HPISD’s 100th Day of School

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Students and teachers at Hyler Elemnetary celebrate their 100th day of school by wearing shirts that have 100 pieces of material on them. (Photo: HPISD)

Students and teachers at Hyer Elemnetary celebrate their 100th day of school by wearing shirts that have 100 pieces of material on them. (Photo: HPISD)

Students and teachers of Hyer Elementary celebrated their 100th day of the school year on Feb. 2. Kindergartners rotated through their classrooms to participate in activities involving the number 100 and each student created a shirt that had 100 pieces of a unique material on them.


World Series Title Caps Comeback for Young

Chris Young signed a two-year contract extension after helping the Royals win the World Series. (Photo: Arturo Pardavila III) 0
Chris Young signed a two-year contract extension after helping the Royals win the World Series. (Photo: Arturo Pardavila III)

A few years ago, some speculated that Chris Young’s baseball career might be over. Now he’s reached the pinnacle of the sport.

The resurgence of the former Highland Park standout earned him a new two-year contract worth $11.5 million from the Kansas City Royals this winter after he became a key part of their run to a World Series title in the fall.

For the 36-year-old pitcher, capturing his first World Series title – he was the winning pitcher out of the bullpen in Game 1 against the New York Mets – capped one of the more incredible comeback stories in recent years in baseball.


Stone Siblings Share National Spotlight

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Although it’s not exactly the Super Bowl, there will be football this weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and one Park Cities family will play a unique role.

The International Bowl is contested each year between youth national teams from the United States and Canada. Lindell, Parker, and Preston Stone are from the first family to have three boys in the U.S. program during the same year.

Lindell Stone is a junior at Woodberry Forest School, a boarding school in Virginia, where Parker is a freshman. Preston is a seventh-grader at Highland Park Middle School.

Lindell is a highly recruited quarterback for the American under-18 team, Parker is a receiver on the under-17 team. Both will play on Friday. Preston is a quarterback on the under-15 roster, which had an exhibition game on Wednesday.


UP Pool to Get Updates…and a Mascot?

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(Photo: Elizabeth Lavin)

Changes are coming to the UP pool, and that may include the appearance of a shark–yes a shark!

At the UP City Council meeting on Feb. 2, two agenda items were approved, indicating some interesting developments for the Holmes Aquatic Center.

As part of a rebranding and programming effort for the Holmes Aquatic Center, UP Parks and Rec wants to incorporate a mascot — apparently a costume will be involved. So will pool-goers be seeing a six-foot great white or hammerhead walking around this summer?

These efforts would also include a small, moveable children’s slide, a radio station, and the purchase of a Wibit (yes, we had to Google what that was too).

According to parks director Gerry Bradley, the pool also would raise the fees for swim lessons from $100 to $150 for eight sessions.


Dieb, Scots to Wrestle With Postseason Foes

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Stephen Dieb and his Highland Park wrestling teammates will compete at the District 7-6A tournament on Friday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Stephen Dieb and his Highland Park wrestling teammates will compete at the District 7-6A tournament on Friday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

It’s time for Highland Park wrestlers to leave it all on the mat when postseason action gets underway on Friday at the District 7-6A tournament at Richardson High School.

The Scots will compete for a chance to qualify for the Class 6A Region II tournament on Feb. 12-13 in Allen. The state tournament is scheduled for Feb. 19-20 in suburban Houston.

The district includes Jesuit, Skyline, Sunset, W.T. White, Richardson, Lake Highlands, Richardson Berkner, and Richardson Pearce. All schools except for HP and Jesuit have both boys and girls teams.


Neighbors Unsure About Tunnel Plan

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There aren’t any definitive plans to construct a high-speed cantilevered expressway, or toll tunnel, or whatever, through the heart of Preston Hollow just yet. Right now, it’s just speculation.

But the North Central Texas Council of Governments has started floating the concept, with two possible routes for a potential underground highway as an east-west regional reliever through Dallas.

One of them could run through the Oak Lawn area, and the other along Northwest Highway, approximately between Hillcrest Avenue and Love Field.

It’s not yet known whether such an idea would even be economically feasible, but local residents and city officials are split on whether building more roadways would be the right solution to neighborhood traffic issues.


HP Signees Specialize in Different Fields

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From left, Jack Sides, Savanna Jones, Sawyer Lake, Joseph Sweeney, Turner Rejebian, and Grant Howell.

From left, Jack Sides, Savanna Jones, Sawyer Lake, Joseph Sweeney, Turner Rejebian, and Grant Howell. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Joining the soccer program at Texas Tech next season will make Savanna Jones feel like she’s among family and friends.

Her parents met while they were students there, so the Highland Park midfielder is already familiar with the Lubbock campus. And playing for the Red Raiders also will allow Jones to reunite with former Lady Scots standout Kate Summers, who is currently a Texas Tech freshman.

“We’re really good friends,” Jones said of Summers. “Her being there makes me feel much more comfortable.”

On Wednesday, she signed with the Red Raiders and was recognized during a ceremony that also honored three HPHS football signees and a pair of baseball standouts.


Gallup Helps HPISD Find Strengths, Weaknesses

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There is a Gallup poll for nearly everything you can imagine — how often smartphone users check their phones, where travelers feel most safe, and, most notably, politicians’ approval ratings.

But Highland Park ISD is using Gallup polling for something entirely different: students’ well-being. For years, the school district has been testing its fifth, seventh, ninth, and 12th graders on topics that are not entirely academic. Again this fall, about 1,800 students filled out the survey that focuses on their emotional associations with school, rather than their ABCs.

“A lot of times with standardized tests, we’re focused on the weakness and how we can improve them, but with this poll, we can really find our strengths, how we’re really guiding and helping our students,” said Lydia Walden, HPISD director of academics and support services.


Police Report: Jan. 25-31

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: SNATCH AND DASH

Between 10 and 10:16 a.m. on Jan. 25., shoplifters stole numerous handbags and wallets, with a total value of $4,770, from Tory Burch at Highland Park Village. Security footage showed two females entered the store. While one was distracting the employees, the other shoved the merchandise into a bag. The two women left, heading eastward bound.

HIGHLAND PARK

25 MONDAY
Between 4 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 9 a.m. on Jan. 25, a thief broke into a black Chevrolet SUV in the 4500 block of Versailles Avenue and stole the third-row seat and four sets of headphones.

At 10:41 a.m., a resident of the 4300 block of Lorraine Avenue reported that between 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 and 9 a.m. on Jan. 17, a thief stole a $100 Trek E65 Hybrid bicycle, and a $600 Cannondale Hybrid bicycle from the garage.

26 TUESDAY
Between 7 p.m. on Jan. 25 and 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 26, a thief entered a gray 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 in the 4600 block of Belclaire Avenue and stole a $40 canvas holder and phone charger, a $300 TUMI briefcase, and a $1,000 Dell laptop.