Lovejoy Independent School District

 
Email Express
May 24, 2017
A Message from the Superintendent


Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
As the 2016-2017 school year nears completion, the Lovejoy community has many accomplishments in which they should take great pride. Our students have experienced a year full of outstanding achievements in both academics and extracurricular pursuits.  The Senior Class will graduate on Saturday, May 27th.  It will be a great day for Lovejoy Seniors, family members, teachers, and staff, as we celebrate the numerous accomplishments of this graduating class and look forward to their future successes.
 
You are cordially invited to join us for the Lovejoy High School Graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 10:00 AM. The graduation will be held at the Allen Event Center. We will be graduating 322 students. Collectively, these seniors have been offered a total of $16.9 million in one-time and renewable scholarships. These students will matriculate to 78 institutions of higher learning in the fall.
 
If you are unable to attend graduation, you may view a live stream beginning at 10:00 AM on May 27th by clicking here .



State Board of Education Names 2017 Student Hero Recipients
The State Board of Education named 15 students as recipients of the 2017 Student Heroes Award.  Congratulations to LHS Senior, Emilee Gant, the State Board of Education District 12 honoree.  You may click here for additional information.

 
Duke TIP Grand Recognition
Justin Larimer , a Willow Springs 7th grader, recently traveled to Duke University to participate in the Grand Recognition Ceremony for the Duke TIP program. Duke TIP identifies top 7th grade students based on achieving the 95th percentile on standardized tests. These students are then given the option to take college entrance exams -- either the SAT or ACT test -- as a 7th grader, in order to challenge themselves and see how well they do. Based on his high ACT scores, Justin earned not only state recognition, but also national recognition. Out of 53,843 top-scoring 7th graders participating in the Duke TIP program this year, he is one of only 2,072 nationwide to qualify for this honor. These students' ACT and SAT scores are approximately equal to the 90th percentile of college-bound high school seniors taking the same tests this year. The Grand Recognition Ceremony was held at Cameron Indoor Stadium, home of the Duke Blue Devils basketball team, at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday, May 22nd. Justin had a great time touring the Duke campus, eating the best pizza ever from their student restaurant, and collecting some spirit wear with his mom. For additional information, please click here .



Robotics Student Featured in Local Publication
Ryan Luther , a Junior at Lovejoy High School was recently featured in the Fairview Estate Life magazine.  Click here to read the article. 
 
 
Puster Elementary School
Puster Elementary 4th graders recently traveled to Waco and Austin to visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the Texas State Capitol, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.  Hart and Lovejoy Elementary 4th graders made the same trip earlier in the Spring. 



Texas PAS State Solo Marimba Contest
On Saturday, May 20th, 8th grader Charis Vela participated in the Texas Percussive Arts Society State Solo Marimba Contest at Marcus High School. She performed the technically-demanding composition, Un Dia de Noviembre, and brought home a 1st place win.

 
Lovejoy Wrestling
This past weekend, two of our young men competed in the Texas-USA Greco Roman and Freestyle State championship in Irving, Texas. Junior James Ayers competed in Freestyle, and 8th grader Ralph Rucker competed in both Greco Roman and Freestyle. James finished with the bronze medal, competing at a weight division above his normal weight. Ralph finished as a double placer, earning 4th in Greco Roman and bringing home the silver medal in Freestyle.   
 
Lovejoy High School Track
The 3rd Annual Meet of Champions was held this past weekend at Lovejoy High School. Ryan Brands (LHS Junior) and Preston Tiff (LHS Junior) ran the 2000M Steeplechase. Ryan finished 4th with a time of 6:53.73, and Preston finished with a time of 7:17.55. Collin Engbrock (LHS Junior) participated in the Pole Vault, finishing 11th and clearing a height of 14'.  UIL 5A State Pole Vault Champion, Grace Ridgeway (LHS Junior), took 3rd place in the Pole Vault at the meet. 
 
For a full listing of results click here .


WSMS Track
Congratulations to WSMS 7th graders Boden Davidson, Aidan Murphy, Mason McClure, and Dillon Magee on their success this year in the 4X400 relay.  These athletes worked great together as a team, dominating their opponents throughout the track season. They wrapped up their season with a 1st place District win. 



Finishing as District Champs for the WSMS girls team are:
 
Avery Ashley
District Champ in the Pole Vault
7th Grade Girls
 
Julia Brochu
District Champ in the Discus
8th Grade Girls


Lovejoy Soccer
On Saturday, Cal Cranfill (LHS Senior) participated in the TASCO Senior All Star Showcase.  Cal scored 1 goal and provided 1 assist.  
 
Congratulations to the 7th grade boys who finished in second place this season. The 8th grade finished the season as District Champions.  We congratulate both of these teams on a great season.
 
 
PES/LES ASA Girls Volleyball Team
Congratulations to the 3rd grade Puster/Lovejoy Elementary Girls Volleyball team for taking 1st place for their ASA season.  Additionally, the team won the 3rd grade tournament this past weekend. Team members are: Kate Peabody, Ivy Eckols, Allie Benefield, Ava LaTorre, Gabby Peay, Audrey Morgan, Emerson Boyd, Eloise Friloux, Kate Williams, and Annalise Levin

 
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

The Board of Directors of the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools is proud to announce the "Foundation Grant Patrol" surprised teachers and staff of the Lovejoy Independent School District with the presentation of grants in the amount of $451,100.  Grants for the 2017-2018 school year totaled $479,848, which included designated grants previously presented to the district. 

Click here to view a complete listing of all grants awarded for the 2017-2018 school year.

 
School Bus Safety Practices

As we near the end of the school year, we would like to remind everyone of school bus safety practices:
  • When you see a school bus, assume children will be in the area, and take extra care: leave lots of space around the bus.
  • When the bus turns on its flashing yellow lights, the bus is either preparing to stop at a railroad crossing or preparing to stop to pick up or drop off children.  Please slow down and prepare to stop. 
  • When the bus turns on its flashing red lights, traffic must stop in both directions.  Never pass a school bus with flashing red lights. 
 
Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students safe.



 
A Message from the Deputy Superintendent
A Year Filled with Successes


Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
It is hard to believe this is the last week of the 2016-17 school year.  To describe all of the individual and group successes would require a very long email.  A few highlights of the academic program this year include:
 
  • Lovejoy High School continues to be ranked in the top 1% of high schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
  • The Lovejoy High School visual arts program continues to have its student work selected to be a part of the Dallas Museum of Art Young Master's exhibit. 
  • The Lovejoy music programs continue to win Sweepstakes awards in the UIL competitions. 
  • Lovejoy ISD continues to succeed in UIL Academic Competitions, Speech & Debate, Chess, and UIL Computer Science.  Our Computer Science team placed second at the State competition this year. 
  • Lovejoy recently honored 254 AP Scholars, 24 of whom were National AP Scholars who took and passed at least eight AP exams with an average score of 4.0. 
  • Any many, many team and individual awards and accomplishments in our K-8 programs.  
It has truly been a year filled with successes.  In addition to these accolades, every student should be extremely proud of his/her work each day.  Our students put forth their best effort in the classroom, are willing to ask questions and seek additional help when needed, collaborate to help other students, and are actively involved in many pursuits.  These are all hallmarks of the academic traditions established by the students and supported by parents, teachers, and community members in Lovejoy.  All of this, and so much more, makes me proud to serve Lovejoy ISD. 
 
I wish each of you a safe and enjoyable summer!  

Respectfully,
Dennis Muizers
Deputy Superintendent
 
In Case You Missed It

This section of Email Express highlights news reports/articles in which Lovejoy has been featured over the previous week.


 
News

Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten
Lovejoy ISD is accepting applications for tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten. This comprehensive program will be staffed by credentialed teachers and housed on the Puster Elementary School campus.  This program will offer enhancements in music, fitness, art, library, science, technology, engineering, and math. We are enthusiastic to provide a Lovejoy education for community members looking for a rich learning experience which will provide a firm foundation for kindergarten and beyond. 
 
To apply, please click here .  To schedule a tour of the Pre-Kindergarten program, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003.



Summer Enrichment Camps
The Summer Enrichment Camps have been finalized, and we are excited to offer opportunities for Pre-K through 12th grade.  You will find everything from dodge ball to robotics, and cooking to coding.
 
Summer Enrichment Camps will be offered in three sessions:
 
Session I:  June 12-16
Session II:  June 19-23
Session III:  July 10-14
 
Click here to see the exciting summer enrichment camp offerings.  Registration is open. 
 
With a few exceptions (athletic camps and Lovejoy theatre camp), information for all enrichment camps is available through this link.  If there is a need to register through the camp provider, the link will be provided with the session description for each session (e.g., PSAT Prep from Princeton Review).
 
Please review the enrichment camps and consider one or more of these excellent opportunities for your children this summer.
 


Kids 1st Summer Camp



Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps and Performance Course


Registration is open for Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps.  Click here for details.
 
Lovejoy Athletics is pleased to announce its partnership with Geno Pierce's Performance Course for the 2017-2018 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.


Lovejoy Musical Theatre Camp
Join Lovejoy's fifth annual Summer Musical Theatre Camp for two weeks of acting, choreography, theatre games, singing, costuming, and a lot of fun.  Camp dates are July 10 - 20, 2017.
 
Students will work together to produce and perform Disney's The Lion King Experience - Kids. Directed by Jessica Brewster, LHS Head Theatre Director, and musically directed by Bethany Stuard, SCIS Choral Director, this show is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Students who attend will develop confidence, sharpen their musical and theatrical skills, and create wonderful memories along the way. Spots are limited and will be a first-come-first-serve basis.  Click here for additional information.


Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse
Boys' K-8 Teams Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the boys' 20 17 Fall season of Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse.  Join the most e xciting, fastest growing sport in the country.
 
Register now for boys grades Kindergart en through 8th.  Visit www.lovejoylacrosse.com for information regarding the program and the upcoming Fall season.
 
Girls' teams and Boys' High School will begin registration soon.
 
Hurry, as rosters will fill quickly.


Bus Drivers
Lovejoy ISD is currently accepting applications for full-time and part-time school bus drivers.  Click here for additional information.


Substitute Nursing
Lovejoy ISD is currently accepting applications for substitute nurses.  The application may be found by  clicking here .  Please contact Melissa Page with any questions at:  469.742.8013 or  melissa_page@lovejoyisd.net .
Upcoming Events  
 

Camp Invention: June 19-23
Camp Invention will be held at Sloan Creek Intermediate School from June 19th through 23rd for children entering K - 6th grades.  Click here for additional information. 


Sports Physicals and Cardiac Screenings:  July 22


Saturday, July 22, 2017
Willow Springs Middle School
$20 for physicals, payable to Lovejoy Athletics
$15 for cardiac screen, payable to Who We Play For

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 2017-18 incoming 7th - 12th grade student-athletes. A parent or guardian should attend with the student to sign permission forms.

The physical examination consists of the parent or guardian completing a medical history, followed by a thorough medical and orthopedic assessment by a host of qualified nurses, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and physicians.

Please RSVP for each student attending physicals and/or cardiac screenings by
clicking here.  Payment is due at WSMS on July 22nd. Payment must be made by check or cash, as no credit cards will be accepted. 

Lovejoy ISD requires every 7th - 12th grade student-athlete to receive an annual physical prior to participation in sports.

The cardiac screen is not required for participation in athletics at Lovejoy ISD but it is highly recommended. Who We Play For recommends testing at least once during high school.

This is a fundraising event for our Sports Medicine Department.  We appreciate your support.

 
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 .  



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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)