Category: Education

Cranston to Speak at SMU

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screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-12-02-47-pmEmmy and Tony Award winning actor Brian Cranston will discuss his new book My Life in Parts Oct. 19 at SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The book focuses on his journey to stardom and revisits many of his most popular roles.

Cranston will talk with Dallas Morning News culture critic Chris Vognar and read an excerpt from the book.

The event is sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries. Tickets are $25, and include a signed copy of the book.

For more information, visit smu.edu/friends.


St Mark’s Senior Takes National Stage

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Photo courtesy Rally Media

St. Mark’s senior Gopal Raman took center stage Sept. 8 in a place normally reserved for heads of state and honored dignitaries. He and four other high schoolers were recognized in the White House state dining room as this year’s National Student Poets.

Raman read his poem “Aug. 23, 2005,” to First Lady Michelle Obama. The work was inspired by Hurricane Katrina, and begins with a quote from a newspaper’s reporting of the storm’s arrival.

“I never seriously thought I could win,” Raman said. “It was so affirming.”


HPHS College Night

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Highland Park High School invites all sophomores, juniors, seniors, and their parents to an annual College Night on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The event will be held in the HPHS competition gym and cafeteria from 6-8 p.m.

Around 200 colleges and universities will be represented. Formal presentations by select colleges will be held at 6:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m.

Students need to register for the event and create a bar code at www.gotocollegefairs.org. A list of attending colleges will be posted on the counseling page of the HPHS website on Monday, Sept. 12.


Byron Nelson Raises $5.8M for Momentous Institute

Momentous Institute fifth-grader Kai caddied for 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson champion Sergio Garcia.(Photo courtesy of Momentous Institute) 0
Momentous Institute fifth-grader Kai caddied for 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson champion Sergio Garcia.(Photo courtesy of Momentous Institute)

The Salesmanship Club announced on Aug. 25 the net proceeds from the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament held in May. This year’s $5.8 million brings the PGA TOUR event’s total amount raised to more than $149 million since its inception in 1968.

All proceeds from the Byron Nelson benefit Momentous Institute, the lab school in Oak Cliff owned and operated by the Salesmanship Club since 1920.

“The proceeds from this tournament yield a lifetime of change for the kids and families we serve through Momentous Institute,” Park Cities resident Guy Kerr, Momentous Institute’s board chair, said in a press release. 


Community Rallies Around Grieving Family to Create Scholarship

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Photo courtesy of Meredith Smith

Friends remember Highland Park native Hunter Smith as a faith-driven man who brought joy to everyone he came across. “He was a larger than life figure,” said longtime friend Ann Higginbottom.

Hunter, 29, died in April while on a weekend getaway with friends at his family ranch when the pickup truck he was riding in hit a ravine. The impact threw Hunter from the truck bed, killing him instantly.

“He never met an enemy,” Hunter’s younger sister Meredith said. “He was the sweetest, most sincere, sensitive guy.”

About a week later, Meredith and her older sister, Libby, received a text message from Higginbottom and another family friend, Ellen Kershaw. The text read, “From two sisters to two sisters,” and outlined a plan to establish a scholarship in Hunter’s name.


HPHS Senior Swim Party

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Annie Snell, Flora Kate Richards, and Claire Johnson

Annie Snell, Flora Kate Richards, and Claire Johnson

Highland Park High School Senior Girls will kick off their final year with a class swim party this Sunday Aug. 28 at the Village Country Club. Co-chairs Annie Snell, Flora Kate Richards, and Claire Johnson have been leading the host committee efforts this summer. All senior students at HPHS will be invited.


UP Elementary Welcomes New Principal

Principal Candace Judd comes to UP Elementary from Richardson ISD, where she has 25 years of experience. (Photo courtesy of HPISD) 0
Principal Candace Judd comes to UP Elementary from Richardson ISD, where she has 25 years of experience. (Photo courtesy of HPISD)

When students arrive Aug. 22 to start a new school year at University Park Elementary School, Candace Judd will have already settled in to her new role as principal.

“I am delighted to welcome Candi Judd to our leadership team,” HPISD Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg said in a press release. “Her instructional leadership combined with her experience, enthusiasm, and ability to collaborate with parents and other stakeholders makes her an outstanding choice to lead University Park Elementary. I am confident that she will help UP soar to even higher heights.”


PTAs Strive to Build Better Schools

HPISD PTAs organize fundraising events such as the Hyer Bazaar and campaigns like Mad for Plaid. (Courtesy Photo) 0
HPISD PTAs organize fundraising events such as the Hyer Bazaar and campaigns like Mad for Plaid. (Courtesy Photo)

They say it takes a village to raise a child. One important component of Highland Park ISD’s village is the Parent Teacher Association. PTAs provide volunteers, generate extra funds, and remain involved in any possible way within a school district.

Park Cities People asked three PTA presidents what makes up a successful PTA and what the HPISD community can look forward to for the 2016-17 school year.

What are the key components to a successful PTA?
Lisa Kilpatrick, HPHS: The willingness of the parents to volunteer and take an active role in their students’ education.