Connect with Katie.02.23.2024.Issue27

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FEBRUARY 23, 2024
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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SPECIAL OLYMPICS 10 CONTENTS 08 BUMP-UP DAY 06 3-TIME WRESTLING STATE CHAMPION MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT 04 LIVING LOVEJOY: MOCK TRIAL VIDEO ATTENDANCE UPDATE 07 07 COMMUNITY COFFEE TALK 09 PRIMARY ELECTIONS SUPERHEART SCHOOL SCHOOL MARSHALS COWBOY UP! DENIM & DIAMONDS TICKETS DISTRICT CALENDAR ROBOTICS GEARS-UP FOR VEX GIRLS TRACK & FIELD DOMINATED LHS ENSEMBLE CONTEST PES STUDENT CELLO PERFORMANCE LOVEJOY VARSITY COLOR GUARD TEXAS THEATRE SCHOLAR AWARD BOARD OF TRUSEES INVITATION LOVEJOY LINKS DISTRICT & CAMPUS NEWSLETTERS COMMUNITY NEWS 12 12 13 13 15 16 17 19 19 20 21 22 23 27 27

MESSAGE

from the Superintendent

LovejoyCommunity,

Lovejoy ISD is home to another STATE CHAMPION! Congratulations to Lovejoy High School Senior Sam Renoylds on earning his 3rd State Champion title in 5A Wrestling. Sam is a relentlesswarriorandanincrediblehuman.Heis aninspirationtomanyandwecouldnotbemore proudofSam’sremarkableaccomplishments.

I am down in Austin today at the UIL State Swimming & Diving State Meet cheering on our 14 state qualifiers. We are Lovejoy Proud of the following

following student athletes that are competing in the State Meet today and tomorrow.

VioletAlmazan-200medleyrelay,200freerelay

CoraCraver-200freerelay

AvaEasley-200medleyrelay,200freerelay,100free,100backstroke

MariaFaoro-Diving

SarahGable-200medleyrelay,100breaststroke

GraceHu-200medleyrelay,200freerelay

PabloDuranDeLaVega-400freerelay

SeanEasley-500free,200free,400freerelay

HunterHedges-200medleyrelay,200freerelay

GrantHu-200medleyrelay,200freerelay,100breaststroke

JackKeller-400freerelay

BeauRice-400freerelay

AustinStone-200medleyrelay,200freerelay,100backstroke

ChrisWang-200medleyrelay,200freerelay

IwouldliketopersonallyinviteyoutoattendourannualSTEMfestivaltomorrow atLovejoyHighSchool.Thisengaging,district-wideeventisdesignedto provide

hands-on learning experiences for students in grades K-6 in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Exhibits include robots, makerspace, drones, rockets,activefloor,andMORE!TheSTEMFestivalstartsat10:00a.m.goesuntil 1:00 p.m. and is a ton of fun for the entire family. If you cannot make the entire event,wewouldlovetohaveyoudropby.ClaireandJacobenjoySTEMFestivalso much that they have been asking when the next one will be since they attended lastschoolyear.

ThereisonlyoneLOVEJOYandweareallLEOPARDS!

LovejoyProud,

3-TIME WRESTLING

STATE CHAMPION

ThispastweekendLovejoyWrestlingqualified5wrestlerstocompeteattheUIL State Wrestling Tournament. Aro Ogle Garza (Fr.), Elijah Strand (Sr.), Eli Silva (Jr.), Andrew Kotecki (Sr.), and Sam Reynolds (Sr.). Sam Reynolds earned his 3rdconsecutiveStateChampionshipvictory!CongratulationstoSamandallof theLovejoywrestlersthatcompetedintheUILStateWrestlingTournament.We areproudofallyouraccomplishmentsandhardwork!

LIVING LOVEJOY: ATTENDANCE

MOCK TRIAL VIDEO

Strong school attendance is correlated with higher academic performance. Additionally,averageDailyAttendance(ADA)isametricthattheStateofTexas usestodeterminefundingforpublicschools.Eachweek,thisattendancedata willbeupdatedsoourcommunityisawareofourmostrecentADA.

UPDATE

BUMP-UP DAY

On Friday, February 16th students in 4th, 6th and 8th grades traveled to their future2024-25campusesfortours,activities,andlunch. LISD’sBump-UpDayis an annual event that eases the transition to a new campus and generates excitement for new student experiences. A huge shoutout SCIS, WSMS, and LHSformakingtheeventmemorableandengaging!

COMMUNITY COFFEE

TALK REMINDER

This is an opportunity for parents and community members to connect with Lovejoy ISD Trustees and Superintendent Katie Kordel in an informal setting. During Community Coffee Talks, Lovejoy ISD leadership listens, shares and engagesin opendialogue/discussionwithourcommunity.

February 28, 2024

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Lovejoy High School

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

BASKETBALL SKILLS

LovejoyISDhad32athletescompeteinBasketballSkillsonFebruary13,2024 andcamehomewithnumerousGold,SilverandBronzemedals!Theseathletes have been practicing for the past couple of months growing their skills in dribbling, passing, catching and shooting. We are gearing up for one more Basketball Skills competition next week in Anna. Once Basketball wraps up, students will begin training for Track and Field. Track meets are set for the monthofMay.

SCHOOL

February is American Heart Month. We are proud to share that Lovejoy High School was officially recognized as a SuperHeart School, by Living For Zachary, for being prepared to respond heroically to cardiac emergencies on campus. Living for Zachary’smissionistoraiseawarenessand prevent sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in youth.Welldone,NurseDresser!

Lovejoy ISD Administration Portable #1 259 Country Club Road Allen, TX 75002 Lucas Community Center 665 Country Club Road Lucas, TX 75002 LOCAL VOTING CENTERS 2 2 2 9 7 2 3 1 8 2 4 2 9 2 5 3 2 6 1 9 4 2 7 2 0 5 2 8 2 1 6 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 8 Early Voting 8am-5pm Early Voting 8am-5pm Early Voting 8am-5pm Early Voting 8am-5pm Early Voting 7am-7pm Early Voting 11am-5pm Early Voting 7am-7pm Early Voting 7am-7pm Early Voting 7am-7pm Early Voting 7am-7pm Early Voting 7am-7pm Primary Election Day 7am-7pm
PRIMARY ELECTIONS SUPERHEART

SCHOOL MARSHALS

COWBOY UP!

In honor of School Marshal Appreciation Day, our Marshals were treated to a new uniform addition...cowboy hats! Marshals got to pick out the hats themselvesduringagroupshoppingtrip. HatsofftoourMarshals!

DENIM & DIAMONDS

TICKETS

ON SALE!

TheFoundationforLovejoySchoolsinvites you to attend their annual Denim & Diamonds Gala and Live Auction. This incredible community event includes dinner and drinks, dancing, live & silent auction,photoboothandmore.

All proceeds from the gala champion Lovejoy ISD educational initiatives and programs,including:

SafetyMarshals

InnovativeClassroomGrants

HolidayBonuses

ProfessionalDevelopment

NewTeacherClassroomSupport

Welookfowardtoseeingyouthere!

CONNECTING LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THE LOVEJOY COMMUNITY

WHILE SUPPORTING LOVEJOY ISD THROUGH REVENUE GENERATION

TheLovejoyISDCommunityPartnerprogramisanew way for local businesses to support Lovejoy ISD and connect with the Lovejoy Community! Community Partner advertisements are featured in our weekly Districtnewsletter,ConnectwithKatie,LivingLovejoy videos,andDistrictSocialMedia.

InterestedinbecomingaCommunityPartner? ClickHEREtolearnmore!

STUDENT CALENDAR ATHLETICS CALENDAR DISTRICT CALENDAR CAMPUS CALENDARS FINEARTS CALENDAR Campus,District,andAthleticsCalendarsarelinkedabovefortheconvenienceofourcommunity. *Please note event dates, times and locations are subject to change and should be verified by participants
EVENT LINKS
CALENDAR

ROBOTICS GEARS-UP

FOR VEX REGIONALS

Congratulationsto1082R[RobotGoVroomVroom]whorecentlycompetedin Iowa Park, TX and won the Excellence Award and Tournament Champion award! This team continues to impress and amaze us all, and we are certain they are going to continue their hot streak as they move into the Regional Championshipthisweekend.

Forthefirsttimeinschoolhistorywehad10teamsqualifyfortheVEXRobotics Texas Region 5 Championship and 1082R will be among these 10 teams competing in Abilene, TX on February 24, 2024. This is the most important tournament so far this season since it will be what decides which teams from ourregionqualifyfortheVEXRoboticsWorldChampionship.Wishusluckand follow along with us on social media and the live stream. Saturday’s tournamentwillbelive-streamedhere.

1082R

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

DOMINATED 1ST MEET

ThegirlsTrackandFieldseasonopeneduplastweekendwithatwodaymeet at McKinney Boyd. The JV and Varsity girls both dominated the competition beating over 20 teams - most of which were 6A schools! We were Team Championsinbothdivisions!

LHS ENSEMBLE

CONTEST

Congratulations to ALL Lovejoy Band members on your performances at LovejoyEnsembleContestthisSaturday!Thejudgeswereverycomplimentary.

Each judge was able to select Outstanding Ensembles in their room. Special CongratulationstothefollowingOutstandingEnsembles!

OutstandingWoodwindEnsembles:

Wind Symphony Saxophone Quartet--Davis Miller, Anson Phan, Adrian PhanandGavinWagner

FluteDuet--SamanthaMcCall,andPrateekshaPaulraj

OutstandingBrassEnsembles:

Wind Symphony Low Brass Quartet--Brady Kofahl, Landon Matacale, Ford Edwards,andJustinPoteet

Wind Ensemble Trombone Quartet--Rachel Akinfolarin, Ava Ibarrola, CarsonMiller,andJoshuaOyenuga

PUSTER STUDENT

CELLO PERFORMANCE

Melanie Wang, 2nd Grader in Ms Hicks class at Puster Elementary, recently won FirstPrizeinanhighlycompetitiveDallas string competition for her Cello performance.

The highly competitive event includes string instruments (violin, cello, viola) from all over the DFW area. We are so proudofMelanie!

LOVEJOY VARSITY

COLOR GUARD

CongratulationstoourLovejoyVarsityColorGuard.TheycompetedSaturdayin the WGI (Winter Guard International) Contest at Coppell High School. After a breathtaking performance in prelims on Saturday, our varsity guard won a place in the finals that took place on Sunday. This contest features the most competitivefieldourstudentswillfaceduringtheseason.Thestakesarehigh and all of the best color guard programs around the state come to face off at theWGIContest.

Thevarsityguardgaveanotherbeautifullypolishedperformanceinfinalsand finished 14th out of 20 groups in finals. There were 48 groups in our classificationatprelims!WearesoproudofourVarsityGuard!Congratulations andthankyou,Ms.Garcia!

Thankyoutoalltheparentswhohelpedwiththetrailerandchaperoningthe two days of the WGI Contest. Color Guard take a lot of equipment and coordination.Wereallyappreciateyourtimeandkindness.

TEXAS THEATRE

SCHOLAR AWARD

Texas Thespians recognizes theatre students who demonstrate high academic successinoverallcourseworkthroughtheTexasTheatreScholarDistinction.

It is our honor to share that the following students from Lovejoy High School havereceivedtheTexasTheatreScholarAwardforthe2023-2024schoolyear:

ZoeNolan

ClareChristenson

The academic and theatrical work met or exceeded the requirements for this award.TobedesignatedasaTexasTheatreScholar,astudentmust:

becurrentlyenrolledintheschool

isamemberingoodstandingwiththecampustheatredepartment hasactivelyparticipatedintheatricalprogramsduringtheschoolyear has earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its local equivalentforallacademiccoursework, hasfulfilledanyadditionallocalcriteriarequiredbythetheatreprogramor similarcampusrequirements

exhibit behavior and good moral character, which brings honor to the campustheatredepartment,school,andthecommunity.

OF TRUSTEES

INVITATION

DearLovejoyCommunity,

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 andfullyaware,sowecancometogetherasacommunityforourchildren.

February26,2024PublicNoticeWebsite (Public ntoice will be posted a minimum of 72 hours in advance)

You may find the full agenda with supporting documentation on our district's BoardBookPremierwebsiteHERE.

Sincerely,

Barrett Owens, President

Amy Smith, Vice-President

Jeff Wood, Secretary

TheLovejoyISDBoardofTrustees

Marvin Bobo, Trustee

Jason Jaynes, Trustee

Julie McLaughlin, Trustee

Mark Wheelis, Trustee

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LOVEJOY BATGIRLS

BOYS SOCCER

DANCING WITH THE MAJESTICS

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LOVEJOY ORCHESTRA FUNDRAISER SOFTBALL FUNDRAISER SOCCER FUNDRAISER
SAT TEST PREP

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Calling all Lovejoy Alumni! The Lovejoy Independent School District is excited to engage former LISD students and our community through Alumni spotlights in the district newsletter, as well as LISD social media. Alumni spotlights are a fun way for the district to celebrate our students' educational, professional, and personaljourneysaftergraduation.Ifyou wish to participate, please complete this form for our LISD Communications Department.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT INTEREST FORM

LovejoyISDisproudtocontinuefacilitatingstudentopportunitiesthroughthe Professional-to-StudentEngagementPortal. Sign-upandshareyourtalents!

WhoareLovejoyCommunityProfessionals?

Industry&BusinessLeaders

Parents

LovejoyAlumni

LovejoyNeighbors

SeniorCommunityMembers

HeritageRanchCommunityMembers

FamilyMembersofLovejoyStudents

LovejoyCommunityProfessionals: Engage with students by sharing their expertiseandknowledge Mentor students through various careerandcollegereadyexperiences Strengthenstudentsskillsintheareas of communication, collaboration, criticalthinkingandproblemsolving Build leadership skills, develop self confidence

DISTRICT & CAMPUS

NEWSLETTERS

Lovejoy ISD is committed to creating strong connections and providing clear communicationwithourLovejoyparentsandfamilies.Belowyouwillfindlinksto the most recent newsletters from each campus. Sign up for weekly Principal Newslettersheretostayinformed!

DISTRICT NEWSLETTER

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HART ELEMENTARY Principal Newsletter

PUSTER ELEMENTARY Principal Newsletter

SLOAN CREEK INTERMEDIATE Principal Newsletter

WILLOW SPRINGS MIDDLE Principal Newsletter

LOVEJOY HIGH SCHOOL Principal Newsletter

COMMUNITY NEWS

TheLovejoyISDCommunityNewswebsiteisintendedtofacilitateconnections and raise awareness of local events, activities, fundraisers and organizations thatmightinterestLovejoyfamilies.

The information featured on the Community News website is submitted by community members Lovejoy ISD is not affiliated with the organizations and does not claim to endorse them

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