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Volume 8, Issue 11 November 12, 2015
Best Elementary School
Lakehill Maintains Narrow Margin in Top Spot - Vote Today!
This week, Bubblelife Media is  searching for the best elementary school in East Dallas. We need your help for Lakehill to maintain its top spot! You may vote once per device.
S hare your Lakehill pride by voting in this week's survey! Be sure to share with friends and family!

Voting ends Monday, November 16.
Fund Run
Trek for Tech Funds New Technology
When hundreds of people take to the streets for a good cause, a lot can happen. 

Lakehill Preparatory School's 17th Annual Trek for Tech, the Parent Faculty Club's signature fall event, combined all the right elements: two great races, dedicated sponsors, enthusiastic volunteers, and a raffle with fantastic prizes. Uncertain weather couldn't keep the dedicated runners away. The results were a great time for all who attended and a lot of money raised to purchase new technology.

Students, families, and faculty members put their best foot forward in the one-mile Fun Run, while a large crowd hit the pavement for the 5K chip-timed race. 
Eighth-grade parent Aaron Elliott was the first place overall winner with a time of 20:07. Eighth grader Addison Baum finished second overall and was the top student finisher with a time of 20:41. Addison's mother, Christell Baum, was the top overall female runner for the second year in a row with a time of 20:50.  Avery Owen was the top-finishing female student, with a time of 24:29.

Organizers report that 364 people registered for this year's races. The Trek Committee is still counting the dollars raised through sponsorship, registration, and technology purchases.
The Pasta Dinner, a carb-loading celebration, was held on Friday evening before the race at the Nye Family Environmental Science Center. For $5, diners enjoyed pasta and pizza, sponsored by Comerica Bank. Guests were also treated to a beautiful musical performance during dinner by Lakehill juniors Tillie McCoskey and Lily Turner .
The Trek Committee thanks those companies, individuals, and families who supported the race through underwriting and equipment purchases, and the faculty, NJHS, and paren t volunteers who helped the event run smoothly. 
Lakehill thanks John and Karen Owen for chairing this event again and for their efforts in making Trek for Tech a huge success!

Get the official Trek results here Anyone winning an trophy who has not picked it up should contact Karen Owen.
See more photos from Trek for Tech photos and the Pasta Dinner.
Fun on the Farm
Middle School Enjoys Fall Day Out
Fresh air, wide open spaces, and a day away from school to enjoy it all...who could ask for more? 

For Lakehill's Middle School students, it just doesn't get much better than Fall Day Out. 

The weather provided the perfect backdrop for the 150 students who headed north on November 6 to enjoy a full day of play at Sisters' Grove Farm, Ms. Gajkowski's farm/homestead in Princeton, Texas.

Children enjoyed old-fashioned hay rides, a rope swing, and impromptu games of badminton and volleyball. Many  relaxed on the porch with games of checkers and chess. After a cookout, students explored the property, running through the fields and orchard. 
While the students clearly enjoyed a day off from school, Fall Day Out seems much more about the "out" - having fun with friends in the great outdoors. It is no wonder that this special day for Lakehill's Middle School students continues to be a favorite. 

Read how Kaye Hauschild, Head of Middle School, feels about Fall Day Out.
Grill Masters
Cutting a Ribbon
Senior parent Rick Currey was honored before the Varsity Football game on Friday night for his long-time service to Lakehill. The grill, where he has cooked for hungry Warriors for many years, was dedicated in his name. Many thanks to the Currey family for their continued service to Lakehill.

Raising the Roof 
Combine 118-man hours, over 980 lineal feet of lumber, 900 pounds of concrete block, 100 pounds of hardware, and  five gallons of waterproof coating and what do you get? A new look for the Warrior Grill and 110,000 btus of additional cooking ability.
Special thanks to the Langley, Werther, Witherite, McKinney, Motes, and Bracken families, as well as the Dads' Club, for helping bring this project to fruition, and to Michael Langley and Steve Werther for building this amazing structure and grilling every week.

Best Bets for Fall
Upper School Musical
November 12-13 
Lakehill students will take the stage on Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13 when the Upper School Musical Theater department presents On Broadway at 7:00 p.m. in Lakehill's Charles Wyly Auditorium.

Audiences of all ages are in for a treat as Lakehill's talented singers and actors come together to  present a musical review, featuring numbers from NewsiesThe Addams Family, Footloose, and Mamma Mia, to just name a few. 

The Middle and Upper School Choirs will present their Winter Concert on December 8, while the Lower School will perform in the Winter Program on December 10. Middle School Drama students will take the stage in Still Life with Iris on December 11-12. Don't miss any of these wonderful performances!

Grandparents Day
November 20
Lake hill welcomes grandparents, parents, and special friends to the annu al Grandparents Day Celebration on Friday, November 20. The festivities  begin at 8:00 a.m. with a breakfast 
reception in the cafeteria. The program, which includes performances by various student groups, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium. School is dismissed at 11:00 a.m. for Thanksgiving Break, and there is no after-school care.  

Book Fair
November 20; November 30 - December 4
book fair Stock up on new books for the holidays at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair which will be  held in the Upper Library. It will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Watch for more information about the Book Fair and get ready for fun surprises every day! Get an advanced preview and purchase books following the Grandparents Day celebration on November 20.

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: Audrey Castaigne
Audrey Castiagne is on her way to graduating Lakehill and continuing her academic future through college. She is very excited for the opportunities that college will provide. "I am most excited to continue to grow and develop as a student and for the new freedom and independence associated with college." 

Audrey is still undecided as to where to attend college, but is considering TCU. She plans to major in business, with an eye on real estate. In her free time, she enjoys hunting with her father, Lakehill baseball coach RC Castaigne.

Reflecting on her time at Lakehill, Audrey wishes that she had procrastinated less and volunteered more. Her strongest subject is English. 

She is grateful for the opportunities she has had at Lakehill. "Lakehill has given me the tools for success by challenging me and teaching me how to work as a member of team. I have also learned to ask for help from my teachers when I need it."

Audrey's best memory of Lakehill is when, during her freshman year, they had to play a softball playoff game in the snow, sleet, and hail. It was a unique way to end the season with one of her favorite teams. She has also participated in cheer for her last two years of  high school. 

Audrey is currently the Senior Class Treasurer, and also serves as treasurer for the Pan American Student Forum (PASF) and Rho Kappa honor society. She' is also a member of Sisteens, and says she will miss the community aspect of Lakehill the most. 

"The chance build relationships not only among my senior class, but throughout all different grade levels, is the thing I love most about Lakehill. This school has allowed me to build friendships that will last a lifetime." 

By Liam Reece, ninth grade
Sports Snippets
Varsity Football: State Playoffs for Third Straight Year
Despite a tough loss to Tyler Street on November 6, the Varsity Football team has qualified for the State Playoffs for the third consecutive year. The Warriors will take on Cedar Park Summit in the Area Round. Kick-off is at 4:30 p.m. at Rouse High School in Leander, Texas. Get directions to the game.

Middle School Basketball
Due to overwhelming interest in Middle School Basketball, coaches have created an IAA team and a seventh grade team for both girls and boys.

The Middle School Basketball season gets underway on Thursday, November 12 with two home games against Winston. The girls (IAA) play at 4:30 p.m. followed by the boys (IAA) at 5:30 p.m.

Varsity Crew
Lakehill Crew team members Connor Alexander and Greg Gillman, rowing with White Rock Rowing, competed in the Head of the Hooch Regatta in Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 7-8. The Head of the Hooch is one of the world's largest rowing regattas, with 2,000+ boats racing over two days.  More than 1,200 boats compete on Saturday alone, more in one day than any other regatta. The regatta is a head race - competitors row a 5,000-meter (3.1 mile) course. Alexander and Gillman rowed in the Men's Novice 8 event.

Lakehill rowers will continue to practice all winter in preparation for the spring sprint season. They will also compete in the S.W.E.A.T. (Southwest Ergometer Amateur Tournament) on February 6 at Jesuit.

New Sweatshirts Have Arrived!
New sweatshirts have arrived, just in time for cooler temperatures. Check out all the great new merchandise on  Tuesday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

This Week at the ESC
Sixth graders learned first-hand about water quality at the ESC. They discovered what types of tests can be used to determine water quality and how aquatic ecosystems can be effected when the water quality is poor. They took samples of pond water and tested them for ammonia, nitrates, pH, and dissolved oxygen levels to determine the pond's water quality. Students were able to explain the results they obtained and decide how they could improve the quality of the ESC's pond water. 

Eighth grade continued to investigate forms of energy at the ESC. They are learning about how the solar panels at the ESC work and how that energy is used. They then put their knowledge to use in building solar houses that will be used in an experiment later this year.

See more pictures from the ESC.
What's Happening?
finger with string
November 12-13  NEW DATES!
Upper School Musical
Get more information in the Best Bets for Fall section.
November 11 - 19
Middle School Canned Food Drive
Canned Soup Middle School students are collecting cans to benefit the Vickery Meadow Food Pantry. Fifth grade is collecting canned soup, sixth grade has canned vegetables, seventh grade has canned meat and fish, and eighth grade is collecting canned fruit. On Thursday, Middle School students will participate in a can sculpture contest before the cans are delivered to Vickery Meadow.

November 10 - December 5
Sisteens Stocking Stuffers Collection 
Sisteens is collecting items to fill stockings for senior citizens who attend the holiday luncheon. Travel-sized toiletries, such as shampoo, tissues, soap, and lotion are requested. Bins will be available at all entrances beginning November 16.  

November 14
Shoreline Spruce-Up - no clean-up scheduled
There will be no
scheduled clean-up on Saturday. Everyone is invited to attend the I Heart the Lake Festival. The free festival will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. rain or shine. Visit  whiterocklake.org for a schedule of events.

November 16-17
Reclamation Days
Lost and Found Main Hallway, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Reclaim those lost lunch boxes, gym clothes, t-shirts, and backpacks! All items that remain on Tuesday afternoon will be donated to charity.

November 20
Grandparents Day 
8:00, Cafeteria
Get more information in the Best Bets for Fall section.

November 23-27
Thanksgiving Holidays
Have a wonderful week! 

November 30 - December 8
PASF Tamale Sale
tamale Order forms will be available on November 30. All proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

December 3
Upper School Admission Preview
Main Campus, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill's Upper School! Dinner provided by Pecan Lodge.  All Lakehill seventh and eighth grade families are strongly encouraged to attend. RSVP to admission@lakehillprep.org.

December 5
Fun Night for K-6, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Join the Class of 2016 for fun and games and pizza and a movie! The cost is $40 for one child or $55 for two, with a reservation. The walk-in cost is $45 for one, and $60 for two. Don;t forget a blanket and a pillow for the movie!
Happy Holidays 
Need great holiday gifts? Check out all the merchandise available on SmugMug. From puzzles to playing cards and mugs to magnets, take care of all your holiday shopping and benefit Lakehill while you do!