Category: Education

Save Some Space For Spaghetti Supper

Amore Italian Restaurant manager Ted Leverson with Highland Belles Meghan Welp, Landry Arnold, Maddie Basso, Claire Lake, and Jenna Peck. (Courtesy photo) 0
Amore Italian Restaurant manager Ted Leverson with Highland Belles Meghan Welp, Landry Arnold, Maddie Basso, Claire Lake, and Jenna Peck. (Courtesy photo)

While the kick off of the Scots 2016 football season on Aug. 26 may seem summer-camps away, it’s never too early to mark the calendar. While you’re at it, pencil in your dinner plans: the Highland Belles’ 33rd annual Spaghetti Supper from 5 to 7 p.m.

Amore Italian Restaurant will again be providing noms. Dinner tickets are $10 and raffle tickets are $5 each. Both go on sale on June 15. Proceeds will help fund the drill team’s bus transportation, sound systems, and competition expenses.

If you’d like to be an underwriter or donate items for the Belles’ silent auction or raffle, you have until June 1. Contact Belles PR rep Margaret Watson or your favorite drill team member to find out how.


Incumbents Win School Board Seats in Landslide

Incumbents Paul Rowsey and Kelly Walker joined forces with Edward Herring, who will replace Cynthia Beecherl, against a new slate of candidates - Bonnie Lammers, Gerry Hudnall, and Anthony Scalia - in the board's first contested election in five years. 0
Incumbents Paul Rowsey and Kelly Walker joined forces with Edward Herring, who will replace Cynthia Beecherl, against a new slate of candidates - Bonnie Lammers, Gerry Hudnall, and Anthony Scalia - in the board's first contested election in five years.

Note: We apologize for the error in the print version of this story. A print-production error caused the second half of the story to appear on the cover.


Incumbents Paul Rowsey and Kelly Walker, and newcomer Edward Herring, took their seats on the Highland Park ISD board of trustees on May 17, after a decisive victory in the May 7 election against outspoken opposition.

“The community spoke. … And the majority spoke to keep the status quo,” said Anthony Scalia, unsuccessful candidate for seat five. But while yard signs may be coming down, the election may have left a more indelible mark on the community.

School board candidates have historically run unopposed in HP. The last contested race was in 2011. This year, the race was not a simple face-off between individuals. Instead, candidates divided themselves into two opposing factions at the outset, creating a dichotomy between old guard and new slate.

New seat five trustee Edward Herring (replacing the recently-retired longtime trustee Cynthia Beecherl), teamed up with Walker (seat three) and Rowsey (seat four) to form the PAC “Putting Our Kids First.”

Their opponents – Scalia, along with Bonnie Lammers (three) and Gerry Hudnall (four) – rallied together behind the PAC “We the People of HPISD,” which was formed by Park Cities resident Dan Newell.

The division in the ranks of candidacy was symbolic of “the aftershock of the bond,” which Walker cited as an instigator for the election, acknowledging that some people in the community were still troubled by it.


MIS Science Teacher Gets Scholarship

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Jaime Callahan

Jaime Callahan

McCulloch Intermediate School fifth-grade science teacher Jaime Callahan has been granted a $600 scholarship from Delta Kappa Gamma Society International to use toward completing her doctoral studies at Dallas Baptist University. Delta Kappa Gamma is an honorary professional society for women educators.

Callahan has been a teacher for Highland Park ISD for ten years. She hopes to complete her degree by 2018.

“As I continue my studies, I have been concentrating on my dissertation topic and have started researching and writing,” Callahan said in a press release. “I am studying new science teacher retention and the correlation between teachers’ decisions to stay in the teaching profession and whether or not they participated in a mentoring program.”


Lady Scots Volleyball Sets New Captains

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 Madeline Ngo and Jordan Westendorff (Courtesy photo)

Madeline Ngo and Jordan Westendorff (Courtesy photo)

The Lady Scots announced two powerful players as its 2016-17 team captains: Madeline Ngo and Jordan Westendorff.

Ngo is a two-time all-district player, who’s been scoring on the court since third grade. Westendorff is the reining District 10-6A MVP and Texas 6A All-State honoree.

The captains also play on an Excel club team, which they led to a first-place finish in the 17 USA division at the Mizuno Lone Star Qualifier in April to earn a bid to USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior Nationals in June.


Lady Scots Run Away With Awards

Falyn Reaugh, Edie Terrell, Hannah Booe, Sophie Schott, Grace Watts, Abbey Govett, and Gracey Cobb received awards at the Lady Scots Track and Field banquet. (Courtesy photo) 0
Falyn Reaugh, Edie Terrell, Hannah Booe, Sophie Schott, Grace Watts, Abbey Govett, and Gracey Cobb received awards at the Lady Scots Track and Field banquet. (Courtesy photo)
The Lady Scots track and field banquet was held on May 5 at Highland Park High School cafeteria. The following received awards:
Heart Award:  Abbey Govett and Grace Watts
J.V. Athlete of the Year:  Gracey Cobb
Field Athlete of the Year:  Edie Terrell
Track Athlete of the Year:  Hannah Booe and Sophie Schott
Scottie Award:  Falyn Reaugh
The boys track and field banquet is tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.
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Incumbents Hold Their Ground in HPISD Election

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HPISD’s hotly contested election to replace one retiring board member and two incumbents closed yesterday and brought in over 4,100 votes, according to HPISD.

Incumbents Kelly Walker and Paul Rowsey, along with their PAC ally Edward Herring, each received over two thirds of the votes for their respective places, safely defeating their new slate rivals Bonnie Lammers, Gerry Hudnall, and Anthony Scalia, respectively.

These were the final numbers, provided by HPISD in a press release:


HPISD, Dallas Move Forward on New School. But Can Everyone Live With It?

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After months of negotiations, the Highland Park Independent School District Board of Trustees brought their revised proposal for the building site of a fifth elementary school to the Dallas City Plan Commission Thursday in a petition to rezone the property.

The proposal was approved unanimously, despite several persistent concerns from the community and doubts from the city of Dallas. The hearing, formerly set for April 21, had been delayed until now due to complications regarding the building site and school design – matters that have been the cause of some controversy within the Park Cities.

But Dallas was adamant that the hearing was not a platform for a neighborhood quarrel. Commissioners were forced at various points during the hearing to stress that the sole purpose of their body was land use; specifically, Dallas land use.

“You’re free to say whatever you’d like … but items about the bond, and I appreciate the data, but we’re not here to decide whether another school should be built, or capacity, or any kind of educational issues,” Bobby Abtahi, vice chair of the Dallas CPC, told a nearly full room, in anticipation of a lengthy round of commentary from both sides.


HP Academic Decathletes Excel at Nationals

Highland Park High School academic decathlon team. 0
Highland Park High School academic decathlon team.

The HPHS academic decathlon team traveled to Anchorage, Alaska last weekend to compete in the U.S. Academic Decathlon National Finals April 28-29.

Highland Park’s score of 52,346 points earned them the 2nd-place prize of best in the nation, behind Granada Hills Charter School in California. HP students captured 44 individual medals, three individual division medals, awards for communications and economics, and $3,200 in scholarships.

This was the team’s first time making it to nationals. The team previously won the Texas state championship in February – the first state championship win in HP history.

The AcDec team was led by coach Greg Bergeron and assistant coach David Alvarado. “We are very proud of the students for their academic successes this year,” Bergeron said. “I am also incredibly proud of how they represented themselves and the Highland Park community during this trip.”

During the competition, students were quizzed on science, math, economics, literature, social science, art, music, and speech. Every HP team member earned a top-three finish in at least one category, with several earning first place in multiple categories.

Individual awards and scores can be viewed here.