Erin Mayo is the assistant head of school for academics at the Episcopal School of Dallas … for now. As of July 1, she’ll be the head of school at Fryeburg Academy in Maine.
I just heard that Rankin Hobbs, a freshman at ESD, is putting together a carnival tomorrow to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children. The festivities are scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. at Preston Hollow Park, which is on the corner of Park Lane and Thackery Street. There’s supposed to be games and raffles, and I briefly chatted with Rankin’s mother, LuAnne, as she was on her way to pick up cupcakes for the cupcake walk. Sounds like an ideal event for the Koller boys. How about your kids?
Clayton Sanders, the head coach of ESD’s football team, has been suspended for one game following his actions in the team’s Sept. 14 game.
“On October 3, 2012, the Executive Committee of the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) issued a sanction to the Episcopal School of Dallas for its conduct at the September 14 varsity football game versus the Oakridge School in Arlington,” reads a letter from interim head of school Kim MaGee. “We regret that our behavior at this event did not match the standards set forth by our school or SPC and respect the Committee’s decision. I assure you that the school is taking swift and appropriate measures to ensure that all of our actions reflect ESD’s Mission and Honor Code, including exemplary leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, and discipline.”
The decision to suspend Sanders was unanimous, MaGee’s letter goes on to say. The suspension was brought on by “egregious unsportsmanlike behavior by the coaching staff that spawned poor behavior by the players and fans.” In addition to Sanders’ suspension, the team was placed on probation for the remainder of the season, and at least two members of ESD’s senior leadership team and ESD’s athletic director are required to walk the sidelines this year during games.
Here’s Sanders’ letter to the community:
The Dallas Bar Association handed out its Philbin Awards this afternoon, and the blog you are now reading was honored for Claire St. Amant’s coverage of the ESD trial. Alas, Claire is no longer with us, so I’ll have to congratulate her from afar. Jump for the press release.
With the NHL embroiled in another lockout, you won’t be seeing ice hockey anytime soon. But you can enjoy some field hockey this afternoon. ESD will host Houston St. John’s at 4 p.m., and then, somehow, Hockaday will host the same team at 5:45. Sounds like an easy win for the Daisies.
OK, enough sports. How about music? Lu Mitchell is scheduled to take the stage at Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse this evening. Looking for something more kid-friendly? The Hey Lollies will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday in NorthPark Center’s North Court.
While you’re at the mall, you can check out ”On My Own Time.” This annual, regional art competition, which closes Sunday, features the artistic talents of business professionals throughout North Texas. Each year, area companies hold in-house exhibits featuring artwork created outside of working hours by their employees. The winners from each company’s competition are displayed on NorthPark’s first floor, between Macy’s and Dillard’s.
ESD student Austin Magnuson gets my vote for shot of the night for this photo he took at the ESD and Oklahoma City Casady game. Thanks to Winston Winston Guillory for sending it over.
The Hockaday and ESD varsity volleyball teams tangled last night, and the visiting Daisies came with a 25-19, 25-15, 21-25, 25-22 victory.
Hockaday is scheduled to visit St. Mark’s at 4 p.m. Tuesday for a battle-of-the-sexes scrimmage that sounds like a must-see event to this reporter. The Daisies’ next varsity match will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 2, when they host Fort Worth Country Day.
ESD will host San Antonio St. Mary’s Hall at 10 a.m. on Saturday. They Eagles visit Fort Worth Country Day at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Episcopal School of Dallas has named Kim MaGee its new interim head of school, effective immediately.
In an email sent Sunday to the ESD community, board chairman W. Plack Carr Jr. said:
Kim MaGee’s qualifications are exceptional. We have found an exceedingly impressive leader who is passionate about educating students, both academically and spiritually. She is enthusiastic, collegial, and has a deep respect for ESD’s mission and Founding Tenets. Kim will provide crucial direction during this year of transition, as the ESD community celebrates the long-term leadership of Father Swann and looks to the future with the search for our next permanent Head of School.
MaGee served for 11 year at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, first as their vice principal of curriculum, then as assistant head of school, and finally as head of school. More as we get it.
Last December, the Rev. Stephen Swann announced he would retire when the Episcopal School of Dallas, which he founded in 1974, could find a headmaster to replace him. That search is still under way, but Swann informed the school’s board in a July 16 letter that he’ll be leaving Nov. 30. Diane Jennings of The Dallas Morning News broke the news (to me, at least) this evening.
The Episcopal School of Dallas picked up its first berth in the Division II 7-on-7 State Tournament by winning a qualifying tourney last weekend in Wichita Falls.
ESD beat top-seeded Boyd, 33-18, in the finals. The Eagles also defeated several Class 3A and 2A schools, including Eastland, Iowa Park, and Wichita Falls.
“We need to be very proud of our ESD 7-on-7 football players,” new Eagles head football coach Clayton Sanders said. “They battled through the heat, traveling, cramps, and fatigue. They chose to adapt and overcome the adversity, and come out on the other side as tournament champions and state qualifiers. I am excited for ESD football and for these players.”
The state tournament is July 19-20 in College Station.
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