Lovejoy Independent School District

 
Email Express
May 10, 2017
A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
As we near the end of the school year, we find our schedules full of activities and events in honor of our students and their outstanding accomplishments.  Last night was the Academic Banquet honoring the Lovejoy High School students participating in academic events. We offer a full range of academic competitions from speech/debate, robotics, and computer science to name a few. These competitions are often as intense as you will find in any athletic competition. It's great to recognize all of our students' successes.  As we are quickly approaching graduation for the Lovejoy Centennial class, it is also great to hear the future plans of our graduating seniors.  We are #lovejoyproud.


UIL 5A State Track and Field Championship
This week Grace Ridgeway and Chase Van Wagoner will travel to the UIL 5A State Track and Field Championship in Austin, Texas. Grace will pole vault at 5 PM on Thursday, and Chase will long jump at 8 AM on Friday Morning. We send our best wishes to these athletes as they compete at State.
UIL Meet information may be found by clicking here
 
 
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
 
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.
 
 
School Board Election
The May 6, 2017 election was held on Saturday.  With 44 of the 44 Vote Centers reporting, the unofficial results are as follows:
 
Lovejoy ISD Place 4
Anne Smith
782
58.36%
Joel Treanor
558
41.64%
 
Lovejoy ISD Place 5
Matthew B. Gournay
866
100%
 
 
Jostens 2017 Photo Contest
Congratulations to LHS Senior Eric Miller who won First Place in the 2017 Photo Contest sponsored by Jostens. His photo won the "Yearbookers in Action" category, and will be seen by thousands of schools across the country.
 
"Jostens is thrilled to recognize the remarkable photographic talents of students nationwide. The winners of the photo contest were able to capture a variety of school experiences and tell a story through the lens of the camera," said Sara Sausker, Jostens program manager, education. "The judges held the photographs to professional standards. The technical quality and story-telling ability of these photos are outstanding and cannot be surpassed."  Click here to view the winning photographs.




WSMS Journalism
Congratulations to the WSMS journalism students for winning several awards at the Journalism Educators Association/National Student Press Association Awards.  This is a national competition with awards ranging from broadcast news packages, features and documentaries. 



WSMS Color Guard
Willow Springs Middle School students Sarah Drew and Jordan Sleeper competed at the North Texas Color Guard Association's All Star Solo and Ensemble Competition. This is the Color Guard's equivalent to State Solo and Ensemble.  To qualify to perform at All Stars, they competed at a previous competition, and earned a high enough score to receive the invitation to advance. They were also one of a few middle school teams competing against high schools from around the area.  They earned a 1st Division Rating and scored 95 with their ensemble. Congratulations to Sarah and Jordan for their accomplishments at Solo and Ensemble. 





LHS Boys Soccer
Congratulations to Cal Cranfill on being named to the TASCO Region 2 All-Star Senior Showcase Team. The games will be held at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor soccer stadium in Belton, Texas, on Saturday, May 20th, at 2:00 PM.


USAT 2017 Sprint Triathlon World Championships
Congratulations to Ryan Brands, LHS Junior, who has qualified to represent the United States on Team USA in the USAT 2017 Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The draft-legal sprint triathlon will take place in September of this year. Ryan qualified based on his performance last summer at USAT Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska.

 
A Message from the Deputy Superintendent
Invitation to our 11th Annual Learning @ Lovejoy
 
Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
We are excited about the remaining days of this school year, yet also busy preparing for the school year to come.  One of the district programs for which Lovejoy ISD has become quite well known in K-12 education circles is the professional learning opportunities provided to our staff through Learning @ Lovejoy.  Learning @ Lovejoy consists of nine days of professional learning offered each year during the last week of July and the first week of August.
 
Although the vast majority of our conference sessions are designed for educators in various roles, we also offer sessions applicable to broader audiences.  One such session I would invite you to explore is on July 26th.  We are excited to have Stephen M.R. Covey, T he New York Times and number one Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Speed of Trust. The Speed of Trust has many implications for any collaborative work environment or any team looking for concrete approaches to improve performance.
 
If you or your organization are interested in learning about the strategies which Covey has shared with many public and private sector organizations nationally and internationally, I would encourage you to visit our conference website at www.learningatlovejoy.com, or simply visit the Lovejoy ISD homepage and select Learning @ Lovejoy under the District Spotlight banner.
 
Lovejoy parents and associated organizations may be eligible to receive a discounted rate.  For further information, please contact me, or you may email our Director of Employee Selection and Development, Stephani Kranz.

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
 
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

Kendra Scott, Allen - Gives Back to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Just in time for Mother's Day: Kendra Scott in Watters Creek will hold a "give back" event which will give the Foundation 20% of sales on May 11th, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. We hope you will join us on the 11th for this special event. Kendra Scott will provide snacks and beverages.


 
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.



Summer Enrichment Camps


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.


Kids 1st Summer Camp



Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps and Performance Course


Registration is now open for Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps.  Early Registration will end this Friday, May 12th.  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  
 


LHS Choir Pop Show:  May 11-12
The Lovejoy H igh School Choir Pop Show Legends will be presented Thursday and Friday, May 11th and 12th at 7:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School Auditorium. Join the Choir as they present legendary songs by Michael Jackson, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, and more. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students/staff/seniors.  Click here to purchase your tickets.




Lovejoy AP Studio Art Show:  May 13
The Lovejoy AP Studio Art Show will be held on May 13th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at the Villages of Fairview.  This is always a great show and I hope to see you there.




WSMS Choir Pop Show:  May 15
Join the WSMS Choir for their Pop Show on Monday, May 15th in the Lovejoy High School Auditorium.  The Pre-Show will begin at 6:45 PM, with the main show beginning at 7:00 PM.  General admission is $5.00. 
 



Lovejoy Color Guard:  May 18
The Lovejoy Color Guards will be holding a Solo and Ensemble Showcase on 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.



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.


Austin Turnbow - Class of 2013
Austin has attended Abilene Christian University on an academic scholarship where he was selected to their Honors College. He walked on and played baseball for ACU, was an active member of the Student Action Leadership Team, the Love Your Neighbor As Yourself Community Outreach program, the Hispano Unidos organization, and the Gamma Sigma Phi fraternity. Austin was also inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, selected as one of the "G-11" Vice President's Excellent Student Honor Group. He volunteered at Hendricks Hospital in the Parkinson's clinic, played on many championship intramural sports teams while also working as a Pharmacy Tech at the local Wal-Mart. Austin graduates with a Bachelors of Science in BioChemistry with a minor in Biology, Magna Cum Laude. He has been accepted and will be pursuing a Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences at UNT's Center for Health Sciences Ft. Worth campus after graduation. Austin plans on attending medical school and is considering emergency medicine. 



Blake R. Parker - Class of 2014
Congratulations to Blake Parker as he graduates from Abilene Christian University on  May 13, 2017 with double major in Finance and Accounting.
 
 
Andrew Keefer - Class of 2016
Congratulations to Andrew Keefer as he was named the Offensive Player of the Year by the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference.  Click here to read the article.  Andrew plays second base for Weatherford College.

 
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.   


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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)