FWISD Unveils Website Enhancements
The Fort Worth ISD’s website, FWISD.org, debuted a new look this week.
Users will notice a fresh look to homepage banner stories, a consolidated main menu that remains at the top of the page as a user scrolls down and an “I Would like To” tab, linking website visitors to the most searched for topics on the site. Emphasized news and photo galleries and an updated upcoming events section allow users to efficiently scroll through content.
This is the first major enhancement to the District website since 2016.
Art Contest Celebrates Black History Month, Key Voting Anniversaries
Students from Fort Worth ISD’s Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School were recently recognized for their artwork depicting the right to vote.
The seventh annual Juried Art Show, hosted by the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, encouraged 100 third, fourth and fifth grade students to create art based on the theme “Getting Out the Vote.” The theme aligns with the nation’s 2020 black History Month theme, “African American and the Vote,” which celebrates the 150th commemoration of the Fifteenth Amendment ratification, passed in 1870, giving men of color the right to vote and the centennial to the nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
Staff from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art brought pieces from the museum’s collection as examples for students to look to for inspiration as they decided on what their own art pieces would depict.
The students and their art were celebrated at a ceremony, Thursday February 6 at Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary that included certificate and ribbon presentations, distribution of educational activity books, the opportunity for students to ask questions about voting and the civil rights movement and refreshments.
First place winners were invited by the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society to the Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum.
The following students earned top prizes in each respective grade level:
Josiah Morales, first place
Caylee Smith, second place
Maurquis Milton, third place
Zhinia Bevels, first place
Tyler Thoms, second place
Naomi Alexander, third place
Kameron Brown, first place
Cristal Aguinaga, second place
Tatum Walker-Jones, third place
View more photos from the event here.
Buzz Worthy: Coffee and Conversations
Need best school practices? Check out this week's Buzzy Worthy tip!
Our Edward J. Briscoe Elementary School team has several ways to engage parents and teachers. Principal Octavia Gray provided some great tips on how you can start the Coffee and Conversations at your campus! If you need additional guidance email her at Octavia.Gray@fwisd.org or call 817-814-0300.
"Coffee and Conversations started as a way to encourage parents (and all stakeholders) to come and allow their voices to be heard. Campus communication typically flows one way (from school to home) and we only hear from parents if there is a pressing concern," Ms. Gray said. "The traditional ways of collecting parent input (surveys, meetings, Parent Portal, etc.) can be intimidating to many due to language, technology access, and lack of efficacy to navigate school systems. The very first event last school year, NO PARENTS showed up, but teachers were dropping in during their planning periods to get hugs, say hello, ask their own questions, and give feedback on district/campus initiatives. As it progressed, we received parents, teachers, and community members."
How it works:
A flyer is sent home announcing the “drop-in” event. Ms. Gray prepares for general topics of discussion, but does not limit it to just that. The morning of the event the Briscoe Elementary team sets up a small area for coffee and tea. As parents enter the building they check in at the office and make their way down to the library.
- Try to find a partner who can donate the coffee.
- Host it in a neutral space.
- "I do not provide an agenda, as I want it to be an authentic exchange based on their needs."
- "Observe these meetings because additional ideas could sprout from them. We've had several events for parents and staff that have stemmed from Coffee and Conversations. For example, our educators stopping by these meetings really surprised me due to all of the PLCs, staff meetings, and other interactions that we have on a weekly basis. Another 'aha' moment ensued. I knew I had to carve out a different kind of time for faculty and staff and make myself available to engage less formally as well."
"We have an extensive number of parent classes and other events on our campus and I now work with our Family Communications Liaison to add a “Coffee and Conversations” component to those meetings at least once each semester. The one in the fall is typically comprised of lots of questions regarding the new school year; and, the one in the spring is typical consists of questions related to state testing and student support."
What a great idea! And, the campus posts the students on social media with a great caption.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
Excellent Educator: Congratulations to South Hills High School Teacher Tran Nguyen, who was presented with the Excellent Educator Award and a $1,000 check from Southern Methodist University for her campus. Look for Ms. Nguyen's story February 19 on NBC 5 (KXAS-TV).
The C.A.L.F. (Children’s Activities for Life and Fitness) Program: Students at multiple FWISD schools were recently gifted with free running shoes in preparation for the upcoming Cowtown Marathon. Read more about the C.A.L.F. Program here.
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County Panel: Superintendent Kent Scribner participated in a panel about the obstacles faced by teens in Tarrant County, February 6.
“Raptor 6 Training and More”: Approximately 200 District personnel who manage Raptor for their campuses attended Classified Learning's “Raptor 6 Training and More,” a half-day course offered February 3 at South Hills high School. Attendees received required training on Raptor 6, a new visitors management system used for signing in guests at a campus and Stop the Bleed training that offers life-saving tips for how to control the bleeding of injured persons in an emergency event until first responders arrive.
Regional Chess Match: Wedgwood Middle School hosted the Regional Chess Match, Saturday, February 1.
Presenting the Colors: Cadets from the Western Hills High School Air Force JROTC presented the colors at a ceremony for veterans luncheon hosted by a veterans support group, Friday, January 31 at Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth. In attendance were U.S. Congressional medal of Honor recipients and veterans who fought in wars dating back to 1941. Cadets who participated in presenting the colors included Lt. Col. Chase Diluilio, Maj. Eric Bowie, Maj. Dulce Martinez and Capt. Nate Martinez.
TELPAS/STAAR informational Parent Meeting: More than 80 parents attended Student Placement Center's TELPAS/STAAR Informational Parent Meeting, Thursday, January 30. In the session, parents learned the importance of the assessments and how they impact their child's education. Target gift cards and bilingual dictionaries were offered as door prizes at the event.
January 2020 Secondary School Principal Celebrations:
January 2020 Elementary School Principal Celebrations: Elementary School Leadership executive directors recognized principals from Charles Nash Elementary, Hubbard Heights, Harlean Beal, East Handley, Oaklawn and E.J. Briscoe elementary schools for displays of effective instruction and effective, well supported teachers, January 27. Principals from Charles Nash and Waverly Park Elementary were recognized as Golden Apple Schools for 100% of their staffs joining the campus PTA.