Inside FWISD August 22, 2019

In this edition:

FWISD Starts 2019-2020 School Year | 2019-2020 Employee Salary Increases Details | District Modifies Employee Vacation Policy | Employee Insurance Open Enrollment Ends Today | Fort Worth ISD Accountability Scores Released | FWISD Employees Encouraged To Reset Passwords | MUNIS System Offline August 29- September 3 | It’s ‘A Matter of Taste’: Fort Worth ISD Debuts New Concept In Food Service | New Dunbar HS Class Allows Students to Gain Drone License | FWISD Printing, Copy Service Details | State Mandates Added To FWISD Student Code of Conduct | Attend FWISD Council of PTAs Annual Fall Training, General Membership Meeting | Wish Granted: Whataburger, First Book Awards Shulkey ES $4,500 In Books, Resources | FWISD Slates College Colors Day for August 30 | 1-to-1 Student Devices Available for FWISD 6th-12th Graders | Thief Takes Supplies Meant for Boulevard Heights Students | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | How Are You Spending Your Summer Vacation? | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog


Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner, Board of Education trustees C.J. Evans, Anael Luebanos, Quinton Phillips, Anne Darr, and Norman Robbins and Mayor Betsy Price were among the greeters welcoming students to classes and the 2019-2020 academic year at FWISD campuses, Monday, August 19. The first day of school marks the District’s 137th year of serving Fort Worth children.

Also view first-day photos from Lily B. Clayton Elementary School , A.M. Pate Elementary, Benbrook Middle-High School, South Hills High School and other campuses on social media using #FWISDFirstDay.

2019-2020 Employee Salary Increases Details

The following memorandum is from Elsie Schiro, FWISD chief financial officer, regarding the 2019-2020 salary increases, which includes House Bill 3 compensation for this academic year. If you have questions, contact the Compensation Department at Compensation@fwisd.org or call 817-814-2080:

District Modifies Employee Vacation Policy

The following memorandum regarding vacation days for full-time employees working 240 days or more is from Karen Molinar, FWISD chief of staff, Policy and Planning Department:

Employee Insurance Open Enrollment Ends Today

Today is the last day Fort Worth ISD employeesmay complete the open enrollment online process for 2019-2020 insurance benefits.

One open enrollment session remains where employees can learn about the benefits offered to them and complete enrollment prior to today's 11:59 p.m. deadline. The session is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Rooms 240 and 243 at the FWISD Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave.

District staff enrolling for benefits must use their active directory username and password to complete the process. Employees new to Fort Worth ISD have 31 days from the date of hire to enroll in benefits.

According to the Benefits Department, an average 2% increase in medical premiums is the only change for the upcoming coverage year, which takes effect Sunday, September 1. Employees will keep the same insurance cards unless there’s a change in coverage information.

Because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), ALL employees must either enroll, opt to keep the same coverage or decline health coverage.

Visit www.mybenefitshub.com/fortworthisd for a complete list of premium rates and additional insurance details.

Assistance completing open enrollment is also available through the Benefits Department until 5 p.m. by calling 817-814-2240.

For additional details about insurance coverage available for the upcoming year, text “FBS FWISD” to the number 313131 or visit the FWISD Employee Benefits Portal.


The Fort Worth ISD, along with all other school districts across the state of Texas, received their first accountability ratings for all schools under the new A-F ranking system.

Overall, for the 2018-2019 school year the FWISD received a “C” rating, missing a “B” rating by one-tenth of 1%. The District scored a total of 79 which was an increase of four points over the previous year. In the last two years, the District has shown an academic growth of 12 points, moving from a 67 to the current 79.

There were 41 “A-B” schools (31.6%), 51 “C” schools (39.2%), and 38 “D-F” schools (29.2%) reported by the Texas Education Agency.

Staff will make a full report to the Board of Education at the August 27, 2019 Board meeting.

Employees Encouraged to Reset Passwords

The following memorandum is from the Department of Technology:

MUNIS System Offline August 29- September 3

The following memorandum is from the Department of Compensation and Employee Records:

It’s ‘A Matter of Taste’

Fort Worth ISD Debuts New Concept In Food Service

A variety of hot, fresh, made-from-scratch, new menu items debuted in Fort Worth ISD school cafeterias on Monday.

The District’s new food service provider, SodexoMAGIC, is serving up a wide-variety of innovative and nutritious “crowd-pleasing” food concepts aimed at engaging and satisfying students and staff who patronize school cafeterias across the District on a daily basis.

On Wednesday, August 14, just a few days prior to the start of school, students, teachers and staff, as well as some parents, from FWISD’s Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, nearby campuses and local media were treated to the new food items appearing on school menus in the coming months. Options available at the “taste test” included beefy taco salad, spicy chorizo pizza, pesto Italian wraps, made-to-order and buffet-style salads, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

“This is something different and it tastes pretty good,” said Ivaan Hernandez, a sophomore who tried the new barbecue pizza. “It tastes good and it looks good.

“It’s a different variety It’s just something different that you don’t see at a high school.”

Read more about the new food concepts here.

New Dunbar HS Class Allows Students to Gain Drone License

Dunbar Wildcats will spread their wings in a new way! Students can now receive a drone license in high school!

Learn more about the program in this NBC 5 story.

FWISD Printing, Copy Service Details

The following memorandum regarding vendor information for FWISD printing and copy services, is from Elsie Schiro, FWISD chief financial officer:

State Mandates Added To FWISD Student Code of Conduct

New state mandates relating to discipline, school suspensions, threat assessments and hazing are among the updates included in Fort Worth ISD’s 2019-2020 Student Code of Conduct. The new updates also require the District post contact information for its campus behavior coordinator or student discipline designee on campus websites and to include responsibilities for peace officers, school resource officers and security personnel in the District Improvement Plan and Student Code of Conduct.

Students and their parents must sign an acknowledgement form of how to access the document and immediately return the form to their home campus. Failure to sign could result in students being prohibited from participation in or attending school activities.

An executive summary of the 2019-2020 Student Code of Conduct updates is available in the August 13 Board agenda.

Approved by the FWISD Board of Education 8-0, Tuesday, August 13, the 2019-2020 Student Code of Conduct details student behavior standards set by the District and the consequences for violating those standards. The 52-page document outlines steps for creating a safe and healthy learning environment for students and teachers which makes academic achievement the top priority.

To access the entire Student Code of Conduct electronically, visit www.fwisd.org/conduct.

Attend FWISD Council of PTAs Annual Fall Training, General Membership Meeting

Whether you're new to PTA, have been actively involved for years or just want to become better informed and engaged in all the great things your FWISD Council of PTAs is doing this year, don't miss the annual Fall Training and General Membership Meeting.

Join the FWISD Council of PTAs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 31 at the Professional Development Center (PDC), 3150 McCart Avenue, Fort Worth. Registration is free.

Visit the vendor fair from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Meet vendors and fundraiser companies to see what they can offer your PTA. Insurance information, PTA programming and vendors that you can utilize for PTA spirit gear and awards is also available. After you visit the vendor fair, join the council for lunch, its delegate meeting and TRAINING!

  • 9:30-11 a.m. - Vendor Fair
  • 11-11:45 a.m. - Lunch and Delegate meeting
  • Noon-3 p.m. - Foundations Leadership orientation part 2
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. President Round Table
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. Treasurer Round Table
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. Membership Round Table

For those recently elected to serve on a PTA board and who want all the information and tools needed to be successful in their new position, the council offers a workshop just for you! Sign up for either the President, Membership, or Treasurer round table discussions.

All local PTA presidents, council representatives and school principals are encouraged to attend! Registration is recommended to ensure there’s enough food for everyone.

Questions? Email fwisdcouncilpta@gmail.com.

What: Reading Roundup Celebration

When: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Where: Bruce Shulkey Elementary School, 5533 Whitman Ave., Fort Worth, 76133

Wish Granted

Whataburger, First Book Awards Shulkey ES $4,500 In Books, Resources

Fort Worth ISD’s Bruce Shulkey Elementary School is receiving hundreds of books, thanks to Whataburger and nonprofit social enterprise First Book.

The school is a Book Wish grand prize winner and will be recognized by Whataburger and First Book with a western-themed Reading Roundup celebration, Wednesday September 4. Whataburger employees will deliver 85 copies of the 2019-2020 Texas Bluebonnet Award winning book “El Chupacabras” by Adam Rubin to the campus. Additionally, the school receives a gift certificate good for purchasing additional books from the First Book Marketplace that will support Shulkey’s Reading is Fundamental program which ensures all students receive free books for their home libraries. Total, the school will receive $4,500 worth of new books and resources.

Third graders are invited to read in small groups with Whataburger employees at the Sept. 4 Reading Roundup celebration and will receive a copy of “El Chupacabras” to take home.

Lisa Wagoner, the librarian at Shulkey Elementary, applied for the Book Wish grant last October, and her campus is one of two grand prize winners in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The grant is an initiative between Whataburger and First Book in which Whataburger is giving 70 $1,000 First Book Marketplace grants to D-FW educators to support their program’s book needs.

“There’s no better way to instill the love of reading than putting a great book in a child’s hands,” said Vanessa Tritten, Shulkey Elementary principal. “Thank you, Ms. Wagoner for applying for this amazing grant and we are so appreciative to Whataburger and First Book for their giving spirit to our community.”

Ms. Wagoner said the upcoming celebration reinforces literacy, the importance of reading aloud, discussion and book ownership. She said she’s hopeful this motivates students to read more and do their best academically.

“This program will be so beneficial to our students, and they will remember it for years to come,” Ms. Wagoner said. “We are so grateful to Whataburger and First Book for their generosity and willingness to positively impact literacy in our community.”

Founded in 1992, First Book is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to creating equal access to quality education. Over its 27-year history, First Book has distributed more than 185 million books and educational resources to children in need.

Whataburger, a Texas staple, is a made-to-order burger establishment founded in Corpus Christi in 1950. For over 60 years, it’ supported multiple causes, including children’s education, with donations, sponsorships and volunteer work.

FWISD Slates College Colors Day for August 30

Teachers and staff at Fort Worth ISD schools are being encouraged to dress in their college colors on Friday, August 30, 2019 as a way to further encourage students to consider the goal of a college education.

Schools may be creative. While some may have everyone dressing in gear from his or her favorite institution, others may have a locker decorating contest or classroom door decorating contest. Still, other campuses may play the fight song of nearby or popular universities or bring in a speaker to promote the benefits of higher education.

“I know that many of our counselors are doing great and exciting things with their students, parents and staff to celebrate College Colors Day,” said Dr. Anita Perry, executive director of collegiate programming and advisement. “It is important for us to continue to foster the culture that expects students to become life-long learners.”

Share on social media by tagging your photos and videos #FWISDCollegeColors –and we will repost and retweet the best!

1-to-1 Student Devices Available for FWISD 6th-12th Graders

All Fort Worth ISD middle and high students are eligible for a District-issued digital device this school year.

Students are not required to pay a fee to obtain the electronic device as long as they do not owe for a previously checked-out device. Students are responsible for replacing any lost, stolen, or maliciously damaged equipment.

Parents must give permission for their child to use the District-issued digital devices when completing online registration.

Mobile hotspots

Additionally, secondary students will have the opportunity to access mobile hotspots that they can use at home to complete homework, projects, and other educational related tasks.

Students at the high school level with no or shared access to high-speed internet at home will be considered for the mobile hotspots through the Sprint 1 Million Project. Students at the middle school level with no or shared access to high-speed internet at home will be considered for the mobile hotspots through the T-Mobile EmpowerED initiative. Both the 1 Million Project and EmpowerED initiative offer free hotspots to students who do not have reliable Internet access at home.

Fort Worth ISD will identify secondary students without or with reduced Internet connectivity at home through online registration documents. It is very important that parents complete the online registration process as soon as possible so the District can place its first hotspot order. The first hotspot order will be created this month.

Prior to receiving the digital devices, students and their parents are encouraged to review Digital Citizenship materials via Common Sense Media’s Family Engagement Resources at https://www.commonsense.org/education/toolkit/family-engagement-resources.

For more details, visit https://www.fwisd.org/Page/6550

Thief Takes Supplies meant for Boulevard Heights Students

Help Fort Worth police find the man who stole school supplies bought for special-needs students at FWISD’s Boulevard Heights.

In a recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram story, which includes video of the theft, Ashleigh Powell, a Boulevard Heights English language arts and social studies special ed teacher, said that the boxes of supplies were taken from her front porch, Friday, August 16 in the Fairmont neighborhood.

Read more here.

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

FWISD Summer School Graduation: The Fort Worth ISD recently conferred 86 high school diplomas to summer graduates. On August 16, at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, students were presented with their high school diplomas at the District’s annual Summer School Graduation ceremony. Cherie Washington, chief of secondary schools, and Board of Education trustees Quinton “Q” Phillips and Anael Luebanos were among the special guests at the ceremony to congratulate the graduates. Students adorned in the graduation caps and gowns of their home high schools walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.

Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) Sign Goes Up: Signage for Fort Worth ISD's Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) at 1050 Bridgewood Drive was recently put up. The facility, acquired by the District the 2015-2016 school year, is slated to open later this school year as a new training center and the home for staff from the District's Curriculum and Instruction offices that are currently housed at the Central Administration building and Professional Development Center. Here's video of the sign being put into place.

Meet the Teacher Nights: Multiple Fort Worth ISD campuses hosted Meet the Teacher Night and Back to School events ahead of #FWISDFirstDay

School supply donations: A special thank you to the our FWISD partners and donors who've showered District campuses in recent weeks with school supplied for students as they kick off the 2019-2020 academic year. Recently, FWISD campuses have received donated supplies from Kroger, The Auberge at Benbrook Lake lifestyle director Keisha Siren and colleagues, Murray Kustom Rods, Whataburger, Aspira Home Health, Conservatory At Keller Town Center, Red River UPS, Judge Sergio DeLeon, UEA, the Harrison and Emily Kirk Foundation and Oncor.

Junior Medical School: Approximately 20 Fort Worth ISD students participated in Junior Medical School camp this summer. Hosted by Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine, the camp offers participants in interactive medical activities.

Photos courtesy of TCU


Donna Browne, a physical education teacher Manuel Jara Elementary, traveled to The Bahamas where she swam with dolphins this summer.

Here's some photos her trip:

Thank you, FWISD employees for sharing your amazing summer photos with Inside FWISD.

Don't forget to email us with photos the great things taking place on your campus and in your departments the 2019-2020 school year. We'd love to share some of those photos with your colleagues in future Inside FWISD editions.

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2019 Varsity Football Schedule

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