"Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters."
Halloween Carnival Brings Ghouls and Grins
Photo by rgphotog.com
Lower School ghouls and goblins showed off their costumes on October 31 during Lakehill's annual Halloween parade. Fourth grade students led the procession down the main hallway and through the building, before proceeding to the gym for the Carnival. Parents, students, and faculty members lined the hallways to enjoy the parade.
This long-standing Lakehill tradition is planned and executed by parent volunteers from the Parent Faculty Club (PFC) and Dad's Club. Seventh and eighth grade students organized some of their own games for the younger students and worked the booths.
Hundreds of students, family members, faculty, and staff enjoyed this year's event, complete with a cake walk, bounce house, and face painting. "We had wonderful volunteers and great participation," said PFC President Colleen McCall. "I especially want to recognize Tanya Bauer and Holly Mahan, who did such a great job organizing the Carnival. Everyone had a great time."
Thanks to Ron Gavinski at rgphotog.com for the beautiful Halloween portraits. Get them here. Please contact Ron Gavinski to be able to download the images for free.
See photos from SmugMug here.
Fall Brings New Opportunities to Serve
Lakehill's commitment to serving others took on new meaning last week with the school's first Upper School Day of Service.
While eighth graders were busy attending classes and learning more about high school at Freshman Preview, Upper School students headed out in a variety of directions to lend a helping hand to their community.
Freshmen worked on a neighborhood beautification project in Jubilee Park. Sophomores and juniors each covered a location of the North Texas Food Bank, packing a combined 25 pallets of food, representing 951 boxes and 30,249 pounds of food, the equivalent of 23,630 meals for hungry North Texas families. Seniors spent time at C.C. Young making crafts and visiting with residents.Students and faculty logged 500 hours of service before heading back to campus for a celebratory lunch with the eighth grade. See photos here
Lakehill's Lower and Middle School Community Service clubs have been extremely active, as have Upper School Ambassadors and Sisteens. From Halloween Carnivals to wreaths for children, every afternoon and weekend holds a different way to engage. See more photos here.
Lakehill's sophomore class collected more than 250 books for the Dolphin Heights neighborhood while the Coats for Kids drive gathered more than 100 new and gently used coats for children in East Dallas. UNICEF boxes are coming in and Lakehill is on track to meet its goal.
The giving continues as the freshman class begins its holiday food drive to benefit The Wilkinson Center and Sisteens begin collecting items for the holiday stockings.
40th Anniversary Fun
Friday night was cause for a celebration of fun, food, and football. This special evening included the first ever Dad's Club Chili Cook Off, sponsored by Comerica Bank.
Lakehill's top chefs battled it out to be the Grand Champion of Chili in a fiery match-up before the Varsity game. Twelve iron chefs threw their proverbial hats in the ring in a contest as varied as the meats used in their recipes.
Supporters sampled the tasty bowls and cast their votes for their favorites. Michael Langley gathered enough votes to take home the People's Choice Award. The team of expert judges savored and evaluated each entry, naming Shaun Freeman as the Grand Champion of Chili.
See photos from the event.
Celebrating 40 Years
Lower School Buries Time Capsule and Plants Tree
Lower School students took a glimpse into the future as they prepared scrolls to be buried in Lakehill's 40th anniversary time capsule. Each grade addressed important topics, ranging from favorite toys to future college and career plans. The capsule will be unearthed in 2021, during Lakehill's 50th anniversary celebration. A Bradford Pear tree was planted to commemorate the occasion. "This tree will continue to grow and will get taller and stronger, just like each of you," said Headmaster Perry to students at the ceremony. " I hope each of you will be here when we dig up the time capsule in 10 years."
Middle School Drama Club Puts on a Top 40 Performance
Radio Station KTOP plays oldies, and the community loves it. But the corporate bigwigs says the station can make more money appealing to market trends. The station manager mobilizes his listeners to help buy the station and the right to listen to the music they love with an auction, a celebrity look-a-like contest, and a dance marathon. But they have only 40 hours, and all the espresso in town can't help them stay awake that long!
Members of the Middle School Drama Club entertained the crowd on Wednesday with a Top 40 performance for the ages. Top 40, an original play written by Julie Riggs, was a tribute to Lakehill's 40th anniversary and included 23 students in the 5th grade and 6 students in the 6th grade. Eighth grade student Helena Granstrom served as Director's Assistant and jumped in at the last minute to play one of the roles.
Senior Night for Football and Cheer
Photo by Irwin Thompson.
An unbelievable night of football was the backdrop for this year's Senior Night. The last home game of the season was the final game at Warrior Field for this year's football players and cheerleaders.
A special night of reflection for seniors and families focused on time well spent and excitement for the future. Congratulations to senior football players Beau Bunger, Michael Gunn, Jimmie LaBrie, Grant Hilbert, Kurt Norman, Milan Rabah, Austin Simpson, Jacob Westerbeck, and Josh Wood as well as senior cheerleaders Whitney Beckwith, Ruth Godbey, Hannah McCue, and Jordan Jacobson.
Fireworks, sponsored by Comerica Bank, lit up the night sky in special celebration of this year's Senior Night.
"Surreal" Showdown Makes National News
Photo by Irwin Thompson.
The last home game of the season for the Lakehill Warriors was surreal.
Squaring off against the state-ranked (#6) Garland Christian Swordsmen on Lakehill's Senior Night, it became apparent early on that neither team's offense was going to be stopped. After swapping touchdowns early on, by mid-2nd quarter GCA was able to recover consecutive onsides kicks and build a small lead. The 2nd half picked right up where the 1st half ended, but the Warriors could never close within 14 points of GCA. When it was all said and done, GCA claimed a 94-66 victory.
The two teams combined for over 1300 yards of total offense, and their combined score of 160 points is the second highest on record for 11-man football in the state of Texas since 1951. Parents from both schools commented afterwards that they felt like they were watching a 6-man game as the two teams raced back and forth down the field.
Lakehill had an amazing 600+ rushing yards for the game. Senior Milan Rabah had 277 yards and four touchdowns, while junior Cris McCarty had 255 yards and five touchdowns. Sophomore Keith Mitchell added an additional 101 yards and one touchdown, giving the Warriors the statistical rarity of having three players with 100 or more rushing yards in the same game.
Unfortunately the loss ended Lakehill's playoff hopes for 2011, but all players afterward agreed it was a game for the ages, and one they will remember for a long, long time.
This week, Coach Chris Peacock and senior Kurt Norman had the opportunity to share the experience with Lynn Kawano from Fox 4 News. See the FOX4 newscast .
See all the photos on SmugMug.
Read the related article in Yahoo Sports and the related article in NBC Sports.
Middle School Football
Photo by Rob Chickering.
The Middle School football team wraps up a successful second season in 11-man football tomorrow afternoon. Led by a solid group of eighth graders, the team notched the first MS victory in 11-man football earlier this year with their win over A+ Academy. Other strong performances have come against Garland Christian and Canyon Creek in tough, close losses. Led by Head Coach Jared Franklin and assistants Mitchell Blake and Chris Peacock, the Warriors have learned a lot and improved greatly in their second year. Says Coach Franklin, "We improved from week to week, the guys had a lot of fun, and I did to." The Middle School team takes on McKinney Christian at McKinney at 5:00pm on Friday.
Thanks to Rob Chickering for the pictures
from the Oct 20 MS game.
Mark you calendar for these upcoming PFC Events! To volunteer or for more information, contact Colleen McCall.
Trek for Tech - Nov. 12
Trek for Tech volunteers are in the carpool line every morning!
View the list of Technology Essentials here and find out how you can help. Check out the big board at the north entrance to see what has already been purchased! Then fill in a rack card with your donation.
Buy Raffle Tickets...
There are fantastic raffle prizes this year, including an Apple IPad2, Apple IPod touch, Apple IPhone 4S, Toshiba C655 PC Laptop, Dallas Stars tickets, $200 NorthPark Gold, 4 Six Flags Season Passes, LifeSpa "Day of Beauty" (located at Lifetime Fitness), and possibly more to come! Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. You do not need to be present on race day to win!
Get your commemorative T-shirt...
Every registered participant gets a t-shirt. Even if you can't make it to the race, you can still buy a commemorative t-shirt for $10.
Run the race...
Registration is quick and easy...and all ONLINE!
Anyone may participate in the events and all participants will receive the popular Trek for Tech t-shirt.
Who's going to win the TREK SPIRIT PARTY?
The grade with the highest percentage of registered participants wins a prize especially crafted for them. The Lower School grade with the highest percentage will receive a movie watching party with cookies to munch on during the show. The Middle School grade with the highest percentage will enjoy "No Lunch Room Cleaning" for a week. Upper School will receive 5 points to the winning Spirit House. You must register for Trek for Tech by Friday, November 11 to be counted in the Spirit Contest.
Lakehill Rocks Benefit Auction - March 31
Join us from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on November 14 at Times Ten Cellars for an pre-auction social and wine tasting. Stock your own wine rack or donate a bottle to the auction wine pull! With 20% off on all your purchases, you can afford to do both!
Art, For Art's Sake
As part of the Lakehill Rocks Annual Benefit Auction, the very successful Art Stars/Wine Pull party is back! Mark your calendar for February 9 at Galleri Urbane.
Donate your pre-owned art work. Have you grown tired of a piece or just don't have the room for it? This is your chance to donate the art that no longer serves you, do something good for Lakehill, and earn a tax write off for the full value of the piece. Art is already being accepted. Just pick up a donation form and drop the art off in the PFC closet. We'll store it until time for the big event!
Grandparents Day - Nov. 22
Lakehill welcomes grandparents, parents, and special friends to the annual Grandparents Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 22. The celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast reception in the cafeteria. The program, which includes performances by various student groups, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium. School is dismissed at 11:00 a.m. and there is no after-school care.
Book Fair - Nov. 29 - Dec. 2
Stock up on new books for the holidays at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair. The Book Fair will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
Reward yourself and our school by signing up for a Target Debit Card or Target Credit Card. The card instantly gives you a 5% discount on every purchase. Once you sign up, just link your card to Lakehill to earn money for the school every time you shop. Find out more.
The Warrior Shop
Visit us for all your spirit wear needs!
Mondays, 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Thursdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Senior Pansy Sale - Orders Due November 5!
Seniors are selling pansies to raise funds for the Holiday Luncheon, an annual event that brings over 150 senior citizens to Lakehill's campus. There are eight different varieties and each sells for $20 a flat. Forms are available in the Main Office. The deadline to order is Nov. 5.
November 7-18Freshmen Holiday Food Drive
The ninth grade class is collecting non-perishable food for the Wilkinson Center. Look for the donation bins beginning on Monday. If the school collects 500 or more items for the food drive, the entire school will win a Jeans Day! The Upper School Spirit House that collects the most cans will also earn 3 points toward Term 3! Check out the list of requested items
4th Grade Parent Coffee Upper School Library, 8:15 a.m.
Upper School Preview
All Middle School students and their parents are encouraged to attend this event to find out more about Lakehill's Upper School. To attend, please RSVP to 214-826-2931, ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org
November 12 - No Lake Clean-Up
There will not be an organized lake clean-up in November so everyone can attend Trek for Tech. Please join us for the Adopt-A-Shoreline Fall Family Picnic after Trek for Tech.
Adopt-A-Shoreline Fall Family Picnic
10:30-11:00 a.m., Social Time
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Picnic Lunch and Appreciation
Activities include: Games, kayak rides, and picnic lunch.
All Lakehill families are invited to join us at the picnic after Trek for Tech!
Middle School Admission Preview
Main Campus, 9:30 a.m.
Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill!
November 18 and 19, 7:00 p.m.
November 20, 2:00 p.m.
Upper School Musical
London's smash hit musical, Brenda Bly:Teen Detective makes its American Debut on the Lakehill stage!
General admission is $5 and tickets are available at the door. Reserved seats are available for $10 at LakehillReservations@gmail.com
. Reserve your seats now!
The Lakehill Diner will be open two hours before curtain featuring food by the City Street Grille food truck!
Attendance competition: the Lower School class, Middle School class, or Upper School Spirit House with the largest attendance will win a pizza luncheon. So grab your friends and family and come see Brenda Bly!
Lakehill's Spelling Bee is Right Around the Corner!
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in Lakehill's annual Spelling Bee. Study Lists from Scripps Publishing are now available in the Main Office or from Ms. Riggs. Students who would like to participate must fill out a Spelling Bee Registration Form. Forms will be available in the Main Office beginning next week. Registration Forms are due by Dec. 13. The Spelling Bee will be held Jan. 10 at 2:15 p.m. in the Auditorium.
Need great holiday gifts?
Check out all the merchandise
available on SmugMug. From puzzles to playing cards and mugs to magnets, take care of all your holiday shopping and benefit Lakehill while you do!