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Volume 8, Issue 14 December 10, 2015
Holiday Magic
Choirs Perform Winter Concert
The Middle and Upper School Choirs performed on Tuesday night, December 8, in the Wyly Auditorium for faculty, students, and friends. Under the direction of Tracy Herron and Linda Booth, the concert featured the vocal talents of the fifth grade choir, the seventh and eighth grade Allegro Singers, the Man Choir, and the Women's Chorale. 
The combined Upper School Lakehill Chorale closed the program with several songs, including "Huron Carol" featuring science teacher Martina Kroll on the violin and sopranino recorder and sophomore Ryan Zhu on the keyboards, as well as the annual favorite, "Variations on Jingle Bells" with soloist Charlotte Abate

The Lower School presents its Winter Program on Thursday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. If you can't attend Thursday's program, we will be streaming it live on the Lakehill Channel. You can sign up for a month or a year of live and on demand events here.

The Upper School Choirs will also share songs of the season with a performance at NorthPark Mall on December 12 at 4:00 p.m. The fifth grade will sing at Baylor Hospital on December 17. 
Power Hour
Students Log on for Hour of Code
Computer science drives innovation throughout the U.S. economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12 education. While nine out of 10 parents want their child to study computer science, only one in four schools offer computer programming. 

Only 27 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.  There are currently 604,689 open computing jobs nationwide. Last year, only 38,175 computer science students graduated into the workforce.

The Hour of Code is a grassroots campaign focused on getting tens of millions of students to try computer programming during December 7-13, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.  

Although Lakehill already offers a comprehensive computer science program, students of all ages joined in the fun of Hour of Code. Students in kindergarten through grade four used the iPads provided by Trek for Tech funds to explore coding apps, including Daisy the Dinosaur, Kodable, and Scratch, Jr. They also used the code.org site to for Minecraft and Star Wars coding projects. "The coding projects have been such a hit in Lower School that we are going to continue coding next week," said Lower School Computer teacher Casey Pike.

Middle and Upper School Computer Science classes have been coding all year, but were able to add new programs this week. Fifth graders have been building programmable robots. They also continued their study of coding with Scratch, while also earning a certificate for their work in a new program Tynker. Upper School began using Snap!, an advanced Scratch program from University of California Berkeley and MIT, while Middle School followed up their studies of picturing programs with Alice 2.

Have you participated in Hour of Code? Everyone world-wide is encouraged to participate.  Access the website any time, any day, to get started.
Texas Travelers
Third Grade Presents Trip Around Texas
Lakehill's third grade students recently brought their study of Texas history to life with a fascinating trip around Texas. 

Travelers to Lakehill's cafeteria on December 4 were treated to a fascinating tour of Texas as third grade students showcased their study of Texas, sharing information on the history, geography, climate, citizens, and landmarks of a variety of Texas towns, from Alvarado to Amarillo and from Wichita Falls to Waco. Each created a travel brochure, highlighting the top attractions of their destination. 

Some students dressed the part, outfitted in 10-gallon hats or oilfield uniforms. Texas favorites, including nachos, taquitos, and Dr. Pepper, gave visitors a true taste of Texas. 
As third grade students served as tour guides, visitors were free to wander from town to town, exploring the sights, sounds, and tastes from the great state of Texas.

Athletic Accolades
All-State photo by Afton Guedea.
Students Receive 
All-District and All-State Honors
Coaches from TAPPS Division II, District II met on November 10 to bestow All-District honors for the 2015 football season. Coaches statewide met on December 8 to bestow All-State honors for TAPPS Division II. Lakehill was well-represented on both lists, with the following student-athletes earning accolades:

Academic All-State
Academic All-State photo 
by Afton Guedea.
Brandon Douglas
Kevin Lantz
Carlos Lopez, III

Second Team All-State
Brandon Douglas, Defensive Line

Honorable Mention All-State
Kason Burt, Offensive Line
Carlos Lopez III, Defensive Back
Gerard Franklin, Spread Back

First Team All-District
All-District photo by Afton Guedea.
Kason Burt, Offensive Line
Brandon Douglas, Defensive Line
Carlos Lopez, III, Defensive Back
Gerard Franklin, Spread Back

Second Team All-District
Kevin Lantz, Wide Receiver & Defensive Back
Kason Burt, Defensive Line
Griffin Burt, Linebacker
Dylan Welch, Tight End
Ben Palmer, Wide Receiver

Honorable Mention All-District
Brandon Bartholow, Running Back & Linebacker
Will Skipworth, Center
Warren Lester, Defensive Back
Ben Palmer, Defensive Back

District Freshman of the Year
Ben Palmer

"While football is definitely a team sport, it's rewarding to see these young men acknowledged individually for their on-field and academic performances," said Head Football Coach Chris Peacock. "Their hard work was recognized by the coaches in our district and statewide. We're proud to have them represent Lakehill football."

Congratulations to these football players on their accomplishments!
Good Deeds
Powder Puff
The entire Middle School came out to watch as Lakehill's seventh and eighth grade girls faced off in a friendly powder puff football game for charity. The boys served as their coaches and cheerleaders. Students also served as commentators and ran the snack stand. The eighth grade won the game, but the big winner was Camp John Marc, who received the $917 raised by the event. 

Camp John Marc is a year-round therapeutic camp located in Meridian, Texas for Texas-area children with chronic illnesses and major physical disabilities.

Harvey's Hero  
The Lakehill family tuned into the Steve Harvey Show this week to see sixth grader Charlie Borowczak honored as a "Harvey's Hero." 

Before presenting Charlie with a personalized Harvey's Heroes jacket, Steve Harvey told Charlie, "I think you're going to be a great leader one day, because the greatest leaders in our time have been greater servants." 

Did you miss Charlie's segment? Tune in to watch him on the NBC News and on the Steve Harvey Show.

Senior Spotlight
National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates
In an effort to reveal the hidden talents, personalities, and accomplishments of Lakehill's most experienced students, the National Junior Honor Society presents:

NJHS Spotlight on Seniors!
This week's senior: Kevin Dai
Kevin Dai has been at Lakehill since 10th grade during Lakehill's first year in partnership with the Cambridge Institute for international education. Kevin came to Lakehill directly from China. Everything was new to him.
When he got here, he had to adjust to a new language and a new school because he was living in the U.S. for the first time. Kevin had the option to study in France, Australia, UK, or the U.S., but he choose the U.S. because he thought he would have more choices and more opportunities.
When he joined Lakehill, Kevin worked very hard and thought that his first year was the most difficult. After his first year at Lakehill, he was accepted into the National Honor Society (NHS). Having mastered English and Chinese, he now studies French. It is not surprising that four words people use to describe him are polite, quiet, serious, and hardworking. 
Kevin first appeared on the Lakehill stage in the musical Once Upon a Mattress. He is a classically trained dancer, and he has been able to highlight his dancing in two Lakehill musicals. He is an active member of the International Student Organization, the French Club, the Varsity Soccer team, and the Math Club. He competed in the American Math Competition. One of his best memories was being in musical theater.

Kevin plans to study Business and Education in college. He hopes to attend the University of Texas, University of Southern California, or University of Washington.

His advice to younger Warriors,  "You should always try your best to take the challenge. Also, maintain good behavior, not only at school, but also in other places."

By Anders Ekstrom, eighth grade
Sports Snippets
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Varsity Girls Basketball team played in the Poetry Community Christian School Tournament on December 5. In the first game, Lakehill defeated Athens Christian 50-17. The Lady Warriors were led in scoring by
Charity Abengowe with 19 points and
Jakayla Silas with 17.  McKinney Waggoner  contributed 10 points. 

The championship game later that day against Poetry was exciting. Ashley Peacock scored on a three-point shot to give the Lady Warriors the lead with less than a minute to go. Poetry tied the score on two free-throws with six seconds left sending the game into overtime. Peacock scored on another three-point shot to give the Lady Warriors another lead in the overtime period. It was a hard-fought game, but the Lady Warriors fell 56-49. They were led in scoring by Silas with 24 points and Abengowe with 14. Peacock finished with nine. 

On December 7, the Lady Warriors returned home to face Cambridge. After a close 20-17 first half, the Lady Warriors came out shooting in the second half and finished Cambridge off with a 64-33 final. Abengowe scored 27 points, had 11 steals, and nine rebounds. Silas scored 20 points along with seven steals and six rebounds. Mandy Scales had a big fourth-quarter, finishing with 16 points and six rebounds.

See more pictures here and here.

The Lady Warriors take on Hampton Prep at home on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Varsity Boys Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team fell 67-55 on December 4 to Dallas Academy.  Noah Bernstein  led the Warriors with 25 points.  Gerard Franklin scored 12 points and  Dunny Bock added 11 points.

On December 7, the Warriors suffered a 56-48 loss to Cambridge. Bernstein and Franklin were the leading scorers, with 17 and  14 points, respectively.

See more pictures here and here and here.

The Warriors are at home on December 11 at 5:30 p.m. against Texoma Christian. 

Middle School Basketball
The Middle School Girls IAA Basketball team defeated Cambridge 21-13 on December 7. The game started off slow, but the girls ended with a win. Eighth grader  Jada Silas led the team with a strong performance. 

The Boys IAA Basketball team beat Dallas Academy soundly 61-15 on December 4.  Christian Barefoot had an outstanding 19 first-half points, while  Jackson Elliott  added six. On December 7, the Warriors used a solid second quarter to pull away from Cambridge in route to a 40-29 win.  Jonah Shaw provided numerous rebounds and strong defense. Lakehill remains undefeated at 5-0 and will resume play after the holiday break.

The seventh grade boys basketball team hosted Firewheel Academy on Friday. The Warriors hung tough through the first half, but ultimately Firewheel pulled away later in the game for a 26-48 win.  Asher Chamoy led Lakehill with 22 points, and
Andrew Ward and  Hunter Cowart were solid defensively. The seventh grade team will resume play after the holiday break.
This Week at the ESC
The third grade harvested their bean plants and ate them during lunch. They also learned about flower parts by completing a dissection of tulips.

Second grade learned about insects that use camouflage to hide. They created their own stick bugs out of bamboo and leaves, and they matched insect specimens with their habitats. 

What's Happening?
finger with string
December 11
Holiday Luncheon
This annual event, sponsored by the Senior Class, provides a festive lunch and holiday celebration for elderly residents of East Dallas and the Lakehill family itself. Students may order the special holiday lunch or bring a sack lunch from home. The charge is $5 for Middle School and $3 for Lower School. Get the  Order Form.

Weekend's Best Bet
December 11-12, 7:00 p.m.
Middle School Play: Still Life with Iris
Seventh and eighth grade drama students will present Still Life with Iris, an adventure fantasy drama by Steven Dietz. Set in the world of Nocturno, the play chronicles a young girl's quest to regain her memory and with it her home. With a strong plot, fantastical characters, and an appealing heroine, the performance is guaranteed to engage audiences of all ages.

December 12 
Shoreline Spruce-Up, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
The recent rains have left a mess at Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake!  Join us for our last Spruce-Up of 2015 to help return our section of lake to its former glory. Meet at the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be provided. Breakfast is provided.

December 14
PASF Tamale Delivery 

December 16-18
Semester Exams
Get the exam schedule  here.

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January 5
Home for the Holidays Alumni Event
All college-age alumni are invited for free pizza and free admission at the Varsity Basketball games beginning at 5:00 p.m.