Category: Education

HPISD Lunches May Get Berry Cool Treats

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Photo: Imani Lytle

Locally-made Berrynaked popsicles might soon find their way into ice chests at Highland Park ISD schools.

“They want to make it a part of the plated lunches at the elementary and a more a-la-carte feature for the higher grades,” said Heather Kim, who owns the Inwood Village-based Berrynaked with her husband, Gavin.

HPISD spokesperson David Hicks said the district would likely have an answer for the Kims sometime this summer.

The University Park couple started serving up frozen confections and fresh purees in their shop in 2014, determined to offer their neighbors healthy desserts and “anytime” snacks. The Kims said they were impressed with the district’s commitment to that same idea.


Meadowbrook School Now Accepting Applications

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For over 40 years, Meadowbrook has been recognized as one of the leading premier preschool and kindergarten programs in Dallas. Meadowbrook is a non-denominational school, teaching children ages 3 1/2 to 4 through Kindergarten, preparing and stimulating young minds.

Meadowbrook offers a well-balanced, phonics-based curriculum, helping students on an individual level. Meadowbrook’s academic environment is modeled after a traditional English school. The individualized program develops an early love of learning and the warm, nurturing environment builds self-esteem and confidence, and helps foster meaningful relationships between child, teacher, and parent.


HPISD Breaks Ground on Fifth Elementary

HPISD Board of Trustee members and Dallas City Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates break ground on the district's newest elementary school. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua) 0
HPISD Board of Trustee members and Dallas City Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates break ground on the district's newest elementary school. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

HPISD hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new elementary school in the former Northway Christian Church lot on June 20, with representatives from the board, the city of Dallas, the facilities advisory committee, and the new school’s neighbors in attendance.

Guests were treated to a performance from the UP Elementary Choir, who will be some of the first students to attend the new school when it opens next August.

Renderings of the building’s facade were on display during the ceremony. After the groundbreaking, Jonathan Aldis of Stantec, the architecture firm hired by the board, explained to onlookers certain adjustments that had been made since the hearing at Dallas City Hall in May for the city’s approval to rezone the property – a process that Dallas City Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates, who represents District 13 where the school is located, described as “epic”. 


HPHS Names New Lads & Lassies

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2016-17 Lads and Lassies

Highland Park High School recently announced the newest batch of Lads and Lassies. You can catch the school’s premiere choir at events through out the year such as the annual lighting of the “big pecan tree” in Highland Park.

Congrats!

First row: Athena Davidson, Callie Turrentine, Brinkley Roever, Natalie Morgan, Claire Sarfatis, Regina Cabrera, Avery Davis, Lizzy Meggyesy, Sarah Hall
Second row: McKenna Michels, Mira Martin, Sarah Grace Zandstra, Olivia Mitchell, Katie Kugler, Beatrice Crosby, Campbell Rolfe, Sarah Caffey
Third row: Morgan Gerlach, Katie Krasovec, Wells Weinberg, Sofia Lara, Riley Stafford, Jenni Phillips, Megan Liu, Faye Steele
Fourth row: Gracie Nunneley, Lucy Collins, Cailin Jordan, Trinity Ngo, Claire Hockett, Mary Berryman, Olivia Korte, Lily Wu
Fifth row: Yutong Wang, Carrington Aytes, Ryan Douglass, Adam Davidson, Jordan Pierce, Jennings Humphries
Sixth row: Charlie Craft, Andrew Ewing, Brennan Davis, Jace Tucker, Jake Pruitt, Sumner Robertson
Seventh row: Spencer Stowe, Ryan Rapuzzi, Jacob Besser, Preston Lane, Luke Sobolevitch, Matthew McDaniel, Hudson Richey
***Not pictured are Colton Green, Colby Hopkins, Cole Johnson, and Tori Klein.


HPISD To Break Ground on New Elementary

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HPISD will break ground on the new elementary school in an official ceremony at 7324 Wentwood Drive on Monday, June 20 at 10 a.m., HPISD spokesperson Jon Dahlander confirmed.

The groundbreaking marks the beginning of the district’s first new elementary school build since 1948. Construction is set to begin June 23.

HPISD advise in a press release that parking will be available in Northway Christian Church’s lot on Northwest Parkway.

Look for more on HPISD’s construction plans in our upcoming issue of Park Cities People.


ESD Students’ Futures are in the WORX

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This summer, rising seniors at Episcopal School of Dallas will be going to court, producing films in Austin, developing software, and scrubbing up to observe intricate hand surgeries.

These first tastes of what might be future careers are the product of the ESD WORX internship program, a volunteer effort of ESD’s Dads Partnership and Alumni Association that deploys students to a wide range of fields, offering them hands-on career experience before they apply to college – a rare opportunity for high school students.

“This program gives students a crystal ball,” said Dads Partnership member Robert Shive. “It gives them an idea of what possibilities are.”

WORX is the brainchild of Shive, who built the program in 2012 as a way for students to tap into a huge resource: ESD parents.


HPHS Seniors Rack Up Honors

Valedictorian Khai-Leif Nguyen-Hille and salutatorian Jack Weakley with Blanket Award winners Kathryn Mootz and Carson Yeager. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua) 0
Valedictorian Khai-Leif Nguyen-Hille and salutatorian Jack Weakley with Blanket Award winners Kathryn Mootz and Carson Yeager. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

Tonight, 497 Highland Park High School seniors will walk across the stage at Moody Coliseum at SMU with some $13.5 million in scholarships in their pockets.

Scholarship and academic awards were announced at the Senior Honors Day assembly at HPHS yesterday. You can find a full list of recipients here.

Khai-Leif Nguyen-Hille is the valedictorian and Jack Weakley is the salutatorian. The National Honor Society Blanket Award winners are Kathryn Mootz and Carson Yeager, who each had more than 1,000 hours of community service. Kathryn’s older sisters, Marilyn and Allie, are past Blanket winners.

Nguyen-Hille is headed to Harvard in the fall to study economics or applied math. He said he’d like to pursue a doctorate and then help craft economic policy. Weakley will attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he plans to study electrical engineering and one day found a start-up.

Yeager will be headed to SMU and Kathryn will be attending UT.

Top GPA honors are on the jump. Congrats class of 2016!


Freakishly Filmmaking Friends

Counter clockwise from top left, Rebecca Lembcke, Ava Maloy, Zach Anderson, Edwin Heasley, Bille Craft, Nick Swartzendruber, Ainsley Wiseman, Brennan Jordan, and Anabelle Sartain pictured at McCulloch Intermediate School of Friday, April 29, 2016. The group of friends formed a group, Freakishly Filmmaking Friends, and were recently finalists in a 24-hour video race. 0
Counter clockwise from top left, Rebecca Lembcke, Ava Maloy, Zach Anderson, Edwin Heasley, Bille Craft, Nick Swartzendruber, Ainsley Wiseman, Brennan Jordan, and Anabelle Sartain pictured at McCulloch Intermediate School of Friday, April 29, 2016. The group of friends formed a group, Freakishly Filmmaking Friends, and were recently finalists in a 24-hour video race.

Nine McCulloch Intermediate School sixth graders acted, filmed, and edited their way to a fourth-place finish in Dallas’ 24-Hour Video Race in early April.

The Freakishly Filmmaking Friends were the youngest team to make it to the finals, competing against teams of high schoolers in the Super 8 (10th grade and younger) category.

“We were all really surprised that we even made it into the finals because there were other really good groups that didn’t make it,” said actress Rebecca Lembcke. “When we made it to the finals, it was such a big honor that it didn’t matter to us what we got after that.”

The group would never have gotten that far if not for organizer, director, producer, writer, and film and sound editor Ainsley Wiseman’s passion for film. She learned about the competition through her friend’s dad, who was also a judge for the race.

“I’ve been really interested in directing movies, so when I found out, I thought it sounded awesome,” Wiseman said.

The competition is open to anyone with a love of film, whether a student, a professional actor, or a filmmaker. At midnight on April 1, contestants gathered at the Angelika Film Center to write, shoot, edit, and score 5-minute long films.


Lamplighter Celebrates its “Seniors”

Lamplighter's class of 2016 included 56 bright young fourth-graders. (Courtesy photo) 0
Lamplighter's class of 2016 included 56 bright young fourth-graders. (Courtesy photo)

Lamplighter School celebrated its 56 fourth-graders on Monday, May 23 with a graduation ceremony in the Klyde Warren Auditorium, followed by a reception in the Cook Gym.

The graduation wrapped-up the fourth-graders jubilant “Senior Days” celebrations, which included a parade, cookout, talent show, and a performance of student-written and performed operas.