Lovejoy Independent School District

Email Express
December 14, 2016

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear  Lovejoy Community:
As this semester comes to a close, we are mindful of the great students you send to us every school day.  I continue to be amazed by the tremendous accomplishments of your students, both inside and outside of the classroom.  Thank you for your strong partnership as we work together to provide learning experiences which are second to none.
The district will be closed from Monday, December 19th through Monday, January 2nd, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd. Please accept my warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday break with your families and loved ones. If I may be of any assistance to you over the break, please feel free to contact me on my mobile phone:  972.415.8129.

District of Innovation
For those of you who have been in the district for at least two years, you know we typically approve a new calendar in December for the upcoming two school years. This process has been delayed, as we are currently pursuing the designation of a District of Innovation. Districts with an approved Innovation designation have flexibility as to the start of the school year, which then gives more flexibility for the calendar during the school year. It will probably be February before our board approves a calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. The process this year will be:  
  • Two or three draft calendars will be developed.
  • District staff will vote on the proposed calendars.
  • The calendars will go out to the parent community for their votes. Parents will be informed of the preferences selected by our staff.
  • After the community has voted, the preferred option will go to our board for approval. 

Silver Star Employees
The Board of Trustees will meet this evening for their regular board meeting.  Tonight, we will implement a new tradition of "Silver Star" designations. Jennifer Larsen, LHS Class of 2010, will be the first recipient of this new designation.  Jennifer is the first Lovejoy alumna to return to Lovejoy as a teacher.  We look forward to the opportunity to honor many future Lovejoy alumni with the "Silver Star."

Lovejoy Indoor Pole Vault Meet
On Saturday, December 17th,  Lovejoy will host the Lovejoy Holiday Invitational Indoor Pole Vault meet in the Indoor Facility at Lovejoy High School.  Competition will begin at 9 AM. There are currently over 60 pole vaulters signed up for the event. Please stop by to support the Lovejoy Pole Vaulters, and also see some of the top ranked vaulters in the state and nation who are registered to complete.  Click here for additional information.  

Lovejoy Lacrosse
On December 10th and 11th, the Lovejoy Lacrosse Varsity team competed in the Big D Fiesta Claxic Tournament in Lewisville to close out their Fall season. The team competed against other high school and select lacrosse teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. After playing four games in pool play, the Lovejoy team earned the #2 seed in the playoffs. The team advanced to the Championship game against True KS (Kansas). The Varsity team played tough, but lost 3-4 in overtime in a hard fought Championship game. Overall, the Lovejoy Lacrosse Varsity team finished in 2nd place in the two-day tournament, and brought home the silver medal. 

LHS Orchestra
Three LHS Orchestra students recently competed at the TMEA All State Orchestra Competition. The competition consists of three rounds. First, students must make the All Region Orchestra. Then they submit a recording to be judged in two rounds. The first round eliminates half of the competitors. In the second/final round of Area Orchestra, roughly 20% are selected for All State Orchestra.
Anthony Tang (LHS/11th), Andrew Chang (LHS/10th) and Daniel Xue (LHS/10th) all qualified for the final round of judging, which is called All Area Orchestra.
In addition, Anthony Tang was selected as a member of the All State Orchestra.  Congratulation to Anthony (pictured below), Andrew and Daniel.

A Message from the Deputy Superintendent
STEM Program Development

Dear Lovejoy Community:
As we conclude this semester, I wanted to share an update about some of the important work occurring in the district.  Last spring, several parents volunteered to join our STEM Advisory Council.  As you know, each year the Lovejoy ISD Board of Trustees defines the top priorities for the district.  This is the second academic year in which they have identified a priority to enhance and develop a nationally known STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program in Lovejoy ISD.

Lovejoy ISD has had a STEM Council since last spring, which is comprised of selected Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teachers from grades 5-12.  Our STEM Council also includes our campus and district leaders for Sloan Creek Intermediate School, Willow Springs Middle School and Lovejoy High School.  In our quarterly meetings, we have defined short-term and long-term goals for STEM education in Lovejoy.  It has been evident that our goals may be grouped into the categories of courses offered, projects/experiences for students, student competitions, district partnerships, and student/teacher internships or teacher professional development.
Last week, our STEM Advisory Council met in the new STEM wing at Lovejoy High School.  In addition to brainstorming, the Council explored possibilities to improve STEM education and experiences in Lovejoy, and had a demonstration from some of our robotics students (Brock Mordecai, Max Hooper, and Ryan Luther) as they finalized preparations for their competition season.

LHS Robotics team members and STEM Advisory Council members are pictured above.
I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year.
Dennis Muizers
Deputy Superintendent

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

Kendra Scott - Allen, Gives Back to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Just in time for your holiday shopping! Kendra Scott in Watters Creek will hold a "give back" event which will give the Foundation 20% of sales on December 14th, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. We hope you will join us on the 14th for this special event. Kendra Scott will provide snacks and beverages during the event.

2016 Annual Appeal Ends December 31, 2016
As the end of the calendar year approaches, the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools would like to say thank you for your generosity to our annual appeal campaign. We have received donations from 561 donors totaling $169,509.75. This is just a little shy of our goal of $200,000 and 650 donors. If you haven't donated yet or you wish to make a final end of year tax-deductible donation, please click here .  Without you, we could not carry out our mission to enhance the educational experiences for Lovejoy students and staff.

LEGO Drive for Puster Elementary
Round up your LEGO bricks to benefit the Puster Makerspace.  LHS sophomore Collins Morgan is collecting LEGOs for a new LEGO wall he is constructing in the Puster Makerspace, as part of his Eagle Scout project for Troop 224. A collection bin will be in the Puster lobby November 28th - December 16th for donation of new and used bricks. Thank you for supporting this project which enhances STEM education at Puster.
Senior Project:  Meg Fuentes
Meg Fuentes, a Senior at Lovejoy High School, is working with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America to raise money and awareness for Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis.  Her goal is to help fund Camp Oasis, which sends sick kids to summer camp with other patients who suffer from these diseases, and ultimately to help those without a voice by letting them know they are not alone.  Click here to access Meg's fundraising page.  Help Meg reach her goal in finding a cure and giving a voice to those like her who have this silent but debilitating disease.
Substitute Nursing
Lovejoy ISD is currently accepting applications for substitute nurses.  The application may be found by clicking here .  Please contact Melissa Page with any questions at:  469.742.8013 or .

Upcoming Events  

Orchestra Spirit Night: December 15
The Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit night will be held on Thursday, December 15th, from 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, located at 190 E. Stacy Road. Please bring your family and friends, and join us for delicious food in a fun atmosphere while supporting our Lovejoy Orchestra. 20% of the proceeds from food and soft beverage sales will go to the Orchestra Booster Club. When you order, please let them know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra.

BYOP® (Volleyball Winter and Spring Sessions): Pre-registration ends December 15
BYOP® Program Overview:    This training program is designed for any volleyball player, no matter what skill or ability level, as long as their goal is to become the best they can be. Parents must be fully dedicated to being actively involved in this program. BYOP® will provide excellent volleyball fundamental skills training, as well as life lessons to both player and parent.
BYOP® Program Details:  Each training session will build upon a solid foundation of all fundamental skills needed to participate in the sport of volleyball. Parents must be engaged in every training session and involved in the home training program involving physical and skills activities. This program is geared for students from age 5 through age 10.
Click here for full details regarding Session 1 and Session 2.
Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse - Boys and Girls Teams
Registration Open Through January 6
Registration is now open for the 2017 Spring season of Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse.  Join the most exciting, fastest growing sport in the country.  Register for:
Boys:  Grades 1st through 12th
Girls:  Grades Kindergarten through 8th
Visit for information regarding the program and the upcoming Spring season.
Hurry, as rosters are filling quickly!

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.

Ebony Nwanebu - Class of 2013 and
Andie Malloy - Class of 2012
Congratulations to Lovejoy alumnae Ebony Nwanebu (The University of Texas) and Andie Malloy (University of Nebraska) as they compete in the NCAA Volleyball Semi-Finals on Thursday, December 15th.  The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 at, 8:30 PM CT.

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Love Where You Learn

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. 
With Respect,
Ted Moore
Lovejoy ISD
972.415.8129 (mobile)
469.742.8011 (office)