Points of Pride

The start of a new year typically includes reflection. At Fort Worth Country Day, that reflection results in “Points of Pride,” a selected list of accomplishments and enhancements that come to mind when we look back on the past 12 months. The year 2019 brought FWCD many of our usual sources of pride: a talented graduating class, leaving wonderful legacies as our first Capstone presenters, as hard-working athletes, gifted dancers and artists, and powerful learners who took their talents to outstanding colleges and universities. 2019 also brought us a wonderful first semester with the Class of 2020 as our leaders and role models, with more exceptional Capstone presentations and noteworthy college acceptances, Honor Choir accolades for 17 of our Middle and Upper School singers, and another SPC 3A football championship.
 
At FWCD, our students truly go “From Here, Anywhere …” Take a look at our 2019 Points of Pride. 
 

2019 Points of Pride

Academics

  • Modern and Classical Languages Department Chair and Spanish Teacher Alison Robinson was recognized by the University of Chicago as a teacher of distinction ... representing the array of wonderful faculty members we boast from Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Kindergarten Rodeo celebrated 50 years (with the constant banjo picking of Dan Bloch H’06).
  • Parker Schenecker ’80 returned to his alma mater to deliver the 10th Chip Herr Memorial Lecture and to be our Visiting Scholar.
  • Our Moncrief Library celebrated a milestone 25th anniversary; this amazing building facilitates and confirms the powerful reading and learning culture at FWCD.
  • We announced Alexis Stern as our next Head of Upper School in July 2020.
  • English Department Audit ... four educators came from around the country to provide in-depth feedback to our English Department. This was the School's fifth different academic department to be audited.
  • Eleven of our seniors completed Capstone projects in the fall of 2019.
  • The Upper School offered two new English semester electives: Advanced Literature and Writing.
  • Head of Lower School Trey Blair identified Curriculum Leaders to help guide JK-4 program development.
  • Visiting authors Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and Kat Albers Kronenberg ’85 came to campus to speak with students thanks to the Library Department.
  • The seventh-grade Vicksburg trip added a civil rights component to its Civil War curriculum.

Arts

  • Our Fine Arts Department put on spring and winter concerts with vocalists and instrumentalists from kindergarten through grade 12 and dancers from grades 4-12, ranging from the longstanding and beloved Plight of the Turkey to a band concert of soundtracks accompanied by their Hollywood movies.
  • Claire Guthrie ’20 earned a Buckley nomination for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker.
  • Kendall Lehman ’22 had her photography chosen to represent FWCD in the Dallas Young Artists Exhibit.
  • Supporting CAST granted funds to create an all-new FWCD drumline cadence, “The Peginator.”
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Athletics

  • Our Athletic Department put 77 teams from 24 sports on the fields and courts with athletes from grades 7-12, coached by 111 coaches. 
  • Two seniors signed National Letters of Intent (Kenzi Carter ’20, Tulane University, Basketball; and Allie Stewart ’20, Angelo State University, Soccer). Two more seniors committed to play at the collegiate level (Chris Edwards ’20, Yale University, Soccer; and Ozzie Fleischer ’20, Tufts University, Baseball).
  • Kenzi Carter ’20 was also one of only 900 basketball players across the nation nominated to be a McDonald’s All-American.
  • Our team installed cameras and technology to initiate live-streaming of Falcon athletic events.

College Acceptances

  • Seventy-five members of the Class of 2019 (101 graduates) earned more than $11.6 million in merit-based scholarships and awards. Forty-three of these students utilized more than $2.7 million of those awards.
  • The Class of 2019 collected acceptances into 154 different colleges and universities.
  • More than 250 college/university representatives attended our College Day 2019, making it FWCD’s largest college fair to date.
  • The Class of 2020 included one National Merit Semifinalist (Lily Melcher ’20), 10 National Merit Commended Students and five National Hispanic Scholars.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

  • The parent Falcon Inclusion Team (FIT) created a back-to-school picnic (called Together We’re Better) celebrating the wonderful variety of cultures in our community.
  • SOAR, Fort Wonder and Texas Youth Sports Leagues provided our younger Falcons (and others from beyond the berm) engaging extracurricular experiences.
  • Fort Worth Sister Cities International extended awards to Upper School French Teacher Andréanne Annis for her extraordinary commitment and leadership. FWCD garnered the 2019 Eisenhower Award for Organizational Involvement, also from Sister Cities.
  • Our Center for International Studies (CIS) was featured in the National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) quarterly magazine.
  • Alicia Schordine’s fourth-grade class began taking part in the inaugural Empatico Kindness Champions Fellowship. We are the only school in Texas and one of 40 schools from across the world participating in this online, across borders learning experience.

Facilities

  • Junior Kindergarten expanded from 15 students to 20 and moved into a dramatic new space.
  • We continued to fine-tune the campus master plan, with initial work focusing on the Bass Upper School and the Annie Richardson Bass Lower School.
  • Our Green Room received a significant overhaul (thanks to an anonymous donor) in time for the fantastic final (and 50th) musical, Chicago, under the direction of then Director of Theatre Melodee Halbach.

Publications: Electronic and Print

  • We launched a new Health and Wellness logo and presence on the FWCD website (thanks in large part to the devoted work of Parent Faculty Association designees Rachel Werner and Dana Quisenberry).
  • The 2018 yearbook was named to Walsworth Publishing's Gallery of Excellence and is featured in the 2019 Possibilities idea book.
  • The Falcon Quill student newspaper moved to a magazine format.
  • Lower School launched its monthly (during the academic year) eNewsletter, Plaiditudes.

Safety and Security

  • We continued to enhance campus security, including extended hours for off-duty Fort Worth Police Department officers.
  • We continued to add interior and exterior cameras.
  • We began our work with Interquest Detection Canines.
  • We closed Bryan Henderson Street gates during the non-carpool hours.

Service Learning

  • Braden Baker ’25 was selected as a Marvel Hero for his work raising money to provide hearing aids to kids in need. His episode, “Battlin’ Braden,” is streaming on Disney+.
  • FWCD 4-H, the city’s largest 4-H chapter, produced eggs to sell and vegetables to use in the SAGE Dining Services' salad bar, while others raised champion livestock. Our chicken coops’ 30+ inhabitants gave students the chance to be proud nurturers.
  • Our partnership with Como Community Center expanded as FWCD cheerleaders joined the Middle School students.
  • Two teachers and eight students participated in the remarkable opportunities offered by Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder (SStS). Henry Brookman ’22 has now participated in two SStS courses, one on the Pine Ridge Reservation and one in Tibet, in addition to being invited to attend their annual conference.
  • Fourth-graders connected with the Fort Worth Zoo in a design thinking and service-learning project to positively impact the zoo and its patrons.
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Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.

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