Inside FWISD July 12, 2018

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FWISD Teacher Jobs Available

Tell a friend. Fort Worth ISD is hiring teachers for the 2018-2019 school year.

According to Human Capital Management, 500 new teachers were recently hired for the upcoming school year. However, 200 teacher vacancies remain.

“We expect to fill most of these vacancies in the next two weeks,” said Cliff Mayer, an HCM executive director.

“We’re looking for people with a servant’s heart to come ‘back to school’ and work to provide learning opportunities for kids,” said Carlos Mendoza, HCM director of staffing in a recent interview.

Jumpstart Teacher Academy, a week of professional development sessions for new teachers, is slated for July 30- August 2 for teachers with at least three years’ experience that are new to the District and August 6-10 for educators new to the profession.

The 2018-2019 school year begins, Monday, August 20 with new start times. Visit www.fwisd.org/backtoschool for more details.

To learn more about FWISD’s job openings, visit www.fwisd.org/careers.

I.M. Terrell Faculty Tours New School

New faculty members at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA were recently treated to a private tour of their new campus.

The school will officially open its doors for its inaugural year to high school freshmen this fall. Annually, the academy will add grade levels. At capacity, the campus will serve approximately 800 students.

As the school’s opening approaches, campus officials are preparing to host a teacher retreat, July31- August 2, and a student Panther Camp, August 7-9.

FWISD To Start 18-19 Year Observing first 5

Fort Worth Independent School District will once again observe First 5 the initial days of the 2018-2019 school year.

First 5 is an opportunity for teachers and students to get to know one another as a means of building relationships and classroom community before intensive core instruction begins. This is done through a series of fun activities the initial five days of school.

Teachers should be able to access First 5 lessons and activities through the Its Learning application to get a head start on planning for the upcoming school year.

The 2018-2019 school year begins, Monday, August 20. For more back-to-school details, visit www.fwisd.org/backtoschool.

Summer Session Enrollment Increases at High School Level

Enrollment for the 2018 high school Summer Semester session increased nearly 1,000 students.

The increase is largely attributed to the District allowing students to recover class credits at no cost this year.

According to Shannon Hernandez, FWISD’s secondary mathematics literacy director who leads this year’s high school Summer Semester program, 2,344 high school students registered for the general summer school session, and 1,847 actually attended summer courses. She added that some administrators said that this year’s enrollment was the most they’ve ever registered for summer classes. Last year roughly 1,000 high school enrolled for the summer session.

“I think that it’s exciting in the fact that we have students that want to put in the extra effort to retain the credits they lost,” Ms. Hernandez said. “I think that’s a positive for the summer program.”

She added that she’s happy to see students making efforts to get back on track.

“They’re not waiting until the school year to get further behind, but they’re continuing to progress forward,” Ms. Hernandez said. “Students are being proactive … so that they can go back, recover that credit and graduate on time.”

This year’s Summer Semester offered students an opportunity to not only recover class credits but take accelerated courses to get ahead, PSAT and SAT prep classes, and intensive tutorials prior to retaking State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness/ End of Course (STAAR/EOC) exams.

The general Summer Semester session concludes Thursday, July 26.

The graduation ceremony for the Summer Semester is slated for 7 p.m. Friday, August 17 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD District-Wide Online Registration Underway

All Parents/Students Must Complete Process in Inaugural Year

The Fort Worth ISD has launched District-wide online registration. It’s easy, it’s convenient, and parents will no longer have to fill out multiple forms with the same information. However, in this inaugural year, all students –both new and returning –must complete the online enrollment process.

Fort Worth ISD parents and guardians will receive a Snapcode – or identifying number – for each of the students in their families. Some Snapcodes went out with this year’s final report cards; others are being sent in the mail.

Parents can visit www.fwisd.org/registration, click the Registration button, and create an account.

In a recent letter to parents, Superintendent Kent P. Scribner praised the convenience of online registration, “because as a Fort Worth ISD parent, I, too am excited about this time-saving tool.”

Technical support for parents will be available from the company that helps the District host the online solution.

When parents hit a snag or have a question, they can call 866-434-6276, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

And, for non-technical information, parents can call the Parent Information Hotline at 817-814-2070.

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

Nearly 20 FWISD Student-Athletes depart for Youth Sports Games in Italy

Fort Worth Independent School District is working on a pilot program that will be an integral part of the selection process when hiring new leaders. In recent months, members of the FWISD leadership team have attended a couple George W. Bush Institute School Leadership District Cohort gatherings where they've discussed strategies and received coaching for making the pilot a reality. The cohort vision statement is: “Great Principals, Great Schools, Great Results for ALL students.” Photos courtesy of the George W. Bush Institute.

Dual Language Immersion Summer Camp

Fort Worth ISD students recently debuted Spanish-influenced art work during the Dual Language Immersion Summer Camp Showcase. Art enthusiasts visited each classroom to enjoy the works inspired by Salvador Dali.

Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School mural beautification project

Multiple people gathered June 25 to complete a large portion of the Diamond Hill-Jarvis mural project.

Fort Worth City Council Proclaims July 12 Fort Worth Summer Learning Day Learn more about National Summer Learning Day here.

FWISD officials, Read Fort Worth and other District partners were on hand for the Fort Worth Summer Learning Day proclamation reading at the June 26 council meeting.

JCLC Trust Fall

JROTC cadets from Paschal High School focus on team building, trust and confidence during a trust fall exercise earlier this summer at the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge.

Southwest High School Students Complete Summer Externship with Scholarships

Rising seniors from Fort Worth ISD’s Southwest High School were recently awarded $1,000 scholarships upon completing IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy externships.

The two-week apprenticeship allowed 12 rising seniors to shadow professionals in the energy industry at local companies, Weir Oil & Gas, Gardner-Denver, Texland Petroleum, and Harbison-Fischer. In that time, students learned about engineering, safety, supply chain, sales, gas marketing, public and governmental affairs, geology and human resources. At the conclusion of the IPAA/PESA (Independent Petroleum Association of America and Petroleum Equipment and Services Association) Petroleum Academy externship, students gave presentations to energy executives at the companies where they trained.

“Students not only gained invaluable experiences, they were awarded $1,000 scholarships,” said Jennifer Northern, math teacher at Southwest High School. “They walked away feeling the externship experience was life-changing.”

In applying for the externship, students received interview preparation, resume writing and professional workplace conduct training. Additionally, the rising seniors participated in Dale Carnegie training, which offers instruction for fostering successful careers.

Piano, String Instruments Available for Public Sale July 26-28

What: Pianos and orchestral strings for sale to general public

When: Thursday, July 26- Saturday, July 28, 2018

Where: Ed Landreth Hall, 2800 S. University Drive, Fort Worth

Summary: Pianos, digital pianos and violins used by Fort Worth ISD’s Southwest and Diamond Hill-Jarvis high schools the 2017-2018 school year will be available for public purchase, July 26-28.

The instruments were provided to Southwest and Diamond Hill-Jarvis high schools last school year on a no-cost basis through a partnership with the Rockley Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides music scholarships, donates instruments to the underprivileged and use of instruments to the music education community. The instruments sold later this month will support efforts by the foundation to support local institutions with musical instruments.

Pianos available for purchase include grands, baby grands, digital player grands, vertical (upright) and digital. Orchestral strings will also be available. The instruments, some of which are less than a year old, are from famous makers including Yamaha, Bösendorfer, Pramberger, Seiler, Knabe, Mason & Hamlin, Stravari Fine Violins and others. A discrete selection of vintage Steinway & Sons pianos are available.

Instruments come tuned, ready to go and include a factory warranty. Special no-interest financing and delivery are available. A large portion of the purchase may be considered a tax-deductible charitable contribution to the Rockley Family Foundation.

The purchasing event will take place at Texas Christian University’s Ed Landreth Hall, 2800 S. University Drive.

There are two opportunities for purchasing the instruments:

By Appointment: A special pre-sale is set for Thursday, July 26, Friday, July 27 and Saturday morning, July 28. Call 817-257-5333 to make an appointment.

Public Sale (No appointment needed): 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 28

For more details, visit www.RockleyFamilyFoundation.org/TCU or call 817-257-5333.

Vital Link Comes Full Circle for Former FWISD Student

Eleven-year-old Victor Henderson walked into the offices of Fort Worth’s March of Dimes and United Way of Tarrant County a bit nervous, unaware of what to expect or if he’d even like being there.

Vital Link, Fort Worth ISD’s internship program for rising seventh-graders, brought the Applied Learning Academy student there. Those experiences set him on a path that has come full circle 15 years later.

Mr. Henderson, now a 26-year-old communications specialist for the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), serves as a host to current Vital Link students.

His involvement with the program is something he can’t wait to share with incoming Vital Link students.

“It’s something that I’m definitely proud of,” Mr. Henderson says. “I [get] a lot of ‘whoas’ and gasps from the kids and adults that I tell.”


Have confidence in what you’re doing is a message that’s always stuck with Mr. Henderson from his experiences as a Vital Link student.

Vital Link, he said, taught him that he could one day work for a company and achieve any goal he aspired to.

The experience gave him a glimpse into day-to-day work duties. It also tested his confidence when he was asked to speak to a large room of people, he says.

Working with local nonprofits as an adolescent, Mr. Henderson said, showed him the importance of continuing his education.

He went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree in film, TV and digital media from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma.

Since 2017, he’s managed social media accounts for the NCTCOG’s transportation department.

Inspiring the next generation

Mr. Henderson sometimes wonders if the middle school students participating in the Vital Link program felt like he did as an 11-year-old boy. He said he tries to instill a sense of pride and confidence in them just as he received at his age.

“It’s pretty rewarding being on the other side and just inspiring the kids to keep going with their studies and reaching their dreams,” he said.

Vital Link recently wrapped up its 27th year. In June, 250 incoming seventh-graders spent a week working side by side with employees from more than 20 local companies.

“The Vital Link Program for incoming seventh-graders helps students understand the connections between school and the world of work,” said Peg Murphy, director of FWISD’s Community and Strategic Partnerships Department, which oversees the Vital Link program. “The program expands the students’ worlds and opens up possibilities of careers that they did not know existed.”

At NCTCOG, students visited several departments, some of which taught them how to create maps that project the region’s population, create appealing posts for the organization’s social media channels, set up equipment for video productions and prepare for an emergency.

Vital Link motivates students to make the connection between skills learned in school and those needed for workplace success by learning how reading, mathematics, writing, oral communication, technology and other skills are used daily. Teachers are on-site with students to supervise and assist in incorporating school lessons into workplace application.

Mayor Betsy Price walks with more than 50 FWISD employees and students from the Transition Center as part of her Mayor’s Fit15 campaign, April 2, 2018.

Price Vies for World Mayor Prize

Betsy Price, Fort Worth mayor and Fort Worth ISD alumna and Wall of Fame honoree, is one of 50 leaders vying for the World Mayor Prize.

The honor, awarded every two years by the City Mayors Foundation, recognizes mayors who’ve “made outstanding contributions to their communities and have developed a vision for urban living and working that is relevant to towns and cities across the world,” according to the World Mayor website. This year’s award is dedicated to female mayors.

A short list of World Mayor Prize nominees will be announced in August, and a winner will be named in early 2019. If named the winner, Mayor Price will become the first U.S. mayor awarded the prize since its 2004 inception.

According to a recent City of Fort Worth news release, Mayor Price has received multiple nominations for the award domestically and abroad.

Mayor Price, a Fort Worth native, is a graduate of Arlington Heights High School. She also attended South Hi Mount Elementary School and Stripling Middle School.

Mayor Price returns to her alma mater, South Hi Mount Elementary School, as a Celebrity Reader, December 18, 2017.

The mayor is currently partnering with Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose to lead the community-wide Read Fort Worth initiative. The collective impact strategy engages parents, grandparents, and caregivers as well as volunteers from the city’s business sector, higher education, non-profit organizations, and the faith-based community in an effort to ensure that all third-graders are reading on or above grade level by 2025.

Visit worldmayor.com for more details about the World Mayor Prize.

Engaging your reader with photos

EDITOR'S NOTE: This post was originally published on the FWISD Grants blog. The Grants and Development, Management and Monitoring Department launched the blog last fall to share information and tips on project management and grant writing. The following submission is by Stephanie Pollard, senior project development specialist.

Let’s be honest: Grant proposals are not exactly what most people would call “page-turners.” Even career grant writers will admit that what they write can easily become dull for the reader, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to. Adding visual interest to proposals is one way to keep the reader’s interest.

There are lots of ways to add visual interest to documents, and I’m going to be highlighting several different tips and tricks in a series of blog posts.

Lesson 1: How to Use High-Quality Photography to Connect with Your Reader

The old cliché is that a picture is worth a thousand words, and with strict page limits, space is usually at a premium in a grant application. Pictures are a great way to help you bring your point across more quickly and with a bigger impact than a paragraph or page when used correctly.

Rather than spend two pages describing your school or neighborhood, briefly introduce it and then include a picture that helps tell the story for you. This picture of Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) quickly lets the reader know that it is an atypical campus in an unconventional neighborhood.

(Credit: Summit Consultants)

Now, let’s talk about their students. The two pictures below were both borrowed from their campus social media accounts. While both pictures depict a smiling group of students, and both serve the purpose they were intended for, only one has the clarity, composition, and personality to help strangers see the school on a personal level in a grant proposal.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to take and/or edit great photos. It’s likely that both pictures above were taken with a smart phone. The first picture has a more distant, passive feel because of the cropping and the more formal pose. In the second photo, the girls are front and center and fill up the frame.

Now, consider how your reader would respond emotionally to the two photos. Both show students who are active in their community, but the first photo would require a description to make that clear to the reader, while the second one shows the girls outside, participating in community activism. Their passion for the cause is obvious.

Some photos are perfect as soon as they’re snapped, but most of us aren’t that lucky. That’s when photo editors come to the rescue. My personal go-to is Snapseed, a free mobile application that gives the user lots of options and presets, while staying very user-friendly.

Sometimes we are forced to salvage a photo from an event or time that cannot be recreated. The two photos below are the same picture, before and after five minutes of editing on Snapseed to improve the cropping, straighten the rotation, and lighten any dark areas to give it a more polished look to help draw in the viewer. This photo presented a challenge because it was backlit by the large windows. The best course of action to regain facial features lost by the lighting issues was to go black and white to provide the necessary contrast.

Using engaging photography is just one trick for improving your proposal or presentation. Next time, we’ll look at using graphics to help summarize your program, package information for easier consumption and give your reader a visual break.


Students from career and technical education programs at five Fort Worth high schools spent a portion of their summer vacation participating in multiple national competitions, and many of them brought home top honors in their respective contests.

Five Trimble Technical High School culinary arts students brought home top honors from the entrepreneurship and sports nutrition contests at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) 2018 National Leadership Conference, hosted June 28- July 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Trimble Tech’s sports nutrition team – made up of rising juniors Rayven Barnaba, Alexandra Gonzalez and Miriam Perez – clinched the contest’s top national prize. The entrepreneurship team – including rising senior Juliana Nava and rising junior Adrian Ornelas – finished second in the nation in its respective category.

At the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 23-29 in Louisville, Kentucky, the broadcast news production team from Southwest High School brought home second-place honors. The team includes Gloria Ortiz, Chelsea Lyles, Jacob Wells and Laura Nunez.

Additionally, Guillermo Lezama of Trimble Tech High School finished fourth in the collision damage appraisal contest, and Trimble Tech's Breanna Barnaba was recognized for finishing in the top half of the photography competition.

A self-taught 3D animation team from South Hills High School finished fourth in the nation in its respective category at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference, June 28- July 1 in Baltimore, Maryland. The team includes Emilio Contreras, Rosio Frias and Luis Hernandez.

Also competing in the FBLA national contest was Paschal High School. Brandon Meyers of Paschal received the third-place prize in the sales presentation category, and Christopher Wood, also of Paschal, finished 10th in the cyber security contest.

Six students from South Hills High’s Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) chapter represented the District in the Educators Rising National Conference, June 21-24 in Orlando, Florida.

Ashley Rios and Angeles Garcia of South Hills brought home the nation’s second-place prize in the children’s pre-kindergarten category. Alejandra Patino finished eighth in the nation’s impromptu teaching category. Abigail Arreola was recognized among the Top 8 for Educators Rising Leadership.

Melissa Areola of South Hills High represented Texas at the conference as TAFE’s Texas vice president. She is the first state officer from South Hills. Daniel Aguirre, also qualified for the national contest, and competed in the Educators Rising Moment category.

Ten students from the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS) represented the District at the HOSA-Future Health Professionals 41st annual International Leadership Conference, June 27-30 in Dallas and were recognized with the national Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Recognition.

The students are: Mike Mares, Jared Maldonado, Anthony De-Maria, Alexstazia Mumford, Halle Shafer, Samantha Lopez, Rebeca Galindo, Angelica Pacheco, Vanessa Garcia and Alexia Rios.

Congratulations to all our national winners and qualifiers.

FWISD Student Art Brightens City Bus Shelters

Artwork created by Fort Worth ISD students is brightening bus shelters across downtown Fort Worth this summer.

Eight current and former students were recently named winners of the Expressions That Move You Art Contest. Their artwork is on display at bus shelters on Ninth, Houston and Throckmorton streets through Labor Day.

The contest, a partnership of Trinity Metro and Fort Worth After School, encourages students to express artistically what public transportation means to them, their family and community.

The 2018 winning artists are:

Grand Prize

Brian Dickson, Young Men’s Leadership Academy (2018 graduate)

Shakira Perez, Richard J. Wilson Elementary School

Most Creative

Kristian Crayton, YMLA

Roselyne Rangel, M.H. Moore Elementary School

Most Colorful

Amy Lopez, Rosemont Middle School

Kaylin Alfaro, Sagamore Hill Elementary School

Best View of Transit

Angelica Gallegos, Stripling Middle School

Valentin Vargas, Oakhurst Elementary School

Fort Worth After School has partnered with Trinity Metro nearly a decade to sponsor the art competition, said Miguel Garcia, Fort Worth After School director. Winning the contest is like earning an Olympic gold medal to honorees, he said, and something they can brag to their friends about. Additionally, it offers students "a great deal of satisfaction."

"It's been a wonderful experience for the kids because they get to see their artwork move about the city. It's a neat experience for them," Mr. Garcia said. "I don't even know how to explain it. When we take the kids to see their artwork on the bus, they're in awe.

"It's a great opportunity."

Not pictured is Best View of Transit winner Angelica Gallegos

Nearly 70 submissions from 34 FWISD schools were entered to one of two contest divisions – K-5 (elementary) and middle through high school (secondary). The 2018 theme is: “All the Places I’ll Go.”

In addition to the displays at city bus shelters, the winning artwork can be viewed on Trinity Metro buses and on its website.

#thankyouthursday: central market

Thank you, Central Market.

The grocery store recently presented the Trimble Technical High School culinary arts program with a check for $2,500.

Students Anna Loera, Sade Muhammad and Elizabeth Canales from Trimble Tech’s culinary program cut and served pies last month at Central Market’s Waitress Pie-Baking Contest. Local bakers entered their made-from-scratch pies for a chance at winning opening night tickets to the musical Waitress at Bass Performance Hall, a cookbook and a Central Market gift card.

The donation will support the culinary program’s competition costs this upcoming school year.


We asked FWISD employees how they're spending their summer.

Here's how some of your colleagues are spending the summer:

Diana Garcia, a CTE teacher at Kirkpatrick Middle School, spent a week of her summer vacation on a mission trip in Kauai, Hawaii. Along with her husband, 23-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son, Mrs. Garcia helped renovate a church and transported disaster relief supplies to an area of the island recently affected by flooding, mudslides and other destruction. On the trip, the family also visited Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon.

Tonni Grant, FWISD's Academic Advisement coordinator, toured the U.S. Capitol this week, while on a trip to Washington, D.C. with her Tarleton State University doctoral class. She received a guided tour of the building from Austin MCgee, a former Arlington Heights High School student who is a staff intern in Rep. Roger Williams' (R-Austin) office.

Let us know how you're spending your summer.

Email inside@fwisd.org with photos and details of what you're doing this summer.

Teachers, please share this information with your students about the Summer Reading Incentive (www.fwisd.org/summerreading)

Education Technology Summer Professional Development classes

FWISD Summer Semester 2018, Continues through July 26

ELITE (Excellent Literacy Instruction to Empower) Summer Institute, Session 2 continues through July 25

Ram Readers Summer Reading Clinic for K-5 Students, Session 2 continues through July 25

Dare to Discover summer enrichment camp, July 9-12

University Grill in the Administration Building closed, Monday, July 9- Friday, July 27

FWISD Board of Education meeting, July 17

Secondary Literacy Professional Learning Opportunities, Register in Eduphoria

Applied Digital Skills professional development for sixth- 12th-grade teachers, 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 19, Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave. Room 256

Early Literacy Professional Learning Opportunities

AAIL Summer Academy, Monday, July 23-Thursday, July 26

The Advanced, Accelerated and Innovative Learning Department will be hosting its annual summer academy and renewal opportunities for gifted and talented certification July 23-26, 2018. The event will be held at the Applied learning Academy on Camp Bowie, and participants may register on Eduphoria.

Elementary Math Summer Learning Opportunities

Professional Learning Opportunities for Sixth-Grade Literacy, Social Studies and Music Teachers and Campus Librarians, Register in Eduphoria

PowerSchool training, Tuesday, July 31- Friday, August 3, Register in Eduphoria

Texas Home and Garden Show, August 17-19, Will Rogers Memorial Center (FWISD Teachers and Support Staff tickets are half-price)

Convocation 2018, Friday, August 17, Originating at Board Conference Room, 2903 Shotts St. and streamed to all schools and campuses

First Day of School, Monday, August 20

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