As our students make their way through the lower school, one of the privileges they have is learning to make beautiful sounds with a musical instrument. Here are the THS third graders with their Music teacher, Mrs. Karen Ward giving a concert on their recorders!
Each year, the THS fifth grade classes choose the children’s version of a work of classical literature and translate it into a play, which is then performed in The Black Box Theater. This year’s classical piece was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After months of preparations and countless hours of play practice, the performances were held on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The students, and especially their teachers, Mrs. Maria San Roman and Mrs. Helene Higginbotham worked tirelessly to create a work worthy of presentation. By all accounts, their performances were outstanding!
Last Thursday, Ms. Flanagan's class was treated to a Chick-Fil-A lunch for raising the most money during the Boosterthon Fun Run. These hard workers led the way by raising about $5,900 for the school and giving back $590 to their classroom. Wow!! Go Team Flanagan!
On Saturday, May 6, seventeen students from The Highlands School competed in the PSIA (Private School Interscholastic Association) State Competition at TCU in Fort Worth where more than 250 private schools in Texas gathered to compete in nineteen categories. These contests cover a wide range of academic disciplines such as creative/ready writing, number sense, math, on-site drawing, storytelling, science, modern oratory, poetry interpretation, vocabulary, and spelling. Celebrating twenty years, PSIA serves to honor and reward academic achievements, while the purpose of the program is to use competition as a tool in the preparation of students for citizenship and successful adulthood. Currently, there are 50,000 students participating in PSIA throughout the state of Texas.
The competition at TCU was rigorous and the tension was palpable among the twenty-six hundred students who placed first or second in their respective district competitions. At the state meet, even one small error can mean the difference between winning a medal and walking away empty-handed. All seventeen state-qualifiers from THS were enthusiastic competitors: Iwi Okoro, Matthew George, Jacob Liu, Peter Bui, Rishabh Rengarajan, Alphonsus Nguyen, Victoria Ibarra, Elisa Welch, Ashley Chemmalakuzhy, Hope Cannon, Lindsey Montigue, Taylor Radack, Julia Nellie, Alessia Welch, Joy Liu, Namisha Kaur, and Daniel Bauer. After all the countless hours spent in preparation and despite many challenges, each competitor had a marvelous time. The experience and learning alone made each participant a first-place winner! In the end, nine students placed in the top ten in state and out of the 265 participating schools in Texas, The Highlands placed 14th in the Elementary Division…in the top 5%!!!
Rishabh Rengarajan - 2nd Place in Spelling 4
Taylor Radack - 3rd Place in Prose Interpretation 6
Iwi Okoro - 3rd Place in Spelling 2
Matthew George - 4th Place in Math 3
Ashley Chemmalakuzhy - 5th place in Vocabulary 5
Peter Bui - 5th Place in Spelling 3
Lindsey Montigue - 6th place in Spelling 6
Julia Nellie - 8th place in Music Memory 6-8
Alphonsus Nguyen - 9th place in Number Sense 4
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 PSIA STATE TEAM!!
The Highlands School would also like to express sincere thanks to the dedication of our PSIA coach, Mrs. Tammy Tran, and to the countless hours she gives generously in preparation and coaching. We also thank our teachers who diligently educate the students every day. This is truly a fruit of your love and hard work. Also, we would like to send a big thank you to our parents for your tireless support, encouragement, and determination to help our school. We recognize that many of you gave up other important commitments and engagements to attend the PSIA District and State Competitions. This is a wonderful testimony of your loyalty to The Highlands School and support of academic excellence.
THS welcomed Mr. Lamar Hunt, Jr. to campus this week! Mr. Hunt is one of our generous benefactors, specifically supporting previous enhancements to the football field. Fr. Daniel Ray, LC blessed and officially dedicated the field to the Hunt family. We were thrilled to have him on campus to meet the Board of Trustees and student ambassadors. We will continue to honor his family as our athletes show their Blazer pride on the Lamar Hunt, Jr. Family Field. As always, we are grateful to Mr. Hunt and all of our benefactors!
Congratulations to Mrs. Kim Austin, Admissions Coordinator and long-time receptionist at THS for recently receiving the Catholic Foundation's Work of Heart Award! Work of Heart recognizes “the unsung heroes” who are going the "extra mile" in serving the educational community and its members. Mrs. Austin was nominated based on her strong commitment to Catholic Education.
On Saturday, May 20th, over 200 THS parents, students, friends and family members, ranging in age from a few weeks to 75+ years, came together to participate in a Marian-themed family event intended to strengthen our community, honor Our Lady and encourage family prayer. Featured speakers were Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican sister who produces the EWTN series titled “Praying as a Family” and long-time THS parents Mark and Mary Mulvaney who spoke about their family’s commitment to family prayer and devotion to the Blessed Mother. While the parents enjoyed their talks, the children gathered by grade to participate in their own Marian-themed formation and activities.
A Marian procession, Consecration to Mary, Holy Mass and dinner rounded out the family evening. One THS mom comments sum up the event, “Family Night …was an absolutely incredible night of family fun and fellowship with our school community…I feel blessed to be a part of this school. To have experienced this faith-filled tradition alongside my family was so moving…” (mom of a THS 1st grader)
Our THS PreK3 students get so excited each time they receive a visit from their 5th grade reading buddies from Lady H's class. Throughout the school year, the girls would visit the PreK students and spend time reading to them in their classroom. What a great way for our fifth graders to set a good example for the littler ones! For their final gathering, they enjoyed a movie and popcorn together.
On Monday, May 8th, Forty-six THS Second Graders celebrated their first First Communion at a school Mass. It was a joyous gathering for the students, their parents, teachers and our THS Religious as well. Congratulations to the second graders and their families!
Congratulations to Mrs. Leti Neiser, fourth grade teacher at THS for recently receiving the Catholic Foundation's Work of Heart Award! Work of Heart recognizes “the unsung heroes” who are going the "extra mile" in serving the educational community and its members. Mrs. Neiser was nominated based on her strong commitment to Catholic Education and her dedication to her students.