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The Warrior Weekly

Volume 4, Issue 2

September 1, 2011

In This Issue
Super Sleuths
Monday Moments
The Warrior Web
This Week at the ESC
Who's New?
Community Spotlight
Sports Snippets
What's Happening?

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"To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions."

~Benjamin Frankin        

Super Sleuths

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Cast Announced for Upper School Musical  


It's 1958 - a time of rock and roll, space discovery, and great hope for the future. But trouble is brewing at the Whitney Ellis Private School for Girls. Only days away from the opening night of the end of term musical, "Rocket Girl," the leading lady is knocked unconscious with a sandbag. It is up to teenage sleuth, Brenda Bly, to solve the crime, catch the crook, and save the day.


Upper School musical theater students will bring Brenda Bly to the Lakehill stage on November 18-20.


Think Nancy Drew meets vintage Carol Burnett show with a catchy score and clever dialogue, and you're ready to meet Brenda Bly: Teen Detective!

See who will be taking the stage in November. Take a look at the cast list here.

Monday Moments

Lower School Starts New Tradition Monday Moments 2


An important new Lower School tradition known as Monday Moments began this week. Each week, Lower School students and teachers will gather on Monday mornings for an assembly to celebrate what makes Lakehill's Lower School special.  


Led by Lower School Coordinator Patti Brooks, each Monday Moments assembly will begin with pledge of allegiance and end with the Lakehill Alma Mater. Assemblies will feature students celebrating their special weeks, recognize superlative students, and highlight acts of kindness through Rachel's Challenge. It is also a time for announcing upcoming school events and introducing Lower School students to Middle and Upper School leaders.


See pictures from the first Monday Moments assembly.

The Warrior Web  

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Lakehill Adds Blog


If you haven't read Reflections, Lakehill's new Blog, what are you waiting for? Featuring a variety of Lakehill administrators and faculty members, Reflections offers thoughts and observations on learning, leading, and community building. New posts are added twice a week. Interested in being a parent or student blogger? Contact us for more information.


This Week at the ESC 

Kindergarten and First Grade Students Jump into Adventure, Learning


Lakehill opened the doors to its Environmental Science Center (ESC) this week to squeals of delight as kindergarten and first grade students stepped off the bus and into a natural wonderland. 


As the first visitors of the new school year, kindergarten students were introduced to the ESC for the first time while those in first grade quickly got reacquainted. Kindergarten students began a year-long unit on Awesome Animals while the first grade learned what makes a bird a bird. (Just ask any first grade student to find the answer!)   


Although it was hot, a few sprinkles of rain provided relief as children explored the remains of the summer season. Insects, crows, and brown leaves were plentiful. Students also discovered a beautiful pond that is home to new fish, an overgrown garden waiting to be prepared for the fall harvest, bird feeders begging to be filled, and many dreams waiting to be fulfilled.  


Take a look at our ESC Photo Album.

Who's New


Faculty Spotlight on Taylor Dickson        

Taylor Dickson joins the Lakehill faculty as the fifth, sixth, and seventh grade Math teacher. She is also a sixth grade class sponsor.


Originally from Fort Worth, Dickson attended high school at Fort Worth Country Day School. She received her Bachelor degree in Middle School Math Education and her Master in Education from Texas Christian University.

In her spare time, Dickson enjoys spending time with her puppy Max, a one-and-a-half-year-old Chow Chow/Australian Shepherd.


Dickson says she went into teaching because she wants to help students realize that even though math can be challenging, it can also be fun. Attracted to Lakehill because it is a "close knit community that values learning," Dickson believes that the school's relatively small size makes it special because students and teachers can all get to know one another well. "The best part of my job," she explains, "is that I get to work with great colleagues and students every day." 
Community Spotlight 

President's Volunteer Service President's ServiceAward


The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) program is a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. 


Students (Lower, Middle, and Upper School) who would like to record their hours of service over the course of the year may apply for the award by April 1. Awards will be presented at the spring Awards Programs. Recipients receive an official PVSA lapel pin, a personal certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.

Individual Honors are awarded based on hours of service. For students under 15 years of age, award levels are bronze (50 hours), silver (75 hours), and gold (100 hours). For students 15 and older, awards levels are bronze (100 hours), silver (175 hours), and gold (250 hours).Students may tally hours from April 1, 2010 through April 1, 2011. 


All Lakehill students are encouraged to participate. Students are responsible for tracking their own hours and getting the required signatures. Learn more about the awards, download the tracking form, and start volunteering! Contact Ms. Ekstrom with any questions.

Sports Snippets 


Varsity Football

Photo by Irwin Thomson.
The Lakehill Warriors started the 2011 season fast out of the gate, jumping out to an early 21-0 lead after the first quarter against the Savoy Cardinals. The pace slowed down in the second and third quarters as the Warriors dealt with a rash of heat-induced cramps and muscle fatigue. 


The Lakehill defense held Savoy at bay, while tacking on another score at the start of the fourth quarter to maintain a comfortable margin. The final score ended with a Lakehill victory, 28-20. 


Outstanding group peformances were turned in by the offensive and defensive lines. Individually, Milan Rabah led the Warriors with 183 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Sophomore Keith Mitchell and junior Cris McCarty added 74 and 53 yards, respectively. Junior Josh Wood was a perfect four-for-four on his PAT kicks. Sophomore Hudson Trent led the defense in tackles, and also recovered a Savoy fumble.


See all the photos from Friday night.


Varsity Cross Country

Photo by Kelley Allton.

The Varsity Cross Country team kicked off their season successfully this past weekend at the Greenhill Rock and Roll Six-Mile Relay at Norbuck Park. 


Over sixty teams participated in what proved to be a fun and exciting start to the season. The course covered grass and wooded trails and even included obstacles like hay bales to challenge runners along the way.


Sophomore runners Hudson Trent and Reese Myers beat the heat and participated in the open 5K early in the morning. Emily Allton, Sydney Firsching, Carly Chester, and Rachel Myers represented Lakehill in the girls' six-mile relay, competing against more than thirty teams. Chester and Myers got their feet wet in their first competition for Lakehill and set the tone for the season with great performances. Returning sophomores Sydney Firsching and Emily Allton both ran outstanding legs in the race that helped propel the team to the finish. 


The momentum continues with a stop at Carrollton Christian for the Carrollton Greenbelt Championships on September 1.  


The New Voice of Lakehill  

smittyIf you were at Friday's home football game, you probably noticed the new voice of Warrior Football. New Lakehill parent Jeff Smith brings his love of DJing and entertainment to the fans at Perry Field. "I hope to bring an exciting element to each game," Smith said, "to create a great atmosphere for the Lakehill Warriors athletes and students as well as our opponents. I want the fans to be loud and proud and cheer for every play. During each game we are working on calling out special school events, highlighting student achievements, and recognizing the amazing faculty of Lakehill Preparatory School." 


Get Your Warrior Spirit On!

spirit shop gameThe Warrior Shop is open on Monday mornings from 7:45-8:45am and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45pm, as well as during home football games. Show your Warrior Spirit with the latest styles for the whole family! 

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What's Happening?    


Free SMU Football Tickets 
Like college football? Thanks to Lakehill alumnus Greg Gardner, '87, you and your family can enjoy SMU's first home game of the season for free. Kickoff is at 6:00pm on Saturday, September 10 at Ford Stadium. To claim your free tickets, contact Reid Parker and let him know how many you need.


Box Tops for Education
Please turn in your box tops to the "Box Tops Box" by the office during the month of September. If possible, please trim the box tops along the hatched markings prior to dropping them off. 
September 1 

Freshman Welcome to Upper School, 6:30pm


September 5 

Labor Day - no school

September 6

Kindergarten Muffins for Mom, 7:45-8:15am

September 7
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."

September 7
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.


September 8
Upper School Retreat, 10:00am-2:00pm
Southern Cross Ranch
All Upper School students are invited to kick off the new school year with fun and games. Bring your swim suit and get ready for a great day!

September 9
September 11 Ten-Year Remembrance Day
Upper School Assembly, 2:15-2:40pm 
All parents are welcome to attend.

September 10
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 Lakehill's 40th anniversary and our 40th lake cleanup!


September 12
Smile, it's Picture Day! 


September 13
Kindergarten Donuts for Dad,


September 14
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.  


September 16
Tailgate Party and Football Game 

Tailgate at 6:30 pm, Kickoff at 7:30 pm 

The annual Tailgate Party is a favorite tradition at Lakehill. This year's event will be held on Friday evening before the home game against A+ Academy. Join us for fun, food, and fantastic football! This is the perfect opportunity for families to spend time together and show their school spirit! Go Warriors!  


September 16   
Deadline for Trek for Tech T-Shirt Design Contest 
All students are invited to submit their designs for the Trek for Tech T-Shirt contest. The winning design will be printed on the 2011 Trek for Tech T-Shirts and all promotional materials! Artwork MUST be the student's original hand-drawn image (no computer graphics). The design must incorporate the words "Trek for Tech" and may use no more than three colors. Entries should be placed in the box marked "Trek" outside of the Main Office. Get the official rules here.

Save the date for the 13th annual TREK for TECH! The 5k race and 1-mile fun run are scheduled for Saturday, November 12. Funds raised are used for a wide variety of technology improvements.  


September 25
Lakehill Day at the Ballpark, 2:05pm
It's fan appreciation night and the last home game of the season. Lakehill has a reserved section in the bleachers for Lakehill families to enjoy the game together. Tickets are $15 each and there are just 2 seats left...grab 'em quick.