College Entrance Exams Slated District-wide During School Day
Testing Available at No Cost to HS Juniors This Spring
Juniors at all Fort Worth ISD high schools are taking the SAT and ACT college entrance exams during the school day and at no cost.
The college entrance exams are slated for the following dates:
- SAT – Wednesday, March 6, 2019
- ACT – Tuesday, April 2, 2019
While this is the seventh year the District is administering the SAT during the school day, this is the first time FWISD juniors will take the ACT during school hours. All students are being registered by the District, and each individual high school campus is ordering the exams, said Brenda Carter, coordinator IV for the College and Career Readiness and AAIL departments.
“SAT School Day presents the unique opportunity for juniors to take an SAT without essay, at no cost, during the school day, in their own school, giving them access to the College and Career Readiness Pathway,” Ms. Carter said of the upcoming SAT.
District College and Career Readiness officials say access to the exams during the school day not only exposes students to college admissions tests but also offers a[n]:
- Quick indicator of academic preparedness
- Identifier of whether students are ready for more rigorous coursework
- Official college admissions score report as a junior
Information about the upcoming exams was recently distributed to high school juniors and their parents by campus college and career readiness coordinators.
For more details, contact the college and career readiness coordinator at your local high school or Ms. Carter at 817-814-2591.
Home school students interested in taking the exams are encouraged to contact a campus college and career readiness coordinator on how to register, Ms. Carter said.
FWISD Dance Showcase Set for February 19
Six high school dance programs will be part of the 2019 Fort Worth ISD Dance Showcase, Tuesday, February 19.
The free event, set for 7 p.m. at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA, will include student dancers from Arlington Heights, Carter-Riverside, Diamond Hill-Jarvis and South Hills high schools, I.M. Terrell Academy and Monnig Middle School. Dallas-based Bruce Wood Dance Project is listed as a special guest performer.
The showcase is sponsored by the FWISD Visual and Performing Arts Department.
I.M. Terrell Academy is located at 1900 IM Terrell Way in Fort Worth.
U.S. Military History Staff Ride Slated Feb. 21-25
Approximately 30 Fort Worth ISD cadets and employees will take part in the District’s JROTC Honors U.S. Military History Staff Ride to Fort Concho and Fort Davis, February 21-25.
The upcoming staff ride focuses on Texas, U.S. Military and Black history, according to officials with the District’s JROTC program. Cadets, representing the District’s 13 Army JROTC programs, will visit historical sites and receive informational briefings from National Park Service rangers and various Buffalo Soldier era re-enactors. A four-person FWISD color guard will raise a 38-starred flag during a Reveille ceremony at the Fort Concho post.
The staff ride complements military history in-class activities that have been offered since the 2013-2014 school year. Cadets will produce materials and lesson guides based on their experiences at the national parks and historical sites.
“Historical observations and the application of lessons learned are a critical part of the student development process and totally support the transformation from student to responsible, productive adulthood,” said Lt. Col. Richard Crossley Jr., FWISD JROTC program director.
The trip is grant funded by the National Park Service. Since 2012, the District’s JROTC program has collaborated with the National Park Service (NPS), Veterans National Education Program (VNEP), Kutztown University, PA and University of Texas-Arlington, to develop additional training material focusing on historical events and places of significance in U.S. Military history, Lt. Col. Crossley said.
“This cadet endeavor is a stepping-stone toward advanced studies in history and astronomy,” he said. “It is designed to broaden the scope of reference of the cadet perspective in relationship to world events, life experiences and career exploration. Our objective in support of this course is to parallel the Cadet Command initiative of ‘preparing young people to become better citizens’.”
ES History Fair Winners Announced
The Fort Worth ISD Social Studies Department is pleased to announce the winners of its 2018-2019 Elementary History Fair. The annual competition is open to students across the district in grades 3 – 5. Students submit projects for judging as an individual or part of a group.
Held in conjunction with National History Day, student projects explored a topic and its relationship to the theme of Triumph and Tragedy in history.
Glen Park ES, Jo Kelly Named Latest Webby Award Winners
Glen Park Elementary School and the Jo Kelly School are Fort Worth ISD’s Webby Award winners for the month of February.
The two campus websites were honored for how they celebrated families.
This week, Glen Park and Jo Kelly were recognized with the coveted Webby Award trophy during elementary and secondary principals’ meetings, February 13 and 14 at the Professional Development Center. The two schools will keep the Webby Award for the next month and received a Kroger gift card for campus use.
“This month’s Web challenge was all about celebrating families and their role in making every campus special and unique,” said Thomas Ketchersid, FWISD’s web communications coordinator. “This month’s winners and runners up achieved exactly that by publishing some very special, heartwarming content.”
Distributed monthly by the FWISD Communications Department, the Webby Award recognizes campus websites that engage families, students, alumni and the community at large. Elementary and secondary campus websites that best complete the monthly challenge are presented with the Webby Award at principals’ meetings.
ES LEADERSHIP RECOGNIZES CAMPUSES FOR Student Engagement, PHENOMENAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES
The Fort Worth ISD Elementary Schools Leadership Department has recognized campus principals whose schools exhibited spectacular student engagement and phenomenal learning communities within the last month.
Executive directors with the Elementary Schools Leadership Departments recognized six campuses with certificates at an elementary schools principal meeting, February 13.
The schools recognized for phenomenal learning communities are:
This month's schools exhibiting spectacular student engagement are:
FWISD CTE Students Qualify for State Contests
More than 100 Fort Worth ISD students are headed to state contests this March focusing on business and health care.
Click here to learn more about the 94 students advancing to the Texas Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference (SLC) and here to read about the nearly 40 students who’ve qualified for the HOSA Future Health Professionals Spring Leadership Conference.
#ThankYou Thursday: FWISD Employees
The Fort Worth ISD is thankful for you, our amazing employees.
Happy Valentine's Day!
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
North Hi Mount ES Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Interest Night: The event was hosted Wednesday, February 13.
TCU Symphony Orchestra performs at I.M. Terrell Academy: Ahead of its Texas Music Aducators Association performance this week in San Antonio, the ensemble presented a preview program before a Fort Worth audience, Monday, February 11 at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA. The performance included works by Alberto Ginastera and Dmitry Shostakovich.
Puerto Rico Job Fairs: The Fort Worth ISD recently traveled to Puerto Rico to recruit bilingual teachers for the 2019-2020 school year. As of this week, 17 educators from Puerto Rico have signed letters of intent to teach in the District next school year. Welcome to the FWISD Family!
Social Media Tip of the Week
The following is from Kiana King, FWISD's social media coordinator:
#FWISD will highlight campuses that create engaging social media content! Congratulations, Leadership Academy at John T. White, on being Fort Worth ISD's #socialmediagoals for the week! Be sure to follow Leadership Academy at John T. White on Facebook and Twitter at @LAJohnTWhiteES.
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