Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 10, Issue 22
February 15, 2018
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Summer Camps Catalog Released Today
I know it is only February, and summer seems like a distant dream, but, here at Lakehill, summer camp preparations are in full swing! Calendars are being set; camp descriptions are being finalized; and the Lakehill Summer Camps staff is busy planning a summer full of fun and adventure at both our newly enhanced Main Campus and the Environmental Science Center. 

As this process unfolds, a single thought keeps coming back to me: I wish I were a kid again!
This year's camp lineup looks fabulous! STEM, Community Connections, LEGO Engineering, Destination Dallas, and other perennial favorites are all lined up and ready to go, but it's the newest camps that have me really excited! 

Making Mosaics brings the most popular trend in crafting to Lakehill. Campers will explore paper and tile mosaics, creating patterns and scenes one colorful piece at a time. The Chicken Coop for our younger campers builds on one of kindergarten's favorite activities, hatching real chicken eggs! Campers will get to see and touch live chickens across their life cycle, from egg to hen, as they learn more about life on the farm. Design, Build, and Destroy is a hands-on look at engineering as campers learn about the most stable ways to build structures, then test their creation's ability to withstand catastrophic force. Will their designs have what it takes to stay standing, or will they cave under the pressure? And then there's Eek! Bugs!, the camp I would have signed up for first as a kid. Campers will learn to collect, identify, and pin insects, spiders, and other arthropods at this creepy crawly camp at Lakehill's Environmental Science Center.
Take a look at our just-released  Summer Camps Guide. Camp registration goes live on February 24. And, sorry...these camps are only for kids!

By John Trout
Director of Summer Camps
Tall Texans
On February 9, Lakehill's third grade students stepped into a museum. Not as visitors, but this time as the exhibits themselves. 

To culminate a unit on influential figures in Texas history, students had the unique opportunity to bring the person that they had researched to life, complete with amazing costumes, backdrops, and props. Students wrote their own speeches which they presented to a large audience in the auditorium.

Legends from the pages of Texas history books, including Miriam "Ma" Ferguson, Mirabeau B. Lamar, and Scott Joplin filled the auditorium stage and aisles. One by one, they shared their stories and their contributions to Texas.  

"We were so impressed with our students' abilities to bring these historical figures of Texas to life," said third grade teacher Kelly Curtis. "They eloquently portrayed the successes and hardships of their characters' lives, and they certainly looked the part with their elaborate costumes and detailed backdrops. Seeing our students in action quickly reminds us what a beloved Lakehill tradition this project is." 

"It was a wonderful celebration of Texas History," said third grade teacher Rochelle Rasheed . "We are proud of the students for their hard work and grateful to the parents for their support!"

See  more pictures of these Lakehill explorers. 
Middle School Musical
Middle School Musical Theatre students will bring Annie Jr. to the Lakehill stage on Friday, March 2, at 7:00 p.m.

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her first adventure.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie (played by Ella Berry) charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan (played by Dasha Ramey). Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks (played by Will Gorman), his personal secretary, Grace Farrell (played by Aleena Wallace), and a lovable mutt named Sandy (played by Luke Williams).
Recognizing Service: Students Encouraged to Apply for President's Volunteer Service Award
All Lower, Middle, and Upper School students are invited to apply for the President's Volunteer Service Award. The program honors those who inspire others to engage in volunteer service through their own positive example.  

Individual Honors are awarded based on hours of service. For students 5-10 years of age, award levels are bronze (26 hours), silver (50 hours), and gold (75 hours). 

For students between the ages of 11 and 15 years, award levels are bronze (50 hours), silver (75 hours), and gold (100 hours). 

For teens 16 and older, awards levels are bronze (100 hours), silver (175 hours), and gold (250 hours). Students may tally hours from April 1, 2017 through April 2, 2018.

Recipients will receive an official President's Volunteer Service Award lapel pin, a personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. Awards will be presented at the Spring Awards programs.

All Lakehill students are encouraged to participate. Students are responsible for tracking their own hours and getting the required signatures.   Learn more about the awards, and download the  tracking form. Forms are due by April 3, 2018. Contact Ms. Ekstrom with any questions. 
Auction Update
Join us at the 2018 Auction Gala, Monte Carlo by Moonlight , on Saturday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. on the 42nd floor of the Tower at Cityplace.

Does your Lower School child dream about camping out at the ESC?

Maybe your Lower or Middle School child wants to skip school and go to a Rangers game? Have an Upper School student who wants to try their luck at an escape room? This year, these and many more Teacher Gifts of Time will be available in the silent auction. Bidding opens on February 27, at 9:00 a.m. 

Certain items like Campfire Lights at the ESC and Mrs. Johnson's Second Grade Hungry Games will have multiple spots available at a set price. These items will be in the "Instabuy" section of the silent auction. All of the other Teacher Gifts of Time will be set up for bidding in the "Teacher Gifts of Time" category.

These special times with Lakehill teachers will make memories that your kids will remember forever. Instructions and the link to register for online bidding will be available soon.

Tickets for this not-to-be-missed event are on sale now. Tickets are $125 and include dinner, drinks, dessert, and fun!

Visit for more 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: Lovely Lopez              
Lovely Lopez has attended Lakehill for thirteen years, making her a "lifer." While at Lakehill, Lovely has participated in Sisteens, musical theater, choir, softball, and Student Ambassadors. She is President of P.A.S.F., as well as being a captain in both cheer and volleyball. She is also a member of the Spanish Honor Society and the Math Honor Society. She was most recently voted Homecoming Queen. One of Lovely’s favorite memories at Lakehill was the performing arts trip her junior year to New York City. She described it as, “the best week of my entire life.”

Lovely's favorite classes have been those in math and A.P. Psychology. Her interest in those classes has led to her plan to major in either developmental or cognitive psychology. Lovely has applied to Southwestern University, University of Colorado Boulder, St. Edwards University, Austin College, University of Kansas, and Texas Christian University, among others. She hopes to become a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Her family inspires her the most. Her family and friends have had the most impact in her life. Lovely encourages and tells young Warriors, “It is so important to believe in yourself.” She is excited to see what adventures and success will await her next year.

By Jourdyn Owens , ninth grade
Sports Snippets


Middle School Boys (IAA) Basketball
Eighth graders Alex Dondis and Mitchell Crow were selected for the IAA All-Star game, representing the North team on February 8, at Fairhill. Although the North lost, 45-31, both Warriors contributed to their team, with Crow scoring eight points, including a three-pointer, and Dondis adding four.

Varsity Girls Basketball
 The Varsity Girls Basketball team wrapped up their season with a victory over Dallas Cristo Rey at home, 41-12.  Judy Zhu, who had seven rebounds in the game, was recognized during Senior Night. 

The Warriors played smothering defense, holding Cristo Rey to only 12 points for the entire game. Offensively, the Warriors were led by Krista Carlson with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists, and eight steals, while  Liz Blanchard sank two three-pointers. Zuri Williams led the defense with 14 rebounds. The Lady Warriors finished with a season record of 10 wins and 15 losses, just one place away from a playoff spot. 

"This team really came together during the second half of our district schedule and played extremely well," said Head Coach Rob Vaughn. "They won four games and took some of the playoff teams to the limit. A lot of young players got some valuable experience this season. The future is looking bright for the Girls Basketball program.'

Varsity Boys Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team ended their season on February 9, with an impressive 52-28 win over Cristo Rey. The Warriors were led in scoring and rebounding by Gerard Franklin who contributed 21 points.

The Warriors doubled their district and total team wins from last year, just missing a playoffs spot. It was also Senior Night for Lakehill's two seniors, Franklin and Toni Perez-Stark, who spent four years with the team. "Their contributions will continue to impact the program for years to come," said Head Coach Bradley Neyland.

Lakehill seventh grader Margaret Henderson, rowing with Dallas United Crew, brought home the bronze medal in the Women's Middle School division at the annual S.W.E.A.T. Indoor Regatta. Held on February 3, at Dallas Jesuit, this year's event featured top athletes from around the region vying for a chance to compete in the March world championship event.

Lakehill rowers will kick-off the spring racing season on February 18, in Austin, at the Lady Bird Invitational.
What's Happening?

February 15
Tribe Meetings, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

Roman Banquet (7th & 8th grade)

February 16 - 19
Winter Break (No School)

February 22 
7th and 8th Grade National Mythology Exam

February 23
Fourth Grade Mini Musical, Shh, We're Writing the Constitution , 9:30 a.m. 

Box Tops Due!
Look for Box Tops for Education on participating products, cut them out, and turn them in to your child's teacher by February 23. The class that collects the most will earn a class party! Please bundle your Box Tops in groups of 10 or 50 using a sealable bag or envelope. All Box Tops must have a visible expiration date. 

February 23-25
Middle School State Debate (Austin)

February 24 
WOO Service Project with Crossroads Community Services, 9:30 a.m. - noon 
Meet at Lakehill at 9:30 a.m. Bus transportation will be provided.

Dallas-Fort Worth Area English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition
Highland Park High School

February 26 
Seventh and Eighth Grade National Latin Exam

February 27 
Fourth Grade Invention Convention

March 1 
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 1, between 8:00 a.m. and noon and between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. For your convenience, we are once again using PTC Wizard, an online system for scheduling conferences. Online scheduling begins Tuesday, February 20, at 8:00 a.m. and ends Tuesday, February 27, at midnight. To begin scheduling, click on the PTC Wizard Link
Instructions have been emailed to all parents.

March 3 - Save the Date!
Lakehill Benefit Auction: Midnight in Monte Carlo

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