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Volume 8, Issue 4 September 17, 2015
Connecting with Colleges
Mini College Fair Kicks Off College Exploration Process
The possibilities for Lakehill students are relatively endless, and this is never more apparent than when it comes time to choose which college or university to attend. 
Lakehill kicked-off its college visit season on September 11 by hosting a mini college fair on campus. Local representatives from thirty colleges and universities from outside of Dallas were on hand to visit with Upper School students. 
Over the next few weeks, admission officers from more than 125 colleges and universities will visit the Lakehill campus. Beginning in their freshman year, students will be able to ask questions and foster relationships with schools before they begin the college admissions process. 
Although opportunities such as this are rare at most schools, they are an important part of Lakehill's unique preparation for the college admission process.

Making a Difference
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program Recognizes Volunteer Spirit
Students in grades 5 - 12 who have made a difference by volunteering in their community over the past year could win $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C. next May by applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award! Even more importantly, they could win recognition that might inspire other people to follow their example.

To apply:
  1. Visit http://spirit.prudential.com, click on the "Apply Now" link, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Once you have completed your online application, go to the "Certification" page to either e-mail certification instructions to Ms. Ekstrom, or to print them out and hand deliver them to her. This must be done by November 3, 2015.
The Awards Committee will then select a Local Honoree for both Middle School and Upper School and nominate them for state-level judging. For more information, please see Ms. Ekstrom
Honor Bound
Honor Societies Elect Officers
The National Honor Society (NHS), sponsored by Elizabeth Schmitt and Michael Jones, and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), sponsored by Denise Palmer and Sue Blanchette, recently elected their officers for the 2015-16 school year.
NHS officers are  Charlotte Abate, President; Kevin Lantz, Vice President;  Sofia de la Cruz, Secretary; and  Carlos Lopez, III, Treasurer.

Joining President Kate Langley and Vice-President Elizabeth Motes, who were elected last spring, are new NJHS Officers Greg Gillman, Secretary; Connor Alexander, Treasurer;  Ben Gillman, Historian; and Ben Palmer, Media Coordinator.

Congratulations to these student leaders!
Keeping Lakehill Beautiful
Student Council Leaders Help Launch New Campus Beautification Project
The Warrior Outreach Organization (WOO!), an Upper School organization dedicated to providing more service opportunities for students, is starting out strong in its second year. On Saturday, members joined forces with Lakehill students of all grade levels and their families to support a new campus beautification initiative at Lakehill's Perry Campus. 

"WOO is our way to bring the school community together to help causes that are important to us," explained Student Council Vice-President Zain Iman

"It's nice to wake up on a Saturday morning and start the day by doing something positive," said Student Council President Brandon Douglas. Saturday's event, a Campus Clean-Up at Lakehill's Environmental Science Center (ESC), attracted 30 eager students from across all grade levels and their families. "The project crossed all divisions and really brought the Lakehill community together," said Iman.

"It was really interesting to go back into the deep woods at the ESC," said sixth grade student Nico Montez. "I was suprised by how much trash was buried and can't believe the things we hauled out." In just two hours, volunteers removed 10 car tires, an old generator, and hundreds of pounds of scrap metal and trash from the wood surrounding the ESC.

The project was conceived by Daniel Bracken, Lakehill's Director of Environmental Education. "The kids were amazing and worked really hard. We have plans to build more hiking and nature trails at the ESC, and this paves the way for that project."

Bracken says the Campus Clean-Ups will continue, with one being held each quarter during the school year.
Who's New?
Lakehill Welcomes Mark Guerra
Mark Guerra joins the Lakehill faculty this year, teaching Upper School Drama, Musical Theatre, Speech, and Improv, and Middle School Drama, Theater Production, and Public Speaking.

Clearly someone who enjoys staying busy, he is also serving as a sponsor for the Lower School Drama Club with Ms. Sauer, the Middle School Spoken Word/Poetry Club with Ms. Miles, the Upper School Warrior Improv Troupe with Ms. Schmitt, the Upper School Spoken Word/Poetry Club, and the Film Society.
Born in Mission, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, Guerra was raised in Brigham City, Utah until he was 16 years old. He then returned to Mission to finish high school and attend college.
Guerra graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American where he studied Theater Performance/Design. While in college, he spent a summer attending the Summer Conservatory at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Harlem, and another summer interning as a Costume Stitcher/Wardrobe Staff at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Guerra began a Masters' program at UT-Arlington last year. 
After college, Guerra moved to Dallas to begin an internship at Theatre Three in Uptown, where he remained as Intern Supervisor for two more years. He recently returned to Theatre Three to co-found the Musical Theatre Academy at Theatre 3, a production workshop for children ages 5 to 19. For the past five years, Guerra has served as Associate Director for JESTERS, a performing group for people with Special Needs.

Guerra spent the past five years as a Middle School Theater Arts Teacher in Grand Prairie ISD before joining the Lakehill faculty.

He says that he is excited to be working with Lakehill students because "they are some of the most interesting and intelligent students I have ever met." He adds, "There is nothing more important than allowing a student to explore the world and what it has to offer. Lakehill does an impressive job of encouraging that."

Guerra is extremely passionate about theater. "I teach because I want to share my passion. If just one student finds a love of theater where it wasn't before, I feel I have had a successful school year."
Sports Snippets
Warriors Rack Up Wins
Black is the New Black  
Blackout for Lakehill vs. Universal
Friday, September 18, 7:30 p.m. Warrior Athletic Complex
All students and fans are encouraged wear a black shirt to Friday's Varsity Football game against Universal. The Warriors will be unveiling their new alternate black jerseys for this game.

Any student who wears a black shirt to the game will be asked to find Ms. Peacock at halftime at the top of the bleachers. She will be handing out tickets, good for a free Jeans Day on Thursday, September 24. Tickets should be given to the home-room or first period teacher. Go Warriors!

Varsity and JV Volleyball
The Varsity Volleyball team traveled to San Antonio to compete in the Castle Hills First Baptist Tournament last week and placed fifth out of 16 teams. On Friday, the team finished second in pool play with wins over San Antonio Lutheran and New Braunfels Christian. They lost to Austin Hill Country School, but the second place finish in pool play qualified them into the gold bracket. The team lost a hard-fought game to San Antonio Keystone in the first round of the bracket play before beating Castle Hills First Baptist and Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills to win the gold bracket consolation championship. Junior Abi Price was selected to the All-Tournament team. 

"I was pleased with how we handled ourselves and how the girls have adjusted to missing some of our starters," said Varsity Coach Jhoana Cayme-Mosley. "Jakayla Silas stepped in at setter for us, and she has done an amazing job." 

The team returned home to play Bethesda Christian on September 15 and won in straight sets. Both JV and Varsity will travel to Tyler on September 17 to take on East Texas Christian. 

Middle School Volleyball
The seventh grade took on a powerful Parish team on September 15, losing 25-7, 25-17. The girls fought hard and had some great rallies, with strong performances from Grace Addison and Zoe Williams. The eighth grade claimed a decisive victory over Dallas Academy,  25-11, 25-14. Ella Witherite and Stella Palmer contributed excellent serving for the win.  The eighth grade team plays at Cambridge on September 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Football 
The Lakehill Warriors hosted fellow TAPPS rival Carrollton Christian Academy (CCA) at the Warrior Athletic Complex on Friday night. The Warriors were looking to avenge a tough loss at the Tailgate game, but early on the Saints had other ideas, taking a quick 30-16 lead after the first quarter. The Lakehill defense regrouped, and by halftime the Warriors had closed the CCA lead to 38-32.

The Lakehill offense got stronger in the second half, scoring on all but one possession. Combined with a few defensive stops, Lakehill took a 54-46 lead into the final quarter. The special teams made two key onside kick recoveries to help the Warriors stretch their lead to a comfortable margin, ultimately winning 68-46.

Offensively Lakehill was led by quarterback Gerard Franklin (474 yards, eight touchdowns), and the defense featured four players with double-digit tackles ( Kevin Lantz, Carlos Lopez, III, Griffin Burt, and Brandon Bartholow). Special teams play was strong all night, especially the kick-off and point after touchdown units.

Lakehill is now 2-1, and will complete its three-game homestand next Friday against Irving Universal Academy (UIL). Kickoff at the Warrior Athletic Complex is set for 7:30 p.m., following the 5:00 p.m. Middle School game, also against Universal.

Middle School Football 
The Middle School Warriors scored another victory on Friday night, trouncing CCA 34-8. Lakehill's defense was in top form, allowing only eight points, while causing five turnovers (two fumble recoveries by
Gaige Cerda, and interceptions by
Addison BaumLogan Stout , and
Matthew McCall). The offense came alive in the second half, with rushing touchdowns from  Cole Johnson Ryan Henry , and Cerda.  Nathan Lewis threw a five-yard touchdown to McCall to add to the score. 

A special thanks to alumni mom
Michelle LaBrie  and junior  Lauren Luna  for taking over the concession stand last Friday and for all remaining home games. "This is a huge help to all of us...especially to the football and cheer parents who can now watch the game," said Michelle Crow, PFC Athletics Chair. The concession stand is open during Middle and Varsity home games. Don't forget to check it out!

Varsity Soccer
The Varsity Warriors Soccer team scored a big win at home on September 14, defeating Arlington Burton, 4-0.  

The Warriors took the lead in the first minute of the game on a Reid Chickering goal. Dunny Bock volleyed a ball into the net on a Ben Gillman cross into the goalie box just 11 minutes into the game. Near the end of the first half, Chickering blasted a ball into the upper corner of the net on a pass from Gillman to give Lakehill a 3-0 lead. 

The Warriors continued to control the game throughout the second half, scoring their final goal on a header served up by Bock and knocked in by Chickering, giving him a hat trick for the game. Noah Bernstein earned a clean sheet as goalie while Heather Hines gave a solid performance winning and distributing the ball in the midfield.

The next game is at home game on September 17 at 5:00 p.m. against the undefeated Texoma Christian School from Sherman.

See more pictures here and here.

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

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
Third grade is learning about the different types of flowering plants. They are planting beans, broccoli, and marigold seeds that they will observe on their next two trips to the ESC.

Second grade will start their investigation of insects with a study of ladybugs and other beetles. They will also be collecting beetles.

See more pictures from the ESC.
What's Happening?
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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 18
Kindergarten Visit from Fire Department
12:15 p.m. 
September 18
PFC Executive Committee Meeting
2:00 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 21
Upper School Sports Pictures

September 21
Senior Parent Meeting
7:00 p.m.

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.

September 30
Cyber Safety Presentations
Respect Yourself: Cyber Safety for Children

Grades 7 - 8: 8:30 - 9:15 a.m. 
Grades 4 - 6: 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Grades 9 - 12: 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. 

Parents: 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Parents with children of all ages are encouraged to attend. Be aware of your child's Internet "footprint" and educate yourself about the technology you give to your child. Child care will be provided at no cost through the After School Care Program.