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Volume 7, Issue 7October 9, 2014
All About Lakehill

Admission Previews Put Lakehill on Display

Lakehill was well represented in September at the Private School Preview, an event showcasing top Dallas private schools and boarding schools around the country. 

Just six weeks into school, the applications are already coming in for next year. The best way for prospective families to become acquainted with Lakehill is to visit the school. To give families an opportunity to spend some time on campus, Lakehill offers a series of informative Admission Previews throughout the fall.


The first Preview will be held on Tuesday, October 21. "We have had a tremendous response already to this year's Previews and inquiries in general," explained Lisa Bracken, Director of Admission. "It is exciting to watch our Lakehill community grow."

Admission Previews provide an in-depth overview for parents considering a Lakehill education for their children. Guests hear from administrators, visit classrooms, and tour the school with Student Ambassadors.


"Our current Lakehill families are a wonderful source of information as well," said Bracken. "When prospective parents call for a tour, I often hear them say they've heard great things about Lakehill from a parent at the school. Please continue the grassroots effort of sharing all that Lakehill has to offer with your friends and colleagues!" 

Six previews are scheduled for the fall, each geared to a specific division. 
Lower School Previews: October 21 and November 11

Middle School Preview: October 28
Kindergarten Preview: November 5 
 December 9 

Upper School Preview: November 18

In addition, a Freshman Visit Day will be held on January 23 for incoming ninth graders. Kindergarten, Lower, and Middle School programs are held on the main campus at 9:30 a.m. The Upper School Preview will be held at the ESC at 6:30 p.m. All Middle School students and their families are strongly encouraged to attend the Upper School Preview.


Reservations can be made by calling 214-826-2931 or via email at visit@lakehillprep.org.   

Trek Time

Participation Fuels Technology Upgrades

We're off and running in the 16th annual Trek for Tech! The 5K race and one-mile Fun Run is a favorite family fall tradition and a great way to support Lakehill.

Race day is set for November 8. It's not too late to sponsor the event - get more information here. But hurry, the sponsorship deadline is October 10.

Purchase technology... 

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

  • 20 Desktop Computers at $750/each 
  • 6 Color Laser Printers at $500/each 
  • iPad Cart at $1,500
  • Broadcast Equipment and Software at $3,500
  • 10 Digital Cameras at $250/each
  • Computer Server at $4,000
  • 5 Micropipettes at $100/each
  • Electrophoresis Tray at $500
  • Design Software at $4,500

Buy Raffle Tickets...

There are fantastic raffle prizes this year, including (2) iPad Minis, (2) Kindle Fires HD, (2) Beats Headphones, (2) Nike Fuel Bands, and 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.

Load up on Carbs Before the Race...
Join us at the ESC on Friday evening before the race for a Pasta Dinner sponsored by Prego Pasta House. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased here.

Run the race...

Online registration is quick and easy. Register here.

Start Training...

It's not too late! Get Coach Karen's Couch to 5K Plan here.


On the Air

Don't Miss These Live Streaming Events 

Lakehill will be live streaming several events online at www.nfhsnetwork.com next week. The Dig Pink Varsity Volleyball  game and the Homecoming Varsity Football Game and Halftime Celebration will all be available for live streaming, while the Homecoming Pep Rally will be available on demand.


Subscribe today to get full access to these events, as well as all other live events throughout the year. An annual subscription is just $59 and can be shared with three people. A 24-hour Day Pass may also be purchased for $9.95.

Community Spotlight

Trick or Treat for UNICEF

This October, students at Lakehill are making a difference in the lives of the world's children through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

Lakehill is consistently recognized as an Ambassador school, one of the top donors to the campaign. 

Lakehill students are known for the creative ways they support UNICEF, from donating their allowance to doing chores for donations to hosting lemonade stands. Donation boxes will go home with Lower School students on October 10 and should be returned to school by November 3.


Sharing the Warmth

Coats for Kids

Lakehill, in partnership with Comerica Bank and The Exchange Club of East Dallas, kicks off its Coats for Kids Program on October 30. 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 the October 30 Chili Cook-Off and football game and at school until November 14.

Who's New?
Lakehill Welcomes Cristi McCarty

Cristi McCarty returns to the Lakehill faculty part-time this year, teaching Algebra I and AP Statistics. 


Born in Tulsa, McCarty grew up in Dallas. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Modern Languages (French and Russian) and a minor in Mathematics. McCarty worked in International Marketing at Le Pain Turner in France. While she enjoyed living and working in France, she wanted something "more" from her career.  

When she returned to Dallas, she began substitute teaching while she interviewed for different jobs in marketing. "It was at that point that I realized I would not find what I had been looking for in marketing. Instead, I needed to teach. I loved it!" McCarty taught for five year's at J.J. Pearce High School and for a year at The Children's Center. This is her sixth year at Lakehill, where she has also served as a Math tutor.


McCarty has two sons, Cris, 19, and Brian, 17. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, and reading. On Tuesday mornings, you will find her volunteering at Baylor Hospital in the neonatal ICU where she feeds and holds the babies.


McCarty is passionate about helping students understand the importance of resilience over constant success. "Resilience is when you don't make an A, but you continue working hard so you can make an A the next time," she explains. 


Clearly someone who enjoys working with teenagers and loves her job, McCarty says her goal this year is to encourage students to enjoy math.


"The relationship between teachers and students at Lakehill is so unique," says McCarty. "Since I don't have huge numbers of students in my classes, I am able to get to know them better. I can watch them in their extracurricular activities (sports, musical theater, etc). This creates a different relationship than I was able to have with students in a larger public school."

This Week at the ESC

Fourth grade students continued their study of trees this week at the ESC. The focus was on learning how to read a tree identifying key. The process aids in classifying trees by systematically analyzing their leaves. 

The eighth graders learned about endothermic and exothermic reactions by studying the changes in temperature that occur in hand warmer packets, de-icer (used on roads and sidewalks), and when vinegar and baking soda are mixed.

The students in AP Environmental Science are working on recreating an entire aquatic food web in their classroom. To that end, the class went to the ESC to explore and collect organisms to keep in the lab at the main campus. Students netted fish, frogs, skinks, and a variety of insects, including a praying mantis carrying eggs to care for and observe in our newly established aquaria and terrarium in our classroom at the main campus. 

The AP Biology class will be using mushrooms found at the ESC in a lab in which they extract enzymes from the fungus and measure its ability to covert cellulose into sugars that can metabolize. 

See more pictures from the ESC.

Sports Snippets


The Varsity Volleyball team extended their 17-game winning streak with district victories over Christian Heritage on October 2 and DeSoto Canterbury on October 7. The team is now 21-2 and is first in district with a perfect 8-0 record. 
The straight-set victory over Christian Heritage was paced by a solid team offensive attack that saw every hitter get at least two kills. The team totaled 33 kills, with only six errors and a team hitting percentage of .400. 

The win set up a Lakehill showdown against the #2-ranked team in the district, Canterbury. The 45-minute drive to DeSoto didn't stop parents, students, and teachers from coming to support the team. The girls defeated Canterbury in four sets (25-12; 19-25; 25-22 and 25-19). Sophomore Claire Crow started the first set off with a season-high 13-point serving streak. She also dished out 27 assists and had 11 kills, 9 aces, and 6 digs on the night. Outside hitters Samantha Caldwell and Abi Price took over the last set combining for 12 kills and no errors for an incredible hitting percentage of .857! 

The team returns to action on October 14 at home against The Trinity School of Texas. Seniors will be honored before the Varsity game for Senior Night. Tuesday is also the annual Dig Pink event to promote breast cancer awareness. The Dad's Club will be grilling and there will be plenty of pink goodies. Come out and support this great cause while cheering on the team! 

JV Volleyball took on Longview Heritage for the second time on Thursday hoping to avenge a loss from earlier in the season. Autumn Scales led the team to victory with a consistent serve and aggressiveness at the net while Cameron Thompson,  Ava Ecklin, and Jakayla Silas provided a solid defense on the back row. JV will have another opportunity on October 14 to prove themselves at home against Longview Trinity at 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Soccer
The Lakehill Varsity Soccer team wrapped up their inaugural season. Although it was challenging to enter play against schools with established soccer programs, Lakehill players showed plenty of heart and perseverance in each of their matches. The team grew in their technical and tactical capabilities as the season progressed. This group of players have established the foundation for Lakehill Soccer through hard work and a belief in persistence of team first. Their efforts were not only recognized by the Lakehill coaching staff, but also by the district coaches.

The following players were recognized for All District Honors:
Adam Muncaster - All-District Honorable Mention Midfielder and Best All District New Comer
Adam was selected by the district coaches for his overall impact on the game. His was recognized for his technical skill, his ability to attack and create scoring opportunities, and his desire to drop and help defend relentless attacks on his own side.

Reid Chickering - All-District Honorable Mention Defender
Reid was selected by the district coaches for his ability and desire to defend his side with unwavering courage no matter the score. He demonstrated great tactical awareness of approaching attacks and created great counter attacks for his team.

Noah Bernstein - All-District Honorable Mention Goal Keeper
Noah was selected by the district coaches for outstanding performances in goal. Noah showed great athletic ability and tactical awareness of approaching attackers and demonstrated outstanding courage with numerous saves while in goal.

Cross Country

The Lakehill Cross Country team returned to Carrollton Christian for the CCA Invitational last Saturday. This was the team's second time at the course and its best performance of the season. Freshman Warren Lester placed eighth overall and received an individual medal in the boys' junior varsity 5K. Official race results can be found hereThe team will travel to Hurst for the Birdville Flyin' Hawks Invitational this Saturday, October 11. The race will include over 50 teams, and the hilly, grass course will cover sections of the Tarrant County College campus. The boys' race will begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. Come on out and support our Warriors!


Varsity and Middle School Football 

Both the Middle School and Varsity teams had byes this week. The Middle School team is at home against Rockwall Providence on Thursday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. The Varsity team is on the road on Friday, playing Fairhill at 5:00 p.m.


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

The Best Seat in the House
The sophomore class is selling tickets for their "Best Seat in the House" fundraiser. Watch the Dig Pink volleyball games or the Homecoming football game from the best seat in the house, including game admission and a pizza dinner! Raffle tickets are $5 for the first ticket and $4 for every additional ticket after that. Find ticket stations near school entrances before school on Friday.

October 9
Last day to order Mums!
Melissa's Mums is proud to offer Mums and Garters for Lakehill's Homecoming celebration! 
Orders must be placed online ONLY at www.MelissasMums.com/LPS


October 10

Middle School Fall Social 

Cafeteria, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Masquerade theme! 


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 13 - 17
Homecoming Spirit Week!

Every Day is a Spirit Day during next week's Homecoming celebration. Each day has a different theme - students and faculty members are encouraged to dress up and join in the fun!

Monday - Fair Day (Enjoy the Fair!)

Tuesday - Dig Pink

Wednesday - College Day

Thursday - Twin Day

Friday - Lakehill Spirit Day 


October 15  

PSAT for 9th, 10th, 11th

Senior Work Day with Mr. Perry at Perry Campus 


October 17

End of Term 1 for Upper School 


October 18
Upper School Homecoming Dance

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. (Doors close at 9:00 p.m.) at the ESC

Tickets for the Candy-themed event are $35 for a single and $50 for a couple. Students bringing a guest from another school must fill out a Dance Guest Pass Form.


October 21
Lower School Admission Preview, 9:30 a.m.
Invite your friends to join us for the first Admission Preview of the year to find out more about the one-of-a-kind Lakehill experience. 

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

October 29
Picture Retake Day 


October 30
Dad's Club Chili Cook-Off 

chile pepper Fire up your crock pot and start working on your best chili recipe for Lakehill's fourth annual Dad's Club Chili Cook-Off on October 30 at the Warrior Athletic Complex. Comerica Bank is sponsoring the event and it is going to be a fun-filled evening for all!

The Chili Cook-Off starts at 5:00 p.m. and will be in full swing until 6:00 p.m. when the Warriors take on Waco Live Oak. The entire community is invited to share in the fun. Get the Contest Rules here. Then, fill out the Entry Form and start cooking! 

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.

November 14-16
Upper School Musical
Reserve your seats now for a performance of the Upper School's Bye Bye Birdie: November 14 and 15 at 7:00 p.m. and November 16 at 2:00 p.m. Reserved seats are limited - get yours now! Please put "Bye Bye Birdie" in the subject line.



1-Mile Fun Run and 5K 

Registration is Open!
Register here


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


Funds raised are used for a variety of technology improvements.
Sponsorship deadline is October 10.

Get raffle tickets and tickets to the Pasta Dinner here.