April/May 2016
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"Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story."
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"7 Things Every Kid Needs to Hear: I forgive you, I'm sorry, I'm listening, This is your responsibility, You can do it, You've got what it takes, I'm proud of you, I love you."
--Josh Shipp

"It's all about priorities. There's no such thing as busy."
--Abhishek Shukla

"In the real world, the tests are all open book."
--Jeff Jarvis, What Would Google Do?

"The point of education is to learn other ways, too. Don't just assume that all you know is right. Learn more and then choose."
--Shannon Hale, The Forgotten Sisters




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Upcoming Events

 
Sept. 17 
Cunningham Sign Language Class, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Sept. 19  
McNiel Dzny Dash (5K Run, 1 mile Walk)
 
Sept. 21 
Board of Trustees Meeting, 6 p.m.
 
Oct. 5 
Marching Festival, Memorial Stadium, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
 
Oct. 8 
R2L Community Training, Education Center Room 302, Noon

Secondary Parent/Teacher conferences 11:30 a.m. - Early Release
 
Oct. 13 
Board of Trustees Work Session, Education Center, Noon

Oct. 14
PSAT administered.

Oct. 17
PSAT administered.

UIL Region II West Zone Marching Contest, Memorial Stadium, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Oct. 19
Board of Trustees Board Meeting, Education Center, 6 p.m.

Oct. 23
Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences
1 p.m. -Early Release

Oct. 24
Teens Make a Difference Day

Oct. 29 
College Night, Region 9, 6 p.m.

Volunteer This Year
Make this the year you volunteer with Read2Learn! Its simple, 30-minute, once-a-week reading routine helps second-graders read on grade level. You are urgently needed! To volunteer, call January Jones, (940)235-1000, ext. 10019.

Superintendent's Spotlight, by Mike Kuhrt
Hello parents and WFISD staff,
I am so excited to be a part of the WFISD at this moment in time. As one of my favorite bloggers recently said, "Welcome to the future!"

We have so many new things going on. I invite you -- our parents, teachers and community -- to come grow with us. We are focused this year on providing North Texas with the best and most comprehensive educational opportunities.

Read full story   here .

The Top 10 Things You Should Know 
About the CTE Center 



1 . The Career and Technical Education Center will open in Fall 2017.
 
2 . The CTE Center will have a T-shaped design.
 
3 . The CTE will have a one-story wing that will house industrial spaces with high-ceiling laboratories and work spaces.
 
4. The CTE will feature a two-story wing that will be home to non-industrial career pathways, such as cosmetology, audio-visual production, graphic design, criminal justice, medical science and computer networking.
 
5. WFISD is seeking design and program direction from 100 local business leaders in 15 industries. These are the people who will eventually hire CTE graduates.
 
6. Career and Technical Education Center Specialist Michelle Wood created a Community Advisory group for each industry featured in the CTE Center. Each group met for 45 minutes in August. She asked for their input on lab spaces, machinery, equipment, and skill sets.
 
7. The next round of Community Advisory groups meets in September. Mrs. Wood will ask about the best curriculum to put before students.
 
8. Current freshmen and sophomores, who will be the first to take hands-on training at the CTE Center when it opens, have already selected their favorite endorsement of the five created by the state.
 
9. Current freshmen and sophomores are currently enrolled in their endorsement's yearlong principles course. It provides an overview to their chosen industry and the jobs within it. Two new popular ones: Industrial Trades and Health Science.
 
10. The seven principles classes are now taught at every high school campus.
 
The Career and Technical Education Center will be located on a 100-acre property at 4201 Henry S. Grace Freeway. Three pieces of land are being purchased and combined with a fourth land tract off Hatton Road, which was already owned by the district.


8 WFISD Best Kept Secrets That Shouldn't Be Secrets
Don't be fooled into thinking that your school district can't compete with the best districts in the state. WFISD is making surprising strides in multiple areas -- and your children and their classrooms are the big winners.  Read full story.
WFISD News in a Minute
WFISD is operating with a new superintendent, a new budget, a new tax rate and a new salary scale. With a new  school year underway, there are lots of other new things: New headway made in plans for the Career and Technical Education Center, a new digital pilot, new sub pay, a new GPA formula for high school students and more. Read this fast news update of The Top 15 New Things in WFISD. Read full story.

The Drama of Inclement Weather Season
A decision to close school is a collaborative effort with leaders citywide

You may not always agree with the school district's  decision to keep schools open or closed when the weather 
turns nasty. But did you know each decision is based on more than 20 research calls to local authorities all over town? Find out how much work goes into every decision about weather-related events. Remember, each one is made with the safety of you and your children in mind. Read full story. 
 

You Should Get to Know... Athletic Director Scot Hafley and Fine Arts Director Kelly Strenski
Scot Hafley: Pushing for Program Growth, Depth -- and Clean Spaces
Increasing participation levels and developing coaches is the name of the game for new athletic director

It's been nine years since WFISD welcomed new leadership to the top athletic post in the district. Scot Hafley, WFISD's new athletic director, sat down with WFISD's Ann Work to talk about the year ahead.

To read more, click here.
Kelly Strenski: Broadening the Outreach of Fine Arts
Now, every junior high offers theater

Kelly Strenski participated in choral groups throughout her school years, traveling to Europe four times for performances. She knows firsthand the rich opportunities available to children who participate in fine arts. Now, as WFISD's new fine arts director, she wants to draw as many students into our program as possible. 

To read more, click here.



What It's Like to Be a PIE Partner

Five years ago, Pastor Gene Holley showed up one day at Washington/Jackson Elementary School and asked then-Principal Sandy Camp how his church, Life Tabernacle, could help. Since then, he and his church members have tried all kinds of ways to bless the school, including two unusual strategies straight out of the Bible.

To read more, click here.

Lessons From Mrs. Rhodes' Kindergarten Classroom
Twenty-five years ago, Robert Fulghum wrote the #1 New York Times best-seller, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." It sold seven million copies. See if it's time to brush up on your kindergarten skills by visiting Paula Rhodes' kindergarten classroom. She is a 2014 West Award of Excellence winner. Spend ing time in her  Zundy class is a lesson in itself.  To
read more, click here.

A Simple Solution: The Value of  Choosing  One Word

Washington-Jackson Elementary Principal Stephanie Phillips is big on positive energy. She's always looking for new ways to cultivate it. For the third consecutive year, she and her teachers will harness one special strategy to simplify and intensify their efforts. To read more, click here. 

The  Weird and Wonderful of WFISD
Discover  facts you never  knew -- and never would have gues sed -- about  some of our talented leaders. To read more, click here.