Dunbar Alumnus, Featured in KERA’s Class of '17 Series, Dies at 20
Dunbar High School graduate Chance Hawkins, who was featured in KERA’s Class of ‘17 series, has died.
Mr. Hawkins, who had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative muscle disorder, died March 8, 2019. He was 20.
“Chance reminded us how important it is to have a loving, supportive network of people – in school and at home. He also reminded us to have goals,” said KERA education reporter Stella M. Chávez, who documented Chance’s journey through high school. “When I met Chance, he told me he wanted to graduate from high school. He did. Later, he told me he wanted to perform. He did, through music he and his older brother composed.”
KERA’s Class of ‘17 is a five-year series that chronicled the lives of multiple North Texas eighth-graders transitioning out of middle school and their journeys through high school.
Despite his obstacles, Mr. Hawkins’ inspiring story showed his determination to succeed.
“Chance had a big smile and a sense of humor. He stayed positive, despite the daily challenges,” Ms. Chávez said. “These are the qualities I’ll remember most about him.”
Mr. Hawkins was laid to rest March 16, just one day shy of his 21st birthday.
Click here to read Ms. Chávez’s story about Mr. Hawkins’ passing and his journey through high school.
SECONDARY SCHOOL TRANSFER REQUESTS ACCEPTED MARCH 1-29
Fort Worth ISD families may submit secondary school transfer requests for the 2019-2020 school year, through March 29, 2019.
Parents may request their child be transferred from their home school to another campus, where space is available. Public Education Grant (PEG) transfers from low-performing schools, will also be accepted. However, a student may not transfer to another low-performing school.
Request forms are available at secondary schools, and parents are responsible for taking the completed form to the school they anticipate transferring their child to.
Click here to learn more.
BAYARD H. FRIEDMAN CHAIR FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMING ARTS, BROADWAY AT THE BASS CHAIR FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE IN THEATER AND DANCE APPLICATIONS
Apply today for the Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts and the Broadway at the Bass Chair for Teaching Excellence in Theater and Dance.
Find eligibility requirements and the application form on the Community and Strategic Partnerships Page.
Submit your application to the Department of Community and Strategic Partnerships by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. For more details, contact Peg Murphy at email@example.com.
Communications Announces Monthly Webby Award Winners
Western Hills Elementary School and World Languages Institute are this month’s Fort Worth ISD Webby Award winners.
The two campus websites were recognized for saluting school staff members.
Dunbar HS WINS FWISD'S MONTHLY FAFSA CHALLENGE
Congratulations to the Dunbar High School for having the highest percentage of students completing the FAFSA application for the month of February.
Principal Oscar Adams received a banner to recognize the achievement at the Secondary School Principals Meeting on Thursday, March 21.
In October, the District launched its FAFSA campaign, #StartHereGoAnywhere, which encourages graduating seniors to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
From October through April, students who apply for FAFSA will receive a T-shirt and be entered into monthly drawings for prizes. The school with the highest percentage of students completing FAFSA monthly will receive a banner to display outside its campus.
Click here to learn more about the campaign.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
T.A. Sims Elementary Career Day: Superintendent Kent Scribner was among professionals who participated in Career Day at T.A. Sims ES. He discussed his career journey and decision to become a superintendent with students, Friday, March 8
East Handley Elementary 60th Birthday Celebration:Fort Worth ISD’s East Handley Elementary School is celebrating 60 years, Friday March 8, with a celebration that included performances from Eastern Hills elementary and high school groups and Board of Education Trustee Christene Moss as its guest speaker. East Handley students also created ‘60s- themed exhibits depicting toys, local history, fashion and much more reflective of the time that was on display. The campus opened the 1958-1959 school year with 16 regular classrooms, a kindergarten room, art room and library.