Category: Schools

Former HPHS teacher Puckett dies at 76

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Lawrence Verner Puckett

Dr. Lawrence Verner Puckett, a popular chemistry teacher at Highland Park High School for 32 years, died Oct. 5 after a long illness. The Tyler resident was 76.

He and his wife, Myra, took many former students on summer trips to Europe. He was also a very accomplished musician and a loving husband and father.

Services for Lawrence Puckett were held Oct. 7 at Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home Chapel in Tyler with the Rev. Matt Boulter officiating and entombment to follow in Rose Hill Mausoleum.


Bradfield Elementary Designs Begin to Take Shape

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Courtesy: HPISD

After months of meetings to gather input from parent groups and neighbors, designs for the new Bradfield Elementary are beginning to take shape.

The school is on schedule to be rebuilt during the 2018-19 school year.
It will feature larger classrooms, flexible learning spaces, and appropriately-sized core spaces, including the library, cafeteria, and gymnasium.
Additional design objectives:
  • Increasing the amount of active play area
  • Retaining as many existing mature trees as possible
  • Retaining some of the historic elements of the existing building's façade
  • Improving traffic congestion in the surrounding neighborhood as much as possible
  • Creating a front-yard social space for parents, students, and the community
  • Directing all pedestrian traffic to Southern Avenue rather than Mockingbird
  • Having dedicated underground parking for staff

Fish Camp Introduces Students to High School

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.