December 17, 2014

  • Hyer Students Donate Toys to Less Fortunate

    Now that's a lot of toys!

    Now that’s a lot of toys!

    Some abused and neglected children in Dallas County will have a merrier Christmas thanks to the thoughtful actions of some Hyer Elementary School students.

    The school’s Kindness and Compassion Club recently sponsored a toy drive, aiming to provide hope and cheer to some children that might have never received a gift before.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 17, 2014 | 11:05 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots Serve Up Canned Goods For Charity

    The Highland Park tennis team took a big swing at hunger with its recent food drive.

    The Highland Park High School tennis team took a big swing at hunger with its recent food drive.

    After capping the fall season with a Class 6A team title, the Highland Park tennis team turned to more charitable endeavors prior to the start of the spring campaign.

    As you can see, the Scots hosted a food drive that ended on Dec. 11, when they delivered more than 2,300 canned goods to the North Texas Food Bank.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 17, 2014 | 4:33 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Joint-Use Natatorium Could Have Some Issues

    Can University Park support a joint-use indoor aquatic center in Curtis Park or elsewhere? The better question might be whether the city chooses to support it.

    The City Council heard the results of a feasibility study on Tuesday from a Colorado firm, which suggested that while the community demographics could support such a facility, there would be plenty of questions about logistics and operating costs.

    The study, of course, stems from a proposal between UP and Highland Park ISD to build a natatorium that would house the swimming teams at Highland Park High School. The district hopes to eliminate its existing natatorium at HPHS in favor of additional classroom space as part of an upcoming bond initiative. The only site mentioned thus far has been Curtis Park, adjacent to the existing Holmes Aquatic Center.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 17, 2014 | 11:27 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 12, 2014

  • Special Needs Student Finds Dream Job

    Nick Jones keeps the cars looking spiffy at Park Cities Ford almost every afternoon. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Nick Jones keeps the cars looking spiffy at Park Cities Ford almost every afternoon. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Upstairs at Park Cities Ford, Angela Enright, Katie Jones, and Debbie Wilkes sit down to discuss Katie Jones’s son’s future.

    Nick Jones, a senior at Highland Park High School, was born with Down Syndrome and struggles to articulate his words, said Katie Jones, Nick’s mom.

    While “Team Nick,” as they call themselves, plan for the future, Nick is downstairs cleaning his all-time favorite car, the Ford Mustang. Read More…

    By Paige Skinner Dec. 12, 2014 | 2:00 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Highland Belles Add Plenty of New Faces

    The new members of the Highland Belles include, from left, front row:

    The new members of the Highland Belles include, from left, front row: Caitlyn Staunton, Jenni Phillips, Cameron Kenyon, Sahara Yaphet, Katherine Lorio, Anna Cimorelli, Madison Peppard and Lindsay Stewart. Second row: Reagan Mays, Jillian Ellis, Lily Schiff, Claire Lake, Emily Grip, Meghan Welp, and Maddie Fehlman. Third row: Catherine Magee, Hannah McSherry, Sydney Kilpatrick, Olivia Smith, Cecily Work, Margaret Mencke, and Ainsley Holman. Back row: Destiny Duclow, Miriam Kazi, Rachel Weaver, Jenna Peck, Ellie Gribble, Kaki Glieber, and Eleanor Gambrell.

    The Highland Belles drill team added 29 members to their 2015-16 squad during tryouts last weekend, bringing the squad’s total to 64 students.

    The rigorous tryout included a week of training that culminated in a performance led by third-party judges. The new Belles will begin their workouts and off-season training in January alongside the current Belles. Their first performance will be in late spring.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 12, 2014 | 1:57 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 10, 2014

  • HPHS Students Bring Global Flair to Dance Class

    Visiting instructor Sarita Venkatraman recently introduced HPHS students to Bollywood dancing.

    Visiting instructor Sarita Venkatraman introduced HPHS students to Bollywood dancing. (Photo: Wylly Goodson)

    Students in one dance class at Highland Park High School recently took a trip around the world. Not literally, of course, but teacher Emily Sanchez brought an international flair to her lessons during the span of a few days in late November.

    Sanchez welcomed Sarita Venkatraman one day to teach the Bollywood style of dance common in films from northern India. She also incorporated colorful finger scarves, known as rumaal, and lively upbeat music into the lesson.

    Outside instructors also introduced students to rhythmic dance from western Africa, highland dances of Scotland, fan dancing from China, and Spanish flamenco techniques.

    The interactive demonstrations are intended to help students with their upcoming final exam, which includes integrating different styles of folk dance into unique performances with original costumes and music.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 10, 2014 | 3:23 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 8, 2014

  • HPHS Students to Play Holiday Tunes All Week

    Students in the music department at Highland Park High School are definitely into the holiday spirit, and have three concerts this week to prove it.

    The Highlander Strings will hold their annual holiday performance on Monday, followed by the Highlander Band on Tuesday and the Lads & Lassies choir on Thursday. All three shows are open to the public, and will begin at 7 p.m. in the HPHS auditorium.

    At the choir concert, attendees are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys that will be donated as part of a Community Partners of Dallas toy drive. The Lads & Lassies also will accept toys at the HPHS choir room in the days prior to their show.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 8, 2014 | 10:50 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 4, 2014

  • ABPA Home Tour Set For Friday

    Among the highlights of the annual holiday home-tour circuit is the one from the Armstrong-Bradfield Preschool Association, which will showcase five Park Cities homes on Friday.

    The tour runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature homes at 4000 McFarlin, 3501 Lindenwood, 3518 Armstrong, 3640 Maplewood, and 4205 Lakeside. The last stop also includes a holiday market.

    Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event has raised more than $575,000 for both elementary schools during the past 15 years, including $78,000 last year.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 4, 2014 | 10:31 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 3, 2014

  • Third-Grade Play Plants Dramatic Seeds at UP


    Weeds most definitely do not rule, but we don’t blame these University Park third-graders. (Photo: Ron Nguyen)

    The annual third-grade play is a tradition at University Park Elementary School, and this year’s class found a way to make it extra special.

    They chose the play “How Does Your Garden Grow” in honor of the school’s new Learning Garden. Music teacher Liz Sevilla and parent Meg Sartain helped to organize the recent performance in front of family members and friends.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 3, 2014 | 2:01 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • 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 | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
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