Inside FWISD August 16, 2018

Dr. Scribner Message Celebrates Back-to-School

“There’s so much momentum, so many great things happening at Fort Worth ISD,” Superintendent Kent Scribner says in his August message to teachers and staff.

The message takes a look at how a culture of relationships is getting positive results, especially those just released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). According to the TEA, Fort Worth ISD leads most major urban school districts in accountability gains. We have also cut the number of Improvement Required campuses by more than half in the last four years.

The opportunity for another very good year begins Monday, August 20, the first day of school.

Superintendent Kent Scribner speaks to local media about the state accountability ratings, Wednesday, August 15, in the Board of Education Conference Room.

FWISD is One of Two Top Texas Urban Districts in Year-to-Year Positive Gains

FWISD Reduces ‘Improvement Required’ Campuses by Half Since 2014

According to the Texas Education Agency, the Fort Worth Independent School District leads most major urban school districts in accountability gains. In fact, FWISD is touted by TEA as one of two top districts in Texas in year-to-year positive growth.

Forty-two percent of Fort Worth ISD schools received letter grades of A or B under the new A-F accountability system which will be fully implemented next year. And, 75 percent of FWISD campuses earned a letter grade of A, B, or C. Overall, the District received a C under the new system.

“Four years ago we had 24 IR or “improvement required” campuses. On Wednesday, we learned we have 11. We’ve reduced the number of IR campuses by more than half,” said Superintendent Kent Scribner. “What we’re doing is working and we must stay the course.”

Five struggling campuses that were reconstituted as “Leadership Academies” -- Mitchell Boulevard ES, John T. White ES, Como ES, Logan ES, and Forest Oak Middle School – were rated Improvement Required at the beginning of the last school year. Two of those schools – Logan and White – faced closure. However, all five Leadership Academies will be rated “met standard,” many seeing double-digit gains in reading and math.

Fort Worth ISD has seen positive growth among its highest-achieving campuses, as well.

“We have ten campuses that will have Met Standard at the A level,” said Dr. Scribner.

Additionally, FWISD saw an increase of 8 percentage points in students passing Grade 3 reading.

“Having more students passing is the first step in moving ALL students to reading at grade level,” said Dr. Scribner, referencing the District’s goal of 100X25FWTX. The initiative aspires to have all third-grade students reading at or above grade level by 2025. This is part of the Read Fort Worth collective impact movement, led by Mayor Betsy Price, BNSF Chairman Matt Rose, and Superintendent Scribner.

“Our work has just begun. Our efforts during the recently concluded school year prove that our children are not the problems,” Dr. Scribner added. “They are assets in which to invest.”

FWISD EARNS “A” Rating on State Financial Accountability Report

In the same week Fort Worth ISD received good news about academic accountability, the District also learned good news about its financial performance. The District earned an “A” in the state’s financial rating system as well as a Superior rating from the Texas Education Agency for how it manages its finances.

The TEA assigns the financial accountability grades and ratings annually. The School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) encourages Texas public schools to manage their finances to make the most positive impact on academic instruction.

This is the third year that School FIRST has issued letter grades and Fort Worth ISD has received an “A” each time. This year, the District earned a near-perfect score of 98 out of 100 possible points.

“The letter grade and rating illustrate that our District is intentional about managing finances,” said Fort Worth ISD Chief Financial Officer Elsie Schiro. “It is important the public knows the District is a good steward of taxpayer dollars and that we take financial oversight and performance very seriously.”

The District will present a detailed report about the state rating to the Board of Education at a public hearing by the end of the year. The presentation will include an explanation of the 15 financial indicators used to calculate the rating.

FWISD Webpage Offers Back to School Resources

Be prepared for the first day of school.

Fort Worth ISD’s Back to School Web page offers a wealth of resources on everything from school start times, calendars and attendance guidelines to back-to-school events across the District and much more.

Visit www.fwisd.org/backtoschool for more details, and we’ll see you Monday, August 20—first day, every day.


More than 53,000 students have registered for the 2018-2019 school year through the District’s new online system.

That equates to more than 60 percent of the student population, based on 2017-2018 enrollment figures. In July, a District-wide system was established for registering students online for the 2018-2019 year. In this inaugural year, both new and returning students must complete the online enrollment process.

As the new school year approaches, it’s imperative that students register right away for the 2018-2019 year.

Data clerks intend to make attempts at reaching out to families today, August 16, and Friday, August 17 regarding incomplete applications submitted and the status of some pending applications. Central office administrators and others are also being trained to assist families with online registration the first week of school at campuses with the greatest need.

Here are some things for campus personnel to note in assisting the remaining Fort Worth ISD students and their families through the online registration process for the new school year:

What can campus personnel do to support families through the online registration process?

• Please respond to parent phone calls regarding online registration questions in a timely manner

• Ensure campus computers are available for parents to use for completing online registration for their child. Parents must log off the system once registration is completed before a new registration is initiated.

• Create and execute a plan for assisting families through the online registration process and Meet the Teacher and Open House events and the first week of school

How can campus personnel assist parents in locating the required Snapcode – identifying number – for enrolling their child online?

Campus data clerks and principals can access Snapcode information by visiting the Snapcode verification webpage and entering their active directory email and password.

What should campus personnel do if a Snapcode does not exist for a returning student?

If no Snapcode exists, a parent must complete the New Student Registration Form.

In completing the form, parents will be required to answer the year they’re enrolling their child for, whether this is the first time their child is enrolling with the District, whether the student was enrolled the 2017-2018 year and if the returning student has a Snapcode.

Parents should answer “no” when asked if the returning student has a Snapcode, which then prompts them to complete a New Student Registration Form.

How should school personnel respond if a parent contacts campus that no confirmation was received indicating that registration was submitted for their child?

Ask the parent to first attempt looking for confirmation in the junk folder of their email. If no confirmation is found, campus personnel should be able to look up a child’s registration status in the PowerSchools system.

What are some other online registration concerns that parents may contact their campus for assistance with correcting when enrolling their child?

• Incorrect birthdate

• Misspelled names

• Inability to select the desired school (i.e. child attends a special program not offered at their home campus) The data clerk at the campus the student’s registration was submitted to should be able modifications.

• Gold Seal online application

What documentation do campuses require for returning students?

Documentation varies by campus. Contact your campus principal for more details.

How is registration for enrolling children in pre-kindergarten 3, preschool program for children with disabilities (PPCD) and walk-in speech services handled?

Registration for pre-K 3 and PPCD students is handled manually. Please contact the Early Learning Department at 817-814-2450 for more details.

Whom do data clerks contact for support?

• Contact PowerSchool for PowerSchool- specific issues

• Reach out to Larry Sandoval at larry.sandoval@fwisd.org, to follow up on PowerSchool-related issues or to access the PowerSchool portal

• Call the FOCUS Help Desk at 817-814-3080 for help working through District process involving PowerSchool and FOCUS.

• Email Judy Menchaca (judy.menchaca@fwisd.org) or Rhonda Fields (Rhonda.fields@fwisd.org) to resolve issues between FOCUS and PowerSchool.

To whom do campus principals submit online registration-related questions to?

Campus principals may submit questions to: https://goo.gl/forms/05a9mzsd1M152Lb33

Whom should campus personnel contact for details on future PowerSchool training sessions?

Campus personnel may enroll in a PowerSchool course via itslearning. PowerSchool resources are available by looking up “DoT PowerSchool Resources” in the itslearning course catalog.

Join Us for CONVOCATION 2018

We’re just hours away from Convocation 2018, Fort Worth ISD’s official kick off to the 2018-2019 school year.

Join us live or virtually via YouTube Live at 9 a.m. Friday, August 17 for this spirited event which will include Fort Worth high school bands, cheerleaders and other special guests. Teachers will be able to watch from their respective campus so that they can maximize their time preparing for the first day of school, Monday August 20.

Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and the Reverend Charles F. Johnson will speak live from the Fort Worth ISD Board Room, 2903 Shotts St., before an audience that includes Fort Worth Board of Education trustees, District educators, administrators and student group United Voices 4 Change. Convocation is being streamed on YouTube Live and will resemble a “TED Talk,” informal yet informative. Each FWISD campus will watch as a group.

Rev. Johnson leads the statewide ecumenical organization, Pastors for Children (PTC), which mobilizes the faith community for public education support and advocacy. PTC promotes school assistance programs in communities all over the state, cultivates community partners for public education, and mobilizes clergy to advocate for sound public education policy in state government. Rev. Johnson is a frequent speaker in university, church, business, education, and non-profit circles.

The event will also broadcast live on cable via Charter (Spectrum), Channel 192 and AT&T U-verse, Channel 99. If for some reason District staff is unable to watch live, the event will be archived shortly after the live-cast is concluded. We will release those links immediately afterwards.


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.

School Leadership Offers Back to School Tips, Advice

With just days remaining before the 2018-2019 year, we asked school leadership and veteran educators to submit helpful advice for teachers returning to the classroom or beginning their very first year.

Here are their tips for getting to know students, collaborating, goal setting, asking for help and much more:

New teachers starting the first day of school:

• Arrive early. Welcome your Students.

• Get to know each other. Do some fun icebreaking activities to put everyone at ease.

• Establish rules and routines. Introduce the important features of the room and the school with a tour or scavenger hunt.

• Reinforce positive behavior. Deal promptly with behavior problems.

For principals:

• Establish relationships

• Get into classrooms

• Understand others. Be empathetic and authentic

• Use social media to showcase your first day

--Marion Mouton, elementary school leadership executive director

Tips for teachers starting a new year:

• Be the role model for positive relationship building (greetings, corrections, celebrations, compliments, manners.)

• Reflect Daily (On your lessons and on your classroom management)

• Make your children smile by celebrating the positive.

• Keep children engaged by setting up structures for them to move and talk.

• Seek guidance and mentorship from your exemplary colleagues.

• Be open and honest with your Administration about what your needs are, for they are your teachers!

• Plan together. Push each other. Observe each other.

--Xavier Sanchez, elementary school leadership executive director

Back-to-School Tips

• Let students in on your personality. What do you enjoy? What are you passionate about?

• Do a questionnaire with your students, so you, as a teacher know what students enjoy and are passionate about. Use information from the questionnaire with your actions to connect relationships. Students will know you care.

• High-fives and fist bumps create positive energy in a classroom, so don’t forget to do that on a daily basis.

• Define your “why”, set a big goal, and share the big goal with your class.

--Todd Koppes, elementary school leadership executive director

Five Ls for a Successful School Year:

Listen more than you speak

Learn something new daily

Lean on others for support, you cannot do this work alone

Laughter is good for the soul

Love makes everything better and can change the world

--Sonja Starr-Malone, elementary school leadership executive director

“Enjoy humor in the classroom ... Keep a supply of funny quotes, quips and cartoons in your classroom. You’ll find that humor goes a long way in brightening your students’ moods as well, and their gratitude will boost your appreciation for them,” Hilda Caballero, elementary school leadership executive director

Shawn Buchanan, elementary school leadership executive director, recommends “10 Back-To-School Teacher Tips for a Successful School Year,” published by My Learning Springboard, an education consulting firm.

“The amount of influence that classroom teachers have on student success can’t be overstated. They are the ultimate difference-makers- the game –changers who can either make or break their students. It’s pivitol to understand this influence. When you walk into your classroom every day, confident that you are the number-one determinant of the success or failure of your students, you are ready to ensure that optimal student learning will occur. When you take it a step further and interalize the idea that your students will be successful because you are their teacher, your students are in the best position to achieve success.

Principal Kafele’s response to a teacher’s question, “Are my students at an advantage because I am their teacher?” from his book “The Teacher 50: Critical Questions for Inspring Classroom Excellence.”

--Deborah Traylor, secondary leadership executive director

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” Nelson Mandela

Benjamin Leos, secondary leadership executive dIrector

Words of Wisdom for New Teachers

“Get to know your students. Find out what they like to do when they are not in school. So, when they come to class, you talk about those things. Find out what students like and dislike about teachers.”- Students don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Steven Johnson, secondary leadership executive director

Tips for Teachers

• Have a well-planned lesson every day that is engaging for your students

• Believe in ALL of your students

• Know one important thing about each student you teach

• How do you know your students have learned the lesson that was taught today?

• Never stop believing in your capabilities to get students to learn

Rian Townsend, secondary leadership executive director

We look forward to seeing you bright and early Monday, August 20 and hope that you have a great school year!

fwisd releases 18-19 Bulletin No. 1

The 2018-2019 “Bulletin No. 1: School Policies and Procedures” is now available online.

Released Monday, August 13, the 143-page living document offers employees a comprehensive look at District policies, procedures and best practices, according to Superintendent Kent P. Scribner.

“This resource helps us work together to prepare all students for success in college, career and community leadership,” Dr. Scribner writes in the document’s opening letter.

Among the topics covered are staff responsibilities prior to school opening, student attendance and records, entrance and health requirements, school hours, instruction details, emergency preparedness and much more.

Bulletin No. 1 may change throughout the school year with periodic updates to various sections made when necessary.

View Bulletin No. 1 here.

No Technology Usage fee The 18-19 Year

There is no $30 technology usage fee for students the 2018-19 school year because of program changes.

For more DiG iN details, click here.

FWISD Bus Practice Slated for Friday

Fort Worth ISD buses will conduct practice “dry runs” on Friday, August 17, 2018, in preparation for the start of school on Monday, August 20. Buses will run at the regularly scheduled times giving parents and students an opportunity to ride the bus together for familiarization.

“Our bus drivers will be practicing their normal routes on that day,” said Transportation Director Bill Ray. “This is something we do every year in preparation for the start of school.”

These “dry runs” are great opportunities for parents to help students understand the route in a less stressful environment, especially for students who may be riding a bus for the first time.

The routes are posted on the Transportation page of the District’s web site, www.fwisd.org or are available at your local school office.

Fort Worth ISD nurses participate in a "Stop the Bleed" course, Thursday, August 16 at the Bob Bolen Police and Fire Training Academy.

Fort Worth ISD Nurses Receive ‘Stop The Bleed’ Training

Approximately 120 Fort Worth ISD nurses participated in a Stop the Bleed: Bleeding Control for the Injured course this week at the Bob Bolen Police and Fire Training Academy.

The District is proud to partner with Cook Children’s Medical Center, the Fort Worth Fire Department and the Fort Worth Firefighter Charities in offering the class for all Fort Worth ISD school nurses and health aides.

“The nurses had many positive comments about the training. They felt that the training helped create an increased awareness of how everyone may assist specifically with bleeding control should there be students or staff at their schools who sustain such injuries,” said Alice Turner-Jackson, health services director. “They were reminded that uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma.”

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action which is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Although the Stop the Bleed training is something we hope no nurse or teacher in FWISD ever uses, in the case of a severe injury or disaster situation, it could make the difference between life and death.

Nurses participated Wednesday and Thursday in the “Train the Trainer” course. Upon returning to their schools, they can decide how to train their campus staff with the help of the sponsoring groups. Health aides will participate in the basic Stop the Bleed class, which offers hands-on training and education needed for how to react if an emergent situation arises, at a later date.

Fort Worth Firefighter Charities and Cook Children’s have raised money to be able to provide approximately 3,300 Stop the Bleed Kits to Fort Worth ISD schools when the training is completed.

District nurses and health aides are the latest Fort Worth ISD employees to take the Stop the Bleed course. Members of the District’s Communications Department completed the course in the spring.

Read Fort Worth Donates 1,000 Books to De Zavala ES

A group of students at De Zavala Elementary School were back “at school” nearly a week early to help teachers with a special delivery received just in time for the 2018-2019 year.

The students and their parents joined Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner and local donor TXU Energy at De Zavala Elementary on Tuesday, August 14 to unpack and sort more than 1,000 books donated through the efforts of Read Fort Worth. This back-to-school project supports the District’s community-wide 100x25 FWTX initiative.

Read Fort Worth is donating the books through its Classroom Library Campaign designed to support 100x25 FWTX, which sets a goal of 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders reading on grade level or above by 2025.

Dr. Scribner is partnering with Mayor Price and BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose to lead Read Fort Worth, the community-wide early literacy initiative. For the Classroom Library Campaign, Read Fort Worth has secured book donations from supporters such as TXU Energy.

“As a longtime corporate citizen, TXU Energy is dedicated to giving back to the people of Fort Worth,” said Brad Watson, senior director of TXU Energy community affairs. “And there’s no greater investment than the education of our young people and nurturing their love of reading.”

The event marked the second campus delivery made possible through Read Fort Worth’s Classroom Library Campaign, an initiative developed with Fort Worth ISD leaders to ensure that young students and teachers have easy and equitable access to high-interest, culturally-relevant books throughout the school day. Donors delivered 1,200 titles to Sunrise-McMillan Elementary School in May. A third event is planned later in August at S.S. Dillow Elementary School.

Read Fort Worth has raised more than $160,000 in gifts and commitments to date. The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth is also dedicating proceeds of its annual dodgeball tournament on Sept. 20 to this campaign. And, a generous supporter has challenged the business community to raise $100,000 for the campaign through Sept. 30, pledging to double the value of gifts to $200,000 and speed book deliveries to the first schools targeted for support based on need.

View the photo gallery from the event here.

Benefits Open Enrollment Closes August 24

More than 3,100 Fort Worth Independent School District employees have completed the open enrollment process for 2018-2019 benefits, according to the Benefits Department.

District staff have one week to either enroll or decline health coverage for the 2018-2019 year. Open enrollment closes Friday, August 24, and 2019 benefits take effect September 1.

“We would like to stress the importance of logging into the enrollment system and completing the benefits enrollment. Every employee should take the time to complete their enrollment,” said Max Ates, Senior Officer of Payroll, Benefits and Risk Management. “By visiting an enrollment session, employees can learn more about the benefits and how to utilize those benefits they are enrolled in. If an employee currently does not need coverage with the plans offered through the District, a declination must be on file if enrollment is requested during the plan year due to a special enrollment event.”

Because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) ALL employees must either enroll, opt to keep the same coverage or decline health coverage.

Fort Worth ISD 2018-2019 insurance benefit details were released in English and Spanish to employees, July 26 via email. A slight increase to health premiums only and new benefit offerings for accidental injury and emergency transportation are among this year’s benefit changes.

The District scheduled 25 open enrollment sessions from August 7-24 where employees could ask benefit questions and enroll for coverage onsite. Benefits officials say they’re pleased with the turnout at recent sessions.

“Turnout this year has been very good,” Mr. Ates said. “Overall feedback at the enrollment sessions has been very positive, and the employees of FWISD appreciate the opportunity to sit down with someone and go over their benefit options in detail.”

Two open enrollment sessions remain – August 17 and 24 at the Professional Development Center. Employees planning to attend an enrollment session and enroll onsite will need their active directory username and password to access the online benefits portal. District personnel are also encouraged to bring information for any dependents they’re intending to enroll for coverage such as name, birthdate and Social Security number.

Visit www.mybenefitshub.com/fortworthisd or call Benefits at 817-814-2240 for additional details about open enrollment sessions and available health, dental, vision and other insurance plans. The Benefits office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

voly training for Family Communications Liaison This FRIDAY

The Fort Worth ISD Family Communications Department is offering training to its liaisons and select reading partners on VOLY, the District’s new online volunteer portal.

Training sessions are slated for Friday, August 17 at the Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave. Those invited to participate will receive more details via email.

The two-hour session walks trainees through checking volunteers in and out at campuses, managing campus volunteer accounts and posting volunteer opportunities. It equips them with skills for answering questions about the system and providing troubleshooting assistance such as changing a volunteer’s password or where a person would like to help.

VOLY, an online volunteer management system, offers people a variety of options for assisting FWISD students including supporting an individual campus, helping with a community initiative such as 100X25FWTX or joining a parent organization.

Here’s how it works:

• Volunteers create an account via fwisd.voly.org

• The person then completes an application and list the campuses where they want to volunteer and select from among six causes they’re interested in supporting – (college and career, education, enrichment, mentoring, special

• Volunteers consent to orientation and a background check conducted by the District’s Office of Professional Standards.

• Once approved, volunteers receive a welcome letter via email or by phone and weekly updates regarding volunteer opportunities based on their interests and specified campus to which they can respond. The system sends out reminders of the opportunity the volunteer has signed up for prior to the event. The system also sends a thank you message to volunteers after their volunteer assignment is complete.

Campus staff and District partners trained in how to use the system will be able to view volunteers who’ve signed up for an event. The system also tracks volunteer hours.

More than 2,100 people have already created VOLY accounts.

“The cool thing about the new system, or one of the biggest functions of VOLY, is it allows multiple users to post volunteer opportunities,” said Jennifer Perez, director of the Family Communications Department. “We want to open it up to as many organizations as possible.”

VOLY training sessions are ongoing for both campus staff and District partners throughout the fall.

For additional details, call 817-814-2070 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

Kirkpatrick ES Back to School Roundup: Staff hit the pavement to round up parents and students for #FWISDFirstDay. Staff and faculty handed out information about online registration, Meet the Teacher night and more.

Career and Technical Eeducation Department members tour Amazon Fulfillment Center in Fort Worth, August 9: This fall, Amazon will pilot a lunch table program at Benbrook Middle-High School and Young Women’s Leadership Academy. The lunch tables will provide an opportunity for students to learn about employment opportunities and tuition reimbursement programs offered by Amazon. Seven high school STEM classes toured the Amazon facility in spring 2018, and the opportunity will be available to high schools in Spring 2019.

Multilingual Institute

School Everywhere 3 video shoot: Fort Worth ISD students, administrators, educators and trustees recently participated in the music video for School Everywhere 3 at Jean McClung Middle School

Secondary Back to School Kickoff

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ask Elsie is a column where chief Financial Officer Elsie Schiro tackles employee queries, or in areas outside her purview, asks other District leaders to answer them.

Dear Elsie,

Would you please see if you could add our paycheck dates to the school calendars on the District website so we will know when to expect our checks?

Thank you,

Lynne Gibbon, BS, RN, Instructor

Dear Ms. Gibbon,

Thank you for your question.

The latest version of the employee calendar was recently uploaded to the District website and is available for viewing here.

I hope this helps.

Thanks again for your question.


Direct your questions to Inside@fwisd.org and put the words “Ask Elsie in the subject line. Please close your letter with your preferred signature as you wish it to appear in the column. When there are multiple queries on the same subject, we will select the one that is most representative of the subject. We will try to answer as many questions as possible.

The PTA at Bill J. Elliott Elementary School decorates the campus display case for the 2018-2019 school year. (Photo courtesy of Bill J. Elliott ES Twitter page)


How is your campus preparing to celebrate the first day of school, August 20?

Email photos of the preparation process and first-day celebrations to Inside@fwisd.org or use the hashtag #InsideFWISD on Facebook and Twitter. Some photos will be included on the District's social media platforms and in a future Inside FWISD edition.


Thank you to our multiple donors who’ve contributed supplies and monetary gifts within recent weeks to prepare Fort Worth ISD students for the start of a new school year.

On Monday, August 13, Prosperity Bank presented Manuel Jara Elementary School with boxes of pens, pencils and many other school supplies.

Over at the Leadership Academy at John T. White Elementary, Pattonair, an aircraft supply store, made its own school supply donation which included pencils, markers, crayons, glue, notebooks and much more.

Courtesy photos

Friday, August 10, Fort Worth ISD was among 12 school districts that Kroger announced its donating $642,777 to this school year. The District intends to use its portion of the funds to purchase school supplies for area campuses. Last year, Kroger supported nearly 50 Fort Worth ISD schools with supplies.

Dunbar High School recently received two special deliveries. Loreane Tomlinson, mother of Pro Football Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson, recently visited the school to donate school supplies for students. Fidelity Investments donated multiple backpacks filled with supplies that were distributed to students who registered for classes, August 9 and 10.

Photos courtesy of the Dunbar High School Twitter page

Summertime fun: Across the globe With Mr. Valdez

We asked Fort Worth ISD employees how they spent their summer vacation.

Gabriel Valdez, social studies department chair at Rosemont 6th Grade Center, spent his summer participating in a study tour to China and Taiwan hosted by the University of Southern California U.S.-China Institute and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. Teachers taking part in the study tour visited historical sites, schools, government offices and businesses.

Participants in the program will develop curriculum based off their travels that will be presented as professional development at various conferences, Mr. Valdez said.

“My lesson plan is essentially a virtual tour along the ancient and modern Silk Road,” he said.

He added that the curriculum will examine the “political, geographical, socio-cultural and historical interdependence” of the two nations.

Featured are some of Mr. Valdez’s photos from stops along the trip and as well as images from his vacation to Mexico afterward.

Thank you to the Fort Worth ISD employees who submitted photos to our Summertime Fun segment. We hope to present a similar Inside FWISD segment in the months to come.

From top left: 1. Locals participate in Tai Chi exercises in Xi'an China. 2. A statue of a Terracotta warrior. These clay figures were buried with Qin Shi Huandi, the first emperor of China, and unearthed in the 1970s. 3. Xian City Wall. 4. Pictured is a cub at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding 5 and 6. Stone Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 7. Mr. Valdez is pictured at Tapei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, one of the world's largest skyscrapers. 8. Mr. Valdez's name card from a meeting with Taiwanese government officials. 9. A view of the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center in Taiwan from the Kao-hsiung Harbor 10. A Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, Taiwan 11. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan 12. The view from the top of the bell tower at Desierto de Los Leones National Park in Mexico City, Mexico 12. Mr. Valdez poses at the Pyramid of Santa Cecilia Acatitlan, Tlalnepantla, México 13. Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato, in Guanajuato, Mexico 14. Mr. Valdez poses for a photo overlooking Guanajuato, in Guanajuato, Mexico 15. Biblioteca Palafoxiana is considered one of the oldest libraries in the Americas. Photos courtesy of Mr. Valdez.


What's on #FWISD's EdTV? We asked a #FWISD team member to choose this week's #FWISDFridayMovie. Let's see what Vanessa Williams from Fort Worth ISD's Elementary Schools Leadership Department chose as the #FWISDFridayMovie! Friday movies and much more are broadcasted live on EdTV and via Charter or AT&T U-Verse.


Have you heard about Fort Worth ISD's MyFWISD online portal?

MyFWISD brings together " all ... District resources in one convenient place," said John Briese, an instructional technology learning coach.

Access the portal at my.fwisd.org using your active directory credentials.

"The MyFWISD portal is there for you and your students to make it easier to find what you need by putting all of your Fort Worth ISD-provided resources in one convenient place," Mr. Briese said. "We hope you find it useful so that you and your students can spend less time searching and more time learning."

Learn more about MyFWISD in this brief video.

Campus Back to School events, August 7- September 28

Teacher Prep/In-Service, Continues through Friday, August 17

Early College High School First Day of School, Thursday, August 16

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

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

FWISD Summer School Graduation, 7 p.m. Friday, August 17, Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center

Buzz Back to School Event, Saturday, August 18, Hillside Community Center

Gear Up 4 School, Saturday, August 18, Location site is to be determined

First Day of School, Monday, August 20

FWISD Board of Education meeting, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2903 Shotts St.

Website Training for Web managers, Friday, August 24- Friday, September 28

Trinity Trash Bash, Saturday, September 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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