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Volume 7, Issue 6October 2, 2014
Top Commendation
Senior Recognized as Commended Scholar
Senior Brent Huggins was recently announced as a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship program.
Brent will be presented with a Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program.

Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered thew 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarshoip Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation."

Headmaster Roger Perry offered his congratulations to Brent on his recognition. "I hope this recognition will help broaden his educational opportunities and encourage him as he continues his pursuit of academic success."
The Write Stuff
Lakehill Eighth Grader Wins Writing Award

Laura Wildman, an eighth-grade student, recently won a writing contest for a poem she submitted during the seventh grade. 

Creative Communication, which sponsors annual poetry and essay contests, will publish Laura's work in their upcoming student anthology. "I am so honored to have been recognized for my poem. I wouldn't have even thought of entering if it wasn't for the support and encouragement of my wonderful English teachers," said Laura. 

During last year's English class, Laura's then teacher, Mrs. Miles, was incredibly impressed with Laura's writing acumen and delivery. "We were studying spoken word during our poetry unit and Laura volunteered to share a poem she'd written. Her creative talent blew me away, and I knew then I wanted to help her garner more attention for her writing abilities." 

According to the organization's website, Creative Communication judges select poems and essays based on the work's "literary merit, creativity, or social significance." Creative writing contests such as these are great opportunities for interested students to pursue or explore their talent. Famous country-pop singer Taylor Swift was a Top Ten winner for Creative Communication when she was a fifth grade student. 

By India Miles

Middle School English and Social Studies Teacher 


Teacher Writes Column for The Dallas Morning News

Julie Riggs was selected as a Teacher Voices columnist by The Dallas Morning News. Columnists are volunteers, K-12 teachers, who are selected each spring to be regular contributors for the following school year. Voices columnists contribute a few full-length columns per semester. They also participate in writing workshops and other special events with the editorial staff.

 Read Riggs's first column, published this month. 

Reaching Out

Student Council Leaders Launch New Service Organization

Last year, when they were campaigning for Student Council President and Vice-President, senior Haley York and junior Brandon Douglas promised to increase community service opportunities for high school students. 

On Saturday, they stood behind their platform at the kick-off event for a new Upper School organization dedicated to service. The Warrior Outreach Organization (WOO!), will participate in four service projects this year, one each quarter, in addition to the Upper School Day of Service in January. "Everyone loves the Upper School Day of Service," said York, "so we thought, why not do that more? We wanted to create more opportunities to bring the whole high school together and continue that service throughout the year. WOO is our way to bring the school community together to help causes that are important to us." 

"Students are always looking for more ways to serve," continued York. "It's nice to wake up on a Saturday morning and start the day by doing something positive." Saturday's event, a Shoreline Spruce-Up at Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake, attracted 30 eager students from across all grade levels.

Students are already excited about the next WOO project, scheduled for November 15: working in the thrift store for City Square, an organization that offers a variety of poverty-fighting programs throughout Dallas. In addition to the Upper School Day of Service on January 23, WOO also has projects scheduled for February 21 at the North Texas Food Bank, and April 18 at Community Partners of Dallas. 

With the positive response to their first event, York hopes to have even more participation in the next project. "I hope this creates a new tradition for students in Upper School."
Seen and Heard

Fire Department Visits Kindergarten Classes

Members of the Dallas Fire Department paid a special visit to talk to Lakehill's kindergarten classes about smoke detectors, how to get out of a house that is on fire, when and how to call 9-1-1, and how to stop, drop, and roll. Students enjoyed walking through the fire truck and seeing the firemen dressed in their full gear while learning more about fire safety. 


Upper School Retreat

Upper School students had the opportunity to bond with new classmates and spend time with friends on September 26 with their annual Fall Retreat. 

The group spent the day at the Southern Cross Ranch, where faculty and students joined together for sand volleyball, softball, rock climbing,  ping-pong, and a friendly Powder Puff competition between the Upper School Spirit Houses.


See more pictures from the retreat.

Varsity Football Team Lends a Hand

With a bye this week, Lakehill's Varsity Football team decided to use a recent practice time to lend a hand n the community. 

The team partnered with the Dolphin Heights Neighborhood Association in their after-school tutoring program. The team helped the boys and girls check their homework before heading to the playground together for some fun, recreation, and a little football. 

The mission of the Dolphin Heights Neighborhood Association is to build partnerships to revitalize the Dolphin Heights neighborhood, instill a strong sense of community pride and togetherness, seek a higher standard of safety, and promote leadership and education. Members of Lakehill's National Honor Society are also actively involved as tutors with the after-school program.

Save The Date

Who's New?
Lakehill Welcomes Denise Palmer

Denise Palmer joins the Lakehill faculty full time this year, teaching Middle School Intro to Algebra, Algebra I, Upper School Algebra I, and Geometry. She also serves as a sponsor of the sophomore class and National Junior Honor Society.


Born in England, Palmer was raised in the Midwest, before moving to Dallas in 1996. She graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science and received a Masters of Arts in Mathematics Education and Computer Science Education from Concordia University. 

Prior to teaching, she worked as a Management Information Systems Consultant in Chicago and as a Management Information Systems Coordinator in a large public school. Now in her sixth year of teaching, Palmer also taught math at Oak Park/River Forest High School in Chicago and at Highland Park High School in Dallas. 


A self-professed fan of "all things British," Palmer enjoys reading and traveling. But Palmer most enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty years, Bob, and their two children. Ben, an eighth grader, and Stella, a seventh grader, have both attended Lakehill since kindergarten. 

"I love working at the same school that my kids have enjoyed attending for so many years and experiencing, on a different level, what the school has to offer."

Palmer says  she loves the small size of the school and how teachers know the students from kindergarten up to the seniors. "They truly care about the kids as they progress through the years and we get to see them blossom into young adults," she said.


Palmer says she loves teaching and trying to help students find their hidden talent in math. "I hope to leave every student with, at the best, an increased love of mathematics and at the least,  an awareness that they can be successful in their own way at mathematics even if they don't love it."

This Week at the ESC

Kindergarten students learned how to use handheld magnifying lenses this week at the ESC. They used different types of magnifying lenses to view a variety of nature objects from a hummingbirds skull to a gall from an oak tree. They also put their own fingerprints in their journal and looked at them with a hand lens. 

Reminder: Next week, eighth grade comes to the ESC on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:45 a.m.- until 1:15 p.m. Students should bring a sack lunch and a drink to enjoy at the ESC.  

See more pictures from the ESC.

Sports Snippets


Middle School Volleyball
The seventh grade team continued their winning streak on September 30 by taking home two wins against Tyler Street. The girls were divided into two teams to accommodate Tyler Street's numbers and both teams took home victories. The team will host West Dallas on October 2 and then play their last game of the season on the road at Desoto Canterbury on Tuesday, October 7.  

The eighth grade team beat St. John's on September 25 to tie for second place in the South Conference of the IAA standings. They will play at Zion Lutheran on October 6 at 4:30 p.m. to determine who gets second place and who gets to host the first round of the playoffs. 

JV and Varsity
The JV team traveled to Tyler to take on East Texas Christian on September 25. The girls won in a convincing fashion in two sets. The team will take on Christian Heritage from Longview on  October 2 at 6:00 p.m., looking to avenge a close three-set loss in September. 

"The girls continue to improve with each game and I'm confident that we will have different results in the second half of district play," said coach Kayla Robbins. 

With solid victories over East Texas Christian on September 25 and Tyler Street on September 30, the Varsity team is now 19-2 overall and undefeated in district play. Both games were won in straight sets. Senior captain Samantha Caldwell has been on fire from the serving line, totaling 14 aces from the previous two matches. The team will travel to Desoto to take on Canterbury on October 7 for a battle against the second place team in the district. 

Cross Country
The Lakehill Cross Country team returned to Norbuck Park on September 27 for the St. Mark's Invitational. The competitive SPC teams and new 5K course provided the greatest challenges of the season but couldn't hold back the Warriors. Freshman
Warren Lester ran his first varsity boys' 5K and finished strongly against the competition. Official race results can be found here.

The team returns to Carrollton Christian Academy for the CCA Invitational this Saturday, October 4. Over fifteen other teams have already registered for what promises to be a familiar and competitive race for the runners. The boys' race will begin at approximately 9:20 am. Come on out and support our Warriors! 


Varsity and Middle School Football 

The Lakehill Warriors concluded a three-week homestand by hosting Lewisville Lakeland Christian on September 26 at the Warrior Athletic Complex. 


The visiting Lions struck first for an early 6-0 lead. But Lakehill responded with the next 24 points and took a 30-12 lead into halftime. The second half saw both teams matching scores, with the Warriors controlling the last five minutes of the clock to ensure a 44-25 victory.


Lakehill's tight-formation offense was in high gear. With Kason Burt, Griffin Burt, and Sean Puls opening holes in the opposition's defense, sophomore Brandon Bartholow rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Puls added 36 tough yards and helped convert several first downs. Freshman Gerard Franklin had an efficient game with 66 passing yards, 115 rushing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Cole Ellis contributed 51 passing yards, 51 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. Baustin Shaw and Keaton Kinnard were also on the receiving end of touchdowns.

See pictures from the game 


In their third game of the season, the Middle School Warriors were defeated 46-26 in a tough match-up against Dallas Lutheran. See pictures from the game here. The Middle School Warriors have a bye this week and next take the field on Thursday, October 9 against Rockwall Providence. Kick-off is at 5:30 p.m. at the Warrior Athletic Complex. 

Varsity Soccer
Didn't make it to a soccer game? Experience the excitement with this highlights video of the game against Cambridge. Thanks to parent Rob Chickering for the soccer pictures and videos this season!

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.

What's Happening?
finger with string
September 22 - October 9

Homecoming Mum Sales 

Melissa's Mums is proud to offer Homecoming Mums and Garters for Middle and Upper School students. Visit the display in the cafeteria beginning September 22.
Orders must be placed online ONLY at www.MelissasMums.com/LPS


October 3
Student Council Movie Night 

Student Council is hosting a movie night for Upper School students on the football field from 7:30-10:00 p.m.  The $10 entrance fee includes the movie and s'mores!  Additional drinks and snacks will be sold. All students who participated in the WOO service event on September 27 will get in for $5. 


October 9
Parent-Teacher Conferences (No Classes) 

Lower School parents will be given an appointed time. Middle and Upper School conferences must be scheduled by calling Mrs. Kidder on October 3, 6, or 7. Get more information here.  


October 10

Middle School Fall Social, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

Lakehill Cafeteria


October 11

Shoreline Spruce-Up and Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Clean-Up, Picnic at 10:30 a.m.

Lake sign 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. At 10:30, everyone is invited to a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic at Sunset Bay, hosted by For the Love of the Lake. 


October 13
Fair Day - No classes!

We want to see your pictures from Fair Day! Take some great snaps of your day at the fair and send them to Gigi Ekstrom


October 17

End of Term 1 for Upper School 


October 18
Upper School Homecoming Dance

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the ESC
Theme: Candyland 


October 21
Lakehill Day at Genghis Grill

All day long! Be sure to mention Lakehill. Twenty percent of the proceeds will be donated back to our school.


October 25 
Fun Night for K-6, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.  

Hosted by the Senior Class, benefiting the Lakehill Holiday Luncheon for Senior Citizens

Students in grades K-6 are in for a real treat! Kids will enjoy an evening full of fun and games in the gym, followed by pizza and a movie. Don't forget a blanket and pillow! 

Parents should drop off their children in the Lakehill Gym no later than 6:00 p.m. and be sure to pick up the kids in the Student Commons before 10:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to Kelly Werther at kwerther@lakehillprep.org for discounted prices:
$30 per child, $45 for two children with RSVP
$35 per child, $50 for two children walk-in

November 8
Trek for Tech
Save the date for the 16th annual TREK for TECH! The 5k race and 1-mile fun run are scheduled for Saturday, November 8. Funds raised are used for a wide variety of technology improvements. Get more information below.




Registration is Open!
1-Mile Fun Run and 5K Race
Register here


Funds raised are used for a variety of technology improvements.
Be a Race Sponsor


Start Training!
Get Coach Karen's Couch to 5K Plan here!  


Karen & John Owen, Co-Chairs