FinPath Offers Complimentary Financial TeleWealth AppointmentsPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/27/2020 10:00:00 AM
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District Announces 2020-2021 SafeSchools Completion DeadlinePosted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/27/2020
Editor's Note: The following memorandum from Classified Learning refers to upcoming SafeSchool training deadlines. This year employees will be able to test out and not have to view all courses with the exception of the Employee Handbook, Title IX Compliance Overview, Texas Cybersecurity and two coronavirus videos. Employees who decide to test out of a module and who pass will not receive a certificate, but their training will meet District compliance reuirements for 2020-2021. Employees who opt to test out of a training and who do not pass with 80% must watch the mdouule and retake the test.
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Happy Thanksgiving!Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/26/2020
There will be no Inside FWISD publication, today, November 26. The newsletter will resume Thursday, December 3.
FWISD Educator’s Artwork Added To TCU Permanent CollectionPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/25/2020
“117 Hours,” part of 19-part paint series created by Eastern Hills High School art teacher and professional artist Dhananjaya“DJ” Perera is now part of the permanent art collection at Texas Christian University’s Mary Couts Burnett Library. The work becomes the first created by a Sri Lankan artist added to the collection, he said.
This summer, 117 Hours was among six grand finalist winners selected for The New Normal: An Artists Response During COVID-19 art initiative. The initiative, a partnership of Fine Line Group, Gallery of Dreams, Edward and Sasha Bass awarded $100,000 in grants ranging between $2,000 and $5,000 to about 40 Fort Worth artists to create artwork that reflected their experiences living through the coronavirus pandemic.
The work, donated by Mr. Perera to TCU’s permanent collection, is a pointillism drawing of a Sri Lankan peacock that took 117 hours to complete. Pointillism is a painting technique that originated in the mid-1880s which applies small dots or strokes of color to a surface and when blended together, they from an image.
Earlier this month, Mr. Perera participated in an unveiling ceremony to recognize his artwork being added to TCU’s permanent collection. He is a TCU Fine Arts program alumnus.
“In my culture, expressing gratitude and giving back to your school is common practice. I was taught by some legendary instructors at TCU’s North Moudy on how to be a disciplined artist,” Mr. Perera said. “Without them, this accolade would only remain a dream. Without my parents I would have never studied at TCU. This donated artwork is my way of saying thank you to both TCU and my beloved parents.”
Mr. Perera’s 117 Hours, which was created using ink and Ceylon tea, is an homage to Sri Lankan culture and wildlife.
“117 Hours depicts a peacock which is a ubiquitous symbol of beauty and wildlife in Sri Lanka,” according to the Mr. Perera’s artist statement. “The title simply but deliberately references the time duration- as with all works in the series – that was spent stippling. The time association aims to highlight the patience and calmness that each work evokes … amidst the global pandemic chaos in which they were drawn.
“[Mr.] Perera’s poignant series [centers] on Sri Lankan wildlife with the singular purpose of highlighting the tactile beauty associated with each unique animal. Natural beauty, which for many populations around the world may not have had access due to the cascading curfews, social distancing and lockdown protocols that were intermittently active and inactive … and active again!”
Mr. Perera earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from TCU and a master’s in fine arts from New York’s Pratt Institute. Prior to joining the Fort Worth ISD in 2013, he worked for the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations headquarters, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and as an adjunct faculty at Tarrant County College. He’s currently teaches Advanced placement fine arts/ painting and drawing at Eastern Hills High School.
Learn more about Mr. Perera at www.djperera.com.
YWLA Assistant Principal Selected To Jackson Scholars ProgramPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/25/2020
Alexandra Channell, an assistant principal at Fort Worth ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy, is among 31 individuals recently selected by the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) to the 2020-2022 Jackson Scholars class.
Named for the late Barbara Loomis Jackson, an educational leadership scholar, author and professor who was referred to as “a masterful teachers of teachers,” the Jackson Scholars program offers graduate students of color pursuing an advanced degree in educational leadership network, mentor and professional development opportunities focused on equity and social justice. Last week, Ms. Channell attended the virtual UCEA Convention, and will present her dissertation at the convention in her second year of the Jackson Scholars program.
Ms. Channell is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in educational leadership and a superintendent certification at Texas Christian University. Jackson Scholars “receive academic support for research, publication and presentation; an individual mentor; and networking opportunities that continue for program alumni,” according to a recent statement issued by TCU’s College of Education.
It’s an honor, Ms. Channell said, to have an opportunity such as the Jackson Scholars program in which she can connect with likeminded scholars and educators of color, build leadership skills and present the research she’s passionate about to educators and scholars.
“It’s very significant,” Ms. Channell said. “The opportunity to present in conferences as a student and research that I’m passionate about … it’s almost indescribable. I get to share some of the research that I’ve done firsthand and knowledge that I’ve gained.”
Ms. Channell joined the Fort Worth ISD as a science teacher at North Side High School in 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in health science from Boston University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from TCU. She was a TCU Principal Fellow and during that time, she worked at Western Hills High School. She’s been at YWLA the last four years.
Her dissertation research will examine how single-sex schools are preparing girls for college, real-world social and cultural engagement beyond high school. She said that she’s interested in examining the experiences of marginalized girls and the factors that impact their outcomes and solutions for reversing outcomes in which they perform below their peers. Ms. Channell said she hopes to infuse student voice into her research.
Her experience as a graduate student can also serve as example to her students of what they’re capable of achieving. It shows them how real and attainable goals are for them, she said.
Throughout her time as a Jackson Scholar, Ms. Channell has been assigned a mentor who is a Howard University professor with K-12 experience and as an administrator.
At YWLA, students are also connected with mentors. Ms. Channell said it’s neat that her students get to see her have a similar experience.
“It’s kind of neat that it’s come full circle.”
New Video Featuring FWISD Students, Educators Goes ViralPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/24/2020
Fifth graders from FWISD’s Leadership Academy at Como Elementary School are all about G.O.A.L.S. in a new music video. The song “G.O.A.L.S. 2,” written by Como fifth-grade math teacher Thomas Mayfield, debuted earlier this month. The song is the sequel to G.O.A.L.S. (Greatness Overcomes All Life’s Obstacles) which first premiered in 2018.
Since its November 9 debut, “G.O.A.L.S. 2” has caught the attention of national media outlets like Now This and Good Morning America.
The music video is not the first from Mr. Mayfield gaining national attention. In 2019, a video featuring students touting about excelling in school and making successes of themselves caught the attention of comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres who invited Mr. Mayfield, Counselor Tomeka McGee and then Principal Valencia Rhines on her show where she presented them with a $50,000 donation. The gift was put toward funding laptops for Como students and to support the campus food pantry. Also in 2019, Mr. Mayfield’s videos appeared in CBS This Morning’s School Matters series.
Mr. Mayfield's videos are viral online sensations that garner views anywhere between 300,000 to more than 1 million on Facebook. They've been featured in stories by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, USA Today, on local TV news and radio programs and shared on Facebook by legendary soul singer Gladys Knight.
GM Financial Parade Of Lights Celebrates Three FWISD Teachers As Hometown HeroesPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/24/2020
Three Fort Worth ISD teachers were recognized as hometown heroes over the weekend at the 38th edition of the GM Financial Parade of Lights.
This year’s virtual parade theme is “Hope and Joy for the Holidays” and celebrated essential workers, first responders, teachers, front-line utility workers, restaurant owners and chefs. The Parade of Lights is the Fort Worth kickoff to the holiday season.
The event celebrated FWISD teachers:
- Sendy Casas, Cesar Chavez Elementary
- Tim Brendler, I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
- Nettie Scott, Glencrest 6th
The event will re-broadcast Christmas Eve on TXA-21 and is available on-demand through January 2 on Downtown Fort Worth’s YouTube channel and the Parade of Lights Facebook page.
Signature floats, musical artists and entertainers pre-recorded at locations around downtown Fort Worth made up this year’s lineup.
There are no in-person areas to view this 2020 parade. However, parade organizers will treat the public to a socially distanced Downtown Showcase of Floats, today, November 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Main Street. The public will have opportunities to take social distanced photos with the floats. Throughout the duration of the showcase, Main Street from First to Ninth streets will be closed to vehicular traffic.
For additional details, visit www.fortworthparadeoflights.org.
Thanksgiving Safety TipsPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/24/2020
Editor's Note: The following content was prepared by MedStar, the ambulance service provider to Fort Worth
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, please follow these recommendation from the CDC and plan your activities with the pandemic in mind!
The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer.
Wear a mask
- Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
- Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.
Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread COVID-19 or flu.
- Keeping 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Wash your hands
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Attending a Gathering
Make your celebration safer. In addition to following the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer, take these additional steps while attending a Thanksgiving gathering.
- Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
- Wear a mask, and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
- Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
- Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.
Hosting a Thanksgiving Gathering
If having guests to your home, be sure that people follow the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer. Other steps you can take include:
- Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community.
- Limit the number of guests.
- Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
- If celebrating indoors, make sure to open windows.
- Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
- Have guests bring their own food and drink.
- If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.
Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
- Check travel restrictions before you go.
- Get your flu shot before you travel.
- Always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
Consider Other Thanksgiving Activities
Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family who don’t live with you
- Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually.
- Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared.
Watch television and play games with people in your household
- Watch Thanksgiving Day parades, sports, and movies at home.
- Find a fun game to play.
- Shop online sales the day after Thanksgiving and days leading up to the winter holidays.
- Use contactless services for purchased items, like curbside pick-up.
- Shop in open air markets staying 6 feet away from others.
- Safely prepare traditional dishes and deliver them to family and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others (for example, leave them on the porch).
- Participate in a gratitude activity, like writing down things you are grateful for and sharing with your friends and family.
Donors Needed For FWISD’s Annual Angel Tree DrivePosted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/23/2020
Bring joy to a child this holiday season.
Fort Worth ISD employees are encouraged to participate in the Early Learning Department’s annual Angel Tree drive underway now and through December 3. Ensure Christmastime is merry and bright for children who attend the District’s Pre-K Satellite Centers by adopting an angel today.
The Early Learning Department is looking to supply gifts such as clothing, shoes and toys for approximately 200 children this holiday season.
Adopt one angel or one for each member of your family at www.fwisd.org/angeltree.
Unwrapped gifts are being accepted at the Early Learning Department offices, located on the second floor of the FWISD Teaching and Learning Center, 1050 Bridgewood Drive.
For additional details, call 817-814-2450.
FWISD Cancels Multiple COVID Testing Events This WeekPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/23/2020
FWISD employee COVID-19 testing scheduled for Monday, November 23 and Wednesday, November 25 has been canceled.
However, COVID-19 testing for Maintenance and Operations employees, slated for Tuesday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at 2808 Tillar St., will be held as scheduled.
Testing is also canceled Thursday, November 26 and Friday, 27 because all District facilities are closed in observance of Thanksgiving. All scheduled testing will resume on Monday, November 30.
- FinPath Offers Complimentary Financial TeleWealth Appointments
- District Announces 2020-2021 SafeSchools Completion Deadline
- Happy Thanksgiving!
- YWLA Assistant Principal Selected To Jackson Scholars Program
- FWISD Educator’s Artwork Added To TCU Permanent Collection
- Thanksgiving Safety Tips
- GM Financial Parade Of Lights Celebrates Three FWISD Teachers As Hometown Heroes
- New Video Featuring FWISD Students, Educators Goes Viral
- FWISD Cancels Multiple COVID Testing Events This Week
- Donors Needed For FWISD’s Annual Angel Tree Drive
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