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 prepping for flu season to transitioning to Macbooks, here’s what you need to know about your schools.

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Your education tag team,
Reporters Kristen Barton & Jacob Sanchez


As flu season draws closer, schools sometimes have to close temporarily because of an outbreak. Here are some ways to help keep schools open:

  • The CDC recommends children get a flu vaccine in the fall to prevent an outbreak. Your child should be vaccinated every year by the end of October.
  • While you’re getting the flu shot, consider a COVID-19 booster as well. The FDA now has authorized a booster for kids.
  • Also teach your children about proper hand washing. Here are five fun ways, including experiments and sing alongs.


Does your student want to be in a specialized program, such as fine arts or an early college high school, next school year? Fort Worth ISD recently released its catalog of Gold Seal programs and schools of choice.

  • What are these programs and schools? They are classes in which your students will learn about a specific area they are interested in or even a full school that has a different approach to classes than a traditional neighborhood school.
  • Read the catalog in English or Spanish.
  • Jacob has highlighted some of the programs. They include Pathways in Technology Early College High School and nursing. And all of them are part of a much larger push.
  • Put this on your calendar: Fort Worth ISD will host a choices expo 4-7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd., Fort Worth.
  • Applications are available Nov. 4 and the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Jan. 6.

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As some campuses make a transition to iPads and Macbooks, explore some of those tools for your students.

  • Apple has apps and ways to help students easily draw and design to nurture their creative side.
  • You can download augmented reality lessons and activities on Apple to explore subjects like constellations.
  • And, if your student is interested in coding, Apple has tools for that, too.


If your children are Native American and in Fort Worth ISD, they can be enrolled in an American Indian Education Program. Kristen learned more.

  • The students participating get to go on field trips, have access to a tribal Google Classroom and get other resources like tutoring.
  • The program is grant funded by the federal government and the district currently is serving over 300 students.
  • Parents can sign up when they register their student for school, which comes with a book by a Native American author for the kids.


Jacquet Middle School is one of Fort Worth ISD’s lowest-performing campuses. Jacob attended a meeting where parents, teachers and community members expressed their frustrations with the school’s consistent low academic performance.

  • The school is on its eighth principal in a decade. However, the new principal sees indication that the campus is on the right path.
  • Jacquet is one of the district’s seven charter-operated schools. These partnerships are aimed at turning around failing schools and giving them additional state funding. The partnership is in its second year.
  • Superintendent Angélica Ramsey told attendees that over the next few months she plans to transform the district so it serves parents and students and helps them succeed.

Off campus: Dates to know

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

  • 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 Barton

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 Sanchez

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.