Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 10, Issue 14
November 16, 2017
Chamber Recognizes Teachers of the Year
Each year, the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce recognizes teachers who have made significant contributions in the classroom and in the community. They are selected based on professional practice, community engagement, leadership in professional development, and attention to diversity.

Middle School Mathematics teacher Ellen Kufel was recognized as the Private Middle School Teacher of the Year. Kufel said she was honored to receive this year's award. " I began my career 28 years ago and hope to have left an imprint on many lives. I could not be any more satisfied with my life’s choice. I didn’t choose teaching; it was already in my DNA; it is who I am."

"I am consistently amazed by the skills Ellen is able to impart in her students and her boundless enthusiasm for providing opportunities to them," said Assistant Head of School, Lara Gajkowski. "She inspires children mathematically and instills in them a sense of accomplishment and pride. Ellen is a passionate teacher who kindles the love and support of her students by providing the right balance of structure, accountability, and fun."

"It does not get any better than this," said Kufel. "It's hard to imagine receiving such an honor for doing what you love to do! I especially would like to thank the Lakehill faculty, staff, and administration for their support, guidance, and confidence year round."

Two additional Lakehill teachers were selected as finalists in the competition.  Tracy Herron  was recognized in the High School category, while  Laura Stout  was a finalist in the Elementary School category.

The Teacher of the Year Awards Program solicits nominations from all public and private schools in East Dallas as well as from business and community leaders. On November 14, Chamber of Commerce Chairman Andrea Saunders presented awards to the winners at a luncheon in their honor. Set against the natural beauty of Lakehill's Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center, the day was a fitting tribute to East Dallas's finest teachers.

All-District and All-State Volleyball Players Recognized
Head coaches from District 3-3A gathered recently to bestow the 2017 honors for All-District Volleyball. 

First Team All-District
Maddie Cerda

Second Team All-District
Lovely Lopez
Stella Palmer 

All-District Honorable Mention 
Tyler McCall
Loveth Heard
Jourdyn Owens

District 3-3A Freshman of the Year: Maddie Cerda

Congratulations to Coach Cayme-Mosley and these outstanding Lakehill athletes.

A Season for Giving

Sisteens and Broteens Raise Money with Dig Pink
On November 10, members of Sisteens and Broteens welcomed Heather Wagemann from Susan G. Komen of North Texas. Heather spoke to students about the expense of mammograms, the importance of early cancer detection, and the costs associated with the treatment of breast cancer. She emphasized that whether club members sold Dig Pink items, purchased them, or donated concessions, they all contributed to the funds that will make a difference in our community. Thanks to the efforts of the group and the generosity of the Lakehill community, Sisteens and Broteens were able to present a check for $1000 to Wagemann during the visit from the funds raised at the Dig Pink fundraiser and volleyball game last month.

Middle School Student Council
On November 9, Middle School Student Council held an Ice Cream Sundae sale to raise money for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree through a donation to Charlie's Angels. The group raised more than $400 to purchase items for those in need.

PASF Tamale Sale
The Pan American Student Forum is selling tamales for the holidays to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. The tamales, made by The Tamale Company, are lard free, gluten free, and MSG free - authentic and delicious! Tamales will arrive frozen and are "boil in the bag" ready. Tamales are $15 per dozen and come in four varieties: Ancho Chili Pork, Chicken Tomatillo, Beef Tenderloin, and Southwest Vegan (Black Bean and Corn). Order between November 27 and December 1 for delivery on December 12. Orders may be turned into your child's classroom teacher (Lower School) or to the Front Desk. Checks should be made payable to Lakehill Preparatory School. 

Community Connections Stocking Stuffers
This week Community Connections begins their drive to collect items to stuff stockings for the senior citizens who attend the holiday luncheon. Donation boxes are located at all entrances. Stocking stuffer ideas include travel-sized shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small notepads, pencils/pens, envelopes, puzzle books, little flashlights with batteries, handkerchiefs, tissue, scarves, stamps, lotion, lip balm, nail polish, socks, and combs. Find out more .
Tales from Camelot
Lakehill's talented musical theater students took to the stage on November 11 and 12, to present the beloved classic Camelot .

Borrowing from the Arthurian legends, Lerner and Loewe's Camelot centers around an idealistic young King Arthur (played by an earnest Warren Lester ), who hopes to create a kingdom built on honor and dignity, embodied by his Knights of the Round Table. His ideals, however, are tested when his lovely queen, Guinevere (played with great feeling and strong vocals by Lauren Bush ), falls in love with the young knight Lancelot, and the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance. 

The production featured a collection of unforgettable songs centering around a well-rendered love triangle involving Arthur, Guinevere, and Arthur’s right-hand man, Lancelot du Lac ( Asher Chamoy ), that depicts the conflict between love, honor, and duty.

As Arthur, a man who is prodigious on the battlefield but who wants to replace the “might makes right” ethos with a new age of reason, Lester expressed worlds of emotion in a glance, especially the mix of anguish, sadness, and love when he comes to realize the depth of feeling between Lance and his beloved “Ginny.” Bush revealed a youthful girl's unfulfilled longings and conflicted heart with great emotion through both her acting and her vocals.

Chamoy was perfectly cast as an idealistic Lancelot who, despite his spiritual dedication, falls prey to human emotions. He captured Lancelot's essential decency and nobility.

Jacob Besser provided a respite from the drama as Arthur’s ally King Pellinore, and Keegan Clendenin was a dynamic villain as Arthur’s evil, illegitimate son Mordred. Also shining in featured roles were Elizabeth Blanchard as the magical tutor Merlyn, Reese Brown as the enchantress Nimue, and Katie McKnight as the bewitching Morgan Le Fey.

The stripped-down stage was a perfect backdrop for the elaborate costumes. The Lakehill production showcased the talents of 33 Upper School students.

Lakehill's production featured stage direction by Mark Guerra and musical direction by Tracy Herron . Jeff Lankov provided musical accompaniment, while Catherine D'Annibale coordinated the costumes. Second grade teacher Emily Wolfe lent her talents as choreographer. Junior Kate Langley served as Stage Manager.

Thanks to the PFC Performing Arts Committee chair  Winnie Arrington , and her team of parent volunteers for their help and support in bringing  Camelot to the stage.

See  more pictures.
November 17
Grandparents Day, 8:00 a.m.
Lakehill welcomes grandparents, parents, and special friends to the annual Grandparents Day Celebration on Friday, November 17. The festivities begin at 8:00 a.m. with a breakfast reception in the cafeteria. Tours of the new addition will also be available at this time. The program, which includes performances by various student groups, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium. School is dismissed at 11:00 a.m. for Thanksgiving Break, and there is no after-school care.  

Scholastic Wild West Book Fair: Saddle Up and Read
November 17; November 27 - December 1
Stock up on new books for the holidays at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair which will be held in the Upper Library. It will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Enjoy an advance preview and purchase books following the Grandparents Day celebration on November 17.  Find out more about special events every day. A special Wild West Wednesday will be held on November 29. Wear your Western duds and get ready to Saddle Up and Read !
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: Shelby Britton
Shelby Britton has attended Lakehill Preparatory School since she was in the fourth grade. She stays busy as the Vice-President of National Honor Society, a Student Ambassador, a member of the Warrior Alliance, and she has a marketing internship this year with Ms. Ekstrom, which is also her proudest achievement.

Shelby’s favorite memories at Lakehill include being in Mr.Jones’s English class and the Halloween Carnival.

Shelby’s advice for younger Warriors is to “never procrastinate." She believes that "if you are good at something, then you should give it your all." Shelby advocates that everyone possesses their own power and ability to accomplish what they set their mind to. Her favorite quote, “scorch the earth beneath you,” perfectly illustrates this notion.

Shelby has been accepted to St. Edward's University, Colorado State University, University of Arkansas, and University of Missouri, among others, and plans to study creative writing or journalism.

By Brett Peacock, eighth grade
Sports Snippets

Varsity Football 
The Varsity Football team lost its final regular-season game on Friday night to Dallas Lutheran to finish the season at 7-3. 
The Warriors will host the first round of the State Playoffs against Amarillo San Jacinto Christian. Kick-off is at 2:00 pm. on Saturday, November 18, at the Warrior Athletic Complex.

This is the first State Playoff game Lakehill has hosted at the Warrior Athletic Complex. Don't miss it!

Middle School Girls Basketball
The Middle School Girls Basketball tipped off the 2017-18 season on November 6 against IAA rival Zion Lutheran School, who knocked the Lady Warriors out of the playoffs last season. The Warriors were able to avenge last season's loss with a decisive 30-4 win. The girls were lead by eighth grader Madison Deason who had 18 points on the day with 14 of those coming in the second half. Also scoring for the for Warriors were eighth graders Dasha Ramey with eight, and Ava Cunningham with four. The Lady Warriors next took on took on Providence on November 9, and took a tough 18-14 loss with Ramey being the leading scorer with six. The team's record then dropped to 1-2 with a 24-18 loss to DeSoto Canterbury. The team plays its last game before the break at Parish on November 15, before playing at St. John's on November 27. 

Middle School Boys Basketball (IAA)
The Middle School Boys IAA Basketball team started the 2017-18 season with a 49-26 win over Calvary Lutheran on November 9 at Lakehill. The team was led by  Alex Dondis  who had 18 points on the night including two three-pointers.  Mitchell Crow  added 15, and  Brett Peacock, six . The Warriors controlled the first quarter, leading 17-4, but Calvary battled back and cut it to 21-15 at the half. The Warriors pulled away in the third quarter. Also scoring for the Warriors were  Henry Hopkins and   James Freeman with three each , and  Cullen McCaleb  and  Landon Burt with two each . The Warriors continued with a 48-9 win over Providence on November 13. They were led in scoring by Hopkins with 14 points. Crow added 10 points, while Peacock had 9. Also scoring for the Warriors were McCaleb, five; Dondis, four; and Freeman, Burt, and  Jalen Lambert with two each.

The team extended its record to 3-0 with 46-16 win over Fairhill on November 14. It was an all-around team effort will all twelve players contributing to the win. Leading scorers were Dondis with 14; Peacock, 12; and Crow, 10. Also scoring for the Warriors were  Prahlad Pant, four; and McCaleb, Lambert, and  Sumner Born with two each. The Warriors look to remain undefeated when they take on Parish in a home game on November 27 at 5:00 p.m. This year's team is coached be Denver Bowden

Varsity Girls Basketball
The Lady Warriors opened the season with a 32–9 victory over Dallas International on November 13. On November 14, they traveled to Shelton and were defeated, 54-17. 

"The Lady Warriors are a young team this year," said Head Coach Rob Vaughn. "I see a lot of potential-- hard work will bring that to the surface and I expect good results this season." The Lady Warriors are back on the road on Friday night against Garland Christian at 6:00 p.m. 
What's Happening?

November 17
Grandparents Day

Book Fair Preview

November 20-24
Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

November 27 - December 1
Scholastic Book Fair
Upper Library, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

November 28
Upper School Admission Preview
Main Campus, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill's Upper School! Find out more about the unique offerings from Lakehill students and teachers. Dinner will be served.  
All Lakehill seventh and eighth grade Lakehill families are strongly encouraged to attend. 

November 29
Wild West Wednesday
Show your support for the Scholastic Book Fair!
Wear your Western Duds and get ready to Saddle Up and Read!

December 1
Middle and Upper School Winter Concert
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

December 2
Movie Night for K-4
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Senior Class
All proceeds benefit the Holiday Luncheon for Senior Citizens.
Children will enjoy games, a movie, and pizza. No reservation required.
Cost for one child is $35; $50 for two.

December 5
Lower School Winter Program
Students are asked to bring a wrapped gift for the Parade of Gifts.

December 6
Kindergarten Admission Preview
Main Campus, 9:00 a.m.
Invite your friends to take a look at Lakehill!

December 18 - January 2
Holiday Break - No School

December 13-15
Semester Exams

January 2
Teacher In-Service

January 3
Classes Begin
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