Fall SPC TournamentsPlease come out and support your Hockaday Athletics Teams!!
Thursday, November 8
7:00 pm: Varsity Field Hockey @ Hockaday
Friday, November 9
10:00 am: Varsity Volleyball @ ESD
11:00 am: Varsity Field Hockey @ Hockaday
Please check the SPC website for bracket information.
Saturday, November 10
9:00 am: Cross Country @ Norbuck Park
TBD: Varsity Volleyball @ ESD
TBD: Varsity Field Hockey @ Hockaday/Greenhill
Upper School Winter Sports
Upper School Winter Sports include basketball, soccer, swimming and diving. The Upper School winter sports practices began on Monday, October 29 for all students not on a fall team. On Monday, November 12 all fall student athletes report to winter sports for the tryout period of November 12–15.
Middle School Winter Sports and Tennis
Seventh and eighth grade try-outs for winter and spring tennis placement will occur November 5–7 from 3:30–5:00 pm. Basketball, soccer, and swimming tryouts for seventh and eighth graders will be held from 3:30–5:00 pm on Monday, November 12 through Wednesday, November 14.
Middle School TennisAs the number of participants in Middle School tennis continues to grow (over 40 last spring), Middle School added a winter tennis program for our students, thus providing a productive learning environment, adequate practice time, and an opportunity for competition experience. Tennis is limited by court space and match availability as other area programs limit their Middle School tennis teams. This allows Hockaday to accommodate all seventh and eighth grade athletes interested in tennis and offer a meaningful experience for all experience and skill levels.
The winter tennis program will be offered to students whose skills levels range from beginner to intermediate. Players will learn basic skills, rules, etiquette, and strategies, and match play will be intra-squad and open for spectators. Athletes with more experience will compete during the spring tennis season. Tina Maddux will coach during both seasons. Try-outs for winter and spring tennis placement will occur November 5–7 from 3:30–5:00 pm, one week prior to regularly scheduled winter sport tryouts. There will be no tryouts for tennis later in the year as placement for both the winter and spring seasons is based on the November tryouts.
Athletes participating in winter tennis may then try out for another spring sport. Those who play spring tennis may try out for another winter sport (basketball, soccer or swimming) during try-outs for those Middle School sports on Monday, November 12 through Wednesday, November 14. However, athletes participating in winter tennis are not eligible to also play spring tennis in the same school year, and spring tennis players will not be able to play winter tennis.
Director of Athletics Deb Surgi has scheduled a Middle School winter sports information coffee for parents on Thursday, November 29 at 8:15 am in Clements Lecture Hall.
Hockaday Dance Fall Concert
Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm
The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Theater
The Hockaday Dance Department presents Cinderella, choreographed by Beth Wortley and Christie Sullivan, and featuring five Hockadance companies and more than 50 dancers. Experience a special evening of movement and beauty, this ballet is a must-see. Free general admission and perfect for all ages.
Alumnae Weekend is Friday – Saturday, April 26 – 27, 2019. Classes ending in “4” and “9” will celebrate reunions. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the weekend’s activities that include the luncheon, campus tours, classroom demonstrations, affinity and special interest groups breakfast, and a family picnic. New to the schedule this year is a reception at Hockaday for the Young Alumnae Classes of 2000 – 2015 on Friday, April 26, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Details will be provided in the coming months. The Host Hotel for Alumnae Weekend is the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Center, and room rates are $129 (single and double rate). Call the hotel directly at 1-800-445-8667 to make your reservation and use the reference code THS. You may also make your reservation online by clicking here. The reservation deadline is March 30, 2019.
Stay connected to Hockaday and to your classmates through the secure Alumnae Community that is accessible by clicking on the LOGIN button located in the upper right-hand corner of Hockaday’s website. You may contact the Alumnae Office if you don’t know the personal login ID and password assigned to you. You can also stay in touch with the School all year long by following us on Instagram and Facebook.
Contact the Alumnae Office to learn more information.
Hockaday’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Friday, January 18
9:00 – 10:30 am
Penson Athletic Center
Philadelphia Alumnae Gathering
Tuesday, January 29
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street (guest entrance at 1200 Filbert Street)
|Nominations for the 2019-20 HPA Executive Committee and Benefit Chair will be open Wednesday, October 3 through 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 19. Available executive committee positions include: President-Elect, Vice President-Elect, Treasurer-Elect, Recording and Corresponding Secretaries, Communications Liaison, Volunteer Coordinator, and Volunteer Coordinator-Elect. Self-nominate or nominate a peer on the HPA volunteer site, Executive Committee Nominations, for one of the positions under the leadership of 2019-2020 HPA President Jenna Woodberry. Your insight is invaluable to secure our future parent leaders! Questions? Please contact HPA Parliamentarian Anna McPhail. A slate for the open positions on the 2019-20 Executive Committee will be presented by the Nominating Committee for election by the HPA General Membership at the Joint Hockaday/St. Mark's Parents' Associations meeting in January 2019. For more information on the nominations process, including a brief job description of each available position, please click here. |
Mrs. Gray’s Hockaday Theater Company (Advanced Acting Class) will perform Jack Hilton Cunningham’s one act play Women and War about the effects of war on generations of American women. The play spans 1914-2018. We have been enjoying researching the politics, social mores, music, clothes and more of each different time period. Performances will be held on Tuesday, October 30 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm and Thursday, November 1 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
Upper School Musical auditions for Once Upon a Mattress will be held in The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Theater. Students ONLY need to attend ONE of the two auditions (Monday, October 8 from 4:15–6:15 pm or Tuesday, October 9 from 6:15–8:15 pm). Students will be notified if they receive a call back which will be held on Wednesday, October 10 from 6:15–8:15 pm. Songs and Scenes will be available on Wednesday, October 3rd outside Mrs. Gray’s office (FA244). Please choose at least one song in your range and one scene of a character of your choice.
On behalf of the Parents’ Association, I would like to welcome you back, and I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing summer! As the school year starts, please join me in welcoming our newest Daisies and families. Our Residence Life department will be busy moving our boarding Daisies into their rooms this weekend, while our Lower School students will be on campus at their back-to-school parties. At the same time, our 8th grade parents will be building sets for the 8th grade musical! The entire campus will be full of fun activity.
Our HPA volunteers have been hard at work this summer preparing for the many events and activities ahead:
Hockaday / St. Mark’s Fun Day, SUPER Fun Day
Hockaday Campus, Grades PK-6
September 21, 4-7pm
HPA Kick-Off Meeting
Dr. Karen Warren Coleman and Faculty Recipients of the
Ela Hockaday Fund for Faculty Excellence
September 27, 8:15 am
HPA General Meeting
Featured Speaker: Julie Lythcott-Haims
Author of “How to Raise an Adult”
Graciously provided by the Hartman Fellowship Endowment Fund
October 17, 8:15 am
Hockaday / St. Mark’s Joint Meeting
January 23, 8:15 am
Hockaday Benefit 2019
The Year of the Daisy: A Celebration of Asia
February 2, 6:00 pm
HPA Founder’s Day Award Meeting and Lunch
April 4, 11:45 am
In addition to those noted above, there are many more class and division events throughout the year. Please reference your class page and Daisy News regularly to be informed of the latest activities and announcements for students and parents.
All these events could not happen without your help! There are many ways to get involved this year. Please help us make this a spectacular year for our girls by signing up to volunteer on our newly designed HPA Volunteer Website. Many of the sign-ups will be closing on September 14, so please sign up TODAY!
THANK YOU to ALL of our wonderful HPA volunteers for their tireless work over the summer and for their continued efforts and dedication this school year! In particular, I’d like to thank the Welcoming Families and our New Family/Outreach chairs who helped welcome our newest Daisies to our community throughout the summer months. I would also like to thank our Athletic Liaisons for working so hard during their summer vacation to try to find a sports team for each of our PK to 6th grade Daisies. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful parent community!
Best to you all for a fantastic year!
HPA President 2018-2019
The Hockaday School welcomed close to 800 alumnae and guests to campus for Alumnae Weekend, Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28. Meg Allen Temple ’88 served as the Alumnae Day Chair, and Fallyn Gray Jones ’01 served as 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 “3” and “8”. The following Alumnae Association Awards were also presented at the Luncheon:
The Ellen Higginbotham Rogers Award for Excellence (Finalists)
Outstanding Alumnae Volunteer
Honorary Alum Award
Hockaday Medal Award
Additionally, the Alumnae Day Luncheon honored beloved teacher Ed Long, who will retire this month after 47 years at Hockaday. Alumnae Weekend concluded on Saturday with the Affinity and Special Interest Group Break and the Alumnae Family Picnic. Hockaday thanks everyone who was in attendance and helped make Alumnae Weekend a smashing success! Click Here to watch the Awards Video.
The Hockaday Film Festival will be Monday, May 7 from 7 – 9 pm at the Studio Movie Grill on Spring Valley. The event is free.
The following films were accepted to Dallas International Film Festival High School Shorts Showcase: “Gaia” by Maisy Crow; “Ukiyo” by Sophie Gilmour; and “Sight, Thoughts, Feelings” by Shelby Schultz. Joy Gao’s film, “Side by Side” is a finalist at the Media Arts Festival sponsored by UNT. Sophie Gilmour’s short film, “Ukiyo” was accepted into the West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival sponsored by West Virginia University. Sophie’s film will screen with films from 20 countries including Australia, Iran, Japan, Poland, Russian Federation, Switzerland, and Turkey. “Ukiyo” won Best Student Experimental in the Central Film Fest in Springfield, Missouri, and was accepted to the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.
|We have two fun family events coming up on campus - father/daughter soccer and mother/daughter yoga. But if you're looking for a parents' night out, join us May 5th for a Cinco de Mayo party featuring fantastic food and drinks, musicians, and fun surprises! We hope you can join us! |
A huge "Thank you" to our Special Occasions committee and event hosts. There are dozens of people who contribute their time and talents, open their homes and hearts, and share their passions and purpose in order to create unique experiences for the Hockaday community. Now we want to hear from you! Is there an event you'd like to host next school year or do you have an idea for an experience? Contact Special Occasions Chair, Heather Hays and click here to see our Special Occasions offerings
Dear Upper School Families,
Please join me in congratulating our varsity winter athletes who competed successfully at the SPC tournament in Houston over the long weekend. We also want to acknowledge our winter athletes on all teams who worked hard this season, and who proudly represented Hockaday.
At SPC, the Hockaday Varsity Basketball Team lost a close first game against St. John’s in the opening round. They bounced back, however, with a dominating performance in a 42 – 13 win over Episcopal School of Dallas in their second game. The basketball team won their final game on Saturday morning against Oakridge, with a score of 43 – 29, and finished the tournament with a 2-1 record. Read More
Congratulations to Pre-K, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, Form I, and Form III for meeting the Benefit Underwriting Incentive for DISCO THE HALLS! They will enjoy a Free Dress Day on Friday, March 23, to celebrate the Benefit. We hope that all the grades will be able to participate!
The opportunity to purchase underwriting-level tickets and earn the Free Dress Day for your grade has been extended until Thursday, March 1. Each grade level that purchases a minimum of 20 underwriting tickets to the Benefit will receive a FREE DRESS DAY for DISCO THE HALLS on March 23. The remaining classes are getting very close, help your class meet the challenge! Underwriting tickets begin at $600 for 2 tickets. Also available, are general tickets which are $200 each. All tickets to the Club 1913 on March 24th can be purchased online by clicking here or by visiting the Benefit page of the Hockaday website.
Hockaday is thrilled to host the 51st ISAS Fine Arts Festival, April 12-14, 2018! Since its inception 50 years ago, The ISAS Fine Arts Festival has grown to be the nation’s premiere annual regional arts festival among independent schools with more than 3,000 students from more than 40 schools participating in 20 different performance opportunities. Please view Ed Long’s welcome message to participating schools here.
A festival of this size requires an army of volunteers. Volunteering for ISAS 2018 will be fun and rewarding, and it is your ticket into this special event! Security is Hockaday’s top concern; therefore, only volunteers who are registered in advance may come to the festival. The artistic community of students and faculty from over 40 schools will be forever grateful for your help. Register here to volunteer for the festival. Mandatory training sessions will be offered in early April. Please contact the ISAS volunteer liaisons Randi Hofmann and Judi Stewart with any questions.
|Nominations for the 2018-19 HPA Board of Directors close tomorrow! Click here to view Lower, Middle, Upper, and all-school opportunities. Nominating yourself or another parent for one of these important roles is easy. Simply log onto the Hockaday Parent Portal, click on "The Volunteer Site", then "Nominate Leadership", then "Add Nomination". On the "Add Nomination" page, scroll to choose your name if self-nominating or the name of any person you wish to nominate, then scroll to choose the desired Position. Once you've designated a Nominee and a Position, be sure to press "Save" and that's all there is to it! Nominations will close on Friday, February 9. Questions, contact Rajani Kapu.|
It is time to nominate for the 2018-19 HPA Board of Directors! Nominate others or self-nominate for a variety of volunteer opportunities. Click here to view opportunities in Lower, Middle, Upper and All School. Nominating yourself or another parent for one of these important roles is easy. Simply log onto the Hockaday Parent Portal, click on "The Volunteer Site", then "Nominate Leadership", then "Add Nomination". On the "Add Nomination" page, scroll to choose your name if self-nominating or the name of any person you wish to nominate, then scroll to choose the desired Position. Once you've designated a Nominee and a Position, be sure to press "Save" and that's all there is to it! Nominations will open Wednesday, January 17 and close on Friday, February 9. Questions, contact Rajani Kapu.