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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 6, Issue 9
October  24, 2013
In This Issue
Rules Take Shape
Chili Champions
Impact Leaders
Senior Spotlight
PFC Events
Sports Snippets
This Week at the ESC
What's Happening?

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~Rick Riordan 

Rules Take Shape

Triangle Rules Celebrated in Lower School Poster Contest

Lakehill's goal is to provide a safe, secure environment where students can grow emotionally, as well as intellectually. The three rules of the Lower School Behavior Code, known as the Triangle Rules, are based on respect, safety, and providing a welcoming environment to all.
Each year, Lower School students are invited to participate in the Triangle Rules poster contest to show support for this code of conduct. More than 45 entries from all grade levels were received in the seventh annual contest.

Winners were announced on October 23 during a special assembly. Assistant Headmaster Lara Gajkowski and Lower School Coordinator Patti Brooks presented the awards.   


This year's winners were:
Hannah Reister, 3rd grade - first place
Brett Peacock, 4th grade, and Megan Gillman 4th grade - second place
Aileen Edwards, 2nd grade, and Nico Montez, 4th grade - third place

Hannah's winning poster will be displayed on walls and in classrooms throughout the Lower School.

Honorable Mentions were awarded to fourth graders Claire Blomquist and Alexander Dondis; third graders Arthur Cirillo, Taylor Gardsbane, and Avery Owen; first graders Elle Steel, Paulette Maney, and Esther Nerman; and kindergartners Jason Dickerson, Madeline Jones, and Mason Pedroza.
See more photos here.

Chili Champions

Dad's Club Cooks Up Another Fun Event

Friday night was cause for a celebration of fun, food, and football. This special evening included the third annual Dad's Club Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by Comerica Bank.


Lakehill's top chefs battled it out to be the Grand Champion of Chili in a fiery match-up before the Varsity game. The iron chefs threw their proverbial hats in the ring in a contest as varied as the meats used in their recipes.


Supporters sampled the tasty bowls and cast their votes for their favorites. Rick Currey gathered enough votes to take home the People's Choice Award for his "Ghost Chili." The team of expert judges, including Lakehill Headmaster Roger Perry; Jim Weber, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Comerica Bank; Brian Kern, Assistant Vice-President and Banking Center Manager of Comerica Bank Mockingbird-Abrams; and seventh grader Luke Jerome, who purchased the coveted spot in a judge's chair at the Lakehill Benefit Auction, savored and evaluated each entry, naming the team of Cliff Welch and Rocky Owens as the Grand Champions of Chili for the RockCliff Slaughterhouse Chili.


"I was really surprised by all the tastes and textures of the chili," said Jerome. "The chili was good. I tried all the entries last year, and thought this year's entries were even better. I am glad I got to be a judge, and would like to do it again next year!" 


See more pictures.

Impact Leaders

Lakehill Team Finds Inspiration at TedxKids

TEDx events for children and youth are sprouting up everywhere -- bringing together local educators, organizations, and kids for activities, live talks, and storytelling that engages young minds to learn and experience in new and different ways.


SMU has offered such an event to Dallas-area middle school students since 2009. This year, for the first time, Lakehill was selected to bring a team to the TEDxKids @SMU event. Ten of Lakehill's Middle School class officers in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade spent the day at the City Performance Hall on October 18. "I really enjoyed the day and thought it was both fun and inspiring," explained sixth grade officer Niamh McKinney. "It was so different than anything we have ever done. I hope Lakehill continues to go every year!"


The TEDx conference was an ideal platform to present new, engaging ideas to the next generation of leaders, artists, creators, innovators, and  inventors. A variety of short, exciting presentations by creative thinkers on a broad array of topics, ranging from interactive gaming to rowing across the Atlantic, took students out of the classrooms and into a setting where the teachers were the people actually thinking up and executing these big ideas.


Find out more about TED: Ideas Worth Spreading here.

Senior Spotlight

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: Gracie Carroll

Gracie Carroll is a seventeen-year-old senior at Lakehill. After moving from Arkansas to Texas, she began her attendance in 2010 as a sophomore.


Gracie is actively involved at Lakehill. She enjoys singing, acting, and hanging out with her Lakehill friends. She also has enjoyed taking dance outside of school.


Her favorite classes are choir and government, both of which are taught by her favorite teachers, Mr. Herron (choir) and Mrs. Thorne (government). Also, the best piece of advice given to her was from one of her English teachers, Mr. Hagood: "Read or bleed." She plans to continue choir in college, which she hopes will be local. Gracie plans to major in elementary education or architecture.


Mrs. Thorne says that Gracie, "always has a smile on her face, is very kind, and never says anything negative." There is no doubt about how cherished Gracie is at Lakehill and how much she cherishes Lakehill. Gracie Carroll and Lakehill Prep have been a perfect fit. 


By: Lily Turner, eighth grade 

PFC Events


November 9

Trek for Tech

Purchase technology... 

Take a look at the list of this year's Technology Essentials and help purchase items

  • 25 iPads for Middle and Upper School classrooms at $558/each 
  • 15 iPads for the ESC at $558/each 
  • 25 iPad applications at $60/each
  • 2 iPad carts at $5,000/each
  • 1 Poster Printer at $5,000
  • Various AP Science equipment at $10,000

Buy Raffle Tickets...

There are fantastic raffle prizes this year, including (2) iPad Minis, (2) Kindle Fires HD, (2) Jawbone UP, (2) Nike Fitbit, (4) $50 Visa Cards and possibly more prizes to come! Raffle tickets are $5 or five for $20, 10 for $40, 20 for $60 and 50 for $100. You do not need to be present on race day to win! Buy raffle tickets here.


Get your commemorative T-shirt...

Every registered participant gets a t-shirt. Even if you can't make it to the race, you can still buy a commemorative t-shirt for $20.Purchase T-Shirts here.  


Run the race...

Online registration is quick and easy. Register here.

The class with the most student participation receives a Snow Cone party with Kona Ice. 


October 31

Halloween Parade and Carnival, 1:15 - 3:00 p.m.

Lower School goblins will show off their costumes during Lakehill's annual Halloween Parade. Parents should send costumes to school in a bag the morning of the Carnival. Students will dress in their classrooms at 1:00 p.m. (No face makeup or weapons, please). The parade begins at 1:15 p.m. followed by the Carnival at 1:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend both the Parade and Carnival. Get more information


Middle School students may wear appropriate costumes to school. Fifth and sixth graders will attend the Carnival while seventh and eighth grade students will participate in Spooky Science at the Perot Museum. 


Please donate bagged candy and cookies for the Carnival. (No chocolate, cakes, or cupcakes, please). Our frightfully good cheerleaders will be outside during morning carpool to collect your goodies October 29-31.  


Grandparents Day

November 22

Lakehill welcomes grandparents, parents, and special friends to the annual Grandparents Day Celebration on Friday, November 22. The festivities  begin at 8:00 a.m. with a breakfast 
reception in the cafeteria. The program, which includes performances by various student groups, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium. School is dismissed at 11:00 a.m. for Thanksgiving Break and there is no after-school care.  
Sports Snippets
Varsity Football 

The Lakehill Warriors sent their seniors out as winners on "Senior Night" with an 85-38 victory over district foe Carrollton Christian. The game featured a number of hard hits and high intensity, with the visiting Saints finally collapsing under a barrage of big plays by the Lakehill offense and defensive units. 

Seniors Norman and Keith Mitchell led Lakehill offensively. Norman accounted for over 300 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns, while Mitchell ran for 170 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Johnathan Page, and juniors Cole Ellis and Sean Puls also chipped in with one touchdown each. Sophomore Kason Burt and freshman Griffin Burt each stepped in admirably at the center position for injured senior Hudson Trent.
Brandon Bartholow's touchdown reception from senior Drew Norman early in the fourth quarter ended the game under the 45-point "mercy rule."

Defensively, the Warriors forced three Saints turnovers, and made several key stops after halftime. Page had a season-high 16 tackles, and sophomore Brandon Douglas and Bartholow also had double-digit tackles.

Lakehill moves to 6-1 on the season and will travel to Abilene to take on the state-ranked Abilene Christian Panthers next Friday, October 25. The game will be at Elmer Gray Stadium on the Abilene Christian University campus, with kick-off scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

See more pictures from the game.

Middle School Football
The Middle School Warriors played a hard-fought game on October 18 and delivered a 36-33 win over the Carrollton Christian Academy (CCA) Saints. Ryan Davis had a great night kicking as well as running the ball. Gerard Franklin had a great game both offensively and defensively. The Lakehill defense played a great second half. Warren Lester iced the game in the fourth quarter when he intercepted a CCA pass with just 1:11 left on the clock. 

With a winning record of 3-2, and just two games left in the season, the Warriors have this week off. The last home game is a tough match-up against Irving Universal on October 31 at 4:30 p.m. at the Warrior Athletic Complex. Come out and support our Middle School Warriors!


Varsity lost a back-and-forth game against Dallas Covenant. Coach Jo Cayme-Mosley says, "I am proud of how hard the girls fought in the game against Covenant. It has been a great season and I am eager to see us move past district and on to the next part of the season...the playoffs. On behalf of the coaching staff and the volleyball team, I want to thank everyone who came to the game against Covenant. In my seven years at Lakehill, I have never seen a display of school spirit like Tuesday night." See more pictures here.

The girls finished district play in second place with a 7-3 record. The team is 26-6 overall heading into the playoffs. The Varsity team will play its last home games of the season next Monday and Tuesday. Monday night is a playoff tune-up game and is Senior Night for the team's five seniors. Emily Allton, Caroline Boles, Maia Heard, Sam LaJone and Anastasia Walton will be honored at the conclusion of the IAA All-Star Game and before the Varsity team takes on Peak Prep at 6:00 p.m. On Tuesday, October 29, the girls will host either Kennedale Fellowship or Texoma Christian in the Bi-District round of the State Playoffs. 

JV lost a hard-fought battle against Dallas Covenant to wrap-up their season. The team steadily improved throughout the season. 
Eighth grade lost to Zion Lutheran in the first round of the IAA Playoffs. The girls finished the season with a 7-3 overall record. Lyric Menges and Madison Camper will represent Lakehill in the IAA All-Star Game which will be hosted by Lakehill on Monday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m

Lakehill Celebrates Athletes on Senior Night
Lakehill honored its senior cheerleaders, cross country runners, and football players on Thursday evening at the Warrior Athletic Complex during the annual Senior Night celebration. See more photos

Cross Country
The Lakehill Cross Country team will run in the State Meet on Saturday, October 26. The girls run at 11:00 a.m. and the boys at 11:30 a.m. The location for this year's race is Connally Junior High School, located at 100 Hancock Drive, Elm Mott, Texas, 76640. Good luck to Coach Jennings and the team! 
This Week at the ESC

This week Kindergarten students took advantage of both technology and nature to learn about animal homes. After reading the book Animals Building Homes by Wendy Perkins about the places animals live, students were able to reinforce the lesson with Animal Homes, an educational and fun app on the iPad. The group then hiked out into the woods to search for animal homes. The class saw spider webs, burrows, woodpecker nests, and many different types of animal homes.


Fifth grade students enjoyed a hike this week as well. They made it up to the bamboo "forest" thanks to all the clearing of the trails that the Senior Class did for the ESC. 


First graders continued their discussion of birds, particularly peacocks, and did a lab activity with feathers. They did a quick iPad activity, hiked, and fed the catfish in the pond.


See more pictures from the ESC.

finger with stringWhat's Happening?   


October 18 - Novemnber 4 
Trick or Treat for UNICEF  

Students can help children around the world this year by participating in the Trick or Treat for UNICEF campaign. Donation boxes went home with students on October 18 and are due back by November 4.


October 18-November 6

Coats for Kids

Lakehill, in partnership with Comerica Bank and The Exchange Club of East Dallas, kicked off Lakehill's Coats for Kids Program on October 18. Families are encouraged to donate gently used coats for children and teens in the east Dallas area. All sizes of coats are accepted. Coats will be collected at Lakehill until November 6.


October 28-30
PASF Bake Sale

PASF will offer goodies during all lunches with all proceeds benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 


October 29
PFC Executive Committee Meeting

8:15 a.m., Conference Room


October 29   

Middle School Admission Preview

Main Campus, 9:30 a.m.

Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill's Middle School!


October 29
Middle School Drama Club Performance
Lakehill's fifth and sixth grade members of the Drama Club will present

P Soup

after school in the auditorium. 


October 30

Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch, 2:15 p.m. 


October 31

Halloween Parade and Carnival, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Get more information in the PFC section above. 


November 1
Middle School Fall Day Out
All Middle School students will spend a day enjoying the outdoors and the company of their peers at Ms. Gajkowski's farm. 


November 1
Movie Night for K-4

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Senior Class, no reservations are needed for this fun-filled evening. There will be pizza, drinks, and desserts for all. Guests can choose from among four great movies to watch: Up, Tangled, Ice Age, and Ratatouille. Drop off and pick up are in the Student Commons. Your $30 donation will help support Lakehill's annual Holiday Luncheon for senior citizens.


November 9 
Trek for Tech 

Funds raised through the PFC's signature fall event are used for a wide variety of technology improvements. Get more information in the PFC section above.  

November 12
PFC General Meeting
8:15 a.m., Cafeteria 

November 12   

Kindergarten Admission Preview

Main Campus, 9:30 a.m.

Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill's Kindergarten program!


November 13

Fourth Grade Parent Meeting
Upper Library, 8:15 a.m.

All fourth grade parents are invited to join administrators and the Middle School team to find out more about Lakehill's Middle School program.


November 14

Tribe Meetings, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.


November 15 and 16, 7:00 p.m.

November 17, 2:00 p.m.

Upper School Musical: Once upon a Mattress
The Upper School Performing Arts brings

Once upon a Mattress to the Lakehill stage for three days! Don't miss this fabulous, family-friendly performance. Reserve the best seats in the house - just $15 for the first 12 rows! Make reservations here. General admission is $10 ($5 for students) at the door. Get more information. 


November 19

Upper School Admission Preview

ESC, 6:30 p.m.

Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill's Upper School! All Lakehill Middle School families are strongly encouraged to attend. 


November 22

Grandparents Day

8:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

Find out more in the PFC section above.


November 25-29
Thanksgiving Holidays

Have a wonderful week!