Email Express
April 4, 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:
  
We are enjoying a great week in Lovejoy with numerous accolades ranging from the Winterguard placing at the state competition to the boys soccer team advancing to the Regional round of the UIL State Tournament. We hope you will take time to read about our numerous student successes. We are Lovejoy Proud!
 
With respect and admiration,
Dr. Dennis Womack
LISD Interim Superintendent

School Finance Reform
Request for Assistance

The Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 3 on School Finance Reform yesterday by a vote of 148-1. There were 22 amendments adopted (and many of those amendments were amended). In short, HB 3 would add $9 billion into property tax relief and school finance reform over the next biennium.
 
HB 3 has now been sent to the Texas Senate, where they are spending significantly less than the House version. The Senate has committed to a $4 billion across-the-board raise for educators. The House and Senate proposals will ultimately have to be meshed together in some form of a compromise during the 53 days of the session that remain.
 
We are very appreciative of the efforts in the Texas House and Senate, but more work remains to be done for districts like Lovejoy. While HB 3 is a step in the right direction, we want to make a good bill even better. With the complete repeal of Additional State Aide for Tax Reduction (ASATR) in 2017 (for the property tax cuts from 2006) and the end of the State’s Hardship Grants for those districts that were dependent upon ASATR funding, Lovejoy is poised to potentially lose millions of dollars in state funding annually, compared to recent years.
 
It is important to ask the Texas Senate to support the school funding reform in HB 3 and include a hold harmless provision for those districts like Lovejoy that have been dependent on the 2017-18 and 2018-19 Hardship Grants. Without this funding, Lovejoy ISD’s programs will be significantly harmed.
 
How can you help? Please reach out to our Texas Legislators and request them:
 
  • to enact the reforms and investments contained in the House version of school finance reform legislation, HB 3; and
  • to provide a hold harmless provision for school districts like Lovejoy that have been dependent on funding from Additional State Aide for Tax Reduction and Hardship Grants.
 
Your voice plays a significant role in working to maintain the programs that make Lovejoy special. We hope you will consider taking the time to contact the following legislators. Sharing your input regarding adequately funding schools like Lovejoy is appreciated.
 
The Honorable Angela Paxton
Texas State Senator
512.463.0108
 
The Honorable Jane Nelson
Texas State Senator
Chair, Senate Committee on Finance
512.463.0112
 
The Honorable Paul Bettencourt
Texas State Senator
Chair, Senate Committee on Property Tax
512.463.0107
 
The Honorable Larry Taylor
Texas State Senator
Chair, Senate Education Committee
512.463.0111
  
The Honorable Dan Patrick
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
512.463.0001
 
The Honorable Scott Sanford
Texas State Representative
512.463.0356
 
The Honorable John Zerwas
Texas State Representative
Chair, House Appropriations Committee
512.463.0657
 
The Honorable Greg Bonnen
Texas State Representative
512.463.0729
 
The Honorable Candy Noble
Texas State Representative
512.463.0186
 
The Honorable Dennis Bonnen
Speaker of the House
512.463.1000

A Message from the Board of Trustees Regarding the Superintendent Search
Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
The Board of Trustees of the Lovejoy Independent School District is conducting an active search for the new Superintendent of Schools. The Board hired JG Consulting as the executive search firm to support the Board during the selection process. As directed by the Board, JG Consulting will solicit feedback from the community. Our community’s opinions count. We believe this is a critical step in identifying the right candidate to lead our great district forward. 
 
We are asking for your help with two important steps of this process.
 
  1. Please take time to complete an anonymous survey. Your voice as a community member is important to us. Please click here to begin the survey. Responses to this survey will be forwarded directly to JG Consulting.
 
  1. Another opportunity to provide your feedback, is to join a community meeting on Tuesday, April 9. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM in the Lovejoy High School Lecture Hall. JG Consulting will lead the meeting. We hope you will join us.
 
Along with the input received from the survey and community meeting, the consultants are also reaching out to our employees and other groups. All of the information received through these various means will be used to help identify the profile we will use to hire our next Superintendent of Lovejoy ISD. 
 
Thank you, in advance, for your assistance with this process.
 
Lovejoy Proud!
 
Chad Collins
President
Lovejoy ISD Board of Trustees
 
*A complete timeline regarding the search for the next Superintendent is included below in this edition of Email Express
LHS Winterguard Places in State Championship

The Lovejoy Guard competed in their final competition of the season on Sunday in the North Texas Color Guard Association’s State Championships at Flower Mound High School. The Winterguard earned 4th place missing the bronze by .4 of a point. This is the highest placement in school history and the end to an incredible season.
LHS Boys Soccer Moves to Regional Quarterfinals

The Varsity Boys competed in the first round of playoffs against Frisco with a score of 2-2 and a dramatic win in penalty kicks 7-6. The team advanced to the Area round where they met Adamson and outlasted them 3-2. The two victories put the Boys soccer team into the 3rd round of the playoffs. We hope to see you at the Regional Quarterfinals:
 
Lovejoy vs. Frisco Heritage
April 5, 2019
7:30 PM
At McKinney Boyd
LHS Golf Secures District 10-5A Championships
Congratulations to the Boys Golf Team on their District 10 5A Championship.
 
Jay Pabin
District Champion, 1st Team All District
 
Mason McClure
4th overall, 1st Team All District
 
Brian Wolfe
5th overall, 1st Team All District
 
Jack LeGare
7th overall, 2nd Team All District
 
Trent King
12th overall, Honorable Mention
 
Congratulations to the Girls Golf Team on their District 5A Championship. The Lovejoy Varsity Girls set a new school record for their two day tournament performance.
 
Allie Bianchi
District Champion, 1st Team All District
 
Marta Moreno
2nd overall, 1st Team All District
 
Aurea Carlisle
3rd overall, 1st Team All District
 
Meghan Spencer
4th overall, 1st Team All District
 
Caroline Sessions
8th overall, 2nd Team All District
 
We send best wishes to the teams as they move to the Regional level of competition.
Lovejoy Girls Soccer

The Lovejoy Lady Leopards had a hard fought loss on Thursday night in the Bi-District Round as they took on a tough Frisco Wakeland Team. Despite their efforts, the team lost 5-0. This season marked the first playoff appearance in five years and the team finished with a 13-8-1 record. Congratulations to the team for an outstanding season.
 
WSMS Choir Students Named to TMEA All-Region Choir

Congratulations to the Willow Springs Middle School choir members selected for the TMEA Region 25 All-Region Choir. Over 500 students from surrounding middle schools auditioned for this prestigious choir, and we are Lovejoy Proud of the following Willow Springs students who passed the audition:
 
Hannah Dollinger
 
Will Flinchbaugh
 
Romi Kahana
 
Evelyn Kwon
 
Daniel Lamping
 
Kynan Lowrance
 
Sage Manning
 
Natalie McLaren
 
Jillian Nuckels
 
Reece Robinson
 
Ellis Smith
 
Ryder Sullivan
 
Abigail Thomas


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 3, 2019 - Currently accepting community responses
Community Survey Released
Please take time to complete an anonymous survey. Your voice as a community member is important to us. Please click here to begin the survey. Responses to this survey will be forwarded directly to JG Consulting.

April 9, 2019
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.
 
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 – Currently accepting educator responses
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
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. 
Stay Connected
 
Twitter and Facebook
Are you following the district on Twitter ? Have you liked us on Facebook ? Join us on social media for news and announcements.

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

Ladies Night Out
Tickets are on sale now. Click here for the reservation page and here for the Foundation’s website.
Fine Arts News



  Hart Choir Performs National Anthem
The Hart Choir performed the National Anthem at the Lovejoy Varsity Baseball Game on March 22. 

LHS Theatre
The LHS One Act Play advanced to Area competition. They will perform The Anatomy of Gray on Saturday, April 6 at 3:45 at Flowermound High School in Lewisville. 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 in the event the schedule runs ahead of time.


Majestics Spring Show April 4 – 6
The Majestics Dance Team will present their annual spring show April 4 – 6. "Making a Difference" represents a reflection of their year....giving back and being servant leaders of our community. Purchase tickets now! www.majesticsdance.org

LHS Band UIL Concert
April 16
The LHS band will be competing their UIL program on April 16 at McKinney North High School. The Wind Ensemble performs their concert at 11:30 AM, and the Wind Symphony performs at 5:00 PM.
 
 
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.
 
 
WSMS Theatre Presents Murder Mystery Dinner
April 25 - 27
Join WSMS for a murder mystery dinner:
 
Who Hath Done It?
Shakespeare Murder 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.
 
 
Fundraisers

LHS Band Car Wash
April 6
Come out and support the Lovejoy Band. Get your car washed on Saturday, April 6 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at Creekwood United Methodist Church, 261 Country Club Road. 

LHS Choir Booster Club Spirit Night
April 9
The Lovejoy Choir Booster Club is hosting a spirit night on Tuesday, April 9th between 4:00 and 8:00 PM at the Chipotle located on 103 Central Expressway North.
Athletic News
Click here for detailed information regarding summer athletic camps and Performance Course.



Lovejoy Baseball


Lovejoy Softball


Lovejoy Track



Fundraisers

Grand Slam Softball Booster Napoli’s
April 16
The Lady Leopard Booster club will be hosting Leopard Softball days at Napoli’s in Allen April 16 from 11 AM to 9 PM.


Red Out Night and Raffle
April 16
Join Lovejoy High School for Red Out night on Tuesday, April 16.

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

 

 
City of Lucas Hosts Spring Cleanup
April 6
This Spring’s cleanup event “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off” is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 from 8 am to 12 pm. As an affiliate member of Keep Texas Beautiful, the City of Lucas participates in this annual cleanup to support efforts in clearing City-maintained areas and roadsides of trash. We invite the community to participate in this cleanup.

 
Fairview Pancake Breakfast
April 13

Mark Your Calendars for the Elementary Campouts!
The Elementary Campouts are a fun and memorable experience for our kids and their families. They offer a wide variety of activities including bounce houses, glow parties, movies under the stars, and much more. The grand finale of each event is a campout on the playgrounds. Funds raised from the campouts provide revenue for the campus and the school district to help offset the loss of state funding.
 
Campout dates are:
 
Lovejoy Elementary School
April 12
 
Puster Elementary School
April 26
 
Hart Elementary School
April 27

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.

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

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 Special Olympics
Needs Volunteers!  

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.

Lovejoy High School Store Announces Sale
The Lovejoy High School and Willow Springs Middle School stores will host a sale beginning on March 18. The entire stores will offer items at 50% off. Some exclusions may apply.
 
Lovejoy High School Store Hours
8:30 AM – 4:15 PM
 
Willow Springs Middle School Store Hours
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
During Lunch

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.

Circle of Partners
Lovejoy ISD is focused on generating new sources of revenue to offset our loss of state funding. Our goal is to protect our programs and avoid charging fees for items such as riding the bus. If you have a need for any of the following services, you can help generate revenue for the district by choosing members of the Circle of Partners . Our partners have pledged a charitable giveback (10% or more) to Lovejoy ISD for any business within the district. 
Lovejoy ISD is pleased to announce the newest member of the Circle of Partners :
C2XCEL is a professional technology advisory firm, owned by Jim McNeese that provides strategic technology solutions for small and mid-size businesses and enterprise-level companies.  Jim is the proud father of Cale McNeese, 8th grader at Willow Springs Middle School. You may reach him at 214.682.3955.
Tutoring 101 and Lovejoy ISD have formed a revenue generating/sharing partnership to bring their services to Lovejoy families. Please see below for several offerings.

Private tutoring is available for students in grades K-12 in all subjects. Tutoring 101 recommends once a week tutoring for an hour to increase grades and learn subject matter more deeply. A once a week appointment usually results in an increase of 1 letter grade or more. Turn those C's into B's.

What's your SAT/ACT score? Want a better one? What do you need it to be?
Invest in a PSAT/SAT/ACT Prep program not just a class. Tutoring 101 helps high scorers get top scores, average students raise their scores and poor test takers achieve the scores colleges want. Tutoring 101 students have earned admissions and scholarships, and have saved thousands of tuition dollars every year. 
 
Classes are conveniently located at Lovejoy High School. Call 972.359.0222 or email Robyn@Tutoring101.com for additional information.

Reinhard Real Estate pledges 10% of gross commission to several non-profits including Lovejoy ISD. Their website can be found at Reinhard Real Estate . Jeff and Terri Reinhard own Reinhard Real Estate. They are proud Puster parents to fourth grader Ben, and second grader Max.
The Cave Realty Team (   www.CaveRealty.com   ) joins the Circle of Partners, pledging 15% of gross commission on homes they help sell or buy within Lovejoy ISD. Team owners Ryan and Sarah Cave are proud parents of Lovejoy Elementary School first grader Adelaide (Addie), with 5-year-old Anders soon to follow.
Savvy Realty pledges 10% of gross commissions on all closings within Lovejoy ISD combined with a fixed fee program, which saves their home-sellers thousands of dollars. Check out SavvyRealtyLovejoy.com for details. Company founders Jeff and Sharon Kofahl are proud parents of Lovejoy High School Juniors Bradley and Brandon and Willow Springs 7th grader, Brady.  
The Walker Group Coldwell Banker APEX, Realtors pledges 10% of gross commission on homes they help sell or buy within Lovejoy ISD. Tonya Walker lives in Lovejoy ISD and specializes in this area. She and her team are excited to partner with Lovejoy ISD. Tonya’s website may be found here
For your landscaping needs we hope you will consider Accent Landscape Management. Accent Landscape Management pledges 10% of gross revenues on work performed within Lovejoy ISD. Accent provides landscaping, irrigation and lawn maintenance services for commercial and residential properties. Their website may be found at Accent Landscape Management . Owners, Phillip and April Sheppard, are proud Hart parents of second grader, Kaiser, and Kindergartener, Sebastian, with two-year-old Charlotte soon to follow. 
For your roofing and solar work we hope you will consider Jones Solar and Roofing. Chadd Jones of Jones Solar and Roofing is pledging 10% of their profits on roofing and solar work completed in the Lovejoy ISD. Jones Solar and Roofing provides free inspections of your residential or commercial roof and property. They also offer free estimates on Solar/ Battery and Energy Efficiency upgrades to your home or business. Their website is: https://jonessolar.com/ or you may reach them by phone at 214.412.7444 for residential or commercial properties. Members of his family have been supporters of the Lovejoy ISD since 1979. Chadd and Liesl Thompson Jones are the proud parents of Puster Elementary 1st grader Maxwell.
For your mortgage needs we hope you will consider Black Swan Mortgage Pro. Stephanie Cigainero, owner of Black Swan Mortgage Pro is pledging 10% of her pay on Circle of Partners transactions, which will be matched by her employer Movement Mortgage. Stephanie has been in the home loan mortgage business since 2006 and may be reached at 469.531.0257 or at https://movement.com/lo/stephanie-cigainero/ . She is married to her best friend and Australian native, Josh. They have two daughters, Aspen a 5th grader at Sloan Creek and Maia. They are a host family to foreign exchange student Alessia Bellometti.  
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