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Volume 8, Issue 12 November 19, 2015
Best Elementary School
Bubblelife Survey Extended - Please Vote Today!
Bubblelife Media is  searching for the best elementary school in East Dallas and competitive voting has had Lakehill in and out the top spot for two weeks. 

With more than 2200 votes cast, Lakehill is holding steady with about 40% of the vote. Voting has now been extended through November 23 at midnight. Come on Warriors, keep up the good work and help Lakehill finish on top!
 
S how your Lakehill pride by voting! Be sure to share with friends and family!

Voting ends Monday, November 23 at midnight.
Top Teacher
Schmitt Honored with Teacher of the Year  Award
Each year, the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC) recognizes teachers who have made significant contributions in the classroom and in the community.

English teacher  Elizabeth Schmitt  was recognized as the Private Middle School Teacher of the Year. Schmitt said she was she was honored to accept this year's award.  "Teaching is not a job about awards," said Schmitt, but it is both humbling and gratifying to have my work honored by the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce. I have lived in East Dallas for 25 years and have worked at Lakehill for 15, which makes this award even more special for me. I love what I do, and b eing selected as a GEDCC Teacher of the Year is a tremendous honor. The smile of recognition from a student or a thank you note at the end of the year or years later, however, are my most treasured prizes.

Lakehill Headmaster Roger Perry said he was especially thrilled at the way the business community turned out in force to support these teachers. "It is an honor to have one of our master teachers recognized for her outstanding accomplishments," he said. "It is reassuring to know that the business community recognizes the importance of excellence in education and supports this program wholeheartedly."

"We are very grateful to Ms. Schmitt and congratulate her on this wonderful honor," said Lakehill eighth grade grandparent Jim Lucius. "My wife Terry and I are so appreciative of her dedication and ability in teaching. She is pure class."

"Ms. Schmitt is really invested in making sure we understand the material and is committed to making learning fun," says a former student. "She encourages us and makes us feel as though our opinion matters."

Two additional Lakehill teachers were selected as finalists in the competition. Meredith Sauer was recognized in the Lower School category, while Martina Kroll was a finalist in the High School category.

The Teacher of the Year Awards Program solicits nominations from all public and private schools in East Dallas as well as from business and community leaders. On November 17, Chamber of Commerce Chairman Darlene Ellison presented awards to the winners at a luncheon in their honor. Set against the natural beauty of Lakehill's Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center, the day was a fitting tribute to East Dallas's finest teachers.
Curtain Call
Upper School Shines In On Broadway
Upper School musical theater students took the stage on November 12 and 13 to present  On Broadway, a musical review that had audience members of all ages singing along.

Audiences of all ages enjoyed Lakehill's talented singers and actors in group numbers from The Addams Family, Newsies, Mamma Mia, and Footloose


Solos revealed hidden talents from the talented performers. Varun Iyer charmed with "Giants in the Sky" and Noah Bernstein earned laughs with "I Want to be a Producer." Showstoppers came from Braden Burt with Mr. Cellophane, Tillie McCoskey with "Adelaide's Lament," and Katie McKnight with "In Izzenschnooken on the Lovely Essenzook Zee." Other musical highlights were performed by  soloists McKinney Waggoner and Leandro Yang, Charlotte Abate, Vanya Suchan and Liam Reece, Warren Lester, and Heather Hines.
 
Lakehill's production featured musical direction by Tracy Herron and stage direction by Mark Guerra. Linda Booth provided musical accompaniment.

"I am so proud of my first musical at Lakehill," said new Drama teacher Mark Guerra. "Because it was a musical revue, I was given a chance to really get to know the students and what kind of person they are by their musical choices and how they committed to the production. In my six years of directing in schools, this is the first time that I was able to see a true appreciation for the arts and a desire to perform well. It is refreshing to a director, and I am already excited to start next year's production."

Special appearances were made by fourth grader Zoe Crist and her brother Max, second grade, as the Banks siblings from Mary Poppins, as senior Charlotte Abate sang "Practically Perfect in Every Way." The walk-on role in the musical is a special item sold each year during the Lakehill PFC Benefit Auction.

Thanks to the PFC Performing Arts Committee, Pam Abate, Sandhya Iyer, Winnie Arrington, and Tora Greene, and their team of parent volunteers for their help and support in bringing On Broadway to the stage.


Take a look at the program.
Chess Champions
Lower School Chess Team Brings Home Trophies
Nine members of Lakehill's Lower School Chess team competed in The Founders Classical Academy Chess Tournament on Saturday, November 14.

The participants were Andrew Knipp, Daniel Knipp, Luke Widhalm, Jack Widhalm, Noah Kurian, Arjun Ram, Maya Patel, Vivek Patel, and Asa McCaleb.

Asa McCaleb won first place in the fourth and fifth grade section. Daniel Knipp claimed sixth place and Vivek Patel took eighth. The Lakehill Team won second place.  

In the second and third grade section, the Lakehill team claimed fourth place and Andrew Knipp took 15th place overall.

"We are very excited and proud of the kids," said parent organizer Francis Knipp. "They exhibited a lot of skill in their play, maturity in their interaction with others, and resiliency in the way they bounced back from losses and temporary setbacks."

The team will complete again in the spring.
All-District Honors
All-District
Volleyball Players Recognized
Head coaches in District IV gathered recently to bestow the 2014 honors for All-District Volleyball. Nine Lakehill athletes were recognized with this outstanding distinction. 
 
First Team All-District
Kelly Carlson
Claire Crow
Abi Price
Camryn Thompson  

Second Team All-District
Emily Boles
McKinney Waggoner 

All-District Honorable Mention 
Ava Ecklin

Additionally, junior  Claire Crow was selected for First Team All-State and junior  Abi Price was selected for Second Team All-State. Claire Crow, Kelly Carlson, Abi Price, Camryn Thompson, and McKinney Waggoner were recognized with Academic All-State honors.


Claire Crow was voted the TAPPS 2A District 4 Most Valuable Player. Abi Price was selected as Offensive Most Valuable Player and Kelly Carlson was honored as Co-Newcomer of the Year.

Congratulations to Coach Cayme-Mosley and these outstanding Lakehill athletes.
Hooked on Books
PFC Book Fair
November 20; November 30 - December 4
book fair Stock up on new books for the holidays at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair which will be  held in the Upper Library. It will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Watch for more information about the Book Fair and get ready for fun surprises every day! Get an advanced preview and purchase books following the Grandparents Day celebration on November 20. Then join us after Thanksgiving Break for a full week of exciting books and activities.
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: John Crutchfield
John Crutchfield has attended Lakehill since his sophomore year and has enjoyed it all. His favorite class is computer science because he loves seeing the code make the computer do exactly what he wants it to. His favorite teacher is Dr. Brigham because John admires how passionate she is about what she teaches and  makes the material easy to understand. His hobbies include playing video games, hiking, playing soccer and basketball, and working with computers.

John's hero is his father: "He was the one who inspired my love for engineering and technology." He also says that his father is one of the main reasons he wants to become a mechanical engineer. John takes inspiration from this John Wooden quote, "Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out."

John's favorite memory from Lakehill is from an overnight basketball game. His room "ordered way too much Chinese food, had way too much fun far into the night, and probably kept up the neighboring rooms."

His advice for a younger Warrior is to never wait to do schoolwork. "Never put things off until the last minute. It will always be better to go ahead and get whatever it is over with so you don't have to worry about it and you can shift your focus to the next task at hand."

Following his love for computer science, John plans to go a polytechnic college and major in mechanical engineering.

By Elizabeth Motes, ninth grade
Sports Snippets
Varsity Football
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The Lakehill Warriors ended the 2015 football campaign with a tough 69-22 Area Playoff loss to the #3 state-ranked Cedar Park Summit Eagles last Saturday. The game was a sloppy affair played in a driving rainstorm in Leander, Texas. Both teams struggled with the weather conditions, fumbling the ball numerous times. One of the deciding factors in the game was the Eagles ability to cover their three fumbles whereas the Warriors lost four. 

Both teams moved the ball well offensively, even with the steady rain. Gerard Franklin scored three touchdowns for Lakehill, but Cedar Park's high-powered offense was tough to stop, scoring on almost all of their possessions.

Lakehill ended the season 6-4, qualifying for a third consecutive trip to the TAPPS State Playoffs, the first time that has happened since 1997-1999. Coach Peacock was proud of the team's accomplishment. "It was a hard season. We dealt with injuries starting in week three all the way until the end. We would take two steps forward and then one step back, and never had the continuity we would have liked. But in spite of that, the guys kept plugging along and doing everything asked of them. A number of younger players stepped in when called upon and gained invaluable experience. The winning season and trip back to the playoffs is a huge credit to the team's attitude and effort in spite of the obstacles they faced."

Middle School Basketball
Girls and Boys Middle School Basketball began their seasons in  IAA league play by hosting the Winston Eagles on November 12.

Fresh off of football season, the boys team had only a handful of practices prior to the opening game. The Warriors used a tough trapping defense to create turnovers leading to easy baskets.

Lakehill steadily pulled away for a 44-26 victory. Leading scorers were  Cole Johnson (13 points),  Nathan Lewis (10 points), and  Gaige Cerda (8 points). "This year's IAA team features a mixture of eighth and seventh graders and a fast-paced, high-energy game which should be fun to watch," said Middle School Boys Basketball Coach Chris Peacock.

The Middle School Girls are playing an eighth grade IAA team and a seventh grade team. The IAA team, coached by Monica Rainey, easily defeated Winston 40-0 in their opening match-up. The seventh grade team is coached by Rob Vaughan. 
This Week at the ESC
Sixth continued their study of water quality at the ESC.

Seventh grade continued their research of trees at the ESC, using GPS receivers to record the coordinates of the trees and using a dichotomous key to identify them. 

See more pictures from the ESC.
What's Happening?
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November 11 - 19
Middle School Canned Food Drive
Canned Soup Middle School students are collecting cans to benefit the Vickery Meadow Food Pantry. Fifth grade is collecting canned soup, sixth grade has canned vegetables, seventh grade has canned meat and fish, and eighth grade is collecting canned fruit. On Thursday, Middle School students will participate in a can sculpture contest before the cans are delivered to Vickery Meadow.

November 16 - December 4
Sisteens Stocking Stuffers Collection 
Sisteens is collecting items to fill stockings for senior citizens who attend the holiday luncheon. Travel-sized toiletries, such as shampoo, tissues, soap, and lotion are requested. Bins will be available at all entrances through December 4.  

November 20
Grandparents Day, 8:00 a.m., Cafeteria
Lake hill welcomes grandparents, parents, and special friends to the annu al Grandparents Day Celebration on Friday, November 20. The festivities  begin at 8:00 a.m. with a breakfast 
reception in the cafeteria. The program, which includes performances by various student groups, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium. School is dismissed at 11:00 a.m. for Thanksgiving Break, and there is no after-school care.  

November 21
District Debate Tournament (Middle and Upper School)
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
 
November 23-27
Thanksgiving Holidays
Have a wonderful week! 

November 30 - December 8
PASF Tamale Sale
tamale Order forms will be available on November 30. Tamales will be delivered on December 14. All proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Get more information.



December 3
Upper School Admission Preview - for students and parents
Main Campus, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill's Upper School! Dinner provided by Pecan Lodge.  All Lakehill seventh and eighth grade families are strongly encouraged to attend. RSVP to admission@lakehillprep.org.

December 5
Fun Night for K-6, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Join the Class of 2016 for fun and games and pizza and a movie! The cost is $40 for one child or $55 for two, with a reservation. The walk-in cost is $45 for one, and $60 for two. Don't forget a blanket and a pillow for the movie!

December 8, 7:00 p.m.
Middle and Upper School Winter Concert

December 10, 7:00 p.m.
Lower School Winter Program 

December 11
Holiday Luncheon
This annual event, sponsored by the Senior Class, provides a festive lunch and holiday celebration for elderly residents of East Dallas and the Lakehill family itself. Students may order the special holiday lunch or bring a sack lunch from home. The charge is $5 for Middle School and $3 for Lower School. 

December 11-12, 7:00 p.m.
Middle School Play: Still Life with Iris

December 12 
Shoreline Spruce-Up, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for our last Spruce-Up of 2015 to help keep our lake looking beautiful! Meet at the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be provided.

December 16-18
Semester Exams
Get the exam schedule here.
 
Happy Holidays 
Need great holiday gifts? Check out all the merchandise available on SmugMug. From puzzles to playing cards and mugs to magnets, take care of all your holiday shopping and benefit Lakehill while you do!