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Quote of the Week

If you are really thankful, what do you do?
You share. 

~W. Clement Stone
Volume 7, Issue 13November 20, 2014
Missing Student Found

Destiny Ripka Reported Safe

Dallas police say Destiny Ripka has been located, and that she's safe and in good health. 

This morning, Lakehill Preparatory School Assistant Headmaster Lara Gajkowski sent an email to parents about Ripka's return. "I am so thankful to share that Destiny has been found," she said. "She is unharmed and in the safety of professionals who can help her process and make sense of the decisions she has made. The family is grateful for and appreciative of the love and support of our school community and ask that you continue to hold them in your thoughts and prayers. This is truly a time for giving thanks."

Top Teacher

Thorne Honored with Award

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

Social Studies teacher Jamie Thorne was recognized as the Private High School Teacher of the Year. Thorne said she was she was honored to accept this year's award.

"I don't think any of us (teachers) are in the profession for public accolades, but awards like these are such a nice reminder that we are not in a 'thankless profession'," she said. "It was so rewarding to listen to the biographies of all the award winners and all of the wonderful things happening in classrooms throughout our community.  I not only teach in this wonderful community, but I call East Dallas home as well! I'm so privileged to teach in a school that supports my efforts in the classroom. I can't inspire my students to be life-longer learners without the help of a supportive administration that gives me autonomy in the classroom and provides me with access to technology and enriching professional development opportunities." 

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 one of our master teachers recognized for her outstanding accomplishments," he said. "It is reassuring to know that the business community recognizes the importance of excellence in education and supports this program wholeheartedly."

hree additional Lakehill teachers were selected as finalists in the competition. In the Lower School category, Meredith Sauer was recognized. In the Middle School category, finalists included 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 18, Chamber of Commerce Chairman Darlene Ellison 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. Oncor was this year's program sponsor. Andrea Sanders from Oncor gave an inspired keynote address, reflecting on the impact of great teachers.

See more photos.

All-District Honors
Football Players Recognized 

District coaches gathered recently to bestow the 2014 honors for Division II District II All-District Football. Eleven Lakehill athletes were recognized with fifteen awards.

First Team All-District

Cole Ellis- Tight End
Brandon Douglas - Defensive Line
Carlos Lopez, III - Defensive Back
Brandon Bartholow - Running Back and Linebacker 

Second Team All-District

Kason Burt - Offensive Line

Gerard Franklin - Spread Back


Honorable Mention All-District 
Baustin Shaw - Linebacker
Sean Puls - Running Back
Cole Ellis - Kicker
Kevin Lantz - Wide Receiver
Griffin Burt - Linebacker
Keaton Kinnard - Defensive Back and Wide Receiver 
Additionally, freshman Gerard Franklin was recognized with a Superlative Award as the District II Newcomer of the Year.

Congratulations to these outstanding Lakehill athletes.
Top of the Charts

Upper School Performs Bye Bye Birdie

Audiences at last weekend's performance of 
Bye Bye Birdie, with music by Charles Strause, lyrics by Lee Adams, and a book by Michael Stewart, were treated to a nostalgic and satiric look at 1950s America.


Music executive Albert Peterson, skillfully played by senior Brent Huggins and his secretary Rose Alvarez, given lovely voice by senior Camille Willaford, work at the music company Peterson and his mother Mae, played hilariously by sophomore Abi Price, own together.


When they find out their only client Conrad Birdie, an Elvis-like singer, (sophomore Noah Bernstein) has been drafted, the company's future is in jeopardy.


Rose comes up with a brilliant idea: choose one girl to kiss Conrad on the Ed Sullivan Show before he leaves for the Army. The lucky girl is Kim MacAfee (charmingly played by Anna-Maria Springman) from Sweet Apple, Ohio, who recently got"pinned" to Hugo (junior Brandon Douglas).


As Conrad Birdie is welcomed to Sweet Apple, hilarity ensues. Bernstein seemed a natural in this role. From his first entrance, the audience burst into laughter without his saying a word. The fanatic teenagers, led by perky sophomore Tillie McCoskey, brought a new energy level to the show.


Upon his arrival, Conrad is invited to stay at the MacAfee home, with Kim, Mr. and Mrs. MacAfee (freshman Warren Lester and senior Kelly Werther) and Randi MacAfee (sophomore Allison Riemer).


From the lively music to the upbeat dancing to the timeless humor, audience members left Lakehill's Wyly Auditorium energized.


Lakehill's production featured musical direction by Tracy Herron and stage direction by Ann Kizer. Linda Booth provided musical accompaniment.

"I chose this year's musical because, even though it is one of the most produced high school musicals in the country, I had never directed it before." she said. "Mr. Herron knew that we had talented student voices who could handle the vocal requirements of the material. This year, our principle actors learned their roles skillfully while also helping those who were new to musical theater."


The third grade was the winner of the pizza party for Lower School, while the seventh grade won for Middle School. Thanks to PFC Performing Arts Chairs Ree and Jason Willaford and their team of parent volunteers for their help and support in bringing Bye Bye Birdie to the stage.

See pictures from the musical here.

Spotlight on Service

Lakehill Gives Back


7th and 8th grade Powder Puff
While the boys served as coaches and led the cheers, seventh and eighth grade girls faced off in a spirited game of Powder Puff football on November 20. In an intense back and forth game, the eighth grade emerged victorious, clinching a 29-25 victory. All proceeds from tickets sales and concessions will be donated to the SPCA. See more pictures

Middle School Canned Food Drive
The Middle School Student Council organized a canned food drive to benefit Vickery Meadows Food Pantry. The drive focused on the four most-needed canned food items - fruits, vegetables, soup, and meat - with each grade focusing on one item. Students collected 1,050 cans which were delivered to Vickery Meadow. See more pictures from the canned food drive.

Trick or Treat for UNICEF  

Thanks to everyone who participated. Please turn in all donation boxes if you haven't already! With your help, Lakehill will reach its $2,000 goal for UNICEF! 

Sharing the Warmth
Lakehill has surpassed its goal of collecting 100 coats in the Coats for Kids drive. On Thursday, November 20, Middle School Community Connections members will help sort through donations at Comerica Bank. Thanks to everyone who has shared the warmth with children in east Dallas this winter! 

Sisteens Collecting Stocking Stuffers Collection

Now Through December 5 
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 5!



December 1 - 10

PASF Tamale Sale

 The Pan American Student Forum 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. The tamales will arrive frozen and are "boil in the bag" ready. Tamales are $13 per dozen and come in three varieties: Ancho Chili Pork, Chicken Tomatillo, and Black Bean and Corn. Order by December 10 for delivery on December 19. Lower School orders may be turned in to your child's classroom teacher. Middle School and Upper School orders may be turned in to the Main Office or to Sra. Mayo. 

Get the Order Form.

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: Rachel Drazner

Rachel Drazner has attended Lakehill Preparatory School for two years. Her favorite subject is philosophy, and one of her greatest achievements is becoming a semifinalist for the National Merit Program. Rachel is an athletic student who plans to participate on Lakehill's Varsity Tennis team this year. She also loves to read, exercise, and bake, and wishes she knew how to mountain climb. 

Rachel is considering majoring in philosophy. Other possibilities include biology, computer science, pre-med, or psychology. She is applying to multiple universities including Rice, Emerson, Davidson, and SMU. 

Rachel's friends would describe her as quiet. She says the ability to develop close relationships between students and teachers is what she will miss the most about Lakehill.

Rachel's favorite memory of Lakehill is the Junior-Senior Ring Luncheon. Her piece of advice to younger students is to remember that a large part of life is showing up.

By Steven Murff, ninth grade

Sports Snippets

Varsity Football 

The Lakehill Warriors concluded a successful season with a tough Area Round playoff loss in San Antonio to Castle Hills Baptist. Lakehill finishes the 2014 campaign with a 7-3 record and back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 1998-99.


After graduating a talented senior class in 2013, there were a number of question marks and key positions to fill for 2014. Under the leadership of senior captains Cole Ellis, Sean Puls, and Baustin Shaw, the Warriors began the season as a "work in progress" with a number of new faces and younger players stepping into key roles. 


The non-district portion of the schedule was not easy, as Lakehill lost badly at the annual Tailgate game, but held on for close, nail-biting wins in several others. The Warriors went 2-2 in district competition, playing well in each game but falling short against state-ranked Waco Live Oak and Dallas Tyler Street.


Lakehill was well-represented on the All-District team, with eleven players receiving recognition. Head Coach Chris Peacock is optimistic. "We had a solid season with a relatively young team," he said. "The guys have worked hard since the summer, and they were rewarded for their efforts. They've learned a lot about each other and themselves, and I'm incredibly proud of them. In addition, we had a large number of boys out for the Middle School team, and it will be exciting to see them continue to develop and contribute at the Varsity level in the coming years."    

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.

PFC Events

Grandparents Day

November 21

Lakehill welcomes grandparents, parents, and special friends to the annual Grandparents Day Celebration on Friday, November 21. 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. The Grandparents Day program will be available here on demand after the event.   

Enter the Kingdom of Books...

Scholastic Book Fair is Here!

November 21 (immediately following Grandparents Day); December 1 - 5

Come feast your eyes on exceptional new books! It's time to replenish your bookshelves for the upcoming holiday breaks at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair. 

The Book Fair will be held in the Upper Library and will be open immediately following the Grandparents Day festivities on Friday, November 21. The Book Fair will reopen again the week of December 1 - 5, 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! Co-chairs

Kimberly Reister and Sarah Rich welcome any parents who would like to volunteer for the Book Fair.

What's Happening?
finger with string

November 21

Grandparents Day 

8:00, Cafeteria

The festivities begin at 8:00 a.m. with a breakfast reception in the cafeteria. The program begins 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.  

November 24-28

Thanksgiving Holidays
Have a wonderful week! 

December 4

Parent Social for 3rd and 4th Grade Parents

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Join us to learn more about Lakehill's Middle School. Please RSVP to lvega@lakehillprep.org

December 6

District Debate Tournament (Upper School)
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

December 6

Fun Night for K-6

Join the Class of 2015 for fun, games, pizza, and a movie!

5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
All proceeds benefit the Holiday Luncheon for Senior Citizens
Get all the details here

December 9

Kindergarten Preview
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
This is the last Admission Preview for 2014. Encourage your friends and neighbors to visit and find out more about Lakehill. To attend, please RSVP to 214-826-2931 or visit@lakehillprep.org. This preview will be held in the Upper Library.

December 9, 7:00 p.m.
Middle and Upper School Winter Concert

Enjoy the sweet sounds of Lakehill's Middle School Choir and Upper School Choir. 

December 11, 7:00 p.m.

Lower School Winter Program
Enjoy Lakehill's Lower School students in their annual winter performance.

December 12
Holiday Luncheon
This annual event, sponsored by the Senior Class, provides a festive lunch and holiday celebration for elderly residents of East Dallas and the Lakehill family itself. Students may order the special holiday lunch or bring a sack lunch from home. The charge is $5 for Middle School and $3 for Lower School. Get the Order Form.

December 13 
Shoreline Spruce-Up, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for our last Spruce-Up of 2014 to help keep our lake looking beautiful! Meet at the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be provided.

December 13 
Warrior Outreach Organization (WOO)
Join us to help at the City Square Thrift Store from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Proceeds from the thrift store are used to support City Square's efforts to fight homelessness in Dallas.

December 17-19

Semester Exams
Get the exam schedule here

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!
 Lakehill Annual Fund

Parent Liaisons% Class
KindergartenMs. Burt
Brent Walker & Kevin Gray
Ms. PooreBrian and Kate Walker15.4%
1st GradeMs. JanningJennifer P. Dickerson33.3%
Ms. ShawBrad and Jennifer Robinson21.1%
2nd GradeMs. ClarkDenise Jayroe26.7%
Ms. McAllisterDan and Melody Curtis 64.3%
3rd GradeMs. RasheedPaul and Andrea Johnston41.2%
Ms. SauerMichael Bracken23.5%
4th GradeDr. HaynesChuck and Tanya Bauer13.3%
Mr. TroutHolly Lynch15.4%
5th GradeVicki and Robert Granado40.0%
6th GradeTy and Colleen McCall32.3%
7th GradeCarolyn and Rick Howard29.0%
8th GradeTy and Colleen McCall34.1%
9th GradeFreshmanScott and Lyn Kelley15.8%
10th GradeSophomoreBrad Bartholow and Nicole Alphin25.8%
11th GradeJuniorRick Currey26.1%
12th GradeSeniorTrent and Lori Myers36.4%