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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 3, Issue 24
February 24, 2011
In This Issue
Here Comes the Sun
Speaking Up
Friends and Romans
Classroom Connections
Sports Snippets
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Ribbon Cutting

Here Comes the Sun     

Lakehill Dedicates New TXU Solar Array

Solar energy is quickly becoming the energy to rely upon for the future. Lakehill students have been provided with a fabulous opportunity for hands-on interaction with solar power and alternative energy through a generous donation from TXU Energy.


On Wednesday, February 23, Lakehill benefactors Alice and Erle Nye joined Lakehill Headmaster Roger Perry to cut the ribbon on Lakehill's new solar array. 


The solar array is not only giving Lakehill students hands-on experience; it is providing them with real-life applications, allowing them to see how real energy is used. Guests at the ceremony were invited to see how the students at Lakehill are utilizing their new found knowledge of solar energy. Students in the Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science classes demonstrated practical applications of solar energy, utilizing the equipment provided by through the TXU Solar Academy.  


The state-of-the-art LEED-Certified Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center was opened in September 2009. It was the Nye Family's vision to allow children of all ages to explore the limitless opportunities available through the study of science and the environment.


Find out more about the solar array and the ribbon-cutting ceremony in these related news stories:

Channel 5: Dallas School Gets Solar Gift 

East Dallas Times: Let the Sun Shine In 

East Dallas Times: One Word, Batteries 

Speaking UpTAPPS Drama 

Drama Students Bring Home TAPPS Awards    

Fourteen Advanced Drama students from Lakehill competed against seven other schools in the TAPPS District Academic Meet on February 16. Students competed in the categories of Poetry, Prose, Solo Acting, and Duet Acting, with the top four contestants from each round advancing to the finals.


The following Lakehill students advanced to the District Finals, held on February 22: Sydney Harding Sloan (10th grade) Prose; Aleyna Mason (12th grade) Poetry; Whitney Beckwith/Jordan Jacobson (11th grade) Duet; Hannah McCue/Brandon Kinard (11th grade) Duet.


The duet pair of Whitney Beckwith and Jordan Jacobson qualified for the State Finals. They performed Out of Order by Cherie Bennett, a short play the pair also performed at Lakehill. Alena Mason finished fifth in Poetry and Sydney Harding Sloan took sixth in Prose. 


The state competition will be held April 1-2 at Concordia University in Austin. Approximately 2,500 private school students from schools across Texas will gather on campus to face each other in academic, speech, and fine arts competitions.


"Preparation for speech tournament competition is very different from the work we normally do in Advanced Drama," explained sponsor Elizabeth Schmitt. "I am very impressed by our finish this year."

Lakehill's Yearbook, The Summit, will also advance to the State Finals after placing third in the competition.

TAPPS Academic Sponsor Sue Stretcher is thrilled with the results of the competition. "We have been wanting to bring this competition back to Lakehill for some time," Stretcher said. "Next year we hope to also compete in the academic competitions such as math and Spanish. This is such a wonderful way to showcase our talented students at Lakehill," she explained.  

Friends and RomansRoman Banquet
Roman Banquet Offers Feasting, Fun      

Latin is alive and well at Lakehill - and never more so than on February 17, as 80 seventh and eighth grade Latin students, along with sponsors Victoria John, Sophia Smith-Savedoff, and Jhoana Cayme traveled to Stratos Global Taverna to experience a Roman Banquet close to what they might have enjoyed in Julius Caesar's time.  


Students enjoyed a traditional Roman feast of mouth watering delicacies and played games that tested their knowledge of Latin, including an exciting version of Taboo. With everyone in full Greek or Roman dress, the costume contest had many well dressed contestants from which to award the coveted prizes. Sponsors called the day an overwhelming success. "It was so exciting to watch as our seventh and eighth graders brought history to life," said Middle School teacher Sophia Smith Savedoff. 

Classroom Connections

Third Graders Have Phases of the Moonmoonphases Licked        

Lakehill third graders enjoyed a tasty treat when they embarked on  their study of the solar system. Students recreated the phases of the moon with Oreo cookies - carefully sculpting every bite.


During a month, the part of the moon that is seen in the sky changes shape. It passes through different phases, growing from New Moon to Crescent to First Quarter to Gibbous to Full, and then decreasing in the amount that is illuminated until it is back at New Moon again. Each of these stages is a "phase."    


Students arranged their Oreos as the moon is seen from earth. To show appropriate phase the moon, students simply opened the oreo and licked the icing into the proper phase. Never has learning been more delicious.
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Photo by Irwin Thompson.

Sports Snippets
Hard Work, Heart Leads Warriors to State Playoffs 

With a victory for both the Varsity Girls and Boys at home on Thursday, the teams traveled to Abilene, Texas on Saturday for the second round of playoffs. Although both teams suffered losses in Abilene, they returned home as champions, both on and off the court.    


The Varsity Girls Basketball team wrapped up an amazingly successful season by finishing with an overall record of 16-8 and a district record of 8-3. They were crowned the Bi-District Champions when they convincingly defeated Longview Trinity 60-21 at home in front of a rowdy Lakehill crowd. The girls eventually fell to Abilene Christian in the Regional Semi-Finals. This team is the first Varsity Girls team to make it to the playoffs since 2005 and the first since 1999 to make it past the first round.


The team started the year with a five-game winning streak and defended their home court by dropping only one home game all season. The snow days that affected the entire area caused the girls team to play an exhausting 7 games in a span of 12 days. They won five of the seven--including a double overtime thriller against district rival Dallas Covenant.


Coach Jhoana Cayme beams with pride when she talks about her team. "The girls started this season with a mission to win," she explained. "It was a special year with the expected ups and downs, but I wouldn't change a thing. These kids have done something that hasn't been done at Lakehill in 12 years. It's such an exciting time to be a part of Lakehill athletics."


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Photo by Irwin Thompson.

The Varsity Boys team also earned the title of Bi-District Champions in the State Playoffs. Their memorable season came to end on Saturday with a loss in the Area Round to highly ranked Abilene Christian. In what Coach Bob Yttredahl calls "quite possibly the best played game of the year," the team fought until the final buzzer and showed the capacity crowd what it truly means to be a Warrior. "This game was a perfect example of how this successful group of players epitomizes their Warrior name. To finish 8-2 in district and 17-8 overall is proof to the players that hard work really does pay off," explained Yttredahl.


Coach Yttredahl says the team set out with two goals in mind: to give 100% effort on every play and to represent Lakehill with pride. On Saturday - and throughout the season - it was clear that the team had accomplished their goals. "I was so pleased to see both teams walk off that bus on Saturday with their heads held high, knowing that they were a part of something big. These student-athletes have established a tradition of success at Lakehill and have shown everyone what Lakehill Pride is all about.


Congratulations to these outstanding teams and their coaches on an amazing season.


Tennis, Baseball, and Softball
Gear Up for Start of Season 

With an exciting Basketball season completed, Lakehill now turns its attention to Varsity tennis, Softball, and Baseball. Middle School Softball and Baseball will commence in March.



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What's Happening?    


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.


March 1
Middle School Drama Club Performance, 3:30pm


March 2
Lakehill Day at Paciugo

Say "Lakehill Rocks" and a portion of your purchase will be donated to Lakehill.


March 4
Upper School Coffee House, 7:00 - 8:30pm


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

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

Find out more here.      


March 7 

Lakehill Day (and night) at Pizzeria Venti
Try out the new neighborhood favorite Pizzeria Venti and 15% of your food purchase will be donated to Lakehill. This offer is good on dine-in and  take-out orders. Just tell them Lakehill sent you.


March 7 - 10
Middle School Adventure Week 


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.