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.
Dual Language Immersion Summer Camp
Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School mural beautification project
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.
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.
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.
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.
FWISD CTE STUDENTS CLINCH TOP PRIZES AT NATIONAL CONTESTS
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.
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:
Brian Dickson, Young Men’s Leadership Academy (2018 graduate)
Shakira Perez, Richard J. Wilson Elementary School
Kristian Crayton, YMLA
Roselyne Rangel, M.H. Moore Elementary School
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."
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.