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The Warrior Weekly
Issue: #25 March 5, 2009
In This Issue
Weekend Flames
Navigating Lakehill's Website
Classroom Connections
Something to Crow About
Sports Snippets
What's Happening
Lakehill In The News
Quick Links
Week at a Glance
Lakehill Home Page
Ren Web
Lunch Menu
Early Morning Fire Damages Gym
fire.1Classes resumed on Monday at Lakehill after a two-alarm fire that occurred about 2:30 am on Sunday morning and damaged the school's gymnasium. No injuries were reported.

Structural engineers from two different firms are currently evaluating the damage. No official damage estimate has been released. At this point, it has not been determined whether the gym can be restored or will have to be rebuilt. While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, officials believe the fire was electrical, probably caused by the motor of an exhaust fan used to keep condensation out from under the gym floor. Officials hope to have a final determination early next week.

"We are grateful that the fire occurred in the middle of the night when there was no possibility of injuries and that the fire was contained to the gym," said Headmaster Roger Perry.  "Whether we are able to restore or have to rebuild, we plan to be up and running by the start of the 2009-10 school year. The silver lining is that this gives us the opportunity to enhance the gym with more seating and improve the aesthetics. We are extremely grateful to our Lakehill families and the community for their overwhelming show of support."
Website Update: Parents' Section
Web.1The Parents section on the website offers a wealth of information. By clicking on "Parents" at the top of the home page, users may select from a variety of choices. Upcoming issues of Warrior Weekly will offer tips on how to use the Lakehill website to its full potential.

Parents and faculty can now access the Ren Web calendar directly from the website without having to log into Ren Web. From the  "Parents" page, find the "School Calendar" tab on the side of the page. Scroll across to see two options, "School Calendar" and "Ren Web Calendar." The "School Calendar" lists key dates for the school year. The "Ren Web Calendar" takes users directly to the most current calendar and provides details regarding daily events and activities.

For a quick five-day overview, click on "Lakehill Now" at the bottom right corner of the Home Page.
Other tabs on the Parents page include:
Ren Web - This link takes you to the RenWeb login.
Student Email - This link is a portal to the child-safe email system that Lakehill uses for its students' email.  Gaggle.net has a plethora of communication devices that our digital kids like to use, including email, blogs, message boards, and chat rooms--all protected by Gaggle's filtering system that is monitored by the teacher. The system is currently in place for 5th and 6th grade students, with 7th and 8th grade being added next year.
Parent Faculty Club - This link has selections including Programs, Fundraisers, Volunteer Opportunities, and Club News. Visit Club News often for auction updates, both before and after the event!
School Calendar - Links to the RenWeb and School calendars (see above).
Policies and Updates - This link includes Weather Bug, Dress Code, Monthly Bulletins, and the Monthly Lunch Menu.
After School Care Program - Information on after school care.
Summer Camps - All the information on Lakehill Summer Camps, including a downloadable brochure, application, and insurance information.
Friday Night Lights
Brad Leland.2Thespian members recently received a special visit from actor Brad Leland. Leland, who has appeared in 20 feature films, 25 television shows, and numerous theater performances, currently plays the character Buddy Garrity in the television show Friday Night Lights. Students were given this opportunity through a connection with Thespian troupe director and drama teacher Elizabeth Schmitt, whose husband Ed has known Leland for nearly 20 years.

Leland was born in Lubbock, Texas, but moved to Plano during his sophomore year in high school. While in Plano, Leland played football for Plano High School. In 1980, Leland graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor's degree in acting and directing. While visiting Lakehill, Leland was able to catch up with former hometown friend Tim Hagood. "It is cool to see someone you know on TV in an acclaimed series on a major network," said Hagood.

Leland made his first stage appearance at age five, when he volunteered to go onstage at Disneyland and sing the Davy Crockett song. He continued his acting in high school and college, performing in some 100 plays. After graduating from college, Leland moved to Dallas where he worked in local theater and found an agent. He got a part on the TV series Dallas and received his first film role at age 28. He was recently seen in the film Hancock with Will Smith. His most visible roles, though, are that of football booster John Aubrey in the film Friday Night Lights and the similar character, Buddy Garrity, in the TV series of the same name.
Leland told thespians that perseverance pays off. "Make sure  you can put up with years of rejection and not making money," he told students. "If you don't need to perform; don't. In the end, though, it is definitely worth it. It takes a long time, but just stick with it."

He also shared his thoughts on high school with the group. "You have an amazing opportunity here to be able to participate in everything," he explained. "You can be the star of the tennis team, play basketball, sing in the choir, and perform in the musical. The kids I know at larger schools don't have that opportunity; they have to pick one thing. Be grateful you have the chance to try so many different things here at Lakehill."
Lakehill Benefit Auction Just Two Days Away
auction basketsThe PFC Auction Committee is hard at work putting the finishing touches on the auction and the message is clear...on Saturday, March 7, everyone at Eddie Deen's Ranch will have something to crow about. This is one event you don't want to miss!

Join Lakehill parents, friends, and faculty from 6:00 pm until midnight for fair games, raffle prizes, and live entertainment from country music star Deryl Dodd, in addition to other fun surprises. You never know what this auction committee has up their sleeves, so you definitely want to be there to find out first hand. Fabulous treasures, from designer jewelry and vacation getaways to special time with teachers and one-of-a-kind class projects and baskets will be available in the live and silent auctions. These projects and baskets alone are worth the trip!

It's not too late to enter a pie in the pie baking contest. Entries must be received by noon on Friday and can even be dropped off in the morning carpool lane.The top pie prize includes full bragging rights as well as a $1000 tuition voucher. Everyone who enters the pie contest will also be entered in the raffle. Winners will be announced at the auction.

Tickets to the auction are available in advance or at the door. Proceeds from the auction benefit the school's endowment fund as well as ongoing projects at the school. For more information on this blue ribbon event, visit
Mixed Tennis
March 5
Lakehill Middle School Tournament at RLP - 3:30pm
March 9
Lakehill at Greenhill - 4:00pm

Varsity Baseball
March 5
Lakehill at Shelton -4:00pm
March 6
Lakehill at Dallas Covenant -4:00pm
March 10
Lakehill vs. Rockwall Christian -4:00pm

Varsity Softball

March 5
Lakehill at Lucas Christian -4:30pm
March 9
Lakehill vs. Garland Christian -4:30pm

Varsity Golf
March 23
Lakehill at Prince of Peace Tournament - 1:00pm

Varsity Track
March 23
Lakehill at Bullard Brook Hill - District - All-Day
March 6
Lakehill County Fair Pie-Baking Contest
Drop off your pie by 12:00 noon. The winner will be announced on Saturday night!

March 7
Lakehill County Fair Benefit Auction
Eddie Deen's Ranch; 6:oopm until the cows come home!

March 9 - 13
Middle School Adventure Week

March 11 - 13
US Biology Trip

March 13 - 22
Lakehill in Spain Trip

March 16 - 20
Spring Break (no classes)
Leading to success.