Lovejoy High School News
A Message from the Principal
February 3, 2020

Parents and Guardians,

This past Friday, we had the opportunity to host our WSMS 8th graders for "Bump Up Day". Those students got to tour parts of the high school and hear from LHS staff and students about courses and opportunities available at LHS. They also encouraged our 8th graders to pursue their passions and be open to taking classes they may not have considered before. With registration for 8th graders coming in the next few weeks, "Bump Up Day" was developed to help incoming 9th graders as they make selections for their 2020-21 class schedules. We will also have our annual Showcase on Monday, February 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the LHS Commons. This event is for parents and students to get more information about course offerings in addition to the different clubs and extra-curricular opportunities available at LHS. 

This week we are also hosting our spring College Fair. On Wednesday, February 5 th  from 4:30-6 PM in the LHS Commons, parents and students from all grade levels are encouraged to come and speak with college reps from over 50 different schools. Click here to see the current list of colleges who have RSVP’d.
As part of the evening, there will also be a parent presentation hosted by Collin College following the Fair for rising Seniors who are interested in Dual Credit. 

Please take a few minutes to review the important information and upcoming events listed below. I hope you and your student have a great week.


Chris Mayfield
Lovejoy High School
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Upcoming Events and Reminders
Course Selection - Tues, Feb 4 - Wed, Feb 6, 2020
Throughout the month of February, we will meet with students, capture their course selections, and hold meetings to make sure we get all student's classes of choice selected. Our 2 big events are the Spring College Fair and the Junior Parent/Dual Credit Meeting on February 5th @ 6pm. 
Below are a few important dates for you to make note of:
Please reach out to Mr. Gerhard (A-K) and Mr. Ledezma (L-Z) if you have questions regarding your students upcoming course selections.  
Michael Gerhard 9 th -11 th  (A-K):

Joel Ledezma 9 th -11 th  (L-Z):

Spring College Fair and Jr. Parent Dual Credit Meeting - Wed, Feb 5, 2020
Lovejoy High School will be hosting our Spring 2020 College Fair. Parents and students from all grade levels are encouraged to come and speak with college reps to get information on each university and their admissions processes. A list (updated daily) of universities attending can be found here.  

4:30-6 PM- College Reps will be in the Commons area

6:00 PM - Junior Parent Meeting in the LHS Auditorium
 “What to expect for senior year” & dual credit info meeting

NCAA Signing Day - Wed, Feb 5, 2020
Lovejoy High School Main Gym - 3:30 PM
Athletes signing:
1.Brady Laboret, Cross Country & Track – Western Colorado University
2.Sofia Estes, Cross Country & Track – Fort Lewis College
3.Trevor Batastini, Lacrosse – St. John’s University
4.Caden Buckner, Lacrosse – Birmingham-Southern College
5.Quinn McDermott, Football – Trinity University
6.Jared Langs, Basketball – Wesleyan University
The Lovejoy student-athletes listed above will be signing collegiate letters of intent on Wednesday, February 5th at 3:30 pm in the Lovejoy High School Main Gym.

LHS Showcase - Mon, Feb 10, 2020
Get information about course offerings in addition to the different clubs and extra-curricular opportunities available at LHS.
6:00 pm- 8th grade parent meeting in the auditorium
7:00 -7:45 pm 9th -11th grade parent meeting in the auditorium

Senior Project Presentations - Wed, Feb 12, 2020
Assigned seniors will be presenting their projects in a round of presentations from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Early Release - Thur, Feb 13, 2020
Students will be released at 12:15 pm. Lunch will be served in the LHS Cafeteria for those riding the bus. Bus routes will begin at 1:00pm. Students who have their own transportation can leave at 12:15 p.m.

School Holiday - Fri, Feb 14 - Mon, Feb 17, 2020

Reminder! 2020 Prom Ticket Sales Begin
Prom season is coming soon and we couldn’t be more excited! This year we’ll be hosting prom at the Dallas Museum of Art, a new location that will give it a different and unique feel. Prom will be held on April 4, from 8 - 11 PM. We’ll be offering snacks and refreshments, excellent DJs, and a photo booth where prom-goers can take unlimited photos. Be sure to get in on the Early Bird Special" for a ticket price of $50! Information regarding dates and ticket sales are below!

February 3-7    $50 *Early Bird Special*
March 16-20    $70
March 23-27    $80
March 30-April 3 $90
At the door      $100

Reminder! 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 through a special edition of Message from Mike. Links to our social media accounts are listed at the end of this communication.

Reminder! Stem Festival T-Shirt Design Deadline - Monday, 2/3/2020

Campus and District News
New! International Justice Mission of Lovejoy Clothing Drive

New! Engineering Endorsement Questions?
Join us Feb 11 in B119 to answer all your questions
Potluck 5:00 p.m.
Booster Club Meeting 6:00 p.m.
Question/Answer 6:45 p.m.


The district is excited to announce the 3rd Annual STEM Festival to be held on February 29th from 10:00am - 3:00pm at Lovejoy High School. We hope you will mark this date on your calendar and make plans to attend this STEMtastic event with your family. The STEM Festival also offers extra opportunities, like the CANgineering Competition and T-Shirt Design Contest, in which students and families can participate. All information about the STEM Festival is linked below. 

SAT Testing for LHS Juniors - March 4
Lovejoy ISD has designated March 4 as a schoolwide testing day for all eleventh-grade students to take the SAT college entrance exam at no cost. Additional information may be found here

New! Lovejoy ISD Percussion Concert

VOE (Verification of Enrollment)
Students needing a VOE for their DL or permit can pick them up in the counselor's office during school hours.


Community News
Lovejoy ISD Webpage will share news from our schools, programs, booster clubs, student organizations, Foundation for Lovejoy Schools, community, and more on the Lovejoy ISD Community News Page . Check back often for up-to-date news on events and activities.
Recognitions, Fine Arts and Athletics
LHS Heart of the Teacher Award
Congratulations to Andrew Stallings, Lovejoy High School Pre AP Pre Calculus Teacher! Andrew was the recipient of Lovejoy High School's January's Heart of the Teacher Award! This award is presented to an educator who displays great evidence of exemplifying our core value of One Heart One Lovejoy and the pillars of our Educator/Graduate Profile in an educator role:

Intellectually Equipped
Open to the Challenges of Learning
Engaged in a Healthy Lifestyle
Fair and Respectful of Others
Works for Justice in the Community

Serving our students, parents and community is truly one of the greatest callings of a life time. Congratulations Andrew!

HOSA Winners
LHS HOSA students attended the area HOSA Health Occupations Students of America Area 3 Spring Conference competition this weekend at McKinney North starting Friday, January 31st. The students were extremely successful and we now have four students going to HOSA STATE competition: Gabby Tillinghast Anna Fairchild, Sanjana Jacob, and Sera Muyco (not pictured). Gabby and Anna placed FIRST in EMT, Sanjana Jacob placed FIRST in Job Interview Skills, and Sera Muyco placed SECOND in Epidemiology First Picture from Left: Gabby Tillinghast, Anna Fairchild, and Sanjana Jacob.
Pictured below are the students who made it to HOSA Area competition and showed grace and courage under extreme pressure. Top Row from Left to right: Sanjana Jacob, Prachi Saxena, Lexie Collins, Sydney Spors. Second Row for the left to right: Alisa Kokoricha, Claire George, Jenna Kirkpatrick, and Daiyan Chowdhury, Front Row for the left to right: Gabby Tillinghast, Anna Fairchild, and Pahul Ghumman
All the HOSA members would like to give a huge shout out to Susan Smiley, Debbie Muckelroy and Kathy Barnett for their support of the students during this conference. We are Leopard Proud!


LHS Computer Science Team Competes at “Digital Divas” all girls contest 
Saturday Lovejoy took 3 teams to compete in the annual “Digital Divas” programming competition. Over 250 girls attended the competition at Hebron High School. Lovejoy entered three teams in three divisions and took 2nd place in the Advanced category.

Swimming and Diving
The Lady Leopards captured the 1st Regional Championship in school history! It came down to the 400 Free Relay and our ladies did not disappoint! The message of doing one thing better came to fruition over and over again, and in no bigger pressure cooker than the last swim of the meet!

Not to be outdone, Boys also swam their hearts out, and finished 2nd for the second consecutive year. It again came down to the last relay with the boys taking 2nd in the 400 Free Relay to edge out Frisco High for 2nd place behind Frisco Wakeland. 
In a meet that saw almost 40 lifetime best swims, we won two Regional titles (Jed Michael Jones - 200 IM & 500 Free), broke 3 school records (Girls 200 Free Relay [C. Sperling, A. Poulton, E. Dingerwerth, E. Jones], Jackson Willard - 100 Breast, Boys 400 Free Relay [R. Walenciak, J. Willard, M. Mueth, J.M. Jones]) and had over 50 second swims, and every single swim was HUGE. Click here for the complete results from the weekend. 

2020 State Qualifiers:
Ana Laura Faoro - 1m Diving
Eason Jones - 200 IM & 500 Free
Jed Michael Jones - 200 IM & 500 Free
GIrls 200 Medley Relay
Girls 200 Free Relay
Boys 200 Free Relay
Boys 400 Free Relay

We are headed back to Austin looking to remain one of the top 10 teams in the State!  

Eagle Scouts
Congratulations to the following LHS Students for receiving their Eagle rank at the Eagle Court of Honor. 

Left to right are the students and a description of their project:

Logan Pedersen worked with LifePath Systems, an organization that provides women’s group homes. He update and improved the landscaping and repaired, power washed, and stained the entire backyard fence.
Jax Thompson built a donation bin for the Trusted World Organization where he has volunteered over the last few years. Trusted World helps families in need.

Karson Templin marked out and painted a colorful and large 24 ft wide stencil of the map of the United States on the playground at Puster Elementary. 

Garrett Haas built a major bridge at one of the heavily used trails at the Heard Nature and Science Museum. This enables visitors to enjoy nature walks and safely explore parts of the grounds.

Landon Snow designed and constructed a display case for large bed frames and mattresses for the Allen Community Outreach. He also landscaped the front of the building and trimmed and weeded existing plants. 

Jack Marsden built a beautiful archway and fence for a peace garden for a facility in McKinney called Open Horizons which serves adults with special needs.  

Congratulations to Perren-Luc Thiessen
Congratulations to Lovejoy High School student,  Perren-Luc Thiessen  for winning in every event, including the Grand Prize at the Vernell-Gregg Young Artist Competition. As a result, he will be performing the Fourth Beethoven Concerto with the Lewisville Symphony on February 7th.

Girls Soccer vs. Melissa
On Friday night, the Junior Varsity beat Melissa High School 2-0. In the first half, Natalie Reyna opened up the scoring from a free kick. Josie Sessions extended the Leopard's lead with a goal that was assisted by Aubrey Goff. Jasmine Gramajo secured the clean sheet in goal for the Leopards.
Varsity beat Melissa 3-1 in their final pre-district game of the season. Hannah Dunlap opened the scoring in the first half with a shot from range that was assisted by Tatum Chester. In the second half, Avery Templin found the back of the net after a cross from Reagan Matacale. Reagan Matacale provided another assist from a corner kick that Jordan Watson headed for the goal.
The Leopards kick off their district season this Tuesday, 2/4, at home vs. Wylie East at 5:30/7:15.

Leopard Soccer earns draw vs Sulphur Springs
Friday night the Leopard men traveled to Sulphur Springs in their last challenge before taking on district play on Tuesday. While the boys were met with a tough and physical Wildcat side, the squad handled the pressure with great ball control and composure. Although the Leopards won in 50/50 balls, passes completed, and possession, a late equalizer by Sulphur Springs earned the split. Diego Rodriguez tallied the only Leopard mark of the night, putting a loose ball in front of the net away in the corner of the goal to give the Leopards a 1-0 lead. The boys could not hold on however, conceding a set piece equalizer with 8 minutes left. The squad has a quick turnaround this week as they travel to Wylie East on Tuesday to kick off district play.


Soccer Team Spirit Night

1st Annual Baseball/Softball Meet the Leopards!
See the attached flyer and join the baseball & softball programs as they kick-off their 2020 seasons with this fun community event! We hope to see you there!
Event Calendar
Calendar Of Events
For your convenience, we have added links below to view, print or download the following events to your personal calendars.

Academic Calendars for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
The LISD School Board approved the academic calendars for the 2 upcoming school years. You may click  here  to access them.