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Posted Monday, May 15, 2017 
Congratulations to the following employees celebrating TVS milestones this year:

5 years
Julie Frey, Kathy Heller, Gail Hutchinson, Julie Knudsen, Andrea Luttrell, Erin Nesbitt, John O’Reilly, Kim Pondrom, Alice Pritchett, Carrie Skains

10 years
Mary Andrews, Tina Harper, Sandy McNutt, Kirsten Murphy, Gloria Vasquez

15 years
Jennifer Cooke, Margaret Kramer

20 years
Robert Hughes, Jo-Ann Mulroy

25 years
Frances Dodson, David Rodriguez

30 years
Patty Wright
Posted Friday, Apr 28, 2017 
Posted Monday, Apr 24, 2017 
Congratulations to Upper School Literature and Creative Writing instructor Danielle Sellers for having a new poem published by Deep South MagazineCLICK HERE to read this beautiful piece.
Posted Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 
Click HERE to read the Texas Tribune interview with TVS Director of Global Initiatives AND International Educator Award Winner Dr. Michael Roemer!
Posted Friday, Mar 10, 2017 

TVS Librarian Maggie Knapp was invited to be one of 9 members on Library Journal's Best Reference 2016 panel. Library Journal has been one of the primary information sources on book purchasing for public, academic and institutional libraries for over 100 years. They also cover titles of interest to middle school and high school libraries, such as (from the Best Reference List) The Bee BookThe Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs, and Celebrating Life Customs Around the World, among others. From the article Introduction, in the March 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal

THIS YEAR’S LIST, compiled by a group of LJ’s top reference reviewers and editors, spans a wide range of subject areas, from a dictionary of Shakespearean vocabulary and a journey through classic sf films to an encyclopedia of cheese and a collection of the year’s best infographics.

Congratulations, Ms. Knapp!

Posted Friday, Dec 16, 2016 

Dear TVS Community,

As you are likely aware, we have been engaging in a search process for our next Upper School head.  After sorting through materials, meeting candidates, and finally, bringing finalists to campus, I am pleased to announce that Manish Bhatt will be the next Upper School head at Trinity Valley School.

Manish holds a B.A. in International Affairs, Spanish Language and Literature (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude) from George Washington University; a Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from St. Thomas University Law School; and an LL.M. Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.  Manish began as a tax attorney at Deloitte Tax and later served his country as a Judge Advocate for the Coast Guard where he was a legal advisor during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  He was a dorm parent and tennis instructor at Tabor Academy. 

Manish has very capably served TVS as a Middle School Spanish teacher and advisor, and an Upper School economics teacher and advisor in addition to coaching tennis, both in the Upper School and in our after-school and summer programs.  When solicited for feedback, one of our parents wrote, “Sincerity is the first word that comes to mind.  When my husband and I first met him at a parent-teacher conference last fall, we knew he was destined for a leadership role – and we truly hoped it would be at TVS.  He’ll still follow up with our son, even though he hasn’t been his advisor for a year.  Bhatt will go far because of his diverse background in private schools plus real-world experience, in the military no less, plus his law degree.  I love his kindness, and his sincere concern and involvement with the students.  He also seems thoughtful in that he’s open to discussing different approaches, and won’t unilaterally issue decisions.”

We had extensive participation in the process, not only in the opportunities to meet candidates, but in the number of parents and employees who filled out the candidate surveys.  This was truly appreciated by the entire committee, and one sign of a healthy and engaged community.  The feedback certainly made our job easier.

One would be hard-pressed to find a stronger leadership combination in an Upper School than John O’Reilly, who will be stepping back into the assistant head role, and Manish.  We, and particularly our students, are very fortunate.

Please join me in congratulating Manish in his new role as head of Upper School.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday,
Ian Craig
Head of School
Trinity Valley School 

Posted Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016 

Dear TVS Community,

As you are likely aware, we have been engaging in a search process for our next Middle School head.  After sorting through materials, meeting candidates, and finally, bringing finalists to campus, I am pleased to announce that Jeff Snyder will be the next Middle School head at Trinity Valley School.

With a BA in English and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Jeff began his career as an Upper School English teacher.  He then moved on to serve as a Language Arts Instructional Specialist for the Arlington Independent School district for eight years.  He has capably served the TVS Middle School for the past six years, most recently as the assistant head of Middle School.

In the time that he has been here, he has developed the assembly program, been an integral part of the TOE program, and taught Skills for Tomorrow.  In offering feedback, one parent wrote, “What a truly gifted and driven individual who has his heart and soul in the position he holds in such high regard. He is respectable, smart, candid, emotionally intelligent, and highly motivated to do his job correctly and with compassion and conviction. He listens, communicates effectively, and is willing to collaborate across divisions of the school. He's focused and truly knows the needs of the Middle School students he serves. He is authentic and approachable. He embodies the purest qualities of a terrific leader.”  One reference wrote, “He provides a gentleness to the Middle School tone, including his approach to teaching and learning through interdisciplinary and inclusive conversations.”  I could not agree more.

We had tremendous participation in the process, not only in the opportunities to meet candidates, but in having parents and employees filling out the candidate surveys.  This was truly appreciated by the entire committee, and one sign of a healthy and engaged community.  The feedback certainly made our job easier.

I know you will join me in congratulating Jeff, and welcoming him into a new role.


Ian Craig
Head of School
Trinity Valley School
Posted Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 
We congratulate S.T.E.M. teacher Dr. Philip Taylor on defending his dissertation!
Posted Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 
Congratulations to our Upper School instructor, Danielle Sellers. Her second poetry collection, The Minor Territories, has been accepted for publication by Sundress Publications, a wonderful small press in Tennessee. The Minor Territories is slated to be published in 2018. 
Posted Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 
Our Coding for the Math Classroom workshop was a great success.  Teachers from four school districts, three independent schools from around Texas and one university attended.  Educators remarked on how much they learned and left asking for more!  Extended thanks to the Miles Foundation for sponsoring teachers at this workshop and to Ginger Alford and Melissa Burkhead for sharing their expertise.
Posted Friday, Oct 7, 2016 
Posted Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 

October 14 and 15, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This hands-on workshop is designed for secondary teachers (grades 7-12) in the fields of math, science, art, and technology.

Read more information about the workshop and available scholarships here.

Posted Friday, Sep 9, 2016 

It was a very exciting day at TVS today because we celebrated Founders’ Day! This morning we had an all-school celebration, which included the seniors accompanying the kindergarteners to the courtyard, words from TVS Board of Trustees President Jeff Farmer (’87) and Head of School Ian Craig, and even the TVS drumline and cheerleaders leading the fight song! The seniors who have attended TVS for 13 years were recognized and many friends of TVS, including alumni and Headmaster Emeritus, Stephen Seleny, were in attendance. All of the Founders’ Day fun ended with Curly’s popsicles. We are so thankful that this school was founded in 1959. Thank you for a great 57 years, TVS! We can’t wait for many more!

Click here to view all the photos!

Posted Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016 
The TVS Community Partners Program will be honored by ACH Child and Family Services, a local non-profit that has been part of our Community Partners Program for several years!

ACH Child and Family Services has developed its own Community Partners program to identify organizations that have been involved with them through the donation of time, talent, and treasure.

The TVS Community Partners Program is one of five organizations, and the only school that is being recognized in the inaugural year of presenting this award.

From Kirsten Murphy, LS librarian and head of the Community Partners Program: "I am so appreciative to the Once Upon a Time Foundation, which makes it possible for us to have the Community Partners Program here at TVS; to the amazing teachers who have worked in this program with me; and to our phenomenal students who choose to participate in this program, who learn about our community, and who are setting the stage to improve our world as young philanthropists.
"Our CPP motto is: You can make a difference. I can make a difference. Together we can make an IMPACT. I am grateful to be part of the impact that we are making by offering this program to our students."
Posted Monday, Aug 22, 2016 

See News on the Elementary School Named After Sandy McNutt in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: When longtime educator Sandy McNutt found out she would be seeing a new school in Arlington with her name on it, she was pretty excited.

"Being honored with my name on a school was never even a thought in my wildest dreams," said McNutt, who was a teacher and principal in the Arlington district from 1978 to 2008 before taking her present position as head of lower school at Trinity Valley School. "Sometimes I ask myself, 'Who gets a building named after them?' And then I think, 'Good gravy, it's me!' "

Sandy McNutt Elementary School, at 3609 S. Center St. on the grounds of Workman Junior High School, is one of two new elementaries in Arlington opening Monday.

Posted Monday, Jul 11, 2016 
Please see the link for Top Teacher:
Congratulations Mary Mac! You are an inspiration to all of us. 
Posted Friday, Jan 29, 2016 
TVS Middle School Art Teacher, Bill Buck, has been invited back to help judge one or more of the small markets in Texas for the AAF (The American Advertising Awards). Throughout his years in Advertising Design, Mr. Buck has won hundreds of local “ADDY” awards. He has been invited back to be of service in finding the best in design and the art of communication. Buck notes, "It’s all about creative problem solving."


The Details
The American Advertising Awards, formerly the ADDYs, is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club) competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local Ad Club phase is the first of a three-tier, national competition. Concurrently, all across the country, local entrants vie to win ADDY Awards - recognition as the very best in their markets. At the second tier, local ADDY winners compete against winners from other local clubs in one of 15 district competitions. District ADDY winners are then forwarded to the third tier, the national stage of the American Advertising Awards. Entry in your local Ad Club competition is the first step toward winning a national ADDY.

Entering the American Advertising Awards supports the entire advertising industry, because the AAF and its local and district affiliates use the proceeds to enhance advertising through programs such as public service, internships, advocacy groups, advertising education, and consumer awareness.

Selection of the most creative entry in each category is affected by a scoring process in which a panel of judges evaluates all creative dimensions of every entry. A GOLD ADDY is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the category. Entries that are also considered outstanding and worthy of recognition receive a SILVER ADDY. The number of awards given in each category is determined by the judges, based on the relative quality of work in that category.

The AAF Student American Advertising Awards Competition, sponsored by the AAF and National Ad 2, is a unique national awards program designed specially for college students. Work entered at your local level can move up to the regional and national judging, just like the work entered by professionals across the country.

Applicants must be enrolled full- or part-time in an accredited U.S. educational institution. Student interns are eligible to enter.

Submit work developed specifically for this competition or from previous projects or student contests (work must be created while the entrant is a student not employed in the advertising industry). National winning entries may receive the following:

Finalist certificate—great for résumés and portfolios
Prestigious Student American Advertising Award for first-place winners
$1,000 cash prize for National Best of Show winner
Posted Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 




Artist Talk | Janet Chaffee
Saturday January 23, 2016 at 11am



Deliberate and Involuting C (Carbon), Janet Chaffee, Encaustic, graphite, and oil on panel, 60 x 60"


Artist Talk | Janet Chaffee

This Saturday

January 23, 2016 at 11am

Janet Chaffee will be in the Artspace111 gallery to discuss her latest body of work and exhibition Waxing. Chaffee's unique techniques and materials are used to create paintings that inspire thoughtful conversation. Janet Chaffee will share insight into the encaustic process, as well as the inspiration behind her work.


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Posted Thursday, Jan 14, 2016 
TVS is thrilled to announce that Ms. Smalley has been invited by College Board to present the AP Calculus AB and BC session at the upcoming two-day AP Conference in Kunming, China in March.
Posted Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 
Andrea Luttrell, US English Chair, has a new poem  published in Tinderbox Poetry Journal.  Congratulations, Andrea!
Posted Monday, Oct 5, 2015

Congratulations to Andrea Luttrell on the publication of her poem "The Goat Lady" in "Sundress Publications". Ms Luttrell is the TVS English Department Chair, Yearbook Sponsor, and Upper School English teacher.

Posted Tuesday, Sep 22, 2015 

Trinity Valley School will miss Chris Gunnin (and his family) very much, for he has been a superb leader for the TVS Upper School and, in fact, the entire school. But this is a great honor for Mr. Gunnin, and we are enormously proud of and for him. St. Stephen’s School is a first-rate school, a member both of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC). Bob Kirkpatrick, current Head of School at St. Stephen’s, announced during the 2014-2015 school year his decision to retire at the end of the current school year. The St. Stephen’s School Board quickly organized a search committee for the Head of School position and has conducted a comprehensive, national search to identify the School’s next Head of School.

This decision reflects not only the full confidence of St. Stephen’s School in Mr. Gunnin, but also the recognition of what his leadership experience at Trinity Valley School represents. So all in our community should take pride in this appointment as well.

We have spoken with Ian Craig, who will assume his duties as Trinity Valley School’s next Head of School in July 2016, and we all agree that the best plan for TVS is to run a full search for the long-term Head of Upper School during the 2016-2017 school year. We are very pleased to announce that Assistant Head of Upper School Dr. John O’Reilly has agreed to serve as interim Head of Upper School during the 2016-2017 school year. Dr. O’Reilly is an experienced educator who has served several independent schools as teacher, coach, and Upper School Head during his career.

There will be an opportunity in the spring to express formally TVS’s appreciation to Chris Gunnin for his service to the School, but in the mean time we are sure you will join us in congratulating him on his appointment as St. Stephen’s School’s next Head of School.

All best wishes.

Donald C. North
Head of School

Jeff Farmer
President, Board of Trustees

Posted Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 

Gary Krahn Educator Award for Leadership and Creativity

Inspirational Leader, Lifelong Learner, Passionate Questioner, Innovator, Collaborator, Creative Explorer, Supportive Thinker, Selfless Servant, Mentor.  These qualities and many more describe Dr. Gary Krahn, who significantly and meaningfully advanced Trinity Valley School as head of school from 2006 - 2015.  The Board of Trustees established the Gary Krahn Educator Award for Leadership and Creativity to honor Dr. Krahn for his outstanding dedication and service to TVS.  This endowed award will be presented annually to a TVS educator who embodies the characteristics highlighted above and will be accompanied by a $500 stipend.  The head of school and division heads may nominate candidates to the president of the Board of Trustees.  The Board and head of school together will select the recipient.  The awardee for 2015 was Nathan Johnston, Speech & Debate Program Director and Upper School History Teacher. Congratulations!

Posted Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 

Advanced Degrees

Ashley Owen – also spent 2 very full weeks working to receive the Orff Level 1 Certification at SMU and received an additional 3 hours of graduate credit.   Her youngest daughter graduated from UNT in May.  

Angela Buffington – Science Exploratorium teacher – received her PhD from TCU; she also traveled to San Francisco this summer to visit science labs and exploratoriums.

Tammy Schoenfeld – LS Administrative Assistant- daughter, Alban graduated August 7th, Masters in Elementary Education, will be teaching 2nd grade in Kyle this fall.

Awards/Professional Achievements

Ginger Alford – Director of Computer Sciences - has had wonderful opportunities to meet experts in all areas from around the world through invitations to participate with several outstanding professional organizations. She served as a juror for the National Academy of Engineering E4U2 Video Contest raising awareness for the Grand Challenges in engineering facing society as identified by the NAE.  She traveled to Washington, D.C., at the invitation of Rob Cook, a member of the NAE, former Vice-President of Pixar, and guest speaker at Trinity Valley School. 

Michael Roemer - Global Studies -  as of October, he will be the Nagaoka Chair of the Nagaoka Committee for Fort Worth Sister Cities International, following in the footsteps of Ronda Stucker (TVS parent). He is already a Board member, but this will increase the TVS-FWSCI connection. 

Andrea Luttrell – US English Dept. Chair - won a writing fellowship and spent a week writing in Knoxville.

Karen Arrington - LS Digital Learning Specialist - was asked by the developers of the Book Creator App to become a “Book Creator Ambassador.” 

Coach Flowers and Coach Underwood - will be representing Fort Worth and Trinity Valley School in Tricolore Youth Sports Games in Regio, Italy later this month as part of the Fort Worth Sister Cities Program.  They will be coaching girls’ basketball players from Fort Worth (including several TVS kids) during the games. 

Julie Frey – 6th Science - the Science Teacher Association of Texas awarded her Middle School Science Teacher of the Year.

Sandy McNutt – Head of LS - had a school named after her this spring.  It is being built this year and will open the fall of 2016-17. 

Continuing Ed

Julie Knudsen - Middle School Math Coordinator; Math 5th - attended training in Edmonton, Canada for Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks.   

Erin MacNabb - Science 7 - finished her first graduate course in the Educational Leadership Program at UNT.  

Kathy Heller - Math 8th - Presented 7 week-long institutes to MS math teachers throughout the SW region, held at UT Arlington, TCU, University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma, UT Austin, San Antonio, and UT Dallas.  

Deb DeVore – US Math Dept. Chair - participated in very in-depth exercises and discussions that were utilized to help develop their own pedagogy of leadership. 

Julie Frey – 6th Science - served as a mentor in the Science Teacher Association of Texas Mentor Committee.  She also served on the Association for Science Teacher Education Proposal Review Committee for their 2016 convention.

Mike Kris - Head of Middle School and Tina Harper - Humanities 7th -  attended a three-day Design Thinking workshop at Good Shepherd run by instructors from the Design School at Stanford University.

Maggie Knapp - MS/US Librarian - wrote book reviews for two different online journals, served as an essay reader for “A Book That Shaped Me Summer Reading Contest” sponsored by The Library of Congress, and attended a four-day leadership conference (“The Institute for Independent School Leadership”) in July at TCU with faculty, coaches and administrators from TVS and Fort Worth Country Day School.  

Sean Kenny – US Social Studies/Dept. Chair - taught his third summer American Government course at TVS.

Nathan Johnston – MS/US Debate -  judged the International Public Debate Association’s national tournament at Boise State University.  Also, presented a paper (“Bridging the competitive gaps between collegiate and high school debate formats”) at the conference.  Most recently, Nathan and 16 TVS students went on a four-day Debate Retreat to Austin, Texas, where they participated in several mock debates.

Danielle Sellers – US English - taught an online poetry class this summer.

Dawn Jones – US Latin/Math and Cheer Coach – she and 35 TVS cheerleaders attended an intense, four-day Cheer Camp in Grapevine, Texas. 

Blake Amos – Director of TOE (Trojan Outdoor Experience) – attended a one day Crisis Communication Bootcamp sponsored for Independent Schools.

The following attended the TCU Leadership Institute Workshop:

Tim Jones, Chris Gunnin, Judith Kinser, Maggie Knapp, Margaret Kramer, John O’Reilly, Alice Pritchett, and Bunny Riemitis.

AP Development

The following were selected readers for APs:

Bill Shelton, James Scott, Kory Robertson, Melissa Burkhead, Candace Smalley, and Jennifer Cooke.  

They also, in addition to Mary Mac Elliott and Louise Matherne, served as AP consultants, completed hours of AP instruction as well as attended hours of AP seminars. 

Mary Mac Elliott – 5th History - has been asked to serve as a consultant for College Board's 6-12 Social Studies Development Committee which is developing comprehensive curriculum to help prepare students for the rigors of AP and college classes. 

Melissa Burkhead – US Math - attended the AP Calculus Reading in Kansas City, MO, and, led 30 hours of instruction at Texas Christian University, Texas A & M University, The University of Oklahoma, Southern Methodist University, and Rice University.

Jennifer Cooke – US Science - was an AP reader in Kansas City, MO. After being selected for the Fellowship with Ecology Project International last spring (where she studied nesting leatherback sea turtles), she is currently putting together an Ecotourism trip for 9th-grade student in March 2016.

Candace Smalley – US Math - completed 120 hours of instruction in which she taught over 100 teachers what they needed to know to be able to teach the AP Calculus AB course, at The Episcopal School in Baton Rouge, LA; The University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK; Southern Methodist University at their Legacy campus in Plano, TX; and The Inland Northwest APSI in Spokane, WA. 

Bill Shelton - US Social Studies/AP Faculty Coordinator - attended the AP reading in Louisville, KY, in May/June and served as Assistant Chief Reader, presented summer institutes at Rice University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and attended a pilot on-line scoring session in Ewing, NJ, serving as Chief Scoring Leader for a pilot program for the College Board.

Louise Matherne – US Social Studies - took an AP seminar class in World History at TCU. 


Don Carlson – US English - had a collection of poems published, “Road, Frame Window: A Poetics of Seeing” Selected Poems of Timothy Donahue, Donald Carlson and Dennis Patrick Slattery”

Luke Jacob – US Dean of Curriculum - had a collection of poems published in a chapbook called “A Hole in the Light” from Anchor & Plume Press. He completed a reading tour of Denton, Dallas, Houston, Austin & Fort Worth to promote it. In addition to his time at Sewanee, this summer has brought news that a couple of his poems have been selected for inclusion in the forthcoming Volume VIII of the Southern Poetry Anthology (from Texas A&M University Press). Volume VIII is dedicated to the poetry of the state of Texas.

Posted Friday, Apr 24, 2015 
Andrea Keeth won one of two scholarships offered to the SAFTA (The Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, TN) writer’s residency this summer. She will have an opportunity this summer to work on two of her passions: creative nonfiction and essay writing.  

Don Carlson won the Beverly Rogers Literary Award from the Ben Johnson Journal for his essay “’Tis New to Thee: Power, Magic, and Early Science in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Danielle Sellers has recently had three poems accepted for publication by Deep South Magazine. 

Congratulations to these members of the TVS English team!
Posted Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 
On March 18, the Arlington I.S.D. School Board presented Lower School Head Sandy McNutt with balloons and with the declaration that an AISD building (unknown which one at this time) will be named in Sandy's honor!

Sandy served faithfully in Arlington for over thirty years, impacting the lives of hundreds of children, families and educators - much like she continues to do here at Trinity Valley. She is an incredible role model for many, as she always seeks to do what is right and continually works to provide the best for the children in every way. Sandy's dedication to children, community, and education for all is unmatched.  

Please join us in congratulating Sandy McNutt!
Posted Friday, Sep 19, 2014 
Maggie Knapp was recruited as an essay reader in the Library of Congress “A Book That Shaped Me” summer writing contest, open to 5th and 6thgrade students in Washington DC, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.  The contest was administered by public libraries and essay judging was coordinated by the Library of Congress.  Final contest winners will be honored at a ceremony in October.  In their one-page essays, students wrote about books that made a difference in their lives.
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