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:

I want to remind each of you that the Texas Primaries are fast approaching as March 6th is Election Day. Early voting begins on February 20th. House District 89 has been represented by Representative Jodie Laubenberg. Jodie is not running for re-election; therefore, we will have new representation. The same is true for Senate District 8 which was held by Senator Van Taylor who is not running for re-election. I encourage you to research the choices and vote for the candidate you believe will best represent HD 89 and SD 8.
 
You may click here to view the early voting locations for Collin County. The Lovejoy ISD Administration Building is a vote center for both the early election and Election Day. 
 
Our PTA is providing some additional information below.


PTA Shares Election Information


We have more than 5 million good reasons to vote in the Primary Election on March 6, 2018. Be an advocate for all students in your #CommYOUnity and make your voice heard.
 
You may click here to view a list of candidates running for office in Collin County. Our State Representative Seat is District 89 and our State Senate Seat is District 8.
 
If you are new to the district, please be sure to register to vote by February 5, 2018. Additional information is available on the votetexas.gov website.





Be a Sponsor...


The Annual Denim and Diamonds (D&D) event is scheduled for April 7th. This fundraising event and gala contributes a large amount to the teacher grants which the Foundation gives annually. It is always the goal of the Foundation to have sufficient sponsorships to cover the cost of the event so that all proceeds from that night go to the Foundation to be used for teacher grants. Sponsorships come in two forms:
  • Family Sponsors
  • Business or Corporate Sponsors
If you are interested in sponsoring at the Family level or if you have suggestions regarding business/corporate sponsors, please contact the Executive Director of the Foundation, Cindy Booker, at cindy_booker@lovejoyisd.net or give her a call at 214.405.1320.




National Signing Day


Congratulations to the following Lovejoy High School athletes who signed collegiate letters of intent today:
 
  • Kade Ashley, Football - Southwestern Assemblies of God
  • Landon McDermott, Football - Dartmouth College
  • Jared McLemore, Football - Minnesota Crookston
  • Kaylee Rekieta, Soccer - Texas Women's University
  • Taylor Thompson, Soccer - West Texas A & M University


STEM Festival


The first annual Lovejoy STEM Festival will be held at Lovejoy High School on Saturday, March 3rd from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This will be a great opportunity to come see, do, and learn all about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in Lovejoy ISD. The STEM Council has planned various guest speakers, demonstrations, competitions, Makerspace opportunities, and robotics experiences for a fun, engaging day for students and adults of Lovejoy and beyond.
 
While we are still finalizing details for the day, we would appreciate your support and participation. If you work in the STEM fields and are interested in volunteering or being a guest speaker, please help us make this a wonderful day of learning and fun.
 
If you are interested in being a guest speaker, please email  Pam Simmons-Brooks .
 
If you are interested in volunteering, please email  Cindy Bronson .


LHS Mock Trial Team


Lovejoy's Mock Trial team concluded its season on Saturday. During the regional quarterfinals, Brandon Su was named Region 10's best advocate with Polly Roth earning the second spot. Zach Brown was named one of the best witnesses for the region. The team qualified for the semifinals, but lost to Frisco CTE in that round.




Team Members are Seniors Brandon Su, Polly Roth,  Zach Brown, Mikey Franks, and Abel Thomas, Junior Sydney Wong, Sophomores Mattie Roth, and Nick Dodda,  and Freshman Amelia Flinchbaugh.





LHS Speech & Debate


Lovejoy Speech & Debate hosted the 2018 LBJ NSDA (National Speech & Debate Association) District National Qualifying Tournament this past weekend. Participating schools competed to represent the LBJ District and Texas at the NSDA National Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this June for the chance to become national champions. Congratulations to the Lovejoy High School Speech & Debate team for winning the award for Debate Sweepstakes Team.
 
The following students qualified to compete at nationals:
 
Grant Dennis and Luke Wheatley - National Qualifier in Duo Interpretation
Collins Morgan - National Qualifier in LD Debate
Clay Parker - National Qualifier in Humorous Interpretation
Pierce Richardson and Dayton Thompson - National Qualifier in PF Debate
Seth Roundtree and Rithik Tangella - National Qualifier in PF Debate
 
The following students were selected to compete at nationals in World Schools Debate:
 
Jack Czyz - National Qualifier World Schools Debate
Kaya Czyz - National Qualifier World Schools Debate
Tajvir Singh - National Qualifier World Schools Debate
Andrew Mao - National Qualifier World Schools Debate
 
The following students made it to "out rounds" in their event:
 
Raheel Ahmed - OO Semi Finalist
Grant Dennis - POI Finalist
Andrew Evins - Humorous Interpretation Finalist
Zach Farrell - Extemporaneous Speaking Finalist
Sean Gassman and Gavin George - DUO Interpretation Semi Finalists
Ariel Kokoricha - Big Question Debate Quarter Finalist
Ariel Kokoricha and Melody Quintero - DUO Semi Finalist
Garrett Larson and Shalin Mehta - PF Debate Octo Finalist
Andrew Mao - Big Question Debate Semi Finalist
Justin Maroney - Informative Speaking Semi Finalist
Justin Maroney - Extemporaneous Speaking Semi Finalist
Clay Parker - POI Finalist
Melody Quintero - Humorous Interpretation Semi Finalist
Shivani Radhakrishnan - Humorous Interpretation Finalist
Anna Rouse - Extemporaneous Speaking Semi Finalist & OO Semi Finalist
Tajvir Singh - Extemporaneous Speaking Semi Finalist
Luke Wheatley - Dramatic Interpretation Finalist
Kaeli Wilburn - POI Finalist, OO Semi Finalist




Filing Deadline for 
May Trustee Election


The filing deadline for a place on the ballot for the May 5, 2018 Trustee election is Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Candidate packets are available for pick up in the Administration Building. For additional information, please click here .
 
Candidate filings are as follows:
 
Lovejoy ISD Trustee Place 6 - Al Litchenburg
Lovejoy ISD Trustee Place 7 - Scott Christiansen


Foundation for Lovejoy Schools


Taste of Fairview
March 2nd

Back by popular demand, the 3rd Annual Taste of Fairview will be presented by Estate Life Magazine in partnership with the Allen Fairview Chamber, Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club, and the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.
 
What: 3rd Annual Taste of Fairview with over 30 local restaurants, wine and spirits
Where: Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club
When: Friday, March 2nd at 6:00 PM
Why: All ticket sales donated to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
 
Last year's event was a sell-out, with more than 500 attendees helping to raise more than $17,000 for the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.
 
This year's goal is the same: great food and great people coming together for an incredible evening benefiting Lovejoy schools.
 
For more details and to purchase tickets, please visit www.tasteoffairview.com.



Denim and Diamonds - Lone Starry Night
April 7th

Through your generosity and support, the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools awarded grants totaling $451,100 to teachers for use in their classrooms this year. The Foundation is funded primarily from Annual Appeal and the Denim and Diamonds (D&D) Gala and Auction. The Foundation's goal this year is to cover D&D costs with sponsorships prior to the night of the event so all monies spent at the event go directly to fund classroom grants.
 
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools will host its 12th annual Denim and Diamonds Gala and Auction on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Marriott at Legacy Town Center in Plano. This year's theme is a Lone Starry Night. Foundation for Lovejoy Schools Chair, Carrie McClure and Co-Chair, Aimee Peay welcome you to a night featuring dinner, entertainment and live auctions.
 
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools will host a raffle for three great prizes, which includes:
  • $2500 VISA gift card - donated by Owens Realtors
  • EZ Go Golf cart - Completely Remodeled and Refurbished Model 2014 TXT-PDS with 2014 upbody with flip seating, new batteries, tires and LED head/tail lights. New factory-painted, flame-red body. EC Custom Carts - value $5,000
  • Arcade Game Table - Designed like original arcade table from the 80s. Table can be customized, featuring officially licensed graphics of favorite College, Pro Team, etc. - value $4,400
Raffle tickets are $100. Only 500 tickets will be sold. A drawing will be held for each item, giving each ticket a chance to win one of these prizes. The winners will be drawn at the Denim and Diamonds Gala. You do not need to be present to win. Click here for additional information. You may purchase tickets from any Foundation director, via the Foundation's website, or at the LISD administration building. See the Foundation website for a list of directors or click here to purchase tickets online.
 
Tickets for the Gala go on sale Friday, February 9th for $135 each. The ticket price will increase to $150 beginning Friday, March 9th. This year, we will seat guests at tables of 12. For additional information, visit the Foundation's website or contact Cindy Booker at:

469.742.8043

Click here to purchase tickets to the gala. 

 

Fine Arts News


LHS Band

The LHS band Ensemble competition will be held on Saturday, February 24th at the Lovejoy High School Band Hall. Best wishes to our band ensembles.

LHS Choir

The Lovejoy High School Choir hosted the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest this past Saturday. Approximately 400 performers competed from Region 25, and it was a very successful day for our singers. Lovejoy High School brought home 77 medals for first division ratings, and there were 16 State-qualifying soloists and 3 State-qualifying ensembles.
 
Congratulations to the following soloists for their Superior (1st division) ratings:
 
Tessa Blasko
Colette Brooks
Devon Cantu
Katherine Carter
Joey Chavez
Julia Dobbs
Stephen Godfrey
Faith Isakson
Kyra Jacobs
Alison Jobes
Claire Johnson
Noah Johnson
Maddie Konecny
Andrew Mao
Alex McCaffity
Claire McLaren
Shalin Mehta
Mandy Rickett
Marcie Sawyers
Mikayla Slatten
Hallie Steadman
Catherine Stewart
Allie Straeck
Emmy Straeck
Katie Strand
Kennedy Trythall
Kendall Vaughn
Luke Wild
Nathan York
Arturo Yundt-Pacheco
 
And congratulations to the ensembles who earned Superior (1st division) ratings:
 
"Viva Tutti": Devon Cantu, Joey Chavez, Dylan Collins, Christian Cortez, David Gold, Jacob Huettner, Aaron Johnson, Andrew Mao, Dayton Stammen, Arturo Yundt-Pacheco
 
"Il mio Martir": Colette Brooks, Mary Edgar, Katherine Guo, Kelsey Mannewitz, Marcie Sawyers
 
"Poor Man Laz'rus": Alex Doran, Cy Feagin, Logan Harris, Mason Hutchins, Gideon Jowers, Alec Trythall, Alec Welhouse
 
"Adoramus Te": Elese Abney, Tessa Blasko, Kylie Cass, Taylor Crosby, Grace Flinchbaugh, Claire Johnson
 
"Fa una canzona": Emma Allen, Faith Isakson, Kyra Jacobs, Maggie James, Jaelyn Reeves, Emily Rippy, Aubrie Shinedling, Emmy Straeck, Madison Valdez
 
"Weep, O Mine Eyes": Julia Dobbs, Stephen Godfrey, Lindsay Haden, Alison Jobes, Noah Johnson, Lauren LaTour, Connor Martin, Shalin Mehta, Allie Straeck


LHS Visual Arts
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation's youth, and have provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of a community - young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.
 
Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7 through 12 from public, private, or home schools may apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.  Since its founding, the Awards have established an amazing track record for identifying the early promise of our nation's most accomplished and prolific creative leaders. Alumni include artists Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, Cy Twombly, Robert Indiana, Kay WalkingStick, and John Baldessari; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Bernard Malamud, Myla Goldberg, and Joyce Carol Oates; photographer Richard Avedon; actors Frances Farmer, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin, Lena Dunham, and John Lithgow; fashion designer Zac Posen; and filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Ken Burns, and Richard Linklater.
 
It is with great excitement that Lovejoy Visual Arts adds more names to that list for 2018 than ever before.
 
The following students received Scholastic Art regional awards, and all 25 pieces/portfolios that received a "Gold Key" will compete for recognition, scholarships, and awards on the national level.  

Kara Davis
Gold Key Drawing & Illustration
Lunch
 
Tad Greenwald
Gold Key Art Portfolio
Deconstruction
Honorable Mention Art Portfolio
Untitled
Gold Key Drawing & Illustration
Composition 6
Gold Key Drawing & Illustration
Composition 5
Gold Key Drawing & Illustration
Mac
Silver Key Drawing & Illustration
Composition 4
Gold Key Mixed Media
Cooter's
Gold Key Painting
Nocturne
Honorable Mention Painting
Squirt Guns
Silver Key Painting
Public Still Life
Honorable Mention Drawing & Illustration
Composition 7
Honorable Mention Drawing & Illustration
Composition 3
 
Ruiyi He
Honorable Mention Painting
Dancer
 
Ryan Irwin
Honorable Mention Drawing & Illustration
Hide n' Seek
 
Carly Johnson
Honorable Mention Digital Art
Rancho Mirage
Silver Key Digital Art
Olivia
Gold Key Drawing & Illustration
Home Theater
Silver Key Drawing & Illustration
Target Trip
Silver Key Mixed Media
Carnival
 
Grace Kirby
Honorable Mention Art Portfolio
Breadth
Honorable Mention Painting
Nocturne
 
Kassidy Litchenburg
Honorable Mention Mixed Media
Coffee
 
Katherine Miller
Honorable Mention Photography
But Don't You Remember?
Silver Key Printmaking
Shelter
 
Sarah Nash
Honorable Mention Painting
Paper Bathroom
 
Anna Redman
Gold Key Art Portfolio
Reassociation
Gold Key Drawing & Illustration
Fitting
Gold Key Drawing & Illustration
Triplicity
Silver Key Drawing & Illustration
Fragmentation
Silver Key Drawing & Illustration
Skull Regression
Gold Key Editorial Cartoon
The Good Old Days
Gold Key Mixed Media
Perspective Lines
Silver Key Mixed Media
Guns
Gold Key Painting
In a Pickle
 
Elijah Ruhala
Gold Key Art Portfolio
John & Mary & Everything in Between
Honorable Mention Art Portfolio
A Lot has Changed in Just a Year
Silver Key Drawing & Illustration
The Comfort of a Closet
Gold Key Mixed Media
At the Seam
Gold Key Mixed Media
I was Falling in Love Beneath those Blanket Ceilings
Silver Key Mixed Media
Poem For Aunt Rose: Excerpt from Sketchbook
Gold Key Painting
A Mother's Endeavor
Gold Key Painting
Renouncing Kinship
Silver Key Painting
Ailing
Silver Key Printmaking
The Only Absolute
 
Mallory Sailer
Gold Key Mixed Media
Crime Scene
Honorable Mention Mixed Media
Camping Trip
Gold Key Printmaking
Blueprint
 
Avery Silliman
Honorable Mention Drawing & Illustration
Lion
Silver Key Mixed Media
Taos
 
Jessica Teague
Honorable Mention Design
Chicken Lasagna
Gold Key Digital Art
Breakfast
Gold Key Mixed Media
The Picnic
Silver Key Mixed Media
The Alleyway
 
Emma Wigginton
Gold Key Art Portfolio
Spaces In Time
Silver Key Art Portfolio
Body of work
Gold Key Mixed Media
Squirt Gun
Honorable Mention Mixed Media
Pass By
Honorable Mention Painting
See You Later
Honorable Mention Painting
Nocture
Honorable Mention Painting
fridge
 
Isaac Wingard
Honorable Mention Art Portfolio
Portraits
Honorable Mention Mixed Media
Haircut


LHS Visual Arts
2018 Young American Talent Exhibition

Congratulations to the following Lovejoy High School Visual Arts students for being selected to participate in the 2018 Young American Talent art competition and exhibition. This regional high school art competition is organized by the Visual Arts Guild of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery at El Centro College, and celebrates the highest caliber of high school visual art in the DFW area. We are incredibly proud of all students who were selected for this incredible honor.
 
 
Tad Greenwald
Monolith - Watercolor and graphite on paper
Castoff Classic - Conte crayon on dura-lar film
Crushed - Watercolor and graphite on paper
 
Ryan Irwin
Paper Presumptions - Photo
 
Katie Miller
Artemisia - Ballpoint pen on paper
Ruination - Ballpoint pen on paper
 
Kassidy Litchenburg
Blueprint - Engraving with acrylic marker, prisma, white ink pen
 
Jessica Teague
The Picnic - Gouache on collage
 
Grace Kirby
Elementary School - Graphite on oil monotype
 
Emma Wigginton
Whipped Cream - Gouache on board
 
Elijah Ruhala
Little 16 Year Old Me - Acrylic marker, collage, graphite, gesso, and gouache
Father's Crown - Oil paint on canvas
Overslept - Oil paint on canvas
 
Carly Johnson
Ravioli - India ink, micron pen, gel pen, and marker
Rancho Mirage - Digital illustration - Photoshop


WSMS and LHS Winter Guard

The Willow Springs Middle School and Lovejoy High School Color Guards began their competition season in January 2018 at the Frisco Centennial Contest. This was the first of several competitions across the DFW metroplex for both teams. The Willow Springs team earned second place in the Cadet Classification. The Lovejoy High School team placed third in the Scholastic A Classification. 
 
The Willow Springs Middle School Winter Guard's next performance is February 9th at Sachse High School.
 
The Lovejoy High School Winter Guard's next performance is February 10th at Coppell High School. This is a very special competition for the team, as they will be competing at the Winter Guard International - Dallas Regional. This is a first in the school's history for the LHS team to compete at a national event. 
 
Best of luck to both of the teams.




Athletic News


Lovejoy Boys Basketball

The Lovejoy Leopard Boys Basketball team defeated the Royse City Bulldogs last night at Leopard Gym 58-34 to move into the fourth place slot in the District 15-5A standings.  The Leopards travel to Highland Park on Friday to take on the Scots, who currently are in third place in district.


 
The JV Black team defeated the Royse City JV last night at Leopard Gym 54-47.  They will travel to Highland Park on Friday to battle the Scots.
 
The Freshmen Leopards defeated the Bulldogs 74-31 last night at Leopard Gym.  The win brings the Leopards' district record to 12-0.

Lovejoy Girls Basketball

The Lady Leopards played their last home game of the season on Friday night vs Mesquite Poteet. Before the game, all seniors and their parents were recognized for their contributions to the program. The Lady Leopards have 10 seniors on the team this year which is the largest senior class in Lady Leopard Basketball history.
 
The Lady Leopards completed their 2018 regular season with a 49-44 victory over the Royse City Lady Bulldogs last night in Royse City.  The win secured a position in the upcoming State Girls Basketball Playoffs.  The Lady Leopards will take on the Mount Pleasant Lady Tigers in the Bi-District Round of the playoffs on Monday night February 12th at Will Points High School Gym.  Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM.


The JV Lady Leopards defeated the Lady Bulldogs of Royse City last night 50-33.  The JV team has now completed their season with a 22-5 season record and will now assist the Varsity Leopards during the State Playoff run.
 
The Lady Leopards JV Red finished their season off with one of their best games of the season as they defeated the Mesquite Poteet Lady Pirates 46-19.  The Lady Leopards finished the season with an overall record of 11-10 and a district record of 4-1. 
 
Congratulations to all of the Lady Leopard Basketball teams for another exciting and successful season.

Lovejoy Golf
 
The Girls Golf Team played at Rockwall Athletic Club, the Region 2 Preview Tournament to start the 2018 spring season. The team shot a total 429 on the day. The Lady Leopards finished 11th out of 16 teams. Team Captain Allie Bianchi shot 83, good for a T-3 finish individually.


The Boys Varsity Golf Team will play this Friday and Saturday at the Rockwall Athletic Club.  Results will be in next week's Email Express.
 
The JV Boys 3 Team will play today at Duck Creek Golf Club, weather permitting.
 

Lovejoy Powerlifting
 
The Lovejoy Boys and Girls powerlifting teams traveled to North Forney High School to compete in the North Forney Invitational Meet.  The Leopard Boys finished fifth out of 15 teams.  The Boys and Girls will travel to Ft. Worth for their next meet on February 10th at Ft. Worth Castleberry High School.


Lovejoy Boys Soccer
 
Last week, the Boys Varsity Soccer team started district play with a win vs Highland Park 2-1.  On Friday, the Leopards tied West Mesquite 1-1 and lost in the penalty shootout. The Varsity Leopards are now 4-2-2 overall and will play Forney tonight (February 7th) at Leopard Stadium. Tonight's game is the annual Teacher Appreciation Night, scheduled for 7:30 PM.


The Junior Varsity team beat Highland Park Tuesday night 3-0, bringing the Junior Varsity's record to 7-1 overall. The JV will also take on the Jackrabbits from Forney tonight at 5:30 PM.


Lovejoy Girls Soccer
 
Lovejoy had a tough start to district facing the defending state champions at Highland Park on Tuesday. The final score was 9-1. The Lady Leopards rebounded with a win against the Lady Wranglers of West Mesquite 2-0. This evens the Leopards District 15-5A record to 1-1. 



The JV Lady Leopards fell to Highland Park 8-0 and then tied West Mesquite 1-1 last week. 
 
The Lady Leopards travel to Forney tonight (February 7th) to take on the Jackrabbits. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 PM for the JV team and 7:30 PM for the Varsity.


Lovejoy Swim and Dive
 
The Lovejoy Leopard Swim Team competed at the 5A Region II Swim Meet on Friday and Saturday last week. The Boys Team finished in 6th place, while the Girls Team finished in 4th place. Region II is one of the fastest Regions in the state of Texas for swimming. The Leopards will advance the following swimmers to the State Meet in Austin: Jed Jones, James Vaughn, Sam Veitch and Jakob Feldman will represent the boys team, while Natalie Womack, Raime Jones, Sydney Myers and Sloan Carevic will represent the girls team. The State meet is scheduled for February 16th and 17th at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center located at The University of Texas at Austin.  We wish all our Swimmers the best as they compete and represent Lovejoy ISD at the State Meet.




Lovejoy Tennis
 
Last week, the Lovejoy Junior Varsity Tennis Team won the Grapevine Invitational Tournament winning two draws and finished second in three other draws. The Lovejoy Varsity Tennis team traveled to Ennis and won two draws as well.  Congratulations to Samantha Hayward and Daniela Benigno - girls' doubles, and Brandon Su and Polly Roth - mixed doubles, for winning back-to-back tournaments this spring.  The team travels to Flower Mound Marcus to compete in the Marcus Tournament today (February 7th).



Lovejoy Track
 
The Boys and Girls Track team continue to train for their next Track Meet scheduled for Saturday, February 24th at Ron Poe Stadium in McKinney for the annual McKinney Boyd Broncos Relays.


Lovejoy Wrestling
 
The Leopard Wrestling Team competed last week in a quad dual match against McKinney Boyd, Prosper and Plano East. This was a very challenging dual meet for all our Leopard Wrestlers. This dual meet prepared our Leopards for this week's District 9-5A meet to be held tomorrow (Thursday, February 8th) at Carrollton R.L. Turner High School.  The meet is scheduled to begin at 9:30 AM and will last the entire day .



In Case You Missed It


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

District-Wide News


Gifted and Talented Referrals for 2018-2019

The referral window for gifted and talented services is open for students in grades 1-12 through March 31st.
 
Click here for the referral forms located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All referrals must be completed in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. A line is included to type the name of the individual referring the student (parent, teacher, other educator, or student).
 
Testing is scheduled for Saturday, April 14th and 28th.
 
For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469.742.8015) or
Brie Smith (469.742.8032) .


Volunteers Needed for
The Frisco College Baseball Classic


The Frisco College Baseball Classic is returning to the Dr. Pepper Stadium, March 2nd - 4th. Texas A&M, Baylor, Louisiana Tech, and Cal Berkeley will be playing in a round robin tournament.
The Frisco College Baseball Classic is partnering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for this event and is looking for volunteers to help throughout the weekend. Students in grades 8 - 12 may click here to register to volunteer. 


Elementary Schools to Host
Late Night Leopards - Campus Campouts

An exciting new event will be held at the elementary campuses this spring: Late Night Leopards - Campus Campouts. This event will accomplish two things: Campus Campouts will provide a memorable experience for the parents and students at the elementary level, and will also generate funds through business sponsors and a camp fee. The funds raised from this event will help to replace state funding lost from the last legislative session. If you know of a business which would have interest in sponsoring a portion of this event at any or all of the campuses, please contact the appropriate campus principal:
 
Hart Elementary School, Lacey Moser - Principal
lacey_moser@lovejoyisd.net ● 469.742.8200
 
Lovejoy Elementary School, Wendy Craft - Principal
wendy_craft@lovejoyisd.net ● 469.742.8100
 
Puster Elementary School, Kevin Parker - Principal
kevin_parker@lovejoyisd.net ● 469.742.8300
 
Late Night Leopards - Campus Campout dates are:
 
Hart Elementary School - April 20, 2018
 
Lovejoy Elementary School - April 13, 2018
 
Puster Elementary School - April 27, 2018
 
For additional information and frequently asked questions, please click here .



The Lovejoy Running Club

The Lovejoy Running Club meets 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_christensen@lovejoyisd.net . P.S. Dogs are welcome. 


Upcoming Events


Orchestra Valentine's Fundraiser
Now through February 13th

The Lovejoy Orchestra Booster Club will be selling flowers and candy for Valentine's Day during lunch now through February 13th from 11:25 AM - 12:55 PM at Lovejoy High School. Deliveries will be made on February 14th during 2nd and 3rd period classes. Send a Valentine to your friends. Send a Valentine to your teachers. Order a Valentine to take home to your mom. Items available for purchase include: $2 carnations, $3 roses, $1 Hershey's Kisses bag. The Orchestra Booster Club appreciates your support.


Lovejoy High School Band Mattress Sale Fundraiser
February 10th

The Lovejoy High School Band will be hosting its 1st annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser this Satruday, February 10th from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School Band Hall.
 
Do you need to replace a bed in your home?  Know someone who does? There will be over 30 bed styles on display for customers to try.  The beds are new, brand name, made to order, available in all sizes, and cost less than retail stores.  In addition to beds, there will also be pillows, mattress protectors, sheets, and adjustable power bases.  Financing options will also be available.


Lovejoy Lacrosse Spirit Day
February 12th

If you love Chick-fil-A and Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse stop by Chick-fil-A on Stacy Road on Monday, February 12th to show your support of the Lacrosse teams. Chick-fil-A on Stacy Road is a sponsor of the Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse program for the 2017-2018 season.

Before you place your order, let the cashier know you are supporting Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse. Invite your family, friends and co-workers. We hope to see you on the 12th.

LHS Band Mid-Winter Concert
February 13th

The Lovejoy High School Band invites you to attend their mid-winter concert on February 13th at 7:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School auditorium.

LHS Band, Choir and Orchestra All State Send Off
February 14th

The All State Band, Choir and Orchestra students will be departing for San Antonio on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 AM. Please join our fine arts families and "send off" these talented students.

Lovejoy Men's Soccer Future Leopard Night
February 20th

The Lovejoy Men's soccer team will host Future Leopard Night on Tuesday, February 20th, when they take on Royse City with a 5:30 PM kick off for JV and a 7:30 PM kick off for Varsity. During halftime of the JV game, the first 15 future Leopards who score a goal will receive prizes. Additionally, there will be prizes for all future Leopards.  Participants will take the field with Varsity players for the National Anthem. After the JV halftime events, players will be available to answer questions and sign posters which will be provided at the game, as well as soccer balls which future Leopards bring to the game. This event is for all elementary, intermediate and middle school students.

WSMS Choir
February 20th

The WSMS Choir will present its Pre UIL Concert and Sight-Reading concert on Tuesday, February 20th at 7:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School.  The concert is free.
WSMS Theatre - One Act Play Performances
February 21st, 22nd, 28th and March 1st

The Willow Springs Middle School Theatre department presents I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Celeste Raspanti. Details are as follows:
 
Show Time:  7:00 PM
Dates: February 21st, 22nd, 28th, and March 1st
Tickets Prices: $5 for students, $7 for adults
Location: WSMS Cafetorium
 
This Holocaust play centers around Raja, one of the children who survived Terezin, and the other children trapped in the Ghetto. A memory play, Raja recalls the events that led her to be the confident woman she is now. This play was based off true stories of these children's lives, based on actual drawings and poems that were buried in hopes of someone finding them after the war.
 
This 40 minute drama is the WSMS theatre department's UIL competition piece for One Act Play, which will take place on March 3rd in Grand Prairie.
 
Each night at our home show, there will be a guest critic to provide feedback for the cast. The audience is welcome to stay, but may leave after the performance if they choose.


LHS Jazz Band and A Capella Present 
Java and Jazz
February 23rd

Come sing and dance the night away with the Lovejoy High School Jazz Band and Choir at 7:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School commons area on Friday, February 23rd. This concert will feature vocal and band standards from the 1940s and beyond. Admission is free. Coffee and desert items may be purchased separately. This event is open to all.

24th Annual Young Masters Exhibition
February 24th-April 15th

Congratulations to the following Lovejoy High School visual art students for being selected to participate in the 24th annual Young Masters Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art. It is a prestigious honor for these students to have their work selected to hang among the halls of contemporary and historic masterpieces in an exhibition demonstrating the most extraordinary work created within AP Studio Art programs from ten of the areas highest performing high schools.
 
Taite Borozny
AP 3D
 
Kathryn Felton
AP 3D
 
Tad Greenwald
AP Drawing
 
Lindsey Hammond
AP 3D
 
Carly Johnson
AP Drawing
 
Anna Redman
AP Drawing
 
Eli Ruhala
AP Drawing
 
Emma Wigginton
AP Drawing
 
Of the 54 chosen works, these 8 Lovejoy students were chosen (from over 560 applicants) as representatives of the highest level of excellence in AP Studio work. The time, commitment, practice, personal voice, and care they embed into the creation of their work gives us pride beyond description.  Please mark your calendars to visit the exhibition:
 
24th Annual Young Masters Exhibition
Dallas Museum of Art, Concourse Gallery
February 24 - April 15, 2018

Lovejoy Gifted Association Rocket Launch
March 21st

3....2....1.... Blast Off.....It's Rocket Launch Time.
 
Back by popular demand, the Lovejoy Gifted Association is partnering with the Dallas Area Rocket Society (DARS) for the annual LGA Rocket Project. The Rocket Project is an extracurricular STEM activity at which your child builds a rocket one evening, then launches it another day, all with the assistance of the professionals from DARS.
 
The Lovejoy Gifted Association is a non-profit organization supporting Gifted and Talented programs across all schools in Lovejoy ISD. The Rocket Project is a fundraiser with proceeds directly benefiting Lovejoy students. If you have questions, contact Jay van Rijn .

What: Rocket Build Party*
Where: SCIS cafeteria
When: Wednesday, March 21st from 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Who: Students aged 10 and up
Launch: Sunday, March 25th, Lovejoy High School, 12:00 PM
 
To reserve a spot, purchase your rocket kit from the Lovejoy Gifted Association Store before March 4th, 2018.
 
*Parental supervision is required at both the Build and Launch events.

Relay for Life: April 6

Relay for Life is an annual event which will be held at Willow Springs Middle School to raise awareness of cancer and to donate to cancer research. This year's initiative is to bring the Lovejoy community together as a whole to promote a sense of unity and caring. We hope you will save the date of April 6th and join us for Relay for Life.
 
Relay for Life Dinner
A dinner in honor of survivors, caregivers, and their families will be held in conjunction with the Relay for Life event. If this applies to you or to someone you know, please RSVP to Katherine Guo .
 
Relay for Life Stories to Share
The high school Relay for Life committee is also organizing a tribute to those who have been affected by cancer. If you have a story to share, please contact Katherine Guo .
 
Relay for Life Gallery Wall Opportunity
To encourage participation of students at the elementary and intermediate school levels, the LHS Relay for Life organizers are hosting a coloring page activity. Students may click here to print the coloring page and decorate it as creatively as they can. They may then turn the page into the receptionist desk at their campus to receive a pencil, sticker or other prize. The event organizers will use all coloring pages to create a gallery wall for the event, which will represent loving support for those whose lives have been affected by cancer.
 
Relay for Life Luminarias
Relay for Life is selling Luminarias for the Relay for Life event on April 6th at Willow Springs Middle School. Luminarias honor those whose lives have been affected by cancer. You may dedicate a Luminaria to loved ones who lost their battles with cancer, someone currently battling cancer, or anyone who has overcome cancer. When you attend the Relay event, you will see the Luminarias placed around the track, decorated with names and sometimes messages to whom they are dedicated. Luminarias are $10. If you would like to purchase one, please click here .  





Where Are They Now?



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As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. 
 
With Respect,
 
Ted Moore
Superintendent
Lovejoy ISD
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