Volume 13, Issue 16
December 10, 2020
Lakehill Welcomes The Hall Family
Head of School-Elect Art Hall Appointed by
Lakehill Preparatory School Board of Directors
Board of Directors Chair Colleen McCall announced on December 7, 2020 the appointment of Art Hall as Lakehill Preparatory School’s 6th Head of School. Mr. Hall’s tenure will begin on July 1, 2021, the 50th year of the School. He will succeed current Head of School Roger Perry, who has served in that capacity for 38 years.

“After an extensive nationwide search process and multi-day interviews on campus with faculty, students, parents, alumni, administrators and the Directors, the Search Committee presented Art Hall as its nominee to serve as the next Head of School for Lakehill,” said Colleen McCall, Lakehill Board of Directors Chair. “The Board of Directors unanimously accepted the Committee’s recommendation, recognizing that Art brings an enthusiasm for education, a love of community, a passion for progress and a respect for tradition that makes him uniquely suited to lead our school into its next 50 years. Art’s impressive resume, his personal warmth and approachability, his commitment to inclusiveness and his vision for identifying Lakehill’s historic strengths and utilizing those to find promising opportunities for growth make him an ideal choice to follow Roger Perry in shepherding our community in the coming years.”

A dedicated leader and educator with experience at four excellent independent schools, Mr. Art Hall has had a broad and meaningful engagement in independent school life. He brings a deep understanding of the local culture, having spent 15 years in Dallas during his distinguished career. He will join Lakehill from his role as Assistant Head of School and Head of Middle School at Tower Hill, a PreK-12 college prep school located in Wilmington, Delaware since 2017. His professional journey began as a computer specialist at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California. He moved to Dallas in 1999 and served in various roles of increased responsibility at Greenhill School, including teaching computer science and history classes, coaching girls’ varsity basketball, as Upper School Dean and Director of Student Activities, and concluding with his role as Director of Equity and Inclusion and Global Programs. In 2014, Art departed Greenhill for Friends’ Central School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he served as Upper School Principal.

“The role of the Search Committee was to recommend a Head of School who could lead Lakehill with a vision for the future while maintaining a firm grasp on our history, traditions, and culture,” said Search Committee Chair James Perry. “After meeting with a diverse group of highly qualified candidates, we are enthusiastic about Art’s ability to lead Lakehill in today’s dynamic educational environment and to prepare our students for the collegiate and career opportunities of tomorrow. We are excited that Art and his family will be joining us.”

Mr. Hall holds two B.A. degrees in political science and history from UCLA and earned a Master’s in Education from Southern Methodist University. He has a passion for working with students and has a strong history of enhancing the educational and life experience of students of color. Mr. Hall has strong communication and collaboration skills. He is a founding member of the Straight A’s Podcast, which examines independent school life from the lens of prospective families, students, and teachers.

“I am excited and so grateful to be returning to Dallas to lead and collaborate with the esteemed faculty, leadership team, and Board of Directors of Lakehill. Additionally, I am honored to lead the Lakehill family into the next 50 years of outstanding educational excellence and to build upon the timeless and enduring values that define the School. I am energized to further Lakehill’s profile as a premier independent school for the city of Dallas.”
“During our interview time, Paula and I were so impressed with each group we spent time meeting. The students, faculty, staff, and parents all greeted us with the Dallas warmth we remember so fondly. As our time on campus went by, we were more and more convinced that the Lakehill family and culture proved to be an exceptional match for Paula, Kennedy, Mara, and me.”

Mr. Hall was raised in Riverside, California, just outside of Los Angeles. His wife, Paula, a native of Pittsburgh, attended Clarion University in Pennsylvania where she earned a B.A. in early childhood/elementary education. She has taught lower school, coached, and led volunteer efforts at various schools throughout their family’s journey. They have three children, an adult son who teaches school in Garland, TX, and two daughters who will enter Lakehill as 8th and 7th graders in the upcoming school year. The Halls look forward to their return to Dallas where they will enthusiastically join the Lakehill community.
It's Time to Submit Sibling Applications

It's time to submit sibling applications for NEW students for the 2021-22 school year. Current families who would like to apply for another child to attend Lakehill can access the new student application here

The deadline for new student applications is January 8, 2021. Please note, this is only for students who will be new to Lakehill in the Fall of 2021. This is not for re-enrollment for current students. Please contact the Office of Admission at 214-826-2931 with any questions.
Senior Sarah Smith Awarded for Aspirations in Computing
The National Center for Women and Information Technology(NCWIT) is an organization for women in technology and every year they hold an award contest called Aspirations. The purpose is to inspire women to pursue careers in technology fields, increase the visibility of women in technology, and create networking opportunities for those women.

Lakehill senior Sarah Smith has applied the last three years receiving an Honorable Mention Award for the Dallas/Fort Worth Affiliate each year. In order to receive the award, she submitted an essay about her current involvement with computing and her future goals in the field.

Sarah wrote about the plethora of Computer Science courses she has taken here at Lakehill, including a self-study course in Artificial Intelligence. She also wrote about her leadership on the Lakehill Bionicles Robotics team. In addition, she laid out her future goals of double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. She also hopes to go on and specialize in artificial intelligence technologies. Sarah is drawn to the freedom and independence of a Computer Science career. She hopes that with the ability to work on a computer from anywhere she can be free to travel the world or even work from her own small farm.
The Road to State Runs through Lakehill
The Warrior football team pulled off an exciting 60-44 victory over Waco Live Oak last Friday night to continue their run in the TAPPS State Playoffs! Mitchell Crow had the game changing strip and recovery late in the 4th quarter to secure the win and a spot in the State Semi-Final Game.

Join us at Prestonwood Christian Academy to cheer on the Warrior Football team as they take on Plano Coram Deo in the State Semi-Final matchup! Tickets must be purchased online and are available below.
Friday, December 11
vs Plano Coram Deo
Prestonwood Christian Academy
7:30 pm kick-off

Live streaming will be available through Lakehill's TAPPSTV Channel. Go Warriors!
In honor of Lakehill Football advancing to the State Semi-Finals, we are offering a special on our football t-shirts. They are now only $15 each. Show your support for our football team and shop below! Go Warriors!
Shoreline Spruce-Up Postponed
Shoreline Spruce-Up will be postponed until January 9.

Meet at the W. Lawther and Chapel Hill parking lot at 9:00 am on January 9, 2021.
Mark your calendars for
December 14!

Attention Lower School Families!

It's the time of year for traditions! During the time between Thanksgiving and the Winter Holiday, we would normally be sending out invitations to our Winter Program, a Lower School celebration in song and art. The traditional crowning moment of the Winter Program is our annual Parade of Gifts, in which the Lower Schoolers carry a procession of donated gifts down the aisle of the auditorium to be stacked on the stage before the final song. The gifts are donated to area shelters and organizations who distribute them to children in need in the Dallas area.

Please read the request for gifts below carefully. We encourage every Lower School family to donate a gift. Additional gifts in honor of a younger or older sibling who wants to participate will gladly be accepted as well.

  • Involve your child in the gift-selection process to encourage empathy and the spirit of giving. 
  • Donated gifts can be for boys or girls of any age, new and unopened.
  • We encourage you to select educationally appropriate toys, books, and games, and to avoid gifts that are violent in nature or that require batteries.
  • This year, we are requesting unwrapped gifts to better meet our community partners' needs. No gift paper or labels necessary.
  • Children can bring their gifts to their classroom any day on or before Monday, December 14. The earlier, the better!
  • At-home families can drop off donations in the collection box just inside the vestibule of the main entrance.
  • Gifts will be displayed on Tuesday, December 15th, before being taken to our community partners.
Starting in Lower School, Lakehill students present in front of an encouraging audience to gain the poise needed for future projects.

#TogetherWeCan continue to build confident Warriors secure in their ability to learn and grow. Text GIVE to 469-393-7038 or donate here. Monthly subscription donations allow you to budget your gift -- consider making a recurring contribution!

Made your gift, but want to do more? Help support your Warrior family by sharing the donation links via email or your social media accounts. Let others know why you believe #TogetherWeCan build a strong future.
Looking Ahead
December 12
Basketball vs Cambridge
Girls tip-off at 1:00 pm.

December 17
Final Day of School for K-12

December 21 - January 4
Winter Break
No School through January 4. Teachers and Staff return on January 4.

January 2
Basketball vs FBA
Varsity Girls tip-off at 1:30 pm. Varsity Boys at 3:00 pm.

January 5
Classes Resume
Varsity Soccer at Tyler All-Saints
The match begins at 5:00 pm.

January 6
K-12 Admission Preview
The Virtual K-12 Admission Preview begins at 8:30 am.

January 9
Shoreline Spruce-Up
Meet at the W. Lawther and Chapel Hill parking lot at 9:00 am.
COVID-19: Lakehill Preparatory School
Visit the Lakehill Website to read Lakehill's Plan for Reopening.

Please review our “what if” scenarios regarding notification and returning to school after an illness that may be helpful in clarifying situations we may encounter: COVID-19 What Ifs.
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Lakehill Preparatory School

2720 Hillside Drive, Dallas, Texas 75214-3428
Phone: (214) 826-2931