Volume 9, Issue 15
December 8, 2016
|Choirs Perform Winter Concerts
The Middle and Upper School Choirs performed on Friday night, December 2, in the Wyly Auditorium for faculty, students, and friends. Under the direction of
, the concert featured the vocal talents of the fifth grade choir, the seventh and eighth grade Allegro Singers, and the Lakehill Chorale.
The Upper School Lakehill Chorale closed the program with several songs, including the annual favorite, "Variations on Jingle Bells" with soloists
Ashley Peacock, and
Lower School Presents Winter Program
The Lower School Winter Program, held in Lakehill's Wyly Auditorium on December 6, featured a variety of musical performances by each grade.
The program culminated with the Parade of Gifts by the children. Nearly 150 gifts were donated to Vogel Alcove and Community Partners of Dallas to brighten the holidays for the children they serve. The giving of toys to children in need is a Lakehill tradition that is over 30 years old.
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.
Hour of Code
is a grassroots campaign focused on getting tens of millions of students to try computer programming during December 5-11, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.
Although Lakehill already offers a comprehensive computer science program, students of all ages joined in the fun and participated in this week's Hour of Code. Students in kindergarten through grade two used the iPads provided by Trek for Tech funds to explore coding apps, including Daisy the Dinosaur, Kodable, and Scratch, Jr. Students in grades 3 and 4 used resources on Code.org to create games, designs, and try out the basics of computer programming. "The ability to code is a key skill that today's students will need as they grow to be able to express themselves in the language of their times," said Lower School computer teacher (and recent Teacher of the Year honoree)
Middle and Upper School Computer Science classes have been coding all year. Fifth graders continued their study of coding through code.org, while Upper School students worked on a digital assistant project, learning how Siri works and how to code an app that acknowledges and answers questions.
Ringing In The Holidays
Mr. Perry and Ms. Gajkowski took a break on Monday to ring in a little cheer for the holidays and to help those less fortunate. Several Lakehill teachers, students, and their families rang the bell for the Salvation Army over the Thanksgiving holidays as well.
Celebrating more than 125 years, the Salvation Army's traditional red kettle is an integral part of the holiday scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season. Thanks to Irwin Thompson and
The Dallas Morning News
photography department for including Lakehill in their volunteer efforts.
See the video
Middle and Upper School Choir Sing at NorthPark Center
The Middle and Upper School Choirs also shared songs of the season with a performance at NorthPark Mall on December 3.
Fifth Grade to Sing at Baylor Sammons Cancer Center
The fifth grade will sing on December 15 for patients and their families at Baylor's Sammons Cancer Center. The performance is a joyful and hopeful respite for many of the patients receiving treatments.
Kindergarten learned about animal life cycles. They examined how some animals are born and grow while some experience large changes as they get older. Each student decorated a "metamorphosis cookie" using
different types of candy to represent the stages of a butterfly's life cycle.
First grade learned how a bird's diet determines the type and shape of their beak. Students used pliers, pipettes, tongs, chopsticks and tweezers to simulate beaks in order to pick up nectar, seeds, wax paper, Swedish fish, and rice (standing in for food sources).
Second grade learned about insect camouflage. They observed real insect specimens within their habitats and later created their own camouflaged stick bugs out of bamboo and leaves.
Third grade studied plant movement, learning about the different types of stimuli that induce plants to move. They set up an experiment to examine how light can cause plants to move. Pairs of students constructed mazes that bean seedlings must navigate in order to reach the light source.
Fourth grade studied tree rings, learning how to determine tree age and the causes for the markings on their tree slices. By the end of class, they could describe some of their trees' past experiences.
Fifth grade learned about soil nutrients, testing samples for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and pH levels, and determining which plants are best suited to live in different types of soil.
Sixth grade examined the water quality of the stream and pond at the ESC, testing water samples from the each. They learned about the nitrogen cycle and discovered the levels of nitrogen, ammonia, dissolved oxygen, and pH in the water.
Seventh Grade identified and researched their assigned trees at the ESC. Their findings will be used to make a QR tree tag on subsequent trips.
Eighth Grade built model solar houses complete with solar fans and lights. They will conduct an experiment to investigate the efficiency of their houses on a future visit.
Update from Headmaster Roger Perry
As 2016 comes to an end, we are gearing up our construction efforts. With more steel put into place every day, the structural portion of the building should be completed before we return from the holidays. Concrete will be poured for the second and third floor during the week of January 4, 2017. We will enjoy watching the topping out of the building in the new year.
National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates
NJHS Spotlight on Seniors
This week's senior: Giulia Ferguson
Since first grade, Giulia Ferguson has been enjoying her 12 years at Lakehill. Her favorite classes are English with Mr. Jones and Chemistry with Mr. Holman. She has always been particularly interested in chemistry.
Giulia has participated in many sports, such as Varsity Basketball, Varsity Cheer, Junior Varsity Volleyball, and Ultimate Frisbee Club. She is also part of Sisteens and PASF. Out of school, she enjoys having fun with her friends and crocheting.
Guilia has received many awards and honors, including the English Award, Digital Photography Award, Headmaster's Honor Roll, and even an Environmental scholarship.
Giulia applied to Southern Methodist University, University of Mississippi, and the University of Arkansas. She plans to study Chemical Engineering in college.
Giulia's biggest advice to young Warriors is to do your homework and remember to turn off your phone. "You realize how much you're on it when you turn it off," she says. "The only real way to focus is to unplug." She says the best lesson she has learned at Lakehill is "Working hard. If you never give up, you can really get somewhere."
By Emma Myers, eighth grade
The Varsity Boys Basketball team lost a tough match-up against Shelton 71-50 on December 6, coming back from a 16-point deficit to make it a two-point game with six minutes remaining, but lost momentum. The Warriors will play again
at home vs. Inspired Vision. Game time is
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Lady Warriors Varsity Basketball team finished the week with two wins and one loss. Their overall season record now is 5-5.
On December 3, they played a Round Robin at Lakehill. In the first game, they defeated CHANT, 33-21. They were led in scoring by
Charity Abengowe with 14 points and
McKinney Waggoner with 12. They later lost a close 47-43 game to Founders Classical, the defending TCAF State Champions. Abengowe led the Lady Warriors in scoring with 23 points and sank five three-point shots. Wagner and
Ashley Peacock also had strong games.
On December 6, the Lady Warriors hosted Shelton. Lakehill fell behind 9-0 early in the first quarter. They regrouped and held the Chargers scoreless in the second quarter and took a 18-15 halftime lead into the locker room. With the start of the second half, the Lady Warriors came out on fire, scoring six points immediately and never looking back on their way to a 41-31 victory. Abengowe is back into last-season form that made her Second-team All State, leading the Lady Warriors with 27 points. Peacock contributed eight points, and the team played outstanding defense. Other early-season contributors are
Guilia Ferguson and
On December 9. the Lady Warriors host A+ Academy at home at
Middle School Boys Basketball - IAA
The Middle School (IAA) Boys Basketball team played their final two games leading into the holiday break, looking to maintain their undefeated record.
On December 5, the Warriors traveled to Providence Christian to take on the Patriots.
Christian Barefoot scored 12 points while
Ryan Henry and
Nathan Lewis added eight and six, respectively, in a 32-14 victory.
Owen Liu and
Grayson Tracy provided solid games defensively.
On December 6, Lakehill hosted Dallas International. The Warriors continued their outstanding defensive play to carry them to a 33-24 win against an aggressive Tigres squad. Scoring was balanced with Henry (9 points), Lewis (8 points), Barefoot (7 points), and
Matthew McCall (6 points) carrying the load.
Andrew Ward was dominant on defense, with several rebounds and multiple blocked shots.
Lakehill enters the break at 5-0 and in first place in the IAA North Division. League play will resume on
January 12 against Calvary Lutheran.
Middle School Girls Basketball
The Middle School Girls Basketball team played in a critical game against Providence on December 5. Both teams were 3-0 in IAA league play, and it proved to be a competitive game until the end. The girls trailed 0-4 after the first quarter before taking the lead at halftime, 9-8. The team had a solid defensive performance in the second half outscoring Providence, 18-4.
Zoe Williams and
Grace Addison led the team in rebounds.
Hayden Yoss led the team in points with 21. The 27-12 victory puts the team in first place of the IAA North Conference heading into the holiday break. The girls have extended time off, but will resume play on
January 12 at home against Calvary Lutheran.
The Varsity Co-ed Soccer team lost 4-2 at Denton Calvary on December 6. Goals were scored by junior
Arjun Agrawal and freshman
Luka Varnes. Both the Middle School and the Varsity soccer team play on December 8 at The Highlands. Middle School takes the field at 5:30 p.m. and Varsity plays at 6:30 p.m.
Basketball Season Passes
Basketball season passes are now available for $100.Contact Michelle Crow to get your pass!
Season passes give the entire family access to all home games.
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.
December 9, 7:00 p.m.
Middle School Play: Deck the Stage
Shoreline Spruce-Up, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for our last Spruce-Up of 2016 to help keep our lake looking beautiful! Meet at the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be available. Breakfast is provided.
NJHS Bake Sale (Middle and Upper School lunches)
Benefits Doctors without Borders
Fifth Grade Sings at Sammons Cancer Center, 10:40 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
December 19 - January 3
Holiday Break - no classes
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