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State of Mind
State Fair Features Young Craftsmen
Baby boomers aren't the only ones turning 60 this year. Big Tex, the official ambassador of the State Fair of Texas, will be celebrating his 60th as well. As the icon in the 75-gallon hat begins his four-week reign over the State Fair of Texas, the Creative Arts building becomes a showcase for local artistic talent. This year's display of winners includes the blue-ribbon handiwork of two Lakehill students.
After admiring the entries at the fair last year, fourth grade student Zoe Williams decided she wanted to be part of the fun. She searched through the numerous categories online, finally deciding to enter three items: a photograph in the Junior (17 years and younger) Scenery Landscapes or Waterscapes category, a painting in the Any Subject, Age 9 Years category, and a pillow in the Junior Pillow 12" x 12" category.
Zoe received 10th place for both her painting and her photograph and claimed the top prize for her pillow. She is also entering cookies, baked using a family recipe, in the Junior Baking Competition on October 6.
In his second attempt in a State Fair competition, eighth grade student Dunny Bock used his creativity and precision skills to snag first place in Origami. Dunny, who placed second in Origami last year, competed in the Miscellaneous Crafts Junior (12-17 years old) division.
Dunny was inspired by a YouTube video describing how to make a type of 3-D origami. He crafted a 3-D Domo, a popular prize at the State Fair.
So while you are wishing Big Tex a happy birthday, be sure to stop by the Creative Arts building and have a look. Dunny's origami and Zoe's pillow will be on display throughout the Fair, which runs through October 21. Who knows, you may be inspired to enter something yourself next year.
All About Lakehill
Admission Previews Put Lakehill On Display
Lakehill was well represented at last weekend's Private School Preview, an event showcasing top Dallas private schools and boarding schools around the country.
Just six weeks into the school year, the applications are already rolling in for next year. Applications are already up considerably over last year. The best way for prospective families to become acquainted with Lakehill is to visit the school. To give families an opportunity to spend some time on campus, Lakehill offers a series of Admission Previews throughout the fall.
The first Preview will be held on Tuesday, October 23. "We have had a tremendous response already to this year's Previews," explained Holly Walker, Director of Admission. "It is exciting to watch our Lakehill community grow."
Admission Previews provide an in-depth overview for parents considering a Lakehill education for their children. Guests hear from administrators, visit classrooms, and tour the school with Student Ambassadors.
"Our current Lakehill families are a wonderful source of information as well," said Walker. "I hope they will share their love of Lakehill with prospective parents and encourage them to attend a Preview."
Six previews are scheduled for the fall, each geared to a specific division. Lower School Previews will be held October 23 and December 4; Middle School, October 30 and November 27; Upper School, November 29; and Kindergarten, November 13. Kindergarten, Lower, and Middle School programs are held on the main campus at 9:30 a.m. The Upper School Preview will be held at the ESC at 6:30 p.m. All Middle School students and their families are strongly encouraged to attend the Upper School Preview.
Girl Scouts Help Animals, Work Toward Silver Award
Girls in a Lakehill Girl Scout Troop are making a difference in the lives of animals around our community. These champions for animals, the girls of Troop 2444, are working on their silver award in the area of animal welfare.
The Troop has partnered with East Lake Pet Orphanage (ELPO), a non-profit run by local veterinarian Dr. Karen Fling. In addition to raising money to help support the animals, the troop recently had the opportunity to work on a special project, assisting with surgery and recovery for nine puppies and two kittens. The simple procedures will prevent thousands of unwanted dogs and cats.
The girls sorted donations at Second Chance Treasures, the only resale shop in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that exclusively benefits homeless pets and made blankets for the puppies and kittens at ELPO. The girls plan to continue their work by attending adoption fairs to help find good homes for the puppies. Have room in your house for a new puppy? Contact ELPO, and tell them the Girl Scouts sent you.
Grant Funds New Math Program
Wouldn't it be fun to build an avatar and purchase items for it to use? During the school day? And what if it helped your math skills improve? It sounds to good to be true, but Lower School children are having a ball while they increase their math proficiency, thanks to a gift from the Powell Foundation. The grant provided funds for Reflex Math, a new math initiative at Lakehill.
Research shows that students who are not fluent with their basic math facts have major challenges mastering more advanced mathematical skills. Reflex Math is a revolutionary, game-based system that helps students of all ability levels to develop instant recall of their basic math facts.
Lakehill piloted the program last year for third grade with dramatic results. The web-based program provides enrichment and reinforcement for students' math facts. It is individualized for each child and allows them to progress at their own rate. Based on the overwhelming response to last year's program, Reflex Math is now a required component of the curriculum in second, third, and fourth grade. Kindergarten and first grade may soon follow.
"These math facts are the building blocks for everything our students will do in Middle School and beyond," explained Casey Pike, who was involved in the pilot program. This program really delivers on its promises. Students build fluency in math and love doing it! They feel like they are playing a video game."
This is the fourth year that Lakehill's Lower School has received funding from the Powell Foundation. Previous grants provided playground equipment, science equipment, and a set of World Almanac state books for the library.
Meet Marian Drake
There is a cheerful new face at the front desk at Lakehill. Marian Drake joins the Lakehill family as School Secretary, and says she is busy learning the names of all the faculty, staff, and students.
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Drake has lived in the Lake Highlands area now for 30 years. After her husband passed away 17 years ago, she says she considered moving back to Mississippi where she still has strong family roots. Because of the many friendships she had formed in Dallas over the years, she decided to stay. A decision, she says, that was definitely the right one.
Family is important to Drake, who has four children and nine grandchildren. She enjoys meeting up with her four sisters and says there is never a quiet minute when the five women are together.
Drake enjoys cooking, gardening, attending musicals and plays, and spending time with her grandchildren. She also loves antiques and enjoys collecting pink Depression glass.
Drake comes to Lakehill with considerable experience working in the private school realm. She describes her experience at Lakehill thus far as "fantastic" and says she most enjoys seeing the smiling faces of the faculty and students each day. "Marion is extremely helpful and conscientious," explains Assistant Headmaster Lara Gajkowski. "I think she is a wonderful fit for our school."
This Week at the ESC
Both sixth grade sections were at the ESC this week to work on an Environmental Art project led by Cat Huitt. Ms. Gajkowski made a special visit to the ESC each day to see the students' work.
After studying the work of Andy Goldsworthy, an innovative British artist whose collaborations with nature produce uniquely personal and intense artworks, students were required to come up with their own designs. The challenge was to sketch a piece of environmental art that they would like to create at the ESC, using a range of natural materials. Students completed their artwork at the ESC this week, and the results were nothing short of spectacular.
The work has attracted the attention of Denise Aver, Director of The Point, Center for Arts and Education at C. C. Young. After hearing about the assignment, Aver, who is a fan of Andy Goldsworthy, decided to create an entire exhibit around the students' work. This special exhibit will be featured in the gallery at The Point in January and will include the work of every sixth grade student. A photo of each student's work was taken this week and will be displayed at the show.
Upper School students were also able to work on special project at the ESC this week. Michael Cummings's Digital Photography class used the beauty of the ESC as a backdrop for their motion project. The students used the camera settings to capture different types of motion.
Lakehill fell to Austin Eastside Memorial 46-0 on Friday night, in a neutral-site game played in Temple. The Warriors were led by Keith Mitchell's 44 yards rushing. Lakehill will play at Irving Highlands on Friday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.
See photos from Friday's game.
Middle School Football
The Middle School Warriors played September 27 against the First Baptist Academy Saints. In a rough start, the Warriors gave up 32 points in the first half. With several out for injuries, remaining team members stepped up to the challenge, with many playing longer than usual or trying a new position. Andrew Witcher and Christian Dreubert contributed greatly both on offense and defense. The Warriors held the Saints to only two scores in the second half.
The Varsity Cross Country team look to continue improving at the Carrollton Christian Invitational on October 13.
The Varsity team lost at Cambridge on Tuesday. The girls are starting the second half of district play this Thursday at home against Tyler Street. Maia Heard continues to lead the team in total kills and Lauren Davenport leads in assists. See photos here.
In a hard-fought battle against intense serving from their opponent, the eighth grade team lost their first game of the season to neighborhood rival St. John's. "The girls stayed together and fought to the end," said Athletic Director Bob Yttredahl. The seventh grade girls lost to HSAA in two sets. "They played great team ball and have really shown improvement throughout the season," Yttredahl said.
Get Your Warrior Spirit On!
The Warrior Shop is open on Monday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Stop by and stock up!
Fair Day - No School
We want to see your pictures from Fair Day! Take some great snaps of your day at the fair and send them to Gigi Ekstrom.
New Parent Coffee, 8:15 a.m.
The first six weeks is officially behind us and all new Lakehill parents are invited to join us for a breakfast in the Upper Library. Bring any questions you may have and find out more about what's ahead!
PFC Executive Committee Meeting, 2:00 p.m.
Deadline to Order Homecoming Mums!
Homecoming Mums are on sale now! Sample mums for Lower, Middle, and Upper School students can be viewed near the front entrance along with options to personalize your purchase. The deadline to place mum orders is October 12. All submitted orders must include payment. Contact Ms. Stretcher for more information. Get the order forms below:
Middle School Social, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Cafeteria and Main Hallway
All Middle School students are invited to the first social of the year, sponsored by the Middle School Student Council! Students will enjoy games, snacks, and dancing to their favorite tunes. Neon attire is welcome, but not required, at this totally cool, neon-themed 80s-style celebration.
All About Homecoming Week - Octotber 15-19
Plans are underway for an amazing Homecoming Week, full of exciting events and activities.
Start planning now to show your spirit and get in on the fun. Every day is a jeans day if you dress in theme!
Monday - Superhero Day
Tuesday - Nerd Day
Wednesday - Cowboy and Cowgirl Day
Thursday - Pink Out!
Friday - Blue and Green Spirit Day
Add the excitement of Upper School house competitions and a homecoming dance, Lakehill's second-annual Homecoming Parade, a spirited pep rally for the whole school, and all the food, fun, and football at the homecoming game, and you've got a week to remember. Lakehill families and alumni are encouraged to attend the Homecoming Parade on October 19 at 1:45 p.m. at the Main Campus and stay for the Homecoming Pep Rally at 2:30 p.m.
Shoreline Spruce Up, White Rock Lake, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
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.
Lower School Admission Preview, 9:30 a.m.
Invite your friends to join us for the first Admission Preview of the year to find out more about the one-of-a-kind Lakehill experience.
All Fired Up
Pull out your crock pot and start working on your best chili recipe for Lakehill's second annual Dad's Club Chili Cook-Off on October 26 at the Warrior Athletic Complex. Comerica Bank is sponsoring Lakehill's second Community Night and it is going to be a fun-filled evening for all!
The Chili Cook-Off and Concert start at 6:30 p.m. and will be in full swing until 7:30 p.m. when the Warriors take on Abilene. The entire community is invited to share in the fun. Look for more information on the Chili Cook-Off and official entry forms in next week's Warrior Weekly.
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Box Tops for Education - Due October 26!
Students should turn in their box tops to their teacher. The class that collects the most box tops wins a SPECIAL PARTY ....and bragging rights! Those not in Lower School can turn their Box Tops in to the "Box Tops Box" by the office.
Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program
Link your Tom Thumb Reward Card to Lakehill! Just stop by the front desk to fill in a form
. Community Bucks may be dropped off at the front desk by October 10.