Category: Education

Class of 2017

Trinity Christian Academy students of the class of 2017 participate in their commencement at Prestonwood Baptist Church. (Courtesy photo)

Congratulations to the class of 2017!

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Award-Winning Violinist Named SMU Chamber Music Director


Aaron Boyd

Award-winning violinist Aaron Boyd, a member of the acclaimed Escher String Quartet, has been named director of chamber music and professor of practice in violin in the Division of Music at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

“During the past two years, Aaron has worked with many of our students and faculty as a member of the renowned Escher String Quartet and, this past year, as interim associate director of chamber music,” director of the Meadows Division of Music David Mancini said.

Providence Eighth-grader Completes 140 Books


Elizabeth Thompson

Providence Christian eighth-grader Elizabeth Thompson recently completed her 140th book, becoming the first student to complete every work in the school’s Headmaster’s Reading Society list.

Many years ago, a group of school parents and staff compiled an exhaustive recommended reading list. The general consensus was that there were too many works included, making it overwhelming to students and parents.

To ensure students were reading the very best works, outgoing headmaster Dr. Tony Jeffrey asked librarian Sue Netherland to compile a “Top 35” list for each grade level.

Voters to Decide Fate of Dallas County Schools


Photo: Bob Daemmrich

Voters will have the opportunity in November to weigh in on the future of Dallas ISD’s primary transportation provider.

A bill signed Thursday by Gov. Greg Abbott authorized an election to decide whether Dallas County Schools (DCS) should be dissolved.

“At the moment, I have no words. It makes no sense to dismantle an agency that has been serving the county and students for 170 years.,” DCS interim superintendent Leatha Mullins said. “This decision will have dire consequences for all of the school districts involved.”

Greenhill Names Hark New Head of School


Lee J. Hark

The Greenhill School announced this afternoon that Lee J. Hark will be the new head of school effective July 1, 2018. He previously worked as the upper school director and associate head of school at Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina.

Hark graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an English degree in 1992. He also holds a master’s degree from the University of Georgia, and did doctoral work at the University of Virginia.

Marshall Tops Kirkpatrick in DISD Runoff


Dustin Marshall

Incumbent Dustin Marshall easily defeated challenger Lori Kirkpatrick Saturday night in the Dallas ISD District 2 runoff.

According to unofficial results, Marshall nearly doubled Kirkpatrick’s total, earning more than 66 percent of the vote to Kirkpatrick’s 34 percent.

Wesley Prep Students, Homeless Inspire Each Other


Wesley Prep students and Austin Street Center residents write poems together. (Photo: Amy Good)

Ernestine Slanti’s hands were shaking as nearly 300 people listened to her read a poem on a small coffeehouse stage.

Slanti wasn’t even sure if she could make it to the reading. Nerves and a fear of sharing her work made her want to run away, but a sense of obligation to a wide-eyed group of fourth-graders ultimately convinced her to overcome her fears.

The Common Ground Experiment started as a class project at Wesley Prep to provide sack lunches and Christmas cards to Austin Street Center, a shelter helping the underserved transition out of homelessness.

Lamplighter School Celebrates New Barn


Courtesy The Lamplighter School

The Lamplighter School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 17 to officially open its new barn. School faculty, staff, trustees, and 450 students gathered around the new building to welcome a flock of baby chicks to their new home.

“Lamplighter’s ‘ubiquitous barn’ has been a source of learning and joy for more than sixty years,” former teacher Sheila McCartor said. “Despite the varied forms in different locations, it has always been a center of education, excitement, and great enthusiasm.”

How Does Sudie L. Williams’ Garden Grow?

Students are growing lettuce, squash, corn, herbs, and other crops. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

At Sudie L. Williams Elementary School, sounds of chickens clucking compete with those of children romping on the playground.

A sizeable coop tucked beside the school building holds nine-egg laying hens with names such as Curly Toes, Pepper, and Cruella de Vil.

The sturdy structure is part of a large educational garden, complete with several raised planter beds and a covered outdoor classroom. Students and teachers make daily visits to tend to an array of flowering plants, vegetables, and herbs grown there, and to care for the chickens as part of lessons in science, math, reading, and language arts.