Inside FWISD January 9, 2020

In this edition:

Volunteers Needed For Staff Day of Service January 20 | Be Prepared For Stormy Weather | FWISD Migrates To Windows 10 | Take the Fast FWISD Survey and Win a Prize For You Or Your School! : Fort Worth ISD Stakeholder Survey Extended Until January 17 | Competing Whiz Quiz Teams Announced | Fort Worth ISD Announces 2020 Commencement Ceremony Dates | NIAAA Taps Langston As Its President-Elect | FWISD Celebrates School Board Appreciation Month | FWISD Makes Eighth Straight Appearance In Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Festivities | FWISD Mom Featured In Fort Worth Child | Reported Flu Cases Increase In Tarrant County: Health Officials Urge Residents to Get Shot to Prevent Flu | PLI Accepts Proposals For ConnectEd Conference | O.D. Wyatt Culinary Program Makes Special Meal For John T. White Leadership Academy Students Excelling In Reading | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Volunteers Needed for Staff Day of Service January 20

Fort Worth ISD employees are invited to join the District’s Central Office Leadership, Board Trustees and community leaders for a day of service and community outreach, for its second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

District employees are needed to assemble care packages, including hats, gloves, blankets, toiletries and nonperishable foods, beginning at 8 a.m. January 20 at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA. At 11 a.m., employees will feed the homeless and distribute the assembled care packages. I.M. Terrell Academy is located at 1900 I.M. Terrell Way in Fort Worth.

This year marks the second year for the District’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in which District employees volunteer a few hours to serve Fort Worth’s homeless community. The event is on a federal holiday, and all FWISD schools are closed in observance. The Day of Service is one of two hosted by FWISD throughout the school year. This spring, students will participate in service projects when the District observes its second annual student holiday, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Day on March 23.

To volunteer for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, register at www.fwisd.org/MLK. For more details, contact Mia Hall, Division of Equity and Excellence executive director at 817-814-2339 or by emailing mia.hall@fwisd.org.


The Fort Worth ISD Safety and Security is reminding campus administrators that now is a good time to prepare for the potential of severe weather on Friday, January 10.

In the latest weather forecasts from the National Weather Service, Tarrant County is already under a Flash Flood Watch until 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Strong storms could develop anytime between noon Friday and 6 p.m. Friday evening. The biggest threats are high winds, flash flooding and hail but the possibility of tornados cannot be ruled out.

Campus principals are asked to have their principal’s emergency radio tuned to Channel 1 in order to hear any immediate updates from FWISD Safety and Security. NOAA Weather Radios should have fresh batteries and be checked to ensure they are placed in a good location to receive the Weather Service signal. If your campus has access to television, tune it to one of the local news channels for weather updates. Lastly, there is the possibility that strong storms could be underway at dismissal time. If so, campus leaders will need to determine if it is safe to allow children to leave their school or whether a short delay might be more prudent.

If you have any questions, contact Ed McGinley, Emergency Operations Coordinator, at 817-814-2673.

Remember that the safety of students, staff and visitors are of the utmost importance. With good preparation and weather awareness all will remain safe.


EDITOR's NOTE: The following memorandum is from the Division of Technology

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Why Is This Migration So Important to Fort Worth ISD?

Microsoft is dropping all support for Windows 7. This means that computers that are still running Windows 7 will become increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attacks, putting confidential personal, student and District information at risk of being stolen and used for illicit purposes.

In addition to no longer receiving security updates, the District will not receive operating system updates to fix application compatibility or operational issues with Windows 7, nor will they provide technical support for the product. This means that if a computer running Windows 7 experiences new issues with software, hardware or other items, District support staff will not be in a position to escalate the issue to Microsoft Support for resolution.

Thank you for your attention.

Mcdeny Mojica, Senior Technology Officer

Art Cavazos, Chief of District Operations


Fort Worth ISD Stakeholder Survey Extended Until January 17

We’ve got the perfect thing to fill a few minutes of downtime between holiday movies. It’s the Fort Worth ISD Stakeholder Survey.

We’ve extended the deadline through Friday, January 17, to give you a little extra time to enter and a chance to win a great gift basket – whether for yourself or your school.

The survey will help your campus better serve your child. So, families, we need to hear from you now!

Families, the Fort Worth ISD Stakeholder Survey closes soon, and that means we need to hear from you now!

>> 2019-2020 Stakeholders’ Climate Survey

How is this for an incentive?

Each campus that meets or exceeds their 15 percent parent participation goal over last year in the survey will also be entered into a drawing for a variety of fun, family-friendly gift baskets. The schools will use the gift basket as an incentive for an upcoming event.

Fort Worth ISD appreciates everyone’s participation in the survey and helping us provide every opportunity for students to succeed in college, career and community leadership.

More reasons to take the survey?

It takes only a few minutes.

The results will help us budget and plan for campus needs in the 2020-21 school year.

You or your child’s school could receive a great prize for your time!

Competing Whiz Quiz Teams Announced

Fort Worth ISD students will flex their mental muscles January 21-23, 2020, in the 42nd Whiz Quiz, an annual event which we call the Sport of Knowledge.

The teams advancing to the Whiz Quiz semifinals are finalized.

Whiz Quiz is a Jeopardy-style academic competition in which two five-member teams square off to answer rapid-fire questions about science, literature, social studies, geography, grammar, math and pop culture.

Asking the questions will be Fort Worth ISD alumni, media celebrity Jeff Jamison and Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy.

Night one gets underway at 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the Fort Worth ISD Board Room, 2903 Shotts St. Subsequent matches will also be held in the Board Room.

  • Sixth Grade

Semifinal 1 – Daggett Montessori vs. World Languages Institute

Semifinal 2 – McLean 6th vs. Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Final -- Winners of Semifinals 1 and 2

  • Middle School – Wednesday, January 22, 5 p.m.

Semifinal 1 – Daggett Montessori vs. Applied Learning Academy

Semifinal 2 – McLean vs. Riverside

Final -- Winners of Semifinals 1 and 2

  • High School – Thursday, January 23, 4:30 p.m.

Semifinal 1 –Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences vs. Arlington Heights High School

Semifinal 2 – (TBD after a rematch on Jan. 9) Paschal vs (either I.M. Terrell or Young Men's Leadership Academy)

Final -- Winners of Semifinals 1 and 2

Future chefs from Fort Worth ISD Gold Seal Culinary Arts programs at North Side, South Hills and Trimble Tech high schools will serve gourmet snacks between matches. Kroger is sponsoring the culinary participation. Pizza Snob is providing dinner for the production crew.

Students in the Gold Seal Advanced Media Program at Southwest High School will operate cameras, floor direct, host the program, and fill other production roles. The Southwest High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Adam Kramer, will entertain audiences between matches.

Unable to watch Whiz Quiz in person? The district will live stream matches on You Tube, Charter/ Spectrum channel 192 or AT&T U-verse 99.


High school 2020 graduation dates, times, and locations have been announced for Fort Worth ISD.

Click here to view the entire list.

NIAAA Taps Langston As Its President-Elect

Dr. Lisa Langston, Fort Worth ISD Director of Athletics, will become the next National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association president.

Just a few days shy of the winter break, the NIAAA selected and announced Dr. Langston its president-elect at its 50th annual National Athletic Directors Conference in Maryland. Dr. Langston will start her one-year term as president this December and preside over the association’s 2021 annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

“I’m humbled by it,” Dr. Langston said. “It’s quite the honor that my colleagues believe in my leadership and the ability to have a vision for our over 12,000-plus organization.”

According to the association’s mission statement: “The NIAAA preserves, enhances and promotes education-based athletics through the professional development of interscholastic athletic administrators.”

As president-elect, Dr. Langston is responsible for preparing a synopsis of section meetings at the national conference to be presented at annual meetings, prepare section meeting agendas for conference, spring and summer gatherings, chairing a subcommittee developing board goals and handling duties in the absence of the president. Dr. Langston has served on the NIAAA board for two years, most recently serving as an at-large board member.

For 25 years, Dr. Langston has served as an athletic administrator and she’s been with the District nearly 30 years, serving the first five years as a head girls basketball coach and physical education/ health teacher before becoming an administrator. Last July, she was presented with NIAAA’s State Award of Merit, recognizing her meritorious dedication to High School and Middle School Athletics.

In 2018, Dr. Langston served on the University Interscholastic League Ad Hoc Committee on Reclassification and Realignment. Also, in the same year, she partnered with the InSide Out Initiative to establish the District’s Coaches Academy which brought together more than 300 coaches for two-days of professional development sessions focused on how coaches and athletic coordinators impact student-athletes. The academy has become an annual event.

Letters of recommendation written by state and local athletic leaders for Dr. Langston’s candidacy as president-elect described her as admirable, qualified “knowledgeable … and respected.”

Dr. Langston said that while being selected president-elect is a personal honor, the recognition models the message she shares with athletic coordinators and coaches in the Fort Worth ISD – don’t limit yourself. If she can do it, so can other FWISD athletic coaches and coordinators, she said.

“I’m not in this position without the District. It starts with the leadership here believing in my leadership,” Dr. Langston said. “Part of being in leadership is influencing and inspiring others.”


The Fort Worth ISD joins the Texas Association of School Boards and school districts across the state in observing School Board Appreciation Month this January.

Fort Worth ISD’s nine-member school board advocates from more than 80,000 students and 10,000 employees.

Elected trustees of the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education are Board President Jacinto Ramos Jr., District 1; First Vice President Tobi Jackson, District 2; Second Vice President Anael Luebanos, District 8; Board Secretary Quinton ‘Q’ Phillips, District 3; Daphne Brookins, District 4; Carin ‘CJ’ Evans, District 5; Anne Darr, District 6; Norman Robbins, District 7; and Ashley Paz, District 9.

The 2020 theme is “Launching the Next Generation.” School Board Appreciation Month salutes school trustees for their commitment and contributions to public schools and also educates the public about the important role board members play in Texas communities and schools. This month many schools will salute district representatives with acknowledgements posted to campus marquees, as well as other activities. Additionally, Board members will be recognized during the January 28 Board meeting.

Click here to learn more about the responsibilities and work of elected board members in Texas.


For the eighth consecutive year, Fort Worth ISD participated in Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl activities recently.

Festivities included a January 3 luncheon at the Fort Worth Convention Center and the annual bowl game on January 4 at Texas Christian University’s Amon G. Carter Stadium.

The Tulane Green Wave (7-6, 3-5 American Athletic) defeated the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (7-6, 5-3 Conference USA) 30-13 in the 17th annual bowl. This game was the first appearance in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl for both teams and the first time the two football teams have competed against each other in a decade.

Ahead of the game, Cadet Angel Sanchez of Paschal High School sung the national anthem at annual Kick-off Armed Forces Bowl Luncheon on January 3.

The District’s Joint Services Color Guard, led by retired Col. Russell Malesky and retired 1st Sgt. Terrance Campbell, presented the U.S. and armed forces service flags at the luncheon.

The following Joint Services Color Guard members wree among those expected to represent FWISD in the festivities:

Arlington Heights High School – Cadet Michael L. Faulks - POW/MIA flag

Arlington Heights High School – Cadet Cris Cajero – Navy flag

Arlington Heights High School – Cadet Jack Peck – Marine Corps flag

Carter- Riverside High School -- Cadet Viviana Lopez – Army flag

North Side High School – Cadet Alan Zuniga – Texas flag

South Hills High School – Cadet Grace Garcia – Coast Guard flag

Trimble Tech High School – Cadet Armando Gomez – U.S. flag

Western Hills High School – Cadet Eric Bowie – Air Force flag

Western Hills High School – Cadet Roy Castellanos – Right Guard

South Hills High School – Cadet Jared O’Brien – Left Guard

View photos from the luncheon here.

A 30-second Fort Worth ISD commercial aired on the big screen at Amon G. Carter Stadium during the game that featured retired 1st Sgt. Campbell.

The commercial has a recruitment theme – for teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and custodial staff – all needed at Fort Worth ISD.

The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl aired on ESPN. For more bowl details, visit www.armedforcesbowl.com.

FWISD Mom Featured In Fort Worth Child

Suleyka Scribner, an educator, Fort Worth ISD mother and wife to Superintendent Kent Scribner is the featured “Mom Next Door” in the January 2020 edition of Fort Worth Child Magazine.

In the article, now available online, she talks about “parenting, strong relationships and maintaining individuality while embracing marriage and motherhood,” according to Fort Worth Child. Mrs. Scribner also shares her five favorite things for mothers and children in the magazine.

View the January 2020 edition here.

Reported Flu Cases Increase in Tarrant County

Health Officials Urge Residents to Get Shot to Prevent Flu

With Texas reporting its highest flu activity in decade, the Fort Worth ISD is urging employees, students and families to take the necessary steps to stay healthy this flu season.

On Monday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported that the documented percentage of medical visits due to flu-like illness hit a 10-year high (compare the two seasons in state surveillance reports here). Flu activity across the state is widespread, according to the state’s most recent surveillance report.

Peak flu season generally runs through January and February. With that being said, “it’s a good time to get a flu shot, if you haven’t got one already,” writes Veerinder “Vinny” Taneja, Tarrant County Public Health Director, in a blog post published Tuesday.

According to the most recent Tarrant County Influenza Surveillance Weekly Report for December 22-29, 2019, reported influenza-like illness increased from 8.9% to 11.4% in a week’s time. This flu season the Tarrant County Public Health Director has reported two pediatric flu-related deaths, the first pediatric flu deaths reported in the county since 2015.

This week, MedStar, the ambulance service provider to Fort Worth, reported a 59% increase in average flu-like illnesses treated by crews in December 2019 compared to the previous month. In December, MedStar treated 7.4 patients a day with clinical impressions of flu-like illnesses. Patients treated for the flu is up more than 30% compared to this time last season, according to MedStar.

“We want to remind everyone to get their flu shot,” Taneja said in a December 6 news release. “It’s definitely not too late, and the vaccine offers you the best protection against getting the flu.”

Influenza, commonly known as flu is a contagious respiratory illness that brings on sudden symptoms such as fever or feeling feverish/ chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuff nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and possible vomiting and diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Serious complications can lead to hospitalization and death.

The Fort Worth ISD has provided steps for flu prevention on its Health Services webpage. Click here for more details.

For information on where to get influenza shots in the county, reports and additional tips from preventing flu, visit the Tarrant County Public Health website.


Fort Worth ISD’s Professional Learning and Innovation Department is accepting presentation proposals for the 2020 ConnectED, an inaugural District conference for teachers designed by teachers.

District employees interested in presenting at the conference, which will be hosted twice next summer on June 8-12 and August 3-7, are encouraged to submit their proposals to http://bit.ly/proposalsConnectED no later than February 28, 2020. Fort Worth ISD Teachers are eligible to earn six FLEX credit hours for the 2020-2021 school year for presenting.

Conference strands include:

  • Content Deepening/Pedagogy
  • Equity and Access
  • Intentional Integration of Technology Tools
  • Social and Emotional Well Being
  • Teacher Leadership
  • Teaching Best Practices

Presenters are not required to present at both conferences in June and August or each day.

Professional learning presentations will be vetted ahead of the presentation for both content and professional learning delivery. Professional Learning and Innovation will serve as the clearinghouse and department awarding FLEX credit hours. The department will also provide presentation tips and tools for presenters who would like to enhance their presentation skills.

Organizers say the districtwide conference allows teachers to collaborate and learn from one another. ConnectED will be hosted simultaneously at three locations: the FWISD Professional Development Center, South Hills High School and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Riley Center.

Multiple courses will be offered ranging from teacher self-care to the latest instructional strategies, according to organizers. Conference participants may earn up to 30 hours of FLEX credit.

Registration for the conference opens late in the spring semester.

For more details about submitting a proposal, email pli@fwisd.org and visit www.fwisd.org/pli for more conference details.


Students in the culinary program at Fort Worth ISD’s O.D. Wyatt High School prepared a special meal for students achieving reading goals for the six weeks at Leadership Academy at John T. White Elementary School.

The culinary students prepared a handmade, deep-dish pizza and lasagna lunch for 65 students at John T. White on Thursday, December 19. Every six weeks, the elementary school hosts the “A.R. Stars Celebration,” an accelerated reading celebration recognizing students who met their reading goals for the period.

This celebration was the first time John T. White has collaborated with O.D. Wyatt High, said Karla Patterson-Calloway, library media specialist at the academy. It was an experience that exposed elementary students to new food choices – for some, it was their first time eating pasta -- and the opportunities available to them at the high school level. Students from O.D. Wyatt answered questions about participating in the culinary program, which motivated some of the elementary students who one day hope to be where they are, Ms. Patterson-Calloway said.

“They were so excited to see high schoolers cooking,” she said. “It was great exposure for the students to get to talk to high school students.”

The O.D. Wyatt culinary students visiting John T. White were led by Chef Alfred “Junior” Ramirez.

The “A.R. Stars Celebration”, keeps “students engaged as readers and provide frequent incentives for students to be recognized,” Ms. Patterson-Calloway said.

“Overall, the greatest benefit of the reading incentive program is to see students reading books that pique their interest and keep them engaged,” she said.

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

Inside FWISD Snapshot: December 2019 was full of memorable events in the Fort Worth ISD. Take a look back at some of them in this 5-minute Inside FWISD snapshot.

Tennis, Anyone?: Hayden Flowers, an area high school junior, recently gifted tennis gear to Polytechnic High School. Hayden, of Westlake, founded The Cub, a nonprofit popularizing tennis. A tennis player herself, Hayden held a fundraiser to collect tennis equipment that would be donated to Poly. In total, Hayden donated rackets, sweats, head bands, tennis balls, shoes, bags and a $500 check.

January is Board Appreciation Month

One-Day Trauma Informed Classroom Management Training, January 11

Billy W. Sills Lecture Series, January 11

Fort Worth ISD Councils of PTAs presents: What Are the FWISD Graduation Requirements?, January 13

P-TECH Showcase, January 16

Fort Worth ISD Auxiliary Career Fair, January 16

FWISD Teacher Career Fair, January 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (District wide and federal holiday), January 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, January 20

Whiz Quiz, January 21-23

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, January 23

Fort Worth Technology Conference, January 25

FWISD Spelling Bee, January 27-29

Save the date for the Racial Equity Summit

Save the date for Summer Professional Learning

Girls and Boys Basketball Schedules

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