Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 10, Issue 17
January 11, 2018
Reading A-Z
Several Lakehill Lower School classes are piloting a new program, Reading A-Z. Students come to the Lower School computer lab and use new headphones (made possible from funds raised by Trek for Tech) to read leveled books aloud while the online program records their voices. Students can go back and listen to themselves, and re-record if they wish. The next step is to record a summary of what they read. The last step is for students to complete a short comprehension quiz when they are done.
Teachers are able to play back the student recordings, listening and assessing for a variety of skills, including fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. They can send notes to students when they do well. “The program allows for immediate feedback, both to teachers and to students, and helps identify areas that need work,” said second grade teacher Emily Wolfe

Teachers can assign leveled reading passages and assignments individually to each student, allowing them to customize their selections and meet their students where they are in their development as readers. Third grade teacher Kelly Curtis first learned of the program at an educational conference, and brought the idea back to her Lower School colleagues. “I was really impressed with the availability of resources,” said Curtis. “The program also allows teachers to share specific information with parents on how they can help their child.”

“The ‘balanced literacy’ approach to reading and language arts in the elementary classroom is the most effective method to discover what sparks children’s interest and get them hooked on reading,” said Lower School Librarian and Computer teacher Casey Pike

"This new program is just one example of how Lower School is changing with the times: utilizing our technology for cross curricular instruction, staying current when it comes to 21st century literacy standards, and providing our students with the skills necessary to become both good readers and great thinkers," said Pike. “Early indications are that the students love this new approach.”

“The program gives us a concrete tool to assess students’ reading levels,” said Head of Lower School John Trout. “We can then help them find the ‘just right’ book and continue their steady progress.” 

The pilot program will continue this year and is being considered as part of the curriculum in all Lower School classrooms next year.
Alumni Return to Lakehill
Lakehill's college-aged alumni joined students and faculty at the basketball games on January 4, for a special "Home for the Holidays" celebration in their honor. 

"It's always fun to have our graduates return to campus," said Headmaster Roger Perry. "I look forward to catching up with our alumni and hearing about their successes in college.

"The  Home for the Holidays  basketball game is a great way to reunite alumni with their Lakehill family and with each other. It is a special Warrior tradition!" 
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Playing Powder Puff
Lakehill's seventh and eighth grade students took to the field on Wednesday afternoon for a spirited game of powder puff football. The game is a long-standing Lakehill tradition. The eighth grade was victorious in the game, but the real winner was the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, the beneficiary of the nearly $900 that was raised through the event.
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Auction Update
Ready for a new and fun alternative to tuition raffle tickets?

Join us at the 2018 Auction Gala, Monte Carlo by Moonlight and try our games of chance to win big tuition prizes. Roll the lucky dice for a chance to win $15,000 in tuition. Feeling like your golf skills are sharp? Make three 25-foot putts and win $5,000 in tuition money. You can also play craps, roulette, or blackjack for a chance to win fun prizes.

This year's party should not be missed! Visit details and the link to purchase tickets.
Senior Spotlight
National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates 

In an effort to reveal the hidden talents, personalities, and accomplishments of Lakehill's most experienced students, the National Junior Honor Society presents: 

NJHS Spotlight on Seniors
This week's senior: Gerard Franklin
Gerard Franklin has attended Lakehill since kindergarten. His favorite memory is the opening of the 2017 football season when he returned the opening kick for a touchdown against Lewisville Founders Classical. Gerard has been involved in athletics throughout his time at Lakehill, and has been a member of the Varsity Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track teams. He has received many All-District and All-State honors.

Gerard enjoys academics, especially Math and English, and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is also highly creative, and excels in his art classes.

Outside of school, Gerard enjoys hanging out with friends and playing video games. He is inspired most by Chancelor Bennett (aka Chance the Rapper), but his parents have had the greatest impact on his life.

Gerard has always been a leader on and off the field, encouraging those around him. He aspires to play football at the collegiate level as he has been a star at Lakehill since his freshman year. He is still undecided as to which school he will attend, but plans to study business focusing on a career in the sports business field.

As a successful athlete and student, Gerard's advice to young Warriors is, "Perfect your time management skills and treat your body right." He also encourages students to “Enjoy your time here, it goes by quickly.”

By Nathan Lewis, ninth grade
Sports Snippets


Varsity Boys Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team played an excellent game Friday night, defeating Waxahachie Prep, 56-29. The Warriors were led in scoring by freshman Nathan Lewis with 11 points, and rebounding by junior Luke Jerome . On January 10, the Warriors lost a hard-fought game to district opponent Irving The Highlands. Eli Buxt led the way in scoring with 13 points, and the Warriors also had key contributions from senior captain Gerard Franklin . The Warriors play at Yavneh on January 11. JV plays at 5:00 p.m. and Varsity at 8:00 p.m. They also play Saturday, January 13, at Covenant, at noon and 3:00 p.m.

Varsity Girls Basketball
The Varsity Girls Basketball team started district play on January 4, against Dallas Lutheran. After a strong first half that saw the Warriors down by one point, Dallas Lutheran pulled away to a 42–32 victory. The Warriors were led in scoring by Hayden Yoss with 12 points, Krista Carlson with seven, and Tyler McCall with six . 

The Lady Warriors lost a non-district game on January 5, to Waxahachie Prep, 51–25. The Warriors were led in scoring by McCall with 14 points.  Liz Blanchard had six points off the bench. 

On January 9, the Lady Warriors hosted Irving the Highlands for another district match-up. Again the Warriors were down by one point at the half, only to see the Highlanders pull away in the second half for a 54 -27 victory. The team was led in scoring again by Yoss with 12 points and McCall with 11.

The Lady Warriors are at Yavneh Academy on January 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Middle School Boys (7th Grade) Basketball
The seventh grade boys basketball won on January 5, at Waxahachie Prep, pulling out the win in the last minutes of the game. The team was led by Hayden Bauer with 10 points. Jon Paul Maney added seven points, Noah Kohn, five, and Murray Smith, two. Kole Cannon grabbed rebounds while Arthur Cirillo provided several assists to Bauer and Maney. 

The boys play again on Saturday, January 13, against Covenant at 11:00 a.m.

Middle School Boys (IAA) Basketball
The Middle School IAA Boys Basketball team got back into action after the break with a huge win over second place Calvary Lutheran, 36-26, on Tuesday night. The team was led by  Brett Peacock  with 12 points.  Alex Dondis  had 11, and  Mitchell Crow  added 9. Also scoring for the Warriors were  Henry Hopkins  and  Jaden Lambert  with two each. The boys next play at Providence on January 11. The Warriors are now 8-0 on the season and in first place in the North Division of the IAA. 

Middle School Girls (IAA) Basketball
The Middle School Girls Basketball team got back into action after the holiday break. On January 4, they lost 34-14 to Parish, the league's top team. On January 5, they lost 26-16 against non-league opponent Waxahachie Prep.

The girls got back on the winning track on January 8, picking up a 15-8 win at Providence to avenge an earlier season loss. The team was led in scoring by  Ava Cunningham with six points. Dasha Ramey pitched in four, while  Madison Deason added three. On January 9, the girls defeated Zion, 25-6, this time led by Deason's 12 points. Ramey had nine, while  Claire Blomquist and  Emory Johnston each added two. The Warriors will finish the week with a big game at Canterbury on January 12. The team sits at 4-5 on the season and in third place in the league. 


Varsity Soccer
The Varsity Soccer team lost at home to Coram Deo, 5-0, on January 4.
Kyeser Hall and Jonathan Kelley played well on defense. Luka Varnes and Logan Stout gave strong performances in midfield.

The Warriors lost 4-0 on the road to Irving The Highlands on January 6. Justin Reed and Christian Druebert worked hard on defense, while Ben Gillman and Hamed El-Feky were strong in the midfield. Jas Sauz and Jason Herron played well on offense, as did Ben Palmer in his first appearance in goal.

The Warriors are at home on January 11, at 6:00 p.m. against Cristo Rey.

Middle School Soccer
The Middle School Soccer team defeated Coram Deo Plano, 5-1, on January 4. Lakehill scored twice in the first eight minutes, taking control of the game and never letting up. Coram scored in the last minute of the first half to make it 2-1 going into the half. Lakehill kept up the pressure throughout the second half, scoring three more goals to win 5-1.
Kayla Ristianto scored two goals and had one assist.  Tristan Osang , Avery Owen , and Henry Hopkins also scored for the Warriors. Ethan Gaertner had two assists and Owen had one.

Luke Williams and Laurel Way were outstanding on defense, while Jeremiah Blanco was solid in goal.  Hudson Welch and Roman Gracia played well in midfield. Chris Dickey and Aleena Wallace were strong on offense.

The Warriors brought home another victory, defeating Prince of Peace Christian School 3-2 on January 9. Lakehill scored two goals early to take control. The Warriors added another goal halfway through the second half, bringing their lead to 3-0. The game became tense in the final two minutes, when Prince of Peace rallied for two quick goals.

Ristianto had a goal and an assist, and Ellis Meyer and Owen each scored. Gaertner had an assist. Standouts were Spencer Neill and Hannah Reister on defense, Oliver Adams and James McKinney in the midfield, and Harris Jones on offense.

The Warriors are at home against the Home School Athletic Association on January 11, at 4:30 p.m.

What's Happening?

January 10-19
Winter Outerwear Drive for the Homeless
Help Community Connections collect coats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats to help the homeless stay warm this winter. Drop-off boxes will be located at all entrances.

January 12
Admission Applications Deadline
Applications for admission for NEW students (including new siblings) for the 2018-19 school year are due to the Office of Admission.

PFC Executive Committee Meeting
2:00 p.m.

January 13 
Shoreline Spruce-Up 
White Rock Lake, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 

January 15
No school - MLK Holiday

January 18
College Night for Juniors 
All juniors and their parents should be in attendance.
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

January 24 
Upper School Shakespeare Competition

January 25 
Fourth Grade Fly-Up

January 26
Tribe Meetings, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. 

Early Release Day/Staff Development

January 27
New applicant Admission Testing (for the 2018-19 school year)

January 29
Spelling Bee
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in Lakehill's annual Spelling Bee. The website has daily tips, articles, and games that can increase your ability to compete. Spending a little time with it each week will improve your spelling sense and your vocabulary.  The Spelling Bee will be held January 29 at 8:45 a.m. in the Auditorium.

February 2
Freshman Visit Day, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Upper School Day of Service, 8:00 a.m. - noon 

All-School Pep Rally, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. 

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