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Inside FWISD September 12, 2019

In this edition:

Fort Worth, Arlington Superintendents Discuss Student Career Readiness At Fort Worth Chamber's State of Public Education| FWISD Observes Patriot Day 2019 | FWISD Week 3: South Hills Stars Rolling Into District Play | O.D. Wyatt HS This Friday’s Featured CBS 11 Pep Rally | November 5 FWISD School Board Special Election Ballot Set | JROTC Acknowledges Contributions of T. Boone Pickens | FWISD Annual College Night Set for September 16 | Let’s Talk School Community Forums | Stolen Supplies Replenished and More For Boulevard Heights Teacher | Fort Worth ISD Volunteer Leader Wins State Board of Education’s 2019 Heroes for Children Award: Loretta Burns Recognized for Parent Advocacy | FWISD To Observe Hispanic Heritage Month: The National Observance is September 15- October 15 | FWISD Board Adopts 2019 Tax Rate | 5 Paschal Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists | FWISD Mourns Death of Retired Secretary Sonia Martinez | FWISD Mourns Loss of Longtime Educator Roy Hudson Sr. | FWISD Monthly Policy Alert | Your Child's Report Cards Will Be Online Starting This Year | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | FinPath Available To FWISD Employees |Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

FORT WORTH, ARLINGTON SUPERINTENDENTS DISCUSS STUDENT CAREER READINESS AT FORT WORTH CHAMBER’S STATE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION

Almost 300 business, education and community leaders attended the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 16th annual State of Public Education luncheon, today at the PalmWood Event and Conference center in the Frost Tower.

Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner and Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos were part of a panel discussing how the two districts are shaping the futures of more than 140,000 students through college and career readiness initiatives.

Moderated by Greg Karol, vice president of human resources for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the conversation showcased how the Fort Worth ISD and the Arlington ISD are:

  • Preparing students to be employed in high-demand and high-wage careers
  • Fostering successful business partnerships that serve as a blueprint for involvement and impact
  • Equipping students for career-readiness through real life experience and training

Special guests at the event were high school seniors Jocelyn Covarrubias from the International Baccalaureate program at Western Hills and Amari Rabb from Marine Creek Collegiate High School. Both students are college and career ready, thanks to FWISD's Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice.

Other attendees at today's luncheon were FWISD Leadership Team members and Board of Education trustees Tobi Jackson, Anael Luebanos, Quinton “Q” Phillips, Anne Darr, Norman Robbins and Ashley Paz.

View the panel discussion replay on the FWISD Facebook Page.

FWISD Observes Patriot Day 2019

Multiple ceremonies and activities were hosted at Fort Worth ISD campuses this week in observance of Patriot Day, Wednesday, September 11.

The day marked 18 years since nearly 3,000 lives were lost in terror attacks on the United States.

The FWISD JROTC Department created a memorial display in the lobby of the FWISD Central Administration. A ceremony there Wednesday drew a large crowd of District employees. The JROTC assisted Superintendent Kent P. Scribner in laying a red, white and blue wreath that read “In Memory” in the lobby, and the JROTC led those in attendance in a moment of silence.

U.S. flags at FWISD schools and buildings flew at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Wednesday in observance of 9/11.

A replay of the Patriot Day ceremony is available on the FWISD Facebook page.

At Luella Merrett Elementary School and S.S. Dillow elementary schools, students are participating in a volunteer service project this week in which they’re writing letters and poems and drawing pictures for first responders and deployed military members to thank them for their service. Teachers say they hope to deliver and mail the messages next week.

“In the past, students would do a gratitude or thank you note to first responders. This year’s focus are military members deployed to war,” said Chantel Fontenot, a fifth-grade math and science teacher at Luella Merrett Elementary who is organizing the volunteer service project on her campus. “The ultimate goal is to empower our students that they, too, can impact others or even change the world.

“I just hope that they see that they can make an impact in someone’s life in their community and in society, and that they’re not too little. It’s the simple gesture that shows the most gratitude.”

Read more about this volunteer service project in next week’s Inside FWISD.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the U.S. Congress designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress requested the observance of 9/11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance."

FWISD WEEK 3: South Hills stars rolling into district play

By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

After a tough Week 1, Chris Clayton and South Hills bounced back in a big way and plan to ride that momentum into Friday night’s District 3-5A opener with Saginaw. Kickoff between the Scorpions (1-1) and Rough Riders (2-0) is set for 7 p.m. at Clark Stadium.

Clayton authored one of the area’s top performances last week with 233 yards rushing and a touchdown in South Hill’s 43-6 non-district (ND) win over O.D. Wyatt. The sophomore running back did his damage on just 16 carries, averaging a healthy 14.6 yards with each tote.

Not to be outdone was quarterback John Vela, who passed for 233 yards and a touchdown. The three-year starter also ran for three more scores as South Hills rebounded from 49-6 loss to Cleburne the previous week.

In addition to picking up their first win, the Scorpions go into Week 3 with good memories of their last meeting with Saginaw. South Hills claimed a wild 63-41 victory in the district opener last year.

Also, of note this week, undefeated Diamond Hill-Jarvis attempts to reach 3-0 in its Saturday night date with North Side in the fifth annual in-district rivalry Battle of the Boot match at Farrington Field. Arlington Heights begins 3-5A action Friday night against Brewer at Handley Field. O.D. Wyatt celebrates homecoming against Trimble Technical at Clark Stadium on Saturday.

Thursday, Sept. 12

ND: Western Hills vs. R. L. Turner, Clark Stadium, 7 p.m.

ND: Paschal vs. North Mesquite, Farrington Field, 7 p.m.

ND: Polytechnic vs. Dallas Thomas Jefferson, Handley Field, 7 p.m.

ND: Southwest vs. Dallas Bryan Adams, Dallas Forester Field, 7 p.m.

Friday. Sept. 13

3-5A: South Hills vs. Saginaw, Clark Stadium, 7 p.m.

3-5A: Arlington Heights vs. Brewer, Handley Field, 7 p.m.

ND: Dunbar vs. Eastern Hills, Farrington Field, 7 p.m.

ND: Benbrook vs. Krum, Krum Bobcat Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14

ND: Trimble Technical vs. O. D. Wyatt (homecoming), Clark Stadium 7 p.m.

ND: Diamond Hill-Jarvis vs. North Side (Battle of the Boot), Farrington Field 7 p.m.

ND: Carter-Riverside vs. North Dallas, Handley Field 7 p.m.

O.D. Wyatt HS This Friday’s Featured CBS 11 Pep Rally

Get ready to show your school spirit, Wyatt Nation. The CBS 11 Pep Rally is making its way to O.D. Wyatt High School for homecoming week.

CBS 11 Meteorologist Anne Elise Parks will interview Wyatt athletes, club members, alumni and administrators live from 4:50 to 7 a.m. Friday, September 13 in the high school gymnasium. A recap of the interviews will air during 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday broadcasts and the Saturday morning CBS 11 (KTVT) newscast.

The CBS 11 Pep Rally, a community event highlighting North Texas high schools and students, launched the 2017-2018 school year, according to CBS officials.

O.D. Wyatt senior Ashtoné LaGrone will control CBS 11’s social media accounts during the live pep rally. Follow the coverage on Instagram at CBSDFW and Facebook at CBSDFW. Social media coverage can also be found with the hashtag #CBS11PepRally.

Cheer the Chaparrals on Friday morning ahead of the team’s 7 p.m. Saturday homecoming game against Trimble Tech High School at Clark Stadium.

Wyatt is one of two FWISD high schools taking part in a CBS 11 Pep Rally this season. The rally is slated to film at Eastern Hills High Friday, October 11.

November 5 FWISD School Board Special Election Ballot Set

The ballot order for the November 5, 2019 District 4 Fort Worth ISD Board of Education special election is set.

Candidates will appear on the ballot as follows:

  • Johnny Cook-Muhammad, family program manager
  • Daphne Brookins, youth administrator
  • Terry D.T. Miles, artist
Pictured from left is Johnny Cook-Muhammad, Daphne Brookins and Terry D.T. Miles

A drawing for the candidates’ place on the ballot took place Monday, September 9.

The Fort Worth ISD scheduled a Nov. 5 special election to fill the District 4 seat vacated by the retirement of long-time member Dr. T.A. Sims in July. The candidate elected to the seat will represent District 4 until the term expires in May 2021.

In-person early voting will take place at designated polling locations October 21-November 1. Unregistered voters who want to cast a ballot in the November 5 election have until Monday, October 7 to register.

Important candidate documents and additional information regarding this election can be found on the Board of Education Election Page on the District’s website.

Click here to learn more about the upcoming school board election and its candidates.

JROTC Acknowledges Contributions of T. Boone Pickens

Upon the passing of renowned oilman T. Boone Pickens, the Fort Worth ISD, and particularly the Junior ROTC Department, acknowledges the important contribution of Mr. Pickens to the Veterans National Education Program.

Mr. Pickens died today, his spokesman Jay Rosser announced. He was 91.

The Fort Worth ISD partnered with the Veterans National Education Program in 2013 to launch a new Military History curriculum for Junior ROTC students at all the District’s high schools. This program was the first of its kind focusing on military events in history as told through America’s veterans.

“Mr. Pickens was very instrumental in providing his time, resources and his encouragement to the establishment of this vital history program,” said LTC (RET) Richard Crossley, Director of the FWISD JROTC program.

At a luncheon in May of 2013 announcing the new program, Mr. Pickens challenged others to get involved as well.

Through the assistance of Mr. Pickens, and others, the V-NEP curriculum, in addition to Texas, is now used in Pennsylvania, California, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Iowa.

Fort Worth ISD students have been able to expand their learning opportunities outside the classroom by taking staff rides to Fort Davis, Fort Concho, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Gettysburg, South Dakota, Valley Forge, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

FWISD Annual College Night Set for September 16

What: 2019 annual College Night - a chance for students and parents to meet with representatives of higher education institutions

When: Monday, September 16, 2019, seminars at 5:45 and 6:45 p.m.; Browsing area open from 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Texas Room at Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibit Hall, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth

Summary: High school students, along with their parents, are invited to attend Fort Worth ISD’s 2019 annual “College Night” on Monday, September 16, 2019. College Night will be held in the Texas Room at Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibit Hall, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth.

The browsing area is open from 6 to 8 p.m.

College Night is a mall of educational opportunities, with multiple colleges, universities and institutions from around Texas and across the nation ready to recruit new students.

This event offers “one-stop shopping” for higher education including financial aid seminars, a discussion on scholarships available in Tarrant County and college admissions details. The seminars begin at 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. The programs are free and will be available in English and Spanish.

Transportation will be available for students at each high school. Free parking is available in the parking lots behind Farrington Field, and FWISD will provide free shuttle service to the event from the Farrington Field parking lots. There is a parking fee for lots around the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibit Hall.

Students should plan to dress appropriately, using the District school dress code as a guide. For more information, contact the FWISD Academic Advisement Department at (817) 814-2575.

LET’S TALK SCHOOL COMMUNITY FORUMS

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

Stolen supplies replenished and more For Boulevard Heights teacher

By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

Having classroom supplies stolen off her front porch wasn’t the way Ashleigh Powell wanted to start the school year.

Luckily for the Boulevard Heights middle school teacher, she harnessed both the power of social and traditional media to turn a wrong into a big right.

Powell didn’t expect the unfortunate situation would become a community call to action. She shared Ring surveillance video of an unidentified man snatching packages from her front porch at home in August on her neighborhood Facebook page.

Unbeknownst to Powell, a CBS 11 (KTVT) reporter lives in her neighborhood. A story followed, and the response was immediate. Calls flooded in with offers to replenish the supplies used to accommodate Powell’s special needs students. Among the donations were workbooks and special types seating for the classroom.

“We got the supplies back and then some, and we got donations,” she said. “It was a pretty good deal.”

Powell teaches English Language Arts and social studies. The supplies were meant for her sixth to eighth grade students, most of whom are on the autism spectrum.

“It was pretty awesome to see so many people step up and want to help our kiddos out and our school,” Powell said. “It was a really good feeling.”

The donations came from all over, including many from Fort Worth Cops For Kids and FWISD Board of Education Trustee Tobi Jackson. Powell was genuinely touched by the community rallying around her story.

“Some small thing that happened turned into a really great thing,” she said. “It boosted morale for us here at the school. It was so nice to see people willing to help us and check in on us. It was awesome.”

Powell joked that the Ring camera normally just catches her dog and cat milling about but this time it gave local authorities a lead on the theft. The neighborhood patrol officer recognized the suspected thief and charges and an arrest are imminent.

FORT WORTH ISD VOLUNTEER LEADER WINS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION’S 2019 HEROES FOR CHILDREN AWARD

Loretta Burns Recognized for Parent Advocacy

Longtime Fort Worth ISD volunteer and community leader Loretta Burns is the recipient of the 2019 Heroes for Children Award for this region of Texas.

The award – announced by the State Board of Education – is bestowed on volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to student learning or who have demonstrated sustained periods of involvement and support of public education.

Ms. Burns will be honored on September 13 in Austin.

A story on Ms. Burns is slated to air on NBC 5 (KXAS) on Friday morning.

Fort Worth ISD nominated Ms. Burns for her long-time advocacy for at-risk children.

“This is a prestigious award as Ms. Burns is one of only 15 recipients statewide,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “We are grateful for her commitment to the children of Fort Worth and continually inspired by her example of leadership in empowering and supporting our Fort Worth ISD families.”

Ms. Burns is the founder and executive director of AB Christian Learning Center which provides out-of-school time academic enrichment programs to vulnerable youth. As an extension of this work, she started the Freedom School in 2014. This free six-week program focuses on summer reading and cultural enrichment for disadvantaged youth.

Ms. Burns is also chairperson for the Historic Stop Six Initiative Parent Engagement Committee that advocates on behalf of parents to ensure they are made participants in any academic decision-making process. Additionally, she serves in leadership roles for a number of organizations and groups that empower parents through education.

She’s also a member of the executive council of Read Fort Worth, a coalition of business and community leaders partnering with Fort Worth ISD in support of early literacy and the District’s 100X25 initiative (with a goal that 100 per cent of third-graders read at or above grade level by 2025.)

Mariachis Espuelas de Plata ensemble from North Side High School performs at a 2018 Board of Education meeting to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

FWISD To Observe Hispanic Heritage Month

The National Observance is September 15-October 15

Fort Worth ISD will join the nation in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans, who are descendants of individuals from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The observance originated in 1968 as a weeklong celebration and expanded into a 30-day commemoration in 1988, according to hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

The District will place displays in the lobbies at its Central Administration Building on University Drive and the Board of Education Complex on Shotts Street in commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Plans are still be finalized for other celebratory events.

In recent years, FWISD and its schools have hosted community events, art exhibits, dance and music performances and teachers have created music videos to celebrate the significant Hispanic contributions and influences on this nation.

For more details on Hispanic Heritage Month and its significance, visit hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

FWISD Board Adopts 2019 Tax Rate

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education recently adopted a 2019 tax rate of $1.282 per $100 of property valuation. It reflects a 7-cent decrease from the $1.352 rate adopted in 2018.

Board trustees unanimously adopted the rate 6-0, August 27.

For every $100 of a property owner’s residence or business value, the owner pays the District $1.282. The money collected generates revenue that supports two District funds – maintenance and operations (M&O) and interest and sinking (I&S).

Monies generated for maintenance and operations, or the District’s general fund, support day-to-day operating expenses, including salaries. Interest and sinking, also known as the debt service fund, generates money to support the principal and interest payments on District’s issued and outstanding authorized bond projects.

Here’s a breakdown of the 2019 adopted rate and how much goes to each fund per $100 valuation:

M&O (maintenance and operations) -- $0.99

I&S (interest and sinking) -- $ 0.292

Total -- $1.282

The District’s 2019 M&O tax rate of 99 cents was lowered from the $1.06 per $100 valuation adopted in 2018 to comply with Texas House Bill 3 legislation passed in May.

According to public hearing documents, presented to the board August 27, the District anticipates that based on the revenue generated for its I&S fund that it can pay $10 million in principal bond expenses early, which will reflect a $5 million savings in bond interest payments over the next decade.

The average taxable value of a home in Fort Worth ISD is $158,900, according to the District’s tax rate public notice, published ahead of the August 27 public hearing. Based on the 2019 adopted tax rate, a taxpayer with a home in the average taxable value would pay $2,037.10 in school taxes, a $96.50 increase from the previous year’s tax bill.

Some property owners may notice that while the District’s tax rate has decreased, there’s an increase in this year’s tax bill which is due to the overall increase in property values as appraised by the Tarrant Appraisal District.

State law mandates that the residence homestead of a person aged 65 or older may not increase above the rate that person paid the first year after turning 65, regardless of changes in tax rate or property value. The mandate also extends to the surviving spouse of a property owner if the surviving spouse was 55 or older when the property owner died.

5 Paschal Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Five seniors at Fort Worth ISD’s R.L. Paschal High School are semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship.

The students are among approximately 16,000 semifinalist names announced Wednesday, September 11, 2019 as part of the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The semifinalists from Paschal are:

Jack Boller

Lucy Chang

Benjamin Larson

Mark Moses

Ian Travis

The students are vying for the opportunity to earn one of 7,600 National Merit Scholarship awards being offered next spring. Total, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. will award over $31 million in scholarships to recipients. Three types of scholarships are being announced next spring: National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, corporate and college sponsored awards.

Semifinalists represent the highest scoring-entrants in each state on the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and represent fewer than 1 % of high school seniors, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corp. To advance in the competition, semifinalists must complete a detailed scholarship application including their academic record, school and community activity participation, leadership abilities, work history, awards, a letter of recommendation and an essay.

For more details, visit the National Merit Scholarship website at nationalmerit.org.

FWISD Mourns Death of Retired Secretary Sonia Martinez

The Fort Worth ISD community is saddened by the death of retired administrative assistant Sonia Iris Martinez.

Mrs. Martinez died Sunday, September 8. She was 73.

A rosary for Mrs. Martinez will be recited at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 12, with a funeral service slated for 9:30 a.m. Friday, September 13. Both services will be held in the Greenwood Chapel at the Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Road in Fort Worth.

Mrs. Martinez was part of the FWISD staff for 34 years. She retired in 2010. In 2011, she returned to the District for a year as a clerk/secretary substitute. Mrs. Martinez was involved in multiple organizations including the Latin American Club of Carswell, the United Hispanic Council, Conference on the Education of Hispanics, Fort Worth and Texas Association of Bilingual Education, and the MACE-Mexican American College Education Fund, Inc., according to her obituary.

“She was loved by many and touched everybody she met,” her obituary reads. “She was known for her big heart, warm hospitality and lively parties. She held dear to her heart all the friendships she made throughout the years. She will forever be missed, but never forgotten.”

Mrs. Martinez was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Raul; three daughters, Alma Gutierrez, Melinda Martinez and Belinda Theobald; three sons-and-daughter-in-law; 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

All of us at Fort Worth ISD extend our deepest sympathy to the Martinez family.

FWISD Mourns Loss of Longtime Educator Roy Hudson Sr.

The Fort Worth ISD community is saddened by the death of retired educator and secondary operations director Roy Hudson Sr.

Mr. Hudson died Tuesday, September 3, and was laid to rest at the Dallas–Fort Worth National Cemetery, Monday, September 9. He was 86.

Mr. Hudson worked for FWISD more than 40 years. He joined the District in 1964, and over the span of his career, he served as a middle and high school mathematics and science teacher, coach, principal and secondary operations director. In his time at FWISD, Mr. Hudson worked at multiple campuses including Meadowbrook, Wedgwood, and McLean middle schools, the Dunbar seventh and eighth-grade center, and in the Central Administration Building. He retired in 1998. After retiring, he worked four years as a FWISD substitute. He returned to the District in 2015 as a substitute administrator, a role he served in until January 2019.

“Roy Sr. will forever be remembered for his dedication to being a positive influence in the lives of young people relative to acquiring academic excellence and being productive citizens,” the Hudson family wrote in a statement.

Born in 1933 in San Angelo, Mr. Hudson was one of five children. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Prairie View A&M University and a master’s degree in education from the University of North Texas, formerly known as North Texas State University. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a first lieutenant.

Mr. Hudson is survived by his son, Roy Jr.; daughter-in-law Michelle; two grandchildren; a twin brother, Ray; lifelong best friend, Cecile Hudson and numerous loved ones.

All of us at Fort Worth ISD extend our deepest sympathy to the Hudson family.

FWISD MONTHLY POLICY ALERT

The following content is from the Policy and Planning Department:

The FWISD Board Policy manual contains policies governing the operation of this District. Periodically the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) provides updates to various policies based on changes in the law and Texas Education Agency (TEA) requirements. Occasionally revisions may be needed to meet the needs of the District as well.

As a courtesy, and in an effort to keep you informed, a policy alert will be provided monthly so that you may be aware of changes specific to our District. Each employee is still expected to be aware of and follow all policies of the District.

The District policy manual consists of four (4) different components:

  • LEGAL policies compile federal law, state law, and court decisions, providing the statutory context in which all other policies should be read; these cannot be changed by District administration or the Board.
  • LOCAL policies reflect decisions made by the Fort Worth ISD board of trustees and are specific to our District.
  • REGULATION documents are administrative procedures that implement board policies.
  • EXHIBIT documents may contain forms, charts, and other kinds of supporting information.

The following policies have been revised:

  • DEC(LOCAL): Compensation and Benefits- Leaves and Absences
  • DEC(REGULATION): Compensation and Benefits- Leaves and Absences
  • DIA(EXHIBIT): Employee Welfare-Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
  • FB(EXHIBIT): Equal Educational Opportunity
  • FFC(EXHIBIT): Student Welfare-Student Support Services
  • FFH(EXHIBIT): Student Welfare-Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation

Please feel free to disseminate to others, and if you have questions, contact Dr. Amanda Coleman in the Division of Policy and Planning at amanda.coleman@fwisd.org or 817-814-1956.

YOUR CHILD'S REPORT CARDS WILL BE ONLINE STARTING THIS YEAR

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.

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

Education Go Get It Week: Themed attire days, fun class activities and visits from college and military representatives and mascots are how some schools across the Fort Worth ISD are observing Education Go Get It Week. Celebrated through Friday, the annual event informs FWISD students about post-secondary education opportunities available to them including college, military and vocational training.

"The Future is Bright: A Week of Suicide Prevention" : 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, this week. The week coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day, Tuesday September 10. The observance includes a week of conversation and education focused on reducing the stigma of mental illness, teaching students and the Tarrant County community about warning signs and people at risk of suicide, a rally and walk. The FWISD Board of Education, the cities of Fort Worth and Keller have all presented resolutions and proclamations endorsing UV4C’s week of activities. 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.

NFL Pro Day: Fort Worth JROTC cadets participated in the NFL Pro Day event, an educational experience that develops student's skills in technology and communications, Friday, September 6 at Texas Wesleyan University.

Grandparents Day: Multiple Fort Worth ISD schools hosted events last week in celebration of Grandparents Day. Nationally, Grandparents Day was observed Sunday, September 8.

WHHS Custodian Beautifies School Hallways with Art: Head custodian, Tyeice Biggins at Western Hills High School is catching the attention of students. Recently, students were welcomed to school with the "Leave Your Mark" paper mural. "Every week is a new surprise. This week's a huge Frida Kahlo face for Hispanic Heritage," said Lacey Espree, an instructional specialist at WHHS. "She is adding such a special touch to the halls of WHHS and she deserves a huge shout out!"

School supply donation: Kroger recently donated 110 individual school supply kits to students at Fort Worth ISD's Dunbar High School.

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Campus Web and Social Media Training, September 12

CBS 11 Pep Rally at O.D. Wyatt High School, September 13

Hispanic Heritage Month begins, September 15

College Night, September 16

School boundary forum at Arlington Heights High School, September 17

Campus Web and Social Media Training, September 18 and 19

Board of Education meeting, September 24

National Voter Registration Day, September 24

Campus Web and Social Media Training, September 26

School boundary forum at O.D. Wyatt High School, September 26

End of First Six Weeks, September 27

Start of Second Six Weeks, September 30

2019 Volleyball Schedules

2019 Football Schedules

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