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McLean 6th Wins Sixth-Grade Whiz QuizPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 1/17/2018
Fort Worth, Texas – Fort Worth ISD’s McLean 6th Grade took the 2017-2018 Sixth-Grade Whiz Quiz Championship title after defeating Daggett Montessori in the finals match Tuesday night.
Earlier in the evening, Daggett Montessori beat J.P. Elder in the first semi-final. McLean 6th topped the Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) in the second semi-final.
Trustees Jacinto Ramos and Anael Luebanos were in the audience with principals and family members to cheer on the teams. CBS11 meteorologist Jeff Jamison was match moderator.
Culinary Arts students from North Side High School treated the audience to chicken and waffles, Thai salad cups and truffles. Pizza Snob, one of the District’s newest partners, sponsored the culinary contribution. The Southwest High School Jazz Ensemble entertained between matches. Gold Seal Advanced Media Program students at Southwest took part in the live production of the competition.
Middle school matches are Wednesday, January 17, 5:00 p.m. (moderator – Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy)
- Semi-final #1 William James vs. Daggett Montessori
- Semi-final #2 Stripling vs. Kirkpatrick
- Finals match immediately after
High school finals are Thursday, January 18, 4:30 p.m. (moderator – Jeff Jamison)
- Semi-final #1 Benbrook vs. Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS)
- Semi-final #2 Paschal vs. Arlington Heights High School
- Finals match immediately after
The first semi-finals will feature foods from Trimble Tech and O.D. Wyatt culinary students.
Be part of the audience at the Fort Worth ISD board room at 2903 Shotts Street. If you can’t make it in person, play along with the contestants by streaming the competition live on YouTube or www.fwisd.org, or watch it on Charter Cable channel 192 or ATT U-verse 99.
Winter WeatherPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 1/17/2018
Fort Worth ISD is committed to keeping our students and employees warm and comfortable during this cold weather season. We all realize that the age and condition of some our HVAC equipment will require serious repair or replacement and we are making plans to prioritize that work.
With the especially frigid temperatures we’re experiencing this week, we have implemented additional measures to ensure classrooms are comfortable. These additional measures include:
- Bringing the boilers on at 5:30 a.m. and leaving them on until 11:30 p.m. through Thursday and from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Boilers are turned off when the building is vacant for safety reasons (for schools with boilers).
- We are operating roof top heater units 24/7 (for schools with roof top units).
- Our energy specialists are working 24/7 mitigating issues on comfort levels.
- School Leadership directors are checking with each principal and forwarding comfort concerns to Operations, Maintenance, and District energy specialists to ensure issues are addressed quickly.
- When buildings are not occupied, the temperature is set to maintain a minimum of 68 degrees.
- We are in the process of providing space heaters for augmented heating where necessary.
- Campus administrators have been instructed to relax dress codes rules and allow students to wearing more comfortable clothing in the classroom.
The temperature this morning was 13 degrees, setting a seven-year low record in our area. Some of our aging equipment is working at capacity to overcome that temperature deficit. We will continue to correct all the issues as they are brought to our attention.
Campus Teacher Of The Year Selections Due January 31Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 1/12/2018
Fort Worth ISD schools have until January 31 to submit their 2017-2018 Campus Teacher of the Year selections to the Department of Community and Strategic Partnerships.
Staff on each individual campus have the opportunity to recognize an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher whose work has inspired students, colleagues and the community.
Campus Teacher of the Year selections must have a minimum of three years with the District and a minimum five years teaching experience overall. Eligible candidates must also be a full-time, certified Pre-K to 12th-grade teacher in good standing, intent on continue teaching with the FWISD the 2018-2019 school year and meeting other eligibility requirements.
The 2017-2018 Campus Teacher of the Year honorees will be recognized at an after-school reception in April. Campus winners are also encouraged to apply for the District Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced this May. A District honoree each from the elementary and secondary school level will receive a $5,000 honorarium, and eight semifinalists will receive $1,000 cash awards.
An online form for campus winners must be submitted by the school principal no later than 5 p.m. January 31.
I.M. Terrell Academy Accepts Teacher ApplicationsPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 1/12/2018
Applications are currently being accepted for teaching positions with the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA.
Great individuals are a product of the I.M. Terrell legacy, and Principal Baldwin Brown said the educators selected for the school, which opens this fall, will have opportunities to shape and mold future generation of leaders.
“We have to make sure that we don’t lose sight if the past, but keep in mind we’re creating the next generation of leaders,” Mr. Brown said.
Superintendent Kent P. Scribner calls the addition of the Terrell Academy to FWISD “a gift to the community.” At a recent open house event hosted for prospective secondary teachers, Dr. Scribner asked attendees what types of gifts they could bring to the new campus.
“Are you a teacher with advanced skills and knowledge in your area? A teacher who connects with students, because it’s not only about content?” Dr. Scribner said. “It’s about content and connection. That’s what we’re looking for, content and connection.”
“It’s my belief that this high school will be the epitome and the best example of high-achieving students and high-achieving faculty and staff, preparing all students for success in college, career and community leadership, and we want you to be part of that story,” Dr. Scribner said.
FWISD Students to Particpate in MLK Day Celebration. District Closed Monday to Observe HolidayPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 1/12/2018
Fort Worth ISD is closed Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The City of Fort Worth will pay tribute to Dr. King with a series of events throughout the weekend and on Monday.
The 33rd annual parade begins at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Ninth and Commerce streets and concludes with a rally at Sundance Square Plaza. The following FWISD groups are slated to participate in the event:
• Carter-Riverside Eagle Band
• Eastern Hills High School Band and JROTC
• Paschal High School Band
• Polytechnic High School Band and JROTC
• South Hills Scorpion Band and South Hills JROTC
• Western Hills High School Band
• Dunbar High School JROTC
• O.D. Wyatt High School JROTC
• Benbrook High School JROTC
• Jacquet Middle School Junior Cadet Corps (JCC)
• Forest Oak Middle School JCC
• J.P. Elder Middle School JCC
• McClung Middle School JCC
• Meacham Middle School JCC
• Kirkpatrick Middle School JCC
• Rosemont Middle School JCC
• William James Middle School JCC
• Wedgwood Middle School JCC
For more details, click here.
The third Monday in January, the nation observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day, established to honor Dr. King, a preacher, author, civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner. He is most notably known for his “I Have a Dream” speech, which he delivered on the steps on in the Lincoln Memorial at the 1963 March on Washington in Washington, D.C.
Since 1994, the U.S. Congress has commemorated the holiday as a national day of service, encouraging Americans to participate in service projects within their communities.
Division of Technology to Host 13th Annual Fort Worth Technology ConferencePosted by Fort Worth ISD on 1/12/2018
FWISD is gearing up for an event that will catapult educators to the next level in technology integration and student engagement.
The 13th annual Fort Worth Technology Conference is slated from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 27 at Dunbar High School, 5700 Ramey Ave. Nationally-known professional development trainer Amy Mayer, founder of education technology company friEdTechnology, is the featured keynote speaker.
FWISD teachers, staff, students, national and regional guest instructors are scheduled to present a series of demonstrations, panels and workshops throughout the day. Corporate sponsors will demonstrate the latest education technology programs in the conference Exhibit Hall.
New this year, the District will name its very first Fort Worth ISD Tech Idol, a FWISD educator who has exercised impactful technology integration in the classroom. The winner will be selected with the assistance of an audience poll.
Conference organizers say this year’s event gives educators practical technology tools they can take back and immediately implement in their lesson plans and administrative tasks.
“Technology levels the field for students,” said Dr. Becky Navarre, assistant superintendent for the Department of Technology. “It gives the creative student a palette, the quiet student a voice, the struggling student options, and the excelling student vast opportunities.”
Registration is free for all FWISD employees and non-FWISD presenters. Pre-registration up until January 19 is $35 for non-FWISD attendees, and on-site registration is $45. A special gift and lunch is available for attendees who register early. Technology tools will be distributed as door prizes for attendees who stick around for the closing session.
Multiple District departments are approving trade-off credit for conference attendance.
View this video from the 2017 Fort Worth Technology Conference.
Superintendent Addresses Flu Season in Memorandum to EmployeesPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 1/10/2018
The following is a memorandum from Superintendent Kent P. Scribner distributed this week to Fort Worth ISD employees regarding the threat of seasonal flu on the rise:
On Wednesday, Tarrant County Public Health officials reported the county’s first three influenza-related deaths this season.
The District will offer onsite flu vaccinations January 17.
“I certainly would encourage employees to get their flu shots and to practice good handwashing,” said Alice Turner-Jackson, FWISD health services director. “See your physician or health care provider if you feel you are getting the flu.”
For more details on where to obtain a flu shot in Tarrant County and tips for preventing flu, visit the Tarrant County Public Health website.
FWISD Administrator Receives Bayard H. Friedman Hero AwardPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 1/10/2018
Congratulations to June Davis, Fort Worth ISD’s director of Special Programs, who was recently presented with the 2017 Baynard H. Friedman HERO Award.
The honor, named in memory of Friedman -- a renowned civic leader -- recognizes outstanding school employees. In addition to the award, Mrs. Davis received a $1,000 honorarium.
“It was a total surprise,” Mrs. Davis said of the award. “In fact, I didn’t believe it. I’m just totally humbled by it.
“The people I work with contribute to any success of the program.”
Mrs. Davis joined the Fort Worth ISD in 1987 as a fifth-grade teacher at Hubbard Heights Elementary School. Throughout her career with the District, she’s also served as a school counselor. The last 16 years, Mrs. Davis has provided outreach and services to support FWISD students who are homeless, in foster care and who require disability accommodations.
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FWISD CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK DEC.22-JAN. 5Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 12/21/2017
Winter break is quickly approaching.
Beginning Friday, December 22, Fort Worth ISD will close for winter break to observe the holidays.
Students at most FWISD high schools will have an early dismissal, Thursday, December 21. Check with officials at your campus for more details. All other schools are expected to dismiss students at the regular-scheduled time.
District staff will return to work Jan. 8 for a teacher preparation and in-service day. Classes resume for students on Jan. 9.
COACH ROBERT HUGHES, SR. RECOGNIZED AT TCU HALFTIME CEREMONYPosted by Fort Worth ISD on 12/20/2017
Texas Christian University honored Hall of Fame Coach Robert Hughes, Sr. in a halftime ceremony, Monday, December 18.
Mr. Hughes, the legendary retired Dunbar High School coach, was recognized for his September induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Making the ceremony even sweeter, it took place at a game against Mr. Hughes’ alma mater, Texas Southern University. Several of Coach Hughes’ former players were scheduled to attend the ceremony.
The nation’s all-time winningest boys high school coach, Mr. Hughes coached 47 years in the Fort Worth ISD. He led teams at Dunbar and I.M. Terrell High Schools to 35 District championships and five state championships. He completed his career as a high school basketball coach with a 1,333-247 (.844) coaching record.
Among other accolades received by Coach Hughes is the 2003 National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year award and the Morgan Wootten Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. In 1993, he was inducted into the Texas Basketball Hall of Fame, followed by an induction into the High School Basketball Hall of Fame a decade later.
View photos from the ceremony here.
- McLean 6th Wins Sixth-Grade Whiz Quiz
- Winter Weather
- Campus Teacher Of The Year Selections Due January 31
- I.M. Terrell Academy Accepts Teacher Applications
- FWISD Students to Particpate in MLK Day Celebration. District Closed Monday to Observe Holiday
- Division of Technology to Host 13th Annual Fort Worth Technology Conference
- Superintendent Addresses Flu Season in Memorandum to Employees
- FWISD Administrator Receives Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award