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Inside FWISD June 13, 2019

In this edition:

Final Report Cards are in the Mail with Grades and a Special Code | Password Change Required | Hearing Aid Donation Supports 13 FWISD Students | KRONOS Live Updates, Continued Success Opportunities | Family Resource Centers Open for Business This Summer | Fort Worth ISD to Name Six Alumni to the Wall of Fame | Enroll in Fort Worth ISD Pre-K | Ask Elsie | Doctor’s Orders: Eat More Fruits and Veggies | Curriculum Policy Announces Grading Scale Changes | New Elementary School Start Times | Applications Now Being Accepted For 2019 Chairs For Teaching Excellence | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | School's Out -- Look Out !!! | We Can Help: Caregivers | How Are You Spending Your Summer Vacation? | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

FINAL REPORT CARDS ARE IN THE MAIL WITH GRADES AND A SPECIAL CODE

Final report cards are being mailed home with something important in them – in addition to your student’s grades. It’s called a Snapcode – and, as Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner says in this quick video, you’ll need this code for online registration, which starts July 1.

Watch the video on YouTube of the Fort Worth ISD website.

Go to www.fwisd.org/register or call the Parent Info Line at 817-814-2070 for more information about registration.

Also, parents, did you know you can view your child’s report card and Snapcode online? Just use your Parent Portal account. If you don’t already have one, go to www.fwisd.org/parentportal for a step-by-step guide to setting up your account.

And, once you locate your child’s Snapcode, don’t lose it!

Password Change Required

TO: All District Employees

DATE: May 30, 2019

REF: Password Change Required - Close of School Year

Do you know how valuable your identity, computer data and resources are to scammers? Public schools are under persistent cyber-attacks from hackers wanting our resources and data.

The use of strong passwords is vital in order to protect the District's and individuals’ security and identity. For this reason, password protocol and control is a key part of our cyber and information security strategy. As a security precaution and as the summer approaches, we will be prompting you to change your existing passwords.

For the new passwords we will now be requiring that you use passwords that are at least 12 characters long, and they must include one uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, a number and at least one special character.

Use the following tips when creating your new password:

  • Keep it simple, but secure
  • Don’t write your password down
  • Create unique passwords for district use only (use different user names and passwords to conduct your personal business)
  • Use number-letter substitution
  • Use nonsense words that you can remember, but difficult for others to guess.
  • Use password phrases that you can remember applying the previous tips

Information on password requirements and steps on how to change your password may be found at http://changepassword.fwisd.org/.

Watch the Password Security Basics video from SafeSchools to learn how to employ secure password practices.

Reminder: The District, the Division of Technology, the FWISD Help Desk, an “Email Administrator/Email Admin” will not send e-mails with links asking to you to validate your account; nor send e-mails notifying you of the need for more mailbox space or your mailbox is full. Do not click on links in these types of emails. If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service at 817-814-HELP (4357).

Hearing Aid Donation Supports 13 FWISD Students

More than a dozen Fort Worth ISD students have personal hearing aids, thanks to a donation from Oticon Hearing Foundation, an international nonprofit, and local boy Braden Baker.

District audiologists, professionals who diagnose and treat hearing issues, fitted 13 FWISD students, who can’t afford such devices, with personal state-of-the-arts hearing aids at no cost Wednesday, June 12 at Boulevard Heights.

Braden Baker, a 12-year-old Fort Worth boy who wears hearing aids himself, launched an online campaign in 2017 to raise funds for the Oticon Hearing Foundation that supports people who can’t afford hearing aids. His desire to help was the result of learning how much the aids cost after his dog ate his hearing devices twice. Since the launch of the campaign, Braden has raised more than $112,000, including a $20,000 donation from “The Ellen Show,” and helped multiple people hear around the globe.

The Oticon Hearing Foundation was founded in 2010 and is funded by donations from U.S. hearing aid manufacturer and supplier, Oticon, Inc. The foundation supports “underserved populations worldwide,” supplying adults and children with hearing aids, according to its website. Click here to learn more.

Recently, Braden contacted the District offering to help FWISD students.

“Through the kindness of a 12-year-old boy’s heart, students with hearing loss in Fort Worth ISD will have access to improved hearing in both social and academic situations,” said Dr. Aubrey Ploof, an educational audiologist with FWISD’s Speech, Language and Hearing Services.

FWISD provides students with amplification for school use.

District officials say that because a large part of learning occurs at home, in addition to school, children need access to speech and language in both environments.

The District serves 60 students with hearing loss through its Regional Day School for the Deaf (RDSD) program, and 100 mainstreamed students with hearing loss receive educational services through an itinerant teacher, audiological monitoring, hearing assistive technology for the classroom, and/or classroom modifications. FWISD audiologists test and or monitor an additional 200 students with significant hearing loss.

“FWISD provides hearing aids for school-use to all students in need. Unfortunately, due to the cost and lack of insurance coverage for hearing aids, many students do not own their own personal hearing aids for use outside of school hours,” Dr. Ploof said. “This means that these students go nights, weekends, and summers without the ability to hear and effectively communicate.

“These personal hearing aids will encourage that maximum potential is reached.”

Kronos Live Updates, Continued Success Opportunities

The following memorandum is from the Division of Business and Finance:

Family Resource Centers Open for Business This Summer

Are you looking for health care for your child, individual and family counseling, help applying for Medicaid/CHIP, a support group, parenting education or a link to mental health providers in Tarrant County?

Fort Worth ISD Family Resource Centers are open this summer and ready to help.

The District partners with the JPS Health Network to offer school-based health centers, staffed with nurse practitioners and physician assistants, where children can receive health care services such as:

  • Treatment for sore throats, colds
  • Immunizations
  • Assessment and treatment of minor injuries
  • School physicals
  • General physicals , such as checkups and Texas Health Steps

Fort Worth ISD Family Resource Centers hours of operation this summer are:

7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday

  • Eastern Hills Elementary, 5900 Yosemite Drive
  • Forest Oak , 3250 Pecos St.
  • Haltom City, 2807 Layton Ave., Fort Worth
  • Southside, 2115 Hemphill St.
  • Western Hills, 8340 Mojave Trail

The Northside center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

For more details or to make an appointment, call Student Support Services at 817-814-2870.

FORT WORTH ISD TO NAME Six ALUMNI TO THE WALL OF FAME

What: Six alumni* headed to the Fort Worth ISD Wall of Fame

When: Monday, June 17, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Fort Worth ISD Administration Building, 100 N. University Drive

Note: The event will be live streamed on FWISD EDTV YouTube ChannelThis link goes live at 2:15 p.m.

A flight director for Apollo 13 and a Broadway star who brings down the house are among the next group of alumni to be inducted into Fort Worth ISD’s Wall of Fame.

Superintendent Kent P. Scribner will host an event at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019, to honor:

Major Attaway (Arlington Heights HS, 2005) - Plays the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway and on the North American tour; voice talent for commercials and video games; awarded the Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Medal of Illumination

Emily Holt Crocker (Eastern Hills HS, 1968) – Composer of more than 200 choral works; author/editor of choral textbooks; founder and Music Director Emeritus of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir; former vice president of Hal Leonard music publishers; received the University of North Texas College of Music’s Honored Alumna for 2009

Gerald Griffin (Arlington Heights HS, 1952) – Former director of the Johnson Space Center; former deputy director of the Kennedy Space Center; a flight director for all Apollo manned missions; recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; technical advisor on the film Apollo 13

Opal Lee (I.M. Terrell HS, 1943) – Chair of Juneteenth Fort Worth; founding member of the Community Food Bank; organizer of Opal’s Walk 2 DC; co-founder of Citizens Concerned with Human Dignity; board member of Habitat for Humanity and Unity Unlimited; visionary behind Opal’s Farm

Dewey Redman (I.M. Terrell HS; deceased) – Jazz saxophonist and bandleader; subject of the 2001 documentary Dewey Time; performed with Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett and featured on Melody Maker’s 1978 Jazz Album of the Year

Burl Yarbrough (Western Hills HS, 1975) – Longtime president of the San Antonio Missions Triple-A baseball club; four-time Texas League Executive of the Year; winner of six Texas League Championships; named to the Texas League Hall of Fame in 2016

Most of the honorees are expected to attend the event. They join the more than 170 other accomplished and influential alumni on the Wall of Fame.

* Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, Mary Tavener Holmes (Arlington Heights High School, 1972), originally among this year’s honorees, will instead be inducted in spring 2020.

ENROLL IN FORT WORTH ISD PRE-K

The school year may have concluded – but registration for Fort Worth ISD Pre-K continues. Enroll your child now for the 2019-2020 school year at www.fwisd.org/prek.

Fort Worth ISD’s Pre-K program is free of charge and there’s enough room for every child.

Children attend school from 7:50 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. each day in classrooms that are nurturing, safe spaces that inspire discovery and learning.

FWISD Pre-K teachers are state certified and receive an extra 30 hours of training each year. This additional training equips our Fort Worth ISD Pre-K educators with the latest tools to give young students the right balance of structure and play in their education.

Watch the video in English and Spanish to learn 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.

Dear Elsie,

Throughout the school year students have the opportunity to complete coursework in Edgenuity to accelerate and recover course credit needed to meet graduation requirements. At the end of the school year, student accounts are temporarily placed “on hold,” which restricts student access to web-based courses. In recent years, this has been done at midnight on the last day of school.

I am writing to ask if District leaders might consider changing the timing of this practice to address inequitable access to web-based courses at the end of the school year. The graduation ceremonies for Eastern Hills, Paschal, TABS, and Success High Schools occur BEFORE the deadline. Potential graduates from these schools are then required to complete their coursework prior to the deadline (typically the day before their graduation ceremony). Potential graduates who do not complete their course work are left with one option—complete the coursework once access to Edgenuity resumes and graduate in the summer or fall of the next school year. In the meantime, the remaining potential graduates in the District have the opportunity to continue working until midnight on the last day of school, increasing their opportunity for an on-time graduation on their designated graduation date.

Assuming that it would not be reasonable to delay graduation dates for the affected campuses, perhaps changing the deadline to 4 p.m. on the day before the last day of school would be a considerable option to establish equity in access to all potential graduates in the District. (Midnight is not an equitable time because while some acceleration teachers are willing, it cannot be assumed that all are available to facilitate students’ needs after contract hours.)

Sincerely,

Advocate for ALL Students

Dear Advocate for ALL Students,

Thank you for your question. I reached out to David Saenz, senior officer of FWISD’s Office of Innovation, regarding your question and here’s the response:

“Thank you for providing the information regarding our web-based learning program.

The date was changed, by the request of our campuses, to coincide with the last day of school. Campus administrators and counselors are encouraged to set earlier deadlines to ensure that students complete their requirements for graduation in time for their ceremony.

We do review our procedures yearly and will take this request into consideration as we prepare for the coming school year.”

Thank you Advocate for ALL Students for your question and thank you Mr. Saenz 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.

Doctor’s Orders: Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in 2018 now allows doctors to prescribe fresh fruits and vegetables as prescriptions for improving the health and diet of their patients.

The Blue Zones Project recently posted an article about the changes in policy in its newsletter titled “Doctors Prescribing Fruits and Veggies: Why Nutrition Policy is National Priority.” The post coincides with National Fruit and Vegetable Month which encourages consumers to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.

Check out the story here.

In October 2018, Fort Worth ISD was designated as the largest school district in the country to become a Blue Zones Project Approved™ worksite.

CURRICULUM POLICY ANNOUNCES GRADING SCALE CHANGES

The following memorandum is from the Curriculum Policy Department:

NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL START TIMES

Fort Worth, Texas - On February 26, 2019, the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education unanimously approved a 435-minute calendar option. This calendar will add five minutes to the school day for elementary schools, as well as Como Montessori and Daggett Montessori Schools.

New start times will be as follows:

Pre-Kindergarten and PPCD

School Hours: 7:50-2:15

Teacher Duty Hours: 7:40-3:10

Kindergarten through Grade 5

School Hours: 7:50-3:05

Teacher Duty Hours: 7:40-3:10

Exceptions to these times include the Leadership Academies at Como, John T. White, Maude I. Logan, and Mitchell Boulevard, which are scheduled as follows:

Pre-Kindergarten and PPCD

School Hours: 8:00-2:15

Teacher Duty Hours: 7:40-4:10

Kindergarten through Grade 5

School Hours: 8:00-4:00

Teacher Duty Hours: 7:40-4:10

Also an exception are campuses participating in the 76119 grant with an extended Pre-Kindergarten schedule including A. M. Pate, C. C. Moss, Clifford Davis, Harlean Beal, and Sunrise-McMillan Elementary Schools, which are scheduled as follows:

Pre-Kindergarten and PPCD

School Hours: 7:50-3:00

Teacher Duty Hours: 7:40-3:10

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2019 CHAIRS FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE

Applications are now being accepted for Fort Worth ISD’s 2019 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence. This prestigious program recognizes outstanding classroom teachers in the District. Recipients are awarded the title of Chair for Teaching Excellence and a $5,000 honorarium.

The District established the Chairs for Teaching Excellence in 1994. The program is modeled after the university-level chair program and is designed to recognize and reward exemplary teachers. This program is unique because of its role in a public school setting and for its rigorous selection process.

Candidates must be full-time, certified, classroom teachers who have taught a minimum of three years in Fort Worth ISD and have at least five years of total teaching experience. They must submit an online application and obtain recommendation letters from their principal and from a colleague.

Recipients will be recognized at the Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence luncheon in November. The principal at the school of the winning teacher will also be invited to the luncheon, and the winner’s school will receive a Chair for Teaching Excellence banner for display at the campus.

Eligibility requirements and the 2019 application for the Chairs for Teaching Excellence Awards are posted on the Community and Strategic Partnerships web page. The application, principal recommendation form and colleague recommendation form are only available to submit online.

Contact Judy Ramos at judy.ramos@fwisd.org to learn more about the Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence.

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

Graduation 2019: Fort Worth ISD completed its 2019 graduation ceremonies with the commencement programs for students at the Jo Kelly School, Wednesday June 12. Here's a look back at some of the 2019 graduates.

Arlington Heights

Benbrook

Boulevard Heights

Carter-Riverside

Diamond Hill-Jarvis

Dunbar

Eastern Hills

Jo Kelly

Marine Creek

Metro Opportunity

North side

O.D. Wyatt

Paschal

Polytechnic

South Hills

Southwest

Success

TABS

TCC-South

Transition Center

Trimble Tech

Western Hills

YMLA

ywla

Leadership Academy Students Travel to Washington, D.C.: Ten students from the FWISD-Texas Wesleyan Leadership Academy Network were in Washington, D.C. June 11 and 12 advocating for the continuation of 21st century after school funding. The students, who are involved in the Afterschool Alliance's Afterschool for All Challenge, met with Texas elected officials and their aides during their trip. A special thank you to Fidelity Investments for their contributions that made this trip a reality for students.

Vital Link: Now in its 28th year, Vital Link is a free, week-long, half-day unpaid internship program for rising seventh graders that's designed to demonstrate the connection between what is learned in the classroom and what is needed for success in the workplace. Students are currently interning with the City of Fort Worth, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Balfour Beatty. Vital Link 2019 started a June 10 and continues through June 21.

Overton Park Elementary Groundbreaking: 200 people turned out for the Fort Worth ISD Overton Park Elementary School groundbreaking on June 6. The Overton Park Elementary campus, slated to open in 2020, will sit on 5.98 acres. It will serve pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and can accommodate 550 students. The school will have four classrooms per grade and will include spaces for physical education, music, science, art and more. Former board member Judy Needham, who recently retired as the District 5 representative, was presented with gifts and thanked her for 24 years of dedicated service at the ceremony.

Student Hiring Fair: Employers met with recent high school graduates to discuss entry-level part-time, full-time and summer job opportunities at Fort Worth ISD’s Hiring Fair 2019, June 6 at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Human Capital Management Substitute Appreciation Event: The Human Capital Management Department celebrated District substitutes for their dedication at a special appreciation event, June 5 at Paschal High School. The program included remarks from Cynthia Rincón, FWISD's Human Capital Management and Legal Services chief, and West Handley Elementary Principal Julie Moynihan. Invited guests were treated to light refreshments, gift bags and were eligible for door prizes.

All-Teacher Career Fair: Welcome to our newest Fort Worth ISD employees hired at a June 4 career fair hosted by Human Capital Management at the Fort Worth Stockyards Station.

Read Fort Worth Summer Scholar Collaborative Launch Party: The 2019 Summer Scholars Collaborative kicked off with a May 29 Launch Party at the Amon Carter Center at Lena Pope. Read Fort Worth celebrated its program partners, site leads and the Literacy Support Specialists who will touch the lives of more than 2,000 children this summer. This is a critical piece of the 100×25 initiative and collaborative work of Read Fort Worth and its partners. Last summer, 71 percent of the kids tested gained or maintained their literacy levels at 21 sites. This year, the Summer Scholars Collaborative will include more than 60 sites that embed literacy in their programs and tackle summer slide.

Adult ESL Registration: A total of 106 FWISD parents registered for free adult ESL classes this summer at an orientation hosted by the Student Placement Center on May 28.

Whataburger Super Team Award: Congratulations to Quintan Jackson of Benbrook High School who was recently presented with the Whataburger Super Team Award.

FWISD Student Wins the 2019 Betsy Price High School Art Competition Best In Show Award: Congratulations to Sarah Branch of Arlington Heights High School, who recently took home the Best in Show prize and $500 in the mayor's fifth annual art competition. Sarah joined 40 other students in having their artwork included in the "Mayjoring in Art" exhibit on display at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, May 3-21. Her work will be exhibited in Fort Worth City Hall for a year.

FWAASBE Outstanding Educator Award: Congratulations to Skylar Huey, a specialist at Dunbar High School, who was recently presented with a Fort Worth Area Alliance of Black School Educators Outstanding Educator Award.

Paschal Teacher Receives 2019 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching: Andrew Brinker, a biology and environmental science teacher, is one 11 educators recently awarded The Texas Medical Association's Ernest and Sarah Butler Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. The award recognizes elementary and secondary educators "for playing an instrumental role in creating tomorrow’s physicians by stirring student interest and excitement in science. Teachers receive cash prizes, and their schools receive cash resource grants to enhance their science program," according to a TMA media release.

School's Out -- Look Out !!!

The following information is from MedStar:

Last year, MedStar crews responded to 507 auto-pedestrian crashes.

281 of these occurred between June 1st and August 31st, and 41 of those were for victims 15 years old or under.

Now that school is out, drivers need to be aware that children will be ‘out and about’ at all times of the day and night. Nationally, the worst time of day for child pedestrian injury is between 3 and 7 pm, during which time 36% of fatalities occur.

Pedestrian injury is more common when children are outside playing in the summer and the vast majority of pedestrian crashes actually occur under optimal driving conditions in full daylight, when the road is dry, and in the absence of precipitation.

MedStar offers these simple recommendations to reduce the incidence of pedestrian accidents in the Fort Worth area:

For Drivers:

  1. Pay attention! Put down the phone, turn down the stereo and be constantly aware of your surroundings.
  2. Expect the unexpected! Kids do not follow the expected behaviors – they cross mid-block, between cars and when chasing toys such as balls or Frisbees.
  3. Slow Down! Especially in residential areas or areas with limited visibility, either due to blind corners and driveways, parked cars, blinding sun or darkness.
  4. Don’t drive impaired! Alcohol, drugs and even sleep deprivation effect your reaction time.

For Parents:

  1. Teach your kids about the dangers of cars! Teach them to only cross at intersections and to be constantly aware of traffic, including bicycles and motorcycles. And, while you’re at it, teach them that hide and seek around cars is a bad idea!
  2. WALK around your car before moving it! Every year MedStar responds to the tragic consequence of the parent thinking their kid is in the car, when they are actually in front of it, or behind it.

We Can Help: Caregivers

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

Your EAP offers resources to assist you in taking care of yourself and your loved ones. Call us, we’re available to support you.

  • Support groups
  • In-home care
  • Back-up care
  • Financial options
  • Support organizations
  • Educational materials
  • And more …

For more information, contact us at 800-343-3822 or visit www.awpnow.com/main/fwisd-eap-resource-room/.

HOW ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR SUMMER VACATION?

The Fort Worth ISD Communications Department will continue to publish Inside FWISD throughout the summer months.

Let us 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.

FWISD is looking for Bilingual Teachers

FWISD is hiring bus drivers

Professional Learning and Innovation Opportunities

Gold Seal Late Application Window, Continues through September 6

Four-Day Workweek, Continues through August 3

Dual Language Immersion Camp, June 10-27

Vital Link, June 10-14 and June 17-21

College Application Boot Camp, June 13 and 14

Father's Day, June 16

Wall of Fame Ceremony, June 17

FWISD Basketball Camp, June 17-20

Summer Semester Begins, June 18

FWISD Literacy Conference, June 19

STAAR Retest, June 24-28

Board of Education meeting, June 25

Fort Worth ISD’s 2019 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence Application Deadline, June 27

Online Registration Begins, July 1

Independence Day, July 4 (District Closed)

Fort Worth Vaqueros 2019 Season, continues through July 6 (Admission to all home games is free for FWISD students and faculty with an District-issued ID.)

Share your story ideas, successes, calendar items, photos, questions and feedback with us at Inside@FWISD.org. Check the Inside FWISD blog, www.fwisd.org/insidefwisd, regularly updated throughout the week with additional content and features.

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