Jo Kelly School


    We Love Our Jo Kelly School Family Members!


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    Over the last year Jo Kelly School families have had opportunities to volunteer or just enjoy the day with their child. We continue to have numerous volunteer opportunities and special events that families are welcome to participate in.  


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       Jo Kelly School Volunteers  ⇒

    Jo Kelly is lucky to have the BEST family volunteers in Fort Worth! Our volunteers help with field trips, help find services for our students and families, and help run the different activities that we have throughout the school year. 


    We would like to make an special shout out to Mr.Hardin. Mr.Hardin has taken it upon himself to maintain the beauty and integrity of the  The Alison Hardin Playground and Eli Bradford Garden of Angels  each month for years and years.  Thank You Mr. Hardin! 




    Our Family Involvement Is Priceless!


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    In September of this year we had Grandparents day! Parents and grandparents came! We expect a bigger turnout next year too! 


    In October we had The Fall Festival and many parents attended to spend time with their children. 


    The last Thursday of each November Jo Kelly School hosts The Family Feast with families bringing food and eating together! Families also did a Turkey Craft Project which was used for decoration.


    As recently as two weeks ago in January we had many families join us on field trips! You can see the fun we all had in the following galleries: 

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    Sea Quest  ⇒


    Jo Kelly School families are ALWAYS willing to help when needed and recently donated hand towels and washcloths. 


    The teachers and staff of Jo Kelly School are involved every day in communicating with families by writing in notebooks etc.  These notes and correspondence go back and forth to alert to the specific needs of each child for each day. The students at Jo Kelly School are nonverbal so it is vital that teachers and care givers maintain this close communicative relationship.  


    In February our families have been invited to join us for The Valentine’s Day Dance on February 14th. Families are crafting together and making Valentine mailboxes with their child to be used during our Valentine Festivities . (⇐ Go See!)


    Jo Kelly School families have also been invited to celebrate with us during The Annual Black History Program on February 21st. This event includes many staff and students participating and making our Black History Program fun and educational. You won't want to miss it! The gallery is pending, but go check out the nurse door!  The Annual Jo Kelly Black History Program   ⇒




    Thank you to our Jo Kelly Families from the staff of Jo Kelly School!

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     The Annual Family Feast


    The staff at Jo Kelly are so grateful for all of our students and their families! One of the highlights of the season is The Annual Family Feast! This event takes place on the Thursday before Thanksgiving   break.  The students, staff and families share some traditional dishes and secret family recipies! It is a time of food and fellowship enjoyed by all!

    Enter our 'Events Gallery' and see for yourself!


    2018 Family Feast 




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    Therapy Dog Visits Jo Kelly School!

    On November 28th 2018, Virginia from PAWS ACROSS TEXAS came for a visit. 

    Go See the Pictures! ⇒ 

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    Leslie Riddell-Principal  Eileen Baze-Web Manager

    Jo Kelly School was awarded Fort Worth ISD’s Webby Award winner for the month of February. The campus website was honored for how they celebrated families.

    This week, Jo Kelly School was recognized with the coveted Webby Award trophy during the secondary principals’ meeting, February 14 at the Professional Development Center. The school will keep the Webby Award for the next month and received a Kroger gift card for campus use.

    “This month’s Web challenge was all about celebrating families and their role in making every campus special and unique,” said Thomas Ketchersid, FWISD’s web communications coordinator. “This month’s winners and runners up achieved exactly that by publishing some very special, heartwarming content.”

    Distributed monthly by the FWISD Communications Department, the Webby Award recognizes campus websites that engage families, students, alumni and the community at large. Elementary and secondary campus websites that best complete the monthly challenge are presented with the Webby Award at principals’ meetings.

  •  Jo Kelly School Wins  2018 Energy Star Award!


    In recognition of superior energy performance the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards the 2018 Energy Star to Jo Kelly School!



    Sharon Bittner Energy Specialist

    Leslie Riddell Jo Kelly School Principal

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     Buildings that earn EPA's ENERGY STAR use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation.

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  • Our Trustee: Judy Needham!

    FWISD is controlled locally by nine elected Trustees who advocate for over 80,000 students and 10,000 employees.

    The Trustee elected to represent Jo Kelly School in the 5th District is Judy Needham. 

    Thank You Mrs. Needham for representing Jo Kelly School!


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    To learn more about Mrs. Needham click here.