Category: Schools

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.

Historic and Preservation Society Awards Scholarships to HPHS Grads

From left, Keith Laycock, Highland Park Education Foundation board of directors president, Coleman Brink, Elizabeth Meggyesy, Blake Beckman, and Lisa Wilson, superintendent for education services. (Photo courtesy Highland Park Education Foundation)

Three Highland Park High School graduating seniors each received a scholarship of $4,000 from the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS). The scholarships are funded through the society’s endowment managed by the Highland Park Education Foundation.

Hyer Parents Fight for J.O.Y.


Hyer students enjoy the Fall Carnival. Parents don't want them displaced longer than those from other district schools. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Hyer Elementary parents are asking the Highland Park school board to answer for the decision to displace Hyer students for two years beginning in 2018.

Parents equipped with T-shirts sloganed “Just One Year!” (J.O.Y.) and foam boards bearing Google maps screenshots of commute times between the district schools have descended upon the past few school board meetings to voice their concerns and to demand an explanation for the decision announced in May 2016.

John Tatum, who raised concerns last November at a Hyer parents’ fundraiser at the Bomb Factory (“Solid Gold Hyer — Go for the Gold!”) after being approached by other concerned parents, said in an interview that the two-year displacement is “a completely illogical, mathematically unsound decision.”

Student Earns HP’s First National History Day Medal


Westley Sturhan earned a medal at the National History Day competition for his portrayal of Nikola Tesla. (Courtesy photo)

Highland Park High School’s Westley Sturhan earned a third-place medal for individual performance at the recent National History Day meet, which was held on the University of Maryland campus.

He is the first HP student to win an award in the competition.

Sturhan, who will begin his senior year this fall, gave a 10-minute dramatic performance dressed as Nikola Tesla. He debated Thomas Edison over the merits of alternating current versus direct current.

Cambridge School Finds Permanent Home


The Cambridge School will eventually move to the site of Walnut Hill Lutheran Church. (Photo: Joshua Barthge)

Moving time is looming again for students and staff at The Cambridge School of Dallas.

The small Christian college preparatory school has called four different buildings home since it’s 2001 founding. School officials hope that this move will be their last.

“A permanent campus will enable us to enhance every aspect of our school,” head of school B. Paul Wolfe said. “This is crucial as we continue to model the pursuit of excellence toward noble ends, toward truth and goodness and beauty in all that we do.”

Bain Named New MIS/HPMS Associate Principal


Kimberly Bain

Kimberly Bain has been named the new associate principal at McCulloch Intermediate School/Highland Park Middle School. She will replace Georgie Swize, who left the district to become principal of Cora Spencer Elementary School in Mansfield ISD.

Bain has been with HPISD since 2013, and currently serves as the district’s coordinator of English language arts and as coordinator of talented and gifted services.

Old School


At first it seemed like rocket science. The knobs. The levers. The dusty, circular glass keys that seemed like they would break from the slightest touch.

I’ve assembled computers before, but how to work my great-grandfather’s Royal portable typewriter was a far greater mystery.

My mom rescued it years ago from a musty Florida attic, where it had been sitting for almost a century. There was something about it that compelled her to haul it on a plane back to Dallas — one of only a few possessions that didn’t end up in a Tampa resale store. This same allure was what led me to pull that old machine out of our attic a decade later and discover how what we consider obsolete isn’t necessarily useless.

Closing the Gender Gap


As a sophomore at the Episcopal School of Dallas, Natalie Monger was the one girl in a computer science class of about 20 boys.

Now, the 2015 graduate is a computer science and business major, with minor in dance, at the University of Southern California, and she is spending the summer developing software for Google.

“I think that’s [ESD is] where it started — that’s when she realized that’s what she wanted to do,” her mother, Michelle, said. “Natalie was particularly impressed with the female professors who spoke at the conference and encouraged young women to pursue studies in computer science.”