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2019

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  • May

    The Space Daisies Selected as Finalists in 2019 Thomas Edison Pitch Contest

    Congratulations to the Space Daisies who won First Place in the Edison Pitch Contest in New Jersey! They were awarded a 3D printer for Hockaday and several prizes. More than 150 students, from 60 teams and 17 states competed in the contest. Coached by Middle School Science Teacher Laura Baker, the girls have worked tirelessly for the past nine months developing their robotic’s prototype “Buzz Gloves.” The Space Daisies “Buzz Gloves” alert astronauts when too much force is exerted through a haptic sensor that touches the fingers. Currently, astronauts pressurized gloves prevent them from feeling how much force they are exerting when working in space. Because of this, astronauts frequently break nails and damage fingers.
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  • Junior Celese Gierhart Conducts Exit Interview with Mayor Rawlings

    Junior Celese Gierhart, co-editor of the youth commission’s citywide publication for the City of Dallas, met with Mayor Mike Rawlings for an exit interview. Amongst many topics, they discussed initiatives that would benefit everyone like GrowSouth and bringing back the Youth Commission.  
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  • Alumnae Weekend 2019

    The Hockaday School welcomed more than 700 alumnae and guests to campus for Alumnae Weekend, Thursday, April 25 – Saturday, April 27. Fallyn Gray Jones ’01 served as the Alumnae Day Chair, and Margaret Flanagan Solomon ’85 was the Alumnae Day Chair-Elect. The festivities were kicked off by the Alumnae Board of Visitors Annual Meeting on Thursday.  Friday’s activities included the Alumnae Day Luncheon that celebrated reunion classes ending in “4” and “9”. The following Alumnae Association Awards were also presented at the Luncheon:
     
    The Ellen Higginbotham Rogers Award for Excellence (Finalists)
    • Brandi Finazzo, Upper School Science Teacher
    • Emily Gray, Upper School Drama Teacher
    • Jordan Innerarity, Assistant Director of Debate and Forensics and Form II Dean 
    Outstanding Alumnae Volunteer
    • Abby Hoak-Morton ’05 
    Honorary Alum Award Recipients
    • Dr. Barbara Fishel, Dean of Studies and Upper School Science Teacher
    • David J. Haemisegger, Hockaday Board of Trustees, 2008-2019; Chair, 2015-2017 
    Hockaday Medal Award Recipient
    • Mary Ann Hyde ’49 & ’51JC 
    Additionally, the Alumnae Day Luncheon honored beloved Distinguished Teacher Steve Kramer, who will retire after 39 years at Hockaday. Alumnae Weekend concluded on Saturday with the Affinity Groups Breakfast and the Alumnae Family Picnic. Hockaday thanks everyone who was in attendance and helped make Alumnae Weekend a smashing success! Click here to view the Awards Video and the Tribute Video Honoring Steve Kramer.



     
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  • Junior Riyana Daulat Testifies In Front of Ways and Means Committee

    Form III Student Riyana Daulat visited the state capitol in Austin to testify in front of the Ways and Means Committee in support of House Bill 311 which will eliminate the tax on feminine hygiene products in Texas. She recently started a change.org petition to increase support and awareness of the bill: http://chng.it/wgq6pXH4By.
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  • Athletics Master Plan Open Houses

    Please join us for one of two Athletics Master Plan Open Houses to be held on Monday, May 6 from 3:30 – 6:30 pm and Tuesday, May 7 from 7:30 – 10:30 am in Great Hall. Please RSVP here. You are welcome to drop in for a portion or stay for a while!

    Hockaday has selected HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, and a leader in sports and recreation planning and design, to lead our Athletics Master Planning effort. HOK architects will be on campus to meet with members of the Hockaday community to hear your ideas, feedback, and to learn from your experiences.

    These Open Houses are family-friendly and will allow parents, students, teachers, coaches and others to attend as their schedules allow. There will be a series of HOK-staffed table stations set up around the room that allow participants to peruse at their own speed, and the goals of these Open Houses are to:

    • Provide the Hockaday community with an opportunity to contribute their input on the goals and opportunities for the Athletics Master Plan
    • Provide information on the process and timeline of the Athletics Master Plan
    • Share key themes from initial stakeholder interviews 
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  • April

    Hockaday Connections

    Stay connected to Hockaday and to your classmates through the secure online Alumnae Community that is accessible by clicking on the LOGIN button located in the upper right-hand corner of Hockaday’s website. Contact the Alumnae Office if you do not know your personal login ID and password. Stay in touch with the School all year long by following us on Instagram and Facebook, and join the Alumnae LinkedIn group for professional networking opportunities.
     
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  • 2019 Alumnae Association Events, Programs, and Receptions

    Contact the Alumnae Office for more information about any of these events or programs.
     

    Hockaday’s 105th Commencement Ceremony
    Saturday, May 18                                           
    7:00 – 8:30 pm
    Commencement Terrace
    The Hockaday School

    Santa Fe Alumnae Reception
    Monday, June 10
    6:00 – 8:00 pm
    La Fonda on the Plaza
    100 E. San Francisco Street
    Santa Fe
     
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  • Top Girls Performance

    The Hockaday Theater Company will be performing the first act of this remarkable play about a groups of extraordinary women from through history for the Hockaday community on Friday April 26 at 2.40 pm for students and at 7:00 pm for all others in the Black Box Theater.
     
    Have you ever wanted to meet Pope Joan from the year 865? Or Dulle Griet/Mad Meg from the 16th century Flemish painting? Or how about coffee with World Traveler and writer Isabella Bird in the 1800s. All of the above and several more will be featured in this play. This show will be the students' one act contribution to the ISAS Arts Festival this year.
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  • Olivia Park wins DART Student Art Contest

    Eighth grader Olivia Park won 1st place for middle schoolers in the DART Student Art Contest. This is the third year she has recieved an award from DART since 6th grade, and the theme this year was “My next stop is _________”. More details about the contest can be found here: https://www.dart.org/transiteducation/posters2019.asp
     
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  • FEMPWR Forum

    In March, a new student-led organization at The Hockaday School called FEMPWR (pronounced fem-power) was founded on the basis of empowering young women through conversations on gender related issues and presenting them with opportunities to make an impact in their community. 
     
    Seven high schools were represented at the first FEMPWR forum titled, “From Your Bubble to the Outside World: Dealing with the Transition from a Sheltered Society to a Contemporary Lifestyle.” Five diverse panelists narrated their personal journeys into college and respective workplaces. This organization doesn’t only want to deliberate on the issues, but also wanted to SOLVE them. After the discussion, they explored ways participants can become more involved in their local communities.
     
    This organization will be also be giving a talk titled, “FEMPWR: The Future is a Feminist,” during the Academic Council’s annual Hockatalks event on Thursday, April 4.
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  • March

    Scrap That! App

    Hockaday’s Upper School Anatomy, Evolution, and the Zoo Class in partnership with W.T. White High School's Aquatic Biology Class and the Dallas Zoo presented their unique design strategies to solve environmental issues in a “shark tank” event to community leaders including Dallas entrepreneur and philanthropist Lyda Hill, Dallas Zoo President and CEO Greg Hudson, Nicole Small, President of the Lyda Hill Foundation and CEO of LH Holdings, Inc., and David Campbell, President of Hunt Utility Services and President and CEO of InfraREIT.  The judges awarded Form III students Anika Bandarpalle, Casey Freeman, and Chloe Johnson of the Scrap That! Team for their proposal of a gaming app to educate others about recycling programs with a “recyclopedia” and fun and educational games.  The Dallas Zoo will continue to support these students and their innovative ideas.
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  • AP Studio Art Exhibition Reception and Artists’ Talks

    Students will present their work on Monday, March 25 at 6:00 pm in Clements, and a gallery reception with refreshments will follow. Click here for the invitation. If you are unable to join us on Monday evening, the show runs from March 20 – April 5.  We hope you’ll take some time to view their hard work! 
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  • Join the Color Run - March 27!

    Please come out to support the Hockaday Athletics Community COLOR RUN (1 mile course) on Wednesday, March 27! The color run will begin at 4:30 pm, and all Hockaday students, faculty, staff, and families are invited to participate. Register here by signing the waiver.  All Lower School and Middle School students must be accompanied by a parent either in the run or at the start and finish line. A food truck and Steel City Pops will be available for purchase. 
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  • Senior Adoette Vaughan Places First in Open 2k

    Adoette Vaughan ran a season record of 6:58.34 in the Open 2k Steeple Chase at the Lovejoy Spring Distance Festival on Saturday, March 9. Her time was the fastest 2019 high school time in the nation, ranking her number one.
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  • February

    ISAS 2019

    This year the ISAS ARTS Festival is being hosted by St. Stephen’s School in Austin, Texas. The dates are April 11-13, 2019. The deadline for registration is this Friday, February 22. Students eligible for attending the festival received an email with instructions and a link to the registration website.
      
    In order to ensure the safety of all students and the quality of the experience, the ISAS steering committee is instituting a cap on the number of students attending from each school. The Hockaday Fine Arts Department has rotated the four Upper School disciplines which participate in the festival since 2012 in accordance to these guidelines. This rotation system allows each of the Hockaday Fine Arts disciplines to maximize the number of students they can bring. Rotating the four art forms on a four-year cycle means that each student, depending on her art form, has the possibility of participating in up to three festivals during her high school career. Theater, Dance, Orchestra, and Choir will attend the 2019 St. Stephen’s School festival. The Visual Arts discipline will not attend the festival. 
     
    Students should NOT schedule anything during the weekend of the festival, including the SAT and ACT. Alternate testing dates are available for both exams. If your student has testing accommodations they should contact Mrs. Cave, who is aware of this issue. Any conflicts with the ISAS weekend should be addressed as soon as possible. For safety and security purposes, students must travel to and from the festival with the group and remain for its entirety.
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  • Middle School Orchestra plays at TPSMEA

    Middle School Orchestra students won First Violin playing positions with the Texas Private Schools Music Educators Association's 2019 Middle School Honor Orchestra. Sixth grade violinist, Zoe Lelevich ranked number one and served as the concert master and soloist of this year’s honor orchestra.  Other participants included: Kimberly Zhang (Class of 2024), Melina Hu (Class of 2026), Angelina Dong (Class of 2024), Christina Dong (Class of 2024), and Danica Ly (Class of 2024).                                  
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  • Seniors Commit to Play Sports in College

    Nine Seniors have committed to play a sport at their college or university next year. Congratulations to Swiler Boyd (Soccer, Acadia), Reid Cohen (Lacrosse, Pitzer), Felicity Diamond (Crew, Columbia), Ariyanna Easter (Lacrosse, Southwestern University), JoJo Gum (Lacrosse, Yale), Parker Hawk (Cross Country, Washington & Lee), Justice Coutee-McCullum (Track, Rice), Sophie Rubarts (Field Hockey, Hendrix), and Adoette Vaughan (Cross Country, Arkansas).
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  • Students Compete at Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament

    Eight Hockaday Math Club students participated in the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT) in Cambridge, MA as the only all-girls’ mathematics team. HMMT is one of the hardest and most rigorous international mathematics competitions with 87 teams from all over the world. This was Hockaday’s fourth year competing in this competition. The following eight girls represented the Hockaday Math Team at HMMT: Kelsey Chen (Class of 2021), Hope Fu (Class of 2020), Lynn Jung (Class of 2021), Kyulee Kim (Class of 2022), Clara Shi (Class of 2019), Angelina Wu (Class of 2022), Jennifer Xiong (Class of 2022), and Angela Yuan (Class of 2023).
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  • 5th Annual Hockaday Charity String Festival

    Come play with us at the 5th Annual Charity String Festival on Saturday, March 23 at 10:30 am at Hockaday in The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Theater.  All ages are invited to play their stringed instruments in a fun, casual setting and 100% of the proceeds go to children's charities.  Festival registration forms and repertoire lists are available here.  Please contact Sunny D'Apice, Hockaday Lower School Orchestra Director, for more information and music for the Festival.
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  • Athletics News

    Athletics Signing Day
    Hockaday will celebrate our student athletes who have committed to play intercollegiate athletics on February 26 from 3:00–4:00 pm in The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Theater

    Color Run
    Please come out to support the Hockaday Athletics Community COLOR RUN (1 mile course) on Wednesday, March 27! The color run will begin at 4:30 pm, and all Hockaday students, faculty, staff, and families are invited to participate. Register here by signing the waiver.  All Lower School and Middle School students must be accompanied by a parent either in the run or at the start and finish line. A food truck and Steel City Pops will be available for purchase. 

    8th Grade Learn to Row Clini
    Hockaday Athletics will offer an introduction to rowing for current 8th grade students interested in rowing in Upper School. With 35 rowers currently on the team, and a new racing shell arriving this spring, tremendous momentum is building behind Hockaday Crew. Head Coach Will Forteith has also enjoyed teaching many of the current 8th graders in Speech & Debate this year. On Friday, March 29 from 3:15-4:30 pm there will be an introduction to rowing overview and a swim test.  On Saturday, April 6 Coach Forteith and Hockaday Crew Coaches will lead a Learn-To-Row class from 9:00 am - 11:30 am at Bachman Lake for those students who took the swim test on Friday, March 29. More information will be sent via email to 8th Grade famiies.


    Sports Photos
    Winter and fall sports portraits and event galleries for the 2018-2019 school year are now available at 
    www.scottpeekphotography.com/hockaday.  Please click on menu (2018-2019 Sports Portraits & Events) and find the appropriate gallery.
      2018 Winter Sports: Password: HDay2018WinterSports
      2018 Fall Sports: Password: HDay2018FallSports
      2018 Homecoming Game: Password: STM2018HomeC
    Sports Lawn Signs 
    Hockaday Sports lawn signs are available in the Hockaday Bookstore and can be ordered with a student athlete’s name.

    Follow Hockaday Athletics on Twitter for up-to-date scores and information at 
    https://twitter.com/HockadayATH

    Winter Schedules and Website Reminder
    Please visit the expanded Athletics Website at 
    www.hockaday.org. The expanded site includes NEW pages for a complete coaches directory, Alumnae in College, Championships, monthly view of schedules, links to our athletic twitter and Instagram, team schedules which includes team photo and highlights (schedules can now be synced to your personal devices).




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  • ISAS 2019

    This year the ISAS ARTS Festival is being hosted by St. Stephen’s School in Austin, Texas. The dates are April 11-13, 2019. The deadline for registration is this Friday, February 22. Students eligible for attending the festival received an email with instructions and a link to the registration website.
      
    In order to ensure the safety of all students and the quality of the experience, the ISAS steering committee is instituting a cap on the number of students attending from each school. The Hockaday Fine Arts Department has rotated the four Upper School disciplines which participate in the festival since 2012 in accordance to these guidelines. This rotation system allows each of the Hockaday Fine Arts disciplines to maximize the number of students they can bring. Rotating the four art forms on a four-year cycle means that each student, depending on her art form, has the possibility of participating in up to three festivals during her high school career. Theater, Dance, Orchestra, and Choir will attend the 2019 St. Stephen’s School festival. The Visual Arts discipline will not attend the festival. 
     
    Students should NOT schedule anything during the weekend of the festival, including the SAT and ACT. Alternate testing dates are available for both exams. If your student has testing accommodations they should contact Mrs. Cave, who is aware of this issue. Any conflicts with the ISAS weekend should be addressed as soon as possible. For safety and security purposes, students must travel to and from the festival with the group and remain for its entirety.
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  • US Photography Exhibit

    Don't miss the amazing photography exhibit on display in the Ann Bower ’67 Gallery through February 26.
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  • Middle School FLL Robotics Sweeps the Competition

    Middle School FLL Robotics, coached by Laura Baker and Lisa Dwinali, had a wonderful season this year. Out of over 400 teams who competed this season, 60 teams advanced to the NTX Championship. All five Hockaday teams advanced this year, and Saturn V won the First Place Championship!
     
    During the NTX Championship on Saturday, February 9 the Hockaday teams excelled in every area of the competition. Judges, referees, and coaches commented on their knowledge, poise, spirit, and extraordinary organizational skills. We are so proud of these five teams for everything they have accomplished.
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  • Varsity Field Hockey Members Named to 2018 NFHCA High School Academic Squad

    The following members of the Varsity field hockey team were named to the 2018 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) High School National Academic Squad: JoJo Gum (Class of 2019), Mary Gum (Class of 2020), Natalie Jones* (Class of 2019), Penelope Piccagli (Class of 2019), Gigi Spicer (Class of 2020), and Margaret Woodberry (Class of 2020).
     
    The High School National Academic Squad program recognizes those high school seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted grade-point average of 3.50 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year.  Seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.9 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2017–18 school year have been recognized as Scholars of Distinction. Student athletes who have earned Scholar of Distinction honors have been marked with an asterisk.
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  • Hockaday Parents Association Board Nominations are NOW OPEN

    It is time to nominate for the 2019-20 HPA Board of Directors. Nominate others or self-nominate today for a variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from Grade Representatives and New Family Outreach Chairs to Committee Chairs for many exciting All-School and Division events, activities and services. Click hereto submit your nominations on Sign Up Genius. Nominations will close at the end of the day on Friday, February 15. Questions, contact Jenna Woodberry.
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  • Upper School Musical: Once Upon a Mattress Tickets on Sale

    Purchase your tickets here for the upcoming musical, Once Upon a Mattress! Performance dates are Friday, February 8 at 7pm, Saturday, February 9 at 7pm and Sunday, February 10 at 2pm in The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Theater. 

    If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and The Pea," you may be in for a walloping surprise. Did you know for instance, that Princess Winnifred swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it was not the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.

    Please be advised some of the humor in this show is of a mature nature, and therefore we recommend appropriate audience age of 10 years old and above.
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  • January

    JoJo Gum Named Finalist for Davey O'Brien High School Scholarship

    JoJo Gum was one of six finalists nominated for the Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship. Recipients are chosen on the basis of character, community service, leadership, scholarship, and varsity sports participation. Congratulations, JoJo!‬
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  • Hockaday Parents Association 2019-20 Executive Committee

    The Hockaday Parents' Association (HPA) is very pleased to announce the HPA Executive Committee for 2019-20. Thank you to all parents who nominated and self-nominated for the Executive Committee.
     
    President: Jenna Woodberry
    President-Elect: Heather Hays
    Vice President: Carla Bolden
    Vice President-Elect: Wendy Oglesby
    Treasurer: Malia Mitchell
    Treasurer-Elect: Heather London
    Corresponding Secretary: Tracey Roach
    Recording Secretary: Tricia Davidson
    Communications Liaison: Anne-Marie Myhre
    Volunteer Coordinator: Lisel Simmons
    Volunteer Coordinator-Elect: Amanda Shufeldt
    Parliamentarian: Rajani Kapu
     
     
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  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

    The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration was held on Friday, January 18. From engaging keynote speaker Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, to the uplifting music directed by Dr. Raymond Wise, to the thoughtful student performances, the morning was enjoyed by all. An all-School service project followed the celebration and over 1,000 students worked as One Hockaday to design and paint walls for a Habitat for Humanity House.  Fox 4 News covered the day's events.
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  • Math Club Competes at the Mathematics Contest

    Twenty members of the Math Club represented Hockaday at the 16th Annual Metroplex Mathematics Contest at The Oakridge School in Arlington, Texas. Congratulations to the following students for placing: Lucy Young – 1st place Algebra I Open; Shinjini Mukherjee- 2nd place (tied with Cistercian) Algebra I Open; Kuylee Kim – 1st place Algebra II Closed; Angelina Wu; 3rd place (tied with Science & Engineering Magnet) Algebra II Open; Kelsey Chen – 1st place Pre-calculus Closed; Hope Fu – 3rd place Pre-calculus Open; Clara Shi – 2nd place Pre-calculus Open.
    The Hockaday team, made up of Kelsey Chen, Hope Fu, Shinjini Mukherjee, Clara Shi, Angelina Wu, and Jennifer Xiong, took 2nd place in the team competition.
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  • Upper School Ceramics Exhibition

    Come enjoy the Upper School Ceramics Exhibition between January 16 and February 4 in the Ann Bower '67 Gallery and Ownby Family Lobby. Open to the
    Hockaday community.
     
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