Volume 9, Issue 16
December 15, 2016
|Holiday Luncheon Exemplifies Spirit of the Season
For 40 years, on a special Friday in December, Lakehill has continued a holiday tradition that remains in the hearts of attendees long after the pumpkin pie is finished.
Lakehill's annual Holiday Luncheon brings elderly residents from around east Dallas to the Lakehill campus to share the spirit of the season with the Lakehill family. This year's event, held on December 9, continued the much anticipated tradition.
Members of Lakehill's senior class, along with their parents and class sponsors, joined forces with the entire Upper School to provide a memorable holiday experience for senior citizens. The senior class decorated the cafeteria and served as hosts, hostesses, and food servers while their parents prepared the meal and staffed the kitchen.
Juniors, dressed as elves, reindeer, and Santa and Mrs. Claus, visited with guests and posed for pictures. Sophomores served as photographers, giving guests a framed photo as they left the luncheon. Freshman decorated the Commons and hosted the guests for refreshments after their meal. Students from numerous classes sang holiday songs during the luncheon. Students in all grade levels helped by donating the items that were used to fill the stockings that Sisteens prepared for each guest.
Many of these guests are regular attendees who look forward to the luncheon every year. Tasty food, good music, and enjoyable conversations with the students seemed to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
Headmaster Roger Perry explained, "The Holiday Luncheon is a wonderful tradition that truly reinforces the meaning of the holidays. For many guests, this special annual event is the highlight of their holiday season. We also hear time and time again from our alumni that the Holiday Luncheon is their most treasured memory of their time at Lakehill."
Juniors Host Reindeer Games for Lower School Students
Juniors Host Reindeer Games for Lower School Students
Lakehill's junior class carried on a long-standing tradition on December 9 with the school's annual Holiday Parade and Reindeer Games.
Since 1976, when it was known as the Junior Parade, the junior class stages the event for the benefit of the Lower School children. Students lined the fire lane in anticipation of the dancing reindeer, joyful elves, and Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in a convertible. After the parade, juniors led the Lower School students into the gym for Reindeer Games, including "Red Light Green Light," "Santa Says," and an afternoon of holiday fun.
Third Grade Presents Trip Around Texas
Travelers to Lakehill's cafeteria on December 8 were treated to a fascinating tour of Texas as third grade students showcased their study of Texas, sharing information on the history, geography, climate, citizens, and landmarks of a variety of Texas towns, from Alvarado to Amarillo and from Wichita Falls to Waco. Each created a travel brochure, highlighting the top attractions of their destination.
Some students dressed the part, outfitted in 10-gallon hats or oilfield uniforms. Texas favorites, including brisket, taquitos, and Dr. Pepper, gave visitors a true taste of Texas.
As third grade students served as tour guides, visitors were free to wander from town to town, exploring the sights, sounds, and tastes from the great state of Texas.
Middle School Drama Class Decks the Stage
"Deck the halls with cows and collies...That's the way we get our jollies." From the opening song, audiences knew they were in for a treat, and a few surprises.
Seventh and eighth grade drama students presented
Deck the Stage by Lindsay Price
on December 9, in the Wyly Auditorium
The not-your-typical holiday play was comprised of six short vignettes, all loosely based on Christmas carols, such as "Deck the Halls," "The 12 Days of Christmas," and "We Three Kings." The resulting performance was a charming mix of slapstick humor and poignant moments and featured the talents of 15 seventh and eighth grade students in Mark Guerra's Middle School Drama class.
The cast was comprised of
Hunter Cowart, and
Marissa Rubio also served as stage manager, with Dasha Ramey and Hunter Cowart as Assistant Stage Managers.
Update from Headmaster Roger Perry
The progress on our building project has gone exceedingly well this week. Seventy-five percent of the structural steel is now in place. The remainder of the steel will be installed by the time we return in 2017.
The concrete for the second and third floors will be poured between December 29
and January 4.
The footprint of the building is now more obvious than ever. The building is looking more like a 16,000 square feet expansion every day. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday!
National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates
NJHS Spotlight on Seniors
This week's senior: Zain Imam
Zain Imam has attended Lakehill for since the ninth grade.
He loves reading books, playing video games, and spending time with his friends and family in his free time. Zain is a member of the Science Club, Debate Club, World Quest, National Honor Society, and is the President of the Student Council.
Zain has made many wonderful memories at Lakehill. His favorite memory is debating with his AP U.S History class. While he has applied to many wonderful universities across the country, he is unsure where he will attend college. He plans to major in Public Policy as well as Political Science, and is also planning to possibly pursue a pre-medicine track.
The most important thing Zain learned during his time at Lakehill is "All our opinions and beliefs must be respected."
By Hamed El-Feky, ninth grade
The Varsity Girls Basketball team
defeated A-Plus Academy of Dallas, 44-18, on December 9 at home. The Lady Warriors jumped out to a huge lead from the beginning and were ahead 24-1 at the half. The team was led by Charity Abengowe with 19 points and Ashley Peacock with 11.
The team will take on Granbury Cornerstone on
Friday, December 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Middle School Boys Basketball - Seventh Grade
The Middle School (seventh grade) Boys Basketball team took on a tough Dallas Lutheran team, falling 42-23 on December 8. The boys played well in the first quarter, only trailing a much larger Lutheran squad 10-9, but the second quarter proved to be costly for the Warriors and they were outscored by the Lions 19-0. Lakehill was led in scoring by
Alex Dondis who had a season high 10 points including his fourth three pointer of the season.
Cullen McCaleb added six points,
Brett Peacock scored four, and
Mitchell Crow had three.
The loss brings the team to 0-3 on the season. "I am happy with how hard the team has played, and proud of them for the effort on the court against teams with many eighth graders on them," said Coach
Denver Bowden. The team will next play Shelton on
at 4:00 p.m.
The Varsity Co-ed Soccer team lost to Irving The Highlands 1-9 on December 8.
Kyeser Hall scored the goal for Lakehill.
The Middle School Co-ed Soccer team also lost to Irving The Highlands 2-9 on December 8. Two brilliant finishes with incredible hustle by
prevented the shutout.
If you are planning on applying for a sibling to attend Lakehill Preparatory School for the fall of 2017, please note that the deadline for applications is
January 13, 2017. Re-enrollment contracts will go out in late January for current Lakehill students. There is no current action required for enrolled students.
Fifth Grade Sings at Sammons Cancer Center, 10:40 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
December 19 - January 3
Holiday Break - no classes
Home for the Holidays Alumni Celebration, 5:00 p.m.
All college-age alumni are encouraged to attend!
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Home for the Holidays Alumni Event
All college-age alumni are invited for free pizza and free admission at the Varsity Basketball games beginning at 5:00 p.m.
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Spelling Bee Coming Soon!
January 9, 2017
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in Lakehill's annual Spelling Bee. The website
has daily tips, articles, and games that can increase your ability to compete. Spending a little time with it each week will improve your spelling sense and your vocabulary.
The Spelling Bee will be held January 9 at 8:45 a.m. in the Auditorium.