Weatherford Independent School District

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World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages our friends all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

For this purpose DSi created this dedicated website as a single meeting place where the global community can share their experiences and advertise their activities (see WDSD World Events) and participate in DSi’s WDSD initiatives, including our WDSD Call To Action, the WDSD Global Video Event, the WDSD Conference at UN Headquarters, New York, the WDSD event at UN Geneva, the LOTS OF SOCKS campaign and the WDSD Awards.

Join in with us to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome on 21 March. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

Click on the headline to visit the World Down Syndrome website.
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WISD Parent and Community Safety Survey

The Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees has just concluded two Town Hall meetings to gather feedback from parents and community members on ways to further enhance safety in our school district.

The school board is also offering the opportunity for you to give input on a Defender Program (concealed carry program) along with other safety considerations. To access the online survey, please visit or .

This survey will close at 4 pm on Friday, March 23, 2018.

Thank you for participating in our Parent and Community Survey.
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TEA posts draft strategic plan for special education

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has posted a comprehensive draft strategic plan for special education. The plan, which includes components of a corrective action response that will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education, is available for review and public comment through April 6, 2018.

“The purpose of special education is to provide sufficient support to our students with disabilities, on an individualized basis so that they can obtain the same level of academic success typical of their peers,” reads the executive summary of the TEA Special Education Strategic Plan. “Working together, we will significantly improve outcomes for our special education students.”

TEA drafted an initial corrective action response regarding the support and delivery of special education services in our state’s public schools. That initial draft (shared publicly on Jan. 18, 2018) addressed all issues identified in a federal monitoring report, including the proper identification of special education students and assuring access to appropriate services at the local level.

The draft strategic plan reflects steps the agency will initiate – beyond what is being required by the U.S. Department of Education. It reflects feedback, recommendations and suggestions provided to TEA during an extensive outreach effort that included direct interaction with special education students, families, educators, advocacy groups, as well as district and school officials.

Outreach efforts included:
• 110 independent focus groups in all 20 Education Service Center regions statewide
• 7,094 responses to an open online survey posted on the TEA website;
• 153 stakeholder interviews; and
• 4,106 responses to a needs assessment survey.

All comments regarding the strategic plan, as well as the corrective action response, can be submitted electronically by email at Under the current timeline, the final State corrective action plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in mid to late April.

To review the draft strategic plan, visit the TEA website at

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WISD Town Hall Meetings - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Weatherford ISD will host two Town Hall Meetings in the Weatherford High School Durant Auditorium located at 2121 Bethel Road.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm

The Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees would like your input on the following safety enhancements being considered for Weatherford ISD following a brief presentation:
• Implementing a Student ID program
• Bus tags for students who travel to and from school on WISD buses
• Adding additional School Resource Officers (SROs)
• Adding crisis intervention counselors
• Equipping classrooms with locked safes that would contain a safety vest, pepper spray, and a trauma kit
• Implementing a concealed carry program (Defender Program) that would allow selected WISD staff members to carry firearms in order to protect students and staff in the event of an active shooter incident on WISD property
• Installing metal detectors at campuses/departments
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Kangaroo Baseball vs. Sachse at Globe Life Park

Looking for something fun to do over Spring Break? We've got you covered! Head out to Globe Life Park in Arlington to cheer for our Kangaroo baseball team on Monday, March 12 at 2 pm. There’s no cost for admission to the game. All access will be through the First Base Gate, which will open one hour prior to the game. Parking will be available in Lot B.
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Shep's Place Hosts a Give Back Night

Shep's Place is hosting a Give Back night for the upcoming Special Olympics Roo Fest. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 6th from 5:00-8:30 pm at Shep's Place located at 816 S. Main Street in Weatherford.

Weatherford ISD hosts Roo Fest, a Special Olympics event each year, inviting students from surrounding school district to participate. This year's Roo Fest is scheduled for Friday, April 27 at Kangaroo Stadium.
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Weatherford ISD Safety Message 2-27-18

Dear Kangaroos,

Last night, the Board of Trustees met to further discuss the safety and security of our campuses. The Board of Trustees have met multiple times throughout the fall and into the new year studying ways to continue to enhance the safety of our campuses by adding multiple layers to our safety plan. I am attaching a press release that was sent to our staff and to local media today. The press release identifies safety measures that are in place in WISD as well as measures that are being considered.

One of the safety considerations is a Defender Program. We are in the process of gathering input from our staff and scheduling a parent information session that includes a presentation about the Defender Program. It is the Board of Trustees’ hope that this presentation will answer many of your questions and provide you with an understanding of this program so that you can provide them feedback from an informed position. Following the presentation will be a survey that will provide the Board of Trustees information that will assist them in making decisions for the District.

I want to reiterate that none of the measures identified in the press release as being considered by the Board of Trustees has any more, or less, potential to become part of our safety program. They are all viable possibilities as the Board continues to work to make WISD a safe environment for students and staff. Please see the attached press release for more information.

Thank you and Go Roos!

Jeffrey M. Hanks, Ph.D
Weatherford ISD
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Weatherford ISD Schools Closed - February 22, 2018

Because of icy road conditions that exist in parts of our school district and freezing rain that is predicted to arrive at a time when buses will be running and families will be traveling to school, Weatherford ISD schools will be closed on Thursday, February 22.
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