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Inside FWISD August 13, 2020

District Slates Let's Talk LIVE For Teachers August 19 | FWISD Employees Must Complete Coronavirus Training Before Returning To Work | FWISD Announces Professional Development Specifics For Teachers, Others | EdTech Launches Live Webinar Sessions Supporting FWISD Forward Virtual Teaching And Learning | FWISD Offers Early Payment Option To New Teachers | High School Summer Graduation Will Be Virtual | 2020-2021 Open Enrollment Location Change Reminder | Communications Help, Training Available For FWISD Campuses | COVID-19 Testing Site Opens At Handley Field | Fort Worth ISD Seeking New Tarrant Appraisal District Board Of Directors Representative | FWISD Updates Class Rank Policy: Change Takes Effect This Fall, Impacts Incoming Freshmen | FWISD Celebrates Retirees With Up To 20 Years Of Service | Broadway Baptist Church Back-to-School Drive Helps FWISD Families: Uniforms and School Supplies for Students in 76104 and 76110 areas | Kroger Celebrates Educators, Parents with Discount on General Merchandise: Discount Good on Wednesdays Through September 9 | FWISD Alumnus Fiske Hanley to be Laid to Rest Saturday | FWISD Mourns Death of Math Teacher Ronald BoleyFWISD Tech Assistance Available | Kronos Upgrade Slated August 13-16 | FWISD Issues Re-Image Requirement To Campus Staff With District Laptops | Food Available At Multiple Sites Through September |Inside FWISD Briefs | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

District Slates Let's Talk Live for tEACHERS August 19

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend Fort Worth ISD’s Let's Talk LIVE for Teachers.

The session is slated for 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 19. Look out for additional details in the coming days.

Earlier this week, Tuesday, August 11, the District hosted its fourth virtual town hall event for all FWISD stakeholders. The panel included Board of Education trustees Daphne Brookins, Anne Darr, Ashley Paz and Board President Jacinto Ramos, Jr., Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and Dr. Dorene Benavidez, FWISD executive director of equity and professional learning, as moderator. For nearly two hours, panelists answered questions ranging from virtual learning and measures for reopening school and in-person learning to staff returning to work and on-campus/work environment safety protocols.

“Our goal is we want to get students back in school, but we want to get students back in school safely,” Superintendent Scribner said during Tuesday’s session. “As soon as possible, we want to open schools, but we want to open them in circumstances where they can continue to stay open.”

Re-watch the virtual town hall session and previous events on the District’s YouTube channel, Fort Worth ISD Live. Check out frequently asked questions from recent town hall meetings here.

FWISD Employees Must Complete Coronavirus Training Before Return to Work

ALL Fort Worth ISD employees must complete the Safe Schools Coronavirus online courses before returning to work. The training prepares all employees, whether they provide support from a FWISD facility or deliver online instruction, for the first official day of instruction, Tuesday, September 8.

Those mandatory trainings are:

  • Coronavirus Awareness
  • Coronavirus: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Workplace

Employees may access the courses by visiting fwisd.tx.safeschools.com and using their employee email address and password. For more course details, contact Aracely Chavez, executive director of classified learning, at Aracely.chavez@fwisd.org or visit the Classified Learning webpage at www.fwisd.org/Page/2807.

FWISD Announces Professional Development Specifics for Teachers, Others

Colleagues:

Last week, the District shared a video from our Chief Academic Officer Jerry Moore in which he gave more detail about the District’s plan for virtual learning, an overview of instructional engagement, and an outline of professional development opportunities for teachers as we prepare for September 8. Since then, FWISD has followed up with some specifics about that professional development for teachers and others.

EdTech Launches Live Webinar Sessions Supporting FWISD Forward Virtual Teaching and Learning

The FWISD Educational Technology Department is now offering live webinar sessions on essential topics to support FWISD Forward virtual teaching and learning.

Launched Monday, these sessions complement the required professional learning eCourses that teachers must complete in preparation for the new school year.

The live webinars will serve as opportunities for additional differentiated support, accommodating various learning styles. These do NOT replace the required FWISD Forward eCourses.

You can access the eCourses at http://bit.ly/fwisdedtechlearn.

FWISD Offers Early Payment Option to New Teachers

Teachers new to the profession who were recently hired by the Fort Worth ISD for the 2020-2021 academic year will receive an early payment ahead of their September paychecks. The pay compensates new teachers to the extent allowed by law who will not receive a paycheck this August due to the delayed school start date.

Forms requesting the early payment are going out electronically to new teachers with zero years experience along with instructions for completing the form. New teachers must complete the form and return it to the District by close of business, Monday, August 24. Eligible employees who request the early payment will receive a direct deposit to their bank accounts on September 11.

The payment’s gross amount, before deductions, will be calculated as 10 workdays at the daily pay rate of a teacher with a bachelor’s degree and zero years experience, according to District officials.

Any workdays missed by teachers applying for the payment will be deducted from their paychecks.

New teachers report to work for the Fort Worth ISD New Teacher Academy August 24-28. Registration for the academy opened Monday, August 10

HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER GRADUATION WILL BE VIRTUAL

The 2020 Fort Worth ISD Summer Graduation will take place on Friday, August 14, beginning at 7 p.m. with 101 graduates participating.

Graduates will wear their caps and gowns in the colors of their high schools.

As was the case with all Fort Worth ISD graduations this past school year, the Summer Graduation ceremonies will also take place online. You can watch the event at https://www.youtube.com/user/FWISDnews.

2020-2021 Open Enrollment Location Change Reminder

To Fort Worth Independent School District Employees:

For safety precautions, onsite enrollment assistance will not be available for the 2020-2021 Open Enrollment Period.

ASSISTED OPEN ENROLLMENT:

For safety precautions, onsite enrollment assistance will not be available.

If you need assistance, it will be provided via telephone only.

Refer to the attached postcard for your location’s call date.

Callers will be greeted by knowledgeable enrollers ready to walk you through your current enrollment, answer all benefits questions and assist with any changes.

Please call : 817-710-8135 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Communications Help, Training Available for FWISD Campuses

Communications assistance and virtual training is available to Fort Worth ISD campus web and social media managers crafting messages for stakeholders.

School principals are encouraged to inform FWISD’s Communications Department of their designated 2020-2021 campus-based web and social media managers.

The Communications Department is here to support campus web and social media managers with virtual training and much more in delivering messaging to its internal and external stakeholders.

“We know our parents are on Facebook. Our data also tell us that when campuses post frequent information on their school website, parents will visit there, as well” wrote Barbara Griffith, FWISD senior communications officer to campus principals in a recent message. “Our most highly-visited campus websites are those [that] share dynamic, new information on a daily or every other day basis.”

The Communications Department offers the following resources to campuses that support their efforts in an academic year unlike any other:

Creative Projects

  • John Cope (john.cope@fwisd.org) – Creative Communications Director – manages creative projects and campaigns
  • Erica Weaver (Erica.weaver@fwisd.org) – Branding Coordinator – supports District and campus branding, design, and manages LucidPress
  • Scott JuVette (scott.juvette@fwisd.org) – Director of Marketing and Multimedia Strategies – manages all video projects

Social Media

  • Kiana King (kiana.king@fwisd.org) – Social Media Coordinator – supports District and campus social media

Campus Websites

Inside FWISD

  • Britney Johnson (Britney.johnson@fwisd.org) – Internal Communications Coordinator – publishes Inside FWISD and daily blog

ParentLink/Blackboard and Media Relations

Senior Communications Officer

Begin your project by completing the project form (Blue Sheet) at https://www.fwisd.org/bluesheet .

Web training videos, branding guidelines, social media guidelines, and an electronic project form (Blue Sheet) are all available at fwisd.org/communications.

We also recommend the following free social media tools:

COVID-19 TESTING SITE OPENS AT HANDLEY FIELD

The City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County opened another free community COVID-19 testing site this week at an additional Fort Worth ISD location.

Residents can now receive a drive-up coronavirus test at Fort Worth ISD’s Scarborough-Handley Field, 6201 Craig St. Testing will be available from 8 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 8 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 18.

Pre-register for a test at http://covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com. Walk-up tests will be administered, however, pre-registration is encouraged. Residents without access to a computer may call 817-248-6299 to schedule an appointment.

“Fort Worth will continue to collaborate with partners to ensure COVID-19 testing is readily available and accessible to all residents throughout all of Fort Worth,” said Mayor Betsy Price in a recent statement. “Testing plays a critical role in our continued efforts to prioritize public health, keep Fort Worth’s economy open and get our children back in school.”

COVID-19 testing is slated to take place at Handley Field on Tuesdays through October 6, according to District officials.

COVID-19 testing is also available at FWISD's J.P. Elder Middle School.

FORT WORTH ISD SEEKING NEW TARRANT APPRAISAL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS REPRESENTATIVE

The Fort Worth ISD is seeking applications for a nominee to represent the District on the Tarrant County Appraisal District Board of Directors (TAD Board). The TAD Board oversees the function of the Tarrant County Appraisal District.

TAD Board members are appointed by the taxing units (the districts within its jurisdiction) to two-year terms. The Board consists of five directors and the county assessor-collector, who is not a voting member of the Board.

The FWISD Board of Education has designated a timeline and candidate selection process for identification of nominees to serve as a Member of the TAD Board. The timeline and selection process provide an equitable and transparent method that includes the following key elements:

Public notification.

Two-step Application Process:

Complete electronic Candidate Application form - FWISD TAD Member Candidate Application (Application deadline is 5 p.m., August 19, 2020

Send your cover letter and resume to Amanda.Coleman@fwisd.org.

Board of Education review and finalist candidate selection.

Finalist candidate opportunity to address the public.

The FWISD Board of Education will make its finalist selection as early as August 25, 2020.

FWISD Updates Class Rank Policy

Change Takes Effect This Fall, Impacts Incoming Freshmen

The number of courses calculated to determine a high school student’s class rank in the Fort Worth ISD is changing.

The FWISD Board of Education recently approved a policy update to class rank that will use 16 courses to determine a student’s class rank. Currently all courses a student takes are used to determine class rank. The policy update, approved Tuesday, July 21, takes effect this fall and impacts approximately 6,000 incoming freshmen graduating high school in 2024. Incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors will graduate under the current class rank policy.

“It's definitely a shift, but we wanted to create a system that allows for students participating in a variety of programs to be competitive for class rank," said Maria Phillips, FWISD curriculum policy director.

Class rank, starting with incoming freshmen, will be determined using the 16 highest numerical core course grades in the following highest weighted categories. Eight semesters of course grades for the following classes will be used to determine class rank:

  • mathematics
  • English language arts
  • science
  • social studies

Weighted and un-weighted GPA calculations and the tier system are not impacted by the class rank policy change.

With the class rank policy change, Fort Worth joins other districts that have transitioned to similar policies in recent years.

“In the state of Texas, every school district decides how they will calculate class rank, and many large districts have started moving, have already moved in the direction that we are moving towards,” Ms. Phillips said.

In 1997, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 588, also known as the “top 10 percent rule,” which grants students finishing high school in the top 10 percent of their class automatic admission into most Texas public colleges and universities. The law was modified in 2009 for the University of Texas in Austin, requiring that “the university must automatically admit enough students to fill 75 percent of available Texas resident spaces,” according to UT admissions website. Currently, automatic admission is granted to students ranking in the top 6 percent of their class by the end of their junior year, according to University of Texas admissions.

The class rank policy change is the first in many years for the Fort Worth ISD and more than a year in the making.

Over the last year, the District sought feedback from students at each high school, student leaders, parents, campus administrators and higher education representatives. Two forums were held in January for parents about the possible changes, Ms. Phillips said.

The District also reached out to area districts like Dallas that recently moved to a similar policy for input on how the transition was made.

The change allows “students to continue in programs such as visual and performing arts, athletics, CTE, and other elective programs without the worry that the grades in those courses will ‘bring down’ their class rank,” Ms. Phillips said.

The new class rank policy will soon be available for viewing here.

For additional class rank information, contact Ms. Phillips at maria.phillips@fwisd.org.

FWISD Celebrates Retirees with Up to 20 Years of Service

The Fort Worth ISD is thankful for its 268 recent retirees and their years of service to the District.

While FWISD was not able to close the 2019-2020 academic year hosting the annual spring retirement recognition reception in their honor because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to acknowledge their contribution to the District and wish them well as they start a new chapter in their lives.

This week, FWISD celebrates the 127 retirees with 0-20 years of service. They are:

1. Cynthia Lightener, extra auxiliary non-ex, Como Montessori – 0 years

2. Cristina McDonald, teacher-grade 4, Greenbriar ES – 0 years

3. Maureen Lambert, teacher-homemaking, Wedgwood MS – 1 year

4. Charles Lewis, teacher, TA I-Special Education Resource, John T. White ES – 1 year

5. Felicia Samuel, teacher-grade 1, Western Hills Primary – 1 year

6. Steven Williams, teacher-grade 9-12, Polytechnic HS – 1 year

7. Diana Cordova-Wagner, teacher-Kindergarten, Clifford Davis – 2 years

8. Michael Fountain, custodian I, Rosemont MS – 2 years

9. Tavi Byrd, teacher-grade 9-12, O. D. Wyatt HS – 3 years

10. Antonio De La Serna, TA I-Pre K, PK Satellite Centers – 3 years

11. Debbie Jarrett, teacher-Pre K, Natha Howell – 3 years

12. Steven Long, teacher-grade 9-12, North Side HS– 3 years

13. Charles Carroll, chief, Surplus Employee – 4 years

14. Patricia Dean, diagnostic evaluation specialist, Special Education – 4 years

15. Dana Miller, teacher-grade 6-8, M. L. Kirkpatrick MS – 4 years

16. Maudeste Wilson, teacher-grade 2, Greenbriar ES – 4 years

17. Sandra Babcock, teacher-music, R. L. Paschal HS – 5 years

18. Jonie Davis, TA I-Pre K, Western Hills Primary – 5 years

19. Tina Napier, senior clerk, Accounting – 5 years

20. Charles Norton, teacher-vocation and business, Arlington Heights HS – 5 years

21. Scott Taylor, HB3 Review, Instrumental Music – 5 years

22. Regenia Hankins, nutrition services manager II MS, Morningside MS – 6 years

23. Michael Kessler, teacher-grade 9-12, Green B. Trimble Technical HS – 6 years

24. Elizabeth Oney, teacher-grade 9-12, South Hills HS – 6 years

25. Ruth Seymour, teacher-grade 6, Wedgwood 6th Grade – 6 years

26. Cora Arechiga, teacher-grade 5, Charles E. Nash ES – 8 years

27. Aubra Lee, bus driver reg, Transportation North Lot – 9 years

28. Michael Lockard, bus driver, Transportation Central – 9 years

29. Thelma Nelson, librarian, Sagamore Hill ES – 9 years

30. Susan Russell, teacher-grade 6-8, W. C. Stripling MS – 9 years

31. Loyanne Ballard, teacher-grade 3, Lily B. Clayton ES – 10 years

32. Josefina Barraza, nutrition service worker, Child Nutrition Services – 10 years

33. Elizabeth Rash, diagnostic evaluation specialist, Special Education – 10 years

34. Richard Ryan, electrician journeyman, Electrical – 10 years

35. Elsie Schiro, chief, Business and Financial Service – 10 years

36. Stephen Smith, 180 day teacher sub, Substitutes – 10 years

37. Teresa Grenald, teacher-inclusion, Burton Hill ES – 11 years

38. Jiravadee Levy, teacher-grade 2, Edward J. Briscoe ES – 11 years

39. Audra Means, teacher-grade 2, Waverly Park ES – 11 years

40. Romeo Munguia, specialist-curriculum network, Bilingual/ESL – 11 years

41. Reina Arita, nutrition service worker, Meadowbrook MS – 12 years

42. Carla Burns, teacher-vocation and business, Green B. Trimble Technical HS – 12 years

43. Eusebia Cruz, nutrition service worker, Rufino Mendoza ES – 12 years

44. Vone Dempsey, trainer III, Application Develop & Support – 12 years

45. Anne Hughes, diagnostic evaluation specialist, Special Education – 12 years

46. Lourdes Raupe, administrative associate IIIC-MS sec, Riverside MS – 12 years

47. Robert Reed, skilled maintenance general II, General Building – 12 years

48. Ellen Ruthart, teacher-grade 4, Lily B. Clayton ES – 12 years

49. Patricia Woods, TA I-middle school, Como Montessori – 12 years

50. Sherry Baker, teacher-kindergarten, Clifford Davis ES – 13 years

51. Joycelyn Barnett, principal MS/ALT, William James MS – 13 years

52. Daniel Bosillo, teacher-grade 9-12, Green B. Trimble Technical HS – 13 years

53. Gilberto Grenald, teacher-JROTC instructor, South Hills HS – 13 years

54. Joe Grimes, teacher-JROTC instructor, Green B. Trimble Technical HS – 13 years

55. Angelina Morris, custodian I, Mary Louise Phillips ES – 13 years

56. Valerie Ortiz, TA I-Pre K, North Hi Mt ES – 13 years

57. Steven Payne, teacher-grade 9-12, Western Hills HS – 13 years

58. Antonio Perez, nutrition service worker, William James MS – 13 years

59. Peggy Turner, teacher-music, Oakhurst ES – 13 years

60. Fred Witzgall, teacher-grade 9-12, R. L. Paschal HS – 13 years

61. Daniel Alcala, TA III-HS/MS Science Lab, International Newcomers Academy – 14 years

62. Debra Johnston, teacher-distributive education, Arlington Heights HS – 14 years

63. Sherri Schuetz, teacher-transition, Bonnie Brae ES – 14 years

64. Mark Tucker, teacher-physical education, Western Hills ES – 14 years

65. Vertie Williams, teacher-grade 3, Sagamore Hill ES – 14 years

66. Subimal Chakrabarty, teacher-grade 9-12, Success HS – 15 years

67. Charlie Davis, bus attendance-hourly, Transportation Central – 15 years

68. Sot Ngo, custodian I, Charles E. Nash ES – 15 years

69. Mario Padilla, custodian I, Oakhurst ES – 15 years

70. Gwendolyn Purvis, teacher-grade 9-12, R. L. Paschal HS – 15 years

71. Brenda Raymond, coordinator IV, Advance Accelerated & Innovative Learning – 15 years

72. Bettie Sanders, teacher-Pre K, Christene C. Moss ES – 15 years

73. Beverly Underhill, teacher-inclusion, Amon-Carter Riverside HS – 15 years

74. Connie Whan, teacher-home economics, Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS – 15 years

75. Donna Wilmeth, deaf interpreter, Regional Day School – 15 years

76. Peter Dehaven, teacher-vocational industry art, O. D. Wyatt HS – 16 years

77. Laurie Espino, teacher-kindergarten, M. G. Ellis ES – 16 years

78. Mary Jones, teacher-Pre K, Bill J. Elliott ES – 16 years

79. Miriam Lambert, school nurse-N00, Health Services – 16 years

80. Esther Rowton, counselor-ES, Tanglewood ES – 16 years

81. Benjamin Salaz, supervisor II, Business Support Services – 16 years

82. Donna Skates, teacher-health occupations, Green B. Trimble Technical HS – 16 years

83. Jerry Sorrell, instruct coach-initiatives, Western Hills HS – 16 years

84. Tina Ward, teacher-kindergarten, Edward J. Briscoe ES – 16 years

85. Margaret Adams, TA III-transition, Transition HS – 17 years

86. Edgar Burlison, assistant foreperson, Safety and Security – 17 years

87. Esperanza Lopez, nutrition svc worker, Daggett ES – 17 years

88. Delia Martinez, TA I-Pre K, Seminary Hills Park ES – 17 years

89. Dora Morales, TA I-Pre K, Meadowbrook ES – 17 years

90. William Osborne, teacher-grade 5, Morningside ES – 17 years

91. Toney Turner, teacher-JCC MS, Rosemont MS – 17 years

92. Rodolfo Valdez, ES principal, Rosemont Park ES

93. Louann Walton, teacher-grade 2, Tanglewood ES – 17 years

94. Courtney Biscoe, parent educator, Parents as Teachers – 18 years

95. Willie Coble, irrigator tech I, Plumbing – 18 years

96. Ellen Crowder, teacher-grade 6-8, J. P. Elder MS – 18 years

97. Charles Graham, teacher-grade 6, Riverside MS – 18 years

98. Billie Pennington, teacher-grade 6-8, W. A. Meacham MS – 18 years

99. Paula Pope, teacher-kindergarten, Carroll Peak ES – 18 years

100. Mary Thames, teacher-grade 6, Rosemont 6th Grade – 18 years

101. Jana Underwood, teacher-grade 5, Lily B. Clayton ES – 18 years

102. Karen Van Eaton, HB3 Review, Leonard MS – 18 years

103. Mary Wirth, teacher-music, Natha Howell ES – 18 years

104. Rita Gonzales, TA I-Pre K, North Hi Mount ES – 19 years

105. Sandra Henry, administrative associate IIA-accounts payable clerk Accounts Payable – 19 years

106. Kathleen Hubbard, teacher-kindergarten, Daggett ES – 19 years

107. Nancy Jacobs, school nurse-N00, Health Services – 19 years

108. Reta Johnson, HS registrar, Eastern Hills HS – 19 years

109. Cynthia Murkeldove, teacher-vocation and business, Polytechnic HS – 19 years

110. Sheryl Russell, teacher-kindergarten, Luella Merrett ES – 19 years

111. Joseph Williams, teacher-grade 9-12, South Hills HS – 19 years

112. Terri Willis, TA III-deaf education, Waverly Park ES – 19 years

113. Anita Bow, teacher-deaf education, Waverly Park ES – 20 years

114. Floyd Brooks, campus monitor (FT), William Monnig MS – 20 years

115. Arthur Colbert, safety officer-transportation, Transportation Central – 20 years

116. Janet Cox, teacher-grade 6-8, World Languages – 20 years

117. James Freeman, diagnostic evaluation specialist, Special Ed – 20 years

118. Jamie Jones, teacher-language center, William James MS – 20 years

119. Barbara Padget, teacher-special education resource, Polytechnic HS – 20 years

120. Ernest Porter, Jr., skilled maintenance general II, General Building – 20 years

121. Mary Rabb, custodian I, Van Zandt-Guinn ES – 20 years

122. Ana Sierra, TA I-Pre K, Burton Hill ES – 20 years

123. Joe Small, custodian I, J. P. Elder MS – 20 years

124. Linda Stuck, teacher-grade 4, Benbrook ES – 20 years

125. Barbara Wasson, teacher-grade 9-12, Southwest HS – 20 years

126. Julie Griffin, teacher-grade 9-12, Amon-Carter Riverside HS – 17 years

127. Reginald Houston, teacher-grade 2, Western Hills Elementary – 19 years

Look out for the names of more recent FWISD retirees in future editions of Inside FWISD.

Broadway Baptist Church Back-to-School Drive Helps FWISD Families

Uniforms and School Supplies for Students in 76104 and 76110 areas

Despite challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, Broadway Baptist Church will continue with its annual tradition of helping families in the 76104 and 76110 zip codes get ready for school.

During August, September and possibly beyond, Broadway Baptist Church will distribute student uniforms along with books -- in English and Spanish for at-home use -- donated by children’s literacy organization Reading Partners. School information and masks provided by Fort Worth ISD will also be included. There are changes to this year’s distribution to ensure everyone’s safety.

Families in the 76104 and 76110 zip codes are encouraged to contact Dawn Shepard, Director of Broadway’s Community Center, to schedule an appointment for a curbside, contact-free, drive-through pick up of the uniform and books. Ms. Shepard can be reached by phone at 817-336-5761, extension 8239 or by email at dshepard@broadwaybc.org. If contacting by phone, please have an English speaker available to assist.

Eligible students will receive uniforms that include two shirts, two pants, socks, and underwear. The books being distributed will come with a reading comprehension card for parents to use as they help guide their child’s reading at home.

For years, Broadway Baptist Church has supported FWISD families by providing school uniforms to students each fall as they prepare to return to school.

The church, located in Fort Worth’s Near Southside neighborhood, has served its community for more than 130 years. Amazingly, even in these especially trying times, Broadway’s Community Ministries continues to expand. This year, thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of its heir members, Broadway ministries have provided: 375 sack lunches weekly to persons experiencing homelessness; 75 sets of groceries to families experiencing food insecurity; 155 meals weekly to residents living with HIV/AIDS at the Samaritan House; 80-plus take-home meals for Agape Meal, a weekly meal and worship service for hungry and homeless people held on Thursday nights; delivering weekly groceries to 10 FWISD families with disabilities; and handing out 400 boxes of food every Saturday during their Fresh and Free distribution events. Senior Pastor Ryon Price encourages Broadway’s faith community to “shine their light” by giving hope to others. He tells them: “In these difficult times, it is imperative that vital food distribution links remain open and dependable, and I am so glad we have been blessed to be a blessing to others.”

Kroger Celebrates Educators, Parents with Discount on General Merchandise

Discount Good on Wednesdays Through September 9

The Kroger Co. is offering teachers, school administrators and parents extra credit while shopping for back-to-school essentials.

Recently, the grocer launched a promotion that offers teachers and honorary educators an extra 10% savings on general merchandise including school and craft supplies, toys, games, sporting goods, housewares, apparel and electronics. The promotion is good every Wednesday through September 9 at Kroger-family stores.

Customers may apply the discount for purchases in-store and through Kroger Pickup, using their shopper’s card, by simply requesting it at checkout.

“There’s always an exciting energy in our stores during the back-to-school season—and this year is no exception,” said Valerie Jabbar, Kroger’s group vice president of merchandising in a recent statement. “During these challenging and uncertain times, the enthusiasm for education that we’ve experienced from teachers, school administrators and parents alike has been uplifting. We’re thrilled to offer this exclusive discount to teachers and ‘honorary teachers’ across our family of stores as a way to show our gratitude for all they’re doing for their students and our communities.”

For additional details about the discount, visit Kroger.com.

FWISD Alumnus Fiske Hanley to be Laid to Rest Saturday

The World War II Veteran Died at Age 100

The North Texas Patriot Guard Riders will stand to honor Fort Worth ISD alumnus and World War II hero Fiske Hanley at his funeral visitation, service and burial, Saturday, August 15.

Mr. Hanley died Sunday, August 9 in Fort Worth. He was 100.

Patriot Guard Riders will prepare a flag line to greet Mr. Hanley’s loved ones at they arrive Saturday for his services at Greenwood Funeral Home’s Independence Chapel on White Settlement Road in Fort Worth. Visitation is slated for 9 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m.

Mr. Hanley was born January 14, 1920.

He was a member of Paschal High School’s 1938 graduating class.

After graduating from Paschal, Mr. Hanley studied aviation engineering at North Texas Agricultural College and later at Texas Technical College (now Texas Tech University), where he graduated in 1943. A day after graduating college, he boarded a train to Florida for cadet training after being drafted by the U.S. Army. He became a second lieutenant and B-29 Flight Engineer with the 504th Bombardment Group, which was shot down over Japan in March 1945. He was held as a prisoner of war and tortured until his rescue in August 1945.

Mr. Hanley went on to a successful career as an aeronautical engineer at General Dynamics, now Lockheed Martin Corp. He is the author of “Accused American War Criminal: An American Kempei Tai Survivor,” which he began writing as a way to deal with the trauma of his being held captive.

In 2018, Fort Worth ISD added Mr. Hanley to its Wall of Fame.

Until recently, Mr. Hanley kept an active schedule, speaking to groups about his wartime experience.

Learn more about Mr. Hanley in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article published earlier this week.

FWISD Mourns Death of Math Teacher Ronald Boley

The Fort Worth ISD is saddened to learn that McLean Middle School teacher and academic coach, Ronald Boley has passed away.

Mr. Boley died Monday, August 3, following a brief battle with cancer, according to his obituary. He was 65.

For 27 years, Mr. Boley taught mathematics at Fort Worth ISD’s McLean Middle School. He coached students in multiple academic competitions including Whiz Quiz and University Interscholastic League tournaments.

Fort Worth Board of Education trustees extended their condolences at the loss of Mr. Boley during their meeting, Monday, August 10. District 6 Trustee Anne Darr remembered Mr. Boley as “a dedicated and impenetrable force to be reckoned with.”

“He was a remarkable man who touched many, many lives and made a difference in not only students but also with families. I know that that community is grieving and I also know that his goodness and his passion for geometry and algebra will live on in that community because he laid the groundwork and laid the foundation for that to happen,” she said. “We appreciate him, and he will be greatly missed.”

Mr. Boley is survived by his wife and two children.

The Fort Worth ISD extends its deepest sympathy to Mr. Boley’s family and all who were impacted by his life.

FWISD TECH ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

Need technology help?

The Fort Worth ISD Technology Department is available to assist via phone at 817-814-7277 or by visiting help.fwisd.org.

Technology assistance is available for multiple topics including:

  • Student information support
  • Password assistance
  • E-mail support
  • Promethean support
  • Telecommunications assistance

And much more!

Contact the Technology Department from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

KRONOS UPGRADE SLATED AUGUST 13-16

The Fort Worth ISD Kronos system will undergo an upgrade August 13-16.

While District employees can still use the clocks to punch in and out for work, other functionalities of the system will be unavailable and offline during the upgrade, according to Business and Finance officials. The upgrade addresses Adobe Flash, which is being discontinued. Minimal changes will be made to the user interface.

Kronos will be back online, Monday, August 17.

Additional details about the upgrade will be shared with employees by Monday, August 10.

Employees with questions or concerns about the upgrade are encouraged to contact the District via Let’s Talk! and click on the Kronos Access/Questions tab.

FWISD ISSUES RE-IMAGE REQUIREMENT TO CAMPUS STAFF WITH DISTRICT LAPTOPS

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following memorandum issued by the Operations and Technology departments to FWISD campus staff with a District laptop is in reference to the District's laptop re-image requirement.

Food Available At Multiple Sites Through September

Multiple organizations across Fort Worth are offering food to help families through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with multiple organizations to share information and organize food distribution events for families.

The Fort Worth ISD continues to offer free breakfast and lunch Meals To Go to children under 18 twice weekly from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 18 District locations. Adults may pick up meals for students if they can show documents verifying students are in the household. For more information, please visit www.summerfood.org or call the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3540 or 817-814-3500.

Food is available at these locations throughout September 2020:

Food Distribution

1. Monday through Friday, Times vary throughout the summer

Tarrant Area Food Bank Grab-And-Go Meals for Children

Multiple Locations

The Tarrant Area Food Bank is hosting Grab-And-Go Meals for Children events and Mobile Food Pantries for Families throughout the summer at multiple locations.

Need Food Assistance? Call 817-534-0814 to speak with a live representative about access to nutritious food near you. Visit http://tafb.org/find-food for details on where to find food countrywide.

2. Monday and Wednesday, Times vary throughout mid-August

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Summer Meals

Multiple Locations

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is serving free meals to youth 18 and under at multiple branch locations. Children will receive meals for multiple days. Learn more here.

3. Monday through Friday, 4- 5:30 p.m.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County

Eastside Branch, 4651 Ramey Ave.

Main Branch, 608 N. Elm St., Arlington

Martin Branch, 3123 Avenue G

NFW Branch, 2000 Ellis Ave.

Panther Branch, 1500 Hemphill

Curbside individually packaged meals and snacks are available for free to children ages 18 and younger while supplies last at Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County branch locations. Weekly at home learn resources will also be distributed with each meal.

Contact LaToyia Greyer at LGreyer@bgcgtc.org for more information.

4. Friday, August 14, 9-11 a.m.

Leonard Middle School

8900 Chapin Road

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

5. Saturday, August 15, 10 a.m.-Noon

Broadway Baptist Church

305 W. Broadway

Open to everyone, this drive-through, contact-free event offers free and fresh food. No paperwork or qualification required.

Contact Peter Nelson at 602-397-6894 for additional information.

6. Tuesday, August 18, 9 a.m.

J. Martin Jacquet Middle School

2501 Stalcup Road

The FWISD Family Action Center hosts weekly Family Drive-Through Food Box Distribution events. Approximately 1,000 boxes are distributed weekly. Food is available while supplies last.

Email carlos.walker@fwisd.org for additional details.

7. Wednesday, August 19, 10a.m.-1 p.m. (every Wednesday)

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

Free, drive-through food distribution open to everyone

For additional information, call 817-473-1236

8. Thursday, August 20, 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: South Fort Worth

Christ Lutheran Church

4409 Sycamore School Road

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

9. Friday, August 21, 9-11 a.m.

Meacham Middle School

3600 Weber St.

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

10. Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.-Noon

Broadway Baptist Church

305 W. Broadway

Open to everyone, this drive-through, contact-free event offers free and fresh food. No paperwork or qualification required.

Contact Peter Nelson at 602-397-6894 for additional information.

11. Tuesday, August 25, 9 a.m.

J. Martin Jacquet Middle School

2501 Stalcup Road

The FWISD Family Action Center hosts weekly Family Drive-Through Food Box Distribution events. Approximately 1,000 boxes are distributed weekly. Food is available while supplies last.

Email carlos.walker@fwisd.org for additional details.

12. Wednesday, August 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (every Wednesday)

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

Free, drive-through food distribution open to everyone

For additional information, call 817-473-1236

13. Thursday, August 27, 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: South Fort Worth

Christ Lutheran Church

4409 Sycamore School Road

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

14. Friday, August 28, 9-11 a.m.

William James Middle School

1101 Nashville Ave.

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

15. Saturday, August 29, 10 a.m.-Noon

Broadway Baptist Church

305 W. Broadway

Open to everyone, this drive-through, contact-free event offers free and fresh food. No paperwork or qualification required.

Contact Peter Nelson at 602-397-6894 for additional information.

16. Tuesday, September 1, 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: Haltom City

The Wisdom Center

4051 Denton Highway, Haltom City

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

17. Friday, September 4, 9-11 a.m.

McClung Middle School

3000 Forest Ave.

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

18. Tuesday, September 15, 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: Haltom City

The Wisdom Center

4051 Denton Highway, Haltom City

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

For the complete Tarrant Area Mobile Food Pantry Schedule, visit https://www.tafb.org/wp-content/uploads/mobile/mobile-pantry-schedule.pdf.

Other food resources are also available:

INSIDE FWISD BRIEFS

EDITOR'S NOTE: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening around the District.

FWISD Releases Videos to Help Parents Prepare Students for Online Learning

With the first day of school, September 8, less than a month away, we know you, our Fort Worth ISD parents, are eager to help prepare your student(s) – and yourself – for the virtual classroom.

As you know, all instruction and learning at Fort Worth ISD will be online the first four weeks of school. So, what can you do now to get ready?

Watch this one-minute video, Step One: Creating a Space. It shows you how to create both an environment and a schedule for learning that will help your child and everyone in your home.

Learn more here.

Get Set Up Online with FWISD’s Virtual Learning “Step Two” Video

Along with creating a learning space in your home, you will also want to get set online. This brief Fort Worth ISD Forward video shows you how. We call it Step Two: Your Digital Checklist.

This second video in a series introduces the learning platforms and programs that teachers, students, and parents will use for online learning. It also shows parents and students how to access them.

Learn more here.

Area PTA Donates Supplies to Western Hills ES Students

A PTA from an area school recently paid it forward, donating more than 2,800 packages of school supplies totaling $5,000 to students at Fort Worth ISD’s Western Hills Elementary.

The supplies will be distributed to students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grades.

“During this time of great uncertainty, we’ve been comforted, encouraged and humbled by the outpouring of generosity and support from our community,” a recent Western Hills Elementary School Facebook post states. “This donation will go a long way in ensuring our students are ready for the coming school year.”

Read and view more about this donation in a recent NBC 5 (KXAS) story.

Fort Worth Library Cards Expand World of Learning for Students

The Fort Worth Public Library offers digital resources and grouped databases by grade level to supplement curriculum students will focus on the upcoming academic year.

“Whether students are returning to classrooms or starting the school year at home, a must-have accessory for going back to school is a Fort Worth Public Library card,” a recent statement reads. “Free for Fort Worth residents, a library card is a ticket to a world of resources for homework help and beyond. Resources have been collected and grouped by grade level to make them easier to find. Of course, a card comes with access to our online catalog to check out eBooks, and allows checkouts of physical items via curbside service and from locations that currently have limited walk-in access.”

Learn more here.

Backpack Donation: A team from SEDALCO Construction Services delivered 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to Natha Howell Elementary School today. The supplies will go to 100 lucky families from the school at a later date. The backpacks are filled with notebook paper, spiral notebooks, crayons, pencils, pens, folders, pencil bag, glue sticks, scissors, erasers, pencil sharpeners, a ruler and highlighters.

“SEDALCO appreciates the opportunity Fort Worth ISD gives us to serve our community in other ways besides providing quality construction services,” said President and CEO Russ Garrison. “Our schools are at the core of our community, and we see this contribution as an investment in the kids that will be Fort Worth’s future. The great folks that make up our Company are excited about the chance to participate in this way!”

Electronic Device Distribution: Representatives from campuses across the Fort Worth ISD started picking up Chromebooks and Hotspots for students at a District warehouse this week. Students will use the devices during the virtual instruction, scheduled to begin on September 8.

Tarrant County Back to School Roundup: Free school supplies and backpacks were distributed to Tarrant County families, August 7, at the drive-through event hosted at the Tarrant County College South campus.The annual Back to School Roundup is a collaborative effort of the county, 20 area public school districts, the City of Fort Worth, public health department, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and volunteers. The one-stop event offers approximately 10,000 underserved Tarrant County school-aged children, ages 3-18, free school supplies, backpacks and additional community resources.

FWISD Families Gifted Free Laptops: Approximately 125 excited families lined up in their cars at William James Middle School to receive a free refurbished laptop, with two years of tech support. Principals, TXU Energy employees. and Comp-U-Dopt employees gathered in an assembly line to distribute the laptops, with all of the components.

The lucky families were from J.Martin Jacquet, Leonard, and William James middle schools, and the winners were selected randomly from those who had registered online for the computers. The refurbished laptops include the Windows 10 operating system, two years of technical support, and information on free and low-cost internet options, all furthering efforts to bridge the digital gap for FWISD students.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

CDC Tips on Properly Wearing A Cloth Mask

FWISD Partners With Virtual Care For Kids To Offer Students Telehealth Services

In efforts to reduce COVID-19 spread, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with Virtual Care for Kids to offer students and their families telehealth services.

Students can see a Texas-based pediatrician within minutes from home virtually via computer, smartphone or tablet for urgent care services including minor colds, the flu, sore throat, cough, ear concerns, headaches, sinus or allergy issues or pink eye. Additionally, Virtual Care for Kids is offering coronavirus screening and testing in English and Spanish. Visit https://urgentcarekids.com/fwisd/ to register for services.

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A limited number of LinkedIn Learning licenses available; licenses will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Questions? Email Classified Learning at aracely.chavez@fwisd.org.

Employee Assistance Program Resources for FWISD Employees

FinPath Offers FWISD Employees Tips For Managing Finances During Pandemic

FinPath, an employer-paid workplace benefit, is offering Fort Worth ISD employees financial wellness tips, coaching and resources for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launched by the District last year, FinPath offers employees tips for managing finances and much more. Recent webinars and courses offered by the service have included “Dealing with the Financial Shock of COVID-19” and “Breaking Down the CARES Act and What It Means To You.”

Not using FinPath yet? Click here to activate your account.

For more details on FinPath, visit the FWISD Employee Benefits Portal and click on the Financial Wellness tab.

Blue Zones Health and Food Resources

Since March, Blue Zones Project has responded to the COVID-19 crisis offering immediate resources for local communities in regards to health and food access.

Recently, the organization offered beginner gardeners ideas on easy starter plants to grow and making your next 10 years your best.

Check out more ways Blue Zones Project is working with local agencies to support Fort Worth residents here.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Check www.fwisd.org/forward regularly for District updates on Return to School and virtual learning

Follow COVID-19 updates from the City of Fort Worth at fortworthtexas.gov/COVID-19/

FWISD “Meals To Go,” Available from Noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays

Online Pre-K/ Kindergarten Registration Currently Underway

Online Registration Underway

Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice Late Applications being accepted

Benefits Open Enrollment sessions, August 6-18

Summer School graduation, August 14

Board of Education Workshop, August 17

Benefits Open Enrollment Make-Up Sessions, August 19-21

Let's Talk LIVE for Teachers, August 19

Open Enrollment for Employee Benefits, Continues through August 21

New Teacher’s Academy, August 24-28

Board of Education Meeting, August 25

Employee benefits take effect, September 1

Labor Day, September 6

School Begins (first four weeks virtual), September 8

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