Category: Education

Take at Trip to Narnia at HPMS

Join the Pevensie siblings in Narnia at Highland Park Middle School next week. (Courtesy photo) 0
Join the Pevensie siblings in Narnia at Highland Park Middle School next week. (Courtesy photo)

Step back in time and through a wardrobe to enter the magical world of Narnia Feb. 18-21 at Highland Park Middle School.

C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe will come alive with a cast of McCulloch Intermediate School and HPMS students led by drama director Susan McCormick.

“I love this classic story of good triumphing over evil,” McCormick said. “It teaches us the power of courage, loyalty and forgiveness.”

Join Lucy, Peter, Susan, and Edmund on their epic journey from World War II England to Narnia as they battle the White Witch for the freedom of Narnians at the following show times:

  • Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the MIS/HPMS cafeteria on Feb. 18 and 19 or day of 30 minutes prior to start time.


Poll Question: How Do You Support HPISD?

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Whether by volunteering in the lunchroom or supply room, or by lending your professional expertise to a committee, there a lots of ways to support Highland Park ISD.

The district also relies on charitable donations from the community to succeed. How do you give your time or money to helping HPISD? Has that changed post-bond election?

Let us know. Email us at editor@peoplenewspapers.com by Friday at 5 p.m.


Masterplan Meets Neighbors of New School

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Courtesy Masterplan

Highland Park ISD’s land use consultant, Masterplan, presented the following Powerpoint to neighbors of the new fifth elementary school on Jan. 28.

The presentation included more than a few illustrations that might be of interest, including the one above that details possible traffic flow around the school. Also of note, it looks as if an outdoor garden/learning space might be part of the plan.

Take a gander and join me at the next Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 9 at the MIS 5/6 Assembly Room for updates about the project.


HPISD’s 100th Day of School

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Students and teachers at Hyler Elemnetary celebrate their 100th day of school by wearing shirts that have 100 pieces of material on them. (Photo: HPISD)

Students and teachers at Hyer Elemnetary celebrate their 100th day of school by wearing shirts that have 100 pieces of material on them. (Photo: HPISD)

Students and teachers of Hyer Elementary celebrated their 100th day of the school year on Feb. 2. Kindergartners rotated through their classrooms to participate in activities involving the number 100 and each student created a shirt that had 100 pieces of a unique material on them.


Gallup Helps HPISD Find Strengths, Weaknesses

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There is a Gallup poll for nearly everything you can imagine — how often smartphone users check their phones, where travelers feel most safe, and, most notably, politicians’ approval ratings.

But Highland Park ISD is using Gallup polling for something entirely different: students’ well-being. For years, the school district has been testing its fifth, seventh, ninth, and 12th graders on topics that are not entirely academic. Again this fall, about 1,800 students filled out the survey that focuses on their emotional associations with school, rather than their ABCs.

“A lot of times with standardized tests, we’re focused on the weakness and how we can improve them, but with this poll, we can really find our strengths, how we’re really guiding and helping our students,” said Lydia Walden, HPISD director of academics and support services.


HPHS Musicians are Top Notch

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HPHS freshman Peter Davies and sophomore Cailin Jordan. (Photo: Courtesy of HPISD)

HPHS freshman Peter Davies and sophomore Cailin Jordan. (Photo: Courtesy of HPISD)

Two HP musicians have been recognized for months of hard work, competitions, and rehearsals as All-State musicians.

Freshman Peter Davies, an oboist in the Highlander Band, and sophomore Cailin Jordan, a soprano in the HPHS choir, will travel to San Antonio from Feb. 10-13 for the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Clinic. They will practice with the best young musicians across the state and perform a concert.

 

 


Going Behind The Big Top at DIS

Dallas International School eighth-grader Clair McFadden practices on the aerial rope. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Dallas International School eighth-grader Clair McFadden practices on the aerial rope. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Around 20 girls are gathered in the gym at the Dallas International School. Two are hanging on a trapeze, one is wrapped in an aerial rope, a few are suspended from lyra — aerial hoops — and another is on a mat in the corner whirling gold hula hoops from various limbs.

When one thinks of circus performers, they often think of goofy clowns and ambidextrous jugglers. But the after-school circus program at DIS shows the physical strength, coordination, and training that truly goes into performing.

All of this is overseen by Fanny Kerwich, who founded the after-school program in 2000. An eighth-generation circus performer from France, Kerwich decided she wanted to introduce the art of circus performing to Dallas following a career touring around the world.


Things Got Wild at Armstrong Elementary

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State Representative Morgan Meyer attended the Animal Adventure series kickoff at Armstrong Elementary

State Representative Morgan Meyer attended the Animal Adventure series kickoff at Armstrong Elementary

It was a zoo at Armstrong Elementary yesterday. Sort of.

Students interacted with various mammals and reptiles as a part of the new Animal Adventure series hosted by AT&T and the Dallas Zoo. The medley of guests included a tortoise, armadillo, chinchilla, and penguin.

AT&T donated a $50,000 grant to fund the program — a part of the Dallas Zoo’s education department — which encourages students to explore and apply STEM-based teachings in the animal kingdom. Animal Adventure will visit 40 Dallas-area schools, providing interactive learning experiences to students.

Yesterday’s appearance at Armstrong marked the kick-off of this series of Animal Adventure.


Belle of St. Barts: Yaphet Finds Second Home at HP

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Sophomore Sahara Yaphet, from the French West Indies, is finishing her first year as a Highland Belle, and her second year away from home. (Courtesy Photo)

Sophomore Sahara Yaphet, from the French West Indies, is finishing her first year as a Highland Belle, and her second year away from home. (Courtesy Photo)

When the number 38 flashed on the screen, Sahara Yaphet couldn’t believe it.

She looked again. And again. But she wasn’t dreaming. The computer page revealing the tryout results confirmed it: she’d been chosen to join the Highland Belles.

“I started screaming and crying,” the 16-year-old junior said about that December day in her sophomore year.

Her accomplishment ended a personal journey that began as a freshman when she decided to try out. But back then, earning a spot on the award-winning drill team at Highland Park High School seemed as distant as her Caribbean island home.