DOLORES HUERTA SPEAKS AT DISTRICT'S FIRST DOLORES HUERTA-CÉSAR CHÁVEZ DAY
On Monday, March 25, 2019, Fort Worth ISD became the first Texas school district with a student holiday honoring the lives and legacies of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez with community service projects and leadership break-out sessions.
Ms. Huerta, a living Latina legend who spent 30 years advocating for the civil rights of labor workers, encouraged Fort Worth ISD high school students to work together, serve one another, advocate and use their voice to invoke change.
“When we leave this world, we want to make sure that we leave it in a better place,” Ms. Huerta told standing-room audience of mostly students at the District’s inaugural Dolores Huerta and César Chávez Day of Service event. “Whatever you decide to do, think about service for others.
“We are one human family … we have to be proud of … our indigenous values … ones of cooperation and support and protection of each other.”
Ms. Huerta was the honored guest at the District’s inaugural Day of Service event held at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus.
The day brought students a living example of servant leadership in Ms. Huerta, Superintendent Kent P. Scribner said. He reminded students that “the job of a leader is not to create followers. The job of a leader is to create leaders.”
“We know that Dolores Huerta not only has power, but she shares that power because she knows that we, us and our are much more powerful than I, me and my. We together are much stronger than any one of us individually,” Dr. Scribner said. “This is a grassroots leader who believes in young people and understands the importance that we prepare the soil for leadership, and that’s what we’re doing today by investing in you.”
Festivities kicked off with performances and presentations from Young Women’s Leadership Academy Cheer, North Side High School’s Mariachi Espuelas de Plata, My Brother’s Keeper, Girls, Inc., Con Mi Madre and FWISD Board of Education Trustee Jacinto Ramos. Later that day, students participated in community service projects across the city.
TCU AWARDS FULL SCHOLARSHIPS TO 24 FWISD SENIORS
Texas Christian University awarded full scholarships to 24 Fort Worth ISD seniors as part of its Community Scholars program this week.
TCU officials made surprise visits to seven FWISD high schools March 18-21, 2019, where they informed the students that they would receive scholarships valued at $260,000 each.
The scholarship recipients are:
Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School: Jessica Ruvalcaba and Joey Flores
Dunbar High School: Tiony Cooper and Edriana Cofer
O.D. Wyatt High School: Claudia Nemailem, Aung Hein, Aung Thein, Yilika Loufoua and Maria Villalba
Polytechnic High School: Xitlalic Carrasco, Elena Olalde, Sung Par and Frdous Yagoub
South Hills High School: Stephanie Trevino, Felipe Ramirez, Alejandra Patino, Jose Mendez and Yoselin Fuentes
Trimble Tech High School: Crystal Avelar and A’nya Ivory
Young Men’s Leadership Academy: Dontavious Sims, Kristian Gaytan, Matthew Burgos and Mario Terrell
GM Financial Hosts Luncheon Honoring YWLA
General Motors Financial recently hosted a luncheon and panel discussion at its Fort Worth corporate headquarters honoring juniors and seniors from Fort Worth ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy.
Approximately 70 students participated in the Celebrating Women in Leadership event, March 20, which included a panel with successful women in STEM-related fields that discussed having a work-life balance, following passions, mentors, career successes and much more.
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.
This week’s question was slightly modified for clarity.
Is there a better way at Human Capital Management (HCM) to show all teaching assistant (TA) substitute positions available?
I know years ago when I began subbing, I had to call HCM and ask them to put my name available for all openings, i.e. Special Education, Deaf Education, Learning In Natural Communities (LINC), Social, emotional, Academy Supports or SEAS (Formerly known as Behavior Improvement Class-BIC), etcetera.
Many times, the TAs that work in these specialized units aren't able to get subs, because the job openings are posted to a small population, and these are positions that desperately need subs. It would help if HCM would show all TA positions available and let the subs choose the jobs if they would like to take the position.
A TA Who Needs A Sub
Dear A TA Who Needs A Sub,
Thank you for your question. I reached out to Cynthia Rincón, FWISD’s Human Capital Management and Legal Services chief, regarding your question and here’s the response:
“We certainly appreciate your dedication to the children of FWISD!
Like you, we in HCM fully understand the need for dedicated and willing substitutes in all areas of instruction on our campuses. To that end, it is always our goal to achieve 100 percent coverage on any given day. In an effort to provide the most willing and informed substitutes to our classrooms, we allow substitutes to choose the types of jobs that they are willing to accept.
As a result of this choice, the type of substitute jobs that individuals see on a daily basis are contingent upon the classifications that they themselves set during their orientation process. Substitutes have the right to call or come by HCM to change their classification choices and thereby see more or less opportunities for work. Our hope is that by providing choice to our substitutes with regard to job types, we are able to more consistently supply our campuses with the most willing and dedicated substitute teachers available.”
Thank you, A TA Who Needs A Sub for your question, and thank you, Ms. Rincón for your response.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
Racial Equity Summit: Fort Worth ISD hosted its second annual Racial Equity Summit, Saturday, March 23, at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA. The free, one-day summit, sponsored by Fort Worth ISD’s Division of Equity and Excellence, brought together the District and the Tarrant County community for engaging conversations and more than a dozen breakout sessions focused on racial equity and education.
Design-a-Diecast Contest Announcement: Diamond Hill Elementary School second-grader Ivan Herrera created a fantasy stock car design that will soon appear on a die-cast model car sold in major retail stores nationwide. NASCAR driver Matt Tifft attended a surprise school assembly Thursday, March 28 where Ivan learned that his design is the Grade K-2 division and overall Lionel Racing Design-a-Diecast contest winner. Ivan is the first K-2 student ever selected the grand prize winner – his design scheme will be added to Lionel Racing’s commercial NASCAR Authentic line available at various national retailers including Walmart and Target.
FWISD Leaders Participate in Congressional Award Leadership Summit: District leaders were in Washington, DC., Thursday, March 28 for the Congressional Award Leadership Summit.
Western Hills High School Winterguard Named 2019 Regional AA NTCA Champions: The Western Hills High School Winterguard competed in the Regional AA NTCA Championships March 23 at The Colony High School and brought home first-place honors. The group won its division and received the highest-marked score of the entire day for the Region AA Class with its show, “Time to Say Goodbye.” The Western Hills Winterguard were led this year by captains Andrea Botello and Anjelica Gonzales. Other members include A’Lexis Brooks, Josh Chuca, Kaylee Hayes, Ja’Kedrick Jackson, Tay Johnson, Bird Luker, Yasmin Maldenado, Jennifer Martinez, Brenice Mattes, Jasmin Mejia, Sage Milhouse, Brisa Nava, Edgar Rios, Danielle Savage, Leondra Smith, Blaine Williams, and Stephanie Zapata.
M. H. Moore Students Earn Field Trip to AT&T Stadium: M.H. Moore Elementary students with perfect attendance for first semester earned a field trip March 21 to AT&T Stadium in Arlington. More than a fourth of the student body came to school every day, said April Wiesner, campus secretary. The students toured the stadium, ate lunch in the stands and played on the field.
Donors Gifts Hoodies to Monnig Cowan Academy Students: A woman who lived in the Monnig neighborhood as a girl recently donated hoodies to students participating in the Monnig Cowan Academy. Read more about the Cowan Academy here.
Junior League of Fort Worth Hosts Healthy Heroes Program: Students from Como Elementary, Eastern Hills Elementary, Western Hills Primary and Western Hills Elementary schools recently participated in The Junior League of Fort Worth's Healthy Heroes program. From March 18-21 students participated in lessons with a focus on wellness and making healthy food choices. The week culminated with pep rallies and a field night event where families could enjoy food, games, prizes, hear from health and wellness vendors, and receive free groceries from Tarrant Area Food Bank.