Hyer Parents Fight for J.O.Y.

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Hyer students enjoy the Fall Carnival. Parents don't want them displaced longer than those from other district schools. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Hyer Elementary parents are asking the Highland Park school board to answer for the decision to displace Hyer students for two years beginning in 2018.

Parents equipped with T-shirts sloganed “Just One Year!” (J.O.Y.) and foam boards bearing Google maps screenshots of commute times between the district schools have descended upon the past few school board meetings to voice their concerns and to demand an explanation for the decision announced in May 2016.

John Tatum, who raised concerns last November at a Hyer parents’ fundraiser at the Bomb Factory (“Solid Gold Hyer — Go for the Gold!”) after being approached by other concerned parents, said in an interview that the two-year displacement is “a completely illogical, mathematically unsound decision.”


Sisters Better Than Best of Friends

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“Our main objective is to just be together.”I’m one of 13 children, number nine to be exact. I have seven brothers and five sisters. We all have a lot of pride in our family, and relish opportunities to tell someone about it. In response to being asked, “What? 12 brothers and sisters?” I’ll usually casually say, “yep, a baker’s dozen.”

My mother has 27 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. We make an effort to stay connected, holding family reunions every three or four years, which gives us the opportunity to meet new arrivals — spouses, significant others, and especially babies. One of the best family events I participate in is an annual gathering with my four (living) sisters. We’ve made it a tradition to spend a long weekend together. We call it Sista Palooza.


Katy Trail, Mockingbird Station Connection Bridge Causes Traffic Delays

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Photo: Lorelei Day

Construction continues to progress on the pedestrian bridge in the 5300 block of Mockingbird Lane. The bridge will connect the Katy Trail with Mockingbird Station.

Drivers in the area may experience periodic delays as crews put the finishing touches on the mid-section of the cantilever cable bridge.

Construction updates will be provided regularly.


Student Earns HP’s First National History Day Medal

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Westley Sturhan earned a medal at the National History Day competition for his portrayal of Nikola Tesla. (Courtesy photo)

Highland Park High School’s Westley Sturhan earned a third-place medal for individual performance at the recent National History Day meet, which was held on the University of Maryland campus.

He is the first HP student to win an award in the competition.

Sturhan, who will begin his senior year this fall, gave a 10-minute dramatic performance dressed as Nikola Tesla. He debated Thomas Edison over the merits of alternating current versus direct current.


Cambridge School Finds Permanent Home

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The Cambridge School will eventually move to the site of Walnut Hill Lutheran Church. (Photo: Joshua Barthge)

Moving time is looming again for students and staff at The Cambridge School of Dallas.

The small Christian college preparatory school has called four different buildings home since it’s 2001 founding. School officials hope that this move will be their last.

“A permanent campus will enable us to enhance every aspect of our school,” head of school B. Paul Wolfe said. “This is crucial as we continue to model the pursuit of excellence toward noble ends, toward truth and goodness and beauty in all that we do.”


Former Crystal Charity Ball Chairman Joins Young Women’s Preparatory Network

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Christie Carter. (Photo: Jeanne Prejean, My Sweet Charity)

Christie Carter, seasoned Dallas philanthropist, has been hired as the director of external affairs at Young Women’s Preparatory Network.

Carter will be in charge of developing key relationships with individuals in the community while strengthening visibility and engagement among constituents. Born and raised in Dallas, she is a graduate of Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Along with her many philanthropic endeavors throughout the Dallas community, she currently serves on many boards, including Dallas CASA, Community Partners Auxiliary, and the Dallas Chamber Symphony.


Chill Out and Hit the Refresh Button

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Set tables in cool pastels and blue and whites for a refreshing look. (Courtesy Christy Rost)

As summer moves into its unofficial final month, the thrill of carefree days and a less structured schedule can start to wear a bit thin when the outdoor thermometer promises a long stretch of hot days ahead.

To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of hot Texas summers. My family moved every few years while I was growing up, but the one constant in our lives was a modest, gray shingled house with white trim and forest-green wood shutters, perched on a hillside overlooking Old Silver Beach on Cape Cod. The summer weather was moderate there, and my three sisters and I spent nearly every sunny, mild summer day on the beach with our mom. When it rained, we shopped in the nearby quaint town of Falmouth, or stopped by the Cape Cod Candle Shop to sniff each candle and select a week’s supply of striped candy sticks.


Bain Named New MIS/HPMS Associate Principal

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Kimberly Bain

Kimberly Bain has been named the new associate principal at McCulloch Intermediate School/Highland Park Middle School. She will replace Georgie Swize, who left the district to become principal of Cora Spencer Elementary School in Mansfield ISD.

Bain has been with HPISD since 2013, and currently serves as the district’s coordinator of English language arts and as coordinator of talented and gifted services.