Lovejoy Independent School District

Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence in Education

Centennial Logo Designed by Hudson Samuels, LHS Student

A Message from the Superintendent



Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
Friday night is our first home football game against Frisco Lone Star. You will note below we have some construction underway at Lovejoy High School which has cost us 69 parking spaces. As in years past, we will run a continual shuttle from the high school to Grace Church and to Hart Elementary. I hope we have a large crowd on Friday night at Leopard Stadium.



SAT Prep Course


Enroll Now...Space is limited

As we continue to explore revenue generating ideas for our school district, many of you have suggested we look at areas where our parent community is already spending money outside of the district. Toward that end, we are adding SAT Test Prep beginning on September 18th.  For additional information, click here:  Test Prep



Foundation for Lovejoy Schools


Nor th Te xas Giving Day

Tomorrow, September 14, 2017, is North Texas Giving Day. The Foundation Board of Directors and volunteers will be handing out lemon cookies from Maggiano's tomorrow in the carpool lines as a reminder.
 
To donate, simply log on to:  northtexasgivingday.org  between 6:00 AM and 12:00 midnight on Thursday, and go to the right side of your screen. Type in Foundation for Lovejoy Schools in the search box, and pledge the amount you would like to give to the Annual Appeal fall campaign. Our goal for the 2017 Annual Appeal campaign is to receive donations from 650 donors totaling $200,000. Please join us in giving on North Texas Giving Day.
 
If you are not available to donate tomorrow, you may still schedule your donation through today, Wednesday, September 13th, by visiting northtexasgivingday.org




Lovejoy High School Construction



Construction is progressing at Lovejoy High School to expand dressing room facilities to accommodate program growth. Construction is underway on the east side of the gyms and next to the tennis courts on the south end of the stadium. Please use caution when visiting the High School campus and specifically these construction areas.






A Message from the
Deputy Superintendent


North Texas Giving Day

Dear Lovejoy Community,
 
Tomorrow is North Texas Giving Day (NTXGD).  NTXGD is typically a day on which charitable organizations in our area receive their greatest quantity of donations.  The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools (FLS) is one of the charitable organizations participating in NTXGD, and one which directly impacts the experience of students in Lovejoy. The FLS supports teacher grant requests, which are vetted by the teachers each year through our Invest in Excellence committees.
 
Invest in Excellence is a process which was developed in partnership with our Foundation for Lovejoy Schools ten years ago to ensure your generous donations are having the most positive impact on our district programs. Invest in Excellence is a teacher-driven process which facilitates the strong partnership between the FLS and the District.
 
By the end of January, all teachers have the opportunity to submit grant request forms describing the items they would like to have funded to enhance the learning experiences of their students. These grant requests are reviewed by the Invest in Excellence Committee, which is comprised of a few teachers from each campus. The Invest in Excellence Committee prioritizes the grant requests based on the impact of the proposal on the experiences of our students and/or our community.
 
Based on the available funds raised from both the Annual Appeal and Denim & Diamonds, the Foundation grant committee and the Foundation Board determine which prioritized grant submissions can be funded.  Fortunately, a large number of the prioritized grant submissions are funded because of the tremendous generosity of the Lovejoy community.  Last May, the FLS provided funds totaling $451,100 for teacher grants and district-wide technology needs.  
 
On North Texas Giving Day and during this time of the Annual Appeal campaign, please know your donation is being invested in the enhancements requested and prioritized by our teachers through the Invest in Excellence process.
 
To see how the generous donations to the FLS have directly enhanced learning in Lovejoy,  click here .

We hope you continue to love where you learn.  If you have feedback to help us improve, please do not hesitate to contact me on my cell at 214.385.1967. 

 
Respectfully,
Dennis Muizers


Athletics


Lovejoy Football

The Leopards Home opener is this Friday, September 15th, against the Frisco Lone Star Rangers.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM.
 
Tickets may be purchased at the High School store until Friday, September 15th, at noon.  Pre-game admission for general reserve seating is $6 for adults and $3 for students (K-12).  At the gate, on home varsity football nights, all tickets are $8.00 for both adults and students.




L ove joy Volleyball

The Lady  Leopards got back on the winning track by defeating the Mesquite Poteet Lady Pirates on Friday, September 8th, 3 games to 0.  The win places the Leopards at 1-0 in 15-5A competition. The Lady Leopards travel to North Forney to play the Lady Falcons and then are back home this Friday, September 15th, versus the Lady Bulldogs from Royse City at 5:30 PM in the Leopard Gym.



Lovejoy Tennis

The Lovejoy Tennis Team defeated the Forney Jackrabbits 19-0 in their first matchup.  The JV Leopard Tennis Team will travel to Forney this Thursday to complete their competition with the Jackrabbits.  Come out and support our Leopard Team Tennis program.




Lovejoy Cross Country
 
The Leopard Cross Country team will travel to Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie this Saturday, September 16th, to compete in the annual UTA Gerald Richey Invitational Meet.  The site of this meet is the location for the Region II Cross Country Meet where the Leopards hope to be competing this October.  The Leopard Team is off to another strong start to the season. 



Fine Arts


A New Tradition
Chant of the Week

The Lovejoy High Cheer Team is pleased to announce the new tradition of "Chant of the Week." 
 
Watch our Lovejoy Varsity cheerleader's video and be ready to cheer our Leopards to victory at the first home game this Friday night at 7:30 PM. The Gridiron Club will be passing out pom poms at each home game.  We look forward to the Lovejoy community joining the cheerleaders in shaking those pom poms and making a lot of noise at the game. 




Visual Arts




In Case You Missed It


Leopards in the News

This section of Email Express highlights news reports/articles featuring Lovejoy over the previous week.
 

District-Wide News


Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten
Space Available

Our district has offered a Pre-K program as a part of our employee daycare program for the past 11 years. On the suggestion of parents, we decided to expand that program and offer a tuition-based program open to our community. We currently have two Pre-K classrooms open at Puster Elementary. This program offers enhancements in music, fitness, art, library, science, technology, engineering, and math. We are enthusiastic about providing a Lovejoy education for community members looking for a rich learning experience which will provide a firm foundation for kindergarten and beyond.  The first week of school we received an email from a parent with a child in the program and this is what she said:
 
"My daughter loves her new school and runs to get dressed every morning (used to throw a fit). Her teachers are great."
 
If you are interested in applying, please click here .  To schedule a tour of the Pre-Kindergarten program, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003.



 
The Lovejoy Running Club

The Lovejoy Running Club will be meeting every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:00 PM near the Duck Pond at Celebration Park. All ages and ability levels are welcome to attend from novice walkers looking to shed a few pounds, to elite runners gearing up for the next race. If you have questions regarding the running program, you may contact: greg_christiansen@lovejoyisd.net .  P.S. Dogs are welcome. 


 
Health Science Educator

Are you a licensed nurse? Have you ever considered helping develop the next generation of healthcare providers? Come work as a Health Science Educator in Lovejoy ISD and help make a difference in our growing program. We are seeking a dedicated individual with the following qualifications:
 
  • Licensed nurse
  • Minimum of two years of nursing experience in a facility
  • Experience teaching students or supervising nurse aides
  • High interest in teaching high school age students
  • Strong communication skills
 
Interested candidates may click here to apply.  Please contact Stephani Kranz at 469.742.8033  with questions.
 


 
Hurricane Relief

In light of the devastation caused by Harvey, Anthony Tang (LHS Senior) is leading the way to help those affected by the hurricane. From sorting toothbrushes to organizing fundraising drives in the district, Anthony has been doing anything he can to help the cause.
 
Anthony, a senior at Lovejoy High, first learned of the traumatic impacts of the storm when he contacted a childhood friend who lives in Houston. "My buddy's family was fortunately not severely affected because his house is on higher ground, but many other houses in surrounding neighborhoods were flooded and ruined. I can't imagine the troubles those families are facing, but I want to help in any way I can." Anthony has reached out and partnered with Trusted World and Salvation Army, and has delivered boxes of donations to be transported from their warehouses. "It makes me smile to see how genuinely cooperative people are in this time of need. Everyone I have worked with seems so willing to help."
 
Anthony is requesting the help of fellow Leopards.  There is a need for clothes and shoes, especially for youth. Other supplies in need include Adult X-Large T-Shirts and undergarments, as well as Women's Sports-bras. If you wish to donate supplies or help support this cause, please contact Anthony at:
 



 
Wher e's the Bus?
Lovejoy ISD has implemented a new system for our parents to track the bus as it moves to or from school. The software system is called Safe Stop, and you must download the app in order to utilize the system. Additional information and steps to sign up may be found on the transportation web page at: Safe Stop Info.  



Lovejoy Homecoming "Black Out" Shirt Order Form: Deadline is September 29

Lovejoy Homecoming is Friday, October 13th. Be a part of the Homecoming tradition by wearing the "Black Out" spirit shirt. The deadline for orders is Friday, September 29th.   Click here to print your order form. T-shirts are $10 each.
 
Additionally, "Black Out" spirit shirts will also be available during lunches at WSMS and LHS from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM during Homecoming week.   


Bus Drivers

Lovejoy ISD is currently accepting applications for full-time and part-time school bus drivers.  Click here for additional information.


Upcoming Events


Girl Scouts Meeting:  September 17

At Girl Scouts, the next opportunity to stand up, speak up, and take the lead is never far away. With us, you will discover the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ in you, and watch her shine, again and again. Would you like to learn more about Girl Scouts? Join us for our information events:
 
 
Saturday, September 17
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Watters Creek
970 Garden Park Drive
 
Click here for additional information or email serviceunit101@yahoo.com .



UT Dallas Offers After School Coding Clubs:
September through December

The University of Texas at Dallas Department of Computer Science is offering After School Coding Clubs for 5th - 9th graders at Willow Springs Middle School.  Click here for detailed information.


Leopard Friday:  September 22

The Lovejoy Independent School District will host a free community event on September 22nd from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Leopard Friday.
 
On Leopard Friday, the Courtyard at Lovejoy High School will be transformed into a showcase of our students, clubs, community, and organizations. There truly is something for everyone:
  • Face painting
  • Candy and tattoo prizes
  • Cotton candy and popcorn
  • Instrument "petting zoo"
  • Try out multiple sports
  • Spirit wear for purchase
  • And much more
We will end the event with a community pep rally at 6:30 PM in the LHS Courtyard. All Leopard fans will be invited onto the field to form a spirit line prior to kick off.
 
A BBQ dinner will be catered by Sonny Bryan's. Tickets for the dinner may be purchased via the Online Payment Center , or at the LHS school store. The ticket order deadline is September 20, 2017. A small number of tickets will be sold at the door.

 

Elementary Swim Camp: September 23 and October 21

As part of her Senior project, LHS Senior Sloan Carevic will be hosting a swim camp for elementary students on September 23rd and October 21st at the LHS swimming pool located behind Sloan Creek Intermediate School.  Click here for additional information.  Click here to register .

 

Leopard Bowling Informational Parent and Student Meeting:  September 26

Do you like to bowl? The Leopard High School Bowling Team is gearing up to start the 2017-2018 season, and has openings for additional team members. Bowlers of all skill levels are encouraged to join the team.  If you do not know how to bowl, it's not a problem.  The bowling coaches are ready to teach you how.
 
An informational bowling meeting for parents and students will be held on Tuesday, September 26th, at 6:30 PM in the Lecture Hall at Lovejoy High School. Please click here for additional information. The Leopard High School Bowling Team looks forward to welcoming you to another fun-filled season.  
 

 

Gifted and Talented Meet & Greet: September 28

The Lovejoy Gifted Association will host an informal Meet and Greet on Thursday, September 28th from 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM in the Board Room of the Lovejoy ISD Administration Building, 259 Country Club Road, Allen, TX, 75002. Please join us for a "light" breakfast and coffee, and to learn more about the Gifted and Talented program at LISD, as well as The Lovejoy Gifted Association.  This is an opportunity to meet Brie Smith (LISD Director of Advanced Academics), Kari Lockhart (LISD Advanced Academics Coordinator), and other GT parents. For additional information, please visit the LGA website at www.lovejoygifted.org .


BYOP (Bring Your Own Parent Volleyball Fall Session:  Pre-registration ends October 2

BYOP® Program Overview:    This training program is designed for any volleyball player, no matter what skill or ability level, as long as their goal is to become the best they can be. Parents must be fully dedicated to being actively involved in this program. BYOP® will provide excellent volleyball fundamental skills training, as well as life lessons to both player and parent.
 
BYOP® Program Details:  Each training session will build upon a solid foundation of all fundamental skills needed to participate in the sport of volleyball. Parents must be engaged in every training session, as well as the home training program involving physical and skills activities.
 
Click here for additional information regarding the Fall Session with the Intro to BYOP® on October 2nd, and training beginning on October 16th.
 

Evening with the Majestics: October 13, 2017

The annual Evening with the Majestics will be Friday, October 13th. All Lovejoy ISD students in grades K-6 are invited to join the Majestics as we celebrate Homecoming. "Mini Majestics" (grades K-4) and "Majestics in Training" (grades 5-6) will perform the pre-game Fight Song in the Victory Lines on the field, and will then sit with the Majestics and participate in "stand routines" in the bleachers.  Click here for additional information.  Click here to complete the registration form and to be a part of the Homecoming tradition. 



 

Friends of Fairview Firefighters Association Community Pancake Breakfast: October 21

 

Where Are They Now?



If you would like to provide us with accomplishments of a Lovejoy graduate, please click here.  We will share this information in the "Where Are They Now?" section of Email Express. It is a pleasure to report the successes of Lovejoy graduates during their college years and beyond.


Stay Connected


Lovejoy ISD App
The Lovejoy ISD App is available for download on both Apple and Android devices. To download the app for Apple devices, please  click here . To download the app for Android devices, please  click here .  



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Love Where You Learn


As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. 
 
With Respect,
 
Ted Moore
Superintendent
Lovejoy ISD
972.415.8129 (mobile)
469.742.8011 (office)