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Volume 8, Issue 34 May 19, 2016
Breaking Ground
Lakehill Celebrates Expansion with Groundbreaking Ceremony
Lakehill began a new chapter in its history today with a formal groundbreaking ceremony for its new expansion project at school's main campus.
Lakehill students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff joined board members and donors to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new 16,000 square-foot facility. An additional 8,000 square feet of existing space will also be renovated. The entire project will be completed in time for the start of the 2017-18 school year.
Lakehill Headmaster Roger L. Perry kicked off the ceremony by talking about the impact this development will have on the community. "This groundbreaking is the culmination of significant efforts with our neighbors to make this possible. We appreciate their response and encouragement. Improving our school will have a positive effect on our entire community ."
Perry was joined by Lakehill Board Chair Beverly Godbey, along with Board members Chuck Burch, Carolyn Howard, Chris Janning, Colleen McCall, Brad Robinson, Irwin Thompson, Matt Trent, Dana Turner, and Brent Walker, Parent Faculty Club President Barb Witherite, and architect Jon Rollins.
"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."
The expansion will produce new lab spaces for science, writing, and computer science, as well as an art studio. It will also provide new classrooms, meeting and event rooms, and administrative offices. A centerpiece of the project is a 5,000 square-foot inner courtyard that will provide outdoor classroom and performance space. 
Perry says that t hese dramatic enhancements will offer increased opportunities for all Lakehill students. "We will be able to expand and strengthen the programs we offer our students."
Good Fulton Farrell is the design firm for the building project. The construction management company is Highland Builders.
"Thousands of students over the history of the school and many community leaders, past and present, have allowed us to take this major step for the benefit of the entire community. We are proud of the reputation that the school has built and are looking forward to the future."
Construction on the new facility begins May 23.

See more pictures from the ceremony.

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Field de Janiero
Lower School Enjoys Annual Field Day
In Lakehill's Lower School, it just doesn't get much better than field day. With excitement high and a glorious sunny day, Lower School parents came out in force to put on a field day to be remembered. 
 
The afternoon was full of fun and games, including everything from water balloon launching to potato sack races and an obstacle course. Most of all, the children enjoyed being outside in the warm weather and having fun with their friends.
 
Dressed in class shirts proudly displaying their team names, students started the event with their class cheers. The games were officially called to order by kindergartner  Jake Muller, the 2015 Field Day Grand Marshal, a highly desirable honor offered each year at Lakehill's Benefit Auction.
 
Students  finished the day with icy treats, served with style from a real Paleta cart. Thanks to organizers Allison Lewis and Andrea Johnston and their team of parent volunteers who manned the events, everything ran smoothly and was great fun.   
 
See more photos from Field Day here and here
Magical Musical
Audiences Were Hooked on Peter Pan
On May 13, Lakehill's seventh and eighth grade musical theater students took the audience to Neverland with Peter and the Darling children in a charming adaptation of Disney's beloved animated film.

Filled with spectacular costumes and set design, the musical brought the entire Lakehill community together for family theater at its best. The mischievous boy who never grows up on the island of Neverland was played to perfection by Keegan Klendenin.   Emma Myers was charming and sassy as Tinker Bell.  Alanna Stern, with her sweetness and lovely voice, made an ideal Wendy. Her little brothers were well played by Lincoln Turner as John and Oceane Cortes as Michael, with Logan Stout as the grouchy Mr. Darling and Claire Howard and the doting Mrs. Darling. Zoe Williams was Nana, the canine nanny. Captain Hook was played magnificently by Asher Chamoy while his devoted sidekick Smee was played comically by Jonah Shaw. 

Strong performances from  Zuri Williams as Chief Tiger Bamboo and Merritt McCaleb as Tiger Lily rounded out the all-star cast. 

Hardworking  ensemble members showed their versatility as fairies, pirates, lost boys, and Indians, some playing two or more characters. See the entire cast list.

The musical was co-directed by Linda Booth and Tracy Herron. " The students enjoyed entering the imaginary world of Peter Pan," said Booth. "We had a very talented group of actors as leads who really brought the show to life.  Many of those in lesser roles were part of a musical for the first time and did a wonderful job singing, dancing, and helping create the props and costumes. Much was learned by all!"
 
Around Campus
NJHS Presents Check
Officers of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) were able to present a check for $1200 to Water is Basic, an organization with the mission of putting clean, safe water within reasonable access for every person in South Sudan. The students raised enough money to repair a well through fund raising activities throughout the year. They presented the check to Steve Roese, President of Water is Basic, on Tuesday .
 
Middle School Athletes Celebrated
Middle School athletes were recognized on Tuesday with a Chick-fil-A luncheon sponsored by the Parent Faculty Club. 
Upper School athletes will be recognized at the annual Athletic Banquet on May 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the ESC.

Wonderful Wednesday
Special Performances, Awards Fill Final Assembly
The final Wonderful Wednesday assembly of the year was filled with special performances. After the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Lakehill's fourth grade Girl Scouts, the new Lower School Cheerleading class, coached by Tamra Badgett, performed cheers and stunts they learned this year. The Lower School French Club, also sponsored by Badgett, sang two French songs. Finally, members of the new Garden Club, sponsored by Jeremy Holman, were recognized, and showed off some of the produce growing in their garden. See more pictures.

Fourth Graders Receive Excellence in Computers Award
One of the final units of study in fourth grade is learning Excel, specifically how to create spreadsheets and utilize formulas. The unit culminates with a project called  The Shopping Spree. Students are given an imaginary $1,000 to spend at Walmart, with the challenge to spend as close to that amount as possible. They must take into account factors such as quantities and sales tax. A record 30 fourth grade students were able to meet the challenge and spend exactly $1000, earning them a Walmart gift card.

Lower School Students Honored for Reading
Seventeen Lower School students were recognized for exemplary reading through Six Flags Over Texas's Read to Succeed program. Students who completed at least six hours of recreational reading during the six-week window and recorded their progress  received a special certificate and a ticket to Six Flags for their efforts.
Sports Snippets
Warrior Summer Workouts Begin Lakehill Warriors L

 

Weights, Agilities and Speed Training:
  • RLP Field House - 7401 Ferguson Road
  • Mondays / Tuesdays / Thursdays
  • May 31 - July 21 (Monday, July 4 off)
  • Workouts are from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    • Wear appropriate attire and shoes to run in - no sandals or flip flops
    • For ALL LPS athletes
    • It will be circuit training: speed / agility / strength
    • Bring a partner to workout with. It builds teamwork!
Open Gyms:
  • Lakehill (Main Campus) - 2720 Hillside Drive
  • Basketball - Tuesdays / Thursdays
    • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Volleyball -
    • Tuesdays: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
What's Happening?
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Important Information from the Business Office:
  • All 2015-2016 accounts should have been paid in full as of Tuesday, May 10, to avoid a potential delay in receiving final grades / records / transcripts for the year.
  • Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year (either paid in full or first monthly payment) is due on Wednesday, 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 with Registration and Re-enrollment.
Please contact Bruce McCoskey, Lakehill's Business Manager, at 214.826.2931, ext 115, or bmccoskey@lakehillprep.org if you have any questions.


Summer Letter: News and Changes

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

May 19
Athletic Banquet
6:00 p.m., ESC

May 20
PFC General Meeting
8:00 a.m., Cafeteria

May 20
Upper School Awards Ceremony
11:00 a.m., Auditorium

May 20
Upper School Celebration
12:30 p.m.

May 20
Lower School Skating Party
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

May 20
K-5 Dismiss

May 22
Baccalaureate
ESC, 2:00 p.m. 

May 23-25
Semester Exams

May 27
Commencement Ceremony
7:30 p.m., Auditorium 

Lakehill Commencement Live
Lakehill's Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live and available on demand on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Network. You can sign up for a monthly pass for $14.95, or take advantage of the special Annual Pass for only $59. The link can be shared with three friends or family members. Let everyone in the family enjoy the ceremony!   Find out more and sign up .

May 30
Memorial Day - no classes

Lakehill Summer Camps 2016
The initial registration date for Lakehill Summer Camps has passed, but registration continues all summer long while camps are available. Don't wait... Summer is just around the corner!