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:
 
We are in the midst of budget season as we prepare for the 2018-2019 school year. While we will take another hit with the continued loss of state funds, our Board has provided direction related to the important aspects of the budget.
 
As you may remember, the Board of Trustees and our administrative team began our work in November 2017 to prepare the budget for the 2018-2019 school year. Following is the criteria the Board has directed to be met in the 2018-2019 budget:  
  • Find a way to continue to protect the Lovejoy programs which are contributing directly to student achievement and/or the student experience. 
  • Adjust teacher compensation to ensure our teacher pay scales are competitive with our surrounding districts. 
  • Add security personnel, which will increase the safety of our students. 
The challenge we must overcome is accomplishing this in light of the fact that we will once again experience a loss of state funds of more than $1 million.
 
The Board has directed the administration to prepare a budget which does not require any fees for services. This means Lovejoy ISD will not be charging fees for transportation or extracurricular activities for the 2018-2019 school year.
 
A portion of the shortfall from state revenue will be made up by increased revenue from football season tickets as well as the recently completed Campus Campouts.
 
The board must adopt a final budget by June 30, 2018.


Campus Campouts



Lovejoy Elementary, Hart Elementary and Puster Elementary Schools have all held their inaugural campouts and each event was a great success. The Campouts offered a wide variety of activities, including bounce houses, glow parties, movies under the stars, and much more. The grand finale of each event was a campout on the playgrounds. 

Thank you to the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make these events so incredible and to all of the campers for joining us. Great memories were made at the Campouts and we look forward to future events.








































School Board Election


The 2018 School Board Election will be held on Saturday, May 5th from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM. The terms expiring in 2018 are Place 6 and Place 7. Place 6 candidates are Al Litchenburg (incumbent) and Jennifer Kline. Incumbent Scott Christiansen is running unopposed for Place 7. The Lovejoy ISD Administration Building is a Collin County Vote Center. You may click here for a full listing of election day polling locations.



First LHS Golfer to
Qualify for State UIL Tournament


Allie Bianchi became the first Lovejoy Golfer to qualify for the UIL State Golf Tournament. Allie competed in the UIL Region II Golf Tournament this past Wednesday and Thursday at the Rockwall Athletic Golf Club. Allie shot a first round score of 77, placing her third overall after day one. She followed with a one over par 73 for a two-day total of 150, securing her third place overall finish. She will compete in the UIL State Golf Tournament on May 21st and 22nd at the White Wing Golf Club in Georgetown.

 



Track and Field Athletes
Qualify for State UIL Track Meet


The Lovejoy Boys and Girls Track Teams recently competed in the UIL 5-A Region II Track Meet at the University of Texas at Arlington Maverick Stadium. Three athletes qualified for the UIL State Track Meet in Austin on May 11th and 12th. Chase Van Wagoner earned a return trip to Austin, securing the Region II Championship in the Long Jump with a jump of 23 feet 6 ΒΌ inches. Will Muirhead will represent the Leopards in Austin as the Region II Champion in the 1600m, with a new school record time of 4:19.79. Grace Ridgeway is returning to the State meet for a second year as the Region II Champion in the Pole Vault, clearing 12'0". Grace will be defending her title as the 2017 State Champion Pole Vaulter. Good luck to all our State qualifiers, and congratulations to all of the Track and Field athletes for another very successful season.

 



National Speech and Debate
Academic All-American



Congratulations to LHS Senior Anna Rouse who earned the distinction of the National Speech and Debate Association's Academic All-American award. This award recognizes academic rigor, competitive speech and debate success, and personal excellence. Out of more than 141,000 student members, fewer than 500 students earn this award each year. This puts Anna among the top half of 1% of all student members across the country. We are #lovejoyproud.



Girl Scout Gold Award



LHS Senior Neha Kapur will be receiving her Gold award, which is the highest award in Girl Scouts. For her project, Neha hosted First Aid workshops to teach elementary aged children about the importance of and how to administer first aid. Neha says, "My hope with this project was to be able to teach basic first aid to as many kids as possible so they are prepared if something happens in the future." She thanks Lovejoy for the opportunity to conduct workshops in all three elementary schools. "It was such a pleasure to spend time with these brilliant kids, and I had so much fun teaching them." You may click here to view a video of Neha leading the workshops.



Phone and Internet Outage
Puster Elementary School



Puster Elementary School experienced a phone and internet outage today. A fiber cut occurred early this morning and services were restored at approximately 5:40 PM this afternoon. 


Foundation for Lovejoy Schools


Denim and Diamonds 2019

Planning for Denim and Diamonds 2019, which will be Saturday, February 2nd at the Marriott Legacy Town Center in Plano, is now underway. The Foundation is gathering ideas and working on some new, fun and exciting things for next year's event.
 
The Foundation is requesting your input and help. If you are interested in learning more about the different areas in which you may serve or just want to provide feedback, this is an opportunity for you. Please join us for a lite lunch on May 10th at Rick's Chophouse in McKinney at 11:30 AM. This will be a great time to talk about Denim and Diamonds, answer questions, listen to ideas, and plan for next year.
 
Please RSVP to Kelli Litchenburg at alnkelli@yahoo.com if you will be attending.


Fine Arts

Lovejoy Band Joint Concert
May 7th

The Jazz Band invites you to join them on May 7th for their concert featuring Delfeayo Marsalis and the TI Jazz Band. The concert will be held at Lovejoy High School in the Auditorium at 7:00 PM. Click here for tickets.




SCIS 5th Grader to Sing in San Antonio

Rachel Dobbs , SCIS fifth grader, was selected out of several hundred auditioning fifth and sixth graders in the state of Texas to sing at the 2018 Texas Choral Directors Association meeting in San Antonio this July. She will participate in a two-day clinic and perform at the annual convention.


LHS Visual Arts
2018 Congressional Art Competition
People's Choice Award

Please take an opportunity to vote for one of the 5 Lovejoy High School artists who submitted work for the 36th Annual Congressional Art Competition. This annual competition offers students the opportunity to have their work hang in the national capitol building for 1 year, and the opportunity to win a trip to the opening exhibition of the winning work from around the country. Award winners will be announced Monday, May 14th at the McKinney Performing Arts Center at 6:00 PM. Please click here to place your vote for a LHS artist to receive the "People's Choice" honor. Voting ends on Monday, May 7th at 5:00 PM CST.
 
Katie Miller
Junior - AP 2D Design
 
Anna Redman
Senior - AP Drawing
 
Eli Ruhala
Senior - AP Drawing
 
Emma Wigginton
Senior - AP Drawing
 
Isaac Wingard
Senior - AP Drawing


Athletic News


Lovejoy Baseball

The Leopard Varsity Baseball Team secured a spot in the 2018 UIL State Baseball Playoffs with their 11-0 win over Royse City. The Leopards begin the Bi-District Round of the State Playoffs tonight at Leopard Park against the Texas High Tigers. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Game two is scheduled for Texas High Tiger Field Friday night at 7:00 PM, and game three (if necessary) is scheduled for noon at Rockwall High School YellowJacket Field.





Lovejoy Softball
 
The Lovejoy Softball season ended this past week with a Bi-District round loss to the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats. The Leopards started the three game series hosting the Lady Cats at Leopard Park and were defeated 15-4. The Lady Leopards traveled to Sulphur Springs for game two on Friday and again were defeated 15-1 to end the season. The Lady Leopards had a challenging year with injuries to many players, but worked together for the final playoff spot from District 15-5A. The Lady Leopards will now focus on the 2019 season, with a strong off season and summer program. Congratulations on another playoff year.




In Case You Missed It


District-Wide News


Sports Physicals and Cardiac Screening

The Lovejoy Sports Medicine Department is offering sports physicals and hosting "Who We Play For" for cardiac screenings. Physicals and cardiac screens are open to all 2018 - 2019 incoming 7th - 12th grade student athletes. A parent or guardian should attend the physical/screening with the student to sign permission forms.
 
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Willow Springs Middle School
1101 W. Lucas Road, Lucas, TX 75002
 
$20 per student for physicals
(Please make check payable to Lovejoy Athletics)
 
$15 per student for cardiac screen
(Please make check payable to Who We Play For)
 
Please click here to RSVP for each student registering for a physical and/or cardiac screen. Space is limited and registration will close when capacity is full.
 
Payment and consent forms are due at Willow Springs Middle School on Saturday, July 21st. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Payment may not be made by credit/debit card.
 
Click here for additional information.


Summer Enrichment Camps

Online registration is now open for Summer Enrichment camps. Click here for a complete listing of camp offerings and additional information.




Lovejoy Summer Athletic Camps

Registration is open for Lovejoy ISD Summer Athletic Camps. Click here for details.
 
Lovejoy Athletics is pleased to announce its partnership with Geno Pierce's Performance Course for the 2018-2019 school year. Performance Course brings with it a proven track record of championship success. Performance Course offers many different courses from high-intensity to foundational programs.
 
There is something for everyone. Click here for details and registration links.



Kids 1st Summer Camp

Kids 1st is now accepting registrations for summer camp. Click here for additional information.




Lovejoy High School Musical Theatre Camp

The Lovejoy High School Theatre Department will produce Disney's The Jungle Book - Kids this summer.
 
Students will work together to produce and perform Disney's The Jungle Book- Kids. Students will develop confidence, sharpen their musical and theatrical skills, and create wonderful memories along the way. Directed by Jessica Brewster, LHS Head Theatre Director, and musically directed by Anne Tracy, Puster Elementary Music Specialist, this show will be sure to be an unforgettable experience.
 
There are three camp opportunities available, which will run simultaneously:
 
● Lovejoy HS Summer Musical Theatre Camp - for students completing 3rd grade through 6th grade who want to perform on stage.
 
● Lovejoy HS Summer Technical Theatre Camp  - for students completing 3rd grade through 6th grade who want to work behind the scenes.
 
● Lovejoy HS Summer Musical Theatre Intern Camp  - for students completing 7th grade through 8th grade who want to work with the LHS Theatre staff to produce the show.
 
You may click here for additional information and for registration.




Sewing Camp

Join the fun at Summer Sewing Camps to be held at Willow Springs Middle School. Sewing Basics 101 teaches machine and tool basics while making a pillowcase and PJs. Sewing Skills Builder 201 continues to develop your skills with your choice of an individualized project. Choose 1, 2 or all 3 sessions, which will take place in June and July. To reserve your spot, email Louisekingtx@gmail.com . Hurry, as sessions will fill quickly. Click here for additional information and to learn more about the special 3rd week option: a t-shirt quilt.


LHS and WSMS School Store Spring Sale

Don't miss the LHS and WSMS School Store Spring Sales. Save 50% on all in-stock merchandise. Store hours are as follows:
 
LHS Store - Monday - Friday - 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
WSMS Store - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM

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. 


Safety and Security

Safety and security remain our highest priorities. We have specific plans at each campus in response to a security breach. We continue to consider additional measures to address both the perception of safety, as well as the actual safety on every campus.
 
We would like to ask for your assistance. If you have information about a threat to the safety of a student, staff member, campus, or the district, we ask you to report it. SafeSchools is our online safety compliance program, which is specifically designed for school use, incident management, and bullying reporting. This program allows students, staff, and parents to report tips on bullying, harassment, intimidation, weapons, drugs, or other threats to school safety by e-mail, via website, text, or by calling 469.919.5861. This system allows us to stay connected and to prevent incidents before they occur. Staff are immediately notified of every tip, and can effectively track and manage incidents to resolution in this web-based system. Multiple administrators throughout the district monitor submissions to assure entries are addressed in a timely manner. Once a tip is entered, tipsters can easily check on the status of their tip and remain anonymous. School officials are notified through e-mail when tips are created and/or updated.

Posters are displayed in every classroom and hallways throughout each of the Lovejoy campuses, providing information as to how to enter a tip.

If you have information about a threat to our safety, do your part and report it. Please remember, you may remain anonymous.
 
As always, your questions, concerns, and suggestions regarding school security are welcome. Please email, text or call me with your thoughts. My cell number is 972.415.8129.


Upcoming Events

Lovejoy Visual Arts Presents
Elementary Spotlight Exhibition
Now - May 8th

Puster, Hart and Lovejoy Elementary Visual Arts Departments invite you to attend the Annual Lovejoy Visual Arts (LJVA) Elementary Spotlight Exhibition on display in the Lovejoy High School Art Gallery from April 24th through May 8th. This exhibition will feature selected works to showcase each grade level (K-4) from Puster, Hart and Lovejoy Elementary Schools.
 
Please feel free to explore the gallery during regular school hours through May 8th.



 
Treasured Vessels Foundation
May 10th

The Treasured Vessels Foundation (TVF) is a local, non-profit which assists adolescent girls who have been recovered from domestic sex trafficking. TVF is building a secure community of tiny homes which will provide 24/7 therapeutic programing, with an emphasis in trauma-specific care. The program provides the tools these children need to develop a vision for a new, healthy, happy, and independent life.
 
You are invited to partner with TVF on May 10th at the Allen Event Center for a benefit concert featuring Emerald City Band and Lovejoy band "Friday Night School". You may purchase tickets at the box office or through Ticketmaster. Click here for additional information.



Lovejoy Country Run
May 12th

Join us for the 12th Annual Running with the Leopards Country Run on Saturday, May 12th at Lovejoy High School. The 1k Fun Run will begin at 7:30 AM and the 5k Run will begin at 8:00 AM at Leopard Stadium. The Country Run is coordinated by Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. (LLI) and benefits the Lovejoy athletic booster clubs. Please click here to register. If your business is interested in sponsoring the Country Run, please click here for the sponsorship form.




Advocacy 101
May 16th


LHS Choir Pop Show
May 18th and 19th

Did you love The Greatest Showman ? Can't stop humming the songs of Bruno Mars? Wish you could go back to those simpler times before One Direction split up? Then you'll definitely want to get your tickets to the Lovejoy High School Choir Pop Show 2018: Soundtrack of our Lives.

The show runs two nights, Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th at 7:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School Auditorium. The pre-show will begin at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students/staff/seniors. Ticket sales begin on Monday, May 7th at 8:00 AM. You may  click here to access the Fine Arts Box Office and Ticket Sales website.

 

WSMS Choir
May 21st

Join the Willow Springs Middle School Choir for the 2018 Pop Show. Click here to purchase tickets.
 
The Greatest Pop Show
May 21, 2018 - 7:00 PM
(6:40 PM Pre-Show)
Lovejoy HS Auditorium
Tickets are $5.00 online (with a $2.00 fee)




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)