Summer Scholars Collaborative: Putting Out A Different Kind Of Fire
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Responding to crisis is in a firefighter’s DNA. Not every crisis is built the same.
There’s a critical need in Fort Worth – and around the country – in the space of early childhood literacy and preventing learning loss over the summer. Developing strategies and collecting data to create system change is an ongoing process that requires cross-sectional approach of community partners, school districts, government agencies and beyond.
And while those processes are well underway in Fort Worth, boots on the ground are just as important. At the Valley at Cobb Park apartments in the Morningside area of East Fort Worth, those boots happened to belong to the Fort Worth Fire Department.
Under the direction of Captain William T. Hackley from Community Risk Reduction department, the Fire Department launched a trail six-week program at Cobb Park, a low-income complex feeding primarily into Fort Worth ISD’s Edward J. Briscoe Elementary.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
Tarrant County Back to School Roundup: The 15th annual Back to School Roundup, hosted today, is a one-stop event that offers approximately 10,000 underserved Tarrant County school-aged children, ages 3-18, free school supplies, backpacks, haircuts, health, dental and vision screenings, immunizations, health and social resources, activities and games. The roundup is a collaborative effort of the county, 20 area public school districts, the City of Fort Worth, public health department, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and volunteers.
Marching to the Beat: The Southwest High School Raider Marching Band prepares for the upcoming season with summer practice, Tuesday, August 6.
Fifth annual YES! Conference: Nearly 350 people registered for the annual one-day conference, which offers professional development training on payroll, budget, accounts payable, travel, health and physical education, maintenance and communications among other things. The YES! Conference is open to District secretary, clerical, and administrative associate employees and some counselors.
Secondary Leadership Kickoff: The kickoff event to the 2019-2020 academic year was hosted August 1 at Tarrant County College-South.
Elementary Leadership Kickoff: Approximately 200 principals, assistant principals and District leaders took part in the event, which focused on curriculum framework, Elementary Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction support.
The Accelerating Board Capacity (ABC) Institute at Harvard University: Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner, Board President Jacinto Ramos, Jr., and Trustees Ashley Paz, Norman Robbins, and Anael Luebanos traveled to Harvard Business School in Boston, July 28-31, to participate in a professional development program focused on strong and effective school board governance. The Accelerating Board Capacity (ABC) Institute has been custom-designed for the Council of the Great City Schools by a team of Harvard University faculty members. Fort Worth ISD is one of only 18 school districts across the nation that attended.
Tarrant County Commissioners Court Recognition: The Benbrook Middle-High School Baseball teams was recently recognized for its 2019 stellar season that included a 28-7-2 record, an appearance in the regional playoffs and the team becoming runner-up in Region 2 Class 4-A. According to the resolution recognizing the squad, the BMHS team has advanced to playoffs each of its three years of varsity play, and the program is ranked No. 8 in Texas Class 4-A baseball teams. The team was presented with a congratulatory resolution in commissioners court on July 30.
Dr. Dona S. Gower Memorial Teacher-Scholar Award: Leo Vaughns Jr., an English language arts teacher at Kirkpatrick Middle School, was recognized this summer as the Dr. Dona S. Gower Teacher-Scholar. The scholarship allows an educator to complete a second summer of study at the Teacher Academy at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.
From July 8-26, Mr. Vaughns participated in the Sue Rose Summer Institute for Tragedy and Comedy. One participating educator is presented as the Dr. Dona S. Gower Teacher-Scholar, named for the former director of the academy "who believed in the transformative power of literature and the sacred nature of the teacher," according to Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture officials. "This year’s recipient of the Gower Teacher-Scholar award is Mr. Leo Vaughns, an extraordinary educator whose long-term commitment to the classroom and whose dedication to his own continued growth makes him an exemplar of spirit of the Cowan Center and the Teacher-Scholar," institute officials said in a statement.
91st Texas FFA State Convention: Arlington Heights High School rising senior Jimena Rodriguez earned the Lone Star Degree, the highest degree of membership awarded by the Texas FFA. Jimena, AHHS FFA chapter president and District VI FFA first vice president, was presented with the award at the 91st Texas FFA State Convention, July 17 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Linsey Shands, Philip Davenport and William Mitchell are the FFA advisers at Arlington Heights.
2019 Educators Rising National Conference: South Hills High School student Martha Wilson finished sixth in the Educators Rising Moment contest and seventh in Educators Rising Leadership, respectively, earlier this summer at the 2019 Educators Rising National Conference. For the Educators Rising Moment competition, Martha gave a speech on why she wants to become a teacher. Her volunteer work with special needs children was presented in the Educators Rising Leadership competition. More than 1,300 students and their advisers participated in the annual conference June 22-25 in Dallas.
HOW ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR SUMMER VACATION?
Rayna Glasser, a teacher at Dunbar High School, spent two weeks visiting Yellowstone National Park and loved ones in Helena, Montana. She said it was 75 degrees in the mountains.
Here's some photos her trip: