Lovejoy Independent School District

 
Email Express
November 30, 2016
A Message from the Superintendent



Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
Welcome back from the Thanksgiving break.  I hope you and your family had an enjoyable week off.  I have two older brothers and one sister, and Thanksgiving is the one time of the year we are all together. My wife and I have restored my grandparents' home that was built in 1885, and we always get the opportunity to host Thanksgiving at our house.
 
The annual Fine Arts Festival kicks off on Friday, December 2, with opening night performances by the SCIS, WSMS and LHS bands, and the WSMS and LHS cheerleaders.  The new LHS Art Gallery will be open, featuring the works of our Visual Arts students.  A full schedule for both Friday evening and Saturday may be found in the Fine Arts Festival section of this Email Express.  This is a great event which showcases students from Kindergarten - 12th grade participating in the Arts in Lovejoy.  You won't want to miss this opportunity to experience the amazing talents of Lovejoy students.  I always look forward to this event and hope to see you there.
 
The Friday prior to Thanksgiving Break, the Lady Leopards Volleyball team competed in their 8th UIL Volleyball State Championship Semi-Final with a loss to Cedar Park.  This brings their overall State Championship record to 6 gold medal finishes, one silver, and one bronze.  The 2016 volleyball season was exceptional, with the team exhibiting both extraordinary athleticism and sportsmanship.  Congratulations to the Lady Leopards and Coach Jason Nicholson on an outstanding year.  We are #lovejoyproud.  




Emily Ottinger (LHS/12th) and Lauren Willmann (LHS/11th) danced and marched in the 90th  Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Congratulations to these two young ladies on this honor.  Emily is pictured on the left, and Lauren on the right.




The Red Ledger , Lovejoy High School's award winning online publication continues to impress with student achievements.  The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) presents individual awards to students in scholastic journalism.  Two current LHS students and one LHS graduate were recently recognized by the NSPA.
 
Nick Smith (LHS/11th) won the 2016 Story of the Year for the editorial category.  Click here to read Nick's column, "I didn't know...".



Hallie Fischer (LHS/12th) placed sixth in the nation for her sports story, "Back on Track" which may be read by clicking here .  



The "Smashed" story by Nick Smith and Stu Mair (LHS Class of 2016) placed ninth in the nation for multimedia news.  Click here to read their story.  



Congratulations to these students on their outstanding journalism achievements. Click here to follow The Red Ledger on Twitter.  
Fine Arts Festival
Friday, December 2 - Saturday, December 3

Lovejoy Arts will kick off its annual district event, the Fine Arts Festival, on Friday, December 2, 2016, at Lovejoy High School.  Featured performances include concerts by the Lovejoy Band program, a preview of the Varsity Cheerleaders UIL performance, and a performance by the WSMS Cheerleaders. The Visual Art galleries will be open for touring between concerts and performances.
 
The Festival continues all day on Saturday, December 3, 2016, with the first performances beginning at 10:00 AM at Lovejoy High School. This year's Festival will feature artwork from students from all campuses participating in visual art courses.  The newly renovated LHS Visual Arts Gallery will be open for public tours.  We will host performances from the elementary music programs, choir, Color Guard, orchestra, studio dance, Majestics, and theatre programs throughout the day.
 
Please come support our Lovejoy Arts programs and see the amazing works being presented.  For a complete Fine Arts Festival schedule, please click here.
 
We hope to see our Lovejoy Arts parents involved in donating or volunteering to help make the Festival a success. 
 
To make a donation, please click here .   
 
To serve as an adult volunteer, please click here .
 
For additional information, please contact Fela Mathy , Director of Fine Arts.
 
Join the Lovejoy Arts Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on the Festival.



Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

2016 Annual Appeal Ends December 31, 2016
As the end of the calendar year approaches, the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools would like to say thank you for your generosity to our annual appeal campaign. We have received donations from 554 donors totaling $160,842.71. This is just a little shy of our goal of $200,000 and 650 donors. If you haven't donated yet or you wish to make a final end of year tax-deductible donation, please click here .  Without you, we could not carry out our mission to enhance the educational experiences for Lovejoy students and staff.
 
Give to the Foundation by Shopping with AmazonSmile
If you plan on purchasing anything on Amazon.com this holiday season (or later), please consider visiting AmazonSmile. Amazon established AmazonSmile to give back 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations. When you are ready to shop, log in to your Amazon account by visiting the AmazonSmile web-page.  You will experience the same products, same prices, and same service on www.smile.amazon.com .
ICYMI:  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

LEGO Drive for Puster Elementary
Round up your LEGO bricks to benefit the Puster Makerspace.  LHS sophomore Collins Morgan is collecting LEGOs for a new LEGO wall he is constructing in the Puster Makerspace, as part of his Eagle Scout project for Troop 224. A collection bin will be in the Puster lobby November 28th - December 16th for donation of new and used bricks. Thank you for supporting this project which enhances STEM education at Puster.
 
 
Senior Project:  Meg Fuentes
Meg Fuentes, a Senior at Lovejoy High School, is working with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America to raise money and awareness for Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis.  Her goal is to help fund Camp Oasis, which sends sick kids to summer camp with other patients who suffer from these diseases, and ultimately to help those without a voice by letting them know they are not alone.  Click here to access Meg's fundraising page.  Help Meg reach her goal in finding a cure and giving a voice to those like her who have this silent but debilitating disease.
 
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  

Parent Tech - Social Media:  What's the Difference?
November 30
Do you know the difference between Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram? Are you worried about what your teen might be doing on social media? Come to our Parent Tech to learn the difference between these 3 social media platforms, as well as tips to talk with your teen about his/her digital footprint. Social media posts can impact a teen's future in ways they may not quite understand. Learn how you can help them stay away from mistakes which may hurt them in the future.
 
Wednesday, November 30th
Session Time: 7:30 PM
Lovejoy High School Lecture Hall


Lovejoy Cheerleaders Host Parent Night Out:  December 9
Do you need someone to watch the kids so you can do some holiday shopping? Bring them to the Lovejoy Cheerleaders Shop 'N Drop event for a pajama party.  There will be games, crafts, movies, and more. The event will be held on Friday, December 9th from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School gym.  The cost is $25 for the first child, and $15 per each additional child. Proceeds will help support the cheerleaders' upcoming UIL cheer competition. The kids will have a great time, and you will have a few kid-free hours to run your holiday errands. RSVP or email questions to Head Coach Shelly Wiggins Click here for additional information.
 
 
BYOP® (Volleyball Winter and Spring Sessions): Pre-registration ends December 15
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. This program is geared for students from age 5 through age 10.
 
Click here for full details regarding Session 1 and Session 2.
 
 
Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse - Boys and Girls Teams
Registration Open Through January 6
Registration is now open for the 2017 Spring season of Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse.  Join the most exciting, fastest growing sport in the country.  Register for:
 
Boys:  Grades 1st through 12th
Girls:  Grades Kindergarten through 8th
 
Visit www.lovejoylacrosse.com for information regarding the program and the upcoming Spring season.
 
Hurry, as rosters are filling quickly!


 
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.


Kate Stroud - Class of 2011
Lovejoy Graduate and Majestics dance officer Katherine (Kate) Stroud played very big role in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Kate left Lovejoy and joined the ranks of the Kilgore College Rangerettes, before completing her education at Texas Tech. Kate now works for production and screen writer Mark Waxman, while living in L.A. Mr. Waxman has had an exclusive 9-year contract as the sole script writer of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year Kate has been responsible for researching participants, as well as editing and assisting Mr. Waxman's team in writing the script for the Parade. Kate has enjoyed the vastness of this project and being a part of one of America's most loved and watched parades.

 
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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)