Lovejoy Independent School District

Email Express
April 12, 2017
A Message from the Superintendent

Dear  Lovejoy Community:

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 T heatre 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.

Lovejoy ISD Centennial Art Contest
It is a pleasure to announce the winner of the Lovejoy ISD Centennial Art Contest, Hudson Samuels.  Hudson is a 9th grade student at Lovejoy High School, enrolled in Jennifer Holcombe's Digital and Interactive Media class. 

We received almost 90 entries for this contest. Thank you to all of the students who participated and shared their talent and creativity with us.  

Clarification Regarding Residency
We are often asked questions regarding residency.  A frequent question is, "If I move out of the district, will my students be allowed to stay in Lovejoy ISD?"  The answer is: K-12 students will be allowed to complete the semester in which they are enrolled at the time of their move. K-12 students may then enroll in subsequent semesters through the Lovejoy Tuition-Based Enrollment program. Students who move out of the district prior to their Senior year will have to pay tuition as do other students who live outside of our Lovejoy ISD boundaries. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  My cell phone number is 972.415.8129.

School Funding
The Texas House and Texas Senate are now considering 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 to contact, along with important information:

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.

Legacy Read
Making a Difference Through Compassion/Walking a Mile in My Shoes #CompassionateLovejoy
We are pleased to introduce a school-wide reading experience which will foster and promote a community of readers at LISD, while also celebrating diversity. The goal is to encourage empathy, perspective taking, and acceptance by prompting Leopards to read books about people who are different from themselves and those who make a difference in the world with their compassionate actions. By immersing ourselves in the stories of others, we can better understand the paths they choose to follow.

We hope you will visit the  Legacy Read website to watch the campus videos which share the Charter for Compassion and Children's Charter for Compassion. The videos feature students and teachers from each campus. The high school video was filmed and edited by Grant Dennis.

Elementary books include:
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
El Deafo by Cece Bell
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

The Secondary book is:
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
(Book Fairs at Willow Springs Middle and Lovejoy High School both have the  I Am Malala books available for students to purchase as well as summer reading books for English classes.)
All campuses will be celebrating the Lovejoy Legacy Read throughout the month of April, which is also National Library Month. Watch for our hashtag:


 on social media throughout the month of April.

WSMS Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras
On Wednesday, April 5th and Thursday, April 6th, the Willow Springs Middle School Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras participated in the annual Region 25 UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest at McKinney North High School.
The Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras received the highest honor of the Sweepstakes Award, a First Division Superior Award on stage, coupled with a First Division Superior Award in the Sight-reading room.  This is the first year in program history to take both a Varsity and Non-Varsity middle school group to this event.  The judges consistently remarked on how professional and musical the students were and how they played beyond just notes and rhythms to create a beautiful musical experience.
Click here to see a full list of student recognitions.

WSMS Choir
Twenty-four WSMS Choir students placed in the All-Region Choir. There were over 470 students who auditioned.  Click here to see the full list of student recognitions. Best wishes to these students as they perform on April 22nd at the All-Region Concert.

LHS Cheer
Congratulations to Emilee Gant and Carson Harrington for receiving the Tom Landry Scholarship for their outstanding leadership. Only 15 exceptional students in the metroplex were chosen for this award.  They will be honored at the Tom Landry Scholarship Banquet on April 24th.

Sports Medicine
The Student Athletic Trainers (SATs) participated in the North Texas Athletic Training Symposium on Saturday at UT Arlington. The SATs participated in learning labs about upper extremity anatomy and injuries. They also competed in a videotaping and Quiz bowl contest.
3rd Place - Ankle Taping - Lauren Payne
1st Place - Quiz Bowl - Logan Meyers and Olivia Bullock

Members of The Red Ledger placed at the Dallas Morning News High School Journalism Day contest on Wednesday at Union Station in Dallas.
Students across the Metroplex submitted more than 1,200 stories, photos and videos to be judged by the Dallas Morning News staff. The top three entries in each category were recognized with gold, silver and bronze awards.
Finalists also attended sessions with the Dallas Morning News and WFAA staffers, and were treated to a lunch catered by Wolfgang Puck.
Freshman Gaby Garcia received silver for short feature story. Junior Hannah Ortega took silver for sports feature. Seniors Hallie Fischer and Matthew Cinquepalmi and junior Mary Catherine Wells received silver for Best Series or Project. Hallie Fischer also took the bronze for columnist portfolio.
A Message from the Deputy Superintendent
UIL Academics

Dear Lovejoy Community:
Spring is always a wonderful opportunity to recognize the tremendous student successes in Lovejoy.  Recently, our high school students competed in UIL Academic events.  LHS took 4th place overall as a team in the UIL Regional Competition. Congratulations to the students who competed in the UIL Regional Competition, and to the following students and their coaches who are advancing to UIL State at UT Austin.  
Feature Writing - Coach:  Corey Hale
Kelsey Carroll , 1st Place
Hannah Ortega , 2nd Place
Ready Writing - Coach:  Cheryl Anderson
Anna Stockton , 1st Place
Social Studies - Coach:  Jason Taylor
Noah Corbitt , 1st Place
The Computer Science Team took first place in the Team Programming competition.  The team event is composed of two competitions: a written 40 question test and a 2-hour programming competition.  The results of the written test, below, put the team in a solid first place going into the programming round.
Written CS Results
1st place - Samuel Bell
2nd place - Marcus Mao
5th place - Ben Buhse
9th place - Tommy Rousey
The programming competition consisted of 12 problems.  Lovejoy solved 8 of the 12 in two hours which, combined with the written tests, placed Lovejoy in 1st for the team event; and when all the Regions had posted, Lovejoy had the highest score in the State.
Pam Ford is the Computer Science Team Coach. I would like to congratulate her and all the Computer Science team members.

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.


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 to foundational courses.  There is something for everyone.  Click here for details and registration links.

Kids 1st Summer Camp

High School Volunteers Needed
Lovejoy Cub Scout Pack 358 is looking for high school volunteers in need of volunteer hours to help with the annual Blue & Gold banquet event on Saturday, April 22nd at Lovejoy Elementary from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.   
Blue & Gold is a celebration of the accomplishments of the Cub Scouts who have earned their next rank. Each scout will "crossover" a bridge and be welcomed into his next rank. The Webelos 2 will hold a special ceremony called the Arrow of Light, and will be received into their new Boy Scout Troop. This is a big accomplishment for the Scouts who have worked hard all year.
Cub Scout Pack 358 serves all three Lovejoy elementary schools. We appreciate the help of our high school friends who assist in making this event a big success.
Interested volunteers, please email Michelle at with "B&G Volunteer" in the subject line, or text 214.801.3505.  Michelle will contact you with the event details. The deadline to respond is April 20th.

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 .

April is Autism Awareness Month

Bus Drivers
Lovejoy ISD is currently accepting applications for full-time and part-time school bus drivers.  Click here for additional information.

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  
Softball Presents Little Leopards Night:  April 13
Join Lovejoy Softball for Little Leopards/WSMS Night on Thursday, April 13th for the JV (5:30 PM) and Varsity (7:00 PM) games. Little Leopards will join the Varsity girls on the field for the National Anthem before the Varsity game. There will be posters for autographs, running the bases, stickers, and raffle items between the Varsity game innings.
Majestics Spring Show - Simply the Best:  April 20-22
The Majestics Spring Show Simply the Best highlights the 10th Anniversary of the Majestics Dance Team. From its earliest beginnings with 14 members to its largest team of 40 girls, the Majestics have always sparkled and smiled their majestic red lips at sporting events, campus activities, and performance venues. Come celebrate with us as we mingle the past with the present and deliver a show-stopping dance revue.
The show dates are April 20th - 22nd in the Lovejoy High School Auditorium.  For additional information, or to purchase tickets, please   click here .

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.

WSMS Theatre Presents Who Hath Done It?: April 27-29
Here Ye! Here Ye!  WSMS Theatre proudly presents: Who Hath Done It? A Shakespeare Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. To reserve your seats, email:

April 27, 28 & 29 at 7:00 PM
3-Course Dinner from Italian Villa
Join us for this interactive game and show all in one. 

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.

Taylor Johnson - Class of 2013
Taylor graduated summa cum laude in 3 1/2 years from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Communication Disorders. She was accepted to several graduate schools for the upcoming fall semester, and has decided to attend the University of North Texas to pursue her master's degree in Speech Pathology.

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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)