|Students Shine in Original Production
Lakehill's Performing Arts students presented an original musical review entitled On Broadway
on November 20, 21, and 22.
An amazing musical fantasy that truly offered something for everyone, the show
featured over 20 musical numbers centered around three group performances.
Medleys from Rogers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Hairspray
were supplemented with individual
favorites. The show featured songs such as "Greased Lightning" from Grease
, "Big Spender" from Sweet Charity
, and other solos and duets from
musicals as diverse as Pippin
, A Secret Garden
, and Miss Saigon
This extravaganza of music and professionally choreographed dance truly put the
spotlight on Lakehill's talented students.
Elizabeth Schmitt explains, "This year's revue
format allowed our students to shine both individually and as an ensemble. Working with
professional choreographers was great preparation for "real world" theater and
allowed them to stretch themselves as performers."
Lakehill's original revue featured musical direction by
Tracy Herron and stage direction by Elizabeth Schmitt. The choreography was arranged by Kimberly Adele and Dylan Keith with lighting design by Ed Schmitt.
School students performed in the musical with an additional ten
students serving on the Crew. Guest appearances from the Middle School
Choir and auction winners Ben and Greg Gillman added to the excitement.
Kindergarten Students Celebrate Spirit of Thanksgiving
Each year the kindergarten classes celebrate
the holiday with a Thanksgiving Feast. The Feast allows students to spend time
together and share the excitement of the season with others.
In the past, students have selected Native American names to reflect their personalities
and dressed in Indian vests and feathers. This year, students dressed as pilgrims and set sail aboard their own version of the Mayflower. Sailing from England (the kindergarten hallway) to Plymouth Rock (the Student Commons), students were greeted by friendly natives who invited them to share in the feast. They celebrated the act of
sharing with turkey and ham, popcorn, and
desserts--including homemade applesauce they prepared in class. This special time of
sharing and working together celebrated the true spirit of Thanksgiving.
Special Day Brings Families, Friends Together
Lakehill celebrated Grandparents' Day with a breakfast
and performing arts production. All students were given the opportunity to
invite their grandparents or even an aunt, uncle, or special neighbor or friend
to the celebration. The event has become an annual favorite among Lakehill
students, faculty, and families.
After a delicious breakfast, sponsored by the Parent Faculty Club (PFC) and
chaired by Tora Greene, visitors moved to the auditorium for the performance. A
standing-room only crowd was welcomed by Student Council President Kiley Trent
and Senior Class President Simone Novorr. Headmaster Roger Perry provided the
opening remarks, reflecting on the importance of grandparents. The auditorium was festively decorated with art
work from art teacher Cat Huitt's sixth grade art classes.
The theme of the program was "The Stars: Reflections of Hope" with narration provided by Victoria John's seventh and eighth grade Drama
students. The opening performance featured the All-School Choir, under the
direction of Tracy Herron,
singing "Peace on Earth." Each grade, from kindergarten
through fifth grade, took the stage to offer their own special musical tribute.
From sweet songs of stars to catchy tunes about turkeys, each group added
something special to the morning. The students were accompanied on piano by Linda Booth.
The morning also featured performances by the Upper School Choir, the Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir, and the Elementary Choir, as well as a medley from Hairspray
musical, On Broadway
. In the heartwarming finale, children and faculty members performed "Family Tree," a poignant song
written especially for Lakehill by Jack Noble White, a celebrated local
The event was followed by an Open House at Lakehill's Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center. Guests enjoyed exploring the new facility and learning more about the programs offered there.
Holiday Tradition Spans Twenty-Two Years
For 22 years, the same string of tiny lights has illuminated the small Garfield tree in a corner of Patti Brooks' second grade classroom.
The annual lighting of the tree and accompanying celebration are a tradition that Mrs. Brooks' former second grade students look forward to every year. Each year, on December 1, former students are invited to join Mrs. Brooks and her current class to enjoy a cookie and to celebrate their memories of second grade and the little Garfield tree.
Former students reminisced about second grade and spouted off their second grade knowledge as if they had learned their "helping verbs" only yesterday. Memories of this special time truly linked the past with the present - while Upper School students reflected on "where it all started," current second graders looked forward to the future and the many successes yet to come.
Students Helping People
Members of the 9th and 12th grade classes returned from the
Thanksgiving holidays ready to lend a helping hand. The group partnered with
the City of Dallas and the People
Helping People program to provide backyard clean up and outdoor maintenance of
Since 1985, the People Helping People Program has been
partnering with volunteer organizations to assist elderly or disabled citizens
with minor exterior home repairs and yard maintenance. Volunteer groups provide
all the tools and labor necessary to complete the project selected. Lakehill students and sponsors worked together to help make the homes and yards more livable for the residents while helping homeowners avoid costly citations and code violations.
"One of Lakehill's most outstanding characteristics is a strong
commitment to volunteerism," explained Roger Perry.
"I am continually humbled by the selfless contributions made by our
students. I enjoyed working along side of them and salute them
for making Dallas a better place to
Lara Gajkowski agreed, "At
Lakehill, we are blessed with concerned and active students who,
given an opportunity, will lend their time and energy to a variety of programs
in order to improve the quality of life in our city."
Warriors Stay Focused
Lakehill's Varsity Boys' Basketball team put forth a strong team effort on December 1, defeating Dallas Academy 60-46.
Although Lakehill was down by one at the half, they pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Dallas Academy 15 to 5. Lakehill was led by Joseph
Nall with 29 points and John Godbey with a double-double --18 points and 12 rebounds.
In an extremely physical game, the Warriors matched the aggressiveness of their opponents while maintaining their composure. Lakehill's defense went head on with Dallas Academy's 6'7" center - one of the best the team will face this year.
The Lady Warriors wrapped up their
second straight victory at home with a 62-16 win against Dallas Academy in
non-district play. It was a solid team effort with 11 of the 13 members of the
team scoring points. Point leaders were Sarah Baker with 16 and Amanda
Boles with 12. Jacy Franklin, Kara Gamboa, and Alexis Franklin each
contributed 6 points toward the victory.
Coach Cayme explained, "We had team and
individual goals going into the game and I thought we did a great job of meeting
a lot of those goals. I was very pleased with how they performed coming out of
Thanksgiving Break. I think we've started December off on a great foot."
The girls will be traveling to
Fort Worth to take on
Temple Christian School on December 4. The next home game for the Lady Warriors is on December 7 at 7:30pm against Greenville
Christian. It will be a great night for basketball as the Middle School Green
teams will also be playing that night before the Varsity girls take the floor.
New Lakehill Spirit SignsThe Lakehill Spirit Shop recently unveiled new Spirit Signs. Spirit signs can be ordered by using the order form or directly online here. A stake with a Lakehill school topper is $25. Additional icons, including a variety of sports, clubs, and honor societies can be added for $20 each. Visit www.lonestaryardart.net for more information.
View the complete Athletic Calendar here.
Sisteens Stocking Stuffers
Donations Due December 4Help Sisteens by providing stocking stuffers for Senior Citizens. Find out more here.
Birthday Book Club Party
2:15 - 2:50pm
Admission Preview, 9:30am
Admission Previews provide an in-depth overview for
prospective parents considering a Lakehill education for their children. This is the last Preview for 2009. To reserve a place, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle School Winter Program, 7:00pm
Students in the seventh and eighth grade drama classes and the fifth grade
music class will perform. One of the special traditions at Lakehill is the annual Parade of Gifts during the holiday program. Get more information here.
Choir Concert, 7:00pm
Get more information here.
December 12Find out more here.
Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-Up, 9:00 - 11:00am
Upper School Choir Performs at NorthPark, 2:00pm
Lower School Winter Program, 7:00pm
Get more information here.
Elementary Choir Performs at NorthPark, 10:00am
December 16, 17, 18
Middle and Upper School Exams
Get exam schedule here.
K - 6th Dismiss for Holiday
December 21 - January 1