Category: Schools

Belles Earn All-Around Award


Highland Belles lieutenants (from left): Jillian Ellis, Claire Lake, Talle Olsen, Catherine Magee, and Grace Dodd. (Courtesy Highland Belles)

The Highland Belle lieutenants were recently awarded the All-Around Award at the Encore Creative Officers Camp in Frisco. The girls also earned a superior ribbon for their advanced jazz routine to “Dangerous”.

The camp, which was held at the Frisco Convention Center, is designed for the top officers of drill teams. It focuses on teaching leadership, technique, and custom halftime routines.

Class of 2017

Trinity Christian Academy students of the class of 2017 participate in their commencement at Prestonwood Baptist Church. (Courtesy photo)

Congratulations to the class of 2017!

Click "Read More" to view the full photo gallery from the graduation ceremonies.

Award-Winning Violinist Named SMU Chamber Music Director


Aaron Boyd

Award-winning violinist Aaron Boyd, a member of the acclaimed Escher String Quartet, has been named director of chamber music and professor of practice in violin in the Division of Music at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

“During the past two years, Aaron has worked with many of our students and faculty as a member of the renowned Escher String Quartet and, this past year, as interim associate director of chamber music,” director of the Meadows Division of Music David Mancini said.

Providence Eighth-grader Completes 140 Books


Elizabeth Thompson

Providence Christian eighth-grader Elizabeth Thompson recently completed her 140th book, becoming the first student to complete every work in the school’s Headmaster’s Reading Society list.

Many years ago, a group of school parents and staff compiled an exhaustive recommended reading list. The general consensus was that there were too many works included, making it overwhelming to students and parents.

To ensure students were reading the very best works, outgoing headmaster Dr. Tony Jeffrey asked librarian Sue Netherland to compile a “Top 35” list for each grade level.

UP Student Earns Acting Award


Courtesy Photo

Macrae Smith, a University Park resident and student at Trinity Christian Academy (TCA), recently received the Outstanding Actor in a Minor Role award at the Schmidt and Jones Awards Gala for his performance in Cinderella. Smith was one of three students from TCA who received awards for their role in the play.

Greenhill Names Hark New Head of School


Lee J. Hark

The Greenhill School announced this afternoon that Lee J. Hark will be the new head of school effective July 1, 2018. He previously worked as the upper school director and associate head of school at Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina.

Hark graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an English degree in 1992. He also holds a master’s degree from the University of Georgia, and did doctoral work at the University of Virginia.

HPISD Unplugged

When buildings are not in use, officials want lights off and electronics unplugged. (Courtesy HPISD)

Highland Park schools have gained recognition for strides in energy conservation.

“For almost three years we have been reducing energy usage,” district spokesperson David Hicks said. “This includes common sense things — making sure the lights and HVAC system [are] turned off at the end of the school day. Additionally, we make sure that when the service staff is working, only the lights are on that are absolutely necessary.”

The same is true during summer breaks as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Lights are turned off and all devices are unplugged.

Wesley Prep Students, Homeless Inspire Each Other


Wesley Prep students and Austin Street Center residents write poems together. (Photo: Amy Good)

Ernestine Slanti’s hands were shaking as nearly 300 people listened to her read a poem on a small coffeehouse stage.

Slanti wasn’t even sure if she could make it to the reading. Nerves and a fear of sharing her work made her want to run away, but a sense of obligation to a wide-eyed group of fourth-graders ultimately convinced her to overcome her fears.

The Common Ground Experiment started as a class project at Wesley Prep to provide sack lunches and Christmas cards to Austin Street Center, a shelter helping the underserved transition out of homelessness.