Hockaday Headmistress Steps Down

Liza Lee

Liza Lee

Kim Wargo, who has been the headmistress at The Hockaday School for four years, announced today that she is stepping down from her position. Interim headmistress will be Liza Lee, who served in the headmistress position from 1990 to 2004. The DMN has more. We will update this post as more information becomes available.

“We are excited that Ms. Lee is returning to Hockaday,” said Maryann Mihalopoulos, board of trustees chair. “Her commitment to the School, as both a thoughtful leader and a highly-respected educator, will create an invigorating learning environment for the students, which is our top priority.”

Council Defers Contentious Skybridge Vote

This won't be happening anytime soon in Preston Center.

This won’t be happening anytime soon in Preston Center.

As happens frequently in these situations, when an elected body can’t reach consensus on a divisive item, they hold off on a decision and let somebody else handle it.

The Dallas City Council reached that conclusion on Wednesday with regard to the contentious proposal by Crow Holdings to construct a pedestrian skybridge linking the second floor of the Preston Center parking garage to a retail space on the west side.

In fact, the council considered two different ideas for tabling the issue — District 13 councilwoman Jennifer Gates suggested holding off until Nov. 10 to allow the Preston Road and Northwest Highway Area Plan Task Force to negotiate the issue in the interim and report back to the council with a proposal before then.

Providence Celebrates Graduation

Look at all those happy Providence grads.

Look at all those happy Providence grads.

Providence eighth graders celebrated their graduation on May 28.

“We will miss each and every one but know they will represent us well as they enter this new season of their lives,” head of middle school Jeff Hendricks said.

The graduates are: Allison Albert, Sterling Alpert, Alex Baker, Spencer Borrego, Avery Bowers, Margaret Boyd, Creston Brooks, Becca Brophey, Padgitt Diehl, Ruth Anne Emerson, Alyssa Garner, Mollie Hamman, Haley Hanson, Arden Howard, Daniel Jones, Emma Kackley, Holden LaForce, Anna Kathryn Lipe, Sophia Love, Jordan McFarlane, Jackson Mechem, Claire Nowlin, Broc O’Brien, Bryce O’Brien, Rachel O’Brien, Katherine Patterson, Beverly Poston, Michelle Raybourn, Scott Raybourn, Cole Rea, Macrae Smith, Kelsey Wittmann, and Laurel Wood.

Catch more graduations in our July issue.

DISD Task Force to Meet at Hillcrest


The Dallas ISD Future Facilities Task Force wants your input into proposed academic program expansions and facility improvements.

So the task force is holding a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Hillcrest High School to talk about priorities and funding for such projects.

The task force has talked about several issues so far related to campus overcrowding (including portables) and outdated schools that need renovations or maintenance attention. Among the academic areas of emphasis are early-childhood education, personalized learning, and career and technical curriculum.

Thank Dad With These Activities on His Special Day

Celebrate Dad a day early with a camping trip at the Dallas Zoo. (Photo: Cathy Burkey) 0
Celebrate Dad a day early with a camping trip at the Dallas Zoo. (Photo: Cathy Burkey)

Dads are often tasked with many a thankless job, from fixing odds and ends around the house to making sure the yard is in tip-top shape. Take the time to say thanks properly with a day just for him.


  • Frisco RoughRiders vs. Midland RockHounds, $9-60, 6:05 p.m. on June 21, Dr Pepper Ballpark
  • Superdad 5K, $27-33 registration, multiple races and dates, www.active.com/dallas-tx/running/
  • Swan paddleboat rental, $10 for a three-person boat, 11 a.m. on June 21, Fair Park

Tang to Lead March of Dimes Chapter

Charmaine Tang (Courtesy photo)

Charmaine Tang

The March of Dimes Texas Chapter has selected Preston Hollow resident and longtime volunteer Charmaine Tang to lead the Dallas Division, which supports eight North Texas counties.

As executive director, Tang will supervise the staff and board, manage volunteer engagement, and oversee fundraising and community programs.

Tang has a history with March of Dimes; she began volunteering when she was 14. But nine years ago, her son, Tyler, was born prematurely with life-threatening health issues. Her family formed Team Tang-O in his honor, which has raised $150,000 for the charity.

Lamplighter Donates Books to Neighbors

Lamplighter representatives visited with Sudie Williams Elementary School staff members.

Lamplighter representatives visited with Sudie Williams Elementary School staff members as part of the book donation effort.

The Lamplighter School Parents’ Association and school representatives recently delivered more than 2,200 books to students at nearby Sudie Williams and Walnut Hill elementary schools of Dallas ISD.

The donation, completed during a book drive in May, was a component of Lamplighter’s partnership with the Commit! organization, which has a goal of advancing third-grade reading scores in DISD. For the past two years, the three schools have developed pen-pal relationships to practice reading and writing skills.

DMA Announces New Board Members

Melissa Fetter

Melissa Fetter

The Dallas Museum of Art board of trustees has announced that Melissa Fetter will succeed Margot Perot as chairman.

Fetter joined the board in 2006 and has served as chair of the development committee, chair of Art Ball, and co-chair of the Islamic Cultural Initiative, among other roles. She and her husband, Trevor, have supported the DMA since 2005.

Catherine Rose has been named the vice president of the board, with Susan Montgomery serving as treasurer. Walter Elcock will continue his role as president of the museum, and Xuan-Thao Nguyen will remain secretary.

Ursuline Students Raise Money For Troops

The Support Our Troops Club at Ursuline held a 5K run/walk fundraiser at Bachman Lake in May.

The Support Our Troops Club at Ursuline held a 5K run/walk fundraiser at Bachman Lake in May.

By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

Support Our Troops didn’t just reach a goal. The Ursuline student organization smashed it.

The Support Our Troops Club, which honors current and former military, raised $10,262 this school year, and $9,000 will go directly to the Carry the Load and Travis Manion foundations, which honor loved ones who died in service and help returning soldiers and their families.

The club, which raised $4,000 last year, delivered the $4,500 check to Dallas-based Carry the Load Foundation in May. The club’s moderator was Michele Santosuosso.

TCA Athletes Honored By TAPPS


Parker Oliver

Emma Kate Liu

Emma Kate Liu

Trinity Christian Academy athletes Parker Oliver and Emma Kate Liu have been recognized for their achievements on and off the field as the male and female athletes of the year in TAPPS 5A.

Oliver, a junior, is a standout in football and track, while Liu excelled in volleyball and golf.

Men: Pass on This New Definition of #ManUp


Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, its male-only community support group He Respects Others (HeROs), and Mary Kay Foundation have teamed up to try promote a new definition of “manning up.” Instead of just promoting physical strength, the groups want “man up” to encourage men to show their strength through love and respect.

My father “manned up” when my mom had a stroke when I was 9. He took on roles that he didn’t expect, anticipate, or completely understand. If all he had done was “manned up” in the traditional sense, I would be writing a very different blog post.

Instead he learned to respond to difficult situations with empathy and compassion, not anger and aggression.

Every day he shows my brother and I what a real man looks like through his love, patience, endurance, and kindness. He’s not a demigod in my eyes, but he’s certainly a hero.