Category: Schools

HPISD Board To Vote On Extending Enrollment to Children of Instructors

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June 12 is a big day for Highland Park Independent School District, as the Board of Trustees will vote on extending enrollment to the children of district instructors.

If approved, the policy would be phased in over time, since additional capacity will only be available for students in grades K-4 during the 2018-19 school year. Per school board officials, enrollment in other classes will be included as capacity is added to McCulloch Intermediate, Highland Park Middle School, and Highland Park High School.


A Bradfield Decision and Other Things to Know After HP Town Council Meeting

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The Highland Park Town Council on Tuesday approved amendments to the site plan and elevation for construction of a new Bradfield Elementary School and agreed to waive 65 percent of the building permitting costs up to $200,000.

The amendments incorporate some, but not all, of the recommendations to emerge from a peer review of the previously approved design from Stantec, Highland Park ISD's architect for the project.


Alumni Say Goodbye Before the Wrecking Ball

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Open houses offer residents parting tours of both Bradfield and Hyer Elementary. (Courtesy photo)

The Hyer Elementary sign in the school’s front yard proved a popular photo spot as residents came to bid farewell during a recent open house.

It’s the school’s original sign, and district officials have confirmed that it will be included in some form when the school is rebuilt.


HPISD STEAM Instructional Coach named Director of Moody Advanced Professional Studies

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HPISD STEAM Instructional Coach Michael Warren has been named the new Director of Moody Advanced Professional Studies (MAPS).

Warren started with HPHS in 2011 before becoming a STEAM instructional coach with the district in 2017. He holds a Master's Degree in Visual Communications and is currently enrolled in a Principal Certification program with an expected completion of August 2018.

The MAPS Center, which will begin in the fall of 2019, will provide opportunities for HPHS juniors and seniors to combine traditional coursework with collegiate-level classes and hands-on experience from industry experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts, mathematics, and business.


Theater Camp Invites Children To Shine

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Summer Showtunes, a summer camp that teaches children the processes in musical theater performance, is back.

The camp, which in previously was taught by a team from Dallas Summer Musicals, will take a new shape this year. The teacher, Lois Leftwich, will implement a format she "lived, taught, and performed" in the Northwest for 30 years: Broadway Bound.


Parish Episcopal Aims To Foster Healthy Minds

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FROM LEFT: Dave Monaco, Julie Lythcott-Haims, and Vanita Halliburton help Parish Episcopal launch a mental health education program. (Photo: Wiley Williams)

The “aha” moment came for New York Times best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims when she was cutting her son’s chicken one night.

“We’re cutting our kid’s meat too long,” Lythcott-Haims said. “We’re supposed to raise them to fend for themselves so that when we’re gone, they can fend.”