Email Express
February 6, 2019
Dear Lovejoy Community:

It was great to see so many of you at Denim & Diamonds. Thank you for your continued support of Lovejoy.
 
Lovejoy students fill this edition of Email Express with amazing accomplishments. I hope you will take time to read their successes. We are #lovejoyproud.
School Finance
On January 23, I sent a special edition of Email Express regarding School Finance. In response to that correspondence, I have received a number of inquiries regarding recapture or Robin Hood. This school year we will be required to pay just short of $1 Million back to the State of Texas as Robin Hood (recapture). If the rules on Robin Hood, which are based on the property wealth per pupil, do not change our Robin Hood payment will almost double for next school year. Ironically, at the same time our state funding is dwindling, we are required to send additional dollars back to the state on top of the loss of funds.
 
The Texas Association of School Boards issued a press release last week in reference to property tax reform. You may click here to read the article.
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Denim & Diamonds Online Auction
Now – Tuesday, February 12
The Denim & Diamonds online auction opened on Tuesday, February 5 and will close on Tuesday, February 12 at 10:00 PM. Up for bid are classroom parties, sports camps, prom tickets and other Lovejoy experiences donated by Lovejoy staff. Additionally, auction donations normally reserved for the Denim & Diamonds event are available in the online auction. Click here to bid now!
National Signing Day

Today was National Signing Day. The following Lovejoy student athletes signed their collegiate letters of intent this afternoon at Lovejoy High School. We are #lovejoyproud!
 
Conor Beckett
Lacrosse – Southwestern University
 
Coleman Christensen
Football – Furman University
 
Carson Collins
Football – University of Tulsa
 
Carson Hockersmith
XC and Track/Field – University of Oklahoma
 
Natalie Womack
Swim – Henderson State University
Lovejoy Swimming and Diving State Bound
Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
Region III Champions
James Vaughn 100 Yard Fly
Region III Champion
Jed Michael Jones
Region III Male Swimmer Of the Year


This past week the Lovejoy Swimming & Diving team completed the most successful season in team history. The Varsity Girls finished as the 5-A Region III Runners-Up and the Boys team, coming off their 12-5A District Championship, finished in third place. 
 
Eason Jones , Jackie Carroll , Natalie Womack , Emmerson Dingwerth and Ana Laura Faoro (Region III Runner Up in Diving) led the Women’s team to their Runner Up position. 
 
Max Mueth , Jed Michael Jones (Region III Male Swimmer of the Year), James Vaughn , Jakob Feldman and Alex Rowe led the Men’s Team to their third place finish. The swimmers are preparing for the State Swim & Dive Meet at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin on February 15-16.
Lovejoy Wrestler Has 100th Career Win

Congratulations to Morgan Elvin who became the first Lovejoy wrestler to win 100 matches in her career. Currently with 102 career wins, Morgan will continue competition at the district, regional and state tournaments. 
Lovejoy Visual Art Students Place in Scholastic Art and Writing

 Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7 through 12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29  categories  of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.  Since its founding, the Awards have established an amazing track record for identifying the early promise of our nation’s most accomplished and prolific creative leaders. Alumni include artists Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, Cy Twombly, Robert Indiana, Kay WalkingStick, and John Baldessari; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Bernard Malamud, Myla Goldberg, and Joyce Carol Oates; photographer Richard Avedon; actors Frances Farmer, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin, Lena Dunham, and John Lithgow; fashion designer Zac Posen; and filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Ken Burns,and Richard Linklater.
 
It is with great excitement that Lovejoy Visual Arts (LJVA) adds names to that list again this year. For the first time, LJVA has freshman and sophomores represented in these ranks. Prior to this year, only juniors' and seniors' work was selected to compete at the national level of the Scholastic competition. Among the 43 works of art receiving a regional award, two were 9th grade, 11 were 10th grade, 11 were 11th grade, and 19 were 12th grade.
 
Of the 43 award winners, 13 pieces/portfolios received Gold Keys and will compete for recognition, scholarship, and award on the national level. Congratulations to all of these students for their tremendous accomplishments.
 
Kiley Boots
Gold Key - Drawing and Illustration
 
McKenna Christiansen
Silver Key - Digital Art Road
Two Honorable Mentions – Painting
 
Keeran Cross
Gold Key - Drawing and Illustration
 
Hailey Downing
Silver Key - Drawing and Illustration
 
Bryce Fuller
Gold Key - Digital Art
 
Jenna Garcia
Two Silver Keys - Drawing and Illustration
 
Anna Hurlbert
Silver Key - Drawing and Illustration

Eliza Hyde
Gold Key – Drawing and Illustration
 
Kristina Marshall
Gold Key - Drawing and Illustration
 
Kara McKintosh
Gold Key - Digital Art
 
Megan McNeal
Honorable Mention - Drawing and Illustration
 
Katherine Miller
Honorable Mention - Printmaking
Silver Key - Painting
Five Honorable Mentions - Drawing and Illustration
Gold Key - Printmaking
Honorable Mention - Art Portfolio
 
Sarah Nash
Honorable Mention - Printmaking
Two Silver Keys - Drawing and Illustration
Gold Key - Painting
Silver Key - Film & Animation
Honorable Mention - Painting
 
Kate Petrin
Honorable Mention - Drawing and Illustration
Silver Key - Drawing and Illustration

Hunter Ruiz
Two Gold Keys - Digital Art
Silver Key - Digital Art
 
Luis Sandoval
Honorable Mention - Drawing and Illustration
 
Avery Silliman
Two Honorable Mentions - Drawing and Illustration
Gold Key - Drawing and Illustration
Gold Key - Art Portfolio

Trinity Tassan
Gold Key - Drawing and Illustration
 
Sydney Wigginton
Two Honorable Mentions - Drawing and Illustration
 
Mackenzie Williams
Honorable Mention - Painting

LHS Orchestra Competes in Region 25 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest
The Lovejoy Orchestra program hosted and competed in the Region 25 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, February 2. The orchestra students performed amazingly as well as worked to host judges, parents, directors, and students, run scores to contest office, and run the concession stand. Of the 40 solo and ensemble entries, the Lovejoy musicians had 35 Superior/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:
 
Collin Ashby - solo
Jacob Beets - ensemble
Jackie Carroll - ensemble
Kelsey Carroll - ensemble
Caroline Duke - solo
Richard Dunham - solo
Cade Muziers - ensemble
Hallel Pang - solo
Melody Quinterro - ensemble
Ryan Schlimme - solo
Meifei Wang - solo and ensemble
Lauryn Watanabe - solo
Mark Wen - solo and ensemble
Carol Xu - solo and ensemble
Abigail Xue - ensemble
Daniel Xue - solo and ensemble

WSMS MathCounts Team Competes in Regional Competition
On Saturday, February 2 the Willow Springs MathCounts team competed in the Preston Trail Regional MathCounts Competition on the campus of UTD. The MathCounts Competition Series is a national program that provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. Created in 1983, it is the longest-running MathCounts program and is open to all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students.
 
The regional competition consisted of over 200 individual competitors and 30 teams from the Northern Dallas area. The Willow Springs team consisted of 10 seventh and eighth grade students. Six students competed as individual competitors, and four competed both as individual and as team competitors. The students put forth outstanding efforts, with two students scoring in the top 25% of all competitors . Hannah Mao finished just outside the top six, reaching both the Countdown Round and a spot in the state competition with a 16th place finish.  Patrick Dunleavy finished in 33rd place. In addition to exceptional individual efforts, Hannah Mao , Patrick Dunleavy , Joshua James , and Harry Wang performed masterfully finishing 7th, missing the state competition by one place.

Lovejoy Freshman Takes Fifth in Chess Tournament
Congratulations to Lovejoy Freshman Sharon Basepogu for her 5th place High School Championship finish in the Region III Chess Tournament at Music City Hall in Lewisville. The US Chess Federation currently ranks Sharon in 25th in the Top Girls Age 15 category. Additionally, Sharon is a Club Tournament Director.

School Calendars
2019-2020 and 2020-2021
Survey Closes on February 8
It is time for us to prepare school calendars for the next two school years: 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The administration will take the recommended calendars to our Board of Trustees for approval on February 20. As our practice has been, we are reaching out to you for input in order to create calendars yielding the greatest satisfaction among all Lovejoy ISD stakeholders. You will find a link to the survey below.
 
As your superintendent, I will work to preserve a calendar that is in the best interest of both teaching/learning and a calendar that facilitates student attendance, which generates state funding. Please find some considerations, which will influence our decision-making:
 
  • For instructional reasons, all school weeks must have a minimum of three attendance days with four days as the preference.
 
  • Holidays such as Christmas must allow enough travel time for families so that we do not see a decreased attendance rate on the last school day prior to a holiday e.g. Friday before Christmas break.
 
  • The start of the school year must allow sufficient days for teacher professional development and teacher workdays to ensure we are ready for school to begin.
 
  • Student holidays will be aligned to traditional holidays such as Columbus Day when practical.
 
  • Single student holidays must be strategically placed to allow appropriate teacher planning to support the instructional calendar e.g. a student holiday on the Monday after Thanksgiving would not be a good time for teacher planning as the semester is almost over.
 
You may click here to access a printable version of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 drafts. In general, these calendars are based on the current 2018-2019 calendar. You may click here to access the current calendar. 
 
You may click here to complete the calendar survey. The survey will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, February 8. Should you have any questions regarding the survey please contact Stacey Dillon , Assistant to the Superintendent, at 469.742.8003.
STEM Festival and Open House for Prospective Families - Save the Date: 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.
 
An Open House for prospective families will be held during the STEM festival. We hope you will invite your friends and family members who are interested in Lovejoy to join us for this event at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
 
Look for more details in the next edition of Email Express.
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 January 16, 2019 are:
 
Lovejoy ISD Trustee Position 1: Chad Collins
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
 
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Connect with the Superintendent
on Twitter

I am increasing my presence on Twitter; please follow me @TedRedBuilding to receive:

  1. Emergency Notifications
  2. School Closings Due to Inclement Weather
  3. Last Minute Changes to Scheduled Events
  4. Student Success Stories
  5. Important News with District-Wide Relevance
Generating Revenue
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 give-back (10% or more) to Lovejoy ISD for any business within the district. 
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 ) pledges 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 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.  

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.
Fine Arts News

 
LHS Cheer Informational Meeting


LHS Winterguard
 
 
WSMS Theatre Presents Lafayette No. 1


LHS Band Concert


Lovejoy Children’s Choir


WSMS Band Concert


WSMS Orchestra Concert


WSMS Choir Concert


Java & Jazz


LHS Band Fundraiser

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
 
 
Lovejoy Wrestling



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 STEM Festival CANgineering Competition
March 2
Lovejoy is pleased to announce the first ever CANgineering Competition at the Lovejoy STEM Festival on March 2.



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 Now Available
SafeSchools has launched their new mobile application for anonymous reporting. You may click here for the SafeSchools Alert Mobile Application Download Instructions.


STEM Festival T-Shirt Design Contest
Calling all students! Submit your entry for the design of the STEM Festival 2019 t-shirt. Click here for details.



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.

Love Where You Learn
As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

With Respect,

Ted Moore
Superintendent
972.415.8129 (mobile)
469.742.8011 (office)