Inside FWISD December 12, 2019

In this edition:

Deadline Approaches for FWISD Gold Seal Applications: Help Date Events Slated December 12 &13 Ahead of Friday's 5 p.m. Deadline| FWISD Survey Welcomes Feedback Regarding District Climate, Culture: District Students, Staff, Parents and Community Encouraged to Participate in Survey December 2-20| HS Fall Exams Slated For Next Week | FWISD Board Approves 2020-2021 School Calendars | McLean’s Angela Groves-Price Selected As Space Foundation Teacher LiaisonI | Buzz Worthy: Attendance Strategy @TrimbleTech | Navy Cyber Security Expert Inducted Into FWISD Wall of Fame | FWISD Recognizes 2019 Invention Convention Winners | 2 FWISD Teams Earn Judges Awards At Bell Vertical Robotics Competition | 5 FWISD Ballroom Dance Teams Advance To Final | Grub Burger Bar Adds Dish Created At Trimble Tech HS To 2020 Menu | FWISD Safe Schools Training Deadline Approaching | Meals On Wheels Needs Volunteers For Silver Santa Distribution | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Deadline Approaches for FWISD Gold Seal Applications

Help Date Events Slated Ahead of the 5 p.m. December 13 Deadline

Five days remain to apply for Fort Worth ISD’s Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice. Online applications are being accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, December 13.

On-site assistance is available for families needing additional help completing the application. Gold Seal representatives will host Application Help Date events from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. December 12-13 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center where families can complete online Gold Seal applications and ask questions about the process.

Families are also encouraged to reach out to their campus counselors and College and Career Readiness coordinators for assistance.

“Industry-driven Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice offer Fort Worth ISD families and students the power of choice now more than ever to go beyond the basic, beyond the traditional, to find the pathway that’s a match to a student’s interest, goals and learning style,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner.

Because all applications are submitted online, it’s extremely important that parents have an active email address prior to starting the application process. District employees submitting applications for their own children may use their active directory login.

Admission into Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice is based on a computer-generated selection process. Families will be notified via email of application results, February 3, 2020. Students will be placed on a waiting list if they’re not selected to their first choice.

For more details, view the 2020-21 Gold Seal catalog, visit www.fwisd.org/choice or call the Gold Seal office at 817-814-2584.

FWISD Survey Welcomes YOUR Feedback On District Climate, Culture, Schedules

Dear Colleagues:

The Fort Worth ISD wants to know: how are we doing?

Approximately one week remains for employees, students, parents and the community at large to participate in the 2019-2020 Stakeholders’ Climate Survey. The survey closes December 20.

The survey takes an average of 15 minutes to complete and allows the opportunity to offer anonymous feedback on the District’s climate and culture, what’s working well and where there are gaps or opportunities for improvement.

And for the first time, students, teachers, principals and parents at the secondary school level may offer feedback about their child’s classes and school day schedules. They will be asked to assess things such as content and student interest.

Access the survey now at www.fwisd.org/2019survey.

District students and staff will be asked to enter their student or employee ID number to authenticate their association with the District. Vital demographic data will be added to the data file automatically; however names and other individual identifiers will not be included in the data set. To protect respondents’ confidentiality, no data will be broken down at the campus level in such a way that would allow for individual student or staff identification.

And, some of you may take the survey multiple times based on your roles. For example, if you are an employee with children attending a FWISD school, you may complete the survey as an employee (with the ID authenticator), as a parent, and again as a community member. You may complete a survey for each school your children attend.

Have additional questions? Please contact the Grants Compliance and Monitoring Department at 817-814-1850 or send an email to Askeval@fwisd.org.

HS Fall Exams Slated for Next Week

Fort Worth ISD high schools are preparing for final exams as the 2019-2020 fall semester comes to a close.

Final exams get underway at most high schools across the District on Monday, December 16. There will be an early dismissal from classes for most FWISD high schools, with the exception of Young Men’s Leadership Academy and World Languages Institute, on Friday, December 20. Check with officials at your campus for more details.

The District closes for winter break at the end of the day, Friday, December 20.

District staff will return to work Monday, January 6, 2020 for teacher preparation and waiver days. FWISD will welcome students back for the spring semester on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

FWISD Board Approves 2020-2021 School Calendars

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education unanimously approved the District’s traditional, Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center, Early College and Jo Kelly School calendars for the 2020-2021 school year this week.

According to District documents, the “calendars meet the 75,600 minutes’ state requirement.”

All classes for the 2020-2021 year begin Monday, August 17, 2020. The tradition school and Early College High School calendars conclude Thursday, May 27, 2021. The school year ends for students at Alice Carlson ALC on Friday, June 11,2021, and Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at the Jo Kelly School.

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Each school calendar includes the following student holidays and semester start days:

  • Fall Semester Begins, Monday, August 17, 2020
  • Labor Day -- Monday, September 7, 2020
  • Fall Break – Monday, October 12, 2020
  • Thanksgiving break – November 23-27, 2020
  • Winter Break—December 21, 2020-January 4, 2021
  • Staff Day (No classes for students) – Tuesday, January 5, 2021
  • Spring Semester Begins—Wednesday, January 6, 2021
  • Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – Monday, January 18, 2021
  • Staff Day (No classes for students) – Friday, February 5, 2021
  • Snow Day (Classroom teacher flex day), Monday, February 15, 2021
  • Spring Break – March 15-19, 2021
  • Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Day (Classroom teacher flex day), Monday, March 29, 2021
  • Good Friday (Classroom teacher flex day), Friday, April 2
  • Snow Day (Classroom teacher flex day), Monday, April 19, 2021
  • Memorial Day, Monday May 31, 2021*

*= Alice Carlson ALC and Jo Kelly School only

The calendars will be posted on the District website soon.

In other action and business at the Board’s December 10 meeting, trustees:

  • Unanimously appointed Paul Zinn as the District’s new executive director of network services
  • Unanimously approved a motion to appeal a Texas Education Agency ruling on status of a fired teacher
  • Paused for a moment of silence in remembrance of three FWISD students who recently passed away.
  • Recognized Paschal High School seniors Mark Moses and Coleman Odom who were recently the only high school presenters at the Herpetology Society Fall Symposium hosted at Sul Ross University in Alpine.
  • Recognized Bonnie Brae parent volunteer Tania Garcia with the Pamela Day Award. Ms. Garcia teaches her own class for new parents, and assists with field trips, helping teachers with needed supplies, fulfilling other classroom needs, and assisting the after-school program by decorating for their events
  • The American and Texas pledges were led by students from Washington Heights Elementary.
  • The Army JROTC unit at Carter-Riverside High School where Greg Ruthart is the principal, greeted guests as they arrived.
  • The choir from Edward J. Briscoe, under the direction of Rebecca Wilson, entertained guests as they arrived. Octavia Gray is the principal.
Pictured from left is McLean Middle School science teacher Angela Groves-Price, former McLean teacher Sharon Lemond and Principal Barbara Ozuna posing with a print of one of alumnus Alan Bean's original paintings, which was presented to the school.

McLean’s Angela Groves-Price Selected as Space Foundation Teacher Liaison

By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

McLean Middle School science teacher Angela Groves-Price had to a have a cry in her driveway. She just received the news that she was finally joining her “space family.” The emotions took over.

“I was elated,” she said. “I just sat there and cried.”

The pure joy Groves-Price felt came after being selected to join an exclusive group of educators in the Space Foundation’s Teacher Liaison program for 2020. The 39 Teacher Liaisons were chosen for their active promotion of space, science and STEM education in the classroom.

Ms. Groves-Price is one of six teacher liaisons from Texas. She’s been with Fort Worth ISD since 2000.

“I’d like to congratulate Ms. Angela Groves,” FWISD District 6 Trustee Anne Darr said during the Fort Worth School Board meeting on Tuesday. “I am grateful for the impact that she makes on FWISD’s future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, astronauts and space pioneers.”

“Started by the Space Foundation in 2004, the Teacher Liaison program positively influences STEM education on an international level, using space-related content to inspire the next generation of astronauts, scientists, engineers and space pioneers,” according to a recent Space Foundation media release. “Teacher Liaisons serve as advocates for STEM education and use training and resources, provided by the Space Foundation, to further integrate space principles into their classrooms, schools, communities and beyond.

“New Teacher Liaisons are selected by a panel comprised of experienced Teacher Liaisons, as well as representatives from the space industry and the military. The Space Foundation Teacher Liaison program is funded by Lockheed Martin and the Miller-Wood Foundation.”

Ms. Groves-Price, who teaches eighth grade and seventh accelerated at McLean, described the application process as rigorous. She went through it last year and didn’t make the cut.

“I was denied the first time and didn’t get in,” she said. “This was my second time to apply. Getting in is truly special because you’re around people that are involved in the same thing and have the same desires about a topic. You have a space family.”

“Each selected class of Teacher Liaisons is called a ‘flight’ to denote the teachers’ mission as premier Space/STEM educators. A new flight of Teacher Liaisons is selected each December,” according to the Space Foundation. “This program is open to public, private and homeschool teachers, in both informal and formal education, as well as school administrators, principals, specialists, curriculum and instruction developers, as well as others who deliver educational programs to students.”

Ms. Groves-Price is in a flight that includes educators from across the country plus six international candidates from India, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Space and science-related studies have long been close to her heart. As an elementary student, Ms. Groves-Price took a field trip to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and the Wright Brothers National Museum, and the experience stuck with her.

“When it came around to me getting involved in education, people tend to focus on one niche and mine was space,” she said.

In addition to Ms. Groves-Price, McLean’s ties to space go deep. Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean attended McLean, and a print of one of his original paintings was presented to the school. Ms. Groves-Price took part in the presentation.

Ms. Groves-Price is a NASA JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) Solar System Ambassador, Space Center Houston CREW Member and a NASA MAVEN Educator Ambassador. She also works closely with Texas Christian University professor Dr. Molly Weinburgh and the Andrews Foundation, which support her space education endeavors and sponsored her space science camp last summer in partnership with the Cosmosphere.

“New teacher liaisons will be publicly recognized at the Space Foundation’s 36th Space Symposium, to be held March 30 – April 2, 2020, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs,” according to the Space Foundation. “In addition to recognition activities, Teacher Liaisons also participate in the Space Foundation’s virtual distance delivery education programs.”

Buzz Worthy

Attendance Strategy @TrimbleTech

Our campuses are always posting great ways to motivate our students and staff! Each week we’ll post tricks of the trade. If you see an idea you like, try it at your campus!

Our leadership team at Trimble Tech High School rewards students for perfect attendance! Principal Omar Ramos provided some great tips on how you can start the perfect attendance award at your campus! If you need additional guidance, email him at eudoxio.ramos@fwisd.org or call 817-815-2500.

Principal Ramos says,

How it works:

We offer weekly incentives for students who are present and on time during the week.


1. Obtain prizes from local businesses and community partners.

2. I have attendance data posted all over the building, so all grade levels and teachers know where we stand weekly.

3. Use surplus donations. We still have enough Dickies backpacks, drinking cups, T-shirts, etc.


So far, we are averaging a 96.69 attendance rate from August 19 to December 4, 2019.

What a great idea! And, the campus posts the students on social media with a great caption. In addition, they thank and tag the community partner that provided the prize.

Want to be featured on Buzz Worthy? Follow these easy steps:

Try out the perfect attendance award on your campus and let us know the benefits and challenges!

Navy Cyber Security Expert Inducted Into FWISD Wall of Fame

Retired Navy Capt. Roy S. Petty is the latest alumnus inducted into the Fort Worth ISD Wall of Fame.

The former commanding officer of the U.S. Navy’s Cyber Defense Operations, a 1976 graduate of Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, devoted his career to meeting technological challenges that threaten America’s prosperity and liberty. He also co-founded the U.S. Naval War College’s Center for Cyber Conflict Studies. Captain Petty’s successes earned him prestigious awards and recognitions.

Superintendent Kent Scribner hosted a ceremony on Friday, December 6, 2019, at the Fort Worth ISD administration building where Capt. Petty was inducted into the Wall of Fame. Loved ones, friends and a small group of FWISD JROTC cadets from Diamond Hill-Jarvis and Arlington Heights high schools were in attendance for the induction.

Read more about the ceremony in this recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram article.

In addition to Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, Captain Petty attended M.H. Moore Elementary School and W. A. Meacham Middle School.

Petty joins more than 180 other accomplished and influential alumni on the tribute wall that recognizes extraordinarily accomplished and influential FWISD alumni.

View more photos from the recent Wall of Fame ceremony here.

FWISD Recognizes 2019 Invention Convention Winners

Fort Worth ISD students from Daggett Montessori and Westpark Elementary schools claimed the top prizes at the District’s 2019 Invention Convention competition.

For the third year in a row, Kylee Williams, a sixth grader at Daggett Montessori, claimed the Science-Minded Artist award with her project “Looks Can Be Deceiving,” a window cover to deter intruders in the event of an active shooter situation. The window cover gives the impression that a classroom is empty.

Westpark Elementary fifth grader Rylee Fusilier’s project “Volleyball ‘In’ Light,” which creates an illuminated foul line that informs a referee when a ball is still in bounds, earned the Art-Minded Scientist award.

Both grand prize winners received $250 scholarships from local nonprofit Imagination Fort Worth.

Invention Convention recognizes the District’s youngest innovators and encourages students in kindergarten through seventh grade to produce creative art and science inventions to improve the world. The competition is hosted by the District’s Choice Programming and Enrichment division in collaboration with Imagination Fort Worth.

Projects focus on inventive thinking, creativity and applying critical thinking skills and also encourage students strive to for knowledge and achievement in the arts and sciences, according to convention organizers.

In addition to the two grand prizes, individual and class project winners were recognized at a reception and awards ceremony, Saturday, December 7 at Western Hills Elementary.

The following are the 2019 Invention Convention individual award winners:

View photos from the recent Invention Convention open house and awards ceremony here.

2 FWISD Teams Earn Judges Awards at Bell Vertical Robotics Competition

Five Fort Worth ISD teams competed in the 2019 Bell Vertical Robotics Competition recently, and of those teams, two earned special judges’ awards.

Young Women’s Leadership Academy was recognized for its Presentation and Engineering handbook, and Paschal High School took home the Judges Choice Award. Other competing teams representing FWISD in the contest included Southwest High School, Young Men’s Leadership Academy and the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA.

The third annual Bell Vertical Robotics Competition, hosted Saturday, December 7 at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Mavericks Activity Center, is a drone contest, and this year’s theme was On-Demand Mobility. Teams from 17 high schools across Dallas-Fort Worth and Virginia had eight weeks to design and assemble drones capable of simulating air-taxi movement of people and rapid delivery of product orders.

“On competition day, the teams competed head-to-head to put their design solutions to the test,” according to the Bell Flight website. “In addition, teams were required to use their critical thinking skills as they executed a product order rapid-delivery mission and completed other problem-solving challenges during the competition.”

Click here for more contest results.

5 FWISD Ballroom Dance Teams Advance to Finals

Five Fort Worth ISD elementary ballroom dance teams are advancing to the North Texas finals competition next spring after earning gold recently in the Fall 2019 Colors of the Rainbow Semifinal.

The ballroom dance competition, hosted December 3 at FWISD’s Southwest High School by nonprofit Dancing Classrooms of North Texas, featured 18 District fifth-grade teams. Each team of 12 students showed off their mastery in merengue, foxtrot, rumba, tango, jitterbug and waltz.

The five teams finishing with gold and advancing to the finals next May are M.L. Philips, Dolores Huerta, the Leadership Academy at Como, Greenbriar and S.S. Dillow elementary schools.

Finishing with silver medals were M.H. Moore, W.M. Green, Bonnie Brae, A.M. Pate, Springdale and Sam Rosen elementary schools.

Bronze medal winners included J.T. Stevens, Charles Nash, Milton L. Kirkpatrick, Waverly Park, Versia Williams, Washington Heights and Rufino Mendoza elementary schools.

Approximately 20 other FWISD elementary schools will compete in the spring semifinal next May for the chance at advancing to finals.

Students participate in a 10-week program in a physical education setting that teaches various contemporary social dances as well as manners, respect for others and teamwork. The 10-week program culminates with Colors of the Rainbow semifinals and finals competitions in which students audition to represent their home campus. Since 2006, Dancing Classrooms of North Texas has been implemented in fifth and eighth grade classrooms in seven school districts in Tarrant and Dallas counties. It currently serves more than 100 schools and more than 50,000 students.

Grub Burger Bar Adds Dish Created at Trimble Tech HS to 2020 Menu

A kids’ dish, created by culinary students at Fort Worth ISD’s Trimble Tech High School, is one of the new additions appearing on the 2020 menu at Grub Kitchen + Bar.

Next spring, the Turkey Buddy Burger, a kid-sized turkey zucchini patty on a whole wheat bun with jalapeño ranch spread and a side of carrot sticks with a pineapple apple sauce dip, will appear on the children’s menu at Grub restaurants across the country. Additionally, the culinary team from Trimble Tech receives a $500 scholarship. The Turkey Buddy Burger is the creation of Trimble Tech students Paola Martinez, Kimberly Sanchez and Miriam Perez Vega. The team is led by culinary arts teacher Natasha Bruton.

Last month, the students participated in the Kids Fit Menu Invitational Live Demo Event, a competition in which culinary students from area school districts prepare an original dish for the chance at having it included on the children’s menus in restaurants across Dallas-Fort Worth. Kids Fit Menu Invitational Live Demo Event, a partnership of Medical City Children’s Hospital, the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association and Texas ProStart was hosted Saturday, November 2 at 3015 at Trinity Groves, a culinary events center, in Dallas. Students prepared original dishes for Grub, Village Burger Bar and Genghis Grill.

The winnings recipe, names and photos of the student chefs and the school they represent will appear on children’s menus at Grub, Village Burger Bar and Genghis Grill. Trimble Tech High received notification that its dish will appear on the Grub Kitchen + Bar menu over the Thanksgiving break.

The culinary program at Trimble Tech High School is a Gold Seal Program of Choice.

The Turkey Buddy Burger will be the latest dish, created by FWISD students, to appear on menus in the D-FW area.

In April 2019, two dishes created by students at North Side and South Hills high schools were added to the kids’ menu at la Madeleine French Bakery and Café. The dishes -- Cinnamon Apple Crepe and Ooh la la Chicken and Rice – were winners at the 2018 Kids Fit Menu Invitational Live Demo Event.

North Side High School and South Hills High School culinary students are also part of the District’s Gold Seal Programs of Choice.


Fort Worth ISD employees have less than a month to complete 13 mandatory Safe Schools online training courses for the 2019-2020 school year.

Earlier this fall, Art Cavazos, FWISD’s operations chief, announced that employees have until December 31 to complete the required Safe Schools courses. The previous deadline was October 31.

New hires must complete the courses within two months of their hire date.

All District supervisors will receive a monthly report of employees’ training progress.

The required Safe Schools courses for the 2019-2020 school year, available via fwisd.tx.safeschools.com, include:

  • Bullying: Recognition and Response
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Child Abuse Mandatory Texas Course
  • CIPA: Compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act
  • Email and Messaging Safety
  • FERPA: Confidentiality of Records
  • FWISD Avoid Deny Defend Active Shooter Custom Course
  • Health Emergencies: Overview
  • Password Security Basics
  • Protection Against Malware
  • Sexual Harassment: Student Issues and Response
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention

Employees will be required to use their active directory and password to access the system. Google Chrome is the preferred browser for using Safe Schools.

In addition to the mandatory training courses, multiple other online courses are available to staff.

Contact the Help Desk at 817-814-4357 if you encounter any problems with your active directory or password.

For more details on the courses, contact Aracely Chavez, executive director of classified learning, at Aracely.chavez@fwisd.org or visit the Classified Learning webpage at www.fwisd.org/Page/2807.

Meals on Wheels Needs Volunteers for Silver Santa Distribution

Meal on Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County is looking for volunteers to assist in sorting, wrapping and delivering gifts for its Silver Santa campaign.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. any Monday through Thursday, with the exception of December 24 and 25. The organization is in great need of volunteers with trucks and trailers to assist with transporting lift chairs and hospital beds.

Silver Santa provides gifts to the organization’s homebound, elderly and disabled clients including clothing, flash lights, calendars, postage stamps, toiletries, blankets and bedding.

Meal on Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County is also looking for volunteers who can fulfill holiday wishes for its clients. For more details, click here.

Volunteers are not required to commit a full day, and groups are welcome to help.

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

Holiday Concert Series: The Fort Worth ISD annual Holiday Concert Series features elementary, middle and high school choirs, orchestras and bands, December 9-19. Daily, two groups of student performers present mini concerts in the main lobby of the FWISD Administration Building. View all the holiday performances at www.facebook.com/fortworthisd.

Easy Riding into Perfect Attendance: Staff at Hazel Harvey Peace showed off some some new bikes donated by TDIndustries, Inc. They will be used for drawings among students with perfect attendance. The students with perfect attendance will be entered into a raffle to win one of the bikes. In total, TDIndustries, Inc. has donated 50 bicycles to the FWISD that are being dived among 15 schools. view video of staff at Hazel Harvey Peace showing off the bike here.

Holiday Fun at Hubbard Heights Elementary: It's been quite a busy week at Hubbard Heights Elementary. On Monday, the Park Hill Neighborhood Association delivered gifts to students and gift cards to faculty. Members of the Student council waited outside with posters to greet them. This is the 30th year the association has donated to the school.

On Tuesday, Southside Optimist Club members treated eight lucky students to a shopping spree at Kohl's followed by lunch at Chuck E. Cheese.

On Friday, Costco is slated to host a Christmas party on campus with pizza, cake, music and pictures with Santa.

Christmas Comes Early: Local nonprofit Fort Worth METRO (Mobile Effort to Reach Our City) Ministries showered students at Carter park Elementary on Monday with scooters, toy trucks, dolls and Christmas stockings. Among those in attendance was Fort Worth District 9 City Councilwoman Ann Zadeh. Annually, Fort Worth METRO donates Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas to gifts to Carter Park families and students. The co-executive directors of Fort Worth METRO are Buddy and Ruth Calzada. Buddy Calzada is also a Fort Worth Police officer.

College Tour: Monnig Middle School's eight-grade class was the guest of the Texas Christian University Office of the Chancellor for a campus visit, December 4. More than 200 students from Monnig toured the campus, engaged with a TCU student panel on college life and had lunch in the university's TCU’s Schollmaier Arena. The event was organized by Monnig and the GO Center. 

Tournament Champions, 100th Win: Congratulations to the O.D. Wyatt Chaparrals basketball team which recently won the Raising Cane’s Key City Classic Championship. Also recently, Coach DeMarqus James earned his 100th win as a coach in a 57-52 win over Cedar Hill.

Teaching Chair Heartfelt Messages: So many inspiring acceptance speeches were delivered at the recent Fort Worth ISD Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence Luncheon that we decided to share them in bite-size editions. Each day leading up to the winter break on www.fwisd.org, we will hear meaningful remarks from one of the sixteen 2019-2020 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence.

Cassie Hanson, Trimble Technical High School, Chase Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary English

Heather Hedges, Paschal High School, TTI, Inc. Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Math

Marisol Herrera, Dolores Huerta Elementary School, Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Math and Science

Brandi Mayhall, Burton Hill Elementary School, Linebarger Goggan Glair & Sampson, LLP Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Reading

Amy Sikes Morrison, Waverly Park Elementary School, XTO Energy Inc. Chair for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood

Thanksgiving Baskets: Multiple families at Walton Elementary School recently received baskets to use for celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday.

Unified Sports Flag Football: Fort Worth ISD special education alumni students recently competed on the Texas Christian University Unified Flag Football team in a game against the Texas Tech Unified team in Lubbock. Each team was made up of Special Olympics athletes and students from TCU and Texas Tech. View the highlight reel here. Representing FWISD was:

Brian Pace (Western Hills alumni & current transition student from LIFT)

Thomas Rodriguez (Arlington Heights alumni)

Deandre Gaona (South Hills alumni)

Ryan Partridge (Southwest alumni)

The game is part of ESPN-sponsored Unified Sports, an inclusive sports program that brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. Thousands of elementary, middle and high schools nationwide participate in Unified Sports programs which promote social inclusion for shared sports, training and competition experiences, according to the Special Olympics website.

DHJ Students Awarded for Litter Stomp participation: Students at Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School were recently recognized for their participation in Keep Fort Worth Beautiful's Litter Stomp event. The group, who cleaned up the DHJ neighborhood, collected more trash than any other educational entity participating, said Dalynn Cross, the sponsor for the group of participating students. Students from DHJ's Journeys, Eagle Crew, AVID and National Honor Society organizations took part in the October 19 event and earned volunteer hours for participating. “Students who serve become students who lead," Ms. Cross said. Our DHJ servant leaders took a free Saturday and volunteered to clean their community because they love their community. I am very proud of our students!”

FWISD Holiday Concert Series, Continues through December 19

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, December 13

Fall Semester Ends, December 20

Stakeholders' Climate Survey Ends, December 20

Winter Break, December 23-January 3

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, January 4

Teacher Preparation Day, January 6

Spring Semester Starts, January 7

Save the date for the FWISD Fort Worth Technology Conference, January 25

Save the date for Summer Professional Learning

Girls and Boys Basketball Schedules

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