Category: Education

HP Cheerleaders Go, Fight, Win at Camp

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The HPHS cheerleaders won plenty of awards at the prestigious UCA camp.

Four HP cheerleaders were named UCA All-Americans: Annalea Pedigo, Arden Wynn, Nicole Gottlich, and Camille McSherry.

HP cheerleaders are UCA All-Americans: Annalea Pedigo, Arden Wynn, Nicole Gottlich, and Camille McSherry.

The Highland Park High School cheerleading squads proved themselves against some of the best in the country when they brought home several awards from the recent Universal Cheerleaders Association camp in Grapevine.

In addition to classes and pep rallies, the four-day camp included an opportunity to qualify for UCA All-American status in addition to various team honors. HP’s All-American qualifiers included Nicole Gottlich, Camille McSherry, Arden Wynn, and Annalea Pedigo. All four earned an invitation to perform at Thanksgiving Day parades in either Orlando or Philadelphia, and Gottlich was invited to return as a staff member as next year’s camp.


Learning Can Be Fun Afterschool

Bottom left: Dallas Afterschool works with 120 sites throughout Dallas, collectively serving 9,000 students. Activity boxes contain 45-minute activities to help actively engage the students. (Photos Courtesy of Dallas Afterschool) 0
Bottom left: Dallas Afterschool works with 120 sites throughout Dallas, collectively serving 9,000 students. Activity boxes contain 45-minute activities to help actively engage the students. (Photos Courtesy of Dallas Afterschool)

There was a time when afterschool care was just homework help, apple-juice boxes, and peanut butter sandwiches — not the most appealing situation for today’s youth.

Introducing Dallas Afterschool, where there’s more to programming than just snacks. The staff is in the business of improving the quality of afterschool and summer programs. Since 2007, Dallas Afterschool has collaborated with nonprofit afterschool sites in low-income neighborhoods to suit the needs of the youth in that area.

“There’s something to be said for having kids safe between the hours of three and six,” said Christina Hanger, CEO at Dallas Afterschool.

Today, Dallas Afterschool serves 120 nonprofit afterschool sites, including Trinity River Mission and Family Place shelter, serving nearly 9,000 students.


HPISD Tackles High Cost of Managing Growth

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Regardless of how public sentiment shakes out on Highland Park ISD’s massive bond proposal, everyone can agree on at least two things — it certainly is ambitious, and $358.3 million is a lot of money.

Although a final price tag hasn’t been determined yet, that’s an estimated cost of the unprecedented package that HPISD trustees hope will win voter approval in November, allowing for a complete overhaul of district facilities.

The primary goals are to relieve overcrowding at each campus — including the accommodation of projected future growth for the next 20 years — and to update aging buildings that in some cases have outlived their usefulness.


Trigg Officially Named Superintendent

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Tom Trigg has officially been named the new superintendent of HPISD. Trigg was named the “lone finalist” on June 1, and the district followed the state-required, 21-day waiting period before naming him superintendent.

Trigg will lead the Superintendent’s Convocation for faculty and staff on Aug. 17.

UPDATE (2:45 P.M.):

According to his contract, which HPISD has posted online, Trigg will receive a $320,000 salary plus a $5,000 doctoral stipend. Trigg is also granted a car allowance of $1,000 per month and a technology allowance of $150 per month. In addition, he’ll receive $20,000 for relocation expenses and a $1.2 million interest-free loan for a home, which must be in the district. Trigg will have to pay back the loan within four months of his contract expiring.

The contract is effective as of today’s date, though Trigg’s term of employment technically begins July 27 and ends June 30, 2019. The district may extend the term by action of the board and approval of the superintendent.


HP Library Presents Marvelous Monarchs

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Kids will have the chance to be heroes for the environment at HP Library’s Marvelous Monarchs event on July 10.

At 10 a.m. in Prather Park, staff from the Texas Discovery Gardens will present a program about Monarch butterflies and their migration patters, complete with live butterflies.

The event is part of the library’s 2015 Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Club, sponsored by Christine McKenny and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

Children may still register for the reading club. If they read five books, they will receive a free ticket voucher for the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, and if they read 10, they will receive a certificate and have a book donated in their honor to the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.


Providence Celebrates Graduation

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Look at all those happy Providence babies.

Look at all those happy Providence girls.

Providence eighth graders celebrated their graduation on May 28.

“We will miss each and every one but know they will represent us well as they enter this new season of their lives,” head of middle school Jeff Hendricks said.

The graduates are: Allison Albert, Sterling Alpert, Alex Baker, Spencer Borrego, Avery Bowers, Margaret Boyd, Creston Brooks, Becca Brophey, Padgitt Diehl, Ruth Anne Emerson, Alyssa Garner, Mollie Hamman, Haley Hanson, Arden Howard, Daniel Jones, Emma Kackley, Holden LaForce, Anna Kathryn Lipe, Sophia Love, Jordan McFarlane, Jackson Mechem, Claire Nowlin, Broc O’Brien, Bryce O’Brien, Rachel O’Brien, Katherine Patterson, Beverly Poston, Michelle Raybourn, Scott Raybourn, Cole Rea, Macrae Smith, Kelsey Wittmann, and Laurel Wood.

Catch more graduations in our July issue.

 

 


Highlander Band Announces New Brass

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The 2015-2016 Highlander Band (Courtesy photo)

Here are your 2015-2016 Highlander Band leaders.

The HPHS Highlander Band has announced its Band Leadership Team for the 2015-2016 school year. Here they are:

First row: Sarah Hong (flute section leader and secretary), Iva Sadler (horn section leader), Aysha Irfan (color guard captain), Kendall Jordan (clarinet section leader) and Sky Hays (color guard lieutenant).

Second row: Michael Schmitz (sophomore representative), JD Cochran (bass drum section leader), Luis Campos (front ensemble section leader), Khori Moreland (junior representative), and Abigail Lindwall (drum major).


HP Grad Makes Hamilton Dean’s List

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Margaret Coleman (Courtesy Photo)

Margaret Coleman

Margaret Coleman, daughter of Russell and Martha Coleman, earned a spot on the Dean’s List at Hamilton College for the 2015 spring semester.

A student must take a course load of four or more graded credits and have an average of at least 3.5 to be named on the list.

Coleman, a rising senior majoring in computer science and Hispanic studies, is a graduate of Highland Park High School.


HPISD Policy Addresses Residency Concerns

Many properties, such as this one, are available for lease near HPISD campuses. (Photo: Sarah Bennett) 0
Many properties, such as this one, are available for lease near HPISD campuses. (Photo: Sarah Bennett)
Complaints spur probes by district

This year, the typically separate spheres of Lake Highlands and Highland Park collided when Dallas City Council candidate Adam McGough’s residency was called into question.

The candidate, running for a Lake Highlands seat, had maintained a small condo on Lomo Alto Drive so his children could attend Highland Park schools before eventually transferring them to Scofield Christian School.

In February, Highland Park ISD announced it was conducting an investigation of the McGough family residency.

By the end of April, the administration announced the investigation was closed and it would make no further comment on the findings.

The saga begs the question: how exactly does HPISD go about residency investigations?