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Volume 8, Issue 16 January 14, 2016
Addition Approved
City Council Approves Lakehill's Plans for Expansion
On January 12 at 1:12 p.m., the Dallas City Council unanimously approved Lakehill Preparatory School's zoning request for a planned development district and new facility enhancements.

"Today is truly one of those historical moments in the history of the school," said Headmaster Roger L. Perry after the vote. " The successful conclusion of the zoning process is an example of our neighborhood working with us to make this part of East Dallas a special place." 

The vote is the culmination of nearly two years of preparation, 
including feasibility studies of space needs, legal issues, and funding requirements, numerous meetings with neighbors and members of the community, and ultimately approval by the City Planning Commission and City Council.

"We are extremely fortunate to have the support of our neighbors," said Perry. "We are grateful to all of those residents who participated in the process and gave their time, making this a great neighborhood. 

Perry says that these dramatic enhancements will offer increased opportunities for all Lakehill students. Work with the contractors on the plans for 16,000 square feet of new space and 8,000 square feet of renovated space will begin in the next few weeks, with the hope of breaking ground in late spring or early summer. Perry plans to open the new facility for the fall semester of 2017. "Improving our school will have a positive effect on our entire neighborhood."

"I am so appreciative to those donors to the Opening Doors Capital Campaign who showed their commitment to our school early on," Perry said. Everyone  will have the opportunity to be a part of this exciting effort and to have an impact on our students for generations to come." 

"I also want to offer a special thanks to Michael Jung, our City Planning Commissioner, and Gloria Tarpley, Chairman of the City Planning Commission, for their time and efforts to help make this possible, and for guiding us through the zoning process. I am also grateful to our City Councilman, Mark Clayton, for his efforts to make East Dallas an exceptional place to live and go to school."
Spectacular Spellers
Last Year's Runner-Up Takes Top Honors
One sixth grade girl and one fifth grade girl remained on stage for the final round of Lakehill's Spelling Bee on January 7. But it was last year's runner-up, sixth grader  Mara Sandberg's winning combination of words, solstice and turpitude, that earned her the title of Lakehill's Spelling Bee Champion. 

After many rounds of competition, Sandberg edged out fifth grade student Anna Knickel, who went out on gargantuan, for the title.  Sixth grade student Zak Goldstein took third place in the competition, going out on Adonis

Last year's champion, Kira Willis, was the last eighth grader in the competition, going out on jackanapes. Asher Chamoy was the last seventh grader standing, going out on rhapsody.

Sixty students in fourth through eighth grades competed in Lakehill's tenth annual Spelling Bee, with 25 fourth graders alone. 

Each year students from all over the country compete for the chance to represent their schools and communities in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Sandberg will now compete on February 16 at the Dallas County Schools Technology and Training Center against winners from other Dallas County private schools.

"The spelling bee is always full of surprises," said coordinator Julie Riggs. "Some of the words seem impossibly tough, but students figure them out. I admire those who put themselves out there and accept the challenge." 

See more pictures from the Spelling Bee.

Are you a spectacular speller? Just for fun, take a look at past National Spelling Bee Champions and Their Winning Words
Spirit of Community
Lakehill Students Honored for Service
Lakehill has a long tradition of community service with students who give generously of their time and talents to make an impact on their communities. Charlie Pippen, 11th grade, and Charlie Borowczak, sixth grade, were recently selected as Local Honorees in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program for their outstanding volunteer efforts.

Pippen has been involved since the sixth grade in organizing, collecting, and distributing donations of books, clothing, and supplies to a school in a rural community in Namibia. He will spend time this summer delivering more items and teaching for two weeks in the school. He says his experience has been eye opening, and has given him a deeper insight into the unique challenges faced by those less fortunate. "I had no idea some people had so little, and that we could actually have a significant impact on their lives," he said. "I think that is what keeps me involved, always wanting to do more."

Borowczak has raised money through odd jobs since he was six years old  to provide gifts at the holidays to children through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. "Not everyone is as fortunate as we are," he said, "and there is so much that we can do to help other people. That's my motivation."
 
Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the awards recognize outstanding community service by young Americans. Two State Honorees, one middle school and one high school student, will be named in February.

"Young people who contribute their time and talents to their communities are role models for all of us," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John R. Strangfeld. "We salute their dedication, their achievements, and their spirit of community."

Lakehill Headmaster Roger L. Perry praised the students for their volunteer service. "These young men  practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate-that volunteering within the community is an essential part of life." 
Donor-Advised Funds
Can You Open a Door for Lakehill?
The Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), established in 1953, is a public charity based in Dallas that administers over 900 philanthropic funds which are divided into three categories: donor-advised funds, designated funds, and discretionary funds.  These funds have been established over the years through gifts and bequests from various donors in Dallas and across the State of Texas.

CFT distributes grants from these funds to North Texas area non-profit organizations. This is the mechanism through which the fund donors achieve their specific charitable goals of giving local non-profits the resources to meet community needs. The most popular type of fund the CFT administers is the donor-advised fund. Grants from these funds are awarded by recommendation of the fund's donor, often in consultation with CFT staff.

In order to have timely information about community needs to share with fund donors, CFT asks local non-profit organizations to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) outlining critical funding needs each year. Within the next two months, Lakehill Preparatory School will submit a Letter of Inquiry for this year outlining the critical need for support of the Opening Doors Capital Campaign to help fund the renovation and expansion of Lakehill's Hillside Campus. 

If your family, friends, or company have a donor-advised fund with charitable goals that align with helping our school, please be sure they are aware of our needs this year. For any additional information or assistance contact Ray Dent at rdent@lakehillprep.org or 214.826.2931.
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: Ava Ecklin
Ava Ecklin is a hard-working, bright young woman. She is involved in many school related activities, and is a member of Debate Club, PASF, Science Club, and Student Ambassadors.

She is participating in Softball and Volleyball this year, as well as Tae Kwon Do outside of school. Ava is taking four AP courses: Psychology, English, Calculus AB, and Chemistry. She plans to study Biology at a university in the Northeast, and hopes to pursue a career as a veterinarian. 

Ava was born in Vietnam and was adopted as a child. She has lived in Dallas for the majority of her life. She is a fan of cold weather, hiking, and the television show, Scandal. If she could travel anywhere, she would spend time exploring Europe. She looks forward to the next stages of her life, and will remember her times at Lakehill fondly. 

By Julia Bartholow, ninth grade
Sports Snippets
Varsity Girls Basketball
On January 8, the Varsity Girls Basketball team finished up their non-district schedule with a big victory at Irving Universal Academy, 64-25. The Lady Warriors had four girls in double figures, led by  Jakayla Silas with 18.
McKinney Waggoner scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds.  Ashley Peacock hit three three-pointers and finished with 11 points.  Charity Abengowe played only 12 minutes and scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, 11 assists, and six steals. 


On January 12, the Lady Warriors opened their district play at Tyler Street Christian Academy, blowing past the Crusaders in route to a 81-56 victory.  The team was led in scoring by Silas with 35 points and Abengowe with 25. Peacock contributed five three-pointers for 15 points. The team plays at East Texas Christian on January 15 at 6:00 p.m.

JV and Varsity Boys Basketball
T he Varsity Boys Basketball team came away with a big win on  January 8, defeating Irving Universal Academy,  48-43.  Noah Bernstein paced the Warriors with 21 points and
Gerard Franklin scored 16. "This was a great team win," said Head Coach Bob Yttredahl. The team worked hard on offense and defense, and everything really came together for them." 

On January 12 at Tyler Street Christian, the Warriors lost 38-18, while the JV team was narrowly defeated, 14-10. Luke Jerome led the JV team with 8 points.

The Warriors are back on the court on January 15 at East Texas Christian. JV plays at 5:00 p.m. and Varsity at 7:30 p.m.

See more pictures .

Middle School Girls Basketball
The Middle School Girls IAA team defeated Winston 47-5 on January 12. The girls gave a solid team effort.
Jada Silas was the top scorer.

The Middle School Girls seventh grade team trounced Garland Christian, 48-8 on January 12.  Abbey Bauer was the leading scorer with  Grace Addison  also contributing strong shooting. 

Middle School Boys Basketball
T he Middle School IAA Boys Basketball team defeated neighborhood rival St. Johns, 40-16, on January 8.
Cole Johnson and  Christian Barefoot  were the leading scorers with 11 points each. On January 12, the team defeated Winston 51-15, with Johnson, Barefoot and  Matthew McCall leading the scoring. The Warriors are 7-0 for the season. The team plays at Desoto Canterbury on January 15 at 5:00 p.m.  

The Middle School Boys seventh grade team got their initial win of the season with a 29-25 victory over Garland Christian on January 12.


Middle School Soccer
The Middle School Soccer team scored a big win over Greenhill on January 11, defeating the Hornets 6-1.  Kyeser Hall
had a hat trick Hamed El-Feky scored two points, and  Jason Davis added one goal.

T he Warriors followed up with a another win on January 13, defeating Parish 5-1. El-Feky  opened up the scoring in the first minute of the game, and scored again with an assist by  Ella Witherite . Hall scored the next two goals, both off of great passes from El-Feky. Davis capped the scoring with the fifth goal, assisted by  David Hunt .

This Week at the ESC
This week at the ESC, the eighth  grade explored electricity, magnetism, and transformations of energy. They used hand-powered flashlights, electric motors, wire, magnets, and batteries to discover their uses in the generation and manipulation of energy.

They also helped to clear the way for more trails at the ESC by removing trash in the forest. 

Everyone is invited to help clear trails at the ESC on Saturday, January 16, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. All supplies are provided and breakfast will be served. It's a great way to spend time with friends and family and to enjoy the beauty of Lakehill's Environmental Science Center!

See more photos from the ESC.
What's Happening?
finger with string
January 15
Admission Application Deadline
Applications for admission for NEW students (including new siblings) for the 2016-17 school year are due to the Office of Admission.

January 15
Middle School Pep Rally
12:10-12:20 p.m.

January 16
ESC Clean-Up
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Students, parents, families, and friends are invited to join us at the ESC this Saturday for a special clean-up of the grounds, woods, and trails. All supplies will be available and breakfast will be served. Help us beautify this Lakehill treasure!

January 18
No school - MLK Holiday

January 18
Lakehill Night at BGR The Burger Joint, 3:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Knox Park
3001 Knox Street #108
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: 469-941-4471

January 21
Middle School Fly Up, 8:30 - 10:45 a.m. 

January 21
Geo Bee (grades 4-8)
Auditorium, 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

January 22
Freshman Visit Day, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 
January 22
Upper School Day of Service, 8:00 a.m. - noon 

January 22
All-School Pep Rally, 1:40 - 2:05 p.m. 

January 25
College Night for Sophomores
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
Mrs. Dondis will discuss PSAT scores as well as introduce topics related to the college process itself. All sophomores and their parents are encouraged to attend.

January 28-31
Upper School Debate State Tournament

January 29
Early Release Day/Faculty Development 
Lower School students will be released at 11:30 a.m. Middle and Upper School students will be released at noon. After-care is available with a reservation.

January 30
Admission Testing for 2016-17 Applicants

Lakehill Benefit Auction: Back to the Eighties
Save The Date!
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.