Lovejoy Independent School District

 
Email Express
September 14, 2016
A Message from the Superintendent


Dear Lovejoy Community:
 

Some of you may have noticed the flags in front of Lovejoy High School this week.  This is the work of LHS students, Dayton Thompson, Brandon Merrill, Andrew Grissom, and the LHS Student Council.  This group of students, along with parents, spent most of Sunday, September 11, placing 2,977 American flags in front of the high school in honor of the individuals who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks.


  


Friday will mark the end of the community effort "Spreading Lovejoy" across state lines.  This effort is in response to the 2016 Louisiana floods.  Learn how you may help:


 

Congratulations to the Lovejoy High School Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Joey Sloan, on their selection as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Orchestra Honors Project.  This recognition is awarded by The Foundation for Music Education.




There was a great article in The Red Ledger (LHS's award winning online newspaper) this week regarding Nick Victor (LHS/Class of 2011).  Nick recently reached an agreement to play for Gimle BBK of the Norwegian BLNO league.  Click here to read the full article which includes highlights of Nick's time at Yale University. 
 



Sarah Krolnik (LHS/Sophomore) recently received a letter from AAU diving.  She will be in the 2016 addition of Outstanding Athletes of AUU for diving.  Congratulations, Sarah.




A Message from the
Deputy Superintendent



Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
We are now in our 4th week of school.  I hope the school experience for each student continues to be excellent.  In addition to sharing information about student performance, this portion of Email Express is an opportunity to discuss major elements of our academic program, and to communicate changes within our academic program.

One recent change includes modifications to "field trips" for our K-4 students. 

Last spring, each elementary campus sent a representative to serve on a committee to identify common field-based learning experiences for grades K-4.  We currently provide common field experiences in fifth grade (Collin County Adventure Camp) and sixth grade (Perot Museum).

In order to ensure alignment of students' experiences, regardless of the elementary school they attend, we have developed field-based learning experiences for grades K-4.  Each decision was based on a review of the grade level standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the age appropriateness of the location, and the activities which may be completed prior to and after each event.

For the 2016-17 school year, the common field-based learning experiences are:

Grade
2016-2017 Field-Based Learning Experience
K
Arboretum
1
Dallas Heritage Museum
2
Dallas Museum of Art
3
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
4
State Capital

The most significant change is for third grade students.  They will experience symphony music at the Meyerson.  They will no longer go to the State Fair.  The committee determined this change was needed based on the changes which have occurred with the third grade science standards.  Additionally, the committee felt a broader range of learning connections can be made by a common experience at the Meyerson.

As always, each campus will base its scheduling on available dates and most appropriate times of the school year.  If you have any questions about the field-based learning experiences for your elementary student, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or the campus administrators.

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
 
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools Launches
Annual Appeal Campaign

The Foundation for Lovejoy School's Annual Appeal, #WeLoveLovejoy, is underway. Our goal is to receive donations from 650 donors totaling $200,000. This year's campaign slogan "#addaHamilton" is inspired by the popular musical Hamilton.  We are asking our donors 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 in giving to the Foundation on North Texas Giving day, Thursday, September 22nd from 6:00 AM to midnight. You may 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 the Foundation's President, Stephanie McCaffity, at: slbmccaffity@gmail.com .

ICYMI:  In Case You Missed It
 
News

Referrals for Gifted and Talented Services
 
The online referral window for gifted and talented services for grades K-12 is now open. All referrals are processed online through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, located at:  https://powerschool.lovejoyisd.net/public/ .

The referral window for grades 1-12 will close Friday, September 16, 2016. Testing for grades 1-12 will be Saturday, October 15, and Saturday, October 22, 2016.
 
Kindergarten referrals will be accepted through October 14, 2016. Kindergarten testing will begin in November.

For questions regarding services in grades K-4, please contact Caroline Garcia at caroline_garcia@lovejoyisd.net or via phone: 469.742.8310 .
 
For questions about services in grades 5-12, please contact Brie Smith at brie_smith@lovejoyisd.net or via phone: 469.742.8032
 

Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse:  Registration Now Open
Join the most exciting, fastest growing sport in the country. Registration is now open for the fall season of Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse, grades 1 - 12, boys only.  Click here to view additional information regarding registration.  Rosters are filling fast.  The registration deadline is September 15, 2016.
 
For additional information regarding the Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse program, visit their website at:  www.leopardlacrosse.com .


Band Booster Club Offers Homecoming Shirts for Sale
Lovejoy Homecoming is Friday, September 23rd.  Be a part of the Homecoming tradition by wearing the "Red Out" spirit shirt. Click here for the order form.  The deadline for orders is Friday, September 16.  "Red Out" spirit shirts are also available for purchase during lunch (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM) at WSMS and the High School through Friday, September 23rd. T-shirts are $10 each.


Majestics Offer Homecoming Mums for Sale
Homecoming is just a few short weeks away.  The Majestics, the Lovejoy High School dance team, will be selling mums for Homecoming.  The Mum team has been working diligently for the past several months, and with hundreds of items completed, they are ready to sell.  The sale dates and times are as follows:
 
For Senior Garters/Mums and Underclassmen Garters/Mums:
 
Lovejoy High School Cafeteria
September 1 - September 21 (Mon-Fri)  11AM-1PM
September 6 - September 20 , every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6-8:30PM
 
Junior Mums, Mini Mums, and Mum Rings will be for sale at the elementary, intermediate, and middle schools the week of Homecoming (September 19-23) during lunch time.

 
Volunteer Application Process Now Open for 2016-2017
The volunteer application process for the 2016-2017 school year is now open.  Please click here to begin the process.  Should you have any questions, please contact:
 
Volunteer Coordinator
469.742.8000
 

2016-2017 School Calendar
The 2016-2017 school calendar has been updated with early release dates and a professional development day on January 2nd, which will not be a school day for students.  Please click here to view the 2016-2017 calendar.


 

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 Football:  September 16
Ticket information for the Lovejoy vs Highland Park game on Friday, September 16 may be found here .


Gifted and Talented Meet & Greet:  September 20
The Lovejoy Gifted Association will host an informal Meet and Greet on Tuesday, September 20 from 8:30-10:30 AM in the Board Room of the Lovejoy ISD Administration Building, 259 Country Club Road, Allen, TX 75002.  Please join us to learn more about the Gifted and Talented program at LISD, as well as The Lovejoy Gifted Association.  This is an opportunity to meet Brie Smith (LISD Director of Advanced Academics), Caroline Garcia (LISD Elementary GT Coordinator), and other GT parents. For additional information please visit the LGA website at www.lovejoygifted.org .

 
An Evening with the Majestics:  September 23
The Majestic Dance Team is inviting girls K-6 to join them for an Evening with the Majestics on Homecoming night, Friday, September 23rd. Join the Majestics in performing the pre-game fight song in the victory lines on the field, then sit with the Majestics and participate in "stand routines" in the bleachers. During half time, the Majestics will dedicate a special routine to you and your new "Mini Majestic" friends. Click here for additional information, or visit the Majestics website at:  www.majesticsdance.org .
 

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

 
Junior Leopard Mini Cheer Camp:  October 8
The LHS Cheerleaders are hosting their annual Junior Leopard Mini Cheer Camp for kids 4 years through 4th grade.  Join the LHS cheerleaders on October 8th to learn cheers, chants, and jumps.  Cheer with the cheerleaders during the first quarter of the Varsity game on Leopard Friday, October 14th. A cheer t-shirt is included in the cost.  Click here to view additional information.  Click here for the registration form. 


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.



Joshua Leirer
Joshua attended Lovejoy schools from the 7th grade through the 10th grade.  He recently passed Basic Training, and Advanced Individual Training and is now serving as a Soldier in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso.  



 
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)