PTA Newsletter (June 1, 2018)
Message from Our PTA President

As the year comes to and end, I would like thank our parents for their continued support of Highland Park High School.  Your countless hours of volunteering, fundraising and financial support are greatly appreciated and invaluable.  Thank you to the entire PTA Board who spent many hours working for our students, teachers and school. I am grateful for the partnership we had with Dad's Club and Student Council this year.  Thank you Price Wagner and Jake Mercier for your leadership. 

Thank you also to our President Elect, Alisa Sell for her tremendous help and leadership this year. 

It had been a pleasure serving with you all.  Wishing you a restful and memorable summer! 


Vanessa Sloan
PTA President

Quick Links

Hot Off The Press!

The long awaited 2017 Back 2 Back State Football Championship Coffee table books are hot off the press.  If you would like to purchase you very own copy, please call or text Kimberly Alexander at (214) 215-1912.

HPHS American Field Service ( AFS) is looking for 2018-2019 HOST FAMILIES. Students from around the world are anxious to know they will be coming to the States and by showing an interest, Donna Pierce, AFS Club Sponsor, will guide you through the process for finding just the right student for your family. The students arrive in August and depart end of June.
The Pierce family hosted twice so Donna will be able to answer questions - the sooner you email the better since 40 will be placed in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  

You won't regret connecting lives and sharing cultures!
Advertising in the 2018-2019 HPHS Clan

Attention ALL HPHS clubs, organizations, teams, and businesses!

If you are interested in advertising in the 2018-2019 Clan, now is the time. 

Please click HERE to access the Clan contract.

If you have any questions, please contact the HPHS Student Council at

ACT and College Board Testing & Accommodation Update
Dear HPHS Parents,
If your student currently receives services under 504 or special education you may request accommodations for ACT or a College Board test. (College Board includes PSAT, SAT, and AP exams).
Please note:
  1. The school's accommodation plan is not automatically in place for these tests. It must be requested.
  2. Accommodations in school do not guarantee accommodations from a testing company.

For ACT accommodation requests:
  • Register for the test at (check the accommodation request deadline)
  • Select "Special Testing".
  • At least a week before the accommodation request deadline:
    • Forward your ACT registration confirmation email to
    • Complete the ACT consent form and return to me by email or a hard copy.
    • July testing is not available at HPHS.
The decision takes up to a month. You will receive notification by email. Follow these steps each time you take the ACT.
For College Board (PSAT, SAT, AP exam) accommodation requests:
The decision letter will be mailed directly to your address listed in Skyward. Once approved you do not have to repeat this process.
More information is available on the ACT and College Board websites. If you have any questions about the HPHS process, please contact me.
Katie Mottram
Assistant Principal

Baccalaureate Service
The student lead Baccalaureate service held last week was an emotional and special day for seniors and their families. The day began with the bagpiper, Erling Rolseth, greeting families at the entrance with traditional Scottish tunes.  The Senior Class Officers lead the service, the Lads and Lassies beautifully sang Amazing Grace and The Lord Bless you and Keep You, and the HPHS quartet provided the music.  All in attendance we in awe of the many talented students. The featured speaker, Ryan Parrott, gave an inspirational speech about finding your "spark" and working diligently and with patience to achieve your goals. Senior Class President, Frances Ann Matise, presented Mr. Parrott with a thank you gift of an American Flag flown over the capital on his birthday.

Thank you to the Baccalaureate chairs Susan Evans, Wendi Jones, Mary Lamar, and Fran Matise for the fabulous day. Their organization and attention to detail created a memorable day for all who were present.

Photo credits- Jeff Landsberg and Silas Bales was the student videographer 
HPHS Gymnastic Teams Proudly Announces 2018-2019 Captains
Left to Right: Luke Stanford, Adam Elahmadi, Tatum Meeks, Katherine Downing,
Nicholas Gregory, Thomas Jones 

HP Field Hockey Captains Announced for 2018-2019 Season
HP Field Hockey 2018-2019 Varsity Captains:  Maddie Ewers, Teagan Masson, and Kathryn Walton

HP Field Hockey 2018-2019 JV Captains: Brittie Barcus, Emma Cooksey, and Emery Medlock

Calling All 2019 Senior Girls!

You are invited to be a hostess of the 2019 Senior Girls Party this August 20th!

How do you become a SGP Hostess and what does it involve?
Your contribution of $150 entitles you to be listed as a SGP hostess and be part of the group photo included on the invitation and other media in the Park Cities!

What is the next step?
Mail/drop off your check payable to:
"Senior Girls Party"
c/o Laura Downing, 3629 Dartmouth Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205

When is the SGP Group Photo?
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 4:00pm inside Highlander Stadium

Dress in your best white top, jean shorts and bare feet!

***Your $150 must have been received prior to photo to participate**

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at Highlander Stadium!! 

Michelle & Kristen Adams
Carolyn & Emily Lane
Janet & Kathryn Yancy

Replay Sports - 11 Years of Passing It, Catching It, Sharing It ... Save the Date
The Park Cities community not only has a strong reputation in sports, but a very generous heart for sharing as well. With these two things in mind, Replay Sports will be hosting its 11th annual equipment collection! The event will be held on Saturday, August 18th at both Highlander Stadium and at Highland Park Middle School. The event is from 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
So it's time to clean out your closets, attics, and garages! Replay Sports collects used and new equipment, then donates it to young athletes in the Dallas community that may not have access to much needed sports gear for various reasons. Since launching in 2007, Replay Sports has collected hundreds of football helmets, shoulder pads, baseball cleats, golf clubs, and many other sporting supplies. The event has been so successful that they stuffed U-Haul trucks to capacity with sports gear and the spirit of sharing. Some of the beneficiaries this year will include: Viking Sports, Bridge Lacrosse, First Tee, and Voice of Hope.
This year's Replay Sports officers are Rhodes Crow, Charlie Wilson, James Wilson, Ben Holsomback, Worthey Wiles, Cannon Thornhill, Ben Smith, Jack Sitzer, and Gabe Galbraith. The young men of Replay Sports hope that young athletes in need can put all of the equipment donated to good use. Perhaps being able to participate in a sports program will help these athletes succeed in other aspects of their lives. So dust off those outgrown and gently used sports items and join us Saturday, August 18th at Highlander Stadium or Highland Park Middle School 8-12!
Save the Date! Highland Belles to Host 35th Annual Spaghetti Supper & Auction - Aug. 31st

The award-winning Highland Belles Drill Team kicks off the first home game of the 2018 Highland Park High School football season with its annual Spaghetti Supper and auction/raffle fundraiser on Friday, August 31, 2018. A fun-filled family night is planned to rally Scots spirit before the Highland Park vs. Rockwall game. This year's theme, "You've Got a Fringe in Me," builds on the team's 35-year tradition of the Spaghetti Supper, which is the Belles only fundraiser, and hosts hundreds of Highland Park ISD families for dinner and prizes. Proceeds from the event fund many of the drill team's essentials including bus transportation, props, sound systems, choreography and competition expenses. The Highland Belles would like to thank the numerous local businesses and friends who have provided support through underwriting, over 500 fantastic auction donations, and many enticing raffle basket items.
For the 23rd year, the Belles are pleased and grateful to partner with Amore Italian Restaurant. Tickets will go on sale June 15th and will continue through August 20th, so contact your favorite Belle to make a purchase or donation. Tickets will also be sold at the door. Dinner tickets are $10.00 each and raffle chances are $5.00 each or 6 for $25.00.  You may also email the Spaghetti Supper at to make your purchase or donation.
The Highland Belles Booster Club will serve spaghetti dinners from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the HPHS Cafetorium. This year's take-out location will be in the front of the school on Emerson where orders will be delivered to patrons' cars between 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  
Highland Belles L to R: Daryn Rowlett, Riley Cheek, Kristen Wander, Ted Leverson-Amore Manager, Lauren Stevenson, Jamie Wander, and Mary Kate Addison.

Revised Lady Scots Track & Field Region II-5A Results
Lady Scots Track & Field - Academic All-State
The Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) announced the Class 5A Track & Field Academic All-State Team. To be selected to the TGCA Track & Field Academic All-State Team, the athlete must be a senior with a GPA of 94 or above. In Class 5A, there were 57 female athletes awarded this honor.
The Lady Scots had ten track & field seniors qualify for this award: Lily Cormier, captain Kristin Cowie, Kiersten Diercks, captain Abbey Govett, captain Ellie Henry, Jordyn Kaplan, captain Christi Krikorian, Grace Moreland, Rachel Rogers, and captain Brynn Weakley.
Congrats to Lady Scots Track & Field Assistant Coach
Roxanne Farris has been named the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 5A/6A Sub-Varsity Track/Field Coach of the Year. 
Congratulations, Coach Farris!
Tryouts for HP Men's Golf Team 2018-2019
What 72 Hole Tryout (54 hole minimum in case of inclement weather
When June 4-7
Where Tenison Park (Highlands Course 4 rounds)
Time 1:00 p.m. tee times begin
Register Simply email Coach Loyd, beginning May 1st, and include: player's first and last name, classification (freshman, sophomore, etc.), player cell phone number (for texting communication)

Questions? Contact Coach Jeff Loyd at above email address

All players who have played golf in tournament settings and are familiar with the basic etiquette and rules of the game (i.e. water hazard options, lateral water hazard options, cart path relief, ground under repair, lost ball options, what to do when ball hit out of bounds, etc.).

Pre-tryout meeting to be held on Thursday, May 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the HPHS Planetarium to discuss how many players will make the team, tee time information, etc.

36 Hole Cut
There will be a 36 hole cut. Players who average 95 or higher will be cut after 36 holes.

Thank you to our wonderful Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Chairs, Ruthie Lightbourn and Laurel Page for their hard work planning the end-of-year Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon!  The Fiesta celebration was wonderful and much appreciated!  Thank you also to Kay Neve and Becky Gould for collecting the gift cards, and to Laura Thornton, Kim Williams and Alisa Sell for helping at the lunch.  Thank you to these families for donating gift cards that were handed out at the luncheon:

Tracy Martin, Colleen Tuimieri, Jamie Kraus, Natalie Fielder, Catherine Sweet, Pam Tyler, Jamie Ellis, Thayer O'Brien, Jennifer Craft, Kim Casey, Tracy Flint, Liza Ellis, Marti Liston, Dottie Poston, Shelley Beckman, Margaret Story, Ashley Dugger, Katherine Lewis, Pam Bowman, Marry Marron, Julie Clark, Laura Downing, Elaine Peterie, Stacy Kelly, Paige Sowden, Illiana Tamacus, Susan Dunnill, Alexis Collard, Shannon Stamm, Deanna Nussbaum, Sarah Puckett, Wendi Kaplan, Maryam Khakpour, Kimberly Cormier, Natalie Lorio, Janet Berryman, Jennifer Hays, Sarah Wasserman, April Penman, Julie Farr, Dianne Egenes, Kim Williams, Karen Walker, Melissa Kazi, Angie Friedman, Sherry Knippa, Cahterine Sharpe, Julie Lippman, Leslie Agouridis, Kristy Harrod, Cheri Weyman, Anna Graves, Allison Doherty, Erin Duncan, Laura Ferguson, Elaine Barden, Blaire Sherer, Gina Waco, Kloe Barcus, Traci Owen, Janey Yancey, Kim Greer, Elizabeth Stewart, Denise Thayer, Kim Quinn, Cecy Feld, Laurie Steinberg, Stacey Patton, Megan Lembcke, Leslie Kibby, Roopa Foley, Sheri Kopidansky, Kristen Ewing, Lisa Holgrem, Margot Graham, Julie Borus, Case Hopkins, Carolyn McBee, Casi Bowers, Toni Evans, Kathy Cox, Haydee Pedack, Wendy Zhao, Alisa Sell, Vanessa Sloan, Ruthie Lightbourn, Becky Gould, Laura Thornton, Deedee Selner, Kay Neve

And, a huge round of applause for the amazing Vanessa Sloan! Thank you for your leadership, your tireless dedication to our staff, students and parents, the countless hours of service to our community and for always striving for excellence and inclusivity with your actions. We greatly appreciate you! Thank you!

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