Inside FWISD August 2, 2018

Back to School Roundup Registration Ends August 7

Families have a few more opportunities to sign up for free school supplies being distributed at Tarrant County’s 14th Back to School Roundup.

Pre-registration is required to receive a voucher that guarantees a free backpack, school supplies and admission to the 14th annual Back to School Roundup, slated for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, August 9 at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Four pre-registration events are scheduled in Fort Worth through Tuesday, August 7:

Saturday, August 4

Everman Public Library, 100 N Race St., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane, 3 to 5 p.m.

Monday, August 6

La Gran Plaza, 4200 South Freeway, 3 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, August 7

Tarrant County Resource Connection Conference center, 2300 Circle Drive, 2 to 6 p.m.

The Back to School Roundup is a one-stop shop event that prepares families for the upcoming school year with supplies, free haircuts, health, dental and vision screenings, immunizations, health and social resources.

To qualify for supplies, families must produce:

  • Valid photo identification
  • Proof of Tarrant County residency (water bill, electric bill, etc.)
  • Proof of income (must meet 2018 poverty guidelines)

For more details on pre-registration events, how to volunteer or donate, visit backtoschoolroundup.org

Back To School Basketball Showcase This Saturday At Wilkerson-Greines

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a media advisory from the Fort Worth Police Department

The Fort Worth Police Department, CODE Blue After Dark, and Mayor Betsy Price are excited to announce the inaugural Back to School Basketball Showcase. The event will showcase youth basketball teams from around the City of Fort Worth and offer attendees an opportunity to leave the event with school supplies. The first 100 kids (through 5th grade) will receive school supplies with paid admission ($2 for children, $5 for adults). The schools supplies are on a first-come, first-serve basis and as long as supplies last.

The festivities will take place at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 Ca Roberson Blvd. in Fort Worth. The event begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Aug. 4, and will end at approximately 2 p.m.

Convocation Details

Dear Colleagues:

Last week Dr. Scribner mentioned we would provide information regarding links to the virtual and live Convocation set for August 17, 2018. Since we are requesting each campus to watch as a group it is imperative that equipment and access be tested and verified to be in good working order prior to the event. Please complete the Convocation 2018 Contact Information form.

To help you prepare for Convocation 2018, we have created a Convocation 2018 Test webpage where you can test your equipment and access to the live stream. Identify the location on your campus where Convocation 2018 will be streamed, set up your equipment, and join us for testing on one of the following dates:

• Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Friday, August 10, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Monday, August 13, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Convocation 2018 will be broadcast live from the FWISD Board Room on August 17, 2018. Test your equipment and access by visiting the following website: http://www.fwisd.org/convocationtest. Click the play button in the video player on the day you are testing. You will see a live stream of the FWISD Board Room, hear narration and music. Once you have tested your equipment and access to the live stream, please complete the Convocation 2018 Testing Confirmation form.

It is important to remember the Convocation 2018 webpage is also, where you will go to access the live stream for Convocation on Friday, August 17, at 9 a.m. One-stop shopping for testing and the actual event stream.

We will also broadcast the event live on cable via Charter (Spectrum), Channel 192 and AT&T U-verse, Channel 99. If for some reason you and your staff are unable to watch live, the event will be archived shortly after the live-cast is concluded. We will release those links immediately afterwards.

Again, our goal is to provide maximum inspiration with minimal interruption to your day. If you have questions about connectivity, please call 817-814-TEST (8378) for assistance.

Online Registration FAQs

I have a parent of a returning student who does not have a Snapcode. How do they get one?

Snapcodes for returning students were sent home with students as part of the end of the year report card, in a letter mailed to some families, or through email. In some cases, the Snapcode may have been lost or misplaced. Campuses should assist parents with obtaining the Snapcode as needed.

Caution: When helping parents with a lost Snapcode adhere to the following:

  • Only provide Snapcodes to legal parent or guardian
  • Encourage parents to visit the campus to obtain the Snapcode. PowerSchool provides a way to print a new Snapcode letter.
  • Do not edit the email address in the PowerSchool Roster workspace.
  • Be cautious about providing a Snapcode over the phone. You must use the District Snapcode verification tool when providing a Snapcode over the phone.


For help with a Snapcode or for general registration questions, parents can call or email the Fort Worth ISD Parent Information Line. The Parent Info Line is available Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: 817-814-2070

Email: parentinfo@fwisd.org

What happens when no Snapcode exists, even in FOCUS?

For students with no Snapcode in PowerSchool or Focus:

  • Verify that they are a returning student who finished the previous school year in FWISD
  • If the student is a returning student, contact the Focus Support team for follow-up.

When a parent goes online to complete the registration process, the correct school does not show in the school window. What do I do?

As part of the registration process parents are presented with the following question:

Is this showing the correct school of enrollment for your student?

If the parent answers “no”. They are presented with a drop-down menu to select the correct campus. They must also provide a reason.

What happens when a student and parent show up on the first day without having registered online?

Do I need to request copies of parent information when they come to my school?

  • For new students, the following documents are required to complete enrollment. Parents can upload as part of the PowerSchool registration process or they can present them at the campus.
  • Campuses currently at or beyond capacity will contact the Office of School Leadership that serves the campus grade levels. These campuses may require additional annual documentation from parents. That additional information should be determined in consultation with the appropriate school chief.
  • Do I need to run packets for students who have not enrolled? What is the right way to handle this?
  • No paper packets.
  • Returning Students
  • New Students

o Unaccompanied youth are a special category of homeless students. When these students arrive at your campus to enroll, assist in enrolling them. These students are not to be deferred or denied. Under the McKinney-Vento Act, these students are provided the latitude to enroll themselves, and the campus has an ensuing 30 days to complete procedures around that student, finalize enrollment, and schedule wrap-around services to help move these students toward graduation.

FWISD 2018-2019 Principal Appointments

The following educators have been appointed as principals at Fort Worth ISD schools for the 2018-2019 year:

Alberto Herrera to Sam Rosen ES from a previous position at Dallas ISD

LaTonya Ordaz to Bill J. Elliot ES from assistant principal at T.A. Sims ES

Roberto Baeta-Gutierrez to Waverley Park ES from assistant principal at North Hi Mount

Sharon Schultze to Hazel Harvey Peace ES from assistant principal at Carter Park ES

Suzelle Birkmire to Meadowbrook ES from assistant principal at Meadowbrook ES

Terry Guthrie to Boulevard Heights from assistant principal at Boulevard Heights ES

Misty Rothermund to Morningside ES from previous position at Dallas ISD

Steven Moore to the FWISD Leadership Academy at Maude I. Logan from principal at Bill J. Elliott ES

Julia Yost from Sam Rosen ES to principal D. McRae ES

Kendall Miller from D. McRae ES to principal at Daggett ES

Jodie Adair to principal Harlean Beal ES from assistant principal at Bonnie Brae ES.

Keith Christmas to Carroll Peak ES from interim principal Carroll Peak ES

Ronnita Carridine from principal at Harlean Beal ES to principal at Como Montessori

Our new secondary principals are:

Troy Langston who moves from principal at the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences to lead at R.L. Paschal High School

Godswill Barrah moves from assistant principal at O.D. Wyatt High School to principal at Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences

Oscar Adams moving from principal of Rosemont Middle School to principal at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Reginald Terrell the interim principal at J. Martin Jacquet Middle School is now assigned as principal at Handley Middle School.

Miguel Del Toro moves from assistant principal at Paschal High School to principal at Rosemont Middle School

Cheryl Johnson moves from principal at Handley Middle School to principal J. Martin Jacquet Middle School

Save The Date for FWTC 2019

Go to your Outlook calendar right now and save the date!

The Fort Worth Technology Conference is slated for January 26, 2019. Don’t miss what promises to be the best FWTC ever.

More details coming soon.


The following are details regarding Fort Worth ISD’s attendance guidelines. The policy is also available for viewing on the District’s Back to School webpage and will soon be distributed in letters to FWISD families.

The District is in the process of creating a FAQ that explains the guidelines in detail.

Four-Day Workweek Ends This Week

Fort Worth ISD’s four-day workweek schedule concludes this week. Employees currently working the schedule will observe their final Friday off, August 3.

Standard work schedules resume Monday, August 6. Operating hours for administrative offices will return to an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday schedule next week.

Employees please note that any absences reported (half or whole days) during the four-day workweek summer schedule will be multiplied by 1.25 and charged against employee balances as shown in the following chart:

Questions regarding absences or pay dates should be directed to the Payroll Department at 817-814-2180.

Open Enrollment Sessions Begin August 7

Fort Worth ISD employees can get insurance questions answered and sign up for 2018-2019 benefits at one of multiple open enrollment sessions beginning Tuesday, August 7.

Sessions for administration, maintenance and child nutrition service employees will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, August 7 and 8. Nearly 20 sessions are slated to take place at District campuses August 9-13. Sessions for transportation and Professional Development Center personnel are slated for August 16, 17 and 24. Employees opting to enroll for benefits at one of the scheduled enrollment sessions will need their username and password to access the online benefits portal.

Because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) ALL employees must either enroll, opt to keep the same coverage or decline health coverage.

Open enrollment, which began July 24, continues through August 24. Coverage changes take effect September 1.

The District released 2018-2019 insurance benefits details in English and Spanish, Thursday, July 26. Among benefits changes is a slight increase to health premiums only and new benefit offerings for accidental injury and emergency transportation.

At one of the multiple open enrollment sessions scheduled, employees will be assisted one-on-one with benefits questions and enrolling for coverage, according to the FWISD Benefits Department.

Visit www.mybenefitshub.com/fortworthisd or call Benefits at 817-814-2240 for additional details about available health, dental, vision and other insurance plans and open enrollment sessions. The Benefits office is closed, Friday, August 3 but will resume its general operating hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, August 6.

FWISD Educators Participate in OnRamps Training in Austin

High school students can earn college credit from UT-Austin

About 70 Fort Worth ISD educators recently spent two weeks at the University of Texas in Austin participating in a Professional Learning Institute for OnRamps, the university’s dual-enrollment program for high school students.

Participants received intensive professional development for new OnRamps instructors in history, rhetoric, pre-calculus, statistics and computer science. They lived on campus throughout the course of training. High school educators will take the skills learned in the two-week institute back to their respective campuses where they will teach OnRamps courses.

Fort Worth ISD recently announced that approximately 1,300 of its high school students will have an opportunity to take dual-enrollment courses through UT-Austin’s OnRamps program beginning this fall. Students participating in OnRamps can obtain college credit from UT Austin through a faculty member and high school credit from their local teacher.

“This is unlike a dual credit because they’re actually working with the university professor,” said Angela Rash, FWISD’s advanced academics coordinator. “So, they have a professor from UT that is going to be critiquing their work and grading their work along with the instructor that we have embedded on the campus at each of our high schools.”

“Ultimately, our goal is that we expand this in the future,” David Saenz, the District’s executive director for college and career readiness, added.

For more OnRamps details, visit https://onramps.utexas.edu/.

FWISD Is Hiring AVID Tutors

Know a current college student who’s looking for a part-time job?

Fort Worth ISD needs AVID tutors who can work two days a week (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday) with students at its secondary schools. Tutors will be responsible for tutoring students in the AVID program and assisting them with coursework and college awareness and planning.

Tutors can earn between $10 to $17 an hour depending on experience and training.

To apply, prospective tutors must:

  • Have completed a minimum of 12 college credit hours from an accredited college or university
  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited not-for-profit college or university
  • NOT working as a substitute for Fort Worth ISD
  • Possess a strong math and English background, as evidenced by college transcripts
  • Be willing to travel to more than one school (within a designated geographic region of the District)

AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a national nonprofit program that equips students with the necessary tools for being accepted into and succeeding in college. Many of the students that participate in the program are first-generation college students.

Prospective AVID tutors can find the job posting at www.fwisd.org/careers by searching “AVID Tutor Pool.”

For more details, contact Brenda Raymond, Fort Worth ISD AVID District coordinator, at 817-814-2592 or emailing Brenda.raymond@fwisd.org.

Breed, Paz to Participate in Movies That Matter Series, August 9

Sherry Breed, Fort Worth ISD equity and excellence chief, and Ashley Paz, FWISD Board of Education trustee, are slated to participate in a discussion following the screening of the 2017 film “Teach Us All,” Thursday, August 9 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

The documentary, which is part of the free bi-monthly Movies That Matter series hosted by The City of Fort Worth Human Relations Unit, takes a look at inequalities in the public education system 60 years after the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. and is being screened at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St.

Admission is free, and seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, people interested in attending are encouraged to make a reservation, according to the city.

Ms. Breed and Mrs. Paz, along with Dr. Max Krochmal, professor of U.S. History at Texas Christian University, will be part of a discussion following the film, according to the city’s website. Ms. Breed said that she will be discussing the work done by Fort Worth ISD’s Equity and Excellence Department.

For more details or to reserve a seat, visit www.FortWorthMoviesThatMatter.eventbrite.com.

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

Coaches Academy (Look for the story on this event on the Inside FWISD blog next week)

Yes! Conference


Thank you to the multiple businesses and organizations that have pledged backpacks, school supplies and other necessities to get Fort Worth ISD students ready for the new school year.

Throughout August and September, nearly a dozen local businesses are planning to deliver donations to 12 FWISD schools, some of which have been collected through school supply drives hosted by the groups. The prospective donors include:


Christ Chapel Bible Church

Federal Medical Center, Carswell

First United Methodist Church

Junior Woman’s Club of Fort Worth

OneMain Solutions

Prosperity Bank

Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association


Mark Feuling, president of The Turnkey Foundation

Weaver Consultants Group


The schools slated to receive donations are:

Hazel Harvey Peace ES

Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard ES

Mary Louise Phillips ES

Cesar Chavez ES

Manuel Jara ES

Kirkpatrick ES

Glencrest 6th Grade MS

North Hi Mount ES

Leadership Academy at Como ES

Charles E. Nash ES

Sam Rosen ES

Sunrise-McMillan ES

Leadership Academy at John T. White ES

Additionally, Kroger is expected to donate supplies to at least 50 Fort Worth ISD campuses.

Fort Worth ISD thanks all of the participating businesses and organizations for what they do to support Fort Worth schoolchildren.

Teachers, please share this information with your students about the Summer Reading Incentive (www.fwisd.org/summerreading)

PowerSchool training, Tuesday, July 31- Friday, August 3, Register in Eduphoria

Campus Back to School events, August 7- September 28

Blue Jay Camp, Tuesday, August 7, McLean 6th Grade

Tarrant County Back to School Roundup, Thursday, August 9

Teacher Prep/In-Service, August 13-17

Secondary Literacy Professional Learning Opportunities, Register in Eduphoria

Early College High School First Day of School, Thursday, August 16

Professional Learning Opportunities for Sixth-Grade Literacy, Social Studies and Music Teachers and Campus Librarians, Register in Eduphoria

Texas Home and Garden Show, August 17-19, Will Rogers Memorial Center (FWISD Teachers and Support Staff tickets are half-price)

Convocation 2018, Friday, August 17, Originating at Board Conference Room, 2903 Shotts St. and streamed to all schools and campuses

FWISD Summer School Graduation, 7 p.m. Friday, August 17, Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center

Buzz Back to School Event, Saturday, August 18, Hillside Community Center

Gear Up 4 School, Saturday, August 18, Location site is to be determined

First Day of School, Monday, August 20

Share your story ideas, successes, calendar items, photos, questions and feedback with us at Inside@FWISD.org. Check the Inside FWISD blog, www.fwisd.org/insidefwisd, regularly updated throughout the week with additional content and features.

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