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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 2, Issue 5
September 24, 2009

In This Issue
Admission Season Begins
The Whole Deal
Adding It Up
Who's New?
Sports Snippets
What's Happening?
Lakehill in the News
Quick Links
Community Partners
Coffee with a Cause
Coffee with a Cause
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When purchasing a pound of White Rock Coffee, $3 of the sale price goes back to the school. Prices range from $10.95 to $11.95 per bag. Medium roast, dark roast, and Swiss water decaf are offered.

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Admission Season Begins
Admission.2009Previews Held Throughout the Fall
After a strong showing at last weekend's Private School Preview, an event showcasing top Dallas private schools and boarding schools around the country, Lakehill's Office of Admission is gearing up for a busy admission season.

Undoubtedly, the best way for prospective families to acquire a feel for Lakehill is to visit the campus. To give families an opportunity to spend some time on campus, Lakehill offers a series of Admission Previews throughout the fall.

The first Preview was held on Thursday, September 24. "We are really excited about the response we have had to the Admission Previews," explains Director of Admission Holly Walker. "If the response we have had thus far is any indication, we should have a fantastic year."

Admission Previews provide an in-depth overview for parents considering a Lakehill education for their children. Guests hear from administrators, tour the school with Student Ambassadors, and see classes in action. Additionally, guests learn more about the Warrior Athletic Complex and the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center. 

This year six Admission Previews will be held, an increase over last year. Upcoming dates are October 6 and 20, November 3 and 17, and December 8. All programs begin at 9:30 a.m. and last approximately 2 hours. Reservations can be made by calling 214-826-2931, ext. 102 or via email at visit@lakehillprep.org.
The Whole Deal
Whole Foods Second Grade Wraps Up Nutrition Unit with Visit to Whole Foods
Lakehill second grade students wrapped up a unit on Food and Nutrition with a visit on September 22 to neighborhood Whole Foods Market. The students were thrilled to tour the store and taste a variety of delicious foods, including pizza, Parmesan cheese, and fish nuggets. Students received a goody bag before departing, filled with healthy treats.

After completing take-home Scavenger Hunt projects, second graders finished with a unit test and an afternoon of creating funny faces with food which were proudly displayed in a parade throughout the Lower School hallways.

While the second grade students may not agree on the best way to eat their vegetables, they do seem unanimous in their enjoyment of the Nutrition Unit and their love of second grade.
Adding It Up
Math
Math Night Educates Parents
Parents of students in kindergarten through sixth grade were able to brush up on their math skills on Wednesday evening at Math Education Night. Parents received a general overview of Lakehill's new Singapore Math curriculum as well as some ideas on how the curriculum will be implemented.
 
Dr. Susie Brigham, Lakehill's Math Department Chair, presented the general overview. Parents then broke into grade level groups so that classroom teachers could demonstrate a typical lesson and talk about the manipulatives used to support the program.

Although the program is conceptually based and uses manipulatives, teachers find it more focused, delving more deeply into fewer key topics. Assistant Headmaster Lara Gajkowski praised the new curriculum. "The students are really able to sink their teeth into it and gain ownership of what they are doing," she explained. "During my visits to the classrooms, I have seen the enthusiasm exhibited by the students. It is fun to see children having fun in math." Dr. Brigham agreed. "Our goal," she explained, "is to develop confident problem solvers who like math." Now that really seems to add up.
Who's New?
Heather Ganio
Faculty Spotlight on Heather Ganio
Heather Ganio is Lakehill's new Upper School Science teacher. Originally from Athens, Georgia, Ganio completed her undergraduate work at the University of Georgia in Entomology (the study of insects). She also has a Master's degree in Veterinary Pathology from the University of Connecticut. Ganio was very involved in scientific research throughout her undergraduate and master's programs, conducting research in the field of environmental antibiotic resistance as well as looking into the potential factors that cause autism.
 
Ganio was married in May in Athens, Georgia and enjoyed a six-week honeymoon in Italy over the summer. An outdoor enthusiast, Ganio loves to spend time backpacking and hiking.

Ganio says she chose Lakehill because of the inviting environment and supportive faculty and staff. She is looking forward to working with Lakehill students and hopes to begin a Science Olympiad team next year and to encourage students who want to participate in the science fair. 
Sports Snippets
WarriorsWarriors Take Down Titans, 72-26
The Lakehill Warriors are still riding high under second-year head coach Chris Peacock and Assistant Coaches Angelo Florez and Matt Ridewood after a stunning victory at home on Friday night. The Warriors defeated the Titans of Longview's Trinity School of Texas, 72-26. Lakehill is holding tight to its second place ranking in TAPPS Division I, District II as they prepare to take on Balch Springs on September 25 at home in a non-district match up.

Bump! Set! Spike!
Volley.1The girls continue to play and work hard despite multiple injuries to key players on the Varsity squad. Last week the team faced District rival Shelton. After losing the first two sets, the girls fought back to win the next two forcing a fifth game. Lakehill came up short in the final set, but the unified team played hard and never gave up. Senior setter Eshe Rasheed went down with an injury in the first set, but freshman Lauren Davenport stepped in and did a fantastic job.
The girls are back at it on Thursday against Canyon Creek at home, and play at Lutheran on Saturday.

To find out about upcoming Athletic Events, click here.
What's Happening?
September 25
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 25
Picture Day!
Picture Day will be Friday, September 25th.  Both individual and class pictures will be taken on this day. Forms and payment will be due on Picture Day.

September 25
Annual Fund Kick-Off
Warrior Athletic Complex, 6:30pm
Help kick-off this year's Annual Fund Drive. Free food to all who attend. Stay and cheer on the winning Warriors as they take on Balch Springs at 7:30 pm.

September 25
Sally Foster sales are due!
Top sellers in Lower, Middle and Upper School receive a $100 Target gift certificate.  Also, 50% of the profits go to our school!

The Warrior Way Leadership Program
The Warrior Way is Lakehill's leadership and mentoring program. The program kicks off next week with team activities for students in Grades 7 through 12. Grades have been paired together as teams and will attend a full day of leadership training and team building at Group Dynamix, the nation's largest indoor team building facility. Grades 12 and 9 attend on September 29; Grades 11 and 8 attend on September 30; and Grades 10 and 7 attend on October 1. Other opportunities for leadership, mentoring, and community service will be provided for students in Grades 7 through 12 throughout the year.

Homecoming Mums
Middle and Upper School students can show their school spirit by ordering a homecoming mum or garter.  Seniors, be sure to order your special mum or garter as a souvenir of your last year at Lakehill. Members of Sisteens will be selling mums and garters at Middle and Upper School lunches beginning Wednesday, September 23.  All orders must be received by Friday, October 9.  Checks should be payable to Lakehill Preparatory School.  If you are unable to place an order during your lunch period, you may send a copy of the order form and your payment to the office.  Please note that mums and garters are not sold to Lower School children. Click here for the order form.

October 21
Parent Open House at the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Visit Lakehill's new LEED Silver certified, state-of-the-art facility in this "come and go" event. Tours will be offered at 10:15, 10:45, and 11:15 am.

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