Head of School EricLombardi announced Thursday that BrianPhelps will be Fort Worth Country Day’s next Athletic Director. Phelps’s appointment follows a comprehensive national search for FWCD’s eighth Athletic Director. He succeeds FrankGendusa, the School’s Athletic Director since 2007.
Renowned author Patricia Polacco spent the day on the Fort Worth Country Day campus on November 2, gifting us with a storytelling voice like no other. Students were mesmerized as she shared tidbits about her family, stories of Babushka (her grandmother), Natasha, and her rotten, redheaded older brother. One of the most exciting moments was when she asked the students if they’d like to see the Keeping Quilt.
The blessing of grandparents was the theme of Thursday and Friday, November 16 and 17, as Fort Worth Country Day celebrated Grandparents’ and Grandfriends’ Day. The Plight of the Turkey; the Fourth-Grade Modern Language and Music Program; activities related to music, PE and design thinking; and classroom tours are just some of what the students shared with their grandparents and grandfriends throughout the morning. Visit FWCD's Facebook page for a variety of videos from the performances as well as photographs.
Fort Worth Country Day senior GraceGoldman 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.
Eighth-graders are involved in a lengthy multidisciplinary project right now that engages them in the arts, fosters communication skills and builds upon their literary criticism skills. The Renaissance Art History Research Project kicked off in October with visits to the Kimbell Art Museum. Students met with professional docents taking notes on five paintings from the Renaissance time period.
The Fort Worth Country Day community paid tribute to and honored the nation’s heroes on Friday, November 10, and Monday, November 13. The tradition of Veterans Day began with Armistice Day. President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 to be Armistice Day in 1919 to recognize veterans of World War I. On May 13, 1938, Armistice Day became a legal holiday. In the aftermath of World War II, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. President Dwight D. Eisenhower made the first Veterans Day Proclamation later that year on October 8.
Photography students in Sil Azevedo’s classes entered the annual Association of Texas Photography Instructors (ATPI) Fall Photo Contest. The competition boasted 6,800 photos from 87 different schools. Fort Worth Country Day had five students’ work accepted into the show with six total awards. Kudos to Brendan O'Connell ’18, Sydney Becan ’20, Sophie Moten ’19
Bryant Buechele ’09 and Bryan Kelly ’11 returned to their alma mater to provide insight and advice to Upper School students about law school as part of the College Counseling Office's “Career Conversations” program
Twelve FWCD faculty members and one FWCD parent gave up their Saturday on November 4 to engage students in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) Academic Adventures program hosted on Fort Worth Country Day’s campus. Now in its seventh year at FWCD, these Academic Adventures courses draw students in grades 4-6 from the metroplex and beyond to engage in higher-level learning. Christine Spikes, Lynnette Burleson,Jon Shipley, Debbie Schofield, Rachel Fineman, Sherri Reed,Dorrine DeChant, Lauren Cunningham, Chuck Kraus, Jonathan Hinton, Stephen Dickey ’89 and John Cordell, as well as Dr. Emily Murphey (mother of Malinda ’22 and Henry ’26) taught courses that build upon their own passions. This session brought to campus 105 students for the day. Most students came from North Texas, but some traveled from as far away as Oklahoma and Louisiana. FWCD hosts the only Duke TIP programming in the metroplex.
Claire Guthrie ’20, Frankie Leoni ’26 and Rocco Leoni ’23 have been cast in the Casa Mañana Children’s Theatre production of Santa Claus: A New Musical. It will be performed at Casa Mañana in the mornings on November 28-December 15.
Firefighting and rescue was the theme of this year’s Cowtown BEST Engineering and Robotics Competition, and Upper School students joined forces to create, build and then drive their robot in the final competition.
FWCD's composting program is getting noticed by the local media. CultureMap Fort Worth, which highlights local lifestyle news, ran a story in its Daily Digest online publication in the October 23 issue. Click here for the story. We were also mentioned in the B2B Insider, published by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, under “He Said, She Said, They Said” in the November 1 issue. Head of School EricLombardi recently was interviewed about our composting efforts for the January 2018 issue of Madeworthy, and on page 8 of the most recent issue of Monticello Neighborhood News & Views, there’s a cool mention of the composting program again. Click here for the issue. #FWCD #FlyHigher
Third-graders brought their favorite books to life on Halloween morning during the Lower School’s annual Book Character performance. Students spoke—in character—about their adventures in their favorite books and urged audience members to learn more by reading the booka themselves. Some of this year’s reads included Who was Neil Armstrong? By Roberta Edwards, Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco, Pinkalicious by Elizabeth Kann and Hilo the Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick.
The Endowed Master Teaching Chair designation is the highest distinction given by Fort Worth Country Day to faculty members who have a sustained record of teaching excellence. While all FWCD faculty adhere to the Principles of Professional Excellence, Endowed Master Teachers are those who consistently go above and beyond what is expected of them.
FWCD Endowed Master Teaching Chairs are awarded both in recognition of past accomplishments as well as in anticipation of future contributions to programs, which promote teaching excellence within the Fort Worth Country Day community. The 2017 Endowed Master Teachers are Carrie Cheng, Lisa Dickerson Davenport ’87, Chloe Bade Anderson ’05, Colin Douglas ’06, Bob Booth, Mark Martin and Jackie Rains.
For GraceGoldman ’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.
For the sixth year in a row, Fort Worth Country Day juniors will serve up Thanksgiving Day meals and smiles at Central Market’s Feast of Sharing event on Tuesday, November 7. The event, which takes place in the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall within the Will Rodgers Memorial Center from 2-7 p.m., reaches nearly 10,000 people in need with more than 800 partners and community members volunteering to serve at the event. The FWCD service shift is from 1:30 until 4 p.m.
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 HollyClifford, 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.
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.
Who are the Scrambled Legs, you ask? They are a team of athletic coaches that competed in a Tough Mudder Competition in Arlington at Veridian Park. Comprising JaredConnaughton, DeAnnHall,Sha’DareMcNeal andMikeVincent, the team worked together to conquer various obstacles such as the “Pyramid Scheme,” where they had to form a human pyramid by standing on top of each other’s shoulders against a muddy, wet 24-foot wall set at an incline. The objective: to climb up each other and over the top of the wall.
On October 19, the FWCD softball program, along with current and former softball families, donated equipment, clothing and gift cards to those players and programs affected by Hurricane Harvey. Retired coach, BillyHicks, put together the cross-country road trip and made more than 50 stops across the state accepting donations from more than 70 Texas schools.
That is the theme for this year’s Lower School Families lessons as the students and their teachers focus on the importance of kindness all year long. To help develop self-identity and promote understanding and empathy for all of the differences that make up the Fort Worth Country Day and broader community, the students not only focused on how they all come together as a Lower School, but also on the fact that their stories and histories come from all different places.
Each year, fourth-graders study graphic design in Dorrine DeChant’s visual arts class. DeChant not only teaches advanced concepts, she inspires students to create a graphic illustrating the Lower School PRIDE core value of the year. This year, that core value is kindness. Read more to learn who the finalists were and what T-shirt won.
Student artists in FWCD’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society recently went to PalletSmart for a tour of their facilities and a hands-on workshop, thanks to a Supporting CAST grant. Students learned about PalletSmart’s business model, which involves upcycling used, wood pallets that would otherwise go to the landfill to make furniture, art, etc., from Lucas White, one of the company’s employees. Students also got to create a piece of wall-hanging art on a wood pallet.
Have you ever wondered what chalk, rocks and ghost crystals have in common? Chemistry! Chemistry teachers and supporters of the American Chemical Society at Fort Worth Country Day are teaming up with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to explore these concepts and more during National Chemistry Week, October 24-28, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. This year’s theme for the event is “Chemistry Rocks!”
In celebration of MFG (Manufacturing) Day on Thursday, October 12, FWCD sixth- and ninth-graders, along with their teachers, went to WilliamsRDM to tour the company’s headquarters. WilliamsRDM engineers and manufactures hundreds of innovative products for such companies as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Halliburton. During the tour, students visited various departments, including Research and Development, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Assembly, Quality Control and CAD (Computer-Aided Design).
Not all information is gained through a lecture or discussion in the classroom. A cornerstone of the Fort Worth Country Day academic experience is outdoor education that take places beyond the berm. On October 11, ninth-graders loaded buses and headed to Bear Creek Ranch, owned by the Dixon Water Foundation, for the day. Thanks to a relationship with the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), the School engages in a number of hands-on activities and experiences related to the ecology of prairie systems. Sarah Grella from TWA also came to the FWCD campus earlier in the month to oversee the quail necropsy (autopsy) that preceded this field trip.
This year’s Falcon Arcade raised $1,470 for the Lower School Change Drive. The games, created from cardboard boxes and recycled materials, were center stage on October 5. The event pays homage to Caine’s Arcade, a short movie about a boy’s cardboard arcade that inspired the world. Games cost a quarter to play. The money raised at the end of the change drive on November 2 will be totaled and presented to Animal Investigation & Response. The Change Drive is sponsored by the Lower School Student Council.
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!
Carvey Digital, How to Survive, What’s the Buzz, Think Like a Fish, History of Comics, Watercolor, Mindfulness and Culinary Travel across the Continents are just a handful of the classes offered to seventh- and eighth-graders through the Awesomeness Initiative. This non-graded elective course program, now back for its second semester, provides dynamic exposure to modern skills of the 21st century workplace, all taught by teachers who are passionate about their topics.
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.
Since June, BradenBaker ’25, who has bilateral sensorineural hearing loss and wears hearing aids, has raised more than $15,000 for the Oticon Hearing Foundation, which helps to provide hearing aids to children whose families cannot afford them. He was recently featured on People.com for his giving heart. Read his story here.
Students from Fort Worth Country Day and All Saints’ Episcopal School traveled to Dayton, Texas, on August 31 to deliver supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Organized by FWCD parent AndyEdwards and his good friend, ASES parent Kyle Poulson, a group of 14 students made the trip to Andy’s hometown. Andy brought his son, Andrew ’24, to experience first-hand the impact of the group’s donation and the hard work that is required of those who are helping to rebuild the area.
Thanks to a Supporting CAST grant, 11 Upper School ballet students worked with guest choreographer Er-Dong Hu, Professor of Theatre and Dance at Bucknell University. Twenty-six FWCD Upper School students auditioned on Friday, September 29, for 11 spots to work with Hu on setting an original piece every day this week in the ballet studio. Lizann Bonin ’18, Faith Darrow ’21, Chloe Gilpin ’19, Alyssa Hughes ’20, Sophie McLarty ’18, Kacey Melton ’18, Gabby Pettit ’21, Kelly Pham ’21, Abby Shaffer ’19, Madison Smith ’20 and Will Tuomey ’20 were selected to participate in this CAST grant experience.
FWCD’s Career Counseling Office kicked off its first Career Conversations of the year with business entrepreneur and FWCD parent Randy Eisenman ’93. Also a Board of Trustees member at FWCD, Eisenman shared his stories of success with Upper School students. He graduated with honors from The University of Texas with a degree in business and finance. He credits his parents, who “believed in me, were present with me and had confidence in me to be who I wanted to be,” Eisenman said.
Monday, October 2, kicked off Fort Worth Country Day’s pilot program composting week. FWCD is the only school in Fort Worth partnering with Cowboy Compost in this endeavor. Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Music Director, spoke to students in all divisions about the benefits of composting and what to expect in the Fischer Dining Pavilion during lunch.
For many students of dance, summer offers the opportunity to take part in ballet intensive programs. These programs, which can span from three to five weeks, allow students the opportunity to hone their craft and learn from other professionals and teachers in the field. Highly competitive, these summer dance intensives are designed for highly motivated dancers and require auditions in the months of January and February. Some students will choose to audition for multiple intensives. In the end, a very select group of students are selected to study.
Congratulations to the 2017-18 CeleryHeads. The following students are members of FWCD’s Improv Troup: Ben Bauman’18, Jackson Bennett ’18, Sam Carlile ’18, SamuelDeRobertis ’18, A.J. Gutierrez ’21, Henry Harveson ’20, Lauren Newton ’18, Kynnedi Smith ’21 and Luke Walker’19. The CeleryHeads had their first rehearsal on September 16.
Having a “universal book” in Upper School—a book selected by the Summer Reading Committee and read by every member of the Upper School community—has been a longstanding tradition at FWCD. This year’s universal read was Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. Last week, on September 12, students engaged in scholarly discussions and lectures related to the book and its themes. View a short slide show of discussions here.
“Persepolis offers a unique insider’s perspective on Iranian history and the 1979 Islamic Revolution that goes beyond the hostage crisis,” said Head of Upper School SteveStackhouse. “You get a young person’s view of the political disruption. I liked the setup of the universal book discussions this year because students could choose areas to explore and discuss. The book is a launching point for so many different topics—religion, art, fundamentalism, the Middle East and the refugee experience. Interestingly, the format of the graphic novel itself is a topic of discussion.
FWCD’s 83 freshman took part in Ninth-Grade Service Morning on Friday, September 15. Groups of students and advisers lent their hands to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Como Community Center, Oakmont Elementary School, Tarrant Area Food Bank, The Vantage at Cityview, FWCD Kindergarten, and to FWCD’s adopted section of the Trinity River (River Park trailhead) for the Trinity Trash Bash (a day early). There was also a group that took part in FWCD campus beautification, working alongside Clovis Murphree and DewayneDodgin.
Senior Brendan O'Connell was selected to participate in the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach on September 19-24. This 54-hole golf event is a PGA Champions Tour Pro-Am Tournament that pairs 81 PGA Tour Champions professionals with 81 junior golfers, ages 15-18, from The First Tee Chapters across the country. It will be televised on Golf Channel. O’Connell is the president of the Junior Advisory Committee for First Tee of Fort Worth.
The glue that seals the puzzle pieces together … that’s EricTysinger, FWCD’s new Scott Theater Manager. On September 27, he will serve as the Production Stage Manager for Houston Strong: A Theater District Benefit Honoring Local Heroes at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston.
Inspired by the work of Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” blog, which features street portraits and interviews collected on the streets of New York City, Fourth-Grade Teacher AliciaSchordine created the Humans of FWCD project. “This project serves a dual purpose as the introduction to an integrated unit on immigration, and also serves to help students gain an understanding of diversity in community,” she shared.
Be yourself … have a conversation … ask questions … make connections … show your interest … These tips and more were part of FWCD’s second Senior Interview Day! On Saturday, September 16, 23 FWCD seniors gathered in the Upper School to sharpen their interviewing skills in preparation for upcoming college admission interviews.
FWCD promotes summer reading as a way for students to stay ahead of the curve and avoid the “summer slide.” This summer, the Moncrief and Lower School Libraries were open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Read more for some fun facts related to 2017 summer reading.
Fort Worth Country Day’s Captain David R. “Chip” Herr, Jr. ’80 Memorial Lecture will feature former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro Everson Walls. The lecture, now in its eighth year, celebrates the life and extraordinary military service, leadership and heroism of one of FWCD’s very own, ChipHerr. Herr’s helicopter malfunctioned and crashed in eastern Saudi Arabia during a noncombat mission on February 3, 1991. He is the only FWCD graduate who has died in service to his country. Walls will speak on Monday, September 18, in the FWCD Scott Theater at 6:30 p.m. A reception in the Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center will immediately follow the event.
Caylin Moore, a recent Texas Christian University graduate, will speak to FWCD students in all divisions on Monday, September 11. He will meet with Lower School students in the Lower School Atrium at 9 a.m., with Middle School students in the Amon G. Carter Foundation Commons at 9:30 a.m. and with Upper School students at 10:10 a.m. during announcements period in the Upper School Commons. He will share the story of his childhood—how his mother and a teacher who believed in him pushed him to be a better person—as well as what it means to be a Rhodes Scholar and what he will study at Oxford University beginning next month.
“Our cruise is full,” said Director of Theatre MelodeeHalbach who announced the 50-member student cast for FWCD's spring musical, Anything Goes. Click here for the cast list. Renowned tapper Abi Abel was on campus, thanks to a Supporting CAST grant, to start teaching tap choreography to the students. Supporting CAST—Creative Arts Students and Teachers—funds visual and performing arts programs at FWCD over and above what is supported in the general budget. These experiences enhance students’ artistic vision, open their minds to the arts world beyond FWCD and engage them in hands-on work with dynamic professionals.
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.
FWCD will welcome nearly 200 college admission representatives from across the U.S. and around the world at College Day 2017. The annual college fair takes place from 9-10:30 a.m., Friday, September 15, in the Round Gym. FWCD 11th- and 12th-grade students will be joined by juniors and seniors from All Saints’ Episcopal School, The Oakridge School, Trinity Valley School and Breakthrough Fort Worth. This year’s list of colleges attending College Day is available for students and families to browse here or on the College Counseling Class pages.
Sixty preschool teachers and directors from 14 local preschools came to the FWCD campus for a free, interactive professional development workshop. Titled “Math Counts at Fort Worth Country Day,” the workshop highlighted how the latest Everyday Math program used in the Lower School progresses from grades K-4 and provides the broad mathematical background needed in the 21st century. Teresa Hoppe, Lower School Learning Specialist, shared games, activities, books and more that promote and enhance mathematical thinking. The FWCD Admission Office has hosted specialized workshops for area preschool teachers since 2008.
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.
I have a longstanding philosophical stance regarding community service. I think our students need to sweat when they do service. That means students are not collecting things at home or asking mom and dad for money. As good, as generous and as helpful as those handoffs might be, they do not give the full learning experience to the child.
Living by that “no collecting” community service policy over the years has made me feel uncomfortable at times. It is difficult to turn down a child’s request to collect shoes, or glasses, or toys for less-fortunate children. How could I not allow the collection jar for money to go to victims of a horrible natural disaster? I hope I have been consistent enough in my explanation and enforcement of the rule that, agree or disagree, people understood the principle: Collecting is easy; we need to challenge ourselves even in our efforts to be helpful. Whenever possible, we need to invest sweat equity in our good deeds.
Circumstances in Houston call for somewhat of an exception. Our children are unlikely to be able to go to Houston and work in relief projects* (see note below). To that end, we are initiating a student-centered fundraiser to support Red Cross relief work in Houston.
Fort Worth Country Day is excited to share that Country Day took home the Best Private School award in the Star-Telegram’s Fort Worthy Awards program. A BIG Falcon thank you to the parent community, who began a grass-roots voting effort on their own in early May with the goal of getting FWCD into the top three to vie for the Best Private School title. This award is a direct reflection of the School's phenomenal community – students, parents, faculty/staff, Trustees, alumni, grandparents, past parents and more – who love this school.
The FWCD student and faculty/staff community will kick off the 2017-18 academic year with a ...
Falcon House Convocation
Thursday, August 24
Round Gym | 10:30 a.m.
All students should come to school on Thursday, August 24 wearing their House T-shirts with blue jeans or uniform shorts. Kindergarten students will learn their Falcon House placement on Wednesday, August 23, when their special Falcon House T-shirts are delivered by seniors. New students in grades 1-4 will receive their shirts from their homeroom teachers. New Middle School and Upper School students learned their House assignments and were given their shirts at New Student Orientation.
The Fort Worth Country Day Falcon Club is ready for another great athletic season, and we need you! The Falcon Club’s mission is “to create school spirit, support and enthusiasm for FWCD athletics throughout the School community.” The Falcon Club works hard to give back to the FWCD sports program, stretching from Varsity, Junior Varsity and Middle School teams, all the way to Middle School and Lower School Physical Education classes. Last year, through memberships, sports program ad sales and Falcon Nest merchandise, the Falcon Club provided more than $70,000 to enhance FWCD’s athletic program.
To join Falcon Club, please click here. To purchase an ad in the 2017-18 Sports Program, click here.
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To order books, you need to know the courses in which your student is enrolled. If you do not know the courses that were selected at the end of last school year, or if you are unsure if course changes were approved, contact your respective division. Middle School: 817.302.3212 or Upper School: 817. 302.3235
The 2017 Fort Worth Country Day fall play will be The Matchmaker!
Thorton Wilder’s uproarious farce about love and money, stars the irrepressible busybody, Dolly Gallagher Levi, who inspired the Broadway musical,Hello, Dolly!Through Dolly’s subtle machinations, several unlikely couples come together to find happiness in 19th-century New York.
The show is scheduled for November 2 and 4 at 7 p.m., and November 5 at 3 p.m. All performances will be held in the FWCD Scott Theater
The FWCD varsity boys’ soccer team was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award. Head of School EricLombardi and Soccer Program Director/Head Coach MikeVincent presented the award at Upper School announcements earlier in May. This honor recognizes high school teams that have received zero Red Cards and a minimal number of Yellow Cards over their entire season.
A little outdoor education is just the thing to ignite learning in students as the year comes to a close. On May 11, FWCD seventh-graders traveled to Bear Creek Ranch, owned by the Dixon Water Foundation, to participate in Texas Parks and Wildlife Department-hosted activities related to the ecology of prairie systems. Seventh-Grade Science Teacher JimmyBrockway attended a conference there last summer, and one of the many perks for attending is the ability to host field days to promote outdoor education. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department also came to the FWCD campus last fall to also to facilitate a Quail Necropsy with ninth-graders.
FWCD’s athletic program has been named a Safe Sports School 1st Team for the second year in a row by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student-athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
Tonight, 100 Fort Worth Country Day seniors will graduate at McKinney Church, 4805 Arborlawn Drive. The ceremony, which begins promptly at 7 p.m., will be live-streamed at fwcd.org/graduation or mckinneychurch.yourstreamlive.com (the links will be live at the time of the event) for family and friends who are out of town or unable to attend. This year’s valedictorian is KarenaKett; ConnerWilliams is salutatorian. BrianFarda is this year’s faculty speaker.
The Fort Worth Country Day campus is home to two new baby ducklings thanks to EmilySamuelson ’10 and Lower School Science Teacher BarbaraMeyers.
Samuelson found mallard eggs at her parents’ home in Westover. She watched the parents for a couple of days as they cared for the eggs. Then they disappeared. “Emily was worried about the abandoned eggs,” Meyers said. “She called me, her egg-hatching Science Teacher, and asked what she should do. We agreed to wait one more day to see if the parents would come back.”
FWCD eighth-graders took to the Scott Theater stage to perform two one-act plays: Alicein Wonderland and Selfie. For many in the cast and crew, this culminating project sparks a passion for theatre and/or musical theatre as they transition to Upper School.
Fort Worth Country Day’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society welcomed 10 seniors and 10 juniors into its ranks on Wednesday, April 19. New members were presented with certificates and pins during the ceremony. This year’s speaker was Elisabeth Garrett ’01.
Fort Worth Country Day’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) hosted its Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, April 18. Two eighth-grade candidates, eight seventh-grade candidates and 40 sixth-grade candidates joined the organization, which comprises 64 seventh- and eighth-grade members who were inducted last spring.
What is an Executive Order? What does it mean? How does it affect the law? These questions and more were addressed Monday, April 24, in this year's Davis Family Foundation Lecture on the U.S. Constitution. Dr. Jim Riddlesperger, Professor of Political Science at TCU, presented "Executive Orders 101" to Upper School students during announcements period.
Third-graders recently displayed their mathematical prowess at Family Math Night, a fun evening that encourages parents and students to work together to solve various math equations. A staple in the Lower School since 1995, Family Math Night fosters a love of math and highlights the Lower School’s Everyday Mathematics 4 curriculum.
FWCD’s seventh-graders spent much of this week touring Vicksburg, Mississippi. This annual four-day adventure is packed full of interactive exchanges and student-led presentations. The preparation leading up to the trip connected students with FWCD Parent Gregg Lehman and Ben Beckman ’18, both Civil War Reenactors, and Dr. Steve Woodworth, TCU History Professor, for various programs to get students into the Civil War mindset.
The FWCD Boys Golf Team captured BOTH the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions at the FWCD Invitational that was held at Squaw Creek Golf Course in Willow Park, Texas. Two Falcon linksters also claimed the individual medals in the event. BrendanO’Connell fired a 75 to win the 1st place medal in the Varsity Division and BurkeMcCoy shot an 87 to win the Junior Varsity medal. Seniors JaredImber and ReillyClark joined Juniors O’Connell, Robert Park and Lucas Raynor. McCoy was joined on the JV winning squad by PhillipHerd, BenAlexander, and NolanSanchez. The Varsity team total of 314 bested second place TVS by 9 strokes. The JV team cruised to a 31 stroke victory over ASES.
At the age of 6, Leona Tate made history. Only she didn’t know it at the time. On November 14, 1960, Tate entered into the civil rights movement when she and two other African-American girls, Tessie Prevost and Gail Etienne, integrated McDonogh No. 19 Elementary School in New Orleans – six years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Brown vs. Board of Education that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. Tate shared her inspiring story with Middle and Upper School students, third- and fourth-graders, and members of the School’s Common Ground group.
In celebration of the retirement of Lower School Music Teacher ChristineDerber, students in all divisions were treated to a magnificent private performance by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Michael Shih, who played the 1710 Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Stradivari Violin, and Megan McCulloch Li on harp. Some people never hear a Stradivari instrument in their lifetime. All FWCD students had to do was come to school on April 10 for a truly extraordinary experience.
FWCD’s very own Andréanne Annis, Upper School French Teacher; JacquesMarquis, President and CEO of The Cliburn and father of William Marquis-Cartier, as well as Suzanne Purcell, former Lower School French Teacher, are featured in a video celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. Fort Worth is sending birthday wishes to the country through an advertising, public relations and social media campaign courtesy of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau (FWCVB). “Thanks to RobNapier’s recent work with the Fort Worth Tourism Board, I was contacted to take part,” Annis said.
Four Upper School students “wordsmithed” their way to recognition in the 2016-17 Circle Theatre High School Playwriting Project. The script titled Three, by FinnConnor ’18, was chosen as a Finalist, and the script titled Plastic Family, by ChloeGilpin ’19, was a Semi-Finalist in this year’s playwriting project. Scripts written by AnnaleeKerrigan ’17 and AveryPate ’19 were among the 20 highest ranked entries submitted for consideration.
Following a nationwide search, Stephen M. Stackhouse was named the next head of upper school at Fort Worth Country Day. He replaces Bill Arnold, who assumes the strategic role as director of special projects. Stackhouse had been serving as acting head of upper school since January. Head of School Eric Lombardi made the announcement to the FWCD community in late March.
There were some “celebrity” sightings on campus last week when FWCD fourth-graders presented their Famous Americans program in the Fischer Dining Pavilion. Students went all out to show family members and friends what they learned about their famous person. The collaborative project combines the expertise of the Lower School Library, computer, art and fourth-grade teachers.
Effort, Education, Excellence: These “Three E’s of a Champion” are just one of the many messages Keith Davis and Clarence Lee brought to fifth- and sixth-graders during an inspiring and spirited program that focused on boosting self-esteem, empowering students to achieve academic success and encouraging them to make visionary choices.
The annual Club Viginti dinner drew more than 40 people to the Bravo! Cucina Italiana restaurant late in the afternoon last Sunday. The sad news of fellow Club V member Kathy Williams’ passing allowed those who knew her best to fondly reminisce and to comfort one another. Head of School EricLombardi presented a brief program and new members LidiaArenas, JoanMassey, SteveStackhouse and Anne-Lise Woods’86 were officially inducted into the Club V ranks. Club Viginti celebrates and honors those FWCD faculty and staff members who have served the School for 20 years or more.
FWCD photography classes visited the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, part of the Art Galleries at TCU, to view the show RAWIYA: We Do Not Choose Our Dictators.Sara-Jayne Parsons, the curator of the exhibition, spoke to each class about these Middle Eastern photographers.
The FWCD Boys Golf Team captured the Leonard Cup at Starr Hollow Golf Club on Wednesday, March 22. The match play event takes place annually for the trophy that bears the name of the Leonard family. Fort Worth Country Day captured the event this year with 7 points. The Oakridge School and Nolan Catholic High School had 4 points each, and All Saints’ Episcopal School had a total of 3. It was a dominant performance by the FWCD team because the most points possible for a team to win was 9. FWCD has not won the Leonard Cup since 2012.
Congratulations to Jared Imber ’17, Reilly Clark ’17, Robert Park ’18, Phillip Herd ’17, Brendan O’Connell ’18 and Ben Alexander ’20, who brought the Leonard Cup home to FWCD.
“Finished!” remarked Patton Field House namesake Sherri Patton at the cool March evening dedication ceremony. Many Fort Worth Country Day community members gathered on Wednesday to celebrate the building’s dedication and a variety of ribbon- cutting events.
A little rain could not dampen the spirits of the Fort Worth Country Day community as they celebrated the School’s 55th birthday on Monday, March 6. Since 2006, FWCD has celebrated Founders’ Day, which revels in all that is great about the School—its students, its faculty and staff. The event also pays homage to the School’s 16 visionary Founding Trustees who, 55 years ago, dreamed of creating “a school of real academic excellence” in Fort Worth.
On the last Saturday in February, 13 Middle School and nine Upper School Latin students attended the Area C Latin Convention. They competed against approximately 800 students from 37 schools across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
TeddyMargo ’17, AbbyHoffacker ’18 and PaytonChildress ’19 had artworks accepted into the highly competitive Texas Visual Art Association 2017 annual High School Art Competition. They are students in Lauren Cunningham’s Painting and Drawing classes. “Each of these stuidents are incredibly modest about their artistic abilities,” Cunningham said, “but their inclusion in this exhibit speaks to their quality of work, especially since the exhibition was juried by three notable art professionals.”
Texas Wesleyan University Head Women's Tennis Coach Angel Martinez, who also serves as FWCD’s Tennis Program Director and Coach, was named the U.S. Professional Tennis Association Texas College Coach of the Year for the 2015-16 season. The award was presented during the USPTA Texas Annual Conference in Horseshoe Bay in February.
On March 1, seniors TeddyMargo and AnnaPuff, AP painting/drawing students, visited the art studio ofBilly Hassell with their teacher, Lauren Cunningham. The trio learned about Hassell’s art and artistic process. He also gave the students a short critique of their art.
On Friday, February 24, Lower School Language Teachers Natasha Hatcher, RonaMattocks and GabyBoothhosted the World Language Networking Meeting on the FWCD campus. FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary Level) teachers from around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex were invited to attend the daylong meeting.
FWCD’s Parent Faculty Association honored RachelKauffmann (mother of Piper ’29) 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.
What does beauty mean to you? That was the question posed by Upper School Photography Teacher KendallDavis and Upper School Counselor KathyRoemer for a project titled “BEAUTY.” The powerful exhibition of photography that resulted from this endeavor was on display in the Bass Upper School Gallery February 24 through March 10.
FWCD’s K-3 Chess Team, comprising SeanHong ’27, NickyBurdman ’28 and HarmonHong ’29, finished third despite a limited team due to 4-H and Boy Scout commitments and illness. NickyBurdman ’28 finished sixth in his higher division, and BrennanCox ’23 competed and earned honorable mention in the middle school division.
Back in January, M6, a French film crew, was in Fort Worth to chronicle the journeys of two French cowboys: Yvan Jayne, who is in the world top 10 of bareback riders, and Sandro Ferretti, a young prospect with a bright future. Middle School French Teacher RobNapier came across some information about the Fort Worth Tourist Office looking forFrench speakers to help with this project, so he got in touch and voilà, the rest is history. Napier shared the K-Rodeo with the film crew, and they came to campus to capture the FWCD tradition on film. The result is the video here.
Last month, Upper School ballet students spent an afternoon with a ballet star. David Prottas, who was in the DFW area touring with the cast of An American in Paris, came to the School as part of a Supporting CAST grant. A member of the An American in Paris ensemble and Adam understudy, Prottas is a graduate of Toronto’s National Ballet School. He has spent the past 10 years with the New York City Ballet, dancing a wide range of repertoire by some of the great choreographers of the 20th and 21st century.
The FWCD Middle School Show Choir “CAST” recently competed at the Lone Star Show Choir Invitational in Keller. Their 14-minute competition set, titled "WonderNeverLand," included the music "Alice’s Theme," "Lost Boy," I" Won't Grow Up" and "Mad Hatter." The set was choreographed by Amy Jones; Erin Ypya; and FWCD students, Faith Darrow, Mason Hill, Sadie Schuster and Madeleine Milliorn, and earned a superior rating and won Best Choreography!
Eric Lombardi was named one of two Lamplighter School Spirit Award Recipients on Friday, February 24 at an awards luncheon at the Lamplighter School in Dallas. Mr. Lombardi, a 1973 Lamplighter School graduate, was presented this prestigious honor in front of the Lombardi family, Lamplighter Alumni, a group of FWCD Trustees, parents and Administration Team members who were there to support him.
The Lamplighter Spirit Award was established in 2003 by the Alumni Council during The Lamplighter School’s 50th anniversary. Lamplighter recipients, selected annually by the Alumni Association, exhibit the qualities of a lifelong learner, are willing to take risks and display creativity in their work.
Tickets for FWCD’s spring musical, Spamalot, are on sale today! You won’t want to miss this musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Like the film, it is an irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it differs from the film in many ways ... It comes from a line in the movie which goes: "We eat ham, and jam, and Spam a lot." Performances take place in the FWCD Scott Theater on February 23, 24 and 25. Purchase your tickets today.
On January 30, juniors LexaBrenner, LanceMayhue, WestenMulqueen and HarrisPodell presented their papers at the 2017 academic colloquium Frankenstein 200 Years Later, hosted by The Oakridge School. More than 200 students from 14 schools submitted papers. Brenner, Mayhue, Mulqueen and Podell were among the 75 chosen to present their papers in thematically organized sessions. Zoe DeRobertis served as a discussant at the colloquium. As the discussion leader for a group of presenters, she read three papers and posed questions to those authors.
All FWCD juniors read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley during the second quarter of this year for their AP Literature and Composition class. The students were then assigned an essay over the book by their teachers—Catherine Collins and SpencerSmith—who offered the opportunity for students to submit their work to the colloquium.
Click on the links below to read the students’ papers:
Congratulations to Nicholas Aufiero and Conner Williams, FWCD’s two National Merit Finalists. As Finalists, Aufiero and Williams are among 15,000 academically gifted students to be considered for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships offered in 2017.
Are your Middle School students looking for a book to read this month? Look no further than the Moncrief Library’s “Blind Date with a Book” display in front of the circulation desk. To honor the month of February and its heart-filled “holiday” Middle School Librarian KimGardner designed the fun display to entice readers to take a chance on a book they know nothing about.
FWCD Lower School Learning Specialist TeresaHoppe authored the article “Birthday Party Patterns,” which is featured in the current issue of Teaching Children Mathematics. The Birthday Party Pattern problem incorporates mathematical representations, patterns and sense making to foster students’ algebraic reasoning. Hoppe implemented the problem with a group of nine FWCD second-graders with whom she worked weekly on problem solving and extensions of the mathematics being studied in class. Read more here.
Thirteen Mason Middle School students—12 boys and one girl—showed their extensive geography aptitude as they participated in FWCD’s Geography Bee. In the end, it all came down to eighth-graders HenryLynn and AndrewNober. 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.
Fashion is a language many speak, but Middle School Spanish Teacher Debby Arnold put a spin on things last Friday when her sixth-graders put on a fashion show—commentating in Spanish—to conclude their unit on clothing.
Students took on the roles of models and announcers in this culmination activity. Models entered the classroom when the announcers introduced them and then described each item of clothing as the models walked the “catwalk.” View a video here.
Common Ground, a program designed for students in grades 1-5 that strengthens and supports the informal connections that develop among students of ethnically diverse backgrounds at FWCD, celebrated Chinese New Year last week by hosting Dr. Fan Zhou, mother of Harmon Hong ’29 and Sean Hong ’27.
Common Ground focuses on building community, nurturing self-esteem, appreciating differences, celebrating similarities and solving problems with the overarching goal to make each child feel safe, nurtured and special about who they are and about who they aspire to become.
FWCD Alumna Kat Albers Kronenberg ’85 spent February 1 on campus reading her new book DreamBig and inspiring students, faculty and former faculty. The beautifully illustrated book tells the stories of some lovable insects and animals and how they achieve the impossible dream of soaring with wings though the sky using one of Life's Most Powerful Secrets. An FWCD Original, Kronenberg spoke of her own dreams: to play basketball and to write a book.
On Saturday, January 28,Fort Worth Country Day hosted its inaugural certamen competiton: Falcon Friendly Certamen. While the School’s Latin Club has been participating in Latin contests for the past five years and has won the novice-level competition in the Dallas-Fort Worth area three times, this was FWCD’s first effort to host a contest on campus. Two of the top competitors in the area accepted the invitation – St. Mark’s School of Texas and Highland Park.
EdieHuling signed her National Letter of Intent on February 1 to play softball for Tufts University. Tufts has won three DIII National Championships in the last four years. FWCD Softball Coach DeAnnHall, said “Aside from her athleticism, one of the best things about Edie is her knowledge of the game, her softball IQ. When asked to play catcher as a freshman, Edie rose to the challenge and is now considered one of the best catchers in our conference."
"Let’s Go! Let’s Show! Let’s Rodeo!" Thursday kicked off the 48th Kindergarten Rodeo at Fort Worth Country Day! The K Rodeo, as it’s affectionately known allows FWCD’s youngest students to dress up as cowboys and cowgirls to perform in a reenactment of 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 Lower School Atrium for their performances. This annual event always coincides with the students’ studies on the Lone Star State and with the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo to truly bring Old West studies to life.
Thirteen FWCD students representing grades K-10 competed in the Ridglea Hills Chess Tournament earlier this month.
“I could not be prouder of how these kids performed, but more importantly, of how they learned from and supported each other all day long,” said CarmenHudman,Chess Team parent lead. “We had an Upper School student teaching Lower School students ‘cool moves,’ and a Middle School student showing a kindergartener how to find his table. In the end, it showed in our team rankings. All players understood that they could help the team every round.
Leonard Volk visited with Upper School Photography students last week to share his passion for “personal photography.” A shutterbug since 1950, Volk purchased his first camera, a Leica IIIC, during a gap year in Europe. Over the next 67 years, he has amassed a collection of what he calls “small pleasures,” many found right in our backyard. “Each person responds to images in their own way,” he said. View the video of the 30-minute program here.
Upper School Math Department Chair David Hoppe will serve as an AP Reader for Statistics during this year’s annual AP Reading. This will be the seventh straight year Hoppe has served as an AP Statistics Reader for the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program.
The clinic and concert will take place February 24-25, at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas.
The TPSMEA, founded in 1992, is an organization of more than 200 private school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TPSMEA comprises four divisions: band, orchestra, vocal and elementary.
Sophomore RileyHammett danced at Presidential Inauguration celebrations last week.. Part of the American Tap Company, based out of Boston, Massachusetts, Hammett represented Texas during the welcome concert (Voices of the People) starting on Thursday January 19. The American Tap Company performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Hammett also attended the Inauguration on Friday morning. This all happened quickly, as Hammett received an email requesting she fly to Boston for the audition. She was one of 29 dancers chosen to participate. Click here for a story and see if you can catch a glimpse of her!
Three FWCD playwrights will soon see their plays brought to life on stage! The students’ plays were chosen for the Neighborhood Play Festival to be produced by Stage West in the Festival of the Kid this May. The following students were selected:
Master Watercolorist Laurin McCracken returned to FWCD for the second year in a row to speak with Lauren Cunningham’s Painting and Drawing Students, thanks to a Supporting CAST (Creative Arts Students and Teachers) grant. McCracken shared his passion for watercolor technique with students on Tuesday, January 17, and Wednesday, January 18. Opportunities to work side-by-side with artists of acclaim is the cornerstone of an FWCD arts education. These experiences are invaluable to students. Through these workshops, students learn what it means to be an artist, and they learn to look at all works of art, including their own, more critically.
After months of practices on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings, 13 Middle School students took a written test on January 16 to earn one of 10 spots on the FWCD MathCounts Team. Pictured (left) are (back row) Joaquin Castro-Balbi, Henry Lynn, Josh Wu, Vigna Lavu, Andrew Nober, Michelle Pham, Kelly Pham (front row), Mark Wong, Matthew Lobo, Brennan Cox
What do the words “exposure,” “verdant,” “riotous,” “scrumptiously,” “austere,” “interminableness” and “pertenacity” all have in common? They were all words used in the Middle School Spelling Bee. Twenty-one students, 18 boys and 3 girls, battled it out for top honors at the Middle School Spelling Bee on January 20. Following 12 rounds of spelling, it was down to two wordsmiths: seventh-grader LandenWalker and fifth-grader BenjaminHoppe. After six more rounds, Landen won on the words “zamboni” and “dermatology.”
Upper School students and Ballet and Theatre teacher Natalie Bracken ’05 took their dancing on the road to perform “Illusion” and “At the Table” (choreographed by Reagan Smith ’17) on January 21 as part of the annual Youth Dance Festival at W.E. Scott Theatre.
Eric Lombardi has been named one of two Lamplighter School Spirit Award Recipients. Lombardi, a 1973 Lamplighter School graduate, is in his second year as Head of School at Fort Worth Country Day. Prior to that, he served as Head of Middle School at St. John’s School in Houston for 16 years.
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.