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The Warrior Weekly

Volume 4, Issue 4

September 15, 2011

In This Issue
Remembering 9/11
Ranch Retreat
The Warrior Web
This Week at the ESC
Who's New?
Community Spotlight
Sports Snippets
What's Happening?

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Remembering 9/11 

john hulse

Student Writings Come Full Circle 


In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, Upper School English teacher Evan Matthews used a tool he knew well - writing - to help his students through the day.


He charged them with the task of writing a letter to themselves - a letter that would be sealed and delivered to them in 10 years. He encouraged them, of course, to write about their feelings in relation to the tragic events. But he also urged them to include the minutia, those trivial facts that seemed unimportant at time - what they were wearing, who they were angry with, what they ate for lunch -  but that in 10 years would give insight into the high school student they had been. He also encouraged them, if they were feeling prophetic, to think about the future and what they might be doing when they received their letters.


Matthews promised to keep the letters private and return each to its writer on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Students received their letters last week.


On September 9,  the Lakehill community came together to remember a day that many of us will never forget. For those too young to remember, Matthews, Headmaster Roger Perry, and John Hulse, '03, shared their thoughts and recollections during an Upper School assembly. Hulse, a graduate of the University of Texas and a PhD student, even shared excerpts from his letter.

Ranch Retreat

Upper School Gathers for Fun, Friendship 8 keys


Upper School students began a new tradition on September 8 with their first annual Fall Retreat. The day began with an introduction to the 8 Keys of Excellence, the guiding principles for personal excellence, teamwork, and spirit in the Upper School.


The group then headed to the Southern Cross Ranch, where faculty and students joined together for sand volleyball, swimming, softball, rock climbing, paddle boating, ping pong, indoor video games, and friendly competition between the Upper School Spirit Houses.


"We are extremely proud of what we accomplished," explained Bob Yttredahl, Upper School Coordinator. "We started a new tradition, had an enjoyable day outdoors, and spent quality time together as a Lakehill Family." 

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This Week at the ESC 

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Students Get Back to Nature


Third grade students headed to the ESC to begin their study of plants. They will test their knowledge this year by growing French Breakfast Radishes.


Fourth graders got busy in the garden planting Super Snappy Peas. They also began their study of frogs and made a 3-D frog from recycled toilet paper rolls. 


Fifth grade learned about ecosystems and habitats, culminating with an activity centered on charades and storytelling. All classes will be working on a special Rachel's Challenge chain that will be displayed at the ESC.


Students will also be able to incorporate new technology into their visits, taking advantage of the 16 new laptops available at the ESC.


Take a look at our ESC Photo Album. New pictures are added after each class visit!

Who's New


Faculty Spotlight on Kristen Munoz        

A Dallas native, Kristen Munoz joins the Lakehill faculty teaching fifth and sixth grade science and fifth grade geography. She also serves as a fifth grade sponsor and will oversee the popular Nature Exchange program and serve as co-sponsor of Lakehill's Geography Bee.   


Munoz earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma and is working on her Masters in Animal Science. 


After three years working in the education department at the Museum of Nature and Science, Munoz was selected for the 

Carter Teaching Fellowship Program at Greenhill School. 


Munoz enjoys spending time with her husband Tommy and their animals, including a dog, a cat, and a horse. She enjoys cooking, reading, and riding her horse whenever she has free time. 


A dedicated, life-long learner, Munoz admits that she teaches because she loves school and never wanted to leave. "I love seeing my students learning new things and opening them up to the world of science," she explained.


Munoz was drawn to Lakehill because of the strong community and family feel. "I felt very at home from the first time I was on campus," she explained. "The best part of my job is seeing my students excited to learn. I am looking forward to watching them grow."  

Community Spotlight 

Lakehill Protectors of the Lake lake protectors


Lakehill Lower School students who joined in the school's efforts to beautify White Rock Lake this month were honored on Monday with membership in a new club. Dubbed Lakehill Protectors of the Lake, five students were recognized for their role in last Saturday's clean up and presented with a bottle cap medallion. 


Oliver Adams, Anders Ekstrom, Megan Gillman, Spencer Mihm, and Maxwell Neace were inducted as the first members. Each month, students who have participated in the clean up will be recognized and added to a special display in the Lower School hall.


Since 2008, Lakehill students of all ages and their families have convened at White Rock Lake on the second Saturday of each month. Lakehill volunteers donate 1,000 hours every year, helping to keep their adopted shoreline litter free. In 2010, Lakehill was named the Volunteer Group of the Year for outstanding service to White Rock Lake. In honor of Lakehill's 40th Anniversary, the group celebrated its 40th clean up on Saturday. 

Sports Snippets 
Warriors Fall to Dallas Gateway

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Photo by Irwin Thompson.


The football team fell to Dallas Gateway on Friday, 42-0. Highlights included a 50-yard run from Keith Mitchell and a 45-yard catch by Josh Wood. Defensively, Drew Norman and Grant Hilbert each had an interception. See photos from Friday night here


The Warriors plan to be back on track for Friday's rematch against A+ Academy. Lakehill lost a controversial game in overtime to the Knights last year. 


Don't miss all the fun on Friday night with the Middle School game against A+ at 5:00, followed by the Tailgate Party at 6:30pm and the Varsity game at 7:30pm. This is a not-to-be-missed family event!


alexis volleyball

Photo by Irwin Thompson.

The JV and Varsity Volleyball teams defeated Yavneh on September 8. The Varsity team finished 4th at the Greenville Tournament over the weekend. The JV and Varsity teams defeated Tyler Street on Monday while the Varsity defeated Fairhill on Tuesday in their first district game of the season. The teams play Thursday at Cambridge. See more volleyball photos here.


Get Your Warrior Spirit On!warrior shop

 The Warrior Shop will be open for business at Friday night's Tailgate Party and 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. Long sleeve t-shirts and sweatshirts are now available!

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What's Happening?    


Turning Out for Technology  

Thanks to everyone who attended Tech Night! What a great turnout from our families and staff. If you are 

interested in us bringing more speakers to campus, please contact Lara Gajkowski with your ideas.    

September 16

Deadline for Trek for Tech T-Shirt Design Contest entries is Friday at 4:00 pm!   

Don't forget to submit 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 16
Auction Planning Meeting - everyone welcome! 8:15am

Join auction chairs and committee leaders to help get ready for Lakehill's annual benefit auction.We will have Starbucks Coffee and some small breakfast bites. Join us and help plan a great event! 


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. 

Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program 
Link your Tom Thumb Reward Card to Lakehill! Just stop by the front desk to fill in a form! If you receive Community Bucks, please drop them off at the front desk by October 10.


Don't miss Lakehill's annual Tailgate Party at the Warrior Athletic Complex. It's a great evening, full of fun, food, and football! Middle School plays at 5:00pm. The Tailgate party starts at 6:30 with giveaways at the gate and free hot dogs and chips for everyone in attendance! Then cheer the Varsity Warriors on to victory in the heated rematch against A+ Academy at 7:30pm.

 Go Warriors!  


September 17
College Fair at St. Mark's, 1:00-3:00pm   

All Upper School students and their parents are encouraged to attend. Get more information

September 19

Senior Parent Night, 6:30pm 


September 22
Upper School Speaker Series, 2:45-3:30pm 

Legal Panel.    


September 24
Parent Faculty Club (PFC) General Meeting

8:15-10:00 am, Cafeteria 

Join administrators, faculty, and parents for the PFC's first General Meeting of this school year. The meeting will highlight plans for the year and allow members to vote on this year's budget. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Don't miss this chance to get involved!  


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. If you bought tickets, please pick up your envelope in the Main Office. 

Trek for Tech T-Shirt Design Contest


All students are encouraged to submit their original drawings in the Trek for Tech t-shirt design contest. See the official contest rules for more details.

Save the date - Lakehill's 12th annual Trek for Tech is scheduled for November 12!

Entries are due this Friday, September 16 by 4:00pm!