Gallup Helps HPISD Find Strengths, Weaknesses

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There is a Gallup poll for nearly everything you can imagine — how often smartphone users check their phones, where travelers feel most safe, and, most notably, politicians’ approval ratings.

But Highland Park ISD is using Gallup polling for something entirely different: students’ well-being. For years, the school district has been testing its fifth, seventh, ninth, and 12th graders on topics that are not entirely academic. Again this fall, about 1,800 students filled out the survey that focuses on their emotional associations with school, rather than their ABCs.

“A lot of times with standardized tests, we’re focused on the weakness and how we can improve them, but with this poll, we can really find our strengths, how we’re really guiding and helping our students,” said Lydia Walden, HPISD director of academics and support services.


Police Report: Jan. 25-31

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: SNATCH AND DASH

Between 10 and 10:16 a.m. on Jan. 25., shoplifters stole numerous handbags and wallets, with a total value of $4,770, from Tory Burch at Highland Park Village. Security footage showed two females entered the store. While one was distracting the employees, the other shoved the merchandise into a bag. The two women left, heading eastward bound.

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25 MONDAY
Between 4 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 9 a.m. on Jan. 25, a thief broke into a black Chevrolet SUV in the 4500 block of Versailles Avenue and stole the third-row seat and four sets of headphones.

At 10:41 a.m., a resident of the 4300 block of Lorraine Avenue reported that between 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 and 9 a.m. on Jan. 17, a thief stole a $100 Trek E65 Hybrid bicycle, and a $600 Cannondale Hybrid bicycle from the garage.

26 TUESDAY
Between 7 p.m. on Jan. 25 and 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 26, a thief entered a gray 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 in the 4600 block of Belclaire Avenue and stole a $40 canvas holder and phone charger, a $300 TUMI briefcase, and a $1,000 Dell laptop.


NCL Celebrates Class of 2016

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(Photo: Courtney Teesdale)

The National Charity League’s Highlander Chapter celebrated the class of 2016 on Jan. 24 with a senior recognition ceremony during which fathers presented their daughters.

The Highland Chapter is made up of mothers and daughters from Highland Park, University Park, Greenway Parks, West Highland Park, and Bluffview/Devonshire who are committed to serving the community.

Pictured in the front row are: Dorothy Meachum, Lindsay Rather, Maddie Fehlman, Christina Archer, Caroline McGeoch, Camille McSherry, Alexandra McGeoch, and Madison Womble. In the back are: Caroline Blaylock, Holly Winters, Maggie Abel, Sarah Nelson, Ellie Bush, Haley Vice, Madison Stuart, Olivia Stern, and Claire Green. Emily Henschel and Courtney Yancey are not pictured.


Top 5 Reasons to Join a Dating Service

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(Stock photo)

Another Valentine’s Day is around the corner — possibly one of the most dreaded day of the year for single people. Maybe you were recently in a relationship and realized you were going nowhere. Maybe you are just looking for better options. Or maybe it’s been a few since you felt a real spark.

Whatever the reason, if you’re single and ready for a change, you have two choices: go at it on your own or hire a professional to do the work for you. Here are some reasons you may consider using a matchmaking service:


Scots Upgrade Football Schedule For 2016

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Highland Park and Mesquite Poteet last played in 2013. Next season, they will be reunited in District 15-5A. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park and Mesquite Poteet last played in 2013. Next season, they will be reunited in District 15-5A. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Earlier today, Highland Park learned of its assignment to District 15-5A for the next two years as part of the UIL biennial realignment process. You can read more about that here.

That announcement cleared the way for the Scots to finalize their football schedule for the next two seasons, and it will be challenging. Not only does HP have a tough district slate, but the nondistrict schedule will be upgraded significantly.

The Scots will begin the season with three games against schools who have experienced plenty of postseason success — Rockwall, Waxahachie, and Mansfield Timberview.


HPHS Musicians are Top Notch

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HPHS freshman Peter Davies and sophomore Cailin Jordan. (Photo: Courtesy of HPISD)

HPHS freshman Peter Davies and sophomore Cailin Jordan. (Photo: Courtesy of HPISD)

Two HP musicians have been recognized for months of hard work, competitions, and rehearsals as All-State musicians.

Freshman Peter Davies, an oboist in the Highlander Band, and sophomore Cailin Jordan, a soprano in the HPHS choir, will travel to San Antonio from Feb. 10-13 for the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Clinic. They will practice with the best young musicians across the state and perform a concert.

 

 


Going Behind The Big Top at DIS

Dallas International School eighth-grader Clair McFadden practices on the aerial rope. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Dallas International School eighth-grader Clair McFadden practices on the aerial rope. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Around 20 girls are gathered in the gym at the Dallas International School. Two are hanging on a trapeze, one is wrapped in an aerial rope, a few are suspended from lyra — aerial hoops — and another is on a mat in the corner whirling gold hula hoops from various limbs.

When one thinks of circus performers, they often think of goofy clowns and ambidextrous jugglers. But the after-school circus program at DIS shows the physical strength, coordination, and training that truly goes into performing.

All of this is overseen by Fanny Kerwich, who founded the after-school program in 2000. An eighth-generation circus performer from France, Kerwich decided she wanted to introduce the art of circus performing to Dallas following a career touring around the world.


HP’s New District Includes Lovejoy, Wylie East

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Highland Park will enter a new district next fall at the Class 5A level. (File photo; Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will enter a new district next fall at the Class 5A level. (File photo; Chris McGathey)

The surroundings will be a little more familiar, even if the geography won’t be as friendly, as Highland Park transitions back to Class 5A next fall.

The Scots will be part of the new District 15-5A with a mix of familiar and new foes, including Forney, Lovejoy, Mesquite Poteet, North Forney, Royse City, West Mesquite, and Wylie East.

The UIL announced the new district assignments on Monday as part of its biennial realignment process.


HP Investor, Former Rangers Owner Dies

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Highland Park investor, philanthropist, and former co-owner of the Texas Rangers Edward “Rusty” Rose, 74,  died Friday night after a battle with depression.

In 1974, Rose founded investment management firm, the Cardinal Investment Company. He would go on to hold various leadership positions for companies such as Drew Industries, Reata Pharmaceuticals, CPMG, CIC, and many others.

Rose wore many philanthropic hats serving as a member of the Salesmanship Club, as chair or the board of trustees for Greenhill School, and on the board of the North Dallas Shared Ministries.

He was also a great supporter of the Texas Nature Conservancy, the Trinity Trust, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The bird wing of the Perot was named after him and he served as the honorary chair of the museum’s annual fundraiser in 2015 with his wife, Deedie.

Rusty and Deedie Rose were passionate supporters of the arts. In 2005, they were one of three couples that pledged to donate their vast collections to the Dallas Museum of Art upon their deaths. They also helped fund the construction of the AT&T Performing Arts Center.