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"We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act
but a habit."
Lakehill Teachers Honored By Chamber
Each year, the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce recognizes teachers who have made significant contributions in the classroom and in the community.
Two Lakehill teachers were selected as winners in their respective categories. John Trout was recognized as the Private Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Trout, who teaches fourth grade, discussed his feelings on receiving such acclaim. "There is something really magical about teaching and about the look on a child's face when an idea "clicks" into place and the child truly understands. I can't imagine doing anything else. To be recognized by the community for doing something I love so much is validation that, perhaps, I'm doing what I was truly meant to do with my life. The feeling of warmth and contentment that brings is priceless."
English teacher Kevin Jennings was recognized in the Private Middle School category. Jennings said he was honored to accept this year's award. "I feel privileged to be considered and recognized amongst such talented educators. Lakehill has provided me with the opportunity to work with academically gifted students and supportive administrators and parents. Their collective efforts positively impact what we do in our classrooms every day, and I'm grateful to be a part of the Lakehill community."
"It is an honor to have two of our master teachers recognized for their outstanding accomplishments," said Headmaster Roger Perry. "It is reassuring to know that the business community recognizes the importance of excellence in education."
The Teacher of the Year Awards Program is sponsored by Comerica Bank and solicits nominations from all public and private schools in east Dallas as well as from business and community leaders. On November 13, Chamber Chairman Roger Perry presented awards to the six winners. Jim Weber, Vice-President of Marketing at Comerica Bank, was the keynote speaker.
Trek for Tech Sets New Record
When hundreds of people take to the streets for a good cause, a lot can happen.
Lakehill Preparatory School's 14th Annual Trek for Tech, the Parent Faculty Club's signature fall event, combined all the right elements, including two great races, dedicated sponsors, enthusiastic volunteers, a raffle with fantastic prizes, live music, and beautiful weather. The results were a great time for all who attended and a record-breaking $52,000 raised for new technology.
Students, families, and faculty members put their best foot forward in the one-mile Fun Run while a large crowd hit the pavement for the 5K chip-timed race. Attendees were also treated to a live performance by Sterling Gavinski and Bradley Barteau of The Happy Alright.
For the third time in the 14-year history of the race, two Lakehill students were the top overall male and female runners. Junior Drew Norman was the first place overall male with a time of 19:25. For the second consecutive year, junior Emily Allton was the top overall female runner with a time of 20:55.
The winner of Run, Roger, Run was Lisa Bracken, correctly guessing Mr. Perry's time in the Fun Run. Jack Curtis was on the mark in Lakehill Lightning, pegging the fastest 5K Race time at 19:25.
Organizers report that 335 people registered for this year's event, a 17% over last year. The Trek committee reports that they will be able to fund every item on the list of technology essentials.
The Trek Committee thanks those companies, individuals, and families who supported the race through underwriting and equipment purchases, and all the faculty members and parent volunteers who made the event the success.
Lakehill thanks Barb and Amy Witherite for chairing this event and for their herculean efforts in making this the most successful Trek for Tech in Lakehill history.
See photos from Trek for Tech.
Art From The Heart
Triangle Rules Take Shape in Lower School Poster Contest
Students in Lakehill's Lower School recently unveiled their artistic entries for the annual Triangle Rules poster contest.
Winners were announced on November 9 during a special assembly. Assistant Headmaster Lara Gajkowski and Lower School Coordinator Patti Brooks presented the awards.
This year's winners were:
Zoe Williams, 4th grade - first place
Kathryn Mahan, 4th grade - second place
Zak Goldstein, 3rd grade - third place
Zoe's winning poster, selected from more than 60 entries, will be displayed throughout the Lower School.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to third graders Ella Berry, Brett Peacock, Ella Schatz, Graysen Walker, and Laurel Way and fourth graders Abbey Bauer, Gabe Bines, Maddison Cerda, Sophia Ganson, Daris Javed, Alex Navarrete, and Sophie Wolf.
Each fall, students in third and fourth grades participate in a poster contest to show support for the Lower School Behavior Code. Art teacher Cat Huitt helps students produce their posters during their art classes.
The three rules of the Lower School Behavior Code, known as the Triangle Rules, are based on respect, safety, and providing a welcoming environment to all.
November 5 - 9
Middle School Canned Food Drive
Middle School students collected nearly 1,200 cans during their week-long canned food drive, making the holidays happy for three local food banks.
A spirited can sculpture building contest was the perfect ending to the project. Seventh grade collected the most cans, gathering nearly 350 cans of vegetables. Judges selected sixth and seventh grade as the winners of the can sculpture contest.
Students collected canned fruit, vegetables, tuna, and soup, providing each organization with the item most needed for the holidays. Staff from the Brady Center, Vickery Meadows Food Pantry, and the White Rock Center of Hope were thrilled with the donations. "We are so grateful for the generosity of these students," expressed a food pantry volunteer. "They provided exactly what we needed at just the right time."
Sisteens Collecting Stocking Stuffers Collection
Help Sisteens collect travel-sized toiletry items for the 150 men and women who will attend Lakehill's annual Holiday Luncheon for senior citizens in East Dallas. Donation bins are located inside all entrances. The last day to donate is December 4! Get more information here.
Now Through December 4
Big Blue Bin
Wondering what to do with those books you have read or movies you have seen? Don't want to wait in line for hours at Half-Price Books, only to make $20? Check out Lakehill's new Big Blue Bin. Sisteens is collecting new and used DVDs, CDs, and books in the large blue bin outside the north entrance. These items will be sold and a percentage of the proceeds donated to Lakehill.
Out Of The Ballpark
Performing Arts Hits A Home Run With Damn Yankees
Lakehill Upper School Musical Theater students opened their performance of
Damn Yankees on November 9 to a full house in Lakehill's Charles Wyly Auditorium.
Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he's left behind. Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self, and shepherds the Senators to the World Series.
Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, Lakehill's production of
Damn Yankees was a home-run hit. "The Lakehill cast and crew made an amazing journey together to present one of America's favorite musicals," explained Director Ann Kizer. "I am thrilled with the great progress everyone made in the production."
The All-American theme carried over to the concessions as well. Guests visited the Ballpark Concessions before the show, feasting on peanuts, popcorn, and hot dogs cooked by the Lakehill Dad's Club.
Lakehill's production featured musical direction by Tracy Herron and stage direction by Ann Kizer. Linda Booth provided musical accompaniment.
The Upper School cast was joined by Zoe Crist, who won the coveted walk-on role at last year's Lakehill Benefit Auction.
Thanks to PFC Performing Arts Chair Karen Vickery and her team of parent volunteers for their help and support bringing Damn Yankees to the stage.
See pictures from the musical here.
Lakehill students are back on the stage on Friday, December 7 when the Middle School Drama classes present two "fractured" fairy tales - Rapunzel Uncut by Mariah Everman and Totally Red by Dinah Toups. Both plays provide a new twist to the familiar tales that will definitely entertain audiences of all ages. The plays will be presented in the Charles Wyly Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Admission is by voluntary donation.
Athletic Season Passes
The Lakehill Athletic Department is now selling sport-specific season passes this year. Basketball season passes are on sale now for $100. The pass is good for the entire family and will be valid at all HOME regular season basketball games (JV, Varsity, and Middle School). Each family will be issued two passes with their name on them.
Order your season pass here
. Within 2-3 days you will get an e-mail stating that you can come by school and pick up the passes from Lindsey Vega at the front desk. At that time, you will need to bring in a check or cash for $100 made payable to Lakehill Athletics.
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. New sweatshirts, long sleeve t-shirts, and Warrior scarves are available! Winter hats have just arrived! Stop by and stock up!
This Week at the ESC
Kindergarten continued their study of animals. They learned about the homes animals build and how they protect them from rain and predators and keep them warm. After a Smartboard activity, they all pitched in to clean out the fossil bed.
The fifth grade class continued their study of the soils. They dug soil from several locations and looked at the difference in particle size and content.
The Upper School Zoology class dissected worms, grasshoppers, and spiders to compare the internal anatomies of these different organisms.
Doctors in Training
First graders Lily and Sophia Bracken and kindergarten student Esther Neerman were off to work last week as "Doctors for the Day." The girls joined Dr. Chuck Banta, a back surgeon at Presbyterian Hospital as part of his "team." Decked out in scrubs and doctor's jackets embroidered with their names, they spent the day visiting patients, interacting with other doctors and staff, and eating lunch in the doctor's lounge. They went on rounds, toured the surgery room and maternity ward, and got to check out the lights and sirens in the ambulance.
Sixth Grade Spanish Celebration
Seņora Wilkin's sixth-grade Spanish classes recently enjoyed the food of Mexico at Cantina Laredo-Lakewood. The setting provided the students with a comfortable, pleasant environment in which to sample Mexican cuisine. Parents and administrators also joined the celebration. The lunch was a tasty way to experience the culture and special gifts of Mexico.
Lakehill welcomes grandparents, parents, and special friends to the annual Grandparents Day Celebration on Friday, November 16. The celebration begins at 8:00 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. A reception in the cafeteria will follow. School is dismissed at 11:00 a.m. and there is no after-school care. Read more on the Lakehill Blog.
Stock up on new books for the holidays at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair. The Book Fair will be held in the Main Hallway and will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. Watch for more information about the Book Fair and get ready for fun surprises each day!
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A New, Special Promotion for Lakehill Families and Friends
Lakehill PFC has partnered with Mack Boost to offer parents fantastic deals on local merchants you love. The best part is that a percentage of all sales comes back to Lakehill! Knock out some holiday shopping, sign the kids up for spring sports, or treat yourself. There truly is something for everyone! Don't forget to share these deals with friends and family - every purchase counts! Are you a Lakehill parent or supporter with a business of your own? Let us know - we'd love to feature you on the next campaign!
Paciugo Visit the Lakewood Paciugo store on the first Wednesday of each month and tell them Lakehill sent you. A portion of the sales will be donated back to the school.
Link your Target Credit or Debit card to Lakehill now! Find out more here.
Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program
Link your Tom Thumb Reward Card to Lakehill! Just stop by the front desk to fill in a form
Joel Zeff, a popular motivational speaker who has spoken to large audiences across the country, is coming to Lakehill. He will speak in a morning assembly for 5th-12th grades on December 14. Student Council is pre-selling copies of his book "Making the Right Choice" for $20. Zeff will be available to sign books after his talk. Find out more about Jeff Zeff.
No Shoreline Spruce-Up
Thanks to Middle School Student Council for sponsoring our next clean-up on December 1 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Have a wonderful week!
Middle School Admission Preview, Main Campus, 9:30 a.m.
Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill's Middle School during the last Middle School Preview for this year!
Middle School Brown Bag Lunch, Noon
Join Ms. Hauschild and other parents in the Upper Library to discuss topics of interest to Middle School parents.
Upper School Admission Preview, ESC, 6:30 p.m.
Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill's Upper School! All Lakehill Middle School families are encouraged to attend.
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