Lovejoy Independent School District

Email Express
August 17,  2016
A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Lovejoy Community:

In case you are still in summer mode, school does start on Monday, August 22nd. As a reminder, traffic and parking will be a challenge on the first day of school, but will get better as we move through the first week. My annual advice is: leave early and take an extra dose of patience. Traffic does improve as we all get acclimated to our new school year routine and more and more kids move from parent transportation to LISD bus transportation. Speaking of buses, the 2016-2017 bus routes are posted; go to our website:> Departments> Operations> Transportation. Routes are in the box on the right side of the page.
On our website, you will also find other important information under parent resources.  Important for everyone are school start/end times:
  • Elementary: 8:00-3:05
  • Intermediate: 7:45-2:50
  • Middle School: 8:55-4:00
  • High School: 8:45-4:15
As always, I am happy to be a resource for any last minute information you may need. If I am not in your contacts, add my cell to your phone, and either call or text if you need help finding information for school.

Lovejoy welcomed our 2016-2017 staff members to the new year at our annual convocation event which was held on Monday at Lovejoy High School.  The Board of Trustees hosted a breakfast for the staff, and joined us for convocation. The energy at the kickoff event always supports an optimistic outlook for the upcoming school year.

Pictured above:  Puster Elementary School staff members.

Convocation Speaker, George Couros with Instructional Technology Coordinator, Donna Lusby, and K-2 Digital Literacy Coach, Elizabeth Benno.

Schools without kids are a very depressing environment for those of us who chose education as our life's work. We cannot wait for your kids to show up on Monday morning.  It is going to be another great year to Love Where You Learn.

Congratulations to the Lovejoy Cross Country Boys' Team.  They are ranked #1 for 5A in the Cross Country Association's Pre-Season Poll.  You may click here for additional information.

The Leopard Volleyball team is off to an excellent start in 2016 with a 10-1 record.  Last night the Lady Leopards (5A) knocked out the reigning 6A state champs (Hebron) in 3 games.  Congratulations to the team and coaches on a great opening season and a great win last night.

Callie Holden (12th/LHS) and Lexie Smith (12th/LHS) were named to the 2016 Adidas Texas Invitational All-Tournament Team.  Congratulations to these two young ladies on this significant accomplishment.

The volleyball team will be competing in the Allen tournament which starts this Friday.  Information regarding the tournament may be found here

We are continuing to receive great news regarding the accomplishments of Lovejoy students during their summer break.
Several students participated in mission trips this summer.
Students travelling to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip included:  Cason Smitherman (7th/WSMS), Addy Wimbish (7th/WSMS), Weston Wimbish (9th/LHS), Cade Smitherman (10th/LHS), Allie Karnes (11th/LHS), Alexis Villareal (11th/LHS), and LHS graduate, Kenzie Karnes.

Students travelling to Jamaica on a mission trip included:  LHS 10th graders:  Savannah Warren, Emma Satterwhite, Ashlynn May, Morgan Brown, and Cooper Goodman.

Kaylee Littlefield (5th/SCIS) competed in the AAU Junior Olympics earning All-American status in the 1500M with at time of 5:07.  She also competed in the AAU Girls Age 10 800M, finishing 4th   overall with a time of 2:34.

Audrey Bensmiller (8th/WSMS) received All-American Status at the USATF Junior Olympics.  She competed in the USATF Girls Age 13-14 Pole Vault, with a 6th overall finish and a personal best vault of 10' 2".

Ryan Brands (11th/LHS) earned a podium spot in the AAU Junior Olympics in the 3000M, with a 3rd overall finishing time of 9:05.  He also competed in the AAU Boys 17-18 2000M Steeplechase, with a 15th overall finishing time of 6:39. Ryan also competed in the USA Triathlon Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska, placing in the top 20.  Ryan was 19th with a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes for a ½ mile swim, 20K bike race, and 5000M run.

Jakob Feldman (9th/LHS) and Ariel Feldman (8th/WSMS) both competed in the Maccabi games in St. Louis this summer.  This swimming event was held from July 31 - August 5, with 1,200 athletes from 4 countries competing. Jakob won 13 out of 13 medals:  gold, silver, and bronze.  Twelve of the medals were in his age group, and 1 was helping the 15-16-year-old age group win the gold medal in their relay. Ariel won 12 out of 12 medals: gold, silver, and bronze. Both Jakob and Ariel had personal bests in most of their swims.

A Message from the
Deputy Superintendent

Dear Lovejoy Community:

I hope you are enjoying the last week of your summer break.  We are excited to have the students back with us on Monday, and look forward to another great school year.
This week, teachers are preparing for your children by readying their classrooms, participating in professional development, and collaborating with their peers to be sure each student has an experience that is second to none.
One part of this preparation week is honoring our Bright Spot session speakers from Learning @ Lovejoy.  Bright Spots are sessions presented by Lovejoy ISD staff members who have demonstrated success with new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Each year, we honor these Lovejoy teachers and administrators with a luncheon as a small token of our appreciation for their willingness to share their experiences and expertise. 
Pictured below is a snapshot of a twitter feed featuring the Bright Spot session, presented by Courtney Todd and Jason Eairheart:

We hope you have received all of the valuable information you need for your children and your family to kick off Monday with the best school experiences of their lives.  If you have feedback to help us improve, please do not hesitate to contact me on my cell.

Dennis Muizers

Hugs Café Requests Your Assistance
The mission of Hugs Café, located in McKinney, Texas, is to create an inviting place of training and employment for adults with special needs while providing dignity and self-worth.  Hugs is a non-profit organization asking for your help with a campaign to Ellen Degeneres.  See below for additional information.
How can you help?  During the month of August, tweet Ellen to let her know about Hugs.  The goal is to overload her feed with tweets from customers, teammates, employees, and volunteers.  Tweet @TheEllenShow to let Ellen know how wonderful life is @HugsCafe.

Lovejoy vs. Frisco Lone Star Tickets on Sale
Friday, September 9, 2016, the Lovejoy varsity football game will take place at the Ford Center at the Star.  Fans may purchase tickets for the September 9th game at the pre-sale price until the day of the game.  Click here to purchase tickets.
For additional information regarding varsity football tickets, please click here .
Volunteer Application Process Now Open for 2016-2017
The volunteer application process for the 2016-2017 school year is now open.  Please click here to begin the process.  Should you have any questions, please contact:
Volunteer Coordinator

2016-2017 School Calendar
The 2016-2017 school calendar has been updated with early release dates and a professional development day on January 2nd, which will not be a school day for students.  Please click here to view the 2016-2017 calendar.

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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Upcoming Events  

Lovejoy Ice Hockey:  August 23 Tryouts
Calling all skating Leopards entering grades 8-12 this school year. Lovejoy Ice Hockey is holding open tryouts for the 2016/2017 season on August 23rd from 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM at the Dr. Pepper Star Center in Richardson. Please arrive 45 minutes early for registration and packet pickup. If you have any questions, please email: .  See you on the ice. 

Gus M acker Basketball Tournament:
September 10 - 11

The 2nd Annual Gus Macker Basketball Tournament will be held September 10-11, 2016 at The Village at Fairview.  For general tournament information, click here .  You may register a team at:

An Evening with the Majestics:  September 23
The Majestic Dance Team is inviting girls K-6 to join them for an Evening with the Majestics on Homecoming night, Friday, September 23rd. Join the Majestics in performing the pre-game fight song, in the victory lines on the field, and then sit with the Majestics and participate in "stand routines" in the bleachers. During half time, the Majestics will dedicate a special routine to you and your new "Mini Majestic" friends. Click here for additional information, or visit the Majestics website at: .
Junior Leopard Mini Cheer Camp:  October 8
The LHS Cheerleaders are hosting their annual Junior Leopard Mini Cheer Camp for kids 4 years through 4th grade.  Join the LHS cheerleaders on October 8th to learn cheers, chants, and jumps.  Cheer with the cheerleaders during the first quarter of the Varsity game on Leopard Friday, October 14th. A cheer t-shirt is included in the cost.  Click here to view additional information.  Click here for the registration form. 

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.

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)