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Volume 8, Issue 1 August 27, 2015
Welcome Back
Letter from the Headmaster

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians,


Welcome to the 2015-16 school year at Lakehill Preparatory School. We are pleased that you have chosen our school for your children's education, and we are committed to having a positive impact on their lives. Education is a life-long endeavor, and we are honored to work with you and your children during this stage of their development.

Lakehill Preparatory School has an impressive history that spans 44 years of opening doors of opportunity for our students. One advantage of being in a small community is that is provides so many possibilities for involvement. Lakehill students can find themselves immersed in the arts, athletics, academics, leadership responsibilities, and community service. Our students are fortunate that our size strongly dictates involvement over exclusivity so that everyone has their moment to shine.


These moments teach our students the life skills necessary to be successful in school, in their family lives, and in their future careers. They are able to attend the colleges of their choice while simultaneously being athletes, performers, writers, scientists, artists, and community leaders.


Over the course of this year, Lakehill will open doors for your children--whether it is to welcome them to school or to discover new talents and interests. 


Each of us wants to be part of a strong, secure, and caring community, one in which we are valued and supported. Our goal is that every student and adult in the Lakehill family will have many doors to open.



Perry Signature 

See more Back-to-School photos here and here.


See our Back-to-School video.

Stellar Students
Two Seniors Named National Hispanic Scholars
Lakehill seniors Sofia de la Cruz and Carlos Lopez, III have been selected by The College Board as 2015-16 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholars. 
The NHRP was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students and to share information about these academically well-prepared students with colleges and universities. This year, the NHRP is recognizing about 5,000 students selected from a pool of over 250,000 students who took the 2014 PSAT/NMSQT/PAA. Students recognized by the NHRP are at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino (based on the program's definition) and have achieved a minimum PSAT/NMSQT score for their region. Students with a junior year cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher are designated as Scholars in this program.
The NHRP does not provide monetary awards, but believes that recognizing students Scholars in this program makes them very attractive to colleges interested in academically outstanding students.
"I felt truly honored and a sense of accomplishment when I found out that I had been selected for this amazing opportunity," said de la Cruz. "It is the connection between one's culture and education that allows students to really engage with their roots."
Lopez agreed. "This award means so much to me because it is a reward that honors my heritage and the hard work that I have put in throughout my high school career."
"We are so proud of Sofia and Carlos for performing their best not only on this national exam but also in the classroom," said Heather Dondis, Lakehill Director of College Counseling. "These seniors participate in the many opportunities available to them through Lakehill and their communities and are regarded as highly respected leaders among their peers."

By Afton Guedea, Marketing Intern,  Class of 2016 
The Warrior Web
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Say Cheese
smugmugWe will continue to post all of our pictures on Lakehill's photo sharing site on SmugMug. Relive all your favorite moments from Lakehill events or see pictures from the ones you missed. You can even order high quality, low cost prints and other products - and the proceeds benefit Lakehill!

Lakehill Live
Get ready for more live broadcasts and on demand coverage of our biggest sporting events and performances this year 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. Find out more and sign up .
Back to School
Parent Faculty Club Hosts Annual Picnic

Lakehill families gathered on August 22 for the annual Back-to-School Picnic. Held on the Saturday evening before the first day of school and sponsored by the Parent Faculty Club (PFC), the annual picnic is a favorite tradition among Lakehill families.


The picnic was a great opportunity for families to reunite and to welcome new families to Lakehill. The Varsity Cheerleaders kicked off the event and the Varsity Football and Volleyball teams were introduced. Water slides provided endless entertainment for the younger set while those who were more musically inclined performed karaoke for the crowd.

A pot luck supper with snow cones provided by the PFC added to the festivities. "The picnic was the perfect way to start off a new school year," explained Kimberly Reister, Chairperson for the event. PFC President Barb Witherite agreed. "Kimberly and her team of volunteers did an amazing job, and we are grateful for their efforts. It's going to be a wonderful year!"

See more pictures from the picnic.
Who's New?
Lakehill Welcomes New Faculty

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The Warrior Weekly will be spotlighting Lakehill's five newest faculty members in the coming weeks. Three are new to the Lakehill family, and two joined us after the start of last year.

Sue Blanchette - Middle and Upper School Social Studies

Mark Guerra -  Performing Arts

Ellen Kufel - Middle School Mathematics and Middle School Volleyball Coach

Patty Pippen - Middle and Upper School Social Studies

Monica Rainey - Lower School P.E., Middle School ESC Support, Varsity Track and Cross Country Coach, Middle School Girls Basketball Coach
Sports Snippets
Get Ready for the Warriors
Varsity and JV Volleyball
The 2015 Volleyball teams are off to a great start this year. The team is comprised of 16 girls and has already had a number of games. The JV team, coached by Katie Ford, consists of freshmen  Julia Bartholow Macy Ellis , and  Tyler McCall , and sophomores
Lovely LopezAshley Peacock ,
Jakayla Silas, and  Autumn Scales . The Varsity team, coached by Jhoanna Cayme-Mosley, is led by seniors  Emily Boles Kaeli Bunger Ava Ecklin , and  Camryn Thompson . Juniors  Charity Abengowe Kelly Carlson Claire Crow Abi Price , and  McKinney Waggoner round out the roster. Lopez, Silas, and Bartholow will also see some action on the Varsity squad this year. 

The JV team is currently 3-1 on the season, defeating Irving The Highlands, First Baptist Academy, and Cambridge. Varsity is 4-0 on the season with victories over The Highlands, First Baptist, Ovilla Christian, and Cambridge. Both teams have several weeks to prepare for district, which begins September 17. 

"The girls have been working hard and we've seen a vast amount of improvement since the beginning of August," said Cayme-Mosley. "The next few weeks are going to be packed with games, and I'm excited to see how the team rises to the challenge. We've had a great amount of success in the past few years, but we began this season with the mentality that history can't help us win the next game; we have to be confident, yet humble, and we have work for every win."   

The team plays at home on  Tuesday, September 1  against Greenville Christian. JV starts at  5:00 p.m.  and Varsity at  6:00 p.m .    

Middle School Volleyball
The Middle School Girls Volleyball teams begin their seasons next week. The seventh grade plays at home against Greenville Christian on September 1 at 4:00 p.m. Both the eighth grade and the seventh grade teams play at DeSoto Canterbury on September 3. Eighth grade plays at 4:30 p.m. and seventh grade at 5:30 p.m. The Middle School girls are coached by Ellen Kufel. 

Varsity Soccer
Lakehill's Varsity Soccer team has been working hard this summer and is ready for an exciting season. Playing shorthanded, the team lost to district stand-out Texoma Christian in Sherman on August 25. The team takes the field at home against Fort Worth Bethesda on Thursday, August 27 at 6:00 p.m. They are coached by Diego Hincapie and Daniel Bracken.

Cross Country
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The Varsity Cross Country team begins its season on August 28 in  the Carrollton Greenbelt Championships. The team is coached by Monica Rainey.

Varsity and Middle School Football 
The  Varsity Warriors, coached by Chris Peacock, will kick off an exciting season of six-man football with an away game on August 28 at Founders Classical Academy in Lewisville. The team will host their home opener on September 4 against Cornerstone. The game will have a 7:30 p.m. kick-off and will be preceded by the annual Tailgate Party. Middle School football starts the season the same evening at home at 5:00 p.m.

Lakehill's Varsity Cheerleaders spent spent time this summer perfecting their skills and bonding as a team. In addition to several weeks of practice, the girls spent three days working with a coach from Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), who taught them dances, stunts, and cheers. Co-Captains of the squad are Becca Currey, Tata Fortune, and Afton Guedea. New cheerleaders this year are Katie Anne Eastus, Georgia Ferguson, Evyn Green, Hannah Herrman, Lovely Lopez, Tyler McCallMontgomery Rotellini, Natalie Sevilla, Alexandra Tracey, and McKinney Waggoner. They are coached by Mylana Burt.
Middle School Cheerleaders attended an NCA-led private camp at the first of June. The squad of eighteen spirited girls scored a Superior rating in their final evaluation and received awards recognizing their hard work and overall excellence.  Co-Captains Stella Palmer and Merritt McCaleb encouraged the very best from everyone. Check out the results of their efforts at Middle School football games and at the Middle School Pep Rally on September 18. They are coached by Kaye Hauschild.

Get Your Warrior Pass!
Show your Warrior Spirit and get into all the home volleyball or football games. One pass is good for admission to all home games for the entire family. A Volleyball pass is $100 and a Football pass is $50. Contact Michelle Crow to purchase your pass.

Get Your Warrior Spirit On!
Warrior Painting
The Warrior Shop  is open for business, with great new styles and classic favorites. Get ready to show your Warrior spirit!  During the week, check out The Warrior Shop on Tuesday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

What's Happening?
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August 31
College Night for Seniors, 7:00 p.m.

September 4
Spirit Day, Season Home Opener, and Tailgate Party
Students and faculty are invited to wear their jeans every Friday of the school year with a Lakehill shirt to show their Warrior Spirit. 

Don't miss out on the first Pep Rally of the year from 1:40 - 2:05 p.m. Then head to the Warrior Athletic Complex as the Warriors take on Cornerstone in the first home game of the season. Enjoy the annual Tailgate Party before the game (with food provided by the PFC) as we cheer the Warriors on to victory. Middle School plays at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Varsity at 7:30 p.m. Go Warriors!

September 7
Labor Day - School Holiday

September 9
Picture Day!
Please dress nicely. Boys in Middle School and Upper School should wear a dress shirt, tie, and jacket. Girls in Middle and Upper School should wear a nice top with skirt or slacks or a dress. Class pictures (full length) and individual headshots will be taken.  

September 10
Lakehill Open House for current parents, 7:00 p.m. 
Current Lakehill families are invited to visit with their children's teachers and learn more about the expectations for the coming year. Please note: This is a parents-only event.

September 11
Upper School College Fair, 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.

September 12
Warrior Spruce-Up at Perry Campus, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Join members of the Warrior Outreach Organization (WOO) for the first Warrior Spruce-Up at Lakehill's Perry Campus, home to the Environmental Science Center. Spend a few hours in the great outdoors, keeping the natural habitat pristine for all Warriors to enjoy! This is a great event for all ages! Equipment will be provided and breakfast will be served.

September 16
Lakehill Night at Firecrust Neapolitan Pizza
4447 North Central Expressway 
5:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Enjoy at delicious pizza and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to Lakehill. Eat in or take out. See the menu.

September 18
Upper School Retreat
Southern Cross Ranch, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

September 18
Middle School Pep Rally
12:05 - 12:20 p.m. 
September 19
College Fair at ESD
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

September 21
Parent Faculty Club (PFC) General Meeting
Join the Lakehill Parent Faculty Club (PFC) for their first general meeting of the year. Meet the officers and committee chairs, get to know other parents, and find out how you can get involved at Lakehill!

September 23
School Holiday

September 25
Early Release Day 
Lower School students will be released at 11:30 a.m. Middle and Upper School students will be released at noon. After-care (for Lower and Middle School students) is available with a reservation. Upper School students should make plans to leave campus by noon.

September 26
Shoreline Spruce Up, White Rock Lake, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Join us at Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake to help clean up this neighborhood treasure. Meet at the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be provided. Breakfast will be served.

Recycling Bin
Parents who need to drop off items for the recycling bin in back can contact Mr. Kidder to have the gate opened.
Get The Word Out! 
Place an ad in the 2015-16 Lakehill Directory and promote your business to Lakehill families, faculty, and staff. Rates begin as low as $150.

Contact Gigi Ekstrom to find out more.
But hurry, space is limited and must be reserved by September 4.