Long-Serving Board Member Dr. T.A. Sims Resigns from School Board
Theophlous Aron Sims, Sr., currently the longest-serving member of the Fort Worth Independent School Board, has offered his resignation following more than 35 years of service to his community.
Dr. Sims was first elected to the Board in a special election held in August of 1983 to replace William C. Johnson who was forced to resign for legal reasons. At the time of his election, Dr. Sims was 43 years old. He won that election with 74% of the vote and then had to run for a full term only eight months later. He has been the Board representative of District Four ever since.
He is a native of Jefferson, Texas, but had lived in Fort Worth for 23 years when he first ran for office. His interest in running for the Board partly stemmed for concern for his own three children who were in FWISD elementary and middle schools at the time. He wanted to build up the vocational education program; devote more attention to average and below-average students; and involve the community.
District Four includes the following schools:
Harlean Beal Elementary, Briscoe Elementary, Carroll Peak Elementary, Carter Park Elementary, Clifford Davis Elementary, W.M. Green Elementary, Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary, Morningside Elementary, David K. Sellars Elementary, Versia Williams Elementary, Glencrest 6th Grade, Morningside Middle, O.D. Wyatt High School and the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA.
Dr. Sims was a pharmacist by profession and the owner of Sims Enterprises. At a 2012 gathering in his honor, and attended by a host of community leaders, Dr. Sims was lauded as "truly a public servant [with] unwavering commitment to education and the citizens of Fort Worth."
He graduated from Texas Southern University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. In 1984, he received his Doctor of Pharmacy Certification from the National Association of Retail Druggists.
T. A. Sims Elementary was named in his honor in 1989. He is proudest of the FWISD Scholar Athlete Award program which he originated.
Dr. Sims attributes his success to his family, especially his wife, Nancy W. Sims, also a registered pharmacist. They have three adult children and several grandchildren. He is thankful for the opportunity to have work with some of the community’s strongest and most valued leaders, including FWISD Board Trustees, past and present.
In a letter to his fellow Board members, dated July 16, 2019, Dr. Sims expressed his love and respect for his collegues.
“I will continue to encourage and support the progression of FWISD,” he wrote. “I wish everyone the very best and pray God’s choice blessings upon each of you as you continue to strive for excellence in the educational journey.”
During his tenure, Dr. Sims served not only as a district representative but also as Board President, Vice-President, and Secretary. His current term would have expired in the spring of 2021. The Board President will consult with legal counsel on the options for filling the remainder of Dr. Sims’ term.
FWISD Announces pRINCIPAL, Administrative appointments
More than a dozen new principal appointments have been announced in the Fort Worth ISD for the 2019-2020 year.
On Tuesday, July 16 the District announced names of 15 new campus principals.
Kalyn Perkins, Carroll Peak Elementary School
Marlette Martinez, De Zavala Elementary School
Aura Angel, D. McRae Elementary School
Debora Baez-Carrasquillo, M.G. Ellis Primary School
Laura Hill, M.L. Phillips Elementary School
Vanessa Cuarenta, Morningside Elementary School
Jennifer Kennedy, Riverside Applied Learning Center
Irma Ayala, R.J. Wilson Elementary School
DuVaughn Fuentes, S.S. Dillow Elementary School
Kendall Condit, Westpark Elementary School
Victorius Eugenio, Daggett Montessori School
Marron McWilliams, Jean McClung Middle School
David Trimble, J.P. Elder Middle School
Darryl Gentry, Meadowbrook Middle School
On Tuesday, July 16, the FWISD Board of Education approved and announced three Central Office administrative appointments:
On Tuesday, July 16, the FWISD Board of Education approved and announced three Central Office administrative appointments:
- Jerry Moore, assistant superintendent of policy and planning, was appointed the District's interim chief academic officer
- Dr. Anita Perry, director of secondary advisement, was appointed FWISD's executive director of collegiate programming and advisement
- David Megginson, FWISD's business administrator, was appointed executive director of payroll, benefits, risk management and business systems
FWISD Announces Campus, District Waiver Days
Mark your calendars.
The Academics Department has announced campus and District waiver days scheduled prior to the official start of the 2019-2020 academic year.
The following campus waiver days are set:
- Monday, August 12
- Thursday, August 15
- Friday, August 16
District waiver days will take place Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14.
Fort Worth ISD’s New Teacher Orientation Week (Jumpstart Teacher Academy) is slated for August 5-9 at South Hills High School.
Academic and Operations Leaders Named for Innovative Fort Worth ISD, Texas Wesleyan Partnership
Clark, Shropshire tapped as Leadership Academy Network officers; new campus principal also selected
Texas Wesleyan University has named two key administrators to help manage the Leadership Academy Network—a first-of-its-kind partnership with Fort Worth ISD designed to sustain and grow academic success at five once-struggling PK-8 schools. Earlier this year, Fort Worth ISD contracted with Texas Wesleyan to build upon the positive results of its Leadership Academy model.
Whitney Clark will be responsible for maintaining a culture of instructional excellence, high student expectations and social-emotional support in the position of academic officer. She will work with campus instructional coaches, monitor and customize implementation of curriculum, coordinate development of assessment processes and assist in the creation of annual school improvement plans.
Christopher Shropshire will oversee contractual relationships and provide support to campus principals while monitoring overall operations in his role as operations officer. He will draft Leadership Academy Network budgets, supervise assessment logistics and support contract negotiations and maintenance.
Both will work under the leadership of Priscila Dilley, who was named the Network’s top administrator in May. Dilley previously served as executive director of Fort Worth ISD’s Office of Innovation and Transformation and launched the Leadership Academy initiative in 2017 at Como Elementary, Maude I. Logan Elementary, Mitchell Boulevard Elementary, John T. White Elementary and Forest Oak Middle School.
“Whitney and Chris are passionate educators whose background and experience demonstrate their ability to translate an education vision into real, tangible results,” Dilley said. “They will play a vital role in building on the District’s Leadership Academy model and enriching the lives of students to help prepare them for college, career and community leadership.”
Clark is a former administrator, instructional specialist and teacher for Fort Worth ISD. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Baylor University and a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.
“As a principal, I always told my students to stay committed to the finish line. That persistence is more important than ever as we continue to transform the traditional approach to education to meet the needs of students,” Clark said.
Shropshire has administration experience in K-12 and university settings. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Northwood University. Shropshire is a doctoral candidate in the executive cohort of the higher education administration program at the University of Alabama. Before joining the Leadership Academy Network, he directed charter school systems operated by universities in Michigan.
“Throughout my career, I have focused on shaping education environments to cultivate holistic student development and drive student achievement, and I am dedicated to bringing that approach to the Leadership Academy Network,” Shropshire said.
FWISD DISTRICT-WIDE ONLINE REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN
Online registration for the 2019-20 school year is underway –and it’s easier than ever.
All Fort Worth ISD students –or their parents – can complete registration by visiting www.fwisd.org/register. Online registration is for all students –both new and returning – and is a “must ” in order to be enrolled in the Fort Worth ISD.
The process for returning students is fast and should take from five to 10 minutes. Using your student’s individual Snapcode, simply go to www.fwisd.org/register and confirm the information you’ve previously supplied or update any new information.
A Snapcode is a 15-digit combination of numbers and letters unique to each student. Snapcodes were sent out with this year’s final report cards. Superintendent Kent Scribner sent out this video in early June and explained where to find your student’s Snapcode on his or her final report card.
Families of new students will find the process easy as well – with instructions for uploading any necessary documents. Parents can visit www.fwisd.org/register, click the Registration button, and create an account.
Online registration is a time-saving tool that can be done from the convenience of your own home, at any hour, day or night, using your smartphone, laptop, or any digital device.
ALUMNI REACHED THE STARS
FWISD Celebrates Heroes of America's Space Program
As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Fort Worth ISD is reflecting on and celebrating two alumni who are heroes of America’s space program—Gerald Griffin and Capt. Alan Bean.
Mr. Griffin, a 1952 graduate of Arlington Heights High School, joined NASA in 1964. He is a former director of the Johnson Space Center, former deputy director of the Kennedy Space Center; a flight director for all Apollo manned missions and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1970, Mr. Griffin was assigned to lead the Apollo 13 lunar landing mission. Upon complications 56 hours into the flight, Mr. Griffin and his mission control team scrapped the mission and did what they could to ensure Apollo 13 and its three astronauts returned home safely. He served as a technical advisor on the motion picture Apollo 13.
On June 17, 2019, the District inducted Mr. Griffin to its prestigious Wall of Fame which celebrates the successes of many FWISD alumni. View the video from the recent Wall of Fame ceremony below.
Mr. Griffin worked alongside another FWISD graduate and Wall of Fame honoree at NASA—Capt. Bean.
A 1950 graduate of R.L. Paschal High School, Capt. Bean was the fourth man to walk on the moon.
He attended Navy Test Pilot School and was among 14 trainees from the U.S. Navy selected in 1963 by NASA to become one of its third group of astronauts.
The Apollo and Skylab astronaut traveled to space twice. In November 1969, he was a lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, the country’s second moon landing mission. In July 1973, he was a commander aboard the U.S. second crew flight traveling to Skylab, the first U.S. space station.
Capt. Bean retired from the Navy in 1975, and from NASA six years later. Following his career at NASA, he became an accomplished artist who for nearly four decades painted Apollo-themed pieces. According to NASA, the canvases were “textured with lunar boot prints,” and the acrylics were “embedded with small pieces of his moon dust-stained mission patches.”
He died May 26, 2018. Capt. Bean was 86.
Artifacts from Capt. Bean’s space missions and his paintings are currently part of the Launchpad: Apollo 11 Promises Kept exhibit on display at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The 10,000-square foot exhibit, on display in the museum’s Gary Havener gallery, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.
On July 16, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin embarked on a lunar mission that would become historic. On July 20, 1969, the American astronauts became the first individuals to walk on the moon.
Read more about the Apollo 11 mission and commemoration of the event on the NASA website.
Dr. Lisa Langston, CMAA to Receive NIAAA State Award of Merit
Dr. Lisa Langston, CMAA, Director of Athletics for Fort Worth Independent School District will receive the 2019 NIAAA State Award of Merit during the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association state conference on July 22. This annual award is provided by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), for recognition of meritorious dedication to High School and Middle School Athletics.
- Certified Master of Athletic Administration (CMAA)
- Member, NIAAA Board of Directors, At-Large C (2018-Present)
- Presenter, NIAAA National Athletic Director Conference (NADC), Phoenix, AZ, December 2017
About the NIAAA: Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the NIAAA is the professional organization for interscholastic athletic administrators. The NIAAA consists of athletic director associations in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the membership includes over 10,000 athletic administrators from the U.S., as well as internationally. NIAAA membership provides opportunity for professional development, education, certification, benefits of services, products, recognition, the exchange of ideas and promotion of the profession.
FWISD Students Compete, Place in National Contests
Fort Worth ISD students recently achieved top 10 finishes at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) 2019 national leadership conference competitions, respectively.
A Trimble Tech High School team finished third in the nation in FCCLA’s Applied Math for Culinary Management competition, received gold medals and $20,000 scholarships to Sullivan University were awarded to each competing team member. The team includes Maria Hernandez, Orlando Hernandez Palacios and Miriam Perez Vega. Trimble Tech’s FCCLA advisers are Natasha Bruton and Heather Kurima.
The FCCLA National Leadership Conference was hosted June 30- July 4 in Anaheim, California. For more FCCLA details, visit https://www.fcclainc.org/.
City Buses, Shelters Exhibit Art From FWISD Students
Fort Worth ISD student artwork is on display in multiple downtown Fort Worth locations.
Recently, Trinity Metro, the city’s public transit system, announced eight FWISD students as winners of its annual Expressions That Move You Contest. The student artists developed work based on the theme, “All The Places I’ll Go,” that’s currently on display onboard Trinity Metro buses and at downtown bus shelters.
The winning artists are:
Aracely Espino, Rufino Mendoza Elementary School
Amy Lopez, Rosemont Middle School
Disariba Torres, T.A. Sims Elementary School
Adrian Castaneda, Kirkpatrick Middle School
Daniela Delgado, George C. Clarke Elementary School
Mekhi Shabazz, Young Men’s Leadership Academy
Best View of Transit
Josue Reyes, Luella Merrett Elementary School
Guadalupe Benites, Rosemont Middle School
Students may enter the contest in one of two divisions – K-5 (elementary) and middle school through high school (secondary).
Over 60 students submitted art in the 2019 Expressions That Move You Contest, which encourages students to express artistically what public transportation means to them, their family and community. The contest is a partnership of Trinity Metro, Fort Worth After School and the District.
GETTING TO KNOW FWISD
Stay in the know of who makes up the Fort Worth ISD.
Over the next several weeks, Inside FWISD will take a look at FWISD employees.
This week, check out a breakdown of years of service for full-time employees.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
Youth Sports Leadership Summit: The Fort Worth ISD Athletics Department launched its inaugural Fort Worth Youth Leadership Summit, a gathering of District and youth sports leaders from across the city, today. Todd Vesely, FWISD’s executive director of athletics, said the summit puts a spotlight on the vital relationship between the District and youth sports.
Dare to Discover Camp: The District hosted the fun, performance-based/ hands-on enrichment day camp where rising first- through eighth-grade participants choose from a variety of classes that excite their imagination, July 15-18 at Western Hills Elementary. Course offerings this year include computer coding, chess, 3D math, robotics and art. The camp culminates with an open house today where parents are invited to observe their child(ren) giving demonstrations, project displays and performances, about what they learned during the weeklong camp.
Carnegie Learning: Educators from multiple Fort Worth ISD campuses attended technology company Carnegie Learning's LONG + LIVE + MATH: The National Institute last week in Florida. The event brought together math educators from across the country to learn, connect and grow.
Prefontaine Classic Champion: Congratulations to Trimble Tech High School's Kenondra Davis, who finished first in the Girls 100-meeter High School (Final) at the Prefontaine Classic hosted last month in Stanford, California.
Southside Bank Mural : Students and teachers from Polytechnic High School spent time this summer painting a mural at Southside Bank on Rosedale Street.
HOW ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR SUMMER VACATION?
Jose Mendez Monge, assistant principal at Rufino Mendoza Elementary School, spent 10 days this summer in Sydney, Australia.
Here's some photos from his travels: