The Leopard Link
Lovejoy High School - Newsletter - November 10, 2023
The Leopard Spotlight award for 11.10.23 goes to Brandon Springfield! Mr. Springfield is a great teacher and has won numerous awards throughout his career. The thing that makes him special is not only his ability in the classroom, but also his dedication to ensure our team is successful. For instance, he recently drove the LHS Cheerleaders to the volleyball playoff game in Athens, TX, joined the crowd to cheer our team to victory, and then ensured everyone got home safely. Mr. Springfield's dedication to support our entire school is appreciated. Roll Pards!
Friday, November 10th Timeline of Events
4:50 Public may arrive for Leopard Friday (shuttles begin at 5:00 from Hart, WSMS & Grace Church)
5:00 Leopard Friday Begins
5:45 Community Pep Rally in the Courtyard
7:00 Senior Night Introductions for (football, band, cheer, majestics, color guard, athletic trainers, cross country, fall tennis, fall golf)
7:30 Varsity Football Round 1 Playoff Game vs. Pine Tree @ LHS Stadium
7:00 Middle School Theater at LHS Auditorium-Moana
7:00 Volleyball Regional SemiFinals vs. Wakeland at Prosper Rock Hill HS
7:30 Boys Basketball at Frisco Lebanon Trail
7:30 Girls Basketball at McKinney
November 16th & 17th: Student Holiday
November 20th-24th: Thanksgiving Break
November 27th - December 5th: Fine Arts Festival
December 11th-14th: Fall Semester Exams/Early Release Days
December 15th-January 3rd: Winter Break
*Don't forget to pick up VOEs needed for driver's license and permit appointments that you may have during the breaks
Willow Springs Middle School Theatre presents Moana at the LHS Auditorium this Friday and Saturday night at 7:00pm. Click here to purchase tickets.
As a reminder, LHS is also hosting Leopard Friday and a playoff football game Friday evening. On-site parking will be very limited. Satellite parking with shuttle buses will be available from Grace Church, Willow Springs Middle School, and Hart Elementary.
Students should begin carrying their student IDs with them while on campus. Whether it is on a lanyard or in a wallet, backpack, etc, the expectation will be that a student will be able to produce their Lovejoy student ID card upon request. More information will follow regarding replacement cards/cost. Thank you for your partnership.
Lovejoy Council PTO
Join us on November 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the Lovejoy Child Development Center Library for a panel discussion on Achieving Accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Join Stephani Kranz, Brie Smith, Allison Claunch, Heather Fisher and Eva Pearl as we talk about understanding accommodations beyond the walls of Lovejoy, talking about ACT/SAT accommodations, how colleges work with accommodations, the differences of what is allowed and then job accommodations.
LOVEJOY HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF AND COUNSELORS
Principal – Dr. Travis Zambiasi, Ed.D. – Travis_Zambiasi@lovejoyisd.net
Associate Principal – Michael Montague (A-Gr) – Michael_Montague@lovejoyisd.net
Assistant Principal – Fernando Ocampo (Gu-O) Fernando_Ocampo@lovejoyisd.net
Assistant Principal – Elyse Pollard (P-Z) – Elyse_Pollard@lovejoyisd.net
Carrie Robbins – Lead Counselor – Carrie_Robbins@lovejoyisd.net
Curtis McCarthy (A-D) & Carrie Robbins (E-Gr) – Curtis_McCarthy@lovejoyisd.net
Melissa Fletcher – (Gu-O) – Melissa_Fletcher@lovejoyisd.net
Natalie Coonrod – (P-Z) – Natalie_Coonrod@lovejoyisd.net
Sarah Thrash – CCMR/AP Testing – Sarah_Thrash@lovejoyisd.net
Andria Harris - 504/Testing Facilitator - Andria_Harris@lovejoyisd.net
Notes from Nurse
All needed forms can be found at LHS Clinic.
All medication must be dropped off by a parent/guardian to the nurse in the original unexpired bottle with the required paperwork. Medication cannot be left at the front desk. Please schedule an appointment for medication drop off.
Student Sign Outs
Student Sign-out Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please use this email to sign your student out of school. We will be using the pass system again this year to release students from the classroom for appointments. Sending the request in early will ensure the student is released on time and with less interruption to classroom instruction.
*When sending us an email, please specify how your student will be picked up and who will be picking them up.
VOE (Verification of Enrollment)
If your student needs a VOE for driver's permit or license, please send requests to email@example.com and your student can pick up at the front reception desk. The VOE expires in 30 days after the request.
To purchase your $65 parking permit click here. Stickers will be picked up at LHS in the School Store. Please bring your valid Driver’s License and Proof of Insurance with you at time of parking sticker pick up. Students will sign the Parking Expectations agreement at this time. The sticker must be placed on the passenger side lower front windshield. This google form with vehicle information will also need to be completed: Parking Google Form. Please call Deborah Martinez at 469-742-8703 with questions. For more information on student parking click here.
LHS COUNSELING OFFICE
PSAT scores will be released on Thursday, Nov. 16th. Prior to the scores being available to students/parents, please be aware of the following:
Students must have a College Board account to view PSAT/ NMSQT Scores. If you have not already created your account or are having difficulty accessing your College Board account, please see the below opportunities for assistance:
College Board Setup in LHS Commons Area:
November 14th 8:05 -8:35 a.m. and 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
November 15th 8:05 -8:35 a.m.
November 15th during A, B, C lunch in the LHS library
PSAT/NMSQT Digital Resources:
The PSAT score release is right around the corner! To see scores, students must log into their College Board account. If your student still needs to create their College Board account, they can easily do so at https://www.collegeboard.org. It's recommended that students use their personal email addresses when creating this account, as they may need access to it after graduation.
In addition to the score report, the College Board has introduced a new feature called Career Insights on the PSAT score report. This tool provides a brief overview of in-demand jobs in their state, which can help them explore their interests and aspirations. It's important to note that the jobs listed are not the only available options and don't necessarily represent the ideal Career for everyone. However, they can be a starting point to explore various career options that align with interest areas, such as doers, thinkers, creators, helpers, persuaders, and organizers. All jobs listed require some form of education after high school, and the pay wage varies widely. You can learn more about this tool by following this link: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/explore-careers/what-are-career-insights.
-Ms. Sarah Thrash
Seniors! Class of 2024
Senior Cap and Gown Orders
Click here to be taken directly to our school’s homepage at Jostens. If you have any questions or cannot find what you are looking for, please call the Jostens' office BEFORE placing your order.
MCCU Debit Card Design Contest
Lovejoy ISD recently entered into a partnership with My Community Credit Union. This partnership is intended to enhance student opportunities in the areas of financial literacy and provide hands-on learning experiences for future careers related to finance. An MCCU branch is scheduled to open at Lovejoy High School in the fall of 2024.
On Friday, October 27th, MCCU kicked off their Debit Card Design Contest. The contest is open to all Lovejoy ISD students. Three debit card design winners will be selected representing grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The winners will have their designs on our Lovejoy Leopard MCCU Debit Cards and will receive a $100 gift card!
Must be an original image/design/artwork.
Participants may submit up to 2 designs.
Parent consent is required.
Submissions are due to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on January 26.
Winners will be announced on March 1.
Recognitions & Celebrations!
NCAA Signing Day
Our Fall Signing Celebration was on November 8th. We had a Lovejoy record of 19 athletes signing to compete at the next level! Way to go Class of 2024! Congratulations to these outstanding student athletes!
Nick Yarad - Cross Country/Track at United States Military Academy at West Point
Kailey Littlefield - Track and Field at Oklahoma State University
Sara Morefield - Cross Country /Track at University of Tulsa
Peyton Benson- Cross Country/Track at University of Oklahoma
Taylor Person - Soccer at University of Oregon
Cambry Patrick - Soccer at University of Texas
Skylar Rucker - Softball at University of Texas San Antonio
McKenna Brand - Volleyball at University of Connecticut
Bethanie Wu - Volleyball at Yale University
Isa Camacho - Volleyball at University of Texas at Arlington
Nathalia Rodriguez - Volleyball at Wingate University
Nicole Cornell - Volleyball at Harvard University
Kyle Branch - Baseball at University of Oklahoma
Matthew Mainord - Baseball at Oral Roberts University
Aarren Marshall - Baseball at University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Grayson Shugart - Volleyball/Track and Field at Centenary College
Parker Livingstone - Football at University of Texas
Payton Pierce - Football at Ohio State University
Mackenzie Metzger - Lacrosse at Saint Francis University
Last Friday night, Lovejoy Volleyball played Whitehouse and secured the Area Championship. Your Leopards quickly began preparing for their Regional Quarterfinal match against the Forney Jackrabbits. Lovejoy Volleyball swept Tuesday night in three sets, making them Region Semi-Finalist! Tonight they have a BIG match against the Wakeland Wolverines. Game time is 7:00pm, Friday, November 10th at Rock Hill HS. We would love to have your support at this match! We are keeping the theme rolling with red out. We can’t wait to see you there, don’t forget your rally towel! We also want to make two special shout outs this week. First, we would like to thank Mr. Springfield who took his own personal time to drive our cheerleaders to Friday’s match. We are so appreciative of his generosity! This is what makes Lovejoy truly #OneHeartOneLovejoy. Next, we would like to thank Lovejoy Nation for showing up for Tuesday night’s match, this three-set win would be nothing without our loud and roaring crowd! Thank you to everyone who came out to support our girls!
This past Saturday, our 4 varsity teams competed in Greenville, Texas and came away with numerous top awards! Team 1082R won the Excellence Award and Tournament Finalist. Team 1082J was Tournament Champion and won the Innovate Award, and 1082X won the Design Award and Tournament Finalist. Team 1082E was 4th in Skills and Tournament Semifinalists. We are #LovejoyProud, and will be taking these four teams to a Signature Event in Indianapolis next week. You can watch the livestream on November 16th and 17th at https://bit.ly/40uBnzx.
Swim & Dive
Last Thursday, Lovejoy Swim and Dive had our final dual meet of the season against Mckinney High and McKinney Boyd. Both the girls and the boys came out on top winning the meet by over 100 points!
On top of that, Maria, our diver, had her first meet of the season with us and broke her 6 dive record scoring 291.0 points! That's our first record break of the season! Great job Maria!
McKinney Boyd 702
McKinney High 632
Cheer on our swimmers as we head into championship season these next 2 months!
LHS Cross Country Teams won BOTH the Girls and Boys UIL 5A State Championships! Congratulations to the teams, Coach Kelly, and Coach Littlefield. We are so proud of you! That is 3 in a row for the girls, while the boys completed their mission of taking home the gold medal after getting 3rd two years ago and 2nd last year. What a great story!
Teacher Treats - LHS Happy Cart!
We surprised our teachers and staff on a rainy day this week with the LHS Happy Cart!
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