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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 6, Issue 13
November 21, 2013
In This Issue
Top Teachers
All-District Honors
Once Upon A Musical
Community Corner
Senior Spotlight
PFC Events
Sports Snippets
This Week at the ESC
What's Happening?

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~Robert Louis Stevenson

Top Teachers

Lakehill Teachers Honored By Chamber

Each year, the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce recognizes teachers who have made significant contributions in the classroom and in the community.

Two Lakehill teachers were selected as winners in their respective categories. English teacher Julie Riggs was recognized in the Private Middle School Teacher of the Year. Riggs said she was she was honored to accept this year's award. "It really was a beautiful ceremony," she said. "This recognition meant more to me than I even realized. It was a wonderful feeling and made me feel valued as a teacher. I am so honored to be included in such an outstanding group of nominees."


Rochelle Rasheed was recognized as the Private Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Rasheed, who teaches third grade, discussed her feelings on receiving such acclaim. "I am honored for the privilege of nurturing the minds, hearts, and lives of those who will impact the future. Being Teacher of the Year doesn't mean I have arrived...it emphasizes my work is just beginning, my learning is ever increasing, and my efforts to impact students remain continuous."  


Lakehill Headmaster Roger Perry said he was especially thrilled at the way the business community turned out in force to support these teachers. "It is an honor to have two of our master teachers recognized for their outstanding accomplishments," he said. "It is reassuring to know that the business community recognizes the importance of excellence in education and supports this program whole-heartedly."


Eight additional Lakehill teachers were selected as finalists in the competition. In the Upper School category, Bill Dunklau, Martina Kroll, Susan Rapoport, Jamie Thorne, and Jennifer Warder were recognized. In the Middle School category, finalists included Kristen Munoz, Elizabeth Schmitt, and Victoria John.


The Teacher of the Year Awards Program solicits nominations from all public and private schools in east Dallas as well as from business and community leaders. On November 19, Chamber of Commerce Chairman Roger Perry presented awards to the six winners (three public school, three private school) at a luncheon in their honor at Lakehill's Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center. Doctors Hospital was this year's program sponsor. Charles Williams, Chief Operating Officer at Doctors Hospital, gave an inspired keynote address, reflecting on the impact of great teachers.


See more photos. See related story in the Advocate.

All-District Honors

Football Players Recognized

District coaches gathered recently to bestow the 2013 honors for Division I-District I All-District Football. Ten Lakehill athletes were recognized with 14 awards.


First Team All-District

Drew Norman - Spread Back
Johnathan Page - Wide Receiver, Defensive Back

Second Team All-District

Drew Norman - Defensive Back

Johnathan Page - Special Teams Player
Keith Mitchell - Running Back
Cole Ellis - Tight End 

Kason Burt - Offensive Line

Brandon Douglas - Defensive Line


Honorable Mention All-District 
Keith Mitchell - Defensive End
Hudson Trent - Center
Jack Pippen - Defensive End
Carlos Lopez, III - Linebacker
Additionally, two Warriors were recognized with Superlative Awards. Drew Norman was selected as the District Offensive MVP and Brandon Bartholow was selected as the District Freshman of the Year.

Congratulations to these outstanding Lakehill athletes.

Once Upon A Musical

Upper School Presents Musical to Capacity Crowd

Audiences at last weekend's performance of Once upon a Mattress may never look at fairy tales the same way again. The whimsical musical comedy, with music and lyrics by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer, and a book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Barer, is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea, with a few added twists and nary a dull moment.  


Prince Dauntless (portrayed by Cameron Gavinski with animated finesse) must find a princess to marry before anyone else in the kingdom can be married. However, his overbearing mother, Queen Aggravain (a humorously wicked Abi Price) makes sure all who apply for the position fail her "proper princess" tests. Sir Harold (a stand-out vocal performance by Kiefer Gorena) and Lady Larkin (given lovely voice by Camille Willaford) want to be married sooner rather than later, so Harry goes off on a "princess quest" and returns with Winnifred (an engaging performance by Kelly Werther), a.k.a. Fred, a moat-swimming princess from the swamps. 

All, including the prince, like her very much, except of course the prince's mother. King Sextimus the Silent (a cleverly quiet Brent Huggins), father of Dauntless, has no real say in the matter, as he has been made mute by a curse that can only be reversed "when the mouse devours the hawk." Brandon Douglas was delightful as the Jester, while Anna-Maria Springman's beautifully sung Minstrel guided the audience through the story and Noah Bernstein provided sly comic relief as the Wizard. 

The Upper School cast was joined by the second grade class for the opening number, as well as fourth grader Megan Gillman, who won the coveted walk-on role at last year's Lakehill Benefit Auction, for two of the show's musical numbers. 

Carried on a wave of wonderfully witty songs, the supporting actors and ensemble cast excelled. Twenty mattresses and one pea later, this production never ceased to delight. 

Lakehill's production featured musical direction by Tracy Herron and stage direction by Ann Kizer. Linda Booth provided musical accompaniment.
Thanks to PFC Performing Arts Chairs Julie Thompson and Ron Gavinski and Ree and Jason Willaford and their team of parent volunteers for their help and support in bringing Once Upon A Mattress to the stage.
See pictures from the musical here.

Middle School Actors Take the Stage 
Lakehill students are back on the stage on Friday, December 6, when the Middle School Drama classes present Rutherford Wolf by Eric Wilson and Mrs. McThing by Mary Chase. 

Rutherford Wolf is a tale about a very up-to-date city-wolf who just wants to get out of the forest and into the city where he can get a little condo and drink fruit smoothies. The problem is that all the other residents of the forest are afraid of him and won't listen to his requests for directions to the interstate. He must constantly run for his life to avoid the typical final demise of the usual storybook wolf.


Mrs. McThing is a quirky tale of a wealthy socialite who discovers that her young son is suddenly acting very strangely. As the story unfolds, we find that he has fallen under the spell of Mrs. McThing, an unseen spirit who doesn't approve of his mother's parenting skills. After many twists and turns, we find that sometimes a mother must be decidedly firm to teach her child right from wrong.


Middle School students will have the opportunity to see the plays during open period on December 5 (Rutherford Wolf) and December 6 (Mrs. McThing). Both plays will then be presented in the Charles Wyly Auditorium on Friday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. 
Community Corner


7th and 8th grade Powder Puff

Seventh and eighth grade girls squared off in a Powder Puff game for charity, while the boys coached and cheered on their teams. Fourth through sixth grade students and a plethora of parents and teachers came out to enjoy the fun, as the eighth grade blazed to a 46-18 victory. Concession sales, spirit items, and a half-time punting contest (skillfully won by sixth grader Gaige McKnight) all added to the excitement. Most importantly, the group raised $750 for their selected charity, Genesis Women's Shelter. 



10th grade Visits Residents at C.C. Young

Lakehill's sophomore class spent their Saturday making the lives of senior citizens a little brighter. The group spent time at C. C. Young Senior Living Center, playing BINGO, enjoying snacks, and visiting with the residents. Some groups sang carols and even performed a few improvisational skits."I really enjoyed my time at C. C. Young," said Class President Audrey Castaigne. "You could really tell how much the seniors cared, how excited they were to see us, and how much it truly meant to them." 
The students also took Polaroid pictures with the residents during their visit and are busy making poster boards with the pictures to give to the seniors as a memento of their visit. 

See more pictures.


Celebrate National Day of Service - Volunteer at Lakehill's Shoreline Spruce-Up - November 23, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 
Lake sign Join us at White Rock Lake on Saturday, November 23 for a special Shoreline Spruce-Up in honor of National Day of Service. We will meet at Lakehill's adopted area, on West Lawther at Chapel Hill. Breakfast will be served and all clean-up supplies are provided. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt, in honor of National Day of Service. 


Sisteens Collecting Stocking Stuffers Collection

Now Through December 4 
Help Sisteens collect travel-sized toiletry items for the 150 men and women who will attend Lakehill's annual Holiday Luncheon for senior citizens in East Dallas. Suggested items include small shampoos, soaps, lotions, and other travel-sized toiletries, as well as other items like word puzzles, stationery, socks, etc. Please do not include candles, candy, or gum. Donation bins are located inside all entrances. The last day to donate is December 4! Get more information here.

PASF Tamale Sale 
December 6 - 13 
tamale The Pan American Student Forum (PASF) is selling tamales for the holidays to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. The tamales, made by The Tamale Company, are lard free, gluten free, and MSG free - authentic and delicious! Tamales will arrive frozen and are "boil in the bag" ready! What a perfectly simple way to celebrate the holidays. Tamales are $12 per dozen and come in three varieties: Ancho Chili Pork, Chicken Tomatillo, and Black Bean and Corn. Order by December 13 for delivery on December 19. Get the Order Form. Please make checks payable to Lakehill. Orders may be turned into your child's classroom teacher (Lower School) or to the Main Office.


Sift and Sort at Comerica Bank Mockingbird - December 7, 
9:00 a.m. - noon

Coats for Kids Community Connections members are invited to sort coats collected during Lakehill's Coats for Kids drive. Parents are welcome to join in our efforts! Just let Ms. Hauschild or Ms. Ekstrom know if you would like to attend! 

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: Carrie Cohen

Carrie Cohen has been a student at Lakehill since fifth grade. Her brother Stephan is currently in tenth grade. Carrie enjoys the well-rounded education she is receiving at Lakehill. Her favorite teacher is Mr. Hagood because he's funny and her favorite subject is Art.


Carrie's true passion is music. She is a proud member of a band called "The Bombs," where she is the bassist. She also plays the guitar and produces other artists. Carrie is a teacher, student, and recording artist at the Sound Foundation Dallas, a local music school. After graduation, Carrie hopes to attend the University of North Texas to study music business and production and to continue working towards a successful musical career. Her dream is to open her own recording label and studio. Not surprisingly, two people she looks up to are Rob Zombie and John 5, both musicians.     


Like many teenagers, Carrie enjoys spending time with her friends, and says that she gets inspiration from their successes. When she is not working on her music, she enjoys buying shoes and spoiling her cat Fabio.


By: Tillie McCoskey, ninth grade 

PFC Events


Trek for Tech Wrap-Up

The numbers are tallied, and this year's Trek for Tech raised $45,000 for new and improved technology at Lakehill. Thank you to Barb and Amy Witherite and their dedicated team of volunteers and to everyone who contributed to make this event such a success! The sixth grade won the participation award, with 65% class participation. They will receive a Snow Cone party with Kona Ice.


There are a few of this year's fabulous Trek t-shirts still available. Youth and adult sizes are available in the Warrior Shop for just $10. Get one while supplies last! 


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.  

Scholastic Book Fair - A Reading Oasis

Special Preview on November 22; December 4 - 8

Stock up on new books for the holidays at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair. The Book Fair will be  held in the Upper Library and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Watch for more information about the Book Fair and get ready for fun surprises every day! If there are any parents who would like to volunteer for the Book Fair, please contact Lisa Bracken or Sarah Rich.


Friday, November 22

Goodies with Grands!

Bring your grandparents or special family members to the Book Fair after the Grandparents Day Celebration for a sneak peek and treat to get your holiday started. This is a great opportunity to get gift ideas for all members of the family.

Sports Snippets
Varsity Football - Lakehill Warriors are the Highest-Scoring Six-Man Team in Texas

The Lakehill Warriors and Rockwall Heritage Christian Eagles squared off in a thrilling Bi-district playoff game, filled with huge momentum swings, big plays, and plenty of hard hits. Rockwall came away with a 122-92 victory.


 The Eagles jumped out to an early 22-0 lead but Lakehill slowly and steadily fought their way back into the game. Paced by Johnathan Page's electrifying 80-yard interception return for a touchdown, and Drew Norman's touchdown pass to Keaton Kinnard on the last play of the first half, the Warriors trailed by only four points, 60-56, at the half.

Lakehill quickly went ahead 64-60 early in the third quarter, and both teams continued to trade the lead. But late in the quarter, Rockwall capitalized on a couple of Warrior miscues to open up a lead which Lakehill was unable to overcome. At the end, Rockwall emerged with the 122-92 win, in a game that left both teams physically and mentally exhausted.

Lakehill's 7-2 record is its best since 1999, and was the team's first playoff appearance since 2006. The Warriors finished 2013 as the highest-scoring TAPPS six-man team in the state, averaging 75 points per game.

The 2013 team will be remembered for the excitement and passion they brought to Lakehill's triumphant return to six-man football.
This Week at the ESC

The fourth grade came to the ESC this week and celebrated the beautiful fall leaves. They used a dichotomous key to identify leaves and trees. "Dichotomous" means "divided into two parts." Each step always gives two choices that lead the user to the correct name of an item.
Students began by sorting information about themselves with a visual dichotomous key shaped like a tree with many branches. As they identified their own physical qualities, they discovered that others with similar traits ended up on the same branch of the identification tree.

Students then walked around the property to find living examples of the characteristics of trees that they had studied in the lab. 

See more pictures from the ESC.

finger with stringWhat's Happening?   


November 22

Grandparents Day

8:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

Find out more in the PFC section above.


November 22 

Grandparents Day Special at Monster Yogurt 

9540 Garland Road, Ste. 394 

Be cool to your school and your grandparents at Monster Yogurt. Stop by Monster Yogurt after the Grandparents Day Celebration and mention Lakehill. You'll get 10% off any purchase and a 10% donation will be made to Lakehill. 


November 22; December 4-8
PFC Book Fair
Upper Library
Find out more in the PFC section above. 

November 23
National Day of Service/Shoreline Spruce-Up
Join us for a special Shoreline Spruce-up on Saturday, November 23, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

November 25-29
Thanksgiving Holidays

Have a wonderful week! 


December 2
Science Project Workshops and Exhibition

In partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension, the Arboretum is hosting free workshops on December 8 for students in grades 3-5 and 6-8 on the scientific method of creating a science project. A juried exhibition of the projects submitted by the students will be held on May 4, 2014. Stephanie Barta, 35-year veteran of teaching science at St. Marks School of Texas and the recently retired long-time chair of its science department, and two horticulture research scientists from the Texas A&M AgriLife program will team up to present this unique workshop and exhibition as part of The Year of the Children's Garden, the on-going celebration of the recent opening of the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden at the Arboretum. Registration is due December 2. Get more information, read the rules, and get the Enrollment Form.


Happy Holidays
Need great holiday gifts? Check out all the merchandise available on Smug Mug. From puzzles to playing cards and mugs to magnets, take care of all your holiday shopping and benefit Lakehill while you do!