Inside FWISD September 5, 2019


Parents and students are invited to attend upcoming forums on proposed school boundary changes. The boundary changes will impact all traditional high school feeder patterns and address overcrowding, demographic shifts, and equity for all students.

Tuesday, September 17: 6-7 p.m. Arlington Heights High School Auditorium, 4501 W. Freeway, 76107

Thursday, September 26: 6-7 p.m. O.D. Wyatt HS Auditorium, 2400 E. Seminary Drive, 76119

Thursday, October 3: 6-7 p.m. Amon Carter-Riverside HS New Cafeteria, 3301 Yucca Ave., 76111

Thursday, October 10: 6-7 p.m. North Side HS Auditorium, 2211 McKinley Ave., 76164

Wednesday, October 16: 6-7 p.m. Eastern Hills HS Auditorium, 5701 Shelton St., 76112

Thursday, October 17: 6-7 p.m. Benbrook Middle-High School Auditorium, 201 Overcrest Drive, Benbroook, 76132

Monday, October 21: 6-7 p.m. Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS Auditorium, 1411 Maydell St., 76106

Tuesday, October 29: 6-7 p.m. Western Hills HS Auditorium, 3600 Boston Ave., 76116

Wednesday, October 30: 6-7 p.m. Polytechnic HS Auditorium, 1300 Conner Ave., 76105

Monday, November 4: 6-7 p.m. Dunbar HS Auditorium, 5700 Ramey Ave., 76112

Thursday, November 7: 6-7 p.m. South Hills HS Auditorium, 6101 McCart Ave., 76133

Monday, November 18: 6-7 p.m. Southwest HS Auditorium, 4100 Altamesa Blvd., 76133

Tuesday, November 19: 6-7 p.m. Paschal HS Large Auditorium, 3001 Forest Park Blvd., 76110


Starting with this school year, the Fort Worth ISD will provide all student report cards online. The first six-week report cards will be available through Parent Portal beginning October 4. The new online report card replaces the previously mailed report cards so you no longer need to ask “Did you receive your report card?”

If you don’t have a Parent Portal account, signing up is quick and easy. Visit www.fwisd.org/parentportal and choose Request Access to Parent Portal. You will need your email address, the child’s student ID and birth date ready for registration.

The campus will receive your request and within five business days approve your access to report cards, grades, attendance, and more.

If you prefer a paper copy, you can still visit your child’s school to request one.

FWISD’s Reading with Barbers Initiative Receives Governor’s Volunteer Award

Fort Worth ISD’s Division of Equity and Excellence Reading with Barbers initiative is being recognized with the Partners in Education Award at the 36th annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards this October.

Reading with Barbers is one of 10 Governor’s Volunteer Award honorees recently announced by Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott and OneStar Foundation. Honorees are being recognized at a reception at the Texas Governor’s Mansion next month. The annual Governor’s Volunteer Award is administered by OneStar Foundation, a Texas nonprofit that promotes volunteer efforts and community service across the state, and it recognizes individuals, businesses and organization for their volunteer efforts.

Reading with Barbers provides grassroots, neighborhood support of the FWISD’s elementary literacy initiative – called 100 X 25 FWTX – which sets a goal of 100-percent of third graders reading on grade level or above by the year 2025. Created by FWISD’s ISD’s Division of Equity and Excellence, Reading with Barbers aims to help students ages 4-14 maintain and improve their reading skills in a safe and trusted community space – the local barbershop. Equity and Excellence and provides books, bookshelves, training and event planning while the volunteer barbers serve as role models and mentors for children. Reading begins once the children walk through the door and select a book, continuing through the haircut. Barbers are there to guide the reading process, engaging with their young clientele over content and comprehension.

Pictured are barbers participating in the Reading with Barbers initiative.

The Partners in Education Award recognizes an individual or group that demonstrates measurable impact on a recognized need within a public, charter or parochial school(s), … innovative and/or informed or evidence-based solutions to further educational goals for students,” according to the OneStar Foundation website.

“Texans are generous by nature,” Mrs. Abbott said in a recent statement. “And I am so honored to celebrate the amazing generosity of all the awardees. By selflessly giving of their hearts and hands, their time and treasure, they have helped to make the future of Texas even brighter.”

View the entire list of 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Award honorees here.

Shulkey ES Rounds Up Hundreds of New Student Books, Resources

Hundreds of books are being placed into the hands of students at Fort Worth ISD’s Bruce Shulkey Elementary School, thanks to Whataburger and nonprofit social enterprise First Book.

The two organizations hosted a western-themed Reading Roundup celebration in which Whataburger employees delivered copies of the 2019-2020 Texas Bluebonnet Award winning book “El Chupacabras” by Adam Rubin and read with third graders in small groups, Wednesday, September 4. The third graders each took home a personal copy of “El Chupacabras.”

Additionally, the school received a gift certificate good for purchasing additional books from the First Book Marketplace that will support Shulkey’s Reading is Fundamental program which ensures all students receive free books for their home libraries. Total, the school is receiving $4,500 worth of new books and resources as a grand prize recipient of First Book’s Book Wish grant.

“The Whataburger Book Wish Reading Roundup was a wonderful experience for our students and teachers. Our students truly enjoyed reading with the volunteers, and they were very excited to receive copies of their own for their home libraries,” said Lisa Wagoner, the librarian at Shulkey Elementary. “In addition, our whole student body will benefit from the added donation of funds towards the purchase of more books from First Book. Thanks so much to Whataburger and First Book for donating their time and resources to raising readers in our community.”

Ms. Wagoner applied for the Book Wish grant last October, and her campus is one of two grand prize winners in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The grant is an initiative between Whataburger and First Book in which Whataburger is giving 70 $1,000 First Book Marketplace grants to D-FW educators to support their program’s book needs.

“There’s no better way to instill the love of reading than putting a great book in a child’s hands,” said Vanessa Tritten, Shulkey Elementary principal. “Thank you, Ms. Wagoner for applying for this amazing grant and we are so appreciative to Whataburger and First Book for their giving spirit to our community.”

Ms. Wagoner said the Reading Roundup celebration was focused on reinforcing literacy, the importance of reading aloud, discussion and book ownership. She said she’s hopeful this motivates students to read more and do their best academically.

“They will remember it for years to come,” Ms. Wagoner said.

Founded in 1992, First Book is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to creating equal access to quality education. Over its 27-year history, First Book has distributed more than 185 million books and educational resources to children in need.

Whataburger, a Texas staple, is a made-to-order burger establishment founded in Corpus Christi in 1950. For over 60 years, it’ supported multiple causes, including children’s education, with donations, sponsorships and volunteer work.


By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

After opening the season with an impressive road win, Eastern Hills High School looks to improve to 2-0 with Saturday night’s date against Anna at Handley Field. The Highlanders are one of 14 District teams in action in 12 games this week.

Adama Hudson accounted for three touchdowns, as Eastern Hills knocked Carrollton Newman Smith 26-13 on the road. The senior quarterback completed a sparkling 12 of 15 passes for 122 yards and two scores, while adding another TD on the ground.

The Highlanders outscored Newman Smith 20-0 in the second half after going into the break down 13-6. Running back Ronveon Johnson put the game away with a 26-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter.

Eastern Hills also collected a measure of payback after dropping a 42-14 decision to Newman Smith last year. The Highlanders hope to do the same against Anna, which won by 21 points in 2018.

A pair of nondistrict (ND) games involve two Fort Worth ISD teams squaring off, both at Clark Stadium. Western Hills faces Carter-Riverside on Friday night, with O. D. Wyatt taking on South Hills on Saturday morning. Arlington Heights has a considerably longer trek, heading to Toyota Stadium, home of FC Dallas, to tackle Frisco Lebanon Trail on Thursday night.

Thursday, Sept. 5

ND: Gainesville vs. Southwest, Handley Field, 7:00 p.m.

ND: Ferris vs. Benbrook, Clark Stadium, 7:00 p.m.

ND: Godley vs. Trimble Technical, Farrington Field, 7:00 p.m.

ND: Arlington Heights vs. Frisco Lebanon Trail, Toyota Stadium, Frisco, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 6

ND: Western Hills vs. Carter-Riverside, Clark Stadium, 7:00 p.m.

ND: Haltom vs. Paschal, Farrington Field, 7:00 p.m.

ND: Dallas Conrad vs. Polytechnic, Handley Field, 7:00 p.m.

ND: Diamond Hill-Jarvis vs. North Dallas, Franklin Field, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7

ND: O. D. Wyatt vs. South Hills, Clark Stadium, 10:00 a.m.

ND: Dallas Madison vs. Dunbar, Clark Stadium, 7:00 p.m.

ND: Castleberry vs. North Side, Farrington Field, 7:00 p.m.

ND: Anna vs. Eastern Hills, Handley Field, 7:00 p.m.


By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

A pair of District 4-6A matches highlight Friday’s volleyball schedule with North Crowley headed to Paschal and Trimble Tech playing at Lamar. Nine other Fort Worth ISD schools are continuing nondistrict action.

Friday, Sept. 6

4-6A: North Crowley at Paschal, 6:30 p.m.

4-6A: Trimble Technical at Lamar 6:30 p.m.

ND: Tolar at Carter-Riverside, 6:30 p.m.

ND: Dunbar at Eastern Hills, 6:30 p.m.

ND: North Side at Brewer, 6:30 p.m.

ND: Polytechnic at Western Hills, 6:15 p.m.

ND: Skyline at O. D. Wyatt, 7:00 p.m.

ND: Godley at Benbrook, 5:30 p.m.


Themed attire days, fun class activities and visits from college and military representatives and mascots is how some schools across the Fort Worth ISD are observing Education Go Get It Week.

Celebrated September 9-13, the annual event informs FWISD students about post-secondary education opportunities available to them including college, military and vocational training.

Statewide campaigns for Education Go Get It Week are focusing on college applications and financial aid awareness.

This week, FWISD counselors, college and career coaches, and teachers are highlighting the importance of higher education by:

  • Spotlighting college and career information;
  • Providing presentations that help students plan for college and understand the basics of admissions and financial aid;
  • Welcoming speakers from local colleges and universities to share information and answer questions.

Don’t forget to post your photos on social media during the weeklong celebration using the hashtags #GoFWISD and tagging @FortWorthISD on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We’ll share as many photos as we can on our District platforms!

FWISD Suicide Prevention Week September 9-14

Fort Worth ISD’s United Voices for Change (UV4C) organization is spearheading the District’s observance of The Future is Bright: A Week of Suicide Prevention, September 9-14. The week coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day, Tuesday September 10.

FWISD employees, students and their families are invited to participate in a week of activities including:

Monday: Wear green supporting mental health awareness and destigmatizing mental health issues

Tuesday: Wear red signifying red flags and suicide warning signs

Wednesday: Each FWISD campus picks their own day to promote suicide prevention and bright futures for all students

Thursday: Wear team apparel to “team up” against suicide and join UV4C for a rally from 5-7 p.m. at Forest Hill Civic and Convention Center that will include representatives and swag from the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers organizations

Friday: Wear neon/bright and college T-shirts to represent the future is bright

Saturday: Join UV4C in the “Out of the Darkness” Walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention from 8 a.m. to noon at The Shops at Clearfork

The District’s United Voices for Change (UV4C) organization, a program encouraging students to use their voices to make positive change in their communities and on their school campuses, is preparing for a week of conversation and education focused on reducing the stigma of mental illness and teaching students and the Tarrant County community about warning signs and people at risk of suicide.

“Fort Worth ISD students agree suicide prevention is a top priority,” Joceline Rojas, a junior at Marine Creek Collegiate High School and UV4C president, told Board trustees at an August 27 meeting. “Many of our peers suffer with depression and thoughts of suicide and seeing the tragic impact on our friends and the families of students who have died by suicide, we plan to positively impact our community by dedicating week of suicide prevention.”

Several other area school districts are partnering with UV4C in its weeklong observance of The Future is Bright: A Week of Suicide Prevention including Kennedale, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw and Carroll.

On Tuesday, August 27, the FWISD Board of Education approved a resolution endorsing the weeklong efforts planned by UV4C.

According to the resolution, read by FWISD Board President Jacinto Ramos at the meeting, suicide is the third leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 17. Last year, four FWISD students died by suicide, according to the resolution.

The cities of Fort Worth and Keller are also presenting proclamations endorsing UV4C’s week of activities.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide or having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for help. The crisis hotline, which provides free and confidential emotional support is available 24/7.


Children need healthy meals to learn. Each day the Fort Worth ISD’s Child Nutrition Services prepares thousands of healthy breakfast and lunchtime meals. Depending on a family’s situation, children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

Currently, 96 schools participate in the Community Eligibility Provision program which allows all students to eat at no cost. A list of participating schools is available on the CNS webpage. Every school year the District sends a Letter to Households explaining the cost of meals, who is eligible for free, or reduced-price meals, how to apply and other important information. A copy of that letter is included with this release.

For the 2019-2020 school year meal prices are:

Reduced Breakfast - $.00

Paid Breakfast $.75

Secondary Lunch $2.50

Elementary Lunch $1.50

Reduced Lunch $.40

As a convenience to parents, applications can be completed online. Additionally, for those students who qualify for the regularly priced meals, arrangements can be made to pay in advance through SodexoMyWay. This is an easy and convenient way to make sure lunch money doesn’t get lost.

Additional information about the Child Nutrition Services Department is available at here or by calling 817-814-3540.

FWISD Launches FinPath

The following message is from TCG Group Holdings:

We are excited to announce the launch of FinPath as a new workplace benefit. If you’ve ever felt worried about your finances, this new benefit is just for you—and it's completely free!

With FinPath, you can:

● Take a quick survey to get your Financial Wellness Score

● Get personalized professional guidance on how to manage your money

● Access your account 24/7 to get on a path to Financial Wellness.

Now you don’t have to search all over the internet any time you have a question about how to handle your money because all you need is right there on your FinPath account.

Registration is easy and is now open.


1. Click above to access www.financialpathway.com

2. Click the Access My Account button

3. Click Register button and follow each step

4. Check your email for your account activation code

5. Sign-in and access the Planning Toolkit to get your wellness score!

If you have any questions, please contact FinPath’s customer service department at 833-777-6545.

We respect your privacy. If you would not like your information provided to TCG for the purpose of this employer-provided benefit please opt out by sending an email to finpath@tcgservices.com or to discuss additional account options.

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

FWISD Council of PTAs Annual Fall Training and General Membership Meeting: The meeting, hosted Saturday, August 31, included a vendor fair, lunch and delegate meeting, Foundations Leadership orientation, president, membership, and treasurer round table discussions. The training equipped recently elected PTA board members with information and tools needed to be successful in their new position.

College Colors Day:Fort Worth ISD students, teachers and staff dressed in their college colors on Friday, August 30, to further encourage students to consider the goal of a college education.

Fort Worth Water Department Tour: Students from TCC South/Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School, a P-TECH Early College High School, got a close up look at what goes into providing a safe and reliable water supply for the city. The Fort Worth Water Department, a P-TECH industry partner, hosted the tour.

2019 Bank of America Student Leaders: Three Fort Worth ISD graduates and a current senior represented the District in Bank of America's recent Student Leaders program. At the annual Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., students met with congressmen and connected with peers from across the country. Representing Fort Worth ISD were: Recent Trimble Tech High School graduate Betty Chau, who interned this summer at ACH Child and Family Services; recent R.L. Paschal High School graduate Angela Cruz, who interned this summer at HOPE Farm; Young Women’s Leadership Academy rising senior Aida Martinez, who interned this summer at Ronald McDonald House and recent R.L. Paschal High School graduate Kristofer “Kit” Sisson, who interned this summer at Tarrant Area Food Bank. Tal Feldman, a graduate of the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, who interned this summer at Catholic Charities Fort Worth, also represented Fort Worth in the program.

FWISD is hiring nurses

FWISD is looking for Bilingual Teachers

FWISD is hiring bus drivers

Online Registration, Ongoing

Gold Seal Late Application Window, Available to the end of the first six weeks of school

Education Go Get It Week, September 9-13

The Future Is Bright: A Week of Suicide Prevention, September 9-14

Board Meeting, September 10

Campus Web and Social Media Training, September 11-12

State of Public Education, September 12

2019 Volleyball Schedules

2019 Football Schedules

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