Posts by Georgia Fisher
This coming Monday, DISD will hold an “Open Mike Live” event (pun warning) with Superintendent Mike Miles at Hillcrest High School.
The hourlong meeting for families in the Hillcrest and Conrad feeder patterns is “designed to inform the public about the direction of the district,” per a district press release, “and allow the community to provide input and ask questions.”
The action starts at 5:30 p.m.
The fact that there’s a “Liberal Ladies Who Lunch” group on meetup.com — one that meets regularly at a Preston Hollow restaurant — came as a surprise to me as well as a coworker who happened upon the organization’s webpage. Maybe it shouldn’t have.
The group is nearly 340 women strong, for starters. And today is their “Blue Ribbon Lobby Day” at the Texas Capitol.
Hillcrest’s order to restructure didn’t draw many speakers at a public hearing on Thursday, and its two-year plan of action — which is federally required for campuses that miss the Adequate Yearly Progress benchmark — won’t go into effect unless the school continues to have problems with standardized test scores and participation.
The big takeaway, if you ask principal Ron Jones, is the fact that not much is changing — or not for the worst, as he sees it. Employees aren’t afraid for their jobs, for example. Instead of replacing staff, Jones tells me, Hillcrest will “make better use of existing district resources,” and may bring in “coaches” to help with subject such as reading, math, and science.
That’s putting it simply, anyway. We’ll have more for you in Friday’s paper.
Heard of the Whiffenpooofs?
St. Mark’s graduate Brad Travis is a central part of the beloved a cappella group from Yale University, and on April 11, he and his fellow songbirds — who are currently touring Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, thank you very much — will make a stop at the Dallas Children’s Theater.
As our company’s education reporter, I’m often blogging cutesy news bytes about hardworking kids.
This one, though? Well, it hits close to home.
St. Mark’s senior Daniel Hersh is the Journalism Education Association’s Texas High School Journalist of the Year, meaning he just earned $1,500 for his work (which is a lot, in reporter language) and some serious bragging rights.The ReMarker editor-in-chief will head to San Francisco next month, portfolio in tow, to contend for a national scholarship.
Jesuit students and — per a press release yesterday — 1,000 boys from DISD have signed on to attend Mayor Mike Rawlings’ rally against domestic violence on Saturday. The speaker lineup has gotten pretty huge, too, and includes Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, and other notables from the sports, business, political, and religious sectors.
Need more information? The mayor’s Facebook page is full of updates.
Check out WFAA’s recent segment about the high school’s glee club.
Withers Elementary School parents have been spreading the word about their plans to renovate the school’s 50-year-old library. Now the $70,000 fundraising project is in its last chapter — hopefully, anyway.
Thanks to grants and private donations, the library fund has reached $50,000 in around 18 months. Architect Jeffery Miller even took on the project for free, seeing as he’s a Withers graduate himself.
Of course, that pesky $20,000 sum still remains. Parents are trying hard to meet their June fundraising goal, so they’ve passed along donation information, if you’re interested. Checks can be made out to “Withers PTO – Library Fund,” and mailed to the school care of Chris Adcox (Withers Elementary’s address is 3959 Northaven Road, Dallas, TX 75229). You can also reach project leader Elizabeth Garrison directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A college adviser with Hillcrest High School sends word that seniors Jennifer Orozco and Guadalupe Almazan are finalists in the Gates Millennium Scholars program.
“This is a huge accomplishment for these young ladies and Hillcrest High School,” writes Sara Miller, who recommended Jennifer and Lupe for the award. The finalist pool was culled from a group of 54,000 applicants, Miller says. In April, that number will be whittled down to 1,000 scholarship recipients around the country, with financial aid to be distributed according to each student’s needs.
So I’ve made plans to meet with Trip and Diana Rodgers about We Yogis, their family-friendly studio on Lovers Lane. And even as a sedentary female who uses spandex pants solely for sleeping/eating/self loathing, I’m inspired by the Rodgerses’ event calendar.
For starters, there’s a “glow-stick party” for teens and ‘tweens on April 5, with door prizes and dance music. I’m too old for that, but not for this press release:
Need a good incentive to try an amazing yoga class? How about a complimentary beer tasting?! Be sure to join We Yogis for a special “Yogis & Beer Happy Hour Class” on April Fools’ Day, Monday, April 1. Let instructor Gina Dunn power you through a rockin’, all-levels yoga class.
Then after you’ve worked up a sweat, sample a selection of five tasty beers that include Widmer Omissions Lager (Gluten Free), Widmer Omissions Pale Ale (Gluten Free), Redhook Longhammer IPA, Redhook Pilsner, and Redhook Seasonal Mudslinger (provided by Ben E. Keith). Get ready for an exciting evening of flowing yoga poses and flowing beer!
Class will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 6:55 p.m. with a complimentary beer tasting immediately following. The fee for this class is $18. Pre-registration is required, to reserve your spot call 214-351-1229 or visit www.weyogis.com