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For more than 40 years, Lakehill Preparatory School has been opening its doors to elderly members of the Dallas community for the much beloved tradition of the Holiday Luncheon. I have enjoyed participating in this tradition as an Upper School student for the past four years.
 
Each grade has progressively more complex responsibilities. Freshman entertain the guests over coffee and cookies after they have had their meal.
 
Sophomores have the important job of taking and delivering the guests’ photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus placed into a hand-decorated frame. This provides each guest with a special souvenir from the luncheon.
 
Junior year features the class in traditional reindeer and elf costumes, the parade for Lower School with special guest appearances from none other than Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and the coveted Reindeer Games.
 
As seniors, the class shops for the food, decorates the cafeteria, serves the guests, and cleans up after the event. Senior parents help prepare the turkeys for the luncheon. This year, there were a record-breaking 209 guests.
 
From easing into the Luncheon our freshman year, to running it our senior year, the Holiday Luncheon has been a staple in my experience at Lakehill. Each year, seeing familiar faces, making lasting connections with the guests, bonding with friends over shared experiences, are highlights of mine and so many other Lakehill students' experiences.
 
By Shelby Britton, '18
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The Varsity Cheerleaders competed in the TAPPS Division 2 Large Division State Competition on November 29-30, in Waco, Texas. The team placed fifth overall, which, according to Varsity Cheer Coach Mylana Burt, is "amazing, because we were competing against large competition squads."
 
The entire Upper School gathered in the cafeteria to watch the live stream of the event and show their support.
 
Junior Tyler McCall was honored with First Team All-State. Senior Reese Brown and sophomore Loveth Heard received Second Team All State. 
 
Congratulations to the Varsity cheer squad on their outstanding performance.
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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. 
 
Although Lakehill Preparatory School 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 and first grade are learning Kodable and Candy Quest (through Tynker) on desktops while second through fourth grades are using the resources on code.org that have been widely expanded this year. Student favorites include Minecraft and Star Wars which both offer block and JavaScript options for learning.
 
Middle and Upper School Computer Science classes have been coding all year. Fifth graders continued their study of coding through Scratch, 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. Students in Upper School Computer Science I are working in code.org, learning the basics of computer science through making apps. Students are also working on using and processing arrays through the creation of an app that shows the student's favorite things.
 
"What's exciting about Computer Science at Lakehill is that we have a wide variety of Computer Science and Technology classes available, so students can tailor their technology education to their own interests," said Computer Science Chair Jennifer Herta. "It is important for all students to have an understanding of technology to be literate in today's world, and, beyond that, for our students to be able to compete in Computer Science and Technology at a global level."
 

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.

The newly enhanced Main Campus offers students 16,000 square feet of new space and 8,000 square feet of renovated space. This vital effort produces new lab spaces for science, writing, and computer science, as well as a new art studio. It also provides new classrooms, administrative offices, and meeting and event rooms. A dramatic 5,000 square foot inner courtyard offers outdoor classroom and performance space.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

 

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Are you looking for the right kindergarten for your son or daughter?

Would your child benefit from a low student-to-teacher ratio and small class size? Dedicated teachers who help each child develop into their very best self? A close-knit family environment? Spanish, music, art, computer, and library classes several times a week - with PE every day?

Studies show that the first seven years of life are the most important for academic development and Lakehill can prepare your child for success. Lakehill's solid academics and nurturing environment will build your child’s confidence and set the foundation for a lifetime of learning. 

Find out more at Lakehill's Kindergarten Preview on Wednesday, December 6, at 9:00 a.m. on the Main Campus at 2720 Hillside Drive. RSVP for the Admission Preview here. 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.

The newly enhanced Main Campus offers students 16,000 square feet of new space and 8,000 square feet of renovated space. This vital effort produces new lab spaces for science, writing, and computer science, as well as a new art studio. It also provides new classrooms, administrative offices, and meeting and event rooms. A dramatic 5,000 square foot inner courtyard offers outdoor classroom and performance space.
 
Lakehill was recently voted the Most Spirited Elementary School in east Dallas by the readers of Bubblelife.
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Ellen Kufel receives the award from Cheryl Barnes and Andrea Saunders.
Each year, the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce recognizes teachers who have made significant contributions in the classroom and in the community. They are selected based on professional practice, community engagement, leadership in professional development, and attention to diversity.
 
Lakehill Preparatory School Mathematics teacher Ellen Kufel was recognized as the Private Middle School Teacher of the Year. Kufel said she was honored to receive this year's award. "I began my career 28 years ago and hope to have left an imprint on many lives. I could not be any more satisfied with my life’s choice. I didn’t choose teaching; it was already in my DNA; it is who I am."
 
"I am consistently amazed by the skills Ellen is able to impart in her students and her boundless enthusiasm for providing opportunities to them," said Assistant Head of School, Lara Gajkowski. "She inspires children mathematically and instills in them a sense of accomplishment and pride. Ellen is a passionate teacher who kindles the love and support of her students by providing the right balance of structure, accountability, and fun."
 
"It does not get any better than this," said Kufel. "It's hard to imagine receiving such an honor for doing what you love to do! I especially would like to thank the Lakehill faculty, staff, and administration for their support, guidance, and confidence year round."
 
Two additional Lakehill teachers were selected as finalists in the competition. Tracy Herron was recognized in the High School category, while Laura Stout was a finalist in the Elementary School category.
 
The Teacher of the Year Awards Program solicits nominations from all public and private schools in East Dallas as well as from business and community leaders. On November 14, Chamber of Commerce Chairman Andrea Saunders presented awards to the winners at a luncheon in their honor. Set against the natural beauty of Lakehill's Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center, the day was a fitting tribute to East Dallas's finest teachers.
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Lauren Bush as Guinevere.
Lakehill Preparatory School's talented musical theater students took to the stage on November 11 and 12, to present the beloved classic Camelot.
 
Borrowing from the Arthurian legends, Lerner and Loewe's Camelot centers around an idealistic young King Arthur (played by an earnest Warren Lester), who hopes to create a kingdom built on honor and dignity, embodied by his Knights of the Round Table. His ideals, however, are tested when his lovely queen, Guinevere (played with great feeling and strong vocals by Lauren Bush), falls in love with the young knight Lancelot, and the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance. 
 
The production featured a collection of unforgettable songs centering around a well-rendered love triangle involving Arthur, Guinevere, and Arthur’s right-hand man, Lancelot du Lac (Asher Chamoy), that depicts the conflict between love, honor, and duty.
 
As Arthur, a man who is prodigious on the battlefield but who wants to replace the “might makes right” ethos with a new age of reason, Lester expressed worlds of emotion in a glance, especially the mix of anguish, sadness, and love when he comes to realize the depth of feeling between Lance and his beloved “Ginny.” Bush revealed a youthful girl's unfulfilled longings and conflicted heart with great emotion through both her acting and her vocals.
 
Chamoy was perfectly cast as an idealistic Lancelot who, despite his spiritual dedication, falls prey to human emotions. He captured Lancelot's essential decency and nobility.
 
Jacob Besser provided a respite from the drama as Arthur’s ally King Pellinore, and Keegan Clendenin was a dynamic villain as Arthur’s evil, illegitimate son Mordred. Also shining in featured roles were Elizabeth Blanchard as the magical tutor Merlyn, Reese Brown as the enchantress Nimue, and Katie McKnight as the bewitching Morgan Le Fey.
 
The stripped-down stage was a perfect backdrop for the elaborate costumes. The Lakehill production showcased the talents of 33 Upper School students.
 
Lakehill's production featured stage direction by Mark Guerra and musical direction by Tracy Herron. Jeff Lankov provided musical accompaniment, while Catherine D'Annibale coordinated the costumes. Second grade teacher Emily Wolfe lent her talents as choreographer. Junior Kate Langley served as Stage Manager.

Find out more about Lakehill's award-winning academics, athletics, arts, and community service programs at the Upper School Admission Preview on Tuesday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m. on the Main Campus at 2720 Hillside Drive. RSVP for the Admission Preview here. 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.

The newly enhanced Main Campus offers students 16,000 square feet of new space and 8,000 square feet of renovated space. This vital effort produces new lab spaces for science, writing, and computer science, as well as a new art studio. It also provides new classrooms, administrative offices, and meeting and event rooms. A dramatic 5,000 square foot inner courtyard offers outdoor classroom and performance space.

Lakehill was recently voted Most Spirited High School in East Dallas by the readers of Bubblelife.

 

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The Upper School at Lakehill provides a traditional, college preparatory course of study, equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to be successful in college.

Upper School students have the opportunity to work with highly qualified, enthusiastic teachers, most of whom have advanced degrees. Students take required classes in English, social studies, science, mathematics, foreign language, computer science/technology, and fine arts. They also may choose from a wide array of electives and athletics. Since college preparation is a constant goal, all classes are considered to be at an honors level. Additionally, Advanced Placement courses are available, through teacher recommendation, in all academic areas and in fine arts.

Lakehill’s tradition of excellence is not confined solely to the classroom. In keeping with the school’s desire to produce well-rounded citizens, students are encouraged to take advantage of a wide variety of extracurricular offerings. Through participation in the myriad of Upper School clubs, honor societies, athletics, community service, and student organizations, opportunities for assuming leadership roles abound.

Find out more about Lakehill's award-winning academics, athletics, arts, and community service programs at the Upper School Admission Preview on Tuesday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m. on the Main Campus at 2720 Hillside Drive. RSVP for the Admission Preview here. 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.

The newly enhanced Main Campus offers students 16,000 square feet of new space and 8,000 square feet of renovated space. This vital effort produces new lab spaces for science, writing, and computer science, as well as a new art studio. It also provides new classrooms, administrative offices, and meeting and event rooms. A dramatic 5,000 square foot inner courtyard offers outdoor classroom and performance space.

Lakehill was recently voted Most Spirited High School in East Dallas by the readers of Bubblelife.

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The Lakehill Warriors football team ran its season record to seven wins and two losses and its district record to 2-0 with a 75-44 victory over Rockwall Heritage Christian on November 3. 
 
The Warriors were led by senior Gerard Franklin. He threw for two touchdowns, ran for 148 yards and four touchdowns, and caught one pass for 15 yards, plus had an interception on defense. 
 
Avery Meiteen and Ryan Henry each caught a touchdown pass. Warren LesterBen PalmerRyan Henry, and Gaige McKnight each had a rushing touchdown. 
 
Defense was led by Palmer's 11 tackles, five of which were for losses. Jonah Shaw had 10 tackles, Lester and Henry had seven tackles each. Senior Jonathan Kelley was 5–7 on extra points and had several good kick offs. 
 
After a loss to District Champions Dallas Lutheran, the Warriors will host the first round of the State Playoffs on Saturday, November 18, against Amarillo San Jacinto Christian. Kick-off is at 2:00 p.m. at the Warrior Athletic Complex.
 

Find out more about Lakehill at the Upper School Admission Preview on Tuesday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m. on the Main Campus at 2720 Hillside Drive. RSVP for the Admission Preview here. 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.

The newly enhanced Main Campus offers students 16,000 square feet of new space and 8,000 square feet of renovated space. This vital effort produces new lab spaces for science, writing, and computer science, as well as a new art studio. It also provides new classrooms, administrative offices, and meeting and event rooms. A dramatic 5,000 square foot inner courtyard offers outdoor classroom and performance space.

Lakehill was recently voted Most Spirited High School in East Dallas by the readers of Bubblelife.

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Are you looking for the right middle school for your son or daughter?

Would your child benefit from a low student-to-teacher ratio and small class size? Dedicated teachers who help each child develop into their very best self? A close-knit family environment? Sixteen different athletic programs for boys and girls and a variety of engaging elective courses, including engineering, maker space studio, drama, art, and musical theater?

Lakehill's solid academics and nurturing environment will build your child’s confidence and set the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Lakehill's Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center allows students to learn more about the environment and explore nature and the outdoors. Opportunities for community service abound, with weekly projects that help students to engage with their community and develop a life-long passion for service.   

Find out more at Lakehill's Middle School Admission Preview on Wednesday, November 8, at 9:00 a.m. on the Main Campus at 2720 Hillside Drive. RSVP for the Admission Preview here. 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.

The newly enhanced Main Campus offers students 16,000 square feet of new space and 8,000 square feet of renovated space. This vital effort produces new lab spaces for science, writing, and computer science, as well as a new art studio. It also provides new classrooms, administrative offices, and meeting and event rooms. A dramatic 5,000 square foot inner courtyard offers outdoor classroom and performance space.

Lakehill was recently voted Most Spirited Middle School in East Dallas by the readers of Bubblelife.

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Are you looking for the right elementary school for your son or daughter?

Would your child benefit from a low student-to-teacher ratio and small class size? Dedicated teachers who help each child develop into their very best self? A close-knit family environment? Spanish, music, art, computer, and library classes several times a week - with PE every day?

Studies show that the first seven years of life are the most important for academic development and Lakehill can prepare your child for success. Lakehill's solid academics and nurturing environment will build your child’s confidence and set the foundation for a lifetime of learning. 

Find out more at Lakehill's Lower School Preview on Thursday, November 2, at 9:00 a.m. on the Main Campus at 2720 Hillside Drive. RSVP for the Admission Preview here. 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.

The newly enhanced Main Campus offers students 16,000 square feet of new space and 8,000 square feet of renovated space. This vital effort produces new lab spaces for science, writing, and computer science, as well as a new art studio. It also provides new classrooms, administrative offices, and meeting and event rooms. A dramatic 5,000 square foot inner courtyard offers outdoor classroom and performance space.