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Coach Laura Gomez celebrating with the varsity volleyball team after their win Tuesday night.

Last night, volleyball coach Laura Gomez achieved her 300th varsity win with ESD. The team won 3-0 against Dallas Christian Academy, sealing the milestone moment for Coach Gomez. 

“As I reflect on this milestone, I can't help but smile because I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the special group of young ladies I have been privileged to work with over the past 16 seasons,” said Coach Gomez.  “Each of these young ladies has impacted my life and this program in so many ways, and I thank them for all their hard work and countless hours in the gym.”

Reaching 300 wins is an incredible feat, and a true testament to Coach Gomez’s coaching abilities. This accomplishment was also achieved by ESD boys’ soccer coach Mark Gardner by defeating St. Mark’s during the 2014-15 season.

The varsity volleyball team will jump back into the game tomorrow night and battle Trinity Valley School to fight for another win.

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A sneak peek of some art on display in the exhibit.

The Episcopal School of Dallas will host its first Alumni Art Show beginning September 6. This is the city’s largest Alumni Art Show among independent Dallas schools, with a record-breaking participation of more than 65 ESD alumni that will include work from New York Times bestselling author and photographer Gray Malin '04 and Chihuly-trained glass artist Carlyn Ray '00. 

The range of mediums, as well as alumni ages, is vast. With artists extending from the Class of 1988 to our most recent graduates in the Class of 2016, and mediums from architecture and portraiture to photography and mixed media, the show is set to be a spectacular display of artistry.

This alumni artist exhibition will be held in the Susan M. Frank Center for the Arts and Humanities on ESD’s Merrell Road Campus, and the gallery will be open for viewing through December 3. For more information on the event, or to learn more about our talented alumni artists, please visit

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The Auxiliary Gymnasium was filled with laughter and energy this morning as ESD’s Baseball Buddies program was well underway. The program, led by rising seniors Robert Crenshaw ’17, Savannah Crow ’17, Nika Willis ’17, and Ella Kelly ’17, provides a camp for children with special needs to have some summer fun.

Students organize games and crafts for the kids, such as basketball dunking, frisbee, and decorating visors with stickers, to name a few. Alum Hunter Crow ’12 began the program after his freshman year at ESD, and it has been passed down each year since. His younger sister, Savannah Crow ’17, is now one of the lead counselors of the Baseball Buddies team this summer for the camp’s eighth year.

“It was great thing and the kids loved it, and the parents loved it,” said Savannah. “I just had to keep it going.”

Fifteen Upper School students volunteered with the camp this year. Other counselors include Julia Eller ’17, Elizabeth Reid ’17, Sydney Helbing ’17, Sophie Henley ’18, Amelia Danklef ’10, Grace Crenshaw ’18, Garret Levy ’19, Patrick Skalniak ’18, Keller Casey ’19, Savannah Troutt ’18, Landry Shive ’18, Blair Oden ’18, Braden Rhone ’18, Lily Charnes ’18, and Jay Browne ’19.

The camp, which ran all week from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., will culminate tomorrow with a water slide celebration on the Troutt Athletic Fields.

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The graduation of the Class of 2016 returned home to ESD’s campus for the first time in 25 years. All Saints Chapel provided a beautiful backdrop for graduates to receive their diplomas, and subsequently toss their caps in celebration. Friends and family of the graduates, along with members of ESD’s faculty, looked on from Stoffel Commons as the speeches poured out.

Abigail Holman ’16, the senior class president, expressed gratitude for the class with a moving speech, valedictorian Kohl Swift ’16 spoke strongly about the class’s love and appreciation of the ESD community, alumnus Josh Stokes ’90 delivered a powerful commencement speech on bravery and writing their own story, and class-elected speaker Jack Kieffaber ’16 brought some humor to the table predicting the reasons alumni from the Class of 2016 will be one day considered “notable.”

It was a night to remember for the ESD community, and one that will be hopefully be repeated for years to come.

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As the world prepares for Rio, students at ESD's Lower School are gearing up to celebrate with games of their own. The festivities kicked off earlier this week with an Olympic Flag Ceremony at St. Michael’s and All Angels Church led by several former Olympic athletes. Later that morning, they shared their Olympic experiences with ESD's third and fourth graders, including what it was like to represent the United States and how they accomplished their goals.

  • Earl Young- gold medalist in the 4 x 400 relay during the 1960 Rome Olympics,
  • Ryan Berube- gold medalist swimmer in the 800-meter freestyle relay during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics
  • Sam Walker- a weightlifter during the 1976 Montreal Olympics
  • John McNally- the rapid fire pistol shooter during the 1984, 88, 92, 96, 2000 Olympics (taking place in Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, and Sydney respectively)
  • Greg Speed- a wheelchair track and field athlete during the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona

Small groups of third- and fourth-grade students are assigned a country to represent during the course of the Olympic Games. Each designated team will carry their country’s flag during the Opening Ceremony. The Greek flag will be the first to proceed down the aisle since it is the birthplace of the Olympics. Greece will be followed by Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Poland, Romania, and the US. Over the course of two weeks, third and fourth graders will participate in events like sprinting, the long jump, the discus throw, fencing, basketball, rhythmic gymnastics, and swimming during their physical education classes.

Students were excited to dive into the culture of each assigned country and are learning well beyond P.E. classes, as homeroom teachers and parents have created a variety of experiences for them to celebrate their nations. 

“The spirit of the Olympic Games connects beautifully with ESD's mission and Episcopal identity as it seeks to holistically combine the qualities of body, will, and mind,” says Head of Lower School, Chelle Wabrek.

Let the games begin!

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ESD’s women’s lacrosse coach, Maggie Koch, has been named US Lacrosse's Coach of the Year for North Texas. 

This special honor comes after an incredible couple of seasons with the team. In her first year with ESD in 2015, Koch led the team on an unexpected run through districts and into the state playoffs. This year, they finished the regular season undefeated, second in the Southwest Preparatory Conference, and second in State after putting up a magnificent fight in the Division I championship game, losing in overtime to another exceptional team from St. John's of Houston. 

The award is especially significant because it is selected by her 21 fellow coaches in North Texas. Congratulations to Coach Koch!

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The Episcopal School of Dallas celebrated William Shakespeare’s birthday in a big way, with their annual Bard on the Quarry.

Eighth grade performing arts classes came together for a cross-curricular production at the second annual Bard on the Quarry and Renaissance Festival. band kicked off the festivities with a rendition of an old English folk song “Scarborough Fair.” Audiences were then treated to the eighth grade 4th quarter choir singing a 16th century madrigal called “Sing We and Chant It,” where they demonstrated vocal techniques and verses that were popular during the Renaissance period.

Eighth grade theater students then closed out the celebrations with a mash-up of Shakespearean script selections from some of the author’s most popular plays. The performance included scenes from As You Like It, The Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, and more.

The celebrations continue this week with Shakespearean performances from the Breakfast Bunch at the Lower School, a group of elementary students who get together before school to learn about the arts and, more specifically, Shakespeare. The students vote on which play they present and learn lines from scripts adapted specifically for children, which are then performed and filmed.

This year, students selected The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth. Lower School librarian Bonnie Tollefson originally formed the idea after attending a seminar in Cambridge, England and has been implementing it at ESD for the last 15 years. The filmed selections will be screened at the Lower School Fine Arts Night this Wednesday evening. 

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With spring break in your rearview mirror and summer on the horizon, it’s time to start planning.  How will you fill your child’s day once school ends? While summer is great for relaxing and recharging, it’s also important to maintain some structure in your child’s schedule. This will prevent the dreaded, “I’m bored” chorus from driving you bananas.

Summer camps are a great way to mix structure and fun. From half-day to full-day camps in fine arts, adventure, sports, recreation, and academic enrichment, there’s truly something for every child. Options are great, but they can also be overwhelming. Fear not. Here's the top three things to consider when choosing a summer camp for your child.

1. Your Child’s Interests. Your child is unique, and their summer camp should be the same. Identify your child’s interests and look for camps that fit their personality. Children enjoy themselves more if they are interested in the subject matter. Also, involve your child in the selection process and reinforce how much fun they are going to have. This will help to ease any apprehension your child may have about camp. 

2. Your Needs as a Parent. Maybe you work full time, or just need mornings or afternoons for errands. Whatever your scheduling needs are, there are plenty of options to choose from. A robust camp program can offer programming throughout the day with extended day care options. Make sure you check your camps offerings to make sure they meet your needs.

3. Your Budget. Not all camps are created equally. It’s important to understand what the cost covers and what might be an additional expense. While one camp may seem more expensive, it’s possible there’s a more experienced instructor, a longer camp day and/or a meal included. A less expensive camp may look like a deal, but additional expenses could be hidden in supply fees, extended day care, and meals.

 With these three tips in mind, we hope you feel empowered to register your child for summer camp.

We also hope you will consider joining The Episcopal School of Dallas for a summer to remember. ESD offers over 150 camps as unique as your child. Remember tip #1? We’ve got you covered. ESD offers fine arts, adventure, sports, recreation, and academic enrichment programs. Some of our most popular camps include Allakazzam Magic, Soccer, All Girls All The Time, Legomania, 3D Game Design, Basketball, Fancy Nancy, Spanish, and Lacrosse. How about tip #2? You got it, we offer camps all day with extended day care options. As for tip #3, we offer a detailed description of each camp so there’s no hidden fees or surprises.

Discover Summer at ESD today. 

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Summer Camp at ESD.

While Legos, Barbies and Chess don't normally comingle, they put aside their differences during the summer and offer 3 of our most popular camps: Lego Mania, Camp Barbie and Chess Anyone.

This Summer at The Episcopal School of Dallas, we have over 150 camps as unique as your child. From Fine Arts, Adventure, Sports, Recreation, and Academic Enrichment Programs, there is truly something for everyone, ages 3 and up. Join us for a summer of fun!

Camps back by popular demand include3D Game Design / Allakazzam Magic Camp /All Boys All the Time / All Girls All the Time / Basketball / Cheer / Fancy Nancy / Football / Pottery / Shake and Shout for Science / Smart Phone Photography / Soccer / Toy Building

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Nearly 50 students from different parts of the world gathered in the courtyard of The Episcopal School of Dallas to learn about one another’s culture, upbringing, and what school is like for each of them. About half of the group was visiting Dallas as part of Gonzo Soccer, an international leadership academy that unites young girls over a shared interest in soccer; the other participants were students enrolled in Middle and Upper School Spanish classes at ESD looking to practice their vocabulary. 

The majority of the 21 young ladies participating in the Gonzo Soccer program traveled from Colombia and Mexico City; one was from Chicago and one was from Houston. Most spoke very little, if any, English. To help assimilate and make the most of the visit, several ESD Spanish teachers and students volunteered to lead campus tours and host the students in their classes.

“The interactions allowed the students to relate to people their own ages, and to learn about the cultures of the schools in different countries, as well as add new vocabulary words to their repertoires,” Miller Walker, one of ESD’s Spanish teachers, explained. “I feel that the students are proud of their accomplishments but are also humbled, as they commented on just how much they don't know. They mentioned needing to go back and relearn old vocabulary. This activity gave my students purpose in taking Spanish here at ESD, something that will be invaluable to them as they continue their language learning journey here with us.”

Brenda Diaz ’18 and Stefanie Melgar ’18 helped lead two Spanish-speaking tours around the Merrell Road Campus. Over the course of an hour, the girls showed the soccer players and their coaches where ESD’s student-athletes trained and played games, as well as where the students gathered for Chapel, what a Fine Arts classroom looked like, and where they gathered with friends in the courtyards and quarry. 

“We had so much fun showing the girls around our school and getting to know them,” Diaz ’18 said. “I really hope they can come back next year so we can spend more time with them and learn more about what their lives are like back home.”

After visiting with three Spanish classes and touring the campus, the girls geared up for a friendly scrimmage against the JV and varsity soccer players. ESD’s varsity soccer coach, Mike Renshaw, helped referee the game. 

“I believe it is very important for ESD, as part of our continuing growth, to be cognizant of our slowly increasing role in the global community,” Renshaw said. “Soccer is truly 'the world's game' and for ESD to be able to host these young, mostly South American, women will hopefully be a memory they will cherish forever.”

During their seven days in Dallas, the Gonzo girls also attended leadership courses at ESD’s Wolf Run Ranch where they learned the life skills to equip them to become community leaders. The activities focused on four pillars of social change: authenticity, collaboration, kindness, and courage. The girls learned skills in public speaking, conflict resolution, and group problem-solving. They also heard from a variety of distinguished guest speakers about using leadership skills to promote social change. ESD’s Director of Outdoor Education Eddie Eason facilitated team building activities, campfires, and preparation of the evening meals.

“Just in the three days that I had the opportunity to work with the girls, I could see their confidence grow in leaps and bounds,” Eason said. “They were delightful guests and very appreciative the opportunity afford to them through Gonzo Leadership Academy and The Episcopal School of Dallas.”

Founded in 2009 by Monica Gonzalez, former Notre Dame standout and captain of the Mexico National Soccer Team, and Alyse LaHue, the general manager of the Chicago Red Stars, Gonzo Soccer has evolved into an international soccer academy with 16 schools in three countries and more than 900 students. The U.S. Embassy in Bogota helped fund the trip, as did some online crowdsourcing. Monica herself paid for the majority of the program.

“Monica hasn’t stopped working since she stopped playing professional soccer,” Brian Gonzales, a former ESD teacher and friend of Monica’s said. “She wants her legacy to extend beyond what she put on the field. She is committed to making sure these girls have the skills needed to succeed not only in the sport they love but also in life.”