FWISD Student Scholarship Offers Hit the $100 Million Mark
The Fort Worth ISD Class of 2018 set an important record before moving on to college and careers. New data shows that students earned $102.6 million in scholarships and grant offers.
This continues the District’s trend over the last few years of significant increases in scholarship money:
- 2018 - $102.6 million
- 2017 - $65.5 million
- 2016 - $50.3 million
- 2015 - $36 million
“Topping $100 million in merit scholarships and grant offers is a huge milestone,” said FWISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “It not only reflects the commitment and hard work of our students, teachers, counselors, and staff, but also shows that our students believe in themselves and their ability to attain their dreams.”
FWISD ANNOUNCES Fall Vaccination Clinics
The following communication from the Health Services Department includes detailed information about Fort Worth ISD's upcoming fall vaccination clinics:
3 Members of FWISD Family Pass Away
The District is saddened by the loss of three members of the Fort Worth ISD family.
Last week, one current employee and two former staff members passed away.
Cynthia Hernandez, former principal at Stripling Middle School, died Monday, September 4, after battling breast cancer. She was 60.
Gaudencia Meza, a child nutrition services employee at Washington Heights Elementary School, died Thursday, September 6, in a tragic car accident involving seven vehicles in the Fort Worth Stockyards. She was 58.
Susan Tune, a longtime Human Capital Management employee, passed away Friday, September 7. The cause of her death is pending, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. She was 61.
SOLDIER SURPRISES CHILDREN AT SCHOOL AFTER MONTHS-LONG DEPLOYMENT
A U.S. Army National Guard sergeant who’s spent the last nine months in Cuba surprised his children upon his return home from deployment Monday, September 10, 2018.
One by one, Sgt. John Torres walked to the classrooms of his first-, second- and fifth-grade children at Waverly Park Elementary to surprise them all.
Each child reacted differently. While Sgt. Torres’ second-grader wanted to get him up to speed on what she and her peers were doing in class, his fifth-grader jumped up to greet dad with a long embrace and a few tears. His first-grader excitedly scurried to him for a big, long hug followed by a few sweet pecks on the cheek.
The Torres family intended to surprise their oldest child, a seventh-grader at Leonard Middle School, later in the day.
Over the years, Sgt. Torres has been deployed five times including tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea. Most recently he was stationed in Cuba where he worked in a clinic.
“This was the first time I ever came to surprise them like this, so it was pretty nice. It was pretty good,” he said. “[It was] exciting to see their faces. It almost broke me, but I held strong.”
North Side Alumnus, Artist to Unveil Mural in Historic Northside Neighborhood
What: Mural unveiling during Northside Fiesta: Independence Day cultural celebration
When: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Time: 4 – 9 p.m., with discussion of community mural and the unveiling at 5 p.m.
Where: Franko’s Market, 2622 Azle Ave., Fort Worth 76106 (corner of Long Ave. and Azle Ave.)
North Side High School alumnus and artist Arnoldo Hurtado will unveil a mural spanning a 110-foot wall in the heart of the Northside community. The mural is designed to be a source of cultural pride and help revitalize this historic neighborhood. The unveiling will take place at 5 p.m., Sunday, September 16 during “Fiesta Northside: A Mexican Independence Celebration.” The site of the mural is Franko’s Market, 2622 Azle Ave., Fort Worth 76106.
The mural, entitled, “Convivio (coexist): Murals of Community and Inclusion,” graces the exterior walls of Franko’s Market and depicts North Side High School's award-winning Mariachi Espuelas de Plata.
Mr. Hurtado said the mural comes four years after the creation of Comunidad 27, a crime prevention and community engagement group composed of neighbors from NW 27th Street. This community artwork is part of the group’s efforts to revitalize and beautify Northside neighborhoods. Mr. Hurtado said Franko’s Market was the perfect location for the community mural.
“I grew up on NW 27th Street behind Franko's Market. As a child I walked there to get groceries, chips, and with my mother to pay her utility bills. I've known the owners of Franko's my whole life.”
Mr. Hurtado, who still lives in his childhood neighborhood, said the market is a cultural anchor in the Northside community that brings people together on a daily basis.
“Anybody who grew up in the Northside knows Franko's Market. Most people who pay their utilities in person go to Franko's Market to do that. The current owners are third-generation owners of the store, which is one of the longest standing family-owned businesses in the area.”
Mr. Hurtado said the idea of a community mural has been on his mind for some time, but he received new inspiration from recent trips to Germany and Mexico City. He decided to combine his passion for painting with an equal passion for community and social justice and create a colorful mural for his hometown. He announced the mural idea on social media, hosted community meetings to get input, and he met with local artists and the owners of Franko’s Market to decide on the subject of the mural.
“The Mariachi Espuelas de Plata was mentioned and we knew that was it,” Mr. Hurtado said. “Most everyone I know in the community went to North Side High School. Most people in the neighborhood are of Latinx decent (specifically Mexican) and the Mariachi is such a culturally vibrant symbol and art form. What better way to create pride than to highlight the awesome things our youth are doing?”
Mr. Hurtado organized a Convivio painting event in July, which drew more than 200 children and adults who were excited to paint the first layer of the mural. He has been fine tuning the mural to prepare for the unveiling with help from other local artists.
“The community’s reaction to the mural has been fantastic. People honk their horns and tell us we’re doing a great job when they pass by.”
The mural’s unveiling is one part of a festival celebrating Mexican Independence Day. In addition to a performance by Mariachi Espuelas de Plata, other featured performers will be Anita M. Martinez Ballet Folkloriko, Ballet Folklorico Quetzal, and Las Dos Reynas. Community vendors and businesses participating are Los Zarapes, Beto Hernandez, Texas Forge Taekwondo, The Amon Carter Museum, BlueZones Project, several artisans and artists as well as food truck vendors.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
East Fort Worth Business Association annual book donation event
CBS Pep Rally at Western Hills High School
Education Go Get It Week
Read Fort Worth 2018 Summer Scholars Cohort partner appreciation luncheon
Check out this sweet video of an M.L. Phillips Elementary School student with his recently adopted puppy. The video aired nationally last week on the TODAY show’s Morning Boost with Hoda Kotb.
The Fort Worth ISD thanks Office Depot and lawyer Clark H. Rucker for donating school supplies and backpacks to our elementary school students.
Recently, Office Depot Store No. 216 dropped off supplies at M.L. Phillips Elementary School that were donated to students by local shoppers.
Mr. Rucker and a team donated 150 backpacks filled with school supplies and literature to students at Kirkpatrick Elementary School. Students at the school raved about how nice the backpacks are and they appreciated the donation, according to the school’s Facebook page.
Pictured are the supplies and backpacks donated to the two elementary schools.