Lower School's Virtue of the Month
In keeping with the School’s mission to foster spiritual and moral development, teachers incorporate a “virtue of the month” into daily lessons.
Middle School Advisory
The goal of advisory is to help middle schoolers become more independent and responsible while providing guidance. Faculty advisors play a significant role in helping our students through the social and academic changes, challenges, and opportunities they will encounter during seventh and eighth grade.
P.R.I.D.E. (Upper School)
People Respecting Individual Differences Everywhere
The purpose of Trojan P.R.I.D.E. is to encourage students to respect and value the differences among members of the TVS community, in Fort Worth, and throughout the world. The organization meets biweekly to discuss relevant local, state, national, and international issues and concerns pertinent to the themes of the club as well as individual member interests. The organization also sponsors activities within the TVS community to heighten awareness of multicultural issues and to make TVS a more open and accepting environment for all students, faculty, and staff.
Trinity Valley School offers a high quality School Counseling Program which is based on the national standards created by the American School Counselor’s Association (ASCA).
Our School Counseling program emphasizes academic success for all students. The purpose of the school counseling program is to impart specific skills and learning opportunities in a proactive manner ensuring that our students can achieve school success. The program focuses on 3 different domains: Academic, Personal/Social, & Career. Aspects of this program are delivered to the students through individual student counseling, guidance lessons in the classrooms, large and small issue-specific groups, and supporting teachers as they differentiate their instruction for a student’s learning style.
Academic development includes acquiring the attitudes, knowledge and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the life span. Strategies to achieve success such as organization, time management, study habits, critical thinking skills, and goal setting are essential. Through various activities, students will be prepared to choose from a wide range of substantial post-secondary options with an emphasis on college. Understanding the relationship of academics to the world of work is also a focus.
Emotional or personal/social issues can impact a student’s ability to learn. Again, we look at helping the student acquire 1) the tools which enable them to understand and respect themselves and others; 2) effective interpersonal skills; 3) survival/safety skills; and 4) the attitudes and skills to develop into contributing members of our society.
Our program includes a focus on careers and the relationship between school and work. This includes an awareness of career options as well as the pathways to, the educational requirements of, and realities within, certain occupations. Various skills are required in today’s workplace and are taught through our guidance activities: collaboration, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
Our School Counselor delivers aspects of this program to all TVS students in a variety of ways: classroom guidance lessons, individual/group counseling, assemblies, and other activities.
What Makes the TVS Counseling Program Unique:
- A counselor students can talk to about their personal problems and relationships.
- A counselor who can assess and handle serious psychological and emotional problems and assist the family in getting treatment.
- Service as a liaison with the counseling and treatment community.
- Consultation age appropriate behavior and growing up issues.
- Referral for educational testing to assess the student’s learning style, strengths and challenges. The counselor collaborates with faculty to differentiate instruction for students with various learning styles.
- Training in life skills appropriate to each grade level.
- Consultation, counseling and referral for TVS families going through divorce, grief and loss or other stressful experiences.
- Assistance in conflict resolution to students.
- Guidance and information to the Parent Club Forum on relevant topics and issues.
- The organization and presentation of preventative programs.
- Development of a comprehensive health and wellness curriculum.
Our goal is to change the norms around bullying behavior and to restructure the school setting itself so that bullying is likely to occur or be rewarded.
Trinity Valley School is in the early stages of implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). The Olweus program has over 35 years of research behind it and is recognized by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence as one of the Blueprint Model Programs and by the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a model program.
All students, faculty, and parents participate in most aspects of the program, while students identified as bullying others, or as targets of bullying, receive additional individualized interventions. These efforts are designed:
- to reduce existing bullying problems among students
- to prevent the development of new bullying problems
- to improve peer relations and make the school a safer and more positive place for students to learn and develop.
TVS expects results similar to those found in other schools implementing the Olweus program, an evidence-based and data-driven program, across the country:
- a reduction by 20-70% in student reports of being bullied and bullying others
- marked reductions in student reports of general antisocial behavior such as vandalism, fighting, theft, and truancy
- clear improvements in the classroom social climate, as reflected in students’ reports of improved order and discipline
- more positive social relationships
- more positive attitudes toward school work and school.
The mission of the security team at Trinity Valley School is to keep TVS children safe. The school employs a group of trained professionals who are licensed by the State of Texas. The head of security provides on-site training and professional development opportunities to enhance the team’s preparedness. The team conducts risk assessments on a regular basis to identify vulnerabilities in order to revise its protection plan.
TVS security coordinates with local law enforcement and safety agencies to validate security plans and to increase communication interoperability. TVS also has an emergency response team. Electronic security is managed by our network administrator and network contractors who possess specific technical expertise.
In addition to campus presence during school hours, the security team covers all sporting and extracurricular events held at the school.
Drop-off and Pick-up:
Expect long lines during the first few weeks of school. Students may be dropped off at the curb in front of each division. Please remain in your car if your child is being dropped off at the curb (Middle School or staff greeters will be available to help Lower School students unload from your car). If you wish to exit your car, please park in a "visitor" parking place in the parking lot near the appropriate division office.
MS and US students should report to the Athletics breezeway for pick-up after 4:30 p.m. Security will be present in the Lower and Middle School parking areas.
For the safety of your student and all those at Trinity Valley School, please comply with the requests made by Security.
Trinity Valley School 2013-2014 School Year Bus Service Routes include Northeast Tarrant County and ZIP codes 76107 and 76109.
TVS offers three bus routes to bring students to school in the mornings and in one case, home in the afternoons.
Clayton YES (Before and After School Care)
At Trinity Valley School, before- and after-school care for students in grades K-5 is offered through Clayton Youth Enrichment Services. Care is provided on the TVS campus. The mission of Clayton YES! is to provide quality programs that meet the diverse needs of our community’s children, youth and families during out-of-school time. Clayton Youth Enrichment Programs is a non-profit organization and is a leader in providing quality child care programs for school-age children since 1975. Clayton YES is licensed by the Department of Family & Protective Services.
Key elements of the Clayton YES! program include the following:
- Trained adult staff
- Homework time
- Nutritional snacks
- Discovery & exploration
- Arts & crafts
- Outdoor play
7 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.
2:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
The regular weekly fee will be charged on school holidays and in-service days. There will be an additional charge for those who register for holiday and in-service full-day care. Christmas and spring breaks will have additional fees at another site.
Site Manager: Cynthia Davis
For more information call Clayton YES! at the number above or visit their website at www.claytonyes.org. Clayton YES! is at Lower School class meetings at the beginning of school.