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Lakehill Takes the LEED
Dedication of Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center
Preparatory School's state-of-the-art
LEED Silver Certified Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science
Center officially opens on September 10, 2009 with a Dedication
Ceremony at 10:00 am.
Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center is dedicated to the
study of the natural environment. The facility houses three laboratory
classrooms as well as a Great Hall that will be used as a gathering space for
the school community. With over 40 acres of untouched land to explore,
Lakehill students will have the opportunity to experience nature in a pristine,
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 make environmentally sound decisions based
on their expanded knowledge of the world in which we live.
in Lower and Middle School will visit the Alice and Erle Nye Family
Environmental Science Center once every six weeks. A
comprehensive scope and sequence has been developed for students in
kindergarten through eighth grade. The science curriculum for each
thematic and concepts introduced will be built upon from one year to
An AP Environmental Science course is available to Upper School
an academic standpoint, the new facility provides our students opportunities to
focus directly on environmental issues and careers. In addition to our regular
science curriculum, the Environmental Science Program provides a special
up-close study of nature that provides tremendous opportunities for our
students," explains Lara Gajkowski, Assistant Headmaster.
Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center was one of the first
facilities in the city of Dallas to achieve LEED Silver certification.
Though lengthy and arduous, the process to gain certification is a
positive step that Lakehill has taken to secure our environment for future
generations. "When building the Environmental Science Center, it only made sense to
become LEED certified. We did not want to spoil the natural beauty of the site
and the long-term cost efficiency of the design made it a natural choice," explains Lakehill Headmaster Roger L.
Perry. "Good Fulton and Farrell did a wonderful job incorporating our vision
into a working facility. It is a wonderful design and is truly a first-class
facility," added Perry.
Set lightly in the natural landscape, the building adopts
a number of strategies for connecting interior spaces with the world outside. The building is
responsive to its environment, using many strategies to enhance its natural
surroundings and reduce its impact on the environment.
Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center was honored in January
2009 at the United States Green Building Council North Texas Chapter's annual
Member Extravaganza, an event dedicated to showcasing some of North Texas' finest sustainable
Lakehill Preparatory School is grateful for the ongoing generosity of the Nye family. Erle Nye served on
the Lakehill Board of Directors, serving as Chairman for many
years. He remains on the Lakehill's Advisory Board. Alice Nye served as
a volunteer at Lakehill for many years and was a substitute teacher for
the School. The Nye's five
children graduated from Lakehill.
longtime supporters of the Lakehill community, the Nyes were
instrumental in the fundraising efforts for the Environmental Science
Center, not only through their personal financial support but through
their commitment to help raise the money needed. Explains Perry, "This
world-class facility provides a lasting legacy that will benefit
generations of Lakehill students for years to come. It is a great honor
for us to dedicate this building in the name of the Alice and Erle Nye
Movin' to the Warrior Beat
Special Guests Get Fans on Their Feet
One did not have to look far to see that school spirit was alive and well at
Lakehill on Friday. Faculty, staff, and students, wearing a variety of
Lakehill spirit gear, got ready to cheer on the Warriors at the first Pep Rally
of the year. The Lakehill cheerleaders took that spirit to new heights as
teachers, students, and parents cheered in the packed auditorium. The Varsity
Football, Volleyball, and Cross County teams and coaches
were recognized at the Pep Rally. Varsity football coach Chris Peacock thanked the fans for
their support and encouraged everyone to come out for the Tailgate Party and
Special guest Stella Palmer, Lakehill's "Cheerleader for the Day,"
cheered at the Pep Rally as well as at the game Friday night. Her older brother
Ben was Lakehill's "Seventh Man," giving him a special spot on the
team. Ben joined the team for the pep rally, where he received his special team
jersey. He also spent time in the locker room before the game, ran through the
spirit banner, and offered encouragement from the sidelines during the game.
Ben and Stella's parents, Bob and Denise Palmer, were on hand at the Pep Rally
and at the game to offer moral support and cheer on their young Warriors.
Denise reported, "Ben and Stella had the time of their lives on Friday. The
cheerleaders made Stella truly feel like a member of the squad, and Ben loved
being on the field for the game."
The opportunity to be Lakehill's "Cheerleader for a Day" or "Seventh
Man" is offered to the highest bidder each year at the Parent Faculty Club
Benefit Auction. Palmer advises, "I encourage all parents to consider
buying these items at the auction this year - the kids really get a kick out of
being able to participate in these special festivities."
Bringing Down the Bears
Tailgate Party Draws Record Crowd
Lakehill's annual Tailgate
Party, held on Friday evening before the Varsity Football home opener
against the Gold-Burg Bears, was an overwhelming success.
crowd descended on Perry Field to enjoy the pre-game festivities. Volunteers
passed out spirit items to fans at the gate, while Board members and parent
volunteers cooked hot dogs for the hungry crowd. The Spirit Shop was open,
helping fans get just the right gear to show their Warrior spirit. Students
gathered on the field for a throwing competition during halftime, and raffle
prizes were awarded throughout the game.
Enthusiastic fans cheered the Warriors
on to an incredible victory, with Lakehill crushing the Bears 58-13. Charles Burch led the team in rushing with 78 yards, with Harrison
Boyd (72 yards) and Mac Kelly (70 yards) close behind. Jimmy LaBrie led in
passing with 31 yards, with Mac Kelly passing for 23 yards. Charles Burch was
the leading receiver with 23 yards, with Alex Alfonso close behind with 20
yards. Everyone is encouraged to come see the Warriors at home this Friday as they take on the Greenville Phoenix Firebirds.
Grip and Grin
Yearbook Staff Offers Photo of the Week Contest
The Lakehill Yearbook Staff will be hosting and judging a weekly photo contest. Submissions from students, parents, and faculty are accepted.
The only requirements for submissions
are that they depict a Lakehill student, event, artifact, or ritual. Photos will
be judged based on the quality of the composition, the uniqueness of the
perspective, and the appeal of the subject.
Photos for the bulletin board will be decided
at the beginning of each week and the Weekly Winner will be chosen on Friday. Winners will
be included in the 2010 Yearbook and the photographer will be credited. When
submitting photos, please list the photographer's name and the name of
the subjects in the photo.
Please email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or place them in the locked photo submissions box outside room 105.
Congratulations to junior Katherine Crocker, this week's winner in the Photo of the Week contest.
Faculty Spotlight on Mary Noon
Mary Noon teaches yearbook,
Calumet, creative writing, and
various literature electives.
Noon completed her undergraduate
studies at Centenary College of Shreveport, Louisiana, where she graduated summa cum
laude with a major in English Literature and double minor in Sociology and
Gender Studies. She received her Master of Arts in English with an emphasis on Contemporary American Literature and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies. Prior to coming to Lakehill,
Noon taught Introductory and
Intermediate Composition courses at Texas Christian University.
A natuve Texas, Noon has lived in multiple
regions of the DFW metroplex. She is a writer, artist, musician, and avid
reader, and spends her free time enjoying these activities and her
Noon says she is excited to work at
Lakehill because of the tremendous enthusiasm and aptitude demonstrated by its students and because of the unique opportunities available in a small, close-knit community. Noon is already hard at work, bringing exciting new programs to Lakehill. Read more about her Photo of the Week Contest above.
Get that Warrior Spirit!
Join us on September 11 at 7:30 pm at the Warrior Athletic Complex as the Warriors Varsity Football team takes on Greenville Phoenix in its first district game of the season.
On September 15, join us as the Lady Warriors Varsity Volleyball team goes up against Tyler All Saintsin their first district game of the season. This will be the first game held in the new gym. Come cheer on the Lady Warriors and celebrate the opening of this fantastic new facility!
To find out about upcoming Athletic Events, click here.
|September 12 Shoreline Spruce-Up, 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.
College Previews, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
families are invited to attend College Previews, an annual college fair, which
will be held at Hockaday on Sunday, September 20 from 1:00 to
pm. Over 200 colleges
and universities from around the nation will be represented. Admission is free.
Several of the same colleges and universities will also be giving
presentations on the Lakehill campus during the month of September. To see the
schedule, please go to https://connection.naviance.com/lakehillprep
and log in with your Naviance Family Connection account. Under the heading
"About College" select "Visit Schedule." This list will be updated continually
throughout the fall. To attend a college presentation at Lakehill, students must
sign up in advance through their Naviance account.
Faculty Club (PFC) General Meeting, 8:15 - 10:00
administrators, faculty, and parents for the PFC's first General Meeting of this
school year. The meeting will highlight plans for the year and allow members to
vote on this year's budget. The
meeting will be held in the cafeteria. Coffee and light refreshments will be
Deadline for Trek
for Tech T-Shirt Design Contest
students are invited to submit their designs for the Trek for Tech T-Shirt
contest. The winning design will be printed on the 2009 Trek for Tech T-Shirts and all promotional materials! Artwork MUST be the student's original hand-drawn image (no computer graphics). The design must incorporate the words "Trek for Tech" and may use no more than three colors. Entries should be placed in the box marked
"Trek" outside of the Main Office.
Save the date for the 11th
annual TREK for TECH! The 5k race and 1-mile fun run are scheduled for Saturday, November 7. Many improvements are
underway for this year's event including a new Lakewood race course, online registration,
and a live band at the finish line! Funds raised are used for a wide variety of technology improvements, including computers, smart boards, and instructional software.