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Inside FWISD January 28, 2021

In this edition:

Board Receives School Boundary, Academic Program, Facility Updates: Most Updates Take Effect In Coming Months | Golden Opportunity: District Will Receive Gold Seal Late Applications Starting February 1 | FWISD Board Authorizes Paid Leave For Employees Impacted By COVID-19 | FWISD Board Of Education Approves 2021-2022 School Calendars | FWISD To Observe Staff Day, Student Holiday February 1 | On the Job: FWISD Welcomes New Chief Information Officer | FWISD Child Nutrition Services Meal Distribution Changes: Weekend Meal Opportunity Added | Fort Worth ISD, Tarrant Area Food Bank Continue Distribution through May, 2021 at Mega Mobile Market: Groceries Help Families Dealing with Economic Crisis Because of COVID-19 Pandemic | FWISD To Celebrate CTE Month This February | Fort Worth ISD Staff Member Recognized as an Unsung Hero | FWISD Offers Teachers Online Promethean Training | FWISD Announces 2020-2021 Safe Schools Training Requirements | FWISD Announces Recent Retirees | Food Available At Multiple Sites Through February | Inside FWISD News Briefs | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Board Receives School Boundary, Academic Program, Facility Updates

Most Updates Take Effect in Coming Months

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education received an update this week of District boundary changes, academic programs and facility updates taking effect this summer and going into the 2021-2022 academic year.

The changes impact the Eastern Hills, South Hills, North Side and Dunbar pyramids, the International Newcomer/ Applied Learning Academy campus and employees working in the Central Administration Building. The Board approved the updated boundary plan nearly a year ago, Superintendent Kent Scribner said at a Board meeting, Tuesday, January 26.

To date, the District has sold a handful of facilities including the Central Administration Building, Board of Education Conference Center, Security, Service Center I, Capital Improvement Building and Metro Opportunity High School. By the 2021-2022 fall semester, the District anticipates moving out of these facilities, decentralizing the Administration Building and strategically dispatching 450 Central Administration employees to satellite campuses throughout the District. Several departments have already moved to the Teaching and Learning Center on Bridgewood Drive as of last year.

The District’s new school boundary vertical alignment will focus on one high school, a couple middle schools and a handful of elementary schools, Dr. Scribner said. Feeder patterns have been organized to where students would remain in a cohort and would continue on to middle school with the same classmates they had in elementary school and then the same high school. Boundary changes to the Eastern Hills, North Side and South Hills pyramids will take effect this fall.

Changes were previously made to the Benbrook and Western Hills pyramids.

“The effort here is to have no more splits and no more overlaps,” Dr. Scribner told Board members Tuesday.

Eastern Hills Pyramid Alignment

The following changes are slated for the Eastern Hills pyramid this fall:

  • The pyramid will consolidate from three middle schools to two
  • Students attending East Handley, Elliott, McDonald and Lowery Road elementary schools will matriculate to McClung Middle School and then onto Eastern Hills High
  • Students attending White, Eastern Hills, Meadowbrook, Sagamore and West Handley elementary schools will matriculate to Meadowbrook Middle School and then onto Eastern Hills High
  • Handley Middle School will be repurposed. The Metro Opportunity High School and Middle Level Learning Center programs will relocate to the Handley Middle School site, and programming at the school is being redesigned with a social emotional learning partnership
  • Some employees currently working in Central Administration will relocate to community satellite campuses. The Student Support Services Department and staff will relocate to support student and school communities and will also be housed at the current Handley Middle School site

“One unique feature to this change is the social services hub concept,” Dr. Scribner said. “If we have our staff who are focused on social and emotional efforts in our school district across the entire 209 square miles, but certainly for both students and community in this area, we think it’s important to develop input from our community stakeholders. In the coming weeks and months, we will be having community visioning sessions that are designed to connect our residents with existing resources, integrating health and social services.”

North Side Pyramid Alignment

Changes ahead for the North Side pyramid include:

  • Students attending Mendoza, Jara and Rosen elementary schools will matriculate to J.P. Elder Middle School and then onto North Side High School
  • Students attending Huerta, Turner, Kirkpatrick and Washington Heights elementary schools will matriculate to Kirkpatrick Middle and then onto North Side High School
  • H.V. Helbing Elementary students will matriculate to Meacham Middle
  • Jara and Mendoza elementary schools will expand its grade levels to offer pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programming. M.G. Ellis Primary students will transition to Jara and Mendoza elementary to create greater efficiencies and respond to parent requests relating to having pre-K-5 programming at one campus
  • The M.G. Ellis Primary campus will be repurposed, and staff from Parent Partnerships and Specialized Academic Support will relocate to the site

South Hills Pyramid Alignment

Changes to the South Hills pyramid include:

  • Rosemont 6th Grade Center students will relocate to the Rosemont Elementary School site
  • Rosemont Elementary School students will be relocated to the neighborhood campuses attended prior to the construction of Rosemont Elementary. The students will relocate to Hubbard, Seminary or Wilson elementary based on their residence
  • Worth Heights Elementary students who live north of Biddison will attend Clark Elementary
  • Worth Heights Elementary students who live east of Interstate-35 will attend Morningside Elementary and then go onto Morningside Middle School
  • A portion of Hubbard Elementary students will relocate to Worth Heights Elementary
  • Worth Heights, Wilson, Hubbard, Seminary, Greenbriar and South Hills Elementary will matriculate to the new Rosemont 6th Grade site followed by Rosemont Middle. All Rosemont Middle students will go on to attend South Hills High School
  • Rosemont 6th Grade Center will be repurposed as the Applied Learning Academy (ALA)

Trustee Quinton Phillips said he would love to see the vertical pyramid alignment implementation slated for Eastern Hills, North Side and South Hills spark comradery and pride throughout the District.

“These realignments and these structures that we’re going to have, this is really a great opportunity for that interaction to flow from elementary school up through high school,” he said. “That will do so much for the community pride itself as well as for those young people looking forward to that high school, that middle school they’re going to, now that they know that straight shot that’s going to happen. I would love to see that happen.”

Academic Program Expansion

The following are academic program changes to take effect as early as the 2021-2022 fall semester:

  • The District is proposing an expansion of the Leadership Academy model, which will look to convert Jacquet Middle School into a leadership academy the 2021-2022 academic year. The District is considering organizations to partner with on this academic endeavor. Community input will be sought soon on this proposal, and further discussion will come before the Board in March.
  • Leadership academy model implementation will follow over the next two years at Leonard and Morningside middle schools
  • The District will look to expand Gold Seal programming in the Dunbar, Eastern Hills and South Hills pyramids. A series of community input sessions will be scheduled this spring to gather community input on what programs are needed and desired in the communities.
  • International Newcomer Program students will return to their home campuses, and program supports for students through a Region approach across the District are being designed

Trustees CJ Evans and Norman Robbins said that they are pleased to see the leadership academy model expand to additional middle schools.

Additional Administration Changes

  • The District will remodel the current ALA and International Newcomer site as the new District Central Administration Building. It will include departments such as Business and Human Capital Management. It will also serve as a one-stop customer service employee hub and a space for board meetings. Some employees will work at other District facilities until the remodel is complete
  • The District’s Assessment and Data Quality, Library and Media Services, Educational Technology and Academics departments and staff will relocate to a site on Valentine Street recently used for the Middle Level Learning Center.

Additional details will be available on the District website soon. The following is a timeline of how these changes underway will be communicated to all District stakeholders in the coming months.

“It’s exciting,” said Trustee Anne Darr. “This is progress.”

The entire boundary presentation is available via the Fort Worth ISD LIVE YouTube channel.

District stakeholders with additional questions about the new boundary changes are encouraged to submit them to Let’s Talk at www.fwisd.org/feedback.

In other Board business, trustees:

  • Received a College and Career Readiness update
  • Received a report on the District’s COVID-19 data and response

Golden Opportunity

District Will Receive Gold Seal Late Applications Starting February 1

Seize this golden opportunity.

The Fort Worth ISD will begin accepting late applications for its 2021-2022 Gold Seal Schools and Programs of Choice on Monday, February 1.

The District will host two late application webinars -- one for high school and another for middle and elementary -- at 6 p.m. February 1 and 2 for families who missed the opportunity to apply for Gold Seal in December. Families of eighth graders and incoming pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students will have an opportunity to speak with Gold Seal officials and specialists about its high school and elementary programs and ask questions about the late applications process. For more details on how to register for the webinars, visit www.fwisd.org/choice.

Students may apply through September for Programs and Schools of Choice where space is available. Unlike the general application window in December in which applicants were admitted by a computer-generated lottery, late applicants will be assigned to a school or program in the order they apply – first come, first serve.

The following schools/programs are accepting late applications for the 2021-22 academic year:

  • Carter-Riverside High School: Ninth grade Information Technology/ Computer Maintenance P-TECH Academy
  • Arlington Heights High School: Ninth and 10th grade Dance and ninth grade Livestock Production, Veterinary Medical Assistant, Agriculture Mechanics
  • South Hills High School: Ninth and 10th grade Computer Science and Support; Culinary Arts; ninth grade Software Development/IT/ User Experience P-TECH Academy; ninth grade Video Game Design and ninth and 10th grade Welding
  • Diamond-Hill Jarvis High School: Ninth and 10th grade Veterinary Medical Assistant and ninth grade Welding
  • Dunbar High School: Ninth grade Automotive Technology; Aviation; ninth and 10th grade Collegiate Academy; ninth grade Cosmetology and ninth and 10th grade Manufacturing P-TECH Academy
  • Eastern Hills High School: Ninth and 10th grade Cybersecurity P-TECH Academy and Public Service
  • North Side High School: Ninth and 10th grade Culinary Arts; Mariachi and ninth grade Medical Professions P-TECH Academy
  • Polytechnic High School: Ninth grade Automotive Technology; Ninth and 10th grade Computer Service and Support; ninth grade Culinary Arts and ninth and 10th grade Education P-TECH Academy
  • Paschal High School: 10th grade AP Capstone Academy and Computer Science
  • Trimble Tech High School: Ninth grade Computer Service and Support; Cybersecurity; Digital Logistics and Engineering; Mill and Cabinet Technology and Retail and Entrepreneurship
  • Southwest High School: Ninth grade Broadcast Journalism and Media Technology; Ninth and 10th grade Collegiate Academy; Music and Sound Design and ninth grade Welding
  • Western Hills High School: Ninth grade Applied Learning Academy; ninth and 10th grade Computer Service and Support
  • O.D. Wyatt High School: Ninth grade Automotive Technology; ninth and 10th grade Collegiate Academy; Construction Technology; ninth grade Culinary Arts; ninth and 10th grade Medical
  • Como Montessori: Kindergarten- fourth grade
  • Benbrook Middle High School: Ninth grade AP Capstone Academy
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy: Ninth grade
  • Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences: Ninth grade Early College High School
  • Young Men’s Leadership Academy: Grades six, nine and 10
  • World Languages Institute: Ninth grade
  • Marine Creek Collegiate High: Ninth grade Early College High School
  • Tarrant County College South Campus/ Collegiate High School: P-TECH Early College High School
  • I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA: ninth and 10th grade Band; Choir; Dance; Orchestra; Piano; STEM; Theater and ninth grade Visual Art
  • J.T. Stevens Elementary School: K-5 Applied Learning Center
  • Riverside Applied Learning Center: Grades K-5

Gold Seal Programs of Choice and Schools of Choice appeal to student interests and passions and equip students with skills to thrive in college and the workforce. The rigorous program categories include aviation, cybersecurity, cosmetology, fine arts, STEM, Early College High School, P-TECH (Pathways in Technology) and much more. The programs allow students to complete high school college-and-career-ready and with opportunities to obtain multiple college credits, professional licensures and certifications.

Don't miss out on this golden opportunity.

Learn more about FWISD’s Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice at www.fwisd.org/choice.

FWISD Board Authorizes Paid Leave for Employees Impacted By COVID-19

Eligible Fort Worth ISD employees will continue to receive paid leave because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FWISD Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday, January 26, that authorizes additional leave for “qualifying employees who are unable to work in person or remotely because of their own COVID-19 illness or the need to quarantine as a result of direct exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19,” according to Board documents. The resolution is “a modified version of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave provision of the [Families First Coronavirus Response Act]” which expired December 31, 2020. FFCRA provided paid sick leave or expanded family medical leave for specific reasons related to COVID-19.

The modified benefit is effective February 1- June 30, 2021. It is not impacted by any previous leave taken under the FFCRA “unless the Board acts to authorize a longer duration,” according to the resolution.

The leave is not to exceed 80 hours for fulltime employees and the equivalent of 10 days for employees working fewer than 40 hours per week. All employees unable to work in person or remotely because of the reasons stated above will receive 100% of their daily rate, the resolution states.

“There continues to be [a] need for additional leave for employees requiring quarantine who are unable to work from home,” according to the resolution read by Trustee C.J. Evans on Tuesday. “Providing additional paid leave to all regular qualified employees, contractual and non-contractual, salaried and non-salaried, serves the public purpose of protecting students and staff, maintaining morale and reducing turnover.”

The resolution states that it becomes void “and all related benefits will cease immediately should the U.S. Congress subsequentially extend, revise or initiate a new FFCRA or similar legislation.”

For additional details, employees are encouraged to contact the Human Capital Management Department.

Below is the resolution in its entirety.

FWISD Board of Education Approves 2021-2022 School Calendars

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education has approved the traditional, Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center, Early College High and Jo Kelly school calendars for the 2021-2022 academic year.

All classes for the 2021-2022 year begin Monday, August 16, 2021.

The traditional school, Alice Carlson ALC and Jo Kelly School calendars conclude Tuesday, May 31, 2022 with a Staff Day for campus employees on Wednesday June 1, 2022, pending inclement weather make-up days. The District has built in the makeup days at the end of the academic year, and should the District not use them, classes for students at FWISD’s traditional, Alice Carlson ALC and Jo Kelly schools will conclude on Thursday, May 26, followed by the Staff Day on Friday, May 27 for campus employees.

“Our student instructional days are measured in minutes where our teachers are measured in days. [Per] TEA guidelines, we must include at least enough time for two weather days,” said Karen Molinar, FWISD chief of staff. “Our current schedule, our current instructional minutes, do not give us any extra days to build that in, so this year we’re adding that to the end of our calendar. So, we have to have it within the actual student instructional calendar, so we put it on the 26th and 27th and then our last student day would be, if we need those days, the 31st.

“If we only need one day, everything backs up one day. If we don’t need either of those two days, then the last student day would be the 26th and the last teacher staff day would be the 27th, but we have to by TEA regulations include them in our calendar that we submit.”

The Early College High School calendar concludes Thursday, May 27, 2022 with a Staff Day for campus employees on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, pending weather makeup days. In the event the weather makeup days are not used, the academic year concludes Wednesday, May 25 with the Staff Day on Thursday, May 26, for campus employees.

Most school calendars include the following student holidays and semester start days:

  • Fall Semester Begins, Monday, August 16, 2021
  • Labor Day -- Monday, September 6, 2021
  • Fall Break – Friday, October 8, 2021 and Monday, October 11, 2021*
  • Thanksgiving break – November 22-26, 2021
  • Winter Break—December 20, 2021- December 31, 2021*
  • Staff Days (No classes for students) – January 3-4, 2022*
  • Spring Semester Begins (Students return)—Wednesday, January 5, 2022*
  • Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – Monday, January 17, 2022
  • Staff Day (No classes for students) – Friday, February 4, 2022*
  • Staff Day (No classes for students) – Monday, February 21, 2022*
  • Spring Break – March 14-18, 2022
  • Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Day (Classroom teacher flex day), Monday, March 28, 2022*
  • Good Friday (Classroom teacher flex day), Friday, April 15, 2022*
  • Snow Days (Classroom teacher flex day), May 26-27, 2022*
  • Memorial Day, Monday May 30, 2022

*= Only applies to traditional school, Alice Carlson ALC and Jo Kelly School calendars

The FWISD Board unanimously approved the calendars on Tuesday, January 26. All the approved calendars are now available for viewing at www.fwisd.org/calendars.

The calendars were developed with input from District stakeholders including the District Advisory Committee and (DAC) and the District Employee Relations Committee (DERC).

FWISD To Observe Staff Day, Student Holiday February 1

Monday, February 1 is a staff day for Fort Worth ISD campus employees, and there are no classes for students.

The day will serve as a staff development waiver day for campus employees. Waiver day trainings vary by campus and specialty. Employees should consult their campus principal or direct supervisor for activities scheduled for the day.

The District will resume normal business and class schedules Tuesday, February 2. Students will be welcomed back Tuesday for the start of the second semester.

On the Job

FWISD Welcomes New Chief Information Officer

The Fort Worth ISD welcomes its new chief information officer, Marlon Shears.

Mr. Shears, who was hired in November, started work this week and will oversee the Technology Department.

He comes to FWISD from Dallas ISD where he worked for two years and served as its deputy chief of information technology. He has nearly 20 years of experience in education.

“It’s an honor and a pleasure. I’m looking forward to working with everyone,” Mr. Shears said at a FWISD Board meeting shortly after being hired in November. “I look forward to doing great work for the children of Fort Worth ISD.”

FWISD Child Nutrition Services Meal Distribution Changes

Weekend Meal Opportunity Added

Beginning February 8, 2021 Fort Worth ISD Child Nutrition Services will move its free “Meals To Go” distribution to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for children under the age of 18 years. This is a change to the current schedule.

Right now, Fort Worth ISD meal distribution sites are serving breakfast and lunch meals on Mondays and Thursdays. With the new schedule the Thursday distribution will be discontinued and moved to Wednesdays. Additionally, a new “Meals To Go” meal distribution day will be added on Fridays.

The Friday meal distribution will provide students with meals for Saturday and Sunday consumption. If there is a holiday, the meal pick-up will be the next school day.

All students participating in onsite learning may receive meals at no charge at their assigned Fort Worth ISD campus. Likewise, eligible children not participating in onsite learning at a particular campus may continue to pick-up free breakfast and lunch meals at any of the meal distribution sites listed below.

For more information and meal service times, visit www.fwisd.org.

Meal distribution sites are located at:

Additional information about the Child Nutrition Services Department is available at https://www.fwisd.org/Domain/162 or call 817-814-3540.

Fort Worth ISD, Tarrant Area Food Bank Continue Mega Mobile Market Distribution Through May 2021

Groceries Help Families Dealing with Economic Crisis Because of COVID-19 Pandemic

Fort Worth ISD will continue working with the Tarrant Area Food Bank and will open the Herman Clark Stadium gates each Friday morning through May 21, 2021, for the Mega Mobile Market. The National Guard will continue assisting with site distribution.

Distribution time will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the month of February. Spring distribution times will be announced at a later date.

The Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) has provided meals through the Mega Mobile Market to families since September 4, 2020. Organizers planned to provide meals for 1,500 families, many of whom are dealing with unemployment due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but the number of families served weekly has climbed to 3,000. This January, approximately 7,000 families received food.

The Mega Mobile Market is a large-scale food distribution event being held each week. Each attending family receives a variety of high-quality, nutritious food.

Herman Clark Stadium is located at 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd. in Fort Worth.

FWISD TO CELEBRATE CTE MONTH THIS FEBRUARY

The Fort Worth ISD will join the nation in observing Career and Technical Education Month this February.

CTE Month is a public awareness campaign that celebrates the value, achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs around the nation. The 2021 theme is “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow.”

According to the Association For Career and Technical Education, CTE courses introduce students nationally to multiple career options through 16 career clusters and nearly 80 pathways.

CTE programming allows students to complete high school with advanced technical college credits, professional certifications and licenses and prepared for high-wage, high-demand jobs. Students in the Fort Worth ISD have opportunities to explore career options in the following fields:

  • Agriculture, food and natural resources
  • Architecture and construction
  • Arts, audio/visual technology and communications
  • Business, marketing and finance
  • Education and training
  • Energy
  • Health science technology
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Human services
  • Information technology
  • Law and public service
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Transportation, distribution and logistics

Nearly 36,000 FWISD were enrolled in CTE programs as of the 2019-2020 school year.

For more details about the FWISD’s CTE offerings, visit www.fwisd.org/cte.

Fort Worth ISD Staff Member Recognized as an Unsung Hero

The McDonald’s HACER Education Tour, held Tuesday, January 26, 2021, recognized counselor Maria Perez of Polytechnic High School as an Unsung Hero during this year’s virtual celebration.

Mrs. Perez, currently an 11th- grade counselor at Poly, has been with the campus for several years. She is very passionate about her profession and prides herself on having a positive attitude and seeing the good in people.

Upon learning she would be recognized, she said: “I am humbled and very honored to be recognized by McDonald’s Hacer Education Tour Agency. I believe that recognition for educators and students go a long way. As an educator I am very passionate and take great pride in giving my students the help, guidance and support they need to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. It is my privilege to service such wonderful and amazing students as well as their parents. As for me, there is no greater reward than to see my students succeed in high school and pursue their educational goals.”

Mrs. Perez was formally honored at the event through messages of gratitude recorded by Polytechnic High students and staff. She will also receive a $1,000 award from McDonald’s HACER Education Tour.

Watch the video below.

The McDonald’s HACER Education Tour is a series of workshop events consisting of motivational assemblies, leadership development workshops, and parental involvement workshops. The workshops aim to motivate and inspire students to overcome challenges and pursue a higher education; all to provide educators, students and parents with relevant inspirational messages and exposure to key educational resources, while bringing awareness to the McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship.

The McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship is one of the largest programs committed to college scholarships. Since 1985, it has awarded $31.5 million to Hispanic college students pursuing their higher education dreams.

FWISD Offers Teachers Online Promethean Training

Four self-paced Promethean e-Courses are currently open to teachers. District officials say the training is relevant to classes where new campus construction includes the installation of Promethean ActivPanel Titanium.

The following memorandum from Education Technology offers details about the courses, available through April 14.

FWISD ANNOUNCES 2020-2021 SAFE SCHOOLS TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

Editor's Note: The following memorandum from Classified Learning refers to upcoming SafeSchool training deadlines. This year employees will be able to test out and not have to view all courses with the exception of the Employee Handbook, Title IX Compliance Overview, Texas Cybersecurity and two coronavirus videos. Employees who decide to test out of a module and who pass will not receive a certificate, but their training will meet District compliance requirements for 2020-2021. Employees who opt to test out of a training and who do not pass with 80% must watch the module and retake the test.

Employees will receive generated SafeSchools emails that contain three modules that were assigned in May. These modules were not assigned for the 2020-2021 school year because of the pandemic but are required by state and federal laws. Cybersecurity is two hours because of Texas HB 3834. Title IX Compliance is a new federal requirement.

This year employees may test out of select courses. Courses exempt from the test out include the Employee Handbook, Title IX Compliance Overview, Texas Cybersecurity and the two Coronavirus videos. Additionally, this functionality is not available in District created modules like the Active Shooter module.

Employees may test out of any of the other modules by clicking "Test Out." Employees who decide to test out of any modules but who do not pass with an 80%, will have to watch the module and retake the test.

Please note that employees who decide to use the "Test Out" functionality will not receive a certificate, but their training plan will state “Tested Out”. This is still meeting the District's compliance requirements for this 2020-2021 school year.

All remaining courses are due by February 15, 2021.

For additional FAQs and information please click here.

FWISD Announces Recent Retirees

The following are Fort Worth ISD employees that have recently retired, according to Human Capital Management:

  • Stanley D. Taylor, elementary school custodian II, Harlean Beal Elementary – 34 years
  • Elvira Sancen, child nutrition services worker, Mitchell Boulevard Elementary School – 24 years
  • Rossana C. Lopez, child nutrition service worker, Maudrie Walton Elementary School – 13 years

Food Available at Multiple Sites Through February

Multiple organizations across Fort Worth are offering food to help families through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March of 2020, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with multiple organizations to share information and organize food distribution events for families.

Curbside Meals To Go breakfast and lunch service is available at 28 designated FWISD locations for FWISD virtual learners. Twice weekly on Monday and Thursday mornings, FWISD students participating in virtual learning may pick up a combination of breakfast and lunch meals at any of the 28 designated meal pickup sites. For more information, contact the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3500.

Beginning February 8, 2021 free Meals To Go Service will be available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Friday meal distribution provides students with meals for the weekend.

The Fort Worth ISD has compiled a list of locations to find free and nutritious food here.

Food is available at these locations throughout February 2021:

Food Distribution

1. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon

LVTRISE

8201 Calmont Ave.

Every Tuesday and Thursday LVTRise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living in the Las Vegas Trail area, distributes nonperishable food items to the community. For additional details, email Amortimer@lvtrise.org.

2. Every Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Eastside YMCA – Centralized Youth & Family Programs

1500 Sandy Lane

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is offering Grab and Go Meals at the Eastside YMCA until the end of the 2020-2021 school year. It is open to all youth ages 18 years and under ─ no qualifications required. For additional details, call 817-571-3371

3. Friday, January 29, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries. For additional information, visit https://tafb.org/megamobilemarkets/

4. Wednesday, February 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (every Wednesday)

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

Free, drive-thru food distribution open to everyone. For additional information, call 817-473-1236 or visit https://www.bethlehemmansfield.org/events/

For the complete Tarrant Area Mobile Food Pantry Schedule, visit https://www.tafb.org/wp-content/uploads/mobile/mobile-pantry-schedule.pdf. Need food delivered? Call 817-534-0814 to speak with a live representative about how to access nutritious food.

Other food resources are also available:

https://www.facebook.com/tafoodbank

INSIDE FWISD NEWS BRIEFS

Editor's Note: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening locally and nationally.

FWISD Secondary Students Encouraged To Attend Virtual College 101 Event

Fort Worth ISD middle and high school students are encouraged to participate in the virtual College 101 event, sponsored by the Hispanic College Fund.

College 101 is a FREE bilingual webinar held on weekday evenings in various time zones for students in sixth – 12th grade and their parents to receive valuable information about how to prepare, plan, and pay for a college education!

Three virtual events are slated for February and March. For additional details, click here.

FWISD Provides Recent Graduates Additional Support With “First Year Follow-Up Calls”

Did you know that 1-in-3 first-year college students don’t make it back to college their sophomore year? The reasons range from family problems, a lack of money and academic struggles. Fortunately, studies have shown that with just a little extra support, there can be a positive impact on the number of students who actually thrive during their first year.

To help with that needed support, the Fort Worth ISD sponsors “First Year Follow-Up Calls.” Through personal phone calls and emails, District staff provide personal outreach to recent graduates and ensure they have the resources needed to complete their successful transition into postsecondary success.

Learn more about the First Year Follow-Up Calls program here.

Lady Scorpion Hits Career Milestone

Congratulations to South Hills High School senior Cristal Saldivar, who recently scored her 100th career soccer goal. She becomes the third Lady Scorpion hitting 100 career goals in the program’s history.

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

Standing Tall

Students from Fort Worth’s Northside/ Diamond Hill, Como and Stop Six neighborhoods are walking a little taller, thanks to local nonprofit Dayna’s Footprints.

The organization is giving away new name-brand tennis shoes to 120 children in Fort Worth and Arlington, including some students from the Fort Worth ISD. Dayna’s Footprints purchases name brand shoes for underprivileged students in efforts to “combat learning inequity by providing students shoes to wear proudly, subsequently increasing students’ self-esteem and enthusiasm for attending school,” according to the organization’s website.

Founded by brothers Sam and Sharif Sayed, Dayna’s Footprints is named for their sister who was tragically killed in a drive-by shooting 20 years ago at 16 years old. Shortly before her death, she purchased her brothers their first pair of Nike tennis shoes with money she earned working a summer job.

Recently, the brothers surprised 60 area children with a pair of new tennis shoes at no cost while on a recent shopping trip. Within the next few weeks, 60 students from the Como and Stop Six neighborhoods will shop for new shoes with the brothers.

Learn more about this heartwarming story in NBC 5’s recent Wake Up To Something Good segment.

College Ready: International Newcomer Academy is observing College and Career Readiness Week. pictured are images from Day 1. 

College Bound: Congratulations to TCC South Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School Senior Destiny Wilborn on her recent acceptance to Texas Woman's University! Destiny plans on pursuing a degree in business marketing with a minor in psychology!

Accept-ional Student: Congratulations to Eastern Hills High School senior Kassandra R. on her college acceptances to The University of North Texas, Texas Wesleyan University, and Texas Woman's University!

Gold Seal Acceptance: Congratulations to eighth graders at Daggett Middle School who were recently accepted into their preferred Gold Seal Program of Choice. The students celebrated with these special signs.

Mission Accomplished:South Hills High School School seniors who recently completed their financial aid application, applied to three or more colleges, and took the T3 Pledge received yard signs to mark the accomplishment.

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  • Financial Coaching Meetings
  • Financial Advising Meetings
  • DIY Online Budgeting and Retirement Calculator Tools
  • Full Suite of 30+ of On-Demand Financial Workshops through FinPath University
  • Access to other financial solutions and partners that may be right for you and your situation

Learn more by registering your account at http://www.FinPathWellness.com and click Register.

No-cost COVID-19 Testing

Wear A Mask

CDC Tips on Properly Wearing A Cloth Mask

FWISD Partners With Virtual Care For Kids To Offer Students Telehealth Services

In efforts to reduce COVID-19 spread, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with Virtual Care for Kids to offer students and their families telehealth services. Free COVID-19 testing is also available for select FWISD employees by visiting www.virtualcarefamilies.com/fwisd-abbott.

Students can see a Texas-based pediatrician within minutes from home virtually via computer, smartphone or tablet for urgent care services including minor colds, the flu, sore throat, cough, ear concerns, headaches, sinus or allergy issues or pink eye. Additionally, Virtual Care for Kids is offering coronavirus screening and testing in English and Spanish. Visit https://urgentcarekids.com/fwisd/ to register for services.

FWISD is partnering with Virtual Care for Families to offer select employees with free Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 testing. All eligible employees must preregister to receive the test.

The following employees/departments are eligible for testing:

  • Teachers
  • Transportation
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Custodians
  • Child Nutrition Services
  • Special Education personnel

District employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are advised not to arrive at a designated FWISD testing location and to contact their doctor or visit www.virtualcarefamilies.com to be connected with a provider.

Employees are encouraged to follow the instructions below to register for the free COVID-19 testing.

Employee Assistance Program Resources for FWISD Employees

Follow COVID-19 updates from the City of Fort Worth at fortworthtexas.gov/COVID-19/

Winter Trainings For Teachers, Continue through January 31

T-TESS Orientation for newly hired FWISD educators, January 28

End of Fall Semester for traditional schools, January 29

February Trainings For Teachers, Continue through February 28

African American History Month Begins, February 1

Staff Day (Student holiday), February 1

Spring Semester starts for traditional schools, February 2

Registration for March 6 Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Ends, February 6

Report Cards Go Out, February 10

Final day to file for School Board elections, February 12

Valentine’s Day, February 14

President’s Day, February 15

Snow Day/ Teacher FLEX Day, February 15

Deadline to complete SafeSchools training, February 15

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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