Category: Schools

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.

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.