Lovejoy Independent School District

Email Express
February 15, 2017
A Message from the Superintendent

Dear  Lovejoy Community:
There is a lot of great news to share with you this week. I would like to start by congratulating the five Lovejoy High School students who were recently named as National Merit Scholar Finalists:

Noah Corbitt
Eden Harris
Zoe Kahana
John Reaves
Kevin Sorstokke
We are certainly proud of these students and their exemplary accomplishments.
As a reminder, we have not closed school for any bad weather days, so Monday, February 20th, will be a holiday.  Best wishes to you and your family for an enjoyable, long weekend.
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 them in this tuition-based program.  Click here to access the registration packet. 
We are looking forward to offering this new program featuring certified teachers who will follow the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) guidelines for curriculum and instruction appropriate for a Pre-K program.  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 Little 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, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003 or by email
2017-2018 Calendar
The proposed calendar drafts were sent to households today, with staff member preferences.  Details are as follows:
1)    Each household will have one vote for their calendar preference
2)    Voting will close at the end of the day on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
3)    The Superintendent will recommend the calendar with the most household votes to the Board of Trustees
4)    The Board of Trustees will vote to adopt the calendar at the March 22, 2017 Board meeting
If you have any questions regarding the calendars, or this process, please contact my assistant, Stacey Dillon, at 469.742.8003 or by email .
Lovejoy Centennial Logo Design Contest
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.
Suicide Crisis Resources
New information has been posted under Parent Resources on the district website which includes suicide crisis resources.  You may access this important information by clicking here.  
Powerlifting - Correction
Last week, the powerlifting results for Kade Ashley were reported incorrectly.  Congratulations to Kade on a great performance at J. J. Pearce:
365 Bench
500 Squat
435 Deadlift
1300 Total
JV Wrestling
The JV men wrestled a great meet and finished their season as the District 9-5A JV champions.  Ten men wrestled in this event and eight placed in the top four of their weight class.  The placers are:
4th Place
Harrison Sachse, Ross Walenciak, CJ Bacon
3rd Place
David Gold
2nd Place
Alex Vislosky, Chris Repak
Austin Bennett, Tyler Beidleman
For a complete list of all matches, click here

LHS Color Guard
The LHS Guard competed in the North Texas Color Guard Association contest at Flower Mound High School this past weekend. Out of 14 guards in their class, they were placed first in their round of participants.  Congratulations, Guard.
LHS Lady Leopards Basketball
Congratulations to the Lady Leopards Basketball team on their exciting win against Mt. Pleasant.  The score was 53-46.
The Lady Leopards now move on to round two of the playoffs.  They will play Frisco Lone Star on Friday, February 17th at McKinney Boyd High School.  The game will begin at 7:00 PM.  We hope you will join us in supporting the Lady Leopards.

LHS Boys Basketball
The boys' basketball team will play the Mt. Pleasant Tigers in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday, February 21st at Rains High School.  The game will begin at 7:00 PM.  Ticket prices are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for students, and Senior Citizens are free.  We hope to see you there.

Leopard Fishing
The Leopard Fishing Team came in 2nd place overall in the THSBA tournament this weekend at Lake Texoma. Three Leopard teams placed in the top 15 out of 256 boats.  Congratulations to:
Coale Barr and Trent Martelloni - 6th Place
(pictured below)

Trey Johnson and Kellen Worley - 8th Place
(pictured below)

Hank and Sam Harrison - 15th Place
(pictured below)

Lovejoy Band and Choir Present Java & Jazz:
February 17

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
Digital and Interactive Media
The LHS Digital and Interactive Media students, with the help of students in other LHS programs, entered the Texas Association of School Board's "Public Schools Rock" contest.  The students are asking for your help.  When you watch the entire video, a vote will be cast. Click here to view the video, and help the Digital and Interactive Media students win the contest. 
Filing Deadline for May Trustee Election
The filing deadline for a place on the ballot for the May 6, 2017, Trustee Election is Friday, February 17, 2017, at 5:00 PM. There are two positions up for election.  In Position 5, incumbent Matt Gournay has filed.  In Position 4, Anne Smith and Joel Treanor have filed. 
C a n d i d a t e packets are available for pick up in the Administration Building. For additional information, please click here .  
A Message from the Deputy Superintendent
Early Release:  What are Lovejoy Teachers Doing?

Dear Lovejoy Community:
Last Wednesday, this school year's second early-release day, was focused on professional learning for our teachers.  One of the adjustments we made to our academic calendar a few years ago was to provide the legally-required number of instructional days to students within the confines of the state-mandated uniform start date of school, and the community's preference to end the school year prior to June.  In order to meet this challenge, we decided to "front load" all of the required teacher professional development days to occur before the start of school.
Knowing we could not have a professional learning system for our teachers that occurred once each year prior to the student instructional days, and given our tight controls on the amount of district funds we use to send teachers to conferences during the school year, we decided to seek the waiver from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for six early-release days in our calendar.  In order to have staff development opportunities during the school year, we have elected to use three of the early-release days for teacher professional learning.
The focus of our professional learning continues to be on the strategies to support effective formative assessment.  The professional educator definition of formative assessment is "the formal and informal processes teachers and students use to gather evidence for the purpose of informing the next steps in learning." 
In plain English, it is the strategies teachers use to determine what students know and don't know. It is the work teachers do in the classroom on a frequent basis to help students monitor and set goals around what they know and don't know until students reach mastery of the required learning.  Some past, familiar examples of formative assessment may be found in athletics or fine arts classes. 
Good coaches have always been able to make the expectations for each player very clear (the learning target), identify where each player was in his implementation of that learning target, provide explicit feedback about which components of the expectation were being done well and which needed improvement, and provide specific feedback and coaching as to how to improve each component of the player's performance in order to reach a mastery level.  Good players are able to internalize the expectation, act on feedback, set goals, and monitor their own progress toward mastery.  This is the process for learning we want to occur in all classrooms and in all subject areas.
Formative assessment strategies are research-based, and have one of the most significant positive impacts on learning.  The cornerstone of the research on formative assessment was published by Wiliam and Black (1998).  In addition to the effect sizes on student learning found in their research, they also describe formative assessment as one of the most economical approaches to improving student learning because the key is the use of strategies by teachers as opposed to any additional supplies or materials which teachers must learn to use or purchase.
We are excited by the work of our teachers as they continue to learn and grow.  As with all professional development, our goal is to improve the learning experiences for each student in Lovejoy ISD.  You will notice we have not placed the early-release days for teacher professional learning into any of the calendar options for the 2017-18 school year.  We are considering a combination of days rather than only Wednesday afternoons.

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

Draper James Event:  February 28
Draper James is holding a special event to benefit the Foundation on Tuesday, February 28th, from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM. They will give 20% back from the proceeds during the event. They will be providing sweet treats while you shop. Draper James is Reece Witherspoon's new store located in Highland Park Village.

Taste of Fairview

The 2nd Annual Taste of Fairview:  March 3rd
Back by popular demand, the 2nd Annual Taste of Fairview will be held on March 3rd.  The event is presented by Estate Life Magazine, in partnership with the Allen/Fairview Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club, and the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.  Details are as follows:
March 3, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club
Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased by clicking here .  Ticket sales will be donated to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.
This event sells out quickly...reserve your tickets today.

FLS 2017 DandD

2017 Denim and Diamonds Gala and Auction
Your Support is Appreciated
Through your generosity and support, The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools (FLS) issued grants totaling $435,000 to Lovejoy teachers for use in their classrooms this year. The Foundation is funded primarily from the Annual Appeal Campaign and the Denim and Diamonds (D&D) Gala and Auction. The Foundation's goal is to cover D&D costs with sponsorships prior to the night of the event, allowing all dollars spent at the event to go directly to fund classroom grants.
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.
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.
Tickets are now on sale, for $90 each. The ticket price will increase to $100 beginning 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 to purchase tickets to the gala.
Online Auction:  February 28 - March 7
The Denim and Diamonds Online Auction will open on February 28th. Click here to view the auction flyer. This is an exciting opportunity to win great items for your students. The Lovejoy staff has donated various unique and special experiences for the children. Also available are the fabulous Class Masterpieces, created by students in grades K-5. Additional details will be shared in upcoming weeks regarding registering to bid in the Online Auction. For questions, please contact Cindy Booker at 469.742.8043 or by email .  
In Case You Missed It

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


Volunteers Needed for The Frisco College Baseball Classic
There is an exciting new event coming to Frisco this spring, and you are invited to be a part of it. The Frisco College Baseball Classic will be held at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark March 3rd - 5th, 2017. The 2017 Classic will feature Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Arizona, all of which are considered to be among the top programs in the country. The tournament spans three days at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas.

The Frisco Classic is proud to be partnered with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the foundation.

The Frisco College Baseball Classic is looking for students 16 years and older needing volunteer hours. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here or contact Abby Gray at for more information. 

If you are interested in attending the tournament, or would like additional information, please visit: .
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.
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  

2017-2018 LHS Cheer Tryouts

Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit Night:  February 21
The Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit night will be held at Palio's Pizza Café (431 E. Stacy Road, Fairview) on Tuesday, February 21st from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  Please plan on joining us for a great combo of delicious food, good company, and support of our Lovejoy Orchestra. 15% of the proceeds from our visit will go to the Orchestra Booster Club. When you order, please let them know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra. Spirt night includes dine in and take out. We hope to see you there.

Lovejoy Soccer Future Leopard Nights:
February 24 and February 28
The men's Leopard soccer team will host Future Leopard Night Friday, February 24th, when they take on Forney High School with a 5:30 PM kick off for JV, and a 7:15 PM kick off for Varsity.
The Lady Leopard Soccer team will host Future Leopard Night on Tuesday, February 28th , during their game against Wylie East with a 5:30 PM kick off for JV, and a 7:15 PM kick off for Varsity.
During halftime of all games, the first 15 future Leopards able to score a goal will receive a $10 gift card to Zoe's Kitchen. There will be prizes for all future Leopards participating. LHS soccer players will be available after both the JV and Varsity halftime events to answer questions and sign autographs. All elementary and middle school students receive free admission the night of the event.

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.

Stay Connected  

Inclement Weather
School closures will be determined based on safety.  In the event of a school closure, notifications will be announced on the district's website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.  We will also announce any closure through the media and by phone.  Links to our social media accounts are shown below.   

Lovejoy ISD App
The Lovejoy ISD App is available for download on both Apple and Android devices. To download the app for Apple devices, please  click here . To download the app for Android devices, please  click here .  

Twitter and Facebook
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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)