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:
 
Thanks to the generosity of the Lovejoy Community, our Foundation for Lovejoy Schools has contributed almost $3 million to our district over the last 10+ years. The Foundation's capital campaign is now underway; details are listed below regarding the avenue for giving.  The generosity of our community was also demonstrated once again by the outpouring of support for the Help for Houston Campaign.
 
I hope the school year has gotten off to a smooth smart.  Please let me hear from you on our areas for improvement. You can always reach me on my cell at 972-415-8129.


Lovejoy Launches SAT Prep Course

In order to plug the financial hole created by the loss of state funds, we received suggestions to look at those areas where Lovejoy parents were already spending money to benefit their kids outside of the school program. That idea spawned our new tuition-based Pre-kindergarten program. Now, we are ready to launch the second suggestion received - SAT prep course. Several Lovejoy teachers, who have been teaching SAT prep outside of our district, will begin teaching a course on September 18th to prepare students for the November SAT course. Details regarding registration will be sent to Junior and Senior students through Naviance. The introductory offer for the Lovejoy SAT Prep course will be $599. Space is limited to ensure small group instruction.


Foundation for Lovejoy Schools


Donor Signs - First Yard Sign Goes Out


Soon, #WeLoveLovejoy 2017 Donor signs will be showing up in yards all over the district. As a way of saying thank you, the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools gives each donor a yard sign once a donation has been made to the campaign. If you have made a donation to the Annual Appeal, we will be bringing your sign to you.


Nor th Te xas Giving Day

The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools' Annual Appeal, #WeLoveLovejoy, is underway. Our goal is to receive donations from 650 donors totaling $200,000. The Foundation Board of Directors asks you to join them in giving to the Foundation on North Texas Giving Day, Thursday, September 14th, from 6:00 AM - midnight.  New this year - Scheduled Giving:   If you are unable to give on September 14th, you may schedule your gift between September 7th and 13th. 
 

Visit Northtexasgivingday.org for additional information, to schedule your gift, and to donate. Every gift is valuable to the mission of enhancing education in Lovejoy.



HELP for Houston



Special thanks to Inga Van Wagoner for leading the HELP for Houston drive which yielded over $50,000 in donations from the Lovejoy Community. Special thanks also goes to the Lovejoy community for your overwhelming support and generosity.  You may click here for detailed information regarding the successful drive, and for photos.  



A Message from the
Deputy Superintendent


Leadership Lovejoy Cohort

Dear Lovejoy Community,
 
I hope each of your students has experienced a great start to the new school year. As I begin my thirteenth year in Lovejoy, I can't help but reflect upon the many special qualities that define what we have come to call The Lovejoy Way. One special quality is the partnership the district shares with parents and community members. 
 
The district developed the Leadership Lovejoy initiative to help strengthen and expand our strong partnership with parents and community members. The Inaugural Class met during the spring of 2014 and graduated a class of 23. To date, Leadership Lovejoy graduates total 108. Leadership Lovejoy was created as an opportunity to inform participants about the history, educational practices, programs, and philosophy of Lovejoy ISD. This is also an opportunity for Leadership Lovejoy members to provide feedback, ask questions, and share ideas to help the district improve. 
 
2017 is the centennial year of Lovejoy ISD. As such, the structure of Leadership Lovejoy has been redesigned. The cohort is limited to 25 members, and will have five face-to-face meetings over the course of the school year. We hope this "every other month" meeting structure will be more conducive to busy schedules.
 
If you would like to apply to be part of the Leadership Lovejoy Cohort, please click here . Applications should be submitted by September 21.  
 
Whether your schedule will allow you to be part of the Leadership Lovejoy Cohort or not, we greatly appreciate your second-to-none partnership and feedback. 
 
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


Volleyball

The Lady Leopards look to get back on the winning track as they host the Mesquite Poteet Lady Pirates today, Friday, September 8th at 5:30 PM in the Leopard Gym on the campus of Lovejoy High School. This is the 15-5A District Opener for the Lady Leopards as they strive to continue the strong State Playoff tradition.


Tennis

The Lovejoy Tennis Team defeated the West Mesquite Wranglers 19-0 earlier this week.  State rankings were released this week, with Lovejoy taking the 6th spot in the State.   


Cross Country


The Lovejoy Cross Country Fall Festival will be held on September 23rd.  This is one of the largest Cross Country meets in the state, and the Cross Country team needs your help.  Please click here for information regarding volunteer opportunities. 
 


Football

The Lovejoy Leopard Varsity Football team lost a tough game last Saturday night at The Tom Landry Classic in Allen to the Argyle Eagles 42-21.  Chase Van Wagoner, Carson Collins, and Bumper Pool were the top performers for the Leopards.
 
Last night, they played the Frisco Wakeland Wolverines with a loss of 38-14.



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." 
 
In an effort to increase school spirit and crowd participation at games, the LHS cheerleaders taught the LHS student body a new kickoff/punt tradition at last week's pep rally. We hope the community will join us as we share our school spirit at football games.  




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.



 
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.  

Gifted and Talented Referrals for 2017-2018

The referral window for gifted and talented services is now open. Click here for referral forms, which are located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. The window will close today, September 8, 2017.
 
Testing is scheduled for Saturday, September 16 and 23, for students in grades 1-12. Kindergarten students will be tested at a later date. Additional information is available on the gifted and talented webpage .
 
For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart at 469.742.8015 or Brie Smith at 469.742.8032.


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


Village Information Meeting: September 10

Village is a camp-based summer program for 11-year olds lasting 28 days.  Click here for additional information.


Lovejoy Orchestra Fundraiser: September 11

Please join the Lovejoy Orchestra for a spirit night at Chipotle:
 
Monday, September 11
Chipotle
103 Central Expressway North, Allen
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Let the cashier know you are supporting Lovejoy Orchestra, and 50% of your purchase price will be donated to the Orchestra. The Lovejoy Orchestra program appreciates the support of the community. 


Lovejoy Lacrosse Fundraiser: September 11

If you love Chick-fil-A and Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse, then stop by Chick-fil-A on Stacy Road on Monday, September 11th, to show your support for the Lovejoy Lacrosse team.  Please let the cashier know you want to support Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse before you order. Invite your family, friends, and co-workers.


Join Scouting Night: September 11

Join Cub Scout Pack 358 on Monday, September 11th, at 7:00 PM at Hart Elementary to learn about the Cub Scouts. Scouting is fun, educational, and helps to raise boys who respect themselves and others. Scouting helps build strong leadership skills and character. Our Cub Scouts enjoy outdoor activities and sports, and also learn about community involvement, personal safety, and the environment. Pack 358 is dedicated to a lively Cub Scout experience with fun activities for the entire family, including siblings. For additional information, please click here or contact Aashik Khakoo at akhakoo2@gmail.com or 917.821.3066. We look forward to seeing you at Join Scouting Night.


Lovejoy Running Club: September 12

You are invited to attend the organizational meeting for the newly forming Lovejoy Running Club. The first meeting will be held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 12th, in the Lovejoy High School Library. 
 
We will be meeting to discuss the formation, purpose, and workout schedules for the running club, which will be open to adults and children of all ages and levels of fitness, who are interested in participating in group runs/walks on Tuesday/ Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM. Training assistance and guidance will be provided with the goal of preparing members for participation in road races throughout the year.
 
Our first organized run/ walk will be Tuesday, September 19th, at Celebration Park. We will meet by the southeast parking lot closest to the duck pond.
 
If you have questions, please email Greg Christensen. We look forward to seeing you.

Girl Scouts Meetings:  September 12 and 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:
 
Tuesday, September 12
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Greenville Oaks Church of Christ
703 S. Greenville Avenue
 
Or
 
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 will be something for everyone, regardless of age.
 
A BBQ dinner will be catered by Sonny Bryan's. Tickets may be purchased via the Online Payment Center , or at the LHS school store. The ticket order deadline is September 20, 2017.
 

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 to complete the registration form and be a part of the Homecoming tradition. 


 

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 .  



Twitter and Facebook
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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)