• Dallas Mavericks to Host Fort Worth Schools Night Nov. 20

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/17/2017

    Support Fort Worth schools, enjoy an exciting NBA game and score an exclusive opportunity in the process.

    The Dallas Mavericks will host Fort Worth Schools Night and the best NBA team in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.fort worth schools night flier

    Purchase game tickets at go.mavs.com/EF1718 using the promo “ef4fw,” and a portion of the proceeds will support the Education Foundation for Fort Worth Schools. Tickets start as low as $24.Ticketholders using the promo code will have an exclusive opportunity to take a shot at the basket on the Mavericks court following the game. Those interested in the on-court shot will meet in the tunnel between Sections 101 and 124 following the game.

    Matt Fontana, an account executive for the Dallas Mavericks, said the event is an opportunity to give back to Fort Worth and its students and also enjoy the rare experience of taking a post-game shot at an NBA basket. He said that with the Thanksgiving break approaching, the organization is looking forward to welcoming Fort Worth ISD families who are looking for a night out.

    “It’s going to be a great evening,” Fontana said. “We’re really excited about it.”

    Foundation officials say that proceeds from the game will support foundation efforts including scholarships, elementary school library updates and Kids Vision Fest, which provides glasses and other vision services to Fort Worth students.  The Education Foundation for Fort Worth Schools is a 501 (c) 3 organization founded in 2014 that supports Fort Worth ISD programs.

    For more details on the Fort Worth Schools Night event, contact Mr. Fontana at 214-658-7609 or matt.fontana@dallasmavs.com. 

     

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  • FWISD Thanks Substitute Employees

    Posted by Fort worth ISD on 11/17/2017

    Fort Worth ISD is thankful for its substitute employees, their dedication, hard work and commitment to the District.substitute

    Friday, November 17, the District is observing National Substitute Appreciation Day.

    Districtwide, approximately 1,600 serve as substitutes, filling in for other FWISD employees.

    “Substitutes ensure that classes do not go uncovered,” said Orlando Torres, supervisor for Central Calling in the Human Capital Management department. “With a substitute in the classroom, students do not lose a day of instruction.”   

     

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  • FWISD Recognizes 2017-2018 Chairs For Teaching Excellence

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/16/2017

    “Seeing the expression” on student faces, watching their “eyes light up” as concepts taught to them “click” or experiencing moments that “create change in a young person’s life” are just a few reasons outstanding Fort Worth ISD teachers say they teach. And Superintendent Kent P. Scribner says teachers’ connections and “selfless commitment” to students, their accomplishments and effectiveness is valuable and worth celebrating.

    On Nov. 15, the District recognized 16 exemplary teachers with the 2017-2018 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence at a luncheon hosted at The Ashton Depot. The Trimble Tech High School String Ensemble, under the direction of Antonio Regalado, provided entertainment at the event.  

    The 2017-2018 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence are: Andrew J. Giles, Arlington Heights High School; Masaki Nakamoto, R.L. Paschal High School; Adam Kramer, Southwest High School and Wedgwood Middle School; Michelle Clementson, Daggett Montessori; Rachel Wade, Arlington Heights High School; Chip Haro, Applied Learning Academy; José Santos Frayre, Polytechnic High School; Jay Kurima, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences; Lisa Attaway, Bruce Shulkey Elementary School; Carlee Byrd, Burton Hill Elementary School; Sarah Martin, M.H. Moore Elementary School; Jennifer Mitchell, Westcliff Elementary School; Kenyail C. Carr, Meadowbrook Middle School; Cecilia N. Sanchez Hill, TCC South/FWISD Collegiate; Jennifer Northern, Southwest High School and Julissa Gómez, John T. White Leadership Academy.teaching chairs

    Tobi Jackson, FWISD board president, opened the luncheon with remarks welcoming the approximately 155 guests in attendance. She expressed the importance of the occasion.

    “The end user are our students that will lead this city, and so our teachers are the most important part of the cog that we have,” Mrs. Jackson said.

    Board Vice President Ann Sutherland, Second Vice President Christene Moss, Secretary Anael Luebanos and trustees Jacinto Ramos and Norman Robbins also attended the event.

    Established in 1994, the FWISD Chairs for Teaching Excellence program honors and rewards exemplary teachers. For a year, the honorees are conferred the title, their pictures are on display in the District Professional Development Center and a banner touting their distinguished recognition is hung in a prominent location at the teacher’s school.

    The recipients receive a $5,000 honorarium awarded by generous sponsors. Since its inception, more than $1 million has been awarded to teachers by the Fort Worth business community.

    “They are models of exemplary leadership in the classroom,” Dr. Scribner said of this year’s honorees. “Public education is the most important issue, the most important asset in our city, and teaching is the only profession that creates other professions.”

    Unlike any program at the public K-12 level, the Chairs for Teaching Excellence is modeled after a university-level chair program. The selection process is rigorous and consists of a three-part evaluation process including a written application and narrative, an interview with a distinguished panel of judges and an authentic teaching demonstration. Each chair is considered by separate selection committees.

    This year’s winners were the best of the best among a record number of applicants considered across the District for the prestigious honor. They were each presented by a program sponsor representative and gave 2- to 3-minute speeches.

    Burton Hill Elementary School teacher Carlee Byrd, recipient of the Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Reading, said she’s where she is today because of trial and error and human nature.

    “By watching the beautiful way that children express human nature, I learned that teaching is the act of giving hope when there is none, of finding a path when everything is blocked, of finding the good in even the most difficult child,” she said. “This is true teaching excellence, to learn as much as you teach and to practice empathy with everyone you meet.”

    Jay Kurima of the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, the Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Science, said educators help students connect to content. But not only that, teachers help them connect to their friends, peers, enemies, teachers, principal, school and the world.

    “It begins by being an example of how to connect,” he said. “It is this connection that grounds us in this world. That bring meaning.  That bring purpose.”

    Becoming a teacher is a passion M.H. Moore Elementary School’s Sarah Martin, the Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Math, said she must have been born with. Growing up, she said she dreamed of becoming a teacher and strived to be like the teachers who changed her way of thinking.

    “Be that teacher. Be the teacher you remember,” Mrs. Martin said. “Be the teacher who is remembered.

    “Our job is powerful. Use your power to become that teacher. Be remembered.”

    A special thank you to FWISD Chairs for Teaching Excellence sponsors who were also underwriters for this year’s luncheon: Atmos Energy, Broadway at the Bass Performing Arts, Blue Zones Project, Chase, Crescent Real Estate, Devon Energy, Fort Worth Arts Education Partnership, Kroger, Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, Lockheed Martin, Sewell Lexus and Infiniti of Fort Worth, TTI, Inc., and XTO Energy, Inc.

    View profiles for the Teaching Excellence recipients at http://www.fwisd.org/partnerships.

    View the photo album from the 2017-2018 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence luncheon here.

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  • Fort Worth ISD Announces 2017-2018 Chairs for Teaching Excellence

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 10/27/2017

    Fort Worth, Texas – Sixteen Fort Worth ISD teachers have been chosen as the 2017-2018 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence. The selected teachers will be conferred with the title of Chair for Teaching Excellence for one year and receive a $5,000 honorarium. The campus of the winner will also receive a banner to be displayed in a prominent location.  In addition, a photograph of each winner will be on display at the FWISD Professional Development Center for one year.

    The Chairs for Teaching Excellence Luncheon is scheduled for November 15, 2017 at The Ashton Depot , 1501 Jones Street, Fort Worth, TX.  

    The Chairs for Teaching Excellence program was established in the Fort Worth ISD in 1994. It is modeled after the university-level Chair program and is designed to recognize and reward exemplary teachers. This program is unique because of its role in a public K-12 setting and for its rigorous selection process.

    Parents, principals and colleagues may nominate teachers, or they may self-nominate. Candidates undergo a rigorous three-part evaluation process based on a written application and narrative, an interview session with a distinguished panel of judges, and an authentic teaching demonstration.  There are separate selection committees for each Chair.

    This year, Fort Worth ISD received a record number of applications, including representation from all areas of the District.  TTI, Inc. is supporting the 2017-2018 Secondary Math Chair with a first-time sponsorship, and the Blue Zones Project has also joined this annual program as a sponsor of the Health & Physical Education Chair.  Lockheed Martin added a third sponsorship for 2017-2018, now supporting Elementary Math, Elementary Science, and Secondary STEM. 

    The sponsors, honorees and their citations are:

    Angela D. Paulos Chair for Teaching Excellence in Visual Arts

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    Andrew J. Giles, Arlington Heights High School

    Atmos Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Acquisition of Language

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    Masaki Nakamoto, R.L. Paschal High School

    Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts

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    Adam Kramer, Southwest High School & Wedgwood Middle School

    Blue Zones Project Chair for Teaching Excellence in Health & Physical Education

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    Michelle Clementson, Daggett Montessori

    Broadway at the Bass Chair for Teaching Excellence in Dance & Theater

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    Rachel Wade, Arlington Heights High School

    Chase Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary English

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    Chip Haro, Applied Learning Academy

    Crescent Real Estate Chair for Teaching Excellence in Career & Technical Education

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    José Santos Frayre, Polytechnic High School

    Devon Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Science

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    Jay Kurima, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences

    Kroger Chair for Teaching Excellence in Special Education

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    Lisa Attaway, Bruce Shulkey Elementary School

    Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Reading

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    Carlee Byrd, Burton Hill Elementary School

    Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Math

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    Sarah Martin, M.H. Moore Elementary School

    Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Science

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    Jennifer Mitchell, Westcliff Elementary School

    Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary STEM

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    Kenyail C. Carr, Meadowbrook Middle School

    Sewell Lexus & Infiniti of Fort Worth Chair for Teaching Excellence in Humanities

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    Cecilia N. Sanchez Hill, TCC South/FWISD Collegiate

    TTI, Inc. Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Math

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    Jennifer Northern, Southwest High School

    XTO Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood Education

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    Gómez, John T. White Leadership Academy

     

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  • Power outages impact FWISD facilities

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 10/26/2017

    Fort Worth ISD is experiencing intermittent an power outage at the Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center today.

    Throughout the day, other FWISD facilities have reported intermittent power outages that have been resolved.

    According to Oncor, the multiple outages are impacting areas of the city but are expected to be resolved later this afternoon. To view the areas affected, visit Oncor Outage Map

    Please be patient with us as we work through this inconvenience.

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  • Donations Needed for United Way Campaign

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 10/24/2017

    No matter the amount, your donation to the United Way of Tarrant County can make a difference.

    Online donations from Fort Worth ISD employees are being accepted through Oct. 27.United Way logo

    Making an online contribution is simple and takes no time to complete. Donation instructions were recently distributed to Fort Worth ISD employees in an email sent by the United Way with a message from Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. Employees are encouraged to check their clutter and junk mail folders if the message can’t be found in their inboxes.

    In 2016, United Way funded more than $1.25 million grants to Fort Worth ISD that supported literacy programs for elementary students, activities that helped middle school students identify their career aspirations and programs that prepared high school students for college and careers.

    Fort Worth ISD has a $265,000 fundraising goal for United Way. In 2016, nearly $200,000 was raised. 

    Employees are encouraged to note the following dates to donate:

    • Online giving – Oct. 10-27;
    • On-site campus collections- Oct. 30-Nov. 3;
    • On-site collections at the Administration and Professional Development Center (PDC) offices- Nov. 3

    Contact Cindy Ybarra at cindy.ybarra@fwisd.org or call 817-814-3350 for additional information.

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  • EHHS Celebrates Homecoming with Parade

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 10/24/2017

    Highlander pride is on full display.

    Revelers made a more than 1.5-mile trek from Meadowbrook Elementary School to Eastern Hills High School in the high school’s annual homecoming parade, Saturday, Oct. 22. Parade supporters included students, alumni, families, community members, local businesses, the Fort Worth police and fire departments, Code Blue, the Eastern Hills High School Alumni Support Association and the W. Meadowbrook and Eastern Hills neighborhood associations.

    The Eastside Alliance organized the parade.    EHHS homecoming parade

     “It was probably the best homecoming parade I've been a part of,” said Charles Hodges, director of the Fort Worth ISD Eastside Alliance Community partnership. “Everyone was smiling ear to ear and having a great time.”

    Homecoming festivities continue at 7 p.m. Thursday when the Highlanders face the Polytechnic High School Parrots at Scarborough-Handley Field, 6201 Craig St. in Fort Worth. Joey Floyd, an accomplished professional musician, will be posthumously inducted into the Eastern Hills High School Distinguished Alumnus Hall of Fame at halftime. Mr. Floyd 47, died in 2016 after a lengthy cancer battle. His wife, Lauren Wright Floyd, is expected to accept the award on his behalf.

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