Lovejoy Independent School District

Email Express
February 22, 2017
A Message from the Superintendent

Dear  Lovejoy Community:
This past weekend was filled with many exciting experiences for our students.  Just to name a few - from Lovejoy High School's Orchestra and Band presenting Java and Jazz, to the LHS Swim Team competing at State, and the LHS Quiz Bowl team qualifying for the National tournament.  Following, you will find information regarding a wide variety of experiences in which our students excelled.  It certainly is great to be in Lovejoy.  We are continuously #lovejoyproud and hope you and your family #lovewhereyoulearn.
2017-2018 Calendar
Today (February 22nd) is the Last Day to Cast Your Vote
The proposed calendar drafts were sent to households on February 15, with staff member preferences indicated.  Details are as follows:
1)    Each household will have one vote for your calendar preference
2)    Voting will close at the end of today, Wednesday, February 22nd
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
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 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 him or her in this tuition-based program.  Click here to access the registration packet. 
We are looking forward to offering this new program featuring credentialed teachers who will provide a developmentally appropriate experience which will prepare our four year olds for Kindergarten.  We fully recognize a Pre-K program must be highly engaging and allow our children to explore their creativity. 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 youngest 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.

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.

UIL Young Filmmakers Festival
Congratulations to Lovejoy High School's 11th grade student Animator and Filmmaker, Carly Johnson.  Earlier this month, Carly had two videos place in the UIL Young Filmmakers Festival. Both videos made it all the way to the State Quarter-Finals round, and we are so proud of her efforts.
Click here to view :  Animation Demo Reel 2016 (Category 3: Computer/Digital Animation)
Click here to view :  Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win (Category 2: Documentary) 

History Bowl and History Bee
This past Saturday, the quiz bowl team traveled to Oklahoma City to compete in a regional qualifier for the History Bowl and the History Bee. Competitors were attempting to earn a bid to the National tournament in Washington DC later this spring.
History Bowl is a team trivia competition covering all areas of history including art, music, literature, science, and entertainment. The History Bee is a similar competition, but students compete as individuals instead of a team. Additionally, competitors also took a qualifying exam for the U.S. History Bee, which will also be held at the National tournament.
The LHS team had another strong showing this year. The following students placed in the History Bee and qualified for the national tournament:
Noah Corbitt - 2nd place
John Reaves - 5th place
The following students qualified for the US History Bee:
Noah Corbitt - 1st place
John Reaves - 2nd place
Zach Brown - 3rd place
Finally, the History Bowl team finished in 2nd place with both losses to eventual champion Wichita Collegiate High School (KS).
The quiz bowl team also qualified for the National tournament.

LHS Speech and Debate
Congratulations to the LHS Speech and Debate team on their exemplary performances.  Following are results of tournaments, as well as information regarding students who have qualified for future events. 
University of California-Berkeley Tournament Results
DUO Interpretation
Andrew Evins and Shivani Radhakrishnan
Quarter Finalist Top 24 out of 78 teams
Humorous Interpretation
Clay Parker
Finalist 4th out of 144 competitors
Qualified for Tournament of Champions in Kentucky.  1st time in LHS history.
Original Oratory
Octo Finalist Top 70 out of 250 competitors
Anna Rouse - Quarter Finalist
Kati Johnson - Quarter Finalist
National Speech & Debate - LBJ District - Tournament Results
Nine students who placed 1st or 2nd in their events have earned their qualifications for the NSDA national tournament this June in Alabama.
Congressional Debate
Mason Golden - Senate - Qualifier for national tournament
Anna Rouse - House - Finals
Grant Dennis - House - Finals
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Ellie Hager - Qualifier for national tournament - undefeated in all rounds of the district tournament.
Katie Johnson - Quarter Finals (Top 10)
Policy Debate
Sean Gassman and Andy Pottinger - Octo Finalist
Public Forum Debate
Dayton Thompson and Pierce Richardson - 4th place
Shalin Mehta and Rithik Tangella
World Schools Debate Team:
Pierce Richardson
Anna Rouse
Dayton Thompson
Kaitlyn Johnson
Duo Interpretation
Joe Cross & Grant Dennis - Qualifier for national tournament
Shivani Radhakrishnan & Andrew Evins - Finals Round
Humorous Interp
Clay Parker - Qualifier for national tournament
Informative Speaking
Anna Rouse - 4th place
Original Oratory
Shalin Mehta - out rounds
Texas Forensics Association State Tournament -  Plano, TX
March 9-11, 2017
Students must earn 12 points to qualify to compete at the state tournament.
Qualified for State
LD Debate
Ellie Hager
Kati Johnson
Collins Morgan
Duet Interpretation
Grant Dennis and Clay Parker
Duo Interpretation
Joe Cross and Clay Parker
Humorous Interpretation
Clay Parker
Public Forum Debate
Rithik Tangella and Dayton Thompson
Student Congressional Debate
Mason Golden - Senate
Zachary Brown
Kaeli Wilburn
National Individual Tournament of Champions
Students must earn two bids to qualify to compete.
Qualified for NIETOC
Duet Interpretation
Grant Dennis and Clay Parker
Humorous Interpretation
Clay Parker

LHS TAFE (Texas Association of Future Educators)
On February 16th - 19th, the LHS Texas Association of Future Educators competed at the State competition in Arlington.
Following are the students who competed in contests and earned blue ribbons:
Alyssa Watson and Nikki Sorensen
Becca Martin and Sydney Pederson
Emma Overholt and Lindsey Hammond
Teacher Created Materials
Students participating in competitions and earning a spot at Nationals in Phoenix are:
Katy Bradford and Cannon Meyer
Researching Learning Challenges
Katy Bradford, Cannon Meyer, Raegan Scheckel, and Kendall Fuller
Ethical Dilemma


LHS Computer Science Results
Congratulations to the LHS Computer Science Team on their recent competition at Plano West.
Advanced Team, 2nd place
Samuel Bell
Marcus Mao
Ben Buhse

Advanced Team, 5th place
Brice May
Kyle Sorstokke
Samuel Ma

Novice Team, 4th place
Zoe Kahana
Hudson Samuels
Matthew McLaren

LHS HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
Congratulations to the following HOSA members on their recent competition results.  The top three in their event will advance to state.
Taylor Carty
Placed 2nd in Clinical Nursing
Paige Christiansen
Placed 2nd in Home Health Aide
Kennedy Miller
Placed 3rd in Home Health Aide
Lauren Payne
Placed 1st in Sports Medicine
Olivera Bullock
Placed 2nd in Sports Medicine
Logan Meyer
Placed 4th in Sports Medicine
Noel Augustine
Placed 4th in Nutrition
Miranda Perry
Placed 4th in Epidemiology
State will be held in Corpus Christi March 31st - April 2nd.
LHS State Swim Meet Results
Congratulations to the Lovejoy High School swim team on an extraordinary season.  Results from the State Swim Meet are as follows:
Juliette Pages, Sloan Carevic, Natalie Womack, Emma Ream
Girls 200 Medley Relay - 13th Place
Natalie Womack, Juliette Pages, Sloan Carevic, Emma Ream
Girls 4 X 100 Free - 16th Place
Emma Ream
50 Free - 13th Place
James Vaughn
200 IM - 5th Place
James Vaughn
100 Fly - 11th Place
Natalie Womack
100 Back - 13th Place
Boys Soccer
The Boys Varsity Soccer team is 1st in District 15-5A with a record of 8-5-3 (7-1-1). The team bounced back from its only district loss on Tuesday night with a 6-0 victory against West Mesquite. The Junior Varsity Soccer team is also 1st in District 15-5A with an overall record of 11-1-1 (8-1).
Friday night, February 24th, is Future Leopard Night. All Future Leopards are invited to come out and support the boys. Kids get in free, receive goodies, and have a chance to win a $10 gift card to Zoe's Kitchen if they score a goal on the keepers at halftime of each game. All home games are on Friday nights with JV kicking off at 5:30 PM, and Varsity at 7:15 PM. Everyone is invited to come out and support the boys.
LHS Boys Varsity Soccer Team Pictured Below

LHS Boys JV Soccer Team Pictured Below

Soccer Action Photos Below

The Varsity Wrestling team competed in the regional tournament in Bryan, with 12 men and 5 women getting the chance to compete for a state birth.  Of the 17 men and women who wrestled, 6 placed in the top 6 over their individual weight classes. 
Wrestling season wraps up this week, with the State Championships being held in Cypress.  Four wrestlers will be vying for Lovejoy's first ever individual state championship.
Individual placers are as follows:

James Ayers, Zach McCormick
6th Place

Morgan Elvin*
5th Place

Lilly Musselman*
3rd Place

Hunter Duncan*, Dylan South*
2nd Place

* State qualifier

This past Tuesday the JV men competed in the JV District Championship. The men wrestled very well and brought home the championship trophy.

JV District Championship Results:

District 9-5A JV Champions
Harrison Sachse, Ross Walenciak, CJ Bacon
4th Place

David Gold
3rd Place

Alex Vislosky, Chris Repak
2nd Place

Austin Bennett, Tyler Beidleman

LHS Majestics
The Majestics Dance Team competed in its first competition of the season. They will now prepare for Nationals in March.
Please congratulate the girls for a job well done over the weekend. While the team and officer categories are the most important areas of competition for the Majestics Dance Team, some girls chose to prepare a trio, as well as individual solos, in addition to the team events. These individual dance scores do not count toward overall team success, but these individuals represented our school well in this aspect of competition.
Team Events:
Super Sweepstakes for 95s & above on all three dances
Choreography Awards for Hip Hop, Contemporary & Novelty
Technique Awards for Hip Hop & Novelty
High Point Award in Novelty
Officer Events:
Super Sweepstakes for 95s & above on three performances
Choreography Awards for Lyrical, Modern, & Jazz
Technique Awards for Lyrical, Modern, & Jazz
Senior Ensemble, 17/18 division - Imperials - Winner
17/18 Senior Trio - 1st Runner Up
JoJo Bennett, Chloe Harris, Ashlynn Gaines
Individual Solo Awards:
15/16 Seniors
4th Runner-Up (tie) - Alyssa Watson
3rd Runner-Up - Debbie Montalvo
17/18 Seniors
3rd Runner Up (tie) - McKenzie Hodge
2nd Runner Up (tie) - Lauren Willmann
LHS Color Guard
The LHS Color Guard competed this past Saturday at the Chisolm Trail High School competition in Saginaw, Texas, and received first place in their class. The Color Guard will be competing this Saturday, February 25 th, at Frisco Wakeland High School at 2:40 PM. We hope everyone can come out and see these students perform live; it is truly spectacular.

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 was Friday, February 17, 2017, at 5:00 PM. Candidate filings are:
Position 4
Anne Smith
Joel Treanor
Position 5
Matthew B. Gournay
F o r additional information regarding the May 6, 2017 election, please click here .  
A Message from the Deputy Superintendent
Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Dear Lovejoy Community:
An area of importance we are working to enhance is the summer enrichment opportunities for students.  Although we have had summer enrichment experiences for the last five-plus years, we know summer learning is a great way for our students to have fun, stay engaged in learning, stay connected with friends, learn a new skill, and experience many other benefits.
With summer quickly approaching, students are eagerly awaiting its arrival, and parents are searching for a safe environment for their children to learn and have fun during the summer break.  Lovejoy ISD is pleased to continue to offer summer enrichment opportunities for students through summer camps. 
Are you interested in serving as a camp instructor?  All camp ideas are welcome: from dodgeball to robotics, rainbow loom design to astronomy. This is your opportunity to develop a camp which will enrich the lives of students.  Please submit your proposal by February 27, 2017.   You will be contacted after the approval process is completed on March 3, 2017.
To recommend an idea for a summer camp, please click here .
If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Denison at 469.742.8196.

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 proceeds 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
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.
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 by email .   You may also click here to purchase tickets to the gala.

Raffle Tickets
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.
Online Auction:  Opens February 28
The Denim and Diamonds Online Auction will open February 28th and run through March 7th at 10:00 PM. Check out the auction for the opportunity to win great items for your family and students. Various members of the Lovejoy staff have donated unique and special experiences for the online auction.  Class Masterpieces, created by our K-5th grade students are also available.  Click here for additional information.
Click here and select "Start Bidding" to create your account.  Remember, the auction opens on February 28th at 8:00 AM.

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 High School Junior Matt Harris (pictured at the far right) is helping deliver 300 duffle bags for the Impacktive Foundation. 
Impactive is a nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering duffle bags to foster children in need.  Please click here to learn more about Impacktive, and to learn how you may help.

Give Glasses and Give the Gift of Sight
LHS Junior Eleise Brooks will be assisting her father, Dr. Dain Brooks, MD, on medical missions to Mexico (March), India (July), and Africa (2018) to help cure the world's blind.
Their main focus will be performing cataract surgeries; however, they will also be providing glasses to those in need. 
You may help by donating new or used glasses.  There will be marked boxes available at each campus. 
To learn more please click here
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  

WSMS One Act Play:  February 23
Willow Springs Middle School Theatre will present their One Act Play on Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 PM in the WSMS Cafeteria.  Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. 
The Caucasian Chalk Circle , by Bertolt Brecht, is a classical piece of theatre history.  The story is told in an ensemble, similar to a Greek Chorus, set in 14th century Russia. It is a parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than his wealthy natural mother.

This 40-minute drama is the UIL competition piece for One Act Play, which will be held on February 25th in Grand Prairie.

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.

Softball Spirit Night: February 27
Join Lovejoy Softball for a "Chipotle Night" on Monday, February 27th from 5:30 - 8:30 PM. The Chipotle in Allen, located at 75 and McDermott, will give 50% of all proceeds to the Grand Slam Booster Club. All you have to do is present this flyer and write "Lovejoy Softball" on your receipt.
Lovejoy Children's Choir:  February 28
The students and staff of the Lovejoy Children's Choir cordially invite you to attend the Spring Concert on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00 PM in the Sloan Creek Intermediate School Cafeteria. The concert will feature 31 students singing music from various genres of choral literature, and will last approximately 30 minutes .

2017-2018 LHS Cheer Tryouts

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.

Stephanie Duran - Class of 2011
Stephanie Duran graduated with a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman's University, Denton, in December, 2016. She is working as a licensed occupational therapist with Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Lake Pointe, located in Rowlett.

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
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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)