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  "Retirement may be an ending, a closing, but it is also a new beginning."

~Catherine Pulsifer
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Volume 8, Issue 33 May 12, 2016
Fond Farewell
Well Wishers Gather at Retirement Reception 
Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends gathered on May 11 for a Retirement Reception celebrating Head of Lower School  Patti Brooks , whose thirty-three years of dedicated service to Lakehill will be long remembered.

"Patti Brooks has been a dedicated teacher and administrator at Lakehill for more than three decades," said Headmaster Roger Perry. "She always had a special way of determining strategies to help children reach their full potential. She was thinking outside the box before it ever became trendy."

"As an educator and administrator, she has been strong yet compassionate, steadfast yet flexible, demanding yet realistic, serious yet funny and fun-loving," added Assistant Head of School Lara Gajkowski. "Mrs. Brooks has always set high standards - for her students and for us - yet the expectations she has for all of us often pales in comparison to the expectations she sets for herself." 

Students at the reception shared special memories and even brought back work they had completed in second grade to present to Brooks. Some enthusiastically recited the "helping verbs" they had learned in her classroom a decade before. The hugs were prevalent. "That's what I'll miss most," said Brooks. "The children and all their hugs." 

 "Mrs. Brooks has been a beacon of hope and light to thousands of families," said Gajkowski. "It is difficult to imagine Lakehill without her."

"Ms. Brooks has always been one of the most inspirational people in my life," said sophomore Katie McKnight. "She always sees the best in people, and has this way of making other people shine."

See more pictures and leave well wishes on facebook.
Athletic Honors
All-District Teams Announced
Eleven Lady Warriors were recently selected for All-District Honors in Softball. 

Audrey Castaigne Sofia De La CruzAva Ecklin, and Alex Tracy
were all selected for First Team All-District honors. 

Tillie McCoskeyAshley Peacock, and McKinney Waggoner made Second Team All-District. Kaeli BungerMacy EllisLovely Lopez, and Chambliss Pierson  received Honorable Mention.

One Lady Warrior also captured a Superlative Award. Tracy  was honored as Newcomer of the Year.

Twelve Warriors were selected for All-District Honors in Baseball. Zac AronJonathan KelleyCharlie PippenToni Perez-Stark, and Dylan Welch were selected for First Team All-District honors. 

Griffin Burt, Gerard Franklin, Reed Henry, Carlos Lopez III, and Warren Lester made Second Team All-District. 

Christian Druebert and Reid Chickering received All-District Honorable Mention.
Family Fun
Middle School Students Prepare to Entertain on Friday
On May 13 at 7:00 p.m., Lakehill's seventh and eighth grade musical theater students will take audiences to Neverland with Peter, Tinkerbell, and the Darling children in this adaptation of Disney's beloved animated film.

Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up. The journey includes Lost Boys, Mermaids, and the infamous pirate, Captain Hook.  

Admission is free. Don't miss this family-friendly performance! 

By Afton Guedea
Marketing Intern, Class of 2016 
Gatsby Style
'20s-Themed Prom Was the Bees Knees
Upper School students had a swell time on Saturday night at a Great-Gatsby-themed Prom at Dallas Heritage Village. Hosted by the Student Council, the event drew a record-breaking crowd. Attendees danced under the moonlight to DJ Mouth from the South, enjoyed a cupcake bar and photo booth in Browder Springs Hall, and played games in the Saloon. Students could also take a tour of the property in a cool vintage car.  

Seniors  Carlos Lopez III and  Kaeli Bunger were voted Prom King and Queen. 
Community Minders
Middle School Morning of Service
While the seventh and eighth grade members of the cast of  Peter Pan Jr. were busy preparing for this Friday's production, the rest of the seventh and eighth grade students spent the morning of May 8 at the North Texas Food Bank, helping pack snack kits for children through the backpack program. 

"I am glad we had this opportunity to make a lasting impact on the community," explained eighth grade student  David Hunt . "I enjoyed working on the project with my friends and felt like we really helped other children." 

Student Leadership
Student Council Elects New Officers
Officers have been elected for Upper School Student Council for the 2016-17 school year. Congratulations to everyone who participated in these student government elections and to the new Executive Council.

President -  Zain Imam
Vice-President -  Claire Crow
Secretary -  Kelly Carlson
Treasurer -  Varun Iyer
Historian - Salma El-Feky
Parliamentarian - Warren Lester
Sports Snippets
Varsity Baseball
The Varsity Baseball team led early in their playoff opener and mounted a great rally in the bottom of the last inning, but the Warriors fell 5-4 to Fort Worth Bethesda Christian. 

Dylan Welch  and  Charlie Pippen  led the way on the mound and at the plate. Welch allowed seven hits and struck out nine over 6 2/3 innings, and launched a triple; he also was intentionally walked twice. Pippen had a towering double among his two hits and took over on the mound to help get Lakehill out of a jam.  Jonathan Kelley  added two hits and  Zac Aron  was solid behind the plate. While seniors  Reed Henry  and  Carlos Lopez III  will be missed, the future looks bright with seven returning starters . Thanks to Jaime Aron for team updates and Cliff and Donna Welch for photos throughout the season.


Varsity Crew
Lakehill rowers with White Rock Rowing and Dallas United Crew finished up the spring sprint season over the weekend, competing at the USRowing Central Youth Championships, held from May 7-8 on the Oklahoma River.

Connor Alexander  closed out the two-day meet with a bronze medal in the Novice 8+ event.  Anders Ekstrom advanced to the finals in the Novice 4+, finishing sixth overall.

Lakehill Crew Offers Tryouts, Camps
Lakehill students interested in rowing next year are encouraged to tryout for crew. Lakehill is fortunate to partner with two outstanding organizations - Dallas United Crew (tryouts on May 21) and White Rock Rowing. Both programs offer summer camps and competitive programs for middle and high school students. Find out more at an upcoming Learn to Row event, summer camp, or team tryout.

Warrior Summer Workouts Begin

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.
This Week at the ESC
First graders learned about the birds that live around the ESC by participating in a bird scavenger hunt. They used their new bird identification skills during a walk through the forest.

Kindergarten students learned how animals stay safe by using a variety of tactics, including camouflage, odor, and teamwork. They observed and smelled live stink bugs, snakes, fish, skinks, and crayfish, brought in from the grounds of the ESC. 

See more pictures from the ESC.
What's Happening?
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Important Information from the Business Office:
  • All 2015-2016 accounts must be paid in full no later than 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.
2016-17

May 13 
Lower School Field Day
Field de Janeiro 12:15 - 2:30 p.m. 
Sign up now to volunteer!



May 13
Middle School Musical: Peter Pan Jr.
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

May 16-17
Reclamation Days

May 17 
Middle School Athletics Luncheon 
(During MS Lunch)

May 18 
Opening Doors Groundbreaking Ceremony
Everyone is invited! 10:00 a.m.

May 18
Lower School Awards Ceremony
2:00 p.m., Auditorium

May 18
Lakehill Night at Unleavened Kitchen
4:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Kids eat free!)

May 19
Middle School Awards Ceremony
2:00 p.m., Auditorium

May 19
Athletic Banquet
6:00 p.m., ESC

May 20
PFC General Meeting
8:00 a.m., Cafeteria

May 20
Upper School Awards Ceremony
11:00 a.m., Auditorium

May 20
Upper School Celebration
12:30 p.m., RLP

May 20
Lower School Skating Party
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

May 20
K-5 Dismiss

May 22
Baccalaureate
ESC, 2:00 p.m. 

May 23-25
Semester Exams

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

May 30
Memorial Day - no classes

The Warrior Shop is Open!
Visit us for all your spirit wear needs! 
Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Thursdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Lakehill Summer Camps 2016
We have now passed 1,100 registrations for Lakehill Summer Camps 2016! While many camps are full, there are some great camps still available! Remember - the initial registration deadline is May 15, so sign up now!