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The Warrior Weekly
Issue: #16 December 18, 2008
In This Issue
Totally Awesome Musical
Homeward Bound
Annual Fund Closes in on Goal
Media Mentions
Classroom Connections
Sports Snippets
What's Happening
Lakehill In The News
Quick Links
Lakehill Calendar
Lakehill Home Page
Ren Web
Lunch Menu - December
Lunch Menu - January
Audience Has a Blast at Back to the '80s
Wham BoysLast weekend, Upper School Musical Theater students took audiences on a journey--a journey back to a time when Michael Jackson and Rick Astley were the kings of pop, when the Atari was cutting-edge technology, and when bubble skirts and blue eye shadow were oh-so-cool.

From the era that brought us Max Headroom, the Rubik's Cube, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this "totally awesome" musical followed the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they lived through their senior year--and the fun, heartbreak, loves, and loneliness that is a part of growing up...all set to the biggest hits of the '80s.

Despite the fact that injuries plagued the cast and that none of the cast members were even alive during the '80s, the cast were inspired, inspiring, and obviously having "the time of their lives." Crowd pleasers like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Material Girl," and "Kids in America" had audience members clapping and singing along. Although most Lakehill students knew nothing of this era prior to the musical, audience members of all ages clearly had a "blast."

Lakehill's Dallas premier of Neil Gooding's Back to the '80s featured musical direction by Tracy Herron and stage direction by Elizabeth Schmitt. Schmitt explains, "It is rare to find a musical where the majority of the cast gets to play characters their own age. Our cast embraced the opportunity, and despite injuries, were determined to give their best performances. I was so impressed  with the results." Audience members were clearly impressed as well.
Exchange Student Returns Home to Germany
SofyaEach year, thousands of students travel to the United States to participate in exchange programs. On their departure, they typically report that they enjoyed learning about America, making new friends, and sharing their own cultures with their hosts. Sofya Aleynikova is no exception. Sofya, a freshman, returns home to Germany on Sunday, after finishing her fall semester at Lakehill.

Sofya's mother and her mother's dear friend, Lakehill parent Irina Plumlee, attended University together in Russia. The two women stayed in touch when Ms. Plumlee moved to Dallas, and the families remain close friends. Sofya decided to take advantage of the opportunity to stay with the Plumlees and study in the United States.

Sofya says the biggest surprise was how challenging Lakehill is. While it was difficult for her initially, she now says she is used to it. She misses her family, but says she has been so busy that there has been little time to miss much else. Her days have been filled with spending time with new friends, studying, and enjoying her time here. She says that she has particularly enjoyed the school spirit at Lakehill and is impressed by the students' involvement in school activities.

Sofya says the first order of business when she returns to Germany will be to unpack all the clothes she bought while she was in Dallas. "The malls are so huge here; I couldn't resist," she explains. "I bought lots of clothes."

Sofya says she will definitely keep in touch with the friends she made at Lakehill. Although many tried to convince her to stay longer, it was not part of her plan. "I came with the intention of staying one semester, so that's what I will do." Sofya plans to spend a semester in France next year and hopes to attend college in the United States after she graduates.
End of Year Gifts Still Coming
Annual Fund SignMany of you may have seen the large Lakehill sign as you entered the main entrance and thought to yourself, "Why are the last two L's missing?" Instead of using a traditional fundraising thermometer to measure the progress of the Annual Fund, the school has been adding a letter for each $20,000 in donations. With Lakehill's largest and most ambitious goal ever set at $160,000, the school wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the importance and progress of this year's campaign.

On Friday December 12, Lakehill passed the $140,000 mark and has only the final "L" left before completing LAKEHILL. Reid Parker, Director of Development, added, "The early success of the Annual Fund is a true testament to our parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends. We increased our goal 35% over last year and knew that we would have to work hard to reach it. The response has been tremendous." 

With year-end giving in full swing, the prospects for reaching this year's goal look good, but support is still needed. "We are close to reaching our target, but the last little bit is always the hardest," explained Parker. Headmaster Roger Perry adds, "On behalf of the students, faculty, parents, and Board of Directors, we sincerely appreciate your support of Lakehill Preparatory School.  I am confident that together we can surpass this year's goal."
Rosie McCoskey See Who's in the News
Lakehill junior Rosie McCoskey was recently named the Good Kid of the Week by the Dallas Morning News. To read more about Rosie, click here.

Links to this story and more are now available on the Lakehill website.

To check out the Warrior Weekly archives, click here.

To find external news articles published about Lakehill, click here.
The Tasty Word Project
Illusion Tasty WordStudents in Ms. Julie Riggs' fifth grade English class won't soon forget the meaning of their vocabulary words. Their recent Tasty Word Project was based on scenes from the children's novel, The Phantom Tollbooth. Each child selected a word from
the vocabulary units that have been studied so far.

In the book, the character Milo finds that he literally DOES have to eat his words and he wishes he had chosen tastier ones. What if WE had to eat our words? Which ones would be delicious? Which would taste awful? Which would be healthy? Which would be fattening? If we purchased these words in the word market, what would they look like? What kinds of colors, textures, dimensions, smells, and flavors would they exhibit?

Students could base their reasoning on meaning, sound, or association of a word. Riggs had "scour" apples and "ingenious" cauliflower, which looked like a brain. "Reverie" was depicted as cotton candy. "Illusion" was a meal that looked like a hamburger, fries, and green beans, but was actually all made of candy and cookies. "Keepsake" was a box filled with and surrounded by Hershey's kisses.

Riggs created this project and has been doing it for eight of her nine years at Lakehill. She says she always enjoys seeing what the students come up with, and found this group's  projects to be extremely creative. The projects are currently on display outside the library.
Varsity Boys' Basketball
December 19
Lakehill at Prince of Peace; 4:30pm
December 29-30
Lakehill at Arlington Pantego Tournament
January 3
Lakehill vs. Brook Hill; 3:30pm
January 6
Lakehill at Shelton; 7:30pm

Varsity Girls' Basketball
December 19
Lakehill at Prince of Peace; 3:00pm
December 27-30
Lakehill at Oakridge Tournament
January 3
Lakehill vs. Brook Hill; 2:00pm
January 6
Lakehill at Shelton; 6:00pm

JV Boys' Basketball
December 19
Lakehill at Prince of Peace; 2:00pm
January 3
Lakehill vs. Brook Hill; 12:30pm
January 6
Lakehill at Shelton; 4:30pm

Middle School Basketball
January 8
Lakehill (blue) boys vs. Providence - 5:00pm
Happy Holidays! Enjoy your winter break!

December 17, 18, 19
MS and US Exams
Click here for exam schedule

December 18
5th and 6th grade dismiss for Holiday

December 19
K - 4th  grade dismiss for Holiday
7th - 12th dismiss per exam schedule

December 19; 11:00am
Elementary Choir Performs at NorthPark

December 22-January 5
Holiday Break

January 5
Teacher In-Service

January 6
Classes Begin

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