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 ~Sir Thomas Browne

Volume 7, Issue 30April 16, 2015
Stand-Out Scholar
Senior Claims Spot in Texas
Top Twenty
Lakehill senior Rachel Drazner has been selected by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as a member of the TASSP All-State Academic Excellence Team. 


This prestigious award was designed to recognize Texas high school seniors for their outstanding academic achievements and to reward superior scholarship.


Many outstanding senior students were nominated by their high school principals based on their SAT or ACT scores, academic grade point average, pursuit of advanced diploma, and other evidence of exceptional academic ability. Each student nominated then wrote a 300-500 word essay to submit with the application. From this group of outstanding young scholars, twenty were chosen for the TASSP All-State Academic Excellence Team. 


As a member of the TASSP All-State Academic Excellence Team, Drazner will be awarded a $500 scholarship and formally recognized at the TASSP Summer Workshop in Austin, Texas, on June 11, 2015.


Drazner is also a National Merit Finalist. 

Anne Frank Remembered
Sixth Graders Dig Into Historical Literature

A high point of the sixth grade literature curriculum explores a dark point in history. Students read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, while also learning about the Holocaust.


"It is a daunting, but important topic to introduce to sixth graders," said Elizabeth Schmitt, English and Literature teacher. "We finish up a unit encompassing Civil Rights in the United States, and then dive into World War II and anti-Semitism." Schmitt spends a week with her classes discussing the historical background of the Frank family and World War I and II using an interactive timeline on the Anne Frank House website.


To literally bring the topic home, students are asked to research what their families were doing during World War II. "My father was a radar operator in a B-24 Liberator, flying missions over Europe," said Schmitt. "Because he was Jewish, he flew with two sets of dog-tags. I didn't learn this about my dad until I was 12 years old. It made the war much more real to me." 


Some students have learned that family members landed on D-Day, fought under Patton, or, in the case of Emma Myers, were taken prisoner. Myer's father, Trent, spoke to both sixth grade classes about his grandfather who spent over two years in Stalag III. He shared an illustrated journal that was passed carefully around the class. "I really liked learning about my heritage and reading about my great-grandfather and his heroic adventures, " said Emma.


The sixth grade also took a field trip to the Dallas Holocaust Museum where they could see, up close, artifacts from the Holocaust, many donated by Dallas-area survivors. "I think seeing the Xyclon-B canister up close was the scariest thing," said Keegan Clendenin. "The exhibits made all we had studied very real. It made me wish that America had acted sooner."


The unit culminates with each student creating a diary from the perspective of someone in the Holocaust. Students can create a character, but most focus on real-life people such as Miep Gies, who helped hide the Frank family, Irena Sendler, who smuggled over 2,500 children out of the Warsaw Ghetto, and Eva Schoss, an acquaintance of Anne Frank's who was also in hiding whose mother later married Otto Frank. 


Others use events such as Kristallnacht, the Voyage of the St. Louis, or the kindertransport as the background of their projects. "It has been really interesting finding out about Nicholas Winton," said Maddison Cerda. "Without doing this project, I would never have known that he saved hundreds of children from the Nazis."

Spectacular Science 
Chemistry Creations

Students in Jeremy Holman's chemistry class are learning about endothermic reactions and freezing point depression by making ice cream. 


They discovered that using ice by itself is not sufficient enough to freeze their creamy mixture of milk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, but adding a little rock salt to start the melting of the ice does the trick! As the salt dissolves in the ice, it speeds up the the melting, which actually absorbs energy from the ice cream mixture, pulling its temperature down to a hand-chilling -10 degrees Celsius. Who knew science could be so delicious? 

Seventh Grade Squid Dissection

Students in Bryna Thompson's seventh grade science classes are conducting a survey of the animal kingdom. Last week they were able to take a closer look at an invertebrate (squid), and next week will look at a vertebrate (frog). This allows students to see the internal differences in vertebrates and invertebrates. In addition to looking at the insides of the squid, students pulled out the pen (internal shell of squid) and wrote with the squid ink. 

"The students always have fun with this lab," said Thomson. "They love seeing the parts of the squid and writing with the ink."  See more pictures.

Explore an Ocean of Books

PFC Sponsors Scholastic Spring Book Fair 

The Scholastic Spring Book Fair is going on this week, through Friday, April 17.

Replenish your bookshelves for summer reading at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair and don't forget to check out the Teacher Wish Lists!


The Book Fair will be held in the Upper Library and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. 


Book Club Members Meet Best-Selling Author
Members of the Middle School Book Club traveled to Duncanville on April 14 to meet best-selling author Soman Chainani, who is the author of The School for Good and Evil trilogy. His first novel, The School for Good and Evil, debuted on The New York Times Bestseller List, has been on ABA's National Indie Bestseller List for 15 weeks, has been translated into languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture. The third book in the trilogy will be available this summer. 

In addition to getting their books signed, book club members spent over an hour visiting with the charismatic author and getting their most pressing questions about the series answered.
Community Spotlight

Sophomore Class - Throw the First Pitch Raffle

 Make sure to buy a ticket for the Throw the First Pitch raffle, sponsored by the sophomore class. The lucky winner can throw the first pitch at the Varsity Baseball home game on April 27. Tickets are $3 for one and $5 for two. Selling stations will be set up April 15-17 at the Lower School and Main entrances after school. High school students can also buy tickets in the Commons during Open Period on those dates.


Upcoming Service Opportunities

April 18 - All Upper School students invited - Joint service project between WOO, NHS, and Dallas-area GP International students - Community Partners of Dallas - 10:00 a.m. - noon. Contact Ms. Thorne or Ms. Ekstrom for more information.


April 18 - National Junior Honor Society - Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake - 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. All members should plan to attend. Contact Ms. Palmer or Ms. Miles for more information. 


April 25 - All 7th and 8th grade students are invited - Kite Day for Bayles Elementary - 10:00 a.m. - noon. Contact Ms. Hauschild if you would like to attend.


April 25 - All Middle School students are invited - North Texas Food Bank - 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Contact Ms. Hauschild or Ms. Ekstrom if you would like to attend.


April 25 - All Lakehill students and their families are invited to volunteer at the Lakehill booth - Earth Day Texas - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Any length shift available). Contact Ms. Ekstrom if you would like to attend.


April 26 - All Lakehill students and their families are invited to volunteer at the Lakehill booth - Earth Day Texas - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Any length shift available). Contact Ms. Ekstrom if you would like to attend.

May 5 - Lower and Middle School Community Connections - Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake - After school.

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: Baustin Shaw

Baustin Shaw has attended Lakehill Preparatory School for four years. His favorite subject is philosophy, because he enjoys exploring unique topics. The teachers he credits as most influential are Mr. Hagood, Mrs. Badgett, and Ms. Warder, because they have always encouraged him to push himself even harder to not just meet but exceed his goals.


He is part of many groups, including President of National Honor Society, Pan American Student Forum (PASF), Debate Club, French Club, Lakehill Ambassadors, World Quest, and Science Club. Baustin also plays on the Varsity Football and Varsity Baseball teams.  


Baustin plans to major in psychology and has been accepted to Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, American University, Rhodes College, Carleton College, and University of Miami. He is still deciding which he will attend, but has narrowed his choice down to Carleton College and American University.


At his church, Baustin serves as a member of the youth usher board and media team.


Baustin's time at Lakehill has been an incredible journey. He has found many things that he enjoys and has met many amazing people. He wouldn't choose any other high school to go to and he is very glad he came. 


The best advice he has been given is, "The hardest step to do is to get off the couch. So as soon as you do that then you will be on your way... so, long story short, don't procrastinate."


By Madison Cunningham, eighth grade

Sports Snippets
Spring Sports Continue


 Varsity Softball

Following a tough loss at home on Thursday to Texoma Christian, the Lady Warriors traveled to Sherman to play Texoma on Saturday. After a slow start, the Lady Warriors scored 7 runs in the third inning with Ava Ecklin and Ashley Peacock contributing clutch hits. Strong defensive plays by all kept Texoma from scoring after the first inning and Sofia de la Cruz pitched five strong innings. Kelly Werther and Audrey Castaigne made several put-outs at second base. In the fifth inning, the Lady Warriors scored eight runs led by Rachel Myers's two triples and three RBIs. The final score was an 18-4 Lakehill victory. Lakehill's season record is now 3-2. The Lady Warriors play Greenville Christian at home on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.  

Varsity Baseball

The Warriors coasted past Greenville Christian 16-5 at home on April 9. Zac Aron got the start, and pitched a complete game. Aron had pinpoint control, striking out five and walking only four. He had plenty of bat support throughout the lineup, with big hits coming from Gerard Franklin, Jack Pippen, and Reed Henry

On  April 14, the Warriors were out for revenge against district rival Longview Christian. A large crowd cheered the Warriors as they played their best game of the year leading to a 3-1 victory. Pitcher Jack Pippen held the opposition to five hits, striking out nine hitters, and walking only three. After the first inning, Longview did not score again. The Warriors played well in the field, with Griffin Burt, Baustin Shaw, and Jonathan Kelley making big plays. Aron was pressed into service at catcher, and kept Longview runners from advancing.

Second grader RJ Yttredahl was the winner of the sophomore raffle and threw the first pitch of the game. First grader Noah Jamison was Baseball Player of the Day, a coveted position purchased at the PFC Benefit Auction. 

Middle School Baseball 
Lakehill's Middle School Baseball team defeated Akiba 6-3 for the team's first win of the season. Jackson Elliott pitched a winning game, giving up only two hits and four walks. Jalen Webster relieved Elliott in the last inning and quickly struck out two batters to preserve the victory. Most of Lakehill's base runners were the results of walks, with four runs the result of wild pitches. The team is looking forward to building on their success next week against DeSoto Canterbury and Akiba.

Middle School Softball
The Middle School Lady Warriors were rained out again on April 14. Weather pending, the team will face Greenhill on April 17 at home at 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Tennis
Four Lakehill athletes competed in the Tennis State Finals on April 14 and 15 in Waco. Senior Rachel Drazner competed in women's singles and sophomore Dunny Boch competed in men's singles. The team of William Skipworth and Cole Ellis played in men's doubles. Although they did not advance to the semi-finals, every Lakehill athlete performed well against stiff competition.
Varsity and Middle School Track
The Varsity Track team will compete in the District Track Meet on Friday, April 17. Go Warriors!

The Middle School Track team competed in the IAA Track Championships on April 13 at Parish. The meet was called early on due to weather, but not before seventh grader Niamh McKinney claimed a first place finish in the 2400m, leaving the Warriors in first place when the meet was canceled. The meet has been rescheduled for Monday, February 20. Go Warriors!
What's Happening?
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April 13-17
Achievement Testing: Kindergarten - Grade 2

April 14-17
PFC Scholastic Book Fair, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

April 14
Lakehill Day at Genghis Grill
Take a night off from cooking and enjoy a meal at Genghis Grill in Old Town. Tell them you are with Lakehill and a percentage of your check will be donated to the school! 

White Rock Spring Games - May 8
Great fun for students in K through Grade 8!

April 17
Fifth and Sixth Grade Game Night 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

April 18
NJHS Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

April 18
Upper School Service Project at Community Partners of Dallas, 10:00 - noon

April 20-24
Achievement Testing: Grade 3 - 4

April 21
Fourth Grade ESCape to Nature at the ESC

April 21
Upper School Mathematics, Foreign Language, and Social Studies Honor Societies Induction, 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. 

April 21
Headmaster's Reception for Top Donors, 6:00 p.m.

April 23
Lower School Spring Fling, 7:00 p.m.

April 24
Mark Twain Day, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. 

April 24
Middle and Upper School Choirs Concert, 7:00 p.m. 

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Lakehill Summer Camps 2015
Nearly 1000 registrations for Lakehill Summer Camps 2015 have already been received! Don't miss out on the camps you want! Four new camps have just been added - check out pages 36 and 37 of the Summer Camps Guide to see what's new!