Email Express
May 16, 2019
The Lovejoy Independent School District
Welcome to Lovejoy ISD where Kids Come First.
Each day we are focused on doing our Best Today. Better Tomorrow .
We are One Heart. One Lovejoy.
News from Interim Superintendent
Dr. Dennis Womack

Dear Lovejoy Community:
I hope you have had an opportunity to read the special editions of Email Express that were shared with the community earlier this week regarding school finance. If you have not yet had the opportunity to contact the elected officials in Austin, regarding school finance, we hope you will do so. You may click here for detailed information regarding the variety of ways in which you may help.
Additionally, you may click here for information from the Board of Trustees regarding questions and concerns about the recent changes related to staffing for the 2019-2020 school year.
The Board of Trustees and the administration will continue to provide updates regarding school finance and the impact it has on Lovejoy ISD. We thank you for your continued support.
With respect and admiration,
Dr. Dennis Womack
LISD Interim Superintendent

U.S. News and World Report Ranks Lovejoy High School #399 in the Nation

U.S. News and World Report released their 2019 rankings of the Best High Schools in the nation. We are proud to announce Lovejoy High School is ranked #399 in the Nation and #62 in Texas with an overall score of 97.69. The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings include data on more than 23,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 17,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. To learn more about how high schools are ranked, click here .

Track and Field Athletes Compete at State

The Lovejoy Track Team recently competed at the 2019 UIL State Track Meet.
Girls High Jumper Alaina Pierce competed in the High Jump and finished 7th with a jump of 5’2”.
Ryan Gordon earned a silver medal. Gordon came into the meet with the 4th fastest 200m qualifying time and came away with a 2nd place finish. His time of 21.14 broke his previous school record time of 21.26 set at the UIL Region II-5A meet. Gordon also competed in the 4x200m Relay with teammates Beau Iovinelli , Jake Chamberlin , and Hunter Smith . The 4x200m Relay Team finished 5th overall with this season’s second-best time of 1:26.80. Will Muirhead and James Rainey competed in the morning events for the Leopards. Muirhead finished 7th in the 3200m with a time of 9:21.78, breaking his own school record by over 4 seconds and Rainey completed his season with an 8th place finish in the Shot Put with a throw of 52’3.5.”
Lovejoy Golfer Competes at State

Senior Allie Bianchi ended her Lovejoy Girls Golf career at the 2019 UIL State Golf Tournament at White Wing Golf Course in Georgetown. Allie finished in 16th place for the medley division. Allie has had an incredible career during her time at Lovejoy and will continue to play golf in college at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. 

Sophomore Jay Pabin will travel next week to Georgetown to compete in the UIL Boys State Golf Tournament. First round action is scheduled for Monday, May 20 and second round action will be Tuesday, May 21.  

Lovejoy Baseball to Compete in Regional Quarterfinals

Congratulations to the Varsity Baseball team on winning the Area Championship vs Highland Park over the weekend. It was an awesome experience for the boys to play at Globe Life Park and something they will always remember. The fan support was fantastic and is truly appreciated by the team. Thank you to everyone that made it out to the games.
We hope you attend the Regional Quarterfinals to support the Leopards:
Regional Quarterfinals - Lovejoy 25-9 vs. Frisco Lone Star 30-6
Game 1
Thursday, May 16
7:30 at John Paul High School (in Plano)
Game 2
Friday, May 17
7:30 at John Paul High School
Game 3
May 18
1:00 at John Paul High School

Lovejoy Lacrosse Ends Season Ranked 2nd in the State of Texas

The Lovejoy Lacrosse boys’ varsity team wrapped up another successful lacrosse season. They ended the regular season ranked 2nd in the State of Texas for D2 Varsity teams. The team finished the regular season with a 10-4 overall record (7-1 district record), which included a 7 game win streak. The team made the Texas High School Lacrosse League State Playoffs for the second straight year. In the playoffs, the team beat Plano East (18-6) in the first round. They then traveled to Houston for the Super Regionals, where they beat St. Michaels (25-5) in the Round of 16. The team ended up losing a heartbreaker in the final seconds against Klein (10-11) in the Elite 8.
Several varsity players were also awarded individual honors by the Texas High School Lacrosse League for their accomplishments this season.
Junior Trevor Batastini
All-State Midfielder Honors
Sophomore Garrett Haas
All-State Attackman Honors
Freshman Kendall Carll
All-State Defenseman Honors
Junior Caden Buckner
All-District Midfielder Honors
Junior Sam Rouse
All-District Defenseman Honors
Junior Josh Carnes
All-District Defenseman Honors
Freshman Dillon Magee
All-District Attackman Honors
Senior Conor Beckett
Honorable Mention All-District Midfielder Honors
Head Coach Andrew Hodgson was named the 2019 North District Coach of the Year.

Leopard Fishing Takes 14th at State Tournament

Five Leopard Fishing teams qualified for the state fishing tournament at Cedar Creek Lake. Congratulations to Coale Barr and Ben Burns who finished 14th out of 283 boats. Competing against the best in Texas, they caught two days of limits for a total of 23.02 lbs. This finish earned them each $1000 scholarships. Congratulations to all the qualifying teams:  Josh Bittlestone  and John Armstrong 14.12 lbs,  Max Nwanebu  and Connor Dunn  14.06 lbs,  Clayton Underwood and Jay Pabin 4.39 lbs, and Nathan Van Riper and Josh Windsor .

2019 Recipients of the Tom Landry Scholarship

Congratulations to the following Lovejoy High School students who were announced as recipients of the Tom Landry Scholarship:
McKinley Chaney
Carson Collins
Landry Droupy
Sarah Jahnke
Kendall Vaughn

School Board Election
Official Results

The May 4 School Board election was held on May 4. With 47 of 47 Vote Centers reporting, the official results are as follows:
Timeline For Superintendent Search

A Message from the Board of Trustees

We are pleased to report that we had 65 talented applicants apply for the position of Superintendent of the Lovejoy Independent School District. Many of the applicants were sitting Superintendents in larger districts. Additionally, we had several Chief Academic Officers of some of the strongest academic programs inside and outside of Texas, and we attracted Chief Financial Officers and Assistant Superintendents with stellar reputations and accomplishments. Our talent pool was deep, and with Lovejoy being a destination district, it helped drive some of the most comprehensive talent with which our search firm has worked. We have narrowed our focus to five candidates and will name a lone finalist on June 4, followed by the approval and introduction of our next Lovejoy ISD Superintendent at our regular board meeting on Wednesday, June 26.

Lovejoy ISD Board of Trustees
Chad Collins, President
Amy Smith, Vice-President
Anne Smith, Secretary
Scott Christiansen
Matt Gournay
Al Litchenburg
Robbin Wells

The timeline for the Superintendent search was announced at the February 20 Board Meeting:
Friday, February 22, 2019 - Completed
Request for Proposal was submitted for interested search firms to apply.
March 8, 2019 - Completed
Deadline for interested search firms to submit their proposal.
March 18, 2019 - Completed
8:00 AM - Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Special Board Meeting to select top three search firm candidates.
The following search firm candidates were selected to present proposals:
Texas Association of School Boards
JG Consulting
Bob E. Griggs & Associates
March 20, 2019 - Completed
2:30 PM – Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Special Board Meeting to hear proposals from top three search firms.
3:00 PM – Texas Association of School Boards
4:00 PM – JG Consulting
5:00 PM - Bob E. Griggs & Associates
March 20, 2019 - Completed
7:30 PM – Lovejoy Elementary School Gymnasium
Board action will be taken during the regular Board Meeting to select a search firm.
The Board selected JG Consulting to lead the search for the next Superintendent of the Lovejoy Independent School District. Please click here to access the JG Consulting website for additional information regarding their firm.
March 28, 2019 - Completed
8:00 AM – Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Special Board Meeting to meet with JG Consulting regarding the search for the next Superintendent of the Lovejoy Independent School District.
April 2, 2019 – Completed
An anonymous survey regarding the search for the next superintendent will be shared with the community for JG consulting to receive community input. The survey will close on Friday, April 12. You may click here to complete the survey.
April 9, 2019 - Completed
6:30 PM – Lovejoy High School Lecture Hall
A Community meeting will be held on April 9 at 6:30 PM in the Lovejoy High School to gather community feedback regarding the search for the next Superintendent of Lovejoy ISD.
April 17, 2019 - Completed
5:30 PM – Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
The Board of Trustees will meet in Executive Session with JG Consulting to review the Superintendent Search Profile.
May 13, 2019 – Completed
The Board of Trustees will meet in Executive Session with JG consulting to review 65 applications.
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.

Stay Connected
Twitter and Facebook
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Fine Arts News

LHS Choir Pop Concert
May 17 and 18
Tickets are on sale now at the Lovejoy ISD Box office:

WSMS Choir Pop Concert
May 20
Tickets are on sale now at the Lovejoy ISD Box office.
LHS Theatre Presents 5A State UIL One Act Play
The Anatomy of Gray
May 21
Don’t miss your opportunity to see the final performance of the 4th place 5A State UIL One Act Play, The Anatomy of Gray on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 PM. This will be the final performance of the state acknowledged play, and a last performance for several senior cast and crew members. We hope you will join us and enjoy this heart-warming show.  Tickets are on sale now!  

Upcoming Concerts and Galleries
Athletic News
Click here for detailed information regarding summer athletic camps.
Annual registration is open for Lovejoy Leopard Athletes for the 2019 Summer Conditioning Sessions provided by Performance Course. All-important information may be found on the PC web site at . Sessions are strictly voluntary and are not required by the Lovejoy Athletic Department.

Lovejoy Football Season Tickets

Current Season Ticket Holders
Current Season Ticket Holders may renew their 2019 Varsity Football Season Tickets online now through May 24 at:

Trade Day Lottery/New Season Ticket Sales
If you would like to participate in trade day or purchase new season tickets, please register online now through May 24 at:
The lottery system will be used to assign appointments for trades on May 28 and May 29. The lottery system will also be used to assign appointments for new ticket sales on May 30 and May 31.
To register in person for the trade day lottery or new ticket sales, please contact the Athletic Office at 469.742.8068 no later than Friday, May 24 at 5:00 PM.   

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

Upcoming Events
Lovejoy High School Recycling Event
Cancelled: May 18
Due to the possibility of inclement weather, Lovejoy High School is cancelling the Recycling Event scheduled for May 18.

Estate Life Magazine Golf Scramble
Benefiting the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
June 28
The first annual Estate Life Magazine Golf scramble will be held on June 28 at 1:00 PM at Heritage Ranch to benefit the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. Registration is only $75 per player. There will be a putting contest and a Hole in One prize. This will be a fun event for a golfing family. Registration is now open at

Summer Enrichment Camps
Enrollment Now Open!
Click here to register now!

Kids 1st Summer Camp
Enroll Now!

Camp Invention
June 10 – 14

Summer Sewing Camp
June and July Offerings
Join the 12th year of summer sewing fun at a new location: Lovejoy High School! Click  SEWING  for details about the camp as well as details about a special project option: T-shirt quilt.

District-Wide News

Advertising Opportunities Available for Local Business at Lovejoy Stadium and LHS Competition Gym
Lovejoy ISD is embarking on an exciting journey with digital video scoreboards at Lovejoy Stadium and the Lovejoy High School Competition Gym. With the help of our scoreboard provider, Daktronics, and their sports marketing team, we have created a limited number of advertising spots for the stadium and the gym that are reserved for local businesses. Our leadership team would love to schedule a time to visit with you and listen to your marketing objectives and see how we can best help through the marketing opportunities available with the digital video scoreboards. 
Please use the link below to reserve an appointment to visit with the district and see what new exciting opportunities are available for businesses of all sizes. All times and packages are on a first come, first serve basis due to the limited number of opportunities at the stadium and gym. With our annual stadium and gym attendance climbing each year, you don't want to miss this opportunity. Once these openings are filled there may not be another opportunity again for a few years.
The first set of appointments available will be on May 21, 22, and 23. We will host businesses at the LISD administration building on May 21 and 22 and can travel remotely on May 23, if needed.
Please consider selecting an appointment time to discover the possibilities.

Important News from Student Nutrition Regarding Student Meal Accounts
This is a courtesy message from Lovejoy Student Nutrition Services to inform households of an upcoming change in student meal accounts. In an effort to minimize negative balances at the end of the school year, beginning Wednesday, May 8 and for the remainder of the school year, students will no longer be able to charge meals which will result in the student incurring a negative balance to their meal account. Students may continue to use their lunch accounts as long as they have money in the account. Households with students who currently have negative balances will receive reminder emails and phone calls. Federal regulations prohibit us from rolling over negative balances to the next school year. Please make arrangements to remit payment for any negative lunch accounts your child may have incurred.
All positive balances will be rolled over to next school year. If you have a graduating senior, funds may be transferred to any sibling in the school district. To request a meal account refund, please complete a refund request form located on the Student Nutrition website. For assistance, please contact Student Nutrition at 469.742.8041.
Student Nutrition Services thanks you for your understanding and for allowing us to serve your student(s) this school year. 

Share the News!
Lovejoy Scholars
Lovejoy Scholars, 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?
Pre-K Now Enrolling
Excellence Begins Early
Call Today!
Little Lovejoy Scholars 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.

Turn Lucas Green
The First Saturday of every month, Turn Lucas Green hosts a Styrofoam drop-off event in the parking lot of the Lucas Starbucks (next to the Lucas Walmart) from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Please rinse, clean, and collect your Styrofoam throughout the month and bring it to the drop-off event.
Acceptable Styrofoam items are marked #6 and include:
Egg Cartons
Meat Trays
Fast Food Clam Shell Containers
Packing Materials
*Packing Peanuts Will Not Be Accepted
You are invited to join Turn Lucas Green Facebook and Twitter groups for up-to-date reminders and news regarding recycle events in Lucas. Make a difference & recycle ♻️.  
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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