|Lakehill Celebrates Grandparents in StyleLakehill
celebrated Grandparents' Day with a breakfast and performing arts
production. All students were given the opportunity to invite their
grandparents or even an aunt, uncle, or special neighbor or friend to the
celebration. The event has become an annual favorite among Lakehill students,
faculty, and families.
a delicious breakfast, sponsored by the Parent Faculty Club (PFC) and chaired by Tora Greene, visitors
moved to the auditorium for the performance. A standing-room only crowd was
welcomed by Student Council President Mandi Fox
and Senior Class President Rachael Mozelewski. Headmaster Roger
Perry provided the opening remarks, reflecting on the
importance of grandparents and the special memories he had of his own. The
auditorium was festively decorated with art work from art teacher Cat
Huitt's sixth grade art classes.
theme of the program was "Singing with One Voice: The Path to Peace" with
narration provided by Victoria John's 7th and 8th grade Drama
students. The opening performance featured the All-School Choir, under the
direction of Lakehill's Middle and Upper School choir director, Tracy
Herron, singing "I Am But a Small Voice." Each grade, from kindergarten through fifth grade, took the stage to offer their own special musical tribute. From sentimental songs of love to catchy tunes about turkeys, each group added something special to the morning. The students were accompanied by Lower School music teacher and Elementary Choir Director Linda Booth.
The morning also featured performances by the Lakehill Chorale (one of Lakehill's Upper School Choirs), the Allegro Singers (Lakehill's Middle School Choir), and the Elementary Choir, as well as two selections from Lakehill's upcoming musical, Back to the 80s. The
faculty choir, featuring the vocal talents of Julie Riggs,
Elizabeth Schmitt, Lara
Gajkowski, Heather Hopper, Victoria
John, Bill Dunklau, and Tracy
Herron, performed a beautiful and touching song, "A Prayer for the
Children." In the finale, the children and faculty members sang "Family Tree," a poignant song written especially for Lakehill by Jack Noble White, a
celebrated local composer.
|Middle and Upper School Students Enchant Crowd with Winter Program
Guests filled the auditorium as the sounds of the holidays filled the air. The Lakehill Singers provided pre-concert music as students, faculty, and family members took their seats. The Middle and Upper School Winter Program, held in the auditorium on Tuesday evening, featured a variety of musical and dramatic performances.
Lakehill's Middle School Choir, the Allegro Singers, started the evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things." They were followed by the fifth grade students, who presented the mini-musical Paint the Town December. This multicultural holiday musical presented songs of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. The final musical performance, by the Upper School Lakehill Chorale, was a festive Variations on Jingle Bells.
The program concluded with a skilled performance by the Middle School Drama students who presented an
excerpt from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The holiday traditions will continue on Thursday evening, as the Lower School students present their Winter Program at 7:00pm in the auditorium.
|A MAGICAL MID-WINTER NIGHT'S DREAM
|Drama Students Enchant and Entertain
Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia.
Hermia's father, prefers Demetrius as a suitor, and enlists the aid of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to enforce his wishes upon
Shakespeare's classic play about lovers, royals, and rustic commoners whose
desires are hilariously misdirected by a fairy potion, was brought to life for the Winter Program as the
7th and 8th Grade Drama Class presented an enchanting performance
of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Adapted by Dr. Carolyn Harper, the
play was produced by special arrangement with Contemporary Drama
The play portrays the
adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors,
their interactions with the Duke and Duchess of Athens, Theseus and
Hippolyta, and with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. As
Shakespeare said, "the course of true love never did run smooth."
Tuesday evening's performance shone as if Puck himself had sprinkled fairy dust over the cast. Narrated by Sydney Harding-Sloan, the Athenians included King Theseus and Hippolyta played by Alisa Brown and
Marianna Eboli, and the two misguided romantic couples Lysanda and Hermia,
played by Chandler Wall and Abby Kaplan, and Demetrius and Helena, played by Noa
Buxt and Paige Padilla.
The Fairy King Oberon and Queen
Titania, portrayed by Connor Cumpton and Alex Montfort-Mills, were joined by
Tyler Smith as the mischievous Puck and Annabel Henley, Lolly Sorflaten,
Courtney Hume, and India Williams as the four fairies Peaseblossom, Cobweb,
Mustardseed, and Moth.
The local Bumpkins' leader Peter
Quince, played by Brooks Vickery, was joined by the company of locals playing double roles as themselves and the members of the cast of the play within the play, Pyramus and Thisbe. Daniel
Landers played Bottom and Pyramus while Jonah Guedea played Flute/Thisbe. Church Humphreys played
Starveling/Moonshine and Philostrate while Jackson Vickery portrayed Wall/Snout and the Lion/Snug.
Brooks Vickery and
Noa Buxt served as assistant directors. Abby Kaplan and Sydney Harding-Sloan chaired the Costume Committee while the Props Committee was chaired by Jackson Vickery and
Drama teacher Victoria John remarked, "It was
truly a gift to work with these amazing students as they grew from individuals
to a conscientious team of performers!" A visibly pleased Ms. John explains that she was impressed with the students' ability to respect and learn from one another, their confidence to develop such wonderful characters, and their incredible comedic talent. On Tuesday night, it was obvious that the audience agreed.
Kindergarten Students Celebrate with Thanksgiving Feast
Each year the kindergarten classes celebrate the holiday with a Thanksgiving Feast. The Feast allows students to spend time together and share the excitement of the season with others.
Each child chose a Native American name to
reflect his or her own personality and proudly wore an Indian vest and feathers. They
celebrated the act of sharing by bringing everything from turkey to ham, popcorn,
and desserts--including homemade applesauce they prepared in class. This week of sharing and
working together celebrated the true spirit of Thanksgiving.
| IN THE ZONE|
|Basketball Kicks off with Tailgates and T-Shirts
The Lakehill Lady Warriors took on Fort Worth Temple
Thursday, November 20 in non-district action. After being down by 14 points at the
the fourth quarter, the Lady Warriors came within 8 points of victory before running out of time. Senior guard Imani Heard led the charge with 19 points
sophomore guard Sarah Baker had 17 points. Heard scored three
the final two minutes of the game.
The Varsity Boys' game followed, with a solid victory over Fort
Worth Temple by the Warriors. Tyler Redington led the team with 18 points,
followed by Morgan Lineberry with 14 points. The Warriors came out on top,
69-37 in non-district play. Lineberry and Redington each had a double-double.
Lineberry had 15 rebounds along with his 14 points, while Redington had 10
The Parent Faculty Club sponsored a
Party for winter sports prior to the games. Parent volunteers cooked hot dogs outside for all who attended. Students who attended the game received a free
t-shirt to commemorate the official opening of The Warrior Zone, a
special seating area for Lakehill students.
Exciting basketball action continued on Saturday for Lakehill's Middle School teams. The girls' blue and white teams as well as the boys' green and blue teams each took on Texoma Christian. The PFC Athletic Committee helped kick off the games and added to the fun with a Tailgate Party for Middle School Basketball.
| CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS
|Renowned Artist Visits Classroom
Katie Lee is a full-time artist who specializes in zoological and botanical illustration. She is also grandmother to 5th grade student Paige Alexander. During a recent visit to Dallas to visit her family, Ms. Lee made an impromptu visit to Lakehill and to Ms. Carpenter's 5th grade science class.
arrived with gifts for the class, although not of the usual variety.
She brought owl pellets by for the students to examine under the microscope
and helped them determine what the owl had been eating. After helping
the students identify the rodent parts from the owl pellets, she shared
her artistic gifts by teaching the students how to draw an African
Ms. Lee has gained an in-depth understanding of her subjects through the study of mammal anatomy. Her uniquely realistic botanical and zoological paintings have been
successfully exhibited in one person shows in both the United States
and abroad and her work can be found in private collections in
the United States and abroad. Despite all her accolades, her family insists that what she enjoys most is sharing her knowledge and talents with others.
|Varsity Boys' Basketball
|Varsity Girls' Basketball December 5
Lakehill vs. Tyler Street; 7:30pm
Lakehill vs. Winston; 7:30pm
Lakehill at Tyler All Saints; 7:30pm
Lakehill vs. Tyler Street; 6:00pm
Lakehill vs. HSAA; 6:00pm
Lakehill at Tyler All Saints; 6:00pm
JV Boys' BasketballDecember 9
Lakehill at Tyler All Saints; 4:30pm
Middle School Boys' Basketball Middle School Girls' Basketball December 4
Lakehill at Providence - 5:30pm and 6:30pm
Lakehill vs. Shelton - 5:30pm
Lakehill at Providence - 4:30pm
Lakehill vs. Shelton - 4:30pm
Save the Date for These Great Winter Events!
Lower School Winter Program
December 4, 7:00pm
December 5, 11:30am
Upper School Musical
: Back to the 80sDecember 12, 7:00pm; December 14, 2:00pm
Upper School Musical Theater students will present Back to the 80s
on December 12 and 14 in the Charles J. Wyly, Jr.
Auditorium. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for Lakehill
students. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance from any cast member or by calling 214.826.2931, ext. 309.