Category: Schools

Highland Park STEAM Program Excels in First Year

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James Jenkins, left, an art instructor at Highland Park Middle School, began teaching electronic screen printing to his students. (Photo: Timothy Glaze)

The Highland Park ISD STEAM program has already inspired upwards of 50 students in only its first year within the district.

Imagine then, executive director Geoffrey Orsak said, what participation will look like in future years with more funding.

Funding for the program came from the Moody Innovation Institute, with which Orsak is heavily involved.


District Denies Conflict of Interest in Hyer Redesign

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Jim Hitzelberger.

Highland Park ISD officials are refuting a resident’s claim that school board president Jim Hitzelberger’s mother stands to gain from the redesign of Hyer Elementary.

Nathan Wood sent an email to the district stating he, as well as several residents in the Hyer school zone, believe that Hitzelberger faces a conflict of interest that should exclude the school board president from participating in decisions about the design of Hyer.


Lyme Club Promotes Awareness of Misunderstood Disease

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FROM LEFT: Alie Lavish, Victoria Taverna, Claire Maxwell, Sarah Maxwell, John Luck Piepgras, and Benjamin Guffey work to raise awareness of Lyme disease. (Photo: William Legrone)

After visiting more than 20 doctors in hopes of figuring out what was happening, Sarah Maxwell had to fly out of Texas to get the diagnosis that her daughter Claire had Lyme disease.

For the majority of patients, the tick-carried bacterial infection is successfully treated with oral antibiotics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


ESD Freshmen Design and Build Robot for Campus Security

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Stella Foreman and Carter Bakewell test the security robot’s capabilities on an incline. Both students worked with fellow student Tripp Benner (not pictured) to develop the robot. (Photo: William Legrone)

Working from a list of requirements and two months of training modules, three freshmen from the Episcopal School of Dallas designed and built a search and rescue robot for use by campus security.

The assignment originated with a conversation between engineering and robotics teacher Bart Burnett and Officer Jody Trumble, director of campus safety.


Committee Recommends Two-Story Hyer

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Preliminary drawing of Hyer Elementary from Caruth, as of June 18-will continue to be refined during summer 2018. (Courtesy HPISD)

The Highland Park ISD board of trustees met Monday for a workshop to discuss the reconstruction of Hyer Elementary, as HPISD continues to carry out plans to rebuild or remodel all elementary schools within the district.


Principals Selected to Lead Hyer, Armstrong

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Two experienced principals have been named to lead Hyer and Armstrong Elementary Schools.

Debbie Burt, the principal at Vaughan Elementary and GATE (Gifted and Talented) Academy in Allen ISD, has been named principal at Hyer. Betsy Cummins, principal at Abbett Elementary School in Garland ISD and a former Armstrong Teacher of the Year, has been selected as the principal at Armstrong.


Camp Whispering Cedars Opens STEM Center

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From an observation tower to science labs and outdoor activities, Girl Scouts will have plenty to explore. (Courtesy photo)

On the first weekend in May, Jennifer Bartkowski walked on to the 92 acres of Camp Whispering Cedars south of downtown Dallas and looked at something she could not have imagined in childhood: a center dedicated to teaching science and technology to girls of all ages.

The STEM Center of Excellence debuted May 3 as a new Girl Scout camp featuring robotics, computer coding, botany, chemistry, and other scientific disciplines. STEM is an academic term for science, technology, engineering, and math.