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Inside FWISD March 28, 2019

In this edition:

Dolores Huerta Speaks at District's First Dolores Huerta-César Chávez Day | TCU Awards Full Scholarships To 24 FWISD Seniors | Funeral Services For Tuskegee Airman Robert McDaniel This Week | FWISD’s Pre-K/K Registration and Literacy Fair details | District To Celebrate Campus Teachers Of The Year Honorees| AHHS Dance Slates 25th Anniversary Production | Vital Link Seeks Certified Teachers| MACE Fund Drive Begins April 1 | Gene M. Woodard Jr. Memorial Scholarship Open To FWISD Fine Arts Seniors | JROTC Staff Ride Explores the Past In West Texas | North Side High School JROTC Leadership Team to Compete In National Leadership Bowl Championship In Washington, D.C. | GM Financial Hosts Luncheon Honoring YWLA | Donate To the MBK Suit Up! Campaign | FWISD Slates District-Wide ACT Testing Day | Ask Elsie | FWISD ISD Snapshot | Cyber Security For Education | Summer Scholars Collaborative Signups Now Open | We Can Help: Employee Assistance Program Spotlight | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

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.

Last April, the Board approved a resolution in April 2018 establishing the annual observance honoring Mr. Chávez and Ms. Huerta the Monday before Chávez's birth date on March 31.

More than 62 percent of students in the Fort Worth District are Hispanic.

For students like Omar Torres, a senior at Young Men’s Leadership Academy, the student holiday means a lot, he said. He briefly talked about the holiday and what it meant to have Ms. Huerta part of the festivities.

“It was really motivational. It taught me how much work you need to put in to have equality,” Omar said. “It means a lot to me. It brings me closer to my heritage.”

Other FWISD students called Ms. Huerta’s message eye-opening and said that her message conveyed the importance of having a voice and everyone working together to invoke change.

FWISD’s Day of Service is one of several local events being held to honor Mr. Chávez and Ms. Huerta this month across Fort Worth. All Tarrant County offices closed March 25 in observance of Chávez. The Cesar Chávez Committee of Tarrant County will host its 19th solidarity walk and rally, Saturday, March 30 to honor the civil rights leaders.

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

The Community Scholars program, established in 2000 is designed to increase diversity at the university. Annually more than $6 million in scholarship offers are awarded to students from the program’s 13 participating high schools, including schools in the Arlington, Dallas and DeSoto school districts.

Eligible students for the program must be accepted to TCU and attend one of the participating high schools.

Students accept the scholarship by signing a contract. They must maintain a certain grade point average, attend academic workshops and participate in community service to retain the scholarship.

Click here to view photos from the surprise visits ,and view this WFAA story about the surprise visit at O.D. Wyatt High School. Video footage of the events is also available on the campus social media pages.

Funeral Services for Tuskegee Airman Robert McDaniel This Week

A wake and funeral service for Robert T. McDaniel, Fort Worth’s last surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen, a FWISD alumnus and former principal, was held this week.

A wake was held Wednesday at Saint Peter Presbyterian in Fort Worth followed by an 11 a.m. funeral services Thursday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth and burial at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Mr. McDaniel died March 19. He was 96.

As a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, Mr. McDaniel was among an elite black pilot group who flew combat aircraft and protected U.S. bomber crews with outstanding success in World War II.

McDaniel was valedictorian and president of I.M. Terrell High School’s class of 1940. He was drafted three years later and sent to Tuskegee, Alabama, for pilot training. In all, 922 black pilots trained there during the war, a time when the military was segregated.

McDaniel learned to fly the B-25 bomber and rose to the rank of Second Lieutenant. While continuing training at Indiana’s Freeman Field, he was turned away from the officers’ club. He and other black officers defied a direct order and repeatedly tried to enter the club. They were arrested and threatened with court martial, which could have carried the death penalty during wartime. The men eventually were exonerated, and the Freeman Field incident helped lead to the integration of the military.

After the war, McDaniel became a teacher and principal in Fort Worth ISD. The District inducted him to the Wall of Fame in 2009, along with another Terrell alumni and Tuskegee Airman, Capt. Claude Platte, who served as a flight instructor during the war. Platte, who served in the Air Force until 1965, died in 2013.

The Tuskegee Airmen received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. Barack Obama invited both men and the other surviving Tuskegee Airmen to his 2009 inauguration. The 2012 George Lucas movie “Red Tails” tells the story of the extraordinary group.

Mr. McDaniel is survived by his son and grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the McDaniel family has suggested donations be made to the Tuskegee Airmen’s Scholarship Fund.

Online Registration is a breeze at the fwisd Literacy Fair

Get Onsite Help Enrolling In Pre-K, Kindergarten

The Fort Worth ISD is celebrating its 2019-2020 pre-kindergarten/kindergarten online registration launch with a literacy fair, Saturday, April 6.

FWISD’s Pre-K/K Registration and Literacy Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the William M. McDonald YMCA, 2701 Moresby St.

Families may start enrolling in pre-K and kindergarten for the 2019-2020 year, Monday April 1 at www.fwisd.org/prek.

The literacy fair offers families on-site assistance with the online registration process as well as free books, fun activities and parent information.

“This year’s event is especially exciting because it’s held at a new community facility, and we’re hoping to provide assistance and to support close to 1,000 people,” said Jennifer Perez, FWISD Family Communications director.

Fort Worth ISD’s pre-K program is free of charge, and there’s enough room for every child. Children attend school from 8 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. each day in classrooms that are nurturing, safe spaces that inspire discovery and learning.

FWISD pre-K and kindergarten teachers are state certified. Pre-K teachers receive an extra 30 hours of training each year, and kindergarten teachers receive 16 additional hours of training annually. This additional training equips teachers with the latest tools to give young students the right balance of structure and play in their education.

For more information, visit www.fwisd.org/prek.

District to Celebrate Campus Teachers of the Year Honorees

What: Campus Teachers of the Year Reception

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Where: Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion

Summary: Fort Worth ISD is honoring its 134 Campus Teachers of the Year recipients at a special after-school reception on Tuesday, April 2. The invitation-only event, hosted by Central Market and other community partners, will include the announcement of the 10 semi-finalists for the elementary and secondary District Teachers of the Year awards.

Since 1985, community businesses and organizations have partnered with Fort Worth ISD to recognize outstanding classroom teachers in our District. One teacher from each school is selected by fellow teachers for the honor of 2018-2019 Campus Teacher of the Year.

Teachers selected are eligible to apply for the District Teacher of the Year award for elementary or secondary. Each of the two award winners receives an honorarium of $5,000 from Central Market. The eight finalists also receive an award of $1,000 from Central Market.

The Campus Teacher of the Year Reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. Entertainment will be provided by musicians from I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA’s String Orchestra, directed by Hunter Lewis.

The following are this year's honorees:

AHHS Dance Slates 25th Anniversary Production

The Arlington Heights Dance Department is celebrating 25 years with its Project Dance production April 5 and 6 at the Fort Worth Community Art Center’s W.E. Scott Theater.

The anniversary production includes all-level dancers who will perform choreographed works by Arlington Heights faculty, current and former students.

Both shows begin at 7 p.m. The W.E. Scott Theater is located at 1300 Gendy St.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Purchase tickets today at www.ahhsdance.com.

VITAL LINK SEEKS CERTIFIED TEACHERS

Spend the summer helping Fort Worth ISD students discover a future career and earn some extra money in the process.

If you're a certified FWISD teacher, the Vital Link Program, now in its 28th year, wants you to join its team this summer.

The program, which will operate June 10-14 and June 17-21, offers rising seventh-graders an opportunity like none other.

Students are connected with local businesses for half-day, weeklong unpaid summer internships where they see how what they're taught in the classroom is exercised in an actual workplace setting. The students are placed in law, banking, health care, municipal government, construction and college work spaces among many others.

Certified teachers accompany the students to the internships and supervise their work. They are responsible for assisting students in discovering how skills learned in school, including oral and written communication, reading, mathematics, technology, problem-solving and teamwork are beneficial in the workplace.

Vital Link teaching supervisors receive a $525 stipend each week of the program, a $21 stipend for the program's mandatory training and a $200 stipend for the time spent calling students prior to the Vital Link start date, June 10. The total compensation for teaching supervisors is $1,271.

Teaching supervisors are required to:

  • Plan the week with Vital Link host businesses/organizations before the internship;
  • Verify student attendance in their assigned groups;
  • Meet students at designated bus stops, escort them to the internship, supervise them and accompany them to their original pick-up site;
  • Facilitate the internship for students and host partners;
  • Assist students with their journal writing and making academic-workplace connections.

The FWISD Department of Career and Technical Education is accepting applications from prospective Vital Link teaching supervisors through April 12, 2019 here. Principals will be required to complete a recommendation form for potential teaching supervisors. Teachers selected to participate with Vital Link are required to attend a mandatory training this May prior to the program start date and will be required to work both weeks of the program.

For more details, contact Lila Boydston in the Career and Technical Education Department at 817-814-1813 or lila.boydston@fwisd.org.

MACE Fund Drive Begins April 1

Fort Worth ISD’s 2019 Mexican American College Education Fund, Inc. (MACE) annual fund drive begins Monday, April 1.

The District kicked off the campaign with an event Wednesday, March 27, in which fundraiser representatives could pick up MACE packets, a snack and speak with fundraiser organizers about the campaign at the Professional Development Center.

Founded in 1969, MACE is a nonprofit that has awarded more than $1.5 million in college scholarships to Tarrant County students.

Through April 30, FWISD employees can make a tax-deductible donation online at www.maceonline.org, via an employee payroll deduction, cash or making a check out to MACE. Employee payroll deductions will be processed in May, June, July and August.

“The Fort Worth ISD and MACE greatly appreciate the support provided by all teachers, administrators and other staff in this worthy endeavor,” Superintendent Kent P. Scribner wrote in a March 22 memorandum to District administrators.

Campus/building representatives will be responsible for distributing MACE donor cards to employees on their campus or in their departments and for collecting scholarship contributions.

For more details, contact Mirna Davila, MACE secretary and board member, at 817-896-941 or email mirnadavila17@yahoo.com.

Gene M. Woodard Jr. Memorial Scholarship Open to FWISD Fine Arts Seniors

High school seniors enrolled in at least one Fort Worth ISD visual and performing arts program are encouraged to apply for the Gene M. Woodard Jr. Memorial Scholarship this spring.

The organization will award three scholarships to graduating seniors this May totaling $2,000, $1,000 and $500, respectively.

Applicants must submit a completed application, essay, and a performance audition (or visual arts presentation) which can either be uploaded online or recorded on site.

Scholarship applications are be accepted through April 29, 2019.

The Gene M. Woodard Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the higher education of FWISD fine arts students. The scholarship honors Gene M. Woodard, Jr., a drummer, pianist, and guitarist who lived in east Fort Worth and who was a 1966 Eastern Hills High School graduate. Fort Worth ISD School Board President Tobi Jackson also serves on the board of directors for The Gene M. Woodard Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Visit http://woodardscholar.org for more details.

JROTC STAFF RIDE EXPLORES THE PAST IN WEST TEXAS

Approximately 30 Fort Worth ISD cadets and chaperones spent an extended February weekend on a staff ride exploring the history of Fort Concho (San Angelo) and Fort Davis (Jeff Davis County). A staff ride is an extensive study of a historical campaign, battle, or other event.

The staff ride experienced by FWISD students complements their in-class military history studies, a program that has been offered in the District since the 2013-2014 school year. Cadets produce materials and lesson guides based on their learning.

This particular staff ride focused on Texas, the U.S. Military, and Black history. There was even a side trip to the McDonald Observatory. You can ride along with the cadets as they explored history, and the future, by watching their video on YouTube or the Fort Worth ISD website.

Previous staff rides have taken students to Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Mount Rushmore and Chattanooga, just to name a few. Later this spring another group of students will visit The Civil War battlefield at Antietam and locations in Washington, D.C.

North Side High School JROTC Leadership Team to Compete in National Leadership Bowl Championship in Washington, D.C.

After advancing through two phases of online competition, Fort Worth ISD’s North Side High School JROTC Leadership Team will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the 2019 U.S. Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship.

The JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl (JLAB) is a nationally recognized competition created exclusively for JROTC students testing them on the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. During the two fast-paced preliminary rounds, cadets were tested on their knowledge of current events, leadership values, and leadership skills.

The North Side team, composed of all sophomores is one of only forty Army JROTC Leadership Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the final competition. Team members are:

  • Cadet Sergeant First Class Angel Goss (Commander)
  • Cadet Sergeant First Class Alan Zuniga
  • Cadet Sergeant First Class Keyara Morris
  • Cadet Private First Class Angel Vargas

The competition will be held at The Catholic University of America, June 21-25, 2019. This event is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command, JROTC Headquarters and is conducted by the College Options Foundation.

College Options Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in their preparation for higher education.

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.

The event, a celebration of Women’s History Month, was co-sponsored by the GM Financial Women’s Inspiration Network and financial literacy program KEYS by GM Financial. Deborah Ferguson, NBC 5 Today anchor, a Trimble Tech High School alumna, and a Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth board member, emceed the luncheon.

Officials from GM Financial, the finance subsidiary of the GM, announced at the event that it will award three college scholarships to YWLA seniors later this spring. The scholarships will total $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500.

DONATE TO THE MBK SUIT UP! CAMPAIGN

Invest in the accomplishments and success of a graduating senior.

Be part of the 2019 My Brother’s Keeper Suit Up! Campaign. Fort Worth ISD, the Education Foundation for Fort Worth Schools and Jos. A. Bank are partnering to recognize graduating male seniors with a tailored suit, dress shirt, tie, belt and shoes. Contributions in any amount are being accepted that will go toward outfitting about 60 students.

“Our goal is to ensure each graduating senior that meets the criteria receives a suit to wear when interviewing for college admissions or college functions,” said Sherry Breed, FWISD’s chief of Equity and Excellence.

Launched by President Barack Obama in 2014, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is a national initiative addressing persistent opportunity gaps boys and young men of color face and ensure all youth reach their full potential.

Fort Worth ISD has 17 MBK high school chapters that meet weekly for discussions on cultural history and consciousness, personal growth, leadership development, college preparation, career choices and community involvement.

Eligible MBK students will be fitted for suits later this spring at Jos. A. Bank.

Donors contributing $450 or more to the MBK Suit Up! Campaign will receive an invitation to attend FWISD’s MBK Graduation Stole Draping Ceremony, May 22, 2019 at Texas Christian University’s Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors Center. The annual event celebrates accomplishments of MBK’s graduating seniors and presents the seniors with a distinctive stole to be worn at graduation that symbolizes cultural pride and personal academic accomplishments. Young men who attend a majority of their MBK chapter meetings are eligible for the stole.

Visit http://www.ef4fw.org/ to donate to the 2019 MBK Suit Up! Campaign.

FWISD Slates District-wide ACT Testing Day

Testing Available at No Cost to HS Juniors

Juniors at Fort Worth ISD high schools are taking the ACT college entrance exam during the school day, Tuesday, April 2, at no cost.

This is the first time FWISD juniors will take the ACT during school hours. The District has administered the SAT during the school day, the last seven years. FWISD also offers students access to the PSAT and Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exams.

Students were registered for the ACT by the District, and each individual high school campus ordered the exams, said Brenda Carter, coordinator IV for the College and Career Readiness and Advanced, Accelerated and Innovative Learning (AAIL) departments.

District College and Career Readiness officials say access to the exams during the school day not only exposes students to college admissions tests but also offers a[n]:

  • Quick indicator of academic preparedness
  • Identifier of whether students are ready for more rigorous coursework
  • Official college admissions score report as a junior

Information about the April 2 exam was distributed to high school juniors and their parents by campus college and career readiness coordinators earlier this semester.

For more details, contact the college and career readiness coordinator at your local high school or Ms. Carter at 817-814-2591.

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.

Dear Elsie,

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.

Thank you,

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.

Elsie

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.

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.

CYBER SECURITY FOR EDUCATION

The following communication is from the Network Services Department:

In last week’s issue, we gained an understanding of hackers and what motivates them. This week, we will see what happens when information falls into the wrong hands.

A Cyber Privacy Parable

Video

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/video_popup/5/34/

Self-Paced Lab

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/lab/cyber/2/1/

SOURCE: Rosenthal, Alex, et al. “Cybersecurity 101.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/video_popup/5/34/.

Summer Scholars Collaborative Signups Now Open

The following is from Read Fort Worth:

Read Fort Worth's Expanded Learning CAN has finalized details for the 2019 Summer Scholars Collaborative. The Summer Scholars Collaborative is an opportunity for programs serving Fort Worth ISD students to align best practices and share data in an effort to ensure students gain or maintain literacy levels over the summer. It is a critical piece of the 100X25 initiative and collaborative work of Read Fort Worth and its partners.

Programs interested in being a part of the Summer Scholars Collaborative are encouraged to get additional information and apply for registration here.

Teachers interested in being a Literacy Specialist (called Literacy Guides last summer) please click here for a list of positions and application.

We Can Help

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

Listening is key to all effective communication.

Whether it’s with your employer, co-worker or client, listening and getting to know different communication styles will help your communication.

Want to improve your communication and listening skills? Your EAP can help!

Counseling resources, e-learning courses, online resources and many tools are available to you.

For more details, email AM@alliancewp.com or visit www.awpnow.com/main/fwisd-eap-resource-room/.

March is Women's History Month

March is Texas History Month

March is Youth Art Month

FWISD is looking for Bilingual Testers

Professional Learning and Innovation Opportunities

Elementary Professional Learning Opportunities

Secondary Professional Learning Opportunities

Professional Learning Opportunities with Education Technology, Register in Eduphoria

Website Training Schedule

Gold Seal Late Application Window, March 1- September 6

Training Schedule for New ELAR TEKS for Grades 3-5 Teachers and Administrators, Begins March 19 (Register in Eduphoria)

Training Schedule for New ELAR TEKS for Grades 6-8 Teachers and Administrators, Teacher training begins March 26 (Register in Eduphoria)

Spring VOLY Training Sessions for FCLs, new campus staff and campus partners, Begins March 28

Fort Worth ISD Day at the Texas Rangers vs. Chicago Cubs Game, March 31

Pre-K/Kindergarten Registration Begins, April 1

ACT District Test Day, April 2

Campus Teacher of the Year Ceremony, April 2, Kimbell Art Museum

Voter Registration Deadline, April 4

Project Dance 2019: The Arlington Heights High School Dance Department celebrates its 25th anniversary, 7 p.m. April 5 and 6 at the W.E. Scott Theater

The Fort Worth ISD Annual Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration and Literacy Fair, April 6

Transformation Day at Dunbar High School, April 6

National Library Week, April 7-12

Week of the Young Child, April 8-12

Board of Education Regular Meeting, April 9

STAAR Testing, April 9-18

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