Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 10, Issue 7
September 28, 2017
Senior Named National Hispanic Scholar
Lakehill senior  Antoni Perez-Stark  has been selected as a 2017-18 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholar. 
 
The NHRP was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students and to share information about these academically well-prepared students with colleges and universities. This year, the NHRP is recognizing about 5,000 students selected from a pool of over 250,000 students who took the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT/PAA. Students recognized by the NHRP are at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino (based on the program's definition) and have scored in the top 2.5% of test takers in their region. Students with a junior year cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher are designated as Scholars in this program.
 
The NHRP does not provide monetary awards, but believes that recognizing students as Scholars in this program makes them very attractive to colleges interested in academically outstanding students.
 
"Toni is a strong student who deserves this prestigious recognition," said Heather Dondis, Lakehill Director of College Counseling. "I am extremely proud of his accomplishment."
Admission Previews Put Lakehill on Display
Just five weeks into the school year, the applications are already coming in for the 2018-19 school year. To give prospective families an opportunity to spend some time on campus, Lakehill offers a series of informative Admission Previews throughout the fall.
 
The first will be held on Tuesday, October 3. "We have had a good response already to this year's Previews and inquiries in general," explained Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission. "It is exciting to show off our newly enhanced campus and watch our Lakehill community grow."

Admission Previews provide an in-depth overview for parents considering a Lakehill education for their children. Guests hear from administrators and teachers, visit classrooms, and tour the school with Student Ambassadors.
 
"Our current families are a wonderful source of information as well," said Peacock. "I am so grateful to everyone who shares their experiences about our school. We encourage everyone to invite prospective families to attend a preview."

Five previews are scheduled for the fall, each geared to a specific division.
Kindergarten Previews: October 3 and December 6
Lower School Preview: November 2
Middle School Preview: November 8
Upper School Preview: November 28

Kindergarten, Lower, and Middle School programs are held on the Main Campus at 9:00 a.m. The Upper School Preview will be held on the Main Campus at 6:30 p.m.  All seventh and eighth grade students and their families are strongly encouraged to attend the Upper School Preview. A Freshman Visit Day for eighth graders is also scheduled for February 2.
 
Reservations can be made   here .
Lakehill Hosts Volunteer Fair
On September 22, Lakehill held its the second annual Volunteer Fair in the Lydia and James Perry Community Room and the Student Commons. Students were able to meet with 18 different charitable organizations, learning more about their missions and the volunteer opportunities available.

Participants were  Catholic Charities/The Brady Center, City of Dallas/Dallas Public Library, Community Partners of Dallas, Crossroads Community Services, Dallas Life Foundation, David's Place (Head Start), For the Love of the Lake, Hope Supply Company, Jubilee Park and Community Center, Meals on Wheels, New Horizons of North Texas, Promise of Peace Garden, Reading Partners, SPCA, Voice of Hope, and the Wilkinson Center.

The Fair gave seventh graders through seniors an opportunity to broaden their volunteer horizons and give back to their Dallas community. As one of those students, being given such a special opportunity to network and communicate with a wide variety of volunteer partnerships is a crucial part of connecting with them on a human level. Being able to actually sit face-to-face with a representative and connect with the organization, not just read about them or be made aware of them, is something not many people get the chance to do. I am very thankful Lakehill gave that chance to me and every other Lakehill student.


By Shelby Britton, '18
Marketing Intern 
Seen and Heard

Fire Department Visits Kindergarten Classes
Members of the Dallas Fire Department paid a special visit to talk to Lakehill's kindergarten classes about smoke detectors, how to get out of a house that is on fire, when and how to call 9-1-1, and how to stop, drop, and roll. Students enjoyed walking through the fire truck and seeing the firemen dressed in their full gear while learning more about fire safety. 

Blackland Prairie Raptors
Lower Schoolers look forward to their annual visit from the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center. This year's visit showcased birds of prey great and small, from the two-ounce kestrel to the mighty barred owl. Students learned about the habits and habitats of these hunting birds and their role in our local ecosystems. 
Who's New?
Lakehill Welcomes Justin Solonick
Dr. Justin Solonick joins the Lakehill faculty this year, teaching  AP US History, Geography, and World History. He is also the sponsor of the Upper School Debate Club and a sophomore class co-sponsor.
 
Solonick was born in Connecticut and now lives in Fort Worth.  Prior to coming to Lakehill, he served as an adjunct instructor at Texas Christian University, and later as a military historian and analyst for Prairie Quest Consulting.

Solonick earned his B.A. from the University of Connecticut, a Master's degree from Brown University, and a Ph.D. from Texas Christian University.

Solonick and his wife Jinanda have been married nearly 10 years, and are parents to two-year-old Liam. While being parents to a toddler doesn't allow them much free time, they enjoy visiting the park with Liam and hanging out with their lab-mix dogs, Sam and Sophie, and their tabby cat Clio. Solonick also enjoys board games, especially ones based on strategy.

An avid reader, he especially enjoys All Quiet on the Western Front . An expert in military history, with a specialty in the civil war, Solonick is also a published writer. He penned Engineering Victory: The Union Seige of Vicksburg , as well as several articles and two published collections. He was also part of a team of specialists who authored a book for the Army Press on logistics in the second Iraq war.

Solonick is passionate about sharing his love of history with his students and preparing them for their future endeavors. He believes that students enjoy hearing stories and anecdotes related to what they are studying. He uses these to engage students and to get them to dig deeper into the material.

He feels welcomed by the faculty at students at Lakehill. "They turn the institution into a home away from home."
Extreme Spirit
Just a week after Lakehill won Bubblelife Media's Most Spirited Elementary School contest, the school came back to claim the top spot in the Most Spirited Middle School contest, claiming 51% of the 1027 votes cast, and topping both public and private neighborhood rivals.

Sports Snippets

Varsity and JV Volleyball
The Varsity Volleyball team is halfway through district play and sits at third in district standings with a 5-2 record. The team played at Dallas Lutheran on September 25, and traveled again to Cristo Rey on September 26.

It was a back-and-forth match against Lutheran with the Warriors eventually winning the match in five sets. Freshman Jourdyn Owens set the pace with a great serving run in the fifth set. The girls beat Cristo Rey in four sets.

The team will return to action on October 2, when they to travel to Irving to take on The Highlands. JV will be off that evening, and the Varsity game is set for a 6:00 p.m. start. 

JV lost against Dallas Lutheran in three sets. They played a hard-fought game, winning the second set, but falling behind in the third. The squad was led by libero Ella Witherite and setter Kathryn Mahan . The girls lost in two sets at Cristo Rey. JV will hit the court for practice until their next game on October 10. 

See pictures from Dallas Lutheran and Cristo Rey by Easley Waggoner.

Middle School Volleyball
The Middle School seventh and eighth grade teams remain undefeated. The seventh grade brought home the championship at the Waxahachie Prep Tournament. 
Middle School Football
The Middle School Football team got back to its winning ways on Friday night, defeating Irving Universal, 47-0. They were led by eighth grader Mitchell Crow who scored four touchdowns for the Warriors, including one on the last play of the first half. Eighth grader Brett Peacock also scored a touchdown on a dive-play in the second quarter, and eighth grader Henry Hopkins scored on a pass from fellow eighth grader Alex Dondis . The Middle School team will next take on Dallas First Baptist in a rematch on October 5, at home. The Warriors now sit at 2-1 on the season. 

Varsity Football 
The Lakehill Warriors  Varsity football team travels to Arlington on Friday night to take on the Saint Paul Lions at 7:00 p.m. The Warriors are 4–0, and this is their first real test of this football season. The Warriors are led on offense by Gerard Franklin , Ben Palmer , and Avery Meiteen . On defense, the stand-outs so far this season have been Palmer, Meiteen,  Warren Lester , and Ryan Henry

Varsity and Middle School Cross Country
The Lakehill Cross Country team will compete on Saturday, September 30, at the Farmersville Invitational Meet.

Special Thanks to Rudolph's Meat Market
A special thanks to the Andreason family and Rudolf's Meat Market and Sausage Factory for donating the meat for the home football games this season!

Get Your Warrior Spirit On!
The new Spirit Shop is open for business, with great new styles and classic favorites so you can show your Warrior spirit! The Spirit Shop is open on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Monday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m.
What's Happening?

Most Spirited
Thanks to everyone who voted to help Lakehill claim the top spot as Most Spirited Elementary and Most Spirited Middle School .

September 29
End of Term 1 for K-8

September 29
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.

October 2
Senior Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m. 

October 3
Kindergarten Admission Preview

October 4
New Parent Coffee 8:15 a.m.

October 4
Lakehill Night at Chick-Fil-A (Garland Road location)
Dine-in, carry-out, or dive-through.
Please mention Lakehill Spirit Night and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Lakehill Athletics.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

October 6
Fair Day - no school
Send us your pictures! Post them on social media. #LPSStateFair 

October 9
School Holiday

October 10
Windy City Players (K-6) 8:30 a.m.

October 10
Dig Pink Volleyball Games

October 11
PSAT

October 11
Senior Work Day

October 13
Admission Coffee and Conversation
Main Campus, 8:30 a.m.

October 13
PFC Executive Committee Meeting, 2:00 p.m.

October 13
Kindergarten Rodeo 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

October 13
End of Term 1 for Upper School 

October 14
Shoreline Spruce-up at White Rock Lake
Sponsored by the Warrior Outreach Organization (WOO), 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

October 19
Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 4 - Save the Date!
Trek for Tech
Register now for the one-mile Fun Run and 5K chip-timed event.


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