Category: Schools

NEC Donates New Computer Lab to Young Women’s Leadership School



Students at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, a member of Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN), are able learn STEM more effectively in a newly remodeled computer lab for middle school students donated by the NEC Foundation of America. NEC redesigned the space and donated equipment.

Prepare Early For College


Catherine Marrs advises clients to start as sophomores. (Courtesy photo)

For nearly 15 years, certified educational consultant Catherine Marrs has helped Park Cities and Preston Hollow students successfully transition to college.

Marrs College Admission Advisors works with students and their parents to develop a plan for where to go and how to get there.

“It used to be, if you wanted to go to the University of Texas, you just submitted an application,” Marrs said.

Many students now apply to around eight different schools, including “reach for the stars” destinations and next-best schools, she said.

Her recommendations:

From Soccer to Wall Street, Small Enters New Chapters


Clay Small teaches business at SMU. (Courtesy photo)

SMU adjunct professor Clay Small has opened new chapters of his career several times, mostly out of a desire to have more than one act in his life.

“If you’re not trying something new, you’re probably going backwards,” said the former pro-soccer prospect turned corporate lawyer, then professor, and, most recently, novelist. “I think that there’s opportunities galore for people my age to … do something that helps others and helps [them].”

After the two-time all-American soccer player from Ohio Wesleyan University was drafted by the Dallas Tornado, team owner Lamar Hunt convinced Small to enroll again in school.

Small graduated from SMU with a law degree in 1974 and went to work on Wall Street. A job with PepsiCo Inc. brought him back to Dallas.

Lamplighter School Opens Innovation Lab


(Photo: Jaquelin Torres)

The Lamplighter School on Friday morning celebrated its new Innovation Lab, the second of two new buildings to open at the school during 2017. Lamplighter’s new barn opened in the spring.

Both buildings were designed by award-winning architect Marlon Blackwell, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, school officials said.

Preview Aims to Make Picking Schools Easier


St. Mark’s School is a private, non-sectarian college-preparatory school for boys in grades one through 12. (Courtesy photo)

The Dallas Private School Preview offers North Texas parents and students opportunities to meet with representatives from more than 100 private day and boarding schools.

“I encourage parents to come,” said Katie Townend Doherty, an associate director of admission at The Hockaday School, the host campus for the free event presented by the Independent Schools Admission Association of Dallas from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 10.

“Parents sometimes get overwhelmed with the application process, but coming to this event will give them the knowledge they need to easily choose the best school for their son or daughter,” she said.

UP Elementary Begins School Year at Temporary Campus

(Photos: Imani Chet Lytle)

A bagpiper and the University Park Elementary mascot stood at the doors of 8385 Durham St. Monday morning to welcome in the building's temporary tenants – UP Elementary students – for the 2017-18 school year. As they navigated their way through the unlived-in halls, students and parents took in the state-of-the-art features that seemed to be around every corner of the school. From an abundance of natural lighting, outdoor learning spaces, and a produce garden to a roll-down projector, extra-secure entrances, and walls you can write on, it seemed everyone felt right at home.

UP students will return next fall to a (permanent) brand new school at the original location on Amherst Avenue.

Highland Belles’ Spaghetti Supper on Sept. 8


The award-winning Highland Belles Drill Team kicks off the first home game of the 2017 Highland Park High School football season with its annual Spaghetti Supper and Auction/Raffle fundraiser on Sept. 8.

Highland Belles Ava Jahant, Brooke Marvel and Caroline Thomas entertain birthday party guests Dotty, Ella and Pia at a Belles Birthday Party (Courtesy photo)

A fun-filled family night is planned to rally Scots spirit before the Highland Park vs. Waxahachie game, organizers said.

For the 22nd year in a row, the Belles are pleased and grateful to partner with Amore Italian Restaurant, owners June and Roy Wilson and manager Ted Leverson.

Dawson Model Search Begins



Courtesy KD Studio

Kim Dawson Agency is partnering with KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts and CW33 for the 20th anniversary of an annual search that has launched the careers of such super models as Erin Wasson, Ali Michael, and Hannah Ferguson.

“KD Conservatory appreciates this opportunity to revisit the roots of our companies’ relationship and assist with something so influential in this industry,” said owner Kathy Tyner.

SMU Flag Flap Ends in Deal



Students fill Dallas Hall Lawn with flags in memory of Americans killed on Sept. 11, 2001. (SMU Young Americans for Freedom)

A student-led 9/11 memorial will go up as usual on Dallas Hall Lawn after a policy change regarding campus displays brought scrutiny over freedom of expression at SMU.

Wording in the policy about SMU respecting the right “to avoid messages that are triggering, harmful, or harassing” drew national attention in early August as The Washington Post joined Texas publications and broadcasters in reporting on whether the university considered a 9/11 observance controversial.