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:
 
One of our unique Lovejoy traditions is Leopard Friday (Details below). This community event is a great opportunity for a fun family evening. The Lovejoy High School courtyard will be set up with a variety of activities your children will enjoy. The high school will also have a fund raiser BBQ dinner catered by Sonny Bryan's. Our state-ranked volleyball team will face Highland Park at 5:30 PM in the competition gym, and our football team will take on district powerhouse Highland Park at 7:00 PM in the stadium. For your convenience, we have added an ATM inside the stadium and Kona Ice will be on site selling snow cones. This is also one of the two football games where we bring in a bounce house for our younger kids to add a little fun for them as well. The bounce house will be located inside the stadium adjacent to the home concession stand. I would recommend coming out to the courtyard activities even if you do not plan to attend either the football or volleyball game. I hope to see you all on Friday night.



2018 National Merit Semi-Finalists



Congratulations to the following Lovejoy High School students who were recently named 2018 National Merit Semi-Finalists. From left to right:
 
Brandon Su
Grant Dennis
Clay Parker
Bretton Laboret
Noah Johnson
 
These exemplary students earned the distinction of National Merit Semi-Finalist for their performance on the PSAT exam last year. The National Merit Semi-Finalist distinction is awarded to students who scored in the top 1% out of approximately 1.6 million 11th graders who took the exam last year. We are #lovejoyproud.


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 Thursday, September 21st, at 10:00 AM. A small number of tickets will be sold at the door.



Leopard Spotlight: Pacemaker Finalist


Leopard Spotlight from the Lovejoy News Network Named Pacemaker Finalist

The Lovejoy News Network, Leopard Spotlight, was recently named as a National Scholastic Press Association Broadcast Pacemaker finalist.  The Leopard Spotlight was one of 15 programs nationwide to earn this distinction.  Congratulations to the staff on this tremendous honor.  You may click here for additional information, and click here to go directly to the award-winning broadcast.  
 

Pictured Above:
Back row, Seniors Clayton Houts, Grant Dennis and Junior, Parker Nolan.
Front row, Sophomore, Shivani Radhakrishnan.
 
Not pictured, but on last year's staff are 2017 graduates Matthew Cinquepalmi (Executive Producer), Haley Kranz, Dara Fadel, and Patrick Compton; and current Seniors Bradley Davis, Falyn Brothers, Clay Parker, and Joe Cross.


Lovejoy Senior Gives Back


Lovejoy Senior Raises $6K for Cystic Fibrosis Research

There was a great article in the Allen American this week about Lovejoy High School Senior Annabelle Archer and her work to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Research.  Click here to read the story.


Foundation for Lovejoy Schools


North Texas Giving Day: Thank You

The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools would like to say thank you to the Lovejoy Community for raising over $108,000 from 402 donors on North Texas Giving Day. The Foundation is well on its way to reaching its goal of receiving donations from 650 donors totaling $200,000 by December 31st. Every gift is valuable to the mission of enhancing education in Lovejoy. If you are considering making a donation to the Foundation, please click here for more information.


Men's Tailgate Tournament:  October 11
 
It is time for the men to sign up for the Men's Tailgate Tournament. Join us for food, beer, and a cornhole tournament. The tournament is double elimination, so everyone is guaranteed to play two games. The tournament will be held at the home of John and Kris Dunaway in Lucas. Sponsors for the event are Renfrow Dunaway Group, Lee Lewis, Nine Band Brewing, Tom Grisak Estate Homes Realtors, Estate Life Magazine - Lucas and Fairview, Chick-fil-A of Allen, and the Dunaway Family. For more information and to register for the event, click on the following link: Men's Tailgate Registration .
 
Wednesday, October 11
6:30 PM
120 McMillen, Lucas, Texas



Athletics


Lovejoy Volleyball

The Lady Leopards continued on their winning track by defeating the Forney High School Lady Jackrabbits on Tuesday, September 19th, 3 games to 0. The win places the Leopards at 4-0 in 15-5A competition.
 
The Lady Leopards are back home this Friday, September 22nd, versus the Lady Scots from Highland Park at 5:30 PM in Leopard Gym. This is the Leopard Friday Volleyball contest against our strong rival.  We invite all Leopard Fans to come out and support our LOJO Lady Leopards.  Pizza and "Beat Highland Park" t-shirts will be available for the Jungle at 5:00 PM in the cafeteria.
 
The Willow Springs Volleyball teams will be recognized prior to the start of the Varsity match.  We look forward to seeing you there.




Lovejoy Tennis

The Lovejoy Tennis Team defeated Wylie East 18-1 on Tuesday, September 19th. The win brings the team's 15-5A District Record to 3-1. The Leopard Tennis Team will take on North Forney on Tuesday, September 26th , at home to continue their 15-5A schedule. We invite you to join us in supporting our Leopard Team Tennis program.





Lovejoy Cross Country

On Saturday, September 18th, the Lovejoy Cross Country team competed at the UTA Gerald Richey Invitational held at Lynne Creek Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Both the Varsity boys and JV boys won their respective divisions, beating 6A Coppell. The Varsity girls and JV girls teams placed 2nd overall.  Click here for complete race results. 
 
This Saturday, September 23rd, the Leopards will host the 2nd annual Lovejoy XC Fall Festival at Myers Park in McKinney, Texas. This has become the largest Cross Country Meet in the State of Texas with over 3,200 runners expected to compete. Please join us as we support our State-Ranked Cross Country program this Saturday.





Lovejoy Football
 
The Lovejoy Leopard Varsity football team lost a tough game last Friday night at Leopard Stadium to the Frisco Lone Star Rangers 35-3. The Leopard's Home 15-5A opener is this Friday, September 22nd, against the defending 5-A State Champion Highland Park Scots. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM.
 
Tickets may be purchased at the High School store until Friday, September 22nd 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 tickets are $8.00 for both adults and students.




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." 
 
Hello, Leopard fans. The LHS cheerleaders had some special recruits assist them with raising spirit throughout the community this week. The Junior Leopards will cheer with the LHS cheerleaders at this week's football game.  We hope to see you there.



LHS Band

The Lovejoy High School Wind Symphony's recording from last year has been recognized in a National Competition. Their recordings of "Danzon No. 2" and "Wild Nights" were placed in the Commended Category in the National Wind Band Honors Contest sponsored by the Foundation for Music Education.  278 bands entered this competition from 38 different states, and the Lovejoy Wind Symphony was chosen to be among the best.  These results will be featured in a number of national publications.  Click here for a complete listing of the 2017 National Wind Band Honors results. To enjoy the audio recordings, please click here .


LHS Percussion

The Lovejoy HS drumline competed at the HEB Drumline Contest this past Saturday.  The drumline placed in the top ten with a 9th place finish.  They will compete again on Saturday, September 23rd, at Clark Stadium in Plano.  Their performance time is 11:24 AM.  We hope you will come out and support the LHS Drumline.
 


WSMS Percussion

The WSMS Percussion Ensemble is the National Winner in the 2017 Mark of Excellence/ National Percussion Ensemble Honors Project. The Mark of Excellence is a national music competition which honors music programs and their ensembles for the highest standards in performance. You may click here for additional information. To enjoy the audio submissions, please click on the following links:
 
 
Congratulations to the following students involved in these recordings:
 
Maddy Allen
Andres James
Daniel Khalil
Annika Kjellgren
Joshua Lass
Carson Person
Christina Taylor
Charis Vela


Visual Arts

Thank you to everyone who attended the opening of Water!  The show and fundraiser were a huge success, with the students raising $2,854 to aid hurricane relief efforts through the sale of their work. If you did not get a chance to attend the opening, please take some time to peruse the gallery to see the incredible work the AP Studio artists put into this exhibition. The exhibit is available for viewing in the LHS Art Gallery, which is open during school hours from now until October 10th. 





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 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.   


Homecoming Mums

The Lovejoy Majestics will be selling mums in the high school commons area during A, B and C lunch from Monday, September 25th through Thursday, October 12th, between 11:25 AM and 1:00 PM; and in the evenings, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the high school between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM from Tuesday, September 26th through Thursday, October 12th.   
 
Majestic Mums are a great Lovejoy tradition, with all profits supporting the Majestics Dance Team. A dazzling array of mums and garters  will be offered to suit any taste and budget. Unique custom designs are available  for mums and garters, with numerous decorative ribbons, bling, and sports-specific trinkets, from football, basketball, baseball, band, theater, choir, fishing, wrestling, and so much more. Come by the LHS Commons Area to see the offerings.  The Majestics thank you for your support. 
 
New This Year:  Name loops, braids and bases for purchase to help you make your own.  


PTA Reflections: Within Reach

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, Lovejoy Local and Council PTAs, and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works. This year's contest theme is "Within Reach".  We hope all Leopards will submit an entry in one or more of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Literature, Film Production, Photography, Visual Arts, and Music Composition - reflecting on the specific theme. There is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way which is personal and meaningful.  For rules and entry forms, click here .  The deadline is Friday, October 27th.
   
Please contact Kari Harris with questions at: karikharris@yahoo.com .  


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.
 


Bus Drivers

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


Upcoming Events


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.


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 Saturdays 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 .


 

Lovejoy Preschool PTA:  September 24

The Lovejoy Preschool PTA invites Lovejoy families with Preschoolers and older siblings to attend their Back to School Open House Event.  Click here for additional information.
 
Sunday, September 24
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Metroplex Gymnastics and Swim
 

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.
 

Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. 9th Annual Golf Tournament: October 6

Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. will host their 9th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, October 6th , at Twin Creeks Golf Club in Allen.  Registration will begin at 7:30 AM, with a Shotgun Start at 8:30 AM.  Click here for the registration form and for additional information.


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.



Shelby Brooks - Class of 2013

Shelby Brooks, Class of 2013 is serving as the Managing Editor of Estate Life Lucas, a local N2 publication. Shelby is a recent graduate of Austin College, and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Strategic Communication at Texas Christian University. 



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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)