" If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves
Coming To America
Lakehill Joins New International Initiative, Host Families Sought
In a new initiative through a partnership with The Cambridge Institute, Lakehill will gain several new international students for the 2013-14 school year.
The Cambridge Institute is working with Green Planet to recruit families to serve as host families during the school year.
Green Planet is an educational service company that specializes in bringing on-the-ground support to international student programs at U.S. high schools across the country. The Green Planet staff is committed to the success of each student, providing arrangement and oversight of residential accommodations that are not only safe, but will enhance the students' overall American experience.
Host families have an amazing opportunity for meaningful cross-cultural experiences and to develop a lifelong friendships with international students and their families, while also learning about exciting cultures and languages.
Host families serve as mentors to the international students, helping to impart a love of American culture and education.
Host families are coordinated solely through Green Planet and receive a stipend of $800 per month. Interested families should direct all inquiries to [email protected].
If you are not interested, but know someone who might be, refer them to Green Planet and receive a $150 referrel fee when they are approved to host.
Students Enjoy Works of Spanish Artists
On April 11, students in the Middle School Spanish Art class had the opportunity to experience the works they had been studying in class.
During a special visit to SMU's Meadows Museum, students enjoyed the works of El Greco, Diego Vel�zquez, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, and Joan Mir�.
This semester, the students have been studying the art of these painters as well as the history of the artists which influenced the creation of the art. Seeing the actual works - not just pictures of them - was a rare treat. An added benefit was viewing the landscape paintings of the Spanish painter Mart�n Rico whose exquisite landscape paintings are on loan from The Prado Art Museum in Madrid.
Basketball, Books Bring Students Together for a Common Cause
The Junior Class wrapped up a highly successful, school-wide book drive, collecting nearly 2500 new and gently-used books for Reading Partners.
Reading Partners is a nonprofit literacy organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one reading tutoring to students in under-resourced schools across the country. The highly-effective program has helped thousands of children master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. The books collected by the Junior Class will be distributed to children served by Reading Partners to help them build their own libraries at home.
Organizer Anastasia Walton was thrilled with the results of the Book Drive. "We never imagined we would collect this many books," she explained. "The students at Lakehill did a great job supporting this project and we are so grateful to everyone for their donations." The Juniors will be awarding a pizza party to the third grade and the sixth grade classes for collecting the most books, approximately 900 were donated by each of these two classes. "Reading Partners is so excited for us to deliver the books tomorrow," said Walton. "I can't wait."
The Student Council-sponsored 3-on-3 basketball tournaments brought Middle and Upper School teams together last week to raise money for charity.
In the final round, Upper School students Drew Norman, Jenna Burch, and Cris McCarty edged out the Middle School team of Charity Abengowe, Malex Fuget, Trey Reed, Olivia Wagner, and Gerard Franklin.
Photo by rgphotog.com
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: Alexis Johnson
Alexis Johnson is a well-known, funny senior. She is currently in her fourth year at Lakehill and loves it here. She has two siblings, one of which, Jordan, is a sophomore at Lakehill.
Alexis, commonly known as AJ, describes her experience at Lakehill in one word as "difficult," because "it is hard to find just one word that sums up my experience here." She also says that Lakehill was the best place to prepare her for college.
AJ has always dreamed of becoming a professional mermaid, a job that is sadly hard to pursue. A real dream that AJ is pursuing is to be an Olympic gold medalist. A gifted athlete who is skilled at track, AJ is always ready at practices and is described as "competitive" by her coach, Mr. Jennings. AJ has won several events. She won the 100-meter long jump at the State Meet and qualified for the Junior Olympics! After winning the gold medals, AJ hopes to star in a movie.
AJ has been involved in many activities at Lakehill. She has been involved in volleyball, choir, musical theater, drama, ultimate Frisbee, and track. Her favorite pursuits are track, reading, and taking nature walks, and she hopes to continue these hobbies in college. She says her favorite memory of her time at Lakehill is going on the Upper School trip to Costa Rica in her sophomore year.
While all of AJ's teachers inspire her, she didn't hesitate to tell us that her favorite subject is English, which is what she plans to study at the University of Kansas.
AJ has been a great example for young warriors and Lakehill will miss her next year.
Marion Humphreys and Elizabeth Collins, eighth grade
Teams Perform Well in District Play
The Lakehill Varsity Track Team competed in the Landry Relays at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison on Friday, April 12. The highly competitive meet matched Lakehill against John Paul II, TCA, Prince of Peace, Ovilla Christian, ESD and Greenhill.
Alexis Johnson won the 100 meter and 200 meter races while also taking first in the long jump. Emily Allton set a new personal record, taking third in the 3200 meter with a time of 12:08. She also ran an all-time best in the mile, finishing in 5 minutes and 44 seconds. Maia Heard placed 5th in the 400 meters and 6th in the 200 meters while Prince Giadolor placed 6th in the 100 meters.
The team will run in the Cougar Relays in Tyler this week before competing in the District Track Meet on April 26 and 27.
The Varsity Tennis team competed in the District Tournament on April 12 at L.B. Houston. Junior Tessa Hornbach qualified for the State Tournament. She will compete on April 24 in Waco.
The Varsity Baseball team played three games in the past week, coming up short in two to give the Warriors their first district losses.
On April 13, they defeated Dallas Covenant, 10-4. Josh Wood had a great game, striking out batters and going 3-4 at bat. The came back on April 15 to play Covenant again, this time losing 10-5. The Warriors traveled to Desoto Canterbury on April 16 where they suffered their second loss, 18-2. The team now sits with a 2-2 district record.
The Lady Warrior Softball team earned a 17-3 district win over Desoto Canterbury on Tuesday. The team played outstanding defense behind solid pitching. Maia Heard had a no-hitter through four innings before allowing a hit. Caroline Boles came in to close-out the game in the fifth inning with three unassisted put-outs. The team was aggressive at bat, with Lauren Davenport, Jenna Burch, Caroline Boles, Maia Heard, Rachel Myers, Kelly Werther, and Ava Ecklin all having multi-hit games. The team's overall record is 5-2-1. The girls are scheduled to play at home on Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Middle School Softball
The Middle School Lady Warriors softball team played two great games against Watauga Harvest Christian within the last week. On Thursday, April 11 the Lady Warriors traveled to Watauga. McKinney Waggoner pitched two very strong innings to stake Lakehill to an early 5-1 lead. Harvest Christian fought back and eventually scored one run in their final at-bat to take a 7-6 victory. The Saints came to Dallas for the rematch on Monday, April 15. Lakehill took advantage of two hits from Ashley Peacock and a key defensive play by Jakayla Silas for a 10-7 lead heading into the last inning. But Watauga staged another late rally and made two big fielding plays of their own to secure a 12-10 win.
The Lady Warriors have an away game on Friday at 4:00 p.m. in Sherman against Texoma Christian.
This Week at the ESC
Fourth grade went on a "get to know you better" scavenger hunt at the ESC. Clues were read aloud as students searched inside for half of the hidden treasures and roamed outside for the other half.
Clues ranged from finding a hidden color underneath a stool to finding the color of the hidden object in the tiered planters. Lunch was eaten outside to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather early in the week.
Ms. Ulissey's first grade class studied Eagles. They learned about the national emblem of the United States, how wide the wingspan of an eagle is, and how hard it is to be an eagle.
April 19 Early Release Day/Faculty Development Students Released at noon
April 19 and 21 White Rock Spring Games Field events will be held Friday (5:00 - 9:00 p.m.) and 3-on-3 Basketball will be held on Sunday (11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Sign up now! Teams and individuals in grades 1-8 are encouraged to participate!
April 20, 21 Earth Day Dallas, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact Ms. Ekstrom to volunteer in the Lakehill booth at this annual event at Fair Park.
April 20 Upper School Prom 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. at Sambuca
April 22 Middle School Athletic Luncheon 11:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. This special event will honor our Middle School winter and spring athletes fir their great seasons.
April 22 Spring Sports Pep Rally 1:40 - 2:05 p.m.
April 22, 23, 24 Senior Class Bake Sale
The Senior Class will be holding a bake sale during all lunches. Proceeds will be donated to a special program benefiting Good Shepherd's Children's Home in Uganda.
April 23 Lower School Spring Fling
7:00 p.m., Auditorium
This much-anticipated annual performance will feature musical presentations and the artwork of each Lower School grade.
National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society Induction