Fort Worth ISD | "Did You Know?"

Week of December 8 - December 14

FWISD SURVEY WELCOMES FEEDBACK REGARDING DISTRICT CLIMATE, CULTURE

The Fort Worth ISD wants to know: how are we doing?


From December 2-20, District students, staff, parents and the community at large are asked to participate in the 2019-2020 Stakeholders’ Climate Survey. The poll, which takes an average 15 minutes to complete, allows stakeholders the opportunity to offer anonymous feedback on the District’s climate and culture, what’s working well and where they perceive gaps or opportunities for improvement.


And for the first time, students, teachers, principals and parents at the secondary school level may offer feedback about their child’s classes and school day schedules. They will be asked to assess things such as content, student interest.


Make your voice heard! Take a few moments to participate in the survey at www.fwisd.org/2019survey. Remember: the deadline is December 20.


Have additional questions? Please contact the Grants Compliance and Monitoring Department at 817-814-1850 or send an email to Askeval@fwisd.org.

TEXAS GOVERNOR APPOINTS BROOKINS TO STATE COMMISSION

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Fort Worth ISD Board of Education Trustee Daphne Brookins to serve a three-year term on the six-member OneStar National Service Commission.


The appointment, announced Wednesday, December 4 by Gov. Abbott, marks Ms. Brookins’ third assignment serving on the commission since 2013. The commission is the “state’s liaison to the Corporation for National and Community Service” and is responsible for preparing an annual three-year national service plan for the state as well as overseeing the Rebuild Texas Fund, which assists Texans recovering from Hurricane Harvey, according to a media release issued by the governor’s office. Her term on the commission is through March 15, 2022.

HS STAAR EXAMS SET FOR DECEMBER 10-13

Fort Worth ISD will join schools across the state in administering high school STAAR End of Course exams, December 10-13.


Parents can help their children prepare for performing well on State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams by:


  • Making sure they get a good night’s rest
  • Offering them a healthy and nutritious breakfast
  • Making sure they dress comfortably, complying with Fort Worth ISD dress code
  • Encourage that they think positively about the test and their abilities
  • Remind them to review their work for mistakes


Visitors on most school campuses are prohibited during testing week. Parents will be allowed to visit their child’s school but may not come to classrooms or the school cafeteria during the week of testing. Contact your high school campus for additional details.

NAVY CYBER SECURITY EXPERT JOINS THE FWISD WALL OF FAME

The former commanding officer of the U.S. Navy’s Cyber Defense Operations was inducted into the Fort Worth ISD Wall of Fame on Friday, December 6, 2019. Retired Navy Capt. Roy S. Petty (Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, 1976) devoted his career to meeting technological challenges that threaten America’s prosperity and liberty. He also co-founded the U.S. Naval War College’s Center for Cyber Conflict Studies. Captain Petty’s successes earned him prestigious awards and recognitions.


Petty will join more than 180 other accomplished and influential alumni on the tribute wall that recognizes extraordinarily accomplished and influential FWISD alumni.

FWISD TEACHING CHAIR REFLECTS ON THE POWER OF INCLUSION

FWISD Teaching Chairs Caldwell 2019

Kroger Chair for Teaching Excellence in Special Education


As an inclusion teacher at Fort Worth ISD’s Westcliff Elementary School, Lauren Caldwell works with all students – those who are non-disabled right alongside those with disabilities. In this short video, hear why Ms. Caldwell calls it a powerful combination.

FWISD TEACHING CHAIR MAKES P.E. CLASS A GREAT PLACE TO PLAY AND LEARN

FWISD Teaching Chairs Greenwood 2019

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


Health and physical education teacher Mark Greenwood wants his students at Fort Worth ISD’s Westcliff Elementary School to start early making wise decisions concerning their safety and wellness.

APPLY TODAY FOR GOLD SEAL PROGRAMS, SCHOOLS OF CHOICE

FWISD Choices Expo 2019
Apply today for Fort Worth ISD’s 2020-2021 Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice. Applications are being accepted online through 5 p.m. Friday, December 13.


Gold Seal representatives will host Application Help Date events from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. December 12-13 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center where families can complete online Gold Seal applications and ask questions about the process.


Families are also encouraged to reach out to their campus counselors and College and Career Readiness coordinators for assistance.


For more details, view the 2020-21 Gold Seal catalog, visit www.fwisd.org/choice or call the Gold Seal office at 817-814-2584.

DAGGETT MS DEBUTS HEALTHY FOOD PANTRY

Daggett Middle School cut the ribbon on a healthy food pantry recently, offering families fresh fruits, vegetables and other nutritious options.


This unique school pantry, one of the first of its kind in the Fort Worth ISD, is made possible through a partnership between Blue Zones Project- Fort Worth, Fidelity Investments and the Tarrant Area Food Bank. TAFB will stock the area with healthy food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, and will also lead nutrition lessons for parents at the campus.


Families will have opportunities to shop the pantry on designated days after school.


The new pantry addresses food access for Daggett Middle School families who face food insecurity and affordability issues, according to pantry partners.


For more details about the new food pantry at Daggett Middle, call the school at 817-814-5200.

TAKE PRECAUTIONARY STEPS TO STAY HEALTHY THIS FLU SEASON

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The Fort Worth ISD is urging employees, students and families to take steps for staying healthy this flu season.


Flu season generally peaks in January and February.


It is not too late to get a flu shot. The vaccine could still help reduce the number of people who might otherwise contract the virus as well as reduce symptoms for those who do contract it.


Despite all precautions, people will get sick. When that happens the best course of action is to seek the advice of your healthcare provider and stay at home until 24 hours after any fever subsides. Your classmates and co-workers will appreciate your consideration in this regard.


Check out the Tarrant County Public Health website which contains a lot of information on other preventive measures including a list of where to get a flu shot.