Lovejoy High School
 
A Message from the Principal
 
Lovejoy HS News 12 04 17

P arents and Guardians,
 
I don't know about you, but I am anxiously awaiting some cold December weather. Although the warm weekend temperatures are nice, it is hard to get into the holiday season when I have to turn the A/C on in the house.
 
I hope you had a chance to make it up to LHS this past weekend to attend our K-12 Fine Arts Festival. It was a great event that showcased the incredible work our students, teachers, and directors do each day. A special thanks to all of our parent volunteers who helped make this weekend possible. It truly is a blessing to have the parent and community partnership that makes Lovejoy special.
 
This Friday, we will have a pep rally to honor several groups of LHS students including our Advanced Placement Scholars. Last school year, LHS had 838 students take 1,606 AP exams. Of those 838 students, 274 have achieved recognition for their cumulative success on AP exams over their high school career. Although some of those 274 students graduated last year, we will honor our current Juniors and Seniors and recognize them for their achievements. Our pep rally will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Friday in the Main Gym.
 
Below you will find important announcements as well as details about upcoming events. Please take a few moments to read through them and let us know if you have any questions.
 
Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Chris Mayfield
Principal
Lovejoy High School
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Lovejoy High School News and Information 12 04 17

Bus Route Changes  
Due to the Winningkoff Road closure at the "S" curve, changes were made as follows beginning Monday, December 4th:
 
Route Bus #16 will service all stops on the North side of the Winningkoff "S" curve closure. The bus stops South of the road closure will be moved to Bus Route #29.
 
Route Bus #29 will service all stops on the South side of the Winningkoff "S" curve closure. The bus stops North of the road closure will be moved to Bus Route #16.
 
To check your address for stop information, see link below. Drop off and pick up times for those affected by the closure changed very little.
 
 
Only a portion of the two routes were modified. Our contact information is below if you have additional questions.
 
David Dillon,  Sr. Director of Operations
469-742-8028
 
Donna Holden,  Routing Coordinator
469-742-8009
 
 
LHS Collecting Donations for Coats for Kids
Lovejoy High School is collecting donations to buy coats for S.M. Wright's Christmas in the Park Event. The purpose is to provide funding and resources for underprivileged children and families through the nonprofit organization For Kids Foundation. Every $15 donated will provide a child in the Dallas area with a new coat. This is a great opportunity for everyone to give back this Christmas. You may click here to donate.
 




BrightBytes
Lovejoy ISD is partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about our students' school and home technology use and the impact it has on instruction. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in the Technology & Learning questionnaire. This is a semi-annual initiative, and your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of the role technology plays in your students' learning.
 
Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy.
 
 
MySchoolBucks Convenience Fee
MySchoolBucks, the district's online meal prepayment program, has provided notification regarding an increase in the convenience fee paid by parents using the online payment feature. The fee will be increasing from $1.95 per payment to $2.49 per payment and will be effective as of December 11, 2017. This increase is the result of an increase in card scheme fees. The district does not receive any convenience fee funds from MySchoolBucks.
In light of the increase, the district contacted MySchoolBucks. They agreed to increase the maximum payment from $120 per deposit to $240 per deposit. This payment deposit increase is effective immediately. You may contact MySchoolBucks directly by telephone at 855.832.5226 or via email at support@myschoolbucks.com .



Parent Tech
December Session - December 13, 2017
Lecture Hall - 11:30 AM OR 6:30 PM
Not quite sure how all the Google tools fit together for your student in Lovejoy? Wondering how Classroom, Calendar, and Gmail work so that you can help your student stay successful in school? Wish you could help your student get their work organized in Google Drive? Join us either at 11:30 or at 6:30 on December 13th in the Lecture Hall to get your Google questions answered and learn helpful tips & tricks for you and your student.

Lovejoy SAT Test Prep
Lovejoy ISD launched its first-ever SAT test prep class in September 2017. The next prep class will begin January 22nd to prepare students for the March administration of the SAT. The course is open to all Lovejoy High School students. The Lovejoy SAT Prep course is $795 and includes 24 hours of instruction as well as a full-length practice test. Space is limited to ensure small group instruction. Click here for additional information and to register.


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Final Exam Volunteers
Help is needed in the LHS Testing Center during final exam week. Please review the dates below for your availability. Also, please make sure you are a cleared volunteer with LISD.  You may click here  if you need to complete a volunteer application.
 
Fri. Dec 15th
 
 
Mon. Dec 18th
 
 
Tues. Dec 19th
 
 
Wed. Dec 20th
 
 


 
Drop N Shop Fundraiser: December 8
Pajama Night with the LHS Cheerleaders
Kids, wear your pajamas and join the LHS Cheerleaders for a holiday fun-filled night while your parents shop or enjoy a night out. Play games, color, craft, and watch a holiday movie with the LHS Cheerleaders. Click here for additional information and to register.

Friday, December 8
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lovejoy High School Auxiliary Gym
$30 first child; $20 each additional child




Relay for Life Luminarias
Relay for Life is selling Luminarias for the Relay for Life event on April 6th at Lovejoy High School. Luminarias honor those whose lives have been affected by cancer. You may dedicate a Luminaria to a loved one who lost their battle with cancer, someone currently battling cancer, or anyone who has overcome cancer. When you attend the Relay event, you will see the Luminarias placed around the track, decorated with names and sometimes messages to whom they are dedicated. Luminarias are $10. If you would like to purchase one, please  click here .  


Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Referrals
Referrals for kindergarten Gifted and Talented services will be available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal from December 1, 2017 - January 12, 2018.
 
An information session for the parents of kindergarten students will review the referral process, as well as the G/T services offered in Lovejoy.
 
Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Board Room
December 4 or 15, 2017
9:00 AM or 4:30 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 December 4th presentations.
 
All kindergarten students will be tested at their home campuses in January. Additional testing for referred students is scheduled for both Saturday, February 10th and 24th. Services for identified kindergarten students begin March 1, 2018.
 
For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469.742.8015) or Brie Smith ( 469.742.8032 ) .


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Driver's Ed Classes
The next session begins Monday, January 8th. The class is held from 4:15-6:15 pm in room B104 at Lovejoy High School. Please click  HARMONY for more details.


Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
 
2017 Annual Appeal Ends December 31
As the end of the calendar year approaches, the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools would like to say thank you for your generosity to the annual appeal campaign. We have received donations from 542 donors totaling $177,977. This is just shy of our goal of $200,000 and 650 donors. If you have not yet donated or you wish to make a final end of year tax-deductible donation, please click here . Without you, we could not carry out our mission to enhance the educational experience for Lovejoy students and staff.


 
Lovejoy Ladies' Night Out
Join us for a Lovejoy Ladies' Night Out to raise funds to award grants to Lovejoy ISD. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Cross Creek Ranch in Parker. This event sold out last year. Tickets are currently on sale.
 
For pricing and ticket information, click here or contact Cindy Booker at 469.742.8043 .
 


Give to the Foundation via AmazonSmile
If you plan on purchasing items from Amazon.com, please consider visiting Amazon Smile. Amazon established AmazonSmile to give back 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations. When you are ready to shop, log in to your Amazon account by visiting the AmazonSmile website for the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. Once you have logged in, you will have access to the same products, same prices and same service you find at amazon.com. Thank you for your support of the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.


Student Recognition


 

LHS Journalism
The Lovejoy High School broadcast staff earned one of scholastic journalism's most prestigious awards on Nov. 18, receiving the Pacemaker from the National Scholastic Press Association at the organization's national convention in Dallas.
 
The Lovejoy News Network staff won for its flagship program, Leopard Spotlight, which was launched last fall. Only eight schools nationwide received the award.
 
"The Pacemaker is the association's preeminent award and is often called the Pulitzer Prize of scholastic journalism," said Laura Widmer, executive director. "NSPA is honored to recognize the best of the best."
 
Each school entered three programs from the 2016-2017 school year. A team of three judges from College Broadcasters, Inc. viewed each entry discussing its strengths and weaknesses.
 
The judging team praised the overall quality of the entries: "The Pacemaker-winning entries stood out for their quality, not only in the production, but in the stories being told, the writing, editing and hosting, and the willingness to tackle controversial topics. These were exceptional newscasts start to finish."
 
Matthew Cinquepalmi, 2017 graduate, was executive producer of the winning staff.
"Matthew's leadership was crucial to us launching Leopard Spotlight," adviser Corey Hale said. "I'm so happy to see the hard work by him and all our staff recognized on a national level."
 
Other broadcast staff members were 2017 graduates Haley Kranz, Dara Fadel, Patrick Compton and returning staffers Grant Dennis, Bradley Davis, Parker Nolan, Falyn Brothers, Clayton Houts and Shivani Radhakrishnan. Seniors Clay Parker and Joe Cross were also members of the winning staff.
 
Lovejoy journalism also had several students honored for NSPA Individual Awards.
 
Senior Hannah Ortega placed third in the nation for NSPA story of the year in the category of sports for her feature on former student Jacob Parrott. Ortega also received a rating of "excellent" in the Journalism Education Association on-site feature writing competition.
 
Seniors Grant Dennis and Bradley Davis took fourth in the nation for NSPA broadcast story of the year in the category of news for their report on concussions.
 
Senior Clayton Houts received an honorable mention for broadcast story of the year in the category of sports for his story on a student's wiffle ball park.
 

LHS Speech & Debate
Our Speech & Debate team recently traveled to both Austin, TX & Abilene, TX.  
 
UT Results:
LD Debate:  Collins Morgan - Triple Octo Finals (Top 64 debaters)
Duo Interp:  Grant Dennis & Clay Parker - Semi Finalist (Top 32)
 
Abilene Results - Won 3rd place in sweepstakes as a team.
This was a "swing" tournament which means that students were really competing in 2 tournaments this weekend for Abilene High School & Cooper High School.

Abilene High Results
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Kaya Czyz - Octo Finals (Top 32)(Earned 2 state points)
PF Debate
Pierce Richardson & Dayton Thompson - Quarter Finalist (Top 8)(Earned 2 state points)
Original Oratory
Kaeli Wilburn - Semi Finals (Top 12)
Anna Rouse - 4th place finalist (Earned 3 state points)
Poetry
Christopher Abdalla - Semi Finals (Top 12)
Kaeli Wilburn        - Semi Finals (Top 12)
Humorous Interp
Shivani Radhakrishnan - Semi Finals (Top 12)
Dramatic Interpretation
Luke Wheatley - 2nd place Finalist (Earned 6 state points)
Informative Speaking
Justin Maroney - 4th place Finalist (earned 2 state points)
Nia Marwaha - 7th place Finalist
Domestic Extemp
Dayton Thompson - Semi Finalist (Top 12) (Earned 1 state point)
Darby Price - Semi Finalist (Top 12) (Earned 1 state point)
Anna Rouse - 1st place finalist (Earned 8 state points)
 
Cooper High School Results
PF Debate
Darby Price & Matthew Sipes - Quarter Finalist (Top 8) (Earned 1 state point)
Original Oratory
Anna Rouse - Semi Finals (Top 12)
Kaeli Wilburn - 6th place finalist (earned 1 state point)
Humorous Interp
Shivani Radhakrishnan - Semi Finals (Top 12)
Informative Speaking
Justin Maroney - 3rd place Finalist (Earned 3 state points)
Nia Marwaha - 6th place Finalist (Earned 1 state point)
Dramatic Interp
Luke Wheatley - 3rd Place Finalist (Earned 4 state points)
Domestic Extemp
Anna Rouse - 3rd Place Finalist (Earned 6 state points)

Earned State Points needed to compete at Texas Forensics State Tournament - March 2018
Anna Rouse - Domestic Extemp

LHS Wrestling
Our men's varsity opened the dual season with a well fought win over Reedy by a score of 33-24!  The Leopards wrestled 8 underclassmen on the varsity team, with many freshmen making their varsity debut. Nevertheless, they wrestled beyond their years and helped contribute to the team win.  Freshmen with key victories for Lovejoy were Ralph Rucker and Zack Valentine.
 
For a complete list, click on the following link:
 
Coppell Cowgirl Classic 12/1:

 
Our women's team was led by three wrestlers in Coppell!! Lilly Musselman, Alexandria LeFort, and Morgan Elvin represented the Leopard Women's wrestling team well Friday night. Katherine Heath also attended and helped coach and film our women which was a huge help as well.  Despite only having 3 of the 10 weights filled, our team finished 8 th out of 19 teams!!
 
4th place-Alexandria LeFort
2nd place-Lilly Musselman and Morgan Elvin
Please click this link for results:
 
Colleyville Heritage Invitational 12/1-2:
 
  Freshman Ralph Rucker
 
JV division: This was another good event for our JV with 9 of our men wrestling in this division on Friday. All wrestled well and showed some great potential. Below are those men who placed in the top four in their weight classes:
 
1st place-Jakob Underwood
2nd place-Jack McKinney, Trent Robinson
3rd place-Zack Valentine
4th place-Dalton Braun
 
Please click this link for complete results:
 
Varsity division: We only wrestled 6 men out of the possible 14 weights on Saturday due to the Fine Arts Festival, and we still managed to place 8th overall as a team out of 18 teams and bring home two medalists. Our men are getting better which gives us much excitement thinking about when we can fill the whole lineup in the near future!
 
2nd place-Ralph Rucker
3rd place- James Ayers
 
Please click this link for complete results:
Lovejoy Events and Activities 
   
DATE
TIME
EVENT
LOCATION
Dec 4 - 7
4:30 - 7:30 pm
Majestics Tryouts
LHS Dance Gym
Mon. Dec 4
6:30 - 8 pm
Grand Slam Booster Club Meeting
LHS Lecture Hall
Dec 4-5
6 - 9 pm
Choir Carol-o-grams
LHS Choir Room
Wed. Dec 6
7:00 pm
Upper 90 Booster Club Meeting
LHS Lecture Hall
Wed. Dec 6
6 - 9 pm
Senior Project Presentations
Lovejoy High School
Thurs. Dec 7
8 - 8:40 am
Relay for Life Meeting
LHS Room B100
Thurs. Dec 7
6th & 7th Periods
Mindfulness/Stress Presentation
LHS Auditorium
Thurs. Dec 7
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Volleyball Banquet
SCIS Cafeteria
Fri. Dec 8
9:15 am
Pep Rally - AP Scholars
LHS Main Gym
Fri. Dec 8
6 - 10 pm
Cheer Shop-N-Drop
LHS Auxiliary Gym
Mon. Dec 11
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Majestics Booster Club Meeting
LHS Lecture Hall
Wed. Dec 13
6 - 9 pm
Sub-Varsity Football Banquet
SCIS Cafeteria
Fri. Dec 15
7:45 am
Flapjacks for Finals
LHS Cafeteria
Dec 15,18,19,20
All Day
Final Exams
Lovejoy High School
Sat. Dec 16
8 - 11:30 am
Girls Basketball Shoot-a-thon
LHS Cafeteria/Gyms
Tues. Dec 19
7 - 8:30 pm
Band Booster Club Meeting
LHS Band Hall
Wed. Dec 20
12:00 pm (1:00 pm)
Early Release Day
Lovejoy High School


Supporting LHS Students through Senior Project Judging
It is difficult to believe how quickly the school year is flying by. At the high school, this means that some LHS Seniors are nearing the time for their Senior Project Presentations.
 
Senior Project is an exciting part of every LHS 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 8-10 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.
 
We want to extend to you the invitation to share in this experience as a Senior Project Judge. Presentations will take place at Lovejoy High School on December 6th, January 18th, February 13th and March 7th. Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. and should conclude by 8:30 p.m. at the latest. Judges training begins at 5:30 p.m. for those who have never judged Senior Project presentations. Those who judged in past years may arrive at 6 p.m. A light meal is served each night.
 
Click here to sign up to be a Senior Project Judge.  

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The Lovejoy Running Club
The Lovejoy Running Club will be meeting every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:00 PM near the Duck Pond at Celebration Park. All ages and ability levels are welcome to attend from novice walkers looking to shed a few pounds, to elite runners gearing up for the next race. If you have questions regarding the running program you may contact:
greg_christensen@lovejoyisd.net P.S.  Dogs are welcome.
 
Students Leaving Campus
In the event that students need to leave campus during the school day and they drive themselves to school, we will need you to send an email to student_signout@lovejoyisd.net . Please include the student's name, the time they need to leave, the reason, and a phone number to be used to contact you. Once we have received the email, we will call you for verification, and the email will provide us with the needed documentation for our records.
 
Volunteer Application Process Now Open for 2017-2018
The volunteer application process for the 2017-2018 school year is now open. Please click here  to begin the process. If you submitted an application prior to July 20, 2017, you will need to complete another application. Should you have any questions, please contact Gina Ellis , Volunteer Coordinator, 469-742-8000.
 
Parent Portal
The Parent Portal is now open for you to complete the online Enrollment & Student Information Forms. Please take a few minutes to update your contact information, emergency contacts, authorized pickup, FERPA, SCOC, Student Handbook, etc.
 
PLEASE NOTE : Regarding the Release of Directory Information for School Use:
In order for your child's picture to appear in the Yearbook, you should answer "YES".