Lovejoy Independent School District

 
Email Express
October 5, 2016
A Message from the Superintendent


Dear Lovejoy Community:  

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition.  On behalf of the Lovejoy Independent School District, it is an honor to recognize the following Lovejoy High School Students for attaining this significant achievement:
 
Noah Corbitt
Eden Harris
Zoe Kahana
John Reaves
Kevin Sorstokke
 
 
This past weekend a check for $4,600 was delivered to the United Way of Acadiana on behalf of the "Spreading Lovejoy Across State Lines" effort.  Thank you, once again, to the team of volunteers spearheading this effort, and to our community for your generous support in helping the flood victims in Louisiana.
 
 
The Lovejoy Cross Country Team participated in the Arkansas Chili Pepper Festival.  Full results of the meet may be found by clicking here .  Photographs are available by clicking here .  




Please take time to read the "Where Are They Now" section of Email Express for recent achievements from Lovejoy Alumni at the collegiate level.

A Message from the
Deputy Superintendent



Dear Lovejoy Community:

It is hard to believe it is October.  I hope the first six weeks of school have been tremendously positive for the children in your home.  I wanted to share information about an academic competition available at the high school, the Academic Decathlon.  The Academic Decathlon provides students with an opportunity for rigorous academic competition through participation in team activities.
 
The Academic Decathlon teams at Lovejoy High School have experienced limited success because our excellent students have been competing as a partial team against the complete high school teams in our district and region.  The Academic Decathlon is designed to include nine students.  Three of the students have a GPA which falls in the "A" range, three have a GPA in the "B" range, and three have a GPA in the "C" range.  Texas provides $150,000 in scholarship money each year to individuals on the teams advancing to the state level. 
 
In addition to a seven-minute interview, a one-hour essay and two speeches (four minutes prepared and two minutes impromptu), written comprehensive exams are given in music, art, literature, mathematics, economics, social science, and the Super Quiz.  Each year there is a major topic assigned to the teams which is the focus of several subjects and of  the Super Quiz.  This year the focused topic is World War II.


The final event is the Super Quiz relay.  In this event all students assemble to answer twelve multiple-choice questions. 
 
The Lovejoy Academic Decathlon competition will be held on Friday, January 20th.  To learn more about Academic Decathlon or to join the LHS team, please contact Jason Taylor at jason_taylor@lovjeoyisd.net.

We hope you love where you have chosen for your child to 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
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools


Men's Tailgate Tournament
October 26, 2016
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools is pleased to announce the annual Men's Tailgate Tournament.  Join the Foundation for food, beer, and a cornhole tournament. The tournament is double elimination, so everyone is guaranteed to play two games. The event will be held at the home of Chris and Kim Collier in Lucas. Sponsors for the event are Owens Realty and Capacity Lending, Nine Band Brewing, Chick-fil-A of Allen, and the Collier Family. For additional information and to register for the event, click on the following link: Men's Tailgate Registration

 

ICYMI:  In Case You Missed It

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

Kindergarten Referrals for Gifted and Talented Services
The online referral window for gifted and talented services for kindergarten is open. All referrals are processed online through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, located at https://powerschool.lovejoyisd.net/public/ .
 
Kindergarten referrals will be accepted through October 14, 2016. Kindergarten testing will begin in November.

For questions regarding Gifted and Talented services in grades K-4, please contact Caroline Garcia, Elementary G/T Coordinator, at: 
caroline_garcia@lovejoyisd.net   or via phone 469.742.8310. 
 
 
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month
Click here for additional information from The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. 



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
Are you following the district on Twitter ?  Have you liked us on Facebook ?  Join us on social media for news and announcements.
 
Upcoming Events  

Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. (LLI) Golf Tournament:  October 7
The 8th Annual LLI Golf Tournament will be held on October 7th, 2016, at Heritage Ranch with an 8:30 AM shotgun start. Lunch will be served.  Raffle items and other fun prizes will be available.  The tournament was sold out last year so register early. Please click here for additional information.  To register, visit:  www.lovejoyfootball.com/Paypal.html
 
 

Lovejoy Women's Lacrosse Try It Days:  October 8, October 22 and November 12
Lovejoy senior Kennedy Miller has taken on the challenge of launching the Lady Leopard Lacrosse program as her 2017 Senior Project. Please join Kennedy, Coach Shannon, and the rest of the Lovejoy student volunteer coaching staff for one of the free Try It Days scheduled this fall:
 
October 8, 2016, SCIS, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
October 22, 2016, LHS, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM    
November 12, 2016, WSMS, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
All grades are welcome and loaner sticks will be available on a first come, first served basis. For additional information, contact Kennedy Miller at ksmillerlacrosse@gmail.com  or visit the website at:  www.leopardlacrosse.com 




Leopard Friday - October 14, 2016
The Lovejoy Independent School District will host Leopard Friday on Friday, October 14 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  This annual event, held in the Courtyard of Lovejoy High School, will showcase our students, clubs, organizations, and community.  The LHS Courtyard will be transformed into a setting which truly has something for everyone.
 
Tickets for the Leopard Friday BBQ Dinner are available for purchase.  Please click here for additional information.    


Running Over Depression 5K & 1K Fun Run:  October 29
Register now for the first ever Running Over Depression 5K/1K at Lovejoy High School. This event is an Eagle Scout project for Bradley Davis, a Junior at Lovejoy High School.  The Dallas Morning News published a great article regarding this project.  Please click here to read the article.

The run follows a certified course, and awards will be given out to top 3 overall and age group finishers. Bibs purchased by all 5K runners contain chips which will accurately time your race and provide immediate results. You may either sign up online, at packet pickup, or on race day. Entry fee is $30 for 5K, and $20 for 1K. All preregistered runners are guaranteed a t-shirt.  By registering online, you have the opportunity of receiving a group discount of $5 dollars per entry when signing up with 5 or more people. To sign up, click here .  Money raised from entry fees will be donated to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) after costs have been covered. AFSP representatives will be attending to answer any questions or to take additional donations. Lovejoy High School is located at 2350 Estates Parkway. If you have any questions or are interested in other ways to help the cause, contact us at:  runningoverdepression@yahoo.com



Revisiting Diversity:  More than a Buzzword:  November 17
You see it sprinkled in college catalogs, corporate mission statements, and in employee training seminars:  Diversity.  A New York Times piece recently made the claim that the ubiquitous word has all but lost its meaning.  This lecture, presented by Dr. Salena Brody, will revisit what diversity really means for our schools, workplaces, and communities, focusing on social science research from the past half century.
 
Thursday, November 17, 2016
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Lovejoy ISD Administration Building/Training Room
 
Dr. Salena Brody is a professor of Psychology at Collin College.  She earned her doctorate in Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, studying intergroup contact and attitude change.  Her research focuses on identifying the conditions under which contact between groups leads to prejudice reduction and other positive outcomes.  She is a Phi Beta Kappa member and has received numerous teaching awards including being named the 2016-2017 Outstanding Professor of the Year at Collin College.  She is a proud Lovejoy parent and active member of the community, serving on the Friends of Fairview Fire Board of Directors.

 
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.


Caroline Johnson - Class of 2016
Caroline Johnson was recently recognized as the Southern Athletic Association Co-Defensive Player of the Week.  Caroline is a freshman at Birmingham-Southern, playing the position of libero on the women's volleyball team.  Click here for additional information.
 

Aaron Fuller - Class of 2016
Aaron Fuller, a freshman at the University of Washington, scored his first collegiate touchdown this past weekend.  Following is a video clip:




 
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)