Lovejoy Independent School District

 
Email Express
May 3, 2017
A Message from the Superintendent



Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
I hope this finds you and your family having a great week.  Yesterday was the last day of early voting for the school board election.  Election day is Saturday, May 6 from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM.  You may vote at any of the Collin County Vote Centers on Saturday.  Click here for the complete listing. 
 
 
Good Bye to Hart Elementary Principal Kathy Foster
Kathy Foster, Principal of Hart Elementary School, recently shared the news with her Hart families that she has accepted a position in Plano ISD.  We thank Kathy for her leadership and service to the students of Lovejoy ISD, and wish her the very best in her new endeavors. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Kathy for the past twenty years - first in McKinney and now in Lovejoy. Kathy's dedication and mission have made our collaboration a positive experience for both of us. I wish her well in her new experience and know she will expose her new kids to a positive experience. You may click here to read her letter of resignation.   
 

Speech and Debate Banquet
I had the opportunity to attend the Speech and Debate banquet last night. I was very pleased to hear the depth of the experience our students have had as they have grown the program into a competitive contender at both the national and state levels. The students leaders for the 2017-2018 school year were announced.  Kudos to teacher leaders Tami Parker and Jake Cosio.
 
There are a lot of great student accomplishments to share with you this week.  I hope you will take time to read all of the successes our students have experienced both in and outside of the classroom.
 
 
Lovejoy Track and Field
The Lovejoy Boys and Girls track teams competed in the Region II 5A Championship this past Friday and Saturday in Arlington, TX.
 
Lovejoy qualified two athletes to the State Track and Field Championship in Austin, Texas, on May 18th and 19th.  Representing Lovejoy at the State Track and Field Meet in Austin are the following:
 
Grace Ridgeway
Girls Pole Vault - Region II 5A Champion
 
Chase Van Wagoner
Boys Long Jump - Region II 5A Runner-Up
 
For a full list of Lovejoy results, please click here .
 
 
Round 2 Softball Playoffs
The Lovejoy Lady Leopards vs. The Colony Cougars softball game will be held on Friday, May 5th at 7:00PM at Frisco Independence High School.  The team invites you to join them for the game, as they are hoping for a large crowd. Bring your cowbells, make posters, get loud, and come support your Lady Leopards.
 
 
Baseball Playoffs
Congratulations to the Varsity Baseball team as they clinched a playoff spot in the Texas Baseball State Playoffs over the weekend.  The Leopards are the District 15-5A 4th seed and will take on Hallsville this week in the 1st round.  Playoff information is as follows:
 
Game 1- Friday, May 5th
Lovejoy at Hallsville, 7:05
 
Game 2- Saturday, May 6th
Hallsville at Lovejoy, 3:30
 
Game 3- Saturday, May 6th
Hallsville at Lovejoy, 30 minutes after game 2 if necessary
 
We hope to see you there.
 
 
Lovejoy Wrestling
This past weekend the freestyle wrestling club competed in the Women's Freestyle State Championship and the Men's Team Texas National Duals qualifier at the Colony High School. To date, this was the largest group of competitors, with four women and five men wrestling. There were over 600 wrestlers competing in this event from across the state, and five of our nine placed in the top four of their division.
 
Wrestling for Lovejoy were James Ayers, Austin Bennett, Johnny Dorlon, Brindley Eaton, David Gold, Alexandria LeFort, Ella Musselman, Lilly Musselman, and Ralph Rucker.
 
Click here for a full listing of the Lovejoy results.
 
 
Lovejoy Boys Soccer
The following Leopards were selected to the All-Region Team. Center-back Grant Lange was named to the 2nd team. Center-back Kyle Fisher was selected to the 1st team. Grant and Kyle led the back line this year to seven clean sheets. Forward Bretton Laboret (15 goals and 9 assists) was selected to the 1st team. Midfielder Cal Cranfill (14 goals and 13 assists) was named to the 2nd team. Congratulations to these four players.
 
 
WSMS TV News Brings Home 97 Medals at ILPC
Broadcast journalism students from Willow Springs Middle School competed in the Interscholastic League Press Conference (ILPC) last week in Austin. Students took home 50 gold medals, 2 silver, and 45 bronze medals in the Broadcast Individual Achievement Awards. The WSMS TV News staff received a total of 10 awards and one honorable mention in 12 individual categories - more than any other school in their division. Students competed mostly against 4A high schools. Individual students and staff took home 5 gold medals - the most of any school.
 
Please click here to view the press release which includes a full listing of the achievements of the journalism students.  Congratulations to these students.  

 


Lovejoy High School Certified Nursing Aide      
Congratulations to the Health Science Technology Department on their 100% pass rate for the Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) State Exam.  In addition to passing the exam, the students listed below completed 100 hours of classroom and nursing home training and mastered the following objectives:  
  • Provide person-centered basic care to residents of Long-term care facilities.
  • Communicate and interact therapeutically with residents and their families, with sensitivity to the physical, social and mental needs of residents.
  • Assist residents in attaining and maintaining maximum functional independence.
  • Protect, support and promote the rights of residents.
  • Provide safety and preventive measures in the care of residents.
  • Demonstrate skill in observing, reporting and documentation.
  • Function effectively as a member of the health care team. 
Congratulations to:
 
Hayley Ansley CNA
Noel Augustine CNA
Meghan Blumenthal CNA
Drew Dismukes CNA
Mikayla Dohmann CNA
Abigail Eaton CNA
Michael Franks CNA
Mona Habibi CNA
Nessa Habibi CNA
Jennifer Johnson CNA
Leslie LaTour CNA
Theodora Omotayo CNA
Grace Purcell CNA
Dominique Silva CNA
Jenny Walsh CNA
Sophie Whitehead CNA



Town of Fairview Art Show
The Town of Fairview recently held an Art Show in which a number of Lovejoy students competed.  Congratulations to the winners:
 
Adult Photography
First Place - Entry:  Fish?
Stu Mair , Lovejoy High School Class of 2016
 
Student Photography
First Place - Entry:  Cat Combo
Jack Czyz , Willow Springs Middle School, 8th grade
 
Third Place - Entry:  Untitled
Jack Czyz , Willow Springs Middle School, 8th grade
 
Middle (Students in Grades 6-8)
First Place - Entry:  The Woman
Kaya Czyz , Willow Springs Middle School, 8th grade
(pictured below)
 
Second Place - Entry:  The Hummingbird
Jenna Garcia , Willow Springs Middle School, 7th grade
 
Third Place - Entry:  Combustibility
Kaya Czyz , Willow Springs Middle School, 8th grade



Early Elementary (Students in Grades Pre-K - 2)
Third Place - Entry:  The Eevee
Catherine Pruitt , Puster Elementary School, 1st grade
 
Town Choice Awards
Entry:  Blind Contours
Ben Wortham , Lovejoy High School Class of 2012
(pictured below)

 
A Message from the Deputy Superintendent
STEM Community Assistance Needed
 
Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
As you may recall, we have a council of teachers, administrators, and community members who participate in our Lovejoy ISD STEM Council.  This group meets each semester to identify and address areas which would enhance the educational experience of our students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). 
 
The Council has identified four categories of improvement efforts which we plan to address.  Our four areas for improvement are:
 

1.  Increase the quantity and types of internship experiences available to our students within the STEM fields.

2.  Increase the quantity and types of STEM experiences occurring during the school day, such as guest speakers and/or volunteers.

3.  Address the gender gap existing between the numbers of girls and boys choosing STEM electives in grades 7-12.

4.  Develop and implement a community event which will showcase student work and projects created in Lovejoy ISD.

 
In order to be most productive and effective for committees working on each of these areas, we are asking for support from the community in any of the following efforts:
 

1.  Please contact me if you have any student internship opportunities available within your organization or know of any student internship experiences available to Lovejoy ISD students.

2.  Please contact me if you would be available to be a guest speaker in our classrooms in order to help students become more aware of the variety of professions or types of careers available in the STEM fields.

3.  Please contact me if either #1 or #2 above is specifically designed for female students or offered by women working in STEM fields.

4.  Please contact me if you are willing to volunteer to develop or work at a STEM showcase event, or if you or your organization would be willing to help sponsor a STEM showcase event.  The STEM Council would like to offer an event similar to our annual Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts Festival with demonstrations of students' STEM work, as well as fun and interesting STEM-related activities available for all who attend. 

 
Please click here to access the STEM Community Assistance form.  
 
I am looking forward to hearing from you, as we continually strive to improve the STEM experiences for students in Lovejoy.
 
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

Denim and Diamonds - Last Chance Auction Now Open
The last chance auction is now open.  There are a few items still available from Denim and Diamonds. The auction will close today at 10:00 PM. The auction may be found by clicking here .  Click on "Start Bidding" to create your account.
 
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

 
News

Online Payment Center Has New Look
The Lovejoy Online Payment Center has a new look.  You are able to log on to the Online Payment Center from any mobile device and make a payment. There is no need to download an app, just visit the Online Payment Center through the internet browser on your mobile device. It's that easy.  In addition to the mobile-friendly update, you will enjoy the following features:  
  • Quick, two-step checkout process
  • Convenient login window
  • User-friendly design
  • And more
  Keep an eye out for additional updates regarding the Online Payment Center. 



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 will be located at each campus.


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.  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.


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  
 

Lovejoy Country Run: May 6
Online Registration Ends:  May 4 at 10:00 AM
Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. invites you to join them for a morning run or walk in the country surrounding Lovejoy High School. The 1K Fun Run will begin at 7:30 AM, followed by the 5K at 8:00 AM. The certified 5K course is a fast course or, if you prefer, you may choose the 1K Fun Run. Races will be chip-timed by Race Chip Timing.
 
After running, enjoy a pancake breakfast which is included in the race entry fee. Non-race participants may buy tickets at the door ($7 for adults, $5 children ages 6-12, and children 5 years and younger eat free) for breakfast. *Online registration ends tomorrow at 10:00 AM.
 


Orchestra Spirit Night: May 9
The final Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit night for this school year will be held at Pei Wei, Allen on Tuesday, May 9th, from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  Please join us for a great combo of delicious food, good company, and support of our Lovejoy Orchestra. 20% of the proceeds from your visit will go to the Orchestra Booster Club. When ordering, please let the cashier know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra.  This includes dine in and take out.
 
Pei Wei
1008 W McDermott Drive, Suite 100
Allen, TX 75013
 
 
Puster Star Party: May 9
Puster Elementary School will host a Star Party on Tuesday, May 9th from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM on the playground east of Puster Elementary School. This event is open to the public.  We hope you will join us and bring your friends and family.

We'll be out observing stellar constellations, the Sun, the Moon, Jupiter and its Galilean moons, star clusters, and a few other interesting objects in the Milky Way.
 
 

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.



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. 


Sports Physicals and Cardiac Screenings:  July 22


Saturday, July 22, 2017
Willow Springs Middle School
$20 for physicals, payable to Lovejoy Athletics
$15 for cardiac screen, payable to Who We Play For
 
The Lovejoy Sports Medicine Department is offering sports physicals, and hosting Who We Play For for cardiac screenings. Physicals and cardiac screens are open to all 2017-18 incoming 7th - 12th grade student-athletes. A parent or guardian should attend with the student to sign permission forms.

The physical examination consists of the parent or guardian completing a medical history, followed by a thorough medical and orthopedic assessment by a host of qualified nurses, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and physicians.

Please RSVP for each student attending physicals and/or cardiac screenings by
clicking here.   Payment is due at WSMS on July 22nd. Payment must be made by check or cash, as no credit cards will be accepted. 

Lovejoy ISD requires every 7th - 12th grade student-athlete to receive an annual physical prior to participation in sports.

The cardiac screen is not required for participation in athletics at Lovejoy ISD but it is highly recommended. Who We Play For recommends testing at least once during high school.

This is a fundraising event for our Sports Medicine Department.  We appreciate your support.

Additional information regarding sports physicals may be found by
clicking here.

 
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.


Tarah-kye Zoe Borozny - LHS Class of 2010
Congratulations to Zoe on her graduation from RPI 2014 as an Aerospace engineer.  Zoe is employed at Pratt and Whitney as a Repair Design Engineer working on F35 engines.
 
Austin Bradley Welhouse - LHS Class of 2013
Austin is a candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business with majors in Supply Chain Management and International Business, with a Spanish minor.  Austin will graduate from Indiana University Bloomington on Saturday, May 6th.
 
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.   


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
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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)