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The Warrior Weekly
In This Issue
New Website Launches
Lakehill Celebrates The Performing Arts
Sparkles Visits Lower School
Who's New
Sports Snippets
Upcoming Events
Lakehill In The News
Quick Links
Lakehill Calendar
Lakehill Home Page
Ren Web
Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program
Issue: #4 September 18, 2008
NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHES: lakehillprep.org
Lakehill Puts Its Best Face Forward Mr. Perry Website
Lakehill's new website, which officially launched this week, will provide up-to-date information in an easy-to-use format. The new site is a collaborative effort of our Lakehill community. We are especially grateful to Brian Boyd, Lori Trent, Tom Hussey, and Patty Hudson for their expertise and generosity.
They have donated countless hours to help make this dream a reality.

Here are a few hints that may be useful when using the new website:

To access Ren Web:
Log on to lakehillprep.org
At the top of the home page, you will see several options along the top right side. These include "Lakehill News," "Giving," and "Parents."
Click on "Parents."
Along the left side of the page, you will see several options including "Parents," "Ren Web," and "Parent Faculty Club."
Click on "Ren Web."
This will take you to Ren Web login window.

To find the school calendars:
On the home page, at the bottom right, there is a "Lakehill Now" option. Click here to see the week at a glance calendar

In the Parents section, there is a link to "School Calendar." This gives you the annual school calendar.

In the Athletics section, there is a complete Athletics calendar. You can also pull up team schedules by clicking on the tab "Teams and Schedules" and then selecting the team.

In the Arts section, there is an Arts calendar.

Please take time to explore the new site. There is a wealth of information available for faculty and staff, current Lakehill families, friends of Lakehill, and prospective parents and students.
New Committee Advocates for the Arts Musical Notes
The Lakehill Parent Faculty Club (PFC) has added a Performing Arts Committee to support and give recognition to the Upper and Middle School students and teachers who dazzle their audiences every year with their hard work, dedication, and outstanding performances.

Senior parent Karol Suber, who chairs the committee, says that the response  has been strong, with numerous parents signing on to help. "I have long advocated for this committee, because the kids are so talented," she explains.
Suber believes that Lakehill's music and theater programs rival those of much larger schools.

Headmaster Roger Perry says that for several years Lakehill has invested in the improvement of the auditorium sound system. "Each upgrade has improved the performance level for one type of performance. I am excited that the PFC committed $25,000 from last year's fund raising efforts to significantly enhance the sound capabilities for all of our performing artists. The thought of enjoying the talents of all performers in the Wyly auditorium is truly a dream come true."

To celebrate the accomplishments of the Upper and Middle School music and theater students, an Awards Banquet has been planned for May.

Lakehill Goes Back to the 80s
It's time to get out your legwarmers, scrunchies, and Members Only jackets. The Upper School Musical Theater class is taking us Back to the 80s. Mark your calendars for December 12 and 14 and join the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their senior year and experience the fun, the heartbreak, the loves and the loneliness of growing up...all set to the biggest hits of the 80s! Feel free to sing along to such 80s' hits as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Let's Hear it for the Boy," "Love Shack," and twenty others as Lakehill presents the Dallas premiere of Neil Gooding's Back to the 80s. It's going to be totally awesome!

One-Act Plays Set for November
The Upper School Drama class will present an evening of one-act plays on November 21 and 22 at 7:00 pm. On tap are Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s Long Walk to Forever, adapted for the stage by Bryan Harnetiaux and Mustardseed, a new comedy by Doug Cooney.  The plays are directed by Elizabeth Schmitt.

Middle School Drama
Middle School Drama students began the year with exercises in pantomine and voiceless communication and have already entertained each other with group pantomines and challenging improvisations. Throughout the semester, students will continue to build their skills through theater games, additional improvisations, and leadership opportunities, culminating in two performances.

For their first performance, the Middle School drama class will narrate the annual Grandparents' Day Program
. Their second performance will be the presentation of an excerpt from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Middle School Winter Program. Drama teacher Victoria John remarks, "It is truly a gift to work with these amazing students as they grow from individuals to a conscientious team of performers who respect themselves and one another as they create art!"

Choir Students Prepare for Upcoming Performances
The Upper and Middle School choir will perform its first Fall Concert on October 23 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium. Choir students will also perform at the Lakewood Service League's Walk, Wag, and Run at White Rock Lake on October 25 at 9:30 am. The Choir is led by Tracy Herron.
Sparkles1 Tooth Fairy Creates Magic
The kindergarten through second grade classes had a special visit on Thursday from Sparkles the Tooth Fairy. Sparkles sprinkled her fairy dust and spoke of the importance of brushing and flossing. Ms. Ulissey helped demonstrate how to brush in big, wide circles, while Ms. Shaw showed how to floss. Ms. Poore and Coach Stephens helped students learn about the good foods that they should eat to keep their teeth strong and healthy (and the foods they should avoid). Pierce McEvoy, a kindergarten student in Ms. Burt's class, was especially excited that Sparkles was on hand for his first lost tooth.
Faculty Spotlight on Heather DondisHeather Dondis
Heather Dondis is Lakehill's new Director of College Placement. She grew up in the Texas Panhandle/Southwest Kansas area and graduated from Liberal High School in Liberal, Kansas. Wanting to do something different upon graduation, Ms. Dondis applied to Boston University because of their international relations and study abroad programs. At BU, she studied international relations and French. She enjoyed her studies so much that she remained there to obtain a Master of Education with a focus on bilingual education. Upon graduation, she worked in the Boston University Office of International Admissions for seven years, evaluating applications and traveling extensively throughout Latin America and Canada.  Enjoying the conversations with students and counselors she met while traveling, she decided to switch sides of the desk and become a college counselor in Mexico City.  She moved to Dallas after her children, Alexander, 4, and Abby, 2, were born, to be closer to extended family. Ms. Dondis says she was attracted to Lakehill for the family atmosphere it fosters and the excitement the students have for learning. She says, "I have enjoyed speaking with students and hearing about the things they have done and the interests they have. I am extremely excited about the opportunities the future holds for them."
JV and Varsity Volleyball
WarriorSeptember 23
Lakehill vs. Garland Christian
JV at 5:00pm; Varsity at 6:00pm

Middle School Volleyball
September 22
Lakehill vs. St. John's; 4:30pm

Varsity Football
The Varsity Football team made it two in a row by beating Heath-Fulton Friday night by a score of 57-12 in Heath. The game ended in the third quarter because of the 45 point mercy rule. The Warriors were again led by senior Morgan Lineberry and junior Mac Kelly. Freshmen Alex Alfonso made a huge impact, catching two amazing touchdown passes from Lineberry. The Warriors host Winston this Friday for another non-district tilt starting at 7:30pm at RLP.
Middle School Football
The Middle School boys played a spirited first game of the season against Lucas Christian in Allen. It was an entertaining game although the young Warriors came up short in the end by a score of 46-36. The Warriors next game will be on Homecoming against Tyler Street at 5:00 pm at RLP.

Varsity Cross Country
September 20
Lakehill competes Saturday in the Lake Highlands Invitational.
Parent Faculty Club (PFC) General Meeting
September 19; 8:15 am; Cafeteria
Join parents and faculty members for the first General Meeting of the year.

Annual Fund Kick-Off Celebration
September 19; 6:30 pm; Perry Field
Help kick-off this year's Annual Fund Drive. Free food to all who attend. Stay and cheer on the Warriors as they take on Winston at 7:30 pm.

The Warrior Way Leadership Program
The Warrior Way is Lakehill's new leadership and mentoring program. The program kicks off next week with team activities for students in Grades 7 through 12. Grades have been paired together as teams and will attend a full day of leadership training and team building at Group Dynamix, the nation's largest indoor team building facility. Grades 12 and 9 attend on September 24; Grades 11 and 8 attend on September 25; and Grades 10 and 7 attend on September 26. Other opportunities for leadership, mentoring, and community service will be provided for students in Grades 5 through 12 throughout the year.

Tom Thumb Community Bucks
Turn in your Tom Thumb Community Bucks now through the end of September to the pink Box Tops collection bin outside the Main Office. Lakehill earns $1 for each Community Buck we receive! To learn more about the Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program, see the links section.

Sally Foster Fund Raiser
September 12 - 26
Sally Foster Gift Wrap and Cookie Dough sales are going on now! Help earn big bucks for Lakehill!

Trek for Tech
Save the Date! Saturday, November 8, 2008; 8:00 am
Leading to success.