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Inside FWISD June 10, 2021

In this edition:

FWISD Launches “Rediscover Fort Worth ISD” Campaign With Student Registration Drive | FWISD ESSER III Survey Closes Friday | Equity And Excellence To Host MBK/MSK Graduation Stole Draping Ceremony Today | Roxanne Martinez Wins FWISD Board District 9 Runoff | See What Makes Reading Fun At FWISD’s Summer Read Aloud: All-Day Virtual Event Set for FridayMultiple FWISD Graduation Ceremonies Set For June 16-20 | Get To Know Canvas: FWISD Launches Webpage Introducing New Learning Management System | Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard Students Celebrate Librarian’s Recognition On National TV | Poly Awards Inaugural Scholarships In Honor Of 1977 Alumnus Carl Brookins | FWISD Recognizes Over 500 Graduates As Superintendent Scholars | FWISD Recognizes 2020-2021 Scholar Athletes | Music Instrument Sale To Support FWISD Musicians | Two FWISD Alumni Selected To Lead University Boards In Texas | City Library’s Juneteenth Program Brings A Taste Of Africa To Texas | District Announces New FLEX Course Initiative For Educators | District Issues Important Message For Employees Set To Retire At End Of 2020-2021 Academic Year | FWISD Announces Recent Retirees | Food Available At Multiple Sites For FWISD Families, Community | Inside FWISD News Briefs | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

FWISD LAUNCHES “REDISCOVER FORT WORTH ISD” CAMPAIGN WITH STUDENT REGISTRATION DRIVE

“Have you seen our high schools lately? You may not recognize us!” proclaims Fort Worth ISD’s soon-to-air television commercial.

The TV ad, in English and Spanish, is part of the new Rediscover Fort Worth ISD campaign to:

  • Get all students registered now for in-person instruction this fall (2021-22 school year)

This year, District-wide online registration begins June 14, about two weeks earlier than usual. All students, new and returning, must register.

  • Show the many renovations and new additions to our schools – all part of the District’s 2017 Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

These include user-friendly collaboration spaces in our high schools, updated science labs, state-of-the-art Gold Seal career studios, and new athletic facilities. The 2017 CIP also built an entirely new school – Overton Park Elementary.

  • Highlight our Gold Seal Choices and Connections

Choices include industry-driven P-Tech pathways and Early College High Schools, where students can earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree. Connections with our businesses and higher education partners provide opportunities for internships and networking.

In addition to TV commercials, you’ll be seeing billboards and other ads urging parents to register their children for school starting June 14 at www.fwisd.org/rediscover.

FWISD ESSER III Survey Closes Friday

The Fort Worth ISD is seeking stakeholder input on how to best use more than $261 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER III) to address student learning recovery and lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The District encourages its students, families, teachers, school administrators, campus support staff, District staff and community members to complete a survey that takes fewer than five minutes to submit and let your voices be heard. All survey responses are anonymous.

Complete the survey today at www.fwisd.org/ESSERsurvey. The ESSER III survey has been extended and will remain open through Friday, June 11.

“These dollars will ensure a plan for a safe return to in-person instruction here in the District,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “We want to hear from our entire community – students, families, teachers, principals, community groups, special education and English Language Learner advocates and many others.”

On Monday, May 24, 2021 the District hosted two virtual town hall events in English and Spanish to answer stakeholder questions and receive input about how to best utilize the ESSER III funds. Replay the town hall videos in English and Spanish on the FWISD News YouTube channel.

Over the next four summers and three full fiscal years, the District will use the more than $261 million in one-time/short-term federal funds to address student learning recovery and the ongoing impact of the pandemic using four major strategies:

  • Teacher support
  • Rigorous instructional materials
  • Creating more time for learning
  • Empowering parents

ESSER III funding for K-12 schools is part of the American Rescue Plan of 2021, which builds upon measures from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, enacted in March 2020.

Stakeholders with questions about the ESSER III survey are encouraged to email AskEval@fwisd.org.

Equity and Excellence To Host MBK/MSK Graduation Stole Draping Ceremony Today

Fort Worth ISD’s Division of Equity and Excellence is will recognize about 30 graduating seniors at its 2021 Graduation Stole Draping Ceremony.

This special event takes place at 6 p.m. today, June 10 at the Right Field Club at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Graduating My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and My Sister’s Keeper (MSK) graduates will receive a stole to be worn at their high school graduation ceremony symbolizing cultural pride and personal academic accomplishment.

This marks the third time the stoles have been presented to MBK graduating seniors by the Division of Equity and Excellence, but the first time the stoles are presented to MSK graduates. In 2020, the District launched MSK, an extension of MBK, for girls and young women.

Students identifying as African American will receive a stole of Kente material, which origins date back 300 years to the African nation of Ghana. Students identifying as Latinx receive Serape stoles, which are generally colorful wool shawls or blankets worn by people of Latin descent.

My Brother’s Keeper is a national organization launched in 2014 by former President Barack Obama. The initiative empowers boys and young men of color by offering them access to resources and opportunities to reach their fullest potential. Fort Worth ISD established MBK chapters in 2016. The District currently has 15 chapters each at FWISD middle and high school campuses.

In 2020, FWISD established chapters of My Sister’s Keeper, the extension of MBK for girls and young women, at high school campuses – Southwest, Eastern Hills and Southwest. Plans are in the works to establish a fourth chapter at Polytechnic High School.

To learn more about the MBK and MSK, contact the Division of Equity and Excellence at 817-814-2337 or click here.

ROXANNE MARTINEZ WINS FWISD BOARD DISTRICT 9 RUNOFF

Marketing consultant Roxanne Martinez received 54.81% of the votes cast in the June 5, 2021, runoff election for the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education seat being vacated by incumbent Ashley Paz.

Mrs. Martinez’s opponent in the District 9 runoff, attorney Cade Lovelace, received 45.19% of the 3,970 votes cast.

The FWISD Board will canvass the votes at a Special Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. – which will be followed by Mrs. Martinez’s swearing-in ceremony.

District 9 includes the following schools:

  • Bonnie Brae Elementary
  • Cesar Chavez Elementary
  • Daggett Elementary
  • Daggett Montessori
  • De Zavala Elementary
  • M.H. Moore Elementary
  • Natha Howell Elementary
  • Oakhurst Elementary
  • Riverside ALC
  • Springdale Elementary
  • Worth Heights Elementary
  • Daggett Middle
  • Riverside Middle
  • Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences
  • Young Women's Leadership Academy
  • Amon Carter-Riverside High School
  • Green B. Trimble Tech High School
  • Success High School

Trustee-elect Martinez joins Dr. Michael Ryan as Board newcomers. Dr. Ryan was elected in the General Election to represent District 7.

SEE WHAT MAKES READING FUN AT FWISD’S SUMMER READ ALOUD

All-Day Virtual Event Set for Friday

Jumpstart your love for reading this month.

Join Fort Worth ISD’s Educational Technology Department June 11 for a virtual Summer Read Aloud event. From 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., FWISD campuses and departments are invited to tune in for live stories read aloud by Ed Tech team members.

Themed “Reading is Fun,” the Summer Read Aloud schedule, other relevant information and the livestream can be accessed here. Education Technology has built a Google site to complement the live readings that include digital activities for engaging with the books featured in the read aloud and additional resources for promoting a love of reading. All readings are being recorded and will be available for viewing throughout the summer.

No registration is required to participate. Summer Read Aloud is being broadcast via a Google Meet Live Stream. FWISD employees accessing the event are encouraged to access the stream by logging in with their FWISD Google account.

“We hope that all who participate will be engaged with our readings and learn how to leverage technology tools to support student instruction,” said Shana Ellason, FWISD Technology Learning Integration director. “If you love reading and understand the importance of being a good reader, this event is for you! The website with all the recordings and extension activities will be available all summer long for students to access.”

For more Summer Read Aloud information, contact the Educational Technology Department at 817-814-3100 or contact the Digital Learning Specialist on your campus.

Multiple FWISD Graduation Ceremonies Set for June 16-20

The 2021 graduation season is officially underway.

From June 3-20, the Fort Worth ISD is hosting 22 outdoor graduation ceremonies either at Farrington Field or Clark Stadium. Ceremonies may be postponed in the event of inclement weather.

The District will not limit graduation attendees so that all family and friends can celebrate the 2021 graduates. Graduations may also be viewed online via live stream during the scheduled ceremony.

As of June 4, 2021, face coverings at outdoor events are optional for everyone per the Texas governor’s order released on May 18, 2021. However, the FWISD still recommends everyone consider wearing a mask.

Recently on June 3-5, the District hosted ceremonies at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity for three Early College High Schools—the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, Marine Creek Collegiate and Tarrant County College South Collegiate.

The following graduation ceremonies are scheduled June 16-20:

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Success High School, Clark Stadium- 9 a.m.

Young Men’s Leadership Academy, Farrington Field- 9 a.m.

World Languages Institute, Clark Stadium- 7:30 p.m.

Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Farrington Stadium- 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Boulevard Heights, Boulevard Heights Outdoor Facility- 7:30 p.m.

Transition Center, Boulevard Heights Outdoor Facility- 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Carter-Riverside High School, Farrington Field- 9 a.m.

Polytechnic High School, Clark Stadium- 9 a.m.

Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, Farrington Field- 7:30 p.m.

Eastern Hills High School, Clark Stadium- 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Dunbar High School, Farrington Field- 9 a.m.

O.D. Wyatt High School, Clark Stadium- 9 a.m.

Paschal High School, Farrington Field- 7:30 p.m.

Benbrook High School, Clark Stadium- 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

South Hills High School, Clark Stadium- 9 a.m.

North Side High School, Farrington Field- 9 a.m.

Southwest High School, Clark Stadium- 7:30 p.m.

Trimble Tech High School, Farrington Field- 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Arlington Heights High School, Farrington Field- 7:30 p.m.

Western Hills High School, Clark Stadium- 7:30 p.m.

For additional graduation details and information on how to access live streams of the ceremonies, visit www.fwisd.org/graduation.

Get To Know Canvas

FWISD Launches Webpage Introducing New Learning Management System

Editor’s Note: The following content is from the FWISD Educational Technology Department.

Do you have Canvas questions? The new Canvas webpage has the answers!

Check it out now at www.fwisd.org/Canvas.

As you may know, the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) is coming to Fort Worth ISD.

The new LMS will be implemented through a soft rollout starting with our Canvas Champions and other early adopters this fall. The District will engage all FWISD educators with a full implementation starting August 2022.

Once fully implemented, Canvas will be utilized by District employees, students and parents. The application allows for uploading and sharing of course materials, grades, tracking student participation, conducting virtual learning and communication. In preparation for the Canvas rollout, the FWISD Educational Technology Department has created a webpage full of important information.

The Canvas webpage includes:

  • The District’s LMS selection process
  • Benefits of using Canvas
  • Comparison of Canvas and Google Classroom
  • Canvas training information
  • District expectations for using Canvas
  • Implementation timeline
  • Canvas support documents, videos, and FAQs

The Educational Technology Department wants to make the transition to Canvas as smooth as possible and will update the webpage frequently.

Visit https://www.fwisd.org/Canvas to learn more.

FWISD CTE Department to Host Networking Event For Prospective Employees

Are you ready to bring your experience to a FWISD CTE classroom?

Find out what it takes to join Fort Worth ISD’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) team at our virtual CTE Networking Event.

Join us from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. This come-and-go informational session offers prospective candidates an overview of the CTE Department and its available career opportunities.

Register here to attend and don’t miss this unique opportunity.

CTE coordinators and FWISD Human Capital Management representatives are eager to introduce prospective employees to the role CTE plays in preparing FWISD students for success in college, career and community leadership. The virtual open house event also answers questions about the requirements needed to land a CTE career with the District.

Don’t delay. Register for the FWISD CTE Networking Event today.

Mitchell Boulevard Leadership Academy Students Celebrate Librarian’s Recognition on National TV

Gathering around a television for a recent episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, students at Fort Worth ISD’s Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard had a little fun. In a game of “Where’s Ms. Woods?” students looked for their school librarian, Regina Woods, on a May 18 show.

“There she is! She’s right there! She’s on the back row,” students called out. “See that blue shirt. That’s her!”

Looking on, Ms. Woods' face grew wide with a big smile as students shouted, pointed and chuckled every time she appeared in screen.

Ms. Woods was among more than 20 Texas school librarians invited to sit in The Kelly Clarkson Show virtual audience for a surprise announcement from former U.S. first lady Laura Bush. The librarians, who were recently awarded with the 2021 Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grant, were surprised with news that they would receive additional funding and books from H-E-B and Scholastic for their campus libraries.

“I couldn’t believe completing a grant application led to all of this,” Ms. Woods said.

The surprise announcement from Mrs. Bush was part of Kelly Clarkson’s Best In Class 2021 segment taped in early May. It aired nationwide on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Joining Ms. Woods in the virtual audience was M.L. Phillips Elementary School librarian Emily Ryan, who was also surprised with the award. View the segment here.

The grant includes more than $11,000 in money and books from the foundation, H-E-B and Scholastic to extend, update and diversify the library collection at Mitchell Boulevard.

“She is very deserving of this as she works tirelessly to see that her library shelves are filled with books for her kids, day in, and day out,” the Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard Principal Danny Fracassi wrote in a recent email message to Inside FWISD about Ms. Woods.

This year, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries received more than 2,000 grant applications and awarded more than $ 1 million in grants to 200 schools across 43 states.

“There are many students who don’t have books at home, so having access to a library at school is essential,” Mrs. Bush said in a recent statement issued by the George W. Bush Presidential Center. “With the grants, school libraries across the nation can restock and update their collections providing opportunities for students for years to come.”

The opportunity to diversify the library collection at Mitchell Boulevard is what attracted Ms. Woods’ about the grant, she said. The COVID-19 pandemic left the school’s library shelves nearly empty, she said, and the titles that remained were mostly outdated.

“If I got the grant, I could purchase books that had characters that look like our scholars, live in neighborhoods they live in, and live lives that were similar to theirs,” Ms. Woods said she thought. “I uploaded the application just in time to meet the January deadline.”

This is Ms. Woods’ fourth year as a school librarian. Her educational career spans 42 years, approximately 35 years of which have been with the Fort Worth ISD as an elementary school educator and instructional coach. Previously, she also wrote third and fourth grade curriculum for the District.

The Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard and M.L. Phillips Elementary are the first Fort Worth ISD schools since 2014 to be awarded a grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. Former FWISD recipients of the grant since 2006 are David K. Sellars Elementary, the Leadership Academy at Maude I. Logan Elementary, Harlean Beal Elementary, Sunrise-McMillan Elementary, Carter Park Elementary, Oakhurst Elementary, Sam Rosen Elementary, M.H. Moore Elementary, Washington Heights Elementary, Meacham Middle, Rufino Mendoza Elementary, Kirkpatrick Elementary, George C. Clarke Elementary and Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary.

Poly Awards Inaugural Scholarships In Honor of 1977 Alumnus Carl Brookins

Congratulations to Polytechnic High School seniors Daniela Barriga and Abraham Romero, the inaugural recipients of scholarships named to honor the late Carl Brookins, a Poly alumnus.

The scholarships were presented two days prior to the one-year anniversary of Mr. Brookins’ death. He was a 1977 graduate of Poly High School and husband of FWISD District 4 Trustee Daphne Brookins.

Daniela and Abraham were presented with the scholarships during the Poly PRIDE Conference on May 26. Abraham, who is still weighing his college options, received the Carl Brookins Memorial Scholarship award totaling $3,000.

"I don't have words. I'm grateful," Abraham said. "I'm just going to do my best to take advantage of this chance and invest it on the things i should. Thanks with all my heart."

Daniela, who is attending the University of North Texas, is receiving the $500 Carl Brookins Family Scholarship.

“I’m just super grateful for the opportunity,” Daniela said. “I know not everyone gets the chance to go to college, so I’m going to use this money to make more opportunities for people like me.”

In lieu of flowers for his funeral service, the Brookins family launched a $500 scholarship to honor him, Trustee Brookins said at a May 25 Board meeting. Others, including District 3 Trustee Quinton ‘Q’ Phillips, matched the donation following her announcement, making it possible to award $3,500 in scholarship awards.

“I’ve talked to my family, and this is something that we want to continue,” Ms. Brookins said at the May 25 meeting. “This year was [Mr. Brookins’] school, Poly, and next year we’re looking at doing something with O.D. Wyatt [High School].”

The Carl Brookins Memorial Scholarship and the Carl Brookins Family Scholarship were among multiple awards presented during the Poly PRIDE Conference. The event encouraged students to submit one-page essays detailing their educational goals and how they intended to help the community. Scholarships were awarded to winning graduating seniors with winning essays, and all other students with winning essays were eligible for gift cards totaling up to $200.

FWISD Recognizes Over 500 Graduates As Superintendent Scholars

More than 540 Fort Worth ISD graduating seniors will proudly accept their diplomas this month wearing a stole designating them as a Superintendent Scholar for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Superintendent’s Scholars program acknowledges students who’ve been recognized as:

  • National Merit Semi-Finalists and Commended, National Hispanic Scholars
  • FWISD African American Scholars
  • AP, AP with Honor, AP with Distinction, National AP
  • Dual Credit, Dual Credit with Honor, Dual Credit with Distinction, Dual Credit with Gold Distinction
  • International Baccalaureate students
  • Capstone Award students
  • OnRamps, OnRamps with Honor, OnRamps with Distinction, OnRamps with Gold Distinction

Individual high schools hosted award ceremonies earlier this spring recognizing their 2020-2021 Superintendent Scholars honorees.

View a complete list of this year’s Superintendent Scholar honorees here.

Being selected for these distinguished honors places the students in the top academic echelon of the District. In addition to the stole, each scholar receives a recognition certificate.

FWISD Recognizes 2020-2021 Scholar Athletes

The Fort Worth ISD proudly recognizes more than 70 student-athletes as 2020-2021 Scholar Athletes.

Because of the COVID-19 protocols, the District was unable to publicly recognize the students at its last Board of Education meeting in May as it has previously done. However, the District will recognize this year’s honorees and achievements on the FWISD website.

Originally called the Academic Athlete Award, the Scholar Athlete recognition was originated in 1984 by former Board of Education member Dr. T.A. Sims. Dr. Sims saw a need to recognize outstanding athletes for their work in the classroom as well as on the playing field.

In its 37th year, the Scholar-Athlete program recognizes one male and one female student athlete from each FWISD middle and high school. Students are chosen on the basis of their grade point average and their athletic achievement, with an emphasis on the GPA.

View the complete list of 2020-2021 Scholar Athletes for middle school and high school on the District website.

Music Instrument Sale To Support FWISD Musicians

What: Pianos and violins for sale to general public

When: July 15-17, 2021

Where: McClung Middle School, 3000 Forest Ave., Fort Worth, 76112

Summary: Pianos and violins used by Fort Worth ISD’s Southwest and Diamond Hill-Jarvis high schools are available for purchase, July 15-17, 2021.

The general public is invited to book an appointment to the two-day private sale hosted by the Rockley Family Foundation at FWISD’s McClung Middle School. To secure a time, call 817-807-2547. Virtual appointment opportunities are available.

The instruments, loaned to Southwest and Diamond Hill-Jarvis high schools for use at no cost, are less than a year old and in great condition for making music.

They were given to the school by 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 July 15-17 will contribute to the foundation’s efforts to support local institutions with new musical instruments.

Pianos available for purchase include grands, baby grands, Disclavier grands, vertical (upright) and digital. Violins, violas and cellos are also available for purchase.

The instruments are from famous makers including Yamaha, Bösendorfer, Pramberger, Seiler, Clavinova, Stravari Fine Violins and others. A discrete selection of vintage Steinway & Sons pianos are available.

Instruments come tuned, ready to go and include a new 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.

For additional details, visit RockleyFamilyFoundation.org/FWISD or call 817-807-2547.

Two FWISD Alumni Selected to Lead University Boards In Texas

Two former Fort Worth ISD students have been selected to lead prestigious Texas institutions of higher education.

Glenn O. Lewis, alumnus of Fort Worth ISD’s Paul L. Dunbar High School, is now chair of the Texas Wesleyan University Board of Trustees. Lewis was unanimously elected and will be the first person of color to serve as chair in Texas Wesleyan’s 131-year history.

Meanwhile, the Texas Southern University Board of Regents has named Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young, who also graduated from Dunbar High School, as the sole finalist for the position of President of Texas Southern University.

Mr. Lewis, also a Texas Wesleyan alumnus, has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2006. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson. He graduated from Dunbar High School in 1981.

Dr. Crumpton-Young is currently serving as provost and senior vice-president for academic affairs at Morgan State University. She is an experienced author, researcher, college professor, and administrator who holds multiple degrees in industrial engineering as well as an advanced degree in business administration. She graduated from Dunbar High School in 1984.

Mr. Lewis’s election was effective June 1, 2021. Dr. Crumpton-Young’s selection will be confirmed by a vote of the Texas Southern University Board of Trustees on June 17. Both are members of the Fort Worth ISD Wall of Fame.

City Library’s Juneteenth program brings a taste of Africa to Texas

Editor's Note: The following content is from the City of Fort Worth.

Join award-winning culinary historian Michael W. Twitty to discuss the African roots of Texas cooking and how those traditions continue to flavor Juneteenth celebrations. The Fort Worth Public Library is featuring Twitty in “Africa to Texas: A Juneteenth Journey” on June 14.

“Our traditions are a way of knowing ourselves,” Twitty said. “We feel these food traditions deep in our bones and we can’t shake them from our plates. It’s enjoyable and sobering to know where they come from and why they remain so dear to us.”

The Zoom presentation will guide attendees through the foodways of enslaved Afro-Texans with Twitty’s unique insight and research into the African American culinary traditions of the historic South. Juneteenth is a holiday that originated in Galveston and celebrates the emancipation of slaves.

“It’s important to show the strains of African American culture that went into Texas,” Twitty said. “It was a complex braid of cultures not only drawn from across the antebellum American South, but from Africa and through the Caribbean as well, and each one of those cultures made an impact on the food culture.”

One of Twitty’s most interesting finds about Texas is centered on Brazoria County, which is just south of the Houston metro area on the Gulf Coast. The county had the largest number of people who reported being born in Africa or who had parents or grandparents born in Africa on the 1870 census.

“It’s a great place to ask what were the links to West and Central Africa,” Twitty said.

Twitty also promises a special takeaway for attendees of “Africa to Texas: A Juneteenth Journey.”

“We will have a new appreciation for Texas barbecue!”

Twitty is an accomplished author who has appeared on Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Taste the Nation with Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi and Michelle Obama’s Waffles and Mochi show on Netflix. His book, The Cooking Gene, won the 2018 James Beard Award, making him the first Black author to do so. Twitty blogs at Afroculinaria.com.

Registration for the one-hour Zoom session at 7 p.m. June 14 is available online.

DISTRICT ANNOUNCES NEW FLEX COURSE INITIATIVE FOR EDUCATORS

Editor's Note: The following content about the District's new FLEX initiative for teachers beginning this June is from the Division of Academics.

The 2021-2022 FLEX Initiative is set to begin June 23, 2021 and run through April 14, 2022. This year’s FLEX will be different than in the past with offerings divided into three areas: Campus, Content, and Teacher-Selected Professional Learning.

Content hours are based on the District's Initiatives (such as Literacy Instructional Framework, Equity, SEL, Curriculum Alignment, etc.) and are provided consistently across the district. The purpose is to build consistency across the district and efficacy in teacher practice.

Campus Leaders will determine the professional learning for their campuses. Professional Learning will be aligned to the campus needs/goals (CEIP, T-TESS, Tier, Student Data, etc.) and geared to improve teacher effectiveness and student success.

Teachers will participate in professional learning offerings based on their interest, needs, and district initiatives. The professional learning will align with their professional goals as outlined in Domain 4 of their T-TESS appraisals. Teachers will choose from a menu of options to be completed beginning in summer 2021 and/or throughout the 2021-22 school year.

For more information, visit the district’s website www.fwisd.org/pli.

DISTRICT ISSUES IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR EMPLOYEES SET TO RETIRE AT END OF 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

Editor's Note: The following memorandum from Chief Financial Officer Michael Ball offers details for employees planning to retire at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. Employees with questions about the memorandum are encouraged to submit a Let's Talk ticket and select "Payroll."

FWISD ANNOUNCES RECENT RETIREES

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

  • Sharon Pate, fourth grade teacher, M.H. Moore Elementary School- 27 years
  • Cletis Cabbil, teacher, J. Martin Jacquet Middle School- 29 years
  • Douglas Clark, art teacher, Diamond Hill Elementary School- 27 years
  • Rosa Guerrero, pre-kindergarten teacher, Harlean Beal Elementary School- 30 years
  • Alicia Martinez, kindergarten teacher, M.G. Ellis Elementary School- 29 years
  • Barbara Lara, school nurse, Health Services- 32 years
  • Shirley Stephens, child development teacher, O.D. Wyatt High School- 35 years
  • Barbara Roden, Language Center teacher, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School- 30 years
  • Jennifer Miller, teacher, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences- 27 years
  • Susan Afflerbach, early childhood teacher, Western Hills Primary School- 23 years
  • Janice Hartley, child nutrition service worker, Daggett Montessori School
  • Augustina Madu-Odidika, assistant principal, David K. Sellars Elementary School- 34 years
  • Patricia Fuller, kindergarten teacher, Lowery Road Elementary School- 20 years
  • Mary Bastek, administrative associate library clerk, Young Men's Leadership Academy - 20 years
  • Kevin Johnson, inclusion teacher, Stripling Middle School - 15 years
  • Dana Pittman, dyslexia teacher, Waverly Park Elementary School- 38 years
  • Jeri Allen, librarian, Western Hills Elementary School- 23 years

FOOD AVAILABLE AT MULTIPLE SITES FOR FWISD FAMILIES, COMMUNITY

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

Since March 2020, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with several nonprofits to share information and organize food distribution events for the community.

Curbside Meals To Go breakfast and lunch service is available at more than 20 designated FWISD locations for FWISD virtual learners. Meals To Go is available three times weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. FWISD students participating in virtual learning may pick up a combination of breakfast and lunch meals for the week and weekend at any of the designated meal pickup sites. For more information, contact the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3500.

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

Food is available at these locations:

Food Distribution

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

LVTRISE

8201 Calmont Ave.

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

2. Every Tuesday, 3:45-5:30 p.m.

South Hills High School

6101 McCart Ave.

South Hills High School is offering free curbside, ready-made meals for children while supplies last. Meals are provided to families that show proof of children under age 18 in the household or if a child is present at pickup. Children do not have to be enrolled at South Hills High or a Fort Worth ISD school to obtain food.

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

Eastside YMCA – Centralized Youth & Family Programs

1500 Sandy Lane

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

4. Monday through Thursday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., 4:30-6 p.m.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County Panther Branch

1500 Hemphill St.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County opens a daily food pantry to families that includes fresh groceries and dry goods. Additionally, drive-through food distribution events will continue each month.

Contact La Toyia Greyer at LGreter@bgcgtc.org for more information.

5. Friday, June 11, 9 a.m.- Noon

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

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

6. Saturday, June 12, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Metro Opportunity High School

2720 Cullen St.

Fort Worth ISD’s Metro Opportunity High School and Middle Level Learning Center is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to provide families with food boxes.

For additional information, call 817-814-6700.

7. Wednesday, June 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (every Wednesday)

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

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

8. Friday, June 18, 9 a.m.- Noon

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

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

9. Friday, June 18, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Glen Park Elementary School

3601 Pecos St.

Round 1 Boxing and the Chisolm Trail Crime Prevention Association are providing food boxes including groceries and milk to 400 Glen Park Elementary families. This drive-through food distribution is available while supplies last.

10. Friday, June 18, 1:30 p.m.

Oaklawn Elementary School

3220 Hardeman St.

Round 1 Boxing and the Chisolm Trail Crime Prevention Association are providing food boxes including groceries and milk to Oaklawn Elementary School families. This drive-through food distribution is available while supplies last.

For the complete Tarrant Area Mobile Food Pantry Schedule, visit https://www.tafb.org/wp-content/uploads/mobile/mobile-pantry-schedule.pdf. Need food delivered? Call 817-857-7100 to speak with a live representative about how to access nutritious food.

Other food resources are also available:

https://www.facebook.com/tafoodbank

INSIDE FWISD NEWS BRIEFS

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

Fort Worth ISD Offers Free Summer Food Program

Fort Worth ISD is offering free breakfasts and lunches beginning Tuesday, June 22 through Thursday July 22, 2021. Meals will subsequently be distributed on Mondays-Thursdays. Weekend meals will be distributed on Thursdays.

The program is open to all children, up to age 18, who wish to receive a free meal and does not require enrollment in any summer program.

Click here to see the FWISD locations offering free meals throughout the summer.

FWISD Launches COVID Vaccination Resource Page For Employees

As a service to our employees, the Fort Worth ISD is consolidating information about COVID-19 vaccine opportunities.

Visit https://www.fwisd.org/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 vaccination opportunities available to District employees. The site is continually updated as more opportunities for employees become available.

Tarrant County Public Health also offers local vaccine clinics on a regular basis. Learn more by visiting its website.

The following content is from the City of Fort Worth

Trinity Metro: Masks required through Sept. 13

Trinity Metro will continue following the federal mandate that requires passengers and employees to wear face masks in the agency’s facilities and on board all buses, trains and other public transit vehicles.

The Transportation Security Administration recently extended the face mask requirement for all public transportation through Sept. 13.

The mask policy applies to transportation hubs, such as Fort Worth Central Station, as well as other train stations. Masks are required on all services, including buses, TEXRail, Trinity Railway Express, ZIPZONE and ACCESS paratransit.

Community Leaders and Alumni Turn Out for Rediscover Fort Worth ISD Celebration at North Side High School: The Fort Worth ISD continued its series of Rediscover FWISD events this week with a look at new facilities at North Side High School. Dozens of attendees at the June 9 gathering received an update on the school’s 2017 bond projects, including a state-of-the-art mariachi rehearsal hall, renovation of the choir and orchestra hall, new cosmetology salon/classroom, two-bay auto technology work space and new science labs.

Visitors also saw areas still under construction, including a variety of classrooms and three corridors that will soon connect all the buildings on campus together. The tours ended at the historic 1936 front entrance, on a bluff overlooking the city, where culinary arts students served refreshments. Learn more here.

Top of the Class: Fort Worth ISD announces its 2021 valedictorian and salutatorian honorees.

TABS 2021 Graduation: The Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences hosted its 2021 commencement ceremony Thursday, June 3 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

Marine Creek Collegiate 2021 Graduation: Marine Creek Collegiate High School hosted its 2021 commencement ceremony Friday, June 4 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

Tarrant County College South Collegiate 2021 Graduation: Tarrant County College South Collegiate High School hosted its 2021 commencement ceremony Saturday, June 5 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

Rediscover Fort Worth ISD Celebration Attracts Enthusiastic Crowd to Southwest High School: Gray skies turned blue for the excited crowd that turned out for a celebration of new facilities at Fort Worth ISD’s Southwest High School on June 3. Attendees received an update on the school’s 2017 bond projects, including renovation of the media center, engineering classroom, award-winning robotics, science work space, and an updated radio/tv/graphic design suite, with its state-of-the art broadcast studio.

The school was 207,887 square feet when the new construction began. When complete, the school’s new square footage will be 229,252. Read more here.

Family Literacy Celebration: Nearly 20 FWISD volunteers from the Student Placement Center and Family Communications distributed giveaways and 500 bags including free books and information about community resources to families Saturday, June 5. The celebration – focusing on families who speak a language other than English at home-- encourages students to continue reading through the summer.

Perfect Attendance Pays Off: Congratulations to students who were recently presented with bikes for perfect attendance. The names of students with perfect attendance were placed into a drawing, and seven went home with bikes and helmets donated by the South Fort Worth Rotary Club. All other students with perfect attendance received a goodie bag from the Rotary Club. View the story in this recent NBC 5 story.

Newly Published Authors: Congratulations to Mrs. Dana Beshirs and her second grade class on becoming published authors. The class hosted a book reveal on June 1 for their new book, "Our Class Book," which is available in the M.L. Phillips Library.

Texas Health Sponsors Scholastic Book Fair Event at C.C. Moss ES: The week of May 24-28 Texas Health, with a recommendation from Blue Zones Project, sponsored a Scholastic book fair for all students at Christene C. Moss Elementary School. Every student in school selected two free books to take home. Fostering a love of books and reading is one of the goals of Christene C. Moss Elementary and FWISD. Students having books in the home is an important aspect of literacy and student success. Every student shopped for their favorite books. It was the event of the year at C.C. Moss, said school librarian Carrie Hogg. "Every student left with big smiles and wonderful books," she said. Mrs. Hogg added that this is a dream come true. "It has been a very unpredictable and difficult year. Many families are struggling," she said. "Texas Health has made my librarian heart very happy. I will never forget this book fair and what it meant for the students."

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Free COVID-19 vaccines will be offered to children ages 12 and older. To make an appointment, please call 817-702-5156 to contact the health center nearest you.

Viola Pitts-Como Health Center

June 12, 2021

4701 Bryant Irvin Road N.

Fort Worth, TX 76107

Stop Six-Walter B. Barbour Health Center

June 26, 2021

3301 Stalcup Road

Fort Worth, TX 76119

South Campus Health Center

July 17, 2021

3500 Circle Drive

Fort Worth, TX 76119

North Central Tarrant County

Diamond Hill Health Center

July 24, 2021

3308 Deen Road

Fort Worth , TX 76106

THR Vaccines

Parents are now able to sign up their kids 12-15 for vaccination. Children will need proof of their age - birth certificate or shot card. Parents will also need an ID to show their relationship with the child.

Visit www.tarrantcounty.com/vaccinefinder to schedule an appointment.

Walk-ins are welcome at all sites, though registering in advance saves tim.

The new clinic hours are listed below:

Hurst Conference Center

Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday & Monday: Closed

Resource Connection

Monday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

White Settlement – Drive thru

Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday - Tuesday: Closed

Tim Curry Criminal Justice Building

Wednesday & Thursday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday - Tuesday: Closed

The US Medicineers

Compound Pharmacy in Plano now has immediate availability for the Pfizer vaccine. The Pharmacy is located at 5969 Dallas Parkway,

Plano. Call today at 972-905-4915 or email Jimella Miles, Office Manager and Coordinator at vaccines@usmedicineers.com.

Walk-ins are welcome! Monday to Friday 10-6pm

Virtual Care for Kids (now ‘Goodside Health’) have notified the District that Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are available to District staff and anyone age 18 or older.

Goodside Health at 3400 Texas Sage Drive, Fort Worth, 76177 is the vaccine opportunity location.

This information is only being shared with Goodside Health’s SchoolMed partners, such as FWISD. For additional details click here.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County Expanded Basic Needs Program for Families

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

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

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

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

The following employees/departments are eligible for testing:

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

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

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

Employee Assistance Program Resources for FWISD Employees

Fort Worth Zoo Discounted Tickets for FWISD Employees

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

Fort Worth Public Library’s annual Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, Continues through August 28

FWISD High Need Campus Hiring In-Person Event, June 10

MBK/MSK Graduation Stole Draping Ceremony, June 10

Online Registration Begins, June 14

Special Board of Education meeting/ Canvass of votes and swearing in of new trustee, June 14

Middle School Expo, June 16

2021 Graduation Schedule

Staff Day, June 21

Board of Education meeting, June 22

Youth Mental Health First Aid training, June 25

Final report cards go out, June 30

Fiscal Year Ends, June 30

New Fiscal Year Begins, July 1

Youth Mental Health First Aid training, July 16

Youth Mental Health First Aid training, July 30

Youth Mental Health First Aid training, August 5

Summer Literacy Programs

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