SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI VISITS YWLA
Fort Worth, TX- Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) welcomed U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, to take part in a student-only discussion led by YWLA principal Tamara Albury, highlighting the school’s success in inspiring and nurturing young diverse female leaders within the community, Monday, March 4.
Speaker Pelosi, noting that this is Women’s History Month, encouraged YWLA’s students to be true to themselves by understanding the importance of education.
“You have to work really hard, study really hard … so that you have all the options in the world,” she said. “The key to everything … is education.”
Speaker Pelosi urged the young women to have mental toughness and be courageous in the face of adversity.
“Know yourself. Know your power. Be Yourself,” she said.
During the visit, Speaker Pelosi took questions from students and met with members of the YWLA robotics team, The Dork Side.
Students lined the hall leading to the school cafeteria with signs greeting the Speaker and Congressman Veasey to campus.
YWLA presented Speaker Pelosi with a button designed by its graphic design students that read: “A Gem’s place is in the House and the Senate.” As a thank you, students also presented Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Veasey with a framed copy of the graphic and a framed photo of YWLA students.
With a focus on empowering young women in math, science, and technology, YWLA, Fort Worth ISD’s first and only single-gender school for girls, prepares students with the academic and leadership skills they need to distinguish themselves as they aim to pursue higher education and careers in STEM fields. To learn more about YWLA, visit www.fwisd.org/ywla.
Dunbar Alumnus Receives Award After 60 Years
It’s been nearly 62 years, but a historic award is now home with its rightful owner.
The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education recently presented Maurice Spruell, a member of Dunbar High School’s first graduating class, with a citizenship award. At his graduation in May, 1957, Mr. Spruell became the District’s first male student to receive the award, which had always been presented to female students.
He received a plaque from the District superintendent to commemorate the recognition.
“When the ceremony was over, Maurice wasn’t sure if he was supposed to keep it, so he gave it to a teacher, and never saw it again,” said Clint Bond, FWISD spokesman and external and emergency communications executive director. “There are no photos of Mr. Spruell with the award. After all, it was a surprise and no one in his family was prepared for that. He doesn’t remember if anyone with the school took photos, but he has never seen any.”
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.
With all the health changes being made by the District such as Blue Zone Project, which focuses on living a healthy lifestyle, we have seen changes in the food choices in the cafeteria to have more healthy options.
Has the District ever thought about putting in some sort of fitness facility near the Administration Building for the employees to use before work or during an employee’s lunch hour?
Thank you for your question. This has been requested in the past and we will share this idea with the Leadership Team. Currently we have several fitness options listed in our Employee Perks Program located at this link that could be utilized as this request is discussed.
What would be the proposed start and end times of the school days (for teachers and students) for each of the proposed calendars both Secondary and Elementary?
Thank you for your question. According to the information included with the calendar voting information, “School start/end times will be determined after the proposed calendar is adopted and transportation logistics have been worked out for the calendar option that is approved.” You can view that information at this link.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
Students Take Citizen Diplomat Oath: Multiple Fort Worth ISD students were part of a group of nearly 100 local teens and delegation leaders taking the Citizen Diplomat Oath at the Fort Worth City Council meeting, March 5. The students will represent Fort Worth as youth ambassadors later this month in youth exchanges to Budapest, Hungary; Reggio Emilia, Italy; Toluca, Mexico; and Trier, Germany, Fort Worth sister cities. Exchanges to Nagaoka, Japan and Bandung, Indonesia are slated this summer. Click here to see what FWISD students will participate in the youth exchange program.
Leadership Academy at Como Elementary School Celebrate Night on the Town: Nearly 30 fifth-grade students were celebrated March 5 with dinner and a limousine ride for being accepted into FWISD Gold Seal Schools and Programs of Choice. Ten educators accompanied the students. "Even if students were not accepted or put on a waiting list, they were still allowed to participate. Meals were partially sponsored by Texas De Brazil for each student and adult. We were also partially sponsored by MBEG Limousines with regard to transportation," said Thomas Mayfield, fifth-grade math teacher at the Leadership Academy at Como.
Jacquet Middle School Students Tour New Orleans Colleges and Universities: Students from Jacquet Middle School recently participated in the school's annual college tour, March 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana. College and Career Coach Annette Cummings led students on tours of Dillard University, Xavier University and Southern University.
W.J. Turner Elementary anti-bullying pep rally: Rowdy, the mascot of the Dallas Cowboys, visited W.J. Turner Elementary, February 28 for an anti-bullying rally
Army STEM Adventure Trailer: Students at Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School participated in the Army STEM adventure trailer, February 27. This event demonstrates how the Army is using STEM now and in the future.
I.M. Terrell String Orchestra: Congratulations to the first group from the I.M. Terrell Academy of STEM and VPA to earn a UIL rating. "The 6A String Orchestra had a fabulous performance on stage and in sight reading earning them a Division I in each area - Sweepstakes!! Kudos to Mr. Hunter Lewis for his hard work," reads a tweet from the FWISD Visual and Performing Arts Department.
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