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"No man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one."

~Elbert Hubbard
Volume 7, Issue 22February 12, 2015
Summer Time

Lakehill Summer Camps Guide Now Available Online

This week's warmer weather made it easy to believe that summer might just be around the corner. Lakehill is ready for summer and another successful summer camps program. Lakehill Summer Camps continue to offer family-friendly pricing and free before- and after-camp care while adding more camps and new programs.

Week-long sessions for campers in kindergarten through high school begin June 8 and end August 7, 2015. From science, cooking, movie making, and outdoor adventure to academics, arts, and sports, parents are sure to find camps that will turn summer into a learning adventure for their child. With more than 80 different camps available, there truly is something for everyone. Kids can get a behind-the scenes tour of Dallas, learn a new computer language, solve mysteries, sing, act, or prepare a delicious meal. These are among dozens of other enrichment options.  

Lakehill Summer Camps are unique in offering quality, teacher-led camps at an affordable price, with FREE before-camp and after-camp care available every day. Camps are $240 per week for a half-day session (up to five hours per day) or just $315 per week for a full-day session (up to 10 hours per day).

Camps will be offered both at Lakehill's Main Campus and at the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center.

Check out the new 2015 Summer Camps Guide


Find out more about our Summer Camps programs here. Online registration opens February 20. Camps fill-up quickly so be sure to register early to avoid waiting lists and last-minute scrambles.

So, who's ready for summer? 

Extraordinary Explorers

Third Grade Presents Living Wax Museum

On February 9, Lakehill's third grade students stepped into a museum. Not as visitors, but this time as the exhibits themselves. 

To culminate a unit on explorers, students had the unique opportunity to bring the explorer that they had researched to life, complete with amazing costumes, backdrops, and props. 

They filled the auditorium stage and aisles. One by one, each explorer came to life, sharing their tales of exploration and their contributions to the world. See more pictures of these Lakehill explorers. 

Community Spotlight
President's Service
Presidential Volunteer Service Award Open to All Students
All Lower, Middle, and Upper School students are invited to apply for the President's Volunteer Service AwardThe program honors those who inspire others to engage in volunteer service through their own positive example.   


Service hours may be counted from April 1, 2014 to April 1, 2015. Students from age 5-14 must complete at least 50 hours of service to be eligible, while students 15 and older need at least 100 hours of service. Tracking forms are due to Ms. Ekstrom by April 1, 2015.

Recipients will receive an official President's Volunteer Service Award lapel pin, a personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. Awards will be presented at the Spring Awards programs.

Interested students should see Ms. Ekstrom for more information and to verify their hours. Find out more here and get a tracking form here.

Love is in the Air

Dallas Opera Performs for Students

Students in third through eighth grade were treated to a performance of the The Dallas Opera's Touring Opera in the Lakehill auditorium on February 10. 

This production, complete with sets, costumes, and piano accompaniment, was a delightful 50-minute abridged version of Gaetano Donizetti's The Elixir of Love - a comedic gem that ensures true love will prevail with the aid of a "magic" potion. 

The response from the students was enthusiastic. "I thought it was an inspirational performance," said fourth grader Luke Jamison. "I thought the message was clear - treat people like you want to be treated. You shouldn't be mean to someone, because you never know what sort of relationship might develop." 

Host Families Wanted


Auction Raffle Offers Cool Prizes

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: Monty McKnight

Monty McKnight has attended Lakehill Preparatory School since kindergarten. His favorite school subjects are government and world history because he loves to discuss politics. He also enjoys world literature.

Monty has been involved in Musical Theater, playing the role of a "greaser" in Lakehill's 2014 musical production of Bye Bye Birdie. Most recently, he was awarded the honor of "Outstanding Club Member" during the 2015 state debate conference in Austin.

For college, Monty plans to stay close to home. He is considering Southern Methodist University and The University of Texas at Dallas.

Outside of school, Monty enjoys debating current events and playing video games. He is active at his church, and spending time with his church's youth group is Monty's favorite activity.

A devoted member of Lakehill's Debate Club, Monty says he will most miss the debate team when he graduates. "Those guys are great."                                                                     

By Maya Desai and Georgia Ferguson, eighth grade

This Week at the ESC

Second graders studied the mouth-parts of insects. They learned the differences by doing a hands-on lab that actually let them eat as if they were beetles, butterflies, flies, and mosquitoes. 


The first grade continued their study of birds by conducting a lab on waterproof body coverings. They compared cotton, fur and feathers to see which is the most waterproof. 


Parents of Lower School students should check the Friday folders this weekend for information on the upcoming ESCape to Nature days. 


Sports Snippets
Photo by Ben Gillman
Middle School Boys Basketball  
The Middle School Boys Basketball team began the IAA league playoffs on February 6 by hosting Parish Episcopal. Lakehill started quickly, leading 17-8 after the first quarter. A sluggish second quarter allowed the Panthers to stay in the game, and it was 20-12 at half. 

The Warriors broke it open in the third quarter as Parish began to wilt under Lakehill's pressure defense. By the start of the fourth quarter, the Warriors had a comfortable 34-17 lead and finished with a 48-31 victory. Lakehill was led in scoring by seventh-grader Cole Johnson with 15 points, and eighth-grader Drew Ellis added a season-high of 12.

With the win the Warriors advanced to the Semi-finals on February 9, hosting the Carrollton Christian Saints. Lakehill slowly built an incremental lead against the Saints, finishing with a 40-27 win. The Warriors were led by eighth-grader Ben Palmer's season-high 17 points. Ellis and fellow eighth-grader Henry Bolt supplied tough low-post defense and rebounding. 

Lakehill now stands at 14-1 on the season and will defend their IAA league title in the Championship Game at Parish Episcopal on February 12. Game time is set for 6:45 p.m.

The Middle School Lady Warriors completed their season with a tough loss to Zion Lutheran in the IAA Semi-finals on February 9. After an exciting 27-25 Quarterfinal win on February 5 against Fairhill, the Lady Warriors gave a strong effort against the top-seeded Panthers. Zion used some clutch shooting to secure a 29-23 victory. The Lady Warriors finish their season at 4-4 and showed steady improvement throughout the season.   

Girls Varsity Basketball  
Photo by Ken Bernstein
The Varsity Girls Basketball team defeated Longview Christian 56-24 on February 6.
Sam Caldwell led the team with 19 points, six rebounds, and six steals.
Jakayla Silas added 15 points and six assists, while
Kelly Werther contributed 10 points and six rebounds. The Lady Warriors continued with a 55-33 win over  Longview Trinity on February 7. Caldwell led with 
29 points and nine rebounds. Silas has 12 points and five assists, while Charity Abengowe
added seven points and seven assists.

The team remains undefeated in district with one game to go. They take on East Texas Christian on February 12 at 6:00 p.m. in Tyler. 

They have locked up the district championship and a #1 seed in the playoffs. The Lady Warriors play their first playoff game on February 21.

Boys Varsity Basketball
Photo by Ken Bernstein
The Varsity Boys Basketball team
lost to Longview Christian 49-42 on February 6. Clayton Shaw led the Warriors with 22 points, while Cole Ellis added 15 points.

The Warriors suffered another disappointing defeat on February 7 during their two-day trip to Longview, losing 42-36 to Longview Trinity. Shaw delivered 14 points, while Noah Bernstein had 10 points and Ellis added 8 points.

The Warriors will not advance to the playoffs, and will play their final game of the season on February 12 at East Texas Christian.

Middle School Soccer
Photo by Bob Gillman

The Middle School Soccer team played its last game of the season on February 5 at Prince of Peace. Despite a solid performance, the Warriors were defeated 2-0.  

Logan Stout, Lynley Waggoner, Gaige Cerda, Alanna Stern, Lola Bond, Loveth Heard, and Madison Cunningham did a great job on defense. Heather Hines, David Hunt, Greg Gillman, Addison Baum, and Hamed El-Feky controlled most of the game in the midfield. Stella Palmer, Kyeser Hall, and Hines created great scoring chances on offense. 


The team won four of the last six games they played. The seventh graders are already planning for next year. 
What's Happening?
finger with string
February 12
Hoops for Heart (grades 4-8)
9:50 until 10:40 a.m., Gym
Jump Rope for Heart (grades K-3)
12:45 - 1:45 p.m., Gym
Lakehill has set a combined goal of $15,000 raised for the American Heart Association. Help us reach our goal and enjoy seeing Coach Bracken wear a suit every day for a week, including a tuxedo on Friday! Money will be collected through February 27. 

February 12
Roman Banquet  
Seventh and eighth grades, noon - 3:30 p.m., Stratos Restaurant

Box Tops for Education - Deadline February 19  Box Tops
The deadline for submitting Box Tops for Education has been extended to February 19. Students should turn in Box Tops to their classroom teacher. If you have any questions, please contact Allison Lewis.

February 13-16
Winter Break 

No classes on Friday and Monday - enjoy your holiday! 


February 19, 20

Middle School Debate Club Bake Sale
Money raised help send the Debate Club to the State Conference. All items are $1. 

February 28
Lakehill Benefit Auction
Tickets for the 2015 Benefit Auction are on now on sale! Go to the auction website to buy your tickets. Early bird pricing is available from now until February 14. 

The Spring Auction Benefit and Gala,Diamonds are Forever 007, is on Saturday, February 28 at the Highland Dallas Hotel. 

The event will feature casino tables, silent and live auctions, food from the renown Knife restaurant, and the chance to dance the night away again with DJ SoulJAH. 

If you want to make a night of it and stay at the hotel, there is a block of rooms reserved. Book your room here.


Sponsors and auction items are still needed. If you are interested in helping with either of these, please contact one of the Auction Co-Chairs, Kelli Powell or Christy VanDuinen.

April 10 and 11
Upper School Play, 7:00 p.m. 
Design for Murder will be performed on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 in Lakehill's Charles Wyly Auditorium. Showtime is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.
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