|Students Compete in Annual Spelling Bee
Perhaps Cameron Gavinski and Kendall Smaby had a shared feeling of deja vu
as they shared the stage as finalists in Lakehill's Spelling Bee on Wednesday. It seems that last year's final round came down to the same two students. But this time, the outcome was different.
This year, Gavinski's winning combination of words, hyperbole
, earned him the title of Lakehill's Spelling Bee champion. After many rounds of competition, Gavinski, an eighth grade student and last year's runner up, edged out Smaby, a seventh grade student and two-time spelling bee champion.
Eighth grader Connor Cumpton took third place while John Spencer Mustin
earned praise from his peers as the last fourth grader in the
Lakehill's fifth annual Spelling Bee attracted 75 interested students in fourth through eighth grades. Each year students
from all over the country compete for the chance to represent their school and
community in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Cameron
will compete on February 9 at the University of Texas at Dallas against winners from other Dallas County private schools.
Student Council Serves Up Successful Hamburger Luncheon
Members of Lakehill's Student Council fired up the grill on Friday, January 22 for their annual Hamburger Luncheon. For more than 25 years, students and
faculty at Lakehill have willingly chowed down for a good cause.
price of $3.50 for Lower School and $5.00 for Upper School, students received a
flame-broiled hamburger with the works, chips, lemonade, and an ice cream
Student Council President Kiley Trent was pleased with the outcome of the event. This year's Council dished out nearly 400 burgers
and raised over $800 from their efforts, a 30% increase over last year. The money raised helps fund Student Council events and activities
such as Prom.
Cowboy Meets Culture in Original Play
After nine years of writing original plays for students, Julie Riggs is still providing fifth and sixth grade students the opportunity to perform. On Tuesday, her Drama Club performed Ye Ole Haw, one of more than 20 original plays Riggs has penned.
The play involved a
Renaissance Faire and a Wild West Show sharing the same venue against their
will. While all parties are initially offended, the group eventually comes up with a way to make
it all work.
The fifth and sixth grade cast included Lily Bines, Griffin Burt, Audrey Castaigne, Declan Devine, Matt Evans, Abigail Gilliland, Helena Granstrom, Vincent Greene, Julia Howerton, Elliott Jacobsen, Mitchell Levinson, Dailyn McAdoo, Tillie McCoskey, Olivia Wagner, Tessa Schrieber, who also handled the curtain, and Kas Tebbets, who also served as Assistant Director.
Eighth grade student Cameron Gavinski served as Backstage Manager while extras Noah Bernstein, Claire Crow, Giulia Ferguson, Abby Price, and Rebecca Curry offered their assistance.
Written in 2005, the first performance of Ye Olde Haw introduced many of Lakehill's current Upper School students. Initially, Riggs thought more of the wonderfully silly marriage between "Shakespearean" and "cowboy," but students and parents loved the message of imagination, cooperation, and working together. During Tuesday's performance, that message still rang true.
Fourth Grade Fly Up Offers Glimpse of Middle School
Fourth grade students were recently invited to "fly up" to Middle School, where they enjoyed a variety of activities and learned about
"all things Middle School."
Students enjoyed breakfast in the
Upper Library with Middle School Coordinator Kaye Hauschild, while
learning more about Middle School academics, athletics, clubs, activities, and
events. From lockers and changing classes to socials, Adventure Week, and Fall Day Out, fourth graders clearly have many exciting opportunities ahead.
After the orientation, each fourth grade student was paired with a fifth grade buddy. Buddy pairs played Bingo-type games, led by fifth grade teachers
Julie Riggs and Chris Peacock. In Math Bingo - affectionately known by the students as "Mango" - students solved math equations and found the corresponding answer on their board.
In "Lingo," students had to choose where to put the marker based on their knowledge of
words. The L column, for example, offered literary categories like character, author,
and title. After receiving a clue, such as Mark
Twain, students decided which space to cover - perhaps author,
pseudonym, or five letter word.
Fourth graders learned that while they won't play games every day in class, they will have the opportunity to experience learning in a variety of fun ways.
|Middle School Warriors
The Lakehill School Middle School Boy's
Basketball team racked up a district win against neighborhood rival St.
John's on January 21. St John's,
who was second in the 11-team district, had lost only one game prior to the
35-25 defeat by the Warriors.
Drew Norman contributed 17 points to
the win, while Hudson Trent scored eight, Keith Mitchell added six, and Max
Hiltabidle and Cole Ellis each scored two points. Connor Cumpton played strong
defense, holding St John's
6'2" all-star center to two points and Brian McCarty filled in admirably
for Drew Norman when he got into some foul trouble. The Warriors' win was even
more impressive given the fact they were forced to play without two key
starters, Jonathan Page and Brandon Shaw.
The Warriors continued that momentum, defeating Providence
52-40 on January 25. Drew Norman led the team with 18 points, followed by Max
Hiltabidle with eight and seven each for Hudson Trent, Brandon Shaw, and Cole
Ellis. The Warriors are on a four-game winning streak heading into the last game of the regular season. Currently fourth in the
district, with a season record of 10-5 (5-4 in district play), the Warriors have earned
a spot in the playoffs which begin February 1.
Coach Chris Peacock explains, "We hope to have everyone back
healthy and be at full-strength when the playoffs begin. Our team has
great chemistry, they're very unselfish on the court, and we're playing
with a lot of confidence right now. The win over St.
John's was the biggest - and best - win that we've had
in the two years that I've been coaching at Lakehill."
View the complete Athletic Calendar here.
|Beginning January 5
Bring your old cell phones for Cells for Soldiers. Get more information here.
January 25 - February 12
National Honor Society Canned Food Drive
K-12 Admission Testing for new students
February 1 - 5
Basketball Spirit Week
Home games on Tuesday and Thursday. Basketball Pep Rally on Tuesday. Naming of Basketball Beau and Sweetheart on Tuesday evening. Senior Night on Thursday.
Staff Development - No classes
February 9, 6:30-7:30 pm
College Night for Sophomores
Mrs. Dondis will discuss PSAT scores as well as introduce topics related to the
college process itself. All sophomores and their parents are encouraged
Sophomore Pancake Breakfast Benefitting UNICEF Haitian Relief Effort, 7:15 - 8:15am
Jump Rope for Heart, 10:00 - 11:00am
Middle School Valentine's Dance, 7:00 - 9:00pm
February 12 - 15
Winter Break - No classes
Get more information here.
Parent Faculty Club (PFC) Meeting,
7:00pmMeredith Zerner of the Cooper Clinic Nutrition Department will
speak on Healthy Eating and Healthy Living:
Focusing On Family Wellness. Parents will also learn more about the
upcoming PFC Auction, Groovin' In The
Garden. This is a great time to drop off your items to be donated to the
auction! Child care will be provided for children ages 5-12. Children will watch
a movie in the Lower School library. For childcare, please RSPV to Tina Simpson by 10:00am on February 16.
Lakehill Benefit Auction,
Groovin' in the