones Foundation for their SOAR To Success Community Literacy Project as part of the Dallas Cowboys Community Quarterback Challenge presented by Ryan Tax Services. The program challenges high school football teams to develop a community service project that impacts their local community. Read more here.
McLean Middle School Students Meet Actress Touring with the Broadway Musical "Anastasia": About 50 students recently attended a performance of the national tour for "Anastasia" at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas. Taylor Quick, who is part of the tour ensemble and a Texas Christian University graduate met with the students after the show. "Anastasia" was in Dallas February 19-March 3, 2019.
Seven FWISD Golf Teams Advance to Regionals: Congratulations to the golf teams from FWISD's Paschal, Arlington Heights South Hills, North Side, Carter-Riverside, Benbrook and Western Hills high schools that will represent the District in UIL Region golf Tournaments April 22-25 in Classes 6A, 5A and 4A, respectively.