October 16, 2008
|MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ENJOY UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES
|Activity Period Offers a Range of Activities
The Activity Period program is unique to Lakehill's Middle School students and allows them to participate in elective activities during the school day five times during the first semester. These activities vary from year to year, and student suggestions are encouraged. These mini-courses allow students to group according to interest instead of grade level and to discover teachers who share interests similar to their own in non-academic settings. In the past, activity period offerings have included experiences in journalism, animation, chess, card and board games, ethnic foods, first aid, and cooking. Some of this year's offerings include opportunities for those interested in walking, cars, Visioneering, embroidery, video games, and toothpick bridge building, among others.
Bonding Opportunities Abound at Fall Day Out
Each fall, Middle School students spend a special day
outside of the regular classroom on an all-day field trip. The focus is on
bonding opportunities for students and teachers across grade levels. The main
goal of this day is to establish a framework for facilitating year-long
teamwork and unity. For the past five years, Middle School students have spent
Fall Day Out at Sisters' Grove Farm, Ms. Gajkowski's farm in Princeton,
Texas. This year's trip will take place on
October 24. Students take busses to the farm, where they spend the day playing
badminton and volleyball, going on hayrides, jumping on hay bales, and climbing in
the hay barn. It is a great way for the students to get away from it all and just enjoy themselves. Ms. Gajkowski and her husband will cook hamburgers and hot dogs
for lunch. Games of checkers and chess are set up on the porch, while board
games are available in the garage. It is no wonder that Fall Day Out continues to be an annual favorite among Middle School students.
Adventure Week Offers Travel
One of the highlights each year in Middle School is the
opportunity for extended travel during "Adventure Week." Occurring each spring, these trips
are a joyful tradition within the Middle School experience. While destinations
and experiences vary slightly from year to year, current travel plans include a
program of environmental education and leadership training in fifth grade, a
trip around Texas to visit historical and cultural sites studied in sixth grade
history, a shared focus on science and ancient civilization for seventh grade
in New Mexico, and an amazing multi-curricular experience for eighth graders
when they visit Boston, Massachusetts. While each grade's "adventure" has
a different destination and goals, students return with a sense of achievement
and confidence. This year's Adventure Week will be held March 9 - 13.
|MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUBS OFFER SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Students Select Offerings That Best Fit Their InterestsMiddle School Clubs are a great way for students to meet others with similar interests and to get involved in the school. While most clubs are well underway for the fall semester, it is not too late for interested students to get involved. Students should contact the club sponsor or Ms. Hauschild, Middle School Coordinator, for more information on any of the clubs listed.
The Drama Club is open to fifth and sixth grade students. Sponsored by Ms. Riggs, the Club meets on Tuesdays and is limited to 20 students each semester. Students
will perform for family and friends at the end of
The French Club is offered to students in fifth and sixth grades. Meetings are held on the second, third, and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Students learn to chat in French, sing songs, and experience some elements of
French culture. The Club is sponsored by Ms. Wilkin.
Roots and Shoots is open to all Middle School students. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. This international club aspires to improve our world through service learning
projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment, and the
human community. The Club is sponsored by Ms. Thomson and Ms. Becker.
The Geography Club is open to all Middle School students. The Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays during the
first semester. Students work together to prepare for the National
Geographic sponsored GeoBee on January 7, 2009. The Club is sponsored by Ms. Thomson and Ms. Pike.
Choir is open to fifth and sixth grade students. The Choir is sponsored by Mr. Herron and will begin in the spring semester. Students who enjoy singing and
performing will have the opportunity to do both!
The Magic Club is open to all Middle School students. The Club meets on Thursdays from 3:30 until 5:00 and is sponsored by Mr. Trout. Players of all levels--beginner to experienced--of Magic the Gathering play and
compete in this strategic card game.
The Environmental Technology Club (Envitech) is open to interested students in eighth grade. The Club meets on Mondays and is sponsored by Mr. Cohen, Dr. Onabajo, and Mr. Smith. Students will consider environmental issues including water
management and waste control and the technology that is used for treatment and
The Computer Club is available to students in seventh and eighth grade. The Club meets on Thursdays and is sponsored by Mr. Dunklau. Computer-loving students have the opportunity to learn a variety of programming techniques with fun
The Keyboarding Club is open to all Middle School students. The Club meets on Tuesdays during the first semester and is sponsored by Mr. Dunklau. Students improve accuracy and speed as they work through a keyboarding program.
|Faculty Spotlight on Angelo Florez|
Angelo Florez is Lakehill's Assistant Varsity Football Coach and Head
Middle School Baseball Coach. He teaches PE for third, fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, as well as Upper School PE. He also leads the strength and
conditioning program. He says his philosophy centers around the 3D approach in the
classroom and in athletics: Desire, Dedication, and Determination.
Coach Florez holds a degree in Kinesiology from
The University of Texas at Arlington. He previously coached for eight years
at Reicher Catholic High School in Waco and for three years at The Oakridge
School in Arlington. While coaching in Waco, Coach Florez also worked as a personal trainer at the Waco Family YMCA. He enjoys the outdoors and playing indoor and outdoor soccer. Coach Florez appreciates the warm welcome he has received from the Lakehill staff and students.
|JV and Varsity Volleyball
Lakehill at Dallas Lutheran
Varsity at 6:00pm
Middle School Volleyball
First Round of Playoffs
Lakehill at Rockwall Heritage; 7:30pm
Lakehill vs. Greenville Christian; 7:30pm
Lakehill vs. Universal Academy; 7:30pm
Middle School Football
Lakehill at Rockwall Heritage; 5:00pm
Lakehill vs. Lucas Christian; 5:00pm
|Parent Teacher Conferences (no classes)
October 16, 2008
October 21, 2008; 9:30am
Admission Previews are held at Lakehill's Main Campus and are available to families of students entering kindergarten through Grade 12. To reserve a space, contact the Office of Admission at 214.826.2931, ext. 102 or email email@example.com.
Parent Faculty Club (PFC) General Meeting
October 21, 2008; 7:00pm
Healthy Eating and Healthy Living: Focusing On Family Wellness
Speaker: Meridan Zerner, Cooper Clinic
A general meeting of the PFC will follow the presentation by Ms. Zerner. Child
care will be provided for children ages 5-12. The children will watch a
movie in the Lower School library. If you would like to bring your
child, please contact Tina Simpson at 214-284-7180 or firstname.lastname@example.org by
10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 21.
Choir Fall Concert
October 23, 2008; 7:00pm
Middle School Fall Day Out
October 24, 2008
Choir Performance at Walk, Wag, and Run
October 25, 2008; 9:30am
Trek for Tech
Saturday, November 8; 8:00am
10th annual Trek for Tech will be held November 8, 2008. The 1 Mile Fun
Run and registered chip-timed 5K begin and end at Lakehill's Main
Campus, with the course winding through the surrounding Lakewood
neighborhood. All proceeds from the race will be used for technology enhancements.
Retail Rebates Put Money in Lakehill's Pockets
The PFC Retail Rebates Committee coordinates and publicizes year-round fundraisers with business
partners that have revenue-sharing programs with schools. Lakehill's current partners include General Mills
Box Tops for Education, Target's
Take Charge of Education program, Kroger's
Neighbor to Neighbor Program, Tom Thumb Good
Neighbor Program (code 2080) and our newest venture, neighborhood merchant White Rock Coffee's "Coffee with a Cause."
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