Lovejoy Independent School District

 
Email Express
September 22, 2016


A Message from the Superintendent


Dear Lovejoy Community:
 

Today is North Texas Giving Day.  Please take time to read the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools section of this Email Express for information regarding how you may be a part of North Texas Giving Day.  Your contribution to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools will directly enhance the educational experiences in our district.
 
We are looking forward to homecoming tomorrow night.  It's always great to catch up with our Lovejoy alumni.  Information regarding ticket purchases and parking may be found in the News section.
 
The Lovejoy community came together last week to raise over $4,000 for the flood victims in Louisiana.  Additionally, hundreds of books were donated to help rebuild the Denham Springs Library.  Thank you to everyone who contributed.  A special thank you to Lisa Hopkinson, Jennifer Waldrop, and Brie Smith for coordinating the effort to "Spread Lovejoy Across State Lines." 
 
Emily Dillon, a 4th grade student at Lovejoy Elementary school was recently featured in the Allen American.  Emily held a bake sale and raised $900 to donate to flood victims in Baton Rouge.  Click here to read the article.
 
Congratulations to Lovejoy High School Sophomore, Ashlynn Sullivan, on her achievements this year in gymnastics:  
  • 2016 Level 9 Western Regionals:  1st All Around and Beam, 5th Bars, 7th Vault
  • 2016 Level 9 Regionals:  1st All Around, Vault and Floor, 3rd Bars and Beam
  • 2016 Level 9 Texas State:  1st All Around, Beam and Floor, 2nd Bars, 4th Vault


A Message from the
Deputy Superintendent



Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
Today is North Texas Giving Day (NTXGD).  NTXGD is typically a day in which charitable organizations in our area receive their greatest quantity of donations.  The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools (FLS) is one of the charitable organizations participating in NTXGD, and directly impacts the experience of students in Lovejoy.  The FLS supports teacher grant requests which are vetted by the teachers each year through our Invest in Excellence committees.
 
Invest in Excellence was a process developed in partnership with our Foundation for Lovejoy Schools nine years ago to ensure your generous donations are impacting our district programs.  Invest in Excellence is a teacher-driven process which facilitates the strong partnership between the Foundation and the District.
 
By the end of January, all teachers have the opportunity to submit grant request forms describing the items they would like to have funded to enhance the learning experiences of the students. These grant requests are reviewed by the Invest in Excellence Committee comprised of a few teachers from each campus.  The Invest in Excellence Committee prioritizes the grant requests based on the impact of the proposal on the experiences of our students and/or our community.
 
Based on the available funds raised from both the Annual Appeal and Denim & Diamonds, the Foundation grant committee and the Foundation Board determine which prioritized grant submissions can be funded.  Fortunately, a large number of the prioritized grant submissions are funded because of the tremendous generosity of the Lovejoy community.  Last May, the FLS provided $435,000 to support teacher grants, which are being implemented this school year.
 
On North Texas Giving Day and during this time of the Annual Appeal campaign, please know your donation is being invested in the enhancements requested and prioritized by our teachers through the Invest in Excellence process.
 
To see how the generous donations to the FLS have directly enhanced learning in Lovejoy, click here

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
 
Annual Appeal Campaign
The Foundation for Lovejoy School's Annual Appeal, #WeLoveLovejoy, is underway. The goal is to receive donations from 650 donors totaling $200,000. This year's campaign slogan "#addaHamilton" is inspired by the popular musical Hamilton.  Donors are asked  to consider increasing their giving by adding an extra $10. Every gift is valuable to the mission of enhancing education within Lovejoy. The Foundation board of directors asks you to join them today in giving to the Foundation on North Texas Giving day from 6:00 AM - midnight.  Visit www.northtexasgivingday.org to donate.




There are a few tickets remaining for one of the auction items from the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools Denim and Diamonds Auction and Gala: The Leadership Council BBQ. This event is hosted by Ted Moore, Superintendent of Lovejoy ISD, and the leadership team. The event will be held on September 30th at Noah's in Fairview, from 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM. The BBQ will be catered by Prairie House Restaurant and includes an open bar with beer and wine. The entertainment for the evening will be provided by Kent Messer (Principal of Willow Springs Middle School) and Ray Winkler (Principal of Sloan Creek Intermediate School).  The cost of the tickets is $100 per person.
 
If you are interested in attending, you may purchase your tickets on the Foundation for Lovejoy School's website by clicking here .  Be sure to add "BBQ Tickets" in the comments field
 
Should you require any assistance, please contact Cindy Booker, Executive Director of the Foundation, at:  cindy_booker@lovejoyisd.net 

ICYMI:  In Case You Missed It
 
News


Homecoming:  Friday, September 23
Parking & Shuttle Buses
Please click here for information regarding parking and shuttle buses for varsity football games played at home.
 
Pre-Game Ticket Sales for Varsity Football General Admission Tickets
Pre-game general admission tickets are for sale at the LHS School Store until 1:00 PM on game day.  Pre-game ticket prices are $6.00 Adult/ $3.00 Students in grade K-12/ and free for Pre-K and younger.
 
Game Night Ticket Sales for Varsity Football General Admission Tickets
The gate opens at 6:00 PM on game night.  Game night ticket prices are $8.00 for both Adults and Students, and free for Pre-K and younger.  Please note:  Lovejoy Student IDs do not provide free admission for varsity football games.
 
For additional information regarding tickets and passes for athletic events, please click here.  
 
Road Closure
The Hart/Stoddard intersection closed on September 20 and will remain closed for approximately two weeks.  Parents travelling to Puster Elementary School should use the Country Club/Stoddard Road to access the school during this time.
 
Majestics Offer Homecoming Mums for Sale
Junior Mums, Mini Mums, and Mum Rings will be for sale at the elementary, intermediate, and middle schools today and tomorrow during lunch time.

 

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 High School Bowling: Join the Team + Parent Meeting on   September 26
It is time for another amazing year for our bowling team, and we want you to join us.  Regardless of your skill level, if you are in 9th-12th grade and like to bowl, we invite you to join the team.  Click here to complete an interest form. 
 
A meeting for parents will be held on Monday, Sept 26th at 6:00 PM in the Lecture Hall at Lovejoy High School.  


Introduction to BYOP® (Volleyball) Meeting and Presentation:  October 3
BYOP® Program Overview:   This training program is designed for any volleyball player, no matter what skill or ability level, as long as their goal is to become the best they can be. Parents must be fully dedicated to being actively involved in this program. BYOP® will provide excellent volleyball fundamental skills training, as well as life lessons to both player and parent.
 
BYOP® Program Details: Each training session will build upon a solid foundation of all fundamental skills needed to participate in the sport of volleyball. Parents must be engaged in every training session and involved in the home training program involving physical and skills activities.
 
An informational meeting and presentation will be held at Willow Springs Middle School on October 3 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.  Additional information may be found by clicking here.
 

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

 

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

 
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.


Ebony Nwanebu
There was a great article in The Daily Texan this week about Lovejoy High School graduate, Ebony Nwanebu.  Click here to read the article.  

 
Volunteer Opportunity:  
Senior Project Judge

The Senior Project is an exciting part of every Lovejoy High School senior's experience as they explore topics of their choice and share what they learn with members of the community. There are different components of the project including creating a proposal, writing an annotated bibliography, and completing an activity. As the culminating event of their Senior Project, students give an 8 to 10-minute presentation about their experience to a panel of adult volunteer judges. These judges score students on their presentation skills, and give them feedback designed to help them in their future pursuits.
 
You are invited to share in this experience as a Senior Project Judge. Presentations will take place this year at Lovejoy High School on November 15th, December 7th, January 17th, and February 16th. Presentations will begin at 5:30 PM, and should conclude by 9:00 PM. Dinner will be provided each evening.
 
There are only four opportunities to serve as a Senior Project judge this year. As a result, additional judges will be needed each evening. 
 
If you would like to register to serve as a Senior Project judge, please click here.   For additional information, please contact: addison_snyder@lovejoyisd.net or randy_trevino@lovjeoyisd.net .

 
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)