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Volume 8, Issue 35 May 26, 2016
Parent Partners
Parent Faculty Club Announces Gift, Officers
Lakehill's Parent Faculty Club (PFC) gathered on Friday for their final General Meeting of the year, chaired by PFC President  Barb Witherite .
Witherite announced the PFC's annual gift to the school, totaling $110,000. The gift included technology enhancements, contributions to the capital campaign and endowment, furniture and fixtures for the new addition, and a RenWeb parent alert system. In addition, the PFC also sponsored $32,000 of programs for the school, including banquets, Graduation, Field Day, Back-to-School Picnic, and the Halloween Carnival.
The new PFC Executive Committee was also announced. 
Members of the 2016-17 Executive Committee are as follows:
President:  Barb Witherite
Vice President:  Andrea Johnston
Secretary:  Lydia Perry
Treasurer:  Kelli Powell
Parliamentarian:  Allison Lewis
Immediate Past President:  Tricia McCaleb

Many thanks to the PFC and all its members who do so much for Lakehill.
New Frontiers
Class of 2016 Prepares for Graduation
The Class of 2016 stands at the threshold of new beginnings and opportunities, looking forward to the new challenges ahead.
Members of the Senior Class have just completed their two-week internships as part of their graduation requirements and presented a summary of their work to a faculty committee. They will take their final walk across the Lakehill stage on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Lakehill's forty-third Commencement Ceremony.

Once again, 100% of Lakehill graduates will continue on to college. Lakehill congratulates the Class of 2016 and wishes them continued success. 

Seniors, in the words of  Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, "When the challenges come, I hope you remember that anchored deep within you is the ability to learn and grow. You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are - and you just might become the very best version of yourself."

Awarding Athletes
Teams Celebrate Success at Athletic Banquet
It was a time of celebration for the Athletic Department as Lakehill's Upper School teams wrapped up the year with their annual Awards Banquet on May 20 at the Environmental Science Center.

Sponsored by the PFC, the event allowed each athletic team the opportunity to be recognized and also gave coaches, students, and supporters the perfect opportunity to celebrate the season's successes and build momentum for the coming year. Those athletes maintaining strong academic standards were recognized with honor awards. 
The Fighting Heart Award, selected by the coaches, is given to two student-athletes who lead by example, display pride, and put the team first, embodying the true spirit of a Lakehill athlete. This year's honorees were Kaeli Bunger and Kason Burt.
Congratulations and thanks to all the Lakehill athletes and coaches who dedicate their time and talents to these programs. A special thanks to PFC Athletics Chair Michelle Crow and her committee for organizing this event.   
See more pictures from the banquet. 
Looking Back
Baccalaureate Brings Reflection, Thanks
Lakehill's Baccalaureate Ceremony was held on Sunday, May 22 at Lakehill's Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center. 
A time-honored Lakehill tradition, the ceremony provides an opportunity for each member of the graduating class to publicly thank the people who have made it possible for them to get to this moment of achievement in their lives. The afternoon of thoughtful reflection and heartfelt emotion provided a more intimate opportunity to pause and reflect on this rite of passage.

 See more photos.
Changing The World, One Watt At A Time
Cheng Has an App for That
Every year, the Shanghai Association for Science and Technology and the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, join forces with an additional 12 organizations and a general evaluation commission of experts from more than 180 academic societies to sponsor the  Shanghai Adolescents' Science and Technology Innovation Contest.

More than 100,000 students from Shanghai submit their projects with the hope of being selected for the contest. The contest provides young people throughout the country an opportunity to compete in the fields of natural sciences and engineering, and to exhibit their research projects to the public.

This year, Lakehill junior George Cheng , working with a team of four graduate students and a professor from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, developed an app for a mobile platform that controls household appliances, such as lamps, televisions, and the refrigerator. When consumers use the app to turn on an appliance, they can also see how much energy they are using and receive recommendations for energy savings.  

Cheng, who was the team member responsible for the programming of the app as well the presentation, used a combination of Java and Python to program the app, which runs on ZigBee, a wireless network most often used in home automation and industrial settings.  

Cheng placed second overall and r eceived four different awards in the competition from various companies and universities who were interested in his product .
He says he will continue to work on his program to improve it, and has already been invited to take part  in several other competitions.

Cheng plans to study computer engineering and mathematics at a U.S. university when he graduates next year.
Sports Snippets
Warrior Workouts Begin
Lakehill Warriors L

Weights, Agilities and Speed Training:
  • RLP Field House - 7401 Ferguson Road
  • Mondays / Tuesdays / Thursdays
  • May 31 - July 21 (Monday, July 4 off)
  • Workouts are from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    • Wear appropriate attire and shoes to run in - no sandals or flip flops
    • For ALL LPS athletes
    • It will be circuit training: speed / agility / strength
    • Bring a partner to workout with. It builds teamwork!
Open Gyms:
  • Lakehill (Main Campus) - 2720 Hillside Drive
  • Basketball - Tuesdays / Thursdays
    • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Volleyball -
    • Tuesdays: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
New Lakehill SmugMug App
Love SmugMug? Get the Lakehill App!
Do you love seeing all the pictures from Lakehill's events and activities on SmugMug? 

Do you ever wish there was an app for your phone? Now there is! 

Use your mobile phone to download the Lakehill SmugMug app and access all of the great pictures at any time...right from your phone!
Special Thanks
Special thanks to  Afton Guedea , Marketing Intern, for her contributions to Lakehill's Communications Office this year, and to  Elizabeth Schmitt , editor extraordinaire, for her invaluable help with each week's edition of   The Warrior Weekly
What's Happening?
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Important Information from the Business Office:
  • All 2015-2016 accounts should have been paid in full as of Tuesday, May 10, to avoid a potential delay in receiving final grades / records / transcripts for the year.
  • Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year (either paid in full or first monthly payment) is due on Wednesday, June 1. Late fees will apply for payments received after June 10.
  • After School Care bills for May will be mailed in the first week of June. Parents are encouraged to make sure their accounts are clear over the summer to avoid a delay with Registration and Re-enrollment.
Please contact Bruce McCoskey, Lakehill's Business Manager, at 214.826.2931, ext 115, or bmccoskey@lakehillprep.org if you have any questions.

May 27
Commencement Ceremony
7:30 p.m., Auditorium 

May 30
Memorial Day - no classes

Lakehill Commencement Live
Lakehill's Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live and available on demand on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Network. You can sign up for a monthly pass for $14.95, or take advantage of the special Annual Pass for only $59. The link can be shared with three friends or family members. Let everyone in the family enjoy the ceremony! 

June 6 - August 5, 2016
Lakehill Summer Camps!  
Online registration for Summer Camps will continue all summer long. Check out the updated  Summer Camps Guide and make plans to spend your summer with us! Register online for available camps. Students in grades 6-12 who would like to volunteer at Lakehill Summer Camps should contact Ms. Ekstrom.

Visit the Parents Landing Page to get information on Middle School electives, book buyback, Summer Packets, registration and re-enrollment, ordering books, school supplies, and PE uniforms, and more!

Have a safe and happy summer!

Lakehill Summer Camps 2016
Over 1200 registrations have already been received for Lakehill Summer Camps 2015.
Camps begin June 6...what are you waiting for?