September 29, 2014

  • Jeff Krause Visits Suzanne Roberts

    Designer and Round Top Collection owner Jeff Krause will visit Suzanne Roberts Gifts in Snider Plaza tomorrow. That means you’ll get 20 percent off merchandise (minus MacKenzie-Childs) and enjoy free signing, personalizing, and refreshments. Event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 29, 2014 | 6:33 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HP’s Temporary Book Ban Reversed

    A lot has been happening since HPISD temporarily suspended seven books from HPHS classrooms. First, there was an online petition with more than 2,000 signatures, and then one of the books — The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls was reinstated.

    Last night, the district sent out an email to parents on behalf of superintendent Dr. Dawson Orr that the temporary ban has been reversed, and the district will follow board policy EFA (LOCAL) [see below] for further review of the materials. Therefore, the titles are once again fair game for approved reading.

    “I made the decision in an attempt to de-escalate the conflict, and I readily admit that it had the opposite effect,” Orr said in the email. 

    The email also stated that HPISD will continue to seek further transparency in literature selection. As a step in that direction, more information on how books are chosen has been posted online. There’s also a Q&A. Parents will also receive permission forms for books with questionable material, and an alternative will be selected should the parent express concern regarding that text.

    One formal request regarding one of the originally banned books has been received regarding The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. A “reconsideration committee” will be chosen to review it and make a recommendation on its use. That committee will be made up of 10 members including parents, faculty, staff, and counselors.

    “We are encouraged to see that several students are interested in serving, and we plan to include them, as well,” the email stated. 

    Access to the “challenged material,” as it is labeled, will not be limited during the review process.


    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 29, 2014 | 11:25 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Watch a Former HP Player Crush a Wayward Fan

    Highland Park alums made plenty of nice plays on the football field at colleges around the country on Saturday.

    But one of the best didn’t even count, and it wasn’t made by a player. Former HP standout Anthony Schlegel is now a strength and conditioning coach at Ohio State, his alma mater.

    During the second quarter of OSU’s game against Cincinnati on Saturday, a fan ran on to the field. Schlegel didn’t like that, and you’ll see his awesome response in this video.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 29, 2014 | 6:16 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • September 28, 2014

  • Author Visits Angelika Film Center

    James Ellroy will appear at the Angelika. (Photo: Jennifer Carroll)

    James Ellroy will appear at the Angelika. (Photo: Jennifer Carroll)

    Author James Ellroy will visit the Angelika Film Center as part of the USA Film Festival on Oct. 7. His book, Perfidia: A Novel, details Pearl Harbor Day events from the Los Angeles Police Department’s perspective.

    A reception starts at 6:30 p.m., while the actual event begins at 7 p.m. Then, L.A. Confidential will be screened at 8 p.m.

    Tickets are $24 in advance or $30 at the door, which includes a copy of the book. 

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 28, 2014 | 1:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 26, 2014

  • Scots Rally Past Stallions in 10-6A Opener

    HP's Daniel Gouskos chases North Mesquite quarterback Ja'Quez Gooch on Friday. The Scots won 29-9. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    HP’s Daniel Gouskos chases North Mesquite’s Ja’Quez Gooch on Friday. The Scots won 29-9. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    MESQUITE — In case there was any doubt, District 10-6A will not be a cakewalk for Highland Park.

    That much was proven on Friday, but so was the resiliency of the Scots during a 29-9 victory over North Mesquite at Hanby Stadium in the program’s long-awaited debut in the new 6A classification.

    HP rallied from an early 9-0 deficit with 29 unanswered points, and seemed to get stronger as the game progressed on both sides of scrimmage.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 26, 2014 | 11:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Here Are Your Homecoming Queen Hopefuls

    One of these six girls will be the next homecoming queen at HPHS.

    One of these six girls will be the next homecoming queen at Highland Park High School.

    Homecoming week starts Monday at Highland Park High School, and so it’s time for some homecoming queen nominees.

    Accordingly, the HPHS student council has announced that Leah Jackson, Peyton Ward, Shannon Shiffer, Bailey Pogue, Grayson Baird, and Meghan McCollum are in contention for the honor.

    The nominees will be introduced on the field at halftime of the Oct. 3 football game against Richardson Pearce, with the winner being announced after a student-body vote at the homecoming dance the following night.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 26, 2014 | 4:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • First Grader’s Rewarded with a Pie in the Face

    Julian Gerstle threw the pie while his classmates cheered him on.

    “Mighty Max” received a whipped cream facial from Julian Gerstle.

    Mrs. Chaney’s first-grade class got quite the reward for raising the most money for Bradfield’s Boosterthon last Thursday. In celebration of the accomplishment, one student got to throw a pie in the face of Boosterthon’s “Mighty Max.”

    Julian Gerstle did the honors while his peers laughed and cheered him on. Boosterthon’s Rock’n Town Live Fun Run took place on Wednesday. Students recruited pledges for the number of laps they will run, which raised money for the school.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 26, 2014 | 1:20 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots to Face Stallions in 6A Debut

    The Scots will return to action tonight when they travel to face North Mesquite in the District 10-6A opener. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The Scots will return to action tonight against North Mesquite in the District 10-6A opener. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    After much discussion and dissection, Highland Park can prove tonight that it belongs with the big boys.

    Maybe that’s overstating it somewhat, but the Scots nevertheless will make history with their debut at the Class 6A level tonight against North Mesquite. The District 10-6A opener will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Hanby Stadium.

    HP has several factors working in its favor as it enters the state’s largest UIL classification, including a history of competing favorably against schools with larger enrollments.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 26, 2014 | 12:19 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • The Police Want to Take Your Pills

    medications.02It’s time to clean out your medicine cabinet. You can dispose of your old and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday when the local law-enforcement groups participate in the annual Drug Enforcement Agency Take-Back Day.

    The Highland Park Department of Public Safety, the University Park Police Department, and the SMU Police Department will accept unwanted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can find other drop-off locations here.

    In addition, UP will hold a free community recycling event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the parking lot at Highland Park Middle School. Among the items accepted are many paper products and documents, as well as electronics and computer supplies.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 26, 2014 | 7:47 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 25, 2014

  • YMSL Chapter Spending Time in the Kitchen

    It’s time for the members of the Park Cities Young Men’s Service League to don their aprons and get their hands greasy. The group of Highland Park ISD seniors will participate in a cooking class with Two Sisters Catering executive chef Jonathan Stirnweis on Sunday.

    The goal is learning how to cook a few delicious and healthy meals as part of the YMSL Life/Practical Skills curriculum. The 4 p.m. class is being hosted by VNA Meals on Wheels near Love Field.

    YMSL is an organization that encourages leadership skills and collaborative philanthropy between mothers and sons. The local chapter supports charities including Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, Operation Kindness, Dallas Ramps, and the Dallas Arboretum.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 25, 2014 | 10:20 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS