From the Principal's Desk

April 5, 2021

Greetings FWAFA Family,


Hope everyone had a great long weekend! I can't even believe it, but Monday begins the first week of the last six weeks of school. We only have 38 days left of the 2020-2021 school year. Of those 38 days, 2 days are half days, 19 are test days, and 4 are "asynchronous learning" days. Put on your seatbelts! It's going to be a quick ride to the end!


If you haven't had an opportunity yet, don't miss the National Art Honor Society show video and And Now... The 70s! as both are absolutely spectacular!


Creatively yours,


Dr. Jackson

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Picture Proofs

1.Please remember that the deadline for letting Ms. Wiggins know what pose you want for the yearbook is Friday, April 9. Please email her Ryan.wiggins@fwafa.org your child’s full name, grade level, and pose A or B.


2. Please don’t forget to order your child’s pictures online using the unique website and password. If you never received your child’s proof, you can contact the photographer gilbertphotography.tx@gmail.com to find out how to view your pictures online.


3. Retakes will be available, but Ms. Wiggins will need students to return their paper proof with the retake box checked no later than April 9. The photographer needs the proof in order to have the child explain what is wrong and how to fix it. Ms. Wiggins will email everyone who requests a retake the date for retakes next week.

Yearbooks On Sale Now!

1. Go to this direct link https://www.balfour.com/texas/fort-worth/fort-worth-academy-of-fine-arts

to order your yearbook. They are only available to purchase online.


2. Order quickly! We sell out every year!


3. They will be full color - 144 pages and $58.00. The yearbook will cover elementary, middle, and high school performances and events!


4. There will be options to order extra autograph pages, a protective cover, and a yearzine.


5. Due to COVID and in order to have enough content, we pushed back the yearbook distribution to late summer. The exact date that they will be passed out has not been determined yet, but I will keep everyone posted. We know it's not as much fun to get them after school is over, but please don't let that get in the way of ordering a book. This will be a year to remember! We worked really hard to get this book done during this crazy time!


6. Normally everything that happens after spring break isn’t included. This year, Ms. Wiggins will get to include many things that are happening after spring break which is very exciting!


7. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE GOING ON SALE! They were not available to purchase at the first of the year.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Ryan Wiggins - Yearbook Advisor.

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National Art Honor Society Art Show

The National Art Honor Society Show is up in our gallery and the student work from members of the art honor society is impressive!


The President of our school chapter, Avery TeSelle, and the Secretary Emma Howell share highlights of the work featured in the show in this video. The video was filmed and edited by fellow student Miles Baker. Here's a link to the video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5WhgP9WJ54

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To reserve your tickets for And Now... The 70s! Click here.
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April 9 - TCA+A Gala

You’re invited to “The Greatest Show in Fort Worth”! Join us for a special evening, 75 years in the making, supporting our beloved schools and programs. This virtual event features more than a dozen performances from Broadway and Fort Worth stars, special guests, and a retrospective look back on the rich history of Texas Center for Arts + Academics.

Get your free tickets here!

Adventures in Color: Tickets On-Sale Saturday, April 10

The Singing Girls of Texas cordially invites you to our in-person reveal of Adventures in Color on Saturday, May 15, on the FWAFA Green Space! We will have a "Color Festival" before the streaming concert event from 6:30-8:00 p.m. with food trucks, balloon animals, art projects, and games! The reveal will happen on the silver screen at 8:30 p.m. after a live Q&A and special performance with combined singers of SGT and TBC!


There are two ticket options: 'picnic-pods' and 'lawn-chair pods'. All the pods will seat a max of 5 people and will be $20 a pod (the pods are 6x6 and spread out across the green space and pavement). Seats are limited so please make sure you grab a ticket when they go live on our website on April 10. If you'd prefer to watch it online, it will stream May 15-22.

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Part of the Texas Center for Arts + Academics Performing Arts Series, Texas Boys Choir presents a virtual spring concert titled From Darkness, We RISE. The repertoire performed by TBC Tour Choir, Young Men’s Ensemble, and Training Choir will focus on the hardships and tragedies the world has faced due to the pandemic over the past year while also offering a message of hope, resilience, and healing.


After a long wait, we are very excited to be able to bring our audience back together on the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Green Space (limited seating available) for a screening of this incredible performance.


From Darkness, We RISE will also be streaming online, April 22-29, at ArtsAcademics.org/LIVE.


Tickets are on sale now at http://bit.ly/tbcRISE21.

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Spring STAAR and Asynchronous Learning Dates

Asynchronous means that students will be learning from home that day. They will answer their Attendance Check questions in order to be marked present for the day. There will be no Zooms on Asynchronous Learning Days.


3rd Grade

Tuesday, May 11 - STAAR 3rd grade Math (on paper)

Wednesday, May 12 - STAAR 3rd grade Reading (on paper)

Thursday, May 13 - All 3rd graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Friday, May 14 - All 3rd graders Asynchronous (At-Home)


4th Grade

Tuesday, April 6 - STAAR 4th grade Writing (on paper)

Tuesday, May 11 - STAAR 4th grade Math (on paper)

Wednesday, May 12 - STAAR 4th grade Reading (on paper)

Thursday, May 13 - All 4th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Friday, May 14 - All 4th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)


5th Grade

Tuesday, May 11 - STAAR 5th grade Math (on paper)

Wednesday, May 12 - STAAR 5th grade Reading (on paper)

Thursday, May 13 - STAAR 5th grade Science (on paper)

Friday, May 14 - All 5th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)


6th Grade

Tuesday, May 11 - STAAR 6th grade Math (on paper)

Wednesday, May 12 - All 6th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Thursday, May 13 - All 6th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Friday, May 14 - STAAR 6th grade Reading (on computer at school)


7th Grade

Tuesday, April 27 - STAAR 7th grade Writing (on computer at school)

Tuesday, May 11 - All 7th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Wednesday, May 12 - All 7th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Thursday, May 13 - STAAR 7th grade Reading (on computer at school)

Friday, May 14 - STAAR 7th grade Math (on computer at school)


8th Grade

Tuesday, May 11 - All 8th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Wednesday, May 12 - All 8th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Thursday, May 13 - STAAR 8th grade Social Studies (on computer at school)

Friday, May 14 - All 8th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Tuesday, May 18 - STAAR 8th grade Science (on computer at school)

Thursday, May 20 - STAAR 8th grade Reading (on computer at school)

Friday, May 21 - STAAR 8th grade Math (on computer at school)


High School End-of-Course Assessments

Tuesday, April 20 - English I (on computer at school)

Thursday, April 29 - English II (on computer at school)

Tuesday, May 4 - Algebra I (on paper)

Monday, May 17 - Biology (on computer at school)

Wednesday, May 19 - U.S. History (on computer at school)


High School Asynchronous (At-Home) Learning Days

Tuesday, May 11

Wednesday, May 12

Thursday, May 13

Friday, May 14

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Interested dancers that will be in grades 7-12 next year (current 6th-11th graders) are invited to audition for the Academy Dance Company and the Academy Dance Company Trainees on Friday, April 9!

You MUST sign up by March 31 in order to audition for either company.

For more information about the companies, this year's audition process, and to sign up for your audition, please see the following notices:

ADCT (for upcoming 7th and 8th grade dancers)

ADC (for upcoming 9th-12th grade dancers)

If after reading the audition notices you still have questions, please email ADC and ADCT Director, Krista Langford, krista.langford@fwafa.org

Attention: At-Home Learners Interested in The Texas Boys Choir

If you are an at-home learner and you would like to be considered for Texas Boys Choir Training Choir (grades 3-4), Texas Boys Choir Troubadours (grades 7-12), or Texas Boys Choir Tour Choir (grades 5-12), please sign-up for a Zoom audition time after school between April 5-9 with TBC Artistic Director, Dr. Jonathan Ledger, at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4DAAAA2BA2FDC16-20212022.


Please carefully read all directions on the Sign-Up Genius page as there is a link to an Audition Form that must be completed prior to your audition, as well as a link to an audio file you will need to download with which you will vocalize during your audition. There is also a link to a Teacher Recommendation Form that needs to be completed by two of your current and/or past teachers by April 5 if you would like to be considered for TBC Tour Choir. Dr. Ledger’s Zoom information is also located on the Sign-Up Genius page.

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Project Celebration Class of 2021 - Donations Needed!

The Project Celebration Committee is in high gear planning a one-of-a-kind event for the Class of 2021. You can support their efforts by donating today! Here's the link to their Amazon wish list. It includes a WIDE variety of gifts from flair pens and school supplies all the way to a Mac Book Air. And, here's a link to their Sign Up Genius with other items to donate.

PTSO Spring General Meeting: April 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Topic: Spring General Meeting

Time: Apr 13, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://sagora.zoom.us/j/9114229107?pwd=Qk5jYkJrbHphVGk1VlpWRlhyb0Vtdz09
One of our FWAFA high school students, Lynda Clayton, is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, and she is nearing the finish line. She has worked on developing a Suicide Awareness and Prevention Curriculum. She has developed curriculum materials and activities around various themes and is looking for volunteers to help her turn her text documents into visually appealing pamphlets and leaflets. She is also asking for help from teachers who would like to pilot some of the activities that she has written and provide feedback to her. If you are interested, please reach out to her. You can find her information on the graphic. Way to be a leader, Lynda! We wish you all the best in your endeavors!
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PTSO Family Ambassadors Needed for 2021-2022 School Year!

WANTED! PTSO Family Ambassadors for 2021-2022


It’s that time of year where the PTSO needs volunteers to help welcome new families to our school. We are looking for parents who will serve as a point of contact for a group of new families in each grade level to answer questions and help assist with their transition into FWAFA. We have a unique culture at FWAFA and we want new families to feel welcomed and be prepared for a great start. First impression is everything!


We will need six to eight Ambassadors for third grade (if you have an elementary student, you can help with this, or if you have an older student AND an incoming third grader), and one to two Ambassadors for other grade levels.


Expectations of a FWAFA Family Ambassador:

· Send a nice welcome email to your group

· It is optional to meet as a group (via Zoom or in person if restrictions lift)

· Be the face of FWAFA

· Be available to answer questions or help point them in the right direction

· Meet and Greet them at the Ice Cream Social for new families (in August)


Please consider this opportunity to welcome a new family. If you are interested, for grades 3-6, please email Jeannine Miner j9miner@gmail.com, for grades 7-12 Natoya Walker Alee nwalkeralee@yahoo.com. Please be sure to let us know what grade level you prefer to represent. We are so grateful for our amazing community of volunteers!

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Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday, April 6 - 4th Grade STAAR Writing


Thursday, April 8 - Last day for And Now... The 70s!


Friday, April 9 - End of the 5th Six Weeks; Early Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.; Kids Take Over the School; TCA+A Gala at 7:00 p.m.


Monday, April 12 - First Day of 6th Six Weeks


Tuesday, April 13 - School-Day SAT (11th grade and some 12th grade); PTSO Spring General Meeting via Zoom at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, April 15 - 7th Grade Theatre Showcase - link emailed through JupiterEd


Friday, April 16 - Report cards distributed during 8th period; At-Home Learners will be mailed following week; 8th Grade Theatre Showcase - link emailed through JupiterEd


Monday, April 20 - English I STAAR EOC


Thursday, April 22 - TBC Concert streams until April 29; Juried Art Show Opens until May 7


Tuesday, April 27 - 7th Grade STAAR Writing


Thursday, April 29 - English II STAAR EOC


Friday, April 30 - Revival Dance Company Concert streams until May 7

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