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Back-to-School Picnic
Who's New?
Lakehill Selects New Director of Admission
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Volume 2, Issue 1
August 27, 2009

Letter from the Headmaster
RogerDear Parents:

I hope you have enjoyed the summer break and are ready for an exciting year. I want to welcome you back for what promises to be a year full of exciting initiatives and new opportunities.

We are putting the finishing touches on the new Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Center. This state-of-the-art Silver LEED certified building will be a lasting legacy for future generations of Lakehill students. The programs of the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center are designed to inspire students to become stewards of the environment by building awareness, furthering understanding, and leading students to take environmentally sound actions based on their expanded knowledge of the world in which we live. I look forward to the Dedication Ceremony on September 10.

I am extremely pleased with the renovation of the gymnasium. New bleachers, upgraded sound quality, and many enhanced features will provide our students, parents, and alumni with a first-class facility. We invite you to join us for a home Volleyball game in September!

We are continually grateful for the generous gifts from the Parent Faculty Club (PFC). The gifts range from new and improved technology to a brand new 48-passenger bus which will transport students to and from athletic events, field trips, and the new Environmental Science Center. Thank you to the numerous parents who give so generously of their time, energy, and financial resources. All gifts, regardless of size, impact the lives of our students. We hope you have noticed the new signage at the west entrance to the campus and on the south side of the building. Another campus improvement to look for is a new sound system in the auditorium.

Our mission at Lakehill is to challenge students to navigate a diverse and ever-changing world by providing them with the opportunity to develop robust academic skills and to cultivate unique talents. Our faculty members continue to set the standard with their experience and innovative teaching. We welcomed six new faculty and staff members this year to Lakehill, and look forward to introducing them to you. This fall, we will be working on our strategic plan to set short-term, mid-term, and long-range goals.

I enjoyed seeing so many of you at the Back-to-School Picnic and look forward to all the upcoming events that have been planned. Please join us on Friday, September 4 for the Tailgate Party at Perry Field, followed by our first home football game of the season against the Gold-Burg Bears.

I look forward to seeing you then.

Warmest Regards,
Perry Signature
Roger L. Perry

Lakehill Honored by U.S. Commerce Association
sign Lakehill Preparatory School has been selected for the 2009 Dallas Award in the Private Elementary and Secondary Schools category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. The award winners are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
Back-to-School Picnic 
Students, parents, faculty, and staff gathered on Saturday evening at Lakehill's annual Back-to-School Picnic. Sponsored by the Parent Faculty Club (PFC), this event continues to be a favorite tradition among Lakehill families.

Held on the field adjacent to the school, Saturday's picnic was the perfect opportunity for families to reunite for fun and friendship. Families brought their own picnic, and gathered in areas set up by grade level to visit with friends and meet new classmates.

The Varsity Cheerleaders kicked off the event with cheers to build school spirit. The Football, Volleyball, and Cross Country teams were introduced. Two water slides provided endless entertainment while those who were more musically inclined performed karaoke for the crowd. Denise Palmer and Ashley O'Neill,
PFC Co-Chairmen of the picnic, were extremely pleased with the event. "The picnic was the perfect way to start off a new school year," explained O'Neill. Despite the record-breaking heat, students enthusiastically declared it the "coolest" picnic ever.
Who's New
hand raiseNew Faculty and Staff
Six new faculty and staff members joined the Lakehill family this year. One new faculty member will be highlighted each week in upcoming editions of The Warrior Weekly.

Jhoana Cayme - Physical Education
Heather Ganio - Middle and Upper School Science
Cindy McAllister - Middle School Science
Mary Noon - Middle and Upper School Creative Writing, Yearbook, Calumet
Holly Walker - Director of Admission
Jennifer Warder - Middle and Upper School Math
Tina Simpson will be substituting for Katie Becker while Mrs. Becker is out on maternity leave with her new baby girl Bree.
Lakehill Selects New Director of Admission
Holly Walker
Lakehill Preparatory School recently announced the selection of Holly Walker as the new Director of Admission.
Lakehill looked at qualified candidates from the top private schools in Dallas and engaged an educational search firm. The search led full circle back to Walker, a Lakehill graduate and parent of a Lakehill kindergarten student.
"Walker's passion, creativity, and experience clearly satisfy the many strenuous criteria and qualifications developed by the School and the Board of Directors," said Lara Gajkowski, Assistant Head of School.
Walker replaces Susanne Seitz, who recently celebrated ten years of service to Lakehill. Seitz is leaving to be able to stay home with her two-year-old daughter. "I am thrilled to have Holly on board at Lakehill," explained Seitz. "We worked together all summer to ensure a seamless transition, and I am confident she will be a wonderful addition to Lakehill's administrative team."
"Holly is a talented individual with outstanding organizational and administrative skills," explained Headmaster Roger Perry. "She is also an exceptional communicator who builds bonds with others. As a Lakehill graduate, she truly understands the unique and special mission of our school."
Walker, a 1995 graduate of Lakehill, says she is thrilled to be back in the school she loves so much. "I love interacting with others, problem solving, and meeting people's needs. Ultimately, the admission process is about helping families make the choice that is right for them," she explained.
Sports Snippets
HelmetGet that Warrior Spirit!
Join us on September 4 for the Tailgate Party and the Warriors Varsity Football Season Home Opener against the Gold-Burg Bears.

With a roster of 18 boys, the team claims 10 returning Lettermen, including three All-District performers. Although the team is young, with 13 freshmen and sophomores among the 18 players, Coach Peacock reports that the team should be hard hitting and high scoring.

Building upon great participation in the off-season, the team began practicing in August, including a three-day football camp in Palo Pinto County. Fans should look for strong leadership this year from senior captains Mac Kelly and Harrison Boyd, and will be proud to see the Warriors' new Nike uniforms, in Lakehill's traditional kelly green and royal blue.

On September 8, join us for the Lady Warriors Varsity Volleyball Home Opener against two-time State runner-up Tyler All Saints. This will also be the first district game of the season. The team has been working hard since starting with two-a-day practices on August 3. Coach Cayme reports that there is "tremendous potential with this dynamic young team." With a 3-0 start to the season, no one can argue with that.

To find out about upcoming Athletic Events, click here.
What's Happening?
It Starts Here.2August 28
Fabulous Fridays
Students and faculty are invited to wear their jeans with a Lakehill shirt and show their Warrior Spirit. Every Friday is jeans day with a Lakehill shirt!

September 3
Lakehill Rocks Wednesday at Paciugo
Stay cool at neighborhood favorite Paciugo on the first Wednesday of each month and help Lakehill earn some cold hard cash. Paciugo will donate 20% of the proceeds back to Lakehill. Be sure to say the magic words, "Lakehill Rocks."

eptember 4
Spirit Day and Pep Rally
Don't miss out on the first Pep Rally of the year! Students are invited to join in the fun by wearing their jeans with a Lakehill shirt! The pep rally will be held at 2:55 pm. Lakehill's football, volleyball, and cross country teams will be introduced along with "Cheerleader for the Day" Stella Palmer and "Seventh Man" Ben Palmer. Stella and Ben will both take part in the pep rally and the first half of the football game.

September 4
Tailgate Party and Football Game
Tailgate at 6:30 pm,  Kickoff at 7:30 pm. 

The annual Tailgate Party is a favorite tradition at Lakehill. This year's event will be held on Friday evening before Lakehill's football home opener against the Gold-Burg Bears. Hot dogs and chips will be served to everyone who attends the game, including the opponent's fans and players. During half time, students are invited to participate in a throwing and kicking competition on the field. Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the game. This is the perfect opportunity for families to spend time together and show their school spirit! Go Warriors!

September 9
Lakehill Open House, 7:00 pm

Visit with your child's teacher and learn more about the expectations for the coming year. This is a parents only event.

September 12
Lakehill Family Day , 9:00 - 11:00 am
Join us at Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake to help clean up this neighborhood treasure. Meet at the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be available there.
Welcome Back to School!