Category: Education

Leadership ‘Without A Rulebook’

From left: Holly Kuzmich moderates a discussion with Laura Bush and Cherie Blair about the roles of first ladies. (Photo: Grant Miller) 0
From left: Holly Kuzmich moderates a discussion with Laura Bush and Cherie Blair about the roles of first ladies. (Photo: Grant Miller)

Laura Bush entered the White House with more preparation than most of her predecessors.

She served as Texas first lady and also watched how her mother-in-law, Barbara Bush, filled the first lady role during the presidency of George H.W. Bush.

“I’d slept in the Lincoln Bedroom, in the Queen’s Bedroom,” Laura Bush said. “I had an advantage that no other American first lady — except for maybe Louisa Adams — had had, in that I knew so much about what I was stepping into.”


Meet the School Board Candidates

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Tom Sharpe, Meg Bakich, Chris Murzin, Stacy Kelly, and Marla Sewall all hope to serve on the HPISD board of trustees. (Courtesy Photo)

 

Voting has begun in Highland Park school board elections. Five candidates are vying for two open seats.  Early voting will continue through May 2, and the general election will be held May 6.

We recently sat down with all of the candidates to learn more about why they want to join the board of trustees, and how they will handle the difficult tasks ahead. Below are some of their responses.

 


Park Cities YMSL Honors Graduating Seniors

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The YMSL recognized 26 HPHS seniors on April 23. Front row from left: Austin Mead, Carson Duggar, Aaron Nye, Parker Quinn, Jack Chapman, Ryan Landsberg, and Chase Carlton. Back Row: Ford McGovern, Trent Stillman, Matthew Lodwick, John Hoover, Ryan Waters, Jack Sell, Ryan Hartman, and Carson Cheek. Not pictured: Coleman Brink, Jackson Dugger, Logam Gwinn, Bailey Hopkins, Jackson Hubbard, Ben Murray, Ethan Nussbaum, Owen Seebold, David Slear, Bo Sugg, and David Turner

The Park Cities chapter of the Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) honored their  graduating seniors with a banquet held in their honor at Royal Oaks Country Club April 23. All 26 YMSL seniors are members of Highland Park High Schools class of 2017. WFAA’s Pete Delkus gave an inspirational send-off speech.


HP Math and Science Team Wins State Meet

Highland Park High math and science students claimed individual and team honors at the State Meet. (Courtesy photo HPISD) 0
Highland Park High math and science students claimed individual and team honors at the State Meet. (Courtesy photo HPISD)

Highland Park High School’s Math and Science team earned the first-place Sweepstakes Award at the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) State Meet in San Antonio.

Highland Park bested 25 other teams at the competition March 18 to win the 5A Championship and the top spot in Math, Science, and Number Sense.

“For the TMSCA competition, this has definitely been our golden year,” said coach Charles Tillerson. “It just goes to show that Highland Park is not your standard curriculum.”


Ursuline Students Fall in Love with Brazil

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Katie Murray meets her host sister. (Photo: Cecilia Nipp)

Ribeirao, Sao Paulo, Brazil – The tears started when second-graders performed the 1960s hit song “Girl From Ipanema” at a farewell assembly in an auditorium at Colegio Santa Ursula. They continued a day later as families gathered in the small Ribeirao airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

It had only been six days, but a lasting bond was made between two Ursuline schools 4,930 miles apart from each other.

“I wasn’t prepared to say the hardest goodbye I’ve ever had to say,” senior Danielle Cruz said. “They went out of their way to make me feel welcome and help me experience Brazil in the best way possible.”


Fighting for Education Choice and Stronger Public Schools

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Sen. Don Huffines

Sen. Don Huffines

Twenty-seven states have some form of a private school choice program. Five states have an education savings account (ESA) program that provides the best, most innovative, and most customizable form of education choice. With the passage of Senate Bill 3 — a bill that I co-authored and helped pass out of the Senate — Texas will join their ranks.

By all measures, Highland Park ISD is outstanding. HPISD is one of only 44 five-star districts on the Texas Smart Schools ranking, which weighs both academic results and financial efficiency. In the trial run of the new A-F district grading system, HPISD received an “A” grade on two of the four domains measured: student achievement and student progress. Residents of the Park Cities are blessed to have such great public schools. When students and parents are satisfied with the education they are receiving, they will not sign up for the education choice program.


Reject Educational Savings Accounts

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Lisa Kilpatrick

Lisa Kilpatrick

We appreciate State Sen. Don Huffines’ willingness to serve as an elected official, but we strongly believe that his bill for educational school savings accounts will hurt an already crippled public school system. We urge the legislature to make funding of public schools a priority and not take even more funding away from public schools.

Article 7 of the Texas Constitution says it is “the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.” This is not happening in the state of Texas.

If this legislation passes, for every student who leaves the public school and requests a voucher, a.k.a. “educational savings account” (ESA), approximately $6,000 per student would be funneled from the public school.


ESD Pre-K Students Meet New Insect Pals

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ESD students gaze at hatched insects after documenting the stages of the insects' births. (Courtesy photo)

Excitement filled the air as pre-Kindergarten students at the Episcopal School of Dallas anxiously awaited the arrival of their new mystery pet.

In conjunction with a recent lesson on insects, teachers put together small displays of critters ready to hatch. The 4- and 5-year-old students paid close attention to future butterflies, ladybugs, and a third set of unidentified eggs.

As the moment of truth approached, the children studied hard and did their best to determine exactly what would come out of the unknown eggs. Some used magnifying glasses to try and get a better look. Guesses included yellow jackets, ants, and even mayflies. In mid-April, the true identity was revealed as praying mantises emerged from the eggs.


SMU Fashion Week Enters Sixth Year

SMU arts and business students will present the sixth annual SMU Fashion Week, April 19-21.
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SMU arts and business students will present the sixth annual SMU Fashion Week, April 19-21. (smu.edu)

SMU arts and business students will present the sixth annual SMU Fashion Week, April 19-21.

The event will feature a panel discussion with fashion industry representatives, a launch party for the second issue of SMU’s fashion magazine and a spring fashion show. Begun in 2012 and produced primarily by students interested in careers within the trillion-dollar international fashion industry, SMU Fashion Week has grown along with the nearly six-year-old fashion media program, part of the Division of Journalism at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.