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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 3, Issue 21
February 10, 2011
In This Issue
Snow Daze
Spirit...Let's Hear It!
A Celebration of Heritage
Lakehill Stars
Sports Snippets
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A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

Maya Angelou 


Photo by Irwin Thompson.

Snow Daze   

'Monster Storm' Causes Celebration, Concern 

Plummeting temperatures, ice, sleet, and snow...not a typical winter in Dallas. The "monster storm" that descended last week left schools across the Metroplex closed for an unprecedented four consecutive days. Just when students were "warming up" to being back at school, another dose of winter weather forced schools to close again on Wednesday. Lakehill Headmaster Roger Perry explained the closing, "We would much rather be holding classes today. But clearly the most important thing at this point is the safety and well being of our students and their families." While students celebrated the abundance of "snow days" and the break from their routines, parents wondered what it would mean for the remainder of the year.   

"Never in my wildest dreams would I ever have thought that we would miss five days of school in such a short period of time," explained Assistant Head of School Lara Gajkowski. "I know there are many questions about making up these missed days. We are working closely with other ISAS schools to come up with the best plan of action. We do know that it is too late to make adjustments to the Winter Break holiday. Winter Break will take place as scheduled February 18 through February 21."
With a week of school missed, the administration responded quickly by extending the fourth six weeks from February 11 until February 17. Report cards will now be issued on Friday, February 25.
The school will keep families advised as plans becomes solidified. Every effort is being made to provide the most opportunities with the least interruptions. One advantage is that the school day was extended this year for Middle and Upper school. "The longer day, combined with the block scheduling, has allowed us to operate with very few interruptions to our school day. Students have enjoyed the same enrichment activities with fewer interruptions to their class schedules," explained Gajkowski. "We are working hard to reschedule as many of the missed activities as possible." 

See the RenWeb calendar and the "What's Happening" section below for a revised schedule of activities.

Spirit...Let's Hear It!BBallBeauSweetheart   

Activities Boost Spirit

Lakehill's school spirit was in full swing as students embarked on Basketball Spirit Week. Upper School students enjoyed a few sporadic days of Color Wars activities between bouts of bad weather and school closures.  


The competition kicked off last Monday with a "pie" eating contest won by the sophomore class. Activities resumed this week with an all-school Pep Rally and a tug-of-war competition won by the senior class. Students earned points for their class in Color Wars by attending the home basketball games on Tuesday night.   


At the end of each basketball season, it is a Lakehill tradition to select students who are the basketball teams' number one fans. The Sweetheart is selected by the boys' basketball team and the Beau is selected by the girls' basketball team.  


Nominees were announced during the Pep Rally and included Blake Bishop, Charles Burch, Joseph Nall, and Brett Trutna for Beau and Sarah Baker, Katherine Crocker, Kara Gamboa, and Eleni Wilsmann for Sweetheart.


In a special ceremony following the Varsity Girls' game on Tuesday night, Charles Burch and Eleni Wilsmann, both seniors, were chosen as Basketball Beau and Sweetheart.  


Senior players will be honored during "Senior Night" as they play their last basketball game for the Warriors. The ceremony, originally scheduled for Wednesday night, will now be held on Thursday evening. 

A Celebration of HeritageSouth Dallas Choir
Group Performs   

The South Dallas Concert Choir presented a special all-school concert on Tuesday, February 8 in honor of Black History Month. The group sang spirituals and spoke about the historical significance of the music. The concert was brought to Lakehill through the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. For more than 25 years, this all-volunteer group has been sharing their voices to illuminate the history of African -Americans through thoughtful and enlightening stories and songs.    

Lakehill Stars


Media Starlindaboothduracell          

Duracell has enlisted Lakehill music teacher Linda Booth to personify its donation-promotion program in the community. Read more here


Star Teachers        

The Dallas Mavericks and The UPS Store have announced the continuation of the Teacher Recognition Program, created to recognize educators for their work in the classroom. Find out how to nominate your favorite teacher.



Star Singers    TPSMEA   

On January 29, six talented Lakehill singers performed in the Texas Private Schools Music Education Association (TPSMEA) All-State Choir in San Marcos. Seniors John Godbey, Cally Pope, Christopher Smaby, Arden Stringer, and Stephen Thompson, and junior Ruth Godbey were the recipients of this honor. Their hard work and dedication was clearly evident in  their performance of eight pieces of music. Rehearsals began on Thursday and continued until the performance on Saturday. The six Lakehill students were accompanied by high school students from private schools all across the state of Texas to make up the prestigious 160-voice All-State Choir. Students and family members alike called the experience "unforgettable."  


Art Stars  Art Stars   

Students and parents enjoyed a true gallery event on January 27 at Galleri Urbane. A variety of student and select art was on exhibit, with many pieces available for purchase. The event was open to all Lakehill families and friends. The student reception was held from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., followed by a parents reception from 6:00-8:00 p.m. In addition to purchasing art, guests had the opportunity to sample wines, donate wine to the wine pull, and stock up on wines at a discount. Auction organizers are back at it tonight, this time at Centennial Fine Wines on Northwest Highway. Enjoy a casual wine tasting, purchase fine wines at great prices, and get first crack at the fabulous Auction Sign-Up parties. Those who don't attend will just have to wait until Friday when Sign-Up Parties go on sale.        


Photo by Irwin Thompson.

Sports Snippets
Warriors Deliver More Wins

The Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys basketball teams both beat Covenant on Tuesday night to move to 5-2 in the district and one win away from securing a playoff spot.


Thursday night is Senior Recognition Night. The girls play at 6:00 p.m. and the boys take the court at 7:30 p.m. Come out and support these teams as they work to clinch a playoff spot and show your appreciation to our seniors!  


The JV Boys finished the season 16-1 after suffering a heartbreaking one-point loss on Tuesday to Dallas Covenant. Congratulations to these outstanding players on a truly spectacular season.



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What's Happening?    

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Don't forget to   today before the price goes up on Monday! 


Eighth Grade Annual Valentine's Day Sale 

Carnations and locker decorations are available for purchase before school in the main hallway and at lunch. Buy your friends a special treat that will be delivered to them on Friday, February 11. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.  


February 10; 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 to attend.     


February 11
Fourth Grade Invention Convention, 2:00 pm, Cafeteria 

February 11
Seventh and Eighth Grade Valentine's Dance,
7:00 - 9:00pm, Environmental Science Center

All seventh and eighth grade students are invited to attend this free Valentine-themed Dance. Students may bring seventh and eighth grade guests. Attire is dressy-casual. 


February 12
NO Second Saturday Spruce-up scheduled for this month! 


February 15

Third Grade Living Wax Museum, 2:00 pm


February 15 - 17  - NEW DATE! 

Bracelets for Namibia 

The sixth grade's special sale to benefit the Primer School in Rundu, Namibia has been rescheduled. Students will sell bracelets, all handmade in Namibia, Africa in three different styles: ostrich egg, malachite, and traditional Himba made from recycled PVC pipe. All bracelets are $10. The class will also be selling tea from South Africa for $5 a bag. The sale will be held at the north entrance each morning before school.


February 16
Fourth Grade Mini-Musical, Shhh! We're Writing the Constitution;
10:00 am


February 16 - NEW DATE!
TAPPS Academic Meet  Preliminary Events, 2:00 pm  


February 17

Random Acts of Kindness Day


February 17
Pancake Breakfast, 7:20 - 8:00 am


February 17
Jump Rope for Heart, 9:00 - 10:00 am

February 18 - 21
Winter Break - No classes  


February 22 - NEW DATE!
TAPPS Academic Meet  Finals, 7:00am  


February 22
K - 2 to Symphony, 9:00am 


February 23
Fourth grade to Meadows Museum


February 23
American Math Exam, 1:30 - 2:45pm

February 24
National Mythology Exam, 8:00 - 9:00am

March 5 - SAVE THE DATE!
Lakehill Benefit Auction - "Starlight Lounge"

When the Rat Pack Was Cool...and Cool Was King!

Find out more here.     


June 6 - July 29

Lakehill Summer Camps

Registration is now open! Check out all the great camp offerings and make plans to spend your summer with us! 


Visit the Spirit Shop!  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 has a YouTube channel.  
Check out all our videos here.