Lovejoy Independent School District

 
Email Express
May 17, 2017
A Message from the Superintendent


Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
There is excitement in the air as we near the end of school and experience numerous opportunities to celebrate the successes of your students. 

 
As we look toward the 2017-2018 school year, I would like to remind you of the importance of the funding we receive from the State of Texas.  The Texas Legislative session is nearing the end.  The next couple of weeks will determine the outcome of our ASATR funding.  I hope you will take the time to read the information listed below and contact the elected officials who are listed regarding the importance of ASATR funding to Lovejoy ISD.
 
School Funding - Now is the time for Communication
The House conferees and Senate conferees for the budget for the State of Texas have been appointed.  The decision on ASATR will be made by the following 10 elected officials:
 
House Members:
 
John Zerwas, Chair
john.zerwas@house.texas.gov 512.463.0657
 
Trent Ashby
trent.ashby@house.texas.gov 512.463.0508
 
Sarah Davis
sarah.davis@house.texas.gov 512.463.0389
 
Larry Gonzales
 
Oscar Longoria
 
 
Senate Members:
 
Jane Nelson, Chair
jane.nelson@senate.texas.gov 512.463.0112
 
Chuy Hinojosa
 
 
Joan Huffman
 
 
Lois Kolkhorst
 
 
Charles Schwertner
 
 
 
Now is the time for our community to communicate your thoughts on ASATR funding to all 10 of these budget conferees.  You may contact the legislators by email or phone.  Please remind them how important ASATR is for our district.  You may click here for background information regarding ASATR and to view a short video outlining the challenge we face.
 
 
UIL 5A State Track and Field Championship
Congratulations to Grace Ridgeway and Chase Van Wagoner on their tremendous success at the UIL 5A State Track and Field Championship.  Grace is the UIL 5A Girls Pole Vault State Champion.  Chase is the bronze medalist finisher in the UIL 5A Boys Long Jump.  The following photos are courtesy of Inga Van Wagoner.




LHS Speech and Debate
Congratulations to Grant Dennis and Clay Parker who qualified to compete this past weekend at the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions held in Kansas City, Missouri. This was a 3-day national tournament where over 900 contestants who represent the top 1% of competitors in the nation meet to compete. Clay Parker competed in Humorous Interpretation and made it to Octo-Finals, which makes him among the top 60 competitors in the nation for this event. Grant Dennis and Clay Parker competed in Duet Acting and made it to Quarter Finals, earning them a place among the top 30 competitors in the nation for this event. We are so proud of the time and energy these young men have put into perfecting their performances and representing Lovejoy High School.




Lovejoy Lacrosse
On May 6th and 7th, the Lovejoy Lacrosse High School team traveled to Durant, Oklahoma to compete in the Heart of America Lacrosse Tournament. The team went 4-0 in the tournament, finishing in 1st place, and brought home the Championship Cannon Trophy. The team competed against other lacrosse teams from Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. On day one of the tournament, Lovejoy Lacrosse finished 2-0, with wins over the Fort Worth Panthers and the Wichita Rams (Kansas). On Sunday, the team beat Owasso Oklahoma to advance to the Championship game. In the Championship game, Lovejoy faced off against the Andover United Vipers (Kansas). Lovejoy prevailed in a thrilling 12-9 overtime victory over Andover. Lovejoy Lacrosse players Trevor Batastini and Brandon Kofahl also took 1st place in the Braveheart Tournament. Trevor won the fastest shot competition, as well as, shooting 95 mph on the radar gun, which was a new tournament record.




WSMS Boys Soccer
The 7th grade boys won their final soccer game 2-1 vs. Cooper, to finish the season in 2nd place.



The 8th grade boys won their final game 5-0 vs. Cooper, to finish the season as District Champions. The 8th graders are back-to-back District Champions and also the first group to win every single game their 7th and 8th grade years.  




Coed Oklahoma State Small Cheer
Congratulations to Lovejoy High School Senior, Ashlyn Singelyn, who made the Oklahoma State Small Coed Cheer Team.  An 11-year competitive cheerleader and 3-year Lovejoy cheerleader, Ashlyn is honored to represent Lovejoy on OSU's award-winning spirit squad.





Texas  Mother of the Year
Con gratulations to Jenay Sherman, Leadership Teacher and JV Cheer Coach at Lovejoy High school for her recent recognition as the Texas Mother of the Year.  Click here to view the WFAA broadcast story of Jenay's accomplishment.  Click here for  additional information.   



School Board Election
The Board of Trustees met on Monday, May 15th to canvass the May 6th election.  Following are the official results:
 
Lovejoy ISD Place 4
Anne Smith
782
58.36%
Joel Treanor
558
41.64%
 
Lovejoy ISD Place 5
Matthew B. Gournay
866
100%

 
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
Summer Enrichment Camps


Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
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.  Unfilled camps will be closed after Friday, May 19th.  Parents will be contacted if it is necessary to choose a different camp.

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
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.



Kids 1st Summer Camp



Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps and Performance Course


Registration is 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.


Senior Project - Children's Miracle Network
Ashton Franquiz, a Junior at Lovejoy High School, will be competing in the Miss Texas Outstanding Teen pageant. She is the reigning Miss Hunt County's Outstanding Teen 2017.  Ashton is a philanthropist at heart and feels blessed to be raised in North Dallas and in the Lovejoy District. She is part of the Majestics leadership team, choir, theatre program, and NHS. She dances outside of school and finds time to give back through the National Charity League. Ashton feels "To much is given, much is required." Ashton believes we all can make a difference, even if it is 1 hour serving somewhere.  Some are called to serve and some are called to give, but by doing something, we can all make a difference.
 
Over the next several weeks, Ashton is raising money for the Children's Miracle Network. Would you help her in this campaign?  "Your spare change can make a change."  Containers to collect change are located at each campus.


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  
 

Lovejoy Color Guard:  May 18
The Lovejoy Color Guards will be holding a Solo and Ensemble Showcase on Thursday, May 18th at Willow Springs Middle School Gym at 7:30 PM. This event is free to attend, so come out and see some amazing routines from our students from Willow Springs and Lovejoy High School.



Boys' Lacrosse Question/Answer Session:  May 23
Kindergarten through 8th grade boys interested in playing lacrosse in the 2017-2018 school year are invited to attend a question/answer session at Hart Elementary School on Tuesday, May 23rd.  Coaches and players will be on hand to answer questions. Equipment, lacrosse sticks, and uniforms for potential players will be available to see and try out. This is a great opportunity for all of those who would like to join a Lovejoy Lacrosse team. We hope to see you there.
 
May 23, 2017
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Hart Elementary School


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.


Courtney Wolfe - Class of 2012
Courtney Wolfe received the Outstanding Senior Award from Oklahoma State University. The award recognizes the university's top 16 graduating seniors who excel through academic achievement, campus and community activities, extracurricular honors and awards, and work ethic during their time at OSU. Courtney will graduate from OSU this May with an Honors Degree in Architecture and a Minor in Ethical Leadership. Courtney's brother, Brian, is a sophomore at LHS.



Simon Herran - Class of 2014
Simon will be a senior at Indiana University this fall. He is majoring in Informatics with a minor in Spanish. He is a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Simon will be spending the summer in Miami, Florida, working for John Deere in a 3-month internship program in their Sales and Marketing Division.

 
Evan Bridges, Austin Turnbow, Kelsie Rogers,
and Madison McInnis -  Class of 2013
Congratulations to Evan, Austin, Kelsie, and Madison on their recent graduation from Abilene Christian University.


 
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)