Email Express
January 30, 2019
Dear Lovejoy Community:

This Saturday is the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools annual Denim and Diamonds event – The Party. I am looking forward to the evening and hope to see you there.

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Denim and Diamonds
The Party
Saturday, February 2

Title Sponsor Audi McKinney, a Sewell Company

Presenting Sponsor Lee Lewis Construction and also sponsored by Corgan Architects, Grateful Lovejoy Family, Michael and Roxana Denham, Jones Carr McGoldrick LLP, JCM Mediation, Homes by J. Anthony, Tim Jackson Custom Homes, Al and Kelli Litchenburg, Owens Realtors, William Anthony Homes, Renfrow Dunaway Group, Glenn and Ashley Shooner, Cleve Adamson Custom Homes, Stephanie and Sean McCaffity, Dale Carnegie Training - Ryan Akins, Fairway Independent Mortgage and Henri and Allison Friloux, Samantha and Matthew Poulton, The Walker Group - Coldwell Banker Apex, Commercial Bank of Texas, Estate Life Magazines, GolfSwing.com, RBFCU, Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson LLP, Carey Lynn Photography, Matlock Real Estate, Reinhard Real Estate, Missy Hobgood Fournet, and spot1media. The beer sponsor is Andrews Distributing and the wine sponsor is the family of Caroline Swanson.
 

and join us at the event to have the opportunity to bid on these fabulous items:
 
Audi for All Seasons
 
Bird Hunt at Bethel Ranch for Four Hunters
 
Lovejoy Football Game - Dinner in the Press Box
With Autographed Lovejoy Football Helmet
 
Christmas in Orlando, Florida (Condo for Eight)
 
Seagrove Beach Cottage for Six
 
Christmas Break Skiing in Angel Fire (Condo for Six)
 
Wine Dinner at Waterboy Farm for Ten
 
Royal Chef Dinner for Ten in Your Home
 
Maggiano's Wine Dinner for Fifteen
 
Two Orchestra Section Tickets to Hamilton at Dallas Music Hall with Hotel Stay
 
Allen American's Premium Luxury Suite for Ten+
 
Delta Charlie’s Dallas Sightseeing Flight and Dinner for Two
 
Fogo de Chão Experience for Lovejoy
 
Ultimate Passport Trip
Five Nights in your choice of one of 24 Exclusive Properties
 
 
Name a Grant
If you desire to donate to a specific school or classroom grant, this is your chance. There are 71 grants from which to choose this year at Denim & Diamonds. The grants which do not get funded at the event on Saturday, will move to the online auction next week. Grants range in value from $128 for Lucy Calkins Supplemental Books for the "How to Writing" Unit to $2,500 for a Sphero BOLT Power Pack Robot. Click here to view the full list of grants.
 

Denim & Diamonds Online Auction
Tuesday, February 5 – Tuesday, February 12
In addition to the array of fun donations from the Lovejoy staff, most of the auction items that the Foundation has received will be in the online auction this year. The entire community will have the opportunity to bid and win some fabulous items. The link to the bidding sight will be available on Tuesday. Check the Foundation website and Facebook page for up to date information.


A Message from the President of the Foundation
“I am excited to announce that Vicki Deerman has accepted the position as Executive Director of the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. Vicki has been involved in the Lovejoy community for over 25 years as a Lovejoy parent and volunteer. She served as a director of the Foundation for 6 years and then spent 6 years as Executive Director prior to retiring 2 1/2 years ago. We are excited to have her as our Executive Director and hope you will congratulate her on this position.” – Henri Friloux, Foundation for Lovejoy Schools Board President   


WSMS Wrestlers Win
Middle School State Championship

The Willow Springs Middle School wrestlers won the Middle School State Championship this past Saturday at Southlake Carroll. Congratulations to the middle school state champions and coaches Jerry Quinton and Chip Garber on this exceptional accomplishment. We are #lovejoyproud!

WSMS and LHS Color Guard
Congratulations to the Willow Springs Color Guards who competed this past Friday at Burleson Centennial High School. The 8th grade team came home with 1st place in their classification and the 7th grade team received 4th place.
 
Both groups had awesome performances and we are excited to see them perform at their next competition on February 8 at Haltom High School. 

The Lovejoy High School Color Guard competes this Saturday, February 2 at Wakeland High School. Their performance will begin at 8:10 PM.

LHS Region 10 Mock Trial Competition

Congratulations to the LHS Mock Trial Team on their recent Region 10 competition. LHS Senior Sydney Wong was named one of the top attorneys in the region. LHS Junior Maddie Roth was one of the top witnesses of the competition.

LHS Student Earns
Eagle Palm

Eagle Scout Alex Doran , a senior at Lovejoy High School, recently earned his eighth Palm. It took years of dedicated effort and the successful completion of requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. Eagle Palms are an extremely rare accomplishment achieved by only a small fraction of Scouts. Only 5% of Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle and less than 1% go on to earn a Palm.  After receiving the highest rank in scouting, Alex earned three bronze, three gold and two silver Palms. For his remarkable achievement, Alex was congratulated and recognized by both Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Greg Abbott. Congratulations, Alex. We are #lovejoyproud!

WSMS 8th Grader Takes First
in Chess Tournament
WSMS 8th grader Emily Perry competed in the Texas Region 3 Scholastic Chess Championship. The tournament consisted of schools from 39 counties in Northeast Texas and included competitors from Allen ISD, Dallas ISD, Imagine Academy, and more. Emily earned 1st place as the Middle School JV Champion. Emily practices every Monday after school with Mr. Chase Crocker and the WSMS Chess Club. Congratulations Emily. We are #lovejoyproud!

LHS Students Thanked
For Act of Kindness
Prior to the Christmas break a group of Lovejoy High School students assisted with changing a tire in downtown McKinney. Lori Spell has reached out with a letter of thanks. We are proud to share this with the Lovejoy Community:
 
“My name is Lori Spell, I was the recipient of the tire change on December 14, 2019, in Downtown McKinney.
 
I would like to thank the students and their parents for not only helping me that day, but for raising respectful young men and women and for teaching them the necessities of life. Each student, Will Muirhead, Zane Edwards, Trevor Malik, John Armstrong, Camille Hendrix, Lily Bouldin, Maci Martelloni and Carson Hockersmith were each so kind and fun to talk to. I told the group that I would pay them if they would change my flat tire. Without hesitation, the boys agreed and knew exactly what to do! I stood and talked to the girls and told them that when they were ready to date that they needed to find boys that were kind, respectful and set the example like their guy friends did! They got a good laugh out of it!
 
When the boys were finished with my tire change, I started to pay them and they refused the money and just kindly said “Merry Christmas”! This meant the world to me! You see, my husband passed away a few years ago and I have been raising my daughter, now 12 years old, on my own and trying to teach her how to have a servants heart. This one act of kindness restored my faith in humanity and the integrity of our youth. I know our youth get labeled with being lazy, entitled and being disrespectful these days, however Will, Zane, Trevor, John, Camille, Lily, Maci and Carson deserve to be honored for not having that mentality!
 
Great job kids, not only for changing my flat tire that extremely cold December day, but for making a change for the future and for making a difference! Wishing each of you a great new year!!”

School Calendars
2019-2020 and 2020-2021
Survey Now Open
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
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.
 
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.

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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.
Athletic News


Lovejoy Baseball


Lovejoy Boys Basketball


Lovejoy Boys Basketball
Elementary Appreciation Night


Lovejoy Girls Basketball


Lovejoy Golf


Lovejoy Powerlifting


Lovejoy Boys Soccer


Lovejoy Girls Soccer


Lovejoy Softball


Lovejoy Swimming and Diving


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
February 1 – March 8
The referral window for students in grades 1-11 for gifted and talented services is open February 1 - March 8. Referral forms are located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
 
 
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

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.



New! 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.


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 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)