2018

  • February

    Bluebonnet Readers Celebrated

    Melissa Hickman, Library Assistant
    The Lower School Library turned blue on February 6, to celebrate 24 fourth- and fifth-graders who read at least 10 books nominated for the prestigious 2017-18 Texas Bluebonnet Award.
     
    At a special Bluebonnet Breakfast hosted by Head Librarian Tammy Wolford and Middle School Librarian Kim Gardner, students celebrated their accomplishments. The menu included blueberry waffles, blueberry muffins, blueberry pop-tarts and, of course, blueberries with whipped cream. Students also took home a gift bag filled with treats to commemorate their accomplishment.
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  • Do You Have Summer Plans?

    Spend your summer with us at Fort Worth Country Day's Falcon Fun in the Sun! As you start making summer plans, take a look at all the fun summer camp opportunities for your Falcons ages 4-18 at fwcd.org/camp. Our 70+ camps and programs are offered from May 29 through July 27, running in one- to three-week blocks. Campers have the option to come for the morning, afternoon or stay all day! Join us for a week or the full summer.
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  • Get Your Anything Goes Tickets Today!

    The stage is set for Anything Goes, and you’re aboard the S.S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is traveling from New York to England. Her pal, Billy Crocker, has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh! You won’t want to miss all the antics, singing and dancing in this year’s spring musical. Tickets are on sale now! Get yours before they sell out. Performances take place in the FWCD Scott Theater on February 22, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 25, at 3 p.m. Visit fwcds.seatyourself.biz to purchase your tickets today! 
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  • Junior Shares Her Passion for Photography

    With only three experienced photographers working this year on Flight (Fort Worth Country Day’s yearbook), Sophie Moten ’19 took it upon herself to rustle up some interest -- in the Mason Middle School.
     
    “It’s a no-brainer,” Moten said. “The middle schoolers use iPads in their classes each day. Why not take photos of their everyday experiences and share them with the yearbook? And by extension, maybe the students become interested in photography and ultimately join the Flight or Falcon Quill staff when they get into Upper School. My goal is to help grow student photographers and foster a passion early on.”
     
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  • FWCD's first win!

    Learning a New Language

    Java, C#, C++, VB.NET and Python. Do you speak these languages? Many of our Upper School students do, thanks to Shaheen Matuni, Upper School Computer Science and Technology Teacher, and his passion for computer science and competitive programming.
     
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  • Middle Schoolers Selected for TPSMEA North Region Honors Orchestra

    Nine Middle School Strings members were selected to perform with the Texas Private Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) North Region Honors Orchestra. They competed with students from schools covering the entire North Texas area. The concert and clinic take place Saturday, February 24, at John Paul II High School in Plano. Pictured are (back row) Brock Bethea ’23, Joshua Yoon ’22, Hunter Hyde ’23, Xixi Hillman ’22, Joaquin Castro-Balbi ’22, Josh Wu ’23, Luke Wroten ’22, (front row) Mason Cheng ’22 and Blaine Barker ’23.
     
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  • Photography Students Earn Black & White Images Accolades

    Sophie Moten ’19 and Riley Davenport ’21 were honored at the Black & White Images Reception on February 3. Sophie had three photographs place in the competition: End of the Show (Second Place, Landscape/Cityscape), PRIDE for All (Third Place, Photo Essay) and I’m with her (Third Place, Photojournalism). Riley earned an Honorable Mention for Beau (Nature + Animals). Sponsored by the FWCD Visual Arts Department, Black & White Images celebrated its 30th year. Ben Breard, Founder and Owner of Afterimage Gallery, served as juror. The 2018 exhibition can be viewed at fwcd.org/images
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  • FWCD Community Dedicates Playgrounds

    While the students have been enjoying their new playground equipment, courtesy of FWCD’s Parent-Faculty Association, for weeks now, the School formally dedicated the new Lower School and Kindergarten playgrounds with a meaningful program on February 7, some extra playtime for the students and some super sweet treats! View the video of the program on the FWCD Facebook page—toward the end, some students share their thoughts on the new play space. Click here for a video of the Kindergarten Playground ribbon cutting.
     
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  • Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

    Middle School and Lower School French students celebrated Mardi Gras throughout the afternoon on Tuesday, February 13. Activities and games included a bilingual play, face painting, a French café with a DJ, origami, Bingo, Twister, a roulette wheel, a beanbag toss, the always-delicious cookie walk, a lollipop tree and a basketball toss. 
     
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  • Two Playwrights Honored in Neighborhood Play Contest

    Joe Westermann ’19 and Katelyn Stokes ’19 will soon see their plays brought to life on stage. The students’ plays, Conform by Westermann and This is Bias by Stokes, were chosen for the Neighborhood Play Festival to be produced by Stage West in the Festival of the Kid this May. This is the second year in a row that Westermann has earned this prestigious honor.
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  • Anything Goes Tickets on Sale Monday, February 5

    Tickets for FWCD’s spring musical, Anything Goes, go on sale Monday, February 5! The show is set aboard the ocean liner S.S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is traveling from New York to England. Her pal, Billy Crocker, has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Performances take place in the FWCD Scott Theater on February 22, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 25, at 3 p.m. Purchase your tickets for the show starting on Monday, February 5, at fwcds.seatyourself.biz.
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  • NAHS Attends Slow Art Event at the Modern

    Lauren Cunningham, Upper School Art and Art History Teacher
    Last month, the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) attended a Slow Art event at the Modern Museum and participated in an in-depth discussion about the museum’s new acquisition: Aurora, a painting by Anselm Kiefer. Slow Art at the Modern aims to break with the often frenetic pace of modern life to simply enjoy works of art in a deliberate and unhurried fashion. The program, led by a Modern docent the third Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m., invests in this pause with a 30-minute spotlight tour focusing on one work of art.
     
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  • Seventh-Grader Crowned Geo Bee Champ

    Thirty-four Mason Middle School students showed their extensive geography aptitude as they participated in FWCD’s Geography Bee. Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Geo Bee, as it’s affectionately known at FWCD, is a competition for public schools, private schools, and homeschools in the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific territories, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools. Schools with students in grades 4-8 are eligible to participate in this educational and entertaining contest. The last man standing was seventh-grader Rob Batton.
     
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  • “Let’s Go! Let’s Show! Let’s Rodeo!”

    Now in its 49th year, the K-Rodeo, as it’s affectionately known, allows FWCD’s youngest students to dress up as cowboys and cowgirls and reenact the Fort Worth Rodeo. Riding stick horses; dressing up as colorful rodeo clowns; and cavorting as cows, calves and steers, the kindergarteners take over the Annie Richardson Bass Lower School Atrium for one of the School’s most beloved traditions.

    This year’s experience was made even more special by the Moncrief family, (Gloria Moncrief Holmsten ’00, mother of Monty ’30; Adelaide Moncrief; and Kit Moncrief), who has been entrenched in the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo for more than 30 years. The Moncriefs brought Professional and World Champion Bullfighters Nathan Harp, Dusty Tuckness, Evan Allard and Rodeo Clown Troy Lerwill to campus on January 23 to share with students what it’s like to work and perform in the rodeo. All four can be seen in the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, which ends February 3. These bullfighters and rodeo clowns shared how they got into this unique line of work and offered some advice to the students on their upcoming K-Rodeo performances, which included “Have fun and smile.” View videos from the K-Rodeo and more on the FWCD Facebook page
     
     
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  • Nikhil De '18

    De Named 2018 Regeneron STS Scholar

    Nikhil De ’18 was named one of 300 Scholars nationwide in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) for independent research in astrophysics he conducted last summer. A 2017-18 National Merit Semifinalist, De began working with Texas Christian University Assistant Professor Kat Barger, PhD, in May 2017 on his project, which was titled “Examining the Internal Kinematics of Interacting Dwarf-Dwarf Galaxy Pairs with SDSS-MaNGA.”

    One of only 18 students winning from Texas, De was the only scholarship winner from Fort Worth and Arlington. He earned a $2,000 scholarship for himself, as well as $2,000 for the Fort Worth Country Day Science Department. The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking, and promise as scientists from 1,818 applicants from 555 high schools in 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and six American and international high schools overseas. This year, research projects cover topics from space science to bioinformatics to environmental science.
     
     
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  • Fifth-Grader Wins Middle School Spelling Bee

    Twenty FWCD Middle School students battled it out in words within the Scott Theater at the annual Spelling Bee on January 19. Hardie Tucker ’25 was declared the winner after 16 rounds. He earned bragging rights in the Championship Round after spelling “supercilious,” which means arrogantly superior; haughty; disdainful. Alex Seiden ’25 placed third and Landen Walker ’22, last year’s champion, was runner-up. Hardie will compete in the area bee at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts in February.
     
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  • Guest Artist Provides Collage Insight

    Lauren Cunningham, Upper School Art and Art History Teacher
    Matt Cusick, a Dallas-based collage artist, spoke with Painting & Drawing students about his art on Monday, January 22. He also joined students for a group critique of their collages, which they have been working on since before winter break. “My favorite part about Mr. Cusick’s visit was our critic time,” said Xitlali Castaneda '19. “I was initially very nervous, but it turned out to be really helpful, not only for me but also for my peers. I also enjoyed when he talked to us about his own process and what tools he personally used.”
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  • (Back row) Mohid Sadiq '23, Middle School Latin Teacher Clint Hagen, Gavin Zoota '22, Joaquin Castro-Balbi '22, Henry Brookman '22, Brock Bethea '23, Leo Vernon '22, Peyton Randoph '22 (front row) Carson Lee '23, Connor Henry '23, Reshma Niraula '22, Michelle Pham '22, Ethan Jordan '23

    Middle School Latin Club Wins Austin-area Tournament

    Clint Hagen, Middle School Latin Teacer
    The Middle School Latin Club traveled to Austin on Saturday, January 27, to compete in a certamen tournament. Latin for “contest” or “struggle, ” certamen is a game played by teams of four in a style similar to Jeopardy. Students must buzz in and correctly answer questions about the Latin language, Roman history, classical mythology and other related topics. Three teams of four play in each round.
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  • NAHS Attends Slow Art Event at the Modern

    Lauren Cunningham, Upper School Art and Art History Teacher
    Last month, the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) attended a Slow Art event at the Modern Museum and participated in an in-depth discussion about the museum’s new acquisition: Aurora, a painting by Anselm Kiefer. Slow Art at the Modern aims to break with the often frenetic pace of modern life to simply enjoy works of art in a deliberate and unhurried fashion. The program, led by a Modern docent the third Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m., invests in this pause with a 30-minute spotlight tour focusing on one work of art.
     
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  • January

    Spring Enrichment Registration Open

    Spring 2018 Enrichment is here! All the information is at your fingertips on the FWCD After-School Enrichment website. The offerings, for students in grades 1-6, include some of your favorites as well as fun new sessions. Sign up today for your favorite classes. Questions? Email Katie Jordan '09, Summer Programs and Enrichment Administrator. 
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  • Upper School Photographers Featured in Black & White Images Exhibition

    2018 marks the 30th anniversary of 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 due recognition and display outstanding photography. Two FWCD students—Riley Davenport ’21 and Sophie Moten ’19—have works displayed in the show.
     
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  • COLLEGE ADMISSION DEANS TO VISIT FWCD

    The College Counseling Office is pleased to announce that this year's College Colloquium program is Wednesday, February 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center. Parents in grades 8-11 are invited to this informative, enjoyable presentation. Our panel of experts will address national trends in the field of college admission and provide useful perspectives for students and parents who are approaching the college search process.
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  • Friendships Forged through Books

    The Leadership Academy at Maude I. Logan Elementary was the beneficiary of FWCD’s annual Books for Kids program. The success of FWCD’s December Book Fair allowed the School to provide a book for every student in that school. FWCD third-graders recently delivered the books over two days and spent meaningful time with kindergarten and third-grade students at the Leadership Academy. 
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  • FWCD Family Composting Opportunity


    As the first school in Fort Worth to undertake a comprehensive food composting program with Cowboy Compost, Fort Worth Country Day is now offering its parents, faculty and staff the opportunity to personally participate in this outstanding program, which helps the greater Fort Worth community as well as reinforces the good environmental habits FWCD students have learned in school.
     
    Since starting the program in October, FWCD has collected 2,100 pounds of food waste weekly. That waste is being sent to compost rather than taking up valuable space in city landfills. When food waste is composted, it becomes a nutrient-rich soil. In November, bags of compost from Cowboy Compost were used in the School’s Daffodil Garden planting.
     
    All families, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a new Food Composting Drop-off Program. Read More for cost and specifics. 
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  • Middle School Robotics Teams Excels

    FWCD seventh- and eighth-graders in the Middle School Robotics Club set their sights on “Mastering Mars” as they accepted the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Arena Contest Challenge on January 13. Joaquin Castro-Balbi ’22, Addie Finley ’23, Isabella Gutierrez ’22, Emma Hermesmeyer ’23, Xixi Hillman ’22, Reshma Niraula ’22, Nicholas Pakis ’22, Jessica Tomasic ’23, Mark Wong ’22, Josh Wu ’23, Joshua Yoon ’22 and Gavin Zoota ’22 spent months preparing for this prescribed problem arena contest, in which student teams of 2-4 received a set of challenge rules and specifications designed around the theme.
     
     
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  • Fighting Falcons Take Home a Win in Annual Cub-O Event

    A map, a compass, a parent mentor, a canteen full of water … what more do you need to navigate the Sid Richardson Scout Ranch in Bridgeport, Texas, during the annual Cub-O orienteering event? Sixteen Cub Scouts who attend Fort Worth Country Day competed in this annual event on the first Saturday in January. The goal: to hike as a team to as many checkpoints in two hours and 30 minutes on the 25,000-acre ranch located on the west side of Lake Bridgeport.
     
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  • Seniors “Chat” with Young Alumni

    What’s it like to live on campus? Do professors take attendance in college? How do I know if I should “rush?” How do I get involved in a new place? These questions and more were addressed on January 4 at the College Counseling Office-sponsored College Chat.  This annual event invites recent graduates back to Fort Worth Country Day to share their perspectives on college with the members of the senior class. This year's speakers were Alex Doswell ’16University of VirginiaRoss Kasal ’15Case Western Reserve UniversityHannah Cramer ’15Southern Methodist UniversityMelody Rodriguez ’15Stanford University; and Joseph Breedlove ’17University of Tulsa.
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  • PFA Western Bingo – Friday, January 26

    K-4 students and parents are invited to Western Bingo, sponsored by the Parent Faculty Association. Join us on January 26, from 5:30-8 p.m. for a fun-filled night, complete with dinner from Babe’s Chicken Dinner House and some rousing games of Bingo! Bingo T-shirts are on sale through January 12. Students may wear them on Friday, January 26, or wear western attire for an out-of uniform-day. Register and purchase your T-shirts today!
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  • Lower School Playground is Open!

    The developmental value of outside play is well established and necessary. At school, it helps students cultivate social skills, emotional growth and confidence … all while having fun. Shapes, sizes and levels of physical ability vary among kids, but one thing is universally true: They all love to play. And, more importantly, they love to play with others. January 3, the first day of school in 2018, was a big day for FWCD students in grades 1-4, as the new Lower School playground opened. Thanks to Fort Worth Country Day’s Parent Faculty Association, who provided $225,000 for this playground upgrade, students are happier than ever during recess. The kindergarten playground, also funded with PFA money, should be up and running in the next two week.
     
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  • FWCD in the News

    FWCD’s composting endeavors were featured in the January 2018 issue of Madeworthy. The story, titled “Renewals through Recycling” can be found on page 5. Click here for the online magazine.
     
    Trey Blair’s announcement as Head of Lower School was published in both the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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  • Lower School Student Council Visits Recycling Plant

    All FWCD students, faculty and staff are building on their environmental sustainability awareness and knowledge as they participate in FWCD’s composting program. In December, the Lower School Student Council took it one step further and visited the Arlington-based recycling plant Republic Services to learn more about the recycling process.
     
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4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
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.