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Varsity Volleyball coach Laura Gomez officially holds the most wins in a single varsity sport in ESD's athletic history. In her 17th season with the school this year, Coach Gomez surpassed the original record of 322 wins, previously held in varsity soccer, and now has 335 wins with the volleyball team.

This year's Volleyball captains Kristen Leland '18, who has committed to play volleyball at the collegiate level next year for UVA, Izzy Siragusa '18, and Kathryn Smith '18 are thrilled with their coach's historic achievement.

"Coach Gomez not only has coached me to be a better player but a better person as well both on and off the court," says Smith. "She gets us to believe in ourselves and inspires us to do more than we think we can. I have learned so much from her and I am so grateful for everything she has done for our team and for ESD volleyball."

Last year Coach Gomez reached her milestone 300th varsity win with ESD against Dallas Christian Academy, and with another season full of wins under her belt, she has no plans on stopping anytime soon.

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It’s more than a diploma at The Episcopal School of Dallas. Join us for an upcoming upper school admission event and see why. The next Upper School admission tour is November, 15 at 1:30 p.m. Additional tours will be held December 6 and January 10. For a full list of dates and times, please visit the RSVP link below.

RSVP to attend at www.esdallas.org/admissionevents

Founded in 1974, The Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD) prepares young men and women for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose. The four Hallmarks of an ESD Education are academic rigor and excellence, a strong sense of community, an understanding of self, and a faith-informed foundation of values.

ESD’s diverse and inclusive student population of 1,145 students in grades Beginner (age 3) through grade 12 enjoy small class sizes and an overall student/teacher ratio of 7:1.  In addition to a robust, college preparatory curriculum, students attend daily chapel, participate in age-appropriate community service projects, and grow at Wolf Run, our 300+ acre outdoor education campus.

UPPER SCHOOL (Ninth-Twelfth Grade)

The Upper School offers an array of transformative experiences that foster the pursuit of academic excellence within a strong, supportive community. With more than 26 AP classes, 400 student-leadership opportunities, 44 clubs, 33 upper-level arts courses, and 19 sports offered, ESD honor’s and encourages each student’s individual talents and interests. Our community is bound by the principles of honor, respect, and integrity. For more information on Upper School curriculum, visit www.esdallas.org/upperschool 

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It’s more than a diploma at The Episcopal School of Dallas. Join us for an upcoming admission event and see why. The next Middle School campus tour is November 15 at 8:30 a.m. Additional tours will be held December 6 and January 10. For a full list of dates and times, please visit the RSVP link below.

RSVP to attend at www.esdallas.org/admissionevents

Founded in 1974, The Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD) prepares young men and women for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose. The four Hallmarks of an ESD Education are academic rigor and excellence, a strong sense of community, an understanding of self, and a faith-informed foundation of values.

ESD’s diverse and inclusive student population of 1,145 students in grades Beginner (age 3) through grade 12 enjoy small class sizes and an overall student/teacher ratio of 7:1.  In addition to a robust, college preparatory curriculum, students attend daily chapel, participate in age-appropriate community service projects, and grow at Wolf Run, our 300+ acre outdoor education campus.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Fifth-Eighth Grade)

The Middle School provides each student the opportunity to develop superior academic skills within a safe environment grounded by high expectations of honorable conduct and self-discipline. ESD believes students learn best when they are challenged and nurtured by enthusiastic teachers who inspire the belief that learning and curiosity are joyful. For more information, please visit www.esdallas.org/middleschool.

Hear from Alumni why it's about more than a diploma at ESD: www.esdallas.org/morethanadiploma

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Students at The Episcopal School of Dallas had the opportunity to hear from a very special guest on campus this week. Dr. Karambu Ringera, founder of the NGO International Peace Initiatives (IPI) and partner of Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder, visited with all divisions to speak about her organization and experiences.

Dr. Ringera spoke to several Upper School classes on Monday, including World Cultures, World History, Ethics, and US Constitution where she was able to connect what our students are learning in the classroom to a more global discussion. She talked to students about the work that IPI does in Kenya, empowering women, educating and inspiring orphans, and creating thriving, resilient, and sustainable communities where there is often little hope due HIV/AIDS and poverty. The overall goal of IPI is to improve livelihood and enhance quality of life, which can and should be a goal for communities and governments around the world. She emphasized that dreaming big is the key to success when it comes to almost anything; whether it's a small project or changing the world. "If your dream doesn't scare you, it's not big enough," she explained.

Student members of the Women's Studies Club and World Affairs Club were invited to join Dr. Ringera for lunch as well, where they were able to discuss some of the global issues our world facing today.

On Tuesday, Dr. Ringera returned to ESD's Merrell Road Campus to speak in both Middle and Upper School chapel services before heading down to the Lower School Campus to work with fourth graders on leadership and problem-solving. Students learned about the topography and diverse culture of Kenya, and were presented with the challenges the country is currently facing. Fourth graders worked together on a design project where they built models to represent a challenging statistic that leader might have to solve around, and then they brainstormed and built into their model possible creative solutions, using their own unique ideas and building on the ideas that Dr. Ringera had share from her own experience.

"Dr. Ringera started with nothing and with almost no support, and developed programs in her community to support and empower women and to protect children that now resonate far outside their original reach," said Eleanor Arnold, an Upper School history teacher and Chair of ESD's Global Competency Council. "I hope our students see from her example that they too can have an impact to make the world better for themselves and others, and that local problems right here in Dallas are waiting for them to address."

Thank you to Dr. Ringera for sharing your story, work, and experiences with The Episcopal School of Dallas this week. Your words and actions are inspiring.

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It’s more than a diploma at The Episcopal School of Dallas. See for yourself by joining us for the Lower School Admission Preview for ages 3 through grade 4 on November 30 at 6:30 p.m. at 4344 Colgate Avenue, Dallas, TX 75225

RSVP to attend at www.esdallas.org/admissionevents

Founded in 1974, The Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD) prepares young men and women for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose. The four Hallmarks of an ESD Education are academic rigor and excellence, a strong sense of community, an understanding of self, and a faith-informed foundation of values.

ESD’s diverse and inclusive student population of 1,145 students in grades Beginner (age 3) through grade 12 enjoy small class sizes and an overall student/teacher ratio of 7:1.  In addition to a robust, college preparatory curriculum, students attend daily chapel, participate in age-appropriate community service projects, and grow at Wolf Run, our 300+ acre outdoor education campus.

LOWER SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

Students learn best through the active pursuit of knowledge and the relevant application of that knowledge. We believe this is best achieved in a community that fosters critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, personal responsibility, and intellectual risk-taking in a safe and open environment. ESD educators endeavor to guide students through inquiry-based, real-world learning experiences that yield enduring understanding and encourage students to become life-long learners in an ever-changing global society. Our goal in the Early Childhood and Elementary grades is to create a challenging academic environment that also allows each child to develop his or her own unique talents and abilities. The curriculum design is guided by the belief that active, hands-on experiences emphasizing the relationship among disciplines make learning most meaningful for young children. Learning experiences are organized to maintain continuity in learning and to ensure that the treatment of concepts grows in complexity and generality as the student develops. We strive to design and implement a program that encourages students to make connections, ask questions, solve problems and think independently. For detailed Lower School curriculum information, please visit www.esdallas.org/lowerschool.

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For students with a strong interest in finance, ESD’s Student-Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) club is a dream come true. Students in SMIF are granted the opportunity to manage some of the school’s reserve funds for long-term capital expenditures, and meet weekly to make investment decisions and discuss investing and capital markets.  

During Friday’s weekly meeting, Jakesy Jordaan, a 2014 graduate of ESD and current SMU senior, dropped by to share his personal experience in the field of finance and offer advice on how students can best prepare for a career in the industry. He stressed that the most important work starts now: building solid habits in high school, like study skills and self-discipline, will serve students well in college and beyond. Jordaan was also quick to emphasize that, for those students who know they want to work in the finance industry, mapping out your path early is a major key to success.

"The process is always going to favor those who have planned ahead,” explained Jordaan.

Hearing those words from someone who had once sat in their desk was impactful for members of SMIF. “[Jakesy] gave the students a serious call to action for those considering a career in finance or New York,” said ESD’s Chief Financial Officer and SMIF Club Sponsor, Robert Buchholz.

The hands-on experience and industry knowledge provided to members of the Student-Managed Investment Fund club, just one of 44 clubs in the ESD Upper School, is a unique approach to prepare these students for the real world. Whether or not these students all end up in the field of finance, the leadership skills and experience they received will allow them to excel in many aspects of their lives.

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Students at The Episcopal School of Dallas were privileged to hear Kevin Laue, motivational speaker and the first NCAA Division I basketball player with a missing limb, as part of the annual Robert H. Dedman Lecture Series Endowment for Leadership this week. Both the Class of 2018, as well as Middle School students had the opportunity to hear Laue discuss his personal journey overcoming adversity and loss, and how they can each take simple steps to become successful and contented future leaders of our world.

Laue was born missing half of one arm and lost his father when he was in middle school. He dreamed of playing basketball, despite facing doubts and many setbacks. With the help of his mother and an early mentor, he was able to join a team in high school and eventually go on to play at Manhattan College, a Division I school.

"Two things in life will make you successful," he said. "One, change your routine and two, stop making excuses. Happiness comes from purpose and love. What do you stand for?"

Students were quick to give Laue a standing ovation and were lined up across the Bray Performance Hall following his talk so they could meet him personally, with some even moved to tears by his story and the message he carried.

"He spoke straight from his heart and really connected with the audience," said ESD senior Samantha Brosler. "He spoke about overcoming hardship and how we all matter."

Started in 2002, the Robert H. Dedman Lecture Series Endowment provides students at The Episcopal School of Dallas the opportunities to learn lessons in leadership from outstanding achievers across many industries. Guests have included captains of many industries, heroes, and champions of philanthropy and service.

Laue ended the inspiring lecture by saying, "This world needs to change and it starts with you. You are our future leaders. I told you how to be successful – now go do it."

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The Episcopal School of Dallas's Academic Dean, Dr. Eric Boberg, presented his research on educational psychology this week at the prestigious 9th Annual SELF Biennial International Conference. The conference, which was held in Melbourne, Australia, is the premier international psychology conference.

Dr. Boberg had four acceptances into the conference: two poster presentations and two oral presentations- all representing original research that he has cultivated in the realm of educational psychology. The two poster presentations are titled Parental Incentives, Self-Regulation, Engagement, and Mathematics Achievement and Do Reasons for Student Agentic Engagement Matter?: A Mixed-Methods Exploration of the Underlying Reasons Students Attempt to Influence Teachers, and the two oral presentations are Parenting Style, Self­-Regulation, and Engagement: Assessing Four Dimensions of Engagement and The Undermining Effects of Incentives and Controlled Motivation on Student Trust, Emotional Engagement, and Reading Achievement in Preteens.

Beyond presenting at the SELF Biennial International Conference, several of Dr. Boberg's presentations are on their way to being submitted to journals as well. To explore his published research from the conference, you can view his abstracts here on pages 20, 21, 25, and 38. Congratulations to Dr. Boberg on this incredible achievement.