Lovejoy Independent School District

Email Express
February 8, 2017
A Message from the Superintendent

Dear  Lovejoy Community:

I hope this correspondence finds you and your family enjoying some time together on this early release day. Our educators use this time for Professional Development.  We consistently collaborate to provide the highest quality of learning experiences for your students, and thank you for the opportunity to serve your family.  
heARTs for ART:  February 12
One of our Lovejoy families, the Schmidts, are part of a group called heARTs for ART.  This is a non-profit organization in memory of their daughter, Samantha, which benefits Cook Children's AML Pediatric Leukemia Research.  heARTS for ART invites all Lovejoy families to help fight pediatric leukemia on Sunday, February 12th, at the Allen High School Performing Arts Center from 2:00 - 6:30 PM.  This family event includes a great line up of performers, arts, activities, concessions, and a silent auction.  Click here for additional information, or follow heARTs for ART on Facebook .
2017-2018 Calendar
Information will be sent to parents next week regarding the 2017-2018 calendar.  The adoption process is as follows:  
  1. Proposed calendar drafts are sent to households with staff member preferences (week of February 13th)
  2. Each household will have one vote for their calendar preference
  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 Board meeting

Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten
Registration for the Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program will open on February 15th.  If you have a child who will be 4 years of age by September 1, 2017, you may choose to register them in this tuition-based program. The February 15th edition of Email Express will include the registration link.
Last week's edition of Email Express contained frequently asked questions and answers regarding the Pre-K program.  You may click here to view the FAQs.  We are adding two new FAQs this week:
  • How can you guarantee the quality of your Pre-K program without a proven preschool track record?
Some parents may not be aware of our district's preschool program for employees.  We have run a very strong academic program, Little Leopards, for the past 11 years.  Little Leopards follows the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) guidelines for its 4-year old Pre-K curriculum. The students matriculating out of Little Leopards to Hart, Lovejoy, or Puster Elementary have proven to be very well-equipped and ready for Kindergarten.
The tuition-based Pre-K program, opening in the Fall of 2017, will use the same successful curriculum used by Little Leopards.   
  • What will the daily Pre-K schedule look like?

LHS Swimmers Advance to State
Congratulations to the LHS Swim Team on their success at Regionals this past weekend.  The team experienced a meet where they saw three new school records and many lifetime best performances.
Special congratulations go out to the state qualifiers:
Juliette Pages, Sloan Carevic, Natalie Womack, Emma Ream
Girls 200 Medley Relay
James Vaughn
200 IM*, 100 fly
Emma Ream
50 free*, 100 fly
Natalie Womack
100 back*
Natalie Womack, Juliette Pages, Sloan Carevic, Emma Ream
Girls 400 Free Relay

* denotes new school records
To top off the amazing swims the girls team placed 3rd and the boys finished 11th at the Regional Meet.
LHS Boys Basketball
The boys' basketball team clinched a playoff berth last night with their 58-36 win over Royse City.  We will share district playoff information on Facebook and Twitter .

LHS Girls Basketball
The Girls Basketball team is headed to the bi-district playoff game.  We hope to see you at the game.
Monday, February 13 at 7:00 PM
Home Team: Lovejoy - Away Team: Mount Pleasant
Rains High School
1651 W. US Highway 69
Emory, Texas 75440

LHS Power Lifting
The Lovejoy High School Power Lifting Team competed on February 2nd at JJ Pearce High School in Richardson.  Congratulations to the following students:
Hunter Duncan (LHS/9th) 1st Place
Sqt: 265
Bch: 155
D Lft: 255
Total: 675
Hudson Wallace (LHS/10th) 1st Place
Sqt: 395
Bch: 215
D Lift: 415
Total: 1025
Matthew Jonke (LHS/10th) 4th Place
Sqt: 345
Bch: 180
D Lift: 355
Total: 880
Landon McDermott (LHS/11th) 1st Place
Sqt: 380
Bch: 255
D Lift: 420
Total: 1055
Sergio Arriaga (LHS/11th) 2nd Place
Sqt: 480
D Lift: 460
Total: 1190
Kade Ashley (LHS/11th) 1st Place
Sqt: 480
D Lift: 460
Total: 1190
Logan Sigmon (LHS/10th) 2nd Place
Sqt: 555
Bch: 305
D Lift: 430
Total: 1290


LHS Tennis
The LHS Tennis Team competed in another spring tournament, resulting in a Championship for the Leopards. Congratulations to Jack Bennett and Chris Sun for capturing the Boys Doubles Title with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Texas High in the finals.

Congratulations to Daniel Xue for winning the boys' singles title at the McKinney JV tournament last week.

Top Results from Ennis
Jack Bennett and Chris Sun
Boys Doubles - Champions
Cole McCurry and Polly Roth
Mixed Doubles - 2nd Place
Kate Flaggert
Girls Singles - Semi-Finalist
James Hourihan
Boys Singles - Consolation Champion
JV Results - McKinney
Daniel Xue
Boys Singles - Champion
Ty Johnson and Garrett Beard
Boys Doubles - Semi-Finalist
WSMS Orchestra Ensemble Festival
On Tuesday, January 31st, 95 orchestra students participated in the first annual Willow Springs Middle School Orchestra Ensemble Festival. The students performed small ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, and small chamber ensembles) for judges from our area. They received comments and ratings from the judges.
Overall, the orchestra students received 86 Superior 1st Division Ratings, and 9 Excellent 2nd Division Ratings. 15 students received the Exemplary Musician Award for going above and beyond with their musical performance. Congratulations to the following students:
Exemplary Musician Awards
Daniela Angarita
Jacob Beets
Maricela Cueva Rios
Ayana Dalley
Hannah Daniel
Savannah Fanous
Jenna Garcia
Grace Holmes
Holly Hughes
Elaina Johnson
Grayson Mousavijam
Jordan Watson
Julia Williams
Mark Wen
Cecile Zhang
LHS Orchestra
Congratulations to the LHS orchestra students on their performances at the Region 25 UIL Solo and Ensemble contest. 40 students competed in 36 events including instrumental solo contests, as well as small ensemble contests.
Orchestra Region 25 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest Results
Class 1 Solo
Superior Rating and Qualifying for Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest
Andrew Chang - Violin
Gabriella DiLiegro - Violin
Sarah Dunham - Violin
Anthony Tang - Violin
Carol Xu - Violin
Daniel Xue - Violin
John Reaves - Viola
Blaine Britton - Cello
Katrina Leslie - Cello
Abigail Xue - Cello
Class 1 Ensemble
Superior Rating and Qualifying for Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest
String Duet
Anthony Tang - Violin
Daniel Xue - Violin
String Quartet
Lauren Bradshaw - Violin
Gabriella DiLiegro - Violin
Tyler Gassman - Viola
Weston Hall - Cello
String Quartet
Sarah Dunham - Violin
Anthony Tang - Violin
John Reaves - Viola
Abigail Xue - Cello
String Quintet
Leslie LaTour - Violin
Lauren Bradshaw - Violin
Meredith Ehlmann - Viola
Katrina Leslie - Cello
Veronica Hanson - Bass
Class 1 Solo
Superior Rating
Sarah Parkinson - Violin
Sophie Starnes - Cello
Class 1 Solo
Excellent Rating
Sariah Baggs - Violin
Weston Hall - Cello
Class 2 Solo
Superior Rating
Autumn Purcell - Violin
Arlissa Rodriquez - Violin
Blake Hinton - Bass
John Stallings- Bass
Class 1 Ensemble
Excellent Rating
String Quartet
Sariah Baggs-Violin
Sarah Parkinson- Violin
Shelby Hughes- Viola
Katie Williams- Cello
Class 2 Ensemble
Superior Rating
String Duet
Victoria Miller -Viola
Lindsey Toft - Viola
Class 2 Solo
Excellent Rating
Keirsten Burno - Violin
Samantha Carter - Violin
Turner Thompson - Violin
Adelyn Maruca - Bass
Jarod Costello - Bass
Class 3 Solo
Superior Rating
Allie Bianchi - Violin
Lauren Hammond - Violin
Emma Smith - Violin
Naomi Thadikonda - Viola
Class 3 Solo
Excellent Rating
Elliana Brown - Violin
Sofia Estes - Violin

LHS Choir
Lovejoy High School hosted the UIL Region 25 Vocal and Piano Solo & Ensemble Contest this past Saturday. Judges, directors, parents, and students from other schools complimented our facilities and wonderful student helpers on a very successful day.
UIL Solos and Ensembles are organized into classifications; Class 1 being the most advanced and generally reserved for upperclassmen at the varsity level. Class 1 solos and ensembles receiving a "superior" rating also qualify for the UIL State Solo & Ensemble contest.
In all, 74 students received superior designations, 9 students earned an excellent rating, and 26 students qualified for UIL State Solo & Ensemble.
Congratulations to the following students for a job well done. 
Class 1 Solo - Superior
Rachel Bradley
Hannah Hansen
Mallory Immel
Zoe Kahana
Mandy Rickett
Marcie Sawyers
Catherine Stewart
Katie Strand
Leta Sullivan
Brady Bardwell
Danny Finn
Reed Fraser
Trace Glorioso
Noah Johnson
Class 1 Ensemble - Superior
Linday Haden
Alison Jobes
Lauren LaTour
Allie Straeck
Grace Kirby
Katrina Leslie
Kaitlin Nunn
Marcie Sawyers
Chase Barajas
Brady Bardwell
Reed Fraser
Dane Locklear
Class 1 Solo - Excellent
Meg Fuentes
Jay Genovese
Grant Durow
Jerad King
Dalton Walker
Class 1 Ensemble - Excellent
McKay Collyer
Noah Johnson
Connor Martin
Samuel Phillips
Class 2 Solo - Superior
Katie Bardwell
Julia Dobbs
Faith Ortegon
Marsella Palmer
Hallie Steadman
Shalin Mehta
Luke Wild
Class 2 Ensemble - Superior
Emma Allen
Sarah Collins
Emily Rippy
Aubrie Shinedling
Madison Valdez
Sydney Brand
Alison Jenkins
Ashlyn May
Kendall Vaughn
Elizabeth Weichel
Class 3 Solo - Superior
Colette Brooks
Sarah Collins
Kyra Jacobs
Elle Mendelson
Joey Chavez
Stephen Godfrey
Nathan York
Class 3 Ensemble - Superior
Sophia Foster
Kyra Jacobs
Autumn Krisher
Sunessa Madhav
Emmy Straeck
Stephen Godfrey
David Gold
Mason Hutchins
Gideon Jowers
Shalin Mehta
Nathan York
A Cappella - Superior - Pop/Swing Ensemble
Ryan Allen
Chase Barajas
Brady Bardwell
Rachel Bradley
Cole Egger
Danny Finn
Reed Fraser
Pierce Goddard
Hannah Hansen
Mallory Immel
Dane Locklear
Catherine Stewart
Hallie Steadman
Katie Strand
LHS Computer Science
The computer science team participated in two events over the last two weekends.  Congratulations to the following students: 
January 28th - Plano East Competition
Advanced - 2nd place
Sam Bell
Marcus Mao
Ben Buhse
Novice - 4th Place
Zoe Kahana
Matthew McLaren

February 4th - Digital Divas
 All Girls Competition at Richardson High School sponsored by AT&T
Advanced - 5th place
Zoe Kahana
Eden Harris
Ariel Jacobs
Never Competed Category - 9th place
Blaine Brittan
Johannah Belk
RuiYi He

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 has 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

Dear Lovejoy Community:
Last Saturday, Willow Springs Middle School sent a team of Mathletes to the annual MATHCOUNTS competition on the campus of UTD. The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series, starting in 1983, is a national program which allows students to compete individually and as a team to solve some of the most challenging math problems.
Students compete in a sprint, target, and team round. Each 30-40-minute contest focuses on a different aspect of advanced mathematics. The sprint round encourages speed and accuracy. The target round focuses on problem solving and mathematical reasoning. The team round brings all members of the team together to collaboratively solve problems.
The 2017 WSMS MATHCOUNTS team members are:
Jack Czyz
Kaya Czyz
William Guo
Arushi Gupta
Andrew Mao
Nia Marwaha
Carter Satterwhite
Eric Wang
Mark Wen
The team coach is Mr. Jacob Hunter.
This year's team had a strong showing in all events. In the team competition (Kaya Czyz, William Guo, Andrew Mao, and Mark Wen), Willow Springs placed 10th out of 31 teams.  They fell just short of qualifying for the state MATHCOUNTS competition in Austin. In addition to a strong team competition, four individuals finished in the top 25% of all individual competitors.  Out of 220 competitors, Andrew Mao finished 24th, Mark Wen finished 42nd, William Guo finished 46th, and Eric Wang finished 50th.  

If your rising 6th, 7th, or 8th grade child is interested in joining next year's MATHCOUNTS competition team, please contact Jacob Hunter for more information.  

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

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 for the Gala go on sale Friday, February 10th, 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:

You may also contact Cindy Booker at:


You may  click here  to  purchase tickets to the gala.
In Case You Missed It

This section of Email Express highlights news reports/articles in which Lovejoy has been featured over the previous week.
Senior Project:  Amanda Kamar
Amanda Kamar, a Senior at Lovejoy High School, is organizing a book drive for her Senior Project.  Donated books will be shared with charities, a nursing home, and Little Free Libraries.  Collection bins are available at all LISD campuses through the end of February.  Click here for additional information. 

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 Band and Choir Present Java & Jazz:
February 17

The Mark of McKinney Presents 2017 College Megafest
February 18
Click here for detailed information regarding the 2017 College Megafest presented by The Mark of McKinney.

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.

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

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)