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Posted Monday, Feb 27, 2017 

The TVS Middle School has been engaged in a search to find our next assistant head. We are pleased to announce that Julie Knudsen will serve as our next Assistant Head of Middle School. With a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and an MA in Education Administration, Julie’s experience spans public and independent school roles in lower and middle school. Prior to joining TVS, Julie worked as a teacher and later math coach at Tanglewood Elementary. In the latter role, Julie served on the school’s administrative team, offering both student and faculty support in math instruction. At TVS, Julie has taught fifth grade math and served as middle school math coordinator.

In offering feedback, one colleague wrote, “Julie embodies the warmth, professionalism, and integrity that represents the very best of Trinity Valley. She has earned the respect of the community and has earned my respect as a teacher, colleague, and leader.” Another faculty member shared that Julie “is a wonderful listener who can solve problems. She is a planner who handles flexibility with ease and grace. She works hard and never complains. She sets her students up for success, and she would do the same for the MS faculty.”

TVS congratulates Julie and welcomes her to this new role. 

Posted Monday, Feb 20, 2017 
John Carter will be our Rutledge Speaker on February 21st.  He is speaking to all three divisions. He is a native Texan, and he and his wife went to TCU. We are thrilled to welcome him! Check out the following links for examples of his work and more information about him.

The Texas Chainsaw Stopper
An American Cowboy Fights for the Amazon and Its People
Posted Friday, Feb 17, 2017 
Performances Thursday, February 23 - Saturday, February 25 in the SST at 7:30pm

Sunday, February 26 at 3 PM

Box office opens 1 hour before show
$5 pre-paid admission
$10 at door
All sales final

Ticket Sales:
Weekdays Wednesday, February 15 - Friday, February 24
2:45-4:00pm SST Foyer
Faculty, staff, and students receive one free ticket that must be picked up during ticket sale times.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of bizarre words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing "ding" that signals a mistake. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation and actor improvisation, this show is a delightful gem of comedic genius.
Posted Friday, Feb 17, 2017 
You’re invited to the 2017 DFW Child Camp Fair at Fort Worth Country Day on Sunday, February 26 from 12:00-4:00 pm.

This free event includes performances and activities for the kids while parents gain information about a variety of area summer programs, including TVS Xplore Camps.  Xplore registration launches next week…here comes summer!
Posted Friday, Feb 17, 2017 

Tuesday, February 21st

Varsity Softball vs. Hockaday @ 5:00 PM
Varsity Baseball vs. St. Mark’s @ 5:30 PM
Varsity Lacrosse vs. Keller @ 6:30 PM

Thursday, February 23rd

Varsity Baseball @ John Cooper Tournament (The Woodlands, TX) – Through Saturday

Friday, February 24th

Varsity Softball @ Temple Christian @ 4:00 PM
Varsity Track & Field (Distance) @ Greenhill Relays

Saturday, February 25th

Varsity Track & Field @ Oakridge Dual Meet
Varsity Lacrosse vs. Cumberland Academy

Posted Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 
We are pleased to announce that Amanda Fisk’s poem “The Red Land” has been chosen as winner of Thalia’s Annual John Graves Award. Honorable Mentions: Amanda Fisk’s “The Night” and Jacqueline Reynolds’ “Ute Park, New Mexico.”

Congratulations, students!
This year’s judge was Lisa Fay Coutley. Lisa Fay Coutley’s debut collection, Errata, was chosen by Adrienne Su as a winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, and was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2015. She is also the author of two chapbooks: In the Carnival of Breathing (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition, and Back-Talk (Articles Press, 2010), winner of the Rooms Chapbook Contest. Her poetry has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, scholarships to the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, and an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize. Her writing has been anthologized and published widely in publications such as Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Poets & Writers, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net, and on Verse Daily. She earned her MA/MFA at Northern Michigan University, where she was poetry editor for Passages North, and her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah, where she was poetry editor for Quarterly West. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry in the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Posted Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 
Two TVS Fine Arts teachers, Jo-Ann Mulroy and Janet Chaffee, have work in a group art exhibition at Artspace 111. "Still Life" explores the tradition of still life artwork created by contemporary artists. The exhibition will feature a selection of Artspace111 artists and Marilyn Waligore, the top prize winner of the Third Annual Regional Juried Exhibtion, selected by the Director of the Kimbell Art Museum, Eric M. Lee.

Exhibition on Display | February 16 - March 18
Posted Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 

-- Tomorrow, we will say farewell to our three Danish Assistant Teachers, Ms. Cathrine Clausen, Mr. Mark Glargaard, and Ms. Malene Mølgaard. They have been working with students and teachers in the 6-8 grades for the past six weeks. We thank them for sharing their culture with us and hope their time here was well spent! 

Thank you to Gene Sessa and the Kalpakis, Stupfel, and Ullmann Families for hosting our guests and to the teachers who helped them grow as educators (especially Mrs. Frey, Mr. Churchward, Mrs. Cooper, Mrs. Heller, Coach Underwood, Coach Kennedy, and Coach Pearce).

-- We still have hosting opportunities for one German teacher and one German Upper School boy (March 29-April 8, just 10 days). Please contact Dr. Roemer ( with questions or to express interest.

-- Next Tuesday, Professor Minori Yuda will visit us from Japan to observe our incredible teachers and students.

-- Don't forget the International Fair (March 30, 6-8PM). Join us for the free food and entertainment, or be a part of it and represent your culture or a country you love. Please contact Dr. Roemer today (  

Posted Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 
BARD played host to intermediate and advanced drama student from North Side High School and their teacher Damon Maxwell. This was the third and final meeting of the two schools. After drama games and warmup activities, students from both schools performed the Shakespeare monologues they have been preparing since their first meeting in November of last year.
Special thanks to the BARD members from TVS who showed up to help today: Nick Parkinson, Morgan Nealy, Emma Evans, Riley Hamilton, Taylor Henry, Megan Hayward, Kent Breedlove, Samantha Jancosek, Allison Byrd, Joey Cascino, John Shipp, Serena Gandhi, Alexander Roemer, and Will Pickell. Also to their teachers who allowed them to be out of class, to the administration for supporting this collaboration, and TVS maintenance and housekeeping for setting up Trojan Hall for the day's activities.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 
We are delighted to share that TVS just became a partner school with the Independent Curriculum Group (ICG). The Independent Curriculum Group is comprised of over 160 schools and other educational organizations whose mission is to connect challenges with solutions and questions with answers in all areas of curriculum and academic programming. ICG members are asking and exploring multiple answers to the most important questions about teaching and learning. Some are proven innovators, comfortable with and excited by their own evolution, while others are just beginning their journey toward new ways of "doing school." All, share a hunger for better ways both of serving and harnessing the energies and voices of students and of preparing and tapping the creativity of their teachers. The Independent Curriculum Group represents not just a community of schools and educators but a movement toward a better educational future.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 

Online registration for Xplore Summer Programs is open.
We’re gearing up for 11 weeks of camps and classes for ages 4 and older!

Posted Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 

Girls' Basketball – Finished 4th

Beat Austin St. Andrew's in the quarterfinals 48-40

Girls' Soccer – Finished 5th

Beat Houston Christian 3-0 in the opening round, and St. Stephen’s 1-0 in the 5th-place game


Deniz Atay finished 3rd in the 100 Breast Stroke

Avery Buchanan finished 5th in the yard Back Stroke

Andrew Ekins, Isaac Espinal, John Bacon, and Deniz Atay finished 9th in the Boys' 200 Freestyle Relay and 12th in the 200 Medley Relay


Zach Milan took 3rd place in the 152 lb. weight class

Dylan York finished 4th in the 170 lb. weight class

Posted Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 
Happy Valentine's Day from Trinity Valley School! We hope you share your #TROJANLOVE today and always! Click HERE to see our special Valentine's Day message!
Posted Monday, Feb 13, 2017 

This past weekend, TVS competed in the Jesuit Prep Invitational in Dallas, where Brian Liao and Hae Seong Lee won First Place in Policy debate! They also took Fourth andSixth place in Speaker Awards, respectively.

Friday morning, Brian and Hae Seong will be joined by Flavia Lima and Lara Turan for a trip to the frozen wasteland of Cambridge, MA, where they will all compete for a TOC bid. If Flavia and Lara win their bid, they will be officially qualified for the prestigious Tournament of Champions, and will become the first ever competitors from TVS in Public Forum debate!

Wish them all the best of luck!

Dr. J. Austin Johnson
Trinity Valley School
Instructor in English and Director of Speech and Debate

Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 

Six boys went with Mrs. Cooke and Ms. Mulroy to the Tarrant Area Food Bank on Friday, February 10 to help unpack, organize and count 3,195 bowls for their upcoming Empty Bowls event. TVS contributed bowls made by students and faculty. This is TAFB’s largest fundraiser, which brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed needy families each year.

Francie Cooper, Director of Community of Events for TAFB, said "It was fantastic, as always, to have TVS students here. They have such generous spirits and I attribute that to the public service mindset imbued by the school. I'm forever grateful!"

Sawyer Blackman
Connor Browne
Chad Howser
Ethan Lisenby
Wesley Teeter
Luke Vasquez

Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 

A friend departs, inspiration is found, a long-distance connection is made, knowledge is shared, and online learning takes on new languages!

... Today is Madeleine Levy's last day at TVS--sorry to say. She was an International Assistant Teacher from Zürich, Switzerland who worked with our 7th and 8th grade students and teachers in math and art. Thank you, Madeleine, for sharing your knowledge and culture with us! And, we thank the Mandel family for opening their home to Madeleine this past month as a host family.

... Dr. Roemer and 2 Upper School students were inspired by Dr. Eboo Patel's comments about Interfaith Cooperation on Tuesday. Boy, can Dr. Patel tell stories with passion and persuasion!

... Dr. Roemer Skyped with students at our partner school in Mackay, Australia (Whitsunday Anglican School) after school on Tuesday (it was 8:30am Wednesday for them). The 8th graders asked him questions about US geography and demography.

... TVS Grandparent (and parent of 3 TVS alumni), Mrs. Sayeeda Selod, spoke with the "Religion in Culture" course students about growing up a Muslim in Texas and the U.S.

... Today, 6th grade Spanish students posted new comments in Spanish and English about their home towns, food, and vacations to share with friends in Campezo, Spain. ¡Muchas gracias, Sra. Hooker for encouraging your students to connect in multiple languages! Check out the blogs at: and

Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 

...we want our students to become conscientious leaders and intelligent citizens who understand the details of our nation's past (mistakes and triumphs) and who will be upstanders for those who are treated unfairly, oppressed, or marginalized.

This month, Upper School students decorated their bulletin board with quick facts and pictures of African American leaders, writers, inventors, and thinkers...

...students are discussing a variety of topics from literary and historical perspectives to learn more about, and share, African American influences and achievements over time...

...the LS/MS/US Librarians are showcasing and reading with students wonderful books about and by African Americans...

...the flags in the Dining Hall have been changed to recognize our community's African heritage and our partnerships in learning...

...the Upper School will have a student-led Assembly to share more about cultural, historical, athletic, and artistic triumphs, tragedies, and accomplishments....and the learning opportunities continue...

Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 
TVS fourth grader Carson Ng took 4th place in the Region II Chess Tournament for the K-6 Open section. This award came after the tournament director re-calculated tie breaking results, determining that Carson won a trophy. Be sure to give Carson a high-five when you see him!
Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 

Senior Ethan Phelps is ranked #1 among all high school athletes in Texas in the Indoor 800m Run.

A TVS 13-year student, Ethan has been listed as first in the definitive listing since his race at the University of Arkansas January 14.

Things could change a bit after this weekend, as the largest indoor track meet in Texas history started today at the Cowboys Indoor practice facility in Frisco. Ethan will not defend his 800m ranking as he is focused on the 1600m (mile) Saturday afternoon.

The Big-12 universities and various colleges are running in this Frisco meet Thursday and Friday, but then a monolithic high school meet begins Saturday with athletes from all over Texas and the south-central United States. Over 3,000 athletes have registered.

The indoor track in place is a replica of the NCAA Championship track at the University of Oregon. This being an official Cowboy facility, there is seating for over 12,000.

Also running in this meet are TVS senior Avery Davenport, freshman Diego Williams, freshman John Pitre, and others.

Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 

Two hundred mathletes and twenty three schools competed in the 34th Regional Mathcounts Competition in Fort Worth at Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus on Saturday Feb. 4, 2017.  This is the 8th consecutive year when TVS mathletes have become champions, a record in more than 30 years history of Regional Mathcounts in Fort Worth, Texas.

Following are the results for TVS mathletes: 

TEAM Rank:  1st Place

Team members: Jacob David, Michael Solomon, Raj Baweja, Justin Im.



Jacob David - 1st Place

Michael Solomon - 2nd Place

Raj Baweja - 3rd Place

Kishan Kalaria - 5th Place

TVS mathletes ranked individually above received $20,000 college scholarship, each for a total of $80,000.



Six TVS mathletes among the top 12 mathletes in Countdown Round.

Raj Bawja - 1st Place

Michael Solomon - 3rd Place

Jacob David - 4th Place



Bobby Rogers - 7th Place

Justin Im - 8th Place

Teddy Perryman - 14th Place

Adil Bhatti - 21st Place

Martin Krylov - 34th Place

Nine TVS mathletes among the top 20%, highest number from any school.


Six TVS mathletes advance to State Mathcounts, highest number from any school.


Advancing mathletes: Jacob David, Michael Solomon, Raj Baweja, Justin Im, Kishan Kalaria, & Bobby Rogers.


More TVS mathletes who participated are:

Tamam Haque, Pepa Regan, Daven Dave, Adam Bhaloo, Tatum Duncan, Nicholas Charette.


Thank you so much for your support for the Mathcounts Club.

Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 
John Carter will be our Rutledge Speaker on February 21st.  He is speaking to all three divisions. He is a native Texan, and he and his wife went to TCU. We are thrilled to welcome him! Check out the following links for examples of his work and more information about him.

The Texas Chainsaw Stopper
An American Cowboy Fights for the Amazon and Its People
Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 

Will Lourcey advances to the Regional Spelling Bee at TCU on March 2.

Eighth grader, Will Lourcey represented TVS at the Area 16 Spelling Bee on February 7.  After three grueling hours of spelling, Will was victorious over 30 competitors from area private schools. Will correctly spelled "sauerbraten" to win. Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment, Will.  TVS is proud of you.

Posted Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 
Thank you to ENGAGE YOUR WELLNESS for sharing nutrition information with our Middle School students.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 

May 30 – August 11, 2017

Camp and class information coming soon!
Online registration launches Friday, February 24.

Posted Friday, Feb 3, 2017 

The following students’ creative and critical work has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for a Scholastic Writing Award:

Gold Key: Poetry
Tom Bosworth’s group of poems: “Nighthawks,” “Night Owl,” “To and From the Pacific Theater,” “Challenger,” and “Winter Tracks”
Amanda Fisk, “Warmth”

Poetry Honorable Mention:
Amanda Fisk: “Daughters of St. Maria”
Serena Gandhi: “Ode to an Armadillo”

Gold Key Short Fiction:
Serena Gandhi, “Footsteps”

Gold Key Personal Essay/Memoir:
Amanda Fisk: “Threads”

Silver Key Personal Essay/Memoir:
Serena Gandhi, “Belated Birthday”

Honorable Mention Personal Essay/Memoir:
Martha Sudderth, “Migration”
Hae Seong Lee, “A Nomadic Presence”

Gold Key Critical Essays:
Hae Seong Lee, “Freud’s ‘The Uncanny’ as a Deconstructive Heuristic in Planet of the Apes”

Critical Essay Honorable Mention:
Tom Bosworth, “It is Not the End of the World as They Know It”

Congratulations, Tom, Amanda, Serena, Martha, and Hae Seong!

Posted Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 

The Digital Images II class has a fantastic time with images from space and virtual reality at The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

This past Wednesday, Ms. Burkhead’s Digital Images II class visited The Fort Worth Museum of Science Noble Planetarium to experience images from space. At present students are working with 3-D perspectives in class. The planetarium visit intended to give students ideas of modeling different types of particle motion. In addition to the show, students saw direct evidence of coding that the museum uses to show images of the sun. Finally, the group members were treated to a peek at a virtual reality system that the museum is testing. Ms. Levy, a Swiss exchange teacher, joined the group of the trip. Students and teachers had a blast.

Posted Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 
Thursday, February 2nd – TVS Soccer Scarf Give Away – Sponsored by the Trojan Booster Club                               
Varsity Girls’ Soccer vs. FWCD @ 5:00 PM*
Varsity Boys’ Soccer vs. FWCD @ 7:00 PM*
Friday, February 3rd
Varsity Girls’ Basketball vs. FWCD @ 6:00 PM*
Varsity Boys’ Basketball vs. FWCD @ 7:30 PM*
Varsity Wrestling @ The Prep State Championships @ McKinney Christian School
Saturday, February 4th
Varsity Wrestling @ The Prep State Championships @ McKinney Christian School
Thusrday, February 9th – Saturday, February 11th
Winter Southwest Preparatory Championships – Houston, TX
*Denotes SPC North Zone Regular Season Game
Posted Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 
Photo of the week: Soccer Seniors submitted by Kathy Mason
Posted Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 

Dear TVS Families,

The Committee on Health and Wellness has been working diligently throughout the year and we wanted to take a moment to share some updates. We are placing a strong emphasis on Emergency Preparedness, Health and Wellness Education, and Illness and Injury Prevention.

If you look around campus, you will see many new AEDs as our part of our new emergency preparedness plan. In addition, EpiPen availability and usage guidelines have been updated based on some recent changes to Texas state laws.  Finally, we are also evaluating our medical forms and documents that are required for main campus attendance, sports participation, and off-campus activities such as TOE and global studies adventures.  We are making them both more user friendly from a parent standpoint as well for those of us using them in the field.

We are also examining our K-12 Health and Wellness curriculum to be sure we are covering important topics including drug and alcohol awareness, healthy eating and nutrition, mental and emotional health, physical activity, sexual health, and digital citizenship, among others.  Our recent visit from the experts at Freedom from Chemical Dependency was born out of this study, for example.  Next year, ninth graders will take a first-semester Health and Wellness class that will cover these important topics that are so crucial as they enter high school.

We are also updating our vaccine policy.   Prior to new student entry, attendance, or transfer to TVS, every student must now show acceptable evidence of vaccinations based on the Texas Department of Healthy Guidelines.  Exceptions will be for any established TVS students or incoming siblings that will enter kindergarten. These students and incoming siblings will be grandfathered and allowed to graduate under the former vaccination policy. The Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12 can be found here:

Finally, let’s continue to wash our hands, cover our coughs, and stay home if we have fevers!


Ian Craig, Head of School
Amy Coats, TVS School Nurse
Hannah Smitherman MD, FAAP, TVS Medical Director

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