Points of Pride

2020

Fort Worth Country Day’s 2020 “Points of Pride” are about more than pride this year. They are also about resilience, caring, support and commitment. The year 2020 brought FWCD the usual sources of pride: an exceptional graduating class who took their talents to esteemed colleges and universities. The year also brought with it challenges that the School community overcame … together … as One FWCD, as evidenced by FWCD mask making, a fantastic rendition of the School’s Alma Mater, a virtual celebration of grandparents, and so much more. Fort Worth Country Day is a family … a family that wants only the best for all of its members, students, families, faculty and staff, and alumni. 

At FWCD, our students truly go “From Here, Anywhere ….” Take a look at the 2020 Points of Pride.
    • The COVID-19 pandemic caused some changes in our classrooms, but what hasn't changed is the engaging and valuable learning that FWCD students experience every day.

Pre-COVID-19 Events

  • Falcon Inclusion Team (FIT parent group) celebrated different cultures through food.
  • FWCD hosted its first computer science invitational with eight local high schools competing.
  • Spanish Table (Spanish language club) returned to Middle School.
  • First-graders collected 491 cans of food for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Each classroom’s goal was 100 cans — they exceeded their goal!
  • Upper School Student Council hosted a blood drive on campus.
  • Founders’ Day 2020 celebrated faculty and staff: Lupe Arechar, Roberto Arroyo, Andrew Beasley, Leo Desormier, Theresa Fuss, Joni Heinzelmann, Missi Olson Kovachev ’89, Reyna Martinez, Maria Olvera, Chad Peacock, Cynthia Reyes, Craig Slayton and Lisa Wallace were inducted into Club Viginti for their committed 20-year FWCD service.
  • The service component of Founders’ Day involved collecting new or gently used books for Como Community Center, dog food for Saving Hope, school supplies for Breakthrough Fort Worth, and cleaning wipes for All Church Home.
  • Middle School student wins North American Scholastic Chess Championship
  • Middle School VEX IQ robotics team qualifies for the virtual World Championship
  • The 2020 baseball team was named Texas High School Baseball’s Team of the Week (Private School) for the final week of the shortened 2020 baseball season.

Giving, Service, and Kindness Support

  • Donation of masks and protective eyewear to local hospitals
  • Ear-savers for FWCD team physicians created by Steve Uhr and the School’s 3D printer 
  • FWCD Mask Making
  • 17 former Middle School faculty/staff members Zoom into a current Middle School meeting to provide words of encouragement
  • PFA Teacher Wish List items fulfilled 
  • Middle School Ride-a-Thon goes virtual
  • Upper School community service videos for Lower School students and Online Activities Repository
  • FWCD Kindness Initiative, featured on many local news channels including WFAA’s Reason to Smile, raised $7650.82 to help Mardrie M. Elementary School rebuild its library
  • Middle School Holiday Drive collects more than 200 toys to benefit kids in the Como neighborhood 
  • PFA-funded meals and care packages for faculty and staff
  • Many FWCD alumni on the frontlines giving back as doctors, nurses, frontline workers, small business owners and more

COVID-19 Enhancements (approximately $800,000)

  • 27 substitute teachers for daily campus presence
  • One additional medical professional and a part-time nurse administrative assistant hired 
  • Bipolar ionic units and photohydroionization enhancements for HVAC systems
  • Cumulus scanners for temperature scanning
  • Installation of eight automatic doors for continued ADA compliance and to assist in risk mitigation thanks to the Bethea family
  • Plexiglass dividers
  • Four tents for outdoor classes
  • Community symptom reporting (AUXS Safety App)
  • Falcons stenciled on sidewalks all over campus, six feet apart for quick, distanced lining-up
  • Web cameras and microphones in each classroom, courtesy of the PFA
  • Web cameras at sports venues to allow simulcasts from Square and Round Gyms, Rosacker Stadium, and Barrett Havran Track
  • Food delivery hot boxes for Lower School
  • Carts for mobile specials teachers in Lower School, library and Middle School
  • Professional development regarding distance learning
  • Faculty and staff facilitator for talking through challenges
  • Transportation adjustments (using additional buses for athletics competitions for distanced seating)
  • New carpool procedures in each division to mitigate risk
  • Cleaning supplies and machinery
  • 13 free-standing, handless water “fountains”
  • Seven trucks of furniture removed to storage for the COVID-19 year
  • Wireless mics and body speakers allowing teachers to project with masks on
  • FWCD Medical Advisory Team weekly meetings since May 2020
  • Video production “studio” for Upper School announcements and other recordings
    • Aiden Karsten '21 made face coverings as his Eagle Scout service project.

    • The FWCD Kindness Initiative, featured on many local news channels, raised $7650.82 to help Mardrie M. Elementary School rebuild its library.

COVID-19 Pivots

  • 127 ebook titles added to Moncrief Library in April
  • Amazing Middle School choir rendition of FWCD's Alma Mater via video
  • Breakthrough Fort Worth summer program goes 100% remote and achieves 97% attendance
  • Cooking with Chef Whitney on the FWCD SAGE Dining Services Facebook page
  • Virtual assemblies in all divisions
  • Lower School virtual assemblies foster new traditions: dance parties, birthday shoutouts and bad jokes
  • Upper School fall play takes outdoor stage in the greenbelt area near the FWCD Memorial Caring Bridge
  • 143 college/university representatives attend College Day Online
  • Live Online Electives for Lower School during FWCD Online 2020
  • Zooms with guest Broadway artists, Pixar animators, local college professors, guest authors and more
  • Middle School Fairy Zooming into teacher office hours granting “wishes”
  • Grandparents and Grandfriends celebrated through video
  • FWCD Fund exceeds fundraising goal and the 2019-20 Annual Report moves online
  • Admission events move to Zoom with video showcases, such as Upper School: A Day in the Life
  • Approximately 20 virtual arts and athletics programs/events, including sports awards recognition, fine arts coffeehouses and recitals
  • Fall Homecoming Pep Rally, outdoors and socially distanced
  • Class of 2021 attends socially distanced events in the fall, such as Senior Suns and monthly luncheons
  • FWCD Libraries host Online Book Fair
  • PFA Quarantine Cuisine Cookbook sold during Holiday Sale with some limited edition ornaments
  • PFA Pumpkin Patch netted nearly $19,500 through pre-order painted pumpkins, carving pumpkins, painted burlap door hangers, assorted wood Halloween door hangers, festive decorations, and the Faux Pumpkin Silent Auction (22 artists crafted pumpkins).
    • The Upper School fall play, 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview, was performed on an outdoor stage.

Curriculum Enhancements

  • Addition of FWCD’s first Community Engagement and Inclusivity Coordinator (Nicole Masole) who will help FWCD put its Inclusivity Statement into action through IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Affinity) in the Upper School, AFFIRM (Alumni Falcons Fostering Inclusion, Respect and Multiculturalism) with Alumni Relations, and more
  • Addition of half-time College Counselor (Steve Milich)
  • Fundations/Phonics curriculum in Lower School
  • New Art Fundamentals Class in Upper School
  • Introduction to Civil Law and Introduction to Criminal Law (under Topics in History) offered in Upper School 
  • Class of 2021 edition of Senior Capstone Projects, with topics ranging from a business launch to an online chemical analysis
    • Paloma Casanova '21 studied Cognitive Development and Autism Spectrum Disorder for her Capstone Project.

Class of 2020 Highlights

  • 81 members of the class (100 graduates) earned more than $12.6 million in merit-based scholarships and awards. Forty-eight of these students utilized more than $3.2 million of those awards.
  • Acceptances into 130 different colleges and universities; attending 42 different institutions
  • One National Merit Scholar, 10 National Merit Commended Students and five National Hispanic Scholars
  • “We Love Our Seniors” signage delivered to each senior's home
  • Senior car parade followed by final assembly from cars, on original graduation date
  • Coyote Drive-In screening of the Senior Video
  • June 6 Graduation in Rosacker Stadium around Havran Track (remarkable COVID-19 protocols put into place)
  • COVID-19 Financial Aid Fund gift of $5,500 as a graduation gift
  • April 20, 2020, at 8:20 p.m. (2020 military time), “Be the Light” event paying tribute to Falcon seniors
  • “Shining a Light on Our Seniors” social media campaign on FWCD Facebook/Instagram and Upper School Instagram

FWCD Accolades

  • Six FWCD students and faculty/staff earned DSM HSMTA nominations
  • Middle School clarinet player named to the 2020 TPSMEA North Honor Band
  • 10 Middle School orchestra students named to the 2020 TPSMEA Middle School Honors Orchestra
  • Three FWCD students honored at the 32nd Black & White Images Reception for excellence in photography 
  • Middle School wrestlers head to state
  • Senior earns third Buckley nomination for FWCD stage performances
  • Three seniors named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Academic All-State Team 
  • 20 Upper School students earn Cum Laude honors
  • Eight students named to NSPA Journalism Honor Roll 
  • Jersey Mike’s honors FWCD school spirit
  • 10 students honored with Slaughter Family Arts Awards nominations; six students win eight awards
  • Six student-athletes commit to play in college
  • Two Upper School students earned the Degree of Honor from the National Speech and Debate Association for their performance in fall 2020 tournaments 
  • Seven National Merit Semifinalists, Two National Merit Commended Students and five National Hispanic Scholars from the Class of 2021 named in fall 2020
    • Kenzi Carter '20 and Allie Stewart '20 signed letters of intent to play basketball at Tulane University and soccer at Angelo State University respectively.

    • Stephen Murrin '20 committed to play football at Washington and Lee University.

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Phone: 817.732.7718
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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