Category: Education

Highland Belles Welcome New Squad

Front row: Olivia Jolas, Olivia Pettijohn, Sophie Folts, Rebecca Greaves, Kaki Kennedy, Lily Meneghetti, Campbell Willis, Libby Kugler, and Olivia McFall.
Middle row: Elisabeth Wiebe, Riley Cheek, Caroline Conway, Addy Short, Sophia Lindley, Carmen Sarfatis, Mary Kate Addison, Margaret Groves, Ellie McFarland, and Arden Rasmussen.
Back row: Mary Francis McElroy, Malena Maese, Brinkley Brown, Margaret Kemp, Natalie Ward, Kristen Wander, Sabrina Zevallos, Charlotte Glieber, and Jamie Wander. 0
Front row: Olivia Jolas, Olivia Pettijohn, Sophie Folts, Rebecca Greaves, Kaki Kennedy, Lily Meneghetti, Campbell Willis, Libby Kugler, and Olivia McFall. Middle row: Elisabeth Wiebe, Riley Cheek, Caroline Conway, Addy Short, Sophia Lindley, Carmen Sarfatis, Mary Kate Addison, Margaret Groves, Ellie McFarland, and Arden Rasmussen. Back row: Mary Francis McElroy, Malena Maese, Brinkley Brown, Margaret Kemp, Natalie Ward, Kristen Wander, Sabrina Zevallos, Charlotte Glieber, and Jamie Wander.

Highland Belle director Shannon Phillips has named 28 new Belles to the award-winning drill team for 2017-18, rounding out the squad to 65 members.

The Highland Belles have performed military, jazz, high kick, prop, and novelty selections for more than 34 years. Good luck to this year’s team!


Providence 8th Grader Wins TRA Art Contest

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Claire Cochran took the grand prize in the TRA Art Contest. (Courtesy Providence Christian School of Texas)

Claire Cochran took the grand prize in the TRA Art Contest. (Courtesy Providence Christian School of Texas)

 

Claire Cochran, an 8th grader at Providence Christian School, was awarded the grand prize in the 2016 Trinity River Authority Art (TRA) Contest. Her piece was selected over nearly 1,000 other entries from North Texas students in grades 1-8.

The theme for this year’s contest was “Don’t Trash Our Water.” Cochran painted a picture of a water bottle floating down the Trinity toward the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.prov-2

“I saw this as an opportunity to utilize the gifts God gave me to draw attention to the growing effects of pollution,” Cochran said.

The TRA will make t-shirts with Cochran’s artwork for her classmates at Providence. It may also use it in future marketing materials


HPHS Choirs to Sing at SMU Tonight

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Bottom Row (L to R): Avery Davis, Cailin Jordan, Jake Pruitt, Morgan Gerlach, Mary Berryman, Katie Krasovec Middle Row (L to R): Gracie Nunneley, Mira Martin, Athena Davidson, Brennan Davis, Lizzy Meggysey Back Row (L to R): Jordan Pierce, Adam Davidson, Ryan Douglass, Luke Sobolovitch, Jennings Humphries, Olivia Mitchell

Bottom Row (L to R): Avery Davis, Cailin Jordan, Jake Pruitt, Morgan Gerlach, Mary Berryman, Katie Krasovec
Middle Row (L to R): Gracie Nunneley, Mira Martin, Athena Davidson, Brennan Davis, Lizzy Meggysey
Back Row (L to R): Jordan Pierce, Adam Davidson, Ryan Douglass, Luke Sobolovitch, Jennings Humphries, Olivia Mitchell

The Highland Park High School varsity choir and the a cappella ensemble group Park Version will perform during the Jackopierce Christmas concert at 7 p.m. tonight at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium. It will be the third holiday-themed performance for the Lads and Lassies who previously sang at the Snider Plaza tree lighting Nov. 20 and the Armstrong Tree Lighting this past Thursday.

Park Version has holiday performances scheduled for the Junior League of Dallas Garden Club, Stanley Korshak, Northpark, and the Dallas Arboretum. They will also sing the national anthem during halftime of the National Hoopfest Dec. 17..

All HPHS choirs will also participate in the Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the HPHS Auditorium.


HPISD Names Tim Turner’s Interim Replacement

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Debora Cabrera (Courtesy HPISD)

Debora Cabrera (Courtesy HPISD)

Deborah Cabrera will oversee Highland Park ISD’s business services department until the district finds a full-time replacement for Tim Turner, who announced his retirement from the district effective Jan. 24 2017.

Cabrera’s interim appointment began Nov. 28. Previously, she served as associate superintendent of business services at Irving ISD for several years until her retirement in 2015.

Cabrera, who has 34 years of experience in Texas public school finance, has also worked with Lewisville and Richardson ISDs. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Letourneau University.

The district’s administrators have begun interviewing for a permanent replacement.


SMU Grad Talks Organ Donation

Javier and Shaley Espinosa, Kathy Aulson, Robin Bagwell, Saryn and Jonathan Dietz, and Tara and Todd Storch at the Nov. 3 event. (Photo courtesy of Taylor's Gift) 0
Javier and Shaley Espinosa, Kathy Aulson, Robin Bagwell, Saryn and Jonathan Dietz, and Tara and Todd Storch at the Nov. 3 event. (Photo courtesy of Taylor's Gift)

Donors attending the second annual Outlive Yourself Awards at the Belo Mansion raised almost $200,000 Nov. 3 for Taylor’s Gift, a foundation dedicated to helping families touched by organ donation.

The foundation is named in honor of Taylor Storch, a 13-year-old Coppell native who died in a tragic 2010 skiing accident. Though doctors could not save her, they were able to save three lives and help two others thanks to Taylor’s decision to become an organ donor. Her parents, Todd and Tara, founded the foundation not only to help raise awareness for organ donation, but also to provide emotional and financial support to organ donor families.

Co-chairing this year’s awards with Saryn and Jonathan Dietz were Preston Hollow residents Shaley and Javier Espinosa.

It’s been almost nine years since Javier woke up with a case of mono. The SMU senior was about to turn 22. Graduation was two months away and he was already making plans for post-college life.


Hyer Elementary Goes for the Gold

Kids and attendees participating in a variety of activities at the carnival. (Photos by Chris McGathey) 0
Kids and attendees participating in a variety of activities at the carnival. (Photos by Chris McGathey)

Hyer Elementary School climbed, zipped, and bounced all day long with friends and family at their annual carnival event on Oct. 15 on the schools grounds.

“Go for the Gold” was this year’s theme, encouraging participants to have fun in game challenges like Water Wars, MASH tent, and the Cake Walk.

Chick-fil-A, Grub Burger Bar, Papa John’s Pizza, and many other food vendors partnered with he school to help fuel the guests from one activity to the next.


ABPA Home for the Holidays Tour Coming Up

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Courtesy ABPA

The Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association wants to take you home for the holidays; specifically, to four different homes within the school district that they’ll be showing off next Friday morning.

The 18th annual home tour will start at 4011 University Boulevard Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. and continue on to 4425 Arcady Avenue, 3821 Potomac Avenue, and 3825 Potomac Avenue.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and will be available for pick up at Will Call at 4011 University Boulevard. Tickets can be bought in advance online or at various Tom Thumb locations in the area.


Going the Distance: HPMS Teacher Fulfills Ironman Dreams

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Ben Fuqua placed 31st in his age group. (Courtesy Ironman World Championship)

Ben Fuqua placed 31st in his age group. (Courtesy Ironman World Championship)

Ben Fuqua didn’t travel for eight days in Hawaii for the beachcombing or the sightseeing.

Instead, the Highland Park Middle School teacher spent 9.5 hours grinding through one of the most physically demanding races on Earth, then took several days to recover.

But the October trip was an unqualified success. Fuqua finished the Ironman World Championships, the annual competition in Kailua-Kona that annually tests the endurance of the top athletes on the planet.

“It’s starting to sink in now,” Fuqua said. “For the first week, your body is hurting, so thinking about the accomplishment wasn’t as prevalent.” 


HP Family Appeals Court Ruling, Says District Neglected Disabled Student

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A Highland Park mother claims her 13-year-old disabled son was left in his own feces, handled improperly with equipment he had outgrown, and educated inadequately at Highland Park schools from 2012-2015, despite a July ruling against her claim in district court.

She filed suit Oct. 17 to appeal the decision, arguing that the district should pay for her son’s private tuition plus damages and other expenses, as well as her legal fees: a total sum of more than $400,000.

The judge who made the ruling in July found that “the preponderance of the evidence established that the district’s [full individual evaluation] was appropriate,” and that the district “went to extraordinary lengths to include [the] parents in [the] student’s entire educational program and satisfied all collaboration requirements,” according to court documents.

HPISD spokesperson Jon Dahlander said the district “prides itself on having an outstanding special education program. We support, respect, and appreciate the tremendous work and dedication of our teachers, aides, and staff who partner with parents to provide the best services possible to our students with special needs.”