Inside FWISD August 1, 2019

In this edition:

Here’s a Sneak Peek At FWISD’s New Back-To-School Commercials | Employee Benefits Open Enrollment Sessions Start August 6 | Large Scale Emergency Exercise Tests First Responders | Clifford Davis Slates Pre-K, Free After School Care Registration Event: Families Can Learn More This Saturday at the School | Four-Day Summer Work Week Ends Today | Parents, Don’t Miss Fort Worth ISD’s Creando Una Amistad | Fidelity Investments, Blue Zones Project Team Up To Give Daggett Middle School A Healthy “Makeover” | Jacinto Ramos, Jr. Elected to Leadership Role at the Texas Association of School Boards | New Teacher Induction Conference Set for August 5-9 | Local TV Anchor To Keynote FWISD CTE Waiver Day | Volunteers Needed for Read Fort Worth Book Distribution | Texas Tax-Free Weekend Is August 9-11 | Getting to Know FWISD | FWISD Announces Campus, District Waiver Days | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | 2019-2020 ‘Bulletin 100’ Now Available Online | How Are You Spending Your Summer Vacation? | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Here’s a Sneak Peek at FWISD’s New Back-to-School Commercials

Rise and Shine on 8-1-9! That’s the theme of Fort Worth ISD’s back-to-school campaign to make sure students are in school on Monday, August 19, the first day of school. It is also the message of a 30-second and 15-second commercial that will begin airing next week on television and radio.

Fort Worth ISD students are the stars of the commercials: Jordan Mendez (Arlington Heights High School), Kameron Sanders (Young Men’s Leadership Academy), Davis Raines (Benbrook Middle-High School), sister and brother Elena and Antonio Rodriguez (Stripling Middle School), and sister and brother Morgan and Jack Evans (North Hi Mount Elementary School).

The commercials – in English and Spanish – will run on NBC5, Telemundo, and Univision from August 5 to August 15, leading up to the first day of school on Monday, August 19.

Help us spread the word: Rise and Shine on 8-1-9!

Employee Benefits Open Enrollment Sessions Start August 6

Fort Worth ISD will host open enrollment sessions August 6-22, where staff can learn more about the 2019-2020 insurance benefits available to them. The sessions, which will take place at nearly 25 FWISD facilities, are also an opportunity for employees to complete the online process for 2019-2020 benefits.

Sessions will be hosted for administrative and child nutrition staff August 6-7, campus employees, August 8-9 and 12-14 and Transportation and Professional Development personnel, August 15-16 and August 20-22. District staff enrolling for benefits must use their active directory username and password to complete the process.

FWISD employees have until Thursday, August 22 to enroll for 2019-2020 insurance 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.

Premium increases

About 55 percent of FWISD employees signed up for medical coverage during the 2018-2019 open enrollment period, according to Benefits officials. Of those who enrolled, 4,500 opted to accept the TRS ActiveCare 1-HD (high-deductible) plan, which is most popular among employees.

Workers currently paying $80 in health premiums monthly under the TRS ActiveCare 1-HD employee-only plan will pay $91, beginning September 1.

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

Assistance completing open enrollment is also available by contacting the Benefits Department.

Postcards detailing the 2019-2020 insurance benefit open enrollment dates and information sessions were mailed July 8 to the home address employees have on file with the District.

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.

Large Scale Emergency Exercise Tests First Responders

On Monday, July 29, the City of Fort Worth used Fort Worth ISD’s Trimble Tech High School as the site for a city-wide, large scale active threat drill.

More than 100 citizens volunteered to play the part of students and staff at the school while elements of the Fort Worth police and fire departments, MedStar ambulance service and the city hospitals prepared to deal with the aftermath of an active shooter situation.

The scenario was made all-the-more real by the participation of local news media who asked many tough questions in an effort to help public information officers know what to expect in a real event of such magnitude.

The Fort Worth ISD also participated by activating its Emergency Operations Center and convening its Incident Command Team. The District’s Student Reunification Team also deployed to gain valuable experience in the process of reunifying students with parents.

In the wake of this important training Fort Worth ISD reminds all of its employees, parents and students to Know The Plan – in other words, know what to do in an emergency. It doesn’t matter if the emergency is at school, at home, at work or while you are on a family outing. Be aware of your surroundings; look for exits; watch the weather. For more information about how to be prepared visit Know The Plan on the Fort Worth ISD website.

Clifford Davis Slates Pre-K,Free After School Care Registration Event

Families Can Learn More This Saturday at the School

What: Pre-K open house for Clifford Davis Elementary School families

When: Saturday, August 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: 4300 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, 76119

Who: Parents of Clifford Davis ES students

Clifford Davis Elementary School families will receive assistance with online Pre-Kindergarten and after-school care registration this Saturday, August 3 from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Come to the school at 4300 Campus Drive to learn more about what parents and students can look forward to in the new school year beginning August 19including free, after school care for a number of families.

Join us for the Pre-K Open House to register your child in Pre-K. Clayton Youth Enrichment will also be available to assist with after-school enrollment.

  • Pre-K school hours are 7:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Clayton Youth Enrichment after-school hours are 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • The first day of school is Monday, August 19, 2019.

For more information, call the Fort Worth ISD Parent Info hotline at 817-814-2070.

Four-Day Summer Work Week Ends Today

The Fort Worth ISD will officially conclude its four-day summer workweek schedule this week.

Friday, August 2 marks the final Friday administrative offices are closed for summer.

Normal business hours and the five-day workweek resumes Monday, August 5.

The 2019-2020 school year officially begins Monday, August 19.


What: Fort Worth ISD Creando Una Amistad (Creating a Friendship)

When: Friday, August 9, 2019, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: La Gran Plaza, 4200 South Freeway (on the corner of I-35 southbound and East Seminary Drive)

Who: Fort Worth ISD Board of Education President Jacinto Ramos, Jr. and Superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner

Summary: On the first day of the annual Texas tax-free weekend, the Fort Worth ISD hosts a back-to-school event for families – with resources to help everyone get ready for the 2019-20 school year!

Parents, make plans to join Fort Worth ISD Board President Jacinto Ramos, Jr. and Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent, for Fort Worth ISD’s 5th Creando Una Amistad on Friday, August 9 from 5-7 p.m. at La Gran Plaza.

Creando Una Amistad --Creating a Friendship—is part of Fort Worth ISD’s commitment to listen to and talk directly with Spanish-speaking families and as well as inform them about support and opportunities in the District. Parents will also be able to participate in a discussion with District leaders about the importance of welcoming environments for students and other issues.

Creando Una Amistad is being held in partnership with Univision and La Gran Plaza.

And don’t forget, it’s also tax-free weekend!

Join us for this fun, family-friendly event – including:

  • Online registration assistance
  • Back to school/book giveaways
  • Resources for families
  • Fashion Show
  • Student performances
  • Merchant coupons

Questions? Call the Fort Worth ISD Family Communications Department at 817-814-2970.


EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content is from Blue Zones Project Fort Worth

Daggett Middle School students returning to campus this month will discover that their school is making the grade when it comes to healthy choices, thanks to Fidelity Investments and Blue Zones Project.

More than 30 Fidelity Investments employees joined Daggett students, staff, partners, and local Blue Zones Project team members on July 26 to spruce up the campus for its back-to-school debut. Volunteers created various “Power 9® Zones” throughout the school, encouraging principles that promote better health and well-being.

The Right Tribe Zone in the main office welcomes students and visitors in every language spoken on campus. Daggett’s cafeteria has been transformed into a Plant Slant Zone, with colorful murals, nutritional information, and a Share Table where students can swap whole fruit and unopened snacks rather than discard them, thus reducing food waste. Additional murals brighten the surroundings in school hallways and bathrooms with colorful, positive messages. Outside, the Move Naturally Zone features brightly painted four square, hopscotch, and oversized game areas.

Volunteers also furnished and decorated a Downshift Zone that promotes relaxation through yoga and other activities, and installed signage for the school’s new Family First resource room, which will hold classes and facilitate parent involvement. Still in the works is a food pantry, the first in a Fort Worth ISD school to offer fresh produce.

The project is part of Fidelity Investments’ commitment to volunteering and support of Fort Worth ISD schools and Blue Zones Project’s work to make Fort Worth one of the nation’s healthiest cities. With these and other efforts, Daggett Middle School is on its way to becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved™ school—adopting practices and principles linked to longer, better lives and enhanced academic success.

Since 2014, Blue Zones Project has teamed with schools, businesses, organizations, community leaders, individuals, and families to make healthy choices easier. More than 89,000 residents and 300+ businesses and organizations have taken steps proven to improve community well-being. Fort Worth is the nation’s largest certified Blue Zones Community.

View more photos from the campus makeover here.

Jacinto Ramos, Jr. Elected to Leadership Role at the Texas Association of School Boards

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has elected Jacinto Ramos Jr. to fill an interim position on the TASB Board of Directors, representing TASB Region 11, Position B.

Ramos is president of the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education. Ramos also is president-elect of the Mexican American School Boards Association and chair of the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).

Ramos is a member of the Council of the Great City Schools, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and Center for Reform of School Systems. He is part of the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, where he is the only Texas school board member on the advisory team.

He is a certified probation officer in the state of Texas, currently working in Tarrant County. He also is a former co-director of the Multicultural Alliance’s Camp CommUNITY and an affiliate of Courageous Conversations About Race.

Ramos has a degree in criminal justice and criminology from The University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s in family studies from Amberton University. He is currently working on his doctorate in educational leadership and administration.

He has received many awards for his service to his community, such as the Superior Achievement Award by the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice, the 2010 Mike Moncrief Believing in Youth Award from Santa Fe Youth Services, and the Visionary Edict Award from Magdaleno Leadership Institute. He also was inducted into the Tarrant County Fatherhood Coalition Fathers’ Hall of Fame in 2010.

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million students.

New Teacher Induction Conference Set for August 5-9

Teachers new to Fort Worth ISD are getting a jump start on the 2019-2020 school year.

The District’s Jumpstart Teacher Academy will host “Jumpstart: Start Your Engines,” an interactive and engaging conference for an estimated 300 rookie and experienced teachers new to FWISD, August 5-9 at South Hills High School, 61601 McCart Ave.

Attendees may earn up to five flex days, professional learning credit, for participating.

The conference will focus on topics to assist the new educators in having a successful first year with students.

“It is important to give our new teachers a FWISD family welcome, but also to support and assist them in order to maximize their success,” said contact Berty Magaña, FWISD’s New Teacher Induction Director. “In order to increase student achievement, it is critical to have highly qualified and prepared teachers in every classroom every day!

“This event wholeheartedly supports our District mission. By preparing and supporting the newest members of FWISD teaching staff from Day One, we will ensure that all students are successful in all they do since the magic happens in the classroom!”

Participants will receive a copy of “Teach Like a Champion 2.0,” a book by Doug Lemov with 62 teaching techniques that prepare students for college and career readiness, and other materials to assist them in their first year. Throughout the year, monthly professional learning opportunities will offer new teachers ongoing support.

Teachers new to the District receive an invitation to register for the conference upon signing their contract.

For more details, contact Ms. Magaña at 817-814-3403 or email berty.magana@fwisd.org.

Local TV Anchor To Keynote FWISD CTE Waiver Day

Marc Istook, a 1994 graduate of Fort Worth ISD’s Southwest High School and a News 8 Daybreak anchor, is the keynote alumni speaker for the District’s Career and Technical Professional Learning event, August 14.

More than 300 educators are expected to participate in the mandatory waiver day training, set for August 13 and 14 at Trimble tech High School. This year’s theme is “Success Starts Here.” A variety of sessions focused on classroom strategies, specialized training, community building, policy and procedures, curriculum and much more will be covered during the event.

Mr. Istook’s 10:30 a.m. keynote on August 14 will focus on his experiences as a broadcaster. The arts and audiovisual program is among one of the District’s largest Career and Technical Education offerings. Organizers say Mr. Istook’s keynote is of great benefit to attendees because of his unparalleled contribution to the field.

A Fort Worth native, Mr. Istook is a Texas Christian University journalism graduate. Over his nearly 20-year career as a broadcaster, he’s covered news, entertainment, technology and sports and hosted shows for the TV Guide Network, CNN, Yahoo!, the BBC, ABC.com, the SPEED Channel, the Food Network, FOX TV, the NFL-Network and major awards shows.

Last month, he was officially introduced to viewers as the newest anchor of the WFAA-TV morning show, News 8 Daybreak. In a video for his first WFAA broadcast, he took a trip down memory lane, returning to the halls of Southwest to reminisce about the time there. During the broadcast, Mr. Istook was welcomed back to Texas with multiple surprises including a performance from Southwest band and cheer members and Southwest Principal John Engle presenting him with a Distinguished Alumni plaque on air.

Volunteers Needed for Read Fort Worth Book Distribution

Read Fort Worth is looking for volunteers to join them in delivering books to elementary-level classrooms through August 9.

The organization is partnering with multiple city partners to stock Fort Worth ISD elementary school classrooms with high-interest, high-quality books that develop a life-long love of reading.

Through Read Fort Worth’s Classroom Library Campaign, every pre-kindergarten classroom is being stocked with 50 age-appropriate books from Scholastic. Kindergarten, first and second-grade classrooms will each receive 100 books.

Volunteers are need to assist with unpacking boxes, applying labels and organizing books in bins for each classroom.

Click here to volunteer.

Texas Tax-Free Weekend Is August 9-11

Texas will observe its 2019 sales tax holiday, August 9-11.

During the annual holiday, clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks sold for less than $100 at Texas stores or from an online or catalog seller doing business in the state is tax-free. Texas has observed tax-free weekend since 1999.

“As Texas families begin the process of replacing their beach towels with lunch boxes, the sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save some money on supplies families need before the school bell rings,” said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar in a recent media release about the upcoming holiday.

For a complete list of eligible tax-free items, click here.


Stay in the know of who makes up the Fort Worth ISD.

Over the next several weeks, Inside FWISD will take a look at the FWISD organization.

This week, check out stats on the amount in scholarship dollars awarded to the District's Class of 2019.


Mark your calendars.

The Academics Department has announced campus and District waiver days scheduled prior to the official start of the 2019-2020 academic year.

The following campus waiver days are set:

  • Monday, August 12
  • Thursday, August 15
  • Friday, August 16

District waiver days will take place Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14.

Fort Worth ISD’s New Teacher Orientation Week (Jumpstart Teacher Academy) is slated for August 5-9 at South Hills High School.

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

FWISD Auxiliary Job Fair: Human Capital Management officials said the job fair, hosted Tuesday July 30 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center was a huge success. More than 270 job candidates were in attendance to meet with representatives from the District's transportation, custodial, safety and security (Campus monitors), substitute (Central Calling), Student Placement Center, family communications, AVID (tutors), adult education, health services and child nutrition services departments, elementary, middle, and high schools.

Second annual Fort Worth ISD Coaching Academy: The professional learning event for coaches, which was hosted this week at Paschal High School, focuses on principles from the book “InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives.” Among this year's speakers was Michelle Cater, who won the gold medal in shot put in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. She trained coaches on shot put technique.

Dual Language Summer Conference planning: Former Fort Worth ISD bilingual/ ESL educators, supporters and local residents with a direct link to the implementation of bilingual education locally and nationwide met Monday, July 29 to discuss the agenda for the upcoming Dual Language Summer Conference. The two-day event, slated for August 7 and 8, celebrates the 50th anniversary of FWISD’s bilingual education program and brings an estimated 250 bilingual educators together to discuss strategies for empowering English Learners to become bilingual, bicultural and biliterate.

The Teaching and Learning Center at Bridgewood: 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 the 2019-2020 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.

More from the Dare to Discover Summer Enrichment Camp:The District hosted the fun, performance-based/ hands-on enrichment day camp where rising first- through eighth-grade participants choose from a variety of classes that excite their imagination, July 15-18 at Western Hills Elementary. Course offerings this year include computer coding, chess, 3D math, robotics and art. The camp culminates with an open house today where parents are invited to observe their child(ren) giving demonstrations, project displays and performances, about what they learned during the weeklong camp.

2019-2020 ‘Bulletin 100’ Now Available Online

Fort Worth ISD’s 2019-2020 “Bulletin 100: Graduation Standards, Catalog of Courses, and Instructional Materials for Grades 6 – 12” is now available online.

Released earlier this week, the comprehensive document includes curricular and policy changes related to graduation requirements, course offerings and instructional materials. View the document here.

Users may use the “find” feature to search for specific courses and topics.

High school counselors received hard copies earlier this week, and middle school counselors will receive physical copies on August 5.


Vicky Allen, an educational diagnostician in the Special Education Department, spent 12 days crusing and touring Hawaii this summer with family and friends.

Here's some photos her trip:

Let Inside FWISD know how you're spending your summer.

Throughout the summer break, don't forget to email us with photos of your travels, professional development activities and just simply how you're spending your vacation. We'd love to share some of those photos with your colleagues in future Inside FWISD editions throughout the summer.

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Online Registration, Ongoing

Benefits Open Enrollment for employees begins, Ongoing through August 22

Gold Seal Late Application Window, Continues through September 6

Four-Day Workweek, Continues through August 2

FWISD CIP/ PROCEDEO Business and Networking Mixer (RSVP to attend), August 1

5th Annual YES! Conference, August 1

Jumpstart Teacher Academy, August 5-9

Dual Language Summer Conference, August 7-8

Tarrant County Back to School Roundup, August 8

Creando Una Amistad, August 9

Texas Tax-Free Weekend, August 9-11

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