2017

  • November

    NBC 5’s Katy Blakey Covers The Daffodil Project

    Fort Worth Country Day senior Grace Goldman was determined to bring this garden to her campus. It's part of a world-wide movement called the "Daffodil Project" to recognize the children who perished during the Holocaust. Grace's segment was featured on NBC 5 Monday night. Click here to view the piece.
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  • Daffodil Project at FWCD

    Shannon Rossman Allen
    For Grace Goldman ’18, growing up in a family that is both Jewish and Catholic has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. Grace’s great grandmother, Mimi, was interned at Auschwitz when she was 22. Because her fingers at the very edge curved outward, the Germans determined she could screw munitions effectively, so her life was spared and, instead, she was sent to a work camp.
     
    In an effort to connect today’s students with an event that happened more than 70 years ago, Grace learned about The Daffodil Project and became intent on bringing it to Fort Worth Country Day. The project’s goal is to plant 1.5 million daffodils around the world in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. The Daffodil Project empowers Holocaust education and supports children suffering in humanitarian crises throughout the world today.
     
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  • Middle School Spanish Students Celebrate The Day of the Dead

    El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has long been celebrated in central and southern Mexico from October 31 to November 2 to honor those who have passed. Legend has it that the gates of heaven open at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the deceased come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

    Middle School Spanish students in grades 6-8 have been celebrating The Day of the Dead for approximately 10 years, through an interdisciplinary project that combines art with Spanish language skills. A collaborative effort among the Middle School Spanish teachers and Visual Arts Teacher Holly Clifford, the project highlights heroes of Mexican culture and other deceased family members or friends who were special to the students. These colorful art projects are on display in the Amon G. Carter Foundation Commons within the Mason Middle School.
     
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  • October

    Mason Middle School Hosts Sister Cities Visit

    The week of October 23 was more “electric” than normal in the Mason Middle School as 15 students and two adult chaperones from Nagaoka, Japan, were part of the Fort Worth and FWCD community for nine days, October 21-29. For the fourth year in a row, Fort Worth Country Day’s Mason Middle School served as an Ambassador Middle School for Sister Cities of Fort Worth. FWCD families hosted the students and adults from Nagaoka, Japan, for the annual international youth exchange program.
     
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  • Former Faculty Shares WW II Story

    FWCD has such a treasure in Claire-Lise Knecht H’06! An FWCD Founding Faculty Member, Claire-Lise spoke virtually no English when she started at FWCD as a French teacher in 1963. On October 12, Claire-Lise shared a personal story with fifth- and sixth-graders: Her family hid two Jewish boys and their parents during World War II. View the Facebook video for a truly fascinating story! 
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  • Holocaust Survivor Shares His Story

    Holocaust Survivor Paul Kessler visited with Mason Middle School students on September 27 to share his personal story and the lessons he learned from this tragic mass genocide.
     
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  • Broadening Horizons

    Upper School students in the World Religions course took a field trip to the Vietnamese Buddhist temple called Chùa Hương Đạo. Buddhist Monk Chantelle K. Nanda who has been a monk for 55 years (since he was 10 years old) gave the group a tour. An incredibly knowledgeable guide, Nanda is fluent in Japanese, Chinese and Russian. Originally from Sri Lanka, Nanda helped found a temple first in Houston and then here in Fort Worth.
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  • September

    2017 Fort Worth Youth Ambassadors

    Eight Fort Worth Country Day students served as Fort Worth Youth Ambassadors this year through Fort Worth Sister Cities. These students opened the door to the world and explored the history, languages, foods, traditions and arts of Fort Worth’s sister cities, of which there are eight: Reggio Emilia, Italy; Trier, Germany; Nagaoka, Japan; Indonesia; Budapest, Hungary; Toluca, Mexico; Mbabane, Swaziland; and Guiyang, China.  Students from grades 8-12 represented Fort Worth and the U.S. to various cities this summer, while also learning the importance of global volunteerism.
     
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  • Upper School Students Visit DFW Hindu Temple

    Students in Upper School History Teacher Maggie Philpot’s History of World Religions course recently visited a Hindu temple in Irving known as the DFW Hindu Temple. “We were graciously hosted by Swati Pandit, who is on the Board of Trustees for the temple,” Philpot said. “She led us around the temple, explaining the significance of the various ‘murti’ and the rituals that take place in the temple.” The students were also taken into the meditation room, where they viewed the various murals and significant religious figures (from Hinduism as well as from Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism). Within the meditation room, the group sat on the floor and Pandit shared more of the history and tenants of Hinduism and then allowed students to ask questions. The students had interesting questions about diet, about how Hindus view death, and about excerpts from Hindu texts they had read in preparation for this visit.
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  • April

    Fashion around the World

    In celebration of different cultures around the globe, the Lower School language teachers presented “Fashion around the World.” Parents, grandparents, students and faculty donned traditional clothing from such countries as China, Egypt, Great Britain, Mexico, India, Ghana, Germany, Venezuela and Japan and walked the “catwalk” for the School’s very first international fashion show. 
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Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a K-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.