Email Express
February 21, 2019
News from Interim Superintendent Dr. Dennis Womack

At last night’s School Board meeting, state qualifying students were recognized for their amazing, creative work for the PTA Reflections Art Contest. The PTA Reflections Art Contest encourages students to explore the arts and express themselves in categories such as dance choreography, film, literature, music, photography, and visual arts. This year’s contest theme was Heroes Around Me. I was so impressed with the descriptions of each student’s submission which earned them the Overall Award of Excellence by the PTA.
Even more impressive was the meaning of the student’s self-reflection on the heroes they each identified from their work. It was deeply inspiring to hear about moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and teachers being lifted up as heroes and why these heroes motivated each young artist’s creation.
The perspective of Hart Elementary School fourth grader, Kendall Stubing , was that everyone around her was a hero. Kendall’s story, as well as the other state recognized students, were heartwarming and uplifting. You may click here to view a full listing of the tremendous accomplishments of the Lovejoy students qualifying for this state contest. 

Dr. Dennis Womack, Interim Superintendent, congratulates Kendall Stubing, Hart Elementary School fourth grader.
We also recognized Lovejoy High School Junior Joel Reaves for placing 6th at the All-State Band competition in Trumpet.
Lovejoy High School choral students Marcie Sawyers and Hallie Steadman were unable to attend the Board meeting, but were recognized for their achievement as All-State Choir members.
Additionally, it was exciting to recognize the Lovejoy High School All-State Cheer Spirit Team for their 16th place finish in the State of Texas. You may click here to view the full list of team members.
I am so incredibly proud of the accomplishments our students achieve every day in all facets of their education. It is clear to see that the future is extremely bright for our students and our district.
With respect and admiration,
Dr. Dennis Womack
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 Calendars Approved
2019-2020 and 2020-2021
The Board of Trustees approved the calendars for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years at the board meeting last night. You may click here to access the calendars. Printed color copies of the calendars are available for pick up at the administration building and will be available for pick up at all campuses on Monday. For questions or assistance with the calendars please contact Stacey Dillon , Assistant to the Superintendent, at 469.742.8003.

Timeline for Superintendent Search
Chad Collins, Board President, announced the timeline for the Superintendent search at the board meeting last night.
This Week
Request for Proposal will be submitted for interested search firms to apply.
March 8, 2019
Deadline for interested search firms to submit their proposal.
March 18, 2019
Special Board Meeting to select top three search firms.
March 20, 2019
3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 5:00 PM
Top three search firms will present their proposals.
March 20, 2019
7:30 PM
Board action will be taken during the regular Board Meeting to select a search firm.
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.

Swimmers Bring Home State Gold and Bronze Medals
The Lovejoy Swim and Dive team competed this past week at the 2019 UIL State Meet in Austin. The Leopards were led by Jed Michael Jones winning the gold medal in the Boys 200 IM and a bronze medal in the Boys 500 Free. James Vaughn closed out his Leopard career with a 4th place finish in the Boys100 Fly and a 5th place finish in the Boys 200 IM.  Eason Jones took the bronze medal in the Girls 200 IM and then placed fourth in the Girls 100 Back. Lovejoy diver Ana Laura Faoro finished in 4th place in the Girls 3M dive. The Leopard Boys finished in 9th place with the girls finishing in 11th place in the State of Texas. Click here to read the full list of the athletes' accomplishments. This season proved to be the best in team history, and the Leopards will begin their off-season program to prepare for another exciting Swim and Dive season.
Wrestlers Headed to State
The Lovejoy Men’s and Women’s wrestling teams traveled to Pflugerville Weiss High School for the 2019 Region III Tournament with eight men and five women competing in the tournament. Ten Lovejoy wrestlers placed within the top 5, qualifying them for the state tournament. The Men’s team finished 5th overall out of 36 teams and the Women’s team finished 4th overall out of 31 teams. The following women Leopards will be competing in the 2019 UIL State Tournament this weekend in Cypress at the Berry Center.
Morgan Elvin
Regional Champion (pictured below)
Avery Ashley
Katherine Heath
Lilly Musselman
Charis Vela

The men will be represented by:
Ralph Rucker
Regional Champion (pictured below)
Johnny Dorlon
Hunter Duncan
Jakob Underwood
Alex Vislosky

Boys Basketball Advances to Area Round
The Boys Varsity Basketball team defeated Frisco High School 34-33. The Leopards now advance to the Area round of the UIL State Basketball Tournament this Friday at the Lewisville High School Gym against the Highland Park Scots. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM. We hope to see you at the game as we cheer our Leopards on to victory!

Lovejoy Hockey Celebrates Senior Night
Lovejoy Ice Hockey celebrated Senior Night at their last varsity home game with a 6-1 win over McKinney. The varsity team is comprised of six LHS seniors who share a combined total of 29 seasons of Lovejoy Ice Hockey experience. Congratulations to John Faucett , Max Fischer , Matthew McLaren (Assistant Captain), Cyrus Mortazavi (Assistant Captain), Andy Pottinger (Assistant Captain) and Ryan Raineri (Captain). 

LHS Speech and Debate Qualifies Students for National Tournament
The NSDA tournament serves as the qualifying tournament for NSDA Nationals - the national championship for speech and debate. In order to qualify, students must finish in the top two of their event. Pictured below are the national qualifiers along with the listing of the tournament results.
LD Debate
Collins Morgan - National Qualifier
Kaya Czyz - National Qualifier
PF Debate
Shalin Mehta and Pierce Richardson - National Qualifier
Brianna Kim and Kendall Carll - National Qualifier
CX Debate
Tajvir Singh and Andrew Mao - Semi-Finalist
Jack Czyz and Mitch Laman - Quarter-Finalist
Program Oral Interp
Luke Wheatley - National Qualifier
Garrett Beckman - Finalist
Domestic Extemporaneous
Tajvir Singh - National Qualifier
Chase Stevens - Finalist
Kaya Czyz - Semi-Finalist
Kendall Carll - Semi-Finalist
Foreign Extemporaneous
Zach Farrell - Finalist
Brianna Kim - Semi-Finalist
Garrett Larson - Semi-Finalist
Shalin Mehta - Semi-Finalist
Alex McCaffity and Sarah Michal - Finalist
Ryan Wang and Chris Abdalla - Semi-Finalist
Humorous Interpretation
Melody Quintero - Finalist
Dramatic Interpretation
Luke Wheatley - Finalist
Ariel Kokoricha - Semi-Finalist
Dinah Thadikonda - Semi-Finalist
Informative Speaking
Melody Quintero - Finalist

Original Oratory
Raheel Ahmed - Semi-Finalist   
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.

STEM Festival T-Shirt News

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 1:00 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.
School Board Candidates
The filing deadline to file for a place on the ballot for the May 4, 2019 Trustee election was Friday, February 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM. The following candidates have filed:
Lovejoy ISD Trustee Position 1: Chad Collins (Incumbent)
Lovejoy ISD Trustee Position 1: Joel Treanor
Lovejoy ISD Trustee Position 2: Amy Smith (Incumbent)
Lovejoy ISD Trustee Position 2: John R. Reed
Lovejoy ISD Trustee Position 3: Robbin Wells (Incumbent)
Lovejoy ISD Trustee Position 3: Jennifer Kline
The Drawing for a Place on the Ballot will be held on Monday, February 25 at 9:00 AM in the administration building located at 259 Country Club Road in Allen. For additional information, please  click here .

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.

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Fine Arts News

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!
UIL Competions

LHS Orchestra UIL – Allen ISD Performing Arts Center
February 28
10:20 AM - Philharmonic Orchestra
11:35 AM - Symphonic Orchestra
2:25 PM - Concert Orchestra
March 1
10:45 AM - Chamber Orchestra
WSMS Orchestra UIL – Lowery Freshman Center
March 6
3:05 PM - Combined Orchestra
March 7
12:15 PM - Chamber Orchestra
WSMS Choir UIL – McKinney High School
March 6
3:00 PM - Concert Treble
March 7
11:40 AM - Tenor Bass Men
3:20 PM - A Capella Choir
LHS One Act Play Competition – Wylie East High School
March 7
11:00 AM - Anatomy of Gray

Athletic News

Lovejoy Baseball

Lovejoy Golf

Lovejoy Powerlifting

Lovejoy Boys Soccer

Lovejoy Girls Soccer

Lovejoy Softball

Lovejoy Tennis

Lovejoy Track

In Case You Missed It
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.
Gifted and Talented Information Sessions
February 25
Looking for More Information about G/T Services?   A brief information session will be held on 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 Hockey
Lovejoy Hockey is looking to grow. All interested players who are currently in grades 6 and up are encouraged to reach out so we can share information regarding the upcoming spring and fall seasons. Spring registration is right around the corner! Contact the board at .

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. 

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 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 (   ) 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 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: 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 . 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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