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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!
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Lakehill Preparatory School

Are you still searching for a kindergarten for your son or daughter?

Would your child benefit from a low student-to-teacher ratio and small class size?

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. 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. Daily enrichment classes include Spanish, computers, art, music, library, and physical education. 

Select openings in other grades are also available.

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.

 

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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The Lakehill Upper School biology class traveled to Galveston Island on April 26-29, to dive a little deeper into their studies. 
 
While in Galveston, students had the chance to explore a salt marsh to collect a variety of small fishes, crabs, and comb jellies by dragging a long seine through the waist-deep water. They also collected specimens with a trawl net in the deeper water of the Houston Ship Channel. 
 
Students toured many of the smaller channels of the estuary in kayaks, allowing them to get a closer look at this important ecosystem. Egrets and herons quietly stalked and expertly snatched their prey, just feet in front of the kayaks. To help students understand the individual components of the habitat, they painted the landscape using water-color paints.
 
The class also spent time at Brazos Bend State Park where they observed alligators in their natural environment. A visit to the George Observatory expanded their knowledge of astronomy. On the last day, they visited the aquarium on the Kemah Boardwalk where they touched and fed dozens of stingrays and a guitarfish.
 
"I loved learning more about the ecosystems from hands-on experience, and creating great memories along the way," said junior Elizabeth Motes. "My favorite part was catching the fish and feeding the sting rays."

 

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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Lakehill Preparatory School is hosting an Admission Tea and Talk for prospective parents on Wednesday, May 9, at 11:30 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. To reserve a space at the Tea or to schedule a visit, please contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, at 214.826.2931 or email admission@lakehillprep.org. 

 RSVP for the Admission Tea and Talk 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.
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Photo by AJ Chamoy.
Twenty-four lucky Lakehill Upper School students embarked on the trip of a lifetime this Spring Break, taking off to the Big Apple. On March 10, the students began their adventure with an early morning flight to New York and then headed to the W hotel in the heart of Times Square.
 
The group attended five fantastic Broadway shows and an opera at Lincoln Center: Hello Dolly, La BohemeCome from AwayOnce on this IslandCarousel, and Mean Girls. The students participated in two Broadway workshops, getting the chance to work with the dance captain for Come from Away, learning a musical number and a dance from the show, and a second with Christian Dante White, currently appearing as Cornelius in Hello Dolly, focusing on the life of a performer.
 
Students spent an afternoon touring Radio City Music Hall, getting an opportunity to stand onstage as well as talking with a member of the Rockettes. They had many opportunities to experience New York City culture, shopping at local shops, and trying the food at local delis and doughnut shops. 
 
In their down time, students had the option to spend their time shopping in Soho, touring and shopping in the Strand bookstore with its 18 miles of books, or visiting the 9/11 Memorial. The group enjoyed a meal at the popular Ellen's Stardust Diner on Broadway, enjoying a live performance from the waiters as they ate, and a special performance of "New York, New York" by Mr. Herron. At their final dinner, the group was joined by three Lakehill alums: Charlotte AbateEmily Boles, and Kevin Lantz.
 
"The trip was exhilarating and exhausting," said chaperone Elizabeth Schmitt. "It was gratifying to see all of our group participate in the workshops. They got to experience such a great variety of live performances from opera to Broadway classics to brand new shows. It was wonderful watching them create lasting memories."
 
"The highlight of the trip for me was seeing Come from Away," said junior Anna Somodevilla. "The workshop on it was fun and energetic, but the show gave me a new perspective on what 9/11 was really like." Sophomore Lindsey Evans agreed. "The workshop gave me insights into all of the aspects of the creative process. I also taught my dad something about 9/11 that he did not know."
 

Visit Lakehill

Learn more about Lakehill's award-winning programs in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and tour the expanded facility. To reserve a space at an upcoming Coffee or to schedule a visit, please contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, at 214.826.2931 or email admission@lakehillprep.org. 

 RSVP for an Admission Coffee or Tea 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.
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Photo by AJ Chamoy.
Twenty-four lucky Lakehill Upper School students embarked on the trip of a lifetime this Spring Break, taking off to the Big Apple. On March 10, the students began their adventure with an early morning flight to New York and then headed to the W hotel in the heart of Times Square.
 
The group attended five fantastic Broadway shows and an opera at Lincoln Center: Hello Dolly, La BohemeCome from AwayOnce on this IslandCarousel, and Mean Girls. The students participated in two Broadway workshops, getting the chance to work with the dance captain for Come from Away, learning a musical number and a dance from the show, and a second with Christian Dante White, currently appearing as Cornelius in Hello Dolly, focusing on the life of a performer.
 
Students spent an afternoon touring Radio City Music Hall, getting an opportunity to stand onstage as well as talking with a member of the Rockettes. They had many opportunities to experience New York City culture, shopping at local shops, and trying the food at local delis and doughnut shops. 
 
In their down time, students had the option to spend their time shopping in Soho, touring and shopping in the Strand bookstore with its 18 miles of books, or visiting the 9/11 Memorial. The group enjoyed a meal at the popular Ellen's Stardust Diner on Broadway, enjoying a live performance from the waiters as they ate, and a special performance of "New York, New York" by Mr. Herron. At their final dinner, the group was joined by three Lakehill alums: Charlotte AbateEmily Boles, and Kevin Lantz.
 
"The trip was exhilarating and exhausting," said chaperone Elizabeth Schmitt. "It was gratifying to see all of our group participate in the workshops. They got to experience such a great variety of live performances from opera to Broadway classics to brand new shows. It was wonderful watching them create lasting memories."
 
"The highlight of the trip for me was seeing Come from Away," said junior Anna Somodevilla. "The workshop on it was fun and energetic, but the show gave me a new perspective on what 9/11 was really like." Sophomore Lindsey Evans agreed. "The workshop gave me insights into all of the aspects of the creative process. I also taught my dad something about 9/11 that he did not know."
 

Visit Lakehill

Learn more about Lakehill's award-winning programs in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and tour the expanded facility. To reserve a space at an upcoming Coffee or to schedule a visit, please contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, at 214.826.2931 or email admission@lakehillprep.org. 

 RSVP for an Admission Coffee or Tea 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.
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Lakehill Preparatory School is hosting an Admission Coffee and Conversation for prospective parents on Thursday, March 22, 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. To reserve a space at the Coffee or to schedule a visit, please contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, at 214.826.2931 or email admission@lakehillprep.org. 

 RSVP for the Admission Coffee and Conversation 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.
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Summer is a lot closer than you might think - especially when it comes to signing your kids up for summer camps! 
 
Registration for Lakehill Summer Camps is open, and space is filling quickly. 
 
With 84 different camps for all grade levels in every area imaginable, this is one summer you don't want to miss!
 
Check out the new 2018 Summer Camps Guide.
 
Find out more about our Summer Camps programs.
 
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Seniors at Lakehill Preparatory School are actively preparing for their internship experiences in May. As a requirement for graduation, seniors must work 80 hours during a three-week time period.   
 
Students keep a log of their work and present a summary of their experience to a panel of faculty and administrators. Through the experience, students gain valuable insight into the careers they are interested in pursuing.  
 
This year's internship dates are April 30 - May 18. Members of the community who are interested in hosting a senior intern at their place of employment, are encouraged to contact Heather Dondis, Director of College Counseling, at hdondis@lakehillprep.org or 214-826-2931.  
 
Particular fields of interest this year include: business, computer science, economics, education, engineering, film, fine arts, game design/coding, journalism, marketing, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, sports fields, statistics/math, and theater.
 
Other opportunities are always welcome. Lakehill is grateful to the many members of the school community who have already agreed to sponsor an intern this year.
 

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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Ella Berry and Will Gorman as Annie and Warbucks. Photo by Edwin Neill.
On March 2, Lakehill Preparatory School's seventh and eighth grade musical theater students brought Annie, Jr. to the Lakehill stage.
 
Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin, Annie Jr. featured everyone’s favorite little redhead in her first adventure.
 
Ella Berry led the outstanding cast as Annie. Her singing voice and stage presence were perfectly in tune with Annie's pluck and positivity. Will Gorman displayed billionaire Oliver Warbucks's transformation from gruff businessman to loving father with great heart. Aleena Wallace was endearing as his faithful assistant, Grace Farrell. Megan Blomquist was a scene stealer as Lily St. Regis. Blomquist, Dasha Ramey as Miss Hannigan, and Spencer Neill as her con artist brother Rooster, provided a strong rendition of the classic "Easy Street" as well as great comedy. As Annie's lovable dog Sandy, Luke Williams was adorably loyal.
 
Ensemble member Madison Deason had a standout moment during "NYC," singing and tap dancing in her featured solo. The production also featured musical performances from Katherine Gluck on saxophone and Tristan Osang on piano. The ensemble of orphans had the audience singing along to the favorite "It's the Hard Knock Life."
 
The musical was co-directed by Mark Guerra and Tracy Herron. "This was my first year working on Lakehill’s Middle School Musical, and I couldn’t have been more pleased," said Guerra. "Mr. Herron and I are a great team, and together we were able to take these enthusiastic Middle School students and get them to create the 1930’s world of New York City as well as the most famous orphan in musical history. I am thrilled to find their hidden talents and to be able to put them in our shows. Musical Theater is a great way for these kids to really show us what they’ve got."
 

Visit Lakehill

Learn more about Lakehill's award-winning programs in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and tour the expanded facility. To reserve a space at an upcoming Coffee or to schedule a visit, please contact Stacey Peacock, Director of Admission, at 214.826.2931 or email admission@lakehillprep.org. 

 RSVP for an Admission Coffee or Tea 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.