"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
No Debate About It
Upper School Team Shines at District Tournament
The Upper School Debate Team competed in the YMCA Youth and Government District Tournament at Jack Singley Academy in Irving on December 1.
Three Lakehill teams competed in State Affairs Forum and all three teams will advance to the state tournament in Austin on January 31-February 3.
Two of the team's proposals were ranked in first place. In addition, John Devine, Clayton Drazner and Gaby Gonzalez were awarded Outstanding Delegate for their superior performance in pro/con debate. Jacob Graff received the Angie Baggett Award, recognizing him as the most outstanding debater of the day.
During the conference, students were treated to a keynote address by State Senator Royce West. Additionally, John Devine was edged out in an extremely close race for chair of State Affairs Forum.
Middle School Team Heads To State
The Middle School's Debate Team competed in the District 5 Youth and Government conference at Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving along with over 300 other middle school students from across the Metroplex.
Team members Griffin Burt, Declan Devine,Bridget Draaisma, Alandria Hampton, Marion Humphreys, Varun Iyer, Warren Lester, Charlie Pippen, and Lily Turner participated as mock legislators. Each student drafted a law and argued for its passage before a committee of 20 peers. Team members Declan Devine, Marion Humphreys, Warren Lester and Lily Turner were chosen to serve as presiding officers for two of these committees. Additionally, eighth grader Declan Devine gave it his all in a highly competitive election for Speaker of the House at the State Conference.
The team's next competition will be held March 1-3 at the State Capitol in Austin. The team has also been invited to attend the Minnesota YMCA's Model United Nations Conference in Minneapolis in March.
Deck The Halls
Student Artists Selected For Holiday Show
The artwork of twelve talented Lakehill fourth grade students is currently on display at The Point Center for Arts and Education.
Local artists were invited to participate in the annual "What the Holidays Mean to Me" Art Show. Fourth grade artists selected for display are Gabe Bines, Annabelle Boyle, Hunter Cowart, Kade Findley, Sophia Ganson, Kathryn Mahan, Emma Myers, Alex Navarrette, Evan Rosenblum, Cecelie Smith-Morris, Zoe Williams, and Hayden Yoss.
A Meet-the-Artists Reception was held on December 5. Artists were recognized and presented a special certificate. The show runs until December 30.
The Point Center for Arts and Education at C.C. Young Retirement Community is located at 4847 W. Lawther Drive in Dallas.
The Point will host an Art Galley Show in January featuring Andy Goldsworthy-inspired Environmental Art by Lakehill sixth grade students.
Students Benefit From Parent Helpers
Students in seventh grade Biology class have been learning about the kingdom Protista and recently completed a lab to take a look at what they were studying up close. Students looked at Amoeba, Paramecium, Stentor, Spirostomum, Euglena, and Vorticella.
Lakehill parent Dr. Dominick Cavuoti is a professor at UT Southwestern in Pathology. A microbiologist who teaches microscopy to med-students, Cavuoti helped students find their samples under the microscope.
Parents Marianne Plancke and Katy Menges helped the students make slides while Dr. Cavuoti and Ms. Thomson helped them find the organisms under the microscope.
Ms. Thomson says she is grateful for her parent volunteers. "They help the lab run more smoothly," she explained. "This is always a favorite lab for my seventh graders. It's a fun day to be a teacher, too. There are a lot of words like 'Ooh,' 'Wow! 'Whoa!,'and 'Cool!' that are overheard.
It is the season to help others. Lakehill offers a variety of ways to get involved in the community and help make the holidays a little brighter for someone else. Read on to see how you can help!
Middle School Angel Tree December 3 - 10
The eighth grade class has adopted two families from the Family Place, which houses abused mothers and children. If you would like to help them make this holiday season special for their adopted families, please consider purchasing an item from the family's Wish List. All items should be turned in to the Main Office by Monday, December 10. See their angel tree in the Middle School hallway or contact class sponsors Katie Becker or Kevin Jennings for more information. Cash donations are also accepted to help purchase items.
PASF Tamale Sale
December 7 - 12
The Pan American Student Forum is selling tamales for the holidays to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. The tamales, made by The Tamale Company, are lard free, gluten free, and MSG free - authentic and delicious! Tamales will arrive frozen and are "boil in the bag" ready! What a perfectly simple way to celebrate the holidays. Tamales are $12 per dozen and come in three varieties: Ancho Chili Pork, Chicken Tomatillo, and Black Bean and Corn. Order by December 12 for delivery on December 18. Get the Order Form. Orders may be turned into your child's classroom teacher (Lower School) or to the Main Office.
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.
This Week at the ESC
The third grade enjoyed a video clip about the characteristics of birds. A discussion followed and the students were able to look closely at a Cooper's Hawk that was found on the premises. They played a game to reinforce what they had learned and then moved outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.
Fifth grade students completed an experiment to compare the permeability of pebbles, sand, and clay mixed with soil. They graphed and recorded their results in their journals. These activities take place in the wet lab because of the nature of the labs - they can get pretty muddy when working with soil!
The Middle School Soccer team took took on local adversary Shelton on December 5.
In only their second game as a team, the undefeated Warriors dominated the game, staying in the opponents' half for most of play.
Trey Reed started off the scoring in the first half with a penalty kick outside the box, which was right on target. James Praeger helped secure the goal by tapping it in. Ryan Davis scored the second goal with a beautiful chip shot over the goalie's head, and Trey Reed scored the third with a break-away attack, skillfully placing the ball in the right corner.
Olivia Wagner, Gretchen Amerine, and Jonathan Kelley showed incredible control and skill. The entire team contributed and came together for another fantastic win.
Come out and watch the team play in their next home game on December 13 at 4:30 p.m. against Carrollton Prince of Peace.
The Varsity Boys defeated Dallas Academy 55-52 on November 30. Drew Norman paced the team with 30 points. Keith Mitchell contributed 8.
The Warriors took on Carrollton Christian on December 4 at home. Down 17 at the half, the Warriors fought back in the second half, outscoring CCA 17 to 2 in the third quarter. Despite their efforts, Lakehill couldn't make up the deficit and lost 45-52. Prince Giadolor score 24 points, with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Norman score 13, while Josh Wood contributed 5 points and 6 rebounds. See more pictures here.
The team is looking forward to January, when they should have the entire team back from illnesses and injuries as they enter district play.
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Varsity Girls basketball team won back-to-back games against Dallas Academy on November 30 and Carrollton Christian on December 4. The Lady Warriors never trailed in the game against Dallas Academy and jumped out to a 19-point lead. It was a total team effort on the scoring front with Maia Heard leading the way with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 steals.
The girls defeated Carrollton Christian 43-34 in their first home game of the season. Heard had 18 points while Jenna Burch contributed 6 points, 5 assists and 12 steals. Kelly Werther and Caroline Boles both had a great night on the boards with 7 and 8 rebounds each. See more pictures here and here.
Both the girls and boys Varsity teams will be playing in the Dallas Lutheran Tournament over the next three days. See the Boys' Tournament Bracket here.
Middle School Basketball
The Middle School Green teams hosted Dallas Covenant on November 30. The Lady Warriors won a nail-biter 25-24. Charity Abengowe made the go-ahead basket with less than a minute left, and Lakehill survived a potential game-winning shot by Covenant to secure the win. The boys Green team also had an exciting game with the Knights, ultimately falling 33-30. In a game that featured numerous lead-changes, Covenant hit a late 3-point shot and held on for the victory. The Warriors were led by Malex Fuget and Trapp Hawthorne, each with 10 points.
On December 3, the Green teams traveled to Desoto to take on the Canterbury Cougars. The Lady Warriors jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and never looked back, winning by a final score of 22 -13. McKinney Waggoner and Adelaide Graham played well in the low post with numerous rebounds and put-back baskets. The boys game was similar to the girls. Lakehill was strong out of the gate, leading 12-0 after the first quarter, and cruising to a 36-26 victory. Malex Fuget again led the way with 18 points and Declan Devine chipped in with 8 points.
The teams play at home on Saturday against the Dallas Thunder. The games begin at 10:00 a.m. with eighth grade boys. The eighth grade girls game has been canceled. Seventh grade plays at 11:00 a.m. (girls) and noon (boys).
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! Stop by and stock up!
Book Fair - Don't Miss It! Book Fair Ends Friday!
From bedtime stories in the library to an exciting visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog, Lakehill students have been treated to a new surprise each day of the Book Fair! With only two days left, don't miss your chance to stock up on new books for your children, yourself, or your child's favorite teacher at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair. The Book Fair is open Thursday and Friday 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day.
Look for a special e-mail and start shopping...and saving!
A New, Special Promotion for Lakehill Families and Friends
Lakehill PFC has partnered with neighborhood company 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! Special offers end on December 21.
December 7 Holiday Luncheon
This annual event, sponsored by the Senior Class, provides a festive lunch and holiday celebration for elderly residents of East Dallas and the Lakehill family itself. Students may order the special holiday lunch or bring a sack lunch from home. Get the Order Form.
December 7, 7:00 p.m. Middle School Play - Fun for the Whole Family
Seventh and eighth grade Drama classes will perform two fractured fairy tales, Rapunzel Uncut and Totally Red, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is by voluntary donation.
Middle and Upper School Choirs Perform at NorthPark Mall, 2:00 p.m.
Take care of some holiday shopping while you enjoy a performance by the Middle and Upper School Choir outside Dillard's.
December 12, 13, and 14, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lost it? Then reclaim it! Just take a look at what we have found! On Friday afternoon, all unclaimed items will be given to a good home. Located in the main hallway.
December 13, 7:00 p.m.
Lower School Winter Program
Renowned Motivational Speaker, Joel Zeff, at Lakehill
Joel Zeff, a popular motivational speaker who has spoken to large audiences across the country, is coming to Lakehill. He will speak to students in grades 5-12 on December 14 at 8:45 a.m. Student Council members are pre-selling copies of his latest book, Making the Right Choice: Creating a Positive, Innovative, and Productive Work Life, for $20. Zeff will be available to sign books after his talk. Find out more about Joel Zeff. To order a book, contact Hudson Trent or Taylor Pike.
December 14, 7:00 p.m. Middle School and Upper School Choir Concert
Enjoy the sweet sounds of Lakehill's Middle School Choir and Upper School Choir in their final performance of 2012.
Spelling Bee Coming Soon!
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in Lakehill's annual Spelling Bee. Interested students are encouraged to study all of the words in the Study List. Students will complete an elimination round by taking a written test on January 8 during open period. The written test will consist of ten to fifteen words from the study list. Anyone with the minimum level of accuracy (70-80%) will be eligible to participate in the spelling bee. The Spelling Bee will be held January 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.
December 18, 11:00 a.m.
Elementary Choir performs at NorthPark Mall
Take care of some holiday shopping while you enjoy a performance by the Elementary Choir outside Dillard's.
December 24 - January 7 Have a wonderful Holiday Break!
January 7 Teacher in-service
January 8 Classes begin
Middle School Adventure Week
March 4-7, 2013
Middle School Adventure Week will be here before you know it! Parents of Middle School students should have already received an informational letter about this exciting Lakehill tradition. Deposits are due December 14.
Need great holiday gifts? Check out all the merchandise available onSmug Mug. From puzzles to playing cards and mugs to magnets, take care of all your holiday shopping and benefit Lakehill while you do!
Halloween Portraits are Ready to Order!
Thanks to Ron Gavinski of rgphotog.com for the beautiful Halloween portraits! Order yours now!