Email Express
October 25, 2018
Dear Lovejoy Community:

Mary Summers, a Lovejoy parent, captured this pretty sunset earlier this week. As we move further along in the Fall months, I am particularly mindful of the numerous district-wide accomplishments.

It's a Great Time to Be a Leopard
State Ratings
Lovejoy ISD remains one of the top three highest performing districts out of the 1,227 districts and charter schools in Texas. Lovejoy ISD received a grade of “A”, and is one of only 4 districts of the 1,227 districts and charters to receive a grade of 97 on the 100-point scale. 
Advanced Placement
Lovejoy ISD continues to demonstrate tremendous results with student performance on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Highlights are:
 
  • Of the 828 Lovejoy students who took an AP test, 76.9% received a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the 5-point grading scale. The national average is 61.3%.

  • 282 Lovejoy students were named AP Scholars

  • 25 Lovejoy students earned the AP Capstone Diploma by earning a 3 or better on both the AP Seminar and AP Research exams and 3 or higher on at least 4 AP exams

  • 9 Lovejoy students earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate by earning a 3 or better on both the AP Seminar and AP Research exams
National Merit Scholars
Fourteen Lovejoy High School students were named National Merit Commended Scholars. Four of those students also received the distinction of National Merit Semi-Finalist.
WSMS Journalism Named Finalist
The National Scholastic Press Association named Leopard Life as a Pacemaker Finalist.  Leopard Life is the student newspaper for Willow Springs Middle School.
 
LHS Journalism Named Finalist
Leopard Spotlight, the flagship show of the Lovejoy News Network, was named a finalist for the National Scholastic Press Association Broadcast Pacemaker Award, one of just 14 programs in the nation to be selected.

Marching Band Excels
The Lovejoy Marching Band had an exciting end to their 2018 contest season. For full details, please read the Recognitions section of Fine Arts News in this edition of Email Express. 

Choir Places in Region 25
Fourteen Lovejoy High school students earned a place in the Region 25 Choirs – the first round of auditions for All-State Choir.

Orchestra and Band Win National Awards
The Willow Springs Middle School Chamber Orchestra, Willow Springs Middle School Percussion Ensemble and Lovejoy High School Percussion Ensemble were named winners in the 2018 Mark of Excellence. 
SCIS and WSMS Orchestras Compete at All Region
The Sloan Creek and Willow Springs Orchestras competed in the All Region Orchestra. Details can be found in the Recognition Section of Fine Arts News in this edition of Email Express.
LHS Orchestra Qualifies for All-State
Ten Lovejoy High School Orchestra students were selected to participate in the Region 25 Honor Orchestra, with five of those students qualifying to record for All-State auditions. Full details are included in the Recognitions section of Fine Arts News in this edition of Email Express. 
Cross Country Moves to State UIL Championship
The state ranked Varsity Boys Cross Country Team secured the Region II Championship on Monday. They will compete in the State UIL Cross Country Championship on Saturday, November 3.
The state ranked Varsity Girls Cross Country Team secured a 5th place finish at the Region II Championship with Carson Hockersmith and Amelia Carothers moving to the State Championship as individual qualifiers. 
Full details on the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams may be found in the Athletic News section of this edition of Email Express.
Tennis Team Captures District Championship
The Lovejoy Tennis Team won the District Team 10-5A Tennis Championship and competed in the Bi-District round of the UIL State Team Tennis Tournament. They finished the season with 12 overall wins and 2 losses. 



Volleyball Moves to Bi-District
The Varsity Lady Leopards have secured a spot in the Bi-District Round of the State UIL Volleyball playoffs. Full details may be found in this edition of Email Express in the Athletic News.

Federal Grants
Lovejoy ISD recently received notification of the award of several grants through the US Department of Justice STOP School Violence Competitive Grants totaling $1,000,000.  Click here for details.


FIRST Rating
FIRST is the acronym for the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, the state’s school financial accountability rating system. FIRST ensures that Texas public schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and that they improve those practices. The system is designed to encourage Texas public schools to better manage their financial resources to provide maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes. Lovejoy ISD has been issued a “Superior” rating for 2017-2018 (based on the 2016-2017 fiscal year data), scoring 100 out of 100 possible points. 


Student Holiday
Friday, October 26
Friday, October 26 is a student holiday and homecoming. We hope you and your family enjoy a great day off and we look forward to welcoming you to homecoming. It will be a great evening to enjoy the Lovejoy students who make football, cheerleading, drill team, band, and color guard so special.
Thank You for Your Assistance
Culture Survey
Last week you received a Special Edition of Email Express regarding a cultural study. Over 800 of you took the time to share your insights, which will help us articulate our core values and translate them into our actions, programs, and community. Thank you for assisting us with this important work. If you missed the earlier communication, there is still time to participate. You may click here to access the information and link to the survey.
 

Early Voting
Early voting began on Monday. The Lovejoy Administration Building is a Collin County Vote Center. Due to our increased safety and security measures, voting is taking place in the Administration Building Training Room, Portable #1. You may click here to access Collin County’s website which includes dates and times for early voting. 
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.  

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. 

  • Specialize in working with individual students and their specific needs
  • Day-of-test strategies
  • One-on-one/small groups
  • PSAT/SAT Classes: Tues or Thurs or Saturdays
  • ACT Prep Classes: Mon/Wed or Sat
  • One on One and Online Prep also available
  • School District Employee Discount

Learn about Tutoring 101’s all-inclusive PSAT/SAT/ACT programs:


  • 11th-12th Grade SAT/ACT  
  • 10th-12th PSAT/SAT/ACT 
  • 9th-12th Grade PSAT/NMSQT/SAT/ACT 
  • Duke Tip (7th Grade) 
 
Classes are conveniently located at Lovejoy High School. Call 972.359.0222 or email Robyn@Tutoring101.com for additional information.
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
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
New Date! Men’s Tailgate Tournament
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 PM
Tickets on sale now!
Gentlemen, please plan to join the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools for food, beer, and a double elimination cornhole tournament, guaranteeing all players two games. The tournament will be at the home of John and Kris Dunaway on Wednesday, November 7. Sponsors for the event are Renfrow Dunaway Group, Lee Lewis, Fable Security, Chick-fil-A Stacy Road and Twin Creeks Village, and Lovejoy HVAC. Click here for additional information and click here to register.
Please contact Vicki Deerman , Interim Executive Director of the Foundation with any questions.


Kendra Scott Gives Back Party
Thursday, December 13
Benefitting the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Denim and Diamonds
The Party
Saturday, February 2
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools is planning a great party on February 2. Everyone is invited to participate. The Party is being held at the Marriott Legacy in Plano at 7:30 PM. There are no reserved tables this year. Buy your ticket and come have fun trying our new food stations, music, drinks, a poker tournament, casino games and live and silent auctions. Click here for additional information.
 
We need your help to make The Party a success. Sponsorships are needed to pay for the cost of the venue, food, etc. so that proceeds from the event will go directly to support Lovejoy schools. Click here and here for details. Your donations are needed for the silent and live auctions. Vacations, parties, fun items, restaurant gift cards, etc. are needed. Click here for details. You may visit the Foundation website for additional information.
 
Thank you in advance for making this the best Denim & Diamonds party we’ve ever had.
Fine Arts News

The past few days have held so many wonderful opportunities to see excellence in Lovejoy Arts. From the Lovejoy Marching Band earning all 1’s at UIL and a 3rd place position at the Regional Championships, to the LHS Theatre showcase The Orphan Train in our beautiful Blackbox Theatre, to the WSMS theatre Sing Along with Sebastian, WSMS Band and Choir concerts, and our LHS cheerleaders hosting over 170 Jr. cheerleaders in cheer camp to prepare for cheering the Leopards to victory at Homecoming….Lovejoy Fine Arts truly sets the highest standards. 
 
LHS Marching Band
The Lovejoy Marching Band had an exciting end to their 2018 contest season. Be sure to read all of the details.


WSMS and SCIS Orchestra
This past weekend, the orchestra department competed in the All Region Orchestra. This is an individual competition where students are competing for a spot in an “All Star” Orchestra.
 

LHS Orchestra
Congratulations to the LHS Orchestra members who were selected to participate in the Region 25 Honor Orchestra and the students who qualified to record for All-State auditions.


LHS Majestics
Each week during football season, the Majestics Dance Team select one girl who has demonstrated outstanding dance technique, rehearsal dedication, strong performances, and overall program growth.


LHS Cheer
The Varsity cheerleaders recognize their senior varsity cheerleaders each week. 


WSMS and LHS Orchestra
Thursday, October 25
Please join the WSMS and LHS Orchestras for a Courtyard Concert at Lovejoy High School on Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 PM.
 
 
WSMS Theatre and Choir Department
Presents The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Tickets on Sale Now! November 1, 2 and 3
The WSMS Theatre and Choir department will be presenting Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. 
 
 
LHS Band Garage Sale
Saturday, October 27
Join the Band for the Lovejoy Community Garage Sale on October 27 from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The event will be held in the back parking lot of Lovejoy High School by the tennis courts. You rent a spot, you keep the profits!
 
 
LHS Cheer
Spirit Day
Wednesday, November 7
The Lovejoy High School Cheerleaders are hosting a Spirit Day on Wednesday November 7 from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM at Wild Salsa.
 
 
Lovejoy Fine Arts Festival
Save the Date! November 30 and December 1
The Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts Festival is around the corner. Click here for updates on performance schedules, art galleries, and more!
Athletic News


Lovejoy Girls Basketball
The Lovejoy Girls Basketball team began their 2018-2019 after-school practices this past Wednesday.


Lovejoy Boys Basketball
The Lovejoy Boys Basketball team began their first day of UIL practice.


Lovejoy Cross Country
The Varsity Boys are the UIL 5A Region II Cross Country Champions and are moving on to the State UIL Cross Country competition. The Varsity Girls will send two individual competitors to the State competition.


Lovejoy Football
The Varsity Leopards defeated the Princeton Panthers this past Friday. They will compete against the Lake Dallas Falcons on Friday in the Lovejoy Homecoming game.


Lovejoy Golf
Lovejoy Golf competed in the Rowlett Golf Tournament.


Lovejoy Swimming and Diving
Lovejoy Swimming and Diving cruised past McKinney High School at their meet last Thursday.
 

Lovejoy Volleyball
The Varsity Lady Leopards will face Frisco Lebanon in the Bi-District round of the State UIL Volleyball playoffs in Allen on Tuesday, October 30.


Lovejoy Wrestling
The Lovejoy Wrestling teams have started after-school workouts.


Lovejoy Softball Spirit Night
October 30 – Raising Cane’s


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

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Events

 
2nd Annual Lovejoy Professional Network Golf Tournament
Friday, November 2
The Lovejoy Professional Network is pleased to announce the second Annual Lovejoy Professional Network Golf Tournament on Friday, November 2 from 1:30 PM – 8:00 PM at Heritage Ranch. The proceeds will benefit the family of Casey and Jamie Sullivan.
 

10th Annual Turkey Chess Tournament
Saturday, November 3
Register now for Lovejoy's 10th Annual Turkey Chess Tournament. This is a five round USCF (United States Chess Federation) event that will be held at Sloan Creek Intermediate School. Click here to register for the event.
 

Buddy Walk
Sunday, November 4
Jonathan McGill is a 3rd grade student at Lovejoy Elementary and has Down Syndrome. The McGill family will be participating in the Down Syndrome Guild’s largest fundraiser, the Buddy Walk, on November 4 at Fair Park.
 

Lovejoy High School Thirst Project Hosts Fundraiser
Tuesday, November 6
The Lovejoy High School chapter of the Thirst Project is dedicated to helping out the millions of people facing the world water crisis. You are invited to join the LHS Thirst Project for a fundraiser at Wild Salsa on Tuesday, November 6.
 
 
3rd Annual Running Over Depression
Saturday, November 10
Please join us for the 3rd Annual Running Over Depression Run on Saturday, November 10th at Lovejoy High School. The 1K Fun Run will begin at 8:00 AM and the 5K Run will begin at 8:30 AM at Leopard Stadium.


Lovejoy High School Fall Blood Drive
Tuesday, November 13
Lovejoy High School will host a blood drive on November 13. The Blood Drive will be run by the Red Cross and is open to LHS students (16 and older), staff members, parents, and community members.


Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Referrals
Parent Information Sessions
December 3 and 12
Parent Information Sessions regarding Gifted and Talented (G/T) referrals will be held as follows:

December 3 at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM
December 12 at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

District-Wide News
 

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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.
 

PTA Announces Reflections Contest
Heroes Around Me
Heroes don’t always wear capes! The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, Lovejoy Local and Council PTAs, and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works. This year's contest theme is "Heroes Around Me". 
 
 
Tutoring 101
Tutoring and Test Prep Now Enrolling
Invest in a PSAT/SAT/ACT Prep program not just a class. We've helped high scorers get top scores, average students raise their scores, and poor test takers achieve the scores that colleges want.
 

Mentors and Coaches Needed
Lovejoy High School is offering an exciting new Entrepreneurship course – INCubatoredu and we need your help.

Stay Connected

Lovejoy ISD App
The Lovejoy ISD App is available for download on both Apple and Android devices. To download the app for Apple devices, p lease  click here . To download the app for Android devices, please  click here
 
 
Twitter and Facebook
Are you following the Superintendent on Twitter? Are you following the district on Twitter ? Have you liked us on Facebook ? Join us on social media for news and announcements.
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.
Danielle Brochu – Class of 2015
Danielle, a Senior at the University of Illinois and pitcher on the ILLINI softball team, will graduate in May with a Business Management Degree. She was recently selected as a 2017-18 Easton/NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete, as well as named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team for 2018. We are #lovejoyproud.
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)