Volume 9, Issue 2
September 1, 2016
Eighth Graders Enjoy Out-of-this-world Experience
Lakehill eighth grade students
Sophia Ganson and
Annabelle Boyle spent part of their summer at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's Official Visitor Center.
The week-long educational program promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership, and problem solving.
anson and Boyle were part of the Space Academy program, which is specifically designed for students who have a particular interest in space exploration.
Trainees prepare to become the new generation of space explorers, with real-world experiences and activities that place them in the role of spacecraft designers, mission controllers, and astronauts.
The girls spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Once aboard the ISS, the crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk. Ganson, Boyle, and crew returned to earth in time to graduate with honors.
Space Camp operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.
"I love science, and this camp got me even more interested in the subject," said Ganson. Boyle agreed.
"I have always wanted to be an aerospace engineer," she said. "We learned so much. This camp was the perfect fit."
Where to Find it on the Lakehill Website
Need help navigating the Lakehill website? Take a closer look at three important sections, including the
tabs, all found on the top navigation bars.
Here is what you will find under each:
- This section features the School Calendar, RenWeb Calendar, RenWeb login, Dining (including the monthly lunch menu), Warrior Web (with links to our social media and photo sharing sites), Community Service (with links to the President's Volunteer Service Award and Tracking Form), Weather, and Student E-Mail.
Visit the Campus Life tab
Parents - The Parents landing page offers up-to-date information, such as Exam Schedules, Upper School forms, and the Middle School Club sign-up sheet. Other tabs include RenWeb, Policies and Procedures (with links to
Handbooks, Dress Code, Students Accident Insurance, and Emergency Plan), Parent Faculty Club (with information on officers, volunteer positions, and upcoming activities), and After School Care. Visit the Parents tab.
Athletics - You can find information on Middle and Upper School teams, coaching staff, the Athletic Handbook, and directions to games. Visit the Athletics tab.
Get ready for live broadcasts and on demand coverage of our biggest sporting events and performances this year on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Network. You can sign up for a monthly pass for $9.95, or take advantage of the special Annual Pass for only $59.
Find out more and sign up
The first Live Broadcast will be the Varsity Volleyball game on September 1, followed by the Tailgate Game on September 2.
How to Earn the President's Volunteer Service Award
The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) program is a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
Students (Lower, Middle, and Upper School) who would like to record their hours of service over the course of the year may apply for the award by April 1. Awards will be presented at the spring Awards Ceremonies. Recipients receive an official PVSA lapel pin, a personal certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.
Individual Honors are awarded based on hours of service. For students 5-10 years of age, award levels are bronze (26 hours), silver (50 hours), and gold (75 hours). For students between the ages of 11 and 15 years, award levels are bronze (50 hours), silver (75 hours), and gold (100 hours). For teens 16 and older, award levels are bronze (100 hours), silver (175 hours), and gold (250 hours). Students may tally hours from April 1, 2016 through April 1, 2017.
All Lakehill students are encouraged to participate. Students are responsible for tracking their own hours and getting the required signatures.
about the awards, download the
and start volunteering!
Contact Ms. Ekstrom
with any questions.
Update from Headmaster Roger Perry
The Opening Door campus improvement project is on schedule and will be available for us to use for the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
Thankfully, much of the infrastructure (parking, utility lines, roads, and fencing) were completed over the summer months.
Currently, the north and south walls of the first floor, underground, have been poured in concrete. The west wall of the first floor should be poured by the end of the week.
The new elevator shaft and base will also be poured this week. We will have two elevators in the building when the project is completed.
Even more exciting is that we should expect to see steel rising from the ground in late September.
Be sure to take a look at our
construction photos and time-lapse videos
. I will continue to provide a brief update each week in
The Warrior Weekly
. Stay tuned and watch us grow!
Lakehill Welcomes Devon Callens
Devon Callens joins the Lakehill faculty, teaching Upper School Chemistry, Physics, and AP Physics. She is also serving as a Junior Class Sponsor and will be helping out with athletics.
Now in her fifth year of teaching, Callens was previously an Upper School teacher and coach at Casady School in Oklahoma City. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Texas Christian University (TCU), with a focus on mechanical engineering and a minor in math and business energy.
Callens met her husband while at TCU. They enjoy playing kick ball and rec league volleyball together, and spending time with their TCU community as well as their puppy and two cats. Having grown up on a lake in the Pacific Northwest, Callens loves to kayak, swim, and spend time near the water.
She is looking forward to getting to know the Lakehill community by becoming involved in school activities."
This school is spectacular," said Callens. "I love being surrounded by people who inspire me to push harder and do better, and the Lakehill faculty is a group of people who do that. I've been to other private schools, and nothing has compared to Lakehill. These folks don't just talk a big game, they follow through with kindness and purpose."
Callens says the best part of her job is meeting her students where they need to be met. "Whether working on basics or challenging them beyond their wildest imagination, I love focusing on each individual; it's challenging and fulfilling.
I love helping people be the very best versions of themselves."
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: Charity Abengowe
Charity Abengowe is a senior who has attended Lakehill since the seventh grade. She plays basketball and intends to run track this year. Charity hopes to go to a college in Texas and major in health science studies with a minor in psychology. Once finishing her undergrad, she wants to attend medical school to become either an orthopedic surgeon, OB/GYN, or pediatrician.
"My favorite teacher is Ms. McCarty because she has great enthusiasm and never fails to make math fun. Even when I'm in a bad mood, I always walk out of her class feeling better than when I came in." It is no surprise that math is Charity's favorite subject, followed by psychology and anatomy/physiology.
One of Charity's favorite memories at Lakehill is the Biology Trip and the amazing opportunity it provided her to learn about marine biology. When she is not in school, Charity enjoys cooking, tennis, and volunteering at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. She works in the women's imaging department at the hospital and in her mother's office as a data entry operator.
Her advice to future seniors is to stay balanced and not become overwhelmed. "Senior year can be stressful. Even if you don't know what you are going to do after high school, always keep an open mind and be optimistic."
By Claire Howard, ninth grade
Get Ready for the Warriors
Varsity, JV, and Middle School Volleyball
The JV and Varsity teams traveled to Shelton on August 30 for a non-district game. Minimal team errors and strong serving from
Claire Howard and
Ella Witherite led the JV Lady Warriors to a victory
in straight sets (25-19; 25-9). The team is running a 6-2 offense with two setters,
Ashley Peacock and
"I am impressed with how the team is attacking at the net and playing aggressive defense," said JV Coach Katie Ford. "I'm looking forward to
Thursday's game against Waxahachie Prep and our first district game on September 6."
The Varsity team also won in straight sets
over Shelton (25-20; 25-15; 25-10). The team was paced by Abi Price who had 13 kills on 16 attempts while also having seven aces. Lovely Lopez had a personal best five aces and Claire Crow chipped in 18 assists. The girls competed in the McKinney Christian Tournament of Champions over the weekend placing sixth out of 16 teams. The Lady Warriors scored big wins over HSAA Blue, Greenville Christian, and Katy Faith West
in pool play.
, they lost to TCA Willow Park before beating Red River. In the consolation match, the girls lost to the Lubbock Titans in a close three sets.
Varsity will close out its busy non-district schedule this week with Waxahachie Prep on Thursday in the
TAPPS Small School Volleyball Game of the Week
and then the Ovilla Christian Tournament
on September 2 and 3
If you can't make it to the September 1 game, follow along with the live broadcast or on twitter (@lakehillprep).
The Middle School 8th grade (IAA) team defeated Garland Christian in straight sets in their season home opener (25-18; 25-10). Excellent serving from
Maddie Cerda and
Kathryn Mahan and strong net play from
Jourdyn Owens contributed to the victory.
Varsity and Middle School Football
The Lakehill Warriors kicked off the 2016 season with a trip to Decatur to take on the Victory Christian Academy (VCA) Patriots. It was a solid match-up, with each team coming off state playoff appearances in 2015. The defenses controlled the first half, with several key stops by the Warriors and several forced turnovers by the Patriots. VCA scored on a pass play with two seconds left before halftime to take a 22-8 lead.
Both teams swapped touchdowns early in the second half, but the Patriots broke the game open with a long interception return for a touchdown as Lakehill was driving in to score. That momentum swing propelled them to victory, with a final of 51-22.
The Warriors were led by the rushing tandem of seniors
Brandon Bartholow and
Griffin Burt, who accounted for over 250 combined yards of offense. Bartholow was responsible for all three Lakehill touchdowns.
This week the Warriors host Greenville Christian at the annual Tailgate game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Warrior Athletic Complex (WAC), immediately following the middle school game versus Dallas Lutheran at 5:00 p.m. The Tailgate Party begins at 6:30 p.m., with free hot dogs for all attendees.
Show your Warrior Spirit and get into all the home volleyball or football games. One pass is good for admission to all home games for the entire family. A Volleyball pass is $100 and a Football pass is $50. Contact Michelle Crow to purchase your pass.
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 7:30-8:30 a.m. and Friday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 p.m. The Warrior Shop will also be open on Friday night at the WAC during Tailgate.
Spirit Day, Pep Rally, Season Home Opener, and Tailgate Party
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 Varsity Warriors take on Greenville Christian in the first home game of the season. Enjoy the annual Tailgate Party before the game (with hot dogs provided by the PFC) as we cheer the Warriors on to victory. Middle School plays Dallas Lutheran at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Varsity game at 7:30 p.m. Go Warriors!
Labor Day - School Holiday
Picture Day! (Kindergarten through Grade 11)
Please dress nicely. Boys in Middle School and Upper School should wear a dress shirt, tie, and jacket. Girls in Middle and Upper School should wear a nice top with skirt or slacks or a dress. Class pictures (full length) and individual headshots will be taken.
Order pictures online
The Lakehill code is
LD946274Q0. Senior pictures will be taken on October 25.
Lakehill Open House for current parents, 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.
Upper School Retreat
Southern Cross Ranch, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake, 9:00 - 10:30 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 provided.
Lakehill Night at Eureka
3700 McKinney Ave.
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious meal out and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to Lakehill.
See the menu
Tribe Meetings, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
PFC Executive Committee, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Parent Faculty Club (PFC) General Meeting, 8:15 a.m., 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!
International Day of Peace
End of Term 1 for Lower and Middle School
Upper School Volunteer Fair, 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Save The Date - 9.22.16
North Texas Giving Day
through North Texas Giving Day
benefits the Lakehill Annual Fund Campaign
and generates BONUS FUNDS from
The Communities Foundation of Texas.
We're ALL In!
from Colleen McCall, Lakehill alumna, parent, and Board Chair
Get the Word Out!
Place an ad in the 2016-17 Lakehill Directory and promote your business to Lakehill families, faculty, and staff. Rates begin as low as $150.
But hurry, space is limited and must be reserved by September 6.