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When you're at Lakehill's Environmental Science Center, you'd never guess you're just minutes from downtown Dallas. Its forests and floodplains are home to raccoons, possums, red-tailed hawks, wild pigs, and even coyotes! It's the perfect place to appreciate the outdoors and to explore the natural world. Lakehill is offering two summer camps the week of July 30 that do just that! In Nature Exploration camp, campers will make their own fishing poles with bamboo to catch catfish and bass in the fully stocked pond, roast marshmallows at the fire pit, and more. It's the perfect introduction to outdoor life in Dallas. In the afternoon, the focus shifts to the six- and eight-legged world of Dallas's insects and spiders! Campers will use a variety of methods to trap creepy crawly bugs to identify and collect. These camps can combine to make a full day of exploration, learning, and fun!

About Lakehill Summer Camps

Lakehill Summer Camps – Voted Best Summer Camp by the readers of Lakewood, Lake Highlands, and Park Cities Bubblelife Magazine!

Lakehill Summer Camps are unique in offering quality, teacher-led camps at an affordable price, with FREE before-camp and after-camp care available every day. Half-day, week-long camps are just $240 per week, while full-day, week-long camps are priced at just $315 per week. One-week sessions begin June 4, and run through August 3. Mix and match from a variety of camps to create your perfect summer!

Find out more at http://www.lakehillprep.org/summer-camps/

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By Gigi Ekstrom
Lakehill Preparatory School, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

 

Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something. ~Author unknown

Small, daily acts of kindness can have a profound impact.

This year, I am setting forth on a personal quest: to volunteer every week of the year, with a different organization each time. Fifty-two different non-profits to learn about and work with. Fifty-two weeks of service.

I fully believe that helping others can make the world a better place. One person at a time, one day at a time, and one project at a time, you, too, can make a difference that will leave a lasting impact.

In my Community Connections service club at Lakehill Preparatory School, our mantra is, “It’s not about me.” So how do I incorporate that into my life and set an example for others to follow?

When it comes to making a difference, nothing matters more than simply taking action. Every effort counts, no matter how small it may seem. As we say in Community Connections, “Just do something.”

It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you live, or how much money you have. You just have to show up…and just do something. Keep in mind that the most valuable skills you can bring to any volunteer assignment are compassion, an open mind, a willingness to do whatever is necessary, and a positive attitude.

While I suspect most of my projects will focus on nonprofits in Dallas, Texas, as that is where I live and work, I am also looking forward to exploring opportunities in other cities when my family and I travel. My hope is that these activities will inspire others to seek out opportunities in their own communities.

Follow along and find ways you, your friends, and your family can get involved in your community!

 
 
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Kindergarten gives children the opportunity to grow and develop through play – the way children learn best. It is a time for children to expand their love of learning, build knowledge, develop their ability to get along with others, and explore ways of reaching out to the world.

Finding the right kindergarten program can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. How do you begin to narrow down your choices? How do you ultimately decide which kindergarten is best for your child and your family?

Consider these five essential factors when selecting the environment that will foster your soon-to-be kindergartner’s love of learning.

Download the free e-booklet now.

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Kindergarten gives children the opportunity to grow and develop through play – the way children learn best. It is a time for children to expand their love of learning, build knowledge, develop their ability to get along with others, and explore ways of reaching out to the world.

Finding the right kindergarten program can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. How do you begin to narrow down your choices? How do you ultimately decide which kindergarten is best for your child and your family?

Consider these five essential factors when selecting the environment that will foster your soon-to-be kindergartner’s love of learning.

Download the free e-booklet now.

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Lakehill's Headmaster, Roger Perry, visits with a kindergartner in the classroom.

Lakehill Preparatory School

Are you still searching for the right kindergarten for your son or daughter?

Would your child benefit from a low student-to-teacher ratio and small class size? Are you looking for a solid curriculum, offered by dedicated teachers, in a safe environment? A friendly, welcoming school where your child is greeted at the door by the Headmaster every day? A small place where your child can do big things?

We have the answer - Lakehill Preparatory School. Interested families are in luck - a few openings have been made available in Lakehill's highly regarded kindergarten program for the 2018-19 school year. Lakehill's solid academics and nurturing environment will build your child’s confidence and set the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Daily enrichment includes classes in Spanish, computers, art, music, library, and physical education. 

Select openings in other grades are also available.

Contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, to schedule a time to visit our school and to answer any questions you may have. Please e-mail speacock@lakehillprep.org, or visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School
Lakehill Preparatory School guides motivated students to learn with curiosity, lead with confidence, and serve with compassion. Our challenging and nurturing educational community inspires students to become collaborative problem-solvers who live with integrity. Talented teachers, high academic standards, and the development of leadership skills in a challenging and nurturing environment are hallmarks of a Lakehill education.

Lakehill Preparatory School's Opening Doors campus improvement project renovated 8,000 square feet of existing space and added 16,000 square feet of new space to the original building. This vital effort produced new lab spaces for science, writing, and computer science, an art studio, new classrooms, administrative offices, meeting and event rooms, and a dramatic 5,000 square foot inner courtyard with outdoor classroom and performance space.
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Shelley Shook, Andrea Johnston, Lydia Perry, Sejal Patel. Not pictured: Allison Lewis
Lakehill's Parent Faculty Club (PFC) gathered on May 16, for their final General Meeting of the year, chaired by PFC President Andrea Johnston.
 
Johnston announced the PFC's annual gift to the school, totaling $152,000. The gift included technology enhancements, contributions to the endowment fund, Gaga Ball pits for Lower and Middle School, furniture for the Upper School Commons, LED spotlights and updates for the Auditorium, cafeteria updates, new Sport Court balls, a sound system for the Press Box at the Warrior Athletic Complex, and equipment for Robotics and Maker Space. In addition, the PFC also sponsored $28,000 of programs for the school, including banquets, Tailgate, Graduation, Field Day, Back-to-School Picnic, and the Halloween Carnival.
 
The new PFC Executive Committee was also announced. 
 
Members of the 2018-19 Executive Committee are as follows:
President:  Andrea Johnston
Vice President:  Lydia Perry
Secretary:  Allison Lewis
Treasurer:  Sejal Patel
Parliamentarian:  Shelley Shook
Immediate Past President:  Barb Witherite
 
Many thanks to the PFC and all its members who do so much for Lakehill.
 
 

About Lakehill Preparatory School
Lakehill Preparatory School guides motivated students to learn with curiosity, lead with confidence, and serve with compassion. Our challenging and nurturing educational community inspires students to become collaborative problem-solvers who live with integrity. Talented teachers, high academic standards, and the development of leadership skills in a challenging and nurturing environment are hallmarks of a Lakehill education.

Lakehill Preparatory School's Opening Doors campus improvement project renovated 8,000 square feet of existing space and added 16,000 square feet of new space to the original building. This vital effort produced new lab spaces for science, writing, and computer science, an art studio, new classrooms, administrative offices, meeting and event rooms, and a dramatic 5,000 square foot inner courtyard with outdoor classroom and performance space.
 

Contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, today to schedule a time to visit our school and to answer any questions you may have. Please e-mail speacock@lakehillprep.org, or visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

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Lakehill Preparatory School sophomore Hamed El-Feky completed his first high school national triathlon on April 27, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
 
The 2018 USA Triathlon High School National Championships was hosted in conjunction with the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships. The race distances for a Sprint Triathlon are a 750-meter swim, 21.45-kilometer bike, and a five-kilometer run.
 
USA Triathlon announced a few days before the race that the course for all races would be shifted from a triathlon (swim-bike-run) to a duathlon (run-bike-run) to ensure athlete safety. Heavy rainfall in Tuscaloosa in the week prior to the event led to the Holt Dam spillway gates being opened by local officials to avoid flooding. Heightened volume in the Black Warrior River necessitated that the gates remain open through race weekend, resulting in overly strong currents that were deemed unsafe for swimming.
 
El-Feky practiced an average of two hours per day to prepare for the race, focusing on the open water swim. His goals were to swim at a pace of 1:25 minute per 100 meters, bike at 20 miles per hour, and keep a pace of 6:45 minutes per mile on the run, consistent with the times for the 25th ranked participant in the 2017 nationals. El-Feky reached these goals in the weeks prior to the event. The change in the structure of the race, plus a cramp during the bike portion, put him in 53rd position out of 79 competitors.
 
El-Feky plans to better his finish next year, and will compete in the Sprint National Age Group Championships on August 12, in Cleveland, Ohio, to give him more experience on the national stage. 
 
"Even with the changes to the race format, it was an amazing experience to compete in a race of this caliber," said El-Feky. "The competitive atmosphere was entirely different from anything I had done before. I can't wait to race again."
 

About Lakehill Preparatory School
Lakehill Preparatory School guides motivated students to learn with curiosity, lead with confidence, and serve with compassion. Our challenging and nurturing educational community inspires students to become collaborative problem-solvers who live with integrity. Talented teachers, high academic standards, and the development of leadership skills in a challenging and nurturing environment are hallmarks of a Lakehill education.

Lakehill Preparatory School's Opening Doors campus improvement project renovated 8,000 square feet of existing space and added 16,000 square feet of new space to the original building. This vital effort produced new lab spaces for science, writing, and computer science, an art studio, new classrooms, administrative offices, meeting and event rooms, and a dramatic 5,000 square foot inner courtyard with outdoor classroom and performance space.
 

Contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, to schedule a time to visit our school and to answer any questions you may have. Please e-mail speacock@lakehillprep.org, or visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

 

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In Lakehill's Lower School, it doesn't get much better than Field Day. With excitement high and a glorious sunny day, Lower School parents came out in force to put on a field day to be remembered. 
 
Dressed in class shirts proudly displaying their team names, students started the event with their class cheers. The afternoon was full of fun and games, including everything from water balloon launching to an obstacle course to a Dunk Tank with Head of Lower School, Mr. Trout. Most of all, the children enjoyed being outside in the warm weather and having fun with their friends.
 
Students finished the day with icy treats, served with style from a Paleta cart. Thanks to organizers Tricia Neerman and Stacie Smith and their team of parent volunteers who manned the events, everything ran smoothly and was great fun. 
 
  

About Lakehill Preparatory School
Lakehill Preparatory School guides motivated students to learn with curiosity, lead with confidence, and serve with compassion. Our challenging and nurturing educational community inspires students to become collaborative problem-solvers who live with integrity. Talented teachers, high academic standards, and the development of leadership skills in a challenging and nurturing environment are hallmarks of a Lakehill education.

Lakehill Preparatory School's Opening Doors campus improvement project renovated 8,000 square feet of existing space and added 16,000 square feet of new space to the original building. This vital effort produced new lab spaces for science, writing, and computer science, an art studio, new classrooms, administrative offices, meeting and event rooms, and a dramatic 5,000 square foot inner courtyard with outdoor classroom and performance space.
 

Contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, today to schedule a time to visit our school and to answer any questions you may have. Please e-mail speacock@lakehillprep.org, or visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

 

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Lakehill Preparatory School junior Vanya Suchan recently had an essay that she completed for her A.P. American Literature class accepted to the Adelaide Literary Magazine, a professional literary journal. Those reading her article are professional academics and specialists in the field. Her writing, according to the journal, is of post-graduate quality. Suchan wrote and work-shopped her paper in her junior English class over the period of several months and then submitted it to a number of journals. It will be published both in print and digitally in their next volume. 
 
"In her to-be published paper, Ms. Suchan's creative and literary voice grapples with the essential difficulties of human existence through negotiating a dialogue between the beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl' and film director May Harron's American Psycho," said English teacher Michael Jones. "I am happy and humbled to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented thinker and writer on this project."
 
"I have known for a long time that I want to be a writer," said Suchan. "This process really solidified that desire for me and gave me confidence that I can make it in the world as a writer. There's a saying that if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. Nothing would make me happier than doing this."
 
Suchan was previously published in The Dallas Morning News as part of their Storytellers without Borders program for young journalists.
 
Read Suchan's submission here, available on May 22.
 

About Lakehill Preparatory School
Lakehill Preparatory School guides motivated students to learn with curiosity, lead with confidence, and serve with compassion. Our challenging and nurturing educational community inspires students to become collaborative problem-solvers who live with integrity. Talented teachers, high academic standards, and the development of leadership skills in a challenging and nurturing environment are hallmarks of a Lakehill education.

Lakehill Preparatory School's Opening Doors campus improvement project renovated 8,000 square feet of existing space and added 16,000 square feet of new space to the original building. This vital effort produced new lab spaces for science, writing, and computer science, an art studio, new classrooms, administrative offices, meeting and event rooms, and a dramatic 5,000 square foot inner courtyard with outdoor classroom and performance space.
 

Contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, today to schedule a time to visit our school and to answer any questions you may have. Please e-mail speacock@lakehillprep.org, or visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

 

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It’s that time of year again, when the school year is winding down and summer camps are getting ready to launch. I’m such a kid at heart, and poring through the camps catalog always makes me wish that I were a kid again! There are so many camps that young Johnny Trout would have loved!

When I was in lower elementary, I would have been really excited about “Royalty Rules!” and “Eek! Bugs!” I was always building forts and castles where knights (usually my friends or younger cousins) would serve the king (me of course!). I also enjoyed learning about the past and how things were back in the “olden days,” though it didn’t even occur to me that what that really meant was that I enjoy history. “Royalty Rules!” would have been perfect blend of these two interests! And, when I wasn’t building forts, I was digging in the dirt for bugs. The natural world has always fascinated me, and a camp devoted to our multi-legged skittering friends would have been right up my alley!

In late elementary, I discovered two things: I really enjoy cooking, and superheroes are awesome! So, I would have been making tracks to “Simply Snacks” camp and “Mutants, Marvels, and Superheroes.” I love the empowerment of cooking camps; I remember being quite pleased when I made a treat that someone else enjoyed as much as I did, and I still enjoy cooking today. And, though I loved reading comics and enjoying comic book characters, I always wanted to take it to the next level by creating my own characters and stories, and making my own fantastic worlds come to life. These camps would have been perfect for me!

In middle and upper school, I discovered that I love making things. The “Advanced Puppetcraft Workshop” camp would have been perfect for me. The emphasis on sewing technique and well-planned designs means creating and constructing a puppet that is fun, meaningful, and built-to-last. I also discovered my love of the English Language throughout the centuries. “Summer with the Bard” camp would have given me the chance to practice my best Elizabethan Shakespeare accent while doing something else I simply didn’t do enough when I was growing up: performing in front of a crowd! I had horrible stage-fright until I was an adult, but Shakespeare and the company of friends would have helped me shake that much sooner!

These camps and more still have seats available this summer, but time is running out to sign up! If you think your child would love any of these camps as much as I would have, sign up today. If you wait too long, you might find that I took the last seat myself!

By John Trout
Lakehill Preparatory School
Director of Summer Programs
 
 
About Lakehill Summer Camps
Lakehill Summer Camps are unique in offering quality, teacher-led camps at an affordable price, with FREE before-camp and after-camp care available every day. Half-day, week-long camps are just $240 per week, while full-day, week-long camps are priced at just $315 per week. Mix and match from a variety of camps to create your perfect summer!
 
 
Lakehill Summer Camps – Voted Best Summer Camp by the readers of Lakewood, Lake Highlands, and Park Cities Bubblelife!