|"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow man."|
~ Herman Melville
|In the TrenchesNew Garden Grows at ESC
"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon," says columnist Doug Larson. Children may not be able to harvest bacon from trees, but Lakehill students will soon get the satisfaction of harvesting vegetables from their own garden at the Environmental Science Center.
Seventh and eighth grade students joined forces to transform an open area of land and construct a vegetable garden literally from the ground up. The 5' x 20' garden will have a row for each Lower School grade to plant and cultivate while Middle School students will weed and maintain the garden.
While school and community gardens are popping up all over the United States, Melissa Carpenter, Director of Environmental Education, feels that the Lakehill garden is different. "It really is a community effort: our older students have created the space, the younger ones will plant the crop, and then they will come together to harvest and celebrate their efforts," she explains.
Each Lower School grade will plant a row of vegetables during their next visit to the Environmental Science Center. Kindergarten students will sow spinach, while the first graders will plant peas. Students in second graders will grow garlic while those in third grade will cultivate carrots. Fourth grade students will raise radishes. Students will learn about irrigation by using a rain barrel, filled with water from the lake, and a soaker hose.
The benefits of school gardens are immense and multi-dimensional. Gardens help children form a connection with nature, while encouraging them to become good stewards of the environment. School gardens allow students to make connections between diet and health, and studies have shown that children are more likely to "eat their vegetables" if they grow them themselves. In addition, creating their own garden cultivates self-esteem and school pride for the students involved.
Parent volunteers have played a critical role in the establishment of the garden. Steve Werther, the eighth grade parent volunteer, has been instrumental in this project. "He has spent a tremendous amount of time helping us. He gets all the materials, teaches the students about general garden preparation, and shows them how to use the tiller and yard tools," says Carpenter. " Seventh grade parent volunteer Laurie Lopez helped with the beginning stages of the garden and each Middle School grade has a parent volunteer on board to assist the students. Plans are underway for a dedication ceremony to celebrate the first successful growing season.
Strength, Hope, and Courage
Girl Scouts Make Bracelets for a CureMillions of viewers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area turn to FOX 4's Clarice Tinsley for the latest headlines and news stories.On Monday, Ms. Tinsley turned her focus to Lakehill and the more than 60 members from seven different Lakehill Girl Scout troops who are making bracelets for breast cancer survivors.
From Brownies to Cadets, the girls made more than 500 bracelets with their message of strength, hope, and courage. The girls will pass out the bracelets at the October 16 Komen Race for the Cure.
Tinsley, herself a lifelong Girl Scout and member of the Northeast Council's Board of Directors, praised the girls for their commitment to the cause. The girls were featured on Clarice Tinsley's Hometown Heroes (KDFW Fox 4) on Monday evening.
Young Talent Shines at the State Fair
Every fall, as Big Tex begins his four-week reign over the State Fair of Texas, the Creative Arts building becomes a showcase for local artisitc talent. This year's display of ribbon winners includes the handiwork of two veteran fair craftsman, both who happen to be Lakehill sixth grade students.
LEGO enthusiast Spencer Gautreaux entered his creative LEGO creation in the LEGO Assembly category. His hard work paid off, and he received an honorable mention out of numerous competitors in his category. Spencer also received an honorable mention in the State Fair theme category, any medium, with a sculpture he created out of duct tape and duct work. This is Spencer's second year to participate.
Declan Devine, who composed his artistic piece fr om recyclables and duct tape, received second place in the Designer Craftsman Sculpture category for children 11 and under. This is Declan's third year to exhibit in the at the State Fair.
Declan completed the sculpture last year as an assignment in his fifth grade art class. Ms. Huitt's "Happiness Project" required students to create something that made them happy. Declan had a hunch that his smiling, brightly colored statue would make people smile. From the looks of the fairgoers admiring his work, he definitely succeeded.
Faculty Spotlight on Jamie Thorne
Jamie Thorne returns home to Dallas after ten years of teaching U.S. History at The Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee.
At Lakehill, Thorne teaches World History, Psychology, Government, and Economics. She is also a ninth grade sponsor and sponsors the Debate Club.
A graduate of Duncanville High School, Thorne earned her undergraduate degree in Social Studies from Baylor University and her Master of Education from David Lipscomb University.
As a new mother with a ten-month-old son, Thorne's free time centers on her family. A talented musician, she plays the flute and was a member of the Nashville Philharmonic Flute Ensemble. While living in Nashville, Thorne decided she needed to learn the guitar as well, a skill she admits she is still perfecting.
To Thorne, atmosphere is everything. She says she knew she was in the right place because "the Lakehill community felt like one, big extended family." Lakehill is happy to welcome her home.
|Photo by Robert Walton |
Get That Warrior Spirit!
The Varsity Football team begins district play on October 8 against Canyon Creek Christian.
Despite their 0-2 record, Coach Florez says that the Middle School Warriors continue to improve every week. "There are 36 boys on this team and they are all seeing playing time," he explains. "That's a lot of experience this team is racking up." The team takes on Richardson Canyon Creek on Friday.
The Varsity Volleyball team bounced back after their loss to Canterbury last week with an easy win over Fairhill, beating the Lady Falcons in three straight sets.
The team traveled on Tuesday to take on a much improved Cambridge team. A win, which would clinch a playoff spot for the first time in six years for Lakehill, would not come easy as an agressive Cambridge team won the first two sets. With a few adjustments, the Lady Warriors ran away with the next two sets, forcing a fifth set to fifteen points. The last set went back and forth until finally, with the score tied at 13-13, Lakehill scored the last two points to secure the win and a playoff berth.
The team was led by a trio of juniors: Ayana Heard had 12 kills and only 2 errors; Holly Cowart had 15 digs and 3 aces; and setter Whitney Beckwith offered 26 assists and 6 aces. The girls have one more road game against Dallas Covenant before they are home for Dig Pink and Senior Night on October 12 against Waco Vanguard.
"This team has shown more heart than any other team I've coached," says Coach Jhoana Cayme. "It looked pretty dim after the first two sets Tuesday night, but the girls literally refused to lose. We have our playoff spot, but even more exciting is that this team is no longer satisfied with just going to the playoffs. They have shown all season long that they have the heart and the desire to not just get to the playoffs, but to achieve so much more."
The Lakehill Middle School Volleyball team defeated district rival Providence last week in three sets: 25-19, 22-25 and 15-9. The team was lead by eighth grade captains Haley York, Rachel Myers, and Katie Collins. Lakehill lost to Prince of Peace in a close two-set match. An outstanding team effort was led by Jana Kahn and Sally Levine. Lakehill will take on two district rivals at home on Thursday: Shelton at 4:30pm and Zion at 5:30pm.
The Sixth Grade Volleyball team defeated neighborhood rival J.L. Long on Monday in the girls' last game of the season.
The Warriors compete again on Saturday at the Jesuit Cross Country Classic at Norbuck Park.
Support your favorite teams:
Varsity Football schedule
JV and Varsity Volleyball schedule
Varsity Cross Country schedule
Seniors are selling pansies to raise funds for the annual Holiday Luncheon. Order from any senior or during Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Shoreline Spruce Up at White Rock Lake, 9 - 11 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 provided and refreshments will be served.
Parents of Middle and Upper School students may call on Monday and Tuesday to schedule conferences. Get more information about conferences here.
Find out more about fall Community Service opportunities.
Get a clean ride while you check on your child's progress. The NHS and PASF are holding a car wash on October 14 during Parent-Teacher Conferences in the parking lot outside of the Student Commons. Donations are accepted and will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis fund.
Fall Deadline for Box Topes for Education
Families are encouraged to drop off their Box Tops for Education by October 22 and to keep saving throughout the year. A spring submission date will be announced at a later date. Look for the pink collection box outside of the school office. For more information, contact Ginny Currey.
November 13 - SAVE THE DATE!
Trek for Tech
It's not too late to be a Trek sponsor! Find out more here.
The Spirit Shop is Open! Great New Styles!
Visit the Spirit Shop and get ready to show your Warrior spirit!
Wednesday morning, 7:30 - 8:15 am
Thursday afternoon, 2:45 - 3:45 pm
Lakehill Digs Pink!The Sisteens, Volleyball teams, Cheerleaders, Student Council, and Girl Scouts are partnering for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds will benefit Komen for the Cure and the Side-Out Foundation.
Purchase a "Lakehill Digs Pink" button for $5 from Sisteens officers and wear your jeans on Tuesday, October 12. Everyone is encouraged to show their support and wear pink!
Then join the fun at the Volleyball games for Senior Night and Pink Out! Everyone will be thinking pink - with gym decorations made possible by the Cheerleaders and the Student Council and pink treats available at the game from Lakehill's Girl Scouts. Wear as much pink as possible as the JV and Varsity take on Waco Vanguard.