A New Adventure

JCPsmGood morning, and thank you all for the warm welcome to Highland Park HS and the HP Scots library staff.  The library is a key element to every school experience, from elementary through graduate school.  We seek to be your guide in finding answers, information, knowledge and experience that broadens and deepens your learning.

As Mr. Krasnoff mentioned, I came to HPHS from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts here in Dallas, and my academic background is in the Fine Arts with experience in music, dance, visual art, film, and theatre.  I also love history, biographies, languages, researching, and graphic novels.  The library has a very diverse collection of resources, and we will continue to strengthen our collection and services this year both in print and digitally.  The staff and I are ready to guide you on your journey.

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” – Thomas Huxley

Welcome Back Scots

The library is open and ready to serve you. For those returning, there are some new and exciting changes.

First off, please welcome Dr. Joe Pendleton, who comes to HPHS from Booker T. Washington. He replaces Ms. Harrison and his background in Fine Arts will bring some excellent new ideas to the library.

Good news for Students! You may now print 2 pages of black and white free of charge each day of school. After 2 pages, the cost is 10 cents per page. This policy is to make printing faster, more affordable and convenient for everyone. We ask that you do not abuse free printing by taking advantage of multiple periods. The continuation of the policy depends on everyone’s honesty.

Thank you Scots Library users for you support!

Relax and Listen


Sync Audiobooks is giving away 30 free titles this summer.  Two per week.  

Download and listen for free painless summer reading.

Check it out!

HPHS Required Summer Reading

Get the scoop on the HPHS required summer reading here.

Check out all of these books at the library!

For choice reading suggestions click on the

Book Love tab.

Happy Summer Reading!

Course Summer Reading Title and Author ISBN #
English I Standard Choice Reading *  
English I Pre-AP and English I Pre-AP TAG Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

By Jamie Ford

English II Standard Choice Reading *  
English II Pre-AP and English II Pre-AP TAG Lord of the Flies

By William Golding

English III Standard, English III AP, and English III AP TAG Outliers

By Malcolm Gladwell

English IV Standard Grendel 978-0-679-72311-0
English IV AP and English IV AP TAG The Poisonwood Bible

By Barbara Kingsolver


The Books Are Due!

All library books and materials are now due. 

Please turn in these items and pay your fines ASAP!

Don’t make us call home!


The New SAT and Reading Stamina

According to The New York Times, the new SAT is reading-heavy in both the reading/writing sections and the math sections of the test.

Some changes according to experts are, “longer and harder reading passages and more words in math problems. The shift is leading some educators and college admissions officers to fear that the revised test will penalize students who have not been exposed to a lot of reading” (Hartocollis). Exposure to a lot of varied reading and building reading stamina can help you score better on the test.

Where’s the best place to find reading texts?  The HP Scots Library of course! We’ll help recommend books to build your reading stamina, broaden your knowledge of literature, help you succeed in college and beyond, and inspire you to become a lifelong reader.


Hartocollis, Anemona. “New, Reading-Heavy SAT Has Students Worried. “The New

     York Times. The New York Times, 08 Feb. 2016. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.


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