WHAT: I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA Dedication Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, December 7
WHERE: I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA Performance Hall, 1411 I.M. Terrell Circle
FWISD Sets Date for I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA Dedication Ceremony
The Fort Worth ISD’s new I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA will be formally dedicated on Friday, December 7.
The ceremony will include performances by the Terrell Academy Chorale, Wind and Dance Ensembles and special guests, as well as two short videos about this newest Gold Seal School of Choice.
Academy students will greet guests, answer questions and host information booths. Robotics demonstrations, musical performances and student artwork will precede the event in the Academy’s 901-seat performance hall.
YWLA Educator Named PLTW Outstanding Teacher
Congratulations to Sergio Flores of Young Women’s Leadership Academy, who was recently named a Project Lead the Way Outstanding Teacher honoree.
Mr. Flores, the PLTW engineer teacher at YWLA, was among more than 40 exemplary teachers and education leaders across the nation recognized with the honor October 29, at the PLTW Summit San Antonio.
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.
I am a 24-year educator with nine years in the Fort Worth district. I teach World Language, and for the first time my schedule is to teach seven periods every day. I have no time in my workday to plan with my colleagues and only a 45-minute planning time which is not enough to do the things required of me to be an effective teacher.
My class schedule is 160-plus students daily. My other colleagues at my campus do not have as many students nor do they teach more than six classes. I want to know where the equity is?
I don't understand why the District says on the webpage that an eight-period day will require teachers to teach six classes with a PLC and plan period. That's not the case at my campus in regard to all teachers.
I don't understand why the District does not give World Language teachers as much time to create and plan engaging lessons for their students as they do other teachers. Students are required to take two years of foreign language to graduate. Can you help me understand? It doesn't seem right that this is where we are.
Dear Concerned Teacher,
Thank you for your question. I reached out to Cherie Washington, FWISD’s chief of secondary schools, regarding your question and here’s the response: “When considering scheduling for the 2018-2019 school year, a plan was developed to allow campuses to share staff, resources, course offerings and access to advanced programs for middle and high school students.
The District convened a focus group that consisted of teachers and administrators from middle and high schools as well as campus support staff and central office personnel. The plan was also presented at the DERC meeting in the Spring of 2018.
However, please know that as we progress through this school year, we are listening to concerns such as yours and others from elective teachers. The District is engaging in a process districtwide to review efficient and equitable practices. Additionally, staff have been added to identified campuses, and a fall job fair has been scheduled to support staffing campuses.”
Thanks again Concerned Teacher for your question and thank you Mrs. Washington for your response.
I’m fairly new to the District, so forgive me if this answer is well known, but why are teachers not asked to give input on the school supply lists?
I am drowning in manilla paper and Elmer’s glue, but I had to purchase a class set of spiral notebooks out of pocket. It seems to me that schools could at least make their own specific lists, asking teachers what they will need each student to bring based on the way they plan to run their classroom. Has the District ever tried this?
Dear Fourth-Grade Teacher,
Thank you for your question. I reached out Dr. Raul Peña, chief of elementary schools, and Cherie Washington, chief of secondary schools, regarding your question and here’s the response: “This is an excellent idea. In many districts the local stores have supply list available to parents as they are shopping. We will work with Curriculum and Instruction to develop a common list for grade levels and subjects. Campuses could also develop lists specific to campus needs as well.”
Thanks again, Fourth-Grade Teacher for your question, and thank you Dr. Peña and Mrs. Washington and for your response.
I come from the business world where ideas like “collaboration,” “teamwork,” and “transparency” were expected in the daily goal of excellence, but it seems that this is not the case in some areas of the education administrative field/departments.
Can you tell me if FWISD has a true Open-Door Policy? By this I mean, does an employee have access to any member of the Leadership Team at any time? Or must they “climb the ladder” in order to address concerns? I have heard both ends of the spectrum and was wondering which was true/preferred. One segment implies it is grounds for termination to not follow the “chain of command” while others indicate that they believed the Leadership to be very approachable and would always welcome communication and/or concerns.
Dear Ms. Hickox,
Thank you for your question. I reached out Dr. Raul Peña, chief of elementary schools, and Cherie Washington, chief of secondary schools, regarding your question and here’s the response: “Yes. Elementary and Secondary Leadership welcomes input and feedback. Please feel free to reach out to either of our offices. We love to listen and gain insight from the District’s most valuable assets, the educators that share and instill knowledge that grow our students.”
Thanks again, Ms. Hickox for your question, and thank you Dr. Peña and Mrs. Washington and for your response.
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AHHS Repertory Dance Concert: AHHS Repertory Dance hosted its season opener November 2 and 3 at the W.E. Scott Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Fort Worth Walking for Wellness + Expo: The O.D. Wyatt Alumni Association hosted the Fort Worth Walking for Wellness + Expo, November 3. The free one-mile community walk and wellness expo encouraged residents to exercise and recognize Type 2 Diabetes symptoms. O.D. Wyatt High School, which was the school with the most registered students for the walk, received a $250 grant from the alumni association.
Students at J.T. Stevens Elementary Visit With Pete the Duck: "Pete the Duck has been an influential member to our PPCD learning community since the first few weeks of school. We have had the opportunity to watch Pete learn and grow alongside all of our students, including attending to circle time and rotating through centers just like everyone else. As an honorary member of our classroom, Pete helps to teach our students social-emotional skills in a natural and highly motivating setting including how to treat others with kindness, self-help skills, as well as increasing both verbal and non-verbal communication," said Caroline Scott, PPCD teacher at J.T. Stevens Elementary.
"Get Rid of Stress Before the Test": Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School students recently participated in the "Get Rid of Stress Before the Test" event which included activities and a K-9 comfort dog.
FWISD students attend Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce Breakfast: Pictured are students from the Leadership Academy at Como Elementary School and Young Women's Leadership Academy who attended the breakfast, October 31
FWISD Students Create Balenciaga-Inspired Creations: Pictured are students from Young Women's Leadership Academy and Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School who recently viewed the Balenciaga in Black and Goya in Black and White exhibits at Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum. Students also created their own Balenciaga-inspired designs.
FWISD's WLI and YWLA host Japanese exchange students: Students at World Languages Institute and Young Women's Leadership Academy hosted more than 30 middle school exchange students from Nagaoka, Japan who were in Fort Worth October 13-21.
Voly Training, Continues Through Friday, November 9
Financial Aid Help Sessions, October 2-December 3
November Professional Learning Opportunities with Education Technology, Register in Eduphoria
Elementary Literacy Professional Learning Opportunities in November, Register in Eduphoria
Website Training: Blackboard Open Labs, November 2- December 14
Gold Seal Applications Available, Friday, November 9
Choices Expo, November 9 and 10, Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center
Veterans Day Parade, Saturday, November 10, downtown Fort Worth
Billy W. Sills Lecture Series: "Preserving America's Maritime Heritage," Saturday, November 10
Blue Zones Project Community Celebration, Saturday, November 10
Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11
Gold Seal neighborhood, elementary and middle school open houses, November 12-15.
National Psychology Awareness Week, November 12-16
FWISD Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, November 13
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Information Sessions, Tuesday, 4:30- 7 p.m. November 13, Professional Development Center