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Inside FWISD May 6, 2021

Multiple Events Celebrate Educators This Teacher Appreciation Week | Fort Worth ISD Announces 2021 District Teacher Of The Year Winners | A Mother’s Legacy: FWISD Triplet Teachers Follow in Mother’s Footsteps | Two FWISD Employees Share Heartwarming Stories Of Their Mothers, District Colleagues | Paschal HS Assistant Principal Shares Modern Family Story On Tamron Hall Show | FWISD Observes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month | Superintendent Asks Employees To Consider Special Donation To United Way Of Tarrant County | Celebrate School Lunch Heroes This Friday | FWISD To Celebrate National School Nurses Day May 12 | The Bookmobile Is On The Road Again To Promote Full-Day Pre-K And Kindergarten In Fort Worth ISD | Overcoming Trauma: FWISD Family Shares Story of Triumph | FWISD To Host Multiple Career Events This May | Fort Worth ISD Board Elections Held Saturday; Run-Off In District 9 Will Be Held June 5 | Fort Worth ISD Introduces 2020-21 District Teacher Of The Year Finalists: Tobie Moser, Young Men’s Leadership Academy | Fort Worth ISD Introduces 2020-21 District Teacher Of The Year Finalists: TeNeal “Charlie” Metcalf, Young Women’s Leadership Academy | Fort Worth ISD Introduces 2020-21 District Teacher Of The Year Finalists:Olivia Olalde, Alice Contreras Elementary School | Baltimore Ravens Draft South Hills HS AlumnusFood 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

Multiple Events Slated to Celebrate Educators This Teacher Appreciation Week

Fort Worth ISD applauds and celebrates its teachers for the tireless work they put in enriching the lives of the District’s more than 80,000 students this national Teacher Appreciation Day.

This last year has not been easy for educators who’ve had to adjust to teaching virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic, returning to in-person classrooms and instructing students through a hybrid of both. The work teachers put forth to ensure students excel academically does not go unnoticed and is worth celebrating.

In celebration of our amazing teachers, the Fort Worth ISD has several celebratory events planned today and throughout this week. Teacher Appreciation Week, observed nationally May 3-7, recognizes and honors teachers for the contributions they make educating America’s schoolchildren.

The District kicked off its festivities on Teacher Appreciation Day, May 4, 2021, with the announcement of the District Teacher of the Year winners in a festive virtual ceremony recognizing FWISD’s best of the best. This year's winners are Anthony Smith-Wright, a fifth-grade teacher at Eastern Hills Elementary School, and Vanida Chanthaphone, who teaches seventh and eighth-graders at William Monnig Middle School,

Photos and names of the District Teacher of the year honorees were immediately posted on the District’s two large electronic billboards – at the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and University Drive at Farrington Field, and along Interstate-20 at Herman Clark Stadium, 5201 CA Roberson Blvd. following the announcement.

Both District Teacher of the Year winners will receive a $5,000 honorarium from Central Market H-E-B, the District Teacher of the Year award sponsor, and the eight finalists will each receive a $1,500 honorarium from Central Market.

Since 1985, community businesses and organizations have partnered with Fort Worth ISD to recognize outstanding classroom teachers in our District. Annually, one teacher at each campus is nominated and elected by fellow teachers for the honor of Campus Teacher of the Year. Community judges evaluate applications from the Campus Teachers to select District winners in each category.

The fun did not stop with the District Teacher of the Year announcement but continues throughout Teacher Appreciation Week. FWISD encourages the public to join the District in thanking teachers by posting on social media using the hashtag #TeacherAppreciationWeek.

To celebrate teachers, Fort Worth businesses have teamed with Read Fort Worth to provide special offers today and Friday.

Read Fort Worth is once again celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with its Treats for Teachers Appreciation Event in partnership with local Fort Worth businesses May 6 – 7, 2021.

Treats for Teachers offers special discounts on beverages and treats for teachers during national Teacher Appreciation Week. On May 6 and 7, Fort Worth ISD teachers can show their ID card to redeem one of the following offers:

  • Black Coffee – 1 Free 12oz Drink
  • Leaves Book and Tea Shop – 1 Free 24oz Sparkling Tea
  • Cherry Coffee Shop – 1 Free Drink
  • Stir Crazy Baked Goods – 1 Free Cookie or Cupcake
  • Fort Worth Coffee Co – 1 Free Drink
  • Love Local Coffee & Art – 1 Free Drink, up to $6

Read Fort Worth convenes cross-sector community partners with a common goal of ensuring that students have the foundational literacy skills to read on grade level by third grade.

For more detailed information, please visit: http://readfortworth.org/weheartteachers.

National businesses are also celebrating teachers with special offers this week. For more details, click here.

FWISD will close out Teachers Appreciation Week with two virtual Teacher Appreciation Celebration events at noon and 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 7.

Hosted by FWISD’s Division of Equity and Excellence, the Teacher Appreciation Celebration shows support and appreciation for FWISD educators who’ve shown resiliency throughout a difficult year. The event will include giveaways and a raffle.

Teachers must pre-register to attend. For additional information, teachers are encouraged to contact Nikki Chamblee, Restorative Practices Coordinator, at nikki.chamblee@fwisd.org.

Fort Worth ISD Announces 2021 District Teacher of the Year Winners

Fort Worth ISD announced its 2021 Elementary and Secondary District Teachers of the Year at a festive virtual celebration Tuesday afternoon that recognized the best of the best in the District.

Anthony Smith-Wright, a fifth-grade teacher at Eastern Hills Elementary School, and Vanida Chanthaphone, who teaches seventh and eighth-graders at William Monnig Middle School, were announced as the 2021 elementary and secondary honorees, respectively. Due to safety protocols, there was no awards dinner for the announcement, but the well-attended virtual event celebrated the winners as well as eight other Campus Teacher of the Year winners who were finalists for the District award.

Within minutes of the announcement, their photos and names were posted on the District’s two large electronic billboards – at the intersection of Lancaster and University Drive at Farrington Field, and along Interstate-20 at Herman Clark Stadium, 5201 Ca Roberson Blvd.

Mr. Smith-Wright teaches fifth-grade science and social studies at Eastern Hills Elementary. He has a master’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University and bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught four years. A high-performing student growing up, Mr. Smith-Wright has also excelled in his career. His students achieved an 81 percent passing rate on the STAAR science exam his first year of teaching; he became the fifth-grade team lead in his second year of teaching; and he joined the District science curriculum team shortly after his first year of teaching.

Mr. Smith-Wright strives to empower students to be successful. “I enjoy helping students become more confident researchers, presenters, and creators. It is my duty to meet students where they are and show them not only where they can go, but how they can get there.”

Ms. Vanida Chanthaphone teaches English and reading at William Monnig Middle School. She has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and has taught three years. Ms. Chanthaphone grew up the child of immigrants and did not speak English until age five. She loved school as a student and loves it today as a teacher. One of her proudest moments as teacher was when she helped a student who hated reading become a regular reader who enjoyed checking out books at the library.

Her childhood experiences are a reminder to make a difference each day. “School was my safe haven growing up and education was a huge part of my life. Teaching is being a mentor, advocate, and cheerleader for each student. That is what teachers were for me when I was growing up, so I try my best to follow in those footsteps.”

Both Mr. Smith-Wright and Ms. Chanthaphone will receive a $5,000 honorarium from Central Market H-E-B, the District Teacher of the Year award sponsor.

Since 1985, community businesses and organizations have partnered with Fort Worth ISD to recognize outstanding classroom teachers in our District. Annually, one teacher at each campus is nominated and elected by fellow teachers for the honor of Campus Teacher of the Year. Community judges evaluate applications from the Campus Teachers to select District winners in each category.

2021 Secondary District Teacher of Year Finalists:

  • Ann-Denise Anderson, art, Polytechnic High School
  • Casey Kirchner, U.S. history, R. L. Paschal High School
  • Tobie Moser, science, Young Men’s Leadership Academy
  • TeNeal “Charlie” Metcalf, biology, Young Women’s Leadership Academy

2021 Elementary District Teacher of the Year Finalists:

  • Brigit Lopez, physical education, Western Hills Primary
  • Angela Ferguson, math and science, Lowery Road Elementary
  • Olivia Olalde, fifth grade bilingual, Alice D. Contreras Elementary
  • Mary McKinnie, elementary special education, Jo Kelly School

Each of the eight finalists will receive a $1,500 honorarium from Central Market.

The virtual celebration was attended by Superintendent Kent P. Scribner; Fort Worth ISD Board of Education President Cinto Ramos, as well as board trustees; and special guests, H-E-B/Central Market Director, Public Affairs Mabrie Jackson and Austin Jourde, general manager of Central Market Fort Worth.

There are 10 Central Market stores in Texas and more than 420 H-E-B stores throughout Texas and Mexico. H-E-B contributes more than $10 million annually to Texas education.

Learn more about Anthony Smith-Wright in this video.

Learn more about Vanida Chanthaphone in this video.

A Mother’s Legacy

FWISD Triplet Teachers Follow in Mother’s Footsteps

Fort Worth ISD triplet elementary teachers Janelle, Jasmine and Jessica grew up with the ideal example of what it takes to be an impactful teacher. And they didn’t have far to look.

For nearly 30 years, their mother, Rose Gore, taught orchestra in the Fort Worth ISD. The three women said that it was a treat for them as children to visit her classroom or help set it up for a new school year. They say they had fun just being around her.

“Growing up with her as a teacher was awesome because we would always spend our breaks with her,” said Jasmine Gore, a kindergarten teacher at Harlean Beal Elementary School. “She was there after school to enforce what we learned in school.”

As a teacher herself, Rose Gore knew exactly what her three girls, who loved learning, needed, and she knew how to teach them, said Janelle Gore, a kindergarten teacher at J.T. Stevens said.

“We were just always there, and she was there helping us with everything,” she said. “It was fun.”

Like many children, the Gore sisters played school. They even designated their individual bedrooms as different classrooms like math and reading. But, they didn’t think about growing up to become teachers like their mother. They aspired to be veterinarians, enter the medical field, or study law.

It wasn’t until the girls had graduated from Arlington Heights High School and entered the University of Oklahoma majoring in other fields, that they decided to become teachers. Jasmine was the first to change her major, from business to early childhood education. Janelle and Jessica then switched from nursing majors to early childhood education and elementary education, respectively.

“When they decided to do it, I was very happy, and I actually felt honored that they wanted to do something behind me, actually do what I do,” Rose Gore said. “They called me one by one and told me that they’d changed [majors], and I was like ‘oh good!’

“I love the fact that they saw that I loved teaching so much that they wanted to do the same.”

Janelle, Jasmine and Jessica carry that same love of teaching into their own classrooms, along with important lessons passed down from their mother.

“I just wanted them to do their best and to love it. I wanted them to love kids because if you don’t love kids, you can’t do the job,” Rose Gore said. “And when you love it, your whole all just goes with it.”

Rose Gore encouraged her daughters to be themselves in the classroom, but also meet their students where they are, knowing every class is different and requires adjusting to meet the needs of the students.

Janelle, Jasmine and Jessica started their education careers with the Fort Worth ISD seven years ago, just as their mother was completing her last year fulltime. They all agree that it was “a given” that they would return from Oklahoma to teach in their hometown.

The first few years of teaching were tough, the triplets say, because it was all so new, but they had their campus teammates, one another, and especially their mother to turn to for support. In fact, they say they go to her for advice on everything, especially their educational careers.

“She just has that command presence that when she walks into a room ‘oh the kids are going to listen to her,’” Jessica Gore, a second-grade teacher at West Handley Elementary School, said of her mother. “So, it’s just like how do you do that? What am I supposed to do?”

Janelle Gore said her mother connected with students in such a way that even years later, they friend her on Facebook and invite her to their weddings. She said she looks back now and thinks about the patience her mother had.

“You never knew that she was having a bad day or anything like that,” Janelle Gore said. “She lights up the room. She still does. That’s the kind of relationships that I hope that I’m building and that I feel like I’m building with my students now.”

Jasmine Gore said that she carries to the classroom her mother’s way of reading to children.

“My students love to listen to me read because we loved to listen to her read when we were younger, and so reading is one of my favorite times of the day,” she said. “It makes them enjoy reading.”

Relationship-building with students is something Jessica Gore said she picked up from her mother. She recalls how students were encouraged to go speak with her mother when they were struggling with something. Jessica said that she learned from her mother how to be that go-to person for children on her own campus.

“She kind of would help be like this guidance counselor for these kids, and they just really trusted her,” Jessica Gore said of her mother. “That’s something that she does that I’ve seen all the time – make every single student, whether you tell them with words, whether you show them with actions, let them know that you love them.”

The Gore sisters’ way of teaching doesn’t go unnoticed by their peers. Jasmine and Jessica were recognized as FWISD Campus Teacher of the Year honorees in 2021 and 2019, respectively, and Janelle has been recognized as Teacher of the Month in her pyramid.

Now, with the triplets seven years into teaching, Rose Gore is also back in the classroom. She exclusively takes substitute assignments at her daughters’ three campuses where students know and call her “Mama Gore.”

“I love watching them teach and watching each of their teaching styles,” Rose Gore said. “It is so much fun to sub alongside of them.”

The sisters agree that it’s a precious gift having their mother nearby.

“She definitely taught me how to be the exact teacher that I wanted to be,” Jessica Gore said.

Their ideal example of teaching is never too far away.

Two FWISD Employees Share Heartwarming Stories of Their Mothers, District Colleagues

Inside FWISD recently reached out to Fort Worth ISD employees who have mothers who are also their District colleagues.

Check out these two heartwarming stories from FWISD employees about the impact their mother has made in their lives.

Christen Williams Reyes, director of dance and 2021 Campus Teacher of the Year at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA, said her mother Clara Williams, a Pre-Kindergarten teacher and 2021 Campus Teacher of the Year at Sunrise-McMillan Elementary School is who she looks up to.

“My mother has always been a person that I have looked up to my entire life. The way that she truly embraces service, in the classroom, community and craft are qualities that I aspire to achieve in my career as well,” she said. “Now, being a colleague with my mom here in FWISD, and sharing the Teacher of the Year title, is a feeling that I couldn’t even dream of experiencing. I am so honored to call her mentor and MOMMY. I love you Mrs. Williams, Pre-K extraordinaire, Room 128, Sunrise McMillan.”

Jessica Becerra, a specialist in the Family Communications Department, calls her mother Adelita Becerra, an administrative associate at Morningside Elementary School, her best friend.

“My mom really is my best friend! She’s brilliant, kind, funny, and I can always count on her. She has been working at Morningside ES for 11 years and her support is not only personal but professionally too,” she said. “She goes out of the way to give an extra push on initiatives I may be collaborating on and it’s a win-win for the District and the families at her campus. She has a strong work ethic and a big heart. I continue to learn so much from her and words cannot express how proud I am to be her daughter.”

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers across the Fort Worth ISD.

Paschal HS Assistant Principal Shares Modern Family Story on Tamron Hall Show

Tracy Smith, assistant principal at Paschal High School and mother of six, was recently featured on an episode of the Tamron Hall Show with the theme of “modern, modern families.”

Ms. Smith and her sister, Sherrie, are known to be the first sisters in the state of Texas to legally co-parent and adopt children together. The two sisters recently sat down with Tamron Hall virtually to talk about their decision to adopt six children together.

View their story below.

FWISD Observes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Fort Worth Independent School District joins the nation in observing Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this May.

Throughout the month of May, the District’s Division of Equity and Excellence will host 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 and division officials invite the community to join in learning alongside them.

Take part in the series and join the discussion at www.facebook.com/FWISDEquity.

The division kicked off the first week of the month Saturday, May 1 with a week of posts focused on perspectives of Asian American history.

“The importance of this learning series is to educate our community on the history, culture, stereotypes, and contributions of our Asian brothers and sisters,” an Equity and Excellence statement reads. “We stand in solidarity with our Asian American community and take this opportunity to connect and learn how we can better advocate and support.”

Equity and Excellence officials say that understanding the cultures that make up this country are vitally important because that understanding shapes our views and values. Building relationships with all people and understanding one another’s cultures creates solidarity, unity and a strong community and reminds us all of how much we have in common, according to division officials.

Throughout May, FWISD will also celebrate America’s rich Asian Pacific heritage through District social media posts, and Inside FWISD will publish resources for teachers and students.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates descendants from the continent of Asia and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. It originated as 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/.

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.

Celebrate School Lunch Heroes This Friday

The Fort Worth ISD joins schools across the nation in celebrating child nutrition services personnel on School Lunch Hero Day, Friday, May 7.

This observance recognizes school cafeteria professionals for the hard work and commitment they put into making healthy, nutritious meals for students, offering service with a smile and the difference they make in the lives of schoolchildren. On this day, we celebrate the heroes of our school cafeterias.

The District encourages students, staff and parents to celebrate their favorite school lunch heroes via social media using the hashtag #SchoolLunchHeroDay.

The School Nutrition Association has observed School Lunch Hero Day every May since 2013. School lunch is “the most important and nutrient-rich meal” of the day for most children, according to the association.

For additional details about School Lunch Hero Day, visit www.schoollunchheroday.com.

FWISD To Celebrate National School Nurses Day May 12

The Fort Worth ISD applauds the dedication and hard work of its school nurses and will celebrate them on School Nurse Day, Wednesday, May 12.

School Nurse Day is observed the Wednesday of School Nurse Week which is May 6-12. It’s 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.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, FWISD school nurses have been hard at work conducting “well checks” which include temperature checks and supporting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/public health guidelines, while also maintaining safety and preventing disease transmission among volunteers and others. They also provide on-campus health services to students and staff.

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 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.

The District encourages students, staff and parents to celebrate school nurses on Wednesday, May 12 via social media using the hashtag #NationalSchoolNurseDay.

The Bookmobile Is On the Road Again to Promote Full-Day Pre-K and Kindergarten in Fort Worth ISD

Easy Online Registration Is Now Open

For the week of May 9, the bookmobile is headed to a neighborhood and apartment complex near you to promote Pre-K and Kindergarten in the Fort Worth ISD! If you’re looking for friendly one-on-one registration help and great customer service, we’ve got you covered. And for young learners, they will receive a free “goodie bag” with books, games and toys.

So, if you see us at a “pop-up” event, stop by for resources or to ask a question. We’d love to hear from you!

Below are upcoming dates and locations:

  • 5/10 2:30– 4 p.m. Leadership Academy at Como
  • 5/11 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. *Diamond Hill area businesses
  • 5/12 5 – 6:30 p.m. Columbia Renaissance Apartments
  • 5/13 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. *Eastern Hill area businesses

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

And remember, Pre-K and Kindergarten in the Fort Worth ISD provide safe spaces that inspire discovery, learning, and there’s enough room for every child.

Visit www.fwisd.org/prek to learn more and to register today.

Overcoming Trauma

FWISD Family Shares Story of Triumph

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 shares the story of a Fort Worth ISD family recently spotlighted for their journey to overcoming trauma and supporting one another. The story of FWISD teachers Richard and Melanie Grubbs, and their son Will, a Paschal High School senior, is part of the Recognize and Rise Initiative by the Mental Health Connection and Tarrant County.

“My family agreed to make this video to help others (especially kids) know that they are not alone and that it is okay to ask for help,” Mrs. Grubbs said.

Watch the Grubbs family story of triumph below.

“Recognize and Rise is a community awareness campaign designed to support those who have experienced the impact of trauma, toxic stress and adversity. As a community, we can learn to better understand those struggles, and create a culture of compassion and understanding,” according to the Recognize and Rise website.

The campaign is funded by The Morris Foundation and others with guidance expertise from Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County members.

Launched in 2020, the campaign is a multi-year community awareness initiative supported by “more than 100 local mental health agencies, education and health systems, government, and individuals working to address the mental health and substance use needs of the community. The campaign will help residents identify trauma and its impact, better identify trauma-informed practices and resources, and demonstrate that we all play a role in individual and community healing,” according to a statement issued at the launch of the campaign. “The campaign will highlight the resources and expertise of organizations throughout Tarrant County that are working to address this important issue and ways in which individuals can play a role and support healing.”

FWISD to Host Multiple Career Events This May

The Fort Worth ISD is buzzing with career opportunities this May.

The District’s Human Capital Management Department is hosting a series of career fairs this month in search of eager, talented educators and professionals.

It all begins Thursday, May 6 with a virtual Elementary Teacher Career Fair from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (A complete list of events is included below.) Prospective candidates must register to be considered for interviews.

This May, HCM will also hosts its bi-monthly FWISD Networking Event. This virtual event offers prospective employees and current employees looking to enter a new District role an exclusive 15-minute one-on-one session with Central Office Staffing Coordinator Patrick Taylor or an HCM representative. You’ll be able to discuss what to expect when applying to the Fort Worth ISD including a resume review and feedback, insights for a future career, and more. The next FWISD Networking Events are scheduled from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, May 13 and 27.

Limited slots are available and are first come, first serve. Visit the Fort Worth ISD Careers pages on Facebook and Twitter for more information on how to register for a future network event.

HCM is hosting virtual career fair events for the following professional groups this May:

  • May 6: Elementary Teacher Career Fair, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • May 13: FWISD Networking Event, 1-2 p.m.
  • May 13: Secondary Teacher Career Fair, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • May 18: High-Need Teacher Career Fair (open to prospective math, science, special education and bilingual teachers), 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • May 18: PreK Teacher and Teacher's Assistant Career Fair, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • May 27: All-Level Teacher Career Fair, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • May 27: FWISD Networking Event, 1-2 p.m.

For additional details about career opportunities, visit www.fwisd.org/careers.

Fort Worth ISD Board Elections Held Saturday; Run-off in District 9 Will Be Held June 5

On Saturday, May 1, 2021, Fort Worth ISD voters returned two incumbents to the District Board of Education; another race will be decided in a June 5 run-off election.

  • Current Board President Jacinto Ramos, Jr. was unopposed in the District 1 race and will continue to represent northwest Fort Worth.
  • District 4 Representative Daphne Brookins and District 8 Representative Anael Luebanos both won their contests and will return to the Board. Ms. Brookins garnered 87% of the vote while Mr. Luebanos collected almost 75% of the vote from his district.
  • Long-time District 7 Representative Norman Robbins lost his seat on the Board to former FWISD administrator Michael Ryan. Mr. Ryan received just over 63% of the vote while Mr. Robbins received just under 34%. He has represented southwest Fort Worth since first being elected to the Board in 2004.
  • The District 9 race will be decided by a runoff on June 5. Roxanne Martinez, who drew just over 49% of the vote, will face-off against Cade Lovelace who collected just under 28%. The District 9 race is needed to fill the seat being vacated by incumbent Ashley Paz. Mrs. Paz decided not to seek re-election.

All results are unofficial until being canvassed and accepted by the full Board at a future Board meeting. In all, 11,560 voters participated in the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education election.

Fort Worth ISD Introduces 2020-21 District Teacher of the Year Finalists

Tobie Moser, Young Men’s Leadership Academy

The Fort Worth ISD, with the generous support of longtime community partner, Central Market, recognizes 10 outstanding teachers this spring as the District Teacher of the Year finalists.

The 10 finalists are being recognized for rising to the many challenges of teaching in the middle of a global health crisis. These educators come from a variety of teaching fields and backgrounds, but they have critical characteristics in common: each finalist is an expert at pivoting back and forth between virtual and in-person learning; is a problem solver; leads others in innovation; and makes a positive difference across their campus.

The Elementary and Secondary District Teacher of the Year winners were announced at a special virtual reveal event May 4. Each of the two award winners receives a $5,000 honorarium from Central Market. The eight finalists will each receive a $1,500 award from Central Market.

On a recent spring day, Tobie Moser’s principal and colleagues at Young Men’s Leadership Academy surprised Tobie with the news she was a finalist. Tobie knows she is empowering today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders. She connects with her students by listening to them, asking them questions, and learning about each of them as individuals.

Learn more about Tobie in this video.

Fort Worth ISD Introduces 2020-21 District Teacher of the Year Finalists

TeNeal “Charlie” Metcalf, Young Women’s Leadership Academy

The Fort Worth ISD, with the generous support of longtime community partner, Central Market, recognizes 10 outstanding teachers this spring as the District Teacher of the Year finalists.

The 10 finalists are being recognized for rising to the many challenges of teaching in the middle of a global health crisis. These educators come from a variety of teaching fields and backgrounds, but they have critical characteristics in common: each finalist is an expert at pivoting back and forth between virtual and in-person learning; is a problem solver; leads others in innovation; and makes a positive difference across their campus.

The Elementary and Secondary District Teacher of the Year winners were announced at a special virtual reveal event May 4. Each of the two award winners receives a $5,000 honorarium from Central Market. The eight finalists will each receive a $1,500 award from Central Market.

On a recent morning, Charlie Metcalf’s principal at Young Women’s Leadership Academy surprised Charlie with the news she was a finalist. Charlie creates a learning environment where students are celebrated as individuals and treated with respect. Students use their unique talents to work at their own pace to reach their goals.

Learn more about Charlie in this video.

Fort Worth ISD Introduces 2020-21 District Teacher of the Year Finalists

Olivia Olalde, Alice Contreras Elementary School

The Fort Worth ISD, with the generous support of longtime community partner, Central Market, recognizes 10 outstanding teachers this spring as the District Teacher of the Year finalists.

The 10 finalists are being recognized for rising to the many challenges of teaching in the middle of a global health crisis. These educators come from a variety of teaching fields and backgrounds, but they have critical characteristics in common: each finalist is an expert at pivoting back and forth between virtual and in-person learning; is a problem solver; leads others in innovation; and makes a positive difference across their campus.

The Elementary and Secondary District Teacher of the Year winners were announced at a special virtual reveal event May 4. Each of the two award winners receives a $5,000 honorarium from Central Market. The eight finalists will each receive a $1,500 award from Central Market.

On a recent spring day, Olivia Olalde’s principal and colleagues at Alice Contreras Elementary School surprised Olivia with the news she was a finalist. As a child, Olivia had few educator role models who looked like her. Today, she helps her students believe they can make a difference regardless of race, color, language, or living situation.

Learn more about Olivia in this video.

Baltimore Ravens Draft South Hills HS Alumnus

South Hills High School alumnus Tylan Wallace is among the latest class of NFL recruits.

Mr. Wallace, a wide receiver, was recently selected by the Baltimore Ravens as the 131st overall pick in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Prior to entering the draft, Mr. Wallace played for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys.

“Wallace … rightfully earned his spot among the best and most feared receivers in college football during his time in Stillwater as he became the 14th OSU football player to earn All-America honors in multiple seasons. With a career average of 78.0 receiving yards per game, Wallace ranked No. 1 among all active FBS players in 2020. His 14 career 100-yard receiving games also marked the most of any active player and were the fifth-most in OSU history,” according to a recent statement issued by OSU athletics. “Additionally, Wallace finished his career ranked No. 2 among all FBS players with 3,434 receiving yards, No. 3 with 26 receiving touchdowns, No. 5 with 205 receptions, No. 9 with 16.8 yards per catch, No. 16 with 4.66 receptions per game, No. 24 with 3,469 all-purpose yards and No. 30 with 27 total touchdowns scored. In OSU's career records, he ranked No. 5 in receiving yards, No. 5 in receptions, No. 6 in receiving touchdowns, No. 6 in yards per catch and No. 7 in receptions per game. He is ranked No. 9 on the list of all-time receiving yards in Big 12 history.”

Mr. Wallace is a 2017 South Hills High graduate. A Fort Worth native, Mr. Wallace attended FWISD’s Westcreek and Bruce Shulkey elementary schools, Wedgwood Middle School before graduating from South Hills High. He and his twin Tracin, who also attended OSU and was his teammate on the Cowboys football squad up until an injury forced him to retire, are members of Fort Worth ISD’s My Brother’s Keeper inaugural class.

FOOD AVAILABLE AT MULTIPLE SITES FOR FWISD FAMILIES, COMMUNITY

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

Since March 2020, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with multiple organizations to share information and organize food distribution events for families.

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 7, 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. Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m. – Noon

The Seed

2517 Sargent St.

The Seed in partnership with local organizations Diamond Wishes Children’s Charity, The Life Church and others will distribute free groceries and masks.

7. Wednesday, May 12, 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/

8. 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/

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 Paschal Takes on Southlake Carroll in Playoff Action

Fort Worth ISD’s Paschal Panthers are gearing up for a Bi-district win over Southlake Carroll on Friday, May 7, 2021, at Carroll Senior High School. The game is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m.

This Class 6A Region 1 game will be a one-game playoff.

The Panthers will get a send-off starting at 3:30 p.m. at the school.

FWISD Crowns 2021 Math Bee Champions

The Fort Worth ISD is buzzing because it’s crowned the District’s 2021 Math Bee champions.

The District hosted the third annual competition virtually April 29-30, and crowned champions in the third, fourth and fifth grades. The District competition consists of two divisions – Division 1 which includes third grade competitors and Division 2 which includes fourth and fifth grade contenders.

The Math Bee is a number sense and fluency competition that challenges busy elementary mathematician bees to problem solve using mental math. The 2021 theme was “Buzzing Around the Hive.”

Click here to view this year's winners.

The following content is from the City of Fort Worth

Mayoral, District 7 runoff candidates in Thursday forum

Texas A&M University, Texas A&M School of Law and Camp Bowie District invite residents to tune in for a livestreaming event of a Fort Worth Mayoral and District 7 Council Candidate Forum.

The moderated forum features a Q&A with Fort Worth mayoral and District 7 runoff election candidates on issues facing the community. Topics include economic development, workforce development, community issues and the future of Fort Worth.

The forum at 6:30 p.m. May 6 will be livestreamed on Camp Bowie District’s Facebook and Instagram.

FEMA approves deadline extension for winter storm assistance

At the request of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the Individual Assistance registration period for Texans impacted by February’s winter storm. Individuals now have until May 20, 2021, to submit damages and make claims to FEMA.

Texans in the 126 counties that qualify, including Tarrant, for Individual Assistance can apply online. View a video to learn about the FEMA registration process.

Learn about additional winter storm recovery resources.

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.

Teacher Appreciation Week: FWISD schools are celebrating teachers with messages of gratitude and treats this Teacher Appreciation Week. Observed this year nationally from May 3-7, the week recognizes and honors teachers for the contributions they make educating America’s schoolchildren.

School Principals Day: Multiple FWISD schools celebrated their campus principal with notes of appreciation for School Principals' Day recently on social media. School Principals' was observed Saturday, May 1.

El Día Del Niño (Children's Day): Observed in Mexico on April 30, Children's Day is a celebration of children similar to Mother's or Father's Day. Recently, George C. Clarke Elementary School celebrated the day with frozen treats for students and staff members.

Board Recognizes JCC/JROTC Cadets: The FWISD Board of Education recently recognized FWISD JCC-JROTC cadets for volunteering countless hours of school service and community service to their campuses and surrounding communities, even during the pandemic .During the period from 2019-2020, our cadets volunteered over 85,000 hours of service. Cadets have volunteered their time to improve the appearance of their campuses, assist local food banks, remove litter in the community during the annual Trinity Trash Bash and Cowtown Brush up, visit the elderly and the sick, and in a multitude of other capacities. These community projects and service-learning projects provide great opportunities for cadets to bond with one another, enhance team building and friendships among cadets while also providing opportunities for potential jobs and career exploration.

The JROTC-JCC programs in Fort Worth ISD are under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Rich Crossley

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

FinPath 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/

Teacher Appreciation Week, Continues through May 7

STAAR Testing, May 4-7; May 11-14

Elementary Teacher Career Fair, May 6

National Nurses Week, May 6-12

School Lunch Hero Day, May 7

End of Fifth Six Weeks, May 7

Mother's Day, May 9

Start of Sixth Six Weeks, May 10

School Nurse Day, May 12

Report Cards Go Out, May 14

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