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Songs Of The Season
Lower School Winter Program
The Lower School Winter Program, held in the auditorium on December 13, featured a variety of musical performances by the Elementary Choir and each Lower School grade. The holiday program presented songs of Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as a few catchy tunes about Santa, reindeer, and snow.
The program culminated with a presentation of gifts by the children. The gifts were donated to Jonathan's Place, White Rock Center of Hope, and Children's Medical Center, to brighten the holidays for the children they serve. The giving of toys to children in need is a Lakehill tradition that is more than 20 years old.
Middle and Upper School Choir Concert
The Middle and Upper School Choirs performed on Friday night, December 14, in the Wyly Auditorium for faculty, students, and friends. Under the direction of Tracy Herron and Linda Booth, the concert featured the vocal talents of the 5th music classes, the seventh and eighth grade Allegro Singers, and the Upper School Chorale.
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Spirit of Community
Three Students Honored for Service
Lakehill has a long tradition of community service with students who give generously of their time and talents to make an impact on their communities. Taylor Pike, 12th grade, John Devine, 11th grade, and Declan Devine, 8th grade, were recently selected as Local Honorees in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program for their outstanding volunteer efforts.
Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the awards recognize outstanding community service by young Americans. Two State Honorees, one middle school and one high school student, will be named in February.
"Young people who contribute their time and talents to their communities are role models for all of us," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John R. Strangfeld. "We salute their dedication, their achievements, and their spirit of community."
Lakehill Headmaster Roger L. Perry praised the students for their volunteer service. "These Honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate-that volunteering within the community is an essential part of life."
Trip Around World
Travelers to Lakehill's cafeteria on December 18 were treated to a fascinating global tour as third grade students shared the histories, cultures, costumes, and cuisines of a variety of countries.
No tickets, passports, or luggage were required for the annual Trip around the World. Visitors were free to wander from country to country, exploring the sights, smells, and sounds from around the globe as third grade students served as ambassadors and tour guides. Third graders completed a research report, developed a poster highlighting interesting aspects of their country, and prepared a sample of the cuisine representative of that country. Some students dressed in native costumes and brought music and artifacts to share with visitors.
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Renowned Motivational Speaker at Lakehill
Joel Zeff, a national motivational speaker, author, and humorist, spoke to students in fifth through twelfth grade on December 14. Using hilarious and entertaining stand-up comedy and audience participation, Zeff subtly hit home with his messages of perseverance, making the right choices, providing positive support, and embracing change.
Second graders wrapped up a unit on Castle Times with a little bit of physics. Students met with Dr. Kroll and her AP Physics class to learn more about medieval weaponry, and specifically the science behind a catapult. After building a catapult with their high school partners, second graders learned more about physics and watched the large catapults built by the high school students in action. Later that day, students in Castle Janning and Castle McAllister headed to the playground to defend their castles from some catapulting of their own.
Middle School Soccer
The Middle School Co-ed Soccer team suffered its first loss on December 13 against Prince of Peace. After taking finals week and the holidays off, the team plays their final home game on January 11 at 5:00 p.m. against Good Shepherd.
Middle School Basketball
The boys Green Team took on Dallas Lutheran on December 13. Lakehill controlled the majority of the game, but a late flurry by Lutheran put them up by 1-point with only 5 seconds left in regulation. Following a timeout, Noah Bernstein brought the ball up court and passed it to Malex Fuget in the high post. With several Lutheran defenders converging on him, Fuget put up a shot as the buzzer sounded that was perfect - nothing but net! The exciting finish gave the Warriors a 36-35 win over the Lions.
The boys and girls Blue Teams provided much less drama in their victories over Watauga Harvest Christian. The girls played next, and after a close first half the Lady Warriors broke the game open in the second half for a 26-13 victory. McKenna Martin led Lakehill in scoring, while Mia Vafa and Jakayla Silas provided tight defensive efforts.
In the boys game, the Warriors got off to a slow start but quickly recovered, cruising to a 35-11 victory. Toni Perez-Stark led Lakehill with 15 points and Gerard Franklin had a strong all-around game. The game was highlighted by an incredible defensive effort - the Warriors held Watauga scoreless in the second half! The boys Blue team heads into the winter break with a 3-0 record.
Middle School games will resume after the holidays on Friday, January 11 at home against Rockwall Heritage Christian.
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Varsity Girls Basketball team traveled to Watauga to take on Harvest Christian on December 13 and came away with a 45-40 victory. It was a close game all the way to finish, but the girls prevailed thanks to a team total of 24 steals. Senior Captain Jenna Burch had a career high 18 points, 6 assists and 9 steals. Sophomore guard Samantha Caldwell also had an impressive game with 6 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks and 6 steals.
The team returned home to face North Central Texas Academy on December 15 and was extremely short-handed due to illnesses. Although they played a good game, the girls came up short, 36-41. Maia Heard recorded a double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Kelly Werther also had a great game with 8 points and 8 rebounds.
After two days off to heal and study for exams, the girls return to action on Friday at Lakewood Presbyterian at 3:00 p.m.
See photos of the game against Harvest Christian here and Happy Hill here.
Varsity Boys Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team defeated Happy Hill, 64-36, on December 15 at Lakehill. Prince Giadolor had 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. Drew Norman had 18 points, 4 rebounds,and 3 assists, while Hudson Trent contributed 6 points and 9 rebounds.
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!
This Week at the ESC
Kindergarten students spent time at the ESC this week learning about where animals sleep. After studying the different homes and nests that animals build, students build a "nest" or "home" of their own. Once built, they tried out their new nests and snuggled in for a bit of a rest.
Kindergarten students also began learning about energy and how it helps us. This leads into a study of solar energy that will continue through eighth grade.
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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 19-21December 20
K-6 Dismiss for Holidays
December 24 - January 7
Have a wonderful Holiday Break!
Middle School Adventure Week
March 4-7, 2013
Middle School Adventure Week will be here before you know it!
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Have a wonderful Holiday Break!
We will see you in 2013!