November 21, 2014

  • Hobbies Inspire Student’s Poetry Book

    Raman shows off his book, Beyond the Edge, in the library. (Courtesy Photo)

    Raman shows off his book, Beyond the Edge, in the library. (Courtesy Photo)

    Some aspiring writers take decades to get published. That’s not the case for one St. Mark’s sophomore. Gopal Raman has published his first volume of poetry, called Beyond the Edge.

    “I started writing creatively in seventh grade, and I would compile a folder,” Raman said.

    Raman is also a dedicated student of photography, which highly influenced his work.

    “It just started as a side project I was working on in my spare time,” Raman said. “Most of [the poems] are nature-themed. A lot of times, the poem will complement the photo.” Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Nov. 21, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 19, 2014

  • HPHS Science Festival is Tomorrow

    da Vinci Robot-2

    Dr. Richard Salter will speak to students about how advances in robotic technology have aided surgeons. Students will then have an opportunity to have a hands on experience with the da Vinci Surgical Robot. (Courtesy Photo)

    Highland Park High School students will have the exclusive chance to hear from nearly 50 professionals pursing exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields during the ninth-annual HPHS Science Festival tomorrow.

    Speakers representing a vast array of specialities including medicine, geology, cooking, engineering, cyber security, and even theater tech, will speak to students during their science and technology class periods. The school and festival organizers have asked us to remind students that attendance will be taken.

    Sponsored by the science and technology faculty and organized by parent volunteers, the mission of the Science Festival is to encourage and inspire students to pursue STEM careers and classes.

    Sounds like fun! I wish I’d gone to fest when I was HP. Actually, I’m not sure why I didn’t. #regrets

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Nov. 19, 2014 | 5:59 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • How Will District Use New Land Near HPHS?

    Dawson Orr

    Dawson Orr

    Highland Park ISD still doesn’t know where it might build a new natatorium as part of a potential upcoming bond initiative, but perhaps a push to acquire more land adjacent to Highland Park High School provides a new option.

    The HPISD board of trustees on Monday gave its approval to secure two lots totaling 0.62 acres in the 4100 block of Lovers Lane previously occupied by apartment buildings.

    The district plans to make an offer to buy the properties first, and they can’t agree on a price, then will use the power of eminent domain. The land, located across the street from the HPISD administration building, could be used “to address parking and facilities needs,” according to a district press release.

    Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 10:43 am | 11 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Alcuin Opens New Innovation Studio

    Alcuin students celebrated the opening of their new, high-tech facility. (Courtesy Photo)

    Alcuin students celebrated the opening of their new, high-tech facility. (Courtesy Photo)

    Alcuin School is encouraging new high-tech student pursuits in its new Innovation Studio, a facility designed to promote an interactive learning environment that stimulates imagination, creativity, innovation, and leadership exploration.

    The contemporary studio, which launched this fall, is equipped with a variety of technological supplies and tools including a 3-D printer, All-In-One Learning boards, a SMART Table, and a presentation theater, among other cutting-edge amenities. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 18, 2014

  • UP Elementary PTA Puts On Auction Party

    Meegan Cramer, Marcy Simmons, Laura Saunders, and Amy Pollard

    Co-chairs Meegan Cramer, Marcy Simmons, Laura Saunders, and Amy Pollard in their best bridesmaids garb.

    The University Park Elementary School PTA hosted its annual auction party on Nov. 8 to benefit the school.

    Wedding outfits, decadent food, music, and dancing were on display at the event, aptly called “Bouquets and Boutonnieres.” More than 400 guests were in attendance at the Dallas Country Club.

    In addition, a silent and live fundraising auction featured exotic vacations, premium sports experiences with the Dallas Mavericks and Cowboys, and luxury hunting excursions. The event was sponsored by Complete Landsculpture.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Nov. 18, 2014 | 3:03 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 16, 2014

  • Hockaday Students Explore Science

    Hockadaisies get firsthand experience with new technology at the IDEA lab. (Photo: Charlotte Hoskins)

    Hockadaisies get firsthand experience with new technology at the IDEA lab. (Photo: Charlotte Hoskins)

    As Hockaday School begins its 101st year, a new era of teaching has begun with the opening of a new science center.

    After 14 months of construction, the three-story center was opened in August as the first phase of the planned Centennial Center that will provide an interdisciplinary space for the arts and sciences.

    The building, designed with full input from faculty over the past few years, will push the school’s students to explore fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. With around 30 percent of Hockaday graduates declaring majors in a STEM field in the past few years, the space now allows students to delve deeper and prepare for their postgraduate careers. Read More…

    By Meredith Carey Nov. 16, 2014 | 4:16 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • November 14, 2014

  • Armstrong Celebrates Centennial With Gala

    Hey, Armstrong alums: Tonight you can party like it's 1914.

    Hey, Armstrong alums! Tonight you can party like it’s 1914.

    We’ve talked plenty about the Highland Park ISD centennial this fall, and as a result, sometimes the Armstrong Elementary School centennial gets lost in the mix.

    So it’s worth noting that the school is culminating its centennial celebration tonight with a black-tie optional gala at the Ritz-Carlton.

    The evening will include a cocktail reception, followed by a seated dinner and live entertainment from the Hunter Sullivan Band. Perhaps best of all, it will be a chance for alumni, family members, and former faculty to share some nostalgia.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 14, 2014 | 10:08 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 12, 2014

  • HPISD: Small Steps Underway on Book Review

    It was yet another packed house at last night's HPISD school board meeting. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    It was yet another packed house at last night’s HPISD school board meeting. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Last night’s HPISD school board meeting was back at its regular, MIS location, but parents and community members poured in just the same. Clipping along through the agenda, trustees moved up their discussion of the EFA (LOCAL) instructional resources — a.k.a. the next chapter in the controversial-book saga.  Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Nov. 12, 2014 | 4:23 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Holiday Cheer and Family Fun at Tree Lighting

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    Make plans to attend the 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING IN SNIDER PLAZA!

    There will be 29 participating vendors including 9 food trucks, a Giving Tree, great ENTERTAINMENT including; RICHMOND PUNCH, Jazz Inc., Bump City Band, Preston Center Dance, Dallas Music, Lads and Lassies from HPHS, and Dallas Ballet.  Admission is free! Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, 1-6 p.m.

    By Patricia Martin Nov. 12, 2014 | 1:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 11, 2014

  • HPHS Drum Line Wins at Contests

    Some drum line students and director revel in their win with trophy in hand.

    Members of the HPHS drum line revel in their win with trophy in hand.

    The Highland Park High School drum line ushered in multiple wins on Nov. 8.

    The first competition at the Lewisville Drum Line Contest earned HPHS not only first place in its class, but in every caption as well (snare, quad, bass, and pit). Then at the state’s largest drum line contest, Lone Star Classic, it advanced to the finals and won its class and outstanding bass line.

    This clean sweep must represent hours of hard work by students, as well as director James LaBrecue and assistant Zach Sherburne.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Nov. 11, 2014 | 1:08 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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