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Volume 8, Issue 3 September 10, 2015
Tailgate Spirit
Special Guests Help Fire Up the Crowd
Warrior spirit revved to full throttle on Friday afternoon at the annual Tailgate Pep Rally. The Varsity cheerleaders pumped up the crowd as teams and coaches were introduced.

First grade student Rygel Farr, second grade student Cece Degeyter, and third grader Griffin Powell were the special guests. Rygel and Cece, Lakehill's "Cheerleaders for the Day," performed with the Varsity squad at the Pep Rally as well as at the game Friday night.

As the "Warrior for the Day," Griffin joined the football team for the Pep Rally, where he received his special team jersey. He also spent some time in the locker room before the game and led the Warriors onto the field. 

The opportunity to be Lakehill's "Cheerleader for a Day" or "Warrior for the Day" is offered to the highest bidder each year at the Parent Faculty Club Benefit Auction.

Lakehill held its annual Tailgate Party on Friday evening before the Warriors' Varsity Football home opener against Cornerstone Christian Academy.

Hundreds of fans gathered at the Warrior Athletic Complex to enjoy the pre-game festivities. Volunteers passed out souvenir footballs at the gate, while the Lakehill Dad's Club fired up the grill, preparing more than 600 hot dogs to feed the hungry crowd. A great time was had by all. 

See more pictures from the Pep Rally here and the Tailgate Party and Game here.

New Team Inflatable Run-Through Tunnel
Parent representatives unveiled the new Warrior helmet inflatable tunnel on Friday night to the excitement of fans and players.  The coaches, players, and cheerleaders were excited to be a part of the debut of the i nflatable at the Warriors' first home game.

Parent organizers Laurie Lopez and Donna Welch would like to offer a huge thank you to the Allen/Nelson, Burt, Currey, Douglas, Ekstrom, Farokhnia, Ferguson, Guedea, Iyer, Kelley, Lantz, Lopez, McCall, McCoskey, Palmer, Skipworth, Stark/Sales, Stout, Welch, and White families for their generous donations that made this possible.

"We are looking forward to the inflatable being a part of Varsity Football for many years," said Welch. Varsity Cheerleading Co-Captain Afton Guedea agreed. "It was so exciting to be a part of this. It got everyone pumped up for the game."

It's not too late to contribute to this new addition to the Warrior Football home games. To show your Warrior spirit, please contact  Bruce McCoskey to make a donation.
Granting Gardens
Lakehill Receives Grant to Establish Gardens on Main Campus
Lakehill Preparatory School recently received a $2,000 monetary grant from Whole Kid's Foundation's School Garden Program.

The Lakehill science department is already hard at work to complete the beginning stages of their plans. Under the direction of Upper School science teacher Jeremy Holman, Lakehill's Science Club and the AP Environmental Science class will create nearly 400 square feet of gardens this year with funds received from the grant.

As part of the environmental science curriculum, students will learn about soil biology and chemistry through hands-on observation and experimentation. They will till the ground and build the bed frames themselves, and will create an environmentally-friendly watering system using rain barrels and soaker hoses.  Students will also learn how to control pests using natural methods instead of relying on harmful synthetic chemicals. 

"With this grant, we are hoping to grow enough food to donate fresh veggies and herbs to our cafeteria and our neighborhood food bank," explained Holman. "Additionally, we'd like to get students in the Lower School involved by letting them plant and harvest their choice of vegetables or flowers this spring."

Students will showcase the garden at Earth Day Texas, the world's largest Earth Day event. Earth Day Texas will be held April 22-24, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas.

"It is so inspiring to see the diversity and creativity in the types of gardens that will be planted across the country and the interaction between the students and their communities,"  said Nona Evans, executive director of the Whole Kids Foundation. 

In addition to funding, Lakehill will receive a package of garden starter items, including seeds and information on resources and how to build and sustain gardens to ensure long-term success.

By Afton Guedea, Marketing Intern, Class of 2016
Big on Box Tops
Box Tops Program Helps Lakehill Earn Money
Box Tops for Education is one of America's largest school earnings loyalty programs.  Each Box Top is worth 10ยข for the school, which  can use Box Tops cash to buy whatever they need. Box Tops are found on hundreds of products. Get the list here.

"Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for Lakehill families to help earn cash for our school, said Melenda Meazle, PFC Promotional Programs Chairperson and Box Tops Coordinator.

In addition to clipping, you can register online to stay updated on Lakehill's earnings. As a Box Tops member, you will receive exclusive coupons and recipes, as well as learn about extra ways to earn more Box Tops cash.

"Just send your Box Tops to school in a bag or envelope where they will be collected and counted," said Meazle. "It is such an easy way to get money for our school!"

" Our Box Tops campaign was a huge success in Lower School last year," said Head of Lower School Patti Brooks. "We earned over $600 and used it to buy t wo soccer goals, a  new basketball goal, and a  new basketball backboard and net.  The Lower School kids were thrilled and loved the playground being more fun!"  

As an extra incentive, the Lower School class that collects the most Box Tops will earn a pizza party. Box Tops are due October 26 for this contest, but will be collected all year.

For more information about Lakehill's Box Top program, please contact Melenda Meazle.
In The Classroom
Pastries for Parents
Kindergarten students spent an enjoyable morning on Tuesday when their parents were invited to join them for Pastries for Parents. 

Who's New?
Lakehill Welcomes Patty Pippen
Patty Pippen joins the Lakehill faculty full-time this year, teaching fifth grade World Cultures, seventh grade Ancient Civilizations, and the Upper School electives Africa is Not a Country and Global Citizenship. She is also serving as a sponsor for the eighth grade sponsor and the Middle School Geography Club.

Pippen is no stranger to Lakehill. She has been a substitute teacher at the school since 2009, and taught Social Studies part-time last year. Her son Charlie is a junior at Lakehill, and her son Jack, who graduated last year, is now a freshman at Kenyon College in Ohio.

Pippen says being around inquisitive students and enthusiastic staff is the best part of her job. "Lakehill is special because it prepares students to be incredibly well-rounded, with an emphasis on challenging academics, sports, arts, and community service," she says.
Originally from Dallas, Pippen holds a Ba chelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. She  worked as a nurse at Baylor University Medical Center for 15 years -- working in the cancer and bone marrow transplant unit and in clinical research.  

She moved into the medical legal setting, spending 15 years at a Texas law firm, assisting in all phases of work-up and trials of medical legal cases.

While at Baylor, her keen interest in overseas work led her to take a two-year hiatus to work at a bush hospital in west Africa. It was an experience that impacted her greatly, and one she continues to share with her family. " Once I had children, I wanted my sons to experience the beautiful continent and people of Africa," she explained. "Charlie chose to see Namibia based on Mrs. Thomson's fifth grade geography class. Our family has maintained a relationship with a rural school in northern Namibia since our first visit in 2010. Lakehill families, through their donations, have played a huge role in that experience. Charlie and I will return there in June 2016 to continue our commitment to the school." 

Pippen is eager to share her international experience and vast knowledge of the world with others. "I hope to inspire my students to work not for a grade but because they are excited and interested in knowing more about the world we live in."

She says she is most looking forward to igniting a fire in Middle and Upper School students to be true global citizens. Her students will certainly have the right role model to help them get there.
Sports Snippets
Get Ready for the Warriors
Varsity and JV Volleyball
The JV Volleyball team took on Garland Christian on September 3 and lost a hard fought game in three sets. The team traveled to take on Greenville Christian on September 8 and lost in straight sets. The team is working hard to get back on the winning track after some setbacks this week and will return home next on September 15 to take on Bethesda Christian at 6:00 p.m. 

The Varsity team continues their winning streak and are 14-0 on the season after beating Garland Christian, Greenville Christian, and winning the Ellis County Invitational Tournament. The team faced a very tall Bethesda Christian team in the semi-finals of the tournament on Saturday. After narrowly beating them 25-23 in the first set, the team dominated the second set 25-9 to move on to the championship game against Westlake Academy. 

Against Westlake Academy, the Lady Warriors won the first set 25-21, but were outplayed in the second set, losing 14-25. The third and deciding set did not start well, with Westlake keeping Lakehill down three points for most of the set. Claire Crow went on a serving run and the team came back to win the set and match with a 15-13 score in the deciding set. This is the third straight year Lakehill has won the Ellis County Invitational Tournament. 

See more pictures here and here.

The team will travel to San Antonio on September 10 to play in the Castle Hills First Baptist Academy tournament on Friday and Saturday before returning home to play Bethesda Christian at 7:00 p.m. on September 15.  

Middle School Volleyball
The Middle School Volleyball teams scored big wins on September 8 on their home court. The eighth grade team defeated Calvary Lutheran 25-10, 25-5. 
Claire HowardLynley Waggoner , and  Loveth Heard led the team with strong serving.

The Warrior seventh grade team beat Garland Christian 25-12 and 25-10.  Abbey Bauer served 18 points and  Maddison Cerda contributed excellent court play. " Both teams played good, solid volleyball," said Coach Ellen Kufel. "They are working hard on their rotations and are getting the majority of serves over the net. I am proud of what they have accomplished in a short amount of time."

Varsity and Middle School Football 
A large crowd gathered at the Warrior Athletic Complex for Lakehill's 2015 Tailgate game. In a battle of the Warriors, McKinney Cornerstone emerged with a 42-21 victory. Lakehill led 8-6 after the first quarter, and 14-6 at half, thanks to an electrifying 55-yard touchdown run by Gerard Franklin on the final play of the second quarter. The momentum turned in the second half, however, with Cornerstone making key plays in crucial situations. Lakehill struggled all night passing the ball. Cornerstone broke open a close game with two scores late in the final period.

Lakehill was led offensively by Franklin (191 yards, two touchdowns) and Brandon Bartholow (78 yards, one touchdown). The defense was anchored by Kason Burt and Griffin Burt, each with a number of tackles and big hits.

The Middle School Warriors defeated Cornerstone 33-20. Cole Johnson, Gaige Cerda, and Ryan Henry all had rushing touchdowns. Johnson threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Kyeser Hall and had an interception return for a touchdown that sealed the game for Lakehill.

The Warriors are in the midst of a three-game homestand, and will host local TAPPS rival Carrollton Christian on September 11. The Middle School Warriors play at 5:00 p.m., with Varsity kick-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Varsity Soccer
The Varsity Warriors Soccer team took on Desoto Canterbury at RLP on September 3, losing 13-1. The highlight of the game was Lakehill's only goal that came on a long header from freshman  Ben  Gillman Adam Muncaster  assisted on the goal. Lakehill lost 5-0 on September 8 at Dallas International.  Arjun Agrawal  did not allow any goals in the second half. The Warriors took on Yavneh on September 9, losing 3-1. Gillman scored the goal off of a pass from Muncaster. Lakehill kept the lead for most of the game, but Yavneh came back and scored three late in the second half to win. John Crutchfield gave a solid performance on defense, and Johnny Zhang and Arthur Hu did a great job of filling multiple roles for injured players.  The Warriors will play at home on September 14 at 5:00 p.m. against Arlington Burton.

Cross Country
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The Varsity Cross Country team will run in the Southwest Christian Meet on September 26.

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.

This Week at the ESC
Seventh graders are learning about tree morphology, GPS, and QR codes in order to complete their year-long tree identification, mapping, and labeling project. They will be identifying, mapping, and labeling nearly 50 trees around the ESC this year. 

Fourth grade will spend the year studying a tree as it grows from seed to sapling to tree throughout the year. They will also make observations, measurements, and bark rubbings of one of the trees at the ESC.

See more pictures from the ESC.
What's Happening?
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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 Campus Clean-Up at Lakehill's Perry Campus, home to the Environmental Science Center. Spend a few hours in the great outdoors, keeping this 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. Be sure to tell them you are from Lakehill!  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
8:15 a.m. in the Cafeteria
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.