Inside FWISD July 11, 2019

In this edition:

Fort Worth ISD 2019 Graduate Receives Honorary ESPY Award: Outstanding Basketball Player Maintained Academic Excellence as Family Met the Challenge of Homelessness | And, the winner is…FWISD District-Wide Online Registration Has Begun: All Parents/Students Must Complete this Process | Check Your Mailboxes for Employee Open Enrollment Postcards | Getting to Know FWISD | 2019–2020 Official District Calendar Now Available Online | Parents, Don’t Miss Fort Worth ISD’s Creando Una Amistad | Summit Aims to Build Relationships Between District, Youth Sports LeadersRead Fort Worth to Launch Bold, Coordinated Initiative to Recruit 1,000 Fort Worth ISD Reading Volunteers | Back to School Roundup Registration Begins This Month | FWISD Teachers Get 2019-2020 Curriculum Preview |Meet FWISD’s 2019-2020 Campus Ambassadors | City Names New Library for Late FWISD Board Trustee, Educator, Alumni | New Police Memorial Honors Paschal Alum, 4 Other Officers Killed in Line of Duty | Mementos From FWISD Alumnus Part of Apollo 11 Exhibit | Paschal Student Wins Gold at National Judo Competition | FWISD Alumna Stars as Lead in ‘Hello, Dolly’ Musical July 17-28 in Dallas | Fort Worth ISD JROTC Cadets Explore Washington, D.C. Area Historic Sites: Honor Students Experience ‘Staff Ride’ Access | Rising Seventh Graders Complete FWISD Vital Link Program | Registration For ‘YES! Conference’ Open Until July 19 | Volunteers Needed For Active Shooter Training Exercise | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | How Are You Spending Your Summer Vacation? | Heat Advisory In Effect This Week | We Can Help: HelpNet | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Fort Worth ISD 2019 Graduate Receives Honorary ESPY Award

Outstanding Basketball Player Maintained Academic Excellence as Family Met the Challenge of Homelessness

Danielle “Boogie” Wilson, a 2019 graduate of Fort Worth ISD’s Paschal High School, is an honorary 2019 ESPY award recipient. Presented by ESPN and Capital One, the ESPYS celebrate the best athletes and sports stories of the year.

Loved ones and Paschal High School fans looked on as Skylar Diggins-Smith, a WNBA guard for the Dallas Wings, presented Danielle with the crystal, globe-like statue Monday, July 1 at the high school’s Gus Bates Center. The presentation was met with rousing applause and a standing ovation from attendees.

Danielle was chosen to receive the award because she and her family were homeless for an extended period of time while maintaining excellent grades and turning in a consistently stellar performance as a player. She was widely regarded as both a leader and an inspiration for the Paschal High School girls’ basketball squad.

Danielle, with an infectious smile, thanked supporters before huddling in for a long embrace with family.

“It’s crazy. I never would have thought that I would be in this position,” Danielle said of receiving the ESPY award. “It shows me that anybody can do anything that you want as long as you put your mind to it, don’t quit, stay strong.”

For three years, she played more than 90 games on the Paschal varsity girls basketball squad, accumulating 1,500 points and more than 1,000 rebounds. During a portion of those three years, Danielle was homeless.

Danielle graduated May 31 and will attend the University of Houston on a full academic scholarship, majoring in architecture.

Dave Geer, Paschal Girls Basketball head coach, said what Danielle accomplished on the court and off it academically is phenomenal. Despite what she endured off the court, “she never wavered” but stayed humble, kept a smile on her face, and worked hard.

“I have never had a student-athlete go through this much adversity and succeed and reach the goals they set as a freshman in high school,” Coach Geer said. “She’s the epitome of a student-athlete. The sky’s the limit for the kid.”

Danielle’s inspiring story of staying positive in the face of personal challenge was featured in a WFAA Original story in June, a recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram article and on NBC 5’s DFW Inside High School Program in January.

Mrs. Diggins-Smith, a 2015 ESPY winner, said Danielle’s story is why she wanted to meet her in person. Danielle’s journey is inspiring to many and one that deserves to be heard, she said. Mrs. Diggins-Smith said she sees a “direct reflection” of herself in how Danielle has excelled through sports.

“Your story is very encouraging. Just the strength, resilience, grit and the confidence that you have displayed. I’m sure you’re a role model to a lot of people you don’t even realize it,” she told Danielle during Monday’s award presentation. “You definitely inspired me.”

The 2019 ESPYS awards ceremony was held Wednesday, July 10 in Los Angeles, California.

And, the winner is…

We asked you to submit your favorite slogans for Back to School 2019 – and you did! We received more than 40 entries, and the winner is

Rise and shine on 8/19 (eight-one-nine!)

That suggestion was made first by Mr. Rudy Valdez, principal at Rosemont Elementary School.

The Spanish version is

Despierta y Brilla en Agosto 19

Thank you all for your great ideas. You’ll soon see and hear our back-to-school messages on television and radio, as well as in print ads and signs.


Online registration for the 2019-20 school year is underway –and it’s easier than ever.

All Fort Worth ISD students –or their parents – can complete registration by visiting www.fwisd.org/register. Online registration is for all students –both new and returning – and is a “must ” in order to be enrolled in the Fort Worth ISD.

The process for returning students is fast and should take from five to 10 minutes. Using your student’s individual Snapcode, simply go to www.fwisd.org/register and confirm the information you’ve previously supplied or update any new information.

A Snapcode is a 15-digit combination of numbers and letters unique to each student. Snapcodes were sent out with this year’s final report cards. Superintendent Kent Scribner sent out this video in early June and explained where to find your student’s Snapcode on his or her final report card.

Families of new students will find the process easy as well – with instructions for uploading any necessary documents. Parents can visit www.fwisd.org/register, click the Registration button, and create an account.

Online registration is a time-saving tool that can be done from the convenience of your own home, at any hour, day or night, using your smartphone, laptop, or any digital device.

Who: All Fort Worth ISD students – either new or returning

What: Online registration for the 2019-20 school year

When: NOW!

Why: It’s easy, it’s convenient, and parents no longer have to fill out form after form with the same information.

How: Parents of returning students use an assigned Snapcode, which can be found on the 2018-19 final report card or on your Parent Portal account.

Help: Have a question? Call Fort Worth ISD’s Parent Information Hotline at 817-814-2070, or visit the District website at www.fwisd.org/register to read a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Check Your Mailboxes for Employee Open Enrollment Postcards

Postcards detailing the 2019-2020 insurance benefit open enrollment dates and information sessions were mailed to Fort Worth ISD employees earlier this week.

FWISD employees are encouraged to check their mailboxes for the postcard. The cards are mailed to the home address employees have on file with the District.

Open Enrollment begins Monday, July 22 and continues through Thursday, August 22, 2019. Coverage changes take effect September 1.

The District will host benefit open enrollment sessions August 6-22 in which employees will learn about the benefits available to them, can ask questions and complete enrollment for 2019-2020 benefits.

Health, dental, vision and other insurance plan details for the 2019-2020 year are now available on the Fort Worth ISD Employee Benefits Portal.


Stay in the know of who makes up the Fort Worth ISD.

Over the next several weeks, Inside FWISD will take a look at FWISD employees.

This week, check out gender demographics for FWISD employees.

2019 – 2020 Official District Calendars Now Available Online

The following message is from the Department of Policy and Planning:

We’re going digital! Fort Worth ISD official District calendars are now available online. Printable calendars are located on the District website.

As a District, we are committed to maximizing financial resources and improving efficiency. Official calendars for the 2019-2020 school year will not be printed in bulk for distribution.

As a District stakeholder, your support is invaluable. You can help by doing the following:

1. Spread the Word – ‘Calendars are just a few clicks away.’ When you get a request for a printed calendar, please take a moment to assist colleagues, parents, students and/or community members with locating calendars online.

2. Provide Good Customer Service – ‘You have the convenience to print as needed.’ Calendars can be printed as needed using local budget resources. The online printable calendars are PDF files that can be easily printed and/or downloaded to share digitally via email or text.

What: Fort Worth ISD Creando Una Amistad (Creating a Friendship)

When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2019

Where: La Gran Plaza, 4200 South Freeway (on the corner of I-35 southbound and East Seminary Drive)

Who: Fort Worth ISD Board of Education President Jacinto Ramos, Jr. and Superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner

Summary: On the first day of the annual Texas tax-free weekend, the Fort Worth ISD hosts a back-to-school event for families – with resources to help everyone get ready for the 2019-20 school year!

Parents, Don’t Miss Fort Worth ISD’s Creando Una Amistad

Parents, make plans to join Fort Worth ISD Board President Jacinto Ramos, Jr. and Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent, for Fort Worth ISD’s 5th Creando Una Amistad from 5-7 p.m. Friday, August 9 at La Gran Plaza.

Creando Una Amistad --Creating a Friendship—is part of Fort Worth ISD’s commitment to listen to and talk directly with Spanish-speaking families as well as inform them about support and opportunities in the District. Parents will also be able to participate in a discussion with District leaders about the importance of welcoming environments for students and other issues.

Creando Una Amistad is being held in partnership with Univision and La Gran Plaza.

And don’t forget, it’s also tax-free weekend!

Join us for this fun, family-friendly event – including:

  • Online registration assistance
  • Back to school/book giveaways
  • Resources for families
  • Fashion Show
  • Student performances
  • Merchant coupons

Questions? Call the Fort Worth ISD Family Communications Department at 817-814-2970.

Summit Aims to Build Relationships Between District, Youth Sports Leaders

The Fort Worth ISD Athletics Department is launching its inaugural Fort Worth Youth Leadership Summit, a gathering of District and youth sports leaders.

The event is set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd. Superintendent Kent P. Scribner is slated to attend and welcome guests.

Todd Vesely, FWISD’s executive director of athletics, said the summit puts a spotlight on the vital relationship between the District and youth sports.

“We wish to reinforce the combined impact we have on our city and to form and strengthen relationships. This is an opportunity to strengthen cooperation,” Coach Vesely said. “This is a unique opportunity to gather leaders together. We want to share ideas and concerns. We are taking a first step toward finding solutions to our challenges and increasing the positive impact sports has on our city.”

If you’re a youth sports leader and want to attend the inaugural Fort Worth Youth Leadership Summit, contact Coach Velsey immediately at todd.vesely@fwisd.org or Isabel Gonzales, athletics administrative assistant, at isabel.gonzales@fwisd.org.

Read Fort Worth to Launch Bold, Coordinated Initiative to Recruit 1,000 Fort Worth ISD Reading Volunteers

Reading Volunteers to read with Fort Worth ISD students for 2019-20 school year

Read Fort Worth is undertaking the most ambitious service project in its history by assisting in the coordinated recruitment of at least 1,000 reading volunteers as part of a comprehensive reading volunteer initiative to support Fort Worth ISD, along with community partners Read2Win and Reading Partners.

Recruitment for reading volunteers launched July 1 and continues throughout the 2019-20 school year. Reading volunteers will be asked to commit one hour per week on campuses across the District beginning this fall, reading with students from Kindergarten to third grade.

“Becoming a reading volunteer is rewarding, and the positive impact on the volunteer and student is special,” Read Fort Worth Executive Director Anel Mercado said. “This effort supports ensuring that 100% of Fort Worth ISD third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025.”

“We know that not all children start the educational race at the same educational starting line,” Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner said. “What we have is an opportunity gap – not an achievement gap. The strategic use of volunteers will support our comprehensive effort.”

Reading volunteers can sign up online at www.readfortworth.org. Read Fort Worth will contact prospective reading volunteers and coordinate a background check with Fort Worth ISD. Qualified reading volunteers will receive training before being connected with a campus reading program.

For more information on becoming a reading volunteer, please visit www.readfortworth.org.


Pre-registration for Tarrant County’s 15th annual Back to School Roundup is open July 15-26.

Families may pre-register for school supplies online or in-person during normal business hours at any Tarrant County Sub Courthouse. School supplies will be distributed at the 15th Back to School Roundup from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 8 at the Tarrant County College South campus, 5301 Campus Drive.

Pre-registered families will receive a voucher admitting them into the Aug. 8 roundup event and guaranteeing free school supplies.

To qualify for the free supplies, families must produce:

  • Valid photo identification
  • Proof of Tarrant County residency (May, June or July 2019 utility bill showing applicant’s name and current address)
  • Proof of income (must meet 2019 federal income poverty guidelines)

The annual Back to School Roundup is a one-stop event that offers approximately 10,000 underserved Tarrant County school children, ages 3-18, with free school supplies, backpacks, haircuts, health, dental and vision screenings, immunizations, health and social resources, activities, and games. The roundup is a collaborative effort of the county, 20 area public school districts, the City of Fort Worth, public health department, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and volunteers.

For additional information on registration, volunteer, sponsorship and donation opportunities, visit backtoschoolroundup.org.

FWISD Teachers Get 2019-2020 Curriculum Preview

The Fort Worth ISD Academics Department recently hosted 2019-2020 Curriculum Preview Sessions for a group of elementary and secondary teachers.

The sessions, held July 1, were an opportunity for teachers to give the department feedback on expectations of the curriculum available for the incoming school year and how teachers use it. Session attendees were able to review and give specific feedback on the 2019-2020 curriculum documents in all content areas for the first six weeks.

“Teacher feedback is vital to the design and implementation of a curriculum that meets the needs of our District,” said Jerry Moore, assistant superintendent of strategic planning, who led the sessions. “Providing an effective, aligned and meaningful curriculum to teachers directly impacts students’ outcomes.”

Meet FWISD’s 2019-2020 Campus Ambassadors

Fort Worth ISD’s Human Capital Management has selected its 2019-2020 Campus Ambassadors.

The 24 ambassadors make up a diverse group of employees serving in various campus roles who will interact with prospective District employees. Ambassadors are selected and recommended to HCM by their campus principals for the one-year term.

Campus representatives are knowledgeable FWISD employees who serve as a voice to what their respective campus has to offer.

Ambassadors excel in their roles, represent their respective campuses well, exemplify what it means to be part of Fort Worth ISD, display a positive influence on students and staff, and increase awareness regarding the amazing things happening in the District.

The 2019-2020 Campus Ambassadors are:

  • Jackie Trevino-Garcia, high school AVID teacher, Arlington Heights High School
  • Diana De La Rosa, third-grade bilingual teacher, South Hills Elementary School
  • Tequila Lockridge, third-grade reading teacher, The Leadership Academy at Maude I. Logan Elementary School
  • Leo Vaughns, eighth-grade English language arts and math teacher, Kirkpatrick Middle School
  • Megan Leite Williams, sixth-grade math teacher, J.P. Elder Middle School
  • Hollie Gutierrez, second-grade math/ English literacy teacher, Sagamore Hill Elementary School
  • Kristen Shollar, science teacher, Wedgwood Sixth Grade Center
  • Lester Sipma, kindergarten dual language teacher, George C. Clarke Elementary School
  • Tammy Luna, first-grade self-contained teacher, D. McRae Elementary School
  • Naydimar Torres, third-grade dual language enrichment teacher, East Handley Elementary School
  • Maria Betancourth, second-grade self-contained teacher, West Handley Elementary School
  • Pablo Orozco, fifth-grade dual language reading/ social studies teacher, Meadowbrook Elementary School
  • Abel Ojeda, fourth-grade dual language reading/math teacher, T.A. Sims Elementary School
  • Cassie Parker, sixth- and seventh-grade English language arts teacher, Stripling Middle School
  • Jennifer Kutej, Preschool Program For Children with Disabilities (PPCD) teacher, Hubbard Heights Elementary School
  • Kristi York, fourth-grade writing teacher, M.M. Walton Elementary School
  • Jana Hunt, librarian, Wedgwood Middle School
  • Sherrenise Dixon Herbert, pre-kindergarten teacher, Edward J. Briscoe Elementary School
  • Paula Pederson, assistant principal teacher, North Side High School
  • Jeremy Trettle, ninth-grade world geography teacher, South Hills High School
  • Jenae Bean, art teacher, Meacham Middle School
  • Darcy McCready, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Audio Visual (AV) Production teacher, Southwest High School
  • Gadwin Stewart, 11th- and 12th-grade English language arts teacher, Dunbar High School
  • Holly Dorris, sixth-grade teacher, Monnig Middle School

City Names New Library for Late FWISD Board Trustee, Educator, Alumni

A new Fort Worth Public Library is being named for former Fort Worth ISD Board of Education member, educator and alumnus Reby Cary.

The facility, which will be known as the Reby Cary Youth Library and built at the 3800 block of E. Lancaster Ave., is the city’s first library specifically designed for “children, teens and their caregivers,” according to a City of Fort Worth press release. The name for the 8,000-square foot facility was officially announced June 25 at a Fort Worth City Council work session.

In 1974, Mr. Cary became the first African-American elected to the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education. A 1937 graduate of I.M. Terrell High School, he taught history and served as a counselor at FWISD’s Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

He transitioned to teaching higher education at the Tarrant County Junior College, now known as TCC, and became the first African-American professor to work for the University of Texas at Arlington. Mr. Cary also served as a Texas State Representative for District 95.

A community activist, author and World War II military veteran, Mr. Cary was among FWISD’s first alumni added to the District Wall of Fame in 2009.

He died December 7, 2018. Mr. Cary was 98.

“We are pleased to name this library after a noted community leader,” said Manya Shorr, Fort Worth Public Library director in a city press release. “Mr. Reby Cary was a Fort Worth native who was dedicated to serving his city. His life included a lot of firsts, from breaking barriers on the Fort Worth ISD school board and at UT-Arlington and beyond. We hope his name inspires all those who enter Fort Worth’s first youth library’s doors to push the limits to achieve great things in their own lives.”

The Reby Cary Youth Library is slated to open next summer.

Click here for more details about the project and Mr. Cary.

New Police Memorial Honors Paschal Alum, 4 Other Officers Killed in Line of Duty

A new memorial unveiled this week honors the late Patrick Zamarripa, an alumnus of Fort Worth ISD’s Paschal High School, and four other Dallas police officers killed in the line of duty in 2016.

In a special ceremony, held Monday, July 8, a bronze and limestone sculpture depicting busts of Officer Zamarripa, and Dallas Police officers Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrnes, Michael Krol, Sgt. Michael Smith, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Officer Brent Thompson was revealed at the Jack Evans Police Headquarters, located at 1400 S. Lamar St. in Dallas.

The five officers were fatally shot in the line of duty, July 7, 2016.

Officer Zamarripa, who was 32 at the time of his death, was a 2001 Paschal High School graduate and a Fort Worth native. He served three tours of duty with the U.S. Navy in Iraq. He is survived by two children, his widow, parents and two siblings.

Read more about the memorial unveiling in The Dallas Morning News.

Mementos From FWISD Alumnus Part of Apollo 11 Exhibit

Artifacts and paintings from Capt. Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon and an alumnus of Fort Worth ISD’s Paschal High School, are currently on exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Capt. Bean’s artifacts from space missions and his paintings are part of the museum’s Launchpad: Apollo 11 Promises Kept exhibit that coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. astronauts landing on the moon. Launchpad: Apollo 11 Promises Kept is a 10,000-square foot exhibit on display in the museum’s Gary Havener gallery. The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is Saturday, July 20.

A 1950 graduate of Paschal High School, Capt. Bean is among the first alumni added to FWISD’s Wall of Fame.

He attended Navy Test Pilot School and was among 14 trainees from the U.S. Navy selected in 1963 by NASA to become one of its third group of astronauts.

The Apollo and Skylab astronaut traveled to space twice. In November 1969, he was a lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, the country’s second moon landing mission. In July 1973, he was a commander aboard the U.S. second crew flight traveling to Skylab, the first U.S. space station.

Capt. Bean retired from the Navy in 1975, and from NASA six years later. Following his career at NASA, he became an accomplished artist who for nearly four decades painted Apollo-themed pieces. According to NASA, the canvases were “textured with lunar boot prints,” and the acrylics were “embedded with small pieces of his moon dust-stained mission patches.”

He died May 26, 2018. Capt. Bean was 86.

Click here for more details Launchpad: Apollo 11 Promises Kept.

Paschal Student Wins Gold at National Judo Competition

Congratulations, Ben Dyer of Fort Worth ISD's Paschal High School on winning gold at the USA Judo Junior Olympic National Championship!

Read more about Ben and the competition in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

FWISD Alumna Stars as Lead in ‘Hello, Dolly’ Musical July 17-28 in Dallas

Tony Award-winning performer Betty Buckley, a 1964 graduate of Fort Worth ISD’s Arlington Heights High School, will star as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the national tour of “Hello, Dolly,” July 17-28 in Dallas.

“Hello, Dolly” is being performed at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

An actress and singer on stage and in television and film, Ms. Buckley has starred as the lead in the revival of “Hello, Dolly” since the national tour launched in 2018. In 1983, she was awarded a Tony as a featured actress in a musical for her performance of Grizabella the Glamour Cat in the original production of “Cats” on Broadway. Dubbed “The Voice of Broadway” by New York Magazine, Ms. Buckley was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Theater Hall of Fame in 2012.

Throughout Ms. Buckley’s career, she’s recorded 16 solo albums and been nominated twice for a Grammy Award.

For more details on “Hello, Dolly” performances in Dallas, click here.

Fort Worth ISD JROTC Cadets Explore Washington, D.C. Area Historic Sites

Honor Students Experience ‘Staff Ride’ Access

The Honors U.S. Military History program, sponsored by Fort Worth ISD’s JROTC Department, transports students well beyond the classroom and textbooks. Through experiential “Staff Rides,” students travel to places where history was actually made and is often still being made. Staff Rides blend fun-filled travel with aspects of political science, military culture, international relations, law, literature, art and philosophy.

On a recent Staff Ride a select group of honor students explored the Antietam National Battlefield, Harper’s Ferry, Mount Vernon, the halls of Congress, the National Holocaust Museum, the African American History and Cultural Museum and the Washington Mall.

Walk with our cadets in this video as they learn and react to the world that was opened to them.

Rising Seventh Graders Complete FWISD Vital Link Program

Nearly 200 rising seventh graders took part in Fort Worth ISD’s 2019 Vital Link program.

Vital Link, managed by FWISD’s Career and Technical Education Department, is a free, week-long, half-day unpaid internship program designed to demonstrate the connection between what’s learned in the classroom and what’s needed to succeed in the workplace. Students are picked up at their home middle school and transported by bus to local businesses where they work alongside employees who serve as mentors. Over the course of a week, student interns are exposed to how mathematics, writing, oral communication, technology and other skills are used daily.

The program culminates with students presenting certificates of appreciation to their mentors and what they learned in creative manners at the close of the week. Businesses reward student work with certificates.

During the weeks of June 10-14 and June 17-21, 18 local companies hosted 198 students.

Teachers were on site to supervise students and incorporate school lessons into workplace applications.

Vital Link officials say the program is a win-win. While students learn the importance of communication skills, teamwork, problem solving, reading, writing, math and technology in the workplace, businesses realize their role in helping to shape the future workforce.

Developed by the American Business Conference’s Task Force, Vital Link launched in 1991.

For more details about the Vital Link program, visit www.fwisd.org/VitalLink.


Registration for the 5th annual “YES! Conference” is open through July 19.

The “YES! Conference” offers professional development training on payroll, budget, accounts payable, travel, health and physical education, maintenance and communications among other things. The one-day conference, slated for August 1 at Paschal High School, is open to District secretary, clerical, and administrative associate employees and some counselors.

Click here to register.

People registering for the conference are encouraged to read each question carefully and select the classes they’re interested in attending. Changes are not permitted once registration is submitted.

For more details, contact Vanessa Crump, management and budget administrative assistant, at vanessa.crump@fwisd.org or by calling 817-814-2171.


The following message is from the City of Fort Worth regarding its upcoming Active Threat Full Scale Exercise. FWISD employees will be required to use a vacation day off if interested in participating in this exercise. The message is slightly modified for clarity.

Emergency Operations Center Cadre (EOC) and Partners,

On July 29, we will be having our second Active Threat Full Scale Exercise. This has been an almost six-month planning process by Office of Emergency Management and the planning team comprised of Fort Worth Police Department, Fort Worth Fire, MedStar, JPS Hospital, Cook Children’s hospital, Fort Worth Marshal’s Office, City of Fort Worth, and the Tarrant County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The exercise will be a full scale exercise at Trimble Tech High School and will include activation of the Fort Worth ISD EOC and Fort Worth EOC as well as coordination of the mass casualty component at local hospitals.

Opportunities to Participate

EOC Activation Play (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Click here to register to play in the JEOC

The EOC will be activated for the exercise and there are various positions that need to be filled by the EOC cadre for each EOC section/group. We are using Eventbrite to manage the registrants and distribute information for the various players and their roles within the EOC. The EOC Sections we are needing players are for the following:

  • Situational Awareness Section (Fire, PD, MedStar, FWISD, and five Medical Coordination)
  • Resource Support Section (Park and Recreation, Transportation/Public Works, Neighborhood Services, Red Cross, Salvation Army, MHMR, Fort Worth HR for Family Assistance Center coordination, any other representatives from other City of Fort Worth departments)
  • EOC Support (City Marshal’s, other representatives to field phone calls)
  • Joint Information Center (Public Information Officers)
  • Organizations are designating specific unified command staff and first responders that will be participating in the exercise.
  • OEM is contacting individuals for controller/evaluators and to be simcell participants.
  • Joint Emergency Operations Center Executive Team members may register as a VIP or email me (Maribel.martinez@fortworthtexas.gov) to observe the exercise at an observation area at the school.

Family Assistance Center Observation (9 a.m.- 2 p.m.) - Click here to register to observe at the FAC

FWISD will lead the Family Assistance Center (FAC) but there is an opportunity to observe/supplement FWISD FAC function. (City of Fort Worth HR, Red Cross, MHMR...these positions will liaison from the field to EOC counterparts.)

Field Support Staff and Volunteers (6 a.m.-3 p.m. at Trimble Tech High School) - Click here to register to be exercise support staff

Staff/volunteers to assist in moulage – OEM will lead the moulage team but we need additional assistance as we need to moulage 55 volunteers in a short timeframe

  • Volunteer Support – We are anticipating ~200 volunteers to play in the exercise so we need staff to assist OEM in coordinating checkin and volunteer logistics.
  • Safety Support – OEM will lead a safety team to ensure the safety of the volunteers and players
  • Food Team – for coordinating and setting up feeding for all exercise participants

Volunteers to be actors IN the exercise (6 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Trimble Tech High School)Click here to register to be a volunteer and role play in the exercise

  • 200 role players needed (including 100 high school age kids)

As you register, additional logistical information will be coming in the next few weeks as we get closer to the date of the exercise.

As always, OEM appreciates all the help and support!

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

Overton Park Elementary Construction: Pictured is a bird’s-eye view of site grading and pad preparation underway on the site of the new Overton Park Elementary School. The campus, which will sit on 5.98 acres, will serve pre-kindergarten through fifth grade children and can accommodate 550 students. Overton Park Elementary is slated to open in 2020. Follow the construction progress of Overton Park Elementary at fwisd2017bond.com.


Sarah Weeks, principal at Arlington Heights High School, is spending a portion of her summer traveling through Europe.

Here's some photos from Principal Weeks' travels across France:

Pictured from left is the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. The site is the final resting place of American troops who died during World War II; Mrs. Weeks poses at Stade Océane in Le Havre, France ahead of the June 20 United States-Sweden 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup match. The U.S. went on to defeat the Netherlands 2-0, clinching its fourth Women's World Cup title, July 7 ; Mrs. Weeks (third from left) and her family at the Eiffel Tower; Mrs. Weeks pictured at Louvre Museum in Paris.

Let Inside FWISD know how you're spending your summer.

Throughout the summer break, don't forget to email us with photos of your travels, professional development activities and just simply how you're spending your vacation. We'd love to share some of those photos with your colleagues in future Inside FWISD editions throughout the summer.

Heat Advisory in Effect This Week

The following information is from MedStar:

Since July 1st, MedStar crews have treated more than 50 patients with a primary impression of a heat-related illness. About a dozen patients were in serious or critical condition and more than 40 have been transported to area hospitals.

HOT weather predicted this week – Be weather aware!


Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses large amounts of water and salt through excessive sweating, particularly through hard physical labor or exercise. This loss of essential fluids can disturb circulation and interfere with brain function. Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include muscle cramps, paleness, sweating, nausea, and vomiting. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible.

Heatstroke is a life-threatening problem that occurs when the body suffers from long, intense exposure to heat and loses its ability to cool itself. Some of the most common signs of heatstroke include confusion, vomiting, alteration in sweating, hot and flushed skin, rapid heart rate, decreased sweating, shortness of breath, decreased urination, increased body temperature (104 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit), or potentially, even convulsions.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you know starts experiencing any of the symptoms above, immediately call 911.

While heatstroke and heat exhaustion are common this time of year, they can be easily prevented.

  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water during the day, especially if you are engaged in any strenuous activity. Sports drinks are a good choice if you're exercising or working in hot conditions, but water is a good way to hydrate as well.
  • Ventilate: Stay in a place where there is plenty of air circulating to keep your body cool. If you are indoors and don't have access to air conditioning, open windows and use a fan.
  • Cover Up: Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing to avoid absorbing the sun's light and trapping heat. Wear a hat to shield yourself from the sun, but once you feel yourself getting warm, remove any items covering your head which can trap heat close to your body.
  • Limit Activity: Heatstroke can occur in less than an hour when you are participating in strenuous activity during a hot day. If you feel yourself getting hot or light-headed, stop your activity and rest in a cool place out of the sun. Be sure to drink water or a sports drink before, during, and after any strenuous activity.
  • Check on Loved Ones: The elderly are especially vulnerable to heat-related emergencies. Many elderly residents are not aware of how hot it may get in their residence. Call on older friends and family members regularly to assure they are doing OK.

Kids in Hot Cars:

Every summer, police, fire departments and MedStar respond to calls where a child is left in a hot car. Too often, these calls end in tragedy! DO NOT leave children unattended in cars and be sure your vehicles are secured to prevent a curious child from becoming trapped in the car on a hot day. If you find a child unattended in a hot car, alert authorities immediately, and, if necessary, be prepared to take action based on the instructions from the 911 call taker!

These recommendations are also good for your pets!!

“Often, we respond to people who are going about their regular work or daily activities, but don’t realize how quickly heat can affect them,” said Macara Trusty, a Paramedic with MedStar. “If you’re going to be doing anything outdoors during the high-temperature summer months, we recommend drinking plenty of water and frequently cooling off in the shade or indoors.”

Special Response Procedures

MedStar has a special response procedure when the Heat Index (real feel) temperature climbs to 105 degrees or higher. For patients located outside in an unprotected area, we upgrade the priority of the response to limit the patient and responders from exposure to extreme heat.

New Ambulances with Texas Weather in Mind

MedStar is updating our ambulance fleet with new ambulances that were designed with the Texas heat in mind. The ambulances actually have three air conditioners; one for the cab, and two for the patient/crew compartment (one for the front and one for the rear of the box).


We Can Help: HelpNet

The following information is from the District’s Employee Assistance Program provider, Alliance Work Partners:

Your EAP offers online resources to assist you in navigating the many paths life takes. HelpNet is your gateway to access information and resources to maintain a healthy balance between work, family and individual needs. You will find a host of information that is easy to access in specific areas of interest.

Legal · Financial · Childcare · Elder Care · Family · Relationships

News Alerts · Travel · Nutrition · Wellness · Fitness

Home · Pets · Volunteer · Training Center · Personal Growth

and much more …

Check out the highlights below:

  • Use the Search Box to locate what’s available by topic, keyword or key phrase.
  • Access e-learning training by choosing the training option.
  • View archived webinars on a variety of topics that come up day-to-day.
  • Find legal and financial forms, documents, calculators and spreadsheets to assist with planning for life events.
  • Build your resilience with the Resilience Journey - this engaging, interactive program will take you on an enlightening journey that will open your eyes to your life's purpose while teaching you about the five core components of resilience.
  • General and Health Risk Assessments
  • Recipes

Get started today!!

Log in today:

Go to: www.AWPnow.com/main/benefits/

Log in using your username and password

Select HelpNet

Click Connect to HelpNet

To create your AWPnow.com account, complete the registration fields.

Registration Code: AWP-FWISD-1183

For more information, contact us at 800-343-3822 or visit www.awpnow.com/main/fwisd-eap-resource-room/

FWISD is looking for Bilingual Teachers

FWISD is hiring bus drivers

Online Registration, Ongoing

Gold Seal Late Application Window, Continues through September 6

Four-Day Workweek, Continues through August 3

Back to School Roundup In-Person Registration Begins, July 15

Dare to Discover Summer Enrichment Camp, July 15-18

Board of Education meeting, July 16

YES! Conference Registration closes, July 19

Eye STEM Academy: Girls Day 2019, July 19

Benefits Open Enrollment for employees begins, July 22

Summer Semester, Continues through July 25

FWISD CIP/ PROCEDEO Business and Networking Mixer (RSVP to attend), August 1

5th Annual YES! Conference, August 1

Jumpstart Teacher Academy, August 5-9

Dual Language Summer Conference, August 7-8

Tarrant County Back to School Roundup, August 8

Creando Una Amistad, August 9

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