News

2018

News List

  • November

    Athletics News

     Fall SPC Tournaments

    Please 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 Tennis

    As 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. 
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  • Hockaday Dance Presents Cinderella!

    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.
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  • Junior Charlene Brzesowsky Competes in China

    Junior Charlene Brzesowsky competed individually and as the Head of the US Team II at the International Chinese Language, Talent and Knowledge Competition held in China. The American team won second place, and Charlene placed second for the Individual Comprehensive contest. The International "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition is a competition hosted by the Confucius Institute Headquarters. The theme of the 2018 competition was "Learn Chinese and make friends all over the world". The contestants from 110 regions in 99 countries won the "Top Five" through overseas preliminaries, three "crossing bridges" contests in China, and the five continents intercontinental final competition. The final competition consisted of a talent competition, Chinese Culture & grammar knowledge competition, and a two-minute speech.
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  • October

    Fall Alumnae Dinner

    The Fall Alumnae Dinner on Thursday, October 18, was a beautiful evening attended by alumnae and beloved faculty members and their guests. The Ela Hockaday Distinguished Alumna Award was presented to Lisa Loeb ’86, who performed three songs after receiving her award. Former and current faculty members with 20 or more years of service to the School were the honored guests of the evening.
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  • Alumnae Weekend 2019

    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.  

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  • Hockaday Connections

    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.
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  • 2018 – 2019 Alumnae Association Events, Programs, and Receptions

    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
    Thirteen Restaurant
    Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
    1201 Market Street (guest entrance at 1200 Filbert Street)
    Philadelphia
     
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  • Calling for Nominations for 2019-2020 HPA Executive Committee and Benefit Chair

    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.
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  • 8th Grade Musical – 'The Wizard of Oz'

    PERFORMANCE: Friday, October 26 at 7:00 pm, The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Theater
     
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  • Faculty Visual Arts

    Hockaday Visual Arts faculty  Chris Brandt and Paige Gates Faculty Mae Qualifying Exhibition is on campus now in the Ownby Family Lobby and the Ann Bower ’67 Gallery through October 30.
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  • Hockaday Ceramics and Photography at The State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Competition Awards (2018)

    Hockaday Senior Sara Doward and Junior Isabel Schaffer have placed several times in the Texas State Fair Ceramics Junior Category. Sara won first place for the Juniors Underglaze and Crochet and Isabel won first place in Ceramics Hand Modeling.
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  • Hockaday Theater Company

    The Hockaday Theater Company read and cast the fall play ‘Women and War.’ The Theater Tech class and the after-school set and costume crews are working on research and designs. Their work is displayed on the boards in the Lutz Tech Corridor. Please note that show dates have CHANGED from the printed calendar: Tuesday, October 30 at 4.30 pm and Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 pm in the Lacerte Family Black Box Theater. 
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  • September

    Math Prize for Girls Competition

    On Sunday, September 23, the 10th annual Math Prize for Girls competition was held at MIT.  The Math Prize for Girls competition’s goal is to promote gender equity in the STEM professions and to encourage young women with exceptional potential to become mathematical and scientific leaders.  This competition is a welcome change for our students who are used to competing in male-dominated math competitions. 
    Each year, students must apply and if the students earn a certain qualifying score on the American Mathematics Competition (AMC), then the students are invited to attend.  This year, the US Math Club had the following three representatives competing in the prestigious math competition: Kelsey Chen (2021); Hope (Xinyi) Fu (Class of 2020) andClara (Zhining) Shi(Class of 2019).

    A total of 285 students from the United States and Canada participated and the girls had 2.5 hours to complete a 20 question examination.  It was an honor to be invited to this competition to compete against the best high school female mathematicians.
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  • Upper School Fall Play - 'Women and War'

    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. 
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  • US Musical Auditions - 'Once Upon a Mattress’

    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.
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  • Visual Arts – Faculty Art Exhibition

    There is a chance to see professional artist Liz Trosper’s solo exhibition, which opened at The Wilcox Space last week. Liz is our new Middle and Upper School Art Instructor. The exhibition will be held from September 22 through December 14, 2018.  The Wilcox Space is located at 824 Exposition Avenue #9, Dallas, TX 75226.
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  • 20 Hockaday Students Advance as National Merit Semifinalists

    The Hockaday School proudly recognizes 20 students who will advance as semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, a national academic competition for recognition and scholarship that began in 1955.
     
    Hockaday semifinalists include Ashna Ahuja, Sara Aldis, Michelle Chen, Sophie Dawson, Michelle Chen, Shivani Ganesh, JoJo Gum, Meghna Jain, Sophia Kim, Tanvi Kongara, Chaucer Langbert, Tosca Langbert, Isabel Peppard, Helena Perez-Stark, Nisha Singh, Eloise Sinwell, Qianqian (Caroline) Subbiah, Emma Unglaub, Elaine Williams, Christina Yang, and Isabella Yepes.
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  • August

    Celese Gierhart appointed to serve on Dallas Youth Commission

    Junior Celese Gierhart has recently been appointed by Mayor Rawlings to represent him and District 15 on the Youth Commission. In this position, she will be working alongside fourteen other boys and girls from each district all across Dallas. Throughout her next two years as a commissioner, Celese will hold town halls, organize city events, implement new projects in her district, and work to improve the city of Dallas.
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  • Fifth Grader Participates in Junior Olympics

    Sena-Ter Asom (Class of 2026)  participated in the Junior Olympics in Des Moines this summer. Sena made it into the Semi-Finals (U10) in the 100m and 200m and she medaled in the long jump placing 4th overall in the country.
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  • A Note from Rajani Kapu

    Dear Parents:
     
    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!
    Rajani Kapu
    HPA President 2018-2019
     
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  • Alumnae Affinity and Special Interest Groups

    Please click here to learn about upcoming group events and recently formed groups.
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  • Staying Connected to Hockaday

    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.
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  • Volleyball Places 3rd and Leilah Smith earned All Tournament Team

    Congratulations to the Hockaday Volleyball Team for a successful start to the 2018 season.  They finished strong in 3rd out of a total of 52 teams last weekend at the TAPPS Spike Down 2018 in Fort Worth.  

    “This was a great start to our season and I am so proud of all our players. I especially want to thank everyone who came and supported us throughout this weekend. A weekend where I saw us battle adversity, handle pressure and come together as a team to finish the tournament going 6-1 overall and 12-3 in sets. Congratulations to Leilah Smith on being selected to the All Tournament Team. We will enjoy the success this weekend, but it will be back to business starting Monday.”- Coach Gass  

     
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  • 2019 Benefit – The Year of the Daisy

    The Hockaday Parents’ Association proudly announces the 2019 Benefit theme and date. “The Year of the Daisy – A Celebration of Asia” will take place at Hockaday on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Guests will be transported to the continent of Asia as we enjoy a feast for the senses. Proceeds from the Benefit will go to building a permanent Child Development Center for the young children of Hockaday’s Faculty and Staff.  Benefit Chair, Jessica Epperson ’96, welcomes your support and involvement in this all-parent event. If you would like to volunteer to serve on the Benefit Committee in some capacity, please reach out to Jessica at jepperson@polsinelli.com
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  • May

    Varsity Lacrosse State Champions!

    Hockaday Varsity Lacrosse won the SPC Championship beating ESD 16-8 and became the State Champions on Sunday, May 13 with their victory against No. 1 ranked Houston Kinkaid in the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League Division 1 final.  It is the Hockaday Varsity Lacrosse Team’s fourth state championship – and first since 2012.  Go Daisies!
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  • Aurelia Han Receives NFPW's 2018 Award of Excellence

    Senior Aurelia Han received the National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Award of Excellence. This award honors the high school student who submits the entry chosen by a small group of judges as overall best among the national first-place winners. Aurelia's piece won first place out of more than 1,500 entries that started this year's competition at the state level. From there, 156 captured first place and went on to the national level of judging. And then, 23 national first-place entries were judged for this final round, and Aurelia's piece received first place!
     
    At the state level, The Fourcast's staff received the following first places which went on to the national competition:
     
    Aurelia Han - Single Page Layout (received first place in the nation and also the NFPW Communications Award of Excellence)
    Brenda Lee - Graphics/Photo Illustration (received second place in the nation)
    Mary Orsak - Editorial (received third place in the nation)
    Mary Orsak - Review (Received HM in the nation)
    Ali Hurst - Opinion (Received HM in the nation)
    Emily Fuller and Aurelia Han - Double Truck Layout (Received HM in the nation)
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  • Alumnae Weekend 2018

    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)
    • Laura Baker, Middle School Math and Science Teacher and Robotics Coordinator
    • Jessica Chu, Upper School Math Teacher and Form III Dean
    • Sarah Traphagen, PhD, Upper School English Teacher
     Outstanding Alumnae Volunteer
    • Vicki Michaelis Bartholow ’68
     Honorary Alum Award
    • Kevin Brady, Upper School Ceramics Teacher
    • Vickey Thumlert, Director of Activities
     Hockaday Medal Award
    • Nancy A. Nasher ’72
    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.
     
     
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  • Laura Day Receives United to Learn Award

    Laura Day, Director of The Dr. William B. Dean Service Learning Program, for winning the “Outstanding Accelerator: Advocacy and Awareness” United to Learn Award, and for her unwavering commitment to the development of the next generation of leaders equipped to engage in educational equity!
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  • Life Trustee Margaret McDermott

    Dear Members of the Hockaday Community,
     
    A dearly beloved member of our community, Life Trustee Margaret McDermott, whose impact on our School and the entire Dallas community was unparalleled, died today, Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the age of 106. Mrs. McDermott was appointed to the Hockaday Board of Trustees in 1965 and appointed Life Trustee in 1976. Mrs. McDermott was named an Honorary Alum in 2008. Her steadfast devotion and unequivocal support of Hockaday for more than six decades has helped make Hockaday the School it is today.
     
    In 1998, Mrs. McDermott and her daughter Mary McDermott Cook ’71 established the Eugene McDermott Head of School Chair. Four Heads of Hockaday have been proud to hold this title. In 2016, The Eugene McDermott Foundation named the performance stage in The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Theater in honor of legendary teacher Ed Long. Mrs. McDermott’s involvement in and generosity to the School has supported many areas of School life including our science program and our commitment to financial aid for students.  
     
    The focus of Mrs. McDermott’s philanthropy was education, the arts, and science. She was a fervent believer in elevating public and private education and bringing art and beauty to everyone. She donated over 3,100 works “spanning different cultures, disciplines, and eras” to the Dallas Museum of Art. She served as a museum trustee for 57 years. Her involvement at The University of Texas at Dallas has been transformative. She established the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at UTD in 2000.
     
    Mrs. McDermott believed strongly in the power of effective leadership. As a result, through The Eugene McDermott Foundation, Mrs. McDermott and Mary McDermott Cook ’71 endowed Heads positions across the City of Dallas. Included in this list of fine institutions that Mrs. McDermott cherished are The Hockaday School, St. Mark’s School of Texas, United Way of Dallas, and Dallas Museum of Art. The Heads’ titles of all of these institutions carry the name of her beloved late husband Eugene McDermott.
     
    Mrs. McDermott has one daughter, Mary McDermott Cook ’71, and her granddaughter is Grace Ellen Cook ’06. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at 11:00 am at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
     
    Mrs. McDermott provided philanthropic leadership throughout her life. Her dedication to and involvement in Hockaday and throughout Dallas has been awe-inspiring. Her kindness, enthusiasm, intellect, and her amazing zest for life will be long remembered by everyone at our School.
     
    Both Andy and I will always remember our first trip to Dallas when she welcomed us with open arms and shared her story about what Hockaday meant to her. Her love for our School was contagious. She will be greatly missed by the entire Hockaday community.
     
    Warm regards,
    Karen
     
    Dr. Karen Warren Coleman
    Eugene McDermott Head of School
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  • Hockaday Film Festival

    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.

    The North Texas High School Students Shorts Showcase at the Dallas International Film Festival will be Sunday, May 6 at The Studio Movie Grill, Spring Valley. Shelby Schultz’s film screens in the noon showcase, and Maisy Crow’s film and Sophie Gilmour’s film screen in the 2:30pm showcase.   
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  • April

    Hockaday Film Students Win at 2018 Pegasus Film Festival

    Congratulations to Hockaday film students for winning big at the 2018 Pegasus Film Festival. Junior Sophie Gilmour won Best Experimental for her film UKIYO, and Junior Alexa May won Best Documentary for her film PHONIES!  Honors go to Sophomore Joy Gao for also being a finalist in this year’s festival for her film SIDE BY SIDE. 
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  • Micah Lyles Selected President-Elect of TACAC

    Congratulations to Micah Lyles, Associate Director of College Counseling, for being selected as President-Elect of TACAC (Texas Association for College Admission Counseling). Selected by his peers for his outstanding professionalism and dedication to the organization, he will represent Texas and Hockaday students in national conversations regarding education and college admission.
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  • Hockaday Golf Team Wins “Hooten Cup” Tournament for Fifth Year

    Congratulations to the Varsity golf team for winning the “Hooton Cup” tournament at Pecan Valley. They won overall with a team score of 342, a season low. Gabri Kim came in first place with a score of 82, Nyomi Thomas was in second place with a score of 83, and Sarah Haetzel was in third place with a score of 84. This is the 5th time that Hockaday has won this tournament.
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  • Hockaday Team Wins First Place at EarthxHack 2018, beating MIT

    Five Hockaday upper classmen participated as the only all girls’ team in EarthxHack 2018, a 24-hour hackathon, held at Fair Park last weekend. The event is designed to inspire, educate and empower students and professionals to use technology to solve real issues plaguing the world today. The teams were composed of 2-5 people, and they were provided a space to inspire creative thinking to build game change prototypes to be implemented on a global scale.
     
    Junior Isabel Peppard, Sophomores Ann Segismundo, Maisy Crow, Riyana Daulat, and Karen Lin, with no previous coding or IT experience, but a passion for environmental issues, decided to create a group to enter the hacking competition to learn more on how they could positively impact the world. After introductory coding training, the Hockaday students worked collaboratively to develop an app that would allow users to connect to use public transportation and increase safety, while reducing the carbon footprint for transportation.  They then pitched the idea of “ROAMMATE” to the EarthxHack panel of judges. Riyana Daulat shared, “As president of the All Green Club at Hockaday, it is events such as EarthxHack that give us a platform to share our love and concern for the Earth. It is our collective responsibility to take care of this planet, and I am so grateful to Maisy, Isabel, Ann, and Karen for participating in this event. I am looking forward to making our app a reality!”
     
    Competing against 79 school teams, and one other high school team, the Hockaday team and their ROAMMATE app won first place! A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) placed second. ROAMMATE won best overall app and the Hockaday team received $4,000 dollars. They have been contacted by the Dallas Mavericks about partnering together to build the app.
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  • Hockaday Students Place at North Texas Chinese Speech Contest

    Sophomore Charlene Brzesowsky won first place in the regional competition for the International Chinese Bridge Competition, and will represent Southern United States at the global competion in Beijing, China in October. Sohee Chung (Class of 2020) won first place and Jordan Walker (Class of 2020) received third place for the non-hertiage group and Erin Yuan (Class of 2025) received second place for the heritage group.
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  • Leya Glazer Made a Hole In One

    Fifth Grader Leya Glazer made a hole in one on an uphill par 3 around 100 yards with a pitching wedge at the Golden Horseshoe's Golf Course during the U.S. Kids Regional Tournament in Williamsburg, Va. 
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  • Upper School Science Teacher Katie Croft Published

    Congratulations to Upper School Science teacher Dr. Katie Croft on her recent publication in the journal Neuropsychology. The paper is titled “Choosing Spouses and Houses: Impaired Congruence Between Preference and Choice Following Damage to the Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex.”   
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  • Vibrato and Cornerstones Receive National Award

    Congratulations to the Vibrato and Cornerstones publications for receiving a Pacemaker Award during the National Scholastic Press Association conference held in San Francisco last week. “The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” said Laura Widmer, NSPA's executive director. “NSPA is honored to recognize the best of the best.”
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  • Charlene Brzesowsky Wins Chinese Competition

    Sophomore Charlene Brzesowsky won first place in the 2018 “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition in Dallas, Texas.  As part of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition Finals held every year in Beijing, this preliminary competition plays a role of selecting competitive contestants for the final competitions.
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  • Independent Robotics Team headed to FRC World Championship

    The independent robotics team, The Undergraduate School of Carrots, FRC #6898, recently won the “All Star Rookie” award at the Bayou Regional in New Orleans and placed in the top 20 out of 60 programs. They have been invited to the FRC World Championship in Houston, April 18 – 21 because of their special selection. The Undergraduate School of Carrots is an all-girls, rookie, community-based team made up of 13 students ( Sidney Wang, Meghan Shimer, Juhi Agrawal, Lucy Young, Katie LaDue, Velayzia Standifer, Anoushka Singhania, Christine Kirby, Ali Scherz, Lily Zhou, Hope Fu, Jenny Choi, and Eugene Seong) “passionate about sharing their love of robotics and FIRST to inspire the next generation of scientists, programmers, engineers, and mathematicians.”
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  • A Must See – JUST DANCE!

    Hockadance Spring Performance
    Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 pm
    The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Theater
     
    The Hockaday Dance Department presents a command performance of the best of student contemporary choreography in JUST DANCE on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 pm.  Experience an unforgettable night of movement and beauty to stir the soul. Don’t miss this stunning showcase of over 60 of Hockaday’s finest dancers and a special salute to the Seniors!
     
    Free general admission seating is available. 
     
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  • March

    Mary Orsak Addresses Dallas City Council

    Senior Mary Orsak addressed the Dallas City Council about Confederate Monuments in Dallas last week.  Mary is a member of the mayor’s Confederate monuments task force and requested “the removal of the monuments.”  For full details, please read The Dallas Morning News article “Meet the 18-year-old I’m pretty sure will run Dallas sooner than later” by Robert Wilonsky. Mary has also served as Council Member Jennifer Staubach Gates’ Youth Commission appointee. The Youth Commission is made up of students from every council district and works to encourage Dallas youth to become leaders who are actively engaged in civic affairs, public policy, and advocacy. Earlier this year, Mary gave a TEDx talk – “Take Your Seat at the Table” encouraging youth to demand a seat at the grown-ups’ table. She raised issues about women’s inequality, and the lack of female representation in leadership.  She encouraged students to share their opinions and ideas as they have a “unique and important voice” and “the world will be better for it.”
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  • Communications Department Chair Ana Rosenthal receives Gold Key Award at the CSPA

     Communications Department Chair Ana Rosenthal received the Gold Key Award at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Spring Conference (CSPA) in New York on March 9. "In recognition of outstanding devotion to the cause of the school press, encouragement to the student editors in their several endeavors, service above and beyond the call of delegated duty, leadership in the field of education, and support of the high ideals from which the Association has drawn its strength and inspiration" are the words on the Certificate that accompanies the CSPA's Gold Key.
     
    Ms. Rosenthal has advised the literary magazine Vibrato, the newspaper The Fourcast and hockadayfourcast.org, and the Cornerstones yearbook since 2008.These publications have been honored with CSPA Crown Awards, NSPA Pacemaker Awards, ILPC Star Awards, and awards from the National Federation of Press Women and the Dallas Morning News.
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  • 2018 Founder's Day Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the 2018 Founder's Day Award Recipients (left to right) Kaleigh Beacham, Olivia Naidu, Quinn Brodsky, Rory Finn, and Samantha Watson. Hockaday's highest honor, the Founder's Day Award is given to the seniors whose teachers and peers believe most exemplify the Four Cornerstones of Courtesy, Character, Scholarship, and Athletics
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  • Adoette Vaughan Breaks Personal Records

    Adoette Vaughan (Class of 2019) began her spring break competing at the Lovejoy Spring Distance Festival hosted by Lovejoy High School on Saturday, March 10. She ran the nation's top time in the 2k steeplchase while also breaking her own school record with a time of 6:56.77! Please help us congratulate Adoette on this amazing accomplishment! Her hard work is continuing to show and making a mark on the national Track and Field scene!

    After a long weather delay, Adoette lined up for a soggy Elite Girls 1600 m race at the Texas Distance Festival hosted by Southlake High School on Saturday, March 17. Adoette ran a smart race by settling into the front pack and she moved smoothly into the top four as the pack split by the end of the second lap. She continued to move through the pack and finished strong for second place personal record time of 4:55.61, which breaks her own school record! Her time ranks her #2 in Texas and #12 in the USA! Watch the entire race here. Please help us congratulate Adoette on this amazing finish among the top athletes in Texas!
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  • Vibrato and The Fourcast receive Gold Crown Awards

    Congratulations to the Vibrato and The Fourcast 2016 – 2017 publications for receiving Gold Crown awards at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Spring Conference in New York last week. "Crown Awards are the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence.” The following students attended the CSPA conference: Penelope Piccagli, Courtney Katz, Paige Halverson, Ellen Schindel, Ileana Kesselman, Charlotte Dross, Ponette Kim, Michelle Chen Maddie McBride, and Emily Wu.
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  • There is Still Time to Get Involved in Special Occasions Events

    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
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  • Emily Ma's and Grace Zhang's short film, "ONE", at the Bechdel Film Festival

    “ONE,” Emily Ma and Grace Zhang’s short film, screened February 15 – 22 in Houston at the Bechdel Film Festival.  In addition, Emily and Grace were invited to participate in a panel discussion during the festival.  Emily and Grace joined four adult filmmakers to talk about “Producing Your Independent Film.”

    The Bechdel Film Festival, named after “The Bechdel Test,” is dedicated to supporting and promoting female filmmakers.
    For a film to pass The Bechdel Test, the movie must simply have the following:

    1: It must have at least two female characters
    2: They must both have names
    3: They must talk to each other about something other than a man
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  • Sophie Gilmour's Film, "Ukiyo" accepted to the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

    Sophie Gilmour’s short film, “Ukiyo” was accepted this month to the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in the category, Filmmakers of Tomorrow.   The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival was founded in 1993 by a group of movie lovers who include San Luis Obispo attorney, Mary A. Harris, film industry professional Cathy Peacock and Palm Theatre owner, Jim Dee. This year's festival will be held March 13 –18.
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  • JV Soccer's Strong Season

    The Hockaday JV Soccer Team had an incredible playing season with a very tough schedule. JV Soccer Coach Luis Aldaba recalls telling the players at the beginning of the season that they had the potential to be a great team and turn some heads by accomplishing amazing things. They exceeded his expectations, as demonstrated in their strength when playing Highland Park, last year’s State Champions. The match ended in a 0 – 0 draw.  Shea Castleman netted more than 20 goals this past season, and Gabby Evans had a fantastic season in goal, recording loads of shut outs.  All of the players on Hockaday's JV Team made a name for themselves and conceded only a handful of goals the entire season. The coaches are proud of how each individual player learned a great amount of skill and applied it to the field. With the season ending in a record of 15-1-1, it was “one of the best seasons I’ve seen in my 13 years at Hockaday” notes Coach Aldaba.
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  • Senior Camille McElroy recognized as Community Playmaker

    On Monday, February 26 Senior Camille McElroy was recognized at the Dallas Mavericks game as a Community Playmaker for her dedication to improving the lives of others and being a force for good. She was selected by Walmart and the Dallas Mavericks, after being nominated for her work as President of the Genesis STAR (Students Tackle Abusive Relationships) Auxiliary. Camille has been involved with STAR since her freshman year and is currently president of the eight member board representing 100 students from 14 different schools that work together to support the Genesis mission.
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  • February

    HAARTS 2018 | Hockaday Alumnae in the Arts

    Make plans to attend the HAARTS 2018 (Hockaday Alumnae in the Arts) Program on Wednesday, March 28. This year's program celebrates the art of television and film and features four distinguished alumnae panelists with behind-the-scenes careers in this industry. Click here to learn more about the program and RSVP.
     
    Additionally, HAARTS 2018 alumnae panelist Suki Hawley ’87 will screen her new documentary film, All the Rage, on Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Texas Theatre. The screening is open to the Hockaday Community, and tickets may be purchased for $10 at Texas Theatre. Audience members will have the opportunity to meet the filmmakers at the end of the screening.
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  • 2018 Texas Poetry Out Loud Competition

    Sophie Dawson, Form III, was one of five finalists in the 2018 Texas Poetry Out Loud competition, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Sophie competed against 24 other students from across Texas on Saturday, February 24 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum reciting “Propositions” by Stephen Dun, “On Monsieur's Departure” by Queen Elizabeth I, and "Undivided Attention" by Taylor Mali. Congratulations, Sophie!
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  • Sarah Kate Ashton wins first place at the USA Climbing Bouldering Youth National Championship

    Sarah Kate Ashton, a Form I student, recently won first place in her age category at the USA Climbing Bouldering Youth National Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the competition, Sarah Kate competed against the top rock climbers in her age category from all around the country. In order to qualify to climb at Nationals each of these outstanding climbers must compete successfully in bouldering competitions at the local, regional and divisional level.
     
    Sarah Kate’s win makes her the 2018 USA Climbing Bouldering National Champion for her age category and earns her a spot on the USA Youth Climbing Team. As a member of the USA Climbing team, Sarah Kate will compete for the United States at the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) World Championship in Europe this summer. Sarah Kate has been rock climbing since age 8 and has been competing at the national level for the past 5 years. Sarah Kate’s climbing team, Lone Star Climbing, is based in Frisco, and she trains 5 or 6 days a week year-round.
     
    There are three disciplines in the sport of rock climbing:
    1. Bouldering consists of routes approximately15-20 feet high, and climbers rely on power moves while climbing without a rope or harness; thick, landing pads protect provide soft landings for the climbers. Bouldering season is from August to February in this country.
    2. Sport climbing consists of very tall routes approximately 60 feet high; climbers are attached to a rope, and this style challenges climbers to use technique and endurance.
    3. Speed climbing is akin to running the hurdles 50 feet straight up. The route is known, and the goal is to make it to the top with the fastest time.
     
    Sport and Speed season is from February to July. Sarah Kate will compete in both Sport and Speed competitions in the coming months and hopes to qualify for Sport and Speed Youth Nationals in Atlanta in July. She will be hard at work training all three of these disciplines before she heads overseas to represent the US at Worlds in August.
     
    Of note, competitive rock climbing will be included in the Japan 2020 Summer Olympics as a brand new Olympic sport.
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  • A Message from Jenn Johnson

    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
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  • Nomination Deadline for Ellen Higginbotham Rogers Award for Excellence this Friday

    The Alumnae Association is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Ellen Higginbotham Rogers Award for Excellence, which is given each year to a Hockaday faculty or staff member who has made an important impact on the students and on the education the School provides them. To learn more about the award and access the nomination form, please click here.  The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, February 23. 
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  • One More Week to Underwrite for a Free Dress Day!

    Congratulations to Pre-K, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, Form I, and Form III for meeting the Benefit Underwriting Incentive for DISCO THE HALLSThey 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. 
     
    Join us for a fabulous evening from the open bars in the Club Lounge with the spinning beats of DJ Poizon Ivy (Hockaday parent and alumna!) to the stunning setting of the seated dinner provided by the Food Company, to the glittering dance floor with the Jordan Kahn Band. We anticipate a sold-out event with parents, faculty, staff, and friends! We will dazzle you with spectacular Silent Auction offerings and an action-packed Live Auction!  Get your groove on and join the party!

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  • TEAMS Competition

    On February 15th, 21 girls on three teams (Angela Shi, Jennifer Wang,  Lin Lee, Emily Baschab, Christine Ji, Kaleigh Beacham, Emma Shore, Hannah Marlene Sipes, Lily Zhou, Hope Fu, Katrina Liang, Joy Gao, Kathryn Bowers, Emily Stevenson, Kelsey Chen, Annie Zhao, Ananya Phadke, Sophia Bahad, Riya Malhotra, Sriya Chebrolu, Suzanne Baxter) took their day off and competed in a TEAMS competition focused on Engineering, Math, and Science.

    In the essay portion  they explored a building in their community and determined ways to make that building more efficient, and  answered questions regarding engineering better buildings for the environment. Lastly, they constructed the tallest tower they could out of straws, paper-clips, and pipe-cleaners that would support a single tennis ball. They competed against teams from St. Mark’s, Cistercian, and McNeill High School. Hockaday had one team in the 11/12 grade division and they garnered 2nd place, and the two teams in the 9/10 division, and the  A team took 1st place! Congratulations to the girls on these teams for their hard work and accomplishments. 
     
     
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  • Hockaday Math Club Competes at Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament

    On February 10, the Hockaday Math Club brought a team of eight girls (Kelsey Chen, Hope Fu, Effie Guo, Elizabeth Guo, Lin Lin Lee, Clara Shi, Angelina Wu, and Jennifer Xiong) to participate in the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT) in Cambridge, MA.  HMMT is one of the hardest and most rigorous international mathematics competitions, and the girls took a full day of math tests (3 challenging sixty-minute individual tests, 1 sixty-minute proof-based team test, and 1 ninety-minute guts round competition).

    Many schools applied last October to attend the competition, and the Hockaday Math Club was excited to that the HMMT committee accepted them for the third year.  There were 90 teams, some recruiting from various schools, that participated from all over the world, and Hockaday was the only all-girls mathematics team.  For sweepstakes, Hockaday earned 58th overall, beating 32 teams!  For individual scoring, Clara Shi and Lin Lin Lee placed in the top half of all the individuals (total of 674 individuals competed).  Hockaday placed 53rd for the Team Round. Congratulations to the girls for their success in solving the thought-provoking and challenging problems!
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  • Hockaday Model UN Competes at Harvard University

    Nineteen Upper School students competed at the Harvard University Invitational on January 25-28.  All schools that participate have to apply and then be invited to Harvard.  Hockaday has competed at this conference for the past eight years. We are the only school from Texas, and one of only two all-girls schools represented. The Model UN Club will head to Georgetown University for their next competition.  
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  • 2018 Signing Day for College Athletics

    Congratulations to Lizzie Benedict (UNC Lacrosse), Emily Fuller (Bowdoin Lacrosse), Sophie Isom (Yale Track and Field), Trinity Thomas (Harvard Soccer), and Anna Glasgow (Dartmouth Crew) for committing to their chosen sports at the colleges and universities they plan to attend.
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  • Middle School Robotics Wins First Place at the First Lego League (FLL) North Texas Championship

    Congratulations to the Middle School Robotics teams for their big wins at the FLL North Texas Championship on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Hocka ‘scuse me? (Jayna Dave, Grace Dorward, Tarini Gupta, Juliana Lu, and Ashna Tambe) won a major award, Core Values: Teamwork, and The Hockabots (Nina Dave, Riya Guttigoli, Anisha Sharma, Stella Wrubel, and Sophia Yung) won the First Place Championship Award for achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project. The Hockabots are headed to the World Championship in Houston on April 18!

    In early January, our Middle School Robotics teams competed at the First Lego League (FLL) regional qualifier at Williams High School in Plano. Out of all thirty-six teams, the top ten teams advanced, and three major category awards were given. Team "Hockabots" won the Robot Design award. This award recognizes a team that designs a mechanically sound robot, uses outstanding programming principles, and utilizes a well-developed strategy to design and build an innovative, high performing robot. Team "Hocka ‘scuse me?" won the Core Values award. This award recognizes a team whose members show strong communication, effective problem solving, excellent time management, as well as extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit. 
    On January 20, "The Hockabots" and "Hocka ‘scuse me?" went to the Super-Qualifier in Grand Saline and competed among sixty other teams. They won awards again and advanced to the FLL North Texas Championship which was this past weekend. All sixty teams started in a pool of 500 teams
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  • 4th Annual Hockaday Charity String Festival

    Come play with us at the 4th Annual Hockaday Charity String Festival on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:30 am 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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  • Check out These Special Occasion Events You’ll Love!

    There are still plenty of chances to get you and your Daisy involved in one of our amazing Special Occasions events! Tomorrow (February 9th) is Flashback Friday for 3rd and 4th grade Daisies for a very special Rotunda Rocks before school with Ms. Kessee! While the Lower School Daisies sing and dance in the morning, our 7th and 8th grade Middle Schoolers will dance away the afternoon tomorrow (February 9th) at a Zumba party with Coach AD! There's still time for your Daisy to join us. Just contact Special Occasions Chair, Heather Hays. Since those events are only for Daisies, we have something else, just for parents! Please join us Saturday night at the home of Middle School mom, Lisa Blue Baron. She is hosting Upper School teacher, Tracy Walder, who will share her very personal knowledge of current events and terrorism in our world today. Tracy is a former member of the CIA and FBI and has incredible stories to share! There's something for everyone in Hockaday's Special Occasions. We hope to see you at one of our events. Check out the link for more details!


     
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  • Hockaday to Host the 2018 ISAS Arts Festival

    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.
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  • HPA Board Nominations Close Tomorrow, Friday, February 9

    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.
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  • Don't Miss "The Drowsy Chaperone" Musical Production, Friday – Sunday

    The performance dates of the upcoming musical are Friday, February 9 at 7pm, Saturday, February 10 at 7pm and Sunday, February 11 at 2pm in The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Theater. Click Here to purchase your tickets. Purchased tickets will be available for pick-up at the will-call table 30 minutes prior to the show start. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door, CASH or CHECK only. Online ticket sales will end 24 hours prior to the show start.  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.

    “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a hilarious musical comedy set in the 1920s, and an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, examines the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them. The "Woman" in the Chair, a mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure her "non-specific sadness", listens to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As she listens to this rare recording, she is transported directly into the musical. The characters appear in her dingy apartment, and it is transformed into an impressive Broadway set with all the glitz and glamour! Come celebrate and join us for the show!
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  • New Date for Athletics Coffee – Spring Sports and Fall Sports

     
    Please note the new date of February 13 at 8:15 am in Clements Lecture Hall where Spring Sports tryouts and seasonal information for Lacrosse, Track, Golf, Crew, Softball and Tennis will be addressed. Also, in this meeting, we will be discussing the Fall sports season, summer practices, and tryouts for Fall sports - so that parents and students will know ahead of time how they should be scheduling their summer. 

    US spring sports tryouts (Crew, Golf, Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis and Track & Field) will take place February 20-22.
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  • Sabrina Kessee recognized as a “Next Generation Music Professional”

    Congratulations to Sabrina Kessee, beloved Lower School Music & Performing Arts Teacher and Voices in Harmony Gospel Choir Director, on her recognition by the Dallas Metroplex Musicians Association and the National Association of Negro Musicians as a “Next Generation Music Professional” at the Serita Doyle Lattimore Scholarship Luncheon held at The DoubleTree Hotel in Dallas on January 27.  Sabrina has dedicated many years to teaching Hockaday students and has made extraordinary contributions to the community in the field of music. 
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  • January

    Lisa Loeb ’86 is Hockaday’s first Grammy Award-winning alumna!

    Singer-songwriter, Lisa Loeb ’86, took home her first Grammy Award for Best Children's Album on Sunday, January 28 at the 60th Grammy Awards broadcast live from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lisa was awarded a Grammy for her album “Feel What U Feel”, establishing her as one of the best artists in the world of children's music.
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  • Hockaday Visual Arts 2018

    The Upper School Ceramics Exhibition will be held January 10 – January 30 in the Ann Bower ‘67 Gallery with an Artists' Reception January 22, 12:15-1:15 pm in the Ownby Family Lobby.
     
    The Upper School Photography Exhibit will be held February 7 – February 30 in the Ann Bower ’67 Gallery with an Artists’ Reception on February 14, 11:45 am-1:00 pm in the Ownby Family Lobby.

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  • Team Hockaday Ties for First Place at the 15th Annual Metroplex Mathematics Contest

    Seventeen Math Club members participated in the 15th Annual Metroplex Mathematics Contest this past Saturday. This year’s contest took place at the Oakridge School in Arlington. Members competed in two individual contests and one six-member team contest. Team Hockaday tied for first place with Hirschi, Science and Engineering, St. Marks, and Trinity Valley School. Hockaday team members included: Kelsey Chen, Hope Fu. Effie Guo, Lin Lin Lee, Clara Shi, and Angelina Wu. Please congratulate these girls for their hard work and accomplishments!
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  • HPA Board Nominations Open

    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.
     
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  • National Geographic Geography Bee

    Congratulations to the students who competed in the School Bee of the National Geographic Geography Bee on Friday, January 5th.  Grade Level Finalists included:fourth graders Lekshmy Anoop and Emily McLeroy; fifth graders Anna Bolden and Caroline Polosky; sixth graders Charlotte Lauten and Lily McKenna; seventh graders Jayne Dave and Zoya Haq; and eighth graders Hannah Philip, Naz Soysal. Lily McKenna won the final round and Zoya Haq was the first runner-up.  The State Meet will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018.
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  • 2018 – 2019 All-School Calendar

    The 2018–2019 Hockaday All-School Calendar has been finalized and can be viewed here. Additional details will be available from specific divisions beginning in late spring, and a detailed calendar will be published for the entire community and distributed in August.
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