Lovejoy High School
 
A Message from the Principal
 
Lovejoy HS News 11 07 16

Parents and Guardians,
 
With only two weeks of school left until Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 21-25), it definitely feels like the first semester is flying by. Please don't hesitate to reach out to teachers and administrators if we can help your student finish well.
 
Please take a few minutes to review the information and calendar below.
 
Sincerely,

Chris Mayfield
Principal
Lovejoy High School


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Lovejoy High School News and Information 11 07 16

Orchestra Spirit Night at Raising Cane's:  Tomorrow!
The Lovejoy Orchestra Booster Club will host a spirit day/night at Raising Cane's on Tuesday, November 8th  from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM. This full day event provides opportunities to support the Orchestra at lunch or dinner.  Please join the Orchestra for a great combination of delicious food, good company, and support of our Lovejoy Orchestra.  The Orchestra Booster Club will receive 15% of the proceeds. When placing your order, please let the cashier know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra. This includes dine in, drive thru, and take out.  Raising Cane's is located at 190 E. Stacy Road in Allen.  We hope to see you there!
 
Volleyball Playoffs
The Lovejoy Varsity Volleyball team will be competing against Frisco Reedy in the Regional Quarter Finals on Tuesday, November 8th at 6:30 pm at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. Come out and support the Leopards in the stands. Free playoff t-shirts available at the game while they last. You can also listen to the game on www.sportsgram.net. If you plan to attend the game, there is a strict clear bag policy. You can read more on their website www.curtisculwellcenter.com.
 

SAFE!  Issues Affecting Today's Teens and How You Can Help:  November 9
 
We all want to keep our teens safe.  Join us on Wednesday, November 9th, at 6:00 PM, in the Lovejoy High School Lecture Hall to learn how to:
  • Recognize signs of distress in teens
  • Promote brain health
  • Foster resiliency and positive coping skills
  • Know the warning signs of suicidal behavior
  • Find help for a struggling teen
  • Implement protective measures to keep teens SAFE!
 
Vanita Halliburton is president of the Grant Halliburton Foundation, a non-profit organization which works to raise awareness and understanding of adolescent mental health and suicide prevention.  She speaks from the heart about her son's battle with depression and bipolar disorder and his suicide at the age of 19.

 
Ray Levy, Ph.D., LSSP is in private practice in Dallas, Texas. and works extensively with high risk children, children with ADHD and strong-willed behaviors.  He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows discussing various psychological issues.  Dr. Levy travels throughout the country giving workshops and talks on therapy, and child and adolescent issues.


Senior Project:  Blood Drive
LHS Senior, Katie Hale, is organizing a blood drive for her Senior Project.  Read below to see how you may donate blood to the American Red Cross.
 
Where:  Lovejoy High School Auxiliary Gym
When: Thursday, November 17th, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
How:
  • Go to www.redcrossblood.org
  • Type lovejoycampus in the box at the top right of the page.  See example below:
 
  •  Choose a time slot to donate. You will receive a reminder text as the donation date approaches. 
It's that easy. Thank you for supporting the blood drive. Your donation could help save a life.
 
Parent Tech Survey - Tell Us Your Opinion
What kind of topics would you like to see for future Parent Tech sessions? Are you interested in learning technology tools you can use, technology tools used by your teen, general topics about cyber safety and the internet, or something else? Kindly let us know by filling out this very short survey : https://goo.gl/forms/BoET9WZmBlDQ7o6z2.
 
Celebrate Arbor Day
Troop 8938 would like to invite you to:
 
 
Celebrate Arbor Day
Saturday, November 12, 2016
10am-Noon  
Lucas Community Park
655 Country Club Road

Girl Scout Troop 8938 will be handing out free tree seedlings to the first 100 attendees. Come out and support our efforts to protect our trees and woodlands. Help us to keep Lucas Beautiful!

STAR PARTY: November 7 - Postponed
With an impending chance of rain tonight, the Star Party is being rescheduled for this Friday, November 11.
 
Puster Elementary, along with the Texas Astronomical Society, will host a star party. Viewing will begin at 6:00 PM and end at approximately 9:00 PM.  Join us as we explore the stars, moon, planets, the Andromeda Galaxy, and many exciting objects in the Milky Way. Parking will be available in the front lot. You may enter through the front doors where signs will direct you to the courtyard and back parking lot where viewing will take place. Access to the back parking lot will not be available via the driveway. The Puster PTA will provide hot chocolate. In the event the skies are overcast on the 7th, a back-up date of November 11th is planned.
 
WSMS Theatre Presents Legally Blonde The Musical JR.: November 10-12
The WSMS Theatre Arts Department is pleased to present the family friendly production of Legally Blonde The Musical JR. which runs Thursday, November 10th through Saturday, November 12th at 7:00 PM with a 1:00 PM matinee on Saturday, November 12th.  All productions will be held at Willow Springs Middle School located at 1101 W. Lucas Road. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults and may be purchased by clicking here
 
For additional information, please contact Donella DiPasquale .  There is no need to dress up, but please don't wear white after Labor Day.

Study Abroad in Spain
Summer in Sevilla is a 2-week study abroad program for Lovejoy Spanish students. The program includes local host families, cultural excursions, and intensive classes with AP Spanish teacher Seth Sartain.
 
If your student is interested, join us for an information session on Thursday, Nov. 10, 7-8pm in the Lecture Hall.
 
For more information, visit http://summerinsevilla.weebly.com/ or contact Mr. Sartain with your questions at  seth_sartain@lovejoyisd.net .
 
Drivers' Ed Classes
The next drivers ed session begin next Monday, November 14th (then Tuesday, January 3rd). Classes take place at 4:15 pm in room B104. Please click HARMONY for more details.  

Student Recognition
 
LHS Speech & Debate
Congratulations to all students who participated in the Byron Nelson HS Speech & Debate Tournament. It was a successful tournament for everyone. We are especially proud of our novices who went into competition with open hearts and a willingness to learn! We are so proud of you!

Special note of congratulations to:

Joe Cross & Clay Parker - 4th DUO Acting
Mason Golden - Semi Finals Congressional Debate
Shivani Radhakrishnan - Semi Finals in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
Anna Rouse - 3rd place Informative Speaking
Rithik Tangella - Octo Finals LD Debate
Ellie Hager - 1st place LD Debate

Qualified for Texas Forensic Association State Tournament - March 2017 : Ellie Hager - LD Debate
Lovejoy Events and Activities 
   
DATE
TIME
EVENT
LOCATION
Mon. Nov 7
7:00 pm
Choir Trip Meeting
LHS Choir Room
Tues. Nov 8
7 - 8 pm
LHS Band Booster Club Meeting
LHS Band Hall
Mon. Nov 7
4:15 pm
Chess Club
LHS Room E205
Mon. Nov 7
7-8 pm
Cheer Booster Club Meeting
LHS Room B100
Wed. Nov 9
During lunches
Bullying Presentation
LHS Main Gym
Wed. Nov 9
6:00 pm
Parent Workshop - "SAFE"
LHS Lecture Hall
Wed. Nov 9
7:30-9 pm
Wrestling Parent Meeting
LHS Cafeteria
Thurs. Nov 10
6 - 8 pm
Veteran's Day Dinner
LHS Commons/Cafeteria
Thurs. Nov 10
7 - 8 pm
Spain Trip Info Meeting
LHS Lecture Hall
Mon. Nov 14
4:15 pm
Chess Club
LHS Room E205
Mon. Nov 14
7:00 pm
Grand Slam Booster Club Meeting
LHS Lecture Hall
Tues. Nov 15
6-9 pm
Senior Project Presentations
Lovejoy High School
Thurs. Nov 17
9 am - 3 pm
Senior Project Blood Drive
LHS Auxiliary Gym
Thurs. Nov 17
During lunches
Admissions Committee Game
LHS Auditorium
Thurs. Nov 17
7-8 pm
Wet Leopards Booster Club Meeting
LHS Lecture Hall
Sat. Nov 19
8 am - 5 pm
Quiz Bowl Tournament
Lovejoy High School
Mon. Nov 28
4:15 pm
Chess Club
LHS Room E205
Mon. Nov 28
6:00 pm
Majestics Booster Club Meeting
LHS Library
Mon. Nov 28
6:30 pm
Girls Track Parent/Athlete Meeting
LHS  Cafeteria
Tues. Nov 29
6 - 7 pm
Leopard Aces Booster Club Meeting
LHS Room B100
Wed. Nov 30
8:00 am or 4:30 pm
NHS Meeting
LHS Lecture Hall
Wed. Nov 30
11:30 am & 7:30 pm
Parent Tech Session
LHS Lecture Hall


Lovejoy Events and Activities

Parent Tech Session
Wednesday, November 30th
Session Times: 11:30 am & 7:30 pm
LHS Lecture Hall
 
Do you know the difference between Snapchat, Twitter & Instagram? Worried about what your teen might be doing on social media? Come to our Parent Tech and learn the difference between these 3 social media platforms as well as tips to talk with your teen about their digital footprint. Social media posts can impact a teen's future in ways they may not quite understand. Learn how you can help them stay away from mistakes that might hurt them in the future.
 
Tutoring 101
Tutoring with teachers and professors in most subjects: Chemistry, Precalculus, Geometry, Spanish, Study Skills, and more.
 
Now Enrolling Juniors and Seniors to Prep for the December/January SAT and ACT Tests! Duke Tip review also.
Juniors: Start now to prepare for these important tests!
Seniors: Raise your score to qualify for in-state tuition or better tuition packages at your chosen colleges.
Online Prep also available starting at $129! (Students love this program)
Discount for Lovejoy ISD employees
Visit
www.tutoring101.com to enroll or call Tanya Donaghey at 972-359-0222.
 
Lovejoy Letter Campaign
We need your help for an upcoming opportunity to let our teachers and staff know how much our Lovejoy ISD community values them and what an impact each one has on our children! The district provides an extra check for teachers the day before Thanksgiving break. In addition to those checks, again this year we would love to include a hand written letter from Lovejoy ISD families expressing gratitude and appreciation to each teacher and staff on your campus. We would be so grateful if you could write a letter or letter(s) to any teacher or teacher(s)/staff, either current or past, that have been valuable to your child(ren)'s educational experience. Please clearly label the envelope with the staff/teacher's name and LLC (Lovejoy Letter Campaign) and return the letter to the lobby receptionist by Friday, November 11th. The letter campaign has become such a meaningful tradition, and we really appreciate the time and effort your contributions will make again to this year's letter campaign.
 
Senior Project Judges Needed
We are still in need of a few judges for the November 15th Presentation Night!
 
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.
 
If you have never judged before, judges training will begin at 5:30 pm in the Lovejoy High School Library. Dinner will be provided. Presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. and should conclude by 9:00 p.m. at the latest.
 
If you would like to sign-up to judge, please complete the google form below:
 
 
Please contact Sara Seoighe ( sara_seoighe@lovejoyisd.net ) with questions.

Library Newsletter
How is the library helping students and parents? Read our newsletter and find out!
 
Student Nutrition
Click NUTRITION for the October issue of Nutrition News.

Revisiting Diversity:  More than a Buzzword:  November 17
You see it sprinkled in college catalogs, corporate mission statements, and in employee training seminars:  Diversity.  A New York Times piece recently made the claim that the ubiquitous word has all but lost its meaning.  This lecture, presented by Dr. Salena Brody, will revisit what diversity really means for our schools, workplaces, and communities, focusing on social science research from the past half century.
 
Thursday, November 17, 2016
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Lovejoy ISD Administration Building/Training Room
 
Dr. Salena Brody is a professor of Psychology at Collin College.  She earned her doctorate in Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, studying intergroup contact and attitude change.  Her research focuses on identifying the conditions under which contact between groups leads to prejudice reduction and other positive outcomes.  She is a Phi Beta Kappa member and has received numerous teaching awards including being named the 2016-2017 Outstanding Professor of the Year at Collin College.  She is a proud Lovejoy parent and active member of the community, serving on the Friends of Fairview Fire Board of Directors.

Lovejoy Women's Lacrosse Try It Day:  November 12
Lovejoy senior Kennedy Miller has taken on the challenge of launching the Lady Leopard Lacrosse program as her 2017 Senior Project. Please join Kennedy, Coach Shannon, and the rest of the Lovejoy student volunteer coaching staff for a free Try It Day on November 12th at WSMS from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
All grades are welcome and loaner sticks will be available on a first come, first served basis. For additional information contact Kennedy Miller at ksmillerlacrosse@gmail.com or visit the website at:  www.leopardlacrosse.com .
 
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.
 
Parking for Daytime Events
This is a reminder that we have changed our parking policy in regards to campus events that are scheduled during school hours. Due to the increase in the number of student-assigned parking spots in the back parking lot, we ask that parents park in the front, and we will have a sign-in table just inside the cafeteria.
 
PowerSchool Parent Authorizations
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".
 
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 Gina Ellis , Volunteer Coordinator,  469-742-8000.