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 how to start a PTA to packing a healthy lunch, here’s what you need to know about your schools.

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Your education tag team,
Reporters Kristen Barton & Jacob Sanchez


Only 60 schools in Fort Worth ISD have a parent-teacher association. Kristen spoke to Ken Kuhl, Fort Worth Council of PTAs, about why they’re important and how to start one. 

  • Each campus is unique, and so is starting a PTA. The best way to start is by visiting the nonprofit organization Texas PTA and filling out the paperwork on the website, Kuhl said.
  • Someone from the organization comes to the first meeting, where officers are elected. 
  • A PTA can elevate the voice and advocacy of parents for a campus, Kuhl said.


JobNow is a service the public library offers that can help students transition from one level of education to another and from school to careers.

  • The tool has online career assessments and resources to help with college entrance test prep, college placement tests and others under “Skill Surfer.”
  • Additionally, there is one-on-one resume and interview coaching, and assistance in job coaching.


 A new program at North Side High School is teaching students, who are in the campus’s medical track, how to properly care for older adults who have dementia.

  • Jacob reported this program is a partnership between the James L. West Center for Dementia and Fort Worth ISD. Officials say it is the first between a school district and a post-acute care organization in the state.
  • The program is aimed at building up a medical workforce that can properly navigate and care for a growing aging population in Fort Worth. Fort Worth’s 60 and older population grew by 50% since 2010.
  • Are your students interested in joining programs like P-TECH? Be on the lookout in the coming months to enroll them into a specialized program or a school of choice.


Election Day is Nov. 8, and Fort Worth ISD students could get the day off.

  • Why? As Jacob reported, 32 schools in the district are used as Election Day voting sites. Administrators want to keep students as safe as possible.
  • Ensuring a campus is safe as an influx of visitors stop by to vote has proven to be tricky in the past, according to the interim superintendent.
  • The decision is not final yet. The school board is expected to consider the day off at its Sept. 27 meeting.


Packing a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be time-consuming. We found some tips to help.

  • If you practice healthy eating, your child will, too. The Cleveland Clinic suggests talking to kids about nutrition, portion size and better habits. 
  • You can start introducing one vegetable a day to your student’s lunch, even if they aren’t used to veggies. One a day can help.
  • For many parents, school lunches are the only option. If that’s true, parents can still help children make healthy choices by sitting down and talking to them about the menu for the week.
  • For packing a lunch, parents should include protein, grains, fruits, veggies and healthy sides. Choosing from this list can help.

Off campus: Dates to know

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

  • Sept. 23: End of first six weeks of school.
  • Sept. 24: Saturday school in Fort Worth ISD.
  • Sept. 26: Second six weeks of school begins. School board meetings for HEB ISD, Keller ISD, Carroll ISD and Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.
  • 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 development day.
  • 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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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...

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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....