Lovejoy Independent School District

Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence in Education

Centennial Logo Designed by Hudson Samuels, LHS Student

A Message from the  Superintendent

Dear Lovejoy Community:

I hope you are having a great week and enjoying today's springlike weather. We are in the time of the year when we are preparing for the 2018-2019 school year, but still have about 6 weeks left to finish out this school year. Please remind your kids to finish strong.

Rumor Mill

I occasionally take the opportunity to provide information when I hear a rumor is floating around which lacks accuracy. I have two for you today.
Rumor: Lovejoy ISD does not have the funds to pay our teachers and is having to borrow money to meet payroll.
Fact: The 2017-2018 budget is fully funded as passed by our Board of Trustees on June 21, 2017. It is blatantly false that the district is having to secure a loan in order to meet any portion of our budget. I cannot imagine where this one originated.
Rumor: The elementary campus campouts were created with one purpose in mind - to raise money for LISD.
Fact: The primary purpose of the Campus Campout is to create a fun and memorable experience for our kids and their families. At the end of the day, my criteria for success will be measured by the enjoyment our kids and families experienced as a result of the event. We will survey participants to determine what changes will be made for next year and/or whether we will continue with this activity.   

Campus Campouts

This spring we are implementing a new activity, Campus Campouts, on all 3 of our elementary campuses. The purpose of the Campus Campouts is primarily to create a fun and memorable experience for our kids and their families. In addition, we have taken the opportunity to generate some additional revenue for both the campus and the school district to help offset the loss of state funds.

The Campouts include numerous activities including bounce houses, glow parties, movies under the stars, and much more. The grand finale of the evening is a campout on the playgrounds. 

Lovejoy Elementary School hosted its inaugural campout this past Friday. The event was a great success.

Upcoming Campouts are scheduled as follows:

Hart Elementary School - Friday, April 20th
Puster Elementary School - Friday, April 27th
We are anticipating all campers to be in their tents by 11:00 PM. We value our neighbors and are sharing this information to prepare you for the evening activities and tents on the playgrounds.  

Lovejoy Bowler Earns
Team State Championship

The All-District State Tournament was recently held in College Station. LHS Sophomore, Noah Cooper, qualified to participate on the Dallas North A District team, along with 7 other bowlers from Plano Senior, Plano East, Allen, Wylie, and Berkner High Schools.
Noah bowled in the singles portion of the tournament, helping the team qualify for bracket play by making it to 7th out of 26 teams.
After advancing to bracket play, the boys bowled in a Baker format (each member of the team bowls 2 frames in a game) where the best 2 out of 3 games wins. In the quarter-finals, they bowled against the number 2 ranked team, San Antonio NorthEast 1, beating them 2 out of 3 games. They then advanced to the semi-finals round to bowl against the number 6 ranked team, Central Texas, beating them in just 2 games. The boys then advanced to the final round to bowl against the number 4 ranked team, San Antonio North 1. Our boys struggled the first game and lost 149-193. The boys rallied and came back to win the second game 176-157. The championship came down to the last and final game, where the boys came back strong and won the last game 195-160. Congratulations to the new the All-District State Champions.

HOSA Competes at State

This past weekend, five outstanding HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) members competed at the State competition. Congratulations to the following students:
Mikey Franks Placed 3rd in Home Health Aide
Marlee Jenkins Placed 4th in Nursing Assisting
Hannah Karst Advanced in Outstanding HOSA Chapter
Olivia Bullock Advanced to Round Two in Sports Medicine
Kylie Joest Competed in Round One in Sports Medicine

LHS UIL Academic Students
Advance to State Competition

Congratulations to the following students who competed this weekend at the UIL Academic Regional Competition. Several students advanced to state, and will be competing this May in Austin at the University of Texas.
Computer Science Team
Coach: Pam Ford
1st Place Team - Advance to State
Samuel Bell - 2nd - Advance to State
Andrew Chang - 1st - Advance to State
Kyle Sorstokke
Mark Wen - 5th
Computer Applications
Coach: Pam Ford
Sabeeh Shaikh
Journalism Team
Coach: Corey Hale
1st Place
Editorial Writing
Coach: Corey Hale
Lily Hager - 5th - Alternate to State
Kelsey Carroll
Feature Writing
Coach: Corey Hale
Kelsey Carroll - 1st - Advance to State
Hannah Ortega - 2nd - Advance to State
Headline Writing
Coach: Corey Hale
Hannah Ortega - 1st - Advance to State
Kelsey Carroll
Nick Smith
News Writing
Coach: Corey Hale
Kelsey Carroll - 4th - Alternate to State
Hannah Ortega - 5th - Alternate to State
Nick Smith
Current Issues and Events
Coaches: Tami Parker and Jake Cosio
Zachary Farrell
Kunal Kapur
Tajvir Singh
Seth Roundtree
Informative Speaking
Coaches: Tami Parker and Jake Cosio
Zachary Farrell
Anna Rouse - 4th - Alternate to State
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Coaches: Tami Parker and Jake Cosio
Collins Morgan - 1st - Advance to Regionals
Ashley Rhiani -2nd - Advance to Regionals
Literary Criticism
Coach: Mason Taylor
Naomi Thadionka
Persuasive Speaking
Coaches: Tami Parker and Jake Cosio
Collins Morgan - 5th Place
Poetry Interpretation
Coaches: Tami Parker and Jake Cosio
Shivani Radhakrishnan
Prose Interpretation
Coaches: Tami Parker and Jake Cosio
Luke Wheatley - 2nd - Advance to State
Spelling and Vocabulary
Coaches: Tami Parker and Jake Cosio
Jack Czyz
Ariel Kokoricha - 1st - Alternate to State
Mark Wen

Lovejoy Ice Hockey Secures
Academic Honors

The Lovejoy Varsity ice hockey team, which plays in the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League, is proud to announce five players received All-Academic Honors from the league. Based on GPA, class rigor, and community service, the league, along with the Dallas Stars, awards fewer than 10% of the more than 500 varsity players with this honor. Congratulations to juniors Ryan Raineri, Andy Pottinger, Matthew McLaren, Cyrus Mortazavi, and senior Quentin Liles for your outstanding work both on the ice and in the classroom.

School Board Election

Early voting for the May 5th school board election will begin on Monday, April 23rd. The terms expiring in 2018 are Place 6 and Place 7. Place 7 candidates are Al Litchenburg (incumbent) and Jennifer Kline. Incumbent Scott Christiansen is running unopposed for Place 7. The Lovejoy ISD Administration Building is a Collin County Vote Center. You may click here for a full listing of early voting locations, dates and hours.

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

Kendra Scott Watters Creek - Summer Launch - Tonight

Kendra Scott invites the Lovejoy community to help launch its Summer line. Get a head start on shopping for your Mother's Day or Graduation gifts. This is a "give back" event, with 20% of sales from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM tonight going to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. We hope you will join us for this special event. Kendra Scott will provide snacks and beverages during the event.


Lovejoy Fiesta - Small Number of Seats Remain

A few available seats remain for the Lovejoy Fiesta. If you are interested in attending, email  Cindy Booker  or call 469.742.8043 .
Join hosts Kevin and Maria Ritchie, Henri and Allison Friloux, and Sean and Stephanie McCaffity on Saturday, April 21st for a multi-course dinner with drinks at the Ritchies' home. Beer and other adult beverages will be served. Dinner will be provided by Fogo de Chão, with all proceeds going to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. There is a limit of 76 people. This is an adult-only event and tickets are $60/person.

A Message from the
Deputy Superintendent

Teacher Professional Learning and District Calendar

Dear Lovejoy Community:

It is nice that we are beginning to experience some warmer April weather. Today is the last early release day for this school year. The focus of the professional learning of our teachers continues to be on the strategies to support effective formative assessment. The professional educator definition of formative assessment is "the formal and informal processes teachers and students use to gather evidence for the purpose of informing the next steps in learning." In plain English, it is the strategies teachers use to determine what students know and do not know. It is the work teachers do in the classroom on a frequent basis to help students monitor and set goals around what they know and do not know until they reach mastery of the required learning. Some past, familiar examples of formative assessment may be found in athletics or fine arts classes.

Good coaches have always been able to make the expectations for each player very clear (the learning target), identify where each player was in his implementation of that learning target, provide explicit feedback about which components of the expectation were being done well and which needed improvement, and provide specific feedback and coaching as to how to improve each component of the player's performance in order to reach a mastery level. Good players are able to internalize the expectation, act on feedback, set goals, and monitor their own progress toward mastery. This is the process for learning which we want to occur in all classrooms and in all subject areas. Formative assessment strategies are research-based, and have one of the most significant positive impacts on learning. Wiliam and Black (1998) published the cornerstone of the research on formative assessment.

We are excited by the work of our teachers as they continue to learn and grow. As with all professional development, our goal is to improve the learning experiences for each student in Lovejoy ISD.
Tonight our School Board Trustees will be asked to approve changes to the 2018-2019 District Calendar. The 2018-2019 Calendar has a few unique components in relation to teacher professional learning opportunities. Rather than having three early release days for teacher professional development, the proposed calendar will have two early release days for professional learning (September 28 and February 14). In addition, there will be one full day of professional learning for all K-12 teachers on October 26. Lastly, there are three days in which K-8 students and teachers will have a regular school day and students in grades 9-12 will not have school so that LHS teachers can participate in additional professional development. These LHS only professional development days will be October 17, January 7, and March 20. These three days are after the conclusion of a grading period and will allow teachers to participate in professional learning and make needed adjustments to their curriculum for the upcoming grading period. We are looking forward to this new structure in our school district calendar to best support teacher growth and student learning.
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.
Dennis Muizers
Deputy Superintendent

Fine Arts


Congratulations to the Willow Springs Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble for their performance in the Director's Choice Music Festival at The Colony High School on Saturday, April 14th.

The Willow Springs Symphonic Band, under the direction of Lindsay Abbott, received First Division Superior ratings from all three judges, and was awarded Best in Class as the most outstanding, non-varsity middle school band of the contest.
The Willow Springs Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Marty Ball, received First Division Superior ratings from all three judges, was awarded Best in Class from all middle school varsity bands, and was named Overall Outstanding Middle School Band.

Majestics Spring Show
April 19th - 21st

The Lovejoy High School Majestics will present their Spring Show Architect of the Mind April 19th - 21st. The show will focus on the various things human beings can build. Whether it is constructing relationships, building self-confidence, or physically creating something tangible, there is a dance to highlight that process. The Majestics are proud to share the stage with the LHS Choir and LHS Orchestra and there will be a few surprises. Please join the Majestics on their artistic journey through the blueprints of our minds. Show dates are April 19th - 21st at 7:00 PM in the LHS Auditorium. Ticket prices are $12 for students and $14 for adults. You may click here to purchase tickets.

Athletic News

Lovejoy Baseball

The Varsity Leopards had a dramatic walk-off home run by Luke Stein to defeat the North Forney Falcons 14-13 at Leopard Park this past Thursday night. The Dallas Morning News recognized Luke as their baseball player of the week. You may click here to read the article.
The Leopards followed the victory with an 18-13 victory over North Forney to close out their series. The team took on the Pirates of Mesquite Poteet last night and lost a tough game 10-9. The Leopards will close out this series on Friday night at Leopard Park. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM.

The JV Red Team defeated the Pirates 9-0 and will close out its series with the Pirates this Friday at Leopard Park. The JV Red team will travel to McKinney High School to take on the Lions on Saturday, April 21st at 11:00 AM.
The JV Black team played a double header on Monday against the Poteet Pirates. The Leopards lost the first game 4-3 and then finished the second game with a 6-6 tie. The JV Black team will travel to Royse City on Monday, April 23rd to complete its 2018 15-5A District schedule.

Lovejoy Golf
Jay Pabin and Allie Bianchi have been preparing for the UIL Regional Tournament, taking place next Monday through Thursday at the Rockwall Golf Club. Jay will participate in the Boys Regional Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, while Allie will participate in the Girls Regional Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday. We wish both golfers the best of luck.

Lovejoy Softball
The Lovejoy Lady Leopards Softball team hosted the Wylie East Lady Raiders this past Friday night at Leopard Park. The game was canceled in the 2nd inning due to lightning in the area, but resumed on Monday, April 16th with the Lady Leopards pulling out a dramatic win in the bottom of the 7th inning 4-3. This past Saturday, the Lady Leopards traveled to North Forney to take on the Lady Falcons in a 15-5A contest and defeated the Lady Falcons 11-8. Last night, the team suffered a tough loss, 18-8, to the Mesquite Lady Pirates. The Varsity team will close out its regular season schedule this Friday in Royse City against the Lady Bulldogs and will advance to the UIL State Playoffs.

The JV Leopards lost to the North Forney Lady Falcons on Saturday 9-6, but then returned to Leopard Park last night to defeat the Mesquite Lady Pirates 11-5. The JV team will close its 2018 season this Friday in Royse City.

Lovejoy Tennis
The Lovejoy Varsity Tennis Team will compete in the UIL Regional Tennis Tournament this Wednesday and Thursday at the Allen High School Tennis Center. The following athletes will be representing the Leopards in the tournament:
Girls Doubles - Samantha Hayward and Daniela Benigno
Mixed Doubles - Carson Zimmermann and Polly Roth
Boys Singles - Caiden Tays
Good luck to all Leopard Tennis players.

Lovejoy Track
The Boys and Girls Varsity Track teams will travel to Longview Pine Tree High School for the UIL Area Track Meet on Thursday, April 19th. The meet will begin at 10:00 AM with Field Events and the 3200 Meter Run. The Running Finals will begin at 5:05 PM. Good luck to all our Lovejoy Track Athletes.

In Case You Missed It

District-Wide News

Special Olympics Volunteers Needed

Lovejoy ISD is hosting the North Texas Special Olympics Spring Games on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th. The event will be held at Lovejoy High School, with over 1,500 Special Olympics athletes competing in track and field, tennis, and soccer competitions. Volunteers are needed for timing, scorekeeping, staging and escorting athletes, along with other general event support and assistance. You may click here for additional information and to register as a volunteer
If you have further questions, please contact Lovejoy High School Sophomore Lauryn Fuller .

100K for 100 Years Challenge

One pillar of our Lovejoy Graduate Profile is for students to be engaged in a healthy lifestyle. In an effort to promote this positive quality within the community and celebrate the Lovejoy ISD Centennial, we invite everyone to participate in the 100K for 100 Years Challenge.

The 100K for 100 Years Challenge is an opportunity for participants to log 100 kilometers of exercise through any of the following activities: biking, rowing, swimming, running, or walking. The 100K must be logged by May 1st.
Don't miss out. Join the 100K for 100 Years Challenge today and encourage others to participate by clicking here and hitting the "Join Now" button.

Summer Enrichment Camps

Online registration is now open for Summer Enrichment camps. Click here for a complete listing of camp offerings and additional information.

Lovejoy Summer Athletic Camps

Registration is open for Lovejoy ISD Summer Athletic Camps. Click here for details.
Lovejoy Athletics is pleased to announce its partnership with Geno Pierce's Performance Course for the 2018-2019 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.

Kids 1st Summer Camp

Kids 1st is now accepting registrations for summer camp. Click here for additional information.

Sewing Camp

Join the fun at Summer Sewing Camps to be held at Willow Springs Middle School. Sewing Basics 101 teaches machine and tool basics while making a pillowcase and PJs. Sewing Skills Builder 201 continues to develop your skills with your choice of an individualized project. Choose 1, 2 or all 3 sessions, which will take place in June and July. To reserve your spot, email . Hurry, as sessions will fill quickly. Click here for additional information and to learn more about the special 3rd week option: a t-shirt quilt.

Lovejoy Council of PTAs Scholarship

The Lovejoy Council of PTAs will award one $500 scholarship to a college-bound senior graduating from Lovejoy High School in 2018. Click here for additional information, which includes the application. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 23rd.

LHS and WSMS School Store Spring Sale

Don't miss the LHS and WSMS School Store Spring Sales. Save 50% on all in-stock merchandise. Store hours are as follows:
LHS Store - Monday - Friday - 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
WSMS Store - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM

Hart Elementary Campout Auction

Hart Elementary is excited to announce the HES Campout Online Auction, open now through April 22nd. Funds raised will benefit the Hart Late Night Leopards Campus Campout. There are some phenomenal items up for auction, including a custom-made dining room table and bench from HGTV personality and exclusive At Home Store designer, Ashley Turner of Shanty2Chic. Other items include a fishing lure package, Frozen 12v Sleigh ride-on toy, Lovejoy football season tickets, Lovejoy football parking pass, wine tasting for 13, cookware, 3-night-stay at a Lake Cypress lake house, and a Metroplex Gymnastics birthday party, just to name a few. Click here to view the items and to place your bids.

Safety and Security

Safety and security remain our highest priorities. We have specific plans at each campus in response to a security breach. We continue to consider additional measures to address both the perception of safety, as well as the actual safety on every campus.
We would like to ask for your assistance. If you have information about a threat to the safety of a student, staff member, campus, or the district, we ask you to report it. SafeSchools is our online safety compliance program, which is specifically designed for school use, incident management, and bullying reporting. This program allows students, staff, and parents to report tips on bullying, harassment, intimidation, weapons, drugs, or other threats to school safety by e-mail, via website, text, or by calling 469.919.5861. This system allows us to stay connected and to prevent incidents before they occur. Staff are immediately notified of every tip, and can effectively track and manage incidents to resolution in this web-based system. Multiple administrators throughout the district monitor submissions to assure entries are addressed in a timely manner. Once a tip is entered, tipsters can easily check on the status of their tip and remain anonymous. School officials are notified through e-mail when tips are created and/or updated.

Posters are displayed in every classroom and hallways throughout each of the Lovejoy campuses, providing information as to how to enter a tip.

If you have information about a threat to our safety, do your part and report it. Please remember, you may remain anonymous.
As always, your questions, concerns, and suggestions regarding school security are welcome. Please email, text or call me with your thoughts. My cell number is 972.415.8129.

The Lovejoy Running Club

The Lovejoy Running Club meets 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: . P.S. Dogs are welcome. 

Upcoming Events

National Geographic Explorer Alizé Carrère

Puster Elementary Night of the Arts
Tomorrow - April 19th

Join Puster Elementary School tomorrow Thursday, April 19th for a "Night of the Arts". The event will begin at 6:00 PM and will include a performance by the Puster Pride Choir. Student artwork will also be on display. We hope to see you there.

Lovejoy Gifted Association Presentation
Tomorrow - April 19th

The Lovejoy Gifted Association invites you to attend a presentation by SMU's Dr. Ann Batenburg, as she discusses, "Finding the right balance to motivate GT children - ending procrastination, encouraging achievement, reducing perfectionism".
The event is sponsored by The Lovejoy Gifted Association and is open to all parents, teachers and students interested in advice regarding supporting Gifted and Talented students. LGA membership is not required to attend this event. Please contact Piritta van Rijn with questions.

Tomorrow - Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Lovejoy High School
Lecture Hall

You may click here for additional information.

Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. Gives Back
Spring Service Project
April 21st*

The LLI Booster Club will be collecting items in support of the Samaritan Inn, Collin County's only homeless shelter, which is located in McKinney. The event will be held this Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 AM - Noon* in the front parking lot of Lovejoy High School. The LLI Booster Club needs your help to make a difference for the Samaritan Inn. We hope you will consider donating any of the items listed below, which are on the "urgent" list for the Samaritan Inn:
Ranch Dressing
Cooking Oil
Bath Towels
Ink Pens (Blue, Black and Red)
Men's Boxers (most urgent requested size is medium)
Men's Undershirts (all sizes needed)
Body Powder/Medicated Foot Powders
Manicure Sets
Baby Oil/Shampoo
Shampoo/Conditioner/Hair Relaxers
Pine Sol/Spray Cleaners
* In the event of inclement weather on April 21st, LLI will collect the above referenced items at the LLI Country Run on Saturday, May 12th.

Friends of Fairview Firefighters Pancake Breakfast
April 21st
Lovejoy Visual Arts Presents
Elementary Spotlight Exhibition
April 24th - May 8th

Puster, Hart and Lovejoy Elementary Visual Arts Departments invite you to attend the Annual Lovejoy Visual Arts (LJVA) Elementary Spotlight Exhibition on display in the Lovejoy High School Art Gallery from April 24th through May 8th. This exhibition will feature selected works to showcase each grade level (K-4) from Puster, Hart and Lovejoy Elementary Schools.
Please join us for the opening reception in the gallery at 6:00 PM on April 24th. If you are unable to attend the opening, please feel free to come and explore the gallery during regular school hours from April 24th through May 8th.

WSMS Presents Charlotte's Web
April 26th - 28th

This is a classic story for all time. The genuine, unconditional love for a friend, true companionship, learning to meet new people, and a willingness to risk an adventure or two - these are just an ounce of the homespun values this play delivers. Come to the farm! Come to the fair! Come see a new tail or revisit an old friend!
The family favorite is spinning into WSMS Theatre April 26th - 28th. Shows will begin at 7:00 PM each evening, with a Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. Cotton candy will be freshly spun for each show.

LHS Color Guard Auditions

Open auditions for female and male students interested in joining the award winning Lovejoy Guard performance ensemble will be held April 30th - May 3rd in the LHS Fine Arts Dance Studio from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. No experience is necessary. Auditions are open to students who will be in the 9th - 12th grades at Lovejoy High School during the 2018-2019 school year. If you have questions about the Lovejoy Guard, contact David Sadler .

Lovejoy Band Joint Concert
May 7th

The Jazz Band invites you to join them on May 7th for their concert featuring Delfeayo Marsalis and the TI Jazz Band. The concert will be held at Lovejoy High School in the Auditorium at 7:00 PM. Click here for tickets.

Treasured Vessels Foundation
May 10th

The Treasured Vessels Foundation (TVF) is a local, non-profit which assists adolescent girls who have been recovered from domestic sex trafficking. TVF is building a secure community of tiny homes which will provide 24/7 therapeutic programing, with an emphasis in trauma-specific care. The program provides the tools these children need to develop a vision for a new, healthy, happy, and independent life.
You are invited to partner with TVF on May 10th at the Allen Event Center for a benefit concert featuring Emerald City Band and Lovejoy band "Friday Night School". You may purchase tickets at the box office or through Ticketmaster. Click here for additional information.

Lovejoy Country Run
May 12th

Join us for the 12th Annual Running with the Leopards Country Run on Saturday, May 12th at Lovejoy High School. The 1k Fun Run will begin at 7:30 AM and the 5k Run will begin at 8:00 AM at Leopard Stadium. The Country Run is coordinated by Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. (LLI) and benefits the Lovejoy athletic booster clubs. Please click here to register. If your business is interested in sponsoring the Country Run, please click here for the sponsorship form.

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.

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 .  

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
Lovejoy ISD
972.415.8129 (mobile)
469.742.8011 (office)