Lovejoy Independent School District

Email Express
November 9, 2016
A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Lovejoy Community:
Today is National Signing Day with Lovejoy High School honoring 6 students signing at the collegiate level to play sports.  This celebration took place at 3:30 this afternoon in the LHS Main Gym.  Congratulations to the following students:
Jordan "Jo Jo" McRae - Softball (University of Maryland)
Bailey Downing - Volleyball (Utah State University)
Lexi Smith - Volleyball (University of Illinois)
Paige Becker - Volleyball (Cornell University)
Grant Tiff - Cross Country (Stephen F. Austin State University)
Emma Ream - Swimming (University of North Texas)
Last night, the Lady Leopards Volleyball Team swept Frisco Reedy in the 5A Region II Quarterfinal.  It was a great evening to be a part of the crowd and celebrate the success of the Volleyball Team. I like the way our coaches support other sports; as I watched last night's match Coach Ford and Coach Wicke sat across from me with their families. The team will play in the Regional Semi-Finals on Friday, November 11th against Lake Ridge at Richardson Berkner.  The game will begin at 5:00 PM.

The Lovejoy Cross Country Team will compete in the State Championships on Saturday, November 12th at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.  Our boys' team has a good shot at being on the medal stand if all goes well. 

The Lovejoy Leopard Golf Team hosted the Lovejoy Invitational, November 1st, at Heritage Ranch Country Club. Both the Lovejoy Black and Lovejoy Red varsity teams, as well as the JV team competed in the tournament.  A total of 16 high schools competed in the tournament, with 140 players.
The Lovejoy "Black" team shot a team total 343, with a 5th place finish.  Individual scores were as follows: Ben Marples 84, Brian Wolfe 85, Jonah Barton 87, Grayson Wehking 87, and Matt Welch 91.
The Lovejoy "Red" team shot their best total of the year with 379 and an 8th place finish.  Individual scores were as follows: Lyndon Su 88, David Logan 92, Jackson Snyder 96, Jack LeGare 103, and Brandon Grebe 111.
The Lovejoy JV team shot a team total 415 with a 4th place finish.  Individual scores were as follows: Trent King 102, Weston Ludlow 103, Anthony Ciletti 104, Joe Harris 106, and Cy Feagin 118.
Lovejoy posted a 3rd and a 5th place finish with the varsity teams. The "Black" team shot a 363 total team score. Individual scores were as follows: Allie Bianchi 79 (4th place overall), Katie Dragoo 83 (5th place overall), Mallory Sailer 96, Savanna Roulette 105, and Annie Dale 106.

The "Red" team shot a 391 team total score. Individual scores were as follows: Kendall Sailer 91, Callie Mayfield 96, Jazmine Veatch 98, Sophie Starnes 106, and Alyssa Paranteau 107.

Congratulations to the 7th Grade Volleyball A Team and Coach Vanover on their District Championship at their tournament last weekend at Rockwall's Heath High School.  The team went undefeated, with no losses the entire season.

The Leopard Football season came to a close this past Friday with a loss to Royse City.  Michael Ray captured highlights of the season on video which may be viewed by clicking here

Congratulations to the LHS students who participated in the Byron Nelson High School Speech and Debate Tournament. It was a successful tournament for everyone. 

Joe Cross & Clay Parker - 4th Duo Acting
Mason Golden - Semi Finals Congressional Debate
Shivani Radhakrishnan - Semi Finals in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
Anna Rouse - 3rd place Informative Speaking
Rithik Tangella - Octo Finals Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Ellie Hager - 1st place Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Ellie Hager (Lincoln-Douglas Debate) qualified for the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament which will take place in March 2017.

For additional information regarding the LHS students who are in the race to qualify for State and for information regarding upcoming tournaments, please
click here .  You may also follow LHS Debate Team news on the team's website by clicking here .

Lovejoy ISD students Weston Ludlow, Bryce Braithwaite, and Chris Drye were all awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in October.  Their Eagle projects were as follows:
Bryce Braithwaite: Clearing Bamboo and Trail Areas for Heard Museum

Wes Ludlow: Made Benches and Bird Houses for Willow Springs

Chris Drye: Constructed "Buddy Benches" and Performed Maintenance on the  Character Benches at Lovejoy Elementary
Congratulations to these young men on achieving the highest award in Scouting.

The Puster Star Party has been rescheduled for Friday, November 11 at 6:00 PM.  The weather forecast looks great for an evening star party.
A Message from the
Deputy Superintendent

Parent and Community Opportunities

Dear Lovejoy Community:
It is hard to believe we are almost at the Thanksgiving break.  As you know, each year we offer Learning @ Lovejoy which is two weeks of professional development for educators.  However, throughout the school year, we provide learning opportunities for teachers and administrators, as well as educational sessions for parents and community members.  Tonight, there is a session, "SAFE! Issues Affecting Today's Teens and How You Can Help" presented by Vanita Halliburton and Dr. Ray Levy.  In this session, participants will learn key information to help recognize teens in distress, promote brain health, foster resiliency and positive coping skills, know the warning signs of suicidal behavior, find help for a struggling teen, and implement protective measures to keep teens SAFE!  Click here for additional information regarding the presenters. 
The session begins at 6:00 PM in the Lecture Hall at Lovejoy High School.

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
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.

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 .

Student Wellness:  Head Lice
The wellness of our students is of the utmost important.  In an effort to promote awareness and prevention, you may click here to review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's information regarding head lice.  You may also visit Lovejoy's website for lice guidelines by clicking here .  Additional questions regarding awareness and prevention may be directed to your campus nurse.

Upcoming Events  

SAFE!  Issues Affecting Today's Teens and How You Can Help:  November 9

We all want to keep our teens safe.  Join us on Wednesday, November 9th, at 6:00 PM, in the Lovejoy High School Lecture Hall to learn how to:
  • Recognize signs of distress in teens
  • Promote brain health
  • Foster resiliency and positive coping skills
  • Know the warning signs of suicidal behavior
  • Find help for a struggling teen
  • Implement protective measures to keep teens SAFE!

Vanita Halliburton is president of the Grant Halliburton Foundation, a non-profit organization which works to raise awareness and understanding of adolescent mental health and suicide prevention.  She speaks from the heart about her son's battle with depression and bipolar disorder and his suicide at the age of 19.

Ray Levy, Ph.D., LSSP is in private practice in Dallas, Texas, and works extensively with high-risk children, children with ADHD and strong-willed behaviors.  He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows discussing various psychological issues.  Dr. Levy travels throughout the country giving workshops and talks on therapy, and child and adolescent issues.

WSMS Theatre Presents Legally Blonde the Musical JR.: November 10-12
The WSMS Theatre Arts Department is pleased to present the family-friendly production of Legally Blonde the Musical JR. which runs Thursday, November 10th through Saturday, November 12th at 7:00 PM, with a 1:00 PM matinee on Saturday, November 12th.  All productions will be held at Willow Springs Middle School located at 1101 W. Lucas Road. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults and may be purchased in the front office of Willow Springs Middle School.
For additional information, please contact Donella DiPasquale .  There is no need to dress up, but please don't wear white after Labor Day. 

STAR PARTY: November 11
Puster Elementary, along with the Texas Astronomical Society, will host a star party on November 11th. Viewing will begin at 6:00 PM, and end at approximately 9:00 PM.  Join us as we explore the stars, moon, planets, the Andromeda Galaxy, and many exciting objects in the Milky Way. Parking will be available in the front lot. You may enter through the front doors where signs will direct you to the courtyard and back parking lot where viewing will take place. Access to the back parking lot will not be available via the driveway. The Puster PTA will provide hot chocolate.  

Lovejoy Women's Lacrosse Try It Day:  November 12
Lovejoy senior, Kennedy Miller, has taken on the challenge of launching the Lady Leopard Lacrosse program as her 2017 Senior Project. Please join Kennedy, Coach Shannon, and the rest of the Lovejoy student volunteer coaching staff for a Try It Day scheduled this fall:
Saturday, November 12, 2016           WSMS           10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
All grades are welcome, and loaner sticks will be available on a first come, first served basis. For additional information, contact Kennedy Miller at  or visit the website at: .

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.

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.

Caroline Johnson - Class of 2016
Caroline Johnson (Birmingham-Southern) remains in the news with a team-high 22 digs.  Click here to read the article.
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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)