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Fort Worth Mayor to Visit School for “Word of the Week”

What: Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will visit campus to share her favorite book and a special vocabulary word as part of the school’s Word of the Week literacy initiative

Where: North Hi Mount Elementary School, 3801 West 7th Street, Fort Worth

When: Friday, December 15, 2017; 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Summary: Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will visit Fort Worth ISD’s North Hi Mount Elementary School on Friday, December 15 at 9 a.m. Mayor Price will read to kindergarten students from her favorite book and share a special vocabulary word, using the school public address system, as part of the school’s Word of the Week literacy initiative.  She will also visit several classrooms. 

North Hi Mount strives to build stronger readers and writers by equipping pre-K through 5th grade students with rigorous and challenging vocabulary words. 

In previous years, all vocabulary words were selected from the SAT word lists. This year, in order to mirror FWISD’s 100 X 25 FWTX goal and to create a buzz in the school’s library, teachers and staff are selecting a vocabulary word from a favorite book, which students are encouraged to then check out from the library.  Students earn recognition by using the word of the week in a sentence with teachers and staff.

“As a result of our Word of the Week literacy initiative our students are introduced every week to new vocabulary words that encourages them to continue to love reading,” said Principal Myrna Blanchard. “Research has shown a direct link between knowledge and use of vocabulary words with higher Lexile reading levels.”

Fort Worth ISD’s 100 X 25 FWTX plan sets a goal of 100% of third-graders reading on grade level or above by the year 2025.   Superintendent Kent P. Scribner is partnering with Mayor Price and BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose to lead the community-wide Read Fort Worth initiative. This collective impact strategy engages parents, grandparents, and caregivers as well as volunteers from the city’s business sector, higher education, non-profit organizations, and the faith-based community. 


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