Posts by Georgia Fisher
Thomas Jefferson associate principal Dina Townsend is one of just three finalists in line to be DISD’s Associate Principal of the Year. Her fellow contenders are Michael St. Ama of Adamson High School and Seagoville’s Brian DeVeaux.
Townsend “provides exceptional leadership to her school,” reads a press release from the district, “and is dedicated to her students, even if it means spending hours working long after the school day has ended. Townsend encourages all staff members to promote the sense of urgency needed to ensure that all students are college and career ready by graduation.”
Hockaday is in the midst of its centennial campaign and campus renovations — this time to the science center — and much is in store to commemorate the school’s 100th anniversary this fall.
The centennial website is a great resource in the meantime, as it’s full of event tidbits, historical factoids, and (my favorite) an artsy mashup of old and new photos. We’ll have more for you in next Friday’s paper, too.
A Parish Episcopal spokesman just sent word that the model in D Magazine‘s “Safari Club” spread is none other than 2009 graduate Sabrina Jurlina (also known as Sabrina Nicole).
But seeing as our company shares an office and even a photo studio with D, I probably should’ve known.
The photos are by Scott Womack. And they’re objectively beautiful.
A new CityDoc urgent-care place is opening on Thursday at Preston and Royal, and apparently the 4 p.m. launch party will also be a benefit for Hillcrest High School and several of its parochial neighbors: Good Shepherd Episcopal, St. Mark’s, and Ursuline.
Each campus will receive a donation, says company spokeswoman Kelly Hunter (who didn’t get specific as to how much that sum will be, or what form it’ll take), and anyone who shows up to the event can get a voucher for a $5 school physical. Not bad.
To my delight, Parish Episcopal School senior Claire Criss shadowed me at work last week. Multiple people mistook this teenage dynamo and aspiring fashion editor to be the company’s newest employee, and with any luck, she’ll come back to see us before she heads off to pursue a journalism degree at Texas Tech University.Claire’s high-school commencement ceremony is coming up in the meantime, so she penned this story about local designer Vatana Watters, and the white dresses that have become a de facto uniform on graduation day.— Georgia FisherOn Sunday, members of Parish Episcopal School’s sixth graduating class will make their way across the Meyerson Symphony Center stage to receive their diplomas. However, this graduation differs from others in the past. The girls’ white dresses will look the same as every other year, but the meaning behind them will make them special to the class of 2013.
Sydney Dunbar has been a student at Parish since second grade, and her mother, Vatana Watters, has been there every step of the way. As founder and CEO of Watters, a wedding-dress company, Vatana has tried to find the balance between a busy work schedule and keeping up with her daughter. “Being a career mom,” she says, “I had to apologize for myself early on. I said, ‘I’m not always going to be the best mom, but I will always love you.’”
Even if you can’t be there in person to wish your favorite DISD graduate well, you can technically still watch him or her walk the stage.
Commencements for W.T. White and Thomas Jefferson high schools will be on June 1, and Hillcrest’s is set for June 5 at the Alfred J. Loos Athletic Complex. All three events will be streamed on Time Warner Cable channel 492 and U-verse channel 99 (you’ll apparently select “Dallas” from the main menu, then “Dallas ISD-492″).
Ceremony times vary, so check here for details.
A huge, boisterous crowd is currently clearing out of the Dallas City Council chambers, and many people — I’d say most — in attendance are grinning because Ursuline’s request for a lighted athletic field has finally gotten the green light.
The specific-use permit will come with plenty of caveats, but Ursuline supporters’ loud applause and standing ovation just spoke for itself. The victory is theirs.
We’ll have more for you in Friday’s paper.
The City Council hearing about Ursuline’s request for a lighted athletic field was stalled last month, but it’s officially on the books this afternoon (and that link will lead you to a colossal PDF, by the way, so just skip to agenda item No. 94).
Hearings begin at 1 p.m.
Considering the crowd a City Plan Commission meeting drew for the same item back in February, I expect we’ll see a packed house.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk won’t come to Dallas until early November, but event organizers suggest participants begin training for the 60-mile trek well in advance — as in, now.
At 7 a.m. Saturday, New Balance on Northwest Parkway will host an hour-long training walk followed by a “Get Trained Workshop” to discuss proper shoes, clothes, and preparation for the big event (with product pitches worked into the mix, one figures). A seasoned 3-Day walker will also take questions from the crowd.
Author, Pushcart Prize winner and self-dubbed “wandering poet” Naomi Shihab Nye is coming to Ursuline a week from today to work with students who are enrolled in creative writing, and to spend some one-on-one time with those who are especially passionate about their craft. (Insert wistful sigh here. This sounds like so much fun.)