Lovejoy High School
A Message from the Principal
Lovejoy HS News 02 04 19

P arents and Guardians,

I hope you had a chance to make it out to Denim and Diamonds this past Saturday night.  It was a great event and a great reminder of the incredible support this community provides our kids.  
I hope you are able to join us next Monday night (February 11th) from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. as LHS will host our annual Showcase. Teachers, coaches, directors, and club sponsors will be located throughout our commons area for parents and students to learn more about the different opportunities available at LHS. We do this each year so students can get a clearer picture of the different offerings as they start to have conversations with counselors about registration for next year. If your student is currently in 8th through 11th grade, we invite you and your student to join us that evening. Two parent meetings are also scheduled for that night in the LHS Auditorium.  Please take a few minutes to read more information below about Showcase as well as other upcoming events at LHS.
Have a great week!


Chris Mayfield
Lovejoy High School

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Lovejoy High School News and Information 02 04 19

School News          
An Important Message from the School Nurse
Cold and flu season is in FULL swing! Please remember to follow these guidelines set by the Texas Administrative Code:  
  • Cold and flu symptoms: PLEASE keep your student home until they are symptom free! 
  • Temperature of 100.0 degrees or more: Student must be fever free for 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school.
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea: student must be symptom free form 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school.
If your student is concerned about missing a quiz or test, please consider that they are not performing at their best when they are not feeling well. Arrangements can be made with their teacher or in the Testing Center when they come back to school.

Can you please help?? We have depleted our supply of tissues, Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer. If you happen to be out shopping and would like to donate some of these supplies, we would be so appreciative! Thanks, in advance, for your generosity.

LHS Showcase - Next Monday!
Mark your calendars for Monday, February 11th from 6 - 8 pm for the LHS Showcase.
Teachers, coaches and sponsors will be available to answer questions about classes, electives, clubs & organizations, and extracurricular activities.
LHS Registration Parent Meetings
Monday, February 11th in the LHS Auditorium
6:00 pm - all current 8th grade parents
7:00 pm - all current 9th - 11th grade parents

New! A Message from the Superintendent
2019-2020 and 2020-2021 School Calendars
It is time for us to prepare school calendars for the next two school years: 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The administration will take the recommended calendars to our Board of Trustees for approval on February 20. As our practice has been, we are reaching out to you for input in order to create calendars yielding the greatest satisfaction among all Lovejoy ISD stakeholders. You will find a link to the survey below.
As your superintendent, I will work to preserve a calendar that is in the best interest of both teaching/learning and a calendar that facilitates student attendance, which generates state funding. Please find some considerations, which will influence our decision-making:
  • For instructional reasons, all school weeks must have a minimum of three attendance days with four days as the preference. 
  • Holidays such as Christmas must allow enough travel time for families so that we do not see a decreased attendance rate on the last school day prior to a holiday e.g. Friday before Christmas break. 
  • The start of the school year must allow sufficient days for teacher professional development and teacher workdays to ensure we are ready for school to begin. 
  • Student holidays will be aligned to traditional holidays such as Columbus Day when practical. 
  • Single student holidays must be strategically placed to allow appropriate teacher planning to support the instructional calendar e.g. a student holiday on the Monday after Thanksgiving would not be a good time for teacher planning as the semester is almost over. 
You may click here to access a printable version of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 drafts. In general, these calendars are based on the current 2018-2019 calendar. You may click here to access the current calendar. 
You may click here to complete the calendar survey. The survey will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, February 8. Should you have any questions regarding the survey please contact Stacey Dillon, Assistant to the Superintendent, at 469.742.8003.
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)

New! AP Seminar Team Presentations
You are invited to attend the AP Seminar Team Presentations in the LHS Lecture Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m. each evening.
Presentations on Thursday, February 21 are:  
  • Educating the Deaf in Uganda - (Tyler Brucher, Lily Hager, Matthew Poteet, Kylee Reinke)
  • Reducing Plastic Waste in the Ocean - (Madeline Carlson, Sanjana Jacobs, Norachase Prom, Crystal Sanders)
  • Mitigating Damages of the Heroin Epidemic - (Alexandria LeFort, Jessica Luck, Cooper Meldrum, Joe Ridgeway)
  Presentations on  Friday, February 22  are:
  • Reducing Plastic Bag Usage (Garrett Beard, Mark Henderson, Carol Xu, Abigail Xue)
  • Preventing JUUL Use among Youth (Reagan Dowdall, Reagan Matacale, Blake Rasmussen, Alejandra Rodriguez)
  • Combating the Negative Stigma of GMOs (Lauren Gardner, Arianne Ohman, Amber Taylor, Stephanie Zhou)
  • Mitigating the Damage Caused by Feral Pigs in Texas (Elliana Brown, David Logan, Emmy Straeck, Maximus Vawter)
As a reminder, for the Team Presentation, three to five students collaborate as a team to identify a problem or issue. Team members work together to develop a research question; they then identify approaches, perspectives, or lenses for examining the question and divide responsibilities among themselves for individual research. Individually, students investigate their assigned approach, perspective, or lens on the issue or topic of the team research question.
Each student presents his or her findings and analysis to the group in a well-written individual report that:
   * identifies the area of investigation and its relationship to the overall problem or issue;
   * summarizes, explains, analyzes, and evaluates the main ideas and reasoning in the chosen
   * identifies, compares, and interprets a range of perspectives about the problem or issue; and
   * cites all sources used and includes a list of works cited or bibliography.
Working collaboratively, the team considers all the research and analyses from individual team members for the purpose of proposing one or more solutions or resolutions. The team:
   * collaboratively synthesizes and evaluates individual findings and perspectives to create a
collective understanding of different approaches to the problem or issue;
   * considers potential solutions or resolutions and conducts additional research in order to
evaluate different solutions within the context of the problem; and
   * proposes one or more solutions or resolutions and prepares an argument to support their
The team develops an 8-10 minute presentation that presents a convincing argument for the proposed solutions or recommendations. The team should ensure the claims made are supported by evidence and that they have considered different perspectives and the limitations and implications of their proposed solutions or recommendations. The presentation and the media used to enhance the presentation should consider audience, context, and purpose. Following the presentation, the team will defend its argument, with each student responding to a question posed by the teacher. Each team member should be prepared to answer questions about any part of the presentation. Once the recording for College Board is turned off, audience members may ask questions of the team.

Community Service Opportunity
Lovejoy Elementary is hosting a Mother - Son Night on February 22nd from 5:30 - 8 pm. They are looking for high school students interested in helping with science stations that are being setup by the Perot Museum. Click here if you'd like to help with this fun night!
New! Hop Into Spring Chess Tournament - March 30
This annual Lovejoy Tournament continues to be a hit around the metroplex.  Come join your fellow chess players on March 30 at Sloan Creek for a wonderful day of chess play. This five round tournament awards the top three players in each section a trophy and fourth place receives a chocolate bunny. Gather up a team from your school and compete together.  Registration is going on now.  Please visit North Texas Chess Academy's website to register.

New! Lovejoy Student Hosts Toy Drive
Lovejoy High School Freshman, Katie Berman, requests your assistance with a toy drive she is organizing to benefit Ready Fighter One. Following you will find information from Katie:
" We are collecting items to donate to hospitals that treat children's cancer. Ready Fighter One was my friend MJ's last wish. MJ was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, and passed away on the 11th.

Boxes for donations will be located at all campuses. MJ's school would not allow us to host the drive. I thought the next best thing would be to host it at Lovejoy. My team and I would handle all the details all we need is your support and time."
For additional information please contact
New! Senior Project benefiting the American Cancer Society
"Hello everyone. My name is Madison Waters and I am a senior at Lovejoy High School. This year for my senior project I will be raising money for the American Cancer Society through donations and by hosting a volleyball camp for boys and girls from 1st grade to 6th grade. The camp will be held at Willow Springs Middle School on Tuesday, February 19th from 5:30-8:00 PM. The cost is $15 per child.
All proceeds from the camp and donations will be given to the American Cancer Society. This foundation funds and conducts research and spreads information with the mission to free the world of cancer. The money they receive goes towards research and support for patients.
Next year I will be attending the University of Cincinnati where I will play volleyball and earn a degree in business.
To register for the camp, please contact me at . You can also contact me at 214-799-3402 if you have any further questions.
If you would like to make a donation, please venmo me @madisonwaters.  There will also be envelopes located at the front office of each Lovejoy School in which you can place your donations. Both cash and check are accepted and very appreciated."

New! Gifted and Talented Referral Window Open -  February 1 - March 8
The referral window for students in grades 1-11 for gifted and talented services is open February 1 - March 8. Referral forms are located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
Testing is scheduled for Saturday, March 30 and April 6. Appointments will be sent via email after the referral window closes March 8.
Please note: Kindergarten students will not be tested during the spring window.
New! Gifted and Talented Information Sessions -  February 20 and 25
Looking for More Information about G/T Services? Brief information sessions will review the gifted and talented referral process and services offered in Lovejoy.
Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Board Room
February 20 at 9:00 AM
February 25 at 9:00 AM or 6:30 PM
(Session Information Repeats)
If you are unable to attend and would like more information, a slideshow presentation is available on the gifted and talented webpage .
For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469.742.8015) or
Brie Smith (469.742.8032 ) .  
New! Lovejoy Gifted Association Announces Rocket Build and Launch Events
3...2...1... Lift-off!
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first people to land on the moon with the Lovejoy Gifted Association's Rocket Fest.  The Lovejoy Gifted Association is partnering with the Dallas Area Rocket Society (DARS) for their annual LGA Rocket Fest. This event is suitable for students in grades 3 thru 6.  Participants may choose between a basic and an advanced rocket model.
There will be a Rocket Build Party in the Sloan Creek Cafeteria  on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm where a volunteer from DARS will talk the junior rocket scientists through building the basic rocket step-by-step. Participants purchasing the advanced rocket may pick up their build package that same evening and are welcome to start building at SCIS or build at home.
The rocket launch will be held  on Sunday March 24  in the front parking lot of Lovejoy High School  at 12:00 noon , where volunteers from DARS will provide the launch equipment and make sure the launch process happens in a safe and orderly fashion.
You may reserve a spot and purchase your rocket kit from the Lovejoy Gifted Association Store at  no later than  Feb 17th, 2019 . Each rocket package comes with rocket engines for two launches. Please note that junior rocket scientists must be accompanied by an adult at both events. The Lovejoy Gifted Association is a non-profit organization that supports the G/T programs across all schools in Lovejoy ISD. The LGA Rocket Project is a fundraiser and proceeds will flow back into Lovejoy ISD. If you have questions, contact Jay van Rijn at .  
Save the Date - March 2
STEM Festival and Open House for Prospective Families
Save the date! Lovejoy ISD will host the second annual STEM festival on March 2 at Lovejoy High School. The event will be held from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. We hope you will join us for an exciting day filled with fascinating speakers, hands-on experiments, Makerspace, student exhibits, robotics lab, cool contests with prizes, food trucks, and much more. Check out this  video to see all the fun events and activities coming to the STEM Festival. 

An Open House for prospective families will be held during the STEM festival. We hope you will invite your friends and family members who are interested in Lovejoy to join us for this event.

Look for more details in the next edition of Email Express.

New! STEM Festival T-Shirt Design Contest
Calling all students! Submit your entry for the design of the STEM Festival 2019 t-shirt. Click here for details.

LHS Online Signature Courses
It is time to make those summer plans for getting ahead or catching up by taking a LHS Online Signature Course.  This summer we are offering a Leadership course and a Health course.  Interested parents or students should contact their LHS counselor to obtain approval and entry into the course. Seats are limited, so reach out to your LHS counselor early.
Mary Shaw (A - F)
Nancy Schweikhard (G - I)
Janet Richardson (J - Pa)
Nancy Schweikhard (Pe - Z)

Toy Drive Benefiting the Children of Little Leopards

The Lovejoy High School Work-Based Learning program is accepting new to gently used toys for children birth - 5 years of age. Examples of items needed are as follows:
Play Food
Outside Toys
Musical Toys
Kinetic Sand
Sports Balls

Toys may be delivered to any Lovejoy campus or the Administration building until February 15. To request a donation pick-up, or for additional information, please contact

College bound? Tutoring 101 classes starting soon!

Classes starting the beginning of January!  Prep for the SAT/ACT spring tests now, and get your highest score yet. Sign up by 12/21 and get $30 off!

Doing well in high school, getting a great score on the SAT or ACT, and going to college: these are the goals most parents have for their kids. We can help high schoolers get their best SAT/ACT scores, do well on semester exams, and understand subject matter they may be struggling with.
Tutoring 101 has helped scores of students over the past 21 years, and we've seen our graduates get outstanding SAT/ACT scores. Our director and staff of certified educators can advise and support your student, helping them with test-taking strategies, prep on the tough subject matter, do well on their critical semester exams.

Higher test scores mean more college choices and more scholarship offers.
  • 9th-12th grade 1-on-1 tutoring, group, or on-line prep
  • Degreed teachers/professors
  • AP subjects like Chemistry and Calculus
  • Coordinate needs with your child's teachers
  • Tutoring available on Lovejoy Campus
Call for a free consultation with our Director Robyn Mead 972-359-0222.

Athletics News
Upcoming Events
Boys' Soccer - Teacher Appreciation Night
The Lovejoy Boys' Soccer teams are honoring their favorite teachers this Friday between the JV and Varsity games. The teachers will enjoy dinner in the field house classroom at 5:30, and then will be escorted across the field at 6:40. 

Varsity has started the season off strong with a 10-1-2 record. JV is also doing well with a 5-4-1 record. This Friday will mark the first district game of the season against Wylie East. Come out and support the Soccer teams and their favorite teachers!! 
Lovejoy Lacrosse - Boys' and Girls' Teams Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the boys' and girls' 2019 Spring season of Lovejoy Lacrosse. Join the most exciting, fastest-growing sport in the country.
Register now for Boys and Girls: Grades Kindergarten through High School
Visit for information regarding the program and the upcoming Spring season.
Hurry, as rosters are filling quickly!


Foundation of Lovejoy Schools          

New! Denim & Diamonds Online Auction Starts Tomorrow!
The Denim & Diamonds online auction opens Tuesday, February 5 and will close on Tuesday, February 12, at 10:00 pm. Up for bid are the classroom parties, sports camps, prom tickets and other Lovejoy experiences donated by the Lovejoy staff.  In addition to those items, auction donations that normally would go to the Denim & Diamonds Event were reserved for the Online auction this year. Click here to create an account and be ready to start bidding!

Student Recognition

Allen Americans Scholar of the Month
Andy Pottinger was recently honored at an Allen Americans hockey game as the Scholar of the Month. He was presented with a plaque at center ice and was also asked up to the broadcast booth for an interview. Andy is a senior in the Top 5% of his class, a National AP Scholar, has accumulated over 550 hours of community service in his high school career, and is captain of the Lovejoy Varsity hockey team, as well as the LHS Computer Science Team. Andy will pursue his lifelong passion for space when he begins studying Aerospace Engineering in college this fall.

AP Research study published
2017 Lovejoy Graduate Brady Duke's AP Research meta-analysis study has been published in the April 2018 Journal of Correctional Education .  Congratulations to our alum for his outstanding achievement in the AP Capstone program. Brady is currently attending the University of Alabama, marching in the Million Dollar Band, and majoring in Religious Studies and Latin.

HOSA Future Health Career Professionals
Lovejoy HOSA students competed in Area 3 on Friday and Saturday at Plano East Senior High. Names in bold will move on and compete at the State HOSA conference in March.  
Health Education
            Sydney Spors
            Avae Odza
            Grace Guzinski
            Lexie Collins
Veterinary Science
            Emily Orr - 4th place
Home Health Aide
            Marlee Jenkins
            Sydney Fluker
Clinical Nursing
            Andrea Richardson
Sports Medicine
            Grayson Ream - 1st place
            Kylie Joest - 5th place
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
          Oliva Bullock and Hannah Karst - 1st place
We are proud of the hard work these students have put in this year. Congratulations!

LHS Swimming
Leopards Shine at District Championships - one for the record books. The Boys Varsity Swim Teams were giant killers as they recently upset the two-time Regional and State Champion Highland Park Scots for their second ever district title. In a meet in which every swim counted, the Leopards eeked out a 6 point victory, with 16 members of the team and all 3 relays advancing to the Regional Championships. The victory was highlighted by another school record falling in the Boys 200 Medley Relay (J. Jones, H. Dean, J. Vaughn, M. Mueth).
The Lady Leopards fell just short of an upset of their own, losing to the defending Regional Champs Lady Scots by 10 points. They were led by Junior diving phenom, Ana Laura Faoro, who re-broke her own school record, putting her as the top diver in the Region moving into the diving portion of the competition this Thursday. The meet was capped off by Senior Natalie Womack winning Female Swimmer of the Meet.
The Leopards won 12 events at the meet, qualifying 30 individuals (in 49 events) and all 6 relays to the Regional Championships to be held in Frisco. The Leopards are looking for an historic weekend trying to have both teams place in the top 3 at the Regional Championships for the first time in school history. It is sure to be a weekend of new school records and births to the state meet!

The Lovejoy Choir hosted the UIL Region 25 Vocal/Piano Solo & Ensemble Contest on Saturday, February 2.  Not only did the LHS Choir students perform well, they served as monitors, score runners, and provided hospitality to nearly 1,000 students participating in the contest!  Of the 35 entries from LHS, 23 soloists and 6 ensembles received first division ratings.
The following students qualified for TSSEC (Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest) by earning a first division rating on a Class 1 solo and/or ensemble:
Emma Allen - ensemble
Derek Burton - ensemble
Colette Brooks - solo
Joey Chavez - solo
Christian Cortez - ensemble
Taylor Crosby - solo
Caroline Dobbs - ensemble
Julia Dobbs - solo and ensemble
Alex Doran - ensemble
Chayden DuBois - ensemble
Cy Feagin - solo and ensemble
Stephen Godfrey - solo and ensemble
David Gold - ensemble
Sylvia Hansen - ensemble
Jacob Huettner - ensemble
Eliza Hyde - solo
Kyra Jacobs - solo and ensemble
Claire Johnson - solo
Maddie Konecny - solo
Claire McLaren - solo and ensemble
Elle Mendelson - ensemble
Emily Rippy - ensemble
Marcie Sawyers - solo and ensemble
Mikayla Slatten - solo and ensemble
Dayton Stammen - ensemble
Hallie Steadman - solo and ensemble
Soli Stubbs - solo
Devyn Veitch - ensemble
Michael Walters - ensemble
Luke Wild - ensemble
Brian Wolfe - ensemble
Nathan York - ensemble
Arturo Yundt-Pacheco - ensemble

LHS Orchestra
The Lovejoy Orchestra program hosted and competed in the Region 25 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, Feb. 2nd.  The orchestra students performed amazingly as well as worked to host judges, parents, directors, and students, run scores to contest office, and run concession stand.  We had several compliments for our student workers from judges and parents from all over the region.
Of the 40 solo and ensemble entries, we had 35 Superior/First Division ratings!  
The following students qualified for TSSEC (Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest) by earning a first division rating on a Class 1 solo and/or ensemble:
Collin Ashby - solo
Jacob Beets - ensemble
Caroline Duke - solo
Richard Dunham - solo
Hallel Pang - solo
Ryan Schlimme - solo
Meifei Wang - solo and ensemble
Lauryn Watanabe - solo
Mark Wen - solo and ensemble
Carol Xu - solo and ensemble
Abigail Xue - ensemble
Daniel Xue - solo and ensemble

LHS Track and Field
Senior James Rainey won both Shot Put and Discus events at the inaugural Throwsfactory Throwdown held at Lovejoy High School on Saturday, February 1st. Rainey won the Shot Put event with a throw of 54' 3" and the Discus Event with a mark of 153' 1".
The Lady Leopards also had three throwers in the competition. Ally Carraway and Abby Carraway tied for 8th place in Discus with a throw of 63' 11". Emily Lawler placed 10th with a throw of 62' 4". In Shot Put Ally Carraway, Emily Lawler, and Abby Carraway placed 8th (23' 5"), 9th (22' 8.75"), and 11th (20' 1.5") respectively.
The Leopards Track and Field team will compete in their first outdoor meet of the season at the McKinney Boyd Relays on February 22nd and 23rd.
Full Result and Article Can be found  HERE

LHS Basketball Clinches Playoff Spot
The boys basketball program won two decisive wins this week. On Tuesday, the Leopards traveled to Sherman and cruised to a 79-59 win. Lovejoy was led in scoring by Jonathan Lawrence with 18 points while Luke Ledebur, Kolby McSpadden, and Carson Holden chipped in with 14 apiece.  
On Friday, Lovejoy hosted the 3rd place Princeton Panthers. In a dominating performance on both ends of the floor, Lovejoy held Princeton to 24 points through three quarters of play while shooting a blistering 58% from the 3 point line. Kolby McSpadden led all scorers with 26 points and Holden added 13 points. Kyle Olson was a strong facilitator adding a career high 7 assists.
With the win, Lovejoy has clinched a playoff spot with three games to play. Tuesday is a big matchup as the Leopards travel to 1st place McKinney North. With a win, Lovejoy will pull into a two-way tie for 1st.
The Lovejoy Sub-Varsity teams continue to roll. The JV remains undefeated in District with a 62-30 win over Sherman and 55-34 win over Princeton. The Freshmen are on a 4-game win streak as they defeated Sherman 65-32 and Princeton 54-28. The JV Red punctuated the week with a defeat of The Colony Cougars.  Congratulations to all of the teams!

Kolby McSpadden with the Flush
Photo Credit: Becky Hand

Trevor Hawley & Luke Ledebur Sandwich Sherman
Photo Credit: Becky Hand

Jonathan Lawrence Lays It In
Photo Credit: Becky Hand

Joe Vastano on the Drive
Photo Credit: Becky Hand
LHS Girls Basketball
This past Friday's game was special for many reasons: We had the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of our four Seniors: Alex Brungardt, Sarah Collins, Ireland Miller, and Casey Perkins.  At the same time, we also presented a check to Cornerstone Ranch as a part of our annual shoot-a-thon charitable contribution.

Another very important part of the night's festivities was presenting a check to Cornerstone Ranch for $2,579! This money came from our annual shoot-a-thon. Each year, a portion of the proceeds from this event are donated to a local charity, organization, or family as an extension of the Graduate Profile Pillar of "Works for Justice in The Community".  This is an amazing program, and we hope they are able to use the money to continue to support some amazing people!

On the court, the Lady Leopards finished the night with three big wins. The Varsity team defeated Princeton by a score of 59-36. The Leopards were led by Grace Bennett with 22 points and Carsen McFadden who had a double double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Other scorers included Ireland Miller 9 points, Sarah Collins 6 points, Alexandra Brungardt 4 points, Julia Brochu 4 points, and Addison Hand 2 points. Other statistical leaders were Alexandra Brungardt 13 rebounds and 3 steals, and Carsen McFadden 3 assists and 1 charge. The win put the Leopards in third place in the district standings.

The JV Black team pushed their district record to 19-6 and 8-1 after defeating Princeton by a score of 42-35. Leading scorer for the Leopards was Gracie Tillinghast with 24 points. Other scorers included Abigail Omobogie 8 points, Lily Herran 6 points, Kylie Bayrd 2 points, and Victoria Lafon 2 points.

The JV Red team defeated Lonestar by a score of 49-31 in the final game of the night. Lovejoy executed on both ends of the floor taking an early lead and led by 11 at half. They continued to get stops on defense and push in transition, extending the lead to as much as 22 during the second half. Leading the Lady Leopards was Molly Gornell with 13 and Soli Stubbs with 10. Salena Jacob added 8 points, Isabel Martinez and Maddi Rumsey each gave 6, Hallel Pang added 4, and Maddie Clancy had 2. The Lady Leopards improve to 5-2 in district play and 12-8 overall.

The Leopards will be back in action for their final district game as they travel to McKinney North to take on the Lady Bulldogs.

LHS Wrestling
We wrestled our last two duals this past Thursday to help get us ready for our varsity district tournament on February 7th.  Our men wrestled well and got to see some tough competition in LD Bell and Prosper.   Both teams are 6A schools with some talented wrestlers. We will not see them again as our district-region-state tournaments will be with just 5A schools.  Our men defeated LD Bell, but lost to Prosper. We finish our season with an 11-3 dual record.

Our women wrestled very well once again-winning 13 out of the 16 matches while competing against Melissa, Prosper, and Bell!  

Freshman Avery Ashley, Junior Katherine Heath, and Senior Morgan Elvin all went undefeated, going 3-0 each!

Freshman Avery Ashley picks up one of her three pins on the night against LD Bell.

Junior Katherine Heath (above) works to turn her opponent in one of her three wins.  Senior Morgan Elvin (below) controlling her Prosper opponent on her way to her historic "100th" career win at Lovejoy.

On a special note, Morgan Elvin became our first Lovejoy wrestler to win 100 matches in her career! Elvin now has 102 career wins and is not done yet!!

For a complete summary to these matches, please click the following:

Our men's team wrestled well to open up the duals with a strong 43-21 win over LD Bell.  The following men finished the night winning both of their matches:  Johnny Dorlon, Hunter Duncan, Alex Vislosky, and Ralph Rucker.

Junior Alex Vislosky controls his opponent as he works for the turn.

Junior Hunter Duncan (above) works on top of his opponent versus LD Bell.  
Sophomore Ralph Rucker (below) turns his opponent with a chicken wing series.

Prosper dual:  Prosper showed why it is one of the better local 6A teams.  Lovejoy wrestled some very tough matches, losing a couple of close decisions in the process.  For the complete results from this dual, please click below:

LHS Bowling

The Varsity and JV teams have been busy Striking It Up!  The Leopards had a clean sweep against both Plano East and Prosper High School.
During the match against Plano East, we had multiple bowlers qualify for their Letterman Jackets.  
  • Carson Pederson
  • Ciara "Ash" Buchanan
  • Mikayla Slatten
We also had some impressive high scores and personal high games bowled by a few of our bowlers below.
  • Noah Cooper - 267
  • Garrett Falk - 236
  • JR Frazier - 216 (54 pins over his average)
  • Wynston Falk - 201 (46 pins over his average)
  • Matthew Johannsen - 190 (45 pins over his average)
  • Matthew Poteet - 179 (58 pins over his average)
  • Jackson Smithwick - 150 (62 pins over his average)
  • Daniel Khalil - 150 (46 pins over his average)
  • Carson Pederson - 139 (54 pins over his average)
  • Kaitlyn Cinek - 200 (50 pins over her average)
  • Kiersten Esposito - 164 (42 pins over her average)
  • Sarah Nash - 163 (34 pins over her average)
  • Ciara "Ash" Buchanan - 158 (58 pins over average)
  • Lauren Perry - 142 (38 pins over her average)
  • Makayla Slatten - 116 (40 pins over her average)
Please congratulate the bowlers on a wonderful season (so far!).  Both boys and girls varsity teams are in the running to advance to regional playoffs.  We have 3 district matches left over the next few weeks to secure a place at regionals.  
Come out and support your bowlers as they take on Wylie HS on Saturday, February 9th at Plano Super Bowl 12 pm - 3 pm.  Then again as we take on Plano Senior HS on Monday, February 11th at Allen Bowl 5 pm - 8 pm. GO LEOPARDS!!
LHS Computer Science Team
The LHS Computer Science team participated in the Digital Diva's annual Programming Contest and Computer Science Expo this past Saturday.  Lovejoy took 14 young women (5 teams) and competed in three categories Advanced, Novice, and Beginner. The contest packet consisted of 24 problems worth varying points and had 2 hours to solve as many of the problems as possible.  Lovejoy took 2nd place in the Advanced contest with the team of Ruiyi He, Katherine Guo and Katie Rink.

The Red Ledger/Lovejoy News Network/The Leopard
Members of the school's online newspaper, broadcast  and yearbook staffs placed in nine different categories for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's annual Gold Circle awards last week.
Columbia University recognizes these winners as "superior work by student journalists usually as individuals but sometimes as an entire staff working with either print or online media." This year's contest attracted more than 5,300 entries in 91 yearbook and digital media categories from across the nation. Judges selected only 747 of those entries to receive either first, second, third, or certificate of merit honors.


Club/organization writing - 3. Zach Andrzejewski, "Trash to Treasure."

Digital Media
News feature writing - 1. Madeline Sanders, "Taking Precautions."
Personal opinion: On-campus issues - 1. Benjamin Nopper, "Re-examining the Re-test Policy."
Personal opinion: Off-campus issues - 2. Nicole Genrich, "Me Too."
Sports features - 3. Hannah Ortega, "Colt-hearted."
Personality profile - Certificate of Merit - Kelsey Carroll, "Don't Judge Coop by His Cover."
Computer generated art/illustration - Certificate of Merit - Avery Degenhardt, "The Great Divide."
Interactive graphic - 2. Emma Overholt, "Different DNA, Same Family."
Video Feature Package - 2. Bradley Davis and Haidyn McKenzie, "More than Meets the Eye."

LHS Speech & Debate
Colleyville Heritage TFA (2/1-2)
LD Debate:    Collins Morgan: Octofinals
                        Kaya Czyz: Quarterfinals
PF Debate:     Shalin Mehta and Pierce Richardson: Octofinals
DI:                  Luke Wheatley: 3rd
Prose:              Luke Wheatley: 4th
Texas Forensics Association State Tournament
Houston, TX  --  March 14-16, 2019
Students must earn 12 points to participate in this state competition.  Congratulations to the following students who have earned points towards the honor of participating in the TFA State Tournament in March:
State Qualifiers!
Collins Morgan: LD, Luke Wheatley: POI and DI,  Shalin Mehta and Pierce Richardson: PF, Matthew Sipes: FX, Tajvir Singh and Andrew Mao: CX, Jack Czyz and Mitch Laman: CX, Melody Quintero: HI, Kaya Czyz: LD, Ashley Rihani: LD, Garrett Larson and Matthew Sipes: PF

Boys' Soccer
On  Friday night , the Varsity Leopards soccer team hosted the Wildcats from Sulphur Springs in their last non-district match up the 2019 season. The Leopards matched up with the Wildcats in the 2018 playoffs, coming away with a 2-1 win to advance. This year the game was very similar, with both teams playing with high energy and great spirit. The first half saw no goals conceded by either team, although both sides had chances. Early in the second half, Sulphur Springs was able to draw first blood, beating keeper Sammy Merrick to his left. Down 1-0 the Leopards stormed back, possessing the ball for much of the remaining half. After spending 10 minutes in Sulphur Springs half of the field, Benji Merrick was able to connect with Caleb Toomey inside the 18- yard box, and Toomey buried the ball passed the Wildcat's keeper. Unfortunately, even with being able to control the ball the rest of the half, the Leopards could not find the winner, tying 1-1.

The boys will be back in action this Friday at 7:15 pm at Leopard Stadium, for their first district game of the season. They will take on Wylie East.

Lovejoy Events and Activities 

Mon. Feb 4
6 - 7 pm
Majestics Booster Club Meeting
LHS Lecture Hall
Tues. Feb 5
Ditch the Technology Week Speaker
LHS Auditorium
Tues. Feb 5
4:20 pm
Site-Based Decision Making Meeting
LHS Room D103
Tues. Feb 5
7 - 8 pm
Grand Slam Booster Club Meeting
LHS Lecture Hall
Wed. Feb 6
Lunch Rotations
11th Grade Registration Meetings
LHS Auditorium
Wed. Feb 6
6 - 9 pm
Softball Season Kick-off Dinner
LHS Cafeteria
Wed. Feb 6
7 - 8:30 pm
Upper 90 Booster Club Meeting
LHS Lecture Hall
Wed. Feb 6
6 - 9 pm
Softball Season Kick-off Dinner
LHS Cafeteria
Feb 7, 8, 11-14
During lunches
Orchestra Valentines Sales
LHS Cafeteria
Thurs. Feb 7
Lunch Rotations
10th Grade Registration Meetings
LHS Auditorium
Thurs. Feb 7
6:30 - 8 pm
Volleyball Booster Club Meeting
LHS Lecture Hall
Fri. Feb 8
Lunch Rotations
9th Grade Registration Meetings
LHS Auditorium
Fri. Feb 8
5:30 pm
Boys' Soccer Teacher Appreciation Night
Leopard Stadium
Mon. Feb 11
6 - 8 pm
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
(Time Change)
LHS Showcase
Current 8th Grade Parent Meeting
Current 9th-11th Grade Parent Meeting
Lovejoy High School
LHS Auditorium
LHS Auditorium
Tues. Feb 12
7 - 8 pm
LHS Band Mid-Winter Concert
LHS Auditorium
Tues. Feb 12
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Orchestra Trip Meeting
LHS Orchestra Room
Wed. Feb 13
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Senior Project Presentations
Lovejoy High School
Fri. Feb 14
1:00 pm (12:15 pm)
Early Release Day
Lovejoy High School
Fri. Feb 15
All Day
School Holiday
Lovejoy High School
Feb 15-16
7 am - 10 pm
LHS Speech & Debate Tournament
Lovejoy High School
Mon. Feb 18
All Day
School Holiday
Lovejoy High School
Tues. Feb 19
7 - 8 pm
Choir Booster Club Meeting
LHS Choir Room
Tues. Feb 19
7 - 8 pm
Band Booster Club Meeting
LHS Band Hall
Wed. Feb 20
8 am or 6 pm
Dual Credit Registration:
Coffee with the Counselors
LHS Lecture Hall
Wed. Feb 20
6:30 - 8:30 pm
LLI Board Meeting
LHS Library
Thurs. Feb 21
8:15 am or 4:20 pm
HOSA Meeting
LHS Lecture Hall
Thurs. Feb 21
4:30 - 8:30 pm
Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert
LHS Auditorium
Thurs. Feb 21
6 - 8 pm
AP Seminar Team Presentations
LHS Lecture Hall
Fri. Feb 22
5:30 pm
Boys' Soccer Future Leopard Night
Leopard Stadium
Fri. Feb 22
6 - 8 pm
AP Seminar Team Presentations
LHS Lecture Hall
Tues. Feb 23
8 am - 1 pm
LISD Ensemble Contest
Lovejoy High School
Fri. Feb 22
9:15 am
Pep Rally - Blacklight
LHS Main Gym
Mon. Feb 25
6 - 7 pm
Leopard Aces Booster Club Meeting
LHS Room B100
Feb 26-27
During school
Sophomore Naviance Training
LHS Science Classes
Wed. Feb 27
8:15 am or 4:15 pm
NHS Meeting
LHS Lecture Hall
Thurs. Feb 28
7 - 8 pm
Swim & Dive Booster Club Meeting
SCIS Cafeteria

Lovejoy Offers Group Counseling
Lovejoy is offering group counseling for students for a variety of areas. The groups will meet weekly, during school hours, and will be facilitated by Lovejoy's Social Worker, Noelle Gove, LCSW. The overall goal of the counseling groups is to address student's social/emotional needs that may be impacting their experience and success at school. Groups are being offered, based on need, to every campus in the district, grades K-12.
If you are interested in your student participating in a group, please click here to complete the interest form. Noelle Gove will be in contact with parents regarding further details of the group and to obtain consent for student participation. This form is not a consent for counseling, but rather a survey of interest.

SafeSchools App Now Available
SafeSchools has launched their new mobile application for anonymous reporting. You may click here for the SafeSchools Alert Mobile Application Download Instructions.
Senior Project Presentations - Judges Needed
Senior Project is quickly approaching. This is an important part of the Senior Project experience, and your participation as a judge truly helps our students grow. Senior Project Presentations will take place during the 2018-2019 school year at Lovejoy High School on:
  • February 13
  • March 7
Please use this link to sign up to judge:
For questions, please email:

Lovejoy Mom Selected for 2019 Boston Marathon
Lovejoy mom, Tracy Sutherlin, is asking for your help in raising money to support the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Team in Training.
"Hi Friends, this is Tracy Sutherlin. I know you've seen me running the streets of Allen, Fairview and Lucas for many years and you know that running is my passion. I'm super excited to announce that I've been selected to be the North Texas Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) Team In Training Representative at the 2019 Boston Marathon. Not only do I get to fulfill a lifelong dream of running the Boston Marathon, I get to do it for a purpose!
Every 3 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and every 9 minutes someone dies from one. More than 1.3 million people are living with, or are in remission from Leukemia, Lymphoma & Myeloma. Sadly, more than 1/3 of blood cancer patients do not survive 5 years after diagnosis. LLS fund's research provides patients guidance, education & support. LLS also drives advocacy for policies that protect patients access to life saving treatments.
I am running to honor and celebrate two amazing Lovejoy students. Mallory Cass and Austin Bennett. Mallory is a 7th grader at Willow Springs Middle School and was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2014. Austin is a senior at Lovejoy High School and was diagnosed with ALL in 2017. Mallory, Austin and so many others have fought and battled to beat this disease to get across the ultimate finish line of being cancer free!
I've been given the opportunity to raise money for LLS that provides funds to champion the fight in battling this disease. As you think about your charitable giving at the end of this year (or even in 2019) and where it can have the most impact, I ask that you consider helping me in this cause by donating to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
Please help support me as I run to support LLS and those who have been touched by cancer! Because we all have a finish line to cross!"
You may click here to donate.

Parents, students and community members, you can join the LHS PTSA, make a donation and sign up to volunteer... all on our website. It's quick and easy. Just click here to visit our website:
Amy Holden LHS PTSA President

Students Leaving Campus
In the event that students need to leave campus during the school day and they drive themselves, we need parents to send an email to Please include the student's name, the date and time they need to leave, the reason, and a phone number to be used to contact you. Once we have received the email, we may call you for verification, and the email will provide us with the needed documentation for our records.
If your student wants to go home because they are not feeling well, please have them to go the school clinic to be checked out by the school nurse. This is regardless of whether they are being picked up by a parent or driving themselves.

Student Parking
Student drivers must have a parking permit to park at LHS. If your student needs to purchase a permit,  click  here  for detailed instructions.

VOE (Verification of Enrollment)
Students should request a VOE through Naviance by 12:00 pm daily for same day processing, and the form can be picked up from Ms. Bock, the lobby receptionist, after 3:00 pm. Requests made after 12:00 pm will be processed the following day.

Driver's Ed Classes
The 4-week sessions run continuously from 4:15-6:15 pm at Lovejoy High School in room B104. Please click  HARMONY  for more details.

Volunteer Background Application Now Available
For the safety of our students, a criminal history record is obtained annually for every person interested in volunteering at a LISD campus. Upon completion of the background check, applicants will be notified of approval to volunteer.
Please  click here  to access the Online Volunteer Application. The online application is a secure link.
All information regarding volunteer applications received for the 2017-2018 school year has been deleted. If you submitted an application prior to August 2018, you will need to complete another application.
Thank you for your assistance with this very important matter. Your interest in serving as a volunteer is appreciated. Should you have any questions, or require assistance, please contact:
Stacey Dillon
Assistant to the Superintendent