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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 2, Issue 3
September 10, 2009

In This Issue
Lakehill Takes the LEED
Moving to the Warrior Beat
Bringing Down the Bears
Grip and Grin
Who's New?
Sports Snippets
What's Happening?
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Lakehill Takes the LEED
ESC.2Dedication of Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center
Lakehill 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.

The 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, untouched environment.

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 make environmentally sound decisions based on their expanded knowledge of the world in which we live.

Students 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 grade is thematic and concepts introduced will be built upon from one year to the next. An AP Environmental Science course is available to Upper School students.
 
"From 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.
 
The 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.

The 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 building projects.

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.

As 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 Family."
Movin' to the Warrior Beat
Tailgate.Stella
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 game.

Tailgate.BenSpecial 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.Alma Mater 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.

A record-breaking 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 yearbook@lakehillprep.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.
Who's New
Mary NoonFaculty 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 family.
 
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.
Sports Snippets
Play Like a ChampionGet 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.
What's Happening?
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.

September 20
College Previews, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Lakehill 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 3:00 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.

September 25
Parent Faculty Club (PFC) General Meeting, 8:15 - 10:00 am
Join 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 served.

September 18
Deadline for Trek for Tech T-Shirt Design Contest
All 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. 
Leading to success.