"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation."
~Charles F. Kettering
Photo by Irwin Thompson.
Letter from the Headmaster
I love the beginning of a new school year, full of excitement and new possibilities. I welcome you to what promises to be an exciting year for all of us.
As I look around our campus, I am energized by the enthusiasm of our students and teachers. Our Upper School students are ready to bring positive change and take on new leadership roles. They have shown their dedication and enthusiasm throughout the summer by planning and organizing a variety of new initiatives. Our building has been greatly improved, with new lockers in Middle School, an awning between the main building and the gym, and the new Sport Court - generously donated by our Parent Faculty Club and Dad's Club - that will enhance PE, recess and after-school time for all of our students. Our technology team has been busy learning and sharing new technologies and resources with our faculty, in order to enhance the learning opportunities for our students. We are joined by six new faculty members and look forward to introducing them to you. We have 68 new students, from around the city and around the globe, and we welcome them to our school.
As a school community, we have much to celebrate. We will commemorate Lakehill's 40th anniversary with special events throughout the year. From our first homecoming parade to the Lakehill Rocks Benefit Auction at the House of Blues, there truly is something for everyone.
I enjoyed seeing so many of you at the Back-to-School Picnic. What a wonderful turnout and a fantastic way to start the new school year. I hope you will join us on Friday, August 26 at the Warrior Athletic Complex for our first home football game of the season against Savoy High School.
I look forward to seeing you then!
Families Celebrate with Picnic, New Sport Court
Lakehill families gathered on Saturday, August 20 for the annual
Back-to-School Picnic. Held on Saturday evening before the first day of school and sponsored by the PFC, the annual picnic is a favorite tradition among Lakehill families.
Headmaster Roger L. Perry and Assistant Head of School Lara Gajkowski were joined by Parent Faculty Club (PFC) leaders Michelle Crow and Colleen McCall to cut the ribbon on the school's new Sport Court.
The Sport Court offers a regulation-size basketball court, three basketball goals, two foursquare courts, and a limestone retaining wall. The Sport Court was provided through generous donations from the PFC and Dad's Club. Chairman of the Board Brent Rosenthal made the first basket on the new court.
Following the ribbon cutting, the Varsity Cheerleaders led cheers to build school spirit and the Varsity Football, Volleyball, and Cross Country teams were introduced. Water slides provided endless entertainment while those who were more musically inclined performed karaoke for the crowd. Middle and Upper School students did their best to break in the new sport court.
A pot luck supper with snow cones provided by the PFC added to the festivities. "The picnic was the perfect way to start off a new school year," explained Rachel Fetter, PFC Chairperson for the event.
See all the pictures from the picnic here.
The Warrior Web
|Photo by Irwin Thompson.|
Lakehill Adds Social Media, Photo Sharing
Lakehill has increased its social media presence over the summer.
LIKE us on facebook, then follow along for up-to-the-minute announcements and news.
Don't miss out on Reflections, Lakehill's new Blog. Featuring a variety of Lakehill administrators and faculty members, Reflections offers thoughts and observations on a variety of topics. We'll have new posts twice a week.
Check out our videos on YouTube, from choir to sports to special events.
Lakehill has a new photo sharing site on SmugMug. All our photos will be available here so you can relive all your favorite moments from Lakehill events. You can even order high quality, low cost prints - and the proceeds benefit Lakehill!
Photo by Irwin Thompson.
New Year Brings New Opportunities, Experiences
Students returned to school on Monday after one of the hottest summer breaks on record. Some raced through the door, eager to escape the heat and begin a new year. Others hung on to mom and dad a little longer, while parents in the kindergarten classrooms struggled with their own emotions.
Fourth graders moved out of the basement and into the main hall, assuming the responsibilities that come with Lower School leadership, such as raising and lowering the flag each day. Fifth graders adjusted to gym clothes, class changes, and lockers-some that had been meticulously decorated with wallpaper and chandeliers during the previous week.
Photo by Irwin Thompson.
Upper School students started the year off with their own entrance to the building and a new coffee bar sponsored by the Student Council. Open before school each morning, the Warrior Wake-Up coffee bar serves hot and iced tea and coffee to Upper School students. Student Council is offering their tasty beverages free this week, but come Monday, students will have to pay $1.00 for hot coffee and $2.00 for iced coffee or tea. Sophomore Drew Norman can keep his money in his pocket - he won the naming rights for the coffee bar through a facebook poll and as a result will receive free coffee all year. Parents are invited to stop by to get their caffeine fix and see what all the fuss is about.
Student Council will provide free donuts to Upper School students in the Student Commons on Friday morning from 7:30-7:55 am.
Take a look at all the photos from the first day back to school.
Photo by Irwin Thompson.
Laekhill Welcomes 6 New Faculty Members
Six new members joined the Lakehill family this year.
One new faculty member will be highlighted each week in upcoming editions of The Warrior Weekly.
Mitchell Blake - Middle School Electives, PE
Christy Buseman - Upper School Science
Taylor Dickson - Middle School Mathematics
Jeremy Holman - Upper School Science
Kristen Munoz - Middle School Science
Susan Rapoport - Middle and Upper School Mathematics
Cindy McAllister made a move to second grade while Kimberly Poore returned from a year off to teach Kindergarten. Although no longer in the classroom, Patti Brooks will continue to serve as Lower School Coordinator.
|40 Years of Excellence...40 Ways to Celebrate
Lakehill Preparatory School celebrates its 40th school year in 2011-12 with a celebration that would make anyone glad to turn 40. Lakehill's "40 Years of Excellence, 40 Ways to Celebrate" will offer families and supporters 40 special occasions to celebrate this milestone in the school's history. See all 40 events here and read more about upcoming events below.
Lakehill Family Day at the Ballpark
Sunday September 25; 2:05pm
Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners
The response to the Rangers Game on September 25 was over the top! All 100 reserved tickets sold out during registration. A few additional seats have been added in our Lakehill section of the bleachers. It's the last home game of the season and fan appreciation night, so don't miss out on this fun family event! Reserved seats in the Lakehill section are only $15. Email quickly to grab a seat. When they're gone, they're gone.
Lakehill Top 40
As part of the 40th Anniversary Celebration, we want to take a look at Lakehill's greatest hits and chart-topping experiences.
We want to know what you think should be included in Lakehill's Top 40. Email us
and tell us about an event, trip, project, organization, opportunity, or tradition that makes the Lakehill experience one-of-a-kind. We will share these throughout the celebration.
Lakehill Photo Contest
August 22, 2011-March 30, 2012
Immerse yourself in Lakehill's 40th Anniversary Celebration by
contributing your own moment in history through photography.
We are looking for striking images that focus on the treatment of the number 40, scenes that depict some aspect of the 40th anniversary celebration, or historical photos taken of Lakehill. Let your creativity shine! Find out more here.
Varsity Football Home Opener
The Varsity Football team will kick off an exciting season with their home opener on Friday night against the Savoy Cardinals. The game begins at 7:30pm.
Spice It Up, Cool Down at the Concession Stand
Spice up your dinner plans and enjoy Mexican food night at the concession stand. Enjoy tacos, tamales, chips and salsa, and of course, nachos! Think it's too hot? Stay cool with a Snow Cones, also available from Concessions!
Get Your Warrior Spirit On!
The Warrior Shop will be open for business at Friday night's game. Get all the latest styles for the whole family, and get ready to show your Warrior spirit! During the week, check out The Warrior Shop on Monday mornings from 7:45-8:45am and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45pm.
The JV Volleyball team won in two games and the Varsity lost in four games at Watauga Harvest Christian on August 23. Both teams play at Irving The Highlands on Thursday at 5:00pm and 6:00pm respectively.
Varsity cheerleaders attended a private NCA camp in July. Four cheerleaders were honored with "All American" status: Ruth Godbey, Jordan Jacobson, Whitney Beckwith and Nina Unger. The squad also received a bid to compete in the NCA's National competitions.
Middle School cheerleaders attended camp at Lakehill in July. Led by their instructors, senior Varsity cheerleaders Ruth Godbey and Jordan Jacobson, the sixteen attending cheerleaders learned cheers, chants, and dances. Rebecca Currey and Sarah Lacerte were elected co-captains of this year's squad.
Spirit Day, Pep Rally, and Season Home Opener!
Students and faculty are invited to wear their jeans with a Lakehill shirt and show their Warrior Spirit. Every Friday is jeans day with a Lakehill shirt! Don't miss out on the first Pep Rally of the year from 2:15-2:40pm. Then head to Warrior Athletic Complex as the Warriors take on the Savoy Cardinals in the first game of the season. Enjoy Mexican food and snow cones from the concession stand as we cheer the Warriors on to victory! Game time is 7:30pm. Go Warriors!
Free Coffee and Donuts at Warrior Wake-Up
7:30-7:55am, Student Commons
Senior College Night, 6:30pm
PFC Room Mom Meeting, 8:15-9:30am
Freshman Welcome to Upper School, 6:30pm
Labor Day - no school
Lakehill Rocks Wednesday at Paciugo
Stay cool at neighborhood favorite Paciugo on the first Wednesday of each month and help Lakehill earn some cold hard cash. Paciugo will donate 20% of the proceeds back to Lakehill. Be sure to say the magic words, "Lakehill Rocks."
Lakehill Open House, 7:00 pm
Current Lakehill families are invited to visit with their children's teachers and learn more about the expectations for the coming year. This is a parents-only event.
Upper School Retreat, 10:00am-2:00pm
Southern Cross Ranch
September 11 Ten-Year Remembrance Day
Upper School Assembly, 2:15-2:40pm
Shoreline Spruce Up, White Rock Lake
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. Breakfast will be served as we celebrate our 40th lake cleanup!
Technology Night for Parents, 7:00pm
Learn more about the issues, dangers, and opportunities surrounding technology. All parents are encouraged to attend. Get more information here.
The back gate will be open on Tuesday mornings from 7:00 until 8:30am to allow parents to drop off items for the recycle bin. The gate will be locked for the remainder of the day. Contact Mr., Kidder f you have something to drop off when the gate is closed.