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Volume 8, Issue 32 May 5, 2016
Celebrating Seniors
Class of 2016 Honored at Senior Day
Lakehill seniors are rapidly approaching the end of their high school careers. On April 28, they had the opportunity to slow things down a bit and celebrate the journey that has brought them to this point as Lakehill celebrated Senior Day.

Seniors began their day with a catered breakfast in the cafeteria with their parents. They then headed to the auditorium for an assembly in honor of the Class of 2016. Seniors were later treated to Starbucks during open period.

The Senior Class sponsors introduced each student and shared his or her college plans.  Each senior also had the opportunity to pass down a personal Lakehill memento to a lucky raffle winner. From football jerseys and cheerleading uniforms to robots and original works of art, there was no limit to the priceless treasures passed on to the underclassmen.

See more pictures from Senior Day.

See the list of College Acceptances for the Class of 2016.

Passing The Torch
Students Celebrate at Junior-Senior Ring Luncheon
The Junior-Senior Ring Ceremony remains one of the most significant events of the Upper School end-of-year activities.
There has always been a special bond between the junior and senior classes at Lakehill, and this year's group is no exception. Held on April 29 amidst the elegance of the Warwick Melrose Hotel, the Junior-Senior Ring Luncheon allowed the class of 2016 the opportunity to reflect, to celebrate, and to pass the torch to Lakehill's next class of leaders.
After a recap of their successful senior year, Senior Class President Hannah Herrman introduced next year's President, Abi Price. Then, members of the senior class introduced each member of the junior class, presenting class rings and a Class of 2017 shirt and paying tribute to each junior during this special Lakehill rite of passage.

See more photos from the Junior Senior Ring Luncheon. 
Performing Arts Banquet
Students Celebrate Successful Year
The Upper School Performing Arts Banquet, a wonderful evening of memories and awards, was held at Lakehill's Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center on April 29.
A video of short excerpts of student work throughout the year was prepared by Abi Price and Brandon Bartholow. Honors and awards were presented to students involved in Lakehill Chorale, Drama, Musical Theater, and Thespians.

The tradition of the gypsy robe was awarded to junior McKinney Waggoner.  
See more photos from the Performing Arts Banquet.
Sweet Success
Second Grade Celebrates Caldecott Reading
Second graders held a Caldecott Completion Party on April 29 to celebrate their reading success.

The Caldecott project is a Reading Incentive program in second grade. Students read the books at home and take 10-question tests over the books on the computer.

There were 73 books with tests this year and the goal was to read and pass tests over 25 or more. 

Those reading 25 earn a certificate at the Awards Ceremony and those reading 50 or more receive a hardback copy of the Caldecott Medal winning book of this year, Finding Winnie. The majority of second graders read 50 books or more, with four students completing all 73.

This challenging project lasts over three months and has many benefits. It exposes the children to different genres of literature, increases their vocabulary, and teaches the appreciation of fine illustration.

Second grade teachers and parents celebrated the success of all of their children by having a "Caldecott Completion" party with cake and treats.

Spring Performances
Spring Fling Showcases Music and Art
Lakehill's Lower School students took to the stage on April 28 to perform in the annual Spring Fling in the Wyly Auditorium. The students' art works were also on display in the cafeteria.
The program's theme was "What I Love About Spring," with musical selections performed by each Lower School grade. Narration for the evening was done by fourth grade students. In a touching finale, all Lower School students sang "Room to Grow," which was dedicated to Head of Lower School Patti Brooks, who will be retiring this year after 33 years at Lakehill. 

See more pictures from Spring Fling.

Lower School Drama Club Production
Students in the new Lower School Drama Club presented Dr. Seuss's Hooray for Diffendoofer Day t o family and friends on May 2.  The book was based on sketches and verses created by Dr. Seuss before his death in 1991. With the help of his long-time editor, Jack Prelutsky completed the story and Lane Smith finished the illustrations. The performance was directed by Meredith Sauer and Mark Guerra. 

Middle School Musical
On May 13 at 7:00 p.m., Lakehill's seventh and eighth grade musical theater students will invite audiences to fly away to Neverland with Peter 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 
Community Minders
Kites and Kids
Lakehill Hosts Annual Kite Day
A breezy day, a kite, and a kid - a Saturday morning at its finest. This old-school pastime became a new favorite for hundreds of students from Bayles Elementary and their families during this year's annual Kite Day celebration on April 30.
The fields at Lakehill's Roger L. Perry Campus provided the perfect location. Lakehill Middle and Upper School volunteers handed out 500 kites and offered guidance to novice kite fliers and their families. The Lion's Club fired up the grill to serve a hot dog lunch to all who attended.
As the sky came alive with hundreds of colorful, dancing kites, spirits soared back on the ground.
See more pictures from Kite Day.

Student Groups Pitch In to Spruce Up
Twenty-seven eighth and ninth grade members of the National Junior Honor Society pitched in on Saturday morning to help clean-up Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake.

More than twenty members of Lower and Middle School Community Connections Clubs and their families followed up on Tuesday afternoon for another Shoreline Spruce-Up. 

Thanks to everyone who has helped maintain Lakehill's adopted shoreline over the past eight years (that's 93 lake clean-ups and nearly 4,000 hours of service!). Lakehill's Community Connections campers will maintain the lake over the summer. Make plans to join us at the first Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-Up for 2016-17 on September 10 at 9 :00 a.m.
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: Camryn Thompson
Camryn Thompson has attended Lakehill since seventh grade. She participates in volleyball and cheerleading, and previously played basketball, softball, and ran track as well. She says that her favorite part of Lakehill sports is that, "There is good team chemistry, and the team spirit is amazing." She is also a member of National Honor Society, Pan American Student Forum, and Science Club.
Camryn's favorite class is English because of interesting the material that they read. She enjoys engaging with her peers and teachers. Another favorite is science because she likes growing different plants in Lakehill's community garden.
Camryn's parents have been incredibly supportive in her Lakehill journey, as well as her sister Sydney who graduated from Lakehill in 2014. 
Camryn's favorite memory of Lakehill is traveling to Costa Rica on the Spanish class trip during her junior year. She is grateful for the many friendships she experienced in her time at Lakehill.
Camryn plans to attend Trinity University in San Antonio to major in biology, and pursue her dream job of orthodontist.
Camryn will miss Lakehill because of the school's small size, as well as her teachers and friends. Mr. Hagood has influenced her most because he pushes her and sees her full potential. He also said her favorite quote: "Read or bleed." Her advice for a young Warrior would be to make good grades.
By Tyler McCall, ninth grade
Sports Snippets
Varsity Baseball
The Varsity Baseball team opens its playoff run with a home game at 5:00 p.m. on Friday against Bethesda Christian. The Warriors go into the postseason riding a four-game winning streak, capped by a 24-7 pounding of Garland Christian.  Dylan Welch
 led the way at the plate (two hits, three walks, four runs, six RBIs) and on the mound (five strikeouts in two innings).  Jonathan Kelley  and 
Reed Henry  also each scored four times.

Varsity Softball
The Lady Warriors lost 19-4 to Texoma Christian on Saturday.  Audrey Castaigne Ashley Peacock , and  Sofia De La Cruz had strong hits.  Kaeli Bunger  made two great catches in right field.  Ava Ecklin and  Chambliss Pierson worked together to get outs at first base. 
The Lady Warriors ended a successful season with a 15-0 loss to Pasadena First Baptist Christian in the first round of the TAPPS 2A Playoffs on Tuesday. Congratulations to seniors Kaeli Bunger, Audrey Castaigne, Sofia De La Cruz, Ava Ecklin, and manager Afton Guedea on an outstanding season.

Soccer Sensation
Lakehill seventh grader  Ryan Henry , a member of the Solar Chelsea 03 Boys Pre-Academy soccer team, recently competed in and won the U-13 Division in the Dallas Cup.  The Dallas Cup is widely considered the top international youth soccer tournament in the world. 

To win the title, Solar Chelsea tied a top team from England, and beat other top teams from Mexico, California (San Diego), Illinois (Chicago), and a team of East Coast All Stars. The final was played March 27 against the Tigres (Monterrey, Mexico) at Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco (home of FC Dallas) and was broadcast live on television in North Texas.  

Solar Chelsea won 2-1 on penalty kicks after regulation and two over-time periods. Ryan scored three goals in the tournament, including the game winner in overtime in the semi-final against Chicago Magic. Solar Chelsea was the only team from Texas to win a division, and most divisions were won by international teams.  
What's Happening?
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May 2 - 6
Teacher Appreciation Week 
We all have a teacher we'll never forget. The one who pushed us when we needed it, or who knew when to take a step back and encourage us when the path became a little too steep. Be sure to thank a teacher this week!

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 at Registration in August.
Please contact Bruce McCoskey, Lakehill's Business Manager, at 214.826.2931, ext 115, or bmccoskey@lakehillprep.org if you have any questions.

May 6
Middle School Musical Rehearsal
8:00 a.m. - noon

May 6
Middle School Service Project at North Texas Food Bank
8:00 a.m. - noon
(Seventh and eighth grade students not in Musical Theater) 

May 8 
Mother's Day 
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May 11
Retirement Reception for Patti Brooks
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Lakehill Cafeteria

May 12
Middle School Musical Performance for school: 
Peter Pan, Jr.
Auditorium, 9:00 a.m.

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!
10:30 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
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

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