Email Express
April 18, 2019
The Lovejoy Independent School District
 
Welcome to Lovejoy ISD where Kids Come First.
 
Each day we are focused on doing our Best Today. Better Tomorrow .
 
We are One Heart. One Lovejoy.
News from Interim Superintendent
Dr. Dennis Womack

Dear Lovejoy Community:
  
This has been an incredible week of celebration of student successes. From two perfect scores on AP exams, to the band performing at Carnegie Hall, to 26 National Merit Commended Scholar recognitions, to Theatre moving to the State Level of competition in One Act Play, we are Lovejoy Proud. We hope you will take time to read the numerous student achievements in this edition of Email Express.
 
We send our best wishes to you and your family for a safe and happy long weekend. We look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to school on Monday.


With respect and admiration,
Dr. Dennis Womack
LISD Interim Superintendent

LHS Students Earn Every Point Possible on AP Exams

Advanced Placement Exams are scored on a 5-point scale, where a 5 is equivalent to a grade of A in the corresponding college course. Two Lovejoy ISD students received the top score of 5. Furthermore, they were among an elite group of students in the world to earn every point possible on an AP Exam. Congratulations to Mark Wen and Emma Wigginton .
 
Mark Wen is a Sophomore at Lovejoy High School and one of 193 students in the world to attain a perfect score on the Computer Science A AP exam. Mark is pictured below with his Computer Science teacher, Pam Ford.


Emma Wigginton (Class of 2018) is attending MICA (Maryland Institute and College of Art). Emma is one of 18 students in the world to attain a perfect score on the AP Studio Art Drawing Portfolio. Emma’s Studio Art teacher was Brice McCasland. Some of Emma’s work is shown below.

26 LHS Students Named National Merit Commendees

Congratulations to the following Lovejoy High School students who will receive recognition in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program:

Jacob Bluestein
Jacklyn Carroll
Kelsey Carroll
Nikith Dodda
Brendan Dunleavy
Stephen Godfrey
Grant Gueller
Liliana Hager
Blake Hinton
Kyra Jacobs
Emma Johnson
Kira Johnson
Claire McLaren
Samir Mehta
Shalin Mehta
Arianne Ohman
Olivia Porsch
Melody Quintero
Hudson Samuels
Crystal Sanders
Hasif Shaikh
Collin Thomson
Carol Xu
Abigail Xue
Nathan York
Stephanie Zhou


LHS Theatre Advances to State
The LHS One Act Play advanced to the State competition. They will perfom The Anatomy of Gray on Wednesday, April 24 at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center at McNeill High School. The 5A plays will begin at 1:00 PM. This year’s One Act Play is a family friendly story about growing up. It is important to arrive 30 – 45 minutes ahead of the posted time of the performance in the event the schedule runs ahead of time.
 
The following students received awards at the Regional competition:
 
 
Devyn Veitch
All Star Technician
 
Claire McLaren and Austin Keefer
Honorable Mention All Star Cast
 
Luke Wild
All Star Cast
 
Marcie Sawyers
Best Actress
 
We are Lovejoy Proud of the entire cast and crew!

Lovejoy Track to Compete in Regional Track Meet

Lovejoy ISD hosted the 2019 UIL Region II Area Track Meet with the Boys team finishing in second place and the Girls team finishing in sixth place. Lovejoy will be sending many athletes to the Regional Track meet to be held at Maverick Stadium in Arlington on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27.  

Lovejoy Boys Soccer Earns All-District Honors

Congratulations to the following soccer athletes on their All-District honors:
 
Caleb Toomey
Offensive Player of the Year for 10-5A
 
Michael Myers
Newcomer of the Year for 10-5A
 
Christian Kwon
1st Team All District Honors
 
Max Pabin
1st Team All District Honors
 
Michael Branch
1st Team All District Honors
 
Benji Merrick
1st Team All District Honors
 
Diego Rodriguez
2nd Team All District Honors
 
Haydn Spooner
2nd Team All District Honors
 
Jackson Diamond
2nd Team All District Honors
 
Tyler Bellows
2nd Team All District Honors
 
Gavin Goodrich
Honorable Mention
 
Brandon White
Honorable Mention

WSMS Band Performs in Directors Choice Band and Orchestra Festival

The Willow Springs Bands performed in the Directors Choice Band and Orchestra Festival at the Eisemman Center. Congratulations to the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble who all received the highest Superior ratings from all judges.  Concert Band received the Best in Class Award for sub-non-varsity bands and Symphonic Band band received the Best in Class Award for non-varsity bands. Judges are not required to give a best in class award to non-varsity bands, but chose to do so because Concert Band and Symphonic Band were so outstanding. The Wind Ensemble also received a Superior rating and the Best in Class Award for varsity bands. Additionally, the Wind Ensemble received the Overall Outstanding award, signifying their selection as the best performance band of the competition. 
 
WSMS Choir Earns TMEA Region 25 Honors

This weekend, fourteen Willow Springs choir members participated in the TMEA Region 25 All-Region Choir. Over 500 students throughout the region auditioned for this choir, and only 183 were chosen. Congratulations to these talented singers.

Pictured below: Back Row: Sadie Mowrer , Sage Manning , Jillian Nuckels , Hannah Dollinger , Natalie McLaren , William Flinchbaugh , Ryder Sullivan , Daniel Lamping . Front Row: Kynan Lowrance , Evelyn Kwon , Romi Kahana , Abigail Thomas , Ellis Smith , Reece Robinson .

Board Approves Update to 2019-2020 Calendar

The Board of Trustees approved the following update to the 2019-2020 calendar:
 
Friday, October 25, 2019 was originally scheduled as a professional development/student holiday. This day has been moved to November 1, 2019.


A Message from the Board of Trustees Regarding the Search for the Next Superintendent

Dear Lovejoy Community,
 
The Board of Trustees would like thank our community of taxpayers, parents, employees and students for taking the time to share your thoughts on what the ideal profile of the next Superintendent of Lovejoy ISD should possess. There were over 900 surveys submitted, of which, 78% came from our parent community, followed next by our employees. Thank you for sharing your opinions through the survey, emails, phone calls, and live meetings with JG Consulting. The Board has finalized the profile which will be posted with the opening for the next 21 days. Please find the profile outline:
 
The Lovejoy Independent School District (Lovejoy ISD) Board of Trustees is seeking a highly qualified educational leader to serve as the Superintendent. The successful candidate should possess the following characteristics and qualifications: 
 
  • A professional educator with experience as a teacher and administrator with preferably five (5) or more years of leadership experience in school administration (Doctoral Degree desirable but not required); 

  • A proven instructional leader with a track record of success in implementing and driving curriculum best practices proving academic growth for all students; 

  • Expertise in school finance, district budget management, and legislative engagement, as well as, the ability to maintain and increase outside funding sources; 

  • A team builder who has the interpersonal skills to work collaboratively in partnership with the Board, students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents and community to build a climate of transparency, mutual trust and respect, and cooperation; 

  • An exceptional communicator with the ability to convey information effectively and efficiently in writing and verbally. Also, who is open, approachable, and an ethical leader who is actively and enthusiastically involved and visible within the district and community; 

  • Experience in strategic planning and sound management practices, with appropriate planning, analytical, human resource, and decision-making skills, who sets clear expectations, delegates authority, but remains knowledgeable and accountable for the district’s overall progress; 

  • A progressive leader who is committed to serving the district and Lovejoy community for the long term; 

  • A visionary leader who builds and strengthens relationships within the community and nurtures existing partnerships; 

  • A thoughtful leader who can build consensus yet make and take responsibility for difficult decisions that are in the best interest of all students and taxpayers within the district. 
 
Lovejoy Proud!

Chad Collins
President
Lovejoy ISD Board of Trustees

Timeline For Superintendent Search

Chad Collins, Board President, announced the timeline for the Superintendent search at the February 20 Board Meeting.
 
Friday, February 22, 2019 - Completed
Request for Proposal was submitted for interested search firms to apply.
 
March 8, 2019 - Completed
Deadline for interested search firms to submit their proposal.
 
March 18, 2019 - Completed
8:00 AM - Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Special Board Meeting to select top three search firm candidates.
 
The following search firm candidates were selected to present proposals:
 
Texas Association of School Boards
JG Consulting
Bob E. Griggs & Associates
 
March 20, 2019 - Completed
2:30 PM – Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Special Board Meeting to hear proposals from top three search firms.
 
3:00 PM – Texas Association of School Boards
4:00 PM – JG Consulting
5:00 PM - Bob E. Griggs & Associates
 
March 20, 2019 - Completed
7:30 PM – Lovejoy Elementary School Gymnasium
Board action will be taken during the regular Board Meeting to select a search firm.
 
The Board selected JG Consulting to lead the search for the next Superintendent of the Lovejoy Independent School District. Please click here to access the JG Consulting website for additional information regarding their firm.
 
March 28, 2019 - Completed
8:00 AM – Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Special Board Meeting to meet with JG Consulting regarding the search for the next Superintendent of the Lovejoy Independent School District.
 
April 2, 2019 – Completed
An anonymous survey regarding the search for the next superintendent will be shared with the community for JG consulting to receive community input. The survey will close on Friday, April 12. You may click here to complete the survey.
 
April 9, 2019 - Completed
6:30 PM – Lovejoy High School Lecture Hall
A Community meeting will be held on April 9 at 6:30 PM in the Lovejoy High School to gather community feedback regarding the search for the next Superintendent of Lovejoy ISD.
 
April 17, 2019 - Completed
5:30 PM – Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
The Board of Trustees will meet in Executive Session with JG Consulting to review the Superintendent Search Profile.
 
Summer 2019
The new Superintendent will be in place in preparation for the 2019-2020 school year.
 
We will continue to keep the community informed regarding the search for a new Superintendent.


Student Cell Phones in Schools

There has been a healthy discussion in the community with a variety of opinions for each of the campus levels regarding student use of cell phones at school. The district’s student cell phone use policy may be found in the Student Code of Conduct .
 
For safety purposes, the District permits students to possess cell phones. All cellular telephones or devices should remain turned off during instructional time. Use of cell phones is permitted before and after school, during lunch and other non-instructional periods. Students shall not use a telecommunications device, including a cellular telephone, or other electronic device in violation of district and campus rules.
 
Below is a timeline of next steps that will be taken to ensure all stakeholders have an opportunity to weigh in on this topic. Providing your feedback will assist the district to revise practices to better reflect the community which we serve.

Timeline:
 
Friday, March 29 – Completed
A survey will be sent to Lovejoy educators regarding the existing cell phone policy, barriers to implementation, student discipline, recommendations, etc. The survey responses will be due by April 5.
 
Friday, April 12 - In Progress
Based on the information collected from Lovejoy educators, a survey will be sent to parents of elementary, intermediate, middle and high school students regarding student use of cell phones, data plans, parental expectations for their student(s), the district’s existing policy, and recommendations. The survey responses will be due by April 19.
 
Tuesday, April 30
Complete district analysis of the data collected from the parent surveys to determine where there is not alignment with the existing policy and consider parent recommendations for improvement.
 
Depending on how far apart the existing policy is from the survey results, there may be a need to hold a parent information/feedback meeting on proposed changes; with the goal of reaching consensus prior to the end of the school year.
 
July/August
The Lovejoy ISD Administration team will take the Student Code of Conduct to the Board of Trustees for review and adoption. Because 2019 is a legislative year, there will likely be several updates based on legislative session that may require an August Board adoption. 
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Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

Ladies Night Out
Monday, April 22

Fine Arts News



LES Choir Presented Spring Concert
The Lovejoy Elementary Double L Choir presented their annual Spring concert on Thursday, April 11. 


Upcoming Events

LHS Band Carnegie Hall Performance
April 19
The Lovejoy Band will be traveling to New York City performing at the infamous Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 19 as part of the World Strides National Band and Orchestra Festival.
 
 
Lovejoy Visual Arts
April 23 – May 7
Puster, Hart and Lovejoy Elementary Visual Arts invite you to attend the Annual LJVA Elementary Crossover Exhibition on display in the Lovejoy High School Art Gallery from April 23 through May 7. This exhibition will feature selected works to showcase each grade level (K-4) from Puster, Hart and Lovejoy Elementary.


WSMS Theatre Presents Murder Mystery Dinner
April 25 - 27
Join WSMS for a murder mystery dinner:
 
Who Hath Done It?
Shakespeare Murder a mystery Dinner Theatre Experience
 
Tickets are available for purchase at Willow Springs.
 

LHS Jazz Ensemble
May 6 – Save the Date!
The LHS Jazz Ensemble will perform with the Texas Instruments Jazz Band and Sal Lozano on Monday, May 6. Additional details will be shared in a future addition of Email Express.


Lovejoy Summer Musical Theatre Camps
July 9-20
We are excited to announce our 2019 musical: Seussical KIDS! 
 
Acting, choreography, lighting, costuming, set building, and painting are just some of the fun activities taking place in Lovejoy’s Summer Musical Theatre Camps: Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Intern Camp.
 
Athletic News
Click here for detailed information regarding summer athletic camps and Performance Course.




Lovejoy Baseball


Lovejoy Golf


Lovejoy Softball


Lovejoy Tennis


In Case You Missed It
This section of Email Express highlights news reports/articles featuring Lovejoy over the previous week.
 
 

 
Upcoming Events

 

LHS Relay for Life
April 26
LHS will host the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life event on April 26 in celebration of survivors, in remembrance of loved ones lost, and in an effort to fight back against cancer.
 
WSMS Presents Parents Night Out
May 10, 2019
Are you interested in a night out? On May 10, WSMS will host its first Parents Night Out, from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM. This is for students in grades 1-4. WSMS National Junior Honor's Society students are hosting this event and will provide childcare (WSMS Staff will also be involved). 


Lovejoy High School Recycling Event
May 11
Lovejoy High School, in partnership with Renewed Solutions, invites you to clean out your closets and file cabinets to participate in an electronics recycling and paper shredding event on Saturday, May 11 from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM in the front parking lot of the high school. Click here for more details.


Summer Enrichment Camps
Enrollment Now Open!
Click here to register now!


Kids 1st Summer Camp
Enroll Now!


Camp Invention
June 10 – 14


Summer Sewing Camp
June and July Offerings
Join the 12th year of summer sewing fun at a new location: Lovejoy High School! Click  SEWING  for details about the camp as well as details about a special project option: T-shirt quilt.

District-Wide News

 


Lovejoy Students Seeking Assistance With
Birthday Party Project


Hart Elementary School
Silent Auction


Share the News!
Lovejoy Scholars
Lovejoy Scholars, our K – 12 tuition-based enrollment program, is a great opportunity for families who live outside of our district boundaries, but want their children to experience a Lovejoy education. Will you help us share the news?
 
 
Pre-K Now Enrolling
Excellence Begins Early
Call Today!
Little Lovejoy Scholars is accepting applications for tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten.
SafeSchools App
SafeSchools has launched their new mobile application for anonymous reporting. You may click here for the SafeSchools Alert Mobile Application Download Instructions.
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.


Congratulations to the following Lovejoy High School graduates who will soon receive their MD and begin residency:
 
Chase Anderson , Class of 2011
Allison Gilliland , Class of 2010
Brittany Cox , Class of 2010
 
Additionally, congratulations to the following Lovejoy High School graduates who are currently in medical school:
 
Jaret (Mac) Karnuta , Class of 2012
Eve Sharifi , Class of 2012
Armon Habibi , Class of 2010

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