Category: Education

Say ‘Adios’ to These HPISD Employees

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Highland Park ISD is saying goodbye to some great ones this spring. Want to show your love? They’ve arranged a few farewell receptions to say thanks.

Because I can: Thank you Nurse Castellaw for taking my temperature even when I didn’t have a temperature to prove to me I wasn’t sick. Thank you Ms. McCormick for teaching me the importance of a well-delivered monologue and proper elocution.

Armstrong
Who: Barbara Clinton, Sarah Hutcheson, Janet Slaughter, and Jeanette Volpe
When: Thursday, May 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: Private Residence

Hyer
Who: Janet Peters
When: Thursday, May 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Where: Hyer Elementary School Library

UP
Who: Jenny Castellaw and E’Lynne Elliott
When: Thursday, May 19, 3:30 p.m.
Where: University Park Elementary School Library


What HPISD Does About Mental Health

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At the beginning of each fall semester, Highland Park High School freshmen take home a letter and permission slip to their parents for the option to participate in a confidential mental health screening.

This screening, Teens Can Survive, formally called Teen Screen, is administered via a computer program and results are audited by licensed professional counselors from the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas (SCC). The only way a participant can be identified is by their student ID.

The screening is not designed to diagnose the student; rather, it identifies suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and substance use, according to HPHS personal counselor Dr. Candice Conner. The results are given straight to Conner and SCC wipes its records.

“At Highland Park, I remember the first time I handed a list of screened students to the main counselor, and she looked at it and she said under her breath, ‘Oh, I had no idea,’” said Margie Wright, the executive director of the SCC.

The screening is what Wright describes as a point-in-time snapshot. It’s meant to alert counselors to students who are currently struggling, but may not have spoken to anyone.

“I don’t need your red flag kids. I need the ones that nobody suspects,” Wright said. “And that’s what the screening was designed to do. It really does catch the kids that are under the radar.”


HP Literary Festival Winners Announced

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The Highland Park Literary Festival, now in its 20th year, brought Highland Park High School into a community of celebrated writers at the end of last February.

Dave Eggers gave the keynote speech, and over 23 poets, playwrights, journalists, storytellers, and songwriters led writing workshops for HPHS students and their community.

Students also had the chance to participate in an open mic night, as well as enter into a student writing contest. The winners are pictured here.

For information on the 2017 festival, visit www.hplitfest.org.


UP Elementary Stays UP All Night

Tom Fleming and his daughter Shannon, a third-gader at UP Elementary, enjoy an after dinner cupcake at the UP All Night. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Tom Fleming and his daughter Shannon, a third-gader at UP Elementary, enjoy an after dinner cupcake at the UP All Night. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

University Park Preschool Association’s held their Up All Night campout on April 16 on the UP Elementary school grounds. Moms helped supervise the night’s activities, which included crafts, catch and release fishing, a rock wall, laser tag, and a bounce house. Dinner was provided by Burger House and Mimi’s pizza. Kids and dads danced the night away on the sports court and enjoyed dessert before lights out.


HP Students Practice Diplomacy at UNT

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Stanton Geyer and Carmen Santiago

Highland Park High School’s Model UN team was named best delegation at the 2016 North Texas Invitational Model UN conference at UNT April 2, where they competed against six high schools.

The HP team – senior Stanton Geyer, juniors Elle Saliba and Abby Warren, and sophomores Sophia Kanaan, Carmen Santiago, and Bhavana Thota – represented Uruguay and Germany in committee sessions and caucuses.

The team also won four individual awards. Geyer was voted best delegate by the security council, and Kanaan was voted best delegate by the general assembly.

The UNT Model International Organization holds weekly discussions on campus and host an annual NTIMUN conference for high school students. Their newest addition is a North Texas High School Model Arab League (NTHMAL), where students meet to discuss defense and security, regional stability, and economic integration.


‘Lion King’ Cast Will Roar at HPMS This Week

Hyenas, Rafiki, and lionesses rehearse "Lion King." Bottom row:  Ainsley Wiseman, Josh Kibby, Karen Shirley, Addy Short, Ainsley Neitzel, Ella Applegate, and Seth Pyle.
Middle Row: Andrew Bell, Carter Moreland, Erin Daugherty, Peyton Saylors, Rebecca Rogers, Bella Gumucio, Grace Miller, and Lily Nussbaum. Top Row: Theresa Dvorocsik, Lily O'Brien, Gracyn Applegate, Christine Schlehuber, Mallory Legg, and Ella Martin. (Courtesy photo) 0
Hyenas, Rafiki, and lionesses rehearse "Lion King." Bottom row: Ainsley Wiseman, Josh Kibby, Karen Shirley, Addy Short, Ainsley Neitzel, Ella Applegate, and Seth Pyle. Middle Row: Andrew Bell, Carter Moreland, Erin Daugherty, Peyton Saylors, Rebecca Rogers, Bella Gumucio, Grace Miller, and Lily Nussbaum. Top Row: Theresa Dvorocsik, Lily O'Brien, Gracyn Applegate, Christine Schlehuber, Mallory Legg, and Ella Martin. (Courtesy photo)

The Sahara will come alive at Highland Park Middle School April 14-17 as students perform the school’s first rendition of The Lion King Jr., from a newly released script of the six-time Tony Award-winning musical based on the eponymous movie.

“When I saw The Lion King on Broadway years ago, the sheer spectacle of the opening number brought tears to my eyes,” said drama director Susan McCormick. “Julie Taymor’s brilliant costume and set designs fascinated me. To be able to share this exciting journey with my students in bringing the junior version to life is a dream come true! We all must take our place in the `Circle of Life.'”

The cast will be led by McCormick, HPMS musical director Katie McDaniel, and Megan Kelly-Bates, the choreographer/co-musical director of Preston Center Dance.

Tickets can be purchased for $5 in the school’s cafeteria this week or 30 minutes prior to showtime. Times are as follows: Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 4 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m.


Freakishly Filmmaking Friends in Finals

Rebecca Lembcke, Zachary Anderson, Nick Swartzendruber, Anabelle Sartain, Ava Maloy, Ainsley Wiseman, Edwin Heasley pictured with Director of the Video Association of Dallas Bart Weiss after they submitted their film. (Not pictured: Billy Craft and Brennan Jordan) (Courtesy photo) 0
Rebecca Lembcke, Zachary Anderson, Nick Swartzendruber, Anabelle Sartain, Ava Maloy, Ainsley Wiseman, Edwin Heasley pictured with Director of the Video Association of Dallas Bart Weiss after they submitted their film. (Not pictured: Billy Craft and Brennan Jordan) (Courtesy photo)

The McCulloch Intermediate School sixth-graders who make up the Freakishly Filmmaking Friends team have made it to the finals of the 24-Hour Video Race.

The team is the youngest left in the competition. You can purchase a ticket here to watch their 5-minute video and others in the Super 8 (10th-grade and under) category at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Tickets are also available at the box-office.


Clubs Advocate for How to Avoid Alcohol

Arrow Club officers Allex Moock, Caroline Rogers, Ali Garrett, and Riley Loter. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 1
Arrow Club officers Allex Moock, Caroline Rogers, Ali Garrett, and Riley Loter. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Two clubs at Highland Park High School strive to dismiss the idea it’s cool to drink or take drugs in high school. While the groups started almost a year apart from each other, they work together to mentor eighth graders before their transition to high school.

Junior Ali Garrett and senior Arthur Berry had similar middle school experiences, with reservations regarding the alcohol and drug use often associated with high school. “I had this perception of high schoolers,” Berry said. “I thought almost everyone was either drinking or doing some type of drugs. All of my friends had that same perception.”

Thanks to their older siblings, Garrett and Berry understood that’s what it was: a perception. But, what about those who wouldn’t have someone to point them in the right direction?


UP’s One School, Many Cultures Festival

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(Courtesy Photo)

(Courtesy Photo)

Internationals Days and Night has been a long-standing tradition for the last 30 years at University Park Elementary School. The three day event took place on March 15-18.

Throughout those three days, students were immersed in other cultures through their classes with culturally relevant lessons and at lunch with an international menu.

International Night Festival: One School, Many Cultures brought the three-day event to a close on March 18 at 5 p.m. The festival kicked off with World Cup Soccer followed by small performances from Highland Park Bagpipe Corps, United Dance Academy Bollywood Dancers, and Holy Trinity Hellenic Dancers. Attendees enjoyed international dishes, learning different songs and dances from other cultures, table exhibits and presentations, and craft tables.

The night was concluded with performances from each grade representing different continents. They performed dances from regions and countries within their continent.