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Lower School Inspires
Projects and Performances Bring Learning to Life
Lakehill's Lower School teachers are well known for their creative projects and programs that bring learning to life for their students. In the past week alone, Lower School students have become explorers, and served as delegates to the Constitutional Convention, and celebrated milestones by brightening the lives of other children. Who knew learning could be so much fun?
One Hundred Days
Lakehill's youngest students celebrated the 100th day of school by collecting 100 toys for children at Scottish Rite Hospital.
The students enjoyed taking a tour of the facilities and learning about the history and good works of the organization. This is the fifth year that Lakehill kindergarten students have collected toys for Scottish Rite.
The cause is near to the heart of Lakehill Kindergarten teacher Mylana Burt, whose eldest son was a patient at Scottish Rite when he was in second grade. "I remember the toys that they gave us at the hospital and the powerful impact it had on us. When Mr. Perry challenged us five years ago to extend our reach into the community, I knew where our Kindergarten students could really make a difference." Since that time, Lakehill's kindergarten students have been celebrating their 100-day milestone by bringing cheer to their peers at a time they need it most.
Third Grade Living Wax Museum
On February 13, Lakehill's third grade students stepped into a museum. Not as visitors this time, but as the exhibits themselves. To culminate a unit on explorers, students had the unique opportunity to bring the explorer they researched to life, complete with amazing costumes, backdrops, and props. The explorers on exhibit filled the auditorium stage and aisles. As the spotlight was shined upon each explorer, they came to life, sharing their tales of exploration and their contributions to the world. See more pictures.
Fourth Grade Mini-Musical
Lakehill's fourth grade students recently shared the story of how the Constitution was created. To coincide with their study of American history, students performed the mini-musical, "Shh! We're Writing the Constitution" on February 14 for Lower School students and parents.
The story focuses on the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the trials and tribulations of the delegates as they worked to create an ordered system of government.
The cast featured the fourth grade students as delegates to the Convention, and included Kade Finley as George Washington, Kathryn Mahan as James Madison, Keegan Clendenin as Alexander Hamilton, and Zoe Williams as Benjamin Franklin. Soloists included Alexander Kidd, Matthew McCall, Gabe Bines, Sarah Smith, Abbey Bauer, Sophia Ganson, Emma Myers, and Annabelle Boyle. The students were under the direction of Linda Booth. The fourth grade will offer a repeat performance on February 20 in a special off-campus engagement. See more pictures
A Taste of College
Eighth Grade Enjoys Visit to UNT
Students in Lakehill's eighth grade were Eagles for a day when they visited the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton recently. Enthusiastic tour guides gave an overview of UNT and shared insights on the college experience.
Students were able to tour several academic buildings and a residence hall. They especially enjoyed visiting the Chemistry building, which is not only shaped like the periodic table - it contains a periodic table display complete with the actual elements. After the tour, students experienced a true taste of college and the wonder of all-you-can-eat dining in Kerr Hall and had the opportunity to visit with Lakehill alumna Rosie McCoskey about her experiences as a student at UNT. Eighth graders ventured off campus to explore historic Denton Square, ending their day with good taste at Beth Marie's Old-Fashioned Ice Cream.
Students Get Fired Up During Basketball Spirit Week
Lakehill's school spirit was in full swing as students embarked on Basketball Spirit Week. Upper School students enjoyed a variety of activities, from pie-eating contests to teacher trivia, sponsored by Student Council.
At the end of each basketball season, it is a Lakehill tradition to select students who are the basketball teams' number one fans. The Sweetheart is selected by the boys' basketball team and the Beau is selected by the girls' basketball team.
Nominees were announced during the Tribe Pep Rally and included Prince Giadolor, Cris McCarty, Jackson Vickery, and Josh Wood for Beau and Jenna Burch, Lauren Davenport, Kacie Poston, and Nina Unger for Sweetheart. Sixth grader Heather Hines was announced as the basketball team member for the day.
In a special ceremony following the Varsity Girls' game on Friday night, Jenna Burch and Cris McCarty, both seniors, were chosen as Basketball Beau and Sweetheart.
Senior players were honored during "Senior Night" on Monday, as both the girls and boys teams scored big wins against arch rival Covenant. See more pictures from Spirit Week and Senior Night.
|Love Is In The Air
Students Share Spirit of Valentines Day
Seventh and eighth grade students enjoyed the annual Valentine's Day Dance at the ESC on February 8. See more pictures.
Students in Middle and Lower School Community Connections made Valentine goody boxes and bags for previously-homeless families at Interfaith Housing Coalition. See more pictures
Eighth graders put their own unique spin on the holiday, delivering their Carnations and Treat Bags to lucky students and teachers.
First and second grade students made Valentines during their holiday parties that they delivered to residents at C. C. Young Retirement Center.
|Cash for Caring
Kohl's Offers Community Service Scholarships to Kids Age 6 to 18
Every year, Kohl's recognizes and rewards young volunteers across the country for their amazing contributions to their communities. Since 2001, Kohl's has recognized more than 17,500 kids with nearly $3.5 million in scholarships and prizes. In 2013, Kohl's will award an additional 2,300 kids with over $425,000 in scholarships and prizes.
How does it work?
- Students must be between the ages of 6 and 18 (as of March 15, 2013) and not yet a high school graduate.
- The student's volunteer actions should be described in detail on the nomination form.
- Volunteer efforts must have occurred in the last year.
- Winners will be chosen based on the benefits and outcomes of their volunteer service.
- Nominators must be 21 or older.
What can they win?
- Store winners will each be awarded a $50 Kohl's Gift Card.
- Regional winners will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship for higher education.
- National winners will each be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships. Plus, Kohl's will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization of the student's choice.
Students should complete the Nomination Form
and turn into Ms. Ekstrom by March 1, 2013. She will use the information on the form to complete the online nomination process.
National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates
In an effort to reveal the hidden talents, personalities and accomplishments of Lakehill's most experienced students, the National Junior Honor Society presents:
NJHS Spotlight on Seniors!
This week's senior: Kacie Poston
Kacie Poston is a senior who has been attending Lakehill for two years. Although Kacie's favorite part of the day is the morning during Modern American History and Open Period, her favorite subject in school is Math and her favorite elective is Yearbook. Mrs. Rapoport is Kacie's math teacher and says that she is a sweet and dedicated student who takes her work very seriously.
Her hobbies include running as well as competitive cheer, which she has been doing since she was five. Kacie's dream job includes owning her own cheer gym which is also what she sees herself doing in ten years; consequently, Kacie plans on attending college at OU to study Accounting/ Business.
She has been involved in many extracurricular actives such as cheer, tennis, community service, and says that her experience has been good. Kacie's favorite memory while at Lakehill is attending the 2013 inauguration of President Obama. Kacie says that if she had not come to school at Lakehill she would not be as involved as she is now.
If Kacie could use one word to describe her experience at Lakehill she would use the word "opportunity" because she has been lucky enough to be at a small school where she is able to receive one-on-one time with teachers. As a result, she feels prepared and able to succeed in college. Kacie has had the opportunity to be cheer captain, yearbook editor, and has made lifelong friends. She is grateful to Lakehill for giving her these opportunities.
Guilia Ferguson and Claire Crow, eighth grade
Correction: Last week's article on Mari Eboli was incorrectly attributed to McKinney Waggoner and Abi Price. It should have given credit to contributors Abi Price and Olivia Wagner. We apologize for the error.
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Lady Warriors defeated district rival Dallas Covenant 42-17 to remain in second place in the district race with a record of 5-2. It was a heated contest in the first half with neither team putting up a lot of points. Lakehill held on to a small 12-9 lead at halftime.
The girls bounced back in the second half and opened up the game, outscoring Covenant 14-5 in the third quarter. They continued to shut down Covenant's offense in the fourth quarter and held them to 8 points in the second half. While they locked down defensively, Lakehill's offense came alive, scoring 30 of their 42 points in the second half. Kelly Werther played her best game of the year and had 12 points and 21 rebounds while shutting down Covenant's best player.
Coach Jo Cayme says she is proud of the way the team regained their composure in the second half. "We got stuck playing their game in the first couple quarters and let them get inside of our heads," she explained. "I'm glad we were mentally tough enough to overcome that and play our style. We'll need that same focus on Friday when we play in their gym."
The girls will travel to Covenant on Friday to play at 6:00 p.m. A win will lock down second place in district for the Lady Warriors and Lakehill will host the bi-district round of the playoffs next week.
Varsity Boys Basketball Claims Second in District
The Varsity Boys Basketball team followed up a big 95-49 win over Fairhill on February 8 with a 79-64 victory on Monday over arch rival Covenant.
See more pictures from the games here
Come Cheer on the Warriors!
The Varsity Girls and Boys basketball teams finish the regular season with huge district games at Dallas Covenant on Friday night. Covenant was here on Monday and filled our gym with their students. It is time for us to do the same! Come out tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. and cheer on the teams as they try to finish second in the district. After beating Covenant, we will get to host the first round playoff games on Tuesday. GO WARRIORS!
Good Luck to junior Emily Allton and sophomore Rachel Myers who will represent the new Lakehill Varsity Swim team at the State Swim Meet on February 15 in San Antonio.
This Week at the ESC
Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! No, it's just the kindergarten students demonstrating what they've learned about animals so far this year. This week they received a mystery box with a toy animal inside. They discussed the animal with their partner and demonstrated to the rest of the class how this mystery animal moved while the class tried to guess which animal they were imitating.
Time to hit the trails at the ESC!
February 23, Noon until 3:00 p.m.
Leave the horses at home, but bring your rakes, hoes, clippers, pruners, trimmers, gloves, and determination as we clear trails for the students to use. Be prepared to hike through heavy growth (and possibly mud and water) and take on some primitive trails.
If you are a hand-held GPS receiver expert, we need your expertise to track our trails and teach us how. A GPS unit is available.
Parents with their children and older students are all w
elcome. We will cook lunch outside (hotdogs and burgers) so come ready to eat! Please contact Ms. Carpenter or Mr. Holman if you plan to join us for this fun day!
Mark your calendar for these upcoming PFC Events! To volunteer or for more information, contact Colleen McCall, PFC President.
The Great Gatsby Gala Benefit Auction - March 2, 2013
We've got some swanky stuff coming in like crazy! It's not too late to make a donation, though...please contact Amy Gregory for donating items, Holly Mahan for underwriting, and Tanya Bauer for discussing any new party ideas.
Take a look and what we've got for Spirit Items, Teacher Gifts of Time, and Sign-Up Parties. And you don't want to miss the raffle with its fantastic prizes.
Don't forget to buy your tickets!
Visit the Auction website for information on the party, tickets, and underwriting opportunities.
Don't miss the upcoming Wine Tasting for Lower School parents benefiting the Wine Pull at the Auction. Mark you calendars for Thursday, February 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the home of Colleen and Ty McCall (6720 Westlake).
Class baskets and projects will be displayed during Parent -Teacher Conferences on February 28 in the main hallway.
It's Time to Turn in Box Tops!
Last Friday, Mrs. Poore's class enjoyed a catered, Chick-fil-a lunch as a reward for winning the box top competition last fall. Mrs. Poore's class won by collecting 673 box tops. Dr. Haynes's class came in second with 585.
The next Box Top competition deadline is Wednesday, February 27! Don't forget to bring in what you have collected since last fall.
Want to know more about Lakehill's Upper School? See what students and parents are saying about their experiences here.
Read this week's new post from a student's perspective on the Lakehill Blog.
February 15 - 18
No classes on Friday and Monday - enjoy your holiday!
Lower School Jump Rope for Heart, 9:30 a.m.
Brown Bag Lunch for Middle School parents
Dallas Opera Presentation (K-8), 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Wine Tasting for Lower School parents, benefiting the Auction, 6:30 p.m., 6720 Westlake
Early Release Day
Students dismissed at noon. After School Care available. Please RSVP.
Trail Blazing Day at the ESC
Noon until 3:00 p.m., lunch provided.
Don't forget to turn in your Box Tops!
Fourth Grade Invention Convention, 1:40 - 2:45 p.m.
March 2, 2013
The Great Gatsby Gala Benefit Auction
Middle School Adventure Week
March 4-7, 2013
Middle School Adventure Week is just around the corner! All Middle School parents should have received an informational
letter about this exciting Lakehill tradition. Please contact Kaye Hauschild
with any questions.
April 19 and 21
Save The Date! White Rock Spring Games
5:00 - 9:00 p.m. and noon - 6:00 p.m.
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.