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.
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.
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
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.
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!"
Online Registration, Ongoing
Gold Seal Late Application Window, Available to the end of the first six weeks of school
Education Go Get It Week, Continues through Friday
The Future Is Bright: A Week of Suicide Prevention, Continues through Saturday