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The Road to State
Ace on Bass
Training for Trek
Homecoming Week
Shining Service
Fantastic Fall
This Week at the ESC
Sports Snippets
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The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.


~Amelia Earhart
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With a college degree widely regarded as a ticket to success in life, it turns out that students attending private high schools are nearly twice as likely as those attending public school 
to attain one.

~National Center for Education Statistics
Volume 7, Issue 9October 23, 2014
The Road to State

Lakehill Hosts Bi-District Playoffs

The Varsity Volleyball Playoffs start today and Lakehill is hosting the first round. Let's fill the stands and support our Lady Warriors!


Bi-District Playoffs at Lakehill

Thursday, October 23

5:00 p.m.


Every student in attendance will be entered in a drawing for one of the new Lakehill shirts from The Warrior Shop!

Sad that you can't make it to the game? Cheer up! We will be streaming the game live and it will also be available on demand after the game. Sign up here for a 12-month All-Access pass or here for a 24-hour day Pass and keep up with the Lady Warriors on the road to State!
Ace on Bass
Lakehill Seventh Grader Wins First Chair
Seventh grader Jacob Meazle
recently won the position of First Chair Double Bass in the UIL/TMEA Region 20 Orchestra.  

"We are very proud of Jacob's hard work and accomplishment," said Performing Arts Chair Linda Booth.

Jacob auditioned competitively with 20 other bassists from greater Dallas area middle and high schools, for six positions. Students chosen for the Region 20 Orchestra will be involved in extensive rehearsals and clinics during the month of November, culminating in a concert performance at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22  at Irving ISD's Nimitz High School.  

Jacob is completing his third year playing the double bass (also known as the upright bass).  He has previously played with The New School Montessori Strings, The Northern Cincinnati Youth Orchestra - Concertina Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Junior Strings Orchestra. He currently plays in the Young Performer's Orchestra of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras. He studies double bass locally with Ted Grille.

In the summer of 2014, Jacob attended the 14th Annual Beginner's and Intermediate Bass Camp, hosted by the University of North Texas and directed by renown double bassist, Dr. Jeff Bradetich.


Jacob became interested in the bass when he completed a project on musician Eddie Cochran. "I really enjoyed listening to his music, and the bass gave the music its tone and beat," Jacob explained. "I enjoyed learning about him and the way his band put their music together. I could really picture myself playing the bass, and just decided to give it a try."

Training for Trek
A True Story of "Couch to 5K" Success

Assistant Headmaster Lara Gajkowski and her husband Russ Strawn are proof positive that Coach Karen's "Couch to 5K Plan" is the path to success. The couple has been following the plan since day one, and now have four-and-a-half weeks of running under their belts. "We have really improved our time," said Gajkowski. "I actually ran for 15 minutes straight last night--twice!"


"We are running 10 1/2-minute miles now," she said. "When we started, we were running 15-minute miles." During the first week of training, Gajkowski said they completed five miles in one hour and 13 minutes. Now they are running six miles in the same amount of time.


Gajkowski has been keeping a journal of her progress. They have incorporated bicycling and other aerobic workouts as cross training.


"Coach Karen's plan is so easy to follow," Gajkowski said. "She makes it easy to begin your training and get used to the program. I challenge all the couch potatoes out there to get out and start running!"


Gajkowski says she is surprised with how much progress they have made on the plan. "It's a part of our lives now," she said. "We have started arranging our schedules around Coach Karen. It has really been worth the effort."


She believes that anyone who starts today will be amazed at how much they can accomplish in just two weeks. "You can really make a lot of progress before the event."


Even someone who has never run before? "Anybody."


Gajkowski and Strawn hope to both place in their age groups at Trek. "I am really proud of us for sticking with the program. Coach Karen made it fun and easy, and we had a great time doing it together."


Ready to get started? Get Coach Karen's Couch to 5K Plan here.

Homecoming Week 

Warriors Ready to Celebrate

Next week is Homecoming week at Lakehill.  

Every day of the week will be a Spirit Day. Students are encouraged to dress for the theme and show their Lakehill spirit!

Monday: 'Merica Monday - dress in your most patriotic attire
Tuesday: College Day - support your favorite school
Wednesday: Twin Day - grab a friend and be creative
Thursday: Spirit Day - show your Warrior pride
Friday: Happy Halloween - wear your best costume

Lakehill families are encouraged to attend the Homecoming Pep Rally on Thursday, October 30 at 8:45 a.m. in the gym. Homecoming also brings former students back to campus. An Alumni pre-game dinner will be held on Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m. on the Alumni Patio at Perry Campus. 

The Varsity team plays Waco Live Oak on Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy traditional half-time activities with the introduction of the court and crowning of the Homecoming Queen.


Finally, the Student Council is hosting a Homecoming dance on Saturday night, November 1, from 8:00-11:00 p.m. at the ESC. (Doors close at 9:00 p.m.). Tickets for the Candyland-themed event $30 for a single and $50 for a couple. Students should wear their sweetest attire. Students bringing a guest from another school must submit this form

Shining Service

Stonewall Jackson Carnival

Members of Lakehill's Middle School Community Connections Club combined forces with Upper School volunteers to run the games booths at the Stonewall Jackson Elementary Fall Carnival on October 18. The groups will also man a water station at the DRC 5K and Half Marathon on November 2. 

Sixth Grade Meals on Wheels
The sixth grade class has taken on Lakehill's Meals on Wheels route for the 2014-15 school year. Groups of two or three students deliver meals on the first, third, and fifth Wednesday of each month. The group delivered their first meals on September 17 and will continue the project through March. Already the experience is making an impact. "It made me feel so good to help people," said sixth grader Johnny Hirata. "Everyone was so nice. I would love to deliver meals again," said Andrew Ward. Jason Davis agreed, "It really was an inspiring experience. I am so glad our class got involved." 

Groups who might be interested in participating with Lakehill's Meals on Wheels route should contact Ms. Ekstrom for more information.
Fantastic Fall

PFC Brings Signature Events to Campus

A sure sign of fall in Texas isn't always the weather. But at Lakehill, we know it's fall by the full calendar of events put on by our Parent Faculty Club (PFC). Take time now to find out more and get involved in these signature Lakehill events.

November 8

Trek for Tech
5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run
Race Day is November 8
Registration is $25 and includes a 
2014 Trek for Tech T-Shirt!

Buy Raffle Tickets!
iPad Minis, Kindle Fire HDs, Nike Fuel Bands, 
Beats Headphones

The Pasta Dinner is Back!
Join us  at the ESC on Friday, November 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
to Carb Load before the big race! 
Live entertainments by Thrills.
Sponsored by Prego Pasta House

Tickets are only $5. Get yours now!

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

 Dad's Club Chili Cook-Off 

chile pepperThis year's Dad's Club Chili Cook-Off has been canceled due to the change in Homecoming activities. Please keep working on your best chili recipe and get ready for next year's Chili Cook-Off!


October 31

Halloween Parade and Carnival, 1:30 - 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 1:15 p.m. (No face makeup or weapons, please). The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. followed by the Carnival at 1:40 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend both the Parade and Carnival. 

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. Don't miss this fabulous, family-friendly performance.

This Week at the ESC

Fifth grade really got their hands dirty this week. Using a sieve, they "cleaned" up their soil samples from the last visit and sifted them down to a very fine powder. This activity is in anticipation of upcoming chemical tests for water quality. 


The third grade continued studying flowering plants. During this visit, they listened to Oh Say Can You Seed by Dr. Seuss on the iPads. It is an educational story about the parts of plants and is a class favorite. Students also went outside to find beautiful fall leaves to collect and press.

See more pictures from the ESC.

Sports Snippets


The Varsity Volleyball team capped off their District Championship run by going undefeated through District last Thursday with a three-set victory over East Texas Christian. See more pictures.

After losing to a tough Waxahachie Prep team on Tuesday in a playoff warm-up game, the focus now turns to tonight as they host Temple Holy Trinity for the first round of the State Playoffs. The game is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m

"I think the Waxahachie Prep game is exactly what we needed as a team to get ready for the first round of the playoffs," said Coach Jhoana Cayme-Mosley. "Going undefeated and winning district was a great accomplishment, but we are refocusing on bigger goals as we head into the playoffs." 

Middle School Volleyball
Julia Bartholow and Heather Hines were selected to represent Lakehill in the All-Star game on October 16. Congratulations to both girls on this honor!

JV Volleyball
The JV Volleyball team wrapped up their season on October 16 with a two-set victory over East Texas Christian. The team finished with a 4-3 record. The girls worked hard and showed a lot of improvement throughout the season. See more pictures.

Cross Country

The Lakehill Cross Country team will head to Waco Connally Middle School in Elm Mott for the TAPPS Cross Country State Championships next Saturday, October 25. The race will include over 1100 runners in the ten classifications competing for both individual and team honors. The boys' race will begin at approximately 12:30 pm. Information for the race can be found here. Come on out and support our Warriors!

Varsity and Middle School Football 

Both Lakehill football teams picked up easy wins last week without playing a single down of football. Greenville Christian was unable to field a team for their game with Lakehill's Varsity, and Irving Universal was in the same situation for their scheduled game with the Middle School Warriors. Both squads receive credit for a victory by virtue of forfeit.


Lakehill's varsity team now stands at 6-1 on the season (1-0 in district) and will travel to Temple this Friday night for a district game with Holy Trinity Catholic. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.


The Middle School Warriors are currently 2-3 on the season and will travel to play local rival Dallas Lutheran on Thursday, October 23. Kickoff will be at 4:30 p.m.

The Homecoming Game and Celebration is scheduled for October 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the Warrior Athletic Complex. An Alumni Dinner will precede the game at 5:00 p.m. The game will also be streamed live and will be available on demand.

New Sweatshirts Have Arrived!

New sweatshirts have arrived, just in time for cooler temperatures. Check out all the great new merchandise 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
October 24
Early Release Day
Lower School students will be released at 11:30 a.m. and Middle and Upper School students will be released at noon. After School Care is available with a reservation.  There is no After School Care for Upper School.

October 25 - this Saturday! 
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 27 - 30
Homecoming Week! 

Participate in all the dress-up days for Homecoming Week! (See the article above for details). Mums will be delivered on October 30. The All-School Pep Rally will be held at 8:45 a.m. on October 30. The Varsity Football team will play Waco Live Oak at 6:00 p.m. at the Warrior Athletic Complex. All alumni are invited to join us on the Alumni Patio for a 5:00 p.m. Bar-B-Que dinner.


October 28   

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
Picture Retake Day, 8:00 a.m. - noon 

October 29
Tribe Meetings, 1:40 - 2:05 p.m. 

October 29
Reception for 7th and 8th Grade Parents 
Times Ten Too, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Learn more about the opportunities available in Lakehill's Upper School from current families. 


October 30-November 14

Coats for Kids

Donate gently-used coats in children's and adult sizes to benefit children in east Dallas. Collection bins will be located in the main hallway.

October 31

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

Get more information in the PFC section above.  


October 31
End of Term 2 for Lower and Middle School 


November 1
Upper School Homecoming Dance
8:00 - 11:00 p.m., ESC 

November 5  

Kindergarten Admission Preview

Main Campus, 9:30 a.m.

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


November 8
Trek for Tech
Get more information in the PFC section. 

November 12

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 14-16
Upper School Musical

Get more information in the PFC section.

November 18

Upper School Admission Preview

ESC, 6:30 - 8:30 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 24-28

Thanksgiving Holidays
Have a wonderful week!