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"But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there."

~Stephen Chbosky
Volume 7, Issue 23February 19, 2015
Create Your Perfect Summer

Summer Camps Registration is Now Open to Lakehill Families

Summer is a lot closer than you might think - especially when it comes to signing your kids up for summer camps! 

Registration for Lakehill Summer Camps officially opens to the public on Friday, but Lakehill families have the opportunity to register beginning today and beat the crowd! 

This summer, Lakehill is offering 85 different camps for all age levels, with new and exciting camps in every area imaginable. This is one summer you don't want to miss!

Check out the new 2015 Summer Camps Guide. Find out more about our Summer Camps programs here.


Register for Camps!

Helpers with Heart

Students Raise Awareness, Funds for American Heart Association

The American Heart Association's annual Jump Rope for Heart campaign returned to the Lakehill campus on February 12. Coaches Bracken, Cayme, and Peacock helped coordinate the event. 

Lakehill added Hoops for Heart last year to include Middle School students in addition to the already successful Jump Rope for Heart program for Lower School students. "The results have been fantastic," explained Coach Bracken. "Lakehill students in grades K-8 have raised over $10,366 so far, with nearly two more weeks to go." 

The primary message of the program is to promote heart health and an active lifestyle. Students in grades 4-8 participated in a "Hoops for Heart Knockout Tournament" in the Warrior gym. Seventh graders Hamed El-Feky and Jada Silas took top honors in the high energy competition. 

Later that day, students in kindergarten through third grade participated in the Jump Rope for Heart session in the Warrior gym. "The students have enjoyed the planned activities and really embraced the opportunity to help raise awareness and money for the American Heart Association," said Bracken. 

Lakehill has consistently been in the top ten fundraisers among area private schools. This year, the school hopes to raise $15,000 to reach its goal. Coach Bracken upped the ante by pledging to wear a suit every day for a week (including a tuxedo on Friday) if the goal is met. Donations are being accepted through February 27. 


See more pictures here and here.


Seventh and Eighth Grade Students Enjoy Roman Banquet

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your...bed sheets? Lakehill's seventh and eighth grade Latin students donned togas and costumes of mythological heroes and gods to take a trip back in time. Traveling to Stratos Global Taverna on February 12, the students feasted on a meal of mouth-watering delicacies similar to what the Romans would have enjoyed. 


Eighth graders Heather HinesBen GillmanBraden Burt, and
Reed Zimmermann served as hosts and hostess, showing leadership, character, and creativity. Tyler McCall and Katie Anne Eastus were outstanding as the Steering Committee. 

The fun continued as students enjoyed a costume contest and tested their knowledge with a Roman and Latin Bingo game. Zuri Williams, Haley Lopez, Ella Witherite, Ryan Douglas, Lynley Waggoner, and Loveth Heard received the Judges' Favorite Award for best costume ("Grapes"). 

 Heather Hines ("Medusa") took the prize for Most Creative while David Hunt ("Socrates") was awarded Most Historically Accurate. Eli Buxt and Ben Gillman ("Clemens and his Cat") took Funniest and Cole Johnson ("Roman Gardener") was selected as Crowd Favorite. Tyler McCall, Katie Anne Eastus, Emma Cowsert, Piper Munro, Lauren Smith-Morris, and Georgia Ferguson ("Caecilius' Family") were selected for Best Presentation.

"I was so proud of all the students," said Latin teacher Victoria John. "I left the Roman Banquet feeling so blessed that I teach these wonderful young people. What a joy!"

Masters of Invention 

Fourth Graders Shine in Invention Convention

On February 18, Lakehill fourth grade students gathered for the Invention Convention, a much anticipated event that tests students' ability to link simple machines together in order to perform a task. The annual event is inspired by the works of cartoonist and engineer Rube Goldberg.


Goldberg was fascinated by how humans seemed determined to make the simplest tasks unnecessarily complicated, and that is exactly what the fourth graders did as they set out to create the ridiculous, hilariously complex machines. 

After careful planning, students built their contraptions out of scavenged materials, such as school supplies, duct tape, and cardboard boxes. Many inventions solved common household problems, such as watering flowers, dispensing medicine, or putting marshmallows in hot chocolate. 

Inventions were judged on creativity, use of simple machines, and the ability to explain what steps in the invention required the most trial and error to perfect. If a particular mechanism failed to work as planned, students were given credit for the step if they could explain how they would adjust or replace the malfunctioning part in order to fix the machine. Students learned that plans and models must often be modified in order to achieve the desired result, and that inventors rarely get it right the first time.

See more pictures from Invention Convention.

Entertainment with a Cuppa Joe

Student Council Presents Coffee House 

The Student Council is hosting their Second Annual Coffee House Showcase on February 27 at the Environmental Science Center from 7:30-9:30 p.m. All Upper School students are encouraged to attend! 

Entry is only ten dollars and includes admission to the show, homemade chili, and coffee or hot chocolate. Performers include The Thrills, Stephen Cohen, Lily Turner and Tillie McCoskey, [Sic] Muzik, and more! 

Come out and support your talented friends and even come up for open mic at the end of the night. Hope to see you there!

By Haley York

Lakehill Class of 2015 

College Connections
Eighth Graders Experience a Sneak Peek into University 

On February 6, the entire eighth grade spent the day experiencing a college campus with a visit to the University of North Texas. 


Each year, UNT's Office of Outreach puts on a program designed for middle school students in which current students at UNT lead a campus tour, give presentations that include college facts and careers, and tell students what to expect in college. Eighth graders got to see a student's dorm room, the large activity center, many academic buildings, and a lecture hall. Later, they had lunch in one of the dining halls with current UNT students. To end a beautiful day, the students were taken to historic downtown Denton where they shared their experiences over ice cream. 

"Each year, students in eighth grade enjoy this fun and informative day," said Heather Dondis, Director of College Counseling. "The main purpose is to get middle school students thinking about college and the college process, which is not so far away." 

By Haley York
Lakehill Class of 2015 
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: Jonathan Motes

Jonathan Motes has attended Lakehill Preparatory School for seven years. Computer Science is his favorite class as this is the field he wants to pursue in the future. He also enjoys English, because he likes reading and discussing the interesting material. His favorite mentor at Lakehill is Madame Badgett because she realizes "that the material she teaches is difficult, but she does her best to push us so we really learn." When not studying for various AP classes, Jonathan is involved in National Honor Society and the Upper School Debate Club.


Jonathan has been accepted into Trinity University, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Dallas, and The Colorado School of Mines. He plans to study computer science and hopes to pursue a career in the game designing industry.


His hobbies include playing video games and reading when he has the time. He also enjoys watching Studio Ghibili movies, like Spirited Away and Ponyo. One of his favorite books he has read at Lakehill is Flowers for Algernon because he likes the subject and thinks it's a fascinating and touching novel. A favorite quote of his is "truths are illusions of which we have forgotten that they are illusions" by Friedrich Nietzshe.


Jonathan's favorite memory from Lakehill is getting to visit France with his foreign language class. "I had never been outside of the country, so I really enjoyed getting to see a new part of the world." He wishes to be remembered by fellow faculty and students as someone who is intelligent and had a sarcastic sense of humor.

 By Kate Langley and Elizabeth Motes, eighth grade

This Week at the ESC

Kindergarten students found out about how animals protect themselves. They learned that a skunk can aim and hit its mark from 13 feet away. 

Students even tried this out with a hands-on activity where they were the skunks and Mrs. Poore was the target. 

Sports Snippets
Middle School Boys Basketball  
The Middle School Boys Basketball team completed the 2014-15 season in the IAA Championship Game trying to defend their league title. Lakehill squared off against the Carrollton Christian "A" team at Parish on February 12. Both teams came into the game undefeated in league play and as the respective champs from their divisions.

Scoring was hard to come by early on, as both teams played tenacious defense and rebounded well. Late in the second quarter the Saints took advantage of several Warrior turnovers and turned them into easy baskets, stretching a 12-6 lead to 18-6 at the half. Lakehill stormed back in the second half, cutting the CCA lead to 26-21 at one point, but could not get any closer. The Saints added a late basket and some free-throws for a final score of 36-24.

Lakehill finishes the season with a record of 14-2 and as IAA Runner-Up. Said Coach Peacock of this year's team: "We've had more talented teams in the past, but I've had very few teams that played as well together as this group did, and very few that improved as much as this team did during the course of the season. We fell just short of winning another championship, but they accomplished a great deal. I'm very proud of the way they represented themselves and the school."   

See more pictures here and here and here

Middle School All-Star Teams
Members of Lakehill's Middle School Basketball teams were selected for the IAA All-Star teams, and played in a game on February 17. Ben Palmer and
Eli Buxt were selected for the boys team. Tyler McCallMerritt McCaleb, and Jada Silas were selected for the girls team and all scored to help their team come from behind to win the game.

Varsity Swimming
Senior Rachel Myers placed fourth in both  the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle at the TAPPS State Swim Meet in San Antonio on February 13. She swam a time of 59.17 in the 100-meter and a 26.84 in the 50-meter, setting a new personal record.

Girls Varsity Basketball  
Photo by Ken Bernstein
The Varsity Girls Basketball team defeated East Texas Christian 54-33 on February 12. The Lady Warriors were paced by Charity Abengowe with 22 points and 10 steals. Jakayla Silas added 19 points, seven assists, and five steals.

The Lady Warriors took on Dallas Thunder to help prepare for for the playoffs, losing 45-57. Abengowe delivered 14 points and eight steals. Silas added 14 points while Sam Caldwell contributed 12. 

Boys Varsity Basketball
Photo by Ken Bernstein
The Warriors played their final game of the season on February 12 at East Texas Christian, defeating the Panthers 66-41. 

It was a solid team win, with seven players scoring. Noah Bernstein led the Warriors with 21 points and seven rebounds. Cole Ellis added 15 points and 11 rebounds while Gerard Franklin contributed 11 points and 13 rebounds.
What's Happening?
finger with string
Box Tops for Education -
Deadline February 19
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 19, 20

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

February 20 

Fourth Grade Mini Musical: 

Shhh We're Writing the Constitution, 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. 

February 24

Drama Club Performance

Auditorium, 3:45 p.m. 


February 25

US Academic World Quest 


February 25
Parent-Teacher Conferences - No classes

Most teachers will be available for conferences between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. To schedule appointments with your child's teachers, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Lower School parents will receive an appointed time from the Lower School teachers and therefore do not need to call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • All appointments for Middle and Upper School must be scheduled by talking with Mrs. Kidder. We will be unable to schedule voice message requests or e-mail requests for conference appointments.
  • To schedule appointments, please call the school office after 8:30 a.m. February 19- 23. Please know that we will be unable to schedule appointments on February 24 as we will be compiling conference lists for the teachers.              
  • To expedite the process of scheduling appointments, please compile a list of the teachers you would like to see before calling the office. If you don't know all of your child's teachers, please refer to your child's schedule on RenWeb.
February 27
Early Release Day
All 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. Contact Kaye Hauschild to make a reservation.

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. 

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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