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When Lakehill’s new Rubik’s Cube Club met for the first time on September 14, it had two avid “Cubers” to thank. “I first saw a kid on a plane solve a Cube, and, immediately, I wanted to know more,” said Lakehill seventh grader Vivek Patel. While he started cubing for fun, Patel now spends thirty minutes a day practicing, and several hours a day on the weekends. His friend, seventh grader Jackson Cook, has also become a Cube enthusiast. They now spend their time searching websites and watching videos to help them learn different patterns and improve their skills.
 
The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian professor and architect Erno Rubik. It was immediately popular when it hit shelves worldwide in 1980,quickly becoming the best-selling toy in history. But as the 1980s wore on, the allure of the Rubik’s Cube wore off.
 
In the early 2000s, however, it began making a comeback. Now a new generation has embraced the puzzle, and the Rubic's Cube is cool once again.
 
As cubing has taken off, solve times have dropped. In addition to the classic 3x3 shape, there are 4x4 and 2x2 sizes, and the Pyraminx, a triangle Rubik's Cube. New "speed cubes" look like Rubik’s Cubes, but have high-tech features, like magnets, on the inside to make turning them smoother and faster. Speed cubing - solving the puzzle quickly - is now a competitive sport. The World Cube Association holds tournaments, with tens of thousands of Cube lovers competing in events around the world. 
 
Patel is now taking part in competitions (he’s down to 22 seconds for the 3x3 cube). “It’s really a race against yourself,” he says. “There will always be somebody who is better. The goal is just to improve.”
 
Both Patel and Cook believe that their cubing is helping to strengthen their minds. “It really helps you focus your brain and improves muscle memory,” says Cook. Sophomore Aron Xiao, who has been cubing as a hobby for three years and started an Upper School club at Lakehill last year, is happy to see more students getting involved. "Cubing is a great way to improve your dexterity and hand-eye coordination, while training your brain to think logically," he says.
 
"Using a sequential set of operations to solve a problem gets kids thinking algorithmically,” says Jennifer Herta, Lakehill Computer Science Chair. "That is an important skill in science, math, and computer science.”
 
Delayed gratification may be one of the greatest benefits of the Rubik's Cube. “You have to have a lot of patience and dedication to be successful," says Cook. "There are thousands of algorithms. You just have to spend time every day.”
 
After watching Patel solve a Cube one day, Coach Jhoana Cayme-Mosley offered to sponsor the new club. She says she has always been fascinated by the Rubik’s Cube, and finally learned to solve one 10 years ago. “I watched a YouTube video and spent an entire afternoon learning how to solve it.” 
 
“Our students are cerebral, and they love a challenge,” Cayme-Mosley said. “For them, it’s not just about solving the puzzle; it’s about increasing their speed. It’s a much more sophisticated process. The algorithms even have names. The new cubes are built for speed--no more peeling stickers off to rearrange them like before.”
 
 
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.

At Lakehill Preparatory School, we pride ourselves on getting to know each child and each family individually. The best way to see what Lakehill is all about is to experience it for yourself. We invite you to visit Lakehill and allow us to tailor a private tour to your specific needs and wants.

Find out more at lakehillprep.org.
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French Quarter Duet, an original painting by Lakehill Upper School Visual Arts Chair Scott Boles, was recently accepted for the 2018 National Art Education Association (NAEA) Member Exhibition that will be showcased in the NAEA Studio & Gallery from October 1, 2018, through January 4, 2019.
 
The mixed-media painting that Boles submitted is part of a series of more than 300 paintings of the French Quarter that he has created over the past 15 years. Boles has a long connection with New Orleans, as his wife Jane was born there and they visit several times each year. After Hurricane Katrina, he began donating a portion of his sales, raising over $3000 to help build houses in the devastated Ninth Ward. "My paintings are a way to help a city that I know and love," said Boles.
 
Of the 386 submissions for the exhibit, only 62 were selected for gallery display by the panel of six arts leaders. Located minutes from Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the NAEA Studio & Gallery showcases outstanding artwork created by visual arts education professionals, highlighting the artistic skill and vision of members worldwide.
 
Founded in 1947, the National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. The organization invests in innovative initiatives to support instructional practice, research, and leadership in visual arts education.
 
Arts at Lakehill Preparatory School
Lakehill Preparatory School offers an extensive visual and performing arts program, with more than 15 fine arts courses, taught by professional faculty who are all working artists in their respective disciplines.
 
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.
 
Find out more at lakehillprep.org.
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Students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Lakehill Preparatory School are in for a unique experience on September 21, when award-winning author Josh Funk pays a special visit to the school.
  
Funk is the author of several children's picture books, including the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, How to Code a Sandcastle, It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk, and many more.
 
Funk is no stranger to Lakehill. Last year, he spent time with first graders through a Skype interview. "The students absolutely loved hearing him read and learning more about the writing process," said first grade teacher Laura Gigliotti. The Lower School book club enjoyed reading Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast in the spring, and discussed how to handle a conflict with a friend, a theme of the story.
 
"Hosting the visit of an acclaimed children’s author of Josh Funk’s caliber is quite a coup for Lakehill," said Lower School Librarian Casey Pike. "These types of events inspire excitement in students and foster a desire to want to read, write, and learn more about the creative process of writing. I know Mr. Funk's visit will have a positive and lasting impression on everyone in our school community who has the opportunity to attend one of his sessions." Pike has several tie-in activities planned with Lower School students leading up to the author's visit.
 
Funk will present a behind-the-scenes view of the book-writing process and lead Lower and Middle School students through a creative activity to spark their own imaginations. All Lakehill parents are invited to attend this special event.
 
Even the cafeteria will get into the spirit of the day, serving pancakes for lunch.
 
Special thanks to Maria and Matthew Ordish for making this noteworthy visit possible.
 
 
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. Find out more at lakehillprep.org.
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Students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Lakehill Preparatory School are in for a unique experience on September 21, when award-winning author Josh Funk pays a special visit to the school.
  
Funk is the author of several children's picture books, including the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, How to Code a Sandcastle, It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk, and many more.
 
Funk is no stranger to Lakehill. Last year, he spent time with first graders through a Skype interview. "The students absolutely loved hearing him read and learning more about the writing process," said first grade teacher Laura Gigliotti. The Lower School book club enjoyed reading Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast in the spring, and discussed how to handle a conflict with a friend, a theme of the story.
 
"Hosting the visit of an acclaimed children’s author of Josh Funk’s caliber is quite a coup for Lakehill," said Lower School Librarian Casey Pike. "These types of events inspire excitement in students and foster a desire to want to read, write, and learn more about the creative process of writing. I know Mr. Funk's visit will have a positive and lasting impression on everyone in our school community who has the opportunity to attend one of his sessions." Pike has several tie-in activities planned with Lower School students leading up to the author's visit.
 
Funk will present a behind-the-scenes view of the book-writing process and lead Lower and Middle School students through a creative activity to spark their own imaginations. All Lakehill parents are invited to attend this special event.
 
Even the cafeteria will get into the spirit of the day, serving pancakes for lunch.
 
Special thanks to Maria and Matthew Ordish for making this noteworthy visit possible.
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Photo by Patrick Dunn.
After winning their Summer League, Lakehill Preparatory School's JV and Varsity Volleyball teams began their 2018 season on August 1. Lakehill will once again compete in TAPPS-3A against Rockwall Heritage, Dallas Lutheran, Dallas Covenant, The Highlands, Yavneh, and district newcomer Texoma Christian.  
 
The teams are composed of freshmen Madison DeasonSydney RutherfordGraysen Walker, and Brooklynn WilliamsMaya ArissKrista CarlsonMaddie CerdaKatherine Mahan, and Jourdyn Owens are returning sophomores. The junior squad of Liz BlanchardLoveth HeardClaire HowardStella Palmer, and Lynley Waggoner join seniors Julia Bartholow,Macy Ellis, and Tyler McCall to round out the upperclassmen. 
 
The Varsity team is currently 4-0 to start the season after beating Garland Christian on August 21, in straight sets. The JV team is 1-0 after winning their season opener on the same night. Varsity will play in the McKinney Christian Tournament on August 23 and 25. JV will return to action with Varsity on August 28, when they play Waxahachie Prep on the road. Game times are 5:00 p.m. for JV and 6:00 p.m.for Varsity. 
 
The Varsity team is coached by Jhoana Cayme-Mosley, and the JV team by Jenn Dixon
 
The start of school also means the start of fall sports for Middle School. There are a record number of girls playing volleyball this year. With nearly 30 athletes for both the Blue and Green teams, it looks to be an extremely promising year for the Middle School program. This year, the program is led by coach and Lakehill alumna Alisyn Schreiber. Coach Schreiber graduated from Lakehill in 2008, but has had a long family history with the school. Her mother Pam graduated in 1976, and her brother Kenny graduated from Lakehill in 2004.
 
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. Find out more at lakehillprep.org.
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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.

Gigi Ekstrom
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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.