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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 5, Issue 18
January 17, 2013
In This Issue
Spelling Sensations
Fancy Footwork
Community Spotlight
Sports Snippets
This Week at the ESC
PFC Update
What's Happening?

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" The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world." 

~Marianne Williamson       

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Spelling Sensations

Sixth Grade Student Takes Top Spelling Honors

One sixth grade girl and one fifth grade girl remained on stage for the final round of Lakehill's Spelling Bee on January 14. But it was sixth grader
Tyler McCall's winning combination of words, apotheosis and indefatigable, that earned her the title of Lakehill's Spelling Bee Champion. After many rounds of competition, McCall edged out fifth grade student Kira Willis for the title.


Eighth grade student Christian Giadolor took third place in the competition, going out on manageability. Noah Bernstein, also in eighth grade, took fourth, staying in until contemporaneous--after spelling herbaceous correctly.


Tyler's brother Matthew earned praise from his peers as the last fourth grader in the competition, going out on raucous


Lakehill's  eighth annual Spelling Bee attracted 52 interested students in fourth through eighth grades. Interested students had to pass a written test prior to the competition in order to be eligible to compete. Each year students from all over the country compete for the chance to represent their schools and communities in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. McCall will now compete on February 19 at the University of Texas at Dallas against winners from other Dallas County private schools.

flash mob Fancy Footwork

Faculty Flash Mob at Pep Rally

Move over, cheerleaders! This week's all-school Pep Rally featured a new dance squad...the Lakehill faculty! Almost 100% of the teachers volunteered to join the Flash Mob and surprise the students with their fancy footwork. "We especially loved the shocked look on the cheerleaders' faces when they were told to move to the side instead of singing the Alma Mater," said co-sponsor Mylana Burt. "They had no idea it was going to happen." 

Burt says the cheerleaders are trying hard to promote school spirit this year by recognizing each sport. They have decorated the locker of each athlete that has participated so far this year. They have painted the windows in the Student Commons and the cafeteria to encourage attendance to games. And, they have also included activities in each pep rally to give all students, not just athletes, the chance to participate.

"We are so proud of the girls and their positive attitudes and hard work," exclaimed co-sponsor Katie Becker. "It's been a great year so far."

See pictures from the Pep Rally.

President's Service Community Spotlight

Presidential Volunteer Service Award Open to All Students

All Lower, Middle, and Upper School students are invited to apply for a President's Volunteer Service Award. The program honors those who inspire others to engage in volunteer service through their own positive example.   

Service hours may be counted from April 1, 2012 to April 1, 2013. Students from age 5-14 must complete at least 50 hours of service to be eligible, while students 15 and older need at least 100 hours of service. Tracking forms are due to Ms. Ekstrom by April 1, 2013.

Recipients will receive an official President's Volunteer Service Award lapel pin, a personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. Awards will be presented at the Spring Awards programs.


Interested students should see Ms. Ekstrom for more information and to verify their hours. Find out more here and get a tracking form here.

Sports Snippets


Middle School Soccer 

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In their final home game of the season, the Middle School Co-ed Soccer team lost a heart-breaker on January 11 to Good Shepherd. Although short a few key players, the team played their hearts out against a highly competitive, all-boys team. James Praeger scored Lakehill's only goal on a breakaway in the second half. Trey Reed and goalie Reid Chickering also turned in outstanding performances. 
The Warriors fought back on January 14, shutting out Irving the Highlands 5-0 on the road. The Warriors started off slowly, and were scoreless in the first half. Then, due to a penalty in the box, Trey Reed took a free penalty kick and scored Lakehill's first goal. The Warriors gained their confidence and could not be stopped. Olivia Wagner and Kaia Brown both had beautiful crosses, assisting Gretchen Amerine to score two back-to-back goals. Trey Reed scored another goal as well. Moving from defender to forward, Jonathan Kelley showed determination with a well-fought-for goal near the end of the game. Ryan Davis and James Praeger were outstanding with their never ending hustle and skill. Goalie Reid Chickering once again kept the game to a shut out, with Lyric Menges and Salma El-Feky holding strong to defend the goal. Every Lakehill player contributed to this exciting game. The Warriors are away on January 22, taking on Carrollton Prince of Peace at 5:00 p.m. 


Middle School Basketball


The Middle School boys and girls basketball teams hosted Rockwall Heritage and Good Shepherd Episcopal within the past week. On Friday, both Lakehill teams fell to Rockwall Heritage. In the girls game, Charity Abengowe led a late comeback attempt but the rally fell short with the visiting Eagles claiming a 29-22 victory. In the boys game, the Eagles pulled away in the 4th quarter for a 36-26 win. On Tuesday, the Lakehill girls played as a combined squad against the Good Shepherd 7th grade team. McKinney Waggoner paced the Lady Warriors with 8 points and Ashley Peacock chipped in 5 points as Lakehill won 25-13. On the boys side it was a tough match-up against the larger Cougar squads. The Lakehill Green team fell 47-18, while the Blue team lost their game 23-13.


Upcoming games are Thursday, January 17 against Desoto Canterbury, and Tuesday, January 22 against CHANT Chargers. Both games will be at Lakehill.


Varsity Girls Basketball

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The Lady Warriors are currently 1-1 in district play. The girls lost to Canterbury on January 8, but rebounded with a 22-point win over Tyler Street on January 11.
Jenna Burch had a career game with 15 points, 15 steals, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Kelly Werther and Samantha Caldwell each pitched in 12 and 10 points respectively. In non-district action on January 15, the girls traveled to Lakewood Presbyterian to make up a game from December. The girls won 34-23. It was a collective team effort on the scoring front with five girls scoring at least 6 points. The team travels to Cambridge on January 17 to continue district play. There will be a break in basketball games next week due to the Upper School Inauguration trip, but games will resume on Tuesday, January 29 at home against Cambridge at 6:00 p.m.


Varsity Boys Basketball
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The Varsity Boys Basketball team improved to 3-0 in district play and are currently tied with Cambridge for first place. The Warriors play a pivotal road game Thursday night at Cambridge. 


The Warriors defeated Tyler Street 45-33 on January 11. Prince Giadolor paced the Warriors with 20 points while Cris McCarty brought in 15. Lakehill followed up with a 85-54 win against Fairhill on January 15. Giadolor delivered 42 points and 7 assists. Drew Norman contributed 15 points while Brandon Shaw delivered 9. Hudson Trent had 8 points and 8 rebounds while Keith Mitchell also contributed 8 points.

This Week at the ESC    

Fifth grade students continued their unit on "Hold That Water." They learned that some types of soil are permeable and let the water run through, while water drains slowly through less permeable soils like clay. 


Sixth grade students focused their studies on energy - where does it come from and why do we care? All energy transformations begin with a nuclear reaction in the sun. Students were able to trace the energy flow of a hand-cranked flashlight at the end of the lesson. After a quick review, eighth grade students built their own fire, made s'mores, and took a hike. 


See more pictures from the ESC.


PFC Update
PFC Update

Mark your calendar for these upcoming PFC Events! To volunteer or for more information, contact Colleen McCall, PFC President.


Third Annual Dad's Club Poker Night
Save the Date! February 9, 2013 
Join us for the third annual Dad's Club Poker Night on February 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Bolt Studios in the Design District.
With a Texas Hold'em Tournament, Black Jack Tournament, food, drinks, and lots of fun, this is one night you do not want to miss! The buy-in is $150 to play and you can register a second player for just $100.
Don't Play?
Don't Worry...$50 lets you enjoy the night, eat and drink, and even try your hand at Blackjack. There are great prizes to be won and all proceeds will fund infrastructure upgrades at the main campus.

auction2013 The Great Gatsby Gala Benefit Auction - March 2, 2013

Save the date for Lakehill's swankiest social event of the year, the Great Gatsby Gala. Put on your glad rags and join us at the Orion Ballroom for a swell evening of dining, dancing, and a live and silent auction that's sure to be the bee knees! Look for updates weekly.


Visit the Auction website for information on the party, tickets, and underwriting opportunities.

finger with stringWhat's Happening?   


Want to know more about Lakehill's Upper School? See what students and parents are saying about their experiences here. 


January 18
Admission Application Deadline
Applications for admission for NEW students for the 2013-14 school year are due to the Office of Admission.


January 19-22
Upper School Trip to Presidential Inauguration


January 21
No school - MLK Holiday


January 22
All Middle School to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science 


January 23
All Lower School to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science 


January 23
Geo Bee for Grades 4 through 8

Auditorium, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.


January 24
All Upper School to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science 


January 25
Early Release Day/Faculty Development 

All students will be released at noon.  


January 28
Financial Planning for College  
Upper School Library, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Homer Ramirez, Founder of Start Planning Early Education OutReach will be co-presenting with a Financial Aid representative from a local university on the outlook of the costs of higher education and the importance of planning early for college. This presentation is geared for parents of Upper School students, however, parents of Middle School students are welcome to attend as well.

February 1
Eighth grade college visit to UNT
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

February 4 - 8
Basketball Spirit Week

Enjoy a week full of exciting events.


February 6
College Night for Sophomores

Auditorium, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Mrs. Dondis will discuss PSAT scores as well as introduce topics related to the college process itself. All sophomores and their parents are encouraged to attend.


February 8
Middle School Valentine's Dance (7th and 8th grade)

ESC, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.


February 9

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.


February 9
Dad's Club Poker Night , 6:30 p.m.


March 2, 2013
The Great Gatsby Gala Benefit Auction 


The Warrior Shop is Open!
Visit us for all your spirit wear needs!

Mondays, 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Thursdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.


Middle School Adventure Week
March 4-7, 2013
Middle School Adventure Week will be here before you know it! All Middle School parents should have received an informational letter about this exciting Lakehill tradition. Please contact Kaye Hauschild with any questions.