01.20.2023.Connect With Katie.Issue22

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JANUARY 20, 2023 Connect with
W E E K L Y N E W S A N D I N F O R M A T I O N F R O M T H E S U P E R I N T E N D E N T
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE STUDENT ACTIVITIES & RECOGNITIONS SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE 03 LEOPARD LIFE: LOVEJOY LINKS 04 08 LEOPARD LIFE: COMMUNITY NEWS DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS 19 22 HEALTH AND SAFETY 22 07 DISTRICT CALENDAR 17 BOARD OF TRUSTEES FEATURED JOB OPENINGS 23

SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE

Lovejoy Community,

One of my favorite things about leading Lovejoy ISD is supporting our students doing what they love. The past couple of weeks have been filled with opportunities to celebrate our students and the opportunities they have to grow and mature by engaging in their passions and interests. Our Lovejoy High School Cheerleaders earned the silver medal at the UIL 5A state spirit competition. It is a big deal to be the state runner-up and we are extremely proud of the squad and their dedicated coaches.

We had athletes from elementary to high school participate in Special Olympics bowling last week. They did an outstanding job of representing Lovejoy ISD and demonstrated courage and sportsmanship. A significant number of student volunteers supported our athletes throughout the competition. It was a special privilege to witness these peer relationships that exemplify caring, respect, and the power of human connection. There is no doubt that Lovejoy students are creating a better world.

We have an exciting weekend ahead. Lovejoy High School Theatre had a strong opening performance of the Addams Family musical last night and will have shows tonight and tomorrow. The Kordel Family cannot wait to enjoy the performance.

There is only ONE LOVEJOY and we are ALL LEOPARDS!

DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS

Board of Trustees Spotlight: Julie McLaughlin

Election or Appointment Month & Year: May 2022

Professional and/or Volunteer Background:

Senior Vice President of Finance for Bread Financial 20+ year career in financial planning and reporting, accounting, mergers & acquisitions, strategic procurement, and compliance roles Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas Master of Science in Accountancy; Bachelor of Business Administration, Cum Laude, and – Both from Texas A&M University, College Station Lovejoy ISD Financial Sustainability Committee 2021-2022 PTO Board Member, Campus Improvement Plan Committee, Room Parent

Personal Highlights: My husband, Malcolm, and I have been happily married for 18 years. We are blessed with 2 wonderful children, Lila (5th grade at Sloan Creek) and Jackson (2nd grade at Hart Elementary) Most of our free time is spent shuttling the kids to various activities. We love the beach and taking our kids to Texas A&M games (Whoop!).

Favorite Lovejoy Tradition: Leopard Friday and (as a Board Member) the honor of handing out diplomas to our seniors at Graduation

Your "WHY": Lovejoy is uniquely special – not only as a top tier school district, but also as a supportive network of engaged families. I am highly motivated to serve and give back to our community, and I am dedicated to our collective goals of providing quality educational opportunities for students, keeping our children at the center of every decision, and ensuring the successful longevity of Lovejoy ISD.

Contact Information: julie mclaughlin@lovejoyisd net

Board of Trustees Spotlight: Jeff Wood

Election or Appointment Month & Year: August 2020

Professional and/or Volunteer Background:

I am in my 23rd year of practicing law Prior to serving on the Board of Trustees, I served on the Board for the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools, Served as WSMS and Freshman Football game-day volunteer coordinator and coached youth sports for 10 years.

Personal Highlights: My kids have only ever attended Lovejoy ISD schools...my oldest started Kinder at Hart Elementary and now will graduate from LHS in May. I'm a little freaked out about how fast time has flown by.

Favorite Lovejoy Tradition: Staff Convocations! It's great to see everyone excited about the start of a new semester.

Your "WHY":

I love Lovejoy, the District is my community. In August of 2020, we were facing adversity due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and I sought and accepted an appointment to the school board to help find our way back to educating kids. I truly believe Lovejoy is a special place for our students, staff and families. Their success and sacrifices in terms of hard work toward their goals, whether inside or outside of the classroom, continues to amaze me and motivate me to support their efforts however we can.

Contact Information: jeff wood@lovejoyisd.net

Board of Trustees Meeting - LCDC Library

The Board will convene in open session and then move to closed session @ 5:30PM in C113. The Board is expected to reconvene in open session at approximately 7:00PM. FEBRUARY

Board of Trustees Workshop - LCDC Library

The Board will convene in open session and then move to closed session @ 8:30AM in C113. The Board is expected to reconvene in open session at approximately 9:00AM.

STUDENT CALENDAR ATHLETICS CALENDAR DISTRICT CALENDAR CAMPUS CALENDARS FINEARTS CALENDAR DISTRICT CALENDAR
6-10 February 14 February 16 February 17 Februray 20 Campus, District, and Athletics Calendars are linked above for the convenience of our community *Please note event dates, times and locations are subject to change and should be verified by participants.
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January 23 January 27 JANUARY 2023
School Counseling Week
2023 National
HS Only Student Holiday Early Release All Students - Early Release Times Holiday/No School Bad Weather Make-Up Day CALENDAR EVENT LINKS
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STUDENT ACTIVITIES & RECOGNITIONS

Lovejoy Cheer Brings Home Silver from State UIL!

UIL last week was a huge success. The UIL team placed 2nd out of 72 5A D2 teams. The UIL team was sitting in 6th place after prelims and moved up 4 places to receive the silver medal. The prelims performance was also where we competed for the individual placements for Band Chant, Cheer, and Fight Song. We placed 4th in the cheer, 9th in the band chant and 12th in the fight song.

LHS Theatre Presents: The Addams Family

The Lovejoy High School Theatre Program and Arts are delighted to invite our Lovejoy community to the musical of the year, Addams Family! The show premiered on January 19 and continues through Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 7 PM.

Come watch as this lovable, iconic, and macabre family of 7 comes to life on our stage. The Addams Family is a playful yet meaningful musical about love, family, acceptance, and most importantly, growing up. It will surely pull at your heartstrings while giving you a good chuckle at the clever, witty humor that’s expected from America’s Darkest family.

Due to thematic elements and marital humor, this show is best enjoyed by students in middle school and up. Addams Family will be at the Lovejoy High School Auditorium at Estates Parkway, Lucas, Texas.

Tickets are $10 for students, staff, and seniors and $15 for adults. They are on sale now at the Fine Arts online box office at: https://tinyurl.com/ADDAMSBoxOffice. Superintendent Kordel and The Addams Family cast hope to see you there!

LHS Theatre Presents: The Addams Family

Photo Credit: LHS Yearbook

Mock Caldecott at Puster Elementary

Students in Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade were introduced to the Caldecott Medal, which annually honors the most distinguished American artist of a picture book for children. Students learn about the different medals, the criteria used to choose a winner, and explore some of the books that might win for the year. Students also read and examined past winners of the medal. Students, with the help of their librarian, Mrs. Ariel Stewart, evaluated books to award a mock Caldecott Medal to one of their own favorite books!

How to Catch a Snowman

Fourth grade students at Puster Elementary took part in a STEM challenge this week. First, students read How to Catch a Snowman by Adam Wallace. They were then given the challenge of building a trap for a snowman! Students worked through the Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve) to use different materials to create their trap. The students were given criteria: the trap must be enclosed on all sides, and the plan must include a way to lure the snowman into the trap. The results were CAPTIVATING!

Romi Kahana Qualifies for All-State Treble Choir

Congratulations to Romi Kahana for qualifying for the 2023 TMEA All-State Treble choir. This is a 4-round audition process that started with the first audition in October. She will now travel to San Antonio in February for a 3-day intensive rehearsal clinic culminating in a concert with the best singers in the state of Texas.

Wrestling Senior Night

The wrestling team hosted senior night on Tuesday. They will now begin their championship season as they head into Dual State, District, Regionals, and State.

Special Olympics Bowling

Lovejoy ISD student athletes participated in their first Special Olympics bowling competition on January 13th. Our athletes and their PALS (peer student volunteers) enjoyed the camaraderie and competition while representing Lovejoy with pride!

McDonald's All-American Nominee

Lovejoy basketball player Karson Templin has been named as a McDonald's All-American nominee. Templin who is averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds per game, is one of 32 nominees from the state of Texas.

For the third consecutive year, Texas has led all states nationally with the number of nominations. The top 24 of

the country's elite players will be selected to play in a showcase game on March 28th at the Toyota in Houston.

Former McDonald's All-Americans include Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and Kobe Bryant. Congratulations to Karson for being nominated to this exclusive group of players!

Lovejoy Basketball Update

The Boy's Basketball program continued its winning ways Tuesday as they took down the Melissa Cardinals. Varsity took home a 55-39 win and moved to 50 in District and 17-6 overall on the year. The Leopards are currently ranked 13th in the Maxpreps state polls and #8 in the Dallas Morning News Class 5A/Others poll.

The JV cruised to a 58-42 victory, while the Freshman took home a 54-37 win. For the year, the Leopards are undefeated in District play at all three levels. Lovejoy hosts Greenville High School Friday night at 7:30 pm.

Lovejoy Robotics Update

Lovejoy Robotics had a rockin' start to the New Year this past Saturday in Southlake by winning some great judged awards. Rookie team 1082M fought hard, went undefeated for all qualification matches, ended as semifinalists, and they logged their highest driver skills score. This was the furthest 1082M has made it in an elimination bracket all year. We are so proud of their growth and success so far!

Lovejoy also had success with 1082Y winning the Judges Award, 1082R winning the Innovate Award and 1082C winning the Design Award! These teams, along with 1082 E, K, P, and T who also competed at Southlake, all exemplify hard work, determination and the Lovejoy spirit we all love so much. Way to go teams!

1082Y 1082C 1082R 1082M

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Dear Lovejoy Community,

As a Board, we are committed to strong and proactive communication with our community. Part of this commitment is sending an email invitation to our community prior to Board Meetings with a sincere desire for you to be involved and fully aware, so we can come together as a community for our children.

January 23, 2023 Board Meeting Public Notice

You may find the full agenda with supporting documentation on our district's BoardBook Premier website HERE.

For information on the May 6, 2023 School Board Election, please visit the Lovejoy Board of Trustees webpage HERE.

Sincerely,

The Lovejoy ISD Board of Trustees

Barrett Owens, President Amy Smith, Vice-President Anne Smith, Secretary

Julie McLaughlin, Trustee Jeff Wood, Trustee Marvin Bobo, Trustee Jason Jaynes, Trustee

Reminder: Safety and Security Procedural Updates

Due to a recent change in safety and security procedures, all Lovejoy ISD Board Meeting and/or Board Workshop attendees must enter through the main entry door of the Lovejoy Child Development Center (LCDC), which is located just west of the previous entry. Upon entrance, attendees will enter the boardroom from the LCDC lobby area. Note: Attendees should follow the directional signage that will be posted for upcoming meetings. Only those seeking public comment will be required to sign in, as according to board policy. In addition, the Lovejoy ISD Board Closed Session room has changed to room C113 in the Carrie L. Child Development Center.

These safety and security procedures will only enhance the quality of the Lovejoy ISD Board Meetings. Please contact Rodricka Taylor: rodricka taylor@lovejoyisd.net if you have any questions.

May 6, 2023

Board of Trustee Election Information

The following positions will be on the May 6, 2023 ballot:

Position 4: Anne Smith

Position 5: Marvin Bobo

Board of Trustee Application Packets are now available for pick-up from Rodricka Taylor, Coordinator for the Superintendent and Board Services, at the Red School House (259 Country Club Rd., Allen, TX 75002). An Electronic Application Packet can be downloaded HERE.

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot

Friday, February 17, 2023

Last Day to Order a General Election

Friday, February 17, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Last Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Election Day

Last Day to Receive Ballot by Mail

For additional important election dates, please click HERE.

Leopard LifeLOVEJOY LINKS NEW! STEM FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEW! LOVEJOY GIFTED ASSOCIATION NEW! ROBOTICS VOLUNTEERS
Leopard LifeLOVEJOY LINKS NEW! ARD PROCESS WORKSHOP NEW! MEET THE LEOPARDS:BASEBALL NEW! ELEMENTARY APPRECIATION NIGHT LOVEJOY GIFTED ASSOCIATION
Leopard LifeLOVEJOY LINKS LOVEJOY SCHOLARS INTEREST CARD AND BOARD GAME CLUB LOVEJOY NUTRITION NEWS LAST CHANCE! THE ADDAMS FAMILY

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Lovejoy ISD Community News website is intended to facilitate connections and raise awareness of local events, activities, fundraisers and organizations that might interest Lovejoy families.

The information featured on the Community News website is

Lovejoy ISD is not affiliated with the organizations and does not claim to

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The Texas Department of State Health Services released new guidance for the 2022-2023 school year regarding Covid-19 and schools. LISD Health and Safety Measures are posted on the District website, linked below.

Current Health and Safety Measures Link

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