Category: Schools

Scouts Look Forward to New Home


Troop 70 is temporarily meeting at the new elementary school while UP Elementary is being rebuilt. (Photo: Sarah Myers)

When the rebuilt University Park Elementary School opens next year, it will include space for a familiar long-time guest.

Highland Park ISD made sure to allocate space in the new facility for Boy Scouts of America Troop 70, continuing a relationship that spans more than 87 years.

“[The district administrators] were very accommodative of us, and we are really appreciative of that,” Charles Moore said.

‘Future Rotarians’ Learn To Serve at Hillcrest High School


Interact Club president Ivon Flores visits with Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson. Seated are Rotarians Tracy Gomes and Linda Tuttle. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The Rotary Club of Park Cities adopted Hillcrest High School in 2007 to help create the leaders of tomorrow.

“Having kids understand the values and attributes it takes to positively impact this world is so critical,” said Tracy Gomes, immediate past president of the club. “It’s what Rotary stands for.”

HPHS Varsity Choirs Kick Off Holiday Season


Front Row (L to R): Luke Sobolevitch, Mary Berryman, Gracie Nunneley, Katie Krasovec, Morgan Gerlach, Jennings Humphries, Brennan Davis. Middle Row (L to R): Sophie Hung, Apsaline Douglas, Skylar Wilson, Cailin Jordan, Ryan Douglass. Top Row: (L to R): Jordan Pierce, Adam Davidson, Matthew McDaniel, Will Geise, Claire DeJean, Jace Tucker, Bryn Klingaman.

The holidays are very busy and merry for the Highland Park High School varsity choirs.

In celebration of the holiday season, the HPHS Lads and Lassies performed at the Snider Plaza Tree Lighting on Nov. 19. Future L&L performances will take place at the Jackopierce Christmas Concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the McFarlin Auditorium, and at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Armstrong Tree Lighting.

HPHS Bid Less Than Budgeted


When spending $360 million-plus to overhaul Highland Park Independent School District, it’s expected that some projects will go over budget while others — hopefully — will cost less than anticipated.

An overestimate on the projected budget for the northwest addition at Highland Park High School has resulted in a savings of $6 million, district leaders said.

Plant a Tree, Learn a Lesson


Hyer students shovel dirt on Arbor Day. (Photo: Bianca R. Montes)

With golden shovels in hand, Hyer Elementary School third-graders helped plant a new tree in University Park.

City Manager Robbie Corder told the students they’d be able to look out their classroom window for years to come and watch the live oak they planted at Smith Park continue to grow.

Highlander Band Scores Top 10 Ranking


The Highlander Band impresses with a wedding-inspired show. (Courtesy HPISD)

The Highlander Band returned from its first trip to the UIL State Marching Band contest with a top 10 ranking after advancing to the finals during competition in November at the San Antonio Alamodome.

The band finished the season ranked 10th out of 250 5A bands in the state, Highland Park ISD officials announced.

The 140-member Highlander Band was one of the smallest to compete in the state contest and was by far the smallest band to advance to finals competition, school officials said.

Take Learning Beyond Flashcards


Gary Brubaker.

Parents can support learning with video games and apps, but careful selection is key to results, an SMU faculty member says.

Gary Brubaker, director of the graduate program for game development at SMU, advises cutting down the confusion by focusing on fun, skills, and learning style.

He identified criteria for finding the best options for your child:

Social Emotional Learning Brings Calm to Students


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.