Cyber thieves are out to get you! Today if possible!
WAIT! Don’t open that email! At least not until you are sure where it came from.
Cyberattacks are real, every day real, and they come at us each day in a wide variety of seemingly harmless emails. Malicious email remains one of the most significant and ongoing computer security threats facing the Fort Worth ISD. Cybercriminals use various email-based traps to deliver malware, lure victims to malicious websites, and steal log-on credentials. And, all of us need to understand these threats and learn what we can do about it.
The FWISD Information Technology Department battles daily with domestic criminals, foreign countries and other hackers. But YOU can have a big impact on the success of our cybersecurity effort with just a few simple steps.
Using tools built-in to your email program, you can help determine if email arriving in your inbox is legitimate, junk (such as marketing items), or phishing. Whether you are using Microsoft Outlook or Office365 for your email, there is a simple solution to help keep you and FWISD safe.
On Office365, whether you are accessing email at your desk or off campus, click on the small icon located near the top of the page (see pictures below). This will open a dialogue box that allows you to mark the email as junk, phishing, not junk or other. Make a selection and follow the instructions.
When using Microsoft Office Outlook to access your email, the steps are almost exactly the same. Click the button at the top right-hand corner of the page labeled “Report Message” and make a selection from the drop down box (see pictures below).
FWISD WELCOMES SIX NEW MEMBERS TO THE WALL OF FAME
Fort Worth ISD welcomed six especially accomplished alumni to its Wall of Fame on Monday, June 17, 2019. Five of the six men and women were in attendance, including a flight director who helped bring Apollo 13 back to earth safely and a Broadway star who brings down the house nightly.
Superintendent Kent P. Scribner hosted the event, which you can watch in its entirety.
The six new members of the Wall of Fame are:
- 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 of choral textbooks; founder/Music Director Emeritus of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir; former vice president of Hal Leonard music publishers; University of North Texas College of Music’s Honored Alumna, 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, 1949; deceased) – Jazz saxophonist and bandleader; subject of the 2001 documentary Dewey Time; performed with Ornette Coleman 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
NO CLEANUP NEEDED ON AISLE 11
An old grocery store (Kroger) on Fort Worth’s east side will soon take on the role of a new training and learning center for the Fort Worth ISD.
The Teaching and Learning Center, located at 1050 Bridgewood Drive, scheduled to open in the coming school year, will serve as the District’s new training center, as well as provide a home for staff from various Curriculum and Instruction offices currently housed at the administration building and the Professional Development Center (PDC).
Phase One is now complete. The District’s Network Infrastructure and the Help Desk technology staff are in the process of transitioning to this building. Innovation and Educational Technology staff are also expected to transition to this building early next school year.
On December 11, 2018 and on March 19, 2019 the Board of Education approved architectural services for the design of Phase II of the Teaching and Learning Center building. Phase II will add 17,580 square feet in modern and flexible training rooms for professional learning, visitor bathrooms, a reception area, a snack bar area and common space areas. The second floor will add approximately 4,360 square feet of work/office space to supplement the space provided in the first floor. Phase II will complete the renovation planned for this facility. Superintendent Kent Scribner even suggested to a recent gathering of principals that future campus administration training sessions might be held in the new facility.
Accompanying diagrams are very detailed but give an rough idea of the planned layout.
Local Engineer Shares Inspiring Story with FWISD English Learners
Oscar Vazquez, a subject of the motion picture and The New York Times bestselling book “Spare Parts,” shared his inspiring story with 100 Fort Worth ISD students participating in a Summer STEM Camp for English Learners, June 19.
Mr. Vazquez came to United States from Mexico undocumented as a child. He was part of a high school robotics program in Arizona that went on to win a national competition beating out programs like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2009, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Arizona State University. He went on to gain his U.S. citizenship and enlist in the U.S. Army, where he earned the rank of sergeant, and served in Afghanistan. Sgt. Vazquez currently lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and works for BNSF Railway.
Written by Joshua Davis, “Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream,” is the story of four Latinx teenagers who built an underwater robot that won the 2004 Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California -Santa Barbara, beating out collegiate engineers backed by major corporations. The inspiring story went onto to become a documentary and 2015 motion picture that starred George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marisa Tomei.
On June 19, in a Sid Richardson Lecture Hall at Texas Christian University, Sgt. Vazquez shared this inspiring story with English Learners and discussed college and career opportunities available to students. FWISD ESL officials say they believe Mr. Vazquez’s inspiring story of overcoming obstacles and finding success in the United States resonates with students.
“This is a great opportunity for our kids to hear an inspiring story of success,” said Dr. Karen Neal, interim ESL director.
DARE TO DISCOVER CAMP REGISTRATION UNDERWAY
Registration is currently in progress for Fort Worth ISD’s 2019 Dare to Discover Summer Enrichment Camp.
Open to FWISD and out of district students, Dare to Discover is a fun, performance-based/ hands-on enrichment day camp where participants choose from a variety of classes that excite their imagination.
Dare to Discover is being hosted July 15-18, 2019, at Western Hills Elementary, 2805 Loredo Drive.
The weeklong camp is open to rising first- through fifth-grade students from 8 a.m. to noon and rising sixth- through eighth-grade students from noon to 4 p.m.
Course offerings this year include computer coding, chess, 3D math, robotics and art.
The camp culminates with an open house on the final day. Parents will be invited to observe their child(ren) giving demonstrations, project displays and performances, about what they learn during the weeklong camp.
Registration is open through June 27.
Tuition is $100.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
STEMaverick Camp: Fort Worth ISD JROTC cadets are among 60 students from the Fort Worth, San Antonio, Lewisville, Birdville and Alvarado school districts participating in a one-week residential summer STEMaverick camp hosted by the colleges of science and engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington this week. Participants are conducting scientific research and developing engineering projects. The camp is a collaborative project between UTA and U.S. Army Cadet Command in Fort Knox, Kentucky, designed to enhance the leadership and critical thinking skills of future leaders and to provide greater exposure to scientific research projects.
FWISD Basketball Camp: Fort Worth ISD’s annual Basketball Camp tipped off Monday, June 17. The one-week camp, open to rising third through ninth graders, emphasizes basic basketball fundamental instruction in shooting, ball-handling, offensive moves, footwork, defensive positioning and rebounding. Camp ends today.
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 multiple local businesses including TCC, The City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County Commissioners Court, City of Benbrook, Cook Children's Medical Center, Goodwill, Univision, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base and EECU. Vital Link 2019 started June 10 and continues through June 21.
Principals' Professional Learning Event (PPLE): Nearly 240 campus leaders took part in PPLE, held June 17-18 on the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary campus. This year’s PPLE, themed “Leadership with Purpose: You Belong Here” offered attendees 176 sessions focusing on curriculum assessment blueprints, culturally responsive interventions, safety and security.
FWISD Business and Networking Mixer : The latest FWISD Business and Networking Mixer, organized by the District's Capital Improvement Program and Procedeo, owner representative for the 2017 bond project, was hosted June 13 in the FWISD Board Room. Attendees networked with Capital Improvement Program and Procedeo personnel and other general contractors and subcontractors for the 2017 bond project. The next FWISD Business and Networking Mixer is August 1. RSVP at fwisdcipworkshop.eventbrite.com to attend.
College Application Boot Camp: On June 12 and 13, the Fort Worth ISD, in collaboration with The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, University of North Texas and Texas A&M University sponsored a College Application Boot Camp. Rising seniors attending the summer workshop learned how to fill out a college application, about scholarship opportunities, receiving feedback on effective essay writing and gaining valuable information about college deadlines.
Academic Advisement Receives District Partner Award: Congratulations to the District's Office of Academic Advisement which was recently presented with the 2019 District Partner Award from Texas Christian University's Advising Corps.
Polytechnic High School Renderings: Polytechnic High School will receive new science classrooms and labs. Common spaces are being renovated to create collaboration spaces for learning and student interaction. Moderate renovations will be applied to various locations within the school to meet the 21st century learning model. Renovations will include reclaiming or repurposing space to support Career and Technical Education. The latest renderings reflect what the project, approved by voters in 2017, would look like upon completion.
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