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Junior and senior Anatomy and Physiology students began the semester with the dissection of a cow eye. Each unit of the course is accompanied by a hands-on lab, primarily dissections. They have already dissected fetal pigs, looking particularly at the muscle structures and a sheep brain, which provided a spatial realization of the brain that is difficult to grasp through two-dimensional illustrations. Teacher Jeremy Holman decided upon a cow eye for its likeness to the human eye for their study of the brain and special senses. For the students, most notably those who are considering the medical field, the dissections prove incredibly beneficial in helping to confirm their interests. Seniors Montgomery Rotellini and Will Grooms enjoyed the dissection and the application it had to their future careers in the medical field. "It helped me expand my knowledge in an area that would be hard to experience outside of a school setting,” Rotellini explained.
 
The sophomore Honors Chemistry Class embarked on a three-week paint project. Over the course of this project, students use their grasp of stoichiometry (the part of chemistry that studies amounts of substances that are involved in reactions) that they learned last semester to produce pigments through chemical reactions. After they have produced the pigments, they test different binding agents from household products to mix with the pigment, producing four different paints. By applying their knowledge to make their own paint, they are also learning the principles of solubility of compounds, limiting reactants, and percent yield of products in chemical reactions. This annual project is a hallmark of the Honors Chemistry class. "I love being able to create a piece of art in its entirety, from the pigments and chemicals to the finished product," said sophomore Kathryn Mahan.
 
Seventh graders also expanded their scientific knowledge this week with a protist lab. Students looked at several different types of single-celled organisms in the kingdom Protista, such as Amoeba, Paramecium, Stentor, and Volvox. "It was really fun to see all of these tiny organisms swimming around under the microscope," said seventh grader Ellis Langford.
 
By Kate Langley, Class of 2019
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About Lakehill Preparatory School

At Lakehill Preparatory School, we know that bigger is not always better. Lakehill is -- and always has been -- small by design.

Our school combines a strong, engaging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. A small student body offers a greater opportunity for each student to experience academic and leadership growth. Students develop a strong sense of belonging, and pride in their community, their school, and themselves. 

Community spirit is encouraged in our small school environment. Strong relationships develop between home and school, and school leaders are far more involved with individual students than in a larger school setting. Lakehill staff pride themselves on knowing every child by name.

Lakehill builds an atmosphere of respect, accountability, collaboration, and mentoring between students and teachers, and provides the resources and learning opportunities that empower students to be architects of their own education.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

Gigi Ekstrom
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Lakehill Preparatory School fifth grade student Cece Degeyter claimed the top spot in the school's Spelling Bee on January 9, correctly spelling lobelia. She edged out fourth grader Rygel Farr, who claimed second, going out on proboscis

Forty-five students in grades four through eight competed in the event. Henry Bennion was the last sixth grader in, while last year's runner-up, Landry Poore, was the final seventh grader. Katie Rich was the last eighth grader to remain in the competition.

Cece says she has always enjoyed spelling, and studied hard over the break to be ready for the Bee. Despite her diligent preparation, she was surprised to be named champion. "It was a complete mix of shock, happiness, and relief," she said.

Each year, students from across the country compete for the chance to represent their schools and communities in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Degeyter will compete in the next round in February against winners from other private schools. As runner-up, Farr will also be recognized at the event.

Julie Murugen, the sponsor of the event, commented, "I was impressed that Cece and Rygel hardly asked for a definition. They were studied up!"

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

At Lakehill Preparatory School, we know that bigger is not always better. Lakehill is -- and always has been -- small by design.

Our school combines a strong, engaging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. A small student body offers a greater opportunity for each student to experience academic and leadership growth. Students develop a strong sense of belonging, and pride in their community, their school, and themselves. 

Community spirit is encouraged in our small school environment. Strong relationships develop between home and school, and school leaders are far more involved with individual students than in a larger school setting. Lakehill staff pride themselves on knowing every child by name.

Lakehill builds an atmosphere of respect, accountability, collaboration, and mentoring between students and teachers, and provides the resources and learning opportunities that empower students to be architects of their own education.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

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Lakehill Preparatory School is hosting an Admission Coffee and Conversation for prospective parents on Tuesday, January 15, at 8:30 a.m. The Coffee will be held at Lakehill’s newly renovated Main Campus, located at 2720 Hillside Drive, Dallas, 75214. Parents of students entering kindergarten through high school are encouraged to attend. Visitors will learn more about Lakehill's award-winning programs in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and tour the expanded facility. 

RSVP for the Admission Coffee and Conversation here.

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

At Lakehill Preparatory School, we know that bigger is not always better. Lakehill is -- and always has been -- small by design.

Our school combines a strong, engaging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. A small student body offers a greater opportunity for each student to experience academic and leadership growth. Students develop a strong sense of belonging, and pride in their community, their school, and themselves. 

Community spirit is encouraged in our small school environment. Strong relationships develop between home and school, and school leaders are far more involved with individual students than in a larger school setting. Lakehill staff pride themselves on knowing every child by name.

Lakehill builds an atmosphere of respect, accountability, collaboration, and mentoring between students and teachers, and provides the resources and learning opportunities that empower students to be architects of their own education.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

Gigi Ekstrom
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On December 8, Lakehill Preparatory School's Robotics team made its debut at the FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier at the Lowery Freshman Center in Allen, Texas. The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition that gives students real-world engineering experience. The Lakehill Bionicles (team #14904) and their robot, Thok, had a strong showing for their first outing--placing 19th among the 28 scheduled participants from across North Texas.
 
During the event, the Lakehill Bionicles competed in five matches, two of which their alliance won. In each match, the team was randomly paired with an alliance partner to compete against two other teams, completing tasks such as autonomous movement, latching on to a Mars lander, moving cubes and spheres representing gold and silver unobtanium to the lander and depot, and parking in a crater. 
 
The three-student driving team consisted of combinations of co-captain Luke Jerome, co-captain Jason Herron-Loza, Elijah McMillan, and Koby Watkins. Under the leadership of Jerome, students Sumner Born, Watkins, and McMillan worked to fine tune the robot between matches. Co-captain Hao Zhao and Sarah Smith worked on adjusting the code for the autonomous and driver portions of the match, as well as providing input to the build team. James Freeman kept track of scheduling and organization, making sure everything and everyone was where they needed to be. Ryan Douglas, Preston Bied, Michael Skellie, and Zhao were the team ambassadors, communicating with alliance partners before each match to strategize. The team is coached by Jennifer Herta and Mitch Musselman. 
 
The team would like to give special thanks to Lakehill parent and team Technical Advisor John Gormanfor taking so much time out of his schedule in the days before the meet to advise the team, and John Trout for making sure the team got to the meet and back safely on the bus.
 
The team is excited to have another chance at advancing to regionals at their second qualifier in Ferris, Texas, on Saturday, January 26. Learn more about FIRST robotics and the FIRST Tech Challenge here.
 
 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

At Lakehill Preparatory School, we know that bigger is not always better. Lakehill is -- and always has been -- small by design.

Our school combines a strong, engaging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. A small student body offers a greater opportunity for each student to experience academic and leadership growth. Students develop a strong sense of belonging, and pride in their community, their school, and themselves. 

Community spirit is encouraged in our small school environment. Strong relationships develop between home and school, and school leaders are far more involved with individual students than in a larger school setting. Lakehill staff pride themselves on knowing every child by name.

Lakehill builds an atmosphere of respect, accountability, collaboration, and mentoring between students and teachers, and provides the resources and learning opportunities that empower students to be architects of their own education.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

Attend an Admission Coffee and Conversation on January 15. RSVP here.

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Lakehill Preparatory School is hosting an Admission Coffee and Conversation for prospective parents on Tuesday, January 15, at 8:30 a.m. The Coffee will be held at Lakehill’s newly renovated Main Campus, located at 2720 Hillside Drive, Dallas, 75214. Parents of students entering kindergarten through high school are encouraged to attend. Visitors will learn more about Lakehill's award-winning programs in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and tour the expanded facility. 

RSVP for the Admission Coffee and Conversation here.

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

At Lakehill Preparatory School, we know that bigger is not always better. Lakehill is -- and always has been -- small by design.

Our school combines a strong, engaging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. A small student body offers a greater opportunity for each student to experience academic and leadership growth. Students develop a strong sense of belonging, and pride in their community, their school, and themselves. 

Community spirit is encouraged in our small school environment. Strong relationships develop between home and school, and school leaders are far more involved with individual students than in a larger school setting. Lakehill staff pride themselves on knowing every child by name.

Lakehill builds an atmosphere of respect, accountability, collaboration, and mentoring between students and teachers, and provides the resources and learning opportunities that empower students to be architects of their own education.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

Gigi Ekstrom
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Seventh and eighth grade drama students presented  Alice @ Wonderland  by Jonathan Yukich on November 30, in the Wyly Auditorium. 
 
What would happen if a 21st century Alice (Megan Blomquist) collided with Lewis Carroll’s legendary Wonderland? This modern retelling of the classic children’s story has all of the familiar characters, including the Mad Hatter (Kole Cannon), the White Rabbit (Donovan Covarrubias), and the Queen of Hearts (Mars Henderson). 
 
The story is laid out in traditional style, except that Alice is distinctly contemporary, complete with cell phone in hand. Alice is a texting, tweeting, and googling girl of the modern digital era, encountering the Wonderland so many treasure. 
 
"I am proud of our recent production of Alice @ Wonderland and of the entire cast of 25 seventh and eighth grade students," said director Mark Guerra. "There were too many outstanding performances to single out only a few. I am also excited that our technical crew consisted solely of middle school students. Nick BlanchardNoah KohnDaniel Knipp, and Esther Neerman all played a backstage or technical role that made the work that the actors and I did possible. It is important to me that students at Lakehill know that there are opportunities to be involved in the performing arts that do not involve being onstage.

About Lakehill Preparatory School

At Lakehill Preparatory School, we know that bigger is not always better. Lakehill is -- and always has been -- small by design.

Our school combines a strong, engaging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. A small student body offers a greater opportunity for each student to experience academic and leadership growth. Students develop a strong sense of belonging, and pride in their community, their school, and themselves. 

Community spirit is encouraged in our small school environment. Strong relationships develop between home and school, and school leaders are far more involved with individual students than in a larger school setting. Lakehill staff pride themselves on knowing every child by name.

Lakehill builds an atmosphere of respect, accountability, collaboration, and mentoring between students and teachers, and provides the resources and learning opportunities that empower students to be architects of their own education.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

To schedule a personalized tour, please contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, at admission@lakehillprep.org. 

Gigi Ekstrom
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Photo by Edwin Neill.
Lakehill Preparatory School's Varsity Soccer team wrapped up November and moved into December with two decisive victories.
 
The Warriors defeated Southwest Christian, 6-1, on November 30. Ben Gillman and Luka Varnes traded goals throughout the first 20 minutes of the game, taking Lakehill to an early 5-0 lead. The Warriors kept that lead through the rest of the game with the lone Southwest Christian goal coming on a penalty kick.
 
Gillman led the team with four goals, while Varnes had two. Justin Reed and Abby Saldivar were strong on defense, while Kyeser Hall and Sydney Rutherford dominated the midfield. Spencer Neill had an outstanding game in goal.
 
The Warriors claimed another victory on December 3, against Covenant. Varnes and Logan Stout scored goals in the first three minutes to give Lakehill an early lead. Gillman added a goal late in the first, to make it 3-0 at half. Covenant scored on a penalty kick in the second half, but Lakehill added two more goals, finishing the game 5-1. This included another goal from Gillman and a spectacular 30-yard strike from Loveth Heard that had the Lakehill student section on their feet. Leo Paparoni and Michelle Reed led the defense, while Henry Hopkins and Tristan Leach were strong in the midfield.
 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

At Lakehill Preparatory School, we know that bigger is not always better. Lakehill is -- and always has been -- small by design.

Our school combines a strong, engaging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. A small student body offers a greater opportunity for each student to experience academic and leadership growth. Students develop a strong sense of belonging, and pride in their community, their school, and themselves. 

Community spirit is encouraged in our small school environment. Strong relationships develop between home and school, and school leaders are far more involved with individual students than in a larger school setting. Lakehill staff pride themselves on knowing every child by name.

Lakehill builds an atmosphere of respect, accountability, collaboration, and mentoring between students and teachers, and provides the resources and learning opportunities that empower students to be architects of their own education.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

To schedule a personalized tour, please contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, at admission@lakehillprep.org. 

Gigi Ekstrom
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Head coaches from TAPPS Division 1 District 1 met on November 14, to bestow All-District honors for the recently completed 2018 football season. Lakehill was well-represented with nine players receiving 17 individual honors. This is the sixth consecutive year that Lakehill has been awarded the District Freshman of the Year.
 
Mitchell Crow: District Freshman of the Year; First Team All-District - Defense; First Team All-District - Kicker; Second Team All-District - Offense
 
Ryan Henry: Co-offensive Player of the Year; First Team All-District - Offense; First Team All-District - Punter; Second Team All-District - Defense; Second Team All-District - Special Teams
 
Ben Palmer: First Team All-District - Offense; Honorable Mention All-District - Defense
 
Kyeser Hall: Second Team All-District - Defense
 
William Leake: Honorable Mention All-District - Offense
 
Nathan Lewis: Second Team All-District - Offense
 
Jonah Shaw: First Team All-District - Defense
 
Logan Stout: Honorable Mention All-District - Defense
 
Luka Varnes Second Team All-District - Kicker
 
Congratulations to these football players on their accomplishments! 

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

At Lakehill Preparatory School, we know that bigger is not always better. Lakehill is -- and always has been -- small by design.

Our school combines a strong, engaging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. A small student body offers a greater opportunity for each student to experience academic and leadership growth. Students develop a strong sense of belonging, and pride in their community, their school, and themselves. 

Community spirit is encouraged in our small school environment. Strong relationships develop between home and school, and school leaders are far more involved with individual students than in a larger school setting. Lakehill staff pride themselves on knowing every child by name.

Lakehill builds an atmosphere of respect, accountability, collaboration, and mentoring between students and teachers, and provides the resources and learning opportunities that empower students to be architects of their own education.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

To schedule a personalized tour, please contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, at admission@lakehillprep.org. 

Gigi Ekstrom
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Head coaches gathered recently to bestow the 2018 honors for All-District and All-State Volleyball. Seven Lakehill Preparatory School players were recognized with 13 individual awards. 
 
Krista Carlson: First Team All-District; All-State Honorable Mention
 
Maddie Cerda: District 2-3A Offensive Player of the Year; First Team All-District; Second Team All-State
 
Loveth Heard: First Team All-District; Academic All-State
 
Tyler McCall: Second Team All-District; Academic All-State
 
Jourdyn Owens: First Team All-District
 
Stella Palmer: Second Team All-District; Academic All-State
 
Lynley Waggoner: All-District Honorable Mention 
 
Congratulations to these outstanding Lakehill athletes.

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

At Lakehill Preparatory School, we know that bigger is not always better. Lakehill is -- and always has been -- small by design.

Our school combines a strong, engaging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. A small student body offers a greater opportunity for each student to experience academic and leadership growth. Students develop a strong sense of belonging, and pride in their community, their school, and themselves. 

Community spirit is encouraged in our small school environment. Strong relationships develop between home and school, and school leaders are far more involved with individual students than in a larger school setting. Lakehill staff pride themselves on knowing every child by name.

Lakehill builds an atmosphere of respect, accountability, collaboration, and mentoring between students and teachers, and provides the resources and learning opportunities that empower students to be architects of their own education.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

To schedule a personalized tour, please contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, at admission@lakehillprep.org. 

Gigi Ekstrom
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On December 1, the Middle School Competition Theatre class at Lakehill Preparatory School attended the Warriors Wild Thing Tournament at South Grand Prairie High School. 
 
Two Lakehill students advanced to the Semi-finals round within their events: Ellis Langford with Prose and Poetry and Kole Cannon with his Humorous Interpretation. The Group Improv team of Cannon, Jeremiah BlancoIsabel Ketterson, and Willow Turkyilmaz also advanced to Semi-finals. 
 
Anna Knickel advanced to Finals in two events, earning seventh place overall in Poetry and first place in Storytelling. The Lakehill team was awarded second place as Most Efficient Team which was based on the percentage of the team advancing in the tournament.
 
"I am thrilled with the results of Lakehill's first foray into the Middle School Theatre Competition world," said sponsor Mark Guerra. "I am excited to see what we can accomplish next semester."

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

At Lakehill Preparatory School, we know that bigger is not always better. Lakehill is -- and always has been -- small by design.

Our school combines a strong, engaging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. A small student body offers a greater opportunity for each student to experience academic and leadership growth. Students develop a strong sense of belonging, and pride in their community, their school, and themselves. 

Community spirit is encouraged in our small school environment. Strong relationships develop between home and school, and school leaders are far more involved with individual students than in a larger school setting. Lakehill staff pride themselves on knowing every child by name.

Lakehill builds an atmosphere of respect, accountability, collaboration, and mentoring between students and teachers, and provides the resources and learning opportunities that empower students to be architects of their own education.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

To schedule a personalized tour, please contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, at admission@lakehillprep.org.