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Volume 7, Issue 33May 8, 2015
Rite of Passage
Students Celebrate at Junior-Senior Ring Luncheon

The Junior-Senior Ring Ceremony remains one of the most significant events of all of those in Upper School year.


There has always been a special bond between the junior and senior classes at Lakehill, and this year's group is no exception. Held amidst the elegance of the Warwick Melrose Hotel, the Junior-Senior Ring Luncheon allowed the class of 2015 the opportunity to reflect, to celebrate, and to pass the torch to Lakehill's next class of leaders.


After a recap of their successful senior year, Senior Class President Kelly Werther introduced next year's President, Hannah Herrman. Then, members of the senior class introduced each member of the junior class, presenting a Class of 2016 shirt and paying tribute to each junior during this special Lakehill rite of passage.

See more photos from the Junior Senior Ring Luncheon. 
Locker Room Lessons
Renowned Sports Writer Shares Stories with Students
"Donnie and I met for lunch in Beijing." It was just a set up line, but when you realize the "Donnie" in the story is Donnie Nelson, and the reason they're meeting in a Beijing restaurant is that the 2008 Olympics are in full swing, and Nelson is coaching the Chinese Olympic basketball team, you know you're in for a great story.

The story of this "surreal" lunch was just one of the many shared by Jaime Aron (the "I" in the story) with Tim Hagood's Sports in Literature and Film elective class last Wednesday. Aron, father of Lakehill sophomore Zac, is the author of five books on Texas sports and was the Texas Sports Editor for the Associated Press from 1999-2012. Having reported on events on every continent where people play sports except Africa, including seven Olympic Games, Aron had time only to scratch the surface of his vast experience. 

Nevertheless, being able to listen to a reporter (who was once almost punched out by Jerry Stackhouse) was a rare treat for the students. Aron was able to cover many topics, so the students heard about more than sports celebrities and their eating habits or rages. An example of such a topic was Aron's story about a publisher's request that he update his Tales From the Dallas Mavericks Locker Room, a book first published in 2003. A new publisher wanted to issue a new edition in 2011 during the Mavericks' inspiring title run, but insisted that Aron bring it up to date while he was covering the Mavericks in the NBA finals for the AP. Game six was on a Sunday night and, with the Mavericks winning their first NBA championship, Aron did not get back to his hotel room until 2:00 a.m. While his colleagues were celebrating with the Mavericks, Aron was in his room working all night to finish the manuscript so that the publisher could get it Monday on deadline. Aron said he was "literally watching the sun come up over the Atlantic" as he was putting the final touches on the manuscript.

Such lessons about hard work and leaping at opportunities when they arise are at the heart of many of the best sports stories. Aron's stories had the same salutary effect on the students, who left the class not merely enlightened, but also inspired.


See more pictures.

By Tim Hagood

English Department Chair, Grades 8-12 
Out and About
Field Trips Bring Learning to Life

Third Grade Visits Heritage Museum

Third graders became Dallas history detectives during a recent visit to the Dallas Heritage Museum, going on a scavenger hunt to find information on historic colonial homes. The students students enjoyed immersing themselves in the history of 19th century life. The students even met the famous donkeys, Nip and Tuck.

First Grade Explores Dallas World Aquarium

On April 23 and 24, the first grade classes took an exciting trip to the Dallas World Aquarium. Their journey began in the canopy of a South American Rainforest. The path took them past toucans, monkeys, river otters, crocodiles, and many more exotic species. They encountered manatees and monkeys, as they explored the various habitats. The river otters were a big hit, but perhaps the best part was the penguin exhibit featuring Black Footed penguins. The students are ending the school year with a class research project on  penguins. See more pictures.


Seventh Graders Enjoy Medieval Times 

Seventh graders recently took a break from history class and their study of the medieval period to take a step back in time. This journey to the eleventh century included epic battles, knights, jousting tournaments, and a royal feast - all in the comfort of the Medieval Times castle.

From high above, castle royalty presided over their four-course feast (enjoyed without utensils, of course) as they witnessed the knights partake in tournament-style games, complete with Hollywood-style special effects. The class cheered for their knight while watching history come alive. 


"Our students enthusiastically supported the Green Knight during his joust and battle," said seventh grade history teacher Patty Pippen. "This field trip was the perfect complement to our Middle Ages curriculum with lessons on living in the castle, medieval manners, and the training of the knights." 

Performing Artists

Students Celebrate Successful Year

The Upper School Performing Arts Banquet, a wonderful evening of remembrances and awards, was held at Galleri Urbane on Thursday, April 30.


A video of short excerpts of student work throughout the year was prepared and shown by Choral Director, Tracy Herron. Honors and awards were presented to students involved in Lakehill Chorale, Drama, Musical Theater, and Thespians.


Eight students were inducted into Troupe 7058 of the International Thespian Society as a result of their exceptional efforts in educational theater arts. Congratulations to Salma El-Feky, Reed Henry, Warren Lester, Tillie McCoskey, Chambliss Pierson, Will Skipworth, McKinney Waggonerand Dylan Welch.  


Anna-Maria Springman was awarded the National Honor Thespian Award for having the most cumulative hours of theater participation (both on and off stage) during high school. Charlotte Abate, Noah Bernstein and Chambliss Pierson earned the Honor Thespian award for their hours of participation.

See more photos from the Performing Arts Banquet.
Family Fun

Middle School Students Prepare to Entertain

On May 15 at 7:00 p.m., Lakehill's seventh and eighth grade musical theater students will share the fantastic tale of Mulan.

Defying tradition, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor. 

Disney's Mulan, Jris a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor, and the fighting spirit. The score includes such favorites as "Reflection," "Honor to Us All," and "I'll Make a Man Out of You." There are also new songs that promise to get the audience up on its feet.

Admission is free. Don't miss this family-friendly performance! 
Community Spotlight

Middle School Students Help at Children's Center Carnival

Lakehill Middle School students donated their time on May 3 to help out at The Children's Center's annual carnival. 


Students manned the games at the annual event. According to organizers, "The Lakehill students were a tremendous help. Their positive attitudes, big smiles, and willingness to lead a variety of activities make them our 'go-to' group when looking for volunteers."


See more pictures.

Shoreline Spruce-Up

More than twenty members of Lower and Middle School Community Connections Clubs and their families braved the high winds and threatening rains on Tuesday afternoon for a Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake. "I found some amazing things at this lake clean-up," said fourth grader Hannah Reister, as she showcased her treasures, including a fire extinguisher, lawn chair, and high-heeled shoe. 


Thanks to everyone who has helped maintain Lakehill's adopted shoreline over the past seven years (that's 81 lake clean-ups!).  Lakehill's Community Connections campers will maintain the lake over the summer. Join us at the first Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-Up for 2015-16 on September 12 at 9:00 a.m.

Sports Snippets
Season Ends for Varsity Softball 
After clinching third place in district, the Lady Warriors advanced to the TAPPS State Playoffs with a 5-3 record. Their season came to an end on Friday night with a loss to Ft. Worth Bethesda Christian. Congratulations to the Lady Warriors on an outstanding season!

Warriors Capture All-District Honors

Ten Warriors were selected for All-District Honors in Softball. Rachel Myers, Kelly Werther, Audrey Castaigne, Sofia de La Cruz, and McKinney Waggoner were all selected for First Team All-District honors. Haley York, Ashley Peacock, and Ava Ecklin made Second Team All-District, and Emily Boles and Lovely Lopez received Honorable Mention.

Two Lady Warriors also captured Superlative Awards. Myers was named the Offensive Player of the Year and Werther was honored as Defensive Player of the Year.

Seven Warriors were selected for All-District Honors in Baseball. Jack Pippen and Cole Ellis were selected for First Team All-District honors. Gerard Franklin, Jonathan Kelley, Zac Aron, and Reed Henry made Second Team All-District. Dylan Welch received All-District Honorable Mention.


Congratulations Warriors on outstanding seasons in baseball and softball. See more softball pictures and baseball pictures.

This Week at the ESC

Eighth grade students conducted an experiment with the solar houses they made during a previous visit to the ESC. 


The houses are complete with a solar powered light, fan, and water heater. Students tested the efficiency of their homes and made conclusions about how they could improve their designs. Once they finished experimenting with their houses, they used bamboo fishing poles to catch and release fish, including perch and bluegill, from the ESC pond. 

See more photos from the ESC.

What's Happening?
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Business Office Reminders:
  • All 2014-2015 accounts must be paid in full no later than Monday, May 11 to avoid a potential delay in receiving final grades / records / transcripts for the year.
  • Tuition for the 2015-2016 school year (either paid in full or first monthly payment) is due on Monday, June 1. Late fees will apply for payments received after June 10.
  • After School Care bills for May will be mailed in the first week of June. Parents are encouraged to make sure their accounts are clear over the summer to avoid a delay at Registration in August.
Please contact Bruce McCoskey, Lakehill's Business Manager, at 214.826.2931 ext 115 or bmccoskey@lakehillprep.org if you have any questions.


Revised Calendar for 2015-16

May 4 - 8
Teacher Appreciation Week 

We all have a teacher we'll never forget. The one who pushed us when we needed it, or who knew when to take a step back and encourage us when the path became a little too steep. 

Be sure to take time this week to thank a teacher!

May 7

New Parent Luncheon
ESC, 11:30 a.m. 

May 8
Middle School Musical Rehearsal
8:00 a.m. - noon

May 8
Middle School Service Project at North Texas Food Bank
8:00 a.m. - noon
(Seventh and eighth grade students not in Musical Theater) 

May 8
Lower School Field Day
Lakehill Ninja Warrior
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. 
Find out more!

May 8
Middle School End-of-Year Skating Party 
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
May 8
White Rock Spring Games

May 10
Mother's Day
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May 12
Parent Faculty Club (PFC) General Meeting
8:15 a.m., Cafeteria
Join us to hear more about what is going on with the PFC and meet the officers for next year!  

May 12
Third Grade Colonial Games Day
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. 

May 13
Middle School Athletics Luncheon 
(During MS Lunch)
May 15
Middle School Musical: Mulan, Jr.
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

May 17
ESC, 2:00 p.m. 

May 19
Lower School Awards Ceremony
2:00 p.m., Auditorium

May 20
Middle School Awards Ceremony
2:00 p.m., Auditorium

May 20
Lakehill Night at Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria 
5:00 - 10:00 p.m., Eat-in or take-out!
May 21
Athletic Banquet
6:00 p.m., ESC

May 22
Upper School Awards Ceremony
11:00 a.m., Auditorium


May 22
Upper School Celebration
12:30 p.m., RLP


May 22
Lower School Skating Party

May 22

K-5 Dismiss
May 25
Memorial Day - no classes

May 26-28

Semester Exams
Get the Exam Schedule.

May 29

Commencement Ceremony
7:30 p.m., Auditorium 
The Warrior Shop is Open!
Visit us for all your spirit wear needs! 
Mondays, 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Thursdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Lakehill Summer Camps 2015
Don't miss out on the camps you want! Remember, register by May 15!