Email Express
September 19, 2018
Dear Lovejoy Community:

There is a lot of great news to share this week. Please be sure to read about the Lovejoy High School Commended and National Merit Semi-Finalists. Congratulations to these scholars on this tremendous accomplishment.

Additionally, the Willow Springs Middle School Chamber Orchestra, Lovejoy High School Percussion Ensemble and Willow Springs Middle School Percussion Ensemble were recognized nationally in the 2018 Mark of Excellence competition. This is a prestigious honor and we send our congratulations to these students and their directors.
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Tomorrow is North Texas Giving Day. The Foundation for Lovejoy School’s Annual Appeal, #WeLoveLovejoy, is underway. The Foundation’s goal is to raise $200,000 with remarkable community support and 100% Lovejoy family participation. The Foundation Board of Directors asks you to join them in giving to the Foundation on North Texas Giving Day, tomorrow, September 20th, from 6:00 AM – midnight.
Circle of Partners

As you know, we continue to seek creative ways to enhance our revenue stream to offset the loss of state funds. Our reduction in state funding is projected to be ~$1.5 million based upon our per pupil level of funding from last year. A loss of state funds leaves us with two options: 1) Cut programs or 2) Seek a new revenue stream. Our Board of Trustees has directed the administration to do everything we can to protect the current experiences that our Lovejoy kids receive in K-12. While we are doing a variety of things to raise funds, we have begun a new Circle of Partners. This program embraces opportunities with area business who share revenue with our school district.

We are pleased to announce our newest Circle of Partners member:

Accent Landscape Management has joined the Circle of Partners, pledging 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. 
Accent Landscape Management joins the following members of the Circle of Partners :

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 2nd grader Max.

Tutoring Services: Tutoring 101 is providing K-12 tutoring at Lovejoy High School Monday through Thursday. Tutoring 101 is sharing gross revenue with our school district. Click here: Tutoring 101@Lovejoy High School for additional information. 
2019 National Merit Scholars

Congratulations to the following Lovejoy High School students who were named National Merit Commended Scholars:

Sydney Brand
Brooke Buttner
Samantha Carter
Andrew Chang (Class of 2018)
Andrew Godipelly
Katherine Guo
Surya Manikhandan
Pallavi Muraleedharan
Preston Nicol
Ethan Ohman
Oluwadamisire Omotayo
Riddhi Pareek
Brett Pedersen
Emma White

Additionally, the following students also received the distinction of National Merit Semi-Finalist:

Samantha Carter
Andrew Chang (Class of 2018)
Andrew Godipelly
Katherine Guo

Pictured below: Samantha Carter

Pictured below: Andrew Chang who is currently attending the University of Texas

Pictured below: Katherine Guo and Andrew Godipelly
Orchestra and Band
Win National Awards

The Willow Springs Middle School Chamber Orchestra, directed by Amy Gearhart, earned the distinction of National Winner in the 2018 Mark of Excellence / National Orchestra project. The Chamber Orchestra is pictured below:

The Lovejoy High School and Willow Springs Percussion Ensembles, under the direction of Nathan Lewis, are both Commended Winners in the 2018 Mark of Excellence / National Percussion Ensemble Honors project. Please enjoy listening to the recordings from the percussion ensembles:

The Lovejoy High School Percussion Ensemble is pictured below:

The Willow Springs Middle School Ensemble is pictured below:

The Mark of Excellence is a national music competition that recognizes music programs and their ensembles for high standards in performance.

The Foundation for Music Education sponsors this project. Nationally respected adjudicators judge ensembles, with the top 25% being named as National Winners and the second 25% named as Commended Winners. The project received 279 entries in all classifications this year, and with entries from 38 states.

You may click here to read the congratulatory letter from the Foundation for Music Education.
School Finance

The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. Eva DeLuna Castro is the Program Director of the CPPP Invest in Texas Team. She oversees the Center’s work on fiscal and budget policy. She recently tweeted the following information:

TEA confirms, at the LBB (Legislative Budget Board)/ Governor’s Budget Office hearing, that its 2-year request has $3.8 billion less in General Revenue for schools, as local property values and taxes are assumed to go up 6.77% a year. State share would drop to “mid-30s”.”

The CPPP estimate is shown below:
Connect with the Superintendent
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  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
Fine Arts News

Junior Leopards Mini Cheer Camp
October 20th
Join the Lovejoy High School Cheerleaders for a Junior Leopards Mini Cheer Camp on October 20th. The registration deadline is Monday, October 1st.

Evening with the Majestics
October 12th
Join the Lovejoy High School Majestics for an Evening with the Majestics on Friday, October 12th at the Pink Out football game. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 3rd.

Red Out Homecoming Shirts Available
Order Now!
Support the Lovejoy Band Booster Club with the purchase of Red Out Homecoming Shirts. The deadline to order is October 12th.

LHS Theatre
Tickets on sale now! The first show of the Lovejoy Theatre Season, Hot Topic, will open on Thursday, September 27th. 

Willow Springs Middle School Theatre
Save the Date! Saturday, October 20th for the Sebastian and Friends Sing-A-Long. Join Sebastian and his “Under the Sea” friends for a morning of singing your favorite Disney’s The Little Mermaid tunes.
Save the Date! November 1st, 2nd, 3rd for the Willow Springs Middle School Theatre and Choir departments presentation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Athletic News


Cross Country
Join the Cross Country team for the Lovejoy XC Fall Festival on Saturday, September 22nd.

Lovejoy Football secures 74-13 win over Frisco Memorial.

Team Tennis
Team Tennis expands winning streak to 9 with victory over the Denison Yellow Jackets.

Volleyball secures wins in season opener and matches with Arlington Martin.


Lovejoy Softball Grand Slam Club Host Spirit Night
Thursday, September 20th
The Lovejoy Lady Leopard Softball Boosters are hosting a Lady Leopard Softball Night at Panera Restaurant on Thursday, September 20th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM.

Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. Annual Golf Tournament
Monday, September 24th
The 10th Annual Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. (LLI) Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, September 24th at “The Dye Course” at Stonebridge Country Club.

Lovejoy Youth Wrestling Club
Tuesday, September 25th
Lovejoy wrestling is excited to announce the first ever Youth competitive team. The Lovejoy youth wrestling team is open to all boys and girls, grades K - 6.

BYOP® Volleyball Fall Session
Pre-registration ends October 8
Join us for an introduction to BYOP® 101 on October 1st at Willow Springs Middle School. We will meet in the library from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

Lovejoy Upper 90 Soccer Boosters Host Juggling-A-Thon
Saturday, October 13th
The Upper 90 Soccer Booster Club will host a “Juggling-A-Thon” to help raise money for the program.  

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

Upcoming Events

Leopard Friday
Friday, September 28th
On Leopard Friday, the Courtyard at Lovejoy High School will be transformed into a showcase of our students, clubs, community, and organizations. There truly is something for everyone, regardless of age. Join us for choir karaoke, the rubber duck game, baked goods, the opportunity to try multiple sports, and much more.
Leopard Fishing
Saturday, September 29th
Leopard Fishing will take to the water on September 29th at Lake Lewisville to kick off the 2018-2019 season. The largest Leopard Fishing Team yet (36 members) will compete in defense of last year's Team of the Year Title.

Lovejoy Preschool PTA Open House
Sunday, September 30th
The Lovejoy Preschool PTA invites you to join them for their open house on Sunday, September 30th. Click here for details.

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Men’s Tailgate Tournament
Wednesday, October 24th
The Foundation’s annual Men’s Tailgate Tournament will be held on Wednesday, October 24th. Save the date and join the Foundation for food, beer, and a double elimination corn hole tournament, guaranteeing all players two games.

10th Annual Turkey Chess Tournament
Saturday, November 3rd
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.

3rd Annual Running Over Depression
Saturday, November 10th
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. 

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.

New! Senior Class Council
Collecting for Those Affected by Hurricane Florence
The Senior Class Council is accepting donations for those affected by Hurricane Florence. Collection boxes will be located in each school from September 19th – September 28th.

New! Senior Project
To Raise Funds for Autism
Zachary Taylor , a senior at Lovejoy High School, is asking for your help with his senior project:

“Hi! My name is Zachary Taylor and I am a senior at Lovejoy High School. My senior project is on the topic of Autism. There are 2 events I would like to bring to your attention…”

New! Senior Project
To Benefit the SPCA of Plano
Grace Broussard , a senior at Lovejoy High School, is asking for your help with her senior project:

“For my senior project, I am hosting a sand volleyball tournament to benefit the SPCA of Plano…:

New! 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 and Test Prep Now Enrolling
Tutoring 101 announces ACT and PSAT/SAT classes to be starting soon. Private tutoring available for students in grades K-12 in all subjects.

High School Bowling Teams Now Forming
Mark your calendars! Leopard bowling season is right around the corner,

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
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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.

Aaron Fuller – Class of 2016
Congratulations to Aaron Fuller on his recent designation as a breakout player for The University of Washington Huskies football team. ESPN recently released the list, which may be found here . We are #lovejoyproud.

Alyssa Difiore – Class of 2018

Alyssa Difiore is a Freshman Infielder for The University of Nebraska Omaha.  Click here to visit her stats page.

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

With Respect,

Ted Moore
972.415.8129 (mobile)
469.742.8011 (office)