PAC’s Potty Talk Consumes Contentious School Board Election

We the People of HPISD PAC election flyer supporting Bonnie Lammers (Seat 3), Gerry Hudnall (Seat 4), and Anthony Scalia (Seat 5). 0
We the People of HPISD PAC election flyer supporting Bonnie Lammers (Seat 3), Gerry Hudnall (Seat 4), and Anthony Scalia (Seat 5).

We are entering the one-week run-up to the Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees election, and with early voting already underway, the hot topic of the day is…bathrooms.

The one-man PAC “We the People of HPISD” sent out an email newsletter Wednesday expressing concerns over the bathroom designs for the new fifth elementary school, and the federal funding believed to be at the root of the problem.

The letter, which was written by John Guittard and circulated by Dan Newell, creator of “We the People,” gives a detailed vision of what the PAC has termed “joined-gender” bathrooms would mean for students.

“It [HPISD’s proposed design] gives them [students] no adequate protection or privacy; it’s unsafe; and it’s stupid,” the letter argues. “So a boy (or a man?) washing his hands at a sink might be just around the open corner from a girl in a stall just a few feet away.” 

HP Superintendent Looks Back on First Year

HPISD superintendent Tom Trigg and his wife, Julie (left), met with Bradfield Elementary principal Christine Brunner (right) last summer. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
HPISD superintendent Tom Trigg and his wife, Julie (left), met with Bradfield Elementary principal Christine Brunner (right) last summer. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Highland Park ISD superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg’s first year with the district has been eventful. We asked for his thoughts on how it went:

Q: What has been the most surprising part of this first year?
A: Before joining Highland Park ISD, I was aware of the supportive parents and community, but I have to admit that I have been in awe of the actual level of support. It is more than what I could have imagined. From the parents who serve in our lunchrooms every day to the dedicated alumni who pack the campus during the Golden Scots reunion, it truly is amazing how much love and support people have for their schools and how much they are willing to give back.

Q: Did it go as expected?
A: This first year has been better than I expected. The way that this community has embraced my wife, Julie, and me has been remarkable. I am grateful to have a School Board that is visionary and supportive. As I look back, I could not have anticipated this year would be any better than it has been.

Q: What have you accomplished that you’re most proud of?
A: People might expect me to say the bond election, but the truth is I am most proud of the relationships that have been established. I have learned so much by listening to parents, students, teachers, and community members. I enjoy cultivating relationships and I look forward to continuing to build a rapport with the many people invested in this district.

Lady Scots Finish Sweep of W.T. White

Highland Park used powerful hitting and strong pitching to complete a playoff sweep of W.T. White on Saturday. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park used powerful hitting and strong pitching to complete a playoff sweep of W.T. White on Saturday. (Photo: Rob Graham)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

Behind solid pitching and a surge of power at the plate, host Highland Park shut out W.T. White 10-0 to complete a sweep of its Class 6A Region II bi-district playoff series on Saturday.

Katie Bell pitched another gem, striking out five and allowing no runs for the second consecutive game, while Sunny Bowden hit two doubles and drove in two runs.

“We’re pretty deep, but not at pitcher,” said HP head coach Meredith Townsend. “Katie is our ace, and just like Thursday, she threw another great game.”

Bell pitched a one-hitter in Thursday’s 5-0 victory, and allowed just three hits on Saturday for her second shutout in three days.

Say ‘Adios’ to These HPISD Employees


Highland Park ISD is saying goodbye to some great ones this spring. Want to show your love? They’ve arranged a few farewell receptions to say thanks.

Because I can: Thank you Nurse Castellaw for taking my temperature even when I didn’t have a temperature to prove to me I wasn’t sick. Thank you Ms. McCormick for teaching me the importance of a well-delivered monologue and proper elocution.

Who: Barbara Clinton, Sarah Hutcheson, Janet Slaughter, and Jeanette Volpe
When: Thursday, May 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: Private Residence

Who: Janet Peters
When: Thursday, May 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Where: Hyer Elementary School Library

Who: Jenny Castellaw and E’Lynne Elliott
When: Thursday, May 19, 3:30 p.m.
Where: University Park Elementary School Library

Local Swaddle Company Wraps Up Gift Idea For New Moms

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Photo: Courtesy

A close friend welcomes a new child and you are left wondering what to send, when to send it, and whether or not you should stay to properly greet the newborn, or just drop-and-go.

Local mom McKenzie Mitchell and mom-to-be Nicole Broadhurst, founders of the one-year-old Buttermilk Babies swaddle company, were all too familiar with this situation.

In March, the pair launched Buttermilk Bundles, a thoughtful way to send a creative gift without feeling intrusive. Currently serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the company delivers a curated package to the doorstep of the new parents in an attractive wooden crate.

To accompany Buttermilk’s patterned cotton and rayon blankets, the duo reached out to some of their favorite community vendors, including Bows and Arrows, Joy Macarons, and Village Baking Co. The bundles range from $75 to $250.

“We wanted to curate a gift that really feels like a treat for new parents,” Broadhurst said. “We include fresh juices, hand picked to help nourish a new mom’s body; a wonderfully scented candle and fresh flowers to warm the home; macarons for a decadent treat; coffee to keep the parents going; and of course, a pack of our soft swaddles for the little one.”

HP Hosts Eagles to Finish Regular Season

Highland Park has a 20-game winning streak entering tonight's regular-season finale against Richardson. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park has a 20-game winning streak entering tonight’s regular-season finale against Richardson. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

With its District 10-6A title already clinched and its playoff seed already secure, Highland Park still has a small piece of business to take care of tonight against Richardson.

When the Scots host the Eagles in their regular-season finale, they will try to extend their 20-game winning streak and complete a perfect run through the league schedule in their final year at the 6A level.

Thus far, the Scots (24-5, 13-0) have outscored their district foes by a combined margin of 74-12, and haven’t allowed more than two runs in a game during that stretch behind the pitching of William Adair, Sawyer Lake, and Grant Howell.

Looking ahead to postseason play, HP is likely to meet Irving MacArthur in the Region II bi-district round next week.

Lady Scots Blank WTW in Playoff Opener


HP’s Katie Bell pitched a shutout against W.T. White on Thursday.

Highland Park lived up to its billing as the favorite in its playoff opener on Thursday.

The Lady Scots struggled early at the plate but still rolled to a road 5-0 win over W.T. White in the first game of a best-of-three series in the Class 6A Region II bi-district round.

Katie Bell pitched a one-hit shutout for HP to back an offense that broke open a close game with four runs in the sixth inning. Emily Singh and Lauren Jackson had two hits apiece, while Amanda Reenan drove in two runs.

On Saturday, the series shifts to HP, where the Lady Scots will host Game 2 beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a third game, if necessary. The winner of the series will meet either Rockwall or Copperas Cove in the area round next week. Rockwall swept HP last season.

Teen Guide to Treating Mom Right

Aurelia and her mom

Aurelia and her mom, Joy Ji

By Aurelia Han / Special Contributor
Although we teenagers’ appreciation for our moms can get lost in translation with the hormonal bickering and moody eye rolls, there is no greater love than what we feel for the women to whom we owe everything. This Mother’s Day, May 8, these memorable gifts celebrate Mom without breaking a high schooler’s bank.

➊ Spa Kit
Moms truly are undercover superheroes. Today, let them hang up the cape and just relax. With only a $20 and a trip to your local Whole Foods or health food store, put together a stress-relieving spa kit which includes essential oils, an aromatherapy candle, and a bath bomb. To make it even more relaxing, play masseuse for a day and give Mom a well-deserved back rub.

➋ Cookbook
Don’t worry if you’re not a cooking connoisseur, this gift idea turns priceless when you test out a recipe or two from the cookbook for your mom — even if you serve the queen of the house a slightly burned or over-salted concoction.

➌ Run Her Errands
On Mother’s Day, the last thing Mom should think about is restocking the pantry or picking up the dry cleaning or any other errand. Imagine the look of surprise that will greet you when you come home with a carton of eggs, fresh clothes, and maybe even a bouquet of flowers that you conveniently bought at the supermarket.

Other Ideas

BRUNCH: At the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.

RELAX: With the “Celebrate Mom” special at Hiatus Spa.

AFTERNOON TEA: At the Adolphus Hotel. 2-4 p.m.

Han is a sophomore at Hockaday School.

Channel Mom’s Inner Beauty at HPV


Unknown-2Bandier and Dior in Highland Park Village are partnering with Friends of Wednesday’s Child to pamper mothers on May 7.

The shops welcome mothers and their loved ones for bubbly, dancing, charity, and pampering at these locations. 10 percent of the sales will benefit Friends of Wednesday’s Child.

So treat your mom to a lovely afternoon and give back for this Mother’s Day.

Friends of Wednesday’s Child is a local nonprofit that works to improve the lives of children in foster care through education.