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Volume 8, Issue 27 March 31, 2016
Democracy in Action
Lower School Committees Write Declarations for Change
After studying about government and how laws are made and passed, Lakehill fourth graders formed informal Declaration Committees during their recess time. This leadership inspired others in second  and third grade to form similar committees.  Over the past several weeks, children have been using their recess time to think about changes they would like to see in the Lower School. They have then written the suggestions on proposal sheets and gathered signatures from other Lower School students to show support for their ideas.

"We applaud this method of promoting change and are so proud of how the students have gone about securing changes in an organized, democratic way," said Head of Lower School Patti Brooks. "There were approximately 20 proposal sheets submitted, and over a third of the suggestions have been implemented." 

One proposal resulted in the formation of a new Lower School Garden Club sponsored by Jeremy Holman. A cheerleading clinic and a French class, both sponsored by Tamra Badget, have also been added as after-school activities. 

Other proposals focused on food and drink selections, such as adding Sprite to the drink machine for after-school care and increasing the lunch time food choices for Lower School students in the cafeteria. 

Students petitioned for the cancellation of the Ketchup Klub, where students use recess time to "catch-up" on their work, so that all children could enjoy necessary play time, including the new four square and hopscotch games added recently to the playground (also a result of a student declaration). 

Administrators responded to a request to encourage more kind behavior with a Kindness Warriors bulletin board in the Lower School hallway that displays messages focusing on random acts of kindness. Students and teachers write about the ways their peers and students have gone out of their way to be kind. 
Spring Break in the City
Lakehill Students Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple
Thirty-seven lucky Lakehill Upper School students embarked on the trip of a lifetime this spring break, taking off to the Big Apple. On March 19, the students began their festivities as soon as they arrived, being picked up in limos and taken to the "W" hotel in the heart of Times Square.
 
The group attended three Broadway shows: Phantom of the Opera, An American in Paris, and Something Rotten. The students participated in a Broadway workshop, getting the chance to work with performers from Something Rotten, learning a musical number and a dance from the show.
 
Students were also treated to a tour of Carnegie Hall and a performance of Madame Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera, dressing up and getting to watch the show among New York elite. A practically vertical tour of St. John the Divine Cathedral and two musical masses at cathedrals around New York completed yet another day of adventure.
 
In their down time, students had the option to spend their time shopping in Soho, visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or touring and shopping in the landmark eleven-floor Macy's. The group concluded their time in New York by eating at the popular Ellen's Stardust Diner on Broadway, enjoying a live performance from the waiters as they ate.
 
"The best part of the trip was getting to know more of the students, especially the graduating seniors," said drama and musical theater teacher Mark Guerra. "It was really amazing to share New York with them. I'm very familiar with the city and to watch the students experience it, some for the first time, was truly amazing." 

 
By Afton Guedea
Marketing Intern, Class of 2016
The Real World
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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 9-20. 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 and Senior Class Co-Sponsor at  hdondis@lakehillprep.org  or 214-826-2931.  
 
Particular fields of interest this year include: c ommunications, marketing, public relations, international business, mechanical engineering, physical therapy/athletic training, computer science, culinary arts,  entertainment business, game development, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, arts management, geography, pre-dentistry, and diplomacy/international relations. 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.
Community Minders
President's Service
President's Volunteer Service Award-Applications Due This Friday, April 1!
Students in any grade, kindergarten through high school, who plan to apply for the President's Volunteer Service Award should turn in their records of service to Ms. Ekstrom by Friday, April 1. All recipients will be recognized at the Award Assemblies in May. 

Get more information or download the  Tracking Form. Please see Ms. Ekstrom for more information. 

Lakehill Junior Recognized for Service  
After receiving the Prudential Spirit of Community local award in November, Lakehill junior Charlie Pippen has been further honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from the organization. 

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the Prudential Spirit of Community Award honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.

Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Community Awards applicants in each state. Pippen, whose volunteer service spans six years and centers on acquiring and donating much needed supplies for a rural school in Namibia, is the first Lakehill student to be recognized with this honor.

 
Upcoming Service Opportunities
April 2  - All Upper School students are invited to join WOO for a service project at the North Texas Food Bank. Bus transportation is provided. Students will depart Lakehill at 12:15 p.m. and will return by 4:00 p.m. Contact Student Council Vice-President Zain Iman, Ms. Thorne, or Ms. Ekstrom for more information. 
 
April 30 - National Junior Honor Society - Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. All members should plan to attend. Contact Ms. Palmer for more information. 

April 30 - Kite Day - Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Members of the eighth grade and eleventh grade classes are invited to help host Kite Day for students from Bayles Elementary and their families. Contact Ms. Hauschild for more information.

Sophomores Donate to Crossroads Community Center
Lakehill's sophomore class raised over $800 for Crossroads Community Services through pizza and snack sales and a Half-Court Shot raffle. They were able to present a check to the organization on March 17 during their class meeting. 

Crossroads Executive Director Jay Cole and Development Associate Hannah Kennedy were at Lakehill to accept the donation and tell the students more about how their donation would be utilized. "Your gift will provide essential food and clothing assistance to men, women, and children in need in Dallas County," said Cole. "The $838.52 will provide approximately $8,385 worth of nutritious groceries for families in need." Cole explained that each dollar raised can be used to purchase $10 worth of food for the Crossroads store. 

"It feels really good to know that we could have an impact on so many lives," said Class President Lovely Lopez. Class Vice-President Ashley Peacock agreed. "It's amazing how many people we helped with the money we raised." 

By Lovely Lopez, Sophomore Class President
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: Richard Ma
Richard Ma is an international student from Shanghai, China who has attended Lakehill for two years. Richard choose Lakehill based on information he received from his friends in the United States. 

Richard plays basketball and has been a member of the JV team for two years. Last year he also played on the Varsity Tennis team. Additionally, Richard has enjoyed many of the activities he has participated in through his involvement in the International Student Organization.

Richard has been accepted to the University of California Santa Cruz, where he plans to study computer science and game design, as well as Japanese. 

Richard is thankful for the beautiful environment which Lakehill provides for students and loves how everyone at the school is so friendly. He also appreciates how the education is different from the schools in China and enjoys how the lessons are varied creative.
 
By Jas Sauz, eighth grade
Sports Snippets
Varsity Tennis
The  Lakehill Varsity Tennis team will send three players to the State Tennis Tournament after a strong showing at District. Dunny Bock claimed first in district in Men's Singles, while Will Skipworth took third. Heather Hines
will advance to State in Women's Singles, after finishing third at the District Tournament.
By Rishi Pant, Tennis Correspondent, Class of 2016

Varsity Baseball
After starting the season 4-0, the Varsity Baseball team goes into the weekend looking to break a three-game losing streak. The Warriors ran into strong competition from Dallas Lutheran and Covenant in a tournament, then dropped their district opener against East Texas Christian.  Jonathan Kelly  threw numerous strikes in two outings and
Reed Henry  put in some quality innings in two relief appearances.  Charlie Pippen Dylan Welch Zac Aron , Kelly, and Henry have provided consistent hitting for the Warriors.

Varsity Softball
The Lady Warriors opened up district play on March 29 in Tyler at East Texas Christian with a 24-22 win, in an exciting, four-hour contest. The team was led by  Sofia De La Cruz who pitched all seven innings.  McKinney Waggoner contributed two unassisted double plays, while 
Tillie McCoskey and  Ashley Peacock made great catches in center and left field, respectively.  Chambliss Pearson contributed several outs at first base and  Audrey Castaigne ended the game by tagging a player who was attempting to steal at third base.

The Warriors were led in hitting by Alex Tracy who had two singles and a double with six RBIs. Castaigne, De La Cruz, McCoskey, Peacock, Macy Ellis and Ava Ecklin also contributed hits and RBIs during the game.  

The Lady Warriors JV Team is scheduled to play at Newman International on Thursday, March 31 at 4:30 p.m.  
 
Middle School Softball
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On March 29, the Middle School Softball team played their first game in over two weeks. The long layoff hurt the Lady Warriors as they lost 15 to 0 at Greenhill. The team is looking to bounce back this Friday when they play their first home game against Texoma Christian at 4:30 p.m.


Varsity Crew
Lakehill rowers with Dallas United Crew and White Rock Rowing continued their spring sprint season at the OKC Invitational on March 19 in Oklahoma City.  
Lakehill rowers brought home two bronze medals from the regatta.


Men's Junior Novice 8+:
Bronze - Connor Alexander
Fourth Place - Anders Ekstrom

Men's Junior Novice 4+:
Bronze - Anders Ekstrom
This Week at the ESC
ESCape to Nature
Second grade students learned about
Orthoptera, the order of grasshoppers, as well as different types of insect legs. They constructed pitfall traps in the forest which they will check during their next trip to the ESC.

See more photos from the ESC.
What's Happening?
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March 29-April 1
5th and 6th Grade ERB

March 31 - April 1
Reclamation Days
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

March 31
7th and 8th Grade Field Trip to Facility for Vehicle Inspection and Safety Research
8:00 - 10:40 a.m.

April 1
Upper School Student Council Movie Night
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Join the Upper School Student Council for a baseball-themed movie night on the practice field. The cost is $5.

April 2
WOO Service Project at North Texas Food Bank
1:00 - 3:30pm
Bus transportation provided. Depart Lakehill promptly at 12:15 p.m. and return at 4:00 p.m.

April 7-9
ISAS Arts Festival (San Antonio) 

April 15 and 16
Upper School Play, 7:00 p.m. 
Radium Girls and  Who is Theo? will be performed on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 in Lakehill's Charles Wyly Auditorium. Showtime is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

April 16 
White Rock Spring Games - Sign up now!
Registration
 ends April 4!
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Open to boys and girls in K-5
All registration fees are donated to the school! 
Registration runs March 14 to April 4.

Lakehill Summer Camps 2016
More than 900 registrations for Lakehill Summer Camps 2016 have already been received. D on't miss out on the camps you want!