Lovejoy Independent School District

Email Express
March 8, 2017
A Message from the Superintendent

Dear  Lovejoy Community:

If your students have not yet mentioned it, next week is Spring Break for Lovejoy ISD.  Although the district will be closed, you may always reach me on my mobile phone at 972.415.8129.  Please feel free to call if I may be of any assistance.  Very best wishes to you and your family for a safe and happy break.  We look forward to welcoming your students back on Monday, March 20th.
As a reminder, Lovejoy ISD is accepting original artwork for the Centennial Logo Design Contest.  This contest is open to all Lovejoy ISD students.  Details may be found by clicking here .  Original work should be submitted by Friday, March 10th.  We are looking forward to receiving submissions from your very talented students.
Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten
Registration for the Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program is now open.  If you have a child who will be 4-years-of-age by September 1, 2017, you may now register him or her in this tuition-based program.  Click here to access the registration packet. 
We are looking forward to offering this new program featuring credentialed teachers who will provide a developmentally appropriate experience which will prepare our four-year-olds for Kindergarten.  We fully recognize a Pre-K program must be highly engaging, and allow our children to explore their creativity. Enrichment opportunities in Art, Music, Library, and Fitness, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) will be provided each week.  We are enthusiastic about this opportunity to provide a Lovejoy education for your youngest Leopards at Puster.  The Pre-K students will experience a rich learning environment, which will provide them with a firm foundation for their K-12 Lovejoy experience.
You may click here to review frequently asked questions.  For additional information, or to schedule a tour of the Pre-K room, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003 or by   email.

LHS 1st Annual Portrait Show
Last night was the opening of the 1st Annual Lovejoy Visual Arts Portrait Show in the Lovejoy High School Art Gallery.  This K-12 exhibit is a showcase of how our young artists represent themselves and others through portraiture. The concept of identity, both through representation and abstraction, is a core thread in every Lovejoy art studio, and is explored through a plethora of media and art forms. This exhibition celebrates the range of approaches used to explore identity at all age levels, and is a spectacular body of work to begin the tradition of a yearly Portrait Show.  The show will be open daily during school hours through April 7th.
Pictured below:  Puster Elementary School Art Teacher, Bill Raschendorfer, and Puster Artist Grace Peay at the 1st Annual Lovejoy Visual Arts Portrait Show.

Sohum Sukhatankar Takes 1st Place
at the  59th Annual Dallas
Regional Spelling Bee
Congratulations to SCIS 5th grader, Sohum Sukhatankar, for winning the 59th Annual Dallas Regional Spelling Bee this past weekend. He spelled "decamero us" for the win.

Sohum will travel to Washington, D.C. in May to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
You may click here to read the Dallas Morning News article regarding this tremendous accomplishment. 

Collins Morgan, LHS Sophomore:  Eagle Project
Collins Morgan raised funds to support a Lego Wall Build benefiting the Puster Library.  He also conducted a Lego brick drive, collecting, sorting, and providing storage for over 50 pounds of bricks. His Eagle Scout project will conclude in March with the build of a rolling Lego table for 3-D projects. Collins is a member of Troop 224 in Allen, where he currently serves as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Collins constructed the wall and Lego station over the winter break.  The Lego Wall has been a popular addition to the library with the students.

LHS Bowling
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity team for advancing to the State Tournament.  They competed in the regional tournament last weekend and finished in 3rd place.  This marks the 3rd consecutive year the Lady Leopards have advanced to state.
The State bowling tournament will be held at City View Lanes, 6601 Oakmont Boulevard in Fort Worth on Sunday, March 26th, beginning at 8:30 AM.
Pictured below from left to right: Alex Wingard, Sarah Nash, Katie Williams, Kat Kelly, Kaitlyn Cinek, Kiersten Esposito, Katherine Carter, & Sydney Sleeper.

LHS Hockey Playoff Bound
Lovejoy's Varsity hockey team wrapped up the regular season with a 9-3 win over Jesuit. The team is playoff bound.  Senior Bryce Branch, the captain, led the Leopards in both goals and assists, while sophomores, Ryan Raineri and Cyrus Mortazavi, also had hat tricks. Sophomore Andy Pottinger finished the regular season with four shutouts.
Lovejoy will face Richardson/Rockwall in the playoffs on Tuesday, March 21st, at 7:00 PM in Euless.
LHS JV Boys Soccer Wins District Title
Congratulations to the LHS JV Boys Soccer team on winning the district title with two games left.  On Tuesday, February 28th, the team beat Wylie East 4-0.  On Friday, March 3rd, the team beat North Forney 10-0.
LHS Varsity Boys Soccer Wins District Title
The varsity boys also went 2-0 this past week with wins over Wylie East and North Forney, and secured the District Championship last night with their win over Mesquite Poteet.
LHS Journalism Gold Circle Awards
The Red Ledger  student newspaper received seven digital Gold Circle awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York City.  Given since 1984, the Gold Circles are a national journalism competition for media "published in schools or colleges throughout the United States and in overseas schools following an American plan of education." The awards recognize "superior work," placing students first, second, third, or with a certificate of merit in various categories. According to CSPA, in recent years, only about 1,200 awards have been given out from more than 15,000 entries.
This year's winners from Lovejoy High School are:

Zoe Allison

LHS Theatre:  UIL One Act Play
Congratulations to the cast and crew of this year's UIL One Act Play entry Wit by Margaret Edson for advancing on to Bi-District.
In addition to advancing, the team earned the top placement from all three judges, and the following awards:
Best Technical Crew
Mason Taylor Long, Katherine Carter, Devyn Veitch,
Claudia Campbell,   Kiersten Esposito
All Star Technical Crew
Mason Taylor Long
All Star Cast
Morgan Riddle
Best Actress
Rachel Bradley
This company will compete again March 21st at Poteet High School.  

This weekend, the LHS and WSMS Percussionists traveled to Forney High School to compete in the North Texas Percussion Festival.  Lovejoy High School percussionists placed 5th, 7th and 8th place out of the 5A schools with their pieces   Fandango 13,  Teamwork , and Sharpened Stick.  Willow Springs Middle School percussionists placed 2nd, 3rd, and 5th place out of the 2C middle schools with their pieces Log Cabin Blues ,   Mercury Rising , and Fortress of the Prince. Congratulations to these students. 
You are invited to attend the LISD Percussion Concert tonight, Wednesday, March 8th at 7:00 PM in the LHS Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the public.
LHS Computer Science
The LHS computer science team traveled to Round Rock, Texas, to compete in Hewlett Packard's Code Wars programming competition.  LHS took two advanced and one novice team.  The LHS Novice team took first place. Congratulations to the following students on a job well done. 
Novice Team - First Place
  1. Zoe Kahana
  2. Abhinav Devalla
  3. Hudson Samuels
  Advanced Team
  1. Marcus Mao
  2. Samuel Bell
  3. Ben Buhse
  Advanced Team
  1. Brice May
  2. Tommy Rousey
  3. Kyle Sorstokke
Chemistry Olympiad
Every year, the DFW chapter of the American Chemical Society sponsors an Olympiad in order to identify the top chemistry students in the metroplex.  The area's top chemistry students gather at UTA and UNT to take a grueling, 60-question exam in hopes of qualifying to sit for the National-level exam.  From this pool of students nationwide, the top 20 ultimately will be selected to represent the USA in the International Chemistry Olympiad in Thailand this summer.   
This past weekend, the LHS AP Chemistry students traveled to UTA to take their shot at advancing to the national exam.  Students are eagerly awaiting results over the next couple of weeks, but all did a great job in preparation.  

LHS Powerlifting
LHS Powerlifting competed in the Regional Powerlifting meet at Keller Central High School.
James Ayers had personal records in all three lifts with an 805 total in the 114 pound class. He was 5th in the class. He also had best squat and bench of all lifters under 181 pounds. Zac Brooks competed in the 132-pound class. Kade Ashley had personal records in all three lifts, as well. He had a 1420-pound total, which earned him 3rd place. He also had best bench of all lifters over 181 pounds.

LHS Softball
The Leopards attended the McKinney ISD Tournament this past weekend and went 5-0. They defeated: 6A McKinney, 4A Paris North Lamar, 5A Red Oak, 5A Greenville, and 5A Frisco Reedy. Throughout the weekend, the Leopards scored 64 runs while only allowing seven.
This is the first week of play in District 15-5A. The Leopards traveled to Highland Park last night, and secured a 15-0 win in 4 innings.  They will host the first home game of the year on Friday against the West Mesquite Wranglers.  Games begin at 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM. 
LHS Baseball
Congratulations to both the JV Black and Varsity Baseball teams on winning their tournaments over the weekend.
The JV Black Team remained undefeated with an 8-0 record as they took 1st place in the McKinney North JV tournament.  The Black team got strong pitching performances from Jordan Yoder, Will Strickland, Cade Smitherman, and Teagan Carlock.  
The Varsity Baseball team won the Jesuit Classic over the weekend with a 5-1 record.  They had big wins over defending State Champion Jesuit Thursday night (5-3) and beat perennial power Rockwall on Friday (5-1).   The Leopards had strong pitching performances from Jacob Eschler, Mason Marsh, Brandon Merrill, Jacob Terwilliger, Hank Harrison, Matt Piccirillo, and Michael Difiore over the weekend.
The JV Red will play in the Little Elm Tournament this week.  The JV Black will head to Denton for the Denton JV Tournament.  Varsity will play in the Frisco Rough Riders Invitational Tournament this week.
LHS Varsity Girls' Golf
The Varsity Girls Golf team competed in the "Lady Pirate Classic" this weekend in Granbury.  They secured an overall finish of 7th out of 15 teams.  The girls finished Friday with a team total 366, good for 7th, and held the same position on Saturday with a team total 381.  Total individual scores were:
Allie Bianchi 173 - 12th overall
Katie Dragoo 189
Mallory Sailer 191
Callie Mayfield 199
Jazmine Veatch 200
Sophie Starnes 203
Kendall Sailer 204
LHS Track and Field
The Lovejoy Leopards used a balanced team to win the 2017 Lovejoy Invitational Track and Field meet. The Leopards sprinters, led by Chase Van Wagoner (20 points), scored 67 points. In the field events, Colin Engbrock cleared 14'4" in the pole vault, raising his own school record. Jahi Rainey won the inaugural Javelin event, and led the Leopards in the field events, with 22 of the team's 57 field event points. The distance athletes, led by Will Muirhead (14 points), also scored 57 points, highlighted by a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finish in the Steeplechase event. The Leopards 4x400M Relay team (Blake Pfaff, Jake Chamberlin, Jake Iovinelli, and Beau Iovinelli) improved the team's season best time by 11 seconds, to complete the scoring of 179 points. Lewisville Hebron finished 2nd with 176 total points.
In the Boys JV division, Whitson Bedell and Michael DesJardins took home gold medals in the 800M and Pole Vault, respectively.
A Message from the Deputy Superintendent
Effective Use of Technology: The 4 Cs

Dear Lovejoy Community:
It is hard to believe we are just a few days away from spring break.  I've been told by some students and teachers that this week feels longer than five days. I'm sure it is because we are all looking forward to a week of quality time off.
The online auction for the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools closed last night, and it was a successful start to the Denim & Diamonds Gala. This event raises funds to support the multitude of ideas from our teachers and administrators which enhance the educational experience for our Lovejoy students.
Often the grant requests submitted by our teachers involve the purchase of technology resources.  As the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools determines which Invest in Excellence grant requests to fund, inevitably a discussion develops about how technology does or could improve teaching and learning.
For the last two years, we have focused our technology implementation efforts around a select few resources (e.g., Google Classroom, See Saw, etc.), but more importantly, around the outcomes or goals the technology resources can help accomplish.  These outcomes are referred to as the 4 Cs (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking), and are experiences which can be facilitated through the effective use of technology.
4 Cs Learning Goals
With Collaboration and Communication, our goal is a student who collaborates and communicates both locally and globally, using digital tools and resources to reinforce and promote learning.
With Creativity, our goal is a student who uses creative thinking and innovative processes to construct knowledge and develop digital products.
With Critical Thinking, our goal is a student who applies critical-thinking skills to solve problems, guide research, and evaluate projects using digital tools and resources.

Our teachers continue to plan lessons and experiences to address one or more of the 4 Cs so our students can reach these important learning goals.
Please feel free to provide feedback about opportunities Lovejoy can offer which allow our students to experience the 4 Cs and enhance their learning.   
To see how the generous donations to the FLS have directly enhanced learning in Lovejoy, feel free to visit the Foundation web page by   clicking here.  
We hope you love where you have chosen for your child to learn.  If you have feedback to help us improve, please do not hesitate to contact me on my cell at 214.385.1967 or via email at
Dennis Muizers
Deputy Superintendent
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

FLS 2017 DandD

2017 Denim and Diamonds Gala and Auction
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools will host the 11th annual Denim and Diamonds Gala and Auction on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at a new location; the Marriott at Legacy Town Center in Plano. The theme is a Southern Soirée - Celebrating 100 Years of Lovejoy ISD. Denim and Diamonds Chair, Andrea Paranteau and Co-Chair, Carrie McClure welcome you to a night featuring dinner, entertainment, and live auctions.
Tickets are now on sale for $90 each. The ticket price will increase to $100 beginning this Monday, March 10th. This year, guests will be seated at tables of 12. For additional information, visit , or contact Cindy Booker at 469.742.8043 or email . You may also  click here purchase tickets to the gala.
Raffle Tickets
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools will host a raffle entitled "Fab Five", which includes:
  • 7 nights in Sydney, Australia, donated by Cleve Adamson Custom Homes
  • $2500 VISA gift card, donated by Owens Realtors
  • Texas Limo Wine Tour and Getaway
  • Goyard, St. Louis PM Large Tote in Black
  • Large Kamado-Style Grill in Red by Grill Dome, donated by The Firehouse in Allen
Raffle tickets are $100. Only 500 tickets will be sold. A drawing will be held for each item, giving each ticket a chance to win one of these prizes. The winners will be drawn at the Denim and Diamonds Gala. You do not need to be present to win. Click here for additional information.  You may purchase tickets from any Foundation director, via the foundation's website, or at the LISD administration building. See the Foundation website for a list of directors, or click here to purchase tickets online.

In Case You Missed It

This section of Email Express highlights news reports/articles in which Lovejoy has been featured over the previous week.


Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps
Registration for Lovejoy ISD Summer Camps will open on March 27th.  Click here for details.
Spring Sale at LHS and WSMS Stores
Beginning March 20th, the school stores at LHS and WSMS will be offering 50% off the entire store.  The LHS store is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM.  Please check with WSMS for store hours.
Flats for Bats
Lovejoy Baseball has begun its annual flower sale. Please help support Lovejoy Baseball and buy your spring flowers from one of the high school players. Flowers will be delivered to your house on April 8th. Find any Lovejoy Baseball player and place your order, or email and we will have a player come by and take your order. Orders will be accepted through March 21st.
Gifted and Talented Referrals for 2017-2018
The referral window for gifted and talented services is now open. Click here for referral forms which are located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  The window will close March 31, 2017.
Testing will be Saturday, April 8, 22, or 29 for students in grades 1-12. Kindergarten students will be tested during the school day.
If you were unable to attend our information session, and would like more information, a slideshow presentation is available on the gifted and talented webpage .
For questions regarding students in Kindergarten through 4th grade, please email Caroline Garcia  or call 469.742.8310 .
For questions regarding students in 5th through 12th grades, please email Brie Smith or call 469.742.8032 .

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  

Lovejoy Visual Art Students Honored at Dallas Museum of Art:
February 25 - April 16, 2017
The following Lovejoy High School visual art students were selected to participate in the 23rd Annual Young Masters Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art. This is a prestigious honor; having their work selected to hang among the halls of contemporary and historic masterpieces in an exhibition demonstrating the most extraordinary work created within AP Studio Art programs from ten of the area's highest performing high schools.
Joelle Benigno - AP Drawing
Taite Borozny- AP 3D Design
Tad Greenwald - AP 2D Design
Ryan Irwin - AP 2D Design
Carolyn Jurotich (2 time winner) - AP Drawing
Hannah Lawson - AP Drawing
Ian Toomey - AP 3D Design
Jessica Wu (2 time winner) - AP Drawing
Please mark your calendars to visit the exhibition:
23rd Annual Young Masters Exhibition
Dallas Museum of Art, Concourse Gallery
Exhibition: February 25-April 16, 2017

Spring Star Party Rescheduled for March 10
Puster Elementary, along with the Texas Astronomical Society, will host a star party on Friday, March 10 (originally scheduled for Monday, March 6). Viewing will begin at 6:30 PM and end at approximately 8:30 PM. The Lovejoy community is invited to attend. Parking will be available in the front parking lot. You may enter through the front doors where signs will direct you to the courtyard and into the back parking lot where viewing will take place. Access to the back parking lot will not be available via the driveway.

LHS Varsity Baseball Little Leopard Night:  March 21
You are invited to join the Lovejoy Varsity Baseball Team on Tuesday, March 21st, for Little Leopard Night. The team will play West Mesquite High School. The Lovejoy Elementary Choir will perform the National Anthem. All elementary students attending will receive free admission to the game and will have the opportunity to join the Varsity players on the baseball field for the National Anthem. All participants will receive popcorn and baseball pennants. Please arrive by 7:00 PM. The game will begin at 7:30 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Pool at 817.999.0719.

LHS Orchestra Spirit Night:  March 21
Lovejoy Orchestra will host a spirit night at Twisted Root on Tuesday, March 21st, from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  Join the orchestra for a great combo of delicious food, good company, and support of the Lovejoy Orchestra. 10% of the proceeds from your visit will go to the Orchestra Booster Club. When you order, please let them know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra. This includes dine in and take out.  Twisted Root is located at 232 Town Place, Fairview.
LISD Color Guard Showcase:  March 23
On March 23, the LISD Color Guard Showcase will be held in the Lovejoy High Gym at 7:30 PM.  This free event is open to the community.  We hope you will join us in support of the Color Guard wish them well for championships.

LHS Choir Chipotle Spirit Night:  March 28
The LHS Choir will host a Chipotle Spirit Night on Tuesday, March 28th, from 5:30 - 8:30 PM at the Chipotle located at 103 Central Expressway in Allen. 50% of the profits will go to supporting LHS Choir, so bring a friend,  this flyer (printed or on your phone) , and your appetite in support of our Singing Leopards.

Relay for Life:  April 28
The annual Relay for Life event will be held on April 28th from 6:00 PM - 12:00 PM at the Lovejoy High School Stadium.  The Relay for Life Committee will be cutting ponytails for Beautiful Lengths, an organization which, partnered with the American Cancer Society, uses donated hair to create free wigs for women losing their hair due to cancer treatment. The committee is looking for selfless donors to cut their hair onstage at the event to donate to making these wigs for cancer patients. Donors may donate as little as 8 inches, but more if they please. The hair cannot have been chemically treated, have more than 5% grays, or be dyed permanently. Anyone, any age may donate.    Click here to register to donate. 
Relay for Life will also feature the Mr. Relay contest. Similar to Mr. Lovejoy, Mr. Relay will have male participants from 9th through 12th grades who will compete in several rounds, such as talent and Q&A. A panel of judges (teachers from LHS) will determine the winner.

Students interested in participating may click here
Relay for Life Luminaries
The Relay for Life Committee is selling Luminaria, a commemorative item which will be on display during the 2017 LHS Relay for Life event.  The Luminaria honors all those who have had cancer, those who have survived, and those who have sadly passed away. Luminaria are $10 each and can be ordered by clicking here .  The order form and payment (made payable to the American Cancer Society) should be returned to the LHS School Store.
For questions, please contact:
Carolyn Murad:
Brady Duke: .
Camp Invention: June 19-23
Camp Invention will be held at Sloan Creek Intermediate School from June 19th through 23rd , for children entering K - 6th grades.

Click here for additional information. 

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.

Bailey Smith - Class of 2016
Bailey Smith, LHS Class of 2016 was recently in the news.  Click here to read the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal article.
Amanda Woodruff - Class of 2014
Amanda is finishing her junior year at SMU where she is a straight A student.  She is interning at the Carrell Clinic, and was nominated for the Mortar Board.  Amanda will take the GRE soon, as she hopes to attend Medical or Physician Assistant school. 
Austin Woodruff - Class of 2011
Austin Woodruff graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  After working in Savannah for a year, Austin is now a missionary with East West Ministry.  The Ministry focuses on college students and young adults, and taking them on "Extreme" missions. He leaves on March 16th for a mission to remote villages in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Helen Hansen - Class of 2011
After graduating from Plan II at the University of Texas at Austin in May, 2015, Helen continued her education at the Courtauld Institute in London. The Courtauld is the foremost art history program in the UK, and is ranked in the top 5 in the world. In 2016, Helen earned her Master of Arts with Distinction in the History of Art, with a concentration in the Making and Meaning in the Art of the Middle Ages. She is currently pursuing her second MA at the Courtauld in Curating the Art Museum, while also serving a placement at the National Portrait Gallery in London. She's shown here at her graduation reception at Somerset House on the banks of the Thames. The Courtauld is located in Somerset House.
Stay Connected  

Inclement Weather
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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)