Category: Schools

Social Emotional Learning Brings Calm to Students

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Christopher Willard, a psychotherapist, teaches mindfulness meditation to help families and individuals reduce stress and improve relationships. (Courtesy photo)

The Hockaday School is teaming up with the Dallas Yoga Center to enrich learning experiences and help students cope with everyday stress.

Hockaday’s mindfulness initiative, called a social emotional learning (SEL) program, integrates mindfulness practice into the school day to help bring lasting inner calm, Dallas Yoga Center director Daniel Sunshine said.

“Notably, schools are beginning to integrate mindfulness as a response to the ever-growing stressors, from extreme performance pressure to the challenges of growing up in poverty,” he said.


Former University of Chicago VP Leads Hockaday

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Hockaday head of school Karen Warren Coleman enjoys a moment with a group of second-graders. (Courtesy Hockaday)

For the first time in more than two decades, Karen Warren Coleman finds herself back amongst primary and secondary school students.

Last fall, she decided to leave her job as vice president of campus and student life at the University of Chicago to become the 13th head of the Hockaday School, effective July 1. A celebration was recently held to mark the occasion.


ESD Prepares To Merge Campuses

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Episcopal School of Dallas celebrates progress toward building new lower school. (Courtesy photo)

The Episcopal School of Dallas plans to break ground in late spring on a new lower school building, a project which will unite the school’s lower and upper schools on one main campus.

The news follows the recent announcement of a record-breaking $15 million donation from the Perot family to help move the lower school to the heart of the Merrell Road campus.


Merit Semifinalists Named

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HPHS’S NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS, FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: Braden Munn, Emily Greaves, Karen Chen, and Derek Wu. SECOND ROW: Albert Zang, Sarah Orsak, Thomas Emerson, and Michael Xie. THIRD ROW: John MacMichael, Matt Hopkins, Aaron Pathak, and Yash Pathak. BACK ROW: Slade Sinak and Luke Grossman. (Courtesy HPISD)

Highland Park High School principal Walter Kelly looks at the 14 seniors named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition and sees a cross-section of his campus.

“They are involved in community service, UIL academic teams, athletics, music, theater, and more,” Kelly said. “Not only are they incredibly smart, but they each have their own unique passions and interests, and they pour their heart into those activities.”


Girls Do the Asking for Hi-Lites Dance

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Sophie Jejurikar asks Christian Wright the traditional Hi-Lites way — with a handmade sign. (Courtesy photo)

It wasn’t sophomores Ethan Vincente and Hailey Turco’s first dance, but this one had a unique tropical twist.

On Sept. 23, Highland Park High School students gathered for the annual fall Hi-Lites dance, which has become one of the school’s most celebrated traditions.

Unlike for other dances hosted at the school, girls are responsible for inviting boys and, instead of dressing up in blazers and dresses, students attend in costume, based on various themes.


HPHS Students Honored for Academic Achievement

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Courtesy HPISD

Forty HPHS seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, nine students have been named National Hispanic Scholars.

The students will be honored at a special breakfast Nov. 13.


Highlander Band Named Grand Champions at Marching Showcase

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The Highlander Band claimed its first Grand Champion title after competing against numerous 5A and 6A schools on Oct. 7 at the Midlothian Marching Showcase.

While the program has earned a number of class championships over the last four years, the band has never won a large marching contest until now.