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Deck the Halls
An Evening of Drama
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Your deeds are your monuments. 

~Inscription on an Egyptian tomb
Volume 7, Issue 15December 11, 2014
Power Hour

Students Log-On for Hour of Code 

Computers may be everywhere, but the reality is that the majority of schools in the U.S. do not even offer computer courses and fewer schools are teaching computer science than ten years ago. 

 Available jobs in computer science far exceed the people available to fill them. According to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, "Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren't enough people who are trained and have these skills today."


The Hour of Code is a grassroots campaign focused on getting tens of millions of students to try computer programming during December 8-14, in celebration of Computer Science Education WeekThe Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. 


Although Lakehill already offers a comprehensive computer science program, everyone joined in the fun of Hour of Code. Students in kindergarten through grade four participated heavily in the national initiative this week. Not only did the students use some of the online sites available but they also used the iPads to explore four coding apps: Daisy the Dinosaur, Kodable, Hopscotch, and Scratch, Jr. Additionally, the Lower School Computer Club celebrated the Hour of Code on Monday afternoon with a party after working on projects they have been creating this semester in Scratch and Tynker.


Middle and Upper School Computer Science classes have been coding all year, but were able to add new programs this week. Fifth graders continued their study of coding with Scratch, while also earning a certificate for their work in a new program Tynker. Upper School began using Processing, a Java add-on, while Middle School followed up their studies of picturing programs with Alice 2.4 and Alice 3.1.


Have you participated in Hour of Code? Everyone world-wide is encouraged to participate. Access the website any time, any day, to get started! 

State Stars

All-State Athletes Set Lakehill Record

Coaches from each of the four districts in Texas met this week to bestow All-State Football honors. Lakehill set a new school record, with seven total awards to four players: five awards for All-State football and two additional awards for Academic All-State.


All-State Football Honors

Cole Ellis - First Team All-State Tight End

Brandon Bartholow - Second Team All-State Running Back 

Brandon Douglas - Honorable Mention All-State Defensive Line 

Carlos Lopez, III - Honorable Mention All-State Defensive Back 

Brandon Bartholow - Honorable Mention All-State Linebacker 

Academic All-State
Brandon Douglas - Academic All-State 

Carlos Lopez, III - Academic All-State

All-State awards are strictly based on on-field performance, and players are voted on by a group of coaches that represent TAPPS districts state-wide. Players must have made First Team All-District to even have a chance for consideration of All-State honors. 

Players recognized with Academic All-State must have been named to First or Second Team All-District and have over a 90 average. Douglas and Lopez both maintained the necessary GPA and were named to First Team All-District.

"I can't think of a more deserving group of guys to represent Lakehill on the 2014 All-State football list," said Varsity Football Coach Chris Peacock. "They worked hard in the weight room, at practice, and on Friday nights. But more importantly, they worked hard at being solid team leaders, through their words and their actions. Making an All-State team is one of the highest honors a high school athlete can achieve. We're very proud of what these four guys have accomplished."
District Debate
Upper School Headed to State

The Upper School Debate Team competed in the YMCA Youth and Government District Tournament at Sachse High School on December 6.


Twenty Lakehill students, representing seven Lakehill teams, competed in the Model United Nations and State Affairs Forum. 


Lakehill's Model United Nations team represented Saudi Arabia and will advance to State. Monty McKnight served as Chair of the Political and Security Committee and was chosen as a Co-Chair to the General Assembly. 


All six State Affairs teams advanced to State for having top-ranked proposals. Chambliss Pierson was awarded Distinguished Delegate for State Affairs Forum. 


All seven teams will advance to the state tournament in Austin on January 31 - February 1.


Middle School Team Advances to State
The Middle School Debate Team participated in the YMCA District 5 Youth and Government conference, along with more than 200 other middle school students from across the Metroplex.

Seventeen members of the 18-member team attended the District tournament in Sachse on December 6. Only one of the 17 members had prior debate experience. Everyone had an opportunity to present their bills in committee, with the majority of the bills passing. "This is an amazing accomplishment," said Debate Team sponsor Paula Gillman. "In addition to successful bill presentation, the students represented Lakehill with amazing professionalism and decorum."  


The team will next be heading to the YMCA State Youth and Government conference, February 27-March 1, at the State Capitol in Austin.

Songs of the Season

Choirs Perform Winter Concert

The Middle and Upper School Choirs performed on Tuesday night, December 9, in the Wyly Auditorium for faculty, students, and friends. Under the direction of Tracy Herron and Linda Booth, the concert featured the vocal talents of the fifth grade music classes, the seventh and eighth grade Allegro Singers, the Man Choir, and the Women's Chorale. 


The combined Upper School Choirs closed the program with the annual favorite, Variations on Jingle Bells. See more pictures here.


The Upper School Choirs also shared songs of the season with a performance at NorthPark Mall on December 7. The Lower School Winter Program will be held on December 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wyly Auditorium. The fifth grade will sing at Baylor Hospital on December 18.

The entire Middle and Upper School Winter Concert as well as the Lower School Winter Program will be available soon On Demand on the Lakehill Channel.
Deck the Halls
Students Selected for Holiday Show
The artwork of thirteen talented Lakehill Upper School students is currently on display at The Point Center for Arts and Education.

Local artists were invited to participate in the annual "What the Holidays Mean to Me" Art Show. Lakehill artists selected for display and the titles of their works are: 
Rachel Drazner: Menorah
Stephan Cohen: I Love
Brandon Bartholow: Childhood Dreams
Mandy Scales: The Grinch Tree
Autumn Scales: Presents
Emily Boles: Snowman
Emily Boles: Santa
Erin Boyce: Oh Christmas Tree
Brandon Douglas: Ole Saint Sloth
Will Skipworth: Nativity Scene
Kevin Lantz: Kwanzaa
Sam Caldwell: Snow Nativity
Haley York: The Birth of Jesus
Cole Mertz: Mug

A Meet-the-Artists Reception was held on December 5 at The Point. The students' artwork will be on display at The Point through December 30.

The Point Center for Arts and Education at C.C. Young Retirement Community is located at 4847 W. Lawther Drive in Dallas.  
An Evening of Drama
Middle School Performs Plays

The Middle School drama classes presented two one-act Plays on December 5. The first play, My Only Sunshine, shared the story of a nine-year-old girl who befriends a twelve-year-old girl who has run away from her foster home. The play, written by Ann Kizer in memory of her mother, explored the importance of family, loving support, and caring for others. Cast members were Ava Rheams, Tyler McCall, Georgia Ferguson, Mary Grace Horton, Katie Anne Eastus, and Claire Howard.


The second play, Rowdy Kate, is a Western adaptation of William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew by Claire Boiko. Each of the cowpokes of New Paduka fear the wild and fierce Kate, daughter of the wealthiest Matron of the town, until Tricky Pete comes to town. Cast members were Heather Hines, Alanna Stern, Montgomery Rotellini, Emma Cowsert, Vanya Suchan, Ryan Douglas, Jada Silas, Stephanie Davis, Virginia Addison, Kira Willis, Lynley Waggoner, Evyn Greene, Elizabeth Motes, Jonah Shaw, Madison Cunnigham, Zuri Williams, Laura Wildman, Liam Reece, Reed Zimmermann, Connor Alexander, and Kumail Imam. Macy Ellis served as Stage Technician while Kate Langley helped as Lighting Technician.
Save the Date



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: Anna Gonitzke

Anna Gonitzke has attended Lakehill for three years. She is president of the Spanish Club, and her favorite subject is science with Dr. Kroll. Anna has played on and managed the volleyball team and sung in the chorus for various musicals. She loves creating artwork knowing she has the capability to bring something new to world from her own perspective. She also enjoys yoga and marathon training.


Anna is considering Tulane, Texas Woman's University, Baylor University, and University of North Texas for college next fall.


Anna has two siblings, a brother, Alex, who is a freshman at Lakehill and a sister who is in her junior year of college. Anna also has two dogs she loves very much named Snaggle and Zia. Her mother is Anna's hero, and although they constantly argue, Anna knows she wouldn't be the person she is today without her.


Anna's favorite Lakehill memory was her class' senior cleanup day at the ESC with Mr. Perry. After they finished working, the students hiked through the woods and picked a tree for that year's plaque. Hanging the plaque is a lot harder then it seems, and everyone has to work together pulling branches to make a clear space. For Anna, this moment showed her that throughout the difficulties, the ups and downs, she and her classmates were able to come together as a unit and accomplish something about which they could be proud. As that tree grows, so will they.


Anna says she will miss Lakehill because it has been her home away from home for the past three years. She considers herself lucky to have been a part of the LPS community. 


Her final advice to a young Warrior is to get involved. "Pursue your dreams no matter what challenges you have to overcome. It's so beneficial to be a part of a community you believe in and that believes in you. Those around you want you to succeed and will help as long as you give effort. Don't cower at the idea of failure."


By Heather Hines, eighth grade

Sports Snippets

Boys Varsity Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team defeated Dallas Academy 63-61 on December 5. 

Clayton Shaw made a three-pointer with five seconds to go to give the Warriors the win.

Shaw led the team with 20 points, seven rebounds, and five steals. Cole Ellis contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds while Gerard Franklin added 11 points and 11 rebounds and Noah Bernstein had 11 points and six rebounds.

Lakehill defeated Carrollton Christian 66-30 on December 8. Cole Ellis led the team with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks. Clayton Shaw added 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and five steals. Noah Bernstein contributed 12 points and seven assists while Gerard Franklin offered 10 points and four rebounds.

"The team is developing better chemistry with each game we play," said Varsity Coach Bob Yttredahl. "We have consistently had four players in double figures, which is great. Our turnovers are slowly starting to decrease and our assists are starting to increase. These are excellent signs that we are playing together as a team."

The team will take on Canyon Creek at home on Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Girls Varsity Basketball 
The Lady Warriors will take on Canyon Creek at home on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Middle School Basketball 

The Middle School Girls Basketball team lost 33-26 on December 4 in a close match-up against Zion Lutheran. The team came back on December 8 to beat Canyon Creek 24-18.


The Middle School Boys Basketball team is off to a fast start as they begin defense of their IAA League Championship. This year's team has returning eighth graders Henry BoltEli Buxt, Drew Ellis, and Luke Jerome, in addition to a number of new team members.

The Warriors traveled to neighborhood rival Dallas Academy on December 4 and began the season with a 40-23 win. Eli Buxt had 11 first-quarter points, and 19 for the game. The following night Lakehill hosted Winston and emerged with a dominating 44-5 victory. Seventh-grader Cole Johnson led the Warriors with 18 points, including two three-pointers. Seventh-grader Jalen Webster chipped in eight points. On December 8, Lakehill beat Cambridge convincingly 46-16. The Warriors were balanced in scoring, with eighth-grader Ben Palmer, Buxt, Ellis, and Johnson combining for 38 of Lakehill's 46 points.

Lakehill stands at 3-0 and tied for first place in the IAA South Division. White Rock rival St. John's Episcopal will pay a visit to the Lakehill gym on December 12. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Middle School Soccer

The MS Blue team won at home on December 4, shutting out Greenhill 7-0. Hamed El-Feky, Addison Baum, Madi Clayton, Zoe Herrman, Logan Stout, and Jas Sauz did a great job winning the ball in the middle of the field. Ben Gillman, Sauz, El-Feky, Stella Palmer, and Kyeser Hall all did a great job on offense setting up the seven goals that were scored. Maya Desai, Hall, Heather Hines, and El-Feky all scored goals in the win. Jason HerronLola BondLynley WaggonerElla WitheriteDavid HuntJacob Meazle, and Madison Cunningham were the defensive standouts. Harrison Hall had another strong performance in goal. 


The team plays again on December 11 at home against Prince of Peace.
This Week at the ESC

First graders in Ms. Janning's class studied owls this week at the ESC including learning what an owl pellet is and where they come from. They looked closely at a manufactured owl pellet and then looked at the contents of a real owl pellet found at the ESC. 


First graders in Ms. Shaw's class enjoyed an outdoor lesson at the pond. They lured the fish to the surface and fed them from the shore of the pond. The class then took a short hike around the ESC. 


What's Happening?
finger with string

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.
Lake sign 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 16
Third Grade Trip Around the World, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

December 17-19

Semester Exams
Get the exam schedule here


December 18
K-6 Dismiss for Holidays

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!

December 22 - January 5
Have a wonderful Holiday Break!

January 5
Teacher in-service

January 6
Classes  begin

January 6
Home for the Holidays Alumni Event
All college-age alumni are invited to join us for an evening of basketball and fun! The Varsity Girls play at 5:00 p.m.followed by the Varsity Boys at 6:30 p.m.There will be free admission and free pizza for all college-age alumni. Please RSVP by December 19 to mdrake@lakehillprep.org.

Middle School Adventure Week
March 2-5, 2015
Middle School Adventure Week will be here before you know it! Parents should have already received an informational letter about this exciting Lakehill tradition. 

Spelling Bee Coming Soon!
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in Lakehill's annual Spelling Bee. Interested students are encouraged to study the words in the  Study List (the password is BeeStudy15). The website www.spellingbee.com has daily tips, articles, and games that can increase your ability to compete. Spending a little time with it each week will improve your spelling sense and your vocabulary. Students will complete an elimination round by taking a written test in early January. The written test will consist of ten to fifteen words from these lists. Anyone with the minimum level of accuracy (70-80%) will be eligible to participate in the spelling bee. The Spelling Bee will be held January 16 at 9:50 a.m. in the Auditorium.
 Lakehill Annual Fund
KindergartenMs. BurtBrent Walker and Kevin Gray30.8%

Ms. PooreBrian and Kate Walker46.2%
1st GradeMs. JanningJennifer P. Dickerson55.6%
Ms. ShawBrad and Jennifer Robinson31.6%
2nd GradeMs. ClarkDenise Jayroe33.3%
Ms. McAllisterDan and Melody Curtis 64.3%
3rd GradeMs. RasheedPaul and Andrea Johnston52.9%
Ms. SauerMichael Bracken52.9%
4th GradeDr. HaynesChuck and Tanya Bauer33.3%
Mr. TroutHolly Lynch23.1%
5th GradeVicki and Robert Granado48.6%
6th GradeTy and Colleen McCall48.4%
7th GradeCarolyn and Rick Howard41.9%
8th GradeTy and Colleen McCall48.8%
9th GradeFreshmanScott and Lyn Kelley15.8%
10th GradeSophomoreBrad Bartholow and Nicole Alphin41.9%
11th GradeJuniorRick Currey39.1%
12th GradeSeniorTrent and Lori Myers40.9%