From the Principal's Desk

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts

Welcome Back from Student Council

Our Student Council created a video entitled "StuCo presents: FWAFA Back to In-School Learning" welcoming students back to the school building. Enjoy!

Video Link

Student Council Special Election

FWAFA Student Council is holding a special election to fill two open positions on the Executive Committee. Current FWAFA high school students who are interested should contact Ms. Mueller (karen.mueller@fwafa.org), Mrs. Smith (lisa.smith@fwafa.org), or any member of StuCo for questions. The online application and recommendation submission deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 15. The all FWAFA student body election will be held online Sept. 29-30.


The open positions are:


Student Committee Chairperson:

· Keeps a list of all sanctioned clubs and organizations, as well as maintains a schedule/calendar of when their meetings are held.

· Assists clubs and student organizations communicate with the administration, find opportunities, or help with anything deemed necessary by the club, Student Council, or administration.

· Ensures the presidents of clubs (or representatives) and other student organizations attend at least one Student Council meeting per six weeks to give updates about the activities of the clubs.

· Ensures that clubs communicate their ideas and wants to the administration with ample time to prevent last minute decisions from the clubs and other student organizations.


Community Liaison:

· Plans and holds events for students that may bolster communication, school spirit, or any key values of the Student Council.

· Looks for opportunities outside of FWAFA for students to participate in.

· Ensures that the student body knows what is going on within the FWAFA community and public.

· Informs the student body reporter of students doing outside activities for submission to a newsletter.

· Ensures that a newsletter is received by all of the students.


Application form

Recommendation form to give teachers

At-Home Learning Attendance Policy

Per Texas Education Code (TEC), 25.092, students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered (with some exceptions) in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or be promoted to the next grade level. This requirement remains in force during the 2020-2021 school year.


Students will demonstrate attendance when learning in the At-Home Learning model by responding to the Attendance Check question in Google Classroom each day.


The Attendance Check question will open in Google Classroom at 8:00 a.m. and will close at 11:59 p.m. each day.



Elementary students (3-6) will demonstrate being present to their first academic rotation teacher.


Secondary students (7-12) will demonstrate being present to the classes that they have that day on the modified block schedule.


  • On Mondays, students will answer Attendance Check questions for all 8 classes.
  • On Tuesday/Thursdays, students will answer Attendance Check questions for their odd classes.
  • On Wednesday/Fridays, students will answer Attendance Check questions for their even classes.

In-School Learning and At-Home Learning Information

All students who choose In-School Learning will report to school on Tuesday, October 13, at 8:00 a.m. with dismissal at 3:45 p.m.


Unless our school is required to close by the Texas Education Agency, we will offer both In-School and At-Home Learning models for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.


If you would like to change your commitment from one learning environment to another, this can be done by emailing me (jennifer.jackson@fwafa.org) two weeks prior to the end of each grading period.


The deadlines to make a change for each six weeks are as follows:


2nd six weeks - September 11

3rd six weeks - October 23

4th six weeks - December 4

5th six weeks - February 5

6th six weeks - March 26


In the coming weeks, I will be sharing more detailed information on the routines and procedures that we will follow to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 when students, teachers, and staff return to the building. This will include procedures for daily symptom screening, arrival, dismissal, cafeteria and lunch procedures, face coverings, in-class procedures, shared supplies, procedures for fine arts and PE classes, etc.


Likewise, I will also be sharing more detailed information about how At-Home Learning will transition to a predominantly asynchronous model, support for students from our online mentors, curriculum resources we will be using, etc.

Transition Plan for In-School Success

We will phase in groups of students over a 3 week period to transition from our 100% At-Home Learning plan to In-School Learning and practice the TCAA Back-To-School Health processes and procedures that are being put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.


Students who choose In-School Learning on the Back to School Commitment form who are showing a lack of attendance or academic progress in the online environment based on their progress report, on a Section 504 plan or Individualized Education program, or have extenuating circumstances will be notified by the school by September 11 that they will report to school on September 21 and continue with In-School Learning until the end of the school year.


To clarify, this group of students will join us for all three weeks of the transition period and then continue on with In-School Learning for the remainder of the year. If a family needs to change their commitment form to At-Home Learning at some point during the year, we ask that requests be emailed to me on or before the due date (two weeks prior to the end of each six weeks).


Students whose last names begin with letters A-L will come to In-School Learning from September 28 to October 2. Students whose last names begin with letters M-Z will come to In-School Learning from October 5 to October 9.


During these 3 transition weeks, all students (both In-School and At-Home) will continue to follow the Asynchronous Learning plan with Zoom meetings starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring their own technology device as we have checked out all of our devices at this time.


Students in grades 3 and 4 will eat lunch at their regularly scheduled time from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Students in grades 5 to 12 will eat lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. During this transition time, students will need to bring a ready-to-eat lunch (and snacks) and water bottle. Food may not be shared with other students.


Asynchronous Academic and Fine Arts Flex time will continue at its regular time during the day. For grades 3 and 4, this is from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and for grades 5-12, this is from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


More information about how In-School Learning and At-Home Learning will be implemented will be shared in the coming weeks through this newsletter and FaceBook Live presentations on September 14 and September 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Back to School Nights - Transitioning to In-School Learning

For students who are transitioning to In-School Learning during the 3-week phase in process beginning September 21, we will hold Back-to-School nights that will provide an opportunity for students and families to walk the building to understand where all of their classes are located and for middle and high school students to be issued a locker and practice opening the locker. These Back-To-School Nights are as follows:


Monday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. - Back to School with TCAA on FaceBook Live. Our Interim President/CEO Dr. Thomson and Interim Superintendent/CAO Dr. Vaughan will discuss measures the district will take to prevent the COVID-19 virus from entering the school and practices that have been put in place to respond in the event that we have a test-confirmed case in the school.


Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. - Back to School with Dr. Jackson on FaceBook Live. I will outline the procedures and routines that we will follow to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus and provide an opportunity for students and families to ask questions about our health plans.


Back-To-School Nights - We ask that students and families adhere to the current Tarrant County health order and wear a mask.


Wednesday, September 16


6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Grades 3 and 4

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Grades 7, 8, and 9


Thursday, September 17


6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Grades 5 and 6

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Grades 10, 11, and 12

Shot Records and Medical Forms Needed

Please send your student's shot records to Nurse Kay Armstrong at kay.armstrong@fwafa.org


The following records are needed:

  • All NEW students immunization record
  • 7th graders’ Updated immunization record with required Tdap and Meningococcal


For students who begin In-School Learning during our transition period starting September 21, we also need the following medical forms:

  • Medical Certification (complete with physician’s signature)/Travel/Medical Release
  • Parent/Physician request for Administration of Medication Request by School Personnel

In-School Learning: Dress Code Requirements

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and its performing groups are uniformed organizations. The following provides general guidelines for all students; however, each performing group or artistic discipline may have more specific dress code standards.


Students and their families are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of their chosen disciplines. In addition to the school uniform, additional uniform items, costumes and luggage may be required depending on a student’s fine arts group.


The Dress Code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, minimize safety hazards, and create a sense of equality and unity on our campus. Uniform compliance is a positive learning experience for students involved in professional training and will help individual students learn specific responsibilities.


Once a student is enrolled in school, he/she should obtain the required uniform items.


Students are expected to be in dress code beginning the first day of school. Violations in dress code will result in a Silent Lunch Detention.


Standards of Dress


Shoes


Students must wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes, clean and in good condition, no heels over 2 inches, no flip-flops, sandals, slippers, moccasins, or steel-toed boots


Spirit Dress Days


Every Friday is Spirit Dress Day. Throughout the year, we also have Free Dress Days.


  • Spirit dress consists of standard blue colored blue jeans in good condition without holes, or other approved uniform bottoms worn with the 2020-2021 FWAFA Spirit Shirt.

  • On half-days at the end of each six-week period, students are allowed to wear any FWAFA spirit shirt.

  • Free dress consists of clothing of the student’s choice, as long as it is in keeping with the standards set by the dress code. Length of clothing and coverage of the body must be consistent with uniform standards of dress. Students and families will be notified of dates for Free Dress through JupiterEd. sult in a silent lunch detention.



Tops


  • Red or blue Flynn O’Hara Uniform FWAFA-logoed polo shirt

  • White or light blue uniform oxford shirt with button-down collar, short or long- sleeved

  • FWAFA sweatshirts, cardigans, or hoodies sold through FWAFA or Flynn O’Hara Uniforms and worn over a dress code shirt



Bottoms


  • Flynn O’Hara Uniform plaid skirt no shorter than two inches above the knee

  • Flynn O’Hara Uniform plaid jumper that comes to the top of the knee (worn with oxford shirt)

  • Khaki pants or shorts no shorter than two inches above the knee with a black or brown belt or khaki skirt



Overall Appearance


  • Students must show respect for the academic environment by being well-groomed while attending school or school-related functions.

  • FWAFA uniforms will be worn in a clean and neat manner.

  • Students shall not wear any clothing or accessories that distract from or interfere with the education of themselves or others or is in any way disruptive to the learning environment.

  • Shirts must be worn tucked in at all times.

  • Visible undershirts must be white.

  • Apparel other than designated school uniforms is not to be worn at school unless the principal gives special permission to do so.

Juniors: Two Dates Announced for PSAT

CollegeBoard has recently announced that a second date is available to administer the PSAT/NMSQT test. The two dates are Thursday, October 29, 2020 and Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

11th graders have the opportunity to take the test one time on either date. The January 2021 administration will have the same benefits as the October PSAT/NMSQT, including eligibility for programs administed by National Merit Scholarship Corporation. More information on how to register for the test on either date will be sent to 11th graders and their families this week.


9th and 10th graders will be able to take the test on January 26. Information on how to register for that date will be communicated in October.

Online Performances

This year our online performances will be available to our families and community for FREE, from anywhere. Events will vary in format. Some will be pre-recorded and some will be livestreamed. We will also host live introductions and panel discussions from our students and faculty before the shows. We will accept donations during all online performances to help cover costs of staffing, production, and technology for each show.


TCAA is proud of our Fine Arts faculty for their creativity and innovation, but most of all for their dedication to our students. They have worked hard all summer to ensure we could still provide quality fine arts instruction and productions to our families. The best way to show your appreciation and help support our students is by Making a Donation to Texas Center for Arts + Academics.


Don't miss the first performance of the year: Student Choreography Concert | September 18th

Artsathon: TCAA Through the Ages

We are excited to kick off our 75th Anniversary Celebration with Artsathon: TCAA Through the Ages, a virtual time capsule of our past, celebration of our present, and announcements and discussion to get us excited about the future of our organization. From the first rehearsal of the Denton Civic Boys Choir in 1946, which laid the foundation for Texas Boys Choir, Inc., to growing and evolving to where we are today, Texas Center for Arts + Academics has always supported the talents and creativity of our students.


This year, we learned that even when we cannot perform in person, the show must go on! Artsathon: Live! was a tremendous success this spring, and we couldn't wait to bring it back! We invite you to join in the celebration by participating, watching, and helping us meet our goal.


This fundraiser will serve as the final cap to our annual fundraising drive, and there will be opportunities throughout the evening to support the great work of the schools, premiere choirs, and programs. Tune in on Facebook Live Sunday, September 27th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for performances from current TCAA families, faculty, and alumni, interviews, announcements, and prizes throughout the evening!


Make sure you “Like” the Texas Center for Arts + Academics Facebook Page and invite your friends and family to the Artsathon: TCAA Through the Ages Event on Facebook so everyone can tune-in to see your segment. Thank you for helping us make this a successful and fun event!

Clayton After-School Care

When we begin to transition back to In-School learning, Clayton Afterschool will be our after-school provider. Please visit their website at www.claytonyouth.org to find more information about their program and secure your child’s spot.
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