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Volume 8, Issue 14 December 17, 2015
Holiday Traditions
Holiday Luncheon Exemplifies Spirit of the Season
For 39 years, on a special Friday in December, Lakehill has continued a holiday tradition that remains in the hearts of attendees long after the apple 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 11, 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."   

Holiday Cheer
Lower School Presents Winter Program
The Lower School Winter Program, held in Lakehill's Wyly Auditorium on December 10, featured a variety of musical performances by each Lower School grade. 
The program culminated with the Parade of Gifts by the children. Nearly 200 gifts were donated to Vogel Alcove, the Wilkinson Center, and Community Partners of Dallas to brighten the holidays for the children they serve. The giving of toys to children in need is a Lakehill tradition that is over 25 years old. 

Fifth Grade to Sing at Baylor Sammons Cancer Center 
The fifth grade will sing on December 18 for patients and their families at Baylor's Sammons Cancer Center. The performance is a joyful and hopeful respite for many of the patients receiving treatments. 

Juniors Host Reindeer Games for Lower School Students
Lakehill's junior class carried on a long-standing tradition on December 11 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 firelane 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 onto the practice field for Reindeer Games, including "Red Light Green Light," "Santa Says," and an afternoon of holiday fun.

See  more pictures.

Ringing In The Holidays
Mr. Perry, Ms. Gajkowski, and Ms. Ekstrom took a break on Monday to  ring in a little cheer for the holidays and to help those less fortunate. Celebrating 125 years, the Salvation Army's traditional red kettle is an integral part of the holiday scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season. Thanks to Irwin Thompson and  The Dallas Morning News photography department for including Lakehill in their volunteer efforts.  See the video.
On The Stage
Middle School Drama Class Brings Fantasy to Life
Seventh and eighth grade drama students presented Still Life with Iris, an adventure fantasy drama by Steven Dietz, on December 11 and 12, in the Wyly Auditorium

"I chose the play because it lent itself perfectly to a middle school cast and the roles were very flexible," said Director Mark Guerra. "The play takes place in a fantasy world, so we could choose how the class wanted it to look and how they wanted to perform it."

"The play is funny, but it has a very meaningful message," said Guerra. The many profound messages about love, loss, friendship, memory, and courage slowly revealed themselves during the performance. Set in  Nocturno , characters spend their nighttime hours creating elements that are put to use during daylight.  Still Life With Iris  chronicles a young girl's quest to regain her memory and with it her home. With the help of  the a  strange assortment of characters she meets along the way, Iris recovers more than her past. Iris succeeds in finding herself through the power of faith and the courage of persistence, traits that ultimately lead her home. "The play really brought home the importance of remembering the past and keeping memories alive," Guerra added.

Iris was played by  Alanna Stern. Mom/Miss Overlook was played by  Kira WillisChris Luke and  Ryan Douglas played Grotto and  Gretta Good. The other actors, including some who who played several very different roles, were  Jonah Shaw (Man/Mister Matternot/Dad),  Zuri Williams (Leaf Monitor),  Claire Howard (Anabel Lee),  Asher Chamoy (Flower Painter/Mozart),  Maggie Turkyilmaz (Memory Mender),  Addison Baum (Elmer/Mister OtherGuy),  Jourdyn Owens (Bolt Bender), and  Kalli Turner (Hazel/Miss HerToo). Marissa Rubio served as stage manager.
Designing Dallas
Middle School Engineering Students Create Dallas in 3-D
Students in Lakehill's new Middle School engineering elective finished the semester with a hands-on, real-world project. After brainstorming ideas for a final 3-D printing project, students deceided that they would create a model of downtown Dallas.

Each student selected a building in downtown Dallas to research, design, and build, using SketchUp 3-D modeling software. Before printing their designs on the 3-D printer, they built their structure out of play dough to try to determine the accurate scale of the building. 

The resulting project showcased a variety of downtown landmarks, including the Omni Hotel, Reunion Tower, and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

"It was a great learning process for all of us," said engineering teacher Katherine Fredericks. "The students learned a lot about engineering design and had a great time in the process." 

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: Becca Currey
Rebecca Curry, who goes by Becca, is in her sixth year at Lakehill. 

Becca is a teacher's aid for Mrs. Poore's Kindergarten class, and enjoys spending time with Lakehill's youngest students. She has been a part of many clubs and organizations inside, and outside of school, including National Honor Society (NHS), Sisteens, PASF, Rho Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta, the Varsity Cheerleading squad, and the National Society of High School Scholars. One of the accomplishments of which she is most proud was getting the Wells College Scholarship. When she graduates, Becca plans to attend college in the south. 

A former World Champion competitive figure skater, Becca now competes on her American Saddlebred horses, and has earned the rank of 10th at the World Championship Horse Show and fifth at the American Royal National Championship Horse Show. 

Becca's favorite book is A Thousand Splendid Suns, written by  Khaled Hosseini, which she read in Jamie Thorne's history class

The best advice she has ever received, Becca says, is to "do what makes you happy."

By Georgia Ferguson, ninth grade
Sports Snippets
Middle School Soccer
The Middle School Soccer team kicked off its season with a big 4-1 win over Prince of Peace (POP) on December 10. "The team's high energy and big effort from every player was a great start to the season," said Head Coach Diego Hincapie. The Warriors maintained high pressure to keep POP from moving the ball down field and crushed every attack. Eighth grader  Hamed El-Feky scored three goals while eighth grader  Kyeser Hall added a goal from distance. The Warriors will be back on their home field on January 8 at 5:00 p.m. against Irving The Highlands.

Varsity and Middle School Girls Basketball
The seventh grade girls basketball team open their season on December 10 at Zion Lutheran, losing a close match up 32-28. The team was paced in scoring by  Abbey Bauer with 18 points. 

On December 11, the Varsity Girls Basketball team played host to 4A public school, Hampton Prep. The Lady Warrior lost the hard-fought game 76-46. The team was led in scoring by Jakayla Silas with 23 points and Charity Abengowe with 13. See more pictures.

The Lady Warriors will travel back to Poetry Christian on December 18 to avenge an overtime loss in the tournament final on December 5. 

JV and Varsity Boys Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team lost 33-70 to a tough Texoma Christian on December 11. Noah Bernstein led the team with 13 points, Dunny Bock added seven points and four rebounds, and Gerard Franklin had six points and five rebounds. See  more pictures The JV team lost to a tough Texoma Christian team on December 11 as well. Varsity takes the court on Friday, December 18 at Poetry Christian. The JV team will be on the road on January 12 at Tyler Street.
This Week at the ESC
First grade learned how a bird's beak shape is determined by its diet. They experimented with five tools that symbolized five different types of beaks. Students discovered that seed eaters have wedge-shaped beaks like a pair of pliers, nectar eaters have long narrow beaks like a pipette, small insect eaters have long pointy beaks like chopsticks, fish eaters have long rounded beaks like tongs, and skimmers have shorter beaks like tweezers. 

Kindergarten students learned about animal life cycles. They discovered that not all animal life cycles are the same. Some animals merely get larger as they grow into adults, and others transform or metamorphose. They learned the type and order of life cycle for ants, bees, frogs, beetles, butterflies, and several other animals. They also used a cookie, an M&M, a Milk Dud, a gummy worm, and a candy butterfly to create a 3-D butterfly life cycle.

What's Happening?
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December 16-18
Semester Exams
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December 21 - January 4
Have a wonderful Holiday Break!

January 4
Teacher in-service

January 5
Classes  begin

January 5
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. Get  more information.

Spelling Bee Coming Soon!
January 7, 2016 
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in Lakehill's annual Spelling Bee. Interested students are encouraged to study the words in the   Study List. The website  www.spellingbee.com 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 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the Auditorium.