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 hope you and your family had an enjoyable holiday season. It was great to welcome your students back to school on Monday. We are looking forward to an exemplary second semester. 


Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Monday, January 15th is a student holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Day. We hope you and your family enjoy the long weekend, and we look forward to welcoming your students back on Tuesday, January 16th. 



The Red Ledger


Lovejoy High School's award-winning online newspaper The Red Ledger published a great video documentary titled "100 Years of Lovejoy". Please click here to view the video. Congratulations to The Red Ledger staff members Grant Dennis and Chaney Kelly on a job well done. 


Upcoming 2018 Primary Elections


There are several elections coming up during the March 6th primary to which you may want to give your attention:  
  • House District 89, which was formerly Jodie Laubenberg's seat, will be filled by a new candidate as Jodie is not running for re-election.
  • In the Lt. Governor's race, incumbent Dan Patrick is running for re-election, and has an opponent.
  • Governor Abbott is running for re-election, and has several folks running against him. 
If you are not registered to vote, February 5th is the last day to register for the March 6th primary. You may click here for additional information regarding voter registration from the Collin County Elections Office.
 
Early voting for the Primary will begin on February 20, 2018, and continue until March 2, 2018.
 
Primary Election Day is March 6, 2018.


Board of Trustees


January is School Board Recognition Month in Texas. This is an opportunity for us to recognize our board members for their commitment to serving the students, parents, staff, and community members of Lovejoy ISD. We appreciate our board members and all they do. With gratitude, we recognize and thank:
 
Chad Collins, Board President
Scott Christiansen, Board Vice-President
Robbin Wells, Board Secretary
Matt Gournay, Board Member
Al Litchenburg, Board Member
Amy Smith, Board Member
Anne Smith, Board Member




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 .


Coach of the Year



Congratulations to Lovejoy's Cross Country Coach Logan Kelly on his recent honor of being named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (TFCCCA) Coach of the Year for Texas. We are #lovejoyproud. 



The Travelers


A group of students called "The Travelers" spent the evening with the Lady Leopards basketball team prior to Christmas helping them defeat the Highland Park Scots. Their job included rebounding balls for the Lady Leopards during warm ups, standing with the Lady Leopards during the national anthem, lining up with the Lady Leopards during the team introduction, and taking a team photo with the Lady Leopards prior to the game. "Travelers" in attendance at the Leopards vs Scots game were:
 
Lydia Smith
Catie Pruitt
Kenzie Busse
Lacey Anderson
Cherington Blumenthal
Arabella Carroll
Taylor Oleson
 
"Travelers" unable to attend were:
 
Cate Steed
Brooke Hathaway
Harper Smith


Kindergarten
Gifted and Talented Referrels


Gifted and talented services referrals for kindergarten students (located in the Power School Parent Portal) will close this Friday, January 12, 2018.
 
Information regarding gifted and talented services and the testing process is available on the gifted and talented webpage.
 
Only students referred through PowerSchool will complete the full battery of assessments on Saturday, February 10th and 24th. Services for identified kindergarten students begin March 1, 2018.
 
For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469.742.8015) or  Brie Smith  (469.742.8032).


Curriculum Express
News from the Deputy Superintendent


Advanced Placement Banquet


Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
I hope you enjoyed the Christmas break. We are always excited to have the students back for the second semester of the school year.
 
Each year, Lovejoy celebrates the tradition of honoring our Advanced Placement Scholars the Sunday before the second semester begins. This past Sunday, we were proud to recognize the achievements of 274 students who were named as Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board for their performance on AP Exams taken in May 2017. Please click here to view the complete listing of both current students and alumni who received these academic awards. We are #lovejoyproud.  


 
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


Fine Arts News


Lovejoy Visual Arts

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 High School Music Theatre
Presents The Sound of Music

Climb every mountain, ford every stream, and follow every rainbow to Lovejoy High School to see Lovejoy High School Performing Arts' musical,  The Sound of Music . The musical is considered one of the masterpieces of modern musical theatre, and marked the culmination of the epic Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration. It will be presented January 18th - 20th at 7:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School Auditorium.
 
The Sound of Music is a show for everyone, and includes beautiful inspirational music and characters whom audiences will adore, such as Captain von Trapp's "wealthy and sophisticated" would-be fiancée Baroness Elsa Schräder (Senior, Raegan Vaughn); the von Trapp children: Liesl (Junior, Marcie Sawyers), Friedrich (Willow Springs 8th Grader, Aidan Abramson), Louisa (Freshman, Grace Felton), Brigitta (Freshman, Catherine O'Brian), Kurt (Sloan Creek 5th Grader, Brock Bernal), Marta (Sloan Creek 5th Grader, Rachel Dobbs), and Gretl (Puster Elementary 4th Grader, Sophie Brooks); as well as Captain von Trapp's great friend and music producer Max Detweiler (Sophomore, Zachary Joyner).
 
Tickets are $12 for students, seniors, and staff, and $16 for adults. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here

 

Lovejoy High School Cheerleading
January 12th

The LHS Cheer UIL Spirit Squad will compete on Friday, January 12th at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The UIL Spirit Squad will be competing in three categories: Fight Song Competition (8:57 AM), Crowd Involvement Competition (9:59 AM), and Band Dance Competition (11:00 AM). The cheerleaders invite you to join them and support their competition efforts - especially during the Crowd Involvement portion of the competition as they receive points based on the "crowd response".  Cost for admission to the competition is $10 (cash only). The team hopes to see you there. 


Athletic News


Lovejoy Baseball

The Leopard Baseball teams have started preparation for their 2018 season. The first pitch of the season is scheduled for February 6th at Richardson Pearce High School.

Lovejoy Boys Basketball

The Boys Basketball Team had a tough loss last night to the Mesquite Poteet Pirates 60-46. The Leopards are currently 1-3 in 15-5A District standings. The Leopards will work to get back on the winning side this Friday night when they travel to Royse City to take on the Bulldogs. The game is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
 
The Leopards JV Black team defeated the Pirates of Poteet 42-24. The win brings the JV 15-5A record to a perfect 4-0. The JV Leopards also travel to Royse City to play the Bulldogs at 5:30 PM on Friday.
 
The Leopards JV Red team defeated Plano Williams 30-17. The JV Red team's next game will be Tuesday, January 16th at home against the Scots of Highland Park. The game is scheduled for 5:30 PM.
 
The Freshmen Leopards defeated the Pirates 80-23. The Leopards also improved to 4-0 in District 15-5A.  The Freshmen will travel to Royse City to play the Bulldogs on Friday at 5:30 PM.


Lovejoy Girls Basketball

The Lady Leopards are ranked #11 in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) for class 5A. The Leopards are currently 20-5 overall with a perfect 5-0 record in district 15-5A. You may click here for a full listing of the TABC rankings.
 
The first round of district will finish up this week with a home game vs Royse City on Friday. Come out and support the teams as JV plays at 5:30 PM followed by the varsity at 7:00 PM.
 
Willow Springs 7th and 8th grade teams will be recognized during halftime of the varsity game vs Royse City.





Lovejoy Golf
 
The Leopard Golf team will return to action on Monday January 15th and 16th at the Four Seasons Golf Course for the Marcus High School Classic.  
 

Lovejoy Girls Soccer
 
The Lady Leopards Varsity Soccer team will kick off their season this week with the Varsity traveling to Colleyville to compete in the Heritage Soccer Classic.
 
The JV Lady Leopards travel to Greenville to take part in the Greenville High School JV Soccer Tournament.  


Lovejoy Softball
 
The Lady Leopards have started spring practice sessions for the upcoming 2018 season.  The Lady Leopards will start their season with a scrimmage on Tuesday, January 30th at 7:00 PM against Frisco Lone Star at Leopard Park.


Lovejoy Swim and Dive
 
The Wet Leopards Swim and Dive Team are preparing for the 12-5A District Swim and Dive Meet to be held on Saturday, January 20th at 8:30 AM. The District Meet will be held at the Allen Rodenbaugh Natatorium at 110 Rivercrest Boulevard in Allen. Make plans to come out and support our Swimmers and Divers as they compete to represent Lovejoy in the Regional Meet.


Lovejoy Tennis
 
The Lovejoy Tennis team has begun practicing for the 2018 Spring season. The Leopards will travel to Grapevine on Wednesday, January 24th to compete in the Grapevine High School Tournament.  They will continue their season with a trip to Frisco for the Lone Star Showdown scheduled for Friday, January 26th.


Lovejoy Wrestling
 
The Lovejoy women competed in the Lamar tournament in Arlington on Friday, January 5th, placing 2nd overall out of 21 teams. Lilly Musselman, Charis Vela, Katherine Heath, Alexandria LeFort, and Morgan Elvin once again showed that hard work does pay off. Alexandria and Morgan both finished as champs, Lilly placed 2nd and Charis placed 3rd.  Katherine was one match from placing, and wrestled well.
 
The Men's Wrestling team competed in the TCA Invitational in the JV and Varsity Division.
 
The young men in the JV division wrestled well. Congratulations to David Gold on his 1st place finish.
 
Senior James Ayers led the varsity team with a gold medal finish. Freshman Ralph Rucker kept his streak alive by finishing with the silver medal. Rucker has placed in every tournament his freshman year. Sophomore Alex Vislosky was a welcome addition back in the lineup and finished with the bronze medal.
 
For a complete list of results, please click here .
 
The Leopards Wrestlers are scheduled to compete tomorrow against Newman Smith, McKinney North and Melissa in a Dual competition at McKinney North High School.  The matches are scheduled for 5:30 PM. The team will then travel to Euless Trinity High School for the Trojan Classic this Friday and Saturday.


In Case You Missed It


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

District-Wide News

Lovejoy K-6 Talent Show

The LHS Junior Class invites Lovejoy K - 6 students to register for its upcoming fundraiser talent show. The show will take place Thursday, February 15th at 5:30 PM at Lovejoy High School in the auditorium, with rehearsals on Thursday, February 8th at 5:00 PM. The cost for single acts to perform is $25, and group acts are $50. Admission to the event is free. All proceeds will go to support Prom.
For more information and to register, click here . Please note, only the first 40 acts to register will be accepted, so don't delay.

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 Campout 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 .



Toy Drive


The Work-Based Learning classes at Lovejoy High School are hosting an annual toy drive to benefit the children in Little Leopards. Collection boxes are located at each campus and at the Administration building. The students are accepting new-to-gently-used toys for children from birth to five years of age. For additional information, please click here or contact Sancy Fuller.

 
Lovejoy Lacrosse - Boys' and Girls' Teams
Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the boys' and girls' 2018 Spring season of Lovejoy Lacrosse.  Join the most exciting, fastest-growing sport in the country. 
 
Register now for Boys: Grades Kindergarten through High School
Register now for Girls: Grades Kindergarten through 8th grade
 
Visit www.lovejoylacrosse.com for information regarding the program and the upcoming Spring season. 
 
Hurry, as rosters are filling quickly!




Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten
Space Available

Our  district has offered a Pre-K program as a part of our employee daycare progr a m 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 hav e 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.
 
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 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

Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit Night
January 16th

The Lovejoy Orchestra will host a Spirit Night at BJ's restaurant Tuesday, January 16th from 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Please join the Orchestra for a great combo of delicious food and good company in support of our Lovejoy Orchestra. 20% of the proceeds from your visit will go to the Orchestra Booster Club. When you order, please let them know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra. This is valid for dine in or take out. BJ's is located at 190 E. Stacy Rd Suite 3300, Allen, TX 75002.

Free Girls Lacrosse Try-It Practices
January 22nd and January 24th

Lovejoy Lacrosse will host two free try-it practices for all Lovejoy girls in grades K - 8. The practices will be held on Monday, January 22nd (at Lovejoy High School), and Wednesday, January 24th (at Willow Springs Middle School). The try-it practice times will be as follows for both days:
 
Kinder/2nd graders
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
3rd/4th graders
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
 
5th/6th graders
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
7th/8th graders
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
No lacrosse experience is necessary and there is no need to register. It will be a fun, no pressure environment where Lovejoy girls can try lacrosse, and parents can learn about the Lovejoy Lady Leopards Lacrosse program. For additional information, please visit the Lovejoy Lacrosse website at:




Mini Majestic Dance Camp

Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 27th, from 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM (check in at 7:30am) for the Mini Majestic Dance Camp.
 
All Lovejoy ISD students in grades K-6 are invited to join the Majestics Dance Team. Each age group will learn a fun routine, make new friends and perform a routine for parents and friends at a "Show-Off" at 11:00 AM in the Lovejoy High School auditorium. Registration information will be coming soon.

Lovejoy High School Band Mattress Sale Fundraiser
February 10th

The Lovejoy High School Band will be hosting its 1st annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser on 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.



Relay for Life: April 6
Relay for Life Gallery Wall Opportunity

Relay for Life is an annual event held at Lovejoy High School to raise awareness of cancer and donate to cancer research. This year's initiative is to bring the Lovejoy community together as a whole to promote a sense of community and care. The entire Lovejoy community is invited to participate in this event on April 6, 2018.
 
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.
 
We hope you will save the date of April 6th and join us for Relay for Life.



Relay for Life Luminarias
Relay for Life is selling Luminarias for the Relay for Life event on April 6th at Lovejoy High 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?



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


Inclement Weather
School closures will be determined based on safety. In the event of a school closure, notifications will be announced on the district's website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We will also announce any closure through the media and by phone. Links to our social media accounts are shown below.

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)