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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 6, Issue 2
September 5, 2013
In This Issue
The Royal Treatment
Feting Film Making
Called To Serve
Who's New?
This Week at the ESC
Sports Snippets
The Warrior Web
What's Happening?

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Lakehill Prep First Day of School 2013
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Wonderful Wednesdays

The Royal Treatment

Cast Announced for Upper School Musical

In a small kingdom in medieval times, Prince Dauntless is looking for a bride. 


No one in  the kingdom is permitted to marry until the Prince himself exchanges vows - a problem hindered by the fact that the Prince's overprotective mother, Queen Aggravain, has thus far thwarted all efforts for her son to marry.


Will Prince Dauntless ever find true love? Find out when Upper School musical theater students bring the musical comedy Once Upon A Mattress to the Lakehill stage on November 15, 16, and 17, 2013. Audiences are in for a real treat as Lakehill's most talented singers, actors  and comedians come together to present a fun-filled musical for the whole family.


Take a look at the cast list and see who will be taking the stage in November.

Feting Film Making
Nussenzveig Takes Top Honors


Have you ever wondered how the Oscar-winning filmmakers create their masterpieces? 


After developing his skills behind the lens during a Photography class at Lakehill, junior Leo Nussenzveig knew he wanted to continue his studies and broaden his reach to film-making. His interests in cinematography lead him to apply for a competitive six-week summer program in Beginning Film Making  at the University of Southern California (USC). 


The Summer Program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts offers participants from around the world an opportunity to attend intensive and creatively demanding film-making classes. 


With the help of classmates and teachers, film students create three to four short digital films. All of the actual filming takes place outside of class.


"I learned what it takes to make a film and be a filmmaker," says Nussenzveig. "I discovered how much work goes into every second of a movie and how difficult it is to make it work. I loved the atmosphere in my Beginning Film-making class: being with people who shared my passion for film for six weeks was a once-in-a-lifetime experience."  


Leo's 10-minute, fictional narrative film, entitled Stalling, was selected by his professors and classmates as the best work from the class. It is the story of a boy who doesn't have any friends, so he eats lunch each day at school in a bathroom stall. The selections from each class were screened at an end-of-program event.


Leo wrote the script for the film in a week. He then cast the film, shot it, and edited it the next week. Despite the crazy schedule, Nussenzveig says it was an amazing experience. His parents traveled to Los Angeles at the end of the program to attend the screening of his film in USC's prestigious Cinematic Arts Complex in the George Lucas building and for the reception that followed.


Leo is continuing to pursue his interests this year, with an English elective in Film Studies and an advanced photography class. USC film classes have been taken by film industry icons including George Lucas and Robert Zemeckis. Maybe, one day, Leo's name will be added to those distinguished alumni.

Called to Serve
How to Earn the President's Volunteer Service Award

President's Service

The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) program is a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.


Students (Lower, Middle, and Upper School) who would like to record their hours of service over the course of the year may apply for the award by April 1. Awards will be presented at the spring Awards Ceremonies. Recipients receive an official PVSA lapel pin, a personal certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.

Individual Honors are awarded based on hours of service. For students under 15 years of age, award levels are bronze (50 hours), silver (75 hours), and gold (100 hours). For students 15 and older, awards levels are bronze (100 hours), silver (175 hours), and gold (250 hours). Students may tally hours from April 1, 2013 through April 1, 2014.


All Lakehill students are encouraged to participate. Students are responsible for tracking their own hours and getting the required signatures. Learn more about the awards, download the tracking form and start volunteering! Contact Ms. Ekstrom with any questions.  
Who's New?

Lakehill Welcomes Daniel Bracken 

New Middle School teacher Daniel Bracken provides critical support at the ESC, teaches seventh and eighth grade Nature Exploration, fifth grade PE, and seventh and eighth grade Fitness, and also serves as a fifth grade class sponsor.


Originally from Dallas, Bracken was employed by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. Travelling across the country, he worked at nearly 40 national parks and forests, from Big Bend to Little Bighorn. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from The University of Texas.


Bracken relishes spending time with his wife, Elizabeth, and his dog Riley. An avid outdoorsman who says he enjoys playing (and watching) most sports, Bracken spends his spare time hiking, fishing, skiing, and snowboarding. 


Bracken was drawn to Lakehill by the possibility to work at the Environmental Science Center and says he is most looking forward to working with the kids there. "I have found Lakehill students to be mature, responsible, and respectful," Bracken says. "They show me daily how exciting learning can be." 


"I am excited to welcome Daniel as support staff at the ESC," says Melissa Carpenter, Director of Environmental Education. "He is extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and loves working with the kids. He has so many great ideas and I look forward to his input as we build an even better program at the ESC."

This Week at the ESC

This week at the ESC, seventh grade began their study of tree and leaf identification. They will be using GPS and QR codes to identify the trees at the ESC. This year-long project will accompany their solar studies.


Sixth grade is studying water this year. After completing an interactive outside activity to review the water cycle, they will begin exploring solar energy. 


See more pictures from the ESC.

Sports Snippets

Get Ready for the Warriors


The Varsity team improved to 11-1 with wins over Harvest Christian, Greenville Christian, and Peak Prep.

The JV team defeated Harvest Christian and Peak Prep and fell to Greenville Christian. 

See more volleyball pictures here and here and here.


Cross Country
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The Cross Country team competed at the Carrollton Christian Greenbelt Championship on August 29. Runners will next compete on Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 a.m. at Norbuck in the Lake Highlands Invitational.


Varsity Football Home Opener


The  Varsity Warriors will kick off an exciting season and the return to six-man football with their home opener on September 6 against Irving Universal. The game begins with an early kick-off at 6:30 p.m. and will be preceded by the annual Tailgate Party at 6:00 p.m. 


Get Your Warrior Spirit On!


The Warrior Shop is open for business, with great new styles and classic favorites. Check out The Warrior Shop on Monday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

The Warrior Web

Where to Find It on the Lakehill Website

Warrior Painting

Lakehill has revamped some sections of its website, including the "Parents" and "Athletics" tabs and a new "Campus Life" tab, all found on the top navigation bars.


Take a look at what you will find under each:


Campus Life - School Calendar, RenWeb Calendar, RenWeb login, Dining (including the monthly lunch menu), Warrior Web (with links to our social media and photo sharing sites), Community Service (with links to the President's Volunteer Service Award and Tracking Form), and Student E-Mail. Visit the Campus Life tab.


Parents -  The Parents landing page offers up-to-date information, such as Tribe and Early Release Dates, Exam Schedules, and Middle School Club sign-up sheet. Other tabs include RenWeb, Policies and Procedures (with links to Academic Handbooks, Dress Code, Students Accident Insurance, and Emergency Plan), Parent Faculty Club (with information on Officers, volunteer positions, and upcoming activities), and After School Care. Visit the Parents tab.


Athletics- You can find an update on this week's athletic events and last week's results on the Athletics landing page. Visit the Athletics tab.

finger with stringWhat's Happening?   


September 6
Spirit Day, Pep Rally, Season Home Opener, and Tailgate Party!
Every Friday is "Jeans Day!" Students and faculty are invited to wear their jeans with a Lakehill shirt and show their Warrior Spirit. Don't miss out on the first Pep Rally of the year from 1:40 - 2:05 p.m. Then head to Warrior Athletic Complex as the Warriors take on Irving Universal in the first game of the season. Enjoy the annual Tailgate Party before the game (with food provided by the PFC) as we cheer the Warriors on to victory! Game time is 6:30 p.m. Go Warriors!

September 6

Lakehill College Fair, 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.


September 9

College Night for Seniors, 7:00 p.m.


September 9
Picture Day!


September 10
Lakehill Day at Genghis Grill (Old Town) 

Enjoy lunch or dinner at Genghis Grill and tell them Lakehill sent you. Twenty percent will be donated back to our school! 


September 11
Lakehill Open House, 7:00 p.m.
Current Lakehill families are invited to visit with their children's teachers and learn more about the expectations for the coming year. This is a parents-only event.

September 14
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.


September 19
North Texas Giving Day, 7:00 a.m. - midnight
Get more "bang for your buck" when you donate to Lakehill on North Texas Giving Day. Give $25 or more through DonorBridgeTX.org on September 19 and your donation will be multiplied! See below for links and more information.


Recycling Bin
The back gate will be open on Monday mornings from 7:30 until 8:30 a.m. to allow parents to drop off items for the recycle bin. The gate will be locked for the remainder of the day. Contact Mr. Kidder if you have something to drop off when the gate is closed.

Get The Word Out! 
Place an ad in the 2013-14 Lakehill Directory and promote your business to Lakehill families, faculty, and staff. Rates begin as low as $150.

Contact Gigi Ekstrom to find out more.
But hurry, space is limited and must be reserved by September 5!

If you would like to make a donation to Lakehill Preparatory School (or another nonprofit) on North Texas Giving Day, visit this website, DonorBridgeTX.org, beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 19. 


At 7:00 a.m., donors will be able to search for a nonprofit by typing in their organization name, or by category search. You can donate to any of these eligible nonprofits from 7:00 a.m. to midnight on Thursday, September 19.