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Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for 22 minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after 30 seconds.
~Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers
Volume 7, Issue 1August 28, 2014
Welcome Back
Letter from the Headmaster

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians,


Welcome to the 2014-15 school year at Lakehill Preparatory School. We are very pleased that you have chosen our school for your children's education, and we are committed to having a positive impact on their lives. Education is a life-long endeavor, and we are honored to work with you and your children during this stage of their development.

Most of us know the mascot, the school colors, and the founding tenets on the school crest, however, many of you are not as familiar with Lakehill's motto, "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven." Those words not only describe our lives, but also reflect the pace of a school year. This year, we will take time for building, celebrating, serving, sharing, embracing, and honoring the people and traditions we hold dear. It is going to be an exceptional year in many ways, and I can hardly wait to join you for the exciting journey we are about to embark on together.

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Honors Bestowed
Lakehill Receives Awards

Lakehill Preparatory School was honored over the summer, receiving several prestigious awards from the community it serves.

The school was selected by the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce for the 2014 Live Local Award for a Nonprofit Organization for the important role the school plays in the community. Winners were honored by U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling on August 19 at a banquet in their honor. Darlene Ellison, Chair of the Greater East Dallas Chamber, highlighted some of the reasons Lakehill was selected from the impressive list of nominees. "Lakehill's 'clients' are their students," said Ellison, "but the school serves so many others in our East Dallas community." Ellison highlighted several ways Lakehill extends its reach into the community, including the many hours of service contributed by students and faculty throughout the community and Lakehill's ongoing commitment to a variety of organizations and projects, including UNICEF, Meals on Wheels, White Rock Lake, and senior citizens in East Dallas. Additionally, Ellison cited the tremendous impact Lakehill's second campus has had on the economic growth and development of the Ferguson Road area.


BestofLiving Lakehill was also voted Best Private School in Dallas by the readers of the Rockwall, Park Cities, and North Dallas publications, Living Magazine. Earlier in the summer, Lakehill advanced to the final stages in the Dallas Business Journal's Best Places to Work awards program and The Dallas Morning News Top Workplaces program.

For the sixth consecutive year, Lakehill Preparatory School was selected for the 2014 Dallas Award in the Private Elementary & Secondary Schools category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

Closer to home, the readers of Lakewood Bubblelife voted Lakehill the Best Elementary School in Lakewood, and the Warrior Athletic Complex the Best Place to Play Sports in East Dallas.
The Warrior Web
Get Connected with Lakehill

IHeartLPS If you haven't connected with Lakehill on the Web, you are missing out! Take a look at all the ways to get involved with Lakehill.


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blog iconDon't miss out on Reflections, Lakehill's Blog. Featuring a variety of Lakehill administrators, faculty members, local experts, and students, Reflections offers thoughts and observations on a variety of topics. There are new posts every week.


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Check out our videos on YouTube, from choir to sports to special events. Don't miss our new First Day of School video.


Check out our "pins" on Lakehill's Pinterest site. We are always adding more, so check back often and "Pin It"!


Say Cheese

smugmugWe will continue to post all of our pictures on Lakehill's photo sharing site on SmugMug. Relive all your favorite moments from Lakehill events or see pictures from the ones you missed. You can even order high quality, low cost prints and other products - and the proceeds benefit Lakehill!


Coming soon...Warrior TV...more information to follow!

Back to School
Parent Faculty Club Hosts Annual Picnic
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Lakehill families gathered on August 23 for the annual Back-to-School Picnic. Held on the Saturday evening before the first day of school and sponsored by the Parent Faculty Club (PFC), the annual picnic is a favorite tradition among Lakehill families.


The picnic was a great opportunity for families to reunite and to welcome new families to Lakehill. The Varsity Cheerleaders kicked off the event and the Varsity Football, Volleyball, and Cross Country teams were introduced. Water slides provided endless entertainment for the younger set while those who were more musically inclined performed karaoke for the crowd.

A pot luck supper with snow cones provided by the PFC added to the festivities. "The picnic was the perfect way to start off a new school year," explained Kimberly Reister, Chairp for the event. PFC President Tricia McCaleb agreed. "Kimberly and her team of volunteers did an amazing job, and we are grateful for their efforts. It's going to be a wonderful year!"

See the pictures and video from the picnic.

See the pictures and the video from the first day of school here and more pictures here.
Buckets of Awareness
Lakehill Faculty, Students, Parents Get Soaked for ALS 

People across the country are participating in an event that has struck the nation full force, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. With social media posts of everyone from actors to fireman pouring ice water over their heads, Lakehill students, parents, and faculty joined in to help raise awareness of ALS - even Mr. Perry and Ms. Gajkowski.


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis. 


The Ice Bucket Challenge is quite simple, despite the narrow time window in which to do it. In the video, one must first thank the person who nominated them. The nominee then selects three or more people who they think should participate in the challenge within the next 24 hours. Nominees may either donate or douse themselves with bone-chilling water (or both). Lastly, a bucket of ice water is poured on the nominee's head. If the video is not posted, one is expected to donate $100 to the ALS Association.


Today, there are over 30,000 Americans that have been diagnosed with ALS. As of August 26, The ALS Association has received $88.5 million in donations compared to $2.6 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 26). These donations have come from existing donors and 1.9 million new donors to The Association.

Who's New?
Lakehill Welcomes New Faculty

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Seven new members joined the Lakehill family this year. Join us each week as one of these interesting individuals is highlighted in The Warrior Weekly.

Lisa Bracken -  Director of Admission

Katherine Fredericks - Middle School Science

Donna Joachim - Middle and Upper School Social Studies

Michael Jones- Upper School English
Pinar Mashnad - Middle School Mathematics
Cristi McCarty - Middle and Upper School Mathematics
Denise PalmerMiddle and Upper School Mathematics
Sacha Troxler - Lower School Art and Yearbook
Sports Snippets
Get Ready for the Warriors


The JV Volleyball team is currently 1-0 after defeating Arlington Burton on August 19 in an exciting game that had the girls coming from behind in the second set to sweep the visiting team.
The Varsity Volleyball team started their season on August 12 with scrimmages against Dallas Lutheran and Irving the Highlands. They then traveled to Baytown, Texas, to take part in the Baytown Invitational Tournament. In a highly competitive field with much larger schools, the Lady Warriors played well and placed fourth out of the 16 teams at the tournament. 

The team is coming off of back-to-back wins against Arlington Burton and Peak Prep, with both matches won in straight sets. Varsity plays another home game on September 4 at 6:30 p.m. against Carrollton Christian. From there, the team will spend Friday and Saturday at the Ovilla Christian Tournament with hopes of defending the championship they won last year.   

Cross Country

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The Varsity Cross Country team begins its season on August 29 in the CCA Greenbelt Championship. The team is coached by Kevin Jennings.


Varsity and Middle School Football 


The  Varsity Warriors, coached by Chris Peacock, will kick off an exciting season of six-man football with away games on August 28 at Carrollton Christian and September 6 at Irving Universal. The team will host their home opener on September 12 against Inspired Vision. The game will have a 7:30 p.m. kick-off and will be preceded by the annual Tailgate Party and ribbon-cutting for the new scoreboard sponsored by Comerica Bank. Middle School football, coached by Morgan Lineberry ('09), starts the season the same evening at home at 5:00 p.m..

Get Your Warrior Spirit On!


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 Monday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Lakehill's Varsity Cheerleaders spent spent time this summer perfecting their skills and bonding as a team. In addition to several weeks of practice, the girls spent three days working with a coach from Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), who taught dances, stunts, and cheers. Co-Captains of the squad are Jana Kahn and Samantha Caldwell. New cheerleaders this year are Ashley Peacock, Afton Gueda, Kaeli Bunger, Camryn Thompson, and Audrey CastaigneThey are coached by Mylana Burt.


Middle School Cheerleaders attended a private camp led by an instructor from the National Cheerleader Association at the beginning of June.  The squad scored well in all of its evaluations and received an excellent rating during its final performance for family and friends. The squad, led by co-captains Stephanie Davis and Tyler McCall, is already working to prepare for their first pep rally on September 19. They are coached by Kaye Hauschild.

Varsity Soccer
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Lakehill's new Varsity Soccer team has been working hard this summer and is ready for its first exciting season. The team, playing shorthanded, lost their match at Dallas International on Tuesday. Jonathan Kroll and Varun Iyer performed well in the goal and Noah Bernstein, Reid Chickering, Salma El-Feky, Hannah Herrman, Monty McKnight, and Adam Muncaster braved the 100 degree temperatures for the entire game. The Warriors play at home against Arlington Burton on Thursday, August 28 at 5:00 p.m.
What's Happening?
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September 1

Labor Day - no school


September 2

College Night for Seniors, 7:00 p.m.

September 3

Upper School College Fair, 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.

September 9
Picture Day!


September 9

Lakehill Day at Genghis Grill (Old Town) 

Enjoy lunch or dinner at Genghis Grill and tell them Lakehill sent you. Twenty percent will be donated back to our school! 


September 10
Lakehill Open House, 7:00 p.m. 

Current Lakehill families are invited to visit with their children's teachers and learn more about the expectations for the coming year. Please note: This is a parents-only event.


September 12
Spirit Day, Season Home Opener, Tailgate Party, and Scoreboard Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Students and faculty are invited to wear their jeans every Friday of the school year with a Lakehill shirt to show their Warrior Spirit. Don't miss out on the first Pep Rally of the year from 1:40 - 2:05 p.m. Then head to the Warrior Athletic Complex as the Warriors take on Inspired Vision in the first home game of the season. Enjoy the annual Tailgate Party before the game (with food provided by the PFC) as we cheer the Warriors on to victory. Middle School plays at 5:00 p.m. follwed by the Varsity at 7:30 p.m. Go Warriors!

September 13
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.


Recycling Bin

Parents who need to drop off items for the recycling bin in back can contact Mr. Kidder to have the gate opened.

Get The Word Out! 
Place an ad in the 2014-15 Lakehill Directory and promote your business to Lakehill families, faculty, and staff. Rates begin as low as $150.

Contact Gigi Ekstrom to find out more.
But hurry, space is limited and must be reserved by September 5.