August 29, 2014

  • Hyer Got a Slice of Last Night’s Pizza Profits

    The donation from Papa John's to Hyer Elementary does not include this mascot costume.

    The donation from Papa John’s to Hyer Elementary does not include this mascot costume.

    We present this photo of this bizarre-looking mascot not to poke fun at it — well, OK, just a little — but to share that Papa John’s donated 20 percent of its profits in the Park Cities last night to Hyer Elementary School.

    Apparently, the “dollars for dough” event was the first of several between the HPISD school and the pizza chain during the upcoming school year. Papa John’s also plans to sponsor the school’s upcoming carnival and end-of-year parties.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 2:08 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 28, 2014

  • Coming Up: Dads Club Golf Tournament

    It’s that time of year again. The Park Cities Dads Club Golf Tournament, or the Teachers Cup, is scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Dallas Country Club. This is the 23rd year the event will take place, and it celebrates more than $2.1 million raised to fund staff development at HPISD. Those funds are not recaptured by “Robin Hood” laws, either. 

    Sign up here.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 10:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 27, 2014

  • HPISD App Lets Parents Stay Updated

    Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has helped to launch a free app just for HPISD parents. With it, you can check district news, find a staff directory, save favorites, access an activities calendar, and more.

    More academic info will be added in September so parents can see grades, assignments, schedules, and even lunch-account balances.

    Click here to download the app for your Apple device (assuming you have iOS 7 or later).

    “Having five children of my own, I understand the importance of connection, whether that’s people and neighborhoods or families and schools, and this app makes it easy to stay connected to your school community,” Briggs Freeman president and CEO Robbie Briggs said in a statement. 

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 27, 2014 | 4:33 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 26, 2014

  • HPHS Drama Students Sing ‘The Sound of Plaid’

    The cast of "The Sound of Plaid" has fun during a recent rehearsal at Highland Park High School.

    The cast of “The Sound of Plaid” poses together during a recent rehearsal at Highland Park High School.

    Call it a match made in thespian heaven: The Highland Park High School theater department will start the school year with a production of the musical “The Sound of Plaid.”

    The show is a follow-up to “Forever Plaid,” which became a hit following its off-Broadway debut in 1990. The story is likewise set in the 1960s, following a group of students trying to save their school music program from budget cuts. It features new songs and characters, and even a sci-fi twist.

    The HPHS shows will be held in Palmer Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 and 13, and at 2 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 14. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating and $8 for general admission, and they go on sale on Sept. 2 at the HPHS box office (or they’re available at the theater, of course). For more information, call 214-780-3881.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 26, 2014 | 1:07 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 25, 2014

  • Happy First Day of School, HPISD!

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    Armstrong principal Skip Moran greets parents and students on Monday morning. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Parents, teachers, and students celebrated the first day of school at Armstrong Elementary School this morning (click on the photo to see the gallery). Do you have any photos of your little ones on their first day of school? Submit them here, and we’ll feature the best ones on our blog.

    By Curtis Thornton Aug. 25, 2014 | 2:22 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Kershaws Return Home For HPISD Convocation

    HPISD superintendent Dawson Orr welcomed Clayton and Ellen Kershaw to the district's convocation last week.

    HPISD superintendent Dawson Orr welcomed Clayton and Ellen Kershaw to the district’s convocation last week.

    One of the really cool things about Clayton Kershaw is that regardless of whether he’s winning Cy Young awards, becoming one of the richest pitchers in history, appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” or dominating on the mound again this season, he never forgets where he’s from.

    Last week, for example, the Dodgers standout returned to Highland Park ISD for its annual convocation breakfast for school district staff members and teachers. He made an appearance in support of his wife, Ellen, also an Highland Park High School graduate, who gave the keynote address.

    Ellen’s speech referenced how her education in HPISD helped to inspire the Kershaws to launch various philanthropic initiatives, including those in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Africa.

    The convocation included speeches from the district’s two Teachers of the Year — Ashley McCutchin and Chad Coffey — and performances by the Highlander Strings Orchestra and the HPHS bagpipers.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 25, 2014 | 2:09 pm | 2 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hyer Opens New Gym With Hawaiian Flavor

    Surf's up for Hyer fourth-graders, from left, Vivian Downie, Elizabeth Sweet, Kendall Evans, and Katelyn Tanner.

    Surf’s up for Hyer fourth-graders, from left, Vivian Downie, Elizabeth Sweet, Kendall Evans, and Katelyn Tanner.

    Hyer Elementary School’s renovations this summer include a new gym, and the school didn’t waste any time showing it off by hosting a Luau Party with incoming fourth graders on Friday. The theme of the event was “Stay Cool.” Good luck with that.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 25, 2014 | 11:34 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Football Fans: Help Fill Backpacks With Contest

    Yucatan Foods and The Ryan Broyles Foundation have teamed up to fill backpacks of local children in need. How, you ask?

    First, you enter here to win a backpack full of school supplies and autographed NFL memorabilia from Ryan Broyles, Calvin Johnson, Demarco Murray, Kenny Stills, and others. Then, Yucatan Foods donates 50 cents to the “No Backpack Goes Empty” campaign for every entry into the contest. Plus, you get a $2 coupon for Yucatan guacamoles. 

    “The opportunity arose to partner with The Ryan Broyles Foundation and Community Partners of Dallas and we excitedly accepted,” Yucatan marketing director Jessica Brown said. 

    Winners are announced Sept. 15.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 25, 2014 | 11:31 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPHS Students Hit ACT Score Record

    Highland Park High School students earned a composite score of 27.2 on the ACT last school year. That’s a new record for the campus.

    They also reached 27.4 in English, 26.9 in math, 27.4 in reading, and 26.5 in science.

    “We are very proud of our students’ record accomplishment on this test,” HPHS Principal Walter Kelly said.

    Way to go, HP!

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 25, 2014 | 8:02 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 24, 2014

  • HPHS Grad Earns Scholarship For Medicine

    From left, HPISD superintendent Dawson Orr, HPHS grad Virginia Smith, and Park Cities dentist

    From left, HPISD superintendent Dawson Orr, HPHS grad Virginia Smith, and Park Cities dentist Sarah Tevis Poteet

    Kudos to recent Highland Park High School graduate Virginia Smith, who was honored with the “Future Healthcare Professional Scholarship” by the office of Dr. Sarah Tevis Poteet.

    The Park Cities dentist established the scholarship to help HPHS seniors who intend to pursue a career in health care. The criteria for selection include academics, extracurriculars, and a dedication to helping others through health care and medicine.

    Smith will attend Texas A&M this fall as a pre-med major.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 24, 2014 | 12:36 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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