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Altruism in Africa
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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
~Colin Powell
Volume 7, Issue 2September 4, 2014
Put On A Happy Face

Cast Announced for Upper School Musical

Conrad Birdie is a chart-topping rock-and-roll star. Women love him; men want to be him; and teenage girls around the country scream at the mention of his name. But when the U.S. Army drafts Birdie, manager Albert Peterson sees his job in jeopary (much to the delight of longtime love Rose Alvarez, who can't wait for Albert to ditch the music business and become something respectable, like an English teacher). 


Desperate for a publicity stunt big enough to help them survive Birdie's departure, Albert and Rose devise a plan: send Conrad to small-town America to plant his goodbye kiss on one lucky fan for the entire world to see. Their selection of super fan Kim Macafee sends the wholesome enclave of Sweet Apple, Ohio into chaos. 


Will Sweet Apple ever be the same? Find out when Upper School musical theater students bring Bye Bye Birdie to the Lakehill stage on November 14, 15, and 16, 2014. Audiences of all ages are in for a treat as Lakehill's talented singers and actors come together to present a classic musical full of nostalgic charm. 

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

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


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, 2014 through April 1, 2015.

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.  

Altruism in Africa
Lakehill Reaches Beyond Borders

This summer I was fortunate to spend nearly a month traveling across southern Africa in order to distribute donations made by Lakehill families and teach in a small Namibian school. I spent a week in a small community that my family and I have worked with in rural Namibia where few households have running water, electricity, steady incomes, or access to healthcare. The school teaches in English and has a promising student population.


Our purpose was to give the students the tools they need to succeed. I spent six hours a day teaching English, language, and vocabulary skills to students my age, using the books and curriculum used at Lakehill. I felt a real bond with these students because I was teaching them material that I had once been taught.


When I wasn't teaching, I helped to organize and distribute our donations: 21 large boxes of donated books and clothes waiting that we had shipped before our trip. We had enough books for many class sets, as well as significantly increasing the collection of the library that we started a few years ago. We also realized that we had enough clothes for each student in the school to get at least one shirt or jacket. We went from classroom to classroom to distribute every piece of clothing. For many of the school children, this was only their third or fourth shirt or their only jacket. I stayed after school to watch the sports day events. The girls played netball (a sport like basketball) and the boys played soccer against other schools. Both teams were wearing donated Lakehill clothes as their uniforms. The boys had made soccer uniforms out of old yellow Trek For Tech shirts and blue PE shorts.


Thanks to everyone in the Lakehill community who donated to this cause.


By Jack Pippen, Class of 2015

Who's New?
Lakehill Welcomes Lisa Bracken

Lakehill recently announced the selection of Lisa Bracken as the school's new Director of Admission.

Lakehill looked at qualified candidates from top private schools across the Southwest and engaged an educational search firm. The search led full circle back to Bracken, a Lakehill parent of twin second-grade girls.

"Lisa's passion, creativity, and experience clearly satisfy the many strenuous criteria and qualifications developed by the School and the Board of Directors," said Roger Perry, Headmaster. "These qualities, combined with her experience in education, made her stand out among other candidates."
"I am thrilled to have Lisa on board at Lakehill," explained Lara Gajkowski, Assistant Headmaster. "She is a true professional who has been able to hit the ground running. She is a wonderful addition to Lakehill's administrative team."

A native Texan, Bracken graduated from Richardson High School and then earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master's Degree in Reading Education from the University of North Texas. After spending eight years in New England, she was happy to return to the city she called home.

Bracken has dedicated her entire career to education, with the past few years spent in non-profit management with KERA Public Television and as Project Director for the Zero to Five Funders' Collaborative. In both positions, Bracken's area of focus was on helping low-income families with the tools they need to educate their children.

Perry added, "Lisa is an exceptional communicator who builds bonds with others. She truly understands the unique and special mission of our school."

"Lakehill undoubtedly offers excellent academics and top-notch teachers, but we also have a community feel that makes students and parents feel comfortable and welcome," Bracken explained. "I also find that our diversity both in religion and ethnicity help capture the real world for our children when they leave school. These still remain the reasons why we chose Lakehill for our daughters Lily and Sofia."

Bracken says she is thrilled to be working in the school she and her family love so much. "I enjoy meeting potential families and hearing about their children, and look forward to sharing all Lakehill has to offer with them. I am also anxious to network with other schools and in the community to extol all of Lakehill's virtues!"


Bracken says she is most excited about meeting and helping families through the enrollment process. "I still remember the day of our kindergarten Snow Cone Party and how we felt when we received our acceptance letter. I can't wait to share that with others." 

This Week at the ESC

Eighth grade students used items ranging from glow sticks to apples as they explored how to change chemical energy to radiant and electrical energy. Light sticks were a creative tool to use when learning about how trapped energy can be turned into light. Apples contain malic acid which makes them ideal for probing with different metals and seeing if an electric charge can be produced. 


Sixth grade began their study of water with a review of the water cycle. They followed the path of a water molecule as it travels through the clouds, streams, lakes, oceans, and ground water. 

Sports Snippets

 Varsity and Middle School Volleyball

The Middle School Volleyball teams open their season on Thursday, September 4 with 7th grade taking on Arlington Burton at 4:30 p.m. and 8th grade playing Carrollton Christian at 5:30 p.m.The Varsity game will follow at 6:30 p.m. against Carrollton Christian. Varsity will then spend Friday and Saturday at the Ovilla Christian Tournament with hopes of defending the championship they won last year before beginning district play at home on Tuesday, September 9 against Tyler Street.   

Cross Country

The Lakehill Cross Country team kicked off the season successfully last Friday at the Greenbelt Championships at Carrollton Christian Academy. The course covered the entire school grounds, including a stadium finish for the participating runners as they battled against the heat of the early evening. Freshman Warren Lester began his season with an impressive run in the boys' 5K, finishing 35th out of 105 and setting a personal record for the start of the season.


The team will take a break from its cross-country schedule this week for the DRC Breakfast Bash 5-Mile Run on Saturday, September 6. The race starts at Winfrey Point at 8:00 a.m. and features a course around White Rock Lake. Students and parents are welcome to volunteer to help with the event on Saturday morning. Volunteer information can be found here.  Come on out and support our Warriors!


Varsity and Middle School Football 

The Lakehill Warriors kicked off the 2014 football season with an exciting 50-34 victory at Carrollton Christian. The team jumped out to an early 20-6 lead, but the Saints fought their way back into the game, keeping it close all the way into the fourth quarter. Lakehill secured the win with two fourth quarter touchdowns and several defensive stands.


Offensively, sophomore Brandon Bartholow rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns, while freshman Gerard Franklin added 77 passing yards, 125 rushing yards, and three additional touchdowns. Senior Cole Ellis led all receivers with three catches for 52 yards and one touchdown.


On the defensive side, sophomore Keaton Kinnard led the way with 13 tackles and one interception. Junior Brandon Douglas and Bartholow also contributed a number of tackles and one fumble recovery each. 

See pictures from the game here.


Varsity Soccer
Lakehill's Varsity Soccer lost at home on Thursday against Arlington Burton. Jonathan Kroll turned in another strong performance in goal and new players Griffin Gleeboff, Dunny Bock, Jennifer Seo, and Destiny Ripka were welcome additions to the team. "The team is really starting to work well together," said assistant coach Daniel Bracken. The Warriors play at home on Thursday against Yavneh at 5:00 p.m. 

See pictures from the game here.

Get Your Warrior Spirit On!


The Warrior Shop is open for business, with great new styles and classic favorites. Get ready to show your Warrior spirit! During the week, 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


Need help navigating the Lakehill website?Take a closer look at three important sections, including the Parents, Athletics, and Campus Life tabs, all found on the top navigation bars.


Here is 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 Class Lists, Exam Schedules, Upper School forms, and the 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.

What's Happening?
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September 9

Picture Day!


September 9

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 10
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. Please note: This is a parents-only event.


September 12
Spirit Day, Season Home Opener, Tailgate Party, and Scoreboard Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Students and faculty are invited to wear their jeans every Friday of the school year with a Lakehill shirt to 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 the Warrior Athletic Complex as the Warriors take on Inspired Vision in the first home 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. Middle School plays at 5:00 p.m. follwed by the Varsity at 7:30 p.m. Go Warriors!

September 13
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.

Get The Word Out! 
Place an ad in the 2014-15 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.