From the Principal's Desk

August 29, 2022

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Greetings FWAFA Family,


I am so proud to announce that we have 3 students who have earned College Board recognition for their academic achievements in school and outstanding performance on the PSAT and/or AP exams.


They have accomplished these milestones during an immensely demanding period of their high school career. We couldn't be more delighted to share this great news.


The following students have been awarded recognition:

Alexandra Hill: National African American Recognition Award, National Hispanic Recognition Award

Layla Williams: National African American Recognition Award

Taylor Harris: National African American Recognition Award


Next week is Howdy Week! Be sure to see the details below about what to wear on each day and the fun after-school activities on Friday, September 9.


Also, we have had a staffing change in the cafeteria and are in need of a Cafeteria Manager. If you are interested and would like more details, please contact our HR Specialist, Mica Wolf, at mica.wolf@artsacademics.org. We are also looking for available substitutes and bus drivers. Come join us. It's the happiest place on Earth!


Creatively yours,


Dr. Jackson

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Howdy Week

Tuesday - Tacky Tourist Tuesday (Dress up as a tacky tourist with your favorite Hawaiian shirt and a pair of binoculars!)


Wednesday - Walt Disney Wednesday (Dress up as your favorite Disney character!)


Thursday - Throwback Thursday (Give us a throwback into your favorite decade!)


Friday - Field Day Friday (Get your creative juices flowing and dress up as a cheerleader, a football player, or perhaps show your support to your favorite sports team!)


On Friday, September 9th, the Senior Class will also be hosting a Doo-Dah (grades 3rd-6th), a Middle School Dance (grades 7th-8th), and a High School Dance (grades 9th-12th). Come party with the Seniors!


We will have online payment for dance and Doo Dah by September 1 (hopefully sooner)

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Are you ready for Howdy Week fun on September 9th?


Get excited and come party with the seniors at our Field Day Doo-Dah and MS + HS Friday Night Lights Dances!


The Doo-Dah will feature various outdoor Field Day games as well as Just Dance, a rest area, and dinner + snacks inside!


The MS + HS Dances will be Friday Night Lights themed with snacks, drinks, and dancing! Come join the class of ’23 for our annual Howdy Dances!


PRICES:

$10 - Online


$15 - At the door


TIMES:

Doo-Dah - 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.


MS Dance - 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.


HS Dance - 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.


Links to purchase admission:


Doo-Dah


MS Dance


HS Dance

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Come join us in person at the FWAFA Student Choreography Concert, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.!


Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 or more per person. Your donation will help support FWAFA Dance's trip to the National High School Dance Festival in Pittsburgh, PA!


Student Choreography Concert features performances choreographed and performed by FWAFA elementary, middle, and high school students! In addition, this concert will also feature solos performed by Dance Endorsement Seniors to commemorate their final year with FWAFA Dance.


This is a family friendly performance with something for everyone. Come see the first FWAFA performance of the 2022-2023 school year!

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Picture Day Details

The student's name that will be in the yearbook is the name that is listed as his/her/their "legal" name.


If your child prefers a different name, you can email Ryan.wiggins@fwafa.org and let her know to change it for the yearbook. Your child can also let the yearbook helpers or the photographer know, and we will change it on the notecards they hold up while taking their picture.


3rd-11th grade will be photographed in their school uniforms. No sweatshirts or fleece jackets allowed in pictures.


12th graders - these are your silly pictures for ID's only. You can wear whatever you want, including hats, etc. You must be in dress code the remainder of the day.


If you have any questions, you can email Ryan.wiggins@fwafa.org

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Volunteer with PTSO

Our FWAFA PTSO does so much to support our school everyday. Sign up here to volunteer throughout the year at various events.
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Did you miss our table at all the fun events over the last week or so?


We have you covered!


Follow this link to join our amazing team!


Levels of Membership:

Single student membership with free FWAFA directory - $10


Single adult membership with free FWAFA directory - $20


Family memberships:

Family Membership #1 - 1 directory and 1 PTSO shirt - $50

Family Membership #2 - 1 directory and 2 PTSO shirts - $70

Family Membership #3 - 1 directory and 3 PTSO shirts - $100


Please let us know if you have any questions! We are excited to meet all our new members!


The grade level that has the most membership by September 30 will be awarded a pizza party! Join now!

MySchoolBucks is Working in the Cafeteria

Thank you for your patience as we migrated to a new cafeteria accounting system at the beginning of the school year. MySchoolBucks is now up and running. If you have not yet added funds to your students accounts, please do so this week.


To access the website, you can go to our Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts website. Go to Resources. Click on Cafeteria. Then it will take you to the site. To search for our school, please enter Texas Center for Arts and Academics as the district.


If you have questions, please reach out to Dr. Jackson at jennifer.jackson@fwafa.org.

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Christine Carter Visits FWAFA

Join us September 13, at 7:00 p.m. immediately following the General Meeting as PTSO presents an Interview with Dr. Christine Carter the author of The NEW Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction.


This event will be streamed so attendees can attend both live or online. This event is open to the public. Please use the link below to RSVP, so we can accommodate our families first.


There will be limited spots so please RSVP early. This event is free and the book will be available for purchase through the PTSO. A special raffle will be held for those registered as in-person attendees.


https://forms.gle/Hnavu91JmRwreDzG7


Don't miss it! The event will be both insightful for parents and adolescents. More details will follow through the FWAFA PTSO Instagram, Facebook Page, and emailed to the recipients who RSVP.

PTSO Updates Bylaws


Please click the link to view the proposed updates to the PTSO Bylaws for the 22-23 school year.


Updates are highlighted.


https://bit.ly/ptsobylaws2223

Logging Into Your @mytcaa.org Google Account

If you are new to FWAFA, part of the enrollment process is for us to create a @mytcaa.org Google account for you. The login is your first name (period) last name @ mytcaa.org.


When you login for the first time, your password is Finearts2022. Then it will prompt you to change your password.


For returning students, your login and password are the same as when you left in May. If you cannot remember your password, you can reset it yourself.

Elementary Red/Blue Day Calendar

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Spirit Shirts: Final Day to Order - Friday, September 2

FWAFA Spirit and Outerwear is on sale now!


Please use the link below to view the list of products and links/QR codes to purchase them online.


All Spirit and Outerwear Orders/Payments must be submitted no later than Friday, September 2.

Order Here.


Outerwear and Fleeces will be delivered in late September to early October.

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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Introduced in Elementary Classes

Elementary students will begin social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum through Edgenuity next week, beginning September 6th!


Mrs. Reese, our elementary/middle school counselor, will facilitate the first few lessons to establish community within the classroom. From there, teachers will take over facilitating the lessons.


All of the SEL lessons are aligned with the CASEL framework that includes lessons on Self Awareness, Self Management, Responsible Decision Making, Relationship Skills, and Social Awareness.

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After-School Conservatory Classes

TCA+A offers after school classes in Dance, Music, and Visual Arts that provide a great way for your student to add to their artistic training. Classes happen after school on both the TeSA and FWAFA campuses.


Click HERE to see class schedules, tuition prices, details, and the link to register.


For any additional questions please contact Sheyna Ferraro at sheyna.ferraro@artsacademics.org.

Safety Drills

In order to comply with the Governor's requirement following the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, all Texas schools must schedule their emergency drills prior to the start of the 2022-2023 school year and ensure that school staff are trained to implement the appropriate safety procedures.


Under state law, Texas schools are required to conduct a minimum of ten safety drills per school year:

  • One secure drill
  • Two lockdown drills (one per semester)
  • One evacuation drill
  • One shelter-in-place for hazmat drill
  • One shelter-in-place for severe weather drill
  • A minimum of four fire safety drills (at least two per semester, or more if recommended by the local fire safety marshal)


We had our first fire drill today, and I am so proud of our students. Everyone followed directions well and remained on Code 1 throughout the drill. We were able to evacuate the building in 3 minutes and 43 seconds. Our goal is to evacuate the building in 3 minutes or less. Way to go, FWAFA!


Next week, we will have a lock-down drill. Lockdown is used when there is a threat inside the school building. For example, a wrong person entered, a weapon report, or something worse such as an armed intruder or some other threat inside the building.


We use the Standard Response Protocol from the I Love You Guys Foundation. It is based on five actions that we take during an incident or an emergency. These are Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, and Shelter. Each action is followed by a directive. Every action then has specific instructions of what to do in an emergency.


We will talk to students during assembly and in class about what a lockdown drill is and its purpose in a developmentally appropriate way using the materials from the I Love You Guys Foundation.


If you have questions about the drills, please email jennifer.jackson@fwafa.org.

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Attendance Notes to attendance@fwafa.org

If your student is tardy or absent, please send notes to attendance@fwafa.org. Also, a student needs to bring in a doctor or parent note within 3 days after the absence for an unexcused absence.

Mark Your Calendar!

Wednesday, August 31 - Picture Day in uniforms, National Honor Society Blood Drive


Thursday, September 1 - Picture Day in uniforms


Monday, September 5 - Labor Day - School Holiday


Tuesday, September 6 - Howdy Week Begins (See details above).


Wednesday, September 7 - Campus Tour for Prospective Family, Progress Reports Distributed


Thursday, September 8 - High School Musical Auditions - 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Friday, September 9 - Howdy Doo Dah - 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Middle School Howdy Dance - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Cafeteria) - High School Howdy Dance - 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Auditorium)

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