Lovejoy Independent School District

 
Email Express
June 14, 2017
A Message from the Superintendent


Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
I hope this communication finds you and your family enjoying a safe and fun start to the summer. There is currently quite a bit of activity on the campuses with 80+ academic enrichment camps and 16 athletic camps being offered throughout Lovejoy ISD.  It's great to see our students experiencing a wide variety of offerings so close to home. 
 
Those of you in the Hart community know we have been diligently working on selecting a new principal and assistant principal for your campus. Today we met with a representative group of Hart parents to receive feedback on the most important qualities of the new principal. If you would like to weigh in on this issue, please send me an email at ted_moore@lovejoyisd.net or send a text to 972.418.8129. I plan to recommend a principal to our Board of Trustees at the June 21st board meeting.
 
 
Budget Update
As you know, our Board of Trustees is required to adopt the 2017-2018 budget by June 30, 2017.  Also, our Texas Legislature adjourned from this past legislative session without passing a school finance bill due to major disagreements between the Texas House and Texas Senate over several issues, including vouchers for private school attendance. If nothing changes in the upcoming special session (July 18, 2017), Lovejoy ISD will lose approximately $6 million in state funding. In order to provide sufficient revenue to support the budget, the administration is recommending a combination of parent paid fees, for services such as extracurricular activities and bus transportation, along with the use of a portion of our fund balance. When a school district administration encounters a shortfall in revenue, we always begin with opportunities to cut expenditures, and that is true in this case as well. We are recommending a 10% cut in all operating budgets which do not directly impact the experience your child will have this coming school year. That reduction will yield about $600,000. A common  question is, "Why can't we cut more without impacting the experience our kids have on their campus?" 
 
Please consider these facts:  
  • 82% of our total budget is tied to personnel, and the majority of our personnel is in the teacher category
  • 11% of the total budget is predominantly non-discretionary, such as fuel, utilities and insurance
  • The remaining 7% of the total budget is predominantly discretionary and includes items such as campus supply budgets 
As you can see, once we protect our teaching positions and our non-discretionary items, there is not much left. The cuts we have made in the past to accommodate a loss in state funds ($2 million a year since 2011) have already eliminated the items furthest from our kids. Our Board of Trustees and administration remain committed to protecting the Lovejoy Way until we get relief from the Texas Legislature, or our student population continues growing to generate more state revenue sufficient to support excellence in all of our current programs.
 
In the event we implement a fee plan and then the Legislature responds favorably and returns some or all of our ASATR funds in July, we will be able to cancel some or all of those fees. Many of you have asked how to communicate the importance of ASATR to our elected officials, and I am including the information below. We did receive support from all three officials below during the session.


Elected Officials
We are now five weeks ahead of the special session of the Texas Legislature.  It remains critical for you to contact our local elected officials to let them know the importance of restoring funding for ASATR during the special session.  District office phone numbers are listed below:
 
The Honorable Van Taylor, Texas State Senator, District 8
972.398.9416
 
The Honorable Jodie Laubenberg, Texas House Representative, District 89
972.424.6810
 
The Honorable Scott Sanford, Texas House Representative, District 70
972.548.7500
 
Additionally, you may contact the Governor's office as follows:
 
Governor Abbott Constituent Communication
512.463.1800
 
 
You may click here for an article published in mySanAntonio.com regarding the challenges public schools are facing following the recent legislative session.
 
You may click here for specific talking points regarding ASATR.  As always, thank you for your support of Lovejoy ISD.
 
 
LHS Wind Symphony
The Lovejoy High School Wind Symphony placed first in the Region level of all eligible 5A schools to advance to the Area level of the State Honor Band Competition.
 
This contest is the concert band State competition which occurs every other year, alternating with the State Marching Contest in the fall. Following State guidelines, bands make a recording of the best performances of their year. The bands move through region, area, and then on to State to hopefully be the best in the state and be named the State Honor Band. It is one of the highest honors a band program can strive to attain.
 
Four out of five judges had Lovejoy in first place in the region, which moves the band into the Area level. Area competition will take place on June 22. 

 
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.



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:


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.


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  
 

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.

 
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.


Dylan Bacon - Class of 2016
Dylan is attending Sam Houston State University as a Criminal Justice Major.

 
Andrew Keefer - Class of 2016
Congratulations to Andrew Keefer who earned NTJCAC Offensive Player of the Year honors, hitting .448 for the season.  Click here to read the article.

 
Stay Connected  


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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)