Email Express
February 14, 2019
News from Interim Superintendent Dr. Dennis Womack

This has been a difficult week for the Lovejoy Independent School District. We were disheartened to hear about the alleged misconduct with staff by the former superintendent. However, during this challenging time, I am reminded what a wonderful community we have. While the misconduct did not involve students, misuse of district funds, or fraud, our board’s quick actions in response to the allegations, proved that we do not condone misconduct of any kind. Our board of trustees and district administration remain committed to providing an exemplary education and culture for all students and staff. 

I am honored to step in as Interim Superintendent. For the past 14 years, I have dedicated my career to serving the students and staff of Lovejoy ISD. Previously, I served as Assistant Superintendent of Operations. During my time with the district, I have seen its exceptional transformation in academic advancements and excellence in our quality programming for students.

My wife, Diane, and I have been married for 22 years. Our two daughters, Natalie and Nicole, started as Little Leopards and now attend Lovejoy High School. Our daughter, Natalie, is a senior who will represent Lovejoy in the 5A State Swim Meet this weekend in Austin…please, wish her luck!

As a Lovejoy parent, I know our community is second to none. We are consistently recognized as one of the most respected public-school districts in Texas, and we believe our best work and finest hours are ahead of us. We will finish the school year strong, achieving new heights in areas of academics, fine arts, and athletics, and we will continue to grow and advance our accomplishments in STEM, national student media awards, student vocational honors, and significant improvements in the safety and security of our campuses.

It has been my lifelong desire to work in unity with a talented staff of dedicated educators and a supportive community who care about kids. I am confident that our district administration, principals, teachers, and staff will continue to do the highest quality of mission-driven work for each Lovejoy student. 
Lovejoy Proud,
LISD Interim Superintendent

The Mission of the Lovejoy Independent School District
A school district, in partnership with parents and community, committed to providing opportunities for students to reach their academic and personal potential in a changing world.

School Holidays
Tomorrow and Monday are student holidays. All district offices will be closed on Monday, February 18. We hope everyone has a safe and happy long weekend and look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to school on Tuesday.

Lovejoy Swimming and Diving Headed to State
The Lovejoy High School Swim & Dive team will compete in the State UIL Swim & Dive Competition at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin on February 15-16. We send our best wishes to the athletes for a great meet.

LHS Band and Choir All-State Success
Lovejoy High School Band and Choir students advanced through a very rigorous competition and earned positions in the Texas All-State music ensembles. Region 25 music is one of the most competitive music regions in the state. Congratulations to these students as they compete in San Antonio.
Three LHS Choir students competed in Area Auditions at Texas A&M-Commerce in the last round of auditions for the Texas All-State Choir. Congratulations to Hallie Steadman and Marcie Sawyers who earned a place in the All-State Treble Choir, and to Luke Wild who was named first alternate to the All-State Tenor-Bass Choir. The TMEA All-State Treble Choir performance will be held on Saturday, February 16 at 4:00 PM in the Stars at Night Ballroom at the San Antonio Convention Center. The TMEA All State Treble-Bass Choir performs immediately following at 5:30 PM.

Congratulations to Joel Reeves who will be representing the Lovejoy Band on trumpet in the TMEA All-State 5-A Symphonic Band. Joel will perform at 12:30 PM on Saturday, February 16 in the Lila Cockrell Theatre at the San Antonio Convention Center. 

LHS Choir Competes in UIL Region 25 Contest
The Lovejoy Choir hosted the UIL Region 25 Vocal/Piano Solo & Ensemble Contest on Saturday, February 2. Not only did the LHS Choir students perform well, they served as monitors, score runners, and provided hospitality to nearly 1,000 students participating in the contest. Of the 35 entries from LHS, 23 soloists and 6 ensembles received first division ratings.
The following students qualified for TSSEC (Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest) by earning a first division rating on a Class 1 solo and/or ensemble:
Emma Allen - ensemble
Derek Burton - ensemble
Colette Brooks - solo
Joey Chavez - solo
Christian Cortez - ensemble
Taylor Crosby - solo
Caroline Dobbs - ensemble
Julia Dobbs - solo and ensemble
Alex Doran - ensemble
Chayden DuBois - ensemble
Cy Feagin - solo and ensemble
Stephen Godfrey - solo and ensemble
David Gold - ensemble
Sylvia Hansen - ensemble
Jacob Huettner - ensemble
Eliza Hyde - solo
Kyra Jacobs - solo and ensemble
Claire Johnson - solo
Maddie Konecny - solo
Claire McLaren - solo and ensemble
Elle Mendelson - ensemble
Emily Rippy - ensemble
Marcie Sawyers - solo and ensemble
Mikayla Slatten - solo and ensemble
Dayton Stammen - ensemble
Hallie Steadman - solo and ensemble
Soli Stubbs - solo
Devyn Veitch - ensemble
Michael Walters - ensemble
Luke Wild - ensemble
Brian Wolfe - ensemble
Nathan York - ensemble
Arturo Yundt-Pacheco - ensemble

LHS Guard Competes in National Competition
The LHS Guard competed this past weekend at the Winterguard International Dallas Regional competition and finished with their best showing in a national event. The Guard placed 5th in the preliminary round earning them placement in the finals with other 5A and 6A schools. Scores conclude finals placement, not the size of the district or campus. This was the first time for the Lovejoy Guard to compete in the finals at a national show. The Lovejoy Guard earned an overall 12th place finish. You may follow @LovejoyGuard for updated information on their competition schedule and season.

STEM Festival
March 2
Save the date! Lovejoy ISD will host the second annual STEM festival on March 2 at Lovejoy High School. The event will be held from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. We hope you will join us for an exciting day filled with fascinating speakers, hands-on experiments, Makerspace, student exhibits, robotics lab, cool contests with prizes, food trucks, and much more.
Lovejoy STEM Festival CANgineering Competition
Lovejoy is pleased to announce the first ever CANgineering Competition at the Lovejoy STEM Festival on March 2.

Announcing the STEM Festival App
Announcing the new STEM Festival app. The app will include the day's schedule, map of events, Twitter feed, and much more. To access the app, you may search for “Sched” in the app store and then search "Lovejoy ISD STEM Festival 2019" or go to . You may also follow the STEM Festival on Twitter - @LovejoyStemFest. Check back frequently for updates.

Open House for Prospective Families
March 2
Do you have friends, family members or co-workers interested in Lovejoy ISD? Lovejoy ISD will host an Open House for prospective families in conjunction with the annual STEM Festival on Saturday, March 2 at Lovejoy High School. Open House events will be held at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM in the Library. Interested families can:

  • Learn about the Lovejoy Pre-K - 12 academic, STEM, fine arts, and athletic programs.
  • Visit with students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
  • Meet personally with elementary, intermediate, middle, and high school principals.
  • Tour Lovejoy High School.
  • Enjoy our STEM Festival with our award-winning STEM students and teachers. 

We hope you will help us share this information. Any family interested in attending the Open House may email   Stacey Dillon  , Assistant to the Superintendent, for additional information or to register for the event. You may also contact Stacey by phone at 469.742.8003.

Filing Deadline for May Trustee Election
The filing deadline for a place on the ballot for the May 4, 2019 Trustee election is Friday, February 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Candidate packets are available for pick up in the Administration Building. Please ask for Stacey Dillon.
For additional information, please   click here .
Candidate filings as of February 14, 2019 are:
Lovejoy ISD Trustee Position 1: Chad Collins (Incumbent)
Lovejoy ISD Trustee Position 1: Joel Treanor
Lovejoy ISD Trustee Position 2: Amy Smith
Lovejoy ISD Trustee Position 3: Robbin Wells

Inclement Weather

School closures will be determined based on safety. In the event of a school closure, notifications will be announced on the district’s website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We will also announce any closure through the media and through a special edition of Email Express. Links to our social media accounts are shown below.

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.

A Message from the Deputy Superintendent
Early Release Day
What Were Lovejoy Teachers Doing?
Dear Lovejoy Community:
Today was our last early release day which was focused on professional learning for our teachers. Please click here to learn more about professional development in Lovejoy.
Dennis Muizers
Deputy Superintendent

Fine Arts News

Lovejoy Children’s Choir
February 19
Sloan Creek Intermediate School
6:30 PM
WSMS Band Concert
February 20
LHS Auditorium
6:00 PM
WSMS Orchestra Concert
February 21
LHS Auditorium
6:00 PM

WSMS Theatre Presents Lafayette No. 1 
February 22, 23 and 28
7:00 PM
WSMS Choir Concert
February 25
LHS Auditorium
6:00 PM
Java & Jazz
March 1
LHS Commons
7:00 PM

Mark Your Calendar!
LHS Orchestra Spirit Night
February 19

Athletic News

Lovejoy Athletic Department
Multi-Sport Athletes of the Week

Lovejoy Baseball

Lovejoy Boys Basketball

Lovejoy Girls Basketball

Lovejoy Golf

Lovejoy Powerlifting

Lovejoy Boys Soccer

Lovejoy Girls Soccer

Lovejoy Softball

Lovejoy Tennis

Lovejoy Track

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

Upcoming Events

Gifted and Talented Referral Window Open
Now – March 8
The referral window for students in grades 1-11 for gifted and talented services is open now - March 8. Referral forms are located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
Lovejoy Senior Hosts Volleyball Camp
February 19
Lovejoy High Senior Madison Waters is hosting a volleyball camp for her Senior Project. Funds raised will benefit the American Cancer Society.
  Gifted and Talented Information Sessions
February 20 and 25
Looking for More Information about G/T Services? Brief information sessions will be held on February 20 and February 25.

Lovejoy Gifted Association Announces Rocket Build and Launch Events
March 6 and March 24

Kindergarten Round-Up
March 25 - 29

Hop Into Spring Chess Tournament
March 30
This annual Lovejoy Tournament continues to be a hit around the metroplex. Come join your fellow chess players on March 30 at Sloan Creek for a wonderful day of chess play.

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
District-Wide News

Share the News!
Tuition-Based Enrollment
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?

Lovejoy Pre-K Now Enrolling
Excellence Begins Early
Call Today!
Lovejoy ISD 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 Student Hosts Toy Drive
Lovejoy High School Freshman, Katie Berman, requests your assistance with a toy drive she is organizing to benefit Ready Fighter One.

Lovejoy Offers Group Counseling
Lovejoy is offering group counseling for students for a variety of areas. The groups will meet weekly, during school hours, and will be facilitated by Lovejoy’s Social Worker, Noelle Gove, LCSW.

Toy Drive
The Lovejoy High School Work-Based Learning Program is accepting new to gently used toys for children birth – 5 years. Donations will benefit Little Leopards.

Mentors and Coaches Needed
Lovejoy High School is offering an exciting new Entrepreneurship course – INCubatoredu and we need your help.

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.

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