Braden Baker ’25 took part in Hearing The Call Greater Houston in Sugarland, Texas, on Saturday, May 21. Hearing The Call events give out hearing aids to qualified individuals. Baker directed patients to rooms, made ear molds, and worked the care and use stations. Since June 2017 (when Baker’s dog, Chewy, ate his hearing aids!), Baker has been raising money to provide hearing aids to those who cannot afford them. He chose The Oticon Hearing Foundation (Baker wears Oticon hearing aids) as the recipient of his funds.
Throughout the 2021-22 school year, Fort Worth Country Day students have displayed their dedication to learning and their love for the School’s time-honored 3A’s -- academics, the arts and athletics. Congratulations to all our students and faculty for a job well done. Awards assemblies have been taking place in Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School. Click on your division’s link for a list of recognitions.
A summer reading program in all divisions has long been a tradition at Fort Worth Country Day. Keeping students reading over the summer and fostering a love of reading are important goals. The School works toward these goals by choosing books with literary value that are also popular with the readers. Both the Lower School and Moncrief Libraries will be open throughout the summer on most Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, June 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information about FWCD’s summer reading program, visit fwcd.libguides.com/2022summerreading.
Sleep, a play written by Olivia Kersh ’24, was performed Wednesday, May 18, at the 2022 Festival of the Kid at Stage West. Kersh’s play (along with 24 others) was chosen for performance out of a group of nearly 600 submissions. The contest drew double the entries this year from 23 schools. Kersh was inspired by professional playwright Rob Bosquez who visited with students during Musical Theatre class to talk about playwriting.
As a culminating activity to their study of the United States throughout the school year, FWCD fourth-graders presented their art to family and friends on Wednesday, May 11, in the Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center. View the slideshow. This celebration of America’s history and the 50 states featured the work of 61 students in the classes of Kelly Jenkins, Joan Massey, Sara McCullough, and Alicia Schordine. These grade-level teachers and the students partnered with Lower School Visual Arts Teacher Dorrine DeChant to bring their studies to life.
The 93 members of the Class of 2022 submitted 759 applications to 165 colleges and universities and were accepted at 135 of them. They have enrolled at 50 different institutions across the United States and internationally. To date, 49% of the class will attend out-of-state colleges and universities; 51% will attend Texas colleges and universities.
A summer reading program in all divisions has long been a tradition at Fort Worth Country Day. Keeping students reading over the summer and fostering a love of reading are important goals. The School works toward these goals by choosing books with literary value that are also popular with readers. For a complete listing of books for all grades, visit the 2022SummerReadingwebsite or contact Tammy Wolford.
Unity … humility … teamwork … responsibility … kindness … grit … compassion – these are the words Fort Worth Country Day Class of 2022 student-selected speaker HenryBrookman, the last of five siblings to graduate from the School, used to describe the qualities of his class at FWCD’s 56th commencement. View the GraduationSlideshow. He referenced an incident that brought his entire class together. “It was an effort of complete and total unity, humility, teamwork, responsibility, kindness, grit, compassion,” he noted, “Values that we now all understand the true meaning of … ingrained into each and every one of us.”
This spring, Alexis Rollings ’23 was awarded the University of Vermont 2022 Citizen Scholar Book Award. She was nominated by the FWCD College Counseling Office and was recognized during Upper School announcements on Wednesday, May 18. Putting knowledge into action for the betterment of humanity is at the foundation of a University of Vermont education. The Citizen Scholar Book Award celebrates high school students around the U.S. who demonstrate that spirit of citizenship and scholarship.
FWCD seventh-graders and their teachers celebrated FWCD Prairie Day for the first time since 2020. View the slideshow. The Prairie Day program began about 15 years ago as a way to connect the FWCD campus to the prairies being depleted across Texas. In the early years, seventh-grade teachers took their students to the small native prairie FWCD has on “The Hill” by the Ropes Course to find native plants and help eradicate invasive species.
Each May, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) releases its college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners for use at the institution financing it. Michelle Pham ’22 is a recipient of the Texas A&M University National Merit Scholarship. By receiving an NMSC college-sponsored Merit Scholarship, Michelle has reached the highest level of recognition, Merit Scholar, in this year’s scholarship competition.
Congratulations to FWCD student-athletes for their commitment to and participation in sports during the spring season. Pictured right are FWCD’s All-SPC athletes Reagan Hall ‘24, KatieBruce ‘24, DylanDavis ’24, Marco Olmos ’24, Rachel Nelson ’23, Sutton Howard ’23, Walker Anderson ’23, and Connor Henry ’23. Seniors not pictured are Rogan Crumley, Betty Weaver, and LukeWroten. (They were taking AP Exams).
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling narrowly edged out 11 Birthdays by Wendy Maas to be crowned the 2022 FWCD Tournament of Books Champion. This year, 32 fourth-graders took part in the Tournament of Books. Each student participated in a sweet 16 bracket composed of a wide variety of literary genres. The students celebrated with a Championship Breakfast in the Lower School Library on May 4. The FWCD Librarians are proud of the fourth-grade participants and their accomplishments.
FWCD alumni connected with sophomore students in Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion in May. The 10th-graders were enjoying the D.C. visit as a culminating field trip for their American Government class. This trip’s panelists were Ed Landreth ’03, Tom French ’75, Rebecca Vernon ’02, Stephanie Stouffer ’07, Sarah Jane McDonald ’17, Sarah Nolan ’16, Ryleigh Rains ’17, Emily Englander ’12, and Robert Arnold ’14.
Fourth-graders celebrated the amazing food our diverse and beautiful world offers through a delectable program called Flavors of the World. View the slideshow. The program, sponsored by Lower School Spanish Teachers GabyBooth and Natasha Hatcher and Lower School French Teacher NevineWatkins, also provided an opportunity to bridge community and cultural diversity.
An FWCD Original, Joaquin Castro-Balbi is Fort Worth Country Day’s Class of 2022 Salutatorian. He will attend Harvard University and study Electrical Engineering and/or Computer Science. “I found that its [Harvard] blend of robust engineering resources and renowned humanities most appealed to my interests,” Castro-Balbi shared. A National Merit Finalist, a College Board National Hispanic Recognition Programs Scholar, and a 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Candidate, Castro-Balbi is a well-rounded, 3A’s student committed to excellence in every aspect of his school experience and beyond.
Senior Sydney Cyprian is a recipient of a 2022 Broadway Dallas High School Musical Theatre Awards Theatre Ambassador Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. She will receive the award on Friday, May 20, at the Broadway Dallas High School Musical Theatre Awards, where she is also performing. This scholarship is given to students who are outstanding participants in the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards and who plan to pursue college degrees in non-performing arts-related fields.
Softball FWCD’s softball and boys tennis teams (coached by DeAnn Hall and Sil Azevedo) earned Spring Sportsmanship Awards from the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC), the athletic conference FWCD has belonged to since 1966.
Which trail begins at Springer Mountain and ends over 2,000 miles away on the top of Mount Katahdin? What is the largest country in the world by population not to have a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council? Questions like these are the norm for students participating in the Geography Bee. Sixth-graders Gabriella Napier, Bennett Klaus, and Thomas Readinger represented FWCD’s Mason Middle School in the Regional Finals for the Geography Bee with International Academic Competitions. “The entire sixth-grade took the qualifying exam during a class prior, and well over 90% of our kids qualified for regionals,” said Middle School History Teacher TaraWestbrook.
Xixi Hillman is Fort Worth Country Day’s Class of 2022 Valedictorian. She will attend The University of Texas at Austin and double major in Biochemistry and Plan II Honors. Her long-term goal is to earn an MD/PhD. A National Merit Commended Student, Hillman has been a part of the FWCD family since fifth grade. “I chose Fort Worth Country Day because the community was welcoming when I visited,” Hillman said. “I was paired with a student of Mr. [Dan] Bloch [H’06], and ironically, in my fifth-grade year, he became my advisor.”
Members of the Class of 2022 will receive their diplomas on Friday, May 13, in a ceremony that begins at 7 p.m. at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary MacGorman Auditorium. The 93-member class was admitted to 135 colleges and universities and will attend 50 different schools. The students collectively earned a record-breaking amount in scholarships and awards – more than $14.2 million – and will utilize more than $2.6 million. There are 29 students (juniors and seniors) who earned named National Merit Scholars, Finalists, Commended, and College Board Recognition Programs Scholars this year, and 19 in the Class of 2022. Xixi Hillman is the Class of 2022 Valedictorian, and Joaquin Castro-Balbi is the Class of 2022 Salutatorian. Be on the lookout for FWCD graduation ads in the Star-Telegram on Sunday, May 15, and in Fort Worth Texasmagazine in June. Stream the graduation ceremony at fwcd.org/graduation.
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Councilmember Michael Crain and Jack Carvalho '17 joined Head of School EricLombardi for a campus tour and lunch on Wednesday, May 5. Carvalho is the Interim District Director for Councilmember Crain and District 3. “Councilmember Crain and I intend to visit all schools in District 3 to learn how we can best support those institutions, Carvalho said. “Michael’s experience as a District Director with former Councilman Bryan Byrd helps our work further with his familiarity of the District as a whole. I intended to provide my experience with FWCD to support our efforts.”
On Friday, May 13, Fort Worth Country Day’s 93 seniors will graduate. The Class of 2022 Valedictorian is Xixi Hillman, who will attend the University of Texas at Austin. The Salutatorian is Joaquin Castro-Balbi; he will attend Harvard University. To date, the class has been accepted to 135 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. They have collectively earned $14.2+ million in scholarships and awards and will utilize $2.6+ million at the 49 colleges and universities they will attend. The ceremony takes place at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary MacGorman Auditorium (4616 Stanley Avenue, Fort Worth 76115) at 7 p.m.
FWCD Falcons had a great showing at the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) Championships on April 28-30. Sutton Howard ’23 (field) and Rachel Nelson ’23 (track) joined Connor Henry ’24 (golf) as SPC Conference Champions. Howard was first in the shot put (runner-up in discus), and Nelson was first in the 100m, 200m, and 400m races. Many other student-athletes had personal records. The boys and girls tennis, baseball, and softball teams had winning records this spring: Overall, these four teams finished 52-25-1 on the year.
FWCD 4-H Garden Club Meeting enjoyed their final meeting of the year with a little digging. Students harvested (and ate) quite a few carrots. They also planted some rosemary in the vegetable bed and Asian jasmine in the shade bed. Students will eventually work in those areas on some horticulture design while making a fairy garden.
Spring SPC is underway in Houston! The Falcon baseball, softball, and track and field teams are competing on April 29 and 30. Follow along on the FWCD Athletics Instagram, visit the SPC webpage for tournament brackets, and check out SPC on Twitter. Let's cheer on our Falcons from afar!
Who better to receive a book recommendation from than a fellow student? Fifth-graders joined forces with Middle School Librarian Kim Gardner to create a display that recommends good books. “Each year, I have the fifth-graders share book recommendations in oral book report fashion to one another in class,” Gardner noted. “This year, it just made sense to put all the recommendations on display for others frequenting the Moncrief Library to see and draw suggestions from.” This year, 67 fifth-graders recommended approximately 60 books “The best way to get kids reading is for them to share their recommendations,” Gardner noted. “They want to know what their friends are reading and what they think is a good book." Stop by the library to see the display.
The many animals of the rainforest – frogs, toucans, jaguars, sloths, boa constrictors, howler monkeys, army ants – as well as explorers, shamans and storytellers, took over the Lower School Atrium on April 21 as first-graders presented Rumpus in the Rainforest. Parents, teachers and friends were blinded by the neon colors and entertained by the silly antics of these creatures of the rainforest. Rumpus in the Rainforest tells the story of a sweet little frog who lives in the Amazon rainforest. This frog has an impossible dream in the dense rainforest—to see the sky, even just once.
Join Fort Worth Country Day's Fine Arts Department for the spring ballet, Cinderalla, on Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m. Both performances take place in the FWCD Scott Theater. View the slideshow for a peek at this exquisite show, featuring students in grades 4-12.
FWCD’s boys and girls golf teams competed in the SPC Championship on April 25 and 26 at Pecan Valley Golf Course. Connor Henry ’23 earned the SPC Championship title, and the boys team, comprising Henry, Mason Harper ’25, Jack Stewart ’23, Jackson Bobo ’22, T.C.Chovanec ’22, finished fourth. Henry shot a 64, an SPC Tournament record, on April 25, followed by a 67 on Tuesday to best the rest of the field by 10 shots. The girls team, Elizabeth Dike ’25, Maya Witzel ’25, Mary Kathryn King ’25, Sadie Peterson ’25, and Laura Marques ’24, showed their resilience and competitive spirit throughout the tournament.
Rogan Crumley ’22, Luke Wroten ’22, George Soye ’22, Will Davidson ’24, and Rylee Leo ‘22 earned Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) Class C North District honors. The varsity lacrosse team took fourth place in the SPC Tournament. Lacrosse Program Director and Varsity Coach Patrick Diamonon was named THSLL Class C North District Person of the Year. Diamonon’s award honors his advocacy for lacrosse around the state and outside of his own program, his work with the league on various projects, and his promotion of sportsmanship.
Energy was high, laughter was abundant, and smiles were shared in the Moncrief Library on Saturday, April 23, during the FWCD Then/Now/Future panel discussion. Panelists were Dan Bloch H’06, Sharon Foster H’05, Claire-Lise Knecht H’06, Alison Robinson, Joe Breedlove ’78, and Eric Lombardi.
Let’s Go! Let’s Show! Let’s Rodeo! These proverbial words kick off Fort Worth Country Day’s Kindergarten Rodeo each and every year, and 2022 was no different. Kindergarten cowboys and cowgirls showed their stuff in the 53rd FWCD K-Rodeo, as it is affectionately known, on Wednesday, April 27, with a special showing for the 93-member Class of 2022, followed by a parent viewing on Thursday, April 28. View the slideshow.
Original, Hot & Spicy, and Sweet & Sour … those are the three flavors of Johnny’s Home-Style Pickles flying off the shelves at Tiger Farms Market in Burleson. Why is this such a big dill (see what I did there?), and what does this have to do with Fort Worth Country Day? The Johnny behind Johnny’s Home-Style Pickles is none other than Johnny Evans, who works on FWCD’s Plant Operations team.
And the winners are … Femi Adedokun ’22, Kaylee Chisholm ’22, Sydney Cyprian ’22, Jazmine Gomez ’22, Caroline Grebe ’23, Dabin Lee ’24, and Rocco Leoni ’23! All seven FWCD students were honored with 2022 Slaughter Family Arts Awards (SFAA) on Sunday, April 24. In only its third year, the SFAA has given out nearly 50 awards and more than $25,000 to talented, dedicated young artists in the Fort Worth community.
Capstone at Fort Worth Country Day is an interdisciplinary, summary exercise consisting of four components: exploration, research, a final project and presentation. Its purpose: to foster intellectual curiosity, educational purpose and engagements as students conclude their Upper School experience at FWCD. The 2022 Spring Capstone Showcase features the work of seven seniors: Joaquin Castro-Balbi (Electrical Engineering), Kaylee Chisholm (Ballet Costume Design), Gage Fowlkes (Chemistry Education), Mary McGann (Anti-Houseless Architecture), Mary Elizabeth Mitchell (Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder), Grace Sapienza (Environmental Struggles Portrayed in Art), and Gavin Zoota (Learning in Music). Visit the Spring 2022 Capstone website to view introduction videos from each student and their projects.
Officers have been elected for the 2022-23 Student Council. “To all of the candidates, you should be proud of yourselves,” said Student Council Co-Moderators Jennifer Giroir and Stefanie Luedtke. “Your willingness to represent and serve your classes and the school is a great example of the Country Day core values.” Seventeen Upper School students were elected to serve; ninth-graders will hold elections for representatives in August.
The 2022 Slaughter Family Arts Awardsannounced their finalists on April 10, and 16 FWCD students are finalists! Winners will be announced in a live ceremony this Sunday, April 24, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the I.M. Terrell Academy Auditorium. Each finalist receives a $50 scholarship; winners will receive an additional $300.
The Butler Kindergarten Building common area was transformed into a quaint Parisian café on April 21 for a fun event that was C’est Magnifique! FWCD Lower School French and Spanish Teachers, with the support of FWCD’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages, put on a stellar Taste of Paris event for the kindergarten students! Students had their pictures made, ordered croissants from the boulangerie, and completed fun French activities with Middle and Upper School French student leaders and teachers.
The final Parent Faculty Association Board meeting of the year on April 18 was all about celebration – celebrating the gift of $200,000 back to the school and the gift of Pam Packer and her two years of service as PFA President. Packer served under anything-but-normal circumstances and led the School’s organization extraordinarily. “Has there ever been a two-term FWCD PFA President, or anyone crazy enough to take on that task?” said Courtney Holm, PFA President-Elect, at the meeting. “ I think not, and thank goodness you said yes because our school and community are better because of your service.”
GigiSchueneman ’26 was awarded third prize by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) in the intermedia division of the National French Week Media Competition. Schueneman created a video about discovering the French-speaking world. Since 2013, the AATF has sponsored a student media contest to promote connections to Francophone themes. Students create short videos or interactive media submissions based on the proposed theme.
The Middle School and Upper School Latin teams competed at the 2022 Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL) convention on April 8 and 9 at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio. The Middle School certamen team of Aiden Alband ’27, Michael Head ’27, Andrew Lobo ’26, and Blake Wood ’27 placed third, equaling FWCD Middle School's best performance. This is especially impressive for a team primarly composed of seventh-graders! Overall, the Middle School Latin Club placed fifth in the state, the highest placing it’s ever achieved.
Geraldine Williams joined the Fort Worth Country Day community on April 11 as the Annual Giving Manager in the Advancement Office. She comes to FWCD with demonstrated success in nonprofit development with an emphasis on major gifts, donor relations, and special events. Most recently, Williams served as Philanthropy Manager for the Baylor Scott & White All Saints Health Foundation, where she was responsible for developing and executing strategies to achieve fundraising goals in support of the medical center through the major gift program.
Through its many fundraisers during the 2021-22 academic year, FWCD’s Parent Faculty Association (PFA) raised $187,000 this year and had $89,000 roll over from the previous two years. The PFA is allocating $200,000 to the back to the School.
FWCD’s Parent Faculty Association awarded Tammi Hodges (Business Office ) with the April Falcon Wings honor and Linda Stewart with the March Falcon Wings honor. Falcon Wings recognize PFA volunteers, FWCD teachers or staff who soar above and beyond the call of duty to enhance PFA programs or events, or have improved the greater FWCD community through their dedication and enthusiasm. A book will be donated to the library in their honor.
Senior Sawyer Parker will be featured this Sunday, April 24, on the “Sunday Night Sports Special” with Joe Trahan as the North Texas Buick Dealers Scholar-Athlete of the Week. The show starts at 10:35 p.m. on WFAA Channel 8, the Dallas-Fort Worth ABC affiliate. Sawyer has attended Fort Worth Country Day since kindergarten and has been a member of the varsity cross country, track and field, and soccer teams during his four years in the Bass Upper School.
Are you planning to regain some closet space this spring? As you’re sifting through that clothing, please set aside any gently used, well-cared-for, school and church selections for middle and high school boys and girls to fill the Breakthrough Boutique! Sophomore Co-chairs Katie Bruce and Hannah Cheng are thrilled to again be working on this year’s Breakthrough Boutique clothing drive, which runs through Thursday, June 9.
The Southwest Preparatory Conference tournaments began today, Friday, April 22! FWCD varsity boys lacrosse is in Austin this weekend, competing for an SPC Championship. The Falcons opened the tournament at 1 p.m. vs. Awty International School. Should FWCD pull out a win in the opening game, they will face Trinity Valley School at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Semifinals. All boys lacrosse games will be played at St Andrew’s; click here to see the tournament bracket. Best of luck to Coach Diamonon and his staff and the varsity boys lacrosse players!
FWCD families and students are invited to an engaging evening featuring student-scholars presenting their interdisciplinary Senior Capstone Projects. Topics include ballet costume design, chemistry education, Anti-Houseless Architecture, secondary traumatic stress, environmental struggles portrayed in art, learning in music (teacher vs. app), and electrical engineering. The event takes place on Monday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Moncrief Library.
The hatching of FWCD’s 4-H Silkies was so exciting for students that the Hatch-Cam will now feature the Lower School science hatching. Barbara Meyers has been hatching eggs for 33 years: The first 10 years as a Kindergarten Teacher and now, for the past 22 years, as a Lower School Science Teacher. FWCD’s Lower School science classes are studying the lifecycle of chickens, which includes watching eggs from the beginning of the incubation process to hatching. The incubation cycle began on March 30 and takes 21 days until hatching. Expect to see some hatching activity around April 20 on the FWCD Hatch-Cam.
New Jersey’s loss is Texas’s gain. Stephen Novak, the former owner and Head Chef of The Grilled Cheese and Crab Cake Company in Somers Point, New Jersey, is FWCD’s SAGE Dining Services Senior Food Service Director. Novak’s restaurant was featured on Food Network Chef Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” in 2015. His commitment to Fort Worth Country Day … good food, a friendly face, an open-door policy, and a healthy food program that fits the needs and wants of the community.
With The New York Times acquiring Wordle and WordHurdle and Quordle riding its coattails, word games are center stage once again, including a new word competition in the Lower School: the quintessential spelling bee. On Tuesday, April 5, 34 third- and fourth-grade students stepped up to the spelling challenge, showing great courage when setting foot on the FWCD Scott Theater stage to display their spelling expertise in front of their peers, teachers, family and friends.
March Madness isn’t just about basketball anymore. For the third year in a row, Upper School French classes took part in Manie Musicale, a French song competition in the format of the March Madness basketball tournament, aiming to increase student engagement in the French language and improve French skills using popular French songs. Upper School French Teacher Andréanne Annis and her students go all out! The class even produced a Maniaques de Musique episode. FWCD was the only school to do so and interact internationally.
The Falcon Club Golf Outing was postponed due to inclement weather. With the new date of Monday, April 18, registration has re-opened. Enjoy a day of golf in support FWCD athletics and PE programs on April 18 at Mira Vista Country Club: 1 p.m. shotgun start; scramble/best ball format. Fill out the Registration Form today to be part of the fun!
Fort Worth Country Day’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society welcomed 10 seniors and nine juniors on Wednesday, March 23. They joined the ranks of nine seniors who were inducted as juniors during the 2020-21 academic year. New members were presented with certificates and pins during the ceremony in the FWCD Scott Theater. Family members of the inductees were invited to attend the short program and a luncheon following the event.
Dallas artist Carroll Swenson-Robertsjoined Holly Clifford’s Painting and Drawing class for lunch last week to look at Swenson-Roberts’ artwork, discuss her process, and view works not previously seen at their Art Space 111 field trip. The students then had their entire class period to create and begin their own large-scale mixed media piece. Swenson-Roberts connected with Clifford’s Art Fundamentals students as they drew old photos on paper bags focusing on value and composition. Both experiences on campus and the previous Painting and Drawing field trip were Supporting CAST grants.
FWCD was a host site for some of the 2022 Drew Medford Memorial Tournament (DMMT) games. The varsity went 3-0, which helped the team earn Private School Team of the Week, Runner Up, honors from PrivateTXHSBaseball. Senior Kurt Kimmel was the FWCD recipient of the Drew Medford Scholarship.
Join the Falcon Club on Monday, April 4, at Mira Vista Country Club for a day of golf supporting FWCD Athletics and PE programs. 1 p.m. shotgun start; scramble/best ball format. Registration is open, and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Fill out the Registration Form today!
Winter student-athletes were honored the week of March 7 during announcement periods honoring their play in the winter season. Pictured left are Belle Xu ’24, Most Valuable Player in girls swimming; Femi Adedokun ’22, Most Valuable Player, SPC All-Conference, and All-North Zone, in boys basketball; and Kurt Kimmel ’22, Most Valuable Player and SPC All-Conference in boys soccer.
Check out the 4-H Hatch-Cam livestream over spring break to watch the very first 4-H Silkie Chick Hatch! The hatching eggs came straight from the FWCD coop; the hen and rooster parents were shown by FWCD 4-H members at the Fort Worth Stock Show earlier this year. Chicken eggs take 21 days to incubate, but Day 21 for these eggs falls on Monday, March 14, the first day of spring break.
Lexi Gasca ’29 and partner, Gabriella Javonovic, won first place in grades 4-6 division of the 14th Youth Duo-Piano Competition at Texas Wesleyan University on February 19. The competition celebrates young pianists and their skilled collaboration. Duo-piano playing is defined as performing music specifically composed for a player at each of two pianos. The repertoire chosen for this festival must be originally conceived, arranged or transcribed for the duo-piano genre — not for piano duet or other combinations — and must not exceed a maximum performance length of seven minutes.
March 2 was National Read Across America Day. The day was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids excited about reading. Each year, the day aligns with the birthday of beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss. At FWCD on National Read Across America Day, first-graders wear crazy socks, and faculty/staff come together to share their favorite stories with some of their favorite Lower School friends.
What is a community hero? Who are they? FWCD second-graders set out to answer those two questions and more when they identified people in their communities who are making a difference. Firefighters, police officers, nurses, doctors, veterinarians, teachers, pastors and ministers, musicians, speech-language pathologists, nonprofit communications professionals, sports figures, a mayor, and more.
Twenty-eight members of the FWCD Latin Club participated in the Texas State Junior Classical League Area C Convention on Saturday, February 26. This was the club’s first in-person convention since the beginning of the pandemic, and they were excited to be able to compete again! The Middle School club took home a total of 29 Top 5 awards and even more placed in the Top 10.
The Lower School Student Council collected more than 40 boxes of household items for the Union Gospel, including backpacks, underwear, washcloths, travel-size soap/body wash, clear reusable water bottles, laundry detergent, fabric softener, bleach, Magic Erasers, Lysol air freshener, dish towels, disinfectant spray, Clorox wipes, foot powder, Pine-Sol/ Fabuloso, new pillows, snack-size Ziploc bags, men’s and women’s shower shoes and scrubs. The students traveled to the Union Gospel Mission on March 7 to deliver the items with Lower School Student Council Advisory Theresa Fuss. A big thank you to the Lower School families for their generous contributions!
After months of morning and afternoon practices with advisors CatherineLampka and RachaelSwinhoe, FWCD’s Middle School MATHCOUNTS Team tested its mathematical know-how at the virtual chapter competition. Three FWCD students competed as individuals and as a team in this year’s competition. At stake: an opportunity to attend the State MATHCOUNTS competition. Jake Hudman ’26 placed first; Andrew Lobo ’26 placed second; and Sean Hong ’27 placed 12th. Both Hudman and Lobo advanced to state, which will take place in person in Austin over spring break.
In the fall, Middle School Latin students competed in two national contests through the National Junior Classical League (NJCL), an organization for middle and high school students in classical courses. The first, the National Classical Etymology Exam, tested students’ knowledge of English words derived from Latin and Greek and the meanings of those Latin and Greek roots. The second, the NationalRomanCivilization Exam, tested their knowledge of Roman history and daily life. Ten FWCD Middle School students earned 14 medals in total: two Gold, six Silver, and six Bronze.
Since 2012, second-graders have been putting on the Poetry Explosion program. Students memorize and recite famous poems either alone or in small groups. They add hand gestures and learn appropriate voice inflection to add a performance-type flair. During this classroom poetry unit, students gained an appreciation for poetry and language, as well as wrote and published their own poems. Enjoy the Poetry Explosion slideshow. More photos can be found on Vidigami.
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Students in grades 3-12 are invited to join the FWCD 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Club. The club will host weekly meetings on Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m., beginning March 28, in the Dan Bloch H’06 Science Lab. Join the club for team and individual projects, challenges, exciting trips into the community, special guests, and more. The first challenge is called Galactic Quest: Space Exploration. Let’s unlock the mysteries of space exploration together. Contact Judson Tighe’25 or Angie Ogle for more information.
Head Athletic Trainer Ed Chisholm was recently invited to serve on a panel for Team UpFor Sports Safety(TUFSS). The TUFSS initiative, led by the KoreyStringer Institute, was established to drive changes and adoption of policies proven to reduce catastrophic sport injury at the secondary school level. This initiative travels state by state and brings together key individuals responsible for improving health and safety policies for high school athletes.
FWCD grades K-12 … Together. At last. Founders’ Day 2022 was a day of reflection and celebration as Fort Worth Country Day students, faculty and staff marked a significant event in gathering together for a Founders’ Day celebration for the first time since March 6, 2020. Common themes: smiles, laughter and cheering. The event featured a faculty/staff recognition(video courtesy of the Falcon Quill Video Class and George Soye ’22 editor) and a fun wrap battle.
Congratulations to Jayda Fulp '25 for earning the distinction of All-American wrestler! She qualified for the 2022 National Prep Wrestling Tournament in Marlboro, Maryland. Jayda and Coach Hugo Munoz traveled to the tournament where she was the runner-up in the 132 pound division.
FWCD’s Head Athletic Trainer, Ed Chisholm was recently invited to serve on a panel for Team Up for Sports Safety (TUFSS). The TUFSS initiative, led by the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI), was established to drive changes and adoption of policies proven to reduce catastrophic sport injury in the secondary school level. This initiative travels state by state and brings together key individuals responsible for improving health and safety policies for high school athletes.
All three of FWCD’s National Merit Semifinalists are now National Merit Finalists. Seniors Joaquin Castro-Balbi, Izzy Gutierrez, and Michelle Pham will continue on in the scholarship program for National Merit Scholar consideration. The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of Finalists is now in progress.
FWCD is preparing for the School’s Founders’ Day celebration, which will take place on Friday, March 4. Founders’ Day is an annual Fort Worth Country Day event that celebrates the School’s incorporation back on March 6, 1962. View the Founders' Day communication to learn what nonprofit organization your student's Quad is collecting for (donation drop runs February 22 through March 3), and what day next week they wear their House T-shirts.
FWCD eighth-graders gave back to the Fort Worth community in a big way by dispersing $9,000 in funding to 11 local nonprofit organizations. The check presentation ceremony on Thursday, February 10, concluded the Falcons for Fort Worth program, a community service and philanthropic learning project developed to instill the values of philanthropy in today’s students. The program focuses on the values of generosity, involvement and responsibility—all character qualities that students carry with them for a lifetime.
Fashion is a language many speak, but Middle School Spanish Teacher DebbyArnold put a spin on things on February 15, asking her sixth-graders to put on a fashion show — and commentate in Spanish. Students took on the roles of models and announcers in this culmination activity on a unit about clothing. Models entered the classroom when the announcers introduced them and then described each item of clothing as the models walked the “catwalk.”
FWCD parents/guardians and faculty/staff are invited to join together for deeper community connections and participate in fun and meaningful conversations on a variety of topics. The second Community Connections event, hosted by the Falcon Inclusion Team (FIT), focuses on belonging and what it means to create a sense of belonging. Choose from two dates, both in the Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center: Tuesday, February 22 (6-7 p.m.), or Friday, February 25 (2-3 p.m.) RSVP by Monday, February 21, using the CommunityConnections JotForm. Questions? Contact Nicole Masole, Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion.
To celebrate 100 days of school, FWCD first-graders sponsored a food drive for the Tarrant Area FoodBank (TAFB). They began collecting items in early February. On Friday, February 11, Lisa Schick, Donor Relationship Manager for TAFB, came to campus to speak with students about the foodbank’s services and how their donation impacts those in need. The goal was for each class to collect 100 food items. The first-graders collected 438 pounds of food for the TAFB.
Don't forget to pull together your Founders’ Day donations, which will be collected from February 22 through March 3. Students, faculty and staff, through their Quads, will support one of four assigned nonprofit organizations: Breakthrough Fort Worth, Ronald McDonald House Fort Worth, Como Community Center, and Saving Hope Foundation & Saving Hope Animal Rescue Dog Fund.
Levi McDonald ’31 and Madison Graham ’31 each joined Safety and Security Manager CraigSlayton last week to assess the security of campus and patrol the perimeter of the School. They won this opportunity through the Parent Faculty Association Carnival Raffle last fall. Levi also connected with Fort Worth Police Officer KyleBarden during his ride-along.
Kindergarten Kindness Ninjas in Lisa Davenport’s class baked goodies for FWCD teachers and local ER doctors and nurses as a Valentine surprise. These ninjas are committed to making people smile through random acts of kindness.
Andrew Friedman ’26 placed Second Chair Clarinet in the 2022 Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) Middle School Honor Band. “I'm so very proud of Andrew and all of the hard work he put into earning this spot,” said Middle School Band Director SeanMorrow. This year’s Middle School All-Region Band Clinic and Concert is being hosted by The Greenhill School on February 18 and 19. Each year, competition for selection into the middle school honor band becomes more difficult.
Senior CarterDaly is taking his game to the college level. He made it official earlier this month on National Signing Day when he signed to play football at Harvard University. The Harvard Crimson football program represents Harvard University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Daly has earned Honors or High Honors every semester during his time in the Upper School. He is an FWCD “Original” and has played basketball and lacrosse while at the School.
Senior MacieMallick was selected as the North Texas Buick Dealers Scholar-Athlete of the Week. She was featured on WFAA Channel 8 on Sunday, February 13, on Joe Trahan’s Sports Special. The program recognizes North Texas high school seniors who have excelled in academics and athletics and contribute to making their community a better place to live. Nominees must be a senior who is in the top 20% of their class.
Six Upper School students had artwork selected to be featured in and earned accolades in the 2022 Black & White Images Competition and Exhibition. Brooke Baldwin ’24 earned Third Place in the Photo Essay Category with her three images titled Country Club, Kendall Lehman ’22 earned an Honorable Mention for Gaby+Mary in the Portrait Category, Laura Marques ’24 piece, titled Stockyards, was a Featured Selection in the Architecture Category, Alexis Rollings ’23 earned Third Place for San Francisco in Cityscape/Landscape Category, Luke Tierce ’25 earned an Honorable Mention for his photo titled At the Ranch I in the Nature + Animal Category, and Vivian Todora ’23 earned Second Place for her three images, titled Planning, in the Photo Essay Category.
Fort Worth and Fort Worth Country Day were busy places for the Southwest Preparatory Conference Championships on February 10-12. In total, 68 soccer and basketball games were played in four gyms and four fields on three campuses. And there were two full days of swimming and wrestling as well. Every swimmer qualified for the meet, and the Falcon wrestling team finished fourth overall in the tournament. Girls soccer had two one-goal losses, and boys basketball was on the wrong end of a buzzer beater, but overall this was a terrific experience for FWCD student-athletes. Final results/brackets can be found on the WinterSPCwebpage.
Thinking outside the box is something students at FWCD learn right from the start. In January, junior kindergarten students focused their studies on transportation. Their lessons culminated in constructing various modes of transportation – from a cardboard box. The students enjoyed the Disney movie Cars before revving up their engines, with drivers’ licenses in tow, to show off their creations to families in a carparade on January 28 along the Butler Kindergarten Building and Fischer Dining Pavilion sidewalks.
As the members of the Class of 2022 ready themselves to leave the nest that is comfortable here at Fort Worth Country Day, they are gaining some life skills through the Practical Arts and Independent Living (PAIL) program during their advisory time. Steve Stackhouse came up with the idea and implemented early incarnations of the program seven years ago when he served as Assistant Head of School and 12th Grade Dean. The PAIL program helps seniors prepare for the real world of dorm life and life on their own in a new town. On February 15, Sheila Cherry and Nolan Hightower shared their knowledge with the class about how to jump a dead car battery of another car and how to change a tire.
A Licensed Professional Counselor, Jeremy Edge is the Owner and Founder of escapingthe.com. He recently was on the FWCD campus to speak to JK-12 parents/guardians about online addictions. View the entire presentationthat was filmed. Download Edge’s PowerPoint presentation.
Check out the new offerings in FWCD's award-winning FWCD GIPHY channel. Valentine's Day is here, so let's all spread the love! Use them on social media and text messages -- wherever GIPHY is integrated. Enter @fwcd in the stickers search bar and view all the options on FWCD's GIPHY channel. See GIPHY’s support section for tips.
Join the fairytale cast of characters and a giant green ogre for the "once-upon-a-time" story of friendship, love and acceptance as FWCD's Performing Arts Department presents Shrek The Musical. All performances take place in the FWCD Scott Theater.
Clint Hagen will be leading a group to Italy during spring break 2023. Join him for a parent-student interest meeting on Monday, February 28, at 7 p.m. in the Moncrief Library. Explore ancient Rome and its modern legacy in a trip that combines the best of both. Students will trace the impact of Roman civilization from its beginning through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, modern Europe, and the United States. They will visit the excavated ruins of first-century Pompeii, the Colosseum, the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, and experience a first-of-its-kind virtual reality reconstruction of Nero’s palace, the Domus Aurea, all while being led by expert tour guides. This trip is open to students in the Classes of 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026. RSVP to Clint Hagen.
The Upper School Student Council is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, February 23, and Thursday, February 24, in the Patton Field House. Student Council will provide snacks on both days for those donating. The blood drive is open to students, family members, and faculty/staff.
The College Counseling Office will host this year’s College Colloquium program is on Wednesday, February 23, via Zoom, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Parents/guardians and students in grades 8-11 are invited to this informative, enjoyable presentation. The panel of experts will address how COVID-19 has impacted college admission; discuss national trends, including the future of test-optional admission; and provide useful perspectives for students and parents/guardians who are approaching the college search process. The Zoom link will be shared in a communication to grades 8-11 families next week.
Senior Macie Mallick will be featured this Sunday on "Sunday Night Sports Special" with Joe Trahan as the North Texas Buick Dealers Scholar-Athlete of the Week. The show starts at 10:35 p.m. on WFAA Channel 8, the Dallas-Fort Worth ABC affiliate. Macie has attended Fort Worth Country Day since kindergarten and has been a member of the field hockey, soccer and tennis teams.
Senior Carter Daly signed to play football with Harvard on National Signing Day, February 2, 2022. Daly started at FWCD in kindergarten and has been a member of the football, basketball and lacrosse programs. We wish him all the best and can't wait to follow him as he joins the Harvard Crimson program.
This year marks the 34th consecutive year for Fort Worth Country Day’s Black & White Images Competition and Exhibition. Sponsored by the FWCD Visual Arts Department, Black & White Images provides a forum for exhibiting student photographers from regional private and public high schools, allowing them an opportunity to exchange ideas, receive recognition and display outstanding photography.
Fort Worth Country Day student Joaquin Castro-Balbi ’22 has been named one of more than 5,000 candidates in the 2022 U.S.PresidentialScholarsProgram and one of two from Fort Worth high schools. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2022. Castro-Balbi is FWCD’s 10th U.S. Presidential Scholars Program candidate since 2000. Last year, FWCD’s Henry Lynn ’21 was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate.
Trailblazer, respected civil rights activist, community leader, teacher, counselor, mother, daughter, grandmother … Opal Lee is all of these things and more to the Fort Worth community. When she began her walk in 2016 from Fort Worth to Washington, D.C. to draw attention to Juneteenth, the day the Civil War-era Emancipation Proclamationwas announced in Galveston, Texas (June 19, 1865; two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued it on January 1, 1863), she became a national treasure. For an extended celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lee recently joined the Fort Worth Country Day community for the second MLK Forum sponsored by the Country Day Institute. She shared her inspiring story and the journey that led to President Joe Biden signing into law on June 19, 2021, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, creating a federal holiday to commemorate Juneteenth. This is the first federal holiday approved since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983, and the day of the signing marked the 156th anniversary of the last Black enslaved people being freed in Texas.
FWCD 4-H members represented Fort Worth Country Day proudly in the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in recent weeks. View the slideshow. From showing chickens, a duck (an FWCD first), and cattle, to participating in the Calf Scramble, serving as representatives for Texas Brigade Camps and working as a Mutton Buster, these students showed their skills and made an impact.
Mary Grace Rymell ’30 served as Lower School Principal for the Day on Friday, January 28. She shared a letter with the Lower School faculty and community introducing herself, sharing that she is a student in Joan Massey’s class and has been a student at FWCD since she was in kindergarten. She also has an older brother, Dylan ’24, who is a Falcon. As Principal for the Day, Mary Grace led the morning assembly; observed classes; and held important meetings with Head of Middle School Stephen Blan, Interim Head of Upper School Peggy Wakeland, and Head of School Eric Lombardi. Her gift to all the Lower School students: A “no homework pass” good for one night’s homework.
To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, FWCD fourth-graders explored some of Dr. King's most famous quotes and designed a poster using paper cut-outs. Finished posters are on display on the wall in front of the Lower School Office. Go visit this wall of inspiration.
Falcon sweatpants, compression shorts, T-shirts, hoodies, stadium blankets, water bottles, mugs and more were flying off the shelves on Thursday, January 20, when the new Campus Store opened its doors. FWCD’s very own Talon did a little pre-shopping before the big rush. All this week, the store’s been the most-visited site on campus as students, parents, faculty and staff flock to it. The store resides in the south hall of the Sid W. Richardson Round Gym building, next to the Technology Office.
FemiAdedokun ’22 represented FWCD at the fourth Dallas Young Artist Exhibition at the Blue Print Gallery in Dallas last week. Adedokun’s artwork was on display with other talented artists in the DFW metroplex. Since its inception, the gallery has been instrumental in giving young artists long overdue consideration. In his exhibited work, Adedokun aimed to express his complex relationship, experiences, and eventual acceptance of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Reshma Niraula ’22 was honored by Fort Worth Sister Cities International (FWSCI) as the organization's Youth Volunteer of the Year in December. Since eighth grade, Niraula has been involved with Sister Cities. Her first exchange trip was to Nagaoka, Japan. Niraula is an advocate for FWSCI by taking on many leadership roles on the Fort Worth Youth International Board.
Texas High School Baseball has released their preseason rankings for the 2022 season. FWCD is ranked 13th among large schools. They are listed as the third highest SPC school, first in the North Zone. Please check their schedule on the website to see when the team plays so you can come cheer on your Falcons!
Dabin Lee ’24 won first place in the Dallas Symphonic Festival Competition on January 15. She entered in the Sonatina/Sonata Category (Junior) and played Sonata Op. 2 No. 3, Mvt. 1 by Beethoven. The annual festival is sponsored by the Dallas Music Teachers Association and gives north Texas music students a chance to compete with a concerto or sonata of their choice, with divisions organized by age.
Olivia Kersh ’24 will soon see the play she wrote, Sleep, brought to life on stage. Kersh’s play was chosen for the 2021Neighborhood Play Contest to be produced by Stage West Theatre in the 2022 Festival of theKid this May. The contest drew 576 entries from 23 schools this year – double the number of typical entries. Kersh was inspired by professional playwright Rob Bosquez who visited with students during Musical Theatre class to talk about playwriting. The Neighborhood Play Contest is for North Texas students in grades K-12. Students are invited to write a short play, scene, poem, monologue, or prose and submit it into the contest for the chance to be produced onstage during Festival of the Kid. Performance dates are May 16-18.
Ninth-graders Nara Acuna Guba, Charles Portwood, Chappell Carter, Jaya Conmy, MurphyHoefer, and ElizabethDike escorted eighth-grade parents around the Bass Upper School during an evening parent “Step-Up” program on Wednesday, January 26. Earlier in the day, students learned about the Upper School through three rotations: academics, fine arts and athletics, and student support and Upper School co/extracurricular programs.
Reggie Johnson, Digital Media and Content Manager, is serving as a Social Media Special Interest Group Chair for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Greater Fort Worth Chapter board in 2022. In addition to involvement in regular board meetings, he will be responsible for providing programming and specific opportunities for members who work with social media to interact with one another and to engage with the chapter at large.
Talent. Dedication. Heart. That is what the Slaughter Family Arts Awards (SFAA) celebrates, as it recognizes and promotes excellence and effort in the fine arts community. Founded in 2020, the Slaughter Family Arts Awards are the brainchild of FWCD alumni and current parents Rebecca (Shaw) ’02 and J Mack Slaughter ’02. They formed the arts organization as a way to give back, both through scholarship and performance opportunities to students who love the arts in school or out of school.
Check out the new offerings in the award-winning FWCD GIPHY channel. February is almost here, so let's all spread the love. You can use them on social media and text messages -- wherever GIPHY is integrated. Enter @fwcd in the stickers search bar and view all the options on FWCD's GIPHY channel. See GIPHY’s support section for tips.
Looking for a family fun evening? Join the FWCD Performing Arts Department for Shrek The Musical on the FWCD Scott Theater stage February 17, 18, 19 and 20. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. Visit fwcd.org/tickets to secure yours today. Performances are at 7 p.m. on February 17-18 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 20.
Join the FWCD Health and Wellness Counseling Department for Understanding Online Addictions: Gaming, Social Media, and Other Online Content with JeremyEdge, LPC, Owner/Founder of Escapingthe.com. The event takes place on Monday, January 31, in the Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center from 7-8 p.m. All members of the FWCD community , JK-12, are invited to this important program.
Mark your calendar for Lower School Bingo: The new date is Friday, March 4, same time, same place -- 5:30-8 p.m. in the Sid W. Richardson Round Gym. If, for some reason, you are unable to attend and would like a refund, please contact PFA Treasurer Allisen Prigel via email at email@example.com. For those families who have not yet signed up and can make the new date, registration is open until January 28.
AI stands for the Awesomeness Initiative, and it’s back in the Mason Middle School. The spring 2022 classes kicked off on Tuesday, January 11: Fifth and sixth-graders are participating in a completely new class called OVERBOOKED (see separate story), and seventh- and eighth-graders are enjoying one of 16 non-graded elective courses.
On January 6, the College Counseling Office welcomed four recent FWCD graduates to share their perspectives on college with members of the Class of 2022. Panelists were Campbell Robinson ’19 (The University of Texas at Austin), Sidney Hubli ’20(University of Virginia), Allie Stewart ’20 (Angelo State University), and Lance Mayhue ’18 (University of Southern California). FWCD’s graduates spoke about their academic and social experiences in college. They all agreed that FWCD prepared them well for the academic work they encountered. However, getting to know their professors and learning solid time management skills were cited as critical factors that lead to their overall academic and personal success in college.
This year’s Book Fair was an incredible success. The FWCD Libraries would like to thank all of the students, parents, and grandparents for their overwhelming generosity. More than $30,000 in books was sold, which translated into hundreds of new books for students of all ages in the coming months. Charles Nash Elementary School in Fort Worth ISD was the beneficiary of FWCD’s annual Books for Kids program. A new book for every student at the school, as well as a few new hardback books for their library, was delivered to that school. Through the FWCD Libraries partnership with the Upper School Student Council and their Kindness Initiative T-shirt sales, a donation of $4,600 also was made to the school to help refresh their library collection.
FWCD’s Parent Faculty Association awarded FWCD Security Officer LariceGallander with the Falcon Wings honor. Falcon Wings recognize PFA volunteers, FWCD teachers or staff who soar above and beyond the call of duty to enhance PFA programs or events, or have improved the greater FWCD community by their dedication and enthusiasm. A book will be donated to the library in her honor.
Humor, realistic fiction, fantasy, autobiography, mystery, science fiction … what do all these terms have in common? They are types of literary genres. The Awesomeness Initiative course for all fifth- and sixth-graders is titled OVERBOOKED and will focus on all things reading. Throughout the next four AI meetings, students will rotate through four reading-based classes designed to expose them to good literature to encourage them to read more during the second semester.
FWCD Upper School students received some serious award recognition through the Association of Texas Photography Instructors (ATPI) Fall Photo Contest. Kendall Lehman ’22 earned two first-place honors, one in the Advanced Documentary/Street Photography category, the other in the Advanced Informal-Environmental Portrait category. Femi Adedokun ’22 earned second-place recognition in the Advanced Portfolio Category. Rachel Nelson ’23 and Alexis Rollins ’23 both earned Honorable Mentions in the Advanced Portfolio categories.
This year, eighth-grade Latin students took on the task of building a scale model of ancient Rome, combining ancient culture with computer-aided design and manufacturing. This did not happen in a day … it took approximately three weeks.
Amelia Bedelia (FWCD Middle School Librarian Kim Gardner) was back at Fort Worth Country Day to host the Lower School’s Second-Grade Idiom Fashion Show before the winter break. Parents were in stitches as they watched their students take wordplay to the extreme on the red carpet in the Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center. Those pun-filled fashions included bubble skirts, baggy jeans, 14-karat gold necklaces, wingtip shoes, gowns with trains, ruffled party dresses, ball gowns, moon boots, sport coats, hoop skirts, bell-bottoms, balloon and bell sleeves, 10-gallon hats, and boat-neck and turtleneck shirts. Peggy Parish (author of the Amelia Bedelia books) would have been proud as punch! View the video.
Fort Worth Country Day won two InspirED School Marketers Brilliance Awards for its Tuesday Teacher Takeover social media campaign and GIPHY Channel. This is the only international competition that recognizes excellence in private and independent school marketing communications. The Brilliance Awards are sponsored by InspirED School Marketers, a website that provides “brilliant ideas and brain food” for private school administrators around the globe.
Before winter break, Upper School Ceramics Teacher Jerry Mahle presented a check to a volunteer at The WARM Place for $1,708.61. These funds came from our Fine Arts Department Art for Art program, which sold ceramics crafted by Upper School students for a minimum donation of $20.
The Lower School Change Drive raised $1,980.68. Before winter break, Ava Long '30, on behalf of the Lower School and its Student Council, presented a check to Kit Tennison Moncrief ’70, founder of The Saving Hope Animal Rescue Foundation, and her dog, Hope. Saving Hope works hard to rescue, rehabilitate, and find loving homes for abandoned, neglected and abused domestic animals.
Our Middle School donated more than 300 toys for the COMO Community Center toy drive this year. We are so pleased with the outcome and very thankful to all who contributed! Lots of children had a joyful holiday season thanks to the generosity of so many!
The Square Gym was buzzing with smiling faces, laughter, and lots of holiday cheer on Friday December 9, 2021 during the PFA’s annual Holiday Sale. What a fantastic sight to see students in JK-6, along with their parents, shopping for their family and friends. Congratulations to Holiday Sale Chairs Erin Glover and Carolyn Dollahite, for making this day one to remember and the perfect start to everyone’s Holiday celebration. The sale netted roughly $18,000 for the School.
FWCD's varsity cheerleaders hand-made 100 cards and delivered them to residents across the street at Mirabella Assisted Living before the holiday break. The cheerleaders visited with the residents, shared stories and laughs, and were even asked to perform during the residents’ dinner hour. A wonderful time was had by all!
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.