Highland Park ISD has its finances in order, at least according to the Texas Education Agency, which gave the district a “superior” rating in the most recent Schools FIRST (which stands for Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas).
The highest possible rating reflects HPISD’s financial management and reporting system, and it was reached by analyzing staff and student data from the 2012-13 school year, as well as budget and financial data from the fiscal year ending in August 2013.
The financial accountability system was developed by the TEA in 2001, in response to Senate Bill 218. For you numbers gurus, you can examine the entire HPISD report here.
Highland Park easily won both the boys and girls team titles at the District 10-6A cross country meet on Tuesday at Warren Sports Complex in Frisco. Hope McLaughlin and Rico Lara claimed the individual gold medals.
In the girls race, HP won its 36th district championship — and its first in the new 6A classification — by placing six of its seven runners in the top eight overall. McLaughlin crossed the finish line in a time of 19 minutes, 38 seconds. Other top finishers for the Lady Scots included Emma Parker (third place, 21:01), Gabby Crank (fourth, 21:03), Anna Beecherl (fifth, 21:10), Becky Ketch (sixth, 21:10), and Olivia Aasheim (eighth, 21:27).
On the boys side, Lara’s time of 16:11 helped the Scots cruise to the team crown. He was followed by a slew of HP teammates, including Griffin Beitter (second place), Austin Roberts (fifth), Brooks Munn (seventh), Stanton Geyer (eighth), and Andrew Kliewer (ninth).
Connecting Point of Park Cities, a day program for adults with disabilities, will host its second annual CPPC Luncheon on Jan. 23 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Marianne and Roger Staubach will be the featured speakers at the fundraiser.
There will be also be a live auction with signed Staubach memorabilia including a football with his Super Bowl dates, jerseys, and more.
The program fills a void for adults with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to continue to grow and learn instead of being confined to their homes. CPPC is getting close to capacity and hopes to expand with the support of the community, sponsors, and donors.
Area high schools are banding together for a cause, launching a drive to collect 25,000 shoes for Soles4Souls.
Highland Park High School, Ursuline Academy, Hockaday, Episcopal School of Dallas, St. Mark’s, Cistercian, and several other schools have joined the movement by setting up drop off locations. New and used shoes can be donated at the high schools throughout October.
Soles4Souls has distributed more than 22 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries since its inception in 2007. Noah Conner, a junior at HPHS and one of the student ambassadors for Soles4Souls, said everyone probably has a pair of shoes in their closet that they don’t wear, and they can be used to make the world a better place.
Bachendorf’s is sponsoring a signing event on Thursday, Oct. 30, with Rosa Lladro, daughter of one of the brand’s founding brothers. At the event, you will discover the newest additions to this fascinating porcelain brand, including the charming limited edition featuring the rhythms of the fifties, Let’s swing.
Rosa Lladro will be pleased to sign all your purchases. For more information go here. The event will be held at Bachendorf’s at Preston Center from 3 to 5 p.m. RSVP to 214-692-8400 or events@bachendorf’s.com.
Nelson Bunker Hunt, the prominent Texas oilman with longtime ties to the Park Cities, has died at age 88 after a long illness.
Hunt was known for numerous business dealings and investments, including those in Thoroughbred racing. The Dallas Morning News has an extensive look at his life and accomplishments here.
The director of the award-winning Highland Belles drill team, Shannon Phillips, has announced the 2014-2015 honor squads. These ladies are recognized for their excellence in dance and high kick. In addition to the squads, Maddie James was named Miss High Kick. See the jump for more winners.
Looking for a great family activity? The Fort Worth Alliance Air Show is this weekend, Oct. 25-26. The headliners are the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. It looks like it will be perfect blue-sky weather. It’s a great reason to be looking up instead of down at our phones! Admission is free, although you’ll have to pay for parking. All the details are at allianceairshow.com.
A sea of children stand in their uniforms, boys in pressed shorts and girls in smocks with Peter-Pan collars, hands folded, eyes gazed with intensity.
They’re singing their hearts out with purpose — to record a CD of hymn medleys to be sold by their school, Providence Christian.
“It’s a rare feat, to have that many children sing by memory and learn all those words — words some of them don’t even understand yet,” pianist David Leeman said.
The Highland Park boys and girls cross country teams will begin their first postseason at the Class 6A level on Tuesday at the District 10-6A meet at Warren Sports Complex in Frisco.
The girls race will start at 9 a.m. followed by the boys at 9:55 a.m. The Region II meet will be Nov. 1 at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie, with the state meet slated for Nov. 8 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
The HP boys have been led all season by senior Rico Lara, while junior Hope McLaughlin paces the Lady Scots.
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