Lovejoy Independent School District

Email Express
November 16, 2016
A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Lovejoy Community:
We are enjoying a great week at Lovejoy with many academic and extracurricular successes throughout our programs.  The district will be closed the week of November 21st through the 25th.  On behalf of the district, best wishes to you and your family for a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Congratulations to the Boys Cross Country team on their State Championship.  This is the 4th State Championship for the Lovejoy Cross Country program.  The Lovejoy Cross Country Team traveled to Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas, for the 2016 UIL State Cross Country Championships and came out victorious. The boys' team won the 2016 5A Boys State Title with a score of 59 points. The #2 ranked team, Donna North, finished 2nd   overall with 103 points, and the #3 ranked team, Grapevine, finished 3rd   overall with 139 points. The State Championship Team from 2015, Frisco Wakeland, placed 4th   overall with 155 points. The Lovejoy Boys were the State Runners Up in 2015, and entered the 2016 season ranked as the #1 team for 5A Boys. The boys' team maintained their #1 ranking the entire season. Lovejoy Boys last won the State Championship in 2010 when they were in the 3A Division (now 4A under UIL's reclassification alignment in 2014). This is also the 4th   State Championship for the Lovejoy Cross Country program under the direction of Head Coach Greg Christensen.  For full details on the state meet, please click here .  The Board of Trustees will recognize the State Championship team tonight at their board meeting.

The Lady Leopards Volleyball team secured the 5A Region 2 Championship this past weekend, and are moving on to the State Semi-Finals on Friday, November 18, against Cedar Park.  The game will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, and will begin at 1:00 PM.  Click here to review the Culwell Center's "Clear Bag Policy." Click here to read Chris Mayfield's principal message regarding students attending the game on Friday. 
NFHS Network and Spectrum Sports will provide live broadcasts of the 2016 UIL Volleyball State Tournament on November 16-19 from the Curtis Culwell Center.  Fans, family, and alumni unable to attend the matches may watch the UIL Volleyball State Semifinals live online by clicking here .  Subscribers may also watch on the go by downloading the NFHS Network app for iPhone and Android devices.
The Conference 3A - 6A championship matches on Saturday will also be available on Spectrum Sports. Please note, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is now Spectrum Sports. For more information, please contact Stacey Mitch at .
I will be at the game, and hope to see you there.

Congratulations to the Lovejoy High School Computer Science team on their excellent performance at the Richardson "Frozen Eagle" Computer Science contest.  The results are as follows:
2nd Place Advanced Team in Combined Division and
3rd Place Advanced Team Programming
Marcus Mao
Sam Bell
Brice May
Written Test Advanced
1st Place - Marcus Mao
5th Place - Sam Bell
Written Test Novice
3rd Place - Will Pearl

Congratulations to the LHS Speech and Debate team on their achievements at the Hockaday Tournament this past weekend:
Katie Johnson Varsity LD Debate Octos (top 16 out of 48 debaters)
Ellie Hager Varsity LD Debate Quarters (top 8 out of 48 debaters)
Taite Borozny FX Semi Finals (top 16 speakers)
Shivani Radhakrishnan OO Semi Finalist (top 16)
Melody Quintero OO Semi Finalist (top 16)
Anna Rouse OO Semi Finalist (top 16)
Clay Parker HI Semi Finalist (top 12)
Clay Parker & Grant Dennis DUET Champions - 1st Place
Clay and Grant qualified for state and earned their 1st of 2 bids needed to compete at the National Tournament of Champions in Kansas City, MO - May 12-14, 2017
Top Speaker Awards are given to those who earn the highest speaking awards through the tournament. The points are awarded based on presentation, diction, clarity of thought, ability to think on your feet, and rebuttal arguments, among other things.  Congratulations to the following students who earned a Top Speaker Award:
Ashley Rihani 5th Novice LD Debate
Brandon Kofhal 4th Novice LD Debate
Ellie Hager 5th Varsity LD Debate

The following students are qualified for the TFA State Tournament March 9-11, 2017 (students must earn 12 points to qualify):
LD Debate
Ellie Hager
Duet Interpretation
Grant Dennis and Clay Parker

This past Saturday, the Ready, Set, Teach students competed at the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) Regional Competition. Twelve students advanced to State, which is scheduled for February 16th - 19th in Arlington.  Students advanced as follows: 
Researching Learning Challenges: Cannon Meyer and Katherine Bradford
Ethical Dilema: Cannon Meyer, Katherine Bradford, Raegan Scheckel, and Kendall Fuller
Children's Literature Pre-K: Raegan Scheckel and Kendall Fuller
Children's Literature Pre-K: Jenna Evans and Bryn Bittner
Children's Literature K-3: Rebecca Martin and Sydney Pederson
Teacher Created Materials - Elementary: Emma Overholt and Lindsey Hammond
Project Visualize - Service: Sydney Pederson and Rebecca Martin
Project Visualize - Fundraising: Alyssa Watson and Nikki Sorensen

The Lovejoy Choir had an amazing showing at Pre-Area auditions. Of the 25 students who auditioned from Lovejoy, 13 of them are advancing to the Area audition; the final audition in the All-State Choir process. 
The following students will compete in the Area audition on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at TAMU-Commerce:
Soprano 1: Catherine Stewart (2nd chair)
Soprano 2: Zoe Kahana (3rd chair), Hannah Hansen (4th chair)
Alto 1: Mandy Rickett (1st chair), Katie Strand (3rd chair)
Alto 2: Rachel Bradley (1st chair), Mallory Immel (2nd chair), Pierce Goddard (3rd chair)
Tenor 1: Jack Bennett (3rd chair), Noah Johnson (5th chair)
Tenor 2: Reed Fraser (5th chair)
Bass 1: Brady Bardwell (2nd chair), Trace Glorioso (1st alternate)
Bass 2: Chase Barajas (4th chair)

Congratulations to the Willow Springs Middle School cast and crew of Legally Blonde Jr. the Musical on their great performances.

Congratulations to the following Willow Springs Middle School band students who won positions in the 2016 All Region Bands:
Brynne Davies, Wind Ensemble
Catherine O'Brien, Symphonic Band
Juliet Cano, Concert Band
Bass Clarinet
PK Kotra, Concert Band
Chloe Dorlan, Concert Band
Zachary Iovine, Alternate
Renee Barnes, Symphonic Band
JR Barnes, Alternate
French Horn
Sam Lamping, Symphonic Band
Blake Daehnert, Symphonic Band
Madeline Robinson, Alternate
Davis Mosel, Alternate
Zach Garcia, Concert Band
Mason Muller, Alternate
Neelesh Iyer, Symphonic Band
Charis Vela, Wind Ensemble
Madelyn Allen, Symphonic Band
Christina Taylor, Symphonic Band

Congratulations to the Willow Springs Middle School 7th grade Black football team for completing their season undefeated, and winning their Region.  This is the first 7th grade football team to achieve an undefeated season.

Congratulations to Austin Fisher, a Sophomore at LHS, on achieving the highest rank in Scouting.  Austin's Eagle Project provided assistance for a disabled veteran in McKinney. Austin planned, organized, and led 40 volunteers to complete home and yard repairs for the veteran.  The projects included cutting down trees, weeding, mowing, rock removal, door repairs, installing gutters, pouring a 65-foot-long concrete sidewalk, and adding mulch and flowers. These efforts were completed with a spirit of good will amongst all participants, and added much improvement in the life of this very grateful US Army Veteran. Austin earned 21 merit badges during his Scouting career.  Only 4% of boys who enter Boy Scouting achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.  Congratulations, once again, to Austin on this tremendous accomplishment.  

The Lady Leopards Varsity basketball team traveled to Colleyville Heritage High School last Thursday through Saturday to kick off the tournament season. The Leopards started with a loss to 6A regional tournament qualifiers, Midland Lee HS 46-48. The Leopards bounced back and won three games in a row, defeating Denton Braswell 48-31, John Paul II 37-34, and Lewisville High School 46-41 for the consolation championship. The Leopards were led defensively by Senior Allison Hubble who drew 10 charges over the four games. The offense was led by Juniors Taylor Meixelsperger and Kaylee Rekieta, who averaged 17.8 and 14 points respectively.
These young ladies played hard and represented Lovejoy with class:
Allison Hubble
Taylor Meixelsperger
Kaylee Rekieta
Tor Hanson
Meredith Welch
Meredith Ehlmann
Autumn Purcell
Bethany Smith
Kim Lyne
Ireland Miller
Alexandra Brungardt
Carsen McFadden
Megan Irwin
Paige Eckard
Ashleigh Tyler
Gabby Ornelas
Roni Hanson
Mikayla Dohmann

Congratulations to Majestics members, Emily Ottinger and Lauren Willman, who will be traveling to New York City over the Thanksgiving break to participate in the Spirit of America's performance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.  Spirit of America invites dancers from drill teams all over the country to be part of the performance in the parade.  We look forward to seeing Emily and Lauren during the television broadcast.  
A Message from the
Deputy Superintendent

Lovejoy Fine Arts Identified One of Best in Both
State and Nation

Dear Lovejoy Community:
It is hard to believe we are almost at the Thanksgiving break.  A Lovejoy tradition during the first week of December is the Fine Arts Festival. Each year, our excellent fine arts programs feature the work of our students in grades K-12. This year, the Fine Arts Festival begins on December 2nd at 6:00 PM.  The Festival will continue on December 3rd beginning at 10:00 AM. 

We recently received some very exciting news regarding our fine arts program which has identified the Lovejoy High School fine arts program as 10th in Texas and 15th in the Nation.  Using the Advanced Placement (AP) exams, The O'Donnell Foundation has identified the top ten State Comprehensive AP Fine Arts Programs (schools offering all three AP Fine Arts courses: AP Studio Art, AP Art History, and AP Music Theory). In this ranking, Lovejoy High School was ranked #10 in Texas.

The O'Donnell Foundation was quick to point out this tremendous accolade belonging to Lovejoy High School and all campuses in grades K-8. These programs build and support the fine arts interest and expertise which allows students to have the background knowledge and skills to pursue and achieve such wonderful success in the AP fine Arts courses.

Isolating just the AP Art History course, the number of students taking the course and earning a passing AP score ranked our AP Art History Course, and #5 in Texas and #15 in the Nation.

I hope each of you enjoys the Thanksgiving break and spends time of thanks with family and friends.  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
Fine Arts Festival
Friday, December 2 - Saturday, December 3

Lovejoy Arts will kick off its annual district event, the Fine Arts Festival, on Friday, December 2, 2016, at Lovejoy High School.  Featured performances include concerts by the Lovejoy Band program, a preview of the Varsity Cheerleaders UIL performance, and a performance by the WSMS Cheerleaders. The Visual Art galleries will be open for touring between concerts and performances.
The Festival continues all day on Saturday, December 3, 2016, with the first performances beginning at 10:00 AM at Lovejoy High School. This year's Festival will feature artwork from students from all campuses participating in visual art courses.  The newly renovated LHS Visual Arts Gallery will be open for public tours.  We will host performances from the elementary music programs, choir, Color Guard, orchestra, studio dance, Majestics, and theatre programs throughout the day.
Please come support our Lovejoy Arts programs and see the amazing works being presented.  For a complete Fine Arts Festival schedule please click here.
We hope to see our Lovejoy Arts parents involved in donating or volunteering to help make the Festival a success. 
To make a donation, please click here .   
To serve as an adult volunteer, please click here .
For additional information, please contact Fela Mathy , Director of Fine Arts.
Join the Lovejoy Arts Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on the Festival.

ICYMI:  In Case You Missed It

November is American Diabetes Month
American Diabetes Month is part of the American Diabetes Association's efforts to bring attention to the disease and those affected by it.  The American Diabetes Association's website provides additional information which may be found here .     
Each Friday during National Diabetes Awareness Month, you may show your support for people affected by diabetes by wearing blue.  Click here for details.

Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. Hosting 2nd Annual "LLI Gives Back" Drive Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. is hosting their 2nd annual "LLI Gives Back" drive benefiting Allen Community Outreach.  The drop off location is the Lovejoy High School indoor practice facility on Monday, November 28th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Click here for details.
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.
Lovejoy Cheerleaders Host Parent Night Out
Do you need someone to watch the kids so you can do some holiday shopping? Bring them to the Lovejoy Cheerleaders Shop 'N Drop event for a pajama party.  There will be games, crafts, movies, and more. The event will be held on Friday, December 9th from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School gym.  The cost is $25 for the first child, and $15 per each additional child. Proceeds will help support the cheerleaders' upcoming UIL cheer competition. The kids will have a great time, and you will have a few kid-free hours to run your holiday errands. RSVP or email questions to Head Coach Shelly Wiggins Click here for additional information.
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  

Senior Project/ Blood Drive:  November 17
LHS Senior, Katie Hale, is organizing a blood drive for her Senior Project.  Read below to see how you may donate blood to the American Red Cross.
Where:  Lovejoy High School Auxiliary Gym
When: Thursday, November 17th, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  1. Go to
  2. Type lovejoycampus in box at the top right of the page.  See example below:

  1. Choose a time slot to donate. You will receive a reminder text as the donation date approaches. 
It's that easy. Thank you for supporting the blood drive. Your donation could help save a life.

Revisiting Diversity:  More than a Buzzword:  November 17
You see it sprinkled in college catalogs, corporate mission statements, and in employee training seminars:  Diversity.  A New York Times piece recently made the claim that the ubiquitous word has all but lost its meaning.  This lecture, presented by Dr. Salena Brody, will revisit what diversity really means for our schools, workplaces, and communities, focusing on social science research from the past half century.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Lovejoy ISD Administration Building/Training Room
Dr. Salena Brody is a professor of Psychology at Collin College.  She earned her doctorate in Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, studying intergroup contact and attitude change.  Her research focuses on identifying the conditions under which contact between groups leads to prejudice reduction and other positive outcomes.  She is a Phi Beta Kappa member and has received numerous teaching awards including being named the 2016-2017 Outstanding Professor of the Year at Collin College.  She is a proud Lovejoy parent and active member of the community, serving on the Friends of Fairview Fire Board of Directors.

Parent Tech - Social Media:  What's the Difference?
November 30
Do you know the difference between Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram? Are you worried about what your teen might be doing on social media? Come to our Parent Tech and learn the difference between these 3 social media platforms as well as tips to talk with your teen about their digital footprint. Social media posts can impact a teen's future in ways they may not quite understand. Learn how you can help them stay away from mistakes which may hurt them in the future.
Wednesday, November 30th
Session Times: 11:30 AM and 7:30 PM
Lovejoy High School Lecture Hall

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 quickly filling.

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.

Hayden Marsh - Class of 2011
Hayden Marsh won his third Lone Star Conference Ring in football, and is heading to the finals at Texas A&M Commerce. Hayden will graduate from A&M Commerce this spring with a Finance Degree .

Rachel Cinquepalmi - Class of 2012
Rachel graduated with her Masters in Kinesiology, and is currently the Assistant Director of Sports and Wellness at Tarleton State University. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer and a certified Specialist in Exercise Therapy

Zach Wilkins - Class of 2013
Zach is a Senior at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. He expects to graduate in May 2017 with a degree in Kinesiology. He is currently a student-assistant football coach who works with the wide receivers - along with the position coach. During games, it's Zach's job to stay close to signalers and shout out what package is needed for a certain play.  Prior to his work as a student-assistant, Zach played two years as a wide receiver.  After graduation, Zach is considering a future in the United States Military.

Connor Haden - Class of 2016
Connor is at Colorado State University studying Electrical Engineering. He made Lovejoy history by being the first to wrestle in college.


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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)