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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 5, Issue 2
September 6, 2012
In This Issue
Pennant Fever
A Call to Service
Class Acts
Classroom Connections
Who's New
This Week at the ESC
Sports Snippets
What's Happening?

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"Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality." 

~Abraham Lincoln         

damn yankees

Pennant Fever

Cast Announced for Upper School Musical

The year is 1956 and the New York Yankees dominate Major League Baseball. 


In Washington, DC, Meg Boyd and other "baseball widows" around the nation's capital lament about losing their husbands to baseball for six months every year, as they cheer on their beloved Washington Senators.


Disheartened by another loss for the Senators, Meg's husband Joe sells his soul to the devil, Mr. Applegate, for "one good long ball hitter" for his team. Mr. Applegate grants his wish, turning him into a 22-year-old Joe Hardy, the greatest ballplayer in history. 


Will Joe use his escape clause and return to his wife before the final game...or will he play, thus sealing his fate? Find out when Upper School musical theater students bring Damn Yankees to the Lakehill stage on November 9, 10, and 11, 2012.


Take a look at the cast list and see who will be taking the stage in November.

President's Service A Call to Service         

President's Volunteer Service Award

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, 2012 through April 1, 2013.


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. 

Class Acts


Student Council and Class Organizations Elect Officers 

Upper School recently elected its newest Student Council Senators and a member-at-large. Congratulations to Nina Unger (12th grade), Emily Allton (11th grade), Kelly Werther (10th grade) Carlos Lopez III (9th grade), and John Devine (at-large).


Several Middle School classes have held elections as well. Eighth grade officers include Elizabeth Collins, President; Charity Abengowe, Vice President; Griffin Burt, Secretary; Marion Humphreys, Treasurer; and Emily York and Olivia WagnerStudent Council Representatives. Seventh grade officers are Gabrielle Gard, President; Lyric Menges, Vice President; Madison Camper, Secretary; Katie McKnight, Treasurer; and Jackson Huff and Steven MurffStudent Council Representatives. Sixth grade officers include Georgia Ferguson, President; Tyler McCall, Vice President; Evyn Greene, Secretary; Ben Gillman, Treasurer; and Leah Hawthorne and Greg GillmanStudent Council Representatives. Fifth grade will elect officers next week.

US Garden Classroom Connections         

Environmental Science Students Plant Gardens, Visit Landfill

Students in Jeremy Holman's Upper School Environmental Science classes are getting hands-on knowledge with their study of the environment.


The Environmental Science class is learning how to grow a healthy, all-natural garden in their own backyard. Holman says it is not uncommon for students in urban areas to be unfamiliar and somewhat intimidated with the concept of growing their own food. In class, they are learning simple methods to keep unwanted insects and animals out of their gardens; how to determine what vegetables will grow well in a garden at different times of the year in this region; how to compost scraps; and how to determine soil health and replenish agents that the soil needs to remain productive.  


Holman believes students will gain a sense of pride for building something that is useful in their own homes, and that can have tremendous health, environmental, and economic benefits if enough people get involved. 


The AP Environmental Science class visited the McCommas Bluff Landfill that serves the Dallas community. 


See more pictures.

Ray Dent
Who's New
Ray Dent

Lakehill recently announced the selection of Ray Dent as the school's new Director of Development and Alumni Relations.


"Ray's passion and experience clearly satisfy the many strenuous criteria and qualifications developed by the school and the board of directors," said Headmaster Roger Perry.


A native Texan, Dent attended Southern Methodist University on a track scholarship. After college, he served as an Air Force bomber pilot and instructor. In civilian life, he served as president of his own company for 14 years and worked in higher education at universities in both New Mexico and Texas. Dent, a celebrated writer, recently published his first novel, Vaulted Eagles.


"Ray's background as a military pilot distinguished him as one who knew the value of teamwork," explained Perry. "He has a strong sense of purpose and truly understands the mission of the school. His vast experience at the collegiate level elevates Lakehill's development efforts to new heights. The passion he has for understanding people, showcased in the research and writing of his novel, will be an enormous asset to the school."


 "There are tremendous opportunities available at Lakehill," explained Dent. "My job is to develop this institution, its people, and its programs. After meeting the students, parents, faculty, and staff at Lakehill, I knew this was where I belonged."


This Week at the ESC    

This week at the ESC, third grade began an introductory study into Flowering Plants. This study will continue all year and carry into fourth grade. 


The classes planted mung bean plants. Over the next few weeks, they will be making observations, measuring, comparing, and drawing some conclusions about plant parts and growth. 


Fourth graders completed their studies back in their classrooms. The idea is to carry what is studied at the ESC into the classroom at LPS. No better way to see how it works than to give it a try. 


Seventh grade will be learning how to use GPS receivers. They will be focusing on solar studies this year and the units of study will compliment each other.   


See more pictures from the ESC.

Sports Snippets


New Drum Line Opens Pep Rally

Drum Line

Lakehill introduced its new Drum Line to an enthusiastic crowd at an All-School Pep Rally on August 31. The Varsity Cheerleaders pumped up the crowd and the Volleyball, Football, and Cross Country teams were introduced. See more pictures here.


Varsity Football Home Opener


Lakehill dropped its season home opener against Dallas Gateway Charter. After a closely contested first half, some untimely Lakehill turnovers broke the game open for Gateway in the 3rd and 4th quarters. The Warriors were led by senior Cris McCarty's 97 yards rushing and one touchdown, and junior Hudson Trent's 53 yards receiving. Solid defensive efforts were turned in by sophomore Drake Allred and Trent. See more photos.


Lakehill will travel to Arlington on Friday, September 7 to take on Arlington Fellowship. The Middle School team plays at 5:00 p.m. and the Varsity takes the field at 7:30 p.m.

See the We Are Lakehill Prep video.
Cross Country
The Lakehill Cross Country team kicked off their season successfully last week at the Greenbelt Championships of Carrollton Christian Academy. Over 15 teams participated in what proved to be a fun and exciting start to the season for everyone involved. 
The course covered the entire grounds of the school and even included a stadium finish for the participating runners as they battled against the heat of the early evening. Juniors Hudson Trent and Drew Norman began their season with impressive runs in the boys' 5K. Senior Dory Fine set the tone for her season with a strong performance in the girls' 2-mile. Junior runner and returning state champion Emily Allton took home some hardware in the same race, finishing second overall in a field of more than 70 runners. 
The momentum will continue rolling into next week for the Lake Highlands Invitational at Norbuck Park on Saturday, September 15.  

The 8th grade and JV Volleyball teams defeated Peak Preparatory on Tuesday, while the Varsity lost. The girls take on Harvest Christian on Thursday with the 8th Grade team playing at 4:00 p.m., JV at 5:00 p.m., and Varsity at 6:00 p.m. See more photos from 8th grade, JV, and Varsity.


Get Your Warrior Spirit On!


The Warrior Shop is open for business, with great new styles and classic favorites. Get ready to show your Warrior spirit! During the week, check out The Warrior Shop on Monday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

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What's Happening?    


September 7

Lakehill College Fair, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.


September 11

Muffins for Mom (Kindergarten), 7:45 a.m.


September 12
Lakehill Open House, 7:00 p.m.
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 13
Tailgate Pep Rally, 1:40 - 2:05 p.m.


September 13

Financial Aid for College Presentation, 3:30 p.m.


September 14
Upper School Retreat, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Southern Cross Ranch

All Upper School students are invited to kick off the new school year with fun and games. Bring your swimsuit and get ready for a great day!

September 14

Middle School Warrior Forensic Team

Organizational Meeting, 3:30 p.m.

The Warrior Forensic Team participates in debate competitions through the YMCA's Youth and Government Program. All 7th and 8th graders and/or their parents are invited to an organizational meeting in the writing lab. 


The YMCA Youth and Government program is a nationwide program. Middle School students participate in a mock legislature which is modeled after the Texas State Legislature. All participants will research, write, and debate their own bill with peers from across the state. 


This is a great opportunity for students to gain insight into how our government works and gain confidence in public speaking. For more information contact Sharon Mansfield.


September 14
Tailgate Party and Football Game  

Tailgate at 6:30 p.m.; Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. 

The annual Tailgate Party is a favorite tradition at Lakehill. This year's event will be held before the game against Brock High School. 


September 15 - 

Shoreline Spruce Up, White Rock Lake, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Join other Lakehill families to help clean up our adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake. All equipment is provided and refreshments will be served.
September 19

Freshman Welcome to Upper School, 6:30 p.m.


Wake-Up Wednesdays

Please join us for Warrior Wake-Up Wednesdays! Upper School Student Council will be selling coffee and donuts every Wednesday morning this semester.   


Recycling Bin
The back gate will be open on Tuesday mornings from 7:00 until 8:30 a.m. 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 if you have something to drop off when the gate is closed.