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Inside FWISD June 17, 2021

Inside this edition:

FWISD Superintendent Prepares Families for a Busy Summer and Exciting 2021-2022: Watch the Video Featuring Little Learners Eager to Help Share the Message | Martinez Takes Oath Of OfficeLifelong Dream Fulfilled: Opal Lee’s Fight to See Juneteenth Recognized as National Holiday Signed Into Law By President Biden | FWISD Launches Pop Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics | Know The Plan: Attending A Fort Worth ISD Graduation | FWISD Accepts Teaching Chair Applications Through June 25 | Start Your Success Journey With FWISD: District Slates Three Career Fair Events June 22-25 | Fort Worth ISD High School Students Connect With The District’s ‘Littlest Learners’ : Check Out This Heartwarming Video | Connecting Students To Careers : The Vital Link Senior Capstone Experience | FWISD, Read Fort Worth Partner To Host Literacy Training For Summer Scholars Collaborative Partners: Summer Scholars Partners Urged To Sign Up! | District Announces New FLEX Course Initiative For Educators | District Issues Important Message For Employees Set To Retire At End Of 2020-2021 Academic YearFood 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

FWISD Superintendent Prepares Families for a Busy Summer and Exciting 2021-2022

Watch the Video Featuring Little Learners Eager to Help Share the Message

Learning will be in-person in Fort Worth ISD when school starts August 16. That’s the first of Superintendent Kent P. Scribner’s important updates in his June message to teachers, staff, and families.

In the video, two pre-Kindergarten students at Woodway Elementary School delightfully help Dr. Scribner spread the word. Courtney and Lili show how they’re preparing for a summer of learning ahead of a successful new school year.

Other updates and reminders in the video include:

  • Now is the time to register all children for fall.
  • New towers will bring strong Wi-Fi to several neighborhoods that have had inadequate internet access.
  • High school students will return to new collaborative learning spaces, modern labs, and state-of-the-art career centers and studios.

Be sure to watch the video to the very end!

Martinez Takes Oath Of Office

Marketing consultant Roxanne Martinez is officially the new District 9 trustee on the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education.

The Board canvassed election results and approved an order declaring returns of the June 5 runoff election in a special meeting on Monday, June 14. Immediately following the vote canvass, Mrs. Martinez was sworn in as the newest Board trustee. She joins newcomer Dr. Michael Ryan, who was elected to represent District 7 in the May 11, 2021 general election.

The new District 9 trustee succeeds Ashley Paz, who did not seek re-election.

Among the schools represented in District 9 are:

  • Bonnie Brae Elementary
  • Cesar Chavez Elementary
  • Daggett Elementary
  • Daggett Montessori
  • De Zavala Elementary
  • M.H. Moore Elementary
  • Natha Howell Elementary
  • Oakhurst Elementary
  • Riverside ALC
  • Springdale Elementary
  • Worth Heights Elementary
  • Daggett Middle
  • Riverside Middle
  • Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences
  • Young Women's Leadership Academy
  • Amon Carter-Riverside High School
  • Green B. Trimble Tech High School
  • Success High School

A Fort Worth native, Mrs. Martinez is a proud product of Fort Worth ISD schools and an alumna of Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School. Professionally, she serves as president of Roxstar Marketing, where she consults small businesses and nonprofit organizations in digital and social media marketing.

Learn more about Mrs. Martinez here.

Lifelong Dream Fulfilled

Opal Lee’s Fight to See Juneteenth Recognized as National Holiday Signed Into Law By President Biden

For more than four decades, retired Fort Worth ISD educator, alumna and living legend Opal Lee has advocated for the United States to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

This week, her hard work is paying off. President Joe Biden signed the bill into law, earlier today, June 17.

On Wednesday, June 16, the U.S. House voted 415-14 to make Juneteenth, commemorating the official end to slavery in the U.S., the nation’s 12th federal holiday. The Senate unanimously approved the bill earlier this week.

Holding the hand of Vice President Kamala Harris, Ms. Lee was present at the White House and joined the president for the signing, which officially makes Juneteenth the country’s first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day, approved in 1983. Ms. Lee received the president's first ceremonial pen following the signing. View video from the signing here.

“Wow! I am beyond excited to see my lifelong dream and mission of making Juneteenth a national holiday become reality,” Ms. Lee wrote in a post on her Instagram page, hours prior to the president signing the bill into law. “I am beyond grateful to all who have helped make this happen.

“After years of preaching the importance of Juneteenth as a unifier for our country, I’m thrilled to see our country finally recognize it as the national holiday that it should be.”

Juneteenth, annually celebrated June 19 in African American communities across the United States, commemorates the day the last Southern enslaved Black people were officially emancipated in Texas. On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordan Granger arrived on the shores of Galveston with news that the Civil War had ended, and that enslaved people were free. The order was announced more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, declaring an end to slavery throughout the United States.

For years, Ms. Lee, known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” led several walks from Fort Worth to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., advocating that Juneteenth be recognized nationally as a federal holiday.

"Over the course of decades, she's made it her mission to see that this day came. It was almost a singular mission," President Biden said of Ms. Lee during his remarks. "She's walked for miles and miles literally and figuratively to bring attention to Juneteenth, to make this day possible."

In 2020, Ms. Lee’s fight to have June 19 recognized nationally was shared across social media and resulted in 1.4 million joining her campaign by signing an online petition to see that the date is recognized federally. Her story was shared by celebrities including Usher, Diddy and Lupita Nyong’o. Just five years earlier, her efforts led to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signing a bill to create a Juneteenth license plate.

This Juneteenth, Saturday, June 19, Ms. Lee will lead her annual Opal’s Walk, a 2.5-mile walk through Fort Worth recognizing the 2.5 years it took news to reach Texas that all enslaved people in the United States were free. The event is being livestreamed on FOX SOUL, and Ms. Lee is inviting individuals in Fort Worth and afar to join her in walking 2.5 miles on Saturday. Learn more about Opal’s Walk at www.opalswalk2dc.com.

In recent weeks, Ms. Lee was invited to participate in a discussion hosted by Harvard University, and she has been on multiple panels with notable celebrities and professors. In May, she was featured in the magazine, Southern Living.

Earlier this month, the City of Fort Worth announced that Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) and its development partner AMTEX will “build a 339-unit, luxury, mixed-income community” in far North Fort Worth called The Opal, in honor of Ms. Lee. Read more about the project here.

Ms. Lee is a former Fort Worth ISD teacher and counselor and 2019 FWISD Wall of Fame honoree.

She is also a 1943 alumna of I.M. Terrell High School; the chair of Juneteenth Fort Worth; a founding member of the Community Food Bank; organizer of Opal’s Walk 2 DC; co-founder of Citizens Concerned with Human Dignity; board member of Habitat for Humanity and Unity Unlimited and the visionary behind Opal’s Farm.

FWISD Launches POP UP COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS

The Fort Worth ISD has partnered with Tarrant County and the University of North Texas Health Science Center to operate three pop-up vaccine sites at FWISD school campuses.

Earlier this week a pop-up site operated for two days at J.P. Elder Middle School. On June 15-16 the clinic moved to William James Middle School. And on June 16-17, following a kick-off news conference a clinic opened at Kirkpatrick Middle School, 3201 Refugio Ave., Fort Worth.

The pop-up sites are open to students, staff and family members as well as the community. Appointments are preferred and can be made by visiting tarrantcountystrong.com but walk-ins will be vaccinated.

Know the Plan: Attending a Fort Worth ISD Graduation

Fort Worth ISD high school graduations ceremonies will begin this week and District officials want students, families and staff to be mindful of the forecast of temperatures reaching the upper 90s. The District is taking precautions at the outdoor venues, but also reminds others they have the option of watching the event live online as it happens.

Between Wednesday, June 16 and Sunday, June 20, there will be at least two graduations each day, with as many as four commencement ceremonies scheduled on some of those dates. All graduations are scheduled to be outdoors at either Farrington Field or Clark Stadium.

  • Ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • FWISD has taken some immediate precautions in response to the heat warnings:
  • Ceremonies will begin on time and be conducted efficiently as to minimize everyone’s exposure to the elements.
  • All attendees are advised to dress appropriately for the heat, and for the solemnity of the ceremony.
  • Multiple misting devices are being set up on the stadium fields for the benefit of the graduates.
  • Cold water is available as spectators enter the stadiums.
  • Cooling stations are available for anyone who becomes overheated and medical personnel will be standing by.

In addition, because the climate has been declared unhealthy, spectators may want to consider if they should attend in person. The District is making available a live video stream of each graduation exercise.

Regardless of the time the ceremony is being held, if it is occurring at Farrington Field you can watch the ceremony on the FWISD News YouTube channel by accessing this link – Farrington Field Live Stream.

If the ceremony is taking place at Clark Stadium you can watch the ceremony live through the FWISD EDTV YouTube channel by accessing this link – Clark Stadium Live Stream.

FWISD Accepts Teaching Chair Applications through June 25

Fort Worth ISD invites teachers to apply for the 2021 Chairs for Teaching Excellence awards. Applications are being accepted through Friday, June 25.

There are two Performing Arts Teaching Chair categories and 14 Academic Teaching Chair award divisions. The Chairs for Teaching Excellence program recognizes outstanding classroom teachers with a $5,000 honorarium and honorary titles of Chairs for Teaching Excellence for one year.

Our teachers have once again managed the challenges of teaching in a pandemic and through a year like no other. Whether teaching in-person or virtually, FWISD teachers are innovative in their craft and dedicated to their students.

There are many ways teachers can meet eligibility criteria for 2021 Chairs for Teaching Excellence awards:

  • Campus Teacher of the Year winners within the last five years (2016 – 2021) OR
  • Educators who have received a significant award in their teaching field; led their students to significant academic growth; have presented at a conference; led professional development; served as department chair; held other campus leadership roles; or wrote for a professional journal, all within the last five years (2016 – 2021)
  • Educators may apply if their students have won significant awards for visual arts (art teachers); performing arts (music, band, choir, theater, dance teachers); and sports (may apply to health/PE teachers)

Applicants who have taught in the District for at least three years and have at least a total of five years teaching experience are eligible to apply.

The application submission deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, June 25. So, apply today!

Performing Arts online applications (music, theater/dance) are available here.

Apply here for the Academic Teaching Chairs online categories (14 non-performing arts categories).

Teachers with questions are encouraged to contact Judy Ramos, judy.ramos@fwisd.org or Peg Murphy, peg.murphy@fwisd.org.

Start Your Success Journey With FWISD

District Slates Three Career Fair Events June 22-25

Become a champion in a Fort Worth ISD student’s academic journey. Success starts here.

Mark your calendar and make plans to join the District for one of three career fair events, June 22-25:

Interested candidates must register to be considered for the FWISD Career Fair events. Qualified candidates will receive an invitation to connect virtually or face to face with campus principals and hiring managers.

FWISD Human Capital Management personnel will also be available at all three events to answer candidate questions.

Stand out by following these helpful tips:

  • Apply to work for the Fort Worth ISD at fwisd.org/careers
  • Register for the District’s upcoming Career Fair events
  • Upon receiving your invitation to attend the career fair, make copies of your cover letter, resume and certification/credential documents to share with campus principals and hiring managers at your interview (in-person event only)
  • Dress for success
  • Call 817-814-HIRE if you have any additional questions

Candidates who receive a Recommendation for Hire at the June 25 in-person event are encouraged to have the following documents ready to submit to the FWISD Human Capital Management Onboarding Team: eligible identification for I-9; Valid driver’s license; Social Security card; two references, one from a current supervisor and another from a professional contact who is not a family member and official college/university transcripts with degree conferred if applicable.

Fort Worth ISD is looking to hire talented, dedicated individuals who believe in student success.

Start your journey to becoming a champion for students here with the Fort Worth ISD. You belong here!

Don’t forget to visit www.fwisd.org/careers for additional career information or call 817-814-HIRE.

Fort Worth ISD High School Students Connect with the District’s ‘Littlest Learners’

Check Out the Heartwarming Video

Love is in the air – as a Fort Worth ISD high school connects with some Pre-K students at a nearby elementary school.

Watch this video to learn how “love wins.”

Then, share it with someone who may need a little lift today.

CONNECTING STUDENTS TO CAREERS

The Vital Link Senior Capstone Experience

The Fort Worth ISD Office of Innovation and Career and Technical Education Department are thrilled to unveil our refreshed Vital Link brand: Connecting Students to Careers. The new identity showcases the initiative since its founding 30 years ago.

Vital Link started as a one-week summer job shadowing program for middle school students and has now grown to include engagement opportunities for ALL FWISD students in grades PK-12. The new concept encompasses FWISD’s core beliefs and commitment to our students in preparing them for college, career, and community leadership.

A virtual summit in June, 2020 centered on industry-focused virtual discussions addressing how education and industry can work together to meet the workforce needs in a post-COVID 19 world.

With our partner, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth business community stepped up to the call for Vital Link Senior Capstone mentors and internships offering over 140 placement opportunities. While some traditional in-person engagements are not possible, some partners have opted to engage with FWISD students through virtual and hybrid formats seeing that virtual communication skills have become standard and commonplace.

A Partner Signing Day has been planned for July 20, 2021 to kick-off our Senior Capstone Experience beginning the Fall 2021-22 school year.

Vital Link Senior Capstone businesses and organizations involved in helping make this year’s internships and mentorships a success include:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Bell Helicopter
  • Blue Jean Networks
  • City of Fort Worth Water
  • City of Fort Worth Economic Development
  • Clayton Youth Enrichment
  • Danone
  • HCA Healthcare
  • Historic Fort Worth
  • Hyatt Corporation
  • Medical City Health
  • Reading Partners
  • Spyderbat
  • Texas Instruments Incorporated
  • Zspace and more to come.

There is an engagement opportunity for every community stakeholder to be a part of the Vital Link and champion student success. To get started visit www.fwisd.org/vitallink, email vitallink@fwisd.org, or call 817-814-1510

FWISD, Read Fort Worth Partner to Host Literacy Training for Summer Scholars Collaborative Partners

Summer Scholars Partners Urged to Sign Up!

The Fort Worth ISD, in partnership with Read Fort Worth, is hosting a virtual Literacy Training for all Summer Scholars Collaborative Partners, June 28 and 29.

These sessions equip community partners, that are providing students with literacy instruction and support throughout the summer months, with training that aligns with FWISD curriculum. Virtual sessions are from 3:30-5 p.m.

The FWISD Literacy Training will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of the Literacy Framework and the Fundamental Four
  • Three Big Shifts (Curriculum - Instruction - Time)
  • Overview of the Science of Teaching Reading
  • Quality Instructional Practices to Use in Summer Programming

Summer Scholars Collaborative Partner volunteers are encouraged to register today for one of two Literacy Training sessions. Once registered, participants will receive a link with information to access the virtual session for the day they signed up for.

Throughout the summer, nearly 20 community groups are offering in-person and virtual Summer Literacy programming. Parents interested in signing their child up to participate are encouraged to visit www.readfortworth.com/summer-scholars.

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.

DISTRICT ISSUES IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR EMPLOYEES SET TO RETIRE AT END OF 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

Editor's Note: The following memorandum from Chief Financial Officer Michael Ball offers details for employees planning to retire at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. Employees with questions about the memorandum are encouraged to submit a Let's Talk ticket and select "Payroll."

FOOD AVAILABLE AT MULTIPLE SITES FOR FWISD FAMILIES, COMMUNITY

Multiple organizations across Fort Worth continue offering food to help families through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Fort Worth ISD is offering free breakfasts and lunches beginning Tuesday, June 22 through Thursday July 22, 2021. Meals will subsequently be distributed on Mondays-Thursdays. Weekend meals will be distributed on Thursdays.

The program is open to all children, up to age 18, who wish to receive a free meal and does not require enrollment in any summer program. Click here for a list of FWISD sites where meals are being distributed.

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 information 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, June 18, 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. Friday, June 18, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Glen Park Elementary School

3601 Pecos St.

Glen Park Elementary will host a drive-through food distribution while supplies last.

7. Friday, June 18, 1:30 p.m.

Oaklawn Elementary School

3220 Hardeman St.

Oaklawn Elementary School will host a drive-through food distribution while supplies last.

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.

FWISD’s “Summer Link” Offers Graduates Last-Minute College Help

Fort Worth ISD encourages its graduating seniors to prepare for college by utilizing the District’s Summer Link program.

This outreach program provides recent graduates with essential resources for a successful transition into postsecondary success. From June to August, graduates receive personal phone calls and email messages from District personnel offering support to ensure they start college prepared. Learn more here.

Fort Worth ISD Offers Free Summer Food Program

Fort Worth ISD is offering free breakfasts and lunches beginning Tuesday, June 22 through Thursday July 22, 2021. Meals will subsequently be distributed on Mondays-Thursdays. Weekend meals will be distributed on Thursdays.

The program is open to all children, up to age 18, who wish to receive a free meal and does not require enrollment in any summer program.

Click here to see the FWISD locations offering free meals throughout the summer.

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.

The following content is from the City of Fort Worth

Escape the heat in a library or community center

As heat indexes hover in triple digits this week, Fort Worth residents who lack appropriate cooling equipment may use a library or community center to cool off.

Find a convenient community center or library location near you.

Protect yourself from the heat

MedStar Mobile Healthcare says now is a good time to remember that prolonged or intense exposure to high temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses large amounts of water and salt through excessive sweating, particularly through hard physical labor or exercise. This loss of essential fluids can disturb circulation and interfere with brain function. Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include muscle cramps, paleness, sweating, nausea and vomiting. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible.

Heatstroke is a life-threatening problem that occurs when the body suffers from long, intense exposure to heat and loses its ability to cool itself. Some of the most common signs of heatstroke include confusion, vomiting, alteration in sweating, hot and flushed skin, rapid heart rate, decreased sweating, shortness of breath, decreased urination, increased body temperature (104-106 degrees Fahrenheit) or, potentially, convulsions.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you know starts experiencing any of the symptoms above, immediately call 911.

While heatstroke and heat exhaustion are common this time of year, they can be easily prevented:

  • Hydrate. Drink plenty of water during the day, especially if you are engaged in strenuous activity. Sports drinks are a good choice if you're exercising or working in hot conditions, but water is a good way to hydrate as well.
  • Ventilate. Stay in a place where there is plenty of air circulating to keep your body cool. If you are indoors and don't have access to air conditioning, open windows and use a fan.
  • Cover up. Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing to avoid absorbing the sun's light and trapping heat. Wear a hat to shield yourself from the sun, but once you feel yourself getting warm, remove any items covering your head that can trap heat close to your body.
  • Limit activity. Heatstroke can occur in less than an hour when you are participating in strenuous activity on a hot day. If you feel yourself getting hot or light-headed, stop your activity and rest in a cool place out of the sun. Be sure to drink water or a sports drink before, during and after strenuous activity.
  • Check on loved ones. The elderly are especially vulnerable to heat related emergencies. Many elderly residents are not aware of how hot it may get in their residence. Call on older friends and family members regularly to assure they are doing OK.

COVID-19 vaccination clinic schedule for the week of June 14

The City of Fort Worth continues to host community vaccine clinics at convenient locations across the city. Most sites are available for adults 18 years and older only. Parents of youth ages 12-17 should call 817-392-8478 to learn about additional options.

Register online The remaining clinic dates for the week of June 14 are below:

Thursday, June 17

Beth Eden Baptist Church, 3208 Wilbarger St., 2-4 p.m.

Friday, June 18

Southwest Community Center, 6300 Welch Ave., 9-11 a.m.

Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway, 2-4 p.m.

Saturday, June 19

La Gran Plaza (next to Dollar Tree), 4200 South Freeway, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, 505 W. Felix St., is also available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

These remaining pop-up clinics are available this week:

Thursday, June 17

James Avenue Service Center, 5021 James Ave., 2-4 p.m.

Friday, June 18

University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Drive, 9-11 a.m.

Fort Worth City Hall, 200 Texas St., 2-4 p.m.

Register online for the pop-up sites.

To learn more, call 817-392-8478 or email the hotline.

Catch a free outdoor movie on June 18 courtesy of the FWPD

Treat the whole family to a free outdoor movie on Friday, June 18, at the Fort Worth Police Department’s North Division, 8755 N. Riverside Drive.

The movie will be Raya and the Last Dragon (90 minutes, rated PG). Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good. View a trailer.

The movie begins at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Free refreshments will be available.

To learn more, call 682-225-0517.

Celebrate Juneteenth with a musical performance at Forest Park Pool

Celebrate Juneteenth in Fort Worth with cool water, music, food and fun. Join the crowd at Forest Park Pool, 2850 Park Place Ave., for a live performance by the Inspiration Band on Saturday, June 19 starting at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $8 preorder or $10 at the gate. There is a family discount for four or more tickets.

The Inspiration Band provides more than music -- it’s an experience. The musicians and vocalists came together for the passion they have for reproducing great family fun music from the past and current top-40 playlists. They create an engaging show that the entire family will enjoy.

The concert is sponsored by the Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department.

Click here for additional details on Juneteenth events being hosted throughout the city this weekend.

Trinity Metro: Masks required through Sept. 13

Trinity Metro will continue following the federal mandate that requires passengers and employees to wear face masks in the agency’s facilities and on board all buses, trains and other public transit vehicles.

The Transportation Security Administration recently extended the face mask requirement for all public transportation through Sept. 13.

The mask policy applies to transportation hubs, such as Fort Worth Central Station, as well as other train stations. Masks are required on all services, including buses, TEXRail, Trinity Railway Express, ZIPZONE and ACCESS paratransit.

Success High School Graduation: Diplomas were conferred to seniors from Success High School on Wednesday, June 16 at Clark Stadium

EHHS Senior Walk: Graduating seniors from Eastern Hills High School walked the halls of the high school’s pyramid elementary schools to cheers and signs congratulating them on finishing high school. Annually graduating seniors participate in the Eastern Hills High School Senior Graduation Pyramid Walk days prior to graduation.

MBK/MSK Stole Draping Ceremony: Fort Worth ISD’s Division of Equity and Excellence 30 My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and My Sister’s Keeper (MSK) graduating seniors at its annual Graduation Stole Draping Ceremony Thursday, June 10 at the Right Field Club at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The stoles symbolize cultural pride and personal academic accomplishment and seniors are encouraged to wear them with their graduation regalia. 

FWISD JROTC Awards and Change of Command Ceremonies: Check out this video from the Fort Worth ISD annual JROTC Awards and Change of Command Ceremonies hosted Friday, June 4 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

Western Hills Pyramid Fine Arts Night: Western Hills High School hosted a pyramid fine arts night, Thursday, June 3. The event, hosted on the campus football field, showcased the talents of students from the high school, Leonard Middle School, Western Hills Elementary, Western Hills Primary, Waverly Park, and Luella Merrett. Families had a great time with watching pyramid choir and band performances, said Lacey Espree, a data analyst at Western Hills High School. Art students and teachers displayed art work and had a printmaking activity for families to try. Groups including theater and the Air Force JROTC had tables advertising the programs and activities future cougars can experience once they make their way to Western Hills High School.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Free COVID-19 vaccines will be offered to children ages 12 and older. To make an appointment, please call 817-702-5156 to contact the health center nearest you.

Viola Pitts-Como Health Center

June 12, 2021

4701 Bryant Irvin Road N.

Fort Worth, TX 76107

Stop Six-Walter B. Barbour Health Center

June 26, 2021

3301 Stalcup Road

Fort Worth, TX 76119

South Campus Health Center

July 17, 2021

3500 Circle Drive

Fort Worth, TX 76119

North Central Tarrant County

Diamond Hill Health Center

July 24, 2021

3308 Deen Road

Fort Worth , TX 76106

THR Vaccines

Parents are now able to sign up their kids 12-15 for vaccination. Children will need proof of their age - birth certificate or shot card. Parents will also need an ID to show their relationship with the child.

Visit www.tarrantcounty.com/vaccinefinder to schedule an appointment.

Walk-ins are welcome at all sites, though registering in advance saves tim.

The new clinic hours are listed below:

Hurst Conference Center

Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday & Monday: Closed

Resource Connection

Monday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

White Settlement – Drive thru

Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday - Tuesday: Closed

Tim Curry Criminal Justice Building

Wednesday & Thursday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday - Tuesday: Closed

The US Medicineers

Compound Pharmacy in Plano now has immediate availability for the Pfizer vaccine. The Pharmacy is located at 5969 Dallas Parkway,

Plano. Call today at 972-905-4915 or email Jimella Miles, Office Manager and Coordinator at vaccines@usmedicineers.com.

Walk-ins are welcome! Monday to Friday 10-6pm

Virtual Care for Kids (now ‘Goodside Health’) have notified the District that Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are available to District staff and anyone age 18 or older.

Goodside Health at 3400 Texas Sage Drive, Fort Worth, 76177 is the vaccine opportunity location.

This information is only being shared with Goodside Health’s SchoolMed partners, such as FWISD. For additional details click here.

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

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

Fort Worth Zoo Discounted Tickets for FWISD Employees

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

Fort Worth Public Library’s annual Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, Continues through August 28

Online Registration Underway

2021 Graduation Schedule

Last Day of School, June 18

Staff Day, June 21

FLEX schedule begins, June 22

Operations Virtual Career Fair, June 22

Board of Education meeting, June 22

All-Level Teacher Career Fair, June 25

Youth Mental Health First Aid training, June 25

Final report cards go out, June 30

Fiscal Year Ends, June 30

New Fiscal Year Begins, July 1

Independence Day observance, July 2

Youth Mental Health First Aid training, July 16

Youth Mental Health First Aid training, July 22

Youth Mental Health First Aid training, July 30

Youth Mental Health First Aid training, August 5

Summer Literacy Programs

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