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LIVING OFF THE LAND: SUSTAINABILITY IN ACADEMICS AT FVS

Since 1930, Fountain Valley School has utilized its sprawling campus as a “living laboratory." Through a partnership between the School’s faculty and in-house land management and grounds crews, FVS’s new freshman curriculum aims to foster one-of-a-kind learning experiences for ninth-grade students at home on its 1,100-acre Prairie.

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GRANT MONIES TAKE STUDENTS LIGHTYEARS FROM CAMPUS

Thanks to a generous grant from the Lightner Sams Foundation, science classes at Fountain Valley School have gotten a whole lot brighter over the past several months! Using funds from the grant, the School purchased two telescopes and a portable 5” Newtonian reflector, along with soft cases, a solar filter, and a Wi-Fi module, for detailed viewing of planets, asteroids, and comets in our solar system, and deep-sky objects like galaxies and nebulae.

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FOOD RESCUE PROGRAM PROMOTES COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Founded by a graduating senior as part of a Capstone project in 2020, Fountain Valley Schools Food Rescue Program promotes sustainability among students and faculty while also benefiting the local nonprofit organization known as Connections 4 Life. Students grades 9 through 12 gather after lunch once weekly to package, label, and deliver leftovers from the School Dining Hall to Connection 4 Life volunteers and employees, without whom the organization’s Thursday Fresh Food Pantry would cease to exist. 

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TRISTAN WHITE ’14: MINING THE DEPTHS OF HIS PASSION

“A mining company won’t be in business long if they don’t define the characteristics, the extent, and the concentration of their mineral resource well. So, that’s what I do,” says Class of 2014 Fountain Valley alumnus Tristan White, a senior exploration geologist whose work with the Morenci Mine in Greenlee County, Ariz., consists of planning and executing copper-drilling campaigns. “I’ve always really liked rocks [and] FVS advanced that interest,” says Tristan, who – inspired by FVS faculty like Mr. Gustke and Mr. Rebenstein – went on to obtain a B.A. in Geology from Colorado College as well as a Geology/Earth Science Certificate of Study Abroad from the University of Canterbury.

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HORSES ARE A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR GUY MCELVAIN ’84, P'14

Following in his parents’ footsteps, Guy McElvain ’84 –  accompanied by his wife Sharon – purchased a plot of land adjacent to his family’s property and took over the family business of cross-breeding Holsteiner horses when his mother, Betty, decided to retire. “Being a family together and doing what we love is a dream come true,” says Guy, who has passed this same love for horses down to his own two children, Chenoa and Clayton ’14, a trainer and business owner specializing in surfacing for equine arenas, respectively. According to Guy, it’s a business in which one never stops learning. “If we build the right infrastructure and support, our children can go into the horse industry as professionals able to support themselves and flourish,” he says.

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MALIA S. '24 COMMITS TO THE LIU WOMEN'S EQUESTRIAN TEAM

After securing a remarkable high school record in English Riding throughout her four years at Fountain Valley School (FVS) in Colorado Springs, Colo., Malia S. ’24, a young and accomplished rider, has committed to joining the Division 1 Equestrian Team at Long Island University (LIU).

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