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Inside FWISD October 17, 2019

In this edition:

Sponsorship Supports Two FWISD Campus Food Pantries | FWISD United Way Campaign Begins Monday | U.S. Navy Blue Angels To Visit Southwest High School | Free Books, Literacy Activities Available At AHHS Pyramid Literacy Rally | Unity In The Community Summit Set For Saturday | FWISD Racial Equity Committee Receives National Award |Early Voting Starts Monday | FWAS Celebrates 20 Years With Birthday Party | FWISD JROTC Cadets Meet Medal Of Honor Recipients | FWISD JRTOC Cadets Attend Aviation, Transportation Career Expo | Let’s Talk School Community Forums | FWISD Week 8: Big Games In 4-5A and 6-4A On Top This Week | Eight Volleyball Matches Set For This Friday | FWISD To Mark Red Ribbon Week By Educating Parents, Caregivers About Vaping | Conference Of The Education Of Hispanics Rebrands, Opens Registration | FWISD Staff Must Acknowledge Employee Handbook Receipt By October 31 | FWISD Offers Flu Vaccine Clinics Dates For Employees | Communications Presents October Webby Award | Ask Elsie | Inside FWISD Briefs | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

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.

Others in attendance included: Jonathan Garcia, vice president of operations for SodexoMAGIC; Stephen J.C. Raeside, TAFB senior director of development; Eric Bankhead, resident district manager of child nutrition services for SodexoMAGIC; Leonor Wilford, executive chef for SodexoMAGIC; Charles Boswell TAFB associate executive director; Bo Soderbergh, TAFB executive director; Kiara Walton, field marketing coordinator for SodexoMAGIC; Allan Collins, vice president of operations for SodexoMAGIC in Texas and Jennifer Burton, TAFB director of corporate management.

SodexoMAGIC officials say the sponsorship not only benefits hungry students, but their entire families.

Weekly, TAFB provides 600,000 nutritious meals to the community. Each $1 contribution supports five meals. With the $50,000 sponsorship, that equates to 250,000 easily accessible nutritious meals for families on two FWISD campuses.

“TAFB is pleased to have the support of FWISD and Sodexo Magic because they recognize the crucial role child nutrition plays in education outcomes,” said Ms. Burton, TAFB director of corporate management.

For more details about TAFB, visit tafb.org.

Earlier this year, the FWISD Board of Education awarded a contract to SodexoMAGIC to manage the District’s child nutrition services for the 2019-2020 school year.

FWISD United Way Campaign Begins Monday

Employees and students can start contributing to Fort Worth ISD’s 2019 United Way Campaign on Monday.

FWISD employees will receive an email from United Way of Tarrant County on Monday, October 21 with personalized login information for donating online, details on what the nonprofit does and how to help.

Once again, employees can make online donations by credit/debit card or payroll deductions this year. Donations will be deducted from employee’s paychecks over eight months from January to August.

FWISD employees who submit online donations are eligible for multiple prizes including a two-night stay at the Embassy Suites in downtown Fort Worth and gift cards.

Employees wanting to submit a donation by check may do so by completing a paper pledge form by Friday, November 1 and returning it to their department/campus campaign coordinator.

When donating, employees can specify the agencies or programs they’d like their donations to support.

Students can participate in the campaign on their respective campuses through coin drives and other fundraising efforts.

Over 100 employee campaign coordinators attended rally sessions where they received an overview and materials for putting on an effective fundraising campaign, Tuesday October 15 at the FWISD Professional Development Center. Coordinators who missed the rally sessions and have not picked up their campaign materials are urged to contact Cindy Ybarra in the PDC to make arrangements for picking them up.

The 2019 District goal is increasing participation 20% above the number of participants in 2018.

FWISD’s 2019 United Way Campaign will run from Monday, October 21 to Friday, November 1. Employees have until Friday, November 8 to make online donations.

United Way of Tarrant County partners with over 45 nonprofit agencies to support more than 300,000 people annually in need with resources and various services.

For more details about FWISD’s 2019 United Way Campaign, contact Mrs. Ybarra at cindy.ybarra@fwisd.org or call 817-814-3350.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels To Visit Southwest High School

JROTC cadets and engineer students at Southwest High School will receive a special visit from U.S. Navy Blue Angels members, Friday, October 18.

The flight demonstration squadron, which is in town for the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show this weekend, will make a presentation to the select group of students in the campus auditorium. Southwest High School is the only North Texas school selected for the presentation, according to campus officials.

Principal John Engel was able to secure the presentation because of the school's outstanding robotics program and innovative design. School officials say they hope the presentation provides insight for JROTC cadets and engineer students considering careers in the military and aviation.

“Pilots from the Blue Angels are ideal individuals to encourage our students to be the very best they can be,” Mr. Engel said. “Through their tremendous work ethic and daily commitment to excellence, they are considered the best pilots in the world. We want our students to recognize that through hard work, sacrifice and commitment any dream they have is attainable.”

For more details, contact Southwest High School at 817-814-8000.

Free Books, Literacy Activities Available at AHHS Pyramid literacy Rally

By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

The Arlington Heights High School Pyramid Literacy Rally is back once again sharing literacy-based activities and giving out free books to elementary school-aged students.

The eighth annual event serving kids in the Arlington Heights pyramid is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 19, on the high school’s front lawn, 4501 West Freeway in Fort Worth.

The free Literacy Rally is open to all FWISD families, with young students interacting with Arlington Heights students, and aligns with the District’s goal of all third graders reading on grade level by 2025. Early childhood literacy remains fundamental to the District mission of “preparing ALL students for success in college, career, and community leadership.”

“There is no better indicator of students’ future success than their ability to read on grade level at an early age,” Arlington Heights Principal Sarah Weeks said. “In order to support FWISD and the Arlington Heights Pyramid, we have created an event filled with reading, fun activities and free books! We hope to see you October 19th!”

Unity in the Community Summit Set for Saturday

The second annual Unity in the Community (UITC) Family and Youth Summit event aims to offer the public resources for enhancing their quality of life.

This free event is being hosted from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 19 at Dunbar High School, 5700 Ramey Ave. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Free groceries will be offered, and participants are eligible for door prizes.

The Unity in the Community Coalition is partnering with various agencies to offer the public solutions-based resources and information for addressing situations that impact their daily lives.

Participants may attend information sessions of their choice focusing on three key areas: public awareness, mental health and wellness and financial literacy.

Representatives from Medicaid and CHIP; Adult Education; Tarrant Area Food Bank; Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County and North Texas Area Community Health Centers will be available to meet one-on-one with summit participants at the Unity in the Community resource fair.

“This event is geared toward family. Sessions will focus on issues that our students face on a daily basis such as dating violence, human trafficking, police interaction, coping skills, and immigration. Students will also be able to receive community service hours,” said Carlos Walker, director of FWISD’s Family Action Center and a UITC summit organizer. "A session will be provided for parents and care givers on how to access Parent Portal to check grades and stay informed about their student’s performance. A FWISD counselor will conduct a session on helping our students become resilient: Yesterday’s Trauma, Today’s Trials, Tomorrow’s Triumph. Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their leadership by participating as greeters and helping carry groceries for elderly participants.”

Registration is not required to attend this event. Additional details are available online at www.fwisd.org/uitc.

FWISD Racial Equity Committee Receives National Award

Fort Worth ISD’s Racial Equity Committee is the 2019 recipient of the Deshera Mack Family and Community Empowerment Award.

Presented By the Pacific Educational Group Tuesday, October 15 in New Orleans at the National Summit for Courageous Conversation, the award is presented to recipients “who effectively broker collaboration focused on racial equity between and among community members and their schools,” according to the summit’s website. Sherry Breed, chief of FWISD’s Equity and Excellence Department, Board of Education President Jacinto Ramos and committee member Rickie Clark accepted the award on the committee’s behalf.

“While we have so much more to accomplish, it is affirming to know that others celebrate and recognize the commitment … demonstrated to achieve racial equity in Fort Worth ISD,” Ms. Breed said.

District 6 Trustee Anne Darr extended her congratulations to the committee in a special video.

“I am so proud to be a part of a District and part of a team that focuses on equity and puts so much energy into making sure that everyone – all students, all parents, all people – are empowered to do and be the best that they can be,” she said.

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.

Since its founding during the Civil War, the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration, has been presented to approximately 3,500 honorees.

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Patterson and retired 1st Sgt. Lynch spoke with Fort Worth ISD students about their childhoods, their obstacles and mistakes made throughout their careers. They encouraged attendees to challenge themselves, think of others and to set a foundation for future success. The two men also answered questions and took photos with cadets.

The seminar is inspired by Medal of Honor values -- courage, sacrifice, commitment, integrity, citizenship and patriotism. Lessons and videos, which are part of the program, teach students that ordinary people can meet great challenges and make the world around them a better place. Each lesson highlights skills such as writing, collaboration and critical thinking.

Two days prior to the seminar, it was announced that Arlington, Texas, will be home to the National Medal of Honor Museum, which will tell the story of those recipients. The $150 million facility is slated to open its doors to the public in 2024 in Arlington’s entertainment district.

FWISD JRTOC Cadets Attend Aviation, Transportation Career Expo

Over 130 Fort Worth ISD JROTC cadets were recently exposed to the latest technologies in aviation and other modes of transportation.

Earlier this month, the cadets participated in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s Aviation and Transportation Career Expo where they gained insight into multiple transportation careers and had opportunities to speak with industry experts.

At the October 4 event, cadets viewed demonstrations from more than 30 exhibitors including Lockheed Martin, Civil Air Patrol, Dallas Area Rapid Control (DART) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Information booths, static aircraft and multiple vehicle displays were also part of the expo.

LET’S TALK SCHOOL COMMUNITY FORUMS

Parents and students are invited to attend upcoming forums on proposed school boundary changes. The boundary changes will impact all traditional high school feeder patterns and address overcrowding, demographic shifts, and equity for all students.

Between now and November 19, Superintendent Kent P. Scribner will host community forums at every comprehensive high school in the Fort Worth ISD. The topics: school feeder patterns and overcrowding, demographic shifts, and equity for all students.

Attendees are encouraged to use our new Let’s Talk! feature for questions and feedback during the Boundary Forums. You’ll be able to submit a question or comment from any device, and we’re committed to returning a timely response.

The following community forums are scheduled:

Thursday, October 17: 6-7 p.m. Benbrook Middle-High School Auditorium, 201 Overcrest Drive, Benbroook, 76132

Monday, October 21: 6-7 p.m. Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS Auditorium, 1411 Maydell St., 76106

Tuesday, October 29: 6-7 p.m. Western Hills HS Auditorium, 3600 Boston Ave., 76116

Wednesday, October 30: 6-7 p.m. Polytechnic HS Auditorium, 1300 Conner Ave., 76105

Monday, November 4: 6-7 p.m. Dunbar HS Auditorium, 5700 Ramey Ave., 76112

Thursday, November 7: 6-7 p.m. South Hills HS Auditorium, 6101 McCart Ave., 76133

Monday, November 18: 6-7 p.m. Southwest HS Auditorium, 4100 Altamesa Blvd., 76133

Tuesday, November 19: 6-7 p.m. Paschal HS Large Auditorium, 3001 Forest Park Blvd., 76110

Forums already held:

Tuesday, September 17: 6- 7 p.m. Arlington Heights HS Auditorium, 4501 W. Freeway, 76107

Thursday, September 26: 6-7 p.m. O.D. Wyatt HS Auditorium, 2400 E. Seminary Drive,76119

Thursday, October 3: 6-7 p.m. Amon Carter-Riverside HS New Cafeteria, 3301 Yucca Ave., 76111

Thursday, October 10: 6-7 p.m. North Side HS Auditorium, 2211 McKinley Ave., 76164

Wednesday, October 16: 6-7 p.m. Eastern Hills HS Auditorium, 5701 Shelton St., 76112

FWISD WEEK 8: Big games in 4-5A and 6-4A on top this week

By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

Farrington Field is the site for a Friday afternoon Fort Worth ISD showdown in District 4-5A, as North Side (2-0 in district) and Eastern Hills (2-1) collide for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. (The game was originally scheduled for Thursday night.) The winner remains squarely in the playoff race with a spot at the top of the standings.

The Steers stayed unbeaten in district with last week’s 33-29 comeback victory over Southwest. North Side rallied from a 29-20 deficit in the second half, pulling ahead on Da'Wain Lofton’s 1-yard touchdown run. Lofton scored four times, including an 80-yard kickoff return that spurred the rally.

The Highlanders bounced back from their lone league loss with a big win over Carter-Riverside last week. Even though Eastern Hills is looking up at North Side in the standings, the Highlanders have history on their side having beaten the Steers 36-14 last season.

Dunbar (2-0 in district) has a chance to jump to the top of 6-4A with Friday night’s visit to district-leading Kennedale (3-0) in a clash of Wildcats. Dunbar has won its two league contests by a combined 79-13, while Kennedale has blown out all three district foes.

Also in District 6-4A, Benbrook celebrates its homecoming against Diamond Hill-Jarvis on Friday night at Handley Field.

Thursday, October 17

3-5A: South Hills vs. Crowley, Clark Stadium, 7 p.m.

4-5A: O. D. Wyatt vs. Carter-Riverside, Handley Field, 7 p.m.

Friday, October 18

4-5A: Eastern Hills vs. North Side, Farrington Field, 3:30 p.m.

4-6A: Trimble Technical vs. Arlington Bowie, Clark Stadium, 7 p.m.

4-6A: Paschal vs. Arlington Lamar, Farrington Field, 7:30 p.m.

6-4A: Diamond Hill-Jarvis vs. Benbrook (homecoming), Handley Field, 7 p.m.

4-5A: Polytechnic vs. Northwest, Northwest Texas Stadium, 7 p.m.

6-4A: Dunbar vs. Kennedale, Kennedale Wildcat Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Eight Volleyball Matches Set for This Friday

By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

Eight matches featuring Fort Worth ISD teams are set for an exciting Friday night. District 6-5A leads the way with four matches on the schedule, all eight teams coming from the District. Two matches apiece are featured in 9-4A and 4-6A.

Friday, October 18

4-6A: Trimble Technical at Paschal, 6:30 p.m.

4-6A: Young Women’s Leadership Academy vs. Sam Houston: Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 6:30 p.m.

6-5A: Arlington Heights at Carter-Riverside, 6:45 p.m.

6-5A: Eastern Hills at North Side, 6:30 p.m.

6-5A: Southwest at Polytechnic, 6:30 p.m.

6-5A: O. D. Wyatt at South Hills, 6:30 p.m.

9-4A: Benbrook at Diamond Hill-Jarvis, 6:45 p.m.

9-4A: Dunbar at Kennedale, 6:45 p.m.

FWISD to Mark Red Ribbon Week by Educating Parents, Caregivers About Vaping

The Fort Worth ISD will join Challenge of Tarrant County in observing Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31 by raising awareness regarding the dangers of vaping.

Throughout the week, educational materials will be shared with parents and caregivers about recognizing vaping use by children, its dangers and how to speak with children about vaping. The goal of this effort is to decrease vaping use by children and reduce illness and death associated with it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaping or electronic-cigarette use has resulted in nearly 1,500 lung injury cases nationwide and 33 deaths, based on a report from Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

“Vaping is a socially acceptable occurrence among teens today with irreversible and often deadly consequences,” said Vicki Warren, FWISD intervention services director. “In partnership with [Challenge of Tarrant County] and the Prevention Provider’s Coalition, Fort Worth ISD is taking steps to educate parents and caregivers on vaping. During Red Ribbon Week 2019, parents and caregivers will be educated on what vaping is, learn how to recognize vaping products, become knowledgeable regarding the physical consequences of vaping, and be provided information on how to speak with their children on this important issue.”

Established in the 1980s by National Family Partnership, formerly the National Federation of parents for Drug Free Youth, Red Ribbon Week educates and encourages youth to participate in drug-free activities.

For more details, visit redribbon.org.

Conference of the Education of Hispanics Rebrands, Opens Registration

The Conference of the Education of Hispanics, now in its 26th year, is getting a new name.

All teachers and administrators are encouraged to attend Edu-Con Fort Worth, hosted by Texas Wesleyan University’s College of Education on Saturday, November 16 at the new Nick and Lou Martin Center on the Texas Wesleyan campus. Education experts and practitioners from the Fort Worth ISD, surrounding districts, private and public universities, and servant community leaders are slated as presenters and facilitators for the conference’s professional learning sessions.

Registration is $30 for FWISD educators. Teachers may earn flex credit for attending, and their participation can be “included in their T-TESS evaluations when they exceed the minimum requirements of their professional learning plans,” said Dr. Raul Peña, FWISD chief of elementary schools and Edu-Con Fort Worth chair.

Conference proceeds benefit the Mexican American College Education (MACE) Scholarship Fund. Founded in 1969, MACE is a nonprofit that awards approximately 90 college scholarships annually worth more than $50,000 to Tarrant County students.

To register, visit http://bit.ly/ECFW19_Part. After full attendance is verified, teachers will be enrolled and given credit on Strive, according to Dr. Peña.

FWISD STAFF MUST ACKNOWLEDGE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK RECEIPT BY OCTOBER 31

TO: FWISD Full-Time Employees

FROM: Cynthia Rincón, Chief—Human Capital Management and Legal Services

RE: Employee Handbook Receipt--ACTION REQUIRED

Congratulations to you all for being part of the Fort Worth ISD team! For our veteran employees, we hope you found some time to enjoy some part of your summer. For all new employees… WELCOME!

The 2019-2020 FWISD Employee Handbook is now available for your use and reference. You can preview the employee handbook before acknowledging receipt by going to this website. In an effort to ensure a successful school year, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the policies summarized in the handbook, and access the handbook online as needed. Please access the employee handbook acknowledgement at https://EmployeeHandbook.fwisd.org with your Active Directory credentials.

All employees are responsible for adhering to District Policies, Procedures and Administrative Regulations outlined in the Employee Handbook. To that end, you are required to acknowledge receipt of the Employee Handbook no later than October 31, 2019. Upon accessing the link, you will complete a signature page acknowledging receipt of the handbook and will submit an electronic receipt through your login which will be date and time stamped. At that time, you will be able to print a copy of your acknowledgment receipt, as well as the Employee Handbook if you wish to have a hard copy for your files. For questions about the Employee Handbook, please contact:

Employee Relations Department

817-814-2790

Emp.Relations@fwisd.org

On behalf of Human Capital Management, I wish you much success in the 2019-2020 school year. If our staff can be of assistance, please let us know.

FWISD OFFERS FLU VACCINE CLINICS DATES FOR EMPLOYEES

Passport Health/Staying Healthy Medical Services will be providing on-site vaccination clinics for Fort Worth ISD this fall for all eligible employees and their eligible immediate family members. A schedule of clinic locations and times is listed below.

Between October 2018 and September 2019, MedStar, Mobile Healthcare, the ambulance service provider to Fort Worth, responded to over 1,000 patients with flu-like illnesses.

To prevent flu this season, sign up for a clinic by visiting: https://www.passageware.com/ClinicSignUp/FWISD/. Any questions regarding insurance should be directed to Passport Health at 469-241-1954.

The following PPO type insurances plans are acceptable for coverage:

  • TRS-Aetna ActiveCare 1-HD and 2 Plans – covered at 100%
  1. TRS SELECT plans cannot be accepted.*
  2. Scott & White Plans cannot be accepted.*
  • Aetna*
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield*
  • Cigna*
  • Humana
  • United Health Care
  • Medicare Part B (Flu shots only - also, please provide a copy of any supplement plans)

TRS Aetna ActiveCare Select plans with group numbers that start with 866344 and Scott & White plans cannot be accepted. Employees on these plans must see a Baylor Scott & White physician for all services, including vaccinations for the plan to cover the services. We are unable to accept HMO plans, Aetna & BCBS Bronze, Silver and Gold plans and Cigna Local Plus. Please see the consent form for other known exceptions.

On the date of your vaccinations, you must bring a photo copy of both your insurance card and your driver’s license to receive your vaccinations at no charge. Cash or a check made out to Staying Healthy Medical Services are also acceptable.

When you enroll online, a confirmation page will be displayed. Follow the link to print the consent form for vaccinations. Only one consent form is needed for all vaccinations. The B12 shot will require a separate form. If you have questions about any particular vaccination, please see the onsite nurse on the day of the clinic.

The new Shingles vaccine (Shingrix) will be available at this clinic for employees (age 50-64) that register for it. Please note that this vaccine is known to cause more frequent local reactions than other routine immunizations. Staying Healthy Medical Services is not currently able to offer Pneumonia vaccines to employees with Aetna insurance however the vaccine is still covered at 100% on your plan. Please see your doctor or pharmacist if you wish to receive either of these vaccines. Employees with an accepted insurance through a different carrier are welcome to request one of these vaccines.

If you received routine vaccinations from Staying Healthy Medical Services, other than flu, in previous years and need a copy of your records, please email them at info@stayinghealthymedical.com. In the email you will need to include your name and birthdate. Depending on the carrier, insurance claims may be filed as Community Health and Immunization Services or Staying Healthy Medical Services.

Click here for details on the remaining flu clinics scheduled this fall.

Communications Presents October Webby Award

Fort Worth ISD’s Van-Zandt Guinn Elementary School and the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA are this month’s Webby Award recipients.

Thomas Ketchersid, FWISD’s web communications coordinator, recognized Van-Zandt Guinn Elementary Principal Débora Fuentes Monday for her campus website making critical information appealing, organized and readily accessible on their school webpages. Last month, FWISD schools were challenged to update faculty, staff and department pages with current biographic details, photos and contact information. Officials with I.M. Terrell will be recognized at a later date.

Both schools will receive the Webby Award trophy to display on their campus and $50 in $2 bills from EECU for campus use.

This month’s challenge is “What’s Going On?” FWISD campuses are encouraged to update their campus calendars with details about their school’s upcoming events and to highlight student groups, repurpose campus newsletters, and invite others to celebrate milestones and successes.

Distributed monthly during the school year by the FWISD Communications Department, the Webby Award recognizes campus websites that engage families, students, alumni and the community at large. Elementary and secondary school websites that best complete monthly challenges are presented with the Webby Award at monthly principals’ meetings.

For assistance with your campus website or social media page, attend one of the following come-and-go campus website and social media open lab training sessions:

  • Oct. 17 – 4:30-6:30
  • Oct. 18 – 1:30-4:30
  • Oct. 25 – 1:30-4:30
  • Nov. 1 – 1:30-4:30
  • Nov. 7 – 4:30-6:30
  • Nov. 14 –4:30-6:30
  • Nov. 15 - 1:30-4:30
  • Nov. 21 – 4:30-6:30
  • Nov. 22 – 1:30-4:30

The open lab training sessions are available for web and social managers appointed by their campus principals. Attendees must bring their own laptop to participate and arrive at least 30 minutes before the lab ends.

Web and social managers will receive training to support the best online impression possible. Attendees will learn how to update and maintain their campus website and social media platforms.

Contact Mr. Ketchersid at thomas.ketchersid@fwisd.org, and Kiana King, social media coordinator, at kiana.king@fwisd.org with questions about the upcoming sessions, campus websites and social media pages.

For more details, visit www.fwisd.org/websitetraining.

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.

Dear Elsie,

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.

Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

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.

Elsie

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.

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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.

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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.

FWISD is hiring nurses

FWISD is looking for Bilingual Teachers

FWISD is hiring bus drivers

2019 Financial Aid Help Sessions, Continue through November 19

School boundary forum at Benbrook Middle-HS, October 17

Unity in the Community, October 19

8th Annual Arlington Heights Pyramid Literacy Rally, October 19

United Way campaign begins, October 21

School boundary forum at Diamond Hill-Jarvis, October 21

Early voting for the District 4 special election, October 21- November 1

Board of Education meeting, October 22

Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31

School boundary forum at Western Hills HS, October 29

Last Day of Flu Vaccines for Employees, October 29

School boundary forum at Polytechnic HS, October 30

Employee Handbook Receipt deadline, October 31

2019 Volleyball Schedules

2019 Football Schedules

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