Lovejoy High School News
A Message from the Principal
March 22, 2021

Parents and Guardians,

This Wednesday, March 24th our 9th graders will take the PSAT, and our 11th graders will be taking the SAT. All testing will take place on-campus at LHS and students should arrive no later than 8:45. Students who are testing should also bring a pencil and their own calculator. Classes for 10th and 12th graders will be displaced for testing but students should report to campus at their regular time if they are an on-campus learner.
 
Also, Lovejoy ISD has learned from the Texas Education Agency that districts will be eligible for "Hold Harmless" state aid funding in the 4th - 6th six weeks of school based on on-campus attendance participation rates during the last 6-weeks of school. We need your help to get our full funding. If your child is signed up for on-campus instruction learning during Q4, please make sure they are present every day on campus unless they are officially quarantined or are absent for other valid reasons such as illness, doctor's appointments, etc.
 
Please take a few minutes to review the information below including our recognition portions that celebrate some of our students and programs. 
 
Sincerely,

Chris Mayfield
Principal
Lovejoy High School

2021 LHS Senior Events
Please click HERE for the most up-to-date information regarding all 2021 Senior Activities.

Lovejoy ISD COVID Information
The LISD Covid Cases dashboard includes active cases of both on-campus students/staff and virtual students/staff. If a student /staff member is participating virtually and/or has NOT come to campus for any class or activity, the dashboard will include the case, but the campus will NOT notify parents or staff.

The COVID Case Dashboard is accessible from the main district website, each campus website and accessed here.

For our complete 2020-2021 website with the Planning Guide and COVID procedures, click here.

Helpful Links

Notes from the Nurse
Parents,

If your student has qualified to receive their Covid vaccine, please send in proof of completed immunization for their school records.  
 
Please note that any student or student with a family member waiting on results of a COVID test, due to being symptomatic, must remain at home.
 
If your student is not feeling well, please keep them at home and allow them to attend school virtually. This also includes not participating in any on-campus athletic practices or other events. Please see pages 25 and 26 in the LISD Planning Guide 2020-21
 
UIL requires that a student who has been diagnosed with COVID - 19 must receive a clearance from a physician prior to participation in athletics.
 
COVID Return to Athletics Form can be found HERE. For questions regarding this Athletic Form, please contact Susan Smiley, our Head Athletic Trainer at susan_smiley@lovejoyisd.net.
 
If your child is exposed to a positive lab confirmed COVID case or experiences symptoms, please keep them home and email the school nurse at amy_dresser@lovejoyisd.net.

Symptomatic students should not be at school. If they become symptomatic at school, they must check in with the nurse before leaving campus.
 
Stay safe and healthy,

Amy Dresser RN
School Nurse
Lovejoy High School

Upcoming Events
SAT and PSAT Testing Day
Wednesday, March 24th

All testing will take place on-campus at LHS and students should arrive no later than 8:45. Students who are testing should also bring a pencil and their own calculator.
For approved SAT calculators click HERE
For approved PSAT calculators, click HERE
Dual Credit Informational Webinar
Thursday, March 25th

The counseling office will be hosting an informational dual credit webinar
for rising senior parents and students to help guide you through the dual
credit process. Meeting information is as follows:

Date: Thursday, March 25th
Time: 6:30 pm
Please click the link below to join the webinar.

LISD Holiday
Friday, April 2nd - Monday, April 5th
Virtual STEM Festival
Saturday, April 10th
AP Testing Dates
Monday, May 3rd - Friday, May 14th

This year Lovejoy High School will be administering Advanced Placement exams between May 3rd and May 14th. Exams will be the traditional paper and pencil exams and will follow the exam schedule that can be found HERE. All students will be required to take their AP exams in this testing window.
 
Although CollegeBoard had provided schools with some flexibility to the format (digital exams are available), Lovejoy High School opted not to use those options. They are only offered on certain dates and this would have resulted in a conflicts for students. The windows for these exams were either the same dates as LHS Final Exams for 9th-12th graders, or a window that occurred after the academic school year had ended. 
 
Challenges in the digital platform our students experienced last year also played a factor in this decision. Additionally, we considered the inability to revise answers in the current digital exams as a reason to utilize the paper and pencil platform.
 
If you have questions about Advanced Placement Exams please contact Mary Cabrera at Mary_Cabrera@lovejoyisd.net or Bruce Coachman at bruce_coachman@lovejoyisd.net.
Campus and District Information


The window for gifted and talented referals opened March 1st and closes at 5:00 pm April 1st. The referral form is located in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Testing is currently scheduled for Saturdays, April 17th and April 24th. 

Ready to stock up on Lovejoy gear? You are in luck! Click here for great deals!

Legacy Bricks are now on sale through April 8, 2021. A legacy brick is the perfect way to honor your Senior. Orders made before April 8, will be in place by graduation. More information can be found on the Foundation website: https://bit.ly/3a41q6J
SAT Prep Registration 

District-Led SAT Prep is open for registration. Classes start March 23! For more information or to register, visit the district's test prep and tutoring site. Registration is limited to 10 participants. 
AP Exam Payments

If you have not paid for AP Exams, please do so now through Revtrak at https://lovejoy.revtrak.net/lhs-ap-exams/#/list
VOE (Verification of Enrollment)

Students needing a VOE for their driver's license can email the receptionist at rodricka_taylor@lovejoyisd.net.
Community News

Please see the link below for information on LHS senior projects, news from our schools, programs, booster clubs, student organizations, Foundation for Lovejoy Schools, community, and more!

Athletics
Track
Freshman Kailey Littlefield breaks her second school record of the season! Kailey ran 57.9 to win the 400M Meter Dash and broke the all-time school record in the 800-meter, clocking in at 2:13.42. Congratulations, Kailey on Record-Breaking Performance!!

Lovejoy Wrestling

The Lovejoy men and women’s wrestling teams have been busy competing these past two weeks and both the men’s and women’s teams have been putting up some dominating wins!  
On Wednesday March 10th, the men kept their undefeated streak in district duals alive with three more dominant wins, defeating Gunter and Whitesboro by a perfect match score of 84-0 each and crushing host Wylie East 63-12. The complete team effort from our men included an overall record of winning 39 out of the total 42 matches in the varsity duals.

Of special note, senior Jakob Underwood won his 100th career match, becoming only the second Leopard male wrestler to eclipse the century mark in his career. Jakob did so in style, producing another win by fall!

On the women’s side, Lovejoy senior Charis Vela and junior Avery Ashley wrestled against Whitesboro and Gunter, both finishing the day undefeated! Charis and Avery both finished 2-0 for the day, each winning both of their matches by pin!
For full results and more information click HERE
Girls Soccer
Friday night the girls varsity soccer team beat Rock Hill 2-0. The first goal was scored by Avery Templin after a cross by Maya Hignite. The second goal was scored from a free kick by senior, Natalie Reyna, just before halftime.

Defenders Natalie Reyna, Maggie Manders, Amiya Callicutt, Lexie Schuttee, Katie Irby, Jordan Watson, and goalkeeper Nicole Young - who also saved a penalty - kept our 13 clean sheet of the season! Shout out to Natalia Duran De La Vega and Kate Carlson for holding things down in the midfield in front of our back four as well.

The win was the team's 15th of the season, a regular season record for the program. The first round of playoffs are up next!

The junior varsity team fell to Rock Hill 2-1 in their last game of the season. The lone goal was scored by Kiera Watson and assisted by Kailey McDonald. There was lots of growth from this group over the season and improvements on the past two seasons. Great season of results and development for the junior varsity.

See below for playoff schedule. Ticketing information will be available soon.

Girls
Reedy v Lovejoy on Friday 3/26 at McKinney HS – 6:00PM
 
Boys
Centennial v Lovejoy on Friday 3/26 at Boyd HS – 7:30PM
Recognitions
Alex Duran - CoServe & FC Dallas Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Lovejoy High School AP Spanish Teacher and Head Soccer Coach Alex Duran on being named CoServe & FC Dallas Teacher of the Month!

We are #LovejoyProud and thankful for all you do for our Leopards!
Lovejoy Speech and Debate

Tajvir Singh and Jonathan Zanzuri competed in the UIL State Championship for Cross Examination Debate over the weekend. After a strong finish in the preliminary rounds, they advanced to the octofinal round. In octos, Tajvir and Jonathan beat Barbers Hill on a 3-0 decision - advancing to quarterfinals. In quarters they had a really close debate with Dripping Springs, but were eliminated on a 2-1 decision. Ultimately, this puts the boys as one of the top 8 teams in the state of Texas!
The Red Ledger 

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association named The Red Ledger a Gold Crown Award winner in digital news. This is the highest national honor an online paper can receive from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Only 9 schools across the country received this honor, and The Red Ledger was one of two schools in the state of Texas. We are so proud of all the staff members for their hard work!

The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) named The Red Ledger as a Pacemaker Finalist. The Pacemaker award is the most prestigious award for national students publication for NSPA. It has been three years since the staff has been a Pacemaker Finalists, and their dedication has finally paid off. Only 43 school across the country, and six in the state of Texas were selected as finalists. A huge congrats to all the staff members, and the community members who supported the staff along the way. Full results will be released on April 10. 

Yearbook
Congratulations to the 2020 “Leopard” yearbook staff for receiving a silver crown from Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Yearbook contests are a year behind when the book is distributed, so these kids are just now finding out how they did competing against other schools for this national award. This is the second CSPA crown for "The Leopard" in the program's history. I am incredibly proud of them in a normal year, but this one holds a special place because they finaled this book when we were in shutdown, and created a supplement when we were all in our separate corners, working on our collaborative project through Zoom. So this one is all the more special!
 
Current students who were staff members of the 2020 book:
Amelia Flinchbaugh (member of both staffs that received CSPA crowns) 
Anna Beard (member of both staffs that received CSPA crowns)
Jude Wheatley (member of both staffs that received CSPA crowns)
Sydney Chapman
Adeenah Choksi
Lauren Hathaway
Maya Ashfour
Kylie Cass
Emma Landry
Kailey McDonald
 
Graduates who were staff members of the 2020 book:
Allie Conrad
Andrew Khalil
Sunessa Madhav
Karleigh McGrath
Marisa Medrano
Melissa Morales
Mia Montemayor
Makell Olsen
Sophia Pitkin
Olivia Porsch
Darby Price
Rebecca Rockenbach
Gabby Stall
Lovejoy Robotics
Lovejoy Robotics competed virtually over Spring Break, Wednesday, March 16th and Saturday, March 20th this past week and overall did an amazing job!

Over Spring break team 1082X did a digital submission of their engineering notebook and conducted a team interview with the judges and won the Design Award for the UIL 5A State Championship! 

On Wednesday at the event we hosted here at LHS, the following awards were won by some amazing Lovejoy teams!

Innovate Award won by 1082X - (Names listed below for their other recent accomplishment)

Build Award won by 1082W - Tristan Bourree, Galen Ezell, Gabriel Ezell, Luke Farkas, Julia Johnson, Bridget O’Dowd

Create Award won by 1082E - Brock Gay, Alex Tranchina, Drew Kurtenbach, Jacob Keane and Alec Miksa, Greg Powers
 
On Saturday, March 20th we had nearly all our LHS teams compete in Anna, TX and we had the most successful competition all season. Many teams went further in the elimination rounds than ever before and we had our first Tournament Championship won of this season! 1082C and 1082X teamed up in the finals to win after overcoming setbacks and they together made a great comeback.

We are #LovejoyProud of all the students who competed! Pictured below from left to right we have 1082X: Decan Cunningham, Liam Palazzolo, Isaac Joseph and Brielle Taylor (Not Pictured: Emily Perry, Chakrearsey Prom, Grant Rasmussen, Daniel Schmidt, Joey Showah, Tyler Tucker, Zack Valentine) and 1082C: Alyssa Vaughn, Luke Whitfill and Madeline Coughlin (Not Pictured: Joel Walenciak, Danny Khalil, Daniel Hanna)
Lovejoy Theatre - UIL One Act Play
We are so excited to announce that Lovejoy Theatre will be continuing on to the District level in UIL One Act Play. 
 
At Zone, they took 1st place receiving straight 1's from all three judges for their production of Wit by Margaret Edson.  
 
Special awards went to: Zoe Smithey for Outstanding Tech, Maddie Konecny and Ryder Sullivan received Honorable Mention All Star Cast, Brindley Eaton received All Star Cast, and Jack Marsden and Ellis Smith swept the two Best Performers of the day.  
 
Congratulations to these outstanding performers. We wish them “ Break A Leg” at their District competition on March 23, 2021 at the Colony High School. 

Lovejoy Visual Arts

Through everything that has come our way, 2021 has been an incredible year for LJVA. Our students have continued to pour their work ethic, innovative processes, and thoughtful ideation into their work, and it has been noticed nationwide! We are extremely proud of the latest recognition of our students’ efforts through one of our country's longest running visual arts competitions; Scholastic Art and Writing. Of the 27 regional awards (our region includes 7 states), 14 pieces/portfolios received a “Gold Key” and moved on to the national competition. 
 
Out of these 14 award winning works/portfolios our LJVA artists set another incredible standard with 4 artists winning NATIONAL GOLD KEY MEDALS!
 
Grace Flinchbaugh (Sr), Molly Gornell (Sr), Madi Stutler (Jr), and Karlee Williams (Jr - 2 time Gold Key Winner) all received a National Gold Key; the highest award possible in this nationwide competition. Historically, these 4 national award-winning artists would be invited to Carnegie Hall for the National Award Ceremony, but will be celebrated via a digital award ceremony this year. Please join us in congratulating all of our National Award Winners in this incredible honor! We could not be more proud of all of our students’ vision, work ethic, and personal voice within their artwork. 

Click HERE to their award winning work!

National Award Winners
Grace Flinchbaugh (Sr)- Gold Key - Sculpture
Molly Gornell (Sr)- Gold Key - Mixed Media
Madisyn Stutler (Jr)- Gold Key- Drawing & Illustration
Karlee Williams (Jr)- Gold Key - Drawing & Illustration 

Regional Awards
Renee Barnes - Gold Key - Mixed Media
Renee Barnes - Honorable Mention - Drawing & Illustration
Elise Bell - Honorable Mention- Drawing & Illustration
Kiley Boots - Honorable Mention - Art Portfolio
Grace Flinchbaugh - Gold Key- Mixed Media
Grace Flinchbaugh - Gold Key- Sculpture
Grace Flinchbaugh - Silver Key - Art Portfolio 
Grace Flinchbaugh - Silver Key- Expanded Projects
Molly Gornell - Gold Key - Mixed Media
Molly Gornell - Gold Key - Mixed Media
Keira Ho - Gold Key - Photography
Keira Ho - Silver Key - Sculpture
Kristina Marshall - Gold Key - Mixed Media
Kristina Marshall - Gold Key - Art Portfolio
Kristina Marshall - Honorable Mention - Printmaking
Kristina Marshall - Silver Key - Mixed Media
Megan Mcneal - Gold Key - Sculpture
Ella Reaugh - Silver Key - Photography
Luis Sandoval - Gold Key - Mixed Media 1
Luis Sandoval - Honorable Mention - Art Portfolio
Madisyn Stutler - Gold Key - Drawing & Illustration
Madisyn Stutler - Honorable Mention - Drawing & Illustration 
Madisyn Stutler - Silver Key - Drawing & Illustration 
Karlee Williams - Gold Key - Drawing & Illustration 
Karlee Williams - Gold Key - Mixed Media 
Karlee Williams - Gold Key - Drawing & Illustration 
Karlee Williams - Honorable Mention - Drawing & Illustration
Academic Calendars
Academic Calendars for 2020-2021

To access the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar, please click here.