‘Giving Honor Where Honor Is Due’
Walton ES Celebrates FWISD’s Oldest Full-Time Employee With 90th Birthday Program
Gertrude Mitchell, a pre-kindergarten teacher’s assistant at Fort Worth ISD’s Walton Elementary School and the District's oldest full-time employee, had no idea the surprise waiting for her in the school auditorium, Friday, January 31.
Along with her colleagues, she made her way to what she believed was a school assembly. Upon entering the school auditorium, she was greeted with large banners. One with paper red roses read “Happy Birthday, Mrs. Gertrude Mitchell.” Another made up of pink and red puzzle pieces in the shape of a heart read “We love you to pieces, Mrs. Mitchell.” In the audience were students, staff, friends, family, former colleagues and students and church members who had all gathered to celebrate Mrs. Mitchell’s 90th birthday .(View more photos from the celebration here.)
The display of love was shocking, Mrs. Mitchell said.
“I didn’t know they were planning to do this, but I feel very humble about all of it,” she said. “It just makes me feel good to know that I’m loved that much. It’s a great feeling. It’s amazing.”
Kids Vision Fest Offers 400 FWISD Students Free Eye Exams, Glasses
Fort Worth ISD students wrote what’s great about wearing glasses on medium-sized sheets of poster paper this week.
The ability to see clearer, farther, read, write, watch TV or movies, play more games and find small objects were just a few of the benefits of eyeglasses students wrote on their poster boards.
The exercise was one of the activities at the eighth annual Kids Vision Fest, hosted by Essilor Vision Foundation and Alcon, Monday, February 3 at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus. The event offered approximately 400 Fort Worth ISD students free vision exams and eyeglasses. View more photos from the event here.
“This is a powerful program,” said FWISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner
THIRD FWISD MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION INSTITUTE RECONNECT EDUCATORS WITH WHY THEY TEACH
About 230 educators from across Texas gathered for discussions on culturally responsive instruction at the FWISD Multicultural Education Institute (MEI) Volume 3, Saturday, February 1 at Texas Christian University.
The one-day event, hosted by FWISD’s Social Studies Department in partnership with TCU’s Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and TCU's College of Education ANSER Institute, included an opening and closing keynote address and 34 breakout sessions focusing on four strands --- community connections, culturally relevant instruction, social emotional learning, and literacy, language and sociolinguistics. Learn more about each strand here.
Rickie Clark, Executive Director of FWISD’s My Brother’s Keeper Program, and Dr. Francyne M. Huckaby, professor of Curriculum Studies at TCU’s College of Education were the opening and closing keynote speakers for the event.
Educators represented at this year’s event were from FWISD, TCU, Dallas-Fort Worth area, Round Rock, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas Arlington and Tarrant County College.
OUR FWISD TEAMS RECEIVE $5,000 GRANTS FOR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING PROJECTS
By Blue Zones Project Fort Worth
Inside FWISD Contributor
Clever. Innovative. And sometimes downright adorable.
That’s how competition judges described the Shark Tank- style pitches from eight area school teams competing January 25 for grant funding to support proposed student-led, campus-based health and well-being initiatives inspired by Blue Zones Project.
Four Fort Worth ISD schools—Daggett Montessori, Applied Learning Academy, Leadership Academy at Como Elementary and Westcliff Elementary made top grades, with each campus earning a $5,000 Wellness Innovation grant.