Sponsorship Supports Two FWISD Campus Food Pantries
Two Fort Worth ISD campus food pantries are being funded this school year, thanks to a generous gift.
SodexoMAGIC, in partnership with the Fort Worth ISD, is providing a $50,000 sponsorship to Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) that will support two campus food pantries throughout the 2019-2020 school year. TAFB will select the two schools benefitting from the sponsorship.
On Thursday, October 17, Superintendent Kent P. Scribner, SodexoMAGIC and TAFB representatives gathered at the food bank’s distribution center to make the sponsorship official. While there, Dr. Scribner received a tour of the TAFB facilities.
Early Voting Starts Monday
Early voting across Tarrant County for the November 5 state constitutional amendment, school district, municipal, county college and water district elections begins Monday, October 21.
Polls are open at most locations from:
- 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday, October 21- Friday, October 25
- 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, October 26
- 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, October 27
- 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, October 28-Thursday, October 31
- 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, November 1
During the early voting period, registered voters in Tarrant County may cast ballots at any of the 44 designated early voting locations. Voters may vote at any county vote center location from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday November 5.
On November 5, voters will go to the polls to determine the successor to Dr. T.A. Sims’ District 4 seat on the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education. Dr. Sims, the District’s longest-serving board member with more than 35 years as a trustee, resigned July 16, 2019.
Three candidates are vying to succeed Dr. Sims. They are:
- Johnny Cook-Muhammad, family program manager
- Daphne Brookins, youth administrator
- Terry D.T. Miles, artist
The candidate elected to the seat will represent District 4 until the term expires in May 2021.
For more details, visit the Tarrant County Elections Administration website.
FWAS Celebrates 20 Years With Birthday PaRTY
The Fort Worth After School(FWAS) program is lighting an oversized birthday cake to celebrate 20 years of programming, Thursday, October 24. The event starts at 5 p.m. in the Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School cafeteria.
Annually, FWAS participates in the national observance Lights on Afterschool, a celebration of the nation’s after school programs, and it lights a city or Fort Worth ISD structure to recognize the day. This year’s celebration will be a well-lit birthday cake. Mayor Betsy Price and Texas Sen. Beverly Powell are slated to present proclamations honoring FWAS at the event.
FWISD Board of Education Trustees Anael Luebanos and Tobi Jackson, Acting Public Events Director Richard Zavala and National Youth Ambassador Vidiriana Gonzalez are also slated to attend. Afterschool participants from Van Zandt-Guinn and other students including cheerleaders from D. McRae, Mitchell Boulevard and Alice Contreras elementary schools are also expected to join the celebration.
FWAS, since 2000, has provided high-level enrichment programs after school from 3 to 5 p.m. primarily for students in grades 3-8. High schools participate, intermittently, through 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. More than 7,000 students participate in the program over the course of a school year.
“Long term data shows that students who participate for longer periods of time perform better in school and achieve higher scores on their STAAR tests,” said Miguel Garcia Jr., Fort Worth After School director. “Residents of Fort Worth should also know that no FWAS regular participant has ever matriculated through Tarrant County Juvenile Services, suggesting students make better decisions and make productive citizens.”
The program serves nearly 80 sites.
“FWAS has helped my students become the best PERSON they can be. The caring adults – who also happen to be the students’ school-day teachers – have demonstrated a belief in each one of my afterschool participants that they can be and will be successful,” said Howard Robinson, O.D. Wyatt High School principal who previously led Carter Park Elementary School. “The students have re-paid the teachers with their dedication to school during the day. Grades and behavior have improved!”
For more details on FWAS or the 20-year celebration, contact Mr. Garcia at 817-815-2950.
FWISD JROTC Cadets Meet Medal of Honor Recipients
U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor recipients recently spoke with Fort Worth ISD JROTC cadets and instructors about citizenship, leadership and teamwork.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert M. Patterson and retired 1st Sgt. Allen J. Lynch were speakers at the Medal of Honor Character Development seminar, hosted Friday, October 4, at North Side High School. Approximately 60-70 JROTC cadets and students from North Side, Trimble Tech and South Hills high schools participated in the program which is sponsored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
Both speakers were awarded the Medal of Honor for their service in the Vietnam War. Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Patterson and retired 1st Sgt. Lynch both served in the U.S. Army and were awarded the Medal of Honor in 1968 and 1967, respectively.
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. The following question has been edited for clarity.
I have a question about the recent raises. Nurses have always been paid on the same salary schedule as teachers and it is still like that in surrounding districts - Mansfield, Kennedale, Crowley etc. Several years ago, the Board made a proposal to pay nurses on a sliding scale. The nurses fought to remain on the teacher pay scale and were successful.
Since August, the nurses now have their own pay scale and are the lowest paid professionals in the schools. My question is: When was it decided that nurses and teacher pay scale would be separated? I never saw any kind of discussion about this. I value our school nurses and believe they are an asset to our faculty and students. Thank you for your response.
Thank you for your question.
In May of 2019, the 86th Legislative Session passed House Bill 3 (HB3), which was a massive reform of school finance. A significant part of HB3 addressed raises to employees. More specifically, HB3 directed how pay increases would be paid, requiring the District to pay "full time teachers" with greater than 5 years of experience more than teachers with less than 5 years of service and more than nurses, counselors and librarians. As a result, we were required to create a nurses’ salary schedule since HB3 required greater step increases in steps six years plus on the teachers’ salary schedule.
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.
Inside FWISD Briefs
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent stories in the Fort Worth ISD covered by the local media
Family and Consumer Science students at Southwest High School made sure no one was left out of last week’s homecoming festivities.
The students created and presented more than 40 mums to their special needs classmates prior to last Thursday’s homecoming game.
Read more about this story on the WFAA website.
Congratulations to the Southwest High School Wind Symphony, a Class 5A national winner of the Foundation for Music Education’s 2019 National Wind Band competition. Jeff DeMaagd is the wind symphony’s director.
Read more about the award in this recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram article.
Students from Fort Worth ISD’s Trimble Tech High School descended on Dickies Arena this week to test some of the facilities ahead of the big October 26 grand opening.
Learn more in this NBC DFW story.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
All-Teacher Hiring Event: Fort Worth ISD hosted its Teacher Hiring Event, Monday, October 14 at South Hills High School. nearly 200 people attended the event. Here's just a few of the new teachers hired.
Raptor Visitor Management Training: Multiple District Operations and Technology employees received Raptor visitor program and Notary Public training, Monday October 14.
Family Health Celebration: Fort Worth ISD's Student Placement Center provided free pediatric flu shots and tips for living a healthy lifestyle at its annual Family Health Celebration, Saturday, October 12 at Billingsley Field House.
Day of the Girl: Students from eight Fort Worth ISD schools participated in International Day of the Girl festivities on Friday, October 11. Students from Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, Eastern Hills High School, North Side High School, Paschal High School, O.D. Wyatt High School, Meadowbrook Middle School, Handley Middle School and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy joined five other area schools for Girls Inc. of Tarrant County’s seventh annual Day of the Girl Celebration rally on the steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse west lawn. A celebratory march through the streets of downtown Fort Worth that included drumlines and cheer squads from area high schools followed the rally.
Eastern Hills High School CBS 11 High School Pep Rally: Eastern Hills High School celebrated its 60th anniversary and homecoming as the week’s featured CBS 11 High School Pep Rally on Friday, Oct. 11. Eastern Hills is one of two FWISD high schools taking part in a CBS 11 High School Pep Rally this season. O.D. Wyatt was the featured CBS 11 High School Pep Rally on Friday, Sept. 13.
Proposed School Boundary Forums: Images from the recent forums on proposed FWISD school boundary changes. The boundary changes will impact all traditional high school feeder patterns and address overcrowding, demographic shifts, and equity for all students.
CBS Weather on Wheels: The CBS Weather on Wheels rolled into Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School for a presentation with third and fourth graders last week.
EHHS Reading Program Kickoff: Eastern Hills High School student-athletes recently hosted their Reading Program Kickoff at Meadowbrook Elementary School. “The important thing is that they learn how to set a positive example and see how they can make a big impact with the elementary kids in our community. They were able to sit down and have entertaining conversations with the kids. Individual attention was given to each child,” said Coach Tracy Simien.“They did a great job representing the Fort Worth ISD. We will be coming over to Meadowbrook Elementary School every Wednesday to read and talk with the elementary kids.”
Polytech High School High-Five Days: Parrot football players and cheerleaders are visiting pyramid schools on game day or prior to games to greet students.
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