Category: Schools

Fish Camp Introduces Students to High School


Highland Park High School senior Calli Maroulis helps freshman Chandler Palladino learn about his new school. (Photo: Spencer Allen)

Days before classes started, Highland Park High School was already flooded with activity — and freshmen. Fish Camp was back in session.

For the past decade, Fish Camp has helped orient rising freshmen and new upperclassmen to student life.

Members of Highland Park’s Ambassadors program, along with student volunteers, help freshmen take ID photos, find schedules, and learn to navigate through the high school’s daunting labyrinth of hallways.

La Fiesta Presents Donation Check to HP Arts


2017 La Fiesta Co-chair Nancy Monning, former HP Arts President Dana Manley, 2017 La Fiesta Co-chair Rebecca Gregory, and 2017-18 HP Arts President Kelli Miller.

La Fiesta de la Seis Banderas presented HP Arts with a $60,000 donation to fund HPISD arts programs, technology, and new lighting in the MIS/HPMS auditorium.

With the help of La Fiesta's continued partnership, HP Arts will begin its 31st year of service in HPISD.

HPISD PEC Announces Program Featuring Renowned Author


Courtesy HPISD

The Highland Park ISD Parent Education Committee will host Ashley Merryman for a program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at McCulloch Intermediate School.

Co-author of two New York Times best-sellers, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children and Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, she has had an array of critical and commercial acclaim.

Fall Festivals Offer Family Fun


Front row from left: Blake Koch, Isabelle Le, Elly Gale, Caroline Gale, George Erwin, and Cooper Koch. Back row from left: Drew Hamilton, Clara Erwin, Hyer Elementary Principal Jeremy Gilbert, William Ridgway, Thomas Purnell, Will Thrash, and Rhodes Hamilton. (Courtesy photo)

Pumpkins, face painting and carnival rides, oh my.

PTA members for three of Highland Park ISD’s four elementary schools are gearing up for fall festivals.

From cakewalks and confetti eggs to zip lines and Euro bungees, these fundraising events are designed to engage the entire family.

Highlander Band Program Earns Honors


HP Percussion will perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis. (Photo: Stephen Luk)

Highland Park High School’s Highlander Band has earned prestigious statewide and national recognition with recordings of performances from the 2016–17 academic year.

The Wind Symphony, directed by Reagan Brumley, placed fourth in the Texas Music Educator Association’s Honor Band Competition, a state championship for concert bands.

And Highland Park Percussion, under the direction of James LaBrecque, was one of only three high school percussion ensembles selected to perform in November at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis.

ReplaySports Gives Equipment New Purpose


FROM LEFT: Cade England, Gabe Galbraith, Ben Holsomback, Worthey Wiles, Jack Sitzer, and Ben Smith collect used sporting goods at Highland Park Middle School. (Photo: Sarah Bays)

ReplaySports hauled in boxes of used sports equipment for youth teams in need, continuing a Highland Park tradition begun by varsity athletes in 2007.

Jackson Coon, Chris Hipps, Thomas Gibbons, and Caleb Robinson, 2010 Highland Park High School graduates, came up with the idea for the charity just before the start of their sophomore year. With help from football coach Randy Allen, the project rolled out.

“Each of them shared a love of sports and a desire to give an opportunity to others that might not have the equipment to enable them to participate,” wrote Deanne Brock, the mother of HPHS graduate Tyler Brock.

New HPISD Campus Welcomes Temporary Tenants


Leigh Ann Mewhirter’s first-grade class with Principal Candace Judd. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle)

A bagpiper and a panther mascot stood at the doors of 8385 Durham St. on the first morning of classes to welcome in the new 110,000-square-foot building’s temporary tenants — University Park Elementary students — for the 2017–18 school year.

The campus is the first new elementary school to open in more than 60 years in the Highland Park Independent School District.

The original UP Elementary campus, built in 1928, was torn down in June and will be rebuilt for the 2018–19 school year. With 700 students and 80 staff members, there simply wasn’t room for growth in the old setup, district leaders said.

HPISD Construction Updates


University Park Elementary School rebuild

Piers have been poured for the new school and foundation walls will begin forming for the parking garage next week. Construction is on track for the building to open on time in August 2018. Below are a couple of recent photos taken at the site.

HPISD Aids Schools Affected by Hurricane Harvey


Photo courtesy: HPISD

All seven HPISD schools have reached out to school districts in Southeast Texas to offer assistance after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Armstrong Elementary is accepting uniform donations throughout the month of September for distribution to students displaced by the hurricane who are now enrolled in Dallas ISD. Bradfield and University Park elementary schools hosted large supply drives for Houston-area schools, and accepted a wide range of items from toothbrushes to baby formula and nutrition bars.