Inside FWISD September 13, 2018


With the help of JROTC programs, students and educators across the Fort Worth ISD paused Tuesday to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost in terror attacks on the United States, September 11, 2001.

On the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the American flag which has flown over the FWISD Administration Building since 2016 was retired and replaced with a new one.

The 2018 Patriot Day ceremony at the District’s Administration Building was about America’s history but also the resilience of the American spirit.

“History is the way we as Americans look at life,” said retired LTC Richard Crossley, director of JROTC programs, and, “it’s a source of strength and inspiration.”

“Today we remember,” said retired LTC Richard Crossley, director of JROTC programs. “Our history, our American story, is our definition as a people and as a nation. It is a story like no other.”

Approximately 50 employees gathered in the lobby or looked on from the facility’s stairs and balconies as LTC Crossley and Superintendent Kent P. Scribner gave remarks, followed by a flag presentation and moment of silence conducted by the District JROTC Corps Commander.

A display with representation from all branches of the military, the U.S., Texas and Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flags stood in front of a black backdrop. In front of the flags was a red, white and blue floral arrangement with two American flags. A banner was positioned adjacent to the display that read: “In honor of the lives that were lost, their families and all who sacrificed for our freedom. WE WILL NEVER FORGET.”

“This morning we took down the American flag that has flown over this building for several years,” Dr. Scribner said. “It has been battered by the wind, bleached by the sun, frozen in the cold, and soaked in the rain. Like the American spirit, however, it held fast and true.

“As we hoist the new flag today in its place, let us remember our spirit, our determination and our contribution to this wonderful country of ours that can also be renewed when we devote ourselves to the principles of freedom, the rule of law and the respect for human life."

Edrian Cofer, a senior at Dunbar High School, was just a baby when the 9/11 attacks occurred. On Tuesday, she participated in the District’s Patriot Day ceremony, presenting the significance of the American flag.

“It really kind of brought it closer to my heart to be a civilian participant in our society and respect those who have served our country. It was a great experience,” she said of the ceremony. “I’m glad to see a lot of people come out and pay respect this morning, and I’m glad to have a position even as young as I am.

“It’s really good to be here and pay respect.”

Patriot Day ceremonies were also scheduled at multiple campuses throughout the District.

By a joint resolution, approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the U.S. Congress has designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance."

View Patriot Day ceremony photos here and photos from ceremonies across the District in gallery below.

FWISD's Annual College Night Set for Sept. 17

What: 2018 annual College Night - a chance for students and parents to meet with representatives of higher education institutions

When: Monday, September 17, 2018, seminars at 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.; Browsing area open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Texas Room at Amon Carter, Jr. Exhibit Hall, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth

Summary: More than 5,000 high school students, along with their parents, are expected to attend Fort Worth ISD’s 2018 annual “College Night” on Monday, September 17, 2018. College Night will be held in the Texas Room at Amon Carter, Jr. Exhibit Hall, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth.

The browsing area will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

College Night is a mall of educational opportunities, with more than 250 colleges, universities and institutions from around Texas and across the nation ready to recruit new students.

This event offers “one-stop shopping” for higher education by providing financial aid seminars along with discussion on scholarships available in Tarrant County and college admissions in general. The programs will begin at 5:45 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m. The programs are free and will be available in English and Spanish.

Transportation will be available for students at each high school. Free parking is available in the parking lots behind Farrington Field, and FWISD will provide free shuttle service to the event from the Farrington Field parking lots. All parking lots for the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibit Hall are fee-based parking lots. There will be a $10 fee charged for parking in any of the open or underground parking lots. (FEE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Students should plan to dress appropriately, using the District school dress code as a guide.

Click here to learn more about pre-registration. For additional questions, contact the FWISD Academic Advisement Department at 817-814-2575.


Students may start submitting their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)/ Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) forms for the 2018-2019 year, beginning October 1, 2018.

The District will host Financial Aid Help Sessions in both English and Spanish at its high schools throughout the fall semester to assist students and their families in completing the FAFSA/TASFA process. All sessions will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

The first session will be hosted October 2 at Trimble Tech High School. Click here for additional Financial Aid Help Session details and a complete list of session dates and times.

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.

Pictured from left is Cynthia Hernandez, Gaudencia Meza and Susan Tune

A Fort Worth native, Mrs. Hernandez worked for the District nearly 20 years. Throughout her time with FWISD, she was a teacher, instructional specialist, assistant principal and principal. Mrs. Hernandez left the District in 2009. She is survived by her husband, two children, her parents and one sibling, according to her obituary published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Mrs. Hernandez was laid to rest on Monday, September 10.

Mrs. Meza worked 24 years as a food service employee for the District. She is survived by her husband, four children, one grandchild, her mother, and 11 siblings, according to her obituary. Mrs. Meza was also laid to rest Monday, September 10.

Ms. Tune worked 16 years for the District prior to her retirement in March 2018. Throughout her career with FWISD, she served as a secretary, specialist and coordinator. Funeral arrangements for Ms. Tune have not been released.

The Fort Worth ISD extends our deepest sympathy to the families and loved ones of Mrs. Hernandez, Mrs. Meza and Ms. Tune.


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.”

The trio of children said they were all excited to have their father home, and he said he couldn’t wait to eat “something delicious” with them and just enjoy playing.

Rebecca Torres said she nearly cried watching her children reunite with their father.

“It was good to see them happy and excited,” she said. “They’ve been asking ‘when is he coming home? When is he coming home?’

“For them to actually see him, it was nice.”

Roberto Baeta, principal at Waverly Park Elementary, said that Mrs. Torres contacted him about two weeks ago with the idea to surprise her children upon her husband’s return home from deployment. He said that he was happy to oblige.

“We got so excited,” Mr. Baeta said. “It’s not only their encounter that’s beautiful.

“We appreciate everything that our military does for us, but also it is about trust. While he was deployed, and he was taking care of every single one of us, he was trusting us and he knew that we were taking care of his children not only at the emotional level, also the academic level, so that means a lot to us.”

Take a look at footage from the surprise return on the District’s Facebook page and photos from the reunion here.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ask Elsie is a column where Chief Financial Officer Elsie Schiro tackles employee queries, or in areas outside her purview, asks other District leaders to answer them.

Dear Elsie,

I have 28 years of experience as a bilingual teacher in Texas. I have worked for numerous districts in El Paso, Houston, and the Dallas area. In all of these districts, I was not required to complete 12 hours of professional learning in order to receive the full stipend. When Fort Worth ISD advertises for bilingual teachers, no mention is made that for the $3,150 stipend, you have to complete 12 hours of professional learning before receiving $900. When the bilingual teacher does not complete the 12 hours, only $2,250 is paid.

Are high school math teachers required to complete 12 hours of professional learning before receiving their full stipend? Why does the District require the 12 hours when other districts throughout the state do not? Why does the District not let prospective teachers know about the 12-hour requirement? The state already requires that teachers complete hours of professional learning in order to maintain their certification. Bilingual teachers are in short supply. For this reason, they can choose and pick where they want to work. If they knew beforehand about the 12 hours required to receive the full stipend, they would probably choose another district that does not have this requirement. In addition, when professional learning is provided, it is normally after school or during the summer. However, teachers at the leadership academies cannot attend the summer trainings because they are committed to the training at their schools. These teachers cannot attend after-school trainings because the school day does not end until 4:15 p.m. The District also needs to address this issue.



Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your question. I reached out to Charles Carroll, chief academic officer, and he had this response to your question: “The District offers the opportunity for bilingual teachers to earn an additional $900 above the set stipend of $2,250. The additional bonus is an incentive to encourage teachers to participate in professional learning that is geared directly to their job assignment in bilingual or dual language. However, teachers may opt out of the 12 hours of training and still be entitled to the bilingual stipend.

In regard to your concern on including the 12-hour requirement in the job posting, we appreciate your concern and will take it into consideration for future planning.”

Thank you, Mr. Carroll for your response, and thank you, Anonymous for your question.


Direct your questions to Inside@fwisd.org and put the words “Ask Elsie” in the subject line. Please close your letter with your preferred signature as you wish it to appear in the column. When there are multiple queries on the same subject, we will select the one that is most representative of the subject. We will try to answer as many questions as possible.


What: FWISD Council of PTA's Fall Training

When: Saturday Sept. 15, 2018 10 a.m. Regular Meeting, 11a.m. - 2 p.m. Workshops

Where: Tarrant County College, South Campus

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pta-training-tickets-49775991330

Your Council Board wants to help you start your term of office armed with knowledge and confidence! We will be providing BASICS training and the Foundations Leadership Orientation Training for a one-stop training opportunity.

Current and Prospective PTA Board members should make plans to attend. It is important to note that the Foundations Leadership Orientation: Leader Orientation Part 2 is required for all first-time board members.

Dr. Kent Scribner will start off our meeting. There will also be a short overview of VOLY, the new volunteer database. Lunch will be provided, please register at the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pta-training-tickets-49775991330

We look forward to seeing you as we kick off our PTA year!

design guidelines for mascots, logos, crests

Thinking about modifying your campus mascot, logo or crest design?

Start a conversation with the Fort Worth ISD Communications Department, which is available to guide you through the process.

“As many of you know, the Communications Department is responsible for mascot, crest, and logo designs for each of our campuses,” said Barbara Griffith, senior communications officer. “We are tasked with ensuring that branding and copyright laws applying to mascots, logos and crests are followed.”

In recent years, the Department completed “the Mascot Challenge,” an audit of campus designs. At that time, school logos and mascots were redesigned to guarantee the designs were not “’borrowed’ from other schools, universities, online sources, and other companies,” Mrs. Griffith said. Mascot colors were also standardized during this process.

Here’s some important things from the Communications Department to note about campus mascots, logos and crests:

  • If you are new to your campus or unsure about your official mascot – or simply wish to download the artwork, visit www.fwisd.org/mascots
  • If there is a need to evaluate your mascot design, please contact the Communications Department as early as possible so that it can assist you in that process.
  • The department will ensure that your design is unique and will take into consideration community input (especially for new schools) as well as campus tradition. The age of your students is also taken into consideration. Recently, some tweaks were made to an elementary school mascot to make it “friendlier” and “more appealing” to younger eyes.
  • There are sometimes very good reasons to look at “evolving” a design. However, the Communications Department generally discourages a mascot redesign because of a change of leadership on the campus. Often, a mascot or crest provides historical and cultural context that can be a source of strength and continuity.
  • No company or individual should be benefitting monetarily from FWISD campus designs unless there is a contract between the District and the other entity.

Please contact the Communications Department with any questions about the process at 817-814-1930.

Bond Bid Preview Slated For Sept. 26

The Fort Worth ISD Capital Improvement Program (CIP) will host a Bid Preview to provide information on upcoming procurement opportunities with the District.

This event provides an opportunity for the construction community to meet the CIP leadership, owner representatives, and architects, as well as learn specifics about upcoming bid opportunities. The 2017 FWISD Bond Bid Preview is slated for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 26 at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Agenda items include:

  • CIP Update
  • Overview of 2017 Bond Projects
  • Bid Strategy
  • HUB Program Requirements

Make plans to attend the Bid Preview by submitting your RSVP at:


For more details about the 2017 FWISD Bond Bid preview, contact Marisol Gomez at 817-317-7731 or mgomez@fwisd.org.

For more information about the 2017 CIP, visit www.fwisd.org/cip

For more information about the 2017 FWISD Bond, visit fwisd2017bond.com

Powering Down

The following communication from the Division of Technology offers easy tips for shutting down electronic devices. School devices should be shut down at least once weekly.

Photo courtesy of Arnoldo Hurtado

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.”

Photo courtesy of Arnoldo Hurtado

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

Patriot Day

Education Go Get It Week

Read Fort Worth 2018 Summer Scholars Cohort partner appreciation luncheon

Trimble Tech Students Receive Hospital Nutritional Program Training

Trimble Tech High School juniors enrolled in the Health Science Theory/Clinical course received training in the SPOONS Program (Support for and Promotion of Optimal Nutritional Status) used at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital during their second week of school. SPOONS is designed to help patients who need encouragement and assistance with feeding themselves.

Over the next few weeks each student will demonstrate their competency by performing their new skills with an actual patient during mealtime under the supervision of a nurse or a dietician evaluator. Once students qualify for hospital unit placement, they will assist the unit staff with numerous basic patient care tasks for the remainder of the year. Students will learn and work alongside technicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals as well as integrate with physicians and students from colleges who are pursuing healthcare careers.

The students are under the direction of Alex McCulloch, one of Trimble Tech's Health Science Technology teachers and supervisor over the Patient Care Technician program. Mr. McCulloch said his students are making great progress through their training.

“These excellent and rare opportunities are available because our HST students continually meet a high standard of academic achievement, personal responsibility, and maturity despite their young age.”

Puppy Love

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.

Top is supply donation at M.L. Phillips Elementary and below is the donations given at Kirkpatrick Elementary.

Campus Back to School events, August 7- September 28

Website Training for Web managers, Friday, August 24- Friday, September 28

Professional Learning and Innovation Opportunities in September

Educational Technology Professional Learning Opportunities in September

Voly Training, September 5- November 9

Education Go Get It Week, September 10-14

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15 (Send photos of events hosted at your campus to Inside@fwisd.org)

Billy W. Sills Lecture Series: “Nancy 'Mame' Russell: Charlie's Muse and Love," Saturday, September 15

PTA Fall Training, Saturday, September 15

Trinity Trash Bash, Saturday, September 15

Constitution Week, September 17-23

Constitution Day, September 18

College Night 2018, Monday, September 17

Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, September 25

Bond Bid Preview, Wednesday, September 26

Last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election, Tuesday, October 9

Join O.D. Wyatt HS for the First Cowtown High School BBQ regional competition, October 19-20

Save the Date: Fort Worth Technology Conference, Coming January 2019

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