Lovejoy Independent School District

 
Email Express
March 22, 2017
A Message from the Superintendent



Dear  Lovejoy Community:

I hope you and your family enjoyed a great Spring Break.  Ours was spent with grandchildren and family. It was great to welcome your students back to school on Monday.
 
It's hard to believe we are nearing the end of March, and will be celebrating our 8th graduating class in just a couple of months.  As you may know, the class of 2017 will be the Centennial graduating class.  In preparation of the Centennial celebration, the district held a Centennial Logo Art Contest.  We received almost 90 entries for this contest and will be announcing the winner the 1st week in April.  Thank you to all of the students who participated and shared their talent and creativity with us.
 
The School Board will meet this evening to approve the school calendars for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.  Links to the approved calendars will be available tomorrow on the district's website , and Facebook and Twitter accounts. 
 
Prior to Spring Break, Hart and Lovejoy Elementary students travelled to Waco and Austin to experience fourth grade Texas History.  Students visited the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the Texas State Capitol, and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.
 
Hart 4th graders are pictured below:

Lovejoy 4th graders are pictured below:

Puster 4th graders will travel to Waco and Austin on May 19th.  We look forward to sharing their Capitol photograph with you then.
 
 
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.
 
 
LHS Journalism
The Red Ledger was one of just six online newspapers to receive a Gold Crown in the digital publication division from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) this past Friday. The award, the highest given by CSPA, was announced at a ceremony at Columbia University in New York City, and broadcast via Facebook Live on the CSPA page (at around the 36:40 mark).
 
Just before spring break, The Red Ledger was also named one of 38 finalists for the Pacemaker award from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). The winners will be announced at the NSPA national convention in Seattle next month.
 
Together, the Crown and Pacemaker awards are the two highest honors a high school publication can receive. Congratulations to the editors-in-chief Jillian Sanders, Hallie Fischer and Caroline Smith who have totaled four Crowns and three Pacemaker finalists in their high school careers.
 
Finalists were also announced for the Dallas Morning News High School Journalism Day and Contest. Students from around the Metroplex submitted their best work and winners will be announced at the event on April 5.  The Red Ledger finalists are: 
 
Hannah Ortega
Sports Feature
 
Gaby Garcia
Short Feature
 
Hallie Fischer
Columnist Portfolio
 
Hallie Fischer, Mary Catherine Wells, Matthew Cinquepalmi
Best Series or Project (14 Days of Love)
 
 
LHS Speech & Debate
Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament March 9 -11:
 
LD Debate
Ellie Hager
Kati Johnson
Collins Morgan
 
Duet Interpretation
Grant Dennis and Clay Parker - Finalist - 4th Place
 
Duo Interpretation
Joe Cross and Clay Parker - Quarter Finalist - Top 38 competitors in the state
 
Humorous Interpretation
Clay Parker
 
Public Forum Debate
Rithik Tangella and Dayton Thompson
 
Student Congressional Debate
Mason Golden - Congress - Outstanding PO
Zachary Brown - Senate - Semi-Finalist - Top 30 competitors in the state
 
Prose
Kaeli Wilburn - Quarter Finalist - Top 42 competitors  in the state
 
Impromptu
Mason Golden - Quarter-Finalist - Top 36 competitors in the state
Ellie Hager
Kati Johnson - Quarter-Finalist - Top 36 competitors in the state
Collins Morgan
Rithik Tangella
Dayton Thompson




All-Region Basketball Team
Congratulations to Lovejoy Senior, Braden Ledebur, who was named to the TABC All-Region Basketball Team.  You may click here for additional information.



Boys JV and Varsity Soccer
Both the boys JV and Varsity soccer teams won their last district game versus Royse City.  The boys Varsity team will continue on to the playoffs.  Bi-district will begin with a game versus. Sulphur Springs on March 24th at 8:00 PM.  The venue will be Jackie Hendrix Stadium in Princeton.
 
 
LHS Bowling
Congratulations to the following bowlers who qualified for the All-District Tournament in College Station on April 1st and 2nd:
 
Jeremy Young
1st team alternate
 
Noah Cooper
2nd team
 
Katie Williams
2nd team
 
Kaitlyn Cinek
2nd team
 
Katherine Carter
2nd team
 
Kiersten Esposito
2nd team alternate
 
We hope you will support the Girls' Varsity team as they compete in the State Championship on Sunday, March 26th at City View Lanes, 6601 Oakmont Blvd, Fort Worth, 76132, from approximately 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
 
 
Color Guard
The LHS Color Guard earned 5th Place in Scholastic A Class.
 
The WSMS Color Guard performed at the NTCA Cadet Class State Championships in Fort Worth, and won the Bronze Medal. This was the first competitive team for Willow Springs. To win a medal at State is a huge accomplishment. Congratulations to the WSMS Color Guard on a tremendous season.

A Message from the Deputy Superintendent



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, Lovejoy theatre camp, and Camp Invention), 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.
 
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 or via email at   dennis_muizers@lovejoyisd.net.
 
Respectfully,
Dennis Muizers
Deputy Superintendent
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

FLS 2017 DandD

2017 Denim and Diamonds Gala and Auction
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools will host the 11th annual Denim and Diamonds Gala and Auction on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at a new location; the Marriott at Legacy Town Center in Plano. The theme is a Southern Soirée - Celebrating 100 Years of Lovejoy ISD. Denim and Diamonds Chair, Andrea Paranteau and Co-Chair, Carrie McClure welcome you to a night featuring dinner, entertainment, and live auctions.
 
Tickets are now on sale for $100 each. Ticket sales will end on March 24th...only a few tickets remain.  This year, guests will be seated at tables of 12. For additional information, visit   www.foundationforlovejoyschools.org , or contact Cindy Booker at 469.742.8043 or email . You may also  click here to  purchase tickets to the gala.
 
 
Raffle Tickets
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools will host a raffle entitled "Fab Five", which includes:
 
  • 7 nights in Sydney, Australia, donated by Cleve Adamson Custom Homes
  • $2500 VISA gift card, donated by Owens Realtors
  • Texas Limo Wine Tour and Getaway
  • Goyard, St. Louis PM Large Tote in Black
  • Large Kamado-Style Grill in Red by Grill Dome, donated by The Firehouse in Allen
 
Raffle tickets are $100. Only 500 tickets will be sold. A drawing will be held for each item, giving each ticket a chance to win one of these prizes. The winners will be drawn at the Denim and Diamonds Gala. You do not need to be present to win. Click here for additional information.  You may purchase tickets from any Foundation director, via the foundation's website, or at the LISD administration building. See the Foundation website for a list of directors, or click here to purchase tickets online.

 
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
 

Kindergarten Roundup


Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps
Registration for Lovejoy ISD Summer Camps will open on March 27th.  Click here for details.
 
 
Spring Sale at LHS and WSMS Stores
Beginning March 20th, the school stores at LHS and WSMS will be offering 50% off the entire store.  The LHS store is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM.  Please check with WSMS for store hours.
 
 
WSMS Pop Groups to Perform at Allen American Hockey Game on March 24
The Willow Springs Pop Groups will perform the National Anthem, this Friday night at the Allen American Hockey Game.  Click here to purchase tickets. 
 
Ticket Cost: $14
Allen Americans vs. Tulsa Oilers
Doors Open: 6:05 PM
Puck Drops: 7:05 PM
 
 
BYOP® Spring Session Begins on March 27
BYOP® Program Overview:    This training program is designed for any volleyball player, no matter what skill or ability level, as long as the goal is to become the best player possible. 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, as well as involved in the home training program involving physical and skills activities.
 
Click here for full details regarding Session 2.
 

Gifted and Talented Referrals for 2017-2018
Deadline is March 31st
The referral window for gifted and talented services is now open. Click here for referral forms which are located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  The window will close March 31, 2017.
 
Testing will be Saturday, April 8, 22, or 29 for students in grades 1-12. Kindergarten students will be tested during the school day.
 
If you were unable to attend our information session, and would like more information, a slideshow presentation is available on the gifted and talented webpage .
 
For questions regarding students in Kindergarten through 4th grade, please email Caroline Garcia  or call 469.742.8310 .
 
For questions regarding students in 5th through 12th grades, please email Brie Smith or call 469.742.8032 .


LHS Art Show
The 1st Annual Lovejoy Visual Arts Portrait Show is currently on display in the Lovejoy High School Art Gallery.  This K-12 exhibit is a showcase of how our young artists represent themselves and others through portraiture. The concept of identity, both through representation and abstraction, is a core thread in every Lovejoy art studio, and is explored through a plethora of media and art forms. This exhibition celebrates the range of approaches used to explore identity at all age levels, and is a spectacular body of work to begin the tradition of a yearly Portrait Show.  The show will be open daily during school hours through April 7th.
 
 
Lovejoy Visual Art Students Honored at Dallas Museum of Art:
February 25 - April 16, 2017
The following Lovejoy High School visual art students were selected to participate in the 23rd Annual Young Masters Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art. This is a prestigious honor; having their work selected to hang among the halls of contemporary and historic masterpieces in an exhibition demonstrating the most extraordinary work created within AP Studio Art programs from ten of the area's highest performing high schools.
 
Joelle Benigno - AP Drawing
Taite Borozny- AP 3D Design
Tad Greenwald - AP 2D Design
Ryan Irwin - AP 2D Design
Carolyn Jurotich (2 time winner) - AP Drawing
Hannah Lawson - AP Drawing
Ian Toomey - AP 3D Design
Jessica Wu (2 time winner) - AP Drawing
 
Please mark your calendars to visit the exhibition:
 
23rd Annual Young Masters Exhibition
Dallas Museum of Art, Concourse Gallery
Exhibition: February 25-April 16, 2017


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  

LISD Color Guard Showcase:  March 23
On March 23, the LISD Color Guard Showcase will be held in the Lovejoy High School Gym at 7:30 PM.  This free event is open to the community.  We hope you will join us in support of the Color Guard and wish them well for championships.
 

LHS Softball ASA Night:  March 24
The LHS Softball team invites you to join them for an ASA Softball night on Friday, March 24th.  Meet the team, participate in the National Anthem on the field, run the bases, and get autographs on a team poster.  For additional information, please click here.  


LHS Choir Chipotle Spirit Night:  March 28
The LHS Choir will host a Chipotle Spirit Night on Tuesday, March 28th, from 5:30 - 8:30 PM at the Chipotle located at 103 Central Expressway in Allen. 50% of the profits will go to supporting LHS Choir, so bring a friend,  this flyer (printed or on your phone) , and your appetite in support of our Singing Leopards.


Lovejoy Gifted Association Sponsors Fantastic Fossils!: April 11
Join John S. Mead, a passionate 6th grade science teacher at St. Mark's, Origins Explorer, and Nature Photographer as he takes us through his exciting participation with the excavation of a new human species, Homo naledi, from the Rising Star Cave in South Africa. Mr. Mead's 6th grade class had the opportunity to Skype with the scientists in Africa over the course of the excavation before it was ever announced. This species of human ancestor is believed to be 900,000 to 2 billion years old and was an incredible find. Mr. Mead will be sharing stories about the discovery, as well as his outstanding photos. The presentation will be held in the Lovejoy High School auditorium from 7:00 - 8:30 PM on Tuesday, April 11th. This event is sponsored by the Lovejoy Gifted Association.


Relay for Life:  April 28
The annual Relay for Life event will be held on April 28th from 6:00 PM - 12:00 PM at the Lovejoy High School Stadium.  The Relay for Life Committee will be cutting ponytails for Beautiful Lengths, an organization which, partnered with the American Cancer Society, uses donated hair to create free wigs for women losing their hair due to cancer treatment. The committee is looking for selfless donors to cut their hair onstage at the event to donate to making these wigs for cancer patients. Donors may donate as little as 8 inches, but more if they please. The hair cannot have been chemically treated, have more than 5% grays, or be dyed permanently. Anyone, any age may donate.    Click here to register to donate. 
 
Relay for Life will also feature the Mr. Relay contest. Similar to Mr. Lovejoy, Mr. Relay will have male participants from 9th through 12th grades who will compete in several rounds, such as talent and Q&A. A panel of judges (teachers from LHS) will determine the winner.

Students interested in participating may click here
 
Relay for Life Luminaries
The Relay for Life Committee is selling Luminaria, a commemorative item which will be on display during the 2017 LHS Relay for Life event.  The Luminaria honors all those who have had cancer, those who have survived, and those who have sadly passed away. Luminaria are $10 each and can be ordered by clicking here .  The order form and payment (made payable to the American Cancer Society) should be returned to the LHS School Store.
 
For questions, please contact:
 
Carolyn Murad:  murad_carolyn@lovejoyisd.com
Brady Duke:  duke_brady@lovejoyisd.com .
 
 
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. 

 
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.
 
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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.   


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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)