Volume 13, Issue 33
May 6, 2021
Class of 2021 Honored at Senior Day
Last Friday, our Lakehill Warriors from kindergarten to grade eleven cheered on the Class of 2021 at our annual Senior Day event. Seniors, wearing their college shirts, declared the colleges they plan to attend as well as their intended majors while everyone celebrated!

Seniors and their parents started the day with a breakfast, courtesy of the PFC Senior Day committee volunteers, and then they joined their K-11 classmates for the festivities. A highlight of Senior Day is when the seniors raffle items that represent their memories of Lakehill to the younger Warriors. Limited edition Lakehill shirts, favorite study snacks, sports items, magic cards, and props from theater productions are just a few of the many items that let us all share the joy of being a Lakehill graduate.
Reflecting on Teacher Appreciation Week
"This week has been full of unexpected treats, kind notes, and supportive words in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. But these things are actually not so uncommon thanks to our wonderful Lakehill families. Parents let us know all the time how thankful and appreciative they are to have their kiddos here at Lakehill, especially during this exceptional year, and it warms our hearts tremendously to have their support year round. Teachers enter the field of education with hopes of making a difference in kids' lives. Moments like these give us confidence that we chose the right path, and I can't think of anything more rewarding or worthwhile than that. "
-John Trout, Head of Lower School
"The staff and faculty have truly enjoyed the Teacher Appreciation treats this week. What fun to arrive each day and discover tasty new surprises in the teachers’ lounge to lift spirits and energize us! The support, generosity and thoughtfulness on your part are appreciated all year long, and especially this week!
-Joan Mayo, Upper School Spanish Teacher
"With handwritten notes from our students and fun, delicious surprises from our parents, this week has been a treat from start to finish. Your kindness has felt like a wonderful hug! I hope that our parents and students know how much we appreciate them, too!"
-Kaye Hauschild, Head of Middle School
"The PFC special treats have been so appreciated and made for an awesome week. Thank you!"
-Rachelle Jones, First Grade Teacher
"I enjoy Teacher Appreciation Week because it is a celebration of the partnership between teachers, parents, and students. We have such a strong and caring PFC that genuinely loves to care for our teachers. They go above and beyond to let our faculty know how much they appreciate what the teachers do on a daily basis. Teaching is not a job - it is a calling and is something worth celebrating. "
-Bob Yttredahl, Head of Upper School
"This year, my twentieth here, has been unlike any other and Teacher Appreciation Week could not have come at a better time.The many acts of kindness from parents and students, whether it’s a warm cookie from Tiff’s Treats or a short note have let me see that what my colleagues and I do day in and day out matters.The larger acts of recognition from the PFC, like being greeted by the giant sign thanking the teachers as I turned into the parking lot, made me feel like a superstar. Having treats in the faculty lounge gives me hope that school life really is returning to normal. Thank you, PFC and Lakehill family, I feel truly appreciated and revitalized."
-Elizabeth Schmitt, Middle School English Teacher
"I am so lucky to teach at a school where I feel appreciated daily by students, parents, and fellow staff members. This Teacher Appreciation Week has really lifted my morale. Walking in to a delicious breakfast and reading the sweet notes of appreciation sent by students and parents reinforces my love of teaching. Our Lakehill Family is the best!!!"
-Cristi McCarty, Upper School Math Teacher
The Junior-Senior Ring Ceremony remains one of the most significant events of the Upper School end-of-year activities.
 
A special bond has always existed between the junior and senior classes at Lakehill, and this year's group is no exception. Held on April 29, amidst the elegance of the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center, the Junior-Senior Ring Celebration allowed the class of 2021 the opportunity to reflect, to celebrate, and to pass the torch to Lakehill's next class of leaders.
 
Members of the senior class introduced each member of the junior class, presenting class rings and Class of 2022 shirts, while paying tribute to each junior during this special Lakehill rite of passage.
First Grade Visits Lakehill Bionicles
by: Anna Knickell

The Upper School Robotics team, the Lakehill Bionicles, and their robot, Vhisola, had a few special visitors come to their class on Monday afternoon -- Mrs. Jones' first grade class!

As part of the outreach program, in which Upper School Robotics shares the love of STEM with Lower Schoolers, the team offers Lower School classes the opportunity to come visit the robots they build. The outreach program includes learning about STEM Heroes and completing STEM activities with the Lakehill Bionicles team.

On Monday, Mrs. Jones' students were able to take advantage of visiting the robotics class. During their visit, the students watched the robot moving around the field, intaking rings, and shooting the rings into the goals. The first graders even got some hands-on experience, helping to reset the field and feeding rings back to Vhisola. 

The robotics team then hosted a questions and answers session where students asked about building the robot. Some even asked to join the team! At the end, the robotics team set up an example match to show the students how Vhisola works in a real match.

The visit was so much fun for the first graders and the robotics team. The robotics team was able to share their love for STEM with future robotics team members.
Honoring Roger L. Perry
Lakehill Headmaster for 39 years.
The PFC is excited to announce that Lakehillopoly
is available for order!
This one-of-a-kind version of the classic board game is completely customized for our very own Lakehill community.
Your kids will love playing a game with the people, places, and events that make up their school life.

Since this is the alternative to our usual PFC auction fundraiser, ordering your game is a fabulous way to support Lakehill after a year that has been like no other, with all proceeds going to the school.
Only $50 per game—please order today
The last PFC meeting of the year is Friday, May 14th.

You don't want to miss this!!
New PFC Officers for the 2021-22 school year, as well as the PFC's annual gift to the school, will be announced.

All parents and guardians are invited to be a part of the fun!


Meeting ID: 957 103 5105
Passcode: LPS
Lakehill Noteable Alumni | Claire Crow
So excited was 2017 Lakehill alumnus Claire Crow that she bolted from her room and raced across campus to tell her mentors the great news: she had been one of only three out of over 550 applicants accepted to the PhD in English program at Yale University. Not finding her Medieval Studies mentor Stephanie Batkie in her office, she rushed without knocking into the office of her Victorian Studies mentor Maha Jafri and exclaimed, “I got in!” She and Dr. Jafri began literally jumping up and down for joy, and it was only when they hugged that Dr. Jafri realized she hadn’t had time to put on her mask. 

The year of Covid has been quite the journey for the Lakehill graduate. It began at the University of Oxford, where Claire was embarking on her studies as a fellow of Keble College, having been selected to attend through the Middlebury-CRMS Oxford Humanities program. Claire was forewarned not to yield early to the temptation to take trips across the Channel to other European countries, as she might fall behind in her studies. So Claire buckled down and worked hard with her tutors, studying Women and Literature and Medieval Philosophy, until March 10th, when she was informed she would have to return to the United States because of the pandemic. Claire was forced, like so many of us this past year, to work long-distance, but she powered through and completed her Oxford studies with distinction. Her Women and Literature tutor, Hannah Ryley, encouraged Claire to explore treatments of race and proto colonialism as well as women in medieval literature, and from this Claire found the subject she will explore at Yale. Because she so clearly defined her passion to its English department, Yale also appointed her to represent the English department in its Center for Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Studies, wherein she will be able to fund research projects and campus visits from distinguished scholars from around the world.

Claire never got to go to the European cities she really wanted to visit while in England, but her devotion to her passion has her poised to become a top scholar in her field. Being one, she will surely be able to travel the world when it opens again. Claire encourages Lakehill students to be fearless: "Do not allow hard work to scare you and never be afraid to seek the help you need." With mentors stretching from Dallas to Tennessee to England, Claire is proof that such an approach can take you wherever you want to go.

by: Tim Hagood, Upper School English Teacher
NJHS Presents
The Class of 2021, Senior Spotlights
Hayden Yoss
Hayden Yoss has attended Lakehill since fourth grade. While attending Lakehill, Hayden has been involved in basketball, tennis, track, Pan American Student Forum, Ambassadors, Sports Leadership Club, Sisteens, and National Junior Honor Society. She has served as Chair of the Dig Pink Committee and Spring Service Committee for Sisteens and Media Coordinator for National Junior Honor Society. Outside of Lakehill, Hayden is a part of Future Leaders in Business Program, has participated in the Maccabi Games for five years, and works at Richardson Bike Mart.

Hayden has a wide variety of interests which fueled her involvement in the many different clubs, organizations, and courses she took. On campus, her favorite class is yearbook, which she took all four years of high school. “I have fun while also learning so much. Ms. Troxler is the best!”

Hayden’s awards and achievements include Headmaster’s Honor Award, Yearbook Award, President’s Volunteer Service Award, Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, Academic All-State Basketball, Academic All-State Tennis, Honorable Mention for basketball, Second Team All-District basketball, First Team All-District basketball, and Honorable Mention All-State Track. Among Hayden’s favorite memories is the biology trip her junior year when she was able to spend so much quality time with her friends and experience so many neat things.

Hayden has applied and been accepted to Chapman University, San Diego State University, University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, University of California Irvine, and University of California Santa Cruz. She plans to major in business or sociology. Hayden’s advice to younger Warriors is, “Try everything you can while in the Lakehill environment so you can figure out what you are passionate about. Study hard and have fun!”
Emerson Danamraj
Emerson Danamraj is a Lakehill lifer, having attended Lakehill since kindergarten. He has taken advantage of the many opportunities Lakehill has offered him from sports to community service to a wide array of clubs. As a student-athlete, Emerson has been involved in tennis and track.

While attending Lakehill, his interests led him to be a part of many clubs and activities including Pan American Student Forum, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, and Curling Club. Outside of Lakehill, Emerson enjoys scuba diving and swimming.

Among Emerson’s favorite memories are the global food fair in third grade. “I dressed up as a French pastry chef and served croissants. This event was really fun. It reminds me of all the happy childhood memories I have at Lakehill.” On campus, Emerson’s favorite class is Spanish. He enjoys learning about the language and different cultures. He hopes to one day speak multiple languages.

Emerson’s awards and achievements include three gold medals on the National Spanish exam, Headmaster's Honor Award, Academic Excellence in Spanish I and II, Academic Excellence in pre-calculus, Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa, Science National Honor Society, The University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, and All-State Academic Tennis.

Emerson has applied and been accepted to University of California Santa Barbara, University of California San Diego, University of California Davis, University of Toronto, and McGill University. His advice to younger Warriors is, “ Work hard, but try and have some fun along the way.”
Choir Director Tracey Herron is proud to announce the 2021 Spring Fling.
A collaboration of kindergarten through sixth grade with the Upper School choir. Enjoy!
What The World Needs Now
Put A Little Love In Your Heart
Treat People With Kindness
Sports Update
Leaving Their Mark
The varsity track team concluded their season at the TAPPS State Track Meet in Waco this past Saturday, May 1.

"Overall it was an incredible showing for Lakehill. These athletes worked so hard all year and it was a blast to watch them compete at state," said Coach Cayme.

The girls team finished 4th overall in team standings and the boys team finished 5th.

State Champions:
3200m: Cullen McCaleb and Avery Owen
800m: 1st Cullen McCaleb  
400m: 1st Kayla Ristianto  
1600m: 1st Cullen McCaleb  

State Medalists:
100m: 2nd Ryan Henry
200m: 2nd Ryan Henry
1600m: 3rd Avery Owen
Girls 4x400m: 2nd Bella Pumpelly, Addie Ashford, Hannah Reister, and Kayla Ristianto.

"Coach Owen and I could not be more proud of how the track team competed this season. Whether it was cold, rainy, windy, or hot, the team trained and put in the work all season long. Every medal, school record, personal record, and state championship was truly earned," said Coach Cayme.

Congratulations to Coach Cayme, Coach Owen, and the Warrior track team on an outstanding season.
Varsity Softball
Softball season comes to an end for the Warriors and Coach Devon Potter is excited for the future of the Warrior softball program. This season was full of challenges and these Warriors took those challenges head on. 

“It did not matter who the other team was or what was on the scoreboard, this group continued to fight,” said Head Coach Devon Potter. “I am incredibly proud of this team and I am honored to coach these young ladies.”

This year’s team was led by seniors Michelle Reed, Georgina Stephens, and Maya Ariss. “I want to wish our three seniors the best as they take on the next chapter of their lives.”

Coach Potter has high expectations for the athletes returning next season. “We have unfinished business to take care of next season and I will be looking forward to the next time we step on the field together.”

Megan Gillman led the team offensively this season with a 0.647 batting average and earned Second Team All-District. Maya Ariss, Georgina Stephens, Madison Deason, and Brooklyn Williams earned Honorable Mention honors.

Congratulations to Warrior softball!
#TogetherWeCan help Lakehill students move forward on the path to accomplishing their dreams. Support the Warrior Fund – text GIVE to 469-393-7038 or donate here. Monthly donations allow you to budget your gift – consider making a recurring contribution.

The only gift too small is no gift at all!
Looking Ahead
May 8
Shoreline Spruce-Up
Meet at the W. Lawther and Chapel Hill parking lot at 9:00 am.
Lakehill Community Picnic
In honor of Mr. Roger L. Perry. Join us!

May 14
General PFC Meeting
The final PFC meeting of the year will begin at 8:30 am via Zoom.

May 16
Alumni Cookout
In honor of Mr. Roger L. Perry. Join us!

May 19
Lower School Awards
Lower School Awards Ceremony begins at 2:00 pm. Live streaming will be available.

May 20
Middle School Awards
Middle School Awards Ceremony begins at 2:00 pm. Live streaming will be available.
Upper School Athletics Celebration
Upper School Athletes and their parents are invited to the gym at 7:00 pm to celebrate Lakehill Athletics.

May 21
Last Day of School for K-6
Lower School Field Day
Field Day is from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Upper School Awards
Upper School Awards Ceremony begins at 11:00 am. Live streaming will be available.
Upper School Celebration
Upper School Celebration begins at 12:30 pm.

May 23
Baccalaureate
Baccalaureate will begin at 2:00 pm in the Charles J. Wyly Jr. Auditorium.

May 28
Commencement Ceremony
The Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony will begin at 7:30 pm at the Roger L. Perry Campus.
COVID-19: Lakehill Preparatory School
Visit the Lakehill Website to read Lakehill's Plan for Reopening.

Please review our “what if” scenarios regarding notification and returning to school after an illness that may be helpful in clarifying situations we may encounter: COVID-19 What Ifs.
Lakehill Preparatory School

2720 Hillside Drive, Dallas, Texas 75214-3428
Phone: (214) 826-2931