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Volume 8, Issue 20 February 11, 2016
Camps are for Kids
Lakehill Debuts 2016 Summer Camps Program
I know it's only February, and summer seems like a distant dream, but here at Lakehill summer camp preparations are in full swing!  Calendars are being set; camp descriptions are being finalized; and the Lakehill Summer Camps staff is busy planning a summer full of fun and adventure. 

As this process unfolds, a single thought keeps coming back to me: I wish I were a kid again!
This year's camp lineup looks fabulous! Minecraft, Community Connections, LEGO Engineering, Destination Dallas, and other perennial favorites are all lined up and ready to go, but it's the new kids on the block that have me really excited! Farm to Table takes a close look at the sources of our food, giving kids a tasty lesson in going local. Brain Freeze explores the world of science at its coldest. Mutants, Marvels, and Superheroes examines our classic super heroes and super villains, and guides kids into creating their own. Waffle Iron Cooking promises to do some amazing things with...you guessed it...just the lowly waffle iron. 

These quirky, new, outside-the-box camps are exactly the kind of camps I would have enjoyed as a kid, and I'd love nothing more than to roll back the clock and sign up! I'm so thrilled at the creativity and energy that our summer camp teachers have put into their camps already, and I can't wait to see their ideas unfold as the months roll on.
Take a look at our just-released Summer Camps GuideCamp registration goes live on February 20. And, sorry...these camps are only for kids!

By John Trout
Director of Summer Camps

About Lakehill Summer Camps
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). Find out more.
College Connections
Eighth Graders Get Sneak Peek into University 
Lakehill eighth graders got a glimpse into their futures when they visited the University of North Texas (UNT) on February 5. Each year, Director of College Counseling Heather Dondis takes the eighth grade class to participate in UNT's Office of Outreach program, which is one of the few programs allowing students of all ages to take campus tours and attend an informational presentation about UNT. 

The walking tour allowed the group to see a residence hall, the music school, the health and services center, as well as the activities center. When the tour was finished, the students were treated to buffet-style lunch in the university dining hall where they dined among the college students. 

Following the informational presentation, eighth graders got to experience the social side of UNT, enjoying ice cream and shopping in Denton Square. "For many of the students, it's the first time they have ever been on a college campus," says Dondis. "The best part is hearing the students ask questions and get involved during the tour because it allows me to get to know what they are looking for in a college." 

When asked about the best part of the trip, Haley Lopez responded, "Going into the dorm rooms and seeing how they are situated, so I know what I am going to have to live in for four years." Ella Witherite answered, "The coolest thing I experienced was just how big the campus was and how different it was from regular school." 

By Afton Guedea
Marketing Intern, Class of 2016
Texas Heroes
Third Grade Presents Living Wax Museum
On February 10, Lakehill's third grade students stepped into a museum. Not as visitors, but this time as the exhibits themselves. 

To culminate a unit on Texas heroes and explorers, students had the unique opportunity to bring the person that they had researched to life, complete with amazing costumes, backdrops, and props. Students wrote their own speeches that they presented to a large audience in the auditorium.

Explorers and heroes, including Jose Antonio Navarro, Clara Driscoll, and James Bonham, filled the auditorium stage and aisles. One by one, they shared their stories and their contributions to Texas. 

"We are so proud of the students' hard work, research skills, and creativity," said third grade teacher Meredith Sauer. "They have grown immensely this year. It was a wonderful celebration of Texas History."

See  more pictures  of these Lakehill explorers. 
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Operation Shoebox
Tribes to Fill Shoeboxes for Kids
On February 18, Lakehill Tribes will gather to fill shoeboxes  for children affected by the recent tornadoes and floods. 

Items now being collected include hand towels, crayons and pencils, travel-sized toiletries, puzzle and activity books, warm socks and gloves, small stuffed animals or dolls, small LEGO sets, and any other fun and useful items. 

Use your imaginations, Warriors, and help Lakehill Tribes fill 120 shoeboxes. Collection bins are located at all entrances. Please bring donations by February 17!
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: Afton Guedea
Afton Guedea has attended Lakehill for five years. She is the Varsity Cheer co-captain and the manager for the Varsity Girls Softball team. Afton's favorite subject is English because she loves writing and reading, and it has sparked her interest in becoming a journalist. Her favorite moments at Lakehill have been working with Mrs. Ekstrom, learning the ins and outs of communication and marketing. This year, she wrote a weekly column, "High School Highlights," for the White Rock Lake Weekly newspaper as well as many articles for The Warrior Weekly and Reflections, the Lakehill blog. 

Afton's favorite trips while at Lakehill would have to be all of the Adventure Week trips in Middle School. They are memories she will never forget. Afton loves traveling. Her dream vacation would be a trip around the world. She combines this passion with a love of volunteering, going on mission trips with her church and with Rustic Pathways, an organization that provides international service opportunities for students. She is excited to work with them on a project in Fiji this summer. 

Afton's advice for young Warriors is to not procrastinate and to maintain a balance between school, activities, family, and friends. Due to Lakehill's influence and Afton's passion and drive, she is sure to achieve all of her dreams. 

By Montgomery Rotellini, ninth grade
Sports Snippets
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Lady Warriors were victorious on February 5, defeating Longview Christian Heritage, 60-35. The first half was close, as McKinney Waggoner got into early foul trouble and Charity Abengowe was nursing a sore knee. The Lady Warriors fought back, with
Ashley Peacock hitting a three-point shot to give the team a three-point lead at the half. 

The Lady Warriors started the second half with a 10-0 run and never looked back. They were led in scoring by
Jakayla Silas with 27 points, Waggoner had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Contributions from  Guilia Ferguson with six points and four rebounds and  Mandy Scales  with ten points and nine rebounds, added to the team's effort.

The Lady Warriors play their last district game this Friday at Longview Trinity. Playoffs will begin the following week.

JV and Varsity Boys Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team is looking for a win in their final game of the season on Friday, a fter a tough loss at DeSoto Canterbury on February 9.  

Junior Dunny Bock paced the Warriors, scoring 16 points against the Cougars. Freshman Luke Jerome had his best game of the season, scoring 10 points and contributing five rebounds. The Warriors are looking to end the season on a high note, in the highly anticipated game on February 12 at Longview Trinity. Go Warriors!

Middle School Boys Basketball
T he Middle School IAA Boys Basketball  team hosted Dallas International on February 4 in the opening round of the IAA Playoffs. Lakehill created several turnovers with their zone-trap defense and jumped to an early 27-10 halftime lead. The strong start carried over into the second half with the Warriors claiming a 53-25 victory. Matthew McCall led the way with 11 points, while Cole Johnson and Ryan Henry each added eight. Every team member scored in the game. 

On February 8,  the team traveled to Canyon Creek Christian Academy for a semifinal game. It was a hard-fought game with several momentum swings, but ultimately Lakehill fell short, 49-38. Johnson led the team with 12 points and Christian Barefoot added eight points.

The Warriors end the season 12-3, falling just short of making the IAA Championship game for the third year in a row. Coach Peacock was proud of the team's effort: "This year's team was fun to coach. They had a good grasp of our offense and defensive schemes, and ended up being one of the highest-scoring teams I have had at Lakehill." See more pictures.

Eighth graders  Cole Johnson and  Gaige McKnight have been selected for the All-Star team on February 18 at Fairhill at 5:30 p.m.

Middle School Girls Basketball
The Middle School Girls IAA team defeated Fairhill on February 4, in the first round of the IAA playoffs. The team had a rougher time  on February 8 in the Semifinals against Parish, losing x-x, and ending a highly successful season.

"I am so proud of this team and their first-place finish in district," said Coach Monica Rainey. "They had a wonderful season just finished short in the playoffs. They fought hard every game and have a great journey ahead of them. I am honored to coach this team." 

Jada Silas and Lynley Waggoner were selected for the All-Star team on February 18 at Fairhill at 4:30 p.m. Rainey will be coaching the game. Come out and support the girls.  

Lakehill Crew
Two Lakehill rowers competed in the S.W.E.A.T. (Southwest Ergometer Amateur Tournament) Regatta on February 6 at Jesuit High School. More than 500 rowers participated in the all-day, indoor event. Freshman
Connor Alexander, rowing with White Rock Rowing, and eighth grader
Anders Ekstrom, rowing with Dallas United Crew, competed in the Men's Freshman Lightweight division of the 2,000-meter ergometer race. Alexander claimed fifth place with a time of 7:28.6, while Ekstrom took tenth, with a time of 7:43.5. Lakehill rowers are preparing for the start of the sprint racing season and the Heart of Texas Regatta on March 5-6 in Austin. See a video clip from S.W.E.A.T.
This Week at the ESC
First grade learned about the variety of different nests that birds make. They saw real life examples of nests from around the ESC. They used small cardboard cartons, skewers, and sunflower seeds to create birdhouses of their own.

Kindergarten learned about the different ways in which animals move. They inspected the tracks of animals that live around the ESC, felt duck feathers and snake skins, watched fish swim, and felt worms wriggle during their time learning about animal locomotion.

See more photos from the ESC.
What's Happening?
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February 12-15
Winter Break (No Classes)

February 17 
Fourth Grade Mini Musical:
Shhh We're Writing the Constitution
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. 

February 17
Academic World Quest 
UTA, 7:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

February 17
American Math Competition
1:45-3:30 p.m. 

February 17-18
Ninth Grade Bake Sale
Middle and Upper School lunches

February 18
Tribe Meetings, 1:40 - 2:05 p.m.

February 19
Fourth Grade Invention Convention, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

February 20
Varsity Basketball Playoffs

February 20
WOO Service Project at Community Partners of Dallas
10:00 a.m. - noon

February 22
PFC General Meeting
Cafeteria, 8:15 a.m.

February 23
K-2 Admission Coffee, 
8:30 a.m.

February 24
Parent-Teacher Conferences - No classes

February 24-25
Reclamation Days

March 1 - Nomination deadline
Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest
Middle and Upper School students, nominate your favorite teacher!

March 8
Drama Club Performance, NQuiry
Auditorium, 3:45 p.m. 
Fifth and sixth grade Drama Club students perform a play about a journalist, Nick Newlin, who investigates claims of the paranormal and busts hoaxers.
Save The Date!
Lakehill Benefit Auction: We're Going Back to the Eighties
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Join us for an awesome evening at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park and enjoy a buffet dinner by Two Sisters Catering, a live and silent auction, a performance by the Dan Quinn Band, and an 80's "rave" party with DJ Dan Quinn spinning your favorite 80's tunes following the live auction.