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Posted 05/09/2017 09:47AM
Thank you to Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price for visiting the sixth-grade class at Trinity Valley School to take the Mayor's Monarch Pledge through The National Wildlife Federation. This pledge gives Mayor Price the special recognition to become a member of The Mayor's Monarch Pledge Leadership Circle. The sixth-grade students presented the conservation work that they have completed throughout the year. They joined Mayor Price in a pledge to complete five actions of conservation to help the monarch butterfly in the city of Fort Worth. The students and the Mayor have one year to implement and have these actions approved by The National Wildlife Federation. Together they will create habitats and educate citizens about how they can help this iconic state insect. Thank you for coming to Trinity Valley School and for releasing "Betsy," our first monarch of 2017!
Posted 02/27/2017 01:58PM

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 02/15/2017 11:29AM

Last week, we were delighted to learn that Dr. Michael Roemer, TVS Director of Global Initiatives, was named the DFW World Affairs Council 2017 International Educator of the Year. On February 14, he will receive his award as part of the Council's "Learning to Lead in the New Washington and International Educator of the Year Luncheon". At that event, Dr. Roemer will speak for a few minutes about his journey with TVS and international education, and he and several TVS faculty and students will have the opportunity to hear Dr. Robert Gates (22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense) share some of his experiences working with eight presidents. 

The Mission for our Global Initiatives Program is to connect our students and faculty with people from around the world so that they can become globally-connected, conscientious citizens and leaders. This year alone, our programs have and will virtually connect (via Skype, blog, and video exchanges) almost 300 TVS students with approximately 200 students in England, Japan, Scotland, Spain, and Taiwan; French AP students have exchanged letters and audio files with students in France; 45 students will travel to Australia, Costa Rica, Peru, or Swaziland on TVS-led trips; 28 TVS families will host our 23 international visitors and 4 fulltime international students from Australia, China, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, and Switzerland; and dozens of TVS families will participate in our annual International Fair on March 30. It is not surprising to us for Dr. Roemer to be recognized for these and many other exchanges, lessons, and classes that he has coordinated, led, and taught. 

Congratulations, Dr. Roemer, and thank you for all you have done over the past 5 years to bring the world to the Trinity Valley School community!

Posted 02/02/2017 09:52AM

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

Posted 12/16/2016 12:30PM

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 12/14/2016 09:35AM

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 10/07/2016 01:37PM


Have you ever wondered what fruit juice and disappearing ink have in common? Chemistry!  Members of the American Chemical Society at Trinity Valley School are teaming up with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to celebrate Chemistry Connections: National Chemistry Week, Oct. 15 and 18-21. Nearly 200 student chemist volunteers from schools across North Texas will be on hand for the event. The students represent affiliate groups of the American Chemical Society at Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Woman’s University, University of Dallas, University of North Texas, University of North Texas-Health Science Center, University of Texas at Arlington, Eastfield College, and Tarrant County College.  Volunteers from Birdville High School, Fort Worth Country Day, Lamar High School, Southwest Christian School, Trinity Valley School, STEAM Middle School, and the Fort Worth Police Department will also share activities with Museum guests.

“There’s nothing better than bringing chemistry to life for students, and National Chemistry Week is the perfect opportunity for us to open the doors for everyone with such an enthusiasm for science,” Museum President Van Romans said. “We truly appreciate the volunteers who support this initiative and understand the importance of engaging young minds in science as early as we can.”

This year’s theme for National Chemistry Week is, “Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry.” During this activity-packed festival, guests will be presented with mysteries that can be solved through the use of chemistry. Here are just a few of the experiences you can expect during Chemistry Connections:

  • Journey with TVS students to unwrap The Case of the Chameleon Sponge
  • Be a dye detective and learn how to separate inks into recognizable patterns
  • Sniff out hidden scents and learn about diffusion
  • Experiment with writing secret messages…and learn about some fascinating reactions
  • Be a fruit juice sleuth to determine how much Vitamin C is in that beverage

TVS chemistry students are scheduled to be at the Museum on Saturday, October 15 from 10 AM – 4 PM.  All Chemistry Connection activities are included in Museum general admission. Chemistry Week at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is sponsored locally by the Alcon Foundation.  Additional support provided by ZS Pharma and the American Chemical Society.

Posted 10/07/2016 01:34PM
Posted 10/03/2016 04:30PM

TVS Dance proudly announces its inaugural Performance Company. The competitive performance program, established by Ian Craig, supports our most dedicated students who wish to dance beyond the recreational level. The performance company, selected through audition, is a small group of versatile dancers who study ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop at TVS. Each member of the performance company also assists with at least one Lower School dance class each week, attends company classes and dedicated choreography rehearsals in preparation for spring competitions. Dancing at an elite level requires commitment and dedication, willingness to set and work toward individual goals, and commitment to team excellence. The TVS Dance Performance Company will represent Trinity Valley and its dance program to thousands at three regional dance competitions and at Tremaine Dance Convention during March and April. Not only will they have the opportunity to connect with elite dancers and professionals from across the nation, they will receive invaluable feedback from top professionals at their adjudicated performances. The company will compete as a small group in three catagories: ballet, jazz, and lyrical. With the exception of Tremaine Dance Convention, the following events are free and open to the public! Join us and support TVS Dance! 


*2017 Performance Company Calendar of Events:

*Specific performance dates and times are announced the week before the competition. 

March 4 or March 5:             Kids Artistic Review                          Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth

March 11 – March 12:          Tremaine Dance Convention           Gaylord Texan, Grapevine

April 1 or April 2:                  Legacy Dance Championships         MacFarlin Auditorium, SMU, Dallas

April 21 or 22:                       PrimeTime Dance Competition       Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth

April 26:                                 TVS Dance Recital, 6:30pm              Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth


2016 – 2017 TVS Dance Performance Company Members:

Claire Dacy (8th), Ariana George (7th), Calista Gonzalez (7th), Isabel Gonzalez (4th), Mallory Hill (6th), Adelaide Lovett (9th), Annabel Purifoy (7th), Emily Reynolds (9th), Eleanor Walker (5th), Jessica Wu (5th

Posted 09/21/2016 10:39AM

The Miles Foundation recognizes TVS faculty as leaders in education; provides grant for our computer science teachers to share expertise with community 

We are blessed with exceptional teachers at Trinity Valley School - leaders in their fields who take initiative researching and piloting new programs in their classrooms.  These programs serve as models for other educators to incorporate into their own schools.  TVS faculty are experts in education, and the broader community is taking note.

In the field of computer science (CS) education, the current national landscape reveals a clear need for increased attention. estimates that by 2020 there will be a demand for 1.4 million computing professionals, yet there will be only 400,000 qualified persons.  This need could lead to as many as 1 million available jobs and a $500 billion opportunity (statistics from 2014). Unfortunately, CS is not required in most K-12 schools, and less than 10% of high schools offer AP CS.  There are basically no CS education degree programs, and there is a lack of quality curriculum, materials, and professional development. This results in very few CS teachers.  Additionally, there is often confusion among educators regarding what CS is and how to distinguish its many offerings.  The challenge for all is how students can begin learning about CS now, without waiting for the schools and states and teacher certification programs to be developed.  TVS is leading this challenge!  

TVS piloted new CS classes in Upper School six years ago, and out of this, a new project-based curriculum is expanding and has been adapted for grades 5-8 as well as the original 9-12.  Still, our faculty members are beyond passionate and hold the title of educator very seriously; they do not want to stop here.  Our innovative teachers have a vision for further integrating CS, and they want to share their knowledge and expertise with the greater community.

The Miles Foundation is impressed with this leadership and has generously provided TVS a grant for our teachers to host a professional development workshop in computer science on our campus in October 2016.  Scholarships will be offered through the grant to educators who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate.  Teachers are responding enthusiastically about attending the conference and expressing their appreciation to our faculty for taking time out to share.   

“TVS is meeting a critical need through its CS curriculum and has become a leader in this area,” said Grant Coates, President and CEO of The Miles Foundation.  “The Miles Foundation was honored to support TVS teachers in sharing CS best practices with other educators in the community.”

Extended thanks to The Miles Foundation for partnering with TVS on this special learning opportunity.

This story of our computer science team is just one example of “above and beyond” work exhibited by the entire TVS faculty.  We hope you are as proud as we are about the remarkable work of ALL of our TVS teachers. 

Posted 09/15/2016 02:29PM
Fintan Browne, William Dou, Timothy Im, Brian Liao, William Pickell, and Lara Turan have each qualified as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition. We are so proud of these seniors! National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in April.
Posted 08/12/2016 08:35AM

TVS student Will Lourcey was featured in Nickelodeon's THE HALO EFFECT Friday, August 12, 2016. Will has led the charge to feed healthy food to those in need through his dinner-club organization FROGS (Friends Reaching Our Goals). His organization has served over 200,000 meals, packed 80,000 backpacks with food and served over 10,000 families through mobile efforts. He has done all of this while maintaining excellent scholarship.
We are so proud of you Will and all you do for the community. You are an inspiration to TVS and the world.

Posted 06/21/2016 03:40PM


June 21, 2016


TVS eighth-grade fund-raiser and hunger-buster Will Lourcey is featured in the June edition of Sports Illustrated for Kids. Will is dedicated to fighting hunger in and near his community of Fort Worth, Texas through his organization Friends Reaching Our Goals (FROGS). Over the last seven years Will’s organization has provided more than 250,000 meals for families in need. His motto is BE A DOER! 

Will’s mission is to empower kids in the community to help others. Will’s latest enterprise involves the sports communities and is called Score on Hunger. With a $1 donation matching each point scored at any athletic event students, fans, athletes, coaches – anyone involved in anyway – can donate to the hunger charity of their choosing. 

Will is a final round participant in the Jefferson Awards Lead360. His partial list of honors includes:

  • Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Award
  • CNN Heroes “Young Wonder” Award
  • SODEXO Foundation Award
  • TIME for Kids Award
  • GenerationOn Award
  • Points of Light Award
  • Caring Youth Award
  • ABC YSA Summer of Service Award 

The next FROGS event will be on June 27 at 10 a.m. and will be held at the J.A. Cavile Branch Boys & Girls Club where a fresh, healthy breakfast will be served. 

For additional information please contact:

Laurie Wisdom
Director of Communications
Trinity Valley School

Posted 05/31/2016 01:00PM


May 31, 2016


TVS student athlete Madison Williams is still in the game when it comes to the USA World Championship Team. Over the past week the sophomore successfully made the cuts to the top 70, top 40, and now the top 18. Trials began on May 26 with 139 athletes. Madi is the only DFW athlete among the finalists.

The finalists are in training camp at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado until June. The 12-player roster will be named June 2. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) U17 World Games are June 22 - July 2 in Zaragoza, Spain. 

TVS coach Tawanna Flowers shares: “Madi ‘Dub’ is a phenomenal athlete but she’s an even better teammate and person. We often tell our girls that the measure of greatness isn’t determined by how good YOU are as an individual but about how good you make those around you. Dub is doing that on and off the court. She wants those around her to be their best selves. Dub is an all around athlete who is also our hardest worker. She puts so many hours into her game. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of her success. I have every basketball coach’s dream athlete.”

In previous years Madison has played as a forward with DFW Elite, a Nike-sponsored team (one of only 18 in the country). She’s currently playing Texas United — another Nike-sponsored Elite Youth Basketball League Team. She can play positions one through four. Madi continues to develop into one of the best players in the country and top programs all over the country are actively recruiting her. 

Madison Williams is an outstanding student athlete and participates in the TVS basketball and track & field programs. Passionate about sports, Madi led her team to a fourth-place finish in the Southwest Preparatory Conference Championships this year in basketball and left her mark this spring at SPC winning the shot put. She also holds school records in long jump, triple-jump, and was a team member of the TVS record-setting girls 4x100 m relay.

For additional information please contact:

Laurie Wisdom
Director of Communications
Trinity Valley School

Posted 05/18/2016 01:00PM


May 18, 2016


This year marks the fiftieth graduating class of Trinity Valley School. The Class of 2016 consists of eighty-nine graduates. Among the distinctions the Class of 2016 was awarded 11.3 million dollars in scholarships for college. TVS students received 400 offers of admission to 133 colleges. They will attend 49 different colleges in the United States, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates. Trinity Valley School’s first graduating class was in 1967. 

Additional awards and recognition include:
Three National Merit Finalists
Twelve National Merit Commended
Four National Hispanic Recognition Scholars

National Merit Finalists:
William Han
Manish Namireddy
Devesh Singh

National Merit Commended:
Nicole Bergamini
Usamah Chaudhary
Ceileigh Holsteen
Yusuf Khan
Ryan Lin
Siva Paladugu
Sean Paulsen
Sam Pumphrey
Charlie Ray
Christopher Rodriguez
Ram Tiwari
Joe Vories

National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar:
Gabriel Britain
Matthew Davis
Christopher Rodriquez
Ram Tiwari

Five Valedictorians:
Usamah Nazir Chaudhary
Matthew Quincy Davis
Manish Vishnu Namireddy
Samuel Halstead Pumphrey
Devesh Singh

Forty-five percent of the Class of 2016 earned the designation of AP Scholar or higher by the College Board.

As a group, this class has accrued over 11,500 hours of volunteer service to our community: 47 students having completed 100 hours or more of service.

Fifty-five of these students played at least one sport during their senior year.

Nine were three-sport athletes throughout Upper School.

Three members of the class have signed a letter of intent to play at the collegiate level at The University of Mississippi, New Mexico State University, and Ranger College

Forty-nine were National Honor Society members.

At the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, five seniors recieved awards: one senior received a Gold Key Award in Ceramics, one senior received a Gold Key Award in Journalism, one senior received a Gold Key Award in Poetry, and two students received Silver Key Awards in Writing Portfolio and Poetry.

For additional information please contact:

Laurie Wisdom
Director of Communications
Trinity Valley School

Posted 05/04/2016 02:00PM


May 4, 2016


TVS Junior Tim Im was invited as an honored guest to the White House for President Obama’s sixth and final Science Fair. In addition to doing cancer research at TCU labs, and serving as co-concertmaster of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, between classes at TVS Tim studies violin with Dallas Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jan Sloman. Tim has had a successful year in violin competitions. 

Tim qualified for Texas All-State Orchestra for the third year in a row, and during that process was chosen to be the concertmaster of the Texas Music Educators Association Region 7 orchestra. He also made the top ensemble in the Private School All-State orchestra. For his “spring finale,” Tim will be the featured soloist with the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, having won their concerto competition. Tim will perform the first movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto with that orchestra on May 7 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

TVS Senior Mackenzie McClung was invited to attend the Women’s History Month Reception at the White House in Washington, D.C., resulting from an email correspondence with President Obama about girls in STEM and my other initiatives. Mackenzie states, “The experience was all I could have dreamed of and much more! I met the most inspiring women, such as those who are spearheading the ‘Girls in STEM’ initiative at the White House; the brilliant Miss America 2014; the gracious first woman NFL coach (who, by the way, picked me up and thanked me for all my work!); former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; and Rosanell Eaton, a champion for voting rights! The most impactful part of this reception for me was that each and every attendee was genuinely supportive of and interested in the work of the other women in the room. 

“President Obama concluded, ‘I believe as much as I believe in anything that we liberate ourselves when we liberate others,’ and I firmly agree. So let go and dream! Do not merely see an opportunity—seize it. You never know what could come of it … for all you know, your email could lead you to the White House.”

For additional information please contact:

Laurie Wisdom
Director of Communications
Trinity Valley School

Posted 03/24/2016 01:00PM


March 24, 2016


TVS Senior Ceileigh Holsteen is the recipient of the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholarship. Miss Holsteen has accepted the scholarship and will enroll in the Fall. This prestigious scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit only. Recipients are exemplary in the areas of leadership, citizenship, and scholarship.

Out of 1800 nominations for the 2015-16 Jefferson Scholarship, 118 finalists were invited to attend the selection weekend. Thirty-six finalists were enrolled as Jefferson Scholars in 2014-15. The scholarship encompasses tuition, room and board, travel, summer enrichment experiences, and mentoring opportunities.

Ceileigh Holsteen was nominated due to her outstanding achievements, among them:

  • Selected for membership in National Honor Society
  • Qualified for Headmaster’s List; takes Honors and Advanced Placement courses
  • Completed 170 hours of community service
  • Maintains membership in Math and Science clubs
  • Received National Spanish Exam award
  • Participated in Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) Arts Festival
  • Volunteered at Cook Children’s Hospital; rounded with pediatricians and connected with patients
  • Worked as stage manager for TVS theater productions
  • Managed TVS volleyball team
  • Tutored students at Breakthrough Fort Worth, a program that provides educational support for children from underserved school districts
  • Participated in the Pete Sessions Leadership & Growth Program in Washington, D.C.; met students from around the United States and learned about American politics and the legislative process

For additional information please contact:

Mark Wells
Co-Director of College Counseling
Trinity Valley School

Posted 11/09/2015 03:00PM



Fort Worth, Texas (November 9, 2015)

Discovering the power of community in TVS Upper School Service Club

Trinity Valley School Upper School Community Service Club wrote over 150 letters to Vietnam Veterans as part of the American Airlines Sky Ball XIII, which benefits the Airpower Foundation.  The Foundation proudly funds only programs which directly benefit veterans, members of our military, Wounded Warriors and their families. This year’s Sky Ball event was specifically focused on acknowledging the service of Vietnam Veterans.  This opportunity was presented to Sunnae Hiler (Upper School Community Service Club Co-Director) by Bob Wood, a friend of Trinity Valley School, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Worth Airpower Council.

Maddie Pritchett ’19 was one of the TVS Service Club members who participated in the letter writing campaign.  On Tuesday, October 28, Maddie received a special acknowledgement for her note of thanks.  One of the veterans who read her letter was so moved by her words that he inscribed and delivered a book to the school for her.  The book, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Vietnam War, is an anthology of true stories and accounts of the military personnel who served during the Vietnam era.  Maddie was humbled and surprised by this veteran’s appreciation and thoughtful gesture.

Another Vietnam Veteran reached out to TVS Head of Upper School Chris Gunnin.  “This morning I received a phone call from a 70 year-old Vietnam Veteran, Mr. Cost, who currently lives in North Richland Hills,” Gunnin recounts. He was deeply touched by a letter he received from one of our students. After a few minutes of the conversation, I started taking notes: “Words will never describe what this has meant to me. I don’t know why a young kid would take the time to write to me or how they got my name, but I thank the Good Lord they did. It’s marvelous. It’s unreal. It has changed my life. I think it’s the neatest thing in the world. I wanted you to know that whatever possessed them to do this, it’s the greatest thing in the whole world.”

It is difficult to discern who benefited more from this service opportunity the Veterans, or the students of TVS.  Thank you to all United States Military Veterans for your service to this great nation.

For additional information please contact:

Laurie Wisdom
Director of Communications
Trinity Valley School
7500 Dutch Branch Road
Fort Worth, TX 76132

Posted 10/08/2015 08:38AM

For Immediate Release
Fort Worth, TX (August 27, 2015) – Trinity Valley School opened the 2015-16 school year with new leading-edge educational spaces thoughtfully designed based on research regarding how students learn best. Almost 40,000 square feet of space was added to the campus and an additional 33,000 square feet of existing space was remodeled; new and enhanced areas comprise 25% of the school. The $18 million project is being funded through private donations. New spaces were built for the current student body of 960 students and not to increase enrollment. 

Research on brain science, the Finnish school system and the importance of strengthening community through connection directly influenced the design of the transformational educational spaces. Themes of color and light, discovery play, applied learning and collaboration run throughout the school.

Spaces Shape Behavior
Schwarz Hanson Architects, the project architect, was very intentional in their design. Teaching walls in developmentally age-specific colors were created using idea paint, which renders the walls writable. As humans, we are naturally attracted to color. Teaching from a colored wall keeps student attention focused on learning and leads the learner back to the lesson. Natural light fills rooms. Daylight allows the eyes to rest and is known to positively impact social, emotional, behavioral and academic experience. Views to outdoor spaces provide a calming effect on the brain. Angled walls boost innovation. 

Playground Sparks Imagination
TVS has partnered with TCU’s Dr. Deb Rhea who has direct experience with the Finnish school system. Lower School students have multiple outdoor recesses throughout the day to positively impact creativity and focus in the classroom. Outside play builds physically and emotionally healthy children. The new playground provides unstructured play to foster teamwork, collaboration, kindness and fun. The playground is designed as a natural, park-like setting to leave the landscape to the child’s imagination. 

Connecting the Hands with the Mind
Applied learning spaces for “making” provide students more opportunities to learn by doing. The Lower School Exploratorium affords a unique, hands-on science learning environment. The Upper School Computer Science and Engineering Lab supports real-life experiences and further connects the hands with the mind. Making is an effective instructional model for encouraging and cultivating STEM engagement, interest, learning, creativity and innovation in youth. 

Learning Happens Everywhere
Futurist Dr. David Thornburg was foundational to the design of many of the shared social and learning spaces new at TVS. Large, open centers occupy each division of the school (Lower, Middle and Upper) and provide flexible spaces for students to assemble. Other gathering and common areas inside and out allow the classroom to be wherever the learner is located. Areas where students and teachers can connect informally create a more positive and cohesive community. These designs support the belief that in the 21st century significant academic learning occurs in the classroom as well as in many spaces beyond formal learning environments. 

TVS is proud to showcase the transformational new spaces and aims to serve as a model for other educational institutions.  TVS is a kindergarten through 12th grade, independent, co-ed, college preparatory, day school, located on 75 acres in southwest Fort Worth.  

For further information contact:
Margaret Kramer – or 817-321-0100
Director of Advancement

Posted 05/20/2015 08:00AM



FORT WORTH, TX – May 20, 2015

Over the last three months, third graders at Trinity Valley School have learned from 
Dr. Donna Hicks what it means to be a dignity agent. How did they do this? 

  • They had several Skype sessions with Dr. Hicks to discuss dignity
  • They defined in their own words what dignity meant and the elements of dignity
  • They shared their discoveries with other classes
  • They kept a dignity journal
  • They made a dignity pledge

Their summary of dignity is: EVERYONE MATTERS. What does this mean for the larger community and for the community of Fort Worth?

  • An expanded mindfulness of care for themselves and one another by this group of future citizens
  • A resource for parents, for friends, and for others as they continue to practice and share their skills as dignity agents

Donna Hicks is author of Dignity and has a client list that includes the World Bank, the United Nations, the United States Navy, and governments around the globe. Her blog is:

For additional information please contact:
Laurie Wisdom
Director of Communications
Trinity Valley School
7500 Dutch Branch Road
Fort Worth, TX 76132

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