Your weekly look at Fort Worth schools


Happy Tuesday from the Fort Worth Report, and it’s time for the School Report! This is your weekly newsletter of education news you can use. We will be in your inbox every Tuesday morning. From what to expect from Tuesday’s Fort Worth ISD school board meeting to how to start your child’s day with a good breakfast, here’s what you need to know about your schools.

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Your education tag team,
Reporters Jacob Sanchez & Kristen Barton


1

The Fort Worth ISD school board meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Teaching and Learning Center, 1050 Bridgewood Drive. Here are some key items to keep an eye on:

  • Trustees will consider approving contracts worth up to $66.3 million for architectural and engineering services for 2021 bond projects.
  • A renewal of an $84,375 contract for a security system that checks school visitors’ identifications and prints visitor badges.
  • Staff proposed buying an $854,500 math program for all elementary campuses that adapts to each student and will complement the district’s new math curriculum. Federal stimulus funds are proposed to cover the cost.
  • This will mark new Superintendent Angélica Ramsey’s first school board meeting as the district’s top administrator.

2

If your child is interested in learning about aerospace engineering, NASA has a program high school juniors can apply for by Oct. 20.

  • NASA’s Texas High School Aerospace Scholars helps create the next generation of Artemis explorers, missions that aim to put the first woman and person of color on the moon.
  • As part of the program, students learn about different Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields through online lessons and a week-long virtual summer experience. 
  • The online portions are free to participants.
  • For more information and to apply, visit www.nasa.gov/has

3

High school students in Fort Worth ISD need help preparing for job interviews.

  • The district is hosting a mock interview series throughout all of its high schools in October. Students will hone in their skills and could earn a scholarship if they make it to the third and final round of mock interviews.
  • When is it? Oct. 11-26. You can sign up here.
  • One more thing: If you have business clothes — such as ties, dress shirts, blouses, skirts, dresses, dress shoes and accessories — and don’t need them, donate them to a Fort Worth ISD high school campus. Donations can be dropped at any high school campus, and will be used for students in the mock interview series. Email vitallink@fwisd.org for information.

4

Kristen visited Cassata Catholic High School, where they’ve seen a significant increase in students with learning differences.

  • About 50% of students at the school experience some type of learning difference. The school’s small student-to-teacher ratio allows for more individualized learning plans for the students.
  • Cassata is a private school, so the systems are a bit different. If your child attends a public school and has a learning difference, Section 504 is a federal law that requires schools to provide appropriate education to students with disabilities.
  • The Texas Education Agency provides resources for parents of children with special education needs. Family resources in English and Spanish can be found here.


5

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day for children. Studies show that students concentrate on their schoolwork better and have improved nutrient intake as well as better lifestyles.

  • Your child’s school offers breakfast. Check with their campus to see what you need to do to ensure your student is signed up.
  • Want to make breakfast at home instead? You could follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommendation of having fruits, grains, milk and protein on your child’s plate for breakfast.
  • A smoothie is a good to-go option that can meet national recommendations. Scrambled eggs and toast with some fruit on the side is another option.
  • Here are some other breakfast ideas you and your children can make together.

Off campus: Dates to know

Here’s what’s coming up in Fort Worth and Tarrant County:

  • Sept. 27: Fort Worth ISD school board meeting.
  • Oct. 7 and 10: Fall break. No school in Fort Worth ISD.
  • Oct. 10: Student and staff holiday in Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD.
  • Oct. 11: Student holiday in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, staff .
  • Oct. 13-17: Student holiday in Keller ISD.
  • Oct. 17: Carroll ISD school board meeting.
  • Oct. 15: Saturday school in Fort Worth ISD.
  • Oct. 24: Keller ISD school board meeting.
  • Oct. 25: Fort Worth ISD, HEB ISD school board meetings.
  • Oct. 29: Saturday school in Fort Worth ISD.
  • Nov. 8: Fort Worth ISD school board meeting.
  • Nov 12: Saturday school in Fort Worth ISD.

Always check your specific school for the official calendar in case of late scheduling changes.


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Jacob SanchezEnterprise Reporter

Jacob Sanchez is an enterprise reporter for the Fort Worth Report. His work has appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram, The Texas Tribune and the Texas Observer. He is a graduate of St. Edward’s University....

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Kristen BartonEducation Reporter

Kristen Barton is an education reporter for the Fort Worth Report. She has previous experience in education reporting for her hometown paper, the Longview News-Journal and her college paper, The Daily...