On August 30, FWCD was an interactive learning environment for approximately 60 preschool teachers from 11 local preschools who came to campus for the FWCD Admission Office’s annual professional development workshop. “Storybook STEM” (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) by MandyLofquist, FWCD’s Lower School Technology Specialist, was the featured presentation.
A longstanding tradition in the Lower School, the Rice Babies project is a rite of passage for all Fort Worth Country Day first-graders. The lesson teaches first-graders about caring for others, but also introduces math concepts of weight, measurement, time and dates, as well as birth order in a family.
The 2018-19 FWCD academic year kicked off with a grand celebration on Friday, August 24, featuring the singing of the Alma Mater for the first time this year, its 25th anniversary year; a touching pledge of kindness by students in each of the three divisions; a visit from a real falcon, Blondie, and her handler, Bob; the D-O-W-N spirit stick cheer competition; and a fun “You know you are a Falcon” top 10 list.
Fort Worth Country Day’s Captain David R. “Chip” Herr, Jr. ’80 Memorial Lecture will feature Carrie Currier, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at TCU. Her lecture is titled “Current State of U.S.-North Korea Relations.” The Chip Herr Memorial Lecture, now in its ninth 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. Currier will speak on Monday, September 17, in the FWCD Scott Theater at 6:30 p.m. A reception in the Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center follows the event.
The National Art Honor Society’s Summer Art Exhibition is currently on display in the Bass Upper School Gallery on the east-facing wall. The exhibition includes 12 photographs, drawings and paintings made this summer by Adriana Barker ’19, Sydney Becan ’20, Grace Bobo ’21, Xitlali Castaneda ’19, Payton Childress ’19, Claire Cooper ’20, Erin Fishman ’21 and Julia Petsche ’20.
Nine Fort Worth Country Day students served as Fort Worth Youth Ambassadors in 2018 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 nine: Reggio Emilia, Italy; Trier, Germany; Nagaoka, Japan; Bandung, Indonesia; Budapest, Hungary; Toluca, Mexico; Mbabane, Swaziland; Guiyang, China; and recently added Nîmes, France. 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. Applications for 2019 Youth Ambassadors are currently be accepted. The deadline for applying is October 19. To learn more and learn more view the Sister Cities Time to Travel brochure.
The cast of The Miracle Worker hit the ground running with its first table read on August 20. The cast spent the summer learning their lines and were basically “off-book” at this first rehearsal. “This is typical,” said Natalie Bracken ’05, Director of The Miracle Worker. “Our students are committed to the craft and excited to delve into the fall play each year.”
This year’s play will debut earlier than in year’s past -- opening night is set for October 4 at 7 p.m. Additional shows are October 6 at 7 p.m. and October 7 at 3 p.m. The understudy performance is September 29 at 7 p.m. All shows take place on campus in the FWCD Scott Theater.
Currently in Moncrief Library Classroom 101, there is a display of photographs created between 2014 and 2018 by former students (now alumni) in Lauren Cunningham’s Art History classes. The photographs are recreations of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper.
Fort Worth Country Day, the inaugural Best Private School winner in the Star-Telegram’s Fort Worthy Awards in 2018, was voted a 2018 Favorite in this year’s contest. This popular vote contest began in April with nominations and then those top nominations went on a ballot for final voting in late May through early June.
Four students were elected as officers for the 2018-19 FWCD chapter of the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honors club for theatre students. The organization honors student achievement, supports theatre educators and influences public opinion that theatre education is essential. Pictured are Vice President Ian Lee ’20, President Avery Pate ’19, Secretary/Treasurer Claire Guthrie ’20 and Director of Communications Will Tuomey ’20.
FWCD faculty and staff took to Magnolia at the Modern on August 31 to see Far From the Tree, Andrew Solomon’s latest work. Solomon was there in person to participate in a Q&A after the 6 p.m. movie. An FWCD parent and National Book Award winner, Solomon was the keynote speaker last spring for our Center for International Studies launch.
The #FWCDFirstDay2018 celebration was once again double the fun with a staggered start! Upper School students returned to school on August 15, while Kindergarten, Lower School and Middle School students started on August 20. The 2018-19 academic year also is the introduction of FWCD’s Junior Kindergarten! Fifteen students from the Class of 2032 started their FWCD experience! Opening day stats are in.
Summer reading, math skills reviews and foreign language reviews were just some of the work this summer that students completed. Much of our faculty had various “assignments” of their own. Between May 24 (the first day of summer break) and August 1, faculty put themselves in their students’ shoes, returning to the “classroom” to further pursue their passions and hone their expertise. “One of the wonderful things about being an educator is that it enables me to thrive as a lifelong learner,” said Lower School Learning Specialist Teresa Hoppe. “I learn new things working with students and teachers every day at FWCD. Professional development provides the opportunity to learn about ways to enhance our curriculum and enables me to collaborate and exchange ideas with other educators. The knowledge gained from experts in the field and the PD experiences can then be shared with colleagues at FWCD, which can lead to further collaboration and implementation of strategies, techniques and resources that ultimately benefit our students.”
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Get ready to say “Cheese!” Yearbook pictures for all faculty, staff and students in grades JK-12 are Wednesday, September 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lower School students will take pictures in the Lower School Atrium at assigned times with their homeroom teachers. Middle School students will take pictures in the Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center during their fine arts classes. Upper School students should plan to take their pictures in the Martin Campus Center on their own time, either before school or during announcements, lunch or their free period.
And FWCD’s 2019 spring musical is … Chicago: The High School Edition. Director of Theatre Melodee Halbach shared the announcement with the community this summer. According to Halbach, FWCD Upper School students have long been begging for this show, and the stars finally aligned.
Seventeen Upper School TEAM Service members volunteered at the annual Back to School Roundup serving Tarrant County, which took place on August 9, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The event provides free school supplies to 10,000 underserved students in grades Pre-K-12.
If you haven’t done so already, please update your School contact information in MyFWCD and My Backpack by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, August 15. It is important that ALL of our families review and update their information in both systems so that the School has the most current information on file for academic, emergency and financial purposes. Click on the original message for instruction on how to review/update information.
Join JR Carpenter, SAGE Food Service Director, to share your student's dietary needs and fill out the necessary paperwork at the SAGE Dietary Needs/Food Allergy Meeting on Monday, August 20 from 12:30-1 p.m. in the Goff Room of the Fischer Dining Pavilion.
The meeting also will include information on:
*The SAGE Online Allergen Filter
*The SAGE mobile app, “A Touch of SAGE”
*Plus open discussion about questions you may have about the SAGE program and any additional needs.
Fort Worth Country Day’s spring 2019 musical will be Chicago The High School Edition. Read below for information from Theatre Director Melodee Halbach:
Six years ago, the Upper School students saw Chicago featured in the ISAS Arts Festival Showcase venue. This began six years of students begging me to choose the musical for FWCD!
We get many of our ideas for the musical selection from the ISAS Arts Festival; thus my journey to procure the rights for the show. And for five years, the answer has been no. But this year, the answer was YES! Please note that the official title is Chicago The High School Edition. It has been edited, but still addresses some issues that are not intended for young audiences. The show was chosen for the Upper School students to satisfy a passion that many of them have had for years.
Join Head of School Eric Lombardi and other members of the FWCD community for an all-important community-wide brainstorming session as Fort Worth Country Day spreads its wings. What does the campus of tomorrow look like? How might the School grow and change? Share your vision in a hands on meeting with our new Master Planning Team, Lake Flato.
Brainstorm with the Architects from Lake Flato Wednesday, June 20 5-7 p.m. in the Fischer Dining Pavilion
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 Wednesdays, beginning on May 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (The library will not be open on July 4.) Visit the 2018 Summer Reading webpage to learn more.
Lower School students were celebrated on May 23 in the annual Lower School Closing Ceremony. In addition to recognizing Student Council, the Lower School Falcon Flyers performed a fun song, and the Continental Math League and Falcon PRIDE Awards were presented. Read More
In 2018, 143,000 students from 50 states and 24 foreign nations participated in the National Latin Exam. Students who earn the top award, gold medal, on the highest level of exams (Latin 3 or above) in their senior year are eligible for a renewable $2,000 per year scholarship. Of almost 9,000 test-takers of the top level exams, fewer than 1,000 will earn the prestigious prize of the gold medal. Both of FWCD’s Latin seniors Aidan Vogelson and Nikhil De earned this honor and are eligible for the scholarship.
Jake Hudman ’26 and Cameron Morgan ’27 competed in the US National Elementary Chess Championships this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. With 2,367 participants in grades, K-6, the boys did FWCD proud! Jake competed in the K-5 U1200 division, finishing in a tie for fourth place. He also placed third in the “blitz” (fast) chess tournament. (In a normal game, each player is allowed 90 minutes. Blitz chess only allows 5 minutes.) Cameron competed in the K-3 U1000 division, finishing in a tie for 15th place. While tournament play was certainly the focus, the boys also had time to play some grand masters, which means they were learning from some of the very best.
A two-year Cum Laude member, Christina Kelly ’18 is part of a Fort Worth Country Day legacy. Her father, Todd Kelly, is a member of the Board of Trustees and a graduate of the Class of 1981. Her siblings are Falcon alumni: Bryan ’11 and Hannah ’14. And there are many Kelly cousins who are attending now or are alumni as well. Christina herself is an FWCD “Original.” She will attend The University of Texas at Austin as a Plan II and Biology double major with a Spanish minor.
A National Merit Scholar, Nikhil De ’18 joined the Fort Worth Country Day community in seventh grade. He will attend Princeton University, most likely to major in physics or engineering. While it is bittersweet to leave Country Day, De is looking forward to the next steps in his journey. “In addition to meeting many exciting new people, I am looking forward to further discovering and exploring my passions as I determine what I wish to do with my life,” he said.
Upper School students were honored on Thursday, May 17, at the Upper School Awards program in the Round Gym. Parents, faculty, staff and students gathered to celebrate. For a full listing of award winners, click here.
African Percussionist Baba Kwasi brought the house down when he came to campus to celebrate with students in the School’s Common Ground program at their last meeting of the year. Kwasi’s engaging program focused on inspiring enthusiasm, self-confidence, inner joy and love for living life to its fullest. View the Facebook video.
Volunteering with the Parent Faculty Association is a great way to get to know the School community even better. There are opportunities for everyone – from one-time events to ongoing volunteer shifts, as well as opportunities during the school day and on evenings and weekends. Become part of the PFA team. Click on the PFA Volunteer Form and share how you want to help. To learn more about the PFA and what it does, read a letter from Heather Senter, 2018-19 PFA President.
Student-athletes were honored Tuesday, May 15, in the Spring 2018 Postseason Academic Awards program at 2:30 p.m. in the Round Gym. Pictured (left) are the student-athletes recognized as SPC All-Conference players: (back row) Ben Belton ’18, Turner Symonds ’18, Westen Mulqueen ’18, Drew Chilcoat ’19, (front row) Abby Timmerman ’21, Samantha Burke ’18, CJ Landrum ’18 and Kathleen Clum ’18.
Assistant Head of Upper School Peggy Wakeland, affectionately known as The Peginator, was honored at the Spring Sports Awards on May 15 with the Old Sport Award. Established in 1989, this award is presented to an individual in the FWCD community who has continued to be a big booster, faithful fan and super supporter of Falcon athletics year in year out.
Eighth-graders were assigned a fun and wacky assignment in the final weeks of school: to design and test a Rube Goldberg Machine. An American cartoonist and 20th-century inventor, Goldberg is famous for his sketches of crazy inventions. Hence the Rube Goldberg Machine: a contraption that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a relatively simple task in a highly complicated or roundabout manner through a series of fun chain reactions.
Last May, Athletic Director and Varsity Head Football Coach FrankGendusa shared that he and his wife, Shirley, would be returning to their longtime home of New Orleans when the 2017-18 academic year ended. On May 15, the Fort Worth Country Day community honored Frank at the Upper School Spring Sports Awards.
DVR alert! Tune in to WFAA Channel 8 on Sunday, June 3, at 10:30 p.m. as Kathleen Clum ’18 is recognized as a Dale Hansen Scholar Athlete. Kat has been a member of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams at FWCD. Next year, she will be playing softball at Brown University.
Upper School students in Lauren Cunningham's Art History class visited Fort Worth’s Flatiron Building in late April as part of a unit on modern art and architecture. Catherine Cravens ’18 served as the host.
The 50 states came to life on May 4 in the Fourth-Grade State Float Parade. While the weather prohibited a true parade, parents and family members were welcomed into the Lower School Building where the floats lined the atrium and third- and fourth-grade hallways.
On Friday, May 18, 102 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 (the link will be live at the time of the event) for family and friends who are out of town or unable to attend. Graduates should plan to arrive at the church at 5:30 p.m. for a class photo. This year’s class of 102 students garnered more than $13.5 million in merit-based scholarships and awards, and were accepted into 133 different colleges and universities. Here’s a sneak peek of the FWCD Class of 2018 ad that will appear in the June issue of Fort Worth Texas magazine.
Upper School ballet dancers invited faculty and staff members to participate in a ballet class on Thursday, April 26, in the ballet studio. This “Bring-Your-Teacher to Ballet Class” was a way for teachers and staff to see their students in action and experience what ballet students do each day in class to perfect their craft. View the Take-Your-Teacher to Ballet Class Slide Show. While athletes take part in many games each sports season, FWCD’s ballet dancers have two recitals each year that are considered their “game days.” Read more to see the students and the teacher/staff member they invited.
Months of hard work led up to the Lower School Music Program on Friday, April 27, as brand new music, composed by Mark Burrows was performed by students in grades 1-4. View the Lower School Music Program. Thanks to a Supporting CAST grant, Lower School Music Teachers Karla Dunning and Julie Dean brought in Burrows, local composer and Director of Children’s Ministries at First United Methodist Church (FUMC), to meet with fourth-graders in December. They discussed the composition process, as well as brainstormed about new music.
Fourth-graders celebrated the first ever Flavors of the World Festival on Monday, April 23. Put together by Lower School Spanish Teachers GabyBooth and NatashaHatcher, Flavors of the World was a celebration of the amazing food that our diverse and beautiful planet has to offer. “It also provides a fantastic opportunity to bridge community and cultural diversity,” Booth said. View the Flavors of the World Slide Show.
Parents and teachers were asked to volunteer to showcase a dish – an appetizer, an entrée or a dessert – from their family’s country of origin or another country they may have a connection with. View the slide show here. The students were then given the opportunity to taste these dishes from around the world. After the tastings, the students spent time filling out a form where they could check off what they tried and then provide their thoughts about the food they sampled.
FWCD Middle School and Lower School students enjoyed the movie Adama, a French animated drama film (with English subtitles). The viewing was held in conjunction with the Alliance Française de Dallas, whose new director, Patricia Beausoone, introduced the movie. Rob Napier, Middle School French Teacher, plans to continue these movie nights on the last Monday of each month starting in August 2018.
Napier also is hosting a parents’ informational meeting on Wednesday, May 9, in Middle School Room 107 at 6 p.m. to discuss a trip to France and Switzerland in summer 2019.
The Middle School Latin Club traveled across the metroplex to Garland to compete in the Texas State Junior Classical League State Competition. The competition at Naaman Forest High School on April 13 and 14 featured more than 1,800 Latin students representing 90 schools from across Texas. FWCD’s 17 students placed eighth overall as a team in the Middle School division when adding up the points they earned competing as individuals. Nearly 30 schools competed in this division.
Who makes up a community? What defines a community? How does a community work together? Want to know the answers? Ask our FWCD kindergarten students—they are experts!
This year’s unit had a new focus: FWCD community helpers. “In the past, we invited parents to come to campus to talk about their jobs,” said Kindergarten Teacher Lisa Dickerson Davenport ’87. View the Community Helpers Slide Show. “Now we are exploring our own amazing community helpers who serve our school.” This Kindergarten Vocation Rotation is the culminating event of the students’ community helpers (career/occupation/vocation/job) social studies unit. Students made maps of the School and took class walks, where they recorded details and pictures of the buildings and learned more about the beautiful FWCD campus. They also met with various community helpers across campus to learn about their jobs.
Finn Connor ’18 “wordsmithed” his way to recognition in the 2017-18 Circle Theatre High School Playwriting Project. Connor’s script, titled Party Lines, was chosen as a Finalist for the Neighborhood Play Festival and will be publicly read by TCU students on May 6 at 3 p.m. This reading is free and open to the public. A special “meet & greet” reception follows the reading.
FWCD takes pride in its innovative curriculum and is constantly looking for ways to improve and enhance learning for students. This week, a math faculty audit team was on campus for two days, observing math classes and meeting with teachers in all divisions to learn about FWCD's program and teaching styles. The team has been thrilled with their visit, and they look forward to providing a report with recommendations moving forward. Read the team bios here.
That’s Fort Worth Country Day, right? We think so! And thanks to our parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff, we received the Best Private School Fort Worthy Award honor in 2017 – the inaugural year of the contest. Now it’s time to retain that “crown,” so we need your votes again.
Nominations for categories begin on April 22 and are open through May 7 at fortworthy2018.com. You will vote for us under the category of Places and the subcategory of Best Private School. We need to receive a lot of votes in order to be put on the final ballot for voting on May 20-June 11, so please cast your vote!
With just the right amount of pomp and circumstance, FWCD launched its newest program, the Center for International Studies, on Wednesday, April 11, with nearly 150 faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and other members of the Fort Worth Country Day community. The highlight of the event was keynote speaker Andrew Solomon, author of the book Far & Away: Reporting on the Brink of Change. Solomon is an FWCD parent and a National Book Award winner. For a video of the entire program, click here.
Fort Worth Country Day’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society welcomed 10 seniors and 10 juniors into its ranks on Wednesday, April 11. New members were presented with certificates and pins during the ceremony. This year’s speaker was Andrew Solomon, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, New York Times-bestselling author, National Book Award Winner and FWCD parent. Click here for Solomon’s full address.
FWCD fourth-graders, along with fifth-graders at The Leadership Academy at Maude I Logan and students at Starpoint School, enjoyed a special program with author Ed Masessa earlier this month.
Masessa, a childhood friend of Upper School parent Holly Ellman, was in Dallas for the annual Texas Libraries Association conference. When he travels, he offers a school visit to old friends. Masessa’s books, The Wandmaker and The Wandmaker's Apprentice, are best-suited for students in grades 4-6. “Our middle schoolers were taking ERB tests during the week the visit was being planned, and I felt it was better to pass on the visit than just share it with one grade level,” said TammyWolford, Head Librarian. “Then I got the idea to give the visit to The Leadership Academy at Maude I Logan, which was our ‘Books for Kids’ beneficiary during Book Fair in December.”
Fort Worth Country Day’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) hosted its Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, April 17. Five eighth-grade candidates, three seventh-grade candidates and 45 sixth-grade candidates joined the organization, which includes 71 seventh- and eighth-grade members who were inducted last spring. Bill Arnold '86 was the keynote speaker, delivering an address centered on service. View the Facebook video for his presentation. Click here for copy of the program.
Dr. Carrie Liu Currier, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Asian Studies at Texas Christian University, met with the Upper School Global Affairs Club on April 6. Arranged by Upper School History Teacher Colin Douglas ’06,the meeting allowed students to hear from a knowledgeable expert in the field. Douglas has been taking Dr. Currier’s “Teaching about Asia in the Classroom” professional development course for the past two years.
The Global Affairs Club, formed in August 2016 by Lexa Brenner ’18, is sponsored by History Department Chair Dean Barker. The club meets two to three times per month and has 35 active members this year. View a short video of Dr. Currier’s meeting with the students.
Each year, Challenge of Tarrant County presents its Leo C. Benavides Award to area high school students in recognition of their outstanding volunteer efforts. Fort Worth Country Day’s 2018 recipient, Grace Goldman ’18, was recognized earlier this week for her valuable service to FWCD and the greater Fort Worth community.
The FWCD 4-H members are selling eggs from the chickens they have raised! Help support this new endeavor in FWCD's 4-H chapter. 4-H members will sell eggs every Friday from 7:15-8:15 a.m. until school ends. All proceeds benefit the FWCD 4-H program to help pay for chicken feed and supplies.
Campbell Hyde ’20 participated in the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s 2018 “Student of the Year” competition and raised more than $50,000. Every year, students compete in North Texas and nationally to raise awareness and funds to help facilitate important research to find a cure for blood cancer. Part of Campbell's fundraising efforts included generous contributions from the Class of 2020 at a well-attended crawfish boil.
Fort Worth Country Day launched its newest program, the Center for International Studies, on April 11, 2018 in the Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center, with a special event featuring keynote speaker Andrew Solomon, author of the book Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World. Solomon is an FWCD parent and a National Book Award winner.
The center, the creation of Director of Special Projects Bill Arnold ’86, will serve as the home base for all of FWCD’s international initiatives, including its overseas summer expeditions, exchange opportunities, cultural programs and global competency professional development.
Fourth-grader JakeHudman said it best: “Today is a day to acknowledge and celebrate other cultures.” And that is exactly what students, faculty, staff and parents in the Lower School did on Friday, March 23.
What is DNA? How are genes inherited? How do genetics and environmental factors influence health and well-being of an individual? These questions and more were discussed by FWCD seventh-graders and students from Mexico and Zimbabwe as they took part in a ground-breaking eight-week course, titled Global Doctors: DNA, through Level Up Village (LUV). LUV delivers pioneering Global STEAM enrichment courses to 20,000+ students in 400 public and private schools in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, and 40+ global partner schools in more than 20 countries that promote design thinking and one-to-one collaboration among students from around the world.
Seven of Lauren Cunningham’s Painting and Drawing Students – Grace Bobo ’21, Karina Cedillo ’20, Payton Childress ’19, Isabel Garza ’21, Julia Petsche ’20 , Gabby Pettit ’21, and Campbell Robinson ’19 – plus two of SilAzevedo’s Photography students – Brendan O’Connell ’18 and RachelEllman ’19 – exhibited artworks in the 2018 Congressional Art Show. The reception took place on March 24 at the Tarrant County College River Campus.
Talking with with students in grades 4-6 on Wednesday, March 28, Teacher-Librarian turned Author Dan Gemeinhart shared his inspirational story on how he became a writer. “It’s a dream I had for as long as I can remember,” Gemeinhart said. View the Facebook video that shares a portion of his presentation.
Fort Worth Country Day hosted its first large-scale chess tournament on Saturday, March 24, in the Round Gym. The tournament drew 114 students and their family members from 19 different schools in the DFW metroplex. The FWCD team fared well, taking top places in many categories.
The Fort Worth Country Day Theatre Department announced "The Miracle Worker" as the fall play selection for 2018. The Tony award-winning play by William Gibson tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. Auditions are planned for late April or early May. Additional information will soon be available on The Miracle Worker group web page. Please send audition web page membership requests to Ms. Bracken at Natalie.Bracken@fwcd.com.
Performances will be October 4, 6, and 7 in the FWCD Scott Theater.
K-12 Players Welcome: Beginners, Rated and Unrated
$15 per person by March 23, 2018
Join us for a day of chess! K-12 players in Fort Worth, Denton, Dallas and surrounding areas are welcome, so please share with your friends! Participants may register online or send in the form with cash/check. All paper registrations must be mailed no later than March 20. All specifics are outlined in the downloadable flyer.
The FWCD Libraries are thrilled to welcome Dan Gemeinhartto Fort Worth Country Day on Wednesday, March 28. His fourth novel, Good Dog, will be released on the day he visits campus and will be available to FWCD students! Gemeinhart will meet with our students in grades 4-6. All book orders are due by Wednesday, March 15.
All four of our National Merit Semifinalists, Lexa Brenner, Michael Chan, Nikhil Deand Lance Mayhue,have been named National Merit Finalists in the competition. The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of Finalists is now in progress. Three types of awards, the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship, the Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship and the College-sponsored Merit Scholarship, are underwritten by approximately 420 independent sponsor organizations as well as by NMSC with its own funds.
FWCD First-Grade Teacher SherriFuller was highlighted in the latest issue of Made Worthy, the Tanglewood Mom's community magazine, for her teaching expertise. The "Outstanding Educators" article highlights 13 exceptional teachers and the judges who chose them (four of which are FWCD graduates. Click here to view the article.
Brian Phelps, FWCD’s new Athletic Director (starting in 2018-19), announced on March 2that Brian Farda will be Fort Worth Country Day’s next Varsity Head Football Coach. Farda’s appointment follows an extensive search. He succeeds FWCD Athletic Director Frank Gendusa, who has served as Head Football Coach since 2005.
The search committee (listed below) reviewed more than 100 resumes and conducted 40 initial interviews. Nine semifinalists were brought to campus for more in-depth interviews with the search committee and with several players. Four finalists were brought back to campus to meet with the full team and to get to know FWCD better.
Upper School French Teacher AndréanneAnnis took a professional development day in late January to serve as a translator/interpreter for a Fort Worth Sister Cities International (FWSCI) visit with a French Delegation from Nîmes.
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 TammyWolford and Middle School Librarian KimGardner, 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.
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!
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.”
Java, C#, C++, VB.NET and Python. Do you speak these languages? Many of our Upper School students do, thanks to ShaheenMatuni, Upper School Computer Science and Technology Teacher, and his passion for computer science and competitive programming.
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.
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.
While the students have been enjoying their new playground equipment since January, 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.
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.
Joe Westermann ’19 and Katelyn Stokes ’19 will soon see their plays brought to life on stage. The students’ plays, Conformby 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 took over the Annie Richardson Bass Lower School Atrium on January 25 and 26 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 Royer ’92; and Kit Tennison Moncrief ’70), 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.
NikhilDe ’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 Finalist, 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.
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.
Matt Cusick, a Dallas-based collage artist, spoke with Lauren Cunningham's 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.”
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.
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 an