Lovejoy Independent School District

 
Email Express
August 17, 2017
 Message from the Superintendent


Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
The Board of Trustees met last night and reached a consensus regarding the $1.8 million in restored funding which we finally learned we will receive from the State of Texas. As a result of these funds, the district is now facing a $3.5 million shortfall instead of a $5.3 million shortfall. The Board has proposed to suspend fees for both bus riders and extracurricular activities for the 2017-2018 school year. There will be no fees for either bus or extracurricular activities for the upcoming school year. Today, I will reach out to our football season ticket holders to begin a discussion of the options to generate additional revenue for our district programs.
 
In September, we will reach out to you to discuss options for the balanced budget for the 2018-2019 school year. Now that we are no longer waiting for the legislature to make a decision, we can partner with you to determine the best approach for our schools for next year. The $1.8 million is coming to us in the form of a one year grant.  We already know the 2018-2019 school year grant will fall from $1.8 million to $900,000.
 
 
New Parent Welcome Dinner  
Parents new to Lovejoy ISD are invited to attend the annual New Parent Welcome Dinner.
 
Saturday, August 19, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Lovejoy High School
2350 Estates Parkway, Lucas Texas
 
This event is an opportunity for parents new to Lovejoy to get to know some long-time district volunteers, as well as other new Lovejoy families. Various representatives from the school board, district administration, campus administration, and the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools will be on hand to answer questions.
 
In order to plan for dinner and childcare workers, please RSVP to Cindy Booker, Executive Director of the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.  Cindy may reached at:
 
 
 
School Messenger

Lovejoy ISD is adding text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger, the system we use for phone calls and email communications for information such as school closings due to inclement weather. SchoolMessenger will be configured to send text messages to your wireless phone number(s) with your approval. Please confirm we have your accurate wireless phone number in the PowerSchool Parent Portal and then opt-in to participate by following the directions below.

In order to receive messages from Lovejoy ISD or your student's school via SMS text, we must have your wireless number(s) in SchoolMessenger and receive an "Opt-In Confirmation" from your wireless device.

You can easily opt-in by simply sending "Y" (or "Yes") via text message to our SchoolMessenger Short Code number 67587.

The wireless number(s) you enter into the PowerSchool Parent Portal are updated nightly. If you update your wireless number, or add a new number in the PowerSchool Parent Portal, the new number will automatically be sent an Opt-In message.

To access the PowerSchool Parent Portal, please click here . If you have any questions, or if we may be of any assistance, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003.  

A Message from the
Deputy Superintendent
Continued Excellence in Student Performance


Dear Lovejoy Community:

I hope you are enjoying the last bit of your summer break.  Teachers and administrators in Lovejoy are busily preparing for the upcoming school year. This week kicked off on Monday with our district-wide Convocation and the remainder of this week teachers are attending training sessions and finalizing important work to be sure the upcoming school year is the best ever for each student.
 
Yesterday, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the preliminary accountability ratings for districts and campuses throughout Texas.  The district and all campuses in Lovejoy continue to maintain the highest possible ranking in Texas of "Met Standard."   In addition to the State accountability ratings, Lovejoy examines the performance of our students in other areas of academics, including the Advanced Placement (AP) program from the College Board. 
 
As you know, AP tests are scored from 1 to 5.  A score of 3 is considered passing by the College Board, and many colleges and universities grant credit for a score of 3, 4, or 5.  Although a score of 2 is not considered passing, research indicates that students who take an AP course and score at least a 2 on an AP exam are more likely to earn a higher GPA in college and more likely to graduate at a higher rate and at a quicker pace than their peers, even if those peers earned college credit by taking dual credit courses in high school.  It is for this research-based reason that Lovejoy encourages all students to take at least one AP course while in high school in order to experience the rigors the vast majority of our students will encounter when they enroll in college.
 
The College Board attempts to identify stellar academic performance by designating students as AP Scholars for successful completion of AP courses while in high school.  At a minimum, a student must take and pass at least 3 AP exams while in high school to be designated an AP Scholar. The second highest level of AP Scholar with Honors is granted to students who take and pass 4 AP exams with an average score of 3.25.  A higher level still is AP Scholar with Distinction, and this is granted to students who take and pass 5 AP exams with an average score of 3.5. The highest level of performance identifies students as National AP Scholars when a student has taken and passed at least 8 AP exams with an average score of 4.0. I am pleased to inform you that Lovejoy ISD has been informed that we have 271 AP Scholars, 21 of whom are National AP Scholars.  This is an increase from 254 AP Scholars in 2016. Also worth celebrating is that 70.8% of our students earned a 3 or better on their AP test. This is an increase of 5% from 2016.        

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
 
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.



Gifted and Talented Referrals for 2017-2018
The referral window for gifted and talented services is now open. Click here for referral forms which are located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. The window will close September 8, 2017.
 
Testing is scheduled for Saturday, September 16 and 23 for students in grades 1-12. Kindergarten students will be tested at a later date.
 
A brief information session will review the gifted and talented referral process and services offered in Lovejoy.
 
Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Board Room
August 29, 2017
9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 4:30 PM, or 6:00 PM (Session Information Repeats)
 
If you are unable to attend and would like more information, a slideshow presentation will be available on the gifted and talented webpage after the August 29 presentation.
 
For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart  at 469.742.8015 or  Brie Smith  at 469.742.8032 .


Volunteer Applications
The Online Volunteer Application for the 2017-2018 school year is now available. Please click here to access the application. Upon completion of the form, please be sure to click "Submit Application" located at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email that your application has been received. The online application is a secure link.
 
For the safety of our students, a criminal history record is obtained annually for every person interested in volunteering at an LISD campus.
  
Your interest in serving as a volunteer is appreciated. Please email Gina Ellis if you have any questions.


Revtrak Online Payment Fee
Lovejoy ISD continues to accept online payments for the convenience of our parents and students. A service fee of 4.16% will be applied at checkout. Please note: This fee simply recovers the direct cost to the district to accept credit card transactions through Revtrak.


Bus Drivers
Lovejoy ISD is currently accepting applications for full-time and part-time school bus drivers.  Click here for additional information.
Upcoming Events  
 
Tom Landry Classic:  September 2
Lovejoy will open the 2017 football season in the Tom Landry Classic against the #2 state  ranked Argyle Eagles on Saturday, September 2nd at 7:00 PM at Allen Eagle Stadium.
 
Founded in 2000, the Tom Landry Classic was created to honor the legacy of legendary NFL Coach, Tom Landry. This scholarship event awards students for their commitment to academic excellence, leadership among their peers, and service to their community. 
 
Leopard fans are invited to bring their extended family, friends, and neighbors so we can fill our side of the stadium and support all of the students participating in the event.  The greater the number of attendees, the more scholarships Lovejoy students will receive.  We hope to see you on the 2nd.


Junior Cheer Camp:  September 16







The Lovejoy High School Cheerleaders will host a Junior Leopards Mini Cheer Camp for ages 4 through 4th grade.  For detailed information, and to register, please click here .  The registration deadline is Friday, September 1st.



Lovejoy Cross Country Fall Festival
The Lovejoy Cross Country Fall Festival will be held on September 23rd.  This is one of the largest Cross Country meets in the state and the Cross Country team needs your help.  Please click here for information regarding volunteer opportunities.  


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.


Bailey Smith - Class of 2016
Congratulations to Bailey Smith, who is attending Texas Tech, for being recognized as a Texas Tech student athlete on the academic Big 12 rookie team.  Please click here for additional information.
 
Stay Connected    


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 .  



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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)