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 enjoyed Fall Break. It is nice to be experiencing some cooler temperatures. We are looking forward to welcoming a large crowd for the homecoming festivities and football game tomorrow night. Due to construction at the high school, we are 69 parking slots short of our normal count. As always, we run a shuttle from Grace Church on Estates and from Hart Elementary School. If you ride the shuttle, you will be dropped off at the gate. The shuttles run continuously throughout the night.  



LHS Speech and Debate


Results from Newman Smith High School Tournament

Congratulations to the LHS Speech and Debate Team for placing as the 3rd Place Sweepstakes Team.  The results are as follows:
 
LD Debate
Collins Morgan - Semi Finalist and Top 4 Debaters
 
PF Debate
Garrett Larson and Shivani Radhakrishnan - Quarter Finalist (Top 8 teams)
 
Congress
Anna Rouse - Finals
 
Duo Interpretation
Grant Dennis and Clay Parker - 3rd Place
 
Ariel Kokoricha and Melody Quintero - 6th Place
 
Humorous Interpretation
Clay Parker - 2nd Place
 
Shivani Radhakrishnan - 4th Place
 
Dramatic Interpretation
Grant Dennis - 6th Place
 
Duet
Grant Dennis and Clay Parker - 4th Place
 
Prose
Raheel Ahmed - 1st Place
Luke Wheatley - 4th Place
 
Novice Extemporaneous
Kaya Czyz - Semi Finals
Alex McCaffity - Semi Finals
Tajvir Singh - 5th
Sarah Michal  - 6th
 
Original Oratory
Anna Rouse - 3rd





Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the TFA State Competition: 
                       
Duet
Grant Dennis and Clay Parker
 
Humorous Interpretation
Clay Parker
 
LD Debate
Collins Morgan



Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the National Individual Tournament of Champions:
 
Duet Acting
Grant Dennis and Clay Parker


Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky:
 
Duet Acting
Grant Dennis and Clay Parker



State Fair Winner


Sophia Foster Wins Blue and Yellow Ribbons

Congratulations to Lovejoy High School 10th grade student, Sophia Foster, on her Blue Ribbon and Yellow Ribbon finishes at the State Fair of Texas. Sophia moved from Georgia to Lucas just before beginning her 9th grade year. After visiting the 2016 State Fair of Texas, she investigated how to enter and participate in the creative arts contests.  She entered in two areas: Mixed Media with the theme of "Texans", and Watercolor with the theme of "Animals/Birds." She placed first, with a blue ribbon in Mixed Media, and received an honorable-mention yellow ribbon in Watercolor. The State Fair of Texas typically has several hundred entries from around the state in each of the various creative arts categories for both adults and junior divisions.
 
Sophia is currently a student of LHS Art teacher, Jeff Seidel.





A Message from the 
Deputy Superintendent


PSAT
 
Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
We are at the end of the first grading period. I hope your child has experienced successes and support for positive learning as a Lovejoy student. Yesterday, students in grades 9-11 took the PSAT. Following you will find additional information regarding the PSAT for each grade level.
 


What are the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT?
The PSAT test measures the skills and knowledge which students acquire in high school. The PSAT is aligned with the SAT. It measures the same skills and knowledge appropriate for different grade levels.
 
The PSAT 8/9 is the first test in the suite of assessments aligned with the SAT. The PSAT 8/9 is designed for students in grades 8 and 9.
 
Students in grades 10 and 11 take the PSAT/NMSQT. This is the official test used by the National Merit Scholarship Program, and students taking the PSAT/NMSQT are automatically screened for the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships.
 
One method for expanding college and university options after graduating from Lovejoy High School is to perform well on standardized exams such as the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT. Colleges and universities typically consider performance on these tests in their admission and scholarship criteria. To assist students with the opportunities to demonstrate academic knowledge and skills on these tests, the College Board, which administers the PSAT and SAT exams, has partnered with Khan Academy to make practice materials available to all students.  To access the study materials, visit Lovejoy's PSAT, SAT, and ACT resource page .
 
Score Reporting
Scores for the PSAT 8/9 range from 240-1440, and the PSAT/NMSQT are 320-1520. Each section of the PSAT includes a sub-score to provide additional information for students, parents and educators. Online score reports allow students and families to quickly identify areas of strength, focus areas, and personalized study pathways for the next test the student will take.  Online score reports will be available for students in mid-December.  Lovejoy High School will receive paper reports after the Christmas break.  

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


Lovejoy Cross Country

The Leopards Mens and Womens Cross Country teams are competing in the District 15-5A Cross Country Meet today, Thursday, October 12th at Myers Park in McKinney, Texas.  The races began at 8:30 AM.  Directions to Myers Park may be found on the Lovejoy ISD Athletic Website .



Lovejoy Football

The Leopards are coming off their open week. The Leopards' next Home 15-5A contest is the homecoming game tomorrow Friday, October 13th against the Forney Jackrabbits. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM. Tickets may be purchased at the Lovejoy High School store until noon tomorrow. Tickets purchased by noon are $6 for adults and $3 for students (K-12). Tickets purchased at the gate on home varsity football nights are $8.00 for adults and students.  



Lovejoy Golf

The Leopards Golf team competed in Abilene this past weekend with 25 other teams from across the State of Texas. Many of these teams competed in the regional and state tournaments last year. Diamondback Golf Course was challenging, with a competitive field of teams. Lovejoy finished 17th out of 26. The first day, the boys shot a team total 356, and a team total of 352 on the second day. 
 
The JV 1 boys competed in the Fred Willis Memorial Tournament at Lake Park.  The Boys shot a team total of 359 for a 3rd place finish out of the 12 teams.  Derek Fisher shot 81, his best round, for a 6th place finish overall



Lovejoy Tennis
 
The Lovejoy Tennis team defeated Mesquite Poteet last Thursday 19-0.  The Leopards are on a five game winning streak, and will begin the 2017 playoffs against Greenville next Tuesday, October 17th.  The Leopards Bi-District match is scheduled to start at 4:00 PM at Princeton High School.



Lovejoy Volleyball
 
The Lady Leopards defeated the Royse City Lady Bulldogs 3-0 last night in Royse City.  The win places the Leopards at 9-0 in 15-5A competition. The Lady Leopards will host the Lady Jackrabbits from Forney High School this Friday in Leopard Gym at 5:30 PM.  This is the annual Homecoming contest, so make plans to come out and support LOJO Volleyball.





Fine Arts


Lovejoy Cheer - A New Tradition

The Lovejoy High Cheer Team is pleased to announce the new tradition of "Chant of the Week." 
 
This week is homecoming. Watch the Lovejoy Varsity cheerleaders' video, and be ready to cheer our Leopards to victory at the game tomorrow. Kick-off for the homecoming game is at 7:30 PM against Forney. The Leopards will be starting the second half of their season and need our support.  We hope to see you at the game. 




LHS Choir

Congratulations to the Lovejoy Choir on an exemplary day at Region Choir auditions. Twenty-six students from Lovejoy High School auditioned, with all students earning a place in one of the Region Choirs. Several students placed in the top 5 in their rooms, which is especially exciting. This is another record-breaking year for the choir program, with students earning a spot in the region choirs.
 
Region 25 Mixed Choir and Students Advancing to the Pre-Area Audition
Colette Brooks
Stephen Godfrey
Hannah Hansen - #3 Soprano 2
Alison Jobes - #5 Alto 1
Noah Johnson - #1 Tenor 2
Andrew Mao
Connor Martin - #5 Bass 1
Claire McLaren
Mandy Rickett - #1 Alto 1
Marcie Sawyers
Mikayla Slatten - #4 Alto 1
Hallie Steadman
Catherine Stewart - #5 Soprano 1
Katie Strand - #2 Alto 1
Jack Supan - #2 Bass 2
Paige White
Luke Wild - #4 Bass 2
 
Region 25 Treble Choir
Caroline Dobbs
Julia Dobbs
Jacqueline Genovese
Katherine Guo
Kyra Jacobs
Elle Mendelson
Kennedy Trythall
 
Region 25 Honor Choir
Shalin Mehta
Nathan York


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


Homecoming Mums

The Lovejoy Majestics will be selling mums  tonight at the high school between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

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.  




Homecoming Blackout T-Shirts

This is the last week to purchase Blackout Homecoming Shirts. The Band Boosters will be selling the t-shirts during all lunches this week at Lovejoy High School through Friday and at Willow Springs Middle School during lunch on Friday. Whatever shirts are left will be sold at the Homecoming game. Shirts are $10. Get yours today and support the Band Boosters.  


 

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 .  


Hurricane Maria Relief
A Message from Enrique Vega

"My name is Enrique Vega. I am a Senior at Lovejoy High School and have decided to help victims affected by Hurricane Maria. On September 20th, 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by a Category 4 hurricane. This powerful hurricane has left millions without power, little access to water, dwindling food supplies, and no place to call home. I have partnered up with the Salvation Army to collect items to help relieve some of the stress put onto the US territory of Puerto Rico. Some of the most essential items needed include food, water, hygiene supplies, and baby supplies. Large donation boxes will be located at the front of Lovejoy High School from October 10th - 13th. There will also be donation boxes at all entrances to the Homecoming pep rally and the Homecoming game. Please help those affected by this tragedy by donating items. For additional information, please click here ."



Eagle Project: Hurricane Harvey Relief
A Message from Hunter Kight

"My name is Hunter Kight, I am an 8th grader at Willow Springs, and I've just started my eagle project. I have chosen to help the Hurricane Harvey victims for my project. Many of the victims did not have flood insurance, and this looks to be the most costly natural disaster in U.S. history. The clean-up and rebuild effort will take more than a year. There is a time during disasters like this that charities experience donor fatigue. This is where donations drop to their lowest. Through my project, I am trying to reduce donor fatigue by collecting basic essential items. I have partnered with the Salvation Army to collect supplies like canned goods, baby food/formula, hygiene items, diapers, and cases of water. Large donation boxes are located at each school to collect these items. I will leave these boxes out until November 3, 2017. Please consider supporting this effort by filling the boxes and helping the victims."
 
Click here for additional information.



Dallas Symphony Orchestra Discount

Thomas Mears, Group Sales Education Specialist, has arranged for Lovejoy families and staff members to receive a 20% discount for all DSO Concerts, with the exception of Beethoven's 9th in May. When purchasing tickets online at www.mydso.com , type LOVEJOYISD20 at checkout to receive your 20% discount (you will be charged a $7 fee).  If you call the box office at 214.849.4376, you will receive the 20% discount, and will not be charged the $7 fee.   


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_christensen@lovejoyisd.net . P.S. Dogs are welcome. 


 
ASA Winter Basketball Registration Now Open

Registration for ASA Winter Basketball is now open for grades K - 12.  Click here for additional information.
 


 
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


LHS Band Marching Contests:
October 14 and October 21

The LHS Band will be competing at the Wylie Marching Contest this Saturday, October 14th.  The band will perform at 12:30 PM at the Wylie ISD Stadium.  Please support the band as they prepare for their upcoming UIL Marching contest.
 
The LHS Band will also be competing at the UIL Marching Contest on Saturday, October 21st.  The band will perform at 2:15 PM at the Wylie ISD Stadium.  The results will be announced at 4:45 PM. The LHS Band has been preparing the UIL Show, "Metalmorphosis 2017" since August.  This year, the 5A bands will have their rotation to compete for state.  We hope to see our Lovejoy Fans in Wylie supporting our Marching Leopards. 

 

WSMS Choir Concert: October 16

The WSMS Choir Concert is on Monday, October 16, 2017.  The concert will be held at the Lovejoy High School auditorium at 6:30 PM.
 

Lovejoy Lacrosse Spirit Day: October 16

If you love Chick-fil-A and Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse, stop by Chick-fil-A on Stacy Road on Monday, October 16th 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 16th.



Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit Night: October 17

Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit day/night will be held at Kelly Family Farms on Tuesday, October 17th from 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM. This is an all-day event. We hope you will join us for a great combination of delicious food, good company, and support of the Lovejoy Orchestra. 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Orchestra Booster Club. When placing your order, please let the cashier know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra for both dine-in and take-out orders.  You may place an order for pick up at 972.754.7974 .
 

LHS Varsity Choir Masterworks Concert:
October 21

Dr. Andrew Crane, Associate Professor of Choral Conducting and Director of the BYU Singers, will conduct the Lovejoy High School Varsity Mixed Choir and Muses, the McKinney Boyd Varsity Choir, and the Plano West Varsity Choir in a concert of choral masterworks on Saturday, October 21st at 1:00 PM at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church. We hope you will make plans to join us for this exciting performance.
 

WSMS Madagascar Live!: October 21

The Willow Springs Middle School cast and crew of Madagascar Live! invite you to attend:
 
Madagascar Live! Family Fun Night
Saturday, October 21st
6:00 PM
WSMS Courtyard and Cafeteria
 
Join the characters of Madagascar Live! for this family fun night. Sing the songs, play some games, and eat treats. Enjoy a mini carnival-like atmosphere. The night will conclude with an outdoor movie watching party of Madagascar (weather permitting). Bring a blanket and enjoy this great evening with the cast of Madagascar Live!. This is a great event for children and families in support of the middle school musical theatre program.  Tickets will be $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased at this link .  
 

Friends of Fairview Firefighters Association/ Community Pancake Breakfast: October 21

 

Lovejoy High School Student Council
Pink Out Football Game:  October 27

Every year, Lovejoy Student Council makes a donation to help beat breast cancer. The LHS Student Council members invite you to purchase Pink Out t-shirts to raise money and spread awareness for the cause. The t-shirts are $16 and may be purchased through the Online Payment Center .
 
This year's fundraiser will benefit a local non-profit organization. Check out www.breastcancercanstickit.org , and the organization April Samuels has built to help fight breast cancer. Her story is amazing and her family lives in the Lovejoy district. Orders will be delivered to campuses October 25th and 26th. 

 

College Admission and GPA/Rank Forum:
October 30

Unequivocally, our goal is to implement the best system possible which will support our students in their quest for admittance to the college/university of his/her choosing. The idea of ranking or not ranking our graduates has been a discussion item for several years. Under Texas law, we are required to rank the Top 10%, but beyond that, it is a local district decision. We have done a thorough review of this issue at least twice in the past, and have not found a compelling reason to drop the ranking policy beyond the Top 10%. Our college counselors have put together a panel of college/university admissions professionals to provide additional information for our community. Please plan to join us on October 30th from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM in the LHS gym. Currently, we have commitments from staff at these institutions:

The University of Texas - Austin
The University of Texas - Dallas
The University of North Texas
Texas Tech University
 
Save the date for October 30th at 6:30 PM.
 

Mini Madagascar Live! VIP Party: November 2

Are you a VIP? Join us for a Mini Madagascar Live! VIP Party on Thursday, November 2nd, at 6:15 PM.  November 2nd is opening night of the Willow Springs Middle School musical, Madagascar Live!. The animals are escaping from the Central Park Zoo, and you are invited to experience it firsthand.  If you like to Move It, Move It, we hope to see you at this exclusive engagement to meet the zoo animals, and experience a Crack a Lackin good time.
 
This experience includes a special pre-show backstage tour with a Madagascar Live! character, signed show poster, t-shirt, 1 adult ticket and 1 child/student ticket, a goody bag and special reserved seating. Tickets are $50 and are available at this link .  Tickets to this special event are limited to the first 50 students.  Tickets are available only online .



Safe!: November 8
Issues Affecting Today's Teens and How You Can Help

We all want to keep our teens safe.  Join Vanita Halliburton and Dr. Ray Levy on Wednesday, November 8th at 11:30 AM in the Lovejoy ISD Administration Building Board Room to learn how to:
 
  • Recognize signs of distress in teens
  • Promote brain health
  • Foster resiliency and positive coping skills
  • Know the warning signs of suicidal behavior
  • Find help for a struggling teen
  • Implement protective measures to keep teens SAFE!
 
Vanita Halliburton is president of the Grant Halliburton Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness and understanding of adolescent mental health and suicide prevention. She speaks from the heart about her son's battle with depression and bipolar disorder and his suicide at the age of 19.
 
Ray Levy, Ph.D., LSSP is in private practice in Dallas, Texas and works extensively with high risk children, children with ADHD and strong-willed behaviors. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows discussing various psychological issues. Dr. Levy travels throughout the country giving workshops and talks on therapy, and child and adolescent issues.

 


Running Over Depression 5K and 1K Fun Run: November 11

Bradley Davis, James Ayers, and Jonah Barton are organizing the second annual Running Over Depression 5K and 1K event for their Senior Projects. Last year, this event had over 360 participants, and raised over $8,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). This year, the organizers are looking forward to increasing the number of participants and involvement from the Lovejoy Community. The event will be held on Saturday, November 11th. The entry fees are $20 for the 1K and $30 for the 5K, with all proceeds donated to the AFSP. You may register by clicking here .  Register early, as prices increase after November 3rd.
 


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.


Guy "Trey" Anderson - Class of 2012

Trey is currently playing bass on the Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas which has been to Vancouver, Juneau, Hawaii, Tahiti, Bora Bora, New Zealand, and Sydney.  Trey is pictured below in a recent photograph taken in Sydney.




Stay Connected


Lovejoy ISD App
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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)