October 29, 2014

  • Bradfield Students Enjoy Spooktacular Carnival

    Sisters Julia and Anna Grace Simpton held live snakes at the event.

    Sisters Julia and Anna Grace Simpton took on the scary snakes at Spooktacular.

    Bradfield Elementary School students and friends took part in some Halloween fun on Saturday at the school’s Spooktacular carnival.

    This year there was food, music, and plenty of activities. Students could play at the dunking booth, get scared in the haunted house, and even hold live snakes. The kids may have been spooked, but there seemed to be nothing but smiles at the event.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 29, 2014 | 1:57 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 27, 2014

  • Highlander Strings to Haunt Shoppers

    The Highlander Strings will be in costume when they play at NorthPark Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    The Highlander Strings will be in costume when they play at NorthPark Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    The season-opening performance might be a little scary for any orchestra, but that holds true for a different reason for the Highlander Strings on Tuesday.

    The orchestra will perform its annual “Hauntcert” at 7 p.m. at NorthPark Center, in the first-level plaza below the AMC movie theater.

    The musicians will be in costume, and will perform some Halloween-themed selections in their playlist including Thriller, Phantom Tango, In the Hall of the Mountain King, and the James Bond theme.

    The concert is free and open to the public, of course, and also will feature an appearance by the Highland Park Middle School orchestra.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 27, 2014 | 8:44 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD Opens ‘Flu Clinic’ on Wednesday

    flu-clipart-22_flu2 copyHighland Park ISD is trying a proactive approach to health during the upcoming flu season. The district will emphasize preventative care during a “flu clinic” from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 7/8 Assembly Room at Highland Park Middle School.

    The Health Matters clinic will offer flu shots for $25 each and the FluMist nasal-spray vaccine for $35 per dose. It’s open to the community, regardless of whether families currently have children in the district, and most insurance plans are accepted.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 27, 2014 | 2:07 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • October 26, 2014

  • HP Seniors Named Commended Students

    These seniors will be commended for their performance on the PSAT.

    These HPHS seniors will be commended for their performance on the PSAT.

    Thirty-six Highland Park High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Six students were also named National Hispanic Scholars.

    Commended students placed among the top 5 percent of the 1.5 million students nationally who took the 2013 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

    These students (names after the jump) will be honored at a breakfast on Oct. 23.

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    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 26, 2014 | 5:26 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 22, 2014

  • HPISD Given Highest Rating For Finances

    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.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 22, 2014 | 5:05 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • High Schools Team Up For Soles4Souls

    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. 

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 22, 2014 | 10:46 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 21, 2014

  • Air Force Thunderbirds at Alliance Air Show

    Lookintbirds1Dhorizontalg 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.

    By Patricia Martin Oct. 21, 2014 | 11:26 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Providence Releases New CD of Hymns

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    Students from five grade levels participated in the recording at the school on Sept. 9. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    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.

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    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 21, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 20, 2014

  • HPMS Takes On Shrek: The Musical

    Fairy-tale characters put their best foot forward at dress rehearsal.

    Fairy-tale characters put their best foot forward at dress rehearsal.

    Some Highland Park Middle School students have been hard at work rehearsing for their upcoming performance of “Shrek: The Musical” on Oct. 23-26.

    The cast of 43 seventh- and eighth-grade students are in a Playbill class taught by Susan McCormick, the HPMS drama director. Megan Kelly Bates of the Preston Center Dance Conservatory has contributed to the show as well.

    The show features Stephen Bates as Shrek, Claire DeJean as Fiona, and Jack Smith as Donkey, accompanied by the whole slew of fairy-tale characters. The musical is based on the 2001 film and William Steig’s book. It hit Broadway in 2008 and was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

    Admission is a mere $5 and tickets are available from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 23-24, and 30 minutes prior to the show.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 20, 2014 | 1:35 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 17, 2014

  • HPISD to Deep-Clean Campuses This Weekend

    Highland Park ISD just released a memo on behalf of superintendent Dawson Orr saying that the school district will commence a deep-cleaning of each campus this weekend and into next week. Custodial staff will also “step up” daily cleaning measures.

    “We have checked the CDC guidelines for recommended cleaning products and the commercial grade anti-viral disinfectants currently in use on every campus exceed those recommendations,” Orr said in the memo.

    In the spirit of rumor control, the district wished to emphasize that no member of the Bradfield Elementary community was on the Frontier Airlines flight with Ebola patient Amber Vinson — a parent and student did fly from Cleveland to Dallas on Oct. 13, but on a different plane.

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    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 17, 2014 | 12:27 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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