HPISD has just sent an email that all after-school activities, including sports and the Academy for Lifelong Learning, are canceled today due to impending weather conditions.
The district will monitor the weather as it progresses overnight and make a decision regarding schools by 6 a.m.
When Hunter Pond first opened the East Hampton Sandwich Co. in Snider Plaza in 2012, there’s no way he imagined winding up on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list just three years later.
“It was pretty freaking exciting,” Pond said. “I was like, ‘Whoa, it’s getting real now.’”
The restaurateur is only 27, but he’s already got three locations of fast-casual dining under his belt. Funny thing is, the Highland Park High School graduate never necessarily pictured himself opening a restaurant.
Even with the snow and ice falling on Friday, things were feeling pretty tropical at Hyer Elementary’s auction event.
The beach-themed auction went off without a hitch at F.I.G. “Our volunteers and auction team worked their magic to get it ready and it all came together,” said Hyer parent Elizabeth Wilson. Parents nibbled on snacks from Food Glorious Food and danced to local musicians Emerald City Band.
The big-ticket items at the auction included a stay at the Cabo House Casa Turquesa in Mexico, a Napa trip for four, and the newest auction item the Hyer Elementary Lock-In (it sold twice).
Courtney Gilbert, Mary Beth Wagner, and Courtney Zelazny chaired the event.
Thomas Lembcke, a seventh-grader at Highland Park Middle School, recently got to experience some Mardi Gras revelry firsthand when he was one of 18 young pages during the Krewe of Bacchus parade in New Orleans.
But wait, it gets better. Lembcke got to ride on the King’s Float with the celebrity King of Bacchus, which this year was Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly.
The krewe — with more than 1,400 members and 33 animated floats — stages the only parade to feature pages, and in order to receive that honor, you need to be the son or grandson of a Bacchus member. The theme of this year’s parade was “Children’s Stories That Live Forever.”
Lembcke and his fellow pages tossed beads and doubloons to the crowd during the procession through the French Quarter and other landmarks.
Today in things that fill me with envy, former U.S. President George W. Bush will be the keynote speaker at SMU’s May 16 commencement ceremony at Moody Coliseum.
“This commencement is especially noteworthy because 2015 is the 100-year anniversary of SMU’s opening,” SMU president R. Gerald Turner said.”So it is fitting that we should hear from a president who led our nation and the world during historic times and is a valued member of the campus community.”
President Bush also gave the commencement address at SMU in 1999 when he was governor. He is the first speaker to complete a second commencement address at SMU.
As many know, former first lady Laura Bush is a graduate of SMU, and President Bush’s library is located on SMU’s campus. Turner estimates that 700,000 people have visited SMU through the presidential center.
President Bush received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School — which is appropriate, because SMU’s colors are Harvard Red and Yale Blue.
As a side note, I graduated in 2011 — the centennial of the university’s founding — and got U.S. Senator John Cornyn as a commencement speaker. So pony up, everyone.
Annual trip to Taiwan set for MarchWenzen Chuang moved to the United States from Taiwan when he was 8 years old, but is taking advantage of a unique opportunity to return.
Chuang, an AP chemistry teacher at Highland Park High School, will be one of the chaperones for HPHS’s Youth Ambassador Program over spring break. He will lead 11 students and use his fluency in Mandarin to assist with translation.
Chuang said he’s eager to see how much he remembers about the school system in Taiwan and compare it to his experiences as an educator in the United States.
Dr. Dawson Orr announced on Monday that he will retire as Highland Park ISD superintendent, effective Aug. 31.
Orr has been with HPISD for six years, and worked as a superintendent for almost 20 years before that in Pampa and Wichita Falls. Beginning this fall, he will become a clinical professor in the department of educational policy at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development.
Orr has served on the advisory board for the Simmons School, and now will teach as part of a new degree plan that the university is gearing toward district-level executive leadership.
Fans of the TV drama “How to Get Away With Murder” saw the work of Highland Park jewelry designer Ashley Pittman multiple times in February.
The show featured stars Viola Davis and Karla Souza wearing African necklaces and bracelets from the Ashley Pittman Collection during a Feb. 12 episode, and again during a pair of episodes on Feb. 26.
The jewelry was selected by Linda Bass, the costume designer for the show.
Last fall, we wrote a feature surrounding the theatrical release of Believe Me, a Christian comedy that marked the feature directorial debut of Park Cities native Will Bakke and some collaborators with local ties through their Austin-based production company.
If you missed it, the film is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, and will also be available through various video-on-demand platforms.
The film is a satire about a group of college students who create a fake religious charity as a method for generating some quick cash.
To kick off the start of flower festival Dallas Blooms, the Dallas Arboretum reopened the Lay Family Garden on Feb. 28. Members of the Lay family officially opened the garden at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 26.
The two-acre garden was started over 25 years ago by Mimi Lay Hodges, with additional gifts for the renovation by her two daughters Susan Lay Atwell, Dorothy Atwell, and from the Estate of Herman W. Lay and Anthony Atwell.
Warren Johnson from Fallcreek Gardens redesigned the space to include a new water feature, redesigned pathways and entrances, and new plant species.
Nicholas D. Kristof, a journalist and human rights activist, will be the first speaker featured in CitySquare’s new speaker series Up Close with CitySquare. The series is designed to share the experiences of influential people fighting against poverty.
Kristof is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a columnist for The New York Times who has traveled to over 150 countries. His journey to places like China, Africa, and India gave him first-hand experiences with global health and poverty around the world.