Email Express
February 28, 2019
News from Interim Superintendent Dr. Dennis Womack

Dear Lovejoy Community:

Yesterday afternoon, Kevin Parker, Principal of Puster Elementary, announced he would be leaving Lovejoy ISD to pursue a career with a local safety and security firm, Enseo. Mr. Parker accepted a position with Enseo as the Director of Education Solutions. As a reminder, Lovejoy ISD installed the Enseo Made Safe notification system (duress buttons the teachers and staff have on their lanyards) this past summer. In his communication with the Puster parents, Mr. Parker said, “You have heard me repeatedly state that ensuring your child’s safety is the most important thing we do as a school. This opportunity will allow me to work with a broader range of schools and take care of students across the country.” He further stated, "...this decision was in no way related to, or impacted by, the recent events in the district." Mr. Parker has worked for Lovejoy ISD for the past 12 years and has served as Principal of Puster Elementary for the last four years. While I am saddened that Mr. Parker is leaving the District, I am equally excited about what he will accomplish in the future at Enseo. Please click here to read the communication Mr. Parker sent to the Puster parents.
 
For those of you who have been asking about contacting legislators regarding school funding, we are anticipating a school funding bill to be filed in the House and Senate no later than the end of next week. Chairman Dan Huberty (R-Humble) announced this past Tuesday during the House Public Education Committee hearing, their plan to file a school finance bill later this week. The deadline to file bills is March 8. Once the bills are filed and made public, we will review and inform you of the potential effect on Lovejoy ISD.
 
This past week was filled with many exciting experiences for our students. Just to name a few – the LHS Wrestling Team competed at State and brought home gold, the WSMS Color Guard took first place at Mansfield, and the LHS Men’s Basketball Team competed in the Area Round of playoffs. This coming weekend will feature the Lovejoy High School Choir and Band’s presentation of Java and Jazz on Friday night and the second Annual STEM Festival will be held on Saturday at LHS.
 
Following, you will find information regarding a wide variety of experiences in which our students excel. It certainly is great to be in Lovejoy. We are continuously #lovejoyproud and hope you and your family #lovewhereyoulearn.
 
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.

Lovejoy Wrestling Brings Home First State Championship Title
This past weekend was historical for the Lovejoy Wrestling program. Senior Morgan Elvin became the first Lovejoy Wrestler to win a State Championship in her weight class.


Freshmen Avery Ashley won the silver medal in her weight class.

The Lovejoy Girls team finished in sixth place out of 81 teams in the State of Texas.
 
The Boys team finished 19th out of 90 teams with Ralph Rucker (pictured at left) and Jakob Underwood (pictured at right) finishing in fifth place in their respective weight classes.
Lovejoy Boys Basketball Finishes Season at Area Round

The Boys Varsity Basketball team fell to the Highland Park Scots 57-35 this past Friday night in the Area Round of the UIL 5-A State Playoffs. The Leopards finished the season as District 10-5A Runner Up with a 8-2 record and a season record of 23-9. Congratulations to the Boys Basketball program for another successful season.
STEM Festival
March 2
The 2nd annual STEM Festival is this Saturday! We hope you will join us at Lovejoy High School from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The day will be filled with fascinating speakers, hands-on activities, Makerspace, student demonstrations, robotics, competitions with prizes, food trucks and more!
 
For all of the latest STEM Festival updates follow us on Twitter at @LovejoyStemFest and #lovejoystemfest. Also, download the STEM Festival app. Search for “Sched” in the app store and then search “Lovejoy” to find the STEM Festival.

Lovejoy STEM Festival CANgineering Competition
Don’t forget to register your team for the first ever CANgineering Competition. The competition will be held during the Lovejoy STEM Festival. Registration has been extended through noon on Friday, March 1. Additional information including registration information may be found at bit.ly/stemcan .
 
Pictured below: Deputy Superintendent Dennis Muizers helps construct the Red School House for the CANgineering competition.

Pre-Order the STEM Festival T-Shirt
Congratulations to Emily Dillon, SCIS 6th grader, on designing the winning STEM Festival t-shirt. You may pre-order this fantastic shirt at bit.ly/STEMfesttee through RevTrak. T-shirts will be available for pick up at the STEM Festival and will also be sold for $10 at the event.

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.
Leopard Fishing Takes Third

Leopard Fishing competed in their 4th out of 5 regular season tournaments this past Saturday on a cold Lake Texoma. With morning temps in the 30's, Sam Harrison (pictured below) led the Leopards with a 3rd place finish out of 171 teams . Ben Burns and Coale Barr locked down a solid 10th place finish. This more than ensures Regional Championship berths for these two teams.  Max Nwanebu and Connor Dunn also had a solid showing with a top 25 finish. Next up for the Leopards is Ray Roberts on March 23.
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
Request for Proposal was 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 firm candidates.
 
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.


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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A Message from the Deputy Superintendent
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Invests in Excellence
 
Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
It is hard to believe we are nearly in the month of March. At this time of year, I want to remind our community of the extremely important partnership Lovejoy ISD has with the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools (FLS). In fact, it is one of the cornerstones which makes Lovejoy a very special school district and community. Please click here for details regarding Invest in Excellence Grants.
 
Respectfully,
 
Dennis Muizers
Deputy Superintendent

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Denim & Diamonds – The Party!
Thank you to everyone who made the 2019 Denim & Diamonds a fun and successful party. Sponsors, donors, auction bidders, LISD staff and volunteers all came together to make it happen. $322,000 was raised to support education in LISD. The new format was a big hit, so we will make some tweaks and do it again next year. Mark your calendars – February 22, 2020. 
 
 
Ladies Night Out
Tickets go on sale on March 5 at 10:00 AM. Click here for the reservation page and here for the Foundation’s website.

Fine Arts News


WSMS Color Guard Takes First Place
The Willow Springs 7th and 8th grade Color Guard teams competed at Mansfield Summit High School this past Saturday at a Color Guard competition. Both teams had great shows, placing first in their level of competition. Both teams will complete their final competition at the NTCA Cadet Class State Championships on March 9.  


Upcoming Events

WSMS Theatre Presents Lafayette No. 1 
February 28
WSMS
7:00 PM
 

Lovejoy Visual Arts Portrait Show
February 28
Please join us for the reception of the second Annual LJVA Portrait show on Thursday, February 28 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. This collection of selected work is an exploration of the concepts of identity and self through the eyes and hands of students in grades 7 – 12 in the Lovejoy Visual Art program.

 
Puster Pride Choir
March 1
Join the Puster Pride Choir at the Allen American Hockey game on Friday, March 1 as they lead the crowd in the singing of the National Anthem.

 
Java & Jazz
March 1
LHS Commons
7:00 PM

 


WSMS Theatre Department Presents the Spring Puppet Show
March 4
Join the WSMS Intro to Theatre students as they present their Spring Puppet Show. Following are the event details:
 
Monday, March 4 at 6:30 PM
WSMS Black Box Theatre
Admission is Free
 
 
Lovejoy Percussion Concert
March 7
The Lovejoy Percussion concert will be held on March 7 at 7:00 PM at the LHS Auditorium. Stop by to watch the 6 – 12 percussion ensembles perform several works. Click here for more information. The concert is free.
 
 
Special Mini Majestics Camp and Spring Show
April 4 – 6
The Majestics Dance Team is getting ready for their annual Spring Show scheduled for April 4 – 6. This year, their show is called "Making a Difference" which represents a reflection of their year....giving back and being servant leaders of our community. 


Would you like to perform with the Majestics in their Spring Show?
All Lovejoy ISD girls in grades K-6 are invited to be a part of the Majestics Spring Show in April. Click here for an information flier and registration.


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

 
Band Mattress Fundraiser
March 30

The Lovejoy Band Boosters will host their second annual Mattress Fundraiser on Saturday, March 30. Click here  for more information.

Athletic News


Lovejoy Athletic Department
Multi-Sport Athletes of the Week


Lovejoy Baseball


Lovejoy Golf


Lovejoy Powerlifting


Lovejoy Boys Soccer


Lovejoy Girls Soccer


Lovejoy Softball


Lovejoy Tennis


Lovejoy Track



Upcoming Events

Leopard Inc. Golf Tournament
March 4
Click on the link for the registration form:
 

Lovejoy Girls Soccer Hosts Little Leopard Future Night
March 5
The Varsity will host their annual Little Leopard Future Night on Tuesday, March 5 at Leopard Stadium when the Lady Leopards take on the Sherman Lady Bearcats. Game time is 7:15 PM.


Grand Slam Softball Booster Hosts In-N-Out Burger Spirit Night
March 6
Come support our Lady Leopard Softball team with a night at Allen’s In-N-Out Burger Lovejoy Spirit Night Wednesday March 6 from 5-9 PM. 20% of the purchase will go directly to our Lady Leopard Softball team.

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.
 
 
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  lovejoyhockey@gmail.com .

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 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.  
Love Where You Learn