November 26, 2014

  • Committee Has Bold Plan For HPISD Expansion

    ElementaryGraphs2Here’s the fundamental question when it comes to planning the long-term future of elementary schools in the Park Cities: How do you plan for the future without tearing down the past?

    More to the point, should Highland Park ISD raze and rebuild two of its oldest elementary schools to help accommodate unprecedented enrollment growth?

    That’s a dilemma with which HPISD is wrestling as it fine-tunes its priorities for a bond initiative that it plans to put to voters in May, aimed at alleviating student overcrowding at each of its aging campuses as it enters its second century. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 26, 2014 | 3:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD Invited to Night at Perot Museum

    (Courtesy HPHS Science Festival)

    A student conducts an experiment at last year’s Night at the Museum. (Courtesy HPHS Science Festival)

    The Highland Park High School Science Festival committee invites all HPISD families to explore the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on Dec. 2 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for FREE.

    Registration is still open for the 1,500 available spots. According to organizer extraordinaire Elizabeth Showalter, they currently have right at 500 registrants, so hop to.

    Created last year by the science fest committee, the Night at the Museum is aimed at engaging the whole district in science-related activity and giving HPHS Science National Honor Society students an opportunity for service hours.

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    By Elizabeth Ygartua Nov. 26, 2014 | 11:34 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 25, 2014

  • ‘Art of Racing in Rain’ Use Upheld in HPISD

    Highland Park ISD’s reconsideration committee has decided to uphold use of Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain following a meeting Monday night.

    The full report includes:

    • What elements the committee voted on (purpose, authenticity, appropriateness, and content)
    • How many members voted “yes” or “no” on those elements. For example, all 12 members said the book accomplished its purpose and exhibited authenticity, but 11 of the 12 voted “yes” on appropriateness. Ten voters said the content of the book was “well presented,” while one voted “no” and one voted “undecided.”
    • Links to two reviews on the book that were used — one negative from The Houston Chronicle and one positive from Booklist.

    The supporting documents include:

    • Committee guidelines
    • Learning objectives
    • More reviews from various sources
    • Emails among committee members
    • Community questionnaires from committee members
    • District book list — including which texts are required reading or in classroom use, and which books are used for what grade level

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    By Sarah Bennett Nov. 25, 2014 | 4:01 pm | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
  • 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.

    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.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 10:43 am | 12 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
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