Lovejoy Independent School District

Email Express
April 5, 2017
A Message from the Superintendent

Dear  Lovejoy Community:

It's been a great week in Lovejoy.  Last Saturday, we had our largest crowd ever at a Denim and Diamonds event.  Over the next couple of weeks, we will know the amount of grants our Foundation will invest in our classroom programs.  It is truly an exciting time in Lovejoy. 
Our boys soccer team is moving into the fourth round of the State play offs.  In the last two games, the boys have advanced by a win in overtime.  Last Friday, the Leopards beat Prosper in a Shoot Out after the score remained tied at the close of overtime.  Last night, the Leopards defeated Mount Pleasant in overtime by a score of 2-1.
LHS Theatre UIL One Act Play has advanced again, as well as LHS Academic UIL teams who are moving on to Regional competition this Friday and Saturday.   
School Funding
The Texas House and Texas Senate are now ready to debate school finance and the budget. For those of you who have been asking about contacting key legislators regarding school funding, now is the time to make those contacts. Please follow this link regarding key legislators for contact along with important information:
Lovejoy ISD Training Pool Open House:  April 8
The Lovejoy Swim and Dive team will host an open house at the new Training Pool on Saturday, April 8th, from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM. Please join the team for a tour of the 25-yard training pool located inside the dome behind Sloan Creek Intermediate School (440 Country Club Road, Fairview, Texas).
Metroplex Aquatics, the company managing and operating the training pool, will be available to answer questions regarding future program offerings available to the public. In return for Metroplex Aquatics managing the pool, they are responsible for all pool-related costs.  Our new pool has zero net impact on the Lovejoy operating budget due to this arrangement.
The Kona Mobile Shaved Ice truck will be on-site offering refreshments for purchase.  We hope to see you there.

Summer Enrichment Program
Our summer camps will fill rapidly and you will find details below.  You may go directly to the Summer Enrichment page by clicking here .  
Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten 
Lovejoy ISD is accepting applications for tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten. This comprehensive program will be staffed by credentialed teachers and housed on the Puster Elementary School campus.  This program will offer enhancements in music, fitness, art, library, science, technology, engineering, and math. We are enthusiastic about providing a Lovejoy education for community members looking for a rich learning experience which will provide a firm foundation for kindergarten and beyond.  

To apply, please click here .  To schedule a tour of the Pre-Kindergarten program, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003.

Pictured Below:  Kevin Parker, Principal of Puster Elementary School, "shoots hoops" with incoming Pre-Kindergarten student, Crew Thomas.


LHS Soccer
After quite a few rain delays, the boys' soccer team came out victorious with a 2-1 win in overtime against Mt. Pleasant.  The team will now move on to the Regional tournament.
The Regional tournament will be held at Carrollton Standridge Stadium (1330 Valwood Pkwy, Carrollton, Tx 75006).
Friday, April 7, Regional Semi-Final
Lovejoy vs Midlothian
4:00 PM
Saturday, April 8, Regional Final
1:00 PM
LHS Theatre UIL One Act Play
Congratulations to the company of "Wit" for advancing to Regionals with The Colony and Newman Smith.  Special awards went to:

Claudia Campbell, Outstanding Tech
Trace Glorioso, Honorable Mention
Abby Yaeger, All Star Cast
Rachel Bradley, Best Actress
The competition will be held on April 6th at Prosper High School beginning at 12:00 PM. Lovejoy will be the last of 6 companies to perform.  

LHS Color Guard
This Saturday, the LHS Color Guard competed at the NTCA State Championships and came home with 4th place in the Scholastic A Class. This is the highest placement for the Color Guard in the program's history.  Congratulations to the team on a tremendous season.  

LHS Golf
The Leopard Women's Golf Team competed in the Regional Preview Tournament, March 28th, at Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club.  The team finished 2nd overall out of 12 teams competing with a team total 370.  The team will compete in the district tournament, April 10th and 11th.
The ladies were led by Sophomore, Allie Bianchi.  Allie finished 1st overall, winning the tournament with her season best score of 77 this year.  Other scores include Kendall Sailer, 96; Mallory Sailer, 97; Sophie Starnes, 98; Katie Dragoo, 100; Jazmine Veatch, 105; Callie Mayfield, 106.

Leopard Fishing
The Regular season finished up with the 5th tournament on Lake Whitney this past Saturday.  With the end of the season results being tallied, 6 of the 11 Lovejoy teams punched their tickets as Regional Championship qualifiers:
Trent Martelloni and Coale Barr
Kellen Worley and Trey Johnson
Hank Harrison and Sam Harrison
Daniel Helsley and Ethan LeGare
Ian Toomey and Caleb Toomey
Jacob Guzinski and Dayton Thompson
The Regional Championship will be fished against the Central Division on Lake Palestine on April 22nd.
LHS Track and Field
The Lovejoy Track and Field teams performed very well this past week at the Texas Relays in Austin. The girls 4X400M relay team consisting of Kassidy Litchenburg, Grace Ridgeway, Carsen McFadden, and Carson Hockersmith ran the fastest time of the year with a time of 4:00.21.

Grace Ridgeway placed 3rd overall in the Girls Pole Vault B division clearing 11' 10". Juliet Franz and Grace Ridgeway also represented Lovejoy well running neck and neck in the 100M Hurdles to send them into district looking strong and ready to compete. Ryan Brands ran a time of 4:33 in the 1600M, and our boys Distance Medley Relay team consisting of Bradley Davis, Ryan Brands, William Muirhead and Brett Pedersen ran a time of 11:03. 

All other track athletes competed in the Allen Eagle Relays on Friday. The boys 4X100M Relay team broke a school record with a time of 42.16. Chase Van Wagoner jumped a new school record in the Long Jump with a mark of 23' 2.5". Alaina Pierce once again tied the school record in girls High Jump with a mark of 5'0". Full results may be found by clicking here .   
LHS HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
This past weekend the HOSA students were in Corpus Christi competing against 3,000 other HOSA members at the State level.  The Lovejoy students did an amazing job; all five competitors placed in the top ten and two will move on to Nationals June 20-25 in Orlando, Florida. Each competitor had a written test and skills section in their event.
HOSA State results are:
Lauren Payne , 1st in Sports Medicine
Taylor Carty , 2nd in Clinical Nursing
Kennedy Miller , 4th in Home Health Aide
Paige Christiansen , 5th in Home Health Aide
Olivia Bullock , Top 10 for Sports Medicine
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Lovejoy HOSA Competitors. 

Lovejoy Environmental Club
Members of the Lovejoy Environmental Club worked collaboratively to clear flood debris at Clear Lake Park which is a multi-use park at the northern end of Lake Lavon near Princeton. The event was organized by LHS Junior Jerad King who has revitalized the club and plans to provide additional volunteer opportunities in the future. Follow the club on Twitter @LojoEnviroClub for updates.

SCIS and WSMS Academic UIL Results
Academic UIL is a rigorous contest where students compete head to head against other schools in academic subjects such as number sense, oral reading, chess, modern oratory, spelling, music memory, art, and more. SCIS and WSMS students recently competed against UIL teams from Highland Park, Prosper, Colleyville, Grapevine, and Coppell.
We are proud to announce the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades all won first place sweepstakes. SCIS won top overall school.
You may click here to see the winners of each academic contest. We are #lovejoyproud.   
A Message from the Deputy Superintendent
Independent Studies: Where Passion and Learning Unite

Dear Lovejoy Community:
Students in our Independent Studies program continue to do amazing work.  Most recently, Claire Easley, Fairview resident and 7th grade student at Willow Springs Middle School has been researching the brain.
Students taking Independent Studies propose a year-long course of study which allows them to learn more in-depth about an area or topic which goes beyond the scope of the Lovejoy ISD curriculum. Students work with a course facilitator to learn the research process, how to document their work, professional behavior and ethics of research, and gain presentation skills. Some students also work with a mentor in their chosen field.
Claire's study includes several topics. She is specifically interested in concussions and concussion protocols, autism, and Alzheimer's. As part of her work, Claire presented her research at the February Fairview Town Hall meeting. Her presentation and depth of knowledge was so evident, she was asked to write an article for the Fairview Town News.

With the assistance of Ms. Cowan, Independent Studies teacher at Willow Springs, and her newfound editors, Claire crafted an article which explained her interest in concussions and shed light on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Claire's article was published in this month's edition of the Fairview Town News.  An excerpt from her article, Concussions, Alzheimer's, Autism, is included below:
"The most common symptoms for concussions are headaches, sensitivity to light or noise, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. Symptoms can take hours to settle, leading to most sport-related concussions being overlooked with the athlete allowed to continue play, which could eventually result in Second Impact Syndrome (SIS), resulting in brain swelling at such a rapid rate that it could be fatal. The Whiplash Effect is also common in concussions, especially when the impact occurs to the front or back of the head."
You may view her full article by clicking here .  
Claire is just one of many students who have inspired and impressed other groups to further their studies.
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
In Case You Missed It

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

Summer Enrichment Camps

The Summer Enrichment Camps have been finalized, and we are excited to offer opportunities for Pre-K through 12th grade.  You will find everything from dodge ball to robotics, and cooking to coding.
Summer Enrichment Camps will be offered in three sessions:
Session I:  June 12-16
Session II:  June 19-23
Session III:  July 10-14
Click here to see the exciting summer enrichment camp offerings.  Registration is open. 
With a few exceptions (athletic camps and Lovejoy theatre camp), information for all enrichment camps is available through this link.  If there is a need to register through the camp provider, the link will be provided with the session description for each session (e.g., PSAT Prep from Princeton Review).
Please review the enrichment camps and consider one or more of these excellent opportunities for your children this summer.

Kindergarten Roundup

Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps
Registration is now open for Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps.  Click here for details.
Lovejoy Athletics is pleased to announce its partnership with Geno Pierce's Performance Course for the 2017-2018 school year.  Performance Course brings with it a proven track record of championship success.  Performance Course offers many different courses from high-intensity programs for males to foundational courses for 1st graders.  There is something for everyone.  Click here for details and registration links.

Kids 1st Summer Camp

Sewing Camp
A summer sewing camp is being offered at WSMS.  Sewing Basics 101 teaches machine and tool basics while making a pillowcase and PJ's. Sewing Skill Builder 201 will continue developing your sewing skills with an individualized project. There are three weeks in June from which to choose.  Spots fill quickly.  For questions, or to reserve a spot, please contact Click here for camp information as well as details regarding a t-shirt quilt option. 

Lovejoy Hockey Players Wanted
The 2016-2017 varsity hockey season has wrapped up and the team is now looking forward to the summer and fall seasons. Registration will end soon for the summer season and the 2017-2018 season signups are around the corner. Any incoming 8th - 12th grade students who love to play hockey and are interested in joining the team please contact, .

Spring Sale at LHS and WSMS Stores
The school stores at LHS and WSMS are 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.
April is Autism Awareness Month

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  

PTSA Parent Workshop:  April 5
One of the most difficult challenges of parenting is realizing you don't always know what children are thinking and feeling. You might even be aware suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescents, but you can't imagine your child might become one of those statistics. When do normal ups and downs of adolescents become something to worry about? And if you are worried about it, what can you do?
Although adults don't often know about it, many of our kids experience symptoms of depression, think about suicide, make plans to die by suicide, and even make a suicide attempt each year.
The PTSA will host a parent prevention workshop. The guest speaker will be Bobbi Gilbert (former Lovejoy parent) whose own son committed suicide 23 months ago. The goal is to help parents equip themselves with signs to be aware of, and how we can help our children.
The first step is to learn about the factors that can put a teen at risk for suicide. The more you know, the better you'll be prepared for understanding what can put your child at risk.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
7:00 PM
Lovejoy High School Library
LHS Art Show: Through April 7
The 1st Annual Lovejoy Visual Arts Portrait Show is currently on display 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.
Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit Night:  April 11
Lovejoy Orchestra will host a spirit night at Zoe's Kitchen (Fairview) on Tuesday, April 11th, from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  Please join the Orchestra for a great combo of delicious food, good company, and support of the Lovejoy Orchestra. 15% of the proceeds will benefit the Orchestra Booster Club. When you order please let the cashier know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra. This includes dine in and take out.

Fantastic Fossils: April 11
Join John S. Mead -- passionate Biology Teacher, Origins Explorer, and Nature Photographer -- as he takes us through his exciting participation in Dr. Lee Berger's excavation of a new human species, Homo naledi, from the Rising Star Cave in South Africa. This species of human ancestor is believed to be 900,000 to 2 million years old and was an incredible find. The discovery of Homo naledi is featured on the October 2015 cover of National Geographic Magazine, and in a current exhibit at the Perot Museum. Mr. Mead will share stories about the discovery, as well as his outstanding photos. This event is sponsored by the Lovejoy Gifted Association (LGA). LGA members and families may attend free. All middle school and high school students may attend the event for free with a current student ID. There is a $5 admission fee for adults who are not LGA members.
Fantastic Fossils
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Lovejoy High School Auditorium
Lovejoy Visual Art Students Honored at Dallas Museum of Art:
Through April 16
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
E-Waste Recycling Event:  April 22
In conjunction with the celebration of Earth Day, Lovejoy High School will host an e-waste recycling day on Saturday, April 22nd from 9 AM - Noon in the LHS parking lot. Please click here for additional information regarding the e-waste collection.

Friends of Fairview Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast:
April 22
The Friends of Fairview Firefighters Association will host a pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 22nd from 8:00 - 11:00 AM at Fairview Fire Station #2.  Click here for details.

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:

Oxfam Hunger Banquet:  April 30
An Oxfam Hunger Banquet is a memorable, interactive event which brings hunger and poverty issues to life. After 40 years, this volunteer-led effort is still going strong and has changed hundreds of thousands of lives.
Draw a ticket and expand your world by attending Carrie Duke's Oxfam Hunger Banquet.   WSMS Independent Studies student, Carrie Duke, is planning this hunger banquet for her 2nd semester project.
Participants will choose an income card which will depict what they will have for dinner. Depending on the income card, attendees will receive either a more nutritious and a higher quantity of food, or a less nutritious meal.
Join Carrie on Sunday, April 30th, from 5:00 - 6:30 PM in the WSMS Cafeteria (1101 West Lucas Road, Lucas, TX, 75002) for a learning experience which will change your outlook on world hunger. See hunger in a whole new way.

For additional information, please visit Carrie's website by clicking here

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.

Katie Ruhala - Class of 2013
Congratulations to Katie Ruhala on being recognized at the Texas Relays for four years as a Texas Longhorn.  For photos on @LovejoyXCTF Twitter, please click here .
Bailey Smith - Class of 2016
Texas Tech University Sports, presented by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, published a great article on Bailey Smith.  Click here to read "Ready or not Tech guard pressed into duty in '16, tries to win a job."

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)