The Warrior Weekly   
Volume 9, Issue 21
February 23, 2017
Ready, Set, Summer
Summer Camps Registration Opens Today to Lakehill Families
Summer is much 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 to beat the crowd! 

This summer, Lakehill is offering 98 different camps for all age levels, with new and exciting camps in every area imaginable. This is one summer you don't want your children to miss!

Check out the new  2017 Summer Camps Guide

Find out more about our Summer Camps programs.
Recognizing Service
President's Volunteer Service Award Open to All Students
President's Service
All Lower, Middle, and Upper School students are invited to apply for the  President's Volunteer Service Award . The program honors those who inspire others to engage in volunteer service through their own positive example.   

Individual Honors are awarded based on hours of service. For students 5-10 years of age, award levels are bronze (26 hours), silver (50 hours), and gold (75 hours). 

For students between the ages of 11 and 15 years, award levels are bronze (50 hours), silver (75 hours), and gold (100 hours). 

For teens 16 and older, awards levels are bronze (100 hours), silver (175 hours), and gold (250 hours). Students may tally hours from April 1, 2016 through April 1, 2017.

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.

All Lakehill students are encouraged to participate. Students are responsible for tracking their own hours and getting the required signatures.   Learn more about the awards , and download the  tracking form.  Forms are due by April 1, 2017.  Contact Ms. Ekstrom  with any questions. 
Rolling the Dice
Middle School Musical Theater Presents Gus and Dolls Jr.
Middle School Musical Theater students will bring Guys and Dolls Jr. to the Lakehill stage on Thursday, March 2, at 7:00 p.m.

Guys and Dolls Jr. is an adaptation of the show considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Frank Loesser's brassy, immortal score and witty book makes  Guys and Dolls Jr. a perennial crowd pleaser.

Set in Damon Runyon's New York City,  Guys and Dolls Jr. follows gambler, Nathan Detroit (played by Christian Barefoot), as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. His girlfriend Adelaide ( Ella Berry), a nightclub performer, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson ( Keegan Clendenin), for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown ( Zoe Williams).

Guys and Dolls Jr. will take you from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong.
The Real World
Senior Internships Provide Valuable Experience
Lakehill's seniors are actively preparing for their internship experiences in May. As a requirement for graduation, seniors must work 80 hours during a two-week time period following their Advanced Placement and final exams.  
Students keep a log of their work and present a summary of their experience to a panel of faculty and administrators. Through the experience, students gain valuable insight into the careers they are interested in pursuing.  

This year's internship dates are May 8-19. Members of the community who are interested in hosting a senior intern at their place of employment, are encouraged to contact Heather Dondis, Director of College Counseling, at   or 214-826-2931.  
Particular fields of interest this year include: animation,  arts administration, arts education,  arts and entertainment, athletic training,  business, chemistry, creative writing, criminal justice, dance, design, economics , engineering,  English, French,  game design/coding, international relations, journalism, law, marine biology,  medicine, music, occupational therapy, painting, sports fields,  statistics/math, and veterinary medicine.

Other opportunities are always welcome. Lakehill is grateful to the many members of the school community who have already agreed to sponsor an intern this year.
Environmental Education
This Term at the ESC
This term, kindergarten students learned about animal movement. They played a game where they acted out and guessed the different types of animal movements. They studied feathers, animal tracks, snake skins, and silicone fish to investigate the different ways that animals move. They also handled red wiggler worms from the ESC worm farms to feel how the worms are able to slide through soil. 

First grade learned about different bird habitats. They observed nests from the ESC collection, and learned about some of the largest, oldest, heaviest, and most intricate nests that birds can make. the classes used cardboard drink containers to create bird houses to take home.

Second grade studied how the form of insects' legs affects their movement. They observed insect specimens which had jumping, swimming, running, and killing legs. They also made pitfall traps in the forest at the ESC. The students will check their traps on their next visit and add any insects that are collected to the ESC insect collection.

Third grade observed the results from their plant maze experiments. They saw how plants can wind their way around the walls of a maze to reach light. They also learned about the chloroplasts in the aquatic plants from the ESC aquarium. They were able to see that the green pigment of  plants comes from these little green blobs. They also helped to replant the garden with brussels sprouts and kohlrabi. 

Fourth grade investigated tree seeds and cones as a method of identifying different types of trees. They identified the type of seeds that beans, dates, peas, junipers, red buds, and avocados have. After determining what type of seed each plant had, they had to conclude how that seed could be dispersed. The fourth graders also observed how much their avocado seedlings had grown. 

Fifth grade learned about regular composting and vermicomposting (worm composting), using their knowledge about soil nutrients from their previous visit to evaluate the value of the earth worm castings from the ESC worm farm. They observed how nutrient rich the soil from the worm farms is and helped to harvest the castings, building a new home for the red wigglers. The worm castings were also used in the Little Sprouts Garden before the third grade completed their spring planting.

Sixth grade brought tap water from their homes and tested its water quality for pH, iron, copper, hardness, and chlorine. They also learned about the potential risks of having acidic, basic, or hard water, or having high levels of metals. 

Seventh grade created QR codes for the trees which they had identified on a previous visit. The QR codes will have information such as tree species and GPS coordinates that will be hung on the trees. The codes can be scanned to reveal the information to other students and visitors. The students also conducted an experiment on variegated plants that revealed that not only do the white parts of plants not have chloroplasts, but they are also unable to produce and store sugar as starch in those areas of the leaf. They removed the green color from variegated plants using alcohol and used iodine to stain starches. They observed how stained starch replicated the original pattern of the variegated leaf.

Eighth grade tested the efficiency of their solar houses. They used the results of the experiment to determine how to better build a solar house that would keep the house cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter, and provide solar power throughout the year. They also observed how solar energy can be used to create movement by investigating radiometers and solar balloons.

Construction Corner
Update from Headmaster Roger Perry
The construction of our new building is progressing nicely.
The roofers completed their portion of the project and we should be able to place sheet-rock on one side of each interior wall over the next two weeks. The welders are putting the final touches on the steel work with the front stairway to be completed by the end of this week. 

Things look good leading up to spring break, when the old and new buildings will be connected. The brick masons should begin their work during spring break.

Be sure to take a look at our  construction photos and time-lapse videos
Senior Spotlight
National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates
NJHS Spotlight on Seniors
This week's senior: Jourdyn Nelson

Senior Jourdyn Nelson has attend Lakehill for five years. Math is her favorite subject, and her favorite activity is cheerleading. 

Jourdyn is an accomplished dancer.  She takes classes in ballet, modern dance, jazz, pointe, and tap. She dances with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Her dedication to dance shows, as she has earned All Around Teen in Dance, Miss Starpower, and Honorable Mention in Cheer.

One of Jourdyn's favorite memories at Lakehill is of the middle school event called Fall Day Out, which is a outside day of fun with classmates. Jourdyn also is active in her community as a member of Jack and Jill of America.

Jourdyn has applied to Sam Houston State University, Point Park University, Duke University, and the University of Oklahoma. She plans to double major in fine arts and dance, hoping to one day teach dance. 

The person who inspires her most is her grandma. Her mother has had the biggest impact on her life. 

Jourdyn's advice to young Warriors is to "stay in school, do your homework, and choose your friends wisely." 

By Ryan Douglas, ninth grade
Sports Snippets
Warrior Pride
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Varsity Girls Basketball team won the TAPPS 3A Area Round of the State Playoffs on February 21, defeating the Willow Park Trinity Christian Eagles 57-46 in front of a spirited Lakehill crowd.

The Lady Warriors led the entire game and finally put it away in the fourth quarter as senior and District MVP Charity Abengowe made 15 out of 20 free throws to finish the game with 30 points and 10 rebounds.

The first half of the game was highlighted by junior Ashley Peacock's six three-point baskets. She finished the game with 21 points. Seniors McKinney Waggoner and Giulia Ferguson played outstanding defense and finished with 13 and 12 rebounds, respectively.

Three underclassmen, Alana Stern, Lynley Waggoner, and Tyler McCall stepped in and played valuable minutes when the seniors were in foul trouble. See more pictures.

Next up for the Lady Warriors is the Regional Playoff game against Denton Calvary on Friday, February 24. It will be a rematch of last season's area final in which Calvary edged out Lakehill 44 -40 to eliminate them from the playoffs. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. at McKinney Christian Academy.

Middle School Boys Basketball - IAA
The Eighth Grade Boys Basketball team concluded their season as IAA Runners-Up after a tough 61-33 loss to DeSoto Canterbury in the Championship. Both teams came in undefeated at 14-0 as the respective North and South Division champs. After a close first quarter, Canterbury utilized their size and speed to break open the game in the second quarter, outscoring Lakehill 23-5. The Warriors held tough in the second half, but were unable to make a sustained run to get back into the game.

Lakehill finishes the year at 14-1. Their return to the Championship game marked the team's third appearance in the last four years. "We were not blessed with great size this year, but we made up for it with our quickness and court savvy," said Head Coach Chris Peacock. "This group is a smart bunch who quickly picked up on our offensive and defensive concepts, which utilized our open-floor skills. Because of this we were able to beat a number of teams that did have a size advantage on us. I hate that we couldn't finish our streak with a win in the Championship, but the Canterbury squad was one of the best middle school teams I've seen  in 14 years of coaching. I told our boys afterward that there's no reason to feel bad about losing to a team of that caliber. Our seventh grade team had a very strong season and I'm looking forward to seeing if we can make another run at it next year."  

Varsity Soccer
The Varsity Soccer team lost 4-1 to Dallas Lutheran on February 16.  Lakehill's goal came on a long curling shot by Ben Gillman, assisted by Luka Varnes. Reid Chickering did a great job in goal; Brandon Bartholow, Salma El-Feky, and Johnny Zhang did a great job on defense and Gillman helped on defense midfield and on offense at times during the game. The Warriors lost to Cristo Rey on February 17 in their last game of the season.

It was Senior Night for the Warriors on February 16 and seniors Zac Aron, Brandon Bartholow, team captain Reid Chickering, Salma El-Feky, and Johnny Zhang were honored before the game. 

Varsity Crew
Lakehill rowers with Dallas United Crew competed in their first sprint race of the season on February 19 in Austin. Freshman Anders Ekstrom brought home two first place finishes in the Men's JV8 and the Men's Lightweight 8. Rowers with White Rock Rowing head to Austin on March 4 for the Heart of Texas Regatta.
What's Happening
Important Dates
finger with string
Have you checked out Lakehill's new website?

February 23
Box Tops Due!
Look for Box Tops for Education on participating products, cut them out, and turn them in to your child's teacher by February 23, 2017. The class that collects the most will earn a class party! Please bundle your Box Tops in groups of 10 or 50 using a sealable bag or envelope. All Box Tops must have a visible expiration date.

February 24
7th vs 8th Grade Powder Puff Volleyball Game, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit Cure SMA.

February 24
4th Grade Invention Convention, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 

Best Bet for the Weekend!
February 24
Varsity Girls Basketball Regional Playoffs
Lakehill vs Denton Calvary, 7:00 p.m. at McKinney Christian Academy 

February 25
US Science Olympiad Workshop , 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

February 28
National Latin Exam

March 1
Parent-Teacher Conferences - No classes
Teachers will be available for conferences between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 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 speaking 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. on February 24, 27, or 28. 
  • 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.
Best Bet for the Weekend!
March 2
Middle School Musical: Guys and Dolls, Jr.7:00 p.m.

March 3-5
Middle School State Debate (Austin) 

April 22 - Save the Date!
Lakehill Benefit Auction: Superhero Soiree
Release your inner superhero!
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