Inside FWISD November 1, 2018

All-Star Panel Stresses It Takes All to Produce Successful Students

The link between public education and the economic future of Fort Worth was the theme of he 15th annual State of Public Education Luncheon, Wednesday, October 31. And, an all-star panel reiterated that everyone has a role to play.

FWISD Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, and Read Fort Worth Executive Director Anel Mercado took the stage for the annual event, hosted by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Anthony Edwards, Senior Vice President for Talent Retention for the Chamber, moderated the panel at the sold-out event hosted at the Cendera Center.

“We cannot do it without you,” Dr. Scribner said. “We can import smart people, but we cannot export poverty. Children are the best investment we can make.”

More than 300 attendees heard the panelists discuss the importance of collective impact, the use of data, and the importance of public education to the very future of Fort Worth.

Without the city’s support of the District, Fort Worth does not succeed, Mayor Price said. She talked about the importance of the city developing a talented workforce but also “growing our own.” Read Fort Worth, which the mayor partners with Dr. Scribner and BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose in leading, is just the tip of the iceberg in that partnership, she said. “It takes a city,” she said. “We are all going to have to step up and do our part.”

At the luncheon, the Fort Worth ISD shared its new annual report and a short video, both entitled “You Belong Here.”

Commissioner Morath, who oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for more than 5 million students, says most don’t understand the demands teachers face on a daily basis.

“If there’s not a great deal of time spent walking the halls and seeing teachers at work, it’s easy to forget how difficult the work is,” he said. He compared teachers to brain surgeons who enter operating rooms daily. “A teacher is responsible for 22 brains on a daily basis.”

“I love the quote, it’s a flashlight not a hammer,” Ms. Mercado said of data. “It’s going to show us what’s working, what we can potentially scale and where the areas of focus are going to be.”

Five FWISD Teams Advance to BI-District Playoff Round

Five Fort Worth ISD volleyball squads are advancing to the bi-district round of playoffs this week. The District sends its best wishes to the following FWISD teams still in the hunt for the state finals:

4A Bi District Playoff Games

Benbrook vs. Celina

Benbrook defeated Uplift North Hills Prep Tuesday, and will play Celina today, Thursday November 1 in Coppell

Western Hills vs. Melissa

Western Hills defeated Uplift Summit International Prep on Tuesday, and plays Melissa today, Thursday, November 1

7-5A Bi District Playoff Games

Arlington Heights vs. Grapevine

Arlington Heights defeated Mansfield Timberview Tuesday, and plays Grapevine at 7 p.m. Friday at Keller Fossil Ridge

6A Bi District Playoff Games

Paschal vs. El Paso Coronado

Paschal defeated Richland Tuesday, and plays El Paso Coronado in Lamesa at 2 p.m. Friday

Trimble Technical vs. Midland Lee

Trimble Technical defeated San Angelo Central Tuesday, and plays Midland Lee at Abilene Cooper Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Turn Back the Clock

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 4.

Remember to set your clocks back one hour.

Don't Delay -- Donate to United Way

In this very short video, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner shows it takes only a minute to make an online donation to United Way of Tarrant County.

Dr. Scribner urges everyone to give something. Any amount will add up to a lot and will directly benefit our students. Last year, our District received more than $1.25 million in grants from United Way.

Look out for an email coming from United Way with your personalized information. Let’s reach our goal of $250,000!

If you have any questions about the United Way campaign, contact Cindy Ybarra at cindy.ybarra@fwisd.org or call 817-814-3350.

Choices Expo set for November 9, 10

Discover the power of choice!

Learn about Fort Worth ISD’s Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice at the annual Choices Expo, November 9 and 10 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd., Fort Worth. This one-stop shop event allows families to learn about offerings that can lead to students earning their high school diploma, associate degree or licensure and certifications simultaneously. Computers and on-site assistance for completing the Gold Seal application is available to families at Choices Expo.

Learn more about Choices Expo and other upcoming Gold Seal events here.

Important Message About the Parentlink/Blackboard Mass Communications System

The following communication is from Clint Bond, FWISD executive director of external and emergency communications:

Safety Advisory from the City of Fort Worth

The City of Fort Worth is urging residents to keep the city from becoming a terrorism target.

Read more here.

VOLY FAQ Now Available

Get your questions answered on how to use VOLY, the District’s new online volunteer portal. Fort Worth ISD recently released an external and internal FAQ for how the system works.

VOLY, an online volunteer management system, offers people a variety of options for assisting FWISD students, including supporting an individual campus, helping with a community initiative such as 100X25FWTX, or joining a parent organization.

External and internal Frequently Asked Questions have been prepared to help individuals looking to offer support to FWISD campuses and for District staff who are authorized to post volunteer opportunities, assist volunteers with managing their online accounts, and any other troubleshooting questions.

Click here to view the external FAQ for current and prospective volunteers.

District employees can access the internal FAQ via itslearning, by searching for the Family Communications course and enrolling.

For assistance, contact the Family Communications Department at 817-814-2970.

FWISD Election Day Polling Locations

The following 34 Fort Worth ISD schools are polling locations on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6:

Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School

Versia L. Williams Elementary

Harlean Beal Elementary

Middle Level Learning Center

Daggett Elementary

McRae Elementary

De Zavala Elementary

Morningside Elementary

S.S. Dillow Elementary

Eastern Hills High School

R.L. Paschal High

McLean 6th Grade

Bruce Shulkey Elementary

W.M. Green Elementary

Carter Park Elementary

Dunbar High

Sunrise-McMillian Elementary

Atwood McDonald Elementary

A.M. Pate Elementary

Hubbard Heights Elementary

Glen Park Elementary

Bill J. Elliott Elementary

South Hi Mount Elementary

M.G. Ellis Primary School

George C. Clarke Elementary

North Hi Mount Elementary

Jo Kelly School

Riverside Applied Learning Center

Tanglewood Elementary

Richard J. Wilson Elementary

Worth Heights Elementary

Election Day polling sites are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registered voters must vote at their assigned polling precinct on Election Day.

Early voting continues through Friday, November 2. Rosemont Middle School is the only FWISD facility where voters can cast their ballots early.

For more election, sample ballot and voter details, visit the Tarrant County Elections website.

FWISD 18-Year-Olds Participate in Student Voting Day

Many eligible students across Texas, including some in the Fort Worth ISD, cast their ballots on Friday, October 26.

The first Friday of early voting is recognized as #StudentVotingDay in Texas.

A state proclamation, issued in 2017, encourages young voters to exercise their rights.

“This is a day when our entire community is called upon to urge and encourage all eligible students in Texas to make their voices heard by casting their ballots at ANY polling location in their county of registration,” according to Texas Secretary of State, Rolando Pablos.

A total of 854 students registered as first-time voters in their schools prior to the October 9 voter registration deadline.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.

Red Ribbon Week

Vocabulary Parade at West Handley Elementary School

Leadership Academy at John T. White Elementary School's Pink Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness

Anti-Bully Pep Rally at Lowery Road Elementary featuring Dallas Cowboys Mascot, Rowdy

Homecoming 2018

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.

Dear Elsie,

Does our District have so much money that we can afford to print Interim Assessment one sided and at times one question per page? Over the years I've asked this question to various people in Admin and heads of department, and the response has always been the same, that its ADQ who has control of this. Is there nothing we can do to reduce paper waste and waste of funds?

Mr. Trevino

Dear Mr. Trevino,

Thank you for your question. I reached out to Charles Carroll, chief academic officer, and Sara Arispe, associate superintendent of assessment and accountability, regarding your question and here’s the response: “The interim assessments are printed by external print vendors. We follow our District purchasing guidelines for selection of vendors and select the lowest cost bid from the vendor. The cost for the vendors has consistently been higher for 2 sided, and if not, it's the same cost with earlier delivery on one-sided. The number of items on a page is determined by the content specialists who design the tests for each grade level based on the font size recommended for students at that grade level and/or as used on state assessments. “White space” on the page is intentionally included on assessments so that students have room to make notes, work problems, or use other strategies they find helpful.”

Thanks again Mr. Trevino for your question and thank you Mr. Carroll and Ms. Arispe for your response.


Dear Elsie,

I'm planning on leaving my position at the end of the year. My question for you is -- when I quit does the District pay me for any sick and or personal time that I have built up?


Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your question. I reached out to Max Ates, senior officer of payroll, benefits and risk management, and Brenda DeLeon, director of compensation and employee records, regarding your question and here’s the response: “If you are an employee who works 240 days or more per year and you accrue vacation, you will be paid for vacation days accrued through the day of separation.

All days accrued as State Personal Leave remaining upon separation may be ported to another State entity. You will need to request an Employee Service Record from the Employee Records Department upon your departure.

Employees hired prior to September 1, 2003 were grandfathered into a benefit that is no longer offered. This benefit is defined in Board Policy DEG(Local). This benefit is offered to current qualified employees only if the reason for separation is retirement from TRS. If you qualify, you may receive payment for up to 20 accrued sick days. The number of days are based upon the accrual balance as of August 31, 2012 compared to the balance upon retirement. The number of days will be the lesser of the accrued balance as of August 31, 2012 and the balance as of the day of retirement up to a maximum of 20 days.

Other than the aforementioned employees, there is no payment of local or state days upon separation from Fort Worth ISD.”

Thanks again for your question Anonymous and thank you Mr. Ates and Ms. DeLeopn for the response.


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.

Please bear with us as we have a backlog of Ask Elsie questions and are responding to questions as soon as we can.

FWISD Student Dishes to Appear on la Madeleine Menu

Two dishes created by students from Fort Worth ISD’s North Side and South Hills High Schools are being added to the kids’ menu at la Madeleine French Bakery and Café.

Beginning in April 2019, diners at the restaurant will see the Cinnamon Apple Crepe from North Side High and Ooh la la Chicken and Rice from South Hills on the la Madeleine menu.

Culinary arts students at the two schools participated in the Kids Fit Menu Invitational Live Demo Event, a partnership of Medical City Children’s Hospital, the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association and Texas ProStart Saturday, October 6 in Dallas, where the winning dishes were selected.

“[The] teams blew us away,” said Jacqueline O’Reilly, vice president of marketing for la Madeleine French Bakery & Café. “So excited to work with them to bring Ooh la la Chicken and the Cinnamon Apple Crepe to life.”

The team from South Hills High School is led by CTE instructor Chef Jeff Glick, with Linda Rogers assisting.

North Side High School is led by Chef Paul Philpot.

Teams from 14 Dallas-Fort Worth-area schools conducted live demonstrations of their signature Kids Fit Menu dishes for representatives from four restaurants -- la Madeleine, Fish City Grill, Cotton Patch and Cristina’s Fine Mexican – vying for the chance at their dish appearing on children’s menus at the eateries.

Each team received $500 from Gordon Food Service, presenting sponsor. Students are eligible for other prizes, as well.

Click here for more information about the Kids Fit Menu Invitational.

Personnel Required to Acknowledge FWISD Employee Handbook Receipt

Nearly 30 percent of Fort Worth ISD employees confirmed receipt of the 2018-2019 Employee Handbook by the September 30 deadline, according to Human Capital Management.

It’s critically important that ALL District employees log in to the Employee Handbook portal using their active directory credentials to acknowledge they’ve received the handbook.

“In an effort to ensure a successful school year, it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable of and adhere to District Policies, Procedures and Administrative Regulations outlined in the Employee handbook,” wrote Cynthia Rincon, HCM chief, in a recent memorandum to District employees.

The 2018-2019 Employee Handbook includes important information regarding:

Employment rights

  • Leaves and absences
  • Compensation and wage

Employment responsibilities

  • Standards of conduct
  • Separation of employment procedures
  • Workplace requirements and procedures
  • District policies

“The Employee Handbook is a guide to success for all employees,” said Patrick Smith, director of employee relations. “It is a first-stop resource for answers to many FAQs asked by employees.”

Walk, Expo Set for November 3 at O.D. Wyatt HS

The O.D. Wyatt Alumni Association is hosting the Fort Worth Walking for Wellness + Expo, Saturday, November 3.walkexpo

The association is partnering with local recording artist and Wyatt alum Sweet Bennie Ray to host this free one-mile community walk and wellness expo at O.D. Wyatt, High School, 2400 E. Seminary Drive.

In memory of Sweet Bennie Ray’s sister and Wyatt alumna, Ralea Brown, 25, who succumbed to diabetes earlier this year, the event encourages residents to exercise and recognize Type 2 Diabetes symptoms.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m., and the expo, which includes health information, effective management and lifestyle change workshops, food preparation demonstrations and vendor presentations, begins at 11 a.m.

The school with the most registered participants receives a $250 grant from the alumni association. The homeroom class with the most registered participants will receive lunch, catered by Subway.

“Our goal is to get residents walking in their communities, utilizing school tracks in their neighborhoods taking advantage of this free form of exercise,” said Dione Sims, walk organizer. “Another goal of the walk is to educate attendees on recognizing the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, treating the diagnosis, living with and managing diabetes with diet, exercise and medication. Type 2 Diabetes now affects youth and minorities more than any other [group] of people, and they also are the least educated about its effects.”

Click here to register and for additional details.

FWISD JROTC, JCC To Participate in Massing of Colors Ceremony

Fort Worth ISD’s JROTC and JCC units will participate in the annual Massing of Colors ceremony, Sunday, November 4 at Trimble Tech High School.

Hosted by the Fort Worth Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), Massing of Colors is a patriotic ceremony that shows support for the U.S. flag and individuals who’ve served as part of the nation’s military. Assembly begins at 1:30 p.m., and the procession starts at 2:30 p.m. Trimble Tech High School is located at 1003 W. Cannon St.

The District’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and Junior Cadet Corps (JCC) will join active duty and senior ROTC unit color guards, veteran, patriotic and other organizations in a ceremonial parade of colors. Each FWISD unit is expected to have two color bearers who will carry the U.S. flag and their unit flag in the march.

Massing of Colors was first held Armistice Day in 1922. MOWW chapters host the ceremony throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Click here to learn more about Massing of Colors.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Schreiner

AHHS Dance to Host Concert, Senior Recruitment and Spotlight This November

Arlington Heights High School dancers are preparing for two exciting events this November.

The AHHS Repertory Dance Concert, the season opener, is November 2 and 3 at the W.E. Scott Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St.

Next week is the third annual AHHS Senior Recruitment and Spotlight, November 12 and 13. The department is hosting 12 Texas colleges and universities for the two-day event which includes master classes with college recruiters, a senior spotlight performance, auditions and a college fair.

Click here for more details.

WHHS Booster President Recognized for Family Engagement

The Fort Worth ISD appreciates David Hightower for being an exemplar of family engagement.

At a recent Board of Education meeting, Mr. Hightower, president of the Western Hills High School Athletic Booster Club, received a certificate in recognition of his family engagement work over the past nine years at Western Hills community.

“His [booster] board, though small, has a determination second to none,” said Clint Bond, FWISD’s external and emergency communications executive director who presents recognitions at District board meetings. “Under his leadership, his team consistently proves that it is not about quantity but the quality of parent support that counts.”

Whether it’s stocking campus concession stands and making sure they’re staffed weekdays and weekends, arriving at the athletics building most weekdays at 6:30 a.m. to ensure coaches have what they need for the week, or building relationships with business leaders for the betterment of Western Hills, Mr. Townsend’s support is “unparalleled.”

“He is someone who never turns away a request to help fill in the gaps,” Mr. Bond said. “Whether it’s supporting parent engagement at a doughnut drive-through or selling T-shirts to students at lunch to help boost the school spirit and raise money for athletic programs, he is found on the Western Hills campus every week.”

Save the Date

The following communication is from Blue Zones Project Fort Worth:

What Are You Thankful For?

In three words, share with us what you’re thankful for. Submit photos to Inside@fwisd.org or on social media using #ThankfulFWISD holding a sign of the three things you’re thankful for. Inside FWISD will select some of the submissions to appear in the November 15 edition prior to the Thanksgiving break.

FWISD Social Media Tips

The following is a social media tip from Kiana King, FWISD social media coordinator:

A great way to foster an online community is promoting your school's formal and informal hashtags. A formal hashtag immediately identifies the campus. An informal hashtag communicates the values or motto of the campus.

Examples: #DeZavalaEs (formal); #SmallSchoolBigHeart (informal).

Please consult the Fort Worth ISD social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and the FWISD Social Media Guidelines for more helpful tools like these when creating District-aligned messages.

New Teacher Professional Learning Opportunities

Professional Learning and Innovation Opportunities

Voly Training, Continues Through Friday, November 9

Elementary Professional Learning Opportunities for October, November

Secondary Professional Learning Opportunities

HAM Radio Technician Licensing Course, 5:30- 7:30 p.m., November 5

Financial Aid Help Sessions, October 2-December 3

Early voting for the Nov. 6 Election, Continues through November 2

LAHC Community Forum, 6-8 p.m. November 5

November is Native American Heritage Month

Elementary Literacy Professional Learning Opportunities in November, Register in Eduphoria

End of Second Six Weeks, Friday, November 2

Fort Worth Walking for Wellness + Expo, Saturday, November 3

Shred Day, Saturday, November 3

Daylight Saving Time Ends, Sunday, November 4

Start of Third Six Weeks, Monday, November 5

Election Day, Tuesday, November 6

Gold Seal Applications Available, Friday, November 9

Choices Expo, November 9 and 10, Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center

Veterans Day Parade, Saturday, November 10, downtown Fort Worth

Billy W. Sills Lecture Series: "The Yanks Are Coming, Over There, Over There," Saturday, November 10

Blue Zones Project Community Celebration, Saturday, November 10

Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11

Gold Seal neighborhood, elementary and middle school open houses, November 12-15.

National Psychology Awareness Week, November 12-16

FWISD Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, November 13

Report Cards Issued, Wednesday, November 14

Education Support Professionals Day, Wednesday, November 14

Youth Mental Health First Aid event, Wednesday, November 14

National Parental Involvement Day, Friday, November 15

Thanksgiving Break, November 19-23

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA Dedication, Friday, December 7

Save the Date: Conference on the Education of Hispanics, Saturday, December 8

Save the Date: Fort Worth Technology Conference, Coming January 2019

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.

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.