This week, through their partnership with The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Parish 4th grade students had the privilege of working with Museum and Library Docents on The Presidential Hats Program in the Little Den on the Parish Midway campus.

The program was developed by the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is part of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, an independent agency of the executive branch of government. The program focuses on the different roles of the U.S. President as indicated by the U.S. Constitution.  

The seven "Hats" the President wears include: Chief Legislator, Chief Diplomat, Commander in Chief, Chief Citizen, Chief Executive, Chief Politician and Chief Host. 

During the session with 4th grade, Parish students were asked to be "detectives" using information found at different stations to learn what duties are involved in each of the roles. 

Click Here for a brief video look inside this special event.

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The first Legacy event of the year at Parish Episcopal School was was a huge success. Led and designed by the Class of 2015, students in 1st - 12th grade worked together to rescue their macsot, Pete Panther.
Parish’s Legacy program gives students in 1st through 12th grade, as well as faculty and staff, a unique opportunity to regularly connect with one another in what are called Legacy Families.
The theme for the October 8th Legacy event was M15SION IMPAWSIBLE.  The Class of 2015 developed the idea during their class retreat in September. 

The premise - Pete the Panther was captured by the opposing football team’s mascot, and all Legacy groups had to solve clues and find their hidden puzzle piece and meet in the gym to solve the puzzle together.

The seniors in each legacy group were dressed in black or camouflage, and all students were given a team bandana to decorate and an agent nametag. After watching a special news bulletin about the capture, each Legacy group received a clue to decode. This clue led them to another location in the school to find a puzzle piece.

After locating their puzzle piece, Legacy groups headed to the gym (while avoiding the "laser" and "mine" fields) to connect their puzzle pieces. The completed puzzle revealed a picture of Pete the Panther holding a sign that he was being held captive in the Library basement.

Following a heroic rescue by Head Football Coach Scott Nady, Pete was reunited with his Panther friends in the gym, where the seniors led the school in the Panther Beat!

The Class of 2015 at Parish did an amazing job organizing every piece of the Legacy event. 

Click here to view the photo gallery.



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The Parish Episcopal School Class of 2015 Lifers were officially introduced at an Induction Lunch on Sept. 3, 2014. Diane Webber, Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events, thanked each student for their time and service at Parish over the last 12 or more years. As their former third grade teacher, Webber enjoyed listening to the group discuss their memories of third grade at Parish. The students were invited to serve as Ushers during the church service on Founders' Day, held November 19, 2014 at The Church of the Transfiguration.

Head of School Dave Monaco visited with them about the time they have spent at Parish, while Michelle Lyon talked about the special bond she shares with the group, as they were her youngest group when she was named Head of Upper School.

Class of 2015 Lifers
Harrison Baldwin
Cy Bergner
Andee Bradford
Nick Burdett
Kanav Chhabra
Kathryn Clark
Amanda Dettmer
Katie Dyo
Matthew Eisenberg
Izzy Ekvall
Audrey Gibbons
Katie Ginther
Sam Johnston
Rachel Kinser
Austin Kruger
Davis Larkin
Paul MacDowell
Josh Rector
Joe Riney
Jasmine Samei
Caroline Stack
Tom Stewart
Victoria Tadewald
Lauren Walley
Meredith Wilcox

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This fall in Dallas, global “doctors in training” are wielding their own scalpels and learning about viruses by swabbing their own hands and growing bacteria. These doctors in training play a humanitarian role as well - every class they take purchases a class for a student in a developing country. Together, they share findings and discuss current global issues. Dallas students communicate and Skype with students in Haiti, India and Pakistan to gain real world experience.


Even more impressive, this exciting project starts with 8-12 year olds.


While Parish Episcopal School is the first school in the United States to partner with global educator Level Up Village, these programs for young would-be physicians are available to all 3rd through 6th grade students in the Dallas area through the ParishEXTEND after-school program.

As a founding partner, Parish will offer four of Level Up Village’s global STEM-based courses including Global Doctors in Training, and Global Scientists in Training. Each course includes hands on scientific exploration and the chance to collaborate with students at a partner school in developing countries. This partnership will encourage student participation in STEM while sharing those same learning opportunities with students across the globe who wouldn't otherwise have access to them.

In the Global Doctors in Training course, students learn about human body systems and disease through dissections of a frog, grasshopper, earthworm, snake, shark and more. During this after-school opportunity, students join a local physician on an exploration of the real life application of learning about biology and the human body. By working with students in developing countries, students get a first-hand look at other cultures and the different challenges they face.


The Global Scientists in Training course is all about clean water initiatives. Nearly one billion people on our planet lack access to clean water, and this class arms young people with the experience and knowledge to be a part of the solution to this crisis. This class explores properties of water, and the model that no drop of water is a new drop, but has always been in our water cycle. Students explore the special things that water can do at the molecular level using hands-on experiments and 3D kits. They explore our global relationship with water through interactions with their partner school students, and move from the theoretical to the applicable, constructing a working aquifer to better understand how we get, use and sometimes pollute ground water. These young scientists delve into an exploration of the innovations that are part of the solution to our water crisis, creating two different kinds of water filters as part of that process.

“This program really resonates with our young students, and makes an impact more than a typical STEM course would,” said Patty Knodel, director of ParishEXTEND. “They connect with children from a very different background and notice how the innovative atmosphere at Parish can help globally.”


Parish is excited to bring after-school classes to students in the Dallas community, sharing their state of the art facilities and resources to provide rich programs that incorporate STEM with global and humanitarian components.


Registration for fall semester Level Up Village courses is now available on the ParishEXTEND website, or contact Patty Knodel at (972) 852-8808.

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CoCo Chanel makes her mark on fashion.

Icons come alive at the annual 2nd grade Wax Museum at Parish Episcopal School’s Hillcrest campus. A tradition among 2nd grade students, the Wax Museum is a living display of icons, legends and inspiring people throughout history. Watch the full video.

While the event is a joy for Parish’s Lower School students, parents and faculty to witness, the 2nd graders involved walk away with a greater perspective on life. According to 2nd grade teacher Stephanie Taylor, after studying the Biography genre during Literature time, the students choose a character that they are interested in reading and teaching others about. “This aligns with our ParishProfile, the standard by which we feel students are prepared.” said Taylor. “In this one example, it allows our young students to create a personalized project and then communicate in a speech to varied audiences such as younger students and adults, establishing the basis for subsequent projects they’ll be accomplishing throughout their years at Parish.”

Becky Maher, Parish’s Lower School Librarian at the Hillcrest campus, gets the “back stage” pass to all of this as the students prepare. “The Wax Museum prompts an enormous flood of readers to the biography section of the library,” said Maher.  “It triggers an excitement for learning about people that continues for the rest of the year.”

Choosing the biography for their “Famous Person,” students read about and research the person to get a better understanding about their life, their role in history and what they did to change the world around them. Once their research is complete, students create their scripts and choose their costumes based on what they learned about the famous person. They then prepare for the living Wax Museum display where they stand as wax statues waiting for their patrons to “press here” to learn about the famous people from the new experts personifying them.

From inventors and philosophical leaders to royalty and innovators, the personas chosen by students changed history, formed pop culture and even shifted modern day thinking. The students’ reasons for choosing who they research varies as much as the persons chosen.

The students take?

Sean C. said “I wanted to be Neil Armstrong because I am interested in space.”

McKenna K. chose Coco Chanel because she too likes to sew, design and draw.

Liam M. wanted to be Martin Luther King, Jr. because “he stood up against the laws…”

Larkin D. wanted to be Georgia O’Keefe because “…I like to draw and paint.”

Adam K. said ”I wanted to be Harry Houdini because  I was interested in how he could escape from all that stuff like chains and his head in a bucket.”

Maher recognizes that the students learn amazing facts about the person who they choose to portray, but the most fun part of the exhibit for her “is to see the unique ways that they communicate their discoveries to the museum visitors.” Taylor agrees with that sentiment stating that the creativity put into project [by the students] carries all the way through right down to  the authentic dress and props that the students produce.  

Not only does each student learn about their important person but, acting as both exhibit and spectators (they do get a break to visit the other characters) they learn many new facts from their peers about other people who have made a difference.

 A favorite project among parents and students, the Parish 2nd grade Wax Museum allows the children to think big and beyond the four walls they sit inside each day and discover the world around them with new perspective. It teaches them that they too can be leaders, mind changers, game changers and serve their fellow men and women, through what some may view as “unfathomable” expectations.

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Parish Episcopal's Lower School students experienced the artistic meeting of East and West at Dallas' renowned Crow Collection of Asian Art featuring a china.porsche exhibit which is a fiberglass cast (mold) of a hand-carved wooden model, shaped to look like a Porsche 911. The artist covers the fiberglass body with white paint to yield the equivalent of a ceramic ground.

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Parish Robotics took first place in the FIRST Tech Challenge qualifying tournament at UT Dallas and advance to the regional tourney. Parish’s underclass team finished second for the Think Award, which recognizes the engineering process.

Dave Cribbs, Parish's FIRST robotics coordinator said Team  6635 "designed its robot to allow for a double-hang during end-game" and the bot executed "the hang" to win the final round.

Watch the double-hang


Team 5598 (Underclassmen)

  • Danny Keszler
  • Victor Dusa
  • Kiyah Willis
  • Jake Vickers
  • Dylan Reilly

Team 6635 (Upperclassmen)

  • Connor Maloney
  • Talha Wahid
  • Lance Bock
  • Greg Imhoff
  • Corbin Campitelli

Four Parish Episcopal football players helped the Dallas All-Stars coached by the Parish coaching staff  to win the 15th Annual Tom Hillary DFW All-Star Game at Pennington Field in Bedford.

Seniors Kai Assoun, Corbin Campitelli, Travis Stymiest and Davis Devereaux were among participants selected from Parish Episcopal, St. Mark’s, ESD, Cistercian and Greenhill selected for the showcase featuring the top private school TAPPS and SPC athletes. The Fort Worth team featured players from TAPPS state champs Fort Worth Nolan, Midland Christian and SPC state champ Fort Worth All Saints. Dallas defeated Ft. Worth, 38-34.

The Tom Hillary Classic is in memory of Cistercian’s beloved 16-year year football who died in 2000. Hillary’s leadership, integrity and teaching continue to have a strong legacy at Cistercian and at his college alma mater SMU.

(Pictured Left to right:) Coach Jeremy Calahan, Coach Mike Davis, Davis Devereaux, Coach Scott Nady, Travis Stymiest, Corbin Campitelli, Kai Assoun, Coach Travis Wilson, Coach Daniel Novakov and Coach Curtis Smith.

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The best description of the newly opened Fleeger Family Educational Kitchen? The Food Network meets Apple TV meets ParishProfile.

Parish Episcopal celebrated the opening of its hands-on, learning kitchen which is designed and sized for pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade use.

Parish students will be combining traditional disciplines with the creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and technology of the ParishProfile preparation.

In opening a re-purposed kitchen as part of the Beasley STEM Center, exciting plans also were announced for an expansive Nauslar Family Garden.

Just steps away from the Fleeger Kitchen, the garden will produce an environmental testing ground for seeds, sunlight and plants which will yield useable fruits and vegetables.

“Everything will be experiential education,” said Myriam Graham, Lower School Dean of Students. “The students will learn by doing. Everything they’ll be doing will be considering; “What will we do? Why are we doing it? and How will we do it?””

The Beasley STEM Center, the Fleeger Kitchen and the Nauslar garden represent more than $1 million of innovative education space which has been added to the Hillcrest Campus in the last year.

The Fleeger Kitchen will be a daily part of the learning experience as well as building an atmosphere of flavorful dishes while developing healthy lifestyle choices at an early age.

Matthew Fleeger said his family was “proud to be part of the solution” of adding wellness-conscious education for Parish students.

Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School, said the transformation of the Beasley STEM Center has created a "powerful teaching and learning complex."

Among the Fleeger Kitchen "appliances", students and teachers will work with an iPad connected directly to a large-sized digital screen to follow any procedures, look up any information and have a real-time visual enhancement of all the activities being conducted. Among the many possibilities of learning through the Fleeger Kitchen are formulating early math applications, exploring states of matter through cooking, tying recipes to historical and geographic topics and, possibly, even creating their own project of making edible, healthy treats to donate to animal shelters.

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Parish Episcopal 8th grader Maggie Norman’s art has been selected for exhibition at the Sixth Floor Museum as part of the Dallas LOVE Project.

In a review, Norman’s piece was described as a long blue hand stretches up to the heavens, with a piece of newspaper in the shape of a heart in the palm and additional scraps of newspaper on a brilliant orange that suggests the sunrise of a new day.”

 The LOVE Project is an effort by Dallas-based artist Karen Blessen to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Part of the Sixth Floor Museum has always been a chronicling of the many hateful messages in newspapers about Dallas.

“That makes Maggie’s piece all the more moving as she pastes the words “Dallas” and “Loves” over newspaper print, literally trumping hate with love,” says a review.