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Inside FWISD June 6, 2019

In this edition:

Fort Worth ISD’s Overton Park Elementary Groundbreaking Ceremony Attracts Enthusiastic Crowd | FWISD Celebrates 2019 Graduates | Curriculum Policy Announces Grading Scale Changes | New Elementary School Hours Announced | Open Enrollment Begins In July | FWISD To Host Kickoff For Summer Meals Program | Fort Worth ISD to Name Seven Alumni to the Wall of Fame | Online Registration Begins July 1 | New UIL Strength Conditioning Program Rules Take Effect This Summer | FWISD JROTC Department Hosts Annual JCLC Camp | WHHS Alumnus Completes Air Force Academy, Earns Commission | Local Engineer to Share His Inspiring Story with FWISD English Learners | YMLA Student Completes Service Project As Part of Leadership Council Participation | Dual Language Summer Conference Registration Underway | FWISD Dual Language Enrichment Hosts Summer Programs | Math In The Middle Spotlights Secondary Curriculum | Dive Into Summer Reading | Fort Worth ISD Students Celebrate Partnership With TXWES | Summer Technology Service Request Procedures | Cyber Security for Education | We Can Help: AWPNOW.COM – Your EAP Website | How Are You Spending Your Summer Vacation? | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Fort Worth ISD’s Overton Park Elementary Groundbreaking Ceremony Attracts Enthusiastic Crowd

The skies were blue for the 200 people who turned out for the Fort Worth ISD Overton Park Elementary School groundbreaking on June 6, bringing an end to all worries about a rainout. The sunshine and cool breeze created a perfect setting for the event.

The Paschal Jazz Band entertained guests as they arrived and the new Overton Park Owl mascot mingled and posed for photos with attendees. Students played a significant role in the ceremony, with the McLean Middle School Junior Cadet Corps presenting the colors; Tanglewood Elementary students leading the Pledge of Allegiance; Monnig Middle School student Meirah Koenig singing the national anthem; Camille McMurry speaking on behalf of future Overton Park Elementary students; and students with kid-size shovels turning dirt during the groundbreaking itself.

Fort Worth ISD Board of Education President Jacinto Ramos, Jr. opened the ceremony with a heartfelt welcome. He said Tanglewood and Overton Park elementary schools would always enjoy a connection, emphasizing to parents and students, “You belong here. Fort Worth ISD is your home.”

Newly elected board members C.J. Evans and Anne Darr said that while the school property was historic and once part of the Edwards Ranch, Overton Park Elementary will be new, modern and designed so students can achieve at high levels for years to come. They unveiled the owl mascot design and school colors, scholar blue and greathearted green.

Third grade Tanglewood Elementary student Camille McMurry said she is excited to attend Overton Park Elementary when it opens in August 2020 and is ready to build new traditions. Tanglewood Elementary Principal Connie Smith thanked the community for coming together to work toward a common goal. Reid Goetz, a parent and member of the transition committee, spoke about the teamwork and transparency during the two-year process that culminated in the groundbreaking celebration.

Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner thanked the community and the board for supporting the Overton Park Elementary School project for the last two years and said, “Today we see the beginning of the fruits of that labor.” He then presented gifts to former board member Judy Needham, who recently retired as the District 5 representative, and he thanked her for 24 years of dedicated service.

The ceremony ended with adults and students turning the dirt in unison to mark the beginning of a new chapter in Fort Worth ISD.

The Overton Park Elementary campus will sit on 5.98 acres. It will serve pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and can accommodate 550 students. The school will have four classrooms per grade and will include spaces for physical education, music, science, art and more.

Watch the entire groundbreaking ceremony below.

FWISD CELEBRATES 2019 GRADUATES

An estimated 4,500 students are among Fort Worth ISD’s graduating Class of 2019.

Since May 21, graduating seniors have received their high school diplomas in 23 commencement ceremonies throughout the District. Recent ceremonies were filled with jubilant and emotional moments.

FWISD 2019 graduation season will conclude with the Jo Kelly School commencement, slated for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 12.

FWISD’s Class of 2019 includes:

  • 40 valedictorian and salutatorian honorees
  • 25 students who obtained full-ride scholarships to Texas Christian University, valued at over $260,000, through TCU’s Community Scholar Program
  • 464 Superintendent Scholars recognized for distinctions as National Merit Semi-Finalists and Commended, National Achievements, National Hispanic; FWISD African-American Scholars; AP, AP with Honor, AP with Distinction, National AP; International Baccalaureate students and Capstone Award students

Among FWISD’s newest alumni is the first graduating class from the Tarrant County College South/ FWISD Collegiate High School which obtained college associate degrees on May 11 and high school diplomas on June 1. The class collectively earned 5,996 college credit hours.

In Principal Lisa Castillo’s graduation remarks to students at the TCC/FWISD campus, she talked about how the class created the school crest and developed its meaning, motto and mascot, a comet, symbolizing “a bright object that moved quickly amongst the stars but left a trail for others to follow.”

“We could not be more proud of your work the past four years…you have done exactly what you envisioned. You have led, left a strong legacy for those who follow, served your community, learned, and found victory in education,” she said. “As visionaries, you not only created our mission, you lived it.”

Relive FWISD graduation ceremonies in photos www.fwisd.org/graduation and video at www.facebook.com/fortworthisd.

Arlington Heights

Benbrook

Boulevard Heights

Carter-Riverside

Diamond Hill-Jarvis

Dunbar

Eastern Hills

Marine Creek

Metro Opportunity

North side

O.D. Wyatt

Paschal

Polytechnic

South Hills

Southwest

Success

TABS

TCC- South

Transition Center

Trimble Tech

Western Hills

YMLA

YWLA

Curriculum Policy announces Grading Scale changes

The following memorandum is from the Curriculum Policy Department:

New Elementary School Hours Announced

The following memorandum is from Dr. Raúl Peña, chief of elementary schools:

OPEN ENROLLMENT Begins in July

The following communication regarding benefits open enrollment was sent to District employees, June 5:

TO: All Employees

RE: Benefits Open Enrollment

IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

Benefits Open Enrollment for 2019-2020 will be available July 22, 2019 – August 22, 2019, with coverage effective September 1, 2019. This is your annual opportunity to update your voluntary benefits. Most benefits “rollover” or “automatically continue” next year unless a change/cancel action is taken within the District’s annual open enrollment period which must be completed on or before August 22, 2019.

Enrollment or changes to benefits may be made at http://www.mybenefitshub.com/fortworthisd beginning July 22, 2019 through August 22, 2019.

More information about the 2019-2020 Benefits Open Enrollment, including the premium rates, will be mailed to employees during the month of July at their address of record. Be on the lookout for this letter, which will provide more detailed information regarding this enrollment. Please verify that your address is correct in employee self-serve. Please log on to https://selfservice.fwisd.org/MSSProd to verify and/or make changes to your address.

Questions? Please e-mail the Benefits Department benefits@fwisd.org.

FWISD TO HOST KICKOFF FOR SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM

The Fort Worth ISD Child Nutrition Services Department, in partnership with the Texas Hunger Initiative, Blue Zones Project and Texas Wesleyan University football, is hosting a Summer Meals Kickoff event, June 13.

Area children and teens are invited to attend the event, slated for 10 a.m. June 13 at Dunbar High School, 5700 Ramey Ave., which offers health and nutrition resources. The District offers free breakfast and lunch to children 18 years of age or under Monday through Thursday through June 27, 2019.

“For many kids, summertime means food, friends and fun. For families who count on school breakfast and lunch, however, the summer months can be stressful and family food budgets have to be stretched even further,” Catherine Nicholson, regional director for the Texas Hunger Initiative-Dallas, said in a recent statement. “During the summer, kids can also lose out on multiple, months of learning and physical activity that they would normally get at school.”

Multiple sites across the Fort Worth ISD are among 200 Tarrant County facilities offering free meals to children under 18 this summer. The meals are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and follow USDA nutrition guidelines.

The program is open to children under 18 who wish to receive a free meal and does not require enrollment in any summer program.

Click here for a list of FWISD schools participating in the Summer Meals Program.

Serving dates and times for each campus may vary. For more information please visit www.summerfood.org, text FOODTX to 877-877 or call the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3540 or 817-814-3500.

FORT WORTH ISD TO NAME SEVEN ALUMNI TO THE WALL OF FAME

What: The induction of seven alumni to the Fort Worth ISD Wall of Fame

When: Monday, June 17, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Fort Worth ISD Administration Building, 100 N. University Drive

A flight director for NASA’s Apollo missions, one of the greats in avant-garde jazz, and a Broadway star who brings the house down are among the seven men and women set to be inducted into Fort Worth ISD’s Wall of Fame. Superintendent Kent P. Scribner will host an event at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019, to honor:

Major Attaway (Arlington Heights HS, 2005) - Plays the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway and on the North American tour; voice talent for commercials and video games; awarded the Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Medal of Illumination

Emily Holt Crocker (Eastern Hills HS, 1968) – Composer of more than 200 choral works; author/editor of choral textbooks; founder and Music Director Emeritus of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir; former vice president of Hal Leonard music publishers; received the University of North Texas College of Music’s Honored Alumna for 2009

Gerald Griffin (Arlington Heights HS, 1952) – Former director of the Johnson Space Center; former deputy director of the Kennedy Space Center; a flight director for all Apollo manned missions; recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; technical advisor on the film Apollo 13

Mary Tavener Holmes (Arlington Heights HS, 1972) – Author of children’s books and numerous art publications; guest curator for the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Frick Collection, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; assistant professor at City University of New York

Opal Lee (I.M. Terrell HS, 1943) – Chair of Juneteenth Fort Worth; founding member of the Community Food Bank; organizer of Opal’s Walk 2 DC; co-founder of Citizens Concerned with Human Dignity; board member of Habitat for Humanity and Unity Unlimited; visionary behind Opal’s Farm

Dewey Redman (I.M. Terrell HS; deceased) – Jazz saxophonist and bandleader; subject of the 2001 documentary Dewey Time; performed with Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett and featured on Melody Maker’s 1978 Jazz Album of the Year

Burl Yarbrough (Western Hills HS, 1975) – Longtime president of the San Antonio Missions Triple-A baseball club; four-time Texas League Executive of the Year; winner of six Texas League Championships; named to the Texas League Hall of Fame in 2016

Most of the honorees are expected to attend the event. They join the more than 170 other accomplished and influential alumni on the Wall of Fame.

Online Registration Begins July 1

Save the date. Fort Worth ISD’s online registration for the 2019-2020 year begins, Monday, July 1.

The easy, convenient process saves parents from having to complete multiple paper forms.

Fort Worth ISD parents and guardians will receive a Snapcode – or identifying number – for each of the students in their families that must be used when registering online for the 2019-2020 year. Snapcodes will be included with students’ final report card, which are being distributed via mail and online, June 12.

Look for more details about online registration in the coming weeks at www.fwisd.org.

The 2019-2020 school year begins Monday, August 19.

NEW UIL Strength, Conditioning Program Rules Take Effect This Summer

An amendment to UIL’s athletic policy, passed in October, is allowing the Fort Worth ISD to expand its summer strength and conditioning workouts for student-athletes.

The amendment, passed by the University Interscholastic League’s Legislative Council, “allows schools the ability to expand the summer strength and conditioning program from six weeks to the entire summer following a schedule set forth by the UIL. The amendment allows for schools to conduct two hours of skill instruction per week with a one-hour limit in one given day,” according to a UIL press release issued last fall.

The amendment, which applies to student-athletes in grades 7-12, took effect May 1, 2019. The workouts will still take place Monday through Thursdays.

View the updated summer strength and conditioning regulations here.

Troy Bell, an administrative associate with the FWISD Athletics Department, said summer strength and conditioning programs provide student-athletes an opportunity to build comradery with their teammates.

Prior to the legislative council’s October 2018 ruling, schools were allowed to conduct summer strength and conditioning programs for six weeks starting the Monday the first week school is not in session.

FWISD JROTC Department Hosts Annual JCLC Camp

Over 160 Fort Worth ISD cadets are participating in the District’s annual JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) this week.

The one-week camp, hosted June 3-7 at the District’s outdoor JROTC Leadership Learning Center in Azle, offers cadets “ an environment based in a military setting which emphasizes a practical application of teamwork, character development, citizenship and leadership development,” said retired 1st Sgt. Terrence Campbell of FWISD’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Department.

Removed from a classroom setting, 164 rising ninth through 12th-grade students are placed in a mostly outdoor environment where they are instructed on land navigation, participate in health-related courses focusing on drugs and drown prevention, and rope-climbing exercises. New this year is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experience that includes robotics and that focuses on team building with technology currently utilized in FWISD classrooms. Tarrant County College is providing an interactive Mobile GO Outreach specialist and driver program demonstrating career choice opportunities at the camp, retired 1st Sgt. Campbell said.

Total, 18 FWISD JROTC programs, 44 instructors and 11 active duty military servicemen are participating in this week’s camp.

Throughout the summer, JROTC groups from other North Texas schools will go through the JCLC camp.

High School JROTC units are required to participate in an annual JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge, and each school is required to have cadets participate per U.S. Army Cadet Command regulations. Cadets are recommended for camp by their campus instructors.

Since 2012, the District has conducted its JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge in Azle. In recent years, exercises have motivated students to overcome their fears, read a map and sharpen skills for becoming productive members of their community. The camp culminates with the cadets’ parents being invited to Azle to observe how they’ve spent their week.

Pictured from left is 2nd Lt. Valentin Hinojosa and Master Sgt. Joe Ayala.

WHHS Alumnus Completes Air Force Academy, Earns Commission

Valentin Hinojosa, a 2014 Western Hills High School graduate and former WHHS cadet and group commander of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFJROTC) unit, was recently commissioned a U.S. Air Force second lieutenant.

He is among nearly 1,000 cadets commissioned second lieutenant at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, Thursday, May 30 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. President Donald Trump, who spoke at the graduation, saluted and shook hands with each graduating cadet.

2nd Lt. Hinojosa completed his time at the USAF Academy earning the honor of Military Distinction and a bachelor’s degree in business and management with a minor in Spanish.

Master Sgt. Joe Ayala, a WHHS Air Force instructor, represented WHHS at the graduation ceremony, presenting the newly commissioned second lieutenant with the “First Salute” of his Air Force career. It’s a tradition in which a newly commissioned officer is first saluted by an enlisted service member who has had a great impact on them.

“The faculty of WHHS could not be more proud of this young man, what he has achieved and what he will go on to achieve as a protector of our freedom,” said retired U.S. Air Force Col. Russell W. Malesky, senior aerospace science instructor at Western Hills High.

Local Engineer to Share His Inspiring Story with FWISD English Learners

Oscar Vazquez, a subject of the motion picture and The New York Times bestselling book “Spare Parts,” will speak to 100 Fort Worth ISD students participating in a Summer STEM Camp for English Learners, June 19.

Mr. Vazquez came to United States from Mexico undocumented as a child. He was part of a high school robotics program in Arizona that went on to win a national competition beating out programs like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2009, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona University. He went on to gain his U.S. citizenship and enlist in the U.S. Army, where he earned the rank of sergeant, and serve in Afghanistan. Sgt. Vazquez currently lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and works for BNSF Railway.

Written by Joshua Davis, “Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream,” is the story of four Latinx teenagers who built an underwater robot that won the 2004 Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California -Santa Barbara, beating out collegiate engineers backed by major corporations. The inspiring story went onto to become a documentary and 2015 motion picture that starred George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marisa Tomei.

On June 19, in a Sid Richardson Lecture Hall at Texas Christian University, Sgt. Vazquez will share this inspiring story with English Learners and discuss college and career opportunities available to students. FWISD ESL officials say they believe Mr. Vazquez’s inspiring story of overcoming obstacles and finding success in the United States will resonate with students.

“This is a great opportunity for our kids to hear an inspiring story of success,” said Dr. Karen Neal, interim ESL director.

Students participating in the Summer STEM Camp for English Learners are developing an understanding of science concepts as they learn strategies for listening, speaking, reading and writing challenging texts in English. They are also reading excerpts from the book “Spare Parts.”

YMLA Student Completes Service Project As Part of Leadership Council Participation

Riley Knapp, a rising senior at Fort Worth ISD’s Young Men’s Leadership Academy, recently created and led a service project as part of his participation on nonprofit Education in Action’s 2018-2019 Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council.

Riley, with the help of seven classmates provided food for the homeless. The project “Sandwiches for the Homeless with After School Programs,” provided 250 ham and cheese sandwiches to people staying at the Presbyterian Night Shelter.

“I learned that for projects where there’s a large quantity involved, you need to think ahead about the logistics and the best way to pull it off,” Riley told Education in Action officials.

Riley is among 72 students across Texas to receive “a certificate of merit for their dedication to developing their leadership skills and their service to the community,” according to an Education in Action statement. He completed the weeklong Lone Star Leadership Academy summer camp and was invited to join the alumni council which provides students with leadership training throughout the school year and encourages youth to identifying a need in their community, create and lead at least two others in a service project.

Click here for more details about the council and other participants.

Dual Language Summer Conference Registration Underway

Registration is currently underway for the third annual Fort Worth ISD Dual Language Summer Conference.

The two-day event, slated for August 7 and 8 at the Region XI Education Service Center, 1451 S. Cherry Lane in White Settlement, is open to pre-kindergarten-fifth grade dual language teachers. Registration started June 3, and teachers may sign up to attend the conference via Eduphoria.

This year’s theme is “Reflecting on Our Past, Present and Future in Order to Continue Making a Difference.” The conference is sponsored by the FWISD Multilingual Program, which is celebrating 50 years of bilingual education this year.

Teachers will learn strategies for empowering English Learners to become bilingual, bicultural and biliterate, according to conference organizers.

FWISD Dual Language Enrichment Hosts Summer Programs

Fort Worth ISD’s Dual Language Enrichment Program is hosting two student summer camps.

Current kindergarten through fourth-grade students enrolled in Spanish Immersion and Dual Language One- and Two-Way Programs will participate in the Dual Language Immersion Summer Camp, which takes place June 10-27 at Morningside Elementary. This year’s theme is Fort Worth architecture.

Participating students will be provided breakfast and lunch but must have transportation to and from camp.

The Dual Language Program is also hosting its Bilingual Special Language Summer School, June 4-July 3 at D. McRae, M.H. Moore and Rosemont elementary schools. The summer program assists students in developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through English and Spanish instruction. Current Spanish-speaking Limited English Proficient pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students who qualify for the Dual Language Program for the 2019-2020 school year are slated to participate.

“As during the school year, math will be taught in English using second language acquisition methodology while literacy, science and social studies are taught in Spanish,” according to the Dual Language website.

Students were required to preregister for the camps.

Math in the Middle Spotlights Secondary Curriculum

Are you smarter than a middle school math student?

Test your knowledge weekly with the Fort Worth ISD’s Math in the Middle, a social media question focused on middle school mathematics. Every Wednesday on Facebook and Instagram, an equation is posted for the FWISD community to solve. A video is posted on Thursday of FWISD middle school students showing District viewers how to solve the problem.

“One of Fort Worth ISD’s initiatives is to ensure our students are proficient in middle years math since it’s an indicator for high school completion,” said Kiana King, FWISD’s social media coordinator. “We share it on ALL middle school pages, so parents have an opportunity to practice with their student.”

Math in the Middle officially launched May 16, 2019.

Join the fun weekly on Facebook and Instagram @FortWorthISD and submit your answers for math problems in the comments.

Dive Into Summer Reading

Looking for a book to get lost in this summer?

Check out the Texas Library Association’s recommended Reading Lists for ages 2-12.

Fort Worth ISD students, staff and families can also access these titles and more online through their campus library catalog or the FWISD OverDrive collection which is linked to my.fwisd.org.

Fort Worth ISD students celebrate partnership with TXWES

Hundreds of Fort Worth ISD students came together in late May for a day of fun, marking the end of a successful school year and the beginning of the Leadership Academy Network. A new partnership between TXWES and the District, the Network is designed to build on a highly effective education model and keep four elementary campuses and one middle school on track for continued progress.

Students from Fort Worth ISD Leadership Academies enjoyed games, music and fitness activities to recognize their accomplishments and celebrate the future of their schools. Beginning in fall 2019, a specialized team in the TXWES School of Education will operate and manage the Leadership Academies at Como Elementary, John T. White Elementary, Maude I. Logan Elementary, Mitchell Boulevard Elementary and Forest Oak Middle School.

These once-struggling campuses experienced significant turnarounds when Fort Worth ISD introduced the Leadership Academy model, which centers on strategic and specialized academic support. The approach—including an extended school day with individualized instruction and a concentration of exceptionally qualified educators—is linked to improved outcomes at all participating schools.

TXWES will help Fort Worth ISD build on Leadership Academy achievements and bring the School of Education’s expertise in curriculum, instruction, administration and student development to the campuses. The Network also offers opportunity for future educators, as TXWES student teachers get the opportunity to participate in innovative instructional methods.

The TXWES and Fort Worth ISD boards approved the Leadership Academy Network in early 2019; TXWES recently appointed Priscila Dilley to oversee School of Education efforts. Dilley launched and led the Leadership Academy initiative in her previous role as executive director in Fort Worth ISD’s Office of Innovation and Transformation.

Dilley was among the Leadership Academy Network staff cheering on students at the May event, held at John T. White Elementary.

“For the past two years, we have seen amazing results with our Leadership Academy schools,” said Dilley. “Entering into this partnership means we can continue that success and provide even greater opportunities for these students to succeed.”

SUMMER TECHNOLOGY SERVICE REQUEST PROCEDURES

The following message is from the Fort Worth ISD Customer Service and Educational Technology departments:

May is the optimal time to submit a Technology Service Request ticket for Interactive Whiteboards and teacher/classroom/office computers. If you are experiencing projector, sound, interactivity, power, or other issues with your Promethean Board or other Interactive Whiteboard that neither you nor your campus technology liaison have been able to resolve, submitting a Technology Service Request ticket before summer break is the best course of action. Issues that go unreported will not be repaired, so it’s of great importance for continuation of quality integrated teaching and learning in the next school year that technical issues are addressed by submitting a ticket. Please follow the directions in this Quick Reference Guide for submitting a Technology Service Request Ticket: https://www.fwisd.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2038

Does your FWISD device need repairs over the summer months? The absence of the device assignee, floor waxing schedules, and unknown storage locations are just a few of the issues that impede the repair of mobile devices with Technology Service Request tickets over the summer months. If your laptop, Chromebook, or other FWISD-issued mobile device needs repairs over the summer break, please follow these steps to ensure a smooth repair process:

1. Submit a Technology Service Request Ticket with “Teacher Laptop” as the subject line. For instructions on how to submit a Technology Service Request Ticket visit the following: https://www.fwisd.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2038 *Note: Include your device’s asset and/or serial number within the notes of the Technology Service Request ticket*

2. Print the Technology Service Request and attach it to your device.

3. Give the device (and corresponding Docking Station and Cables) to your Campus Technology Liaison to be placed in a campus summer storage location.

Devices that are repaired over the summer will be returned to the campus’ summer storage location.

An extensive Technology End of Year Procedures checklist will be delivered to campuses by campus administration and Technology Liaisons in the coming weeks. Fort Worth ISD’s Customer Service and Educational Technology department’s wish you a safe, and fun-filled summer break.

CYBER SECURITY FOR EDUCATION

The following communication from the Network Services Department was originally posted May 16, 2019:

In this week’s issue, we will discuss the security implications of Microsoft’s announcement of its End-of-Support for Windows 7.

On October 22, 2009, Microsoft announced the release of the Windows 7 operating system. As part of this announcement, Microsoft committed to providing 10 years of support for the product. Because of the District’s Educational agreement with Microsoft, we were offered extended support, which will end on January 14, 2020.

WHAT DOES END-OF-SUPPORT MEAN TO ME?

If your PC is still running Windows 7 after the end of support date, it will no longer receive operating system or security updates. These updates are the tools that are used to protect Windows 7 from cyber-attacks, and they will become decreasingly effective as attackers find new ways to exploit Windows 7 vulnerabilities. Additionally, District support staff will no longer have a way to escalate issues for resolution for computers still running Windows 7.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CONTINUE TO USE WINDOWS 7?

There are two primary issues. First and foremost, without updates, your computer will become increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attacks against your private, personal information and the information of your students and/or other administrative users which leads to an unnecessarily high risk for theft of data. Second, if your computer becomes compromised, it can be used to compromise other computers and gain access to the personal and private information of other users on the District’s network. Because of this, the District will be required to stop access to any Windows 7 computers that remain after Microsoft ends support.

HOW CAN I UPGRADE MY COMPUTER?

The District’s license for Microsoft products makes it possible to install the Windows 10 operating system on your computer at any time. The following information will help you ensure you have all the latest security and features.

PROCESS 1 – UPDATING YOUR SYSTEM(S) YOURSELF

Customers that feel comfortable installing software using the Software Center can perform the re-image of their computer using the instructions provided at the link below. This link leads to an Adobe Acrobat PDF file with instructions on how to re-image your computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10. This re-image includes the operating system, and all of the District’s standard applications and web software links.

IMPORTANT - READ CAREFULLY: The following procedure is NOT an “In Place Upgrade.” It does not simply update your computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10. The procedure detailed in the link below will “Reimage” your computer. This involves reformatting the computer and reinstalling everything, which results in a total loss of data.

Before starting this process, you will need to back up all of your data files to your OneDrive or to an external flash or hard disk drive. You will also need to ensure that you have access to any software, that was installed on the computer, that isn’t part of the standard District Suite of applications.

For information on the update process, open a web browser and copy and paste the link below into the browser’s URL bar.

Help Guide for Migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10:

https://fwisd.sharepoint.com/CustomerService/Shared Documents/General Information/Reimage Windows 7 to Windows 10.pdf

Be sure to print this out for reference before beginning the process.

PROCESS 2 – UPDATING YOUR SYSTEM(S) WITH HELPDESK ASSISTANCE

Customers that don’t feel comfortable installing software using the Software Center, can contact the Helpdesk for assistance re-imaging their computer at 817-814-HELP (4357). In order to best serve customers, we recommend entering a footprints ticket. The process for creating a footprints ticket can be found below.

Link to Process 2 Document:

Open a web browser and copy and paste the link below into the browser’s URL bar.

https://fwisd.sharepoint.com/CustomerService/Shared Documents/FootPrints/Entering a Footprints Ticket.pdf

We Can Help: AWPnow.com – Your EAP Website

The following information is from the District’s Employee Assistance Program provider, Alliance Work Partners:

Your EAP offers many resources to help you become more resilient, cope with unfortunate events and discover a better you. AWPnow.com is computer, phone and tablet friendly and your gateway for online tools, helpful resources, training content, motivating webinars and legal/financial information.

View your EAP Orientation Video on the main page for a brief introduction to your EAP services.

Access your EAP Benefits by choosing the benefit menu option.

Visit the Blog when you need motivation. AWP provides a blog of timely information, articles and tips to make the most of your day.

Access HelpNet for helpful self-paced information on a variety of life events.

AWP Webinars can be viewed at your convenience and are accessible for 60 days. To register for upcoming webinars, select "Webinars"; to view "Webinar Recordings" currently available, select Webinars > Recordings

View AWP Publications to be inspired, prepared or informed for many life events by selecting "Publications"

Preparedness and Response Toolkits provide resources and information to be prepared for as well as how to respond to life, weather, community, national, and worldwide events.

Help is just a mouse click away!

Log in today:

Go to: www.AWPnow.com/main/benefits/

Log in using your username and password

To create your AWPnow.com account, complete the registration fields.

Registration Code: AWP-FWISD-1183

For more information, contact us at 800-343-3822 or visit www.awpnow.com/main/fwisd-eap-resource-room/

HOW ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR SUMMER VACATION?

The Fort Worth ISD Communications Department will continue to publish Inside FWISD throughout the summer months.

Let us know how you're spending your summer.

Throughout the summer break, don't forget to email us with photos of your travels, professional development activities and just simply how you're spending your vacation. We'd love to share some of those photos with your colleagues in future Inside FWISD editions throughout the summer.

FWISD is looking for Bilingual Teachers

FWISD is hiring bus drivers

Professional Learning and Innovation Opportunities

Gold Seal Late Application Window, Continues through September 6

Four-Day Workweek, Continues through August 3

Biliteracy Symposium, June 5-6

Overton Park Elementary Groundbreaking, June 6

Student Hiring Fair 2019, June 6

Application Deadline for Fort Worth ISD’s Annual Basketball Camp, June 7

Dual Language Immersion Camp, June 10-27

Vital Link, June 10-14 and June 17-21

Report cards issued, June 12

Jo Kelly School Graduation, June 12

Summer Meals Kickoff, June 13 at Dunbar High School

Summer Semester Registration, June 13 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center

College Application Boot Camp, June 13 and 14

Father's Day, June 16

Wall of Fame Ceremony, June 17

FWISD Basketball Camp, June 17-20

Summer Semester Begins, June 18

FWISD Literacy Conference, June 19

STAAR Retest, June 24-28

Fort Worth ISD’s 2019 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence Application Deadline, June 27

Online Registration Begins, July 1

Independence Day, July 4 (District Closed)

Fort Worth Vaqueros 2019 Season, continues through July 6 (Admission to all home games is free for FWISD students and faculty with an District-issued ID.)

Share your story ideas, successes, calendar items, photos, questions and feedback with us at Inside@FWISD.org. Check the Inside FWISD blog, www.fwisd.org/insidefwisd, regularly updated throughout the week with additional content and features.

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