Lovejoy Independent School District

 
Email Express
August 24,  2016
A Message from the Superintendent


Dear Lovejoy Community:

The 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start.  We welcomed over 4,000 students to our six campuses on Monday.  I know there are always some first week frustrations with traffic at drop off and pick up times, but we all know it will get better by next week. If you have questions or suggestions, please be sure to let us know. Our principals always appreciate opportunities to do a better job, and your feedback is a critical component of success. You may reach out to me as well: (c) 972.415.8129.
 
Chad Collins-Board President
Chad Collins, LISD Board President, is offering a few remarks on the State of our District. His presentation outlines the work of Lovejoy ISD over the past 12 months and the alignment of that work with the priorities adopted by the LISD Board of Trustees.




The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools hosted a welcome dinner for families new to Lovejoy.  I love meeting our new families and hearing about the reasons they chose Lovejoy and about the positive experiences they have already had. 







The volleyball season is well underway.  The varsity team participated in the Allen Texas Open this past weekend.  Head Coach, Jason Nicholson, celebrated his 100th win, against McKinney Boyd, during the event.  Lovejoy secured a second place overall finish.  Callie Holden (LHS/Senior) and Lexie Smith (LHS/Senior) were named to the All-Tournament Team.  Congratulations to Coach Nicholson and team, on this stellar start to the volleyball season.
Photo of Coach Nicholson, Courtesy of Eric Miler, LHS Senior 


The Junior Varsity Volleyball team won the Berkner Varsity Tournament.  Congratulations to all.


 
A Message from the
Deputy Superintendent



Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
I hope each of your students has experienced a great start to the new school year.  As I begin my twelfth year in Lovejoy, I can't help but reflect upon the many special qualities which define what we have come to call "The Lovejoy Way".  One special quality is the partnership the district shares with parents and community members.
 
The district developed the Leadership Lovejoy initiative to help strengthen and expand our strong partnership with parents and community members.  The inaugural class met during the spring of 2014 and graduated a class of 23.  To date, Leadership Lovejoy graduates total 78.  Leadership Lovejoy was created as an opportunity for participants to learn the history, educational practices, programs, and philosophy of Lovejoy ISD.  This is also an opportunity for the Leadership Lovejoy members to provide feedback, ask questions, and share ideas to help the district improve.

Leadership Lovejoy, Fifth Graduating Class

 
2017 is the centennial year of Lovejoy ISD.  As such, we redesigned the structure of Leadership Lovejoy for the Centennial Cohort.  We are limiting the cohort to 25 members, and will have five face-to-face meetings over the course of the school year, rather than completing a cohort each semester.  We hope this "every other month" meeting structure will be more manageable for busy schedules.
 
If you would like to apply to be part of the Leadership Lovejoy Centennial Cohort, please click here , complete, and submit the application by September 7.  Whether your schedule will allow you to be part of this Leadership Lovejoy Cohort or not, we greatly appreciate your second-to-none partnership and feedback.
 
We hope you 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
214.385.1967
 
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


Back to School Safety Tips
Traffic will increase tremendously during the first week of school. Be mindful of the added congestion and leave your home earlier to arrive at school on time.
 
Tips for Driving in School Zones
  • Put down that cell phone. The State of Texas prohibits the use of any wireless communication device while in a school zone unless your vehicle is stopped or unless your using a "hands-free" device.  
  • Always obey school zone speed limit signs. Remember, traffic fines usually double in school zones. 
  • Drop off and pick up your children in your school's designated areas. 
  • Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops. 
  • Be alert for children who might dart across the drive or between vehicles on their way to/from the building.
 
Tips for Driving near School Buses
  • School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. 
  • School buses use alternately flashing red lights and an extended stop sign arm to signal motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus. 
  • If you approach a school bus from either direction and the bus is displaying alternately flashing red lights and extended stop sign arm, you must stop. In Texas, it is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. Do not pass the school bus until:
    • the school bus has resumed motion, or
    • you are signaled by the driver to proceed, or
    • the red lights are no longer flashing.  
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus. 
  • Be alert. Children can be unpredictable.

Hugs Café Requests Your Assistance
The mission of Hugs Café, located in McKinney, Texas, is to create an inviting place of training and employment for adults with special needs while providing dignity, self-worth and developing respect in the community.  Hugs is a non-profit organization asking for your help with a campaign to Ellen Degeneres.  See below for additional information.
 
How can you help?  During the month of August, tweet Ellen to let her know about Hugs.  The goal is to overload her feed with tweets from customers, teammates, employees, and volunteers.  Tweet @TheEllenShow to let Ellen know how wonderful life is @HugsCafe.
 
 
Lovejoy Ice Hockey:  August 23 Tryouts
Calling all skating Leopards entering grades 8-12 this school year. Lovejoy Ice Hockey is holding open tryouts for the 2016/2017 season on August 23rd from 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM at the Dr. Pepper Star Center in Richardson. Please arrive 45 minutes early for registration and packet pickup. If you have any questions please email: lovejoyhockey@gmail.com .  See you on the ice.

 
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.  Register now!
 
For additional information regarding the Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse program, visit their website at:  www.leopardlacrosse.com .

 
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 to Play Argyle in the Tom Landry Classic
 
The Lovejoy Varsity football team will play Argyle at 7:00 PM on Saturday, August 27 in the Allen Eagle Stadium.  Lovejoy will sit on the visitor side of the stadium.

Pre-sale tickets are available at the LHS School Store during office hours from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.  Pre-sales will end at 1:00 PM on Friday.  All pre-sale tickets are $8.00 for both students and adults. Children age 5 and younger are admitted free.
 
Online Tickets are available, in bundles of 5 tickets for $40 + tax & fees, through the Gridiron Booster Club.  Click here to place your order.   Online ticket purchases will be available for pick up at one of the following designated times:
 
  • Friday at the Lovejoy Multipurpose Building (Indoor Field), 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Saturday at the Gridiron Tailgate at the game, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM.

If you buy the 5 ticket bundle from the booster club, your name will be included in a raffle for a chance to win a Roger Staubach helmet.  Online tickets sales end at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, August 24.  For additional information, please
click here .
 
All tickets, purchased at the gate on August 27, are $10.00.  Children age 5 and younger are admitted free (no ticket needed).
 
The only pass which provides free admission for this game is the THSCA membership card.  The following passes do not provide free admission:
 
  • The District 15-5A pass does not provide free admission
  • The Lovejoy ISD Senior Citizen Gold Card does not provide free admission
  • A Lovejoy ISD Employee badge does not provide free admission
  • A Lovejoy Student ID does not provide free admission
 
Parking is $5.00.
 
 
Lovejoy vs Frisco Lone Star Tickets on Sale
Friday, September 9, 2016, the Lovejoy varsity football game will take place at the Ford Center at the Star.  Fans may purchase tickets for the September 9th game at the pre-sale price until the day of the game.  Click here to purchase tickets.
 
For additional information regarding varsity football tickets, please click here




Gus M acker Basketball Tournament:
September 10 - 11

The 2nd Annual Gus Macker Basketball Tournament will be held September 10-11, 2016 at The Village at Fairview.  For general tournament information, click here .  You may register a team at:  www.macker.com
 




 
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 .
 
 
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. 

 
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.

 
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)