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Inside FWISD May 13, 2021

In this edition:

Summer Launch is Coming | FWISD Board Members Take Oath Of Office | District Announces Memorial Day, July 4 Holiday And Summer Workday Details | FWISD Announces New District Advisory Committee Representatives For Staff | FWISD To Post Student Report Cards Friday | Educators Encouraged To Share Device Best Practices With Students | District Announces New FLEX Course Initiative For Educators | FWISD Board Recognizes School Nurses | FWISD Provides Educators With Resources For Teaching Asian Pacific American Heritage Lessons | Two FWISD Student-Athletes Bring Home Gold In Track And Field State Finals | Creando una Amistad Caps Off Bookmobile Efforts Supporting Full-Day Pre-K And Kindergarten In The Fort Worth ISD | 2021 End of Year Closing Deadlines Approaching Mental Health Awareness Month: Care Solace Help FWISD Staff, Families With Behavioral And Mental Healthcare Referrals | Superintendent Asks Employees To Consider Special Donation To United Way Of Tarrant County | Paschal Junior Wins Chemistry State Title | FWISD Announces Recent Retirees | Food Available At Multiple Sites For FWISD Families, Community | Inside FWISD News Briefs | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Summer Launch is Coming

Dear Colleagues,

The following content provides details about Summer Launch, an all-inclusive summer learning experience that provides a first-of-its-kind opportunity for students with high-quality, high-energy learning experiences and allows students to catch up and accelerate their learning, following disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Registration information will be distributed to campuses, and campuses will contact families to discuss their summer school choices and other options.
  • Campuses will also invite many students to attend summer school.
  1. Counselors will send out the invitations and will be the main contact for families at the middle and high school levels.
  2. The contact at the elementary school level will be an administrator and/or counselor.
  3. Bilingual/ESL programs are bring offered by invitation.

A final check with families will occur the week of June 7.

For additional details, visit www.fwisd.org/summerlaunch.

FWISD Board Members Take Oath of Office

During a Special Fort Worth ISD Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, trustees canvassed the results of the May 1 General Election and approved an order declaring the results of elections for Districts 4, 7, 8, and 9.

The Board also declared the unopposed District 1 candidate elected.

President Jacinto Ramos, Jr. represents District 1 and was re-elected to his current position without any opposition. Mr. Ramos was first elected to the Board in 2013.

Incumbents Daphne Brookins, representing District 4, and Anael Luebanos, representing District 8, both were sworn to new terms. This will be Ms. Brookins first full term. She was elected in 2019 to complete the unexpired term of Dr. T.A. Sims who retired. Mr. Luebanos was first elected to the Board in 2017.

Newly-elected Board member Dr. Michael Ryan was sworn in to represent District 7. Dr. Ryan is a graduate of Paschal High School and a former Fort Worth ISD administrator. He defeated longtime trustee Norman Robbins who had served the Fort Worth ISD since 2004.

The District 9 trustee position, replacing Ashley Paz who decided not to seek re-election, has yet to be decided. The Board ordered a run-off election between Roxanne Martinez and Cade Lovelace to take place on June 5, 2019.

District Announces Memorial Day, July 4 Holiday and Summer Workday Details

Editor's Note: The following memorandum from Deputy Superintendent Karen Molinar offers employees details about the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, the District's Independence Day observance and the Summer 2021 Workday Schedule.

FWISD Announces New District Advisory Committee Representatives for Staff

The results are in.

Fort Worth ISD employees have elected their peers as representatives in Places 1-12 to the District Advisory Committee (DAC). More than 700 District employees participated in the election, which took place April 19-30.

The following FWISD employees will represent their peers, serving a two-year term on the committee:

Elementary School Teachers (Places 1-4)

  • Rachel Madison
  • Emily Isaac
  • Amanda Saenz
  • Stephanie Plotner

Middle School Teachers (Places 5-6)

  • Mahika Jhangiani
  • Lisa McGlothlin

High School Teachers (Places 7-8)

  • Faith Simon
  • Dalynn Cross

Non-Teaching At-Large Professional (Place 9)

  • Melody Ellison

Campus Administrators (Places 10-12)

  • Kelli Talton
  • Mandi Murphy
  • Tracy Smith

The DAC is a 21-member group that meets four to six times a year advising the superintendent and Board of Education on educational plans, goals, performance objectives, and major classroom instructional programs. The committee annually evaluates the District’s academic progress and assists staff in making appropriate changes in the District Educational Improvement Plan, according to FWISD Policy and Planning officials.

The committee includes representatives from the District’s professional staff, parents with children enrolled in the FWISD, and business and community partners.

Have additional DAC questions? Contact Dr. Amanda Coleman, director of Board policy, governance and strategic support/elections officer in the Policy and Planning Department at 817-814-1956 or email amanda.coleman@fwisd.org.

FWISD To Post Student Report Cards Friday

Report cards for the 2020-2021 fifth six weeks grading period will be available for parents to view via the Fort Worth ISD Parent Portal on Friday, May 14.

Last school year, the Fort Worth ISD transitioned to paperless report cards, making student grades available via Parent Portal. Parents who prefer a paper copy of report cards must request one from their child’s campus.

For Parent Portal access, visit www.fwisd.org/parentportal. Parents or guardians need their child’s student identification (ID) information, birth date and their email address to register.

The sixth six weeks officially began Monday, May 10 and concludes June 18. The fifth six weeks ended Friday, May 7.

Educators Encouraged To Share Device Best Practices with Students

Editor's Note: The following content from the Division of Academics encourages educators to share device best practices with students by Friday, May 14 to reduce Chromebook repairs and increase device availability for student learning.

To: Campus Principals

Re: Student Device Repairs

Student device repairs have steadily increased throughout the spring semester resulting in a backlog of more than 1,000 student devices in repair at the Support Warehouse. The large number of repairs causes issues with student device availability.

Improving student Chromebook behaviors reduces repair and leaves more devices available for student learning.

Best practices regarding Chromebooks:

  • Nothing should be between the keyboard and the screen when a device is closed to avoid cracked screens.
  • Devices need to be opened and closed without force to save on hinge repair.
  • Chromebooks should also be kept in padded cases and not in backpacks between books to avoid case damage.

Action Item: Please remind students to treat their devices appropriately by 5/14/21. Please let your Executive Directors of Student and School Support know the date the students will be reminded. The Student Device Team will track and access campus device damage before and after the communication.

More information concerning student device care can be found in the DiGiN Device Handbook Website: http://bit.ly/DiGiNWS

A video showing Chromebook care is included on the following page of the DiGiN Handbook:

https://sites.google.com/view/diginhandbook/device-management/student-fees?authuser=0

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jean Otto, jean.otto@fwisd.org, 817.814.3107.

District Announces New FLEX Course Initiative For Educators

Editor's Note: The following content about the District's new FLEX initiative for teachers beginning this June is from the Division of Academics.

The 2021-2022 FLEX Initiative is set to begin June 23, 2021 and run through April 14, 2022. This year’s FLEX will be different than in the past with offerings divided into three areas: Campus, Content, and Teacher-Selected Professional Learning.

Content hours are based on the District's Initiatives (such as Literacy Instructional Framework, Equity, SEL, Curriculum Alignment, etc.) and are provided consistently across the district. The purpose is to build consistency across the district and efficacy in teacher practice.

Campus Leaders will determine the professional learning for their campuses. Professional Learning will be aligned to the campus needs/goals (CEIP, T-TESS, Tier, Student Data, etc.) and geared to improve teacher effectiveness and student success.

Teachers will participate in professional learning offerings based on their interest, needs, and district initiatives. The professional learning will align with their professional goals as outlined in Domain 4 of their T-TESS appraisals. Teachers will choose from a menu of options to be completed beginning in summer 2021 and/or throughout the 2021-22 school year.

For more information, visit the district’s website www.fwisd.org/pli.

FWISD Board Recognizes School Nurses

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education honored the District’s 133 school nurses ahead of Wednesday’s national School Nurse Day during Tuesday night’s meeting.

School Nurse Day is observed the Wednesday of National Nurses Week, which is May 6-12, and acknowledges and thanks school nurses for all they do to support the health and learning of adolescence in children across the country. It recognizes campus health professionals for the integral role they play in “bridging health and education to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotion development, regardless of whether they are physically present in school or not,” according to the National Association of School Nurses website.

A representative group of District nurses were shown with a collage of photos on the screen in the board room and in a streaming broadcast of the meeting. District nurses are led by Health Services Director Alice Turner-Jackson and her staff of three nurse specialists.

The 2021 theme for School Nurse Day was “Championing the Whole Student.”

“This year’s theme captures both the spirit and the impact of what school nurses do every day to support the mental and physical health of students and their academic readiness,” said Barbara Griffith, FWISD senior Communications officer, during remarks at Tuesday’s board meeting. “From managing complex chronic conditions and detecting early warning signs of mental health issues; and then intervening to ensure appropriate care; to leveling the field with regard to health disparities, promoting healthy behaviors and amplifying the voice of students and families and working tirelessly to see that their needs are addressed. And now, navigating through [the] COVID 19 pandemic by testing and tracking students and school personnel.

“School nurses have long been a critical health hub for students, but the role they have played in helping to safely reopen schools in the midst of a pandemic has been nothing short of extraordinary.”

National School Nurse Day has recognized school nurses since 1972 while also giving insight into the role they play in the educational setting, according to the National Association of School Nurses. The week coincides with the 201st birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, credited with being the founder of modern nursing.

“School nurses champion the whole student every day of the year. But, on National School Nurse Day, we take special time to celebrate and recognize the contributions that school nurses are making to the health and learning of our nation’s 50 million children,” according to the National Association of School Nurses website.

FWISD Provides Educators with Resources for Teaching Asian Pacific American Heritage Lessons

Editor's Note: May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month which celebrates descendants from the continent of Asia and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. It originated as a weeklong celebration first observed in 1979. The weeklong celebration was expanded to a monthlong observance in 1992. Throughout the month, the District and Inside FWISD will will celebrate America’s rich Asian Pacific heritage through social media posts and publishing resources for teachers and students.

The Fort Worth ISD Social Studies Department has prepared an Asian Pacific American Heritage resource list for teachers.

FWISD educators are encouraged to know about and utilize the following resources for teaching Asian Pacific American Heritage:

  • Teaching Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage – an on-demand webinar from Learning for Justice for K-12 students. Teachers could earn FLEX credit for this session through social studies this academic year, said Joseph Niedziela, executive director of K-12 Social Studies and Curriculum Supports.

“Join LFJ Professional Development Trainer Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn and Teaching and Learning Specialist Jon Tobin in unpacking the origins, meaning and contemporary impact of the term ‘Asian American Pacific Islander,’” according to the Learning for Justice website. “They also break down the model minority myth and provide educators with resources to effectively teach AAPI history.”

  • Asian Pacific Heritage Month Resource Portal: A collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this online portal highlights a portion of the physical and digital holdings of the participating partners.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Throughout the month FWISD will celebrate America’s rich Asian Pacific heritage through District social media posts, and Inside FWISD will publish resources for teachers and students. Join the District’s Division of Equity and Excellence all month long for an online learning series celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander culture, achievements and contributions to the American story titled “Asian American Learning Series: Honoring and Celebrating Culture and History.” The division will share social media posts featuring videos, research and other resources for gathering a deeper understanding of Asian Pacific culture. Division officials invite the community to join in learning alongside them at www.facebook.com/FWISDEquity.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates descendants from the continent of Asia and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. It originated as a weeklong celebration first observed in 1979. The weeklong celebration was expanded to a monthlong observance in 1992.

“The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants,” according to a Library of Congress website commemorating Asian Pacific American heritage.

Learn more about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at https://asianpacificheritage.gov/.

Two FWISD Student-Athletes Bring Home Gold in Track and Field State Finals

Two Fort Worth ISD student-athletes brought home the gold in their respective races at the 2021 University Interscholastic League Track and Field State Meet recently. Of the more than a dozen competitors representing the District in the state competition, several finished their races either setting school or personal records while a few medaled in silver and bronze in their respective contests.

In an appearance that the Fort Worth Star-Telegram called “one of the best [high school] careers in [Fort Worth ISD Athletics] history,” Trimble Tech High School senior Keondra Davis won gold in the 5A girls 100- and 200-meter dashes, finishing with times of 11.27 seconds and 23.11 seconds, respectively. Dontre Sinegal, a senior at Benbrook Middle-High School, is the 4A state triple jump champion. William Marshall, a senior at Paschal, finished as runner-up in the 6A boys 400-meter dash earning the silver medal, and Dariante Hall, a junior at Dunbar High School, earned the bronze medal in the 4A boys 100-meter race.

The state competition was held May 6-8 at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.

For a recap of the recent state track and field finishes in 4A, 5A and 6A, check out the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The District was represented at the state meet in Conferences 4A, 5A and 6A by the following student-athletes:

Arlington Heights – 5A

Dionna James, Girls Shot Put (Finished fifth with a throw of 39-3.75)

Benbrook – 4A

Dontre Sinegal, Boys Triple Jump (Gold medalist. Setting a personal record in the triple jump with 46 feet, 2.25 inches, he becomes the first male athlete in the BMHS program history to earn a state title.)

Jayla Davila, Sayla Wofford, Danika Washington, Bailey Watson, Girls 4x200-meter relay, (Finished eighth with a time of 1:45.39. The girls finished the season at state with a personal record, dropping 3 seconds off their time in the district meet.)

Madison Sorrell, Girls Discus, (Finished fourth with a throw of 125-5)

Dunbar – 4A

Dariante Hall, Boys 100-meter dash (bronze medalist with time of 10.54 seconds); Boys 200-meter dash (finished seventh with a time of 22.34 seconds)

Paschal – 6A

Will Marshall, Boys 400-meter (silver medalist with a time of 48.11 seconds)

Trimble Technical – 5A

Kenondra Davis, Girls 100-meter dash, (gold medalist with a time of 11.27 seconds); Girls 200-meter dash, (gold medalist with a time of 23.11 seconds). Kenondra will continue her track career at the University of Southern California.

Wyatt – 5A

Avia Trammell, Lauren Brown, Javia Lane, Arianna McCurin, Girls 4x100-meter relay (finished sixth with a time of 47.17 seconds)

Jazmin Barber, Lauren Brown, Avia Trammell, Arianna McCurin, Girls 4x200-meter relay (finished fourth with a time of 1:39.92 minutes)

Lauren Brown, Girls 200-meter dash (finished sixth with a time of 24.67 seconds)

Creando una Amistad Caps Off Bookmobile Efforts Supporting Full-Day Pre-K and Kindergarten in the Fort Worth ISD

The Fort Worth ISD Bookmobile is going all out the week of May 16. Not only will efforts promoting pre-kindergarten and kindergarten continue to be held at neighborhood schools, but the week will conclude with the first of two spring Spanish language Town Hall efforts, Creando una Amistad.

Creando una Amistad - Creating a Friendship - will be held on May 22 at the Diamond Hill Community Center and Park (1701 NE 36th St.) from 9 a.m. – noon. This free outdoor event is part of Fort Worth ISD’s commitment to listen to and talk directly with Spanish-speaking families. In conjunction to receiving awesome “goodie bags” and registration help for District-wide early learning, attendees will be entertained with live music and engaged by community vendors.

Be on the lookout for your favorite Univision personality in addition to Fort Worth ISD administrators and principals. And, if you have any questions during the event, just look for a friendly Family Communications staff member. You won’t be able to miss us. We’ll be rocking the orange shirts!

Below are upcoming Bookmobile and Creando una Amistad details:

5/18 10 a.m.–noon *SELECT Western Hills area businesses

5/20 1:30–3:30 p.m. Woodway Elementary School

5/22 9 a.m.–noon Creando una Amistad

For additions to our weekly calendar or for scheduling changes due to inclement weather, please follow us on Facebook and NextDoor.

2021 End of Year Closing Deadlines Approaching

Dear Colleagues,

The first two pages of the following memorandum offer details about the 2021 End of Year Closing Deadlines and Information.

If you have any additional questions about this e-mail, please call 817-814-2171.

Mental Health Awareness Month: Care Solace Help FWISD Staff, Families With Behavioral And Mental Healthcare Referrals

Editor's Note: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The monthlong observance puts a spotlight on eliminating the stigma around mental health struggles and offers education and resources for seeking help. This week, Inside FWISD is republishing a story about Care Solace, an organization that the District recently partnered with to offer FWISD staff and families referrals to behavioral and mental healthcare services.

Care Solace, an organization determined to calm the chaos of mental healthcare coordination, has been selected to partner with the Fort Worth ISD (FWISD) to support behavioral and mental healthcare referrals for its nearly 80,000 students, their families and staff members. Care Solace equips school districts with a web-based tool that makes it easier for students, families and staff to connect with mental healthcare resources and providers in their communities.

“School is more than a place to learn, it’s a place where students come to feel embraced, included and supported,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner.

The partnership between the FWISD and Care Solace helps to quickly connect students and their families with providers that treat mental health and substance use disorders.

Help is available through:

  • Therapy
  • Online therapy
  • Hospitalization
  • Residential inpatient training
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Detox Centers
  • Family Counseling

“We chose to expand our continuum of support with Care Solace because of their unique ability to further our commitment to finding solutions that strengthen the health and safety of our learning community,” said associate superintendent of Student Support Services, Michael Steinert.

According to Child Trends, quick and easy access to evidence-based intervention offers the best opportunity to reduce the burden of economic and health costs associated with mental health disorders. Care Solace’s care navigation system uses proprietary technology and the largest database of behavioral and mental healthcare resources in California to find carefully vetted local therapists and programs in minutes.

Families of Fort Worth ISD will also have access to an around-the-clock Care Concierge team, where experts guide families through processes related to insurance, provider availability, wait times and scheduling.

The Care Concierge team is standing by 24/7/365 by phone – 888-515-0595; by email –www.caresolace.com/fortworth.

“By partnering with a mission-driven school district like FWISD, we’re paving a new path forward to connect students to verified community-based resources in times of need. There are many barriers that make it difficult for schools and families to get mental healthcare. We want to lift that burden so they can focus on what’s most important – getting well,” said Chad Castruita, founder of Care Solace.

Please note, Care Solace is not an emergency response service or mental health services provider. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255.

SUPERINTENDENT ASKS EMPLOYEES TO CONSIDER SPECIAL DONATION TO UNITED WAY OF TARRANT COUNTY

Editor’s Note: The following letter from FWISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner outlines the many ways that United Way of Tarrant County has supported our Fort Worth families during the pandemic. He asks that employees consider a special one-time donation this month. For additional information about making a contribution, please contact the District United Way Coordinator Cindy Ybarra at cindy.ybarra@fwisd.org.

Paschal Junior Wins Chemistry State Title

Zachary Jacobus, a junior at Fort Worth ISD’s Paschal High School, is the UIL state chemistry champion.

He finished first in chemistry at the 6A University Interscholastic League Academic tournament earlier this month at Brock High School. He’s believed to be the first academic state champion from the District in five years.

Recently, NBC 5 DFW (KXAS-TV) aired a story about Zachary. You may view it here.

The road to the chemistry state finals began with 250 schools and about 1,500 students competing in 6A. The Paschal team won at the District level and Zachary advanced to represent his school individually at the region and state levels. The state competition is generally held in Austin, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic multiple tournament pod sites were set up across the state. Students competed for the state title at these pod sites by written exam.

Zachary, an 11th grader, is taught chemistry by Davin Haley, whom he credits with sparking his interest in the subject. Andrew Brinker is the UIL academic coordinator at Paschal.

“All that time that’s he’s put into the chemistry has finally paid off with the state championship,” Mr. Brinker said.

This summer, Zachary has been invited to participate in the Welch’s Scholar Summer Chemistry Program in Austin.

“The five-week program immerses students … in the intellectual atmosphere of working with practicing academic chemists in and out of their labs,” according to The Welch Foundation website. “Students participate in real-life research projects under the supervision of experienced research chemists.”

“He’s all aces,” said Mr. Haley of his student.

FWISD Announces Recent Retirees

The following Fort Worth ISD employees recently retired, according to Human Capital Management:

  • Leroy Alston, bus driver, Transportation Central- 12 years
  • William Clark, special education-RISE teacher, Meadowbrook Middle School- 10 years
  • Charles Ford, special education RISE teacher, Arlington Heights High School – 21 years
  • Gloria Mosqueda, RISE teacher’s assistant, William Monnig Middle School- 7 years
  • Debra Nichols, diagnostic evaluation specialist, Special Education Department- 14 years

FOOD AVAILABLE AT MULTIPLE SITES FOR FWISD FAMILIES, COMMUNITY

Multiple organizations across Fort Worth continue to offer meals and groceries to help families through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March 2020, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with several non-profits to share information and organize food distribution events for the community.

Curbside Meals To Go breakfast and lunch service is available at more than 20 designated FWISD locations for FWISD virtual learners. Meals To Go is available three times weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. FWISD students participating in virtual learning may pick up a combination of breakfast and lunch meals for the week and weekend at any of the designated meal pickup sites. For more information, contact the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3500.

The Fort Worth ISD has compiled a list of locations to find free and nutritious food here.

Food is available at these locations:

Food Distribution

1. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon

LVTRISE

8201 Calmont Ave.

Every Tuesday and Thursday LVTRise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living in the Las Vegas Trail area, distributes nonperishable food items to the community. For additional details, email Amortimer@lvtrise.org.

2. Every Tuesday, 3:45-5:30 p.m.

South Hills High School

6101 McCart Ave.

South Hills High School is offering free curbside, ready-made meals for children while supplies last. Meals are provided to families that show proof of children under age 18 in the household or if a child is present at pickup. Children do not have to be enrolled at South Hills High or a Fort Worth ISD school to obtain food.

3. Every Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Eastside YMCA – Centralized Youth & Family Programs

1500 Sandy Lane

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is offering Grab and Go Meals at the Eastside YMCA until the end of the 2020-2021 school year. It is open to all youth ages 18 years and under ─ no qualifications required. For additional details, call 817-571-3371

4. Monday through Thursday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., 4:30-6 p.m.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County Panther Branch

1500 Hemphill St.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County opens a daily food pantry to families that includes fresh groceries and dry goods. Additionally, drive-through food distribution events will continue each month.

Contact La Toyia Greyer at LGreter@bgcgtc.org for more information.

5. Friday, May 14, 9 a.m.- Noon

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of fresh produce, meat dairy and groceries. For additional information, visit https://tafb.org/megamobilemarkets/

6. Wednesday, May 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (every Wednesday)

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

Free, drive-thru food distribution open to everyone. For additional information, call 817-473-1236 or visit https://www.bethlehemmansfield.org/events/

7. Friday, May 21, 9 a.m.- Noon

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of fresh produce, meat dairy and groceries. For additional information, visit https://tafb.org/megamobilemarkets/

For the complete Tarrant Area Mobile Food Pantry Schedule, visit https://www.tafb.org/wp-content/uploads/mobile/mobile-pantry-schedule.pdf. Need food delivered? Call 817-857-7100 to speak with a live representative about how to access nutritious food.

Other food resources are also available:

https://www.facebook.com/tafoodbank

INSIDE FWISD NEWS BRIEFS

Editor's Note: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening locally and nationally.

DHJ Cadets Featured on U.S. Army JROTC Website

Cadets from the Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School JROTC were recently featured on the U.S. Army JROTC website for their volunteer work teaching Meacham Middle School eighth graders the Bill of Rights.

Check out the story here.

The following content is from the City of Fort Worth

Mayoral candidates to appear in forum, debate

Ahead of the start of early voting for the June 5 runoff election in Fort Worth, a mayoral forum and a debate between candidates Mattie Parker and Deborah Peoples are scheduled:

May 18, noon. Fort Worth Report and KERA will host a virtual debate. Both nonprofit, nonpartisan news organizations will stream the debate live at KERANews.org and FortWorthReport.org and on their Facebook pages. The moderator will be Sam Baker, KERA senior editor and local host for “Morning Edition.” A panel of journalists from both news organizations will ask Peoples and Parker questions. Questions from residents are welcome ahead of the debate. Email queries for the candidates. The panelists will select a few reader-submitted questions. Questions also will be accepted during the livestream. Those can be submitted through the stream’s chat.

On Wednesday, the mayoral candidates participated in a forum on issues facing the business community, including economic development, education, workforce and the future of Fort Worth. It was presented by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The forum was hosted via Zoom and was simulcast on the Star-Telegram website, Facebook and YouTube channels.

Early voting for the election is May 24-June 1.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Fort Worth Human Relations Commission and the City of Fort Worth Diversity and Inclusion Employee Committee are partnering to present an hourlong virtual panel discussion, The Asian American Narrative: Examining a Rich History Fraught with Anti-Asian Rhetoric, on Wednesday, May 19 from noon to 1 p.m.

The discussion, which will be led by the city’s Chief Equity Officer and Department of Diversity & Inclusion Director Christina Brooks, will explore the progress and triumphs, as well as the trials and tribulations experienced by Asian Americans over the last 150 years and what the Fort Worth community can do now to stand in solidarity against anti-Asian rhetoric.

Panelists are Scott Kurashige, TCU professor of Asian studies; Grace McDermott from the U.S. Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce; and Winjie Tang Miao, senior executive vice president and chief experience officer for Texas Health Resources.

Registration is required for this virtual event.

FWISD Launches COVID Vaccination Resource Page For Employees

As a service to our employees, the Fort Worth ISD is consolidating information about COVID-19 vaccine opportunities.

Visit https://www.fwisd.org/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 vaccination opportunities available to District employees. The site is continually updated as more opportunities for employees become available.

Tarrant County Public Health also offers local vaccine clinics on a regular basis. Learn more by visiting its website.

Surprise, Surprise!: Lexie Perez and Arleth Delgado-Davila, seniors at Marine Creek Collegiate High School, were recently surprised with $500 scholarships at home. Marine Creek Collegiate in conjunction with Tarrant County College Northwest presented the scholarships to the two seniors who participated in the Marine Creek Land Scholars Program for the last four years. School officials say they have demonstrated leadership in scientific research, geographic inquiry, community service, and environmental conservation. Surprising the two students at home were Dr. Greta Bowling, Biology Department chair at TCC-NW, Professor James Hobbs of the Geology Department at TCC-NW, Sherry Reed, Marine Creek counselor and Melanie Grubbs, Pre-Advanced Placement World Geography Teacher and Marine Creek Land Scholars coordinator. Congratulations, ladies!

Pre-K, Kindergarten Raffle Winners Announced: On Wednesday, April 28 (English session) and Thursday, April 29 (Spanish session) from 6 - 7 P.M., families had an opportunity to virtually hear from District experts on the importance of early learning in the Fort Worth ISD. Topics ranged from early childhood development to the importance of high-quality instruction.

Parents who tuned in and submitted their names to our Let’s Talk platform were eligible for prize drawings that included Central Market gift baskets, gift cards, and FWISD swag!

Below is the list of winners.

FWISD Gift Basket: Alma Lopez

Central Market Gift Basket: Griselda Garcia

$20 Walmart Gift Card: Alexandria Guerra

FWISD Gift Basket: Christina Maldonado

Central Market Gift Basket: Maria Gomez

FWISD Gift Basket: Rebeca Cardenas

$50 Honey Baked Ham Gift Card: Merced Delcid

FWISD Gift Basket: Sarah Canada

Central Market Gift Basket: Diana Dent

$50 Central Market Gift Card: Kristy Landry

FWISD Gift Basket: Maggie Alvarez

Central Market Gift Basket: Jessica Soria

$50 Kroger Gift Card: Nazerra Hakim

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County Expanded Basic Needs Program for Families

Wear A Mask

CDC Tips on Properly Wearing A Cloth Mask

For more details, visit https://bit.ly/3aWGUVW.

FWISD Partners With Virtual Care For Kids To Offer Students Telehealth Services

In efforts to reduce COVID-19 spread, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with Virtual Care for Kids to offer students and their families telehealth services. Free COVID-19 testing is also available for select FWISD employees by visiting www.virtualcarefamilies.com/fwisd-abbott.

Students can see a Texas-based pediatrician within minutes from home virtually via computer, smartphone or tablet for urgent care services including minor colds, the flu, sore throat, cough, ear concerns, headaches, sinus or allergy issues or pink eye. Additionally, Virtual Care for Kids is offering coronavirus screening and testing in English and Spanish. Visit https://urgentcarekids.com/fwisd/ to register for services.

FWISD is partnering with Virtual Care for Families to offer select employees with free Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 testing. All eligible employees must preregister to receive the test.

The following employees/departments are eligible for testing:

  • Teachers
  • Transportation
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Custodians
  • Child Nutrition Services
  • Special Education personnel

District employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are advised not to arrive at a designated FWISD testing location and to contact their doctor or visit www.virtualcarefamilies.com to be connected with a provider.

Employees are encouraged to follow the instructions below to register for the free COVID-19 testing.

Employee Assistance Program Resources for FWISD Employees

May is Asian/ Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Follow COVID-19 updates from the City of Fort Worth at fortworthtexas.gov/COVID-19/

FWISD Secondary Teacher Career Fair, May 13

HCM Professional Networking Event, May 13

STAAR Testing, Continues through May 14

Report Cards Go Out, May 14

Graduation Tassel Day, May 17

Summer Launch Registration Opens, May 17

High-Need Teacher Career Fair (open to prospective math, science, special education and bilingual teachers), May 18

PreK Teacher and Teacher's Assistant Career Fair, May 18

Self Care Café, May 19

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