Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 10, Issue 13
November 30, 2017
Lakehill Celebrates Grandparents
Lakehill celebrated Grandparents Day on November 18.   Always a popular event for students and staff, the activities are scheduled prior to the long Thanksgiving holiday, so that many visiting grandparents from out of town can share in the festivities.  

After a delicious breakfast, sponsored by the Parent Faculty Club and chaired by  Elizabeth Gorman , visitors moved to the auditorium for a memorable performance. 

Senior Class President   Steven Murff  welcomed the capacity crowd.

While introducing each class, seventh and eighth grade Drama students shared their favorite memories of their grandparents. Artwork by sixth grade students lined the walls. The program presented students in kindergarten through fifth grade in their own unique musical tributes. First grade gave a passionate performance of the highly anticipated favorite, "Super Turkey."

The morning also featured performances by the Allegro Singers and the Lakehill Chorale. In the always heartwarming finale, children and faculty members performed "Family Tree," a poignant song written especially for Lakehill by Jack Noble White, a celebrated local composer. 

See more photos  and  listen to Family Tree . Don't forget to share the links with grandparents!
Debate Teams Win High Marks, Advance to State
Middle school students gathered at Duncanville High School on November 18, to participate in the YMCA Texas Youth and Government conference, a means for local clubs to simulate the legislative and judicial sections of government.

The students authored legislative bills and presented them in committee, answering questions to defend their positions. Although many of the students were new to the process, they worked hard to prepare for the conference, and many of their bills were passed. This conference serves as preparation for the State Conference on February 23-25, in Austin. Students will have the opportunity to debate in the Texas State Capitol and share opinions with many students from across the state. All members of the team qualified for the State Conference.

Lakehill Middle School has been named an outstanding delegation at the State Conference for the past three years and is looking forward to continuing this tradition. "We had several new sixth grade members who debated at District and everyone on the team learned a lot," said Middle School Debate Club President  Alexander Dondis. "I believe we will be well prepared and ready for State." The Club is sponsored by Amanda Rasbury and Paula Gillman.
A Season of Sharing
The holidays at Lakehill are a special time when we celebrate life's blessings and give thanks for all that we have. It is also a time when we share our good fortune with those who have less.

Parade of Gifts
One of the special traditions at the Lakehill Lower School Winter Program is our annual Parade of Gifts. Each student brings a wrapped gift, which will be placed under the tree and later distributed to needy children in the community. Please send a wrapped gift to school no later than Monday, December 4. Please attach the gift tag on this form.

Need a simple way to select a gift? Visit the Book Fair this week and purchase an item for the Parade of Gifts - they will wrap it free of charge and deliver it to the auditorium for the performance.

PASF Tamale Sale
The Pan American Student Forum is selling tamales for the holidays to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. The tamales, made by The Tamale Company, are lard free, gluten free, and MSG free - authentic and delicious! Tamales will arrive frozen and are "boil in the bag" ready. Tamales are $15 per dozen and come in four varieties: Ancho Chili Pork, Chicken Tomatillo, Beef Tenderloin, and Southwest Vegan (Black Bean and Corn). Order by December 1 for delivery on December 12. Orders may be turned into your child's classroom teacher (Lower School) or to the Front Desk. Checks should be made payable to Lakehill Preparatory School. 

Community Connections Stocking Stuffers
Community Connections is collecting items to stuff 150 stockings for the senior citizens who will attend the holiday luncheon. Donation boxes are located at all entrances. Stocking stuffer ideas include travel-sized shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small notepads, pencils/pens, envelopes, puzzle books, little flashlights with batteries, handkerchiefs, tissue, scarves, stamps, lotion, lip balm, nail polish, socks, and combs.

Holiday Luncheon
This annual event is sponsored by the Senior Class and provides a festive lunch and holiday celebration for many elderly residents of East Dallas and the Lakehill family itself. Students join the visiting senior citizens in a holiday meal along with games and songs to celebrate the season. The regular lunch program is closed for this event; students must either reserve a meal at the luncheon or bring a sack lunch. Lunch is $3 for Lower School students and $5 for Middle School students.

Scholastic Wild West Book Fair: Saddle Up and Read
November 17; November 27 - December 1
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. 

Find out more about special events every day. Need a gift for the Parade of Gifts? Purchase a book for a child in need at the Book Fair and get free gift wrapping.
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: Reese Brown
Reese Brown has attended Lakehill for two years. At Lakehill, she participates in Student Ambassadors, Drama, Sisteens, and Musical Theater. Reese is also the President of National Honor Society (NHS), the President of the Thespian Society, a Varsity Cheer Captain, and the Vice President/Co-founder of Sticker Club. One of her favorite classes is AP Literature. Reese explains her love of this class, “AP Literature not only teaches you about literature and writing, but it also teaches you about yourself, the world, and the worlds within you.”

Her favorite memory at Lakehill occurred during an AP Literature class. While reading poetry outside, her classmate Steven Murff slipped in a puddle, unexpectedly demonstrating the concept of hubris. This realtes to the greatest lessons she has learned at Lakehill: not take yourself too seriously; be grateful for the moments you have; and, most importantly, have fun.

Reese won the AP Literature Award and the Upper School Citizenship Award. She also recieved the Drew Coryell Scholarship Award which values a positive attitude and its impact on the school. Reese volunteers at White Rock Dance where she teaches dance to children, and enjoys participating in WOO (Warrior Outreach Organization) service events. Her favorite hobbies include acting, photography, and tarot card reading. Reese’s mom has had the biggest impact on her life and Kathryn Hartt, her acting teacher, inspires her the most.

Reese is considering Chapman University, Emerson College, the University of Texas at Austin, and New York University. She plans to study screen acting and philosophy, and would like to pursue a career in acting after college. She hopes to find a way to combine both acting and philosophy to help people and make the world a better place.

Her advice to young Warriors is to “number one, get a good planner and make sure to use it!” and, “even when you are stressed, try your best to enjoy high school while you can and try not to worry too much. After all, the fun moments are the ones you remember.”

By Sophia Ganson, ninth grade
Sports Snippets

Varsity Football 
The Varsity Football team finished its season with a home playoff loss to Amarillo San Jacinto, ending the season with seven wins and four losses. The Warriors had a great season and many players claimed some of the top spots in the district on the all district teams.

"What a great season this was coaching these young men," said Head Coach Rob Vaughn. "They played hard on the field and showed great character on and off the field and represented Lakehill well.” Seniors Gerard Franklin, Jonathan Kelley, Warren Lester, and Christian Druebert "were outstanding leaders this season. I am proud of everything they contributed to our school and our football program."

Middle School Girls Basketball
The Middle School Girls Basketball team earned a big win over St. John's on Monday night 18-15. The team was led in scoring by Dasha Ramey with 13 points. The girls took the lead in the third quarter with a three-pointer by Ava Cunningham and were able to hold on for the win. Taylor Gardsbane scored her first points of the season. The team next will face Garland Christian at home on Thursday night with tip-off set for 4:00 p.m. The Lady Warriors now sit at 2-3 on the season. 

Middle School Boys Basketball (IAA)
The Middle School Boys IAA Basketball team extended its winning streak with a 38-16 win over Parish on Monday night. The Warriors started the game off on a 16-2 run and never looked back. The team was led in scoring by Alex Dondis and Brett Peacock with 10 points each. Also scoring for the Warriors were Mitchell Crow with six points, Henry Hopkins, four, and Nico Montez, Landon Burt, and Cullen McCaleb with two each.

The team now sits on top of the IAA North Division at 4-0. They next play a non-league game on Thursday at home against Rockwall Providence, then finish up the week at home against Dallas International on Friday.

Varsity Girls Basketball
The Varsity Girls Basketball team defeated Arlington Newman, 29-19, over Thanksgiving break. The Lady Warriors were led in scoring by freshman Krista Carlson with 15 points. Sophomore Alana Stern had seven points and played great defense. Sophomore Lynley Waggoner  had 12 rebounds.
On November 27, the Lady Warriors were defeated by the much larger school Flower Mound Coram Deo.
The team is back at home on December 4 against Greenville Christian at 6:00 p.m.

Varsity Boys Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team lost a hard-fought game Monday night. The Warriors were led in scoring by Gerard Franklin and in assists by Eli Buxt . The Warriors play two home games next week, December 4 against Greenville Christian and December 8 against A+ Academy!

What's Happening?

Through December 1
Scholastic Book Fair
Upper Library, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

December 1
Stocking Stuffer Collection Ends
Tamale Sale Ends

December 1
Middle and Upper School Winter Concert
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

December 2
Movie Night for K-4
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Senior Class
All proceeds benefit the Holiday Luncheon for Senior Citizens.
Children will enjoy games, a movie, and pizza. No reservation required.
Cost for one child is $35; $50 for two.

December 5
NJHS Bake Sale (MS & US lunches)
Proceeds benefit Autism Research.

Lower School Winter Program
Students are asked to bring a wrapped gift for the Parade of Gifts.

December 6
Kindergarten Admission Preview
Main Campus, 9:00 a.m.
Invite your friends to take a look at Lakehill!

December 7
Fourth Grade Parent Coffee
8:15 a.m., Lydia and James Perry Community Room

Third Grade Trip around Texas
2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

December 8
Holiday Luncheon

Drama Club Performance
6:00 p.m.

Middle School Play
7:00 p.m.

December 9
Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Upper School Movie Night
8:00 - 10:00 p.m., Gym

December 13-15
Semester Exams

December 14
Fifth Grade Performance at C.C. Young
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

December 18 - January 2
Holiday Break - No School

December 19
Warrior Outreach Organization (WOO) Event at Dallas Life Shelter
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

January 2
Teacher In-Service

January 3
Classes Begin
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