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Lovejoy High School - Newsletter - March 3, 2023

A Note from Dr. Zambiasi

Dear LHS Parents and Families,

I can't believe we have arrived at Spring Break for the 22-23 school year! This year has flown by as we've celebrated numerous accomplishments. I recently had the chance to watch our LHS Orchestra compete at UIL in Allen, our swim team compete at UIL State, our wrestling team compete at UIL State, and our UIL One Act Play rehearse before heading to district. I’ve also been able to watch both our softball and baseball teams get their seasons started. Adding to that, Robotics is gearing up for State and our Debate team recently qualified 11 students for Nationals! All of these amazing milestones occurred in just the past few weeks! Coming up, our soccer teams will compete in the playoffs as well. We are really looking forward to the elite things our students will continue to accomplish as we return after Spring Break and head towards graduation.

With that being said, when we return from spring break, I wanted to get you a few updates regarding staff moves: both Mrs. McAbee (Lead Secretary) and Mrs. Hobbs (Registrar) will be leaving LHS to start new and exciting opportunities. We appreciate the expertise, professionalism, and meaningful work they have exemplified to support our school! Mrs. McAbee will be taking a position at a middle school in the area which will allow her to spend more time with her precious grandchildren and Mrs. Hobbs will be taking a job in the corporate/private sector. To fill these positions, we were able to immediately promote from within, and I am excited to introduce you to 2 familiar faces… Mrs. Maria Arnold, who is currently on our staff as our data entry clerk, will be the Lead Secretary moving forward. As you may know, she already has experience in this role, and has enabled us to not miss a beat in the front office. Next, Marisa Davis (our wonderful receptionist), is being promoted to the position of Registrar. Our campus registrar is instrumental regarding grades, transcripts, and coding behind the scenes and we have no doubt that Marisa will continue to impress in this new position. Please join us in congratulating both of them on their promotions! To fill their previous roles, we have been interviewing candidates, and I hope to be introducing you to the new receptionist and data entry clerk in the near future.

Lastly, Jackie Palovik is the Leopard Spotlight winner for 3.3.23. She does a wonderful job as the LHS Cafeteria Manager and ensures our staff/students have nutritious options to choose from at lunch. She works hard to provide a safe environment and understands the logistical procedures to feed over 1,000 Leopards every day. We appreciate all she does for LHS. Please join us in congratulating her!

I hope that you and your family have a wonderful 2023 LISD Spring Break! Please find time to relax and enjoy the time off with family and friends.

Dr. Travis Zambiasi


Lovejoy HS

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School Day SAT testing

On Wednesday, March 22, 2023, our 11th graders will be taking the School Day SAT. The test was funded through the legislature and will be given at no cost to your student. All testing will take place at LHS and students should arrive no later than 8:45 am. Students who are testing should also bring a pencil and their own calculator. We will have classes for 9th, 10th, and 12th graders and students should report to campus at their regular time.

Class assignments will be posted in the Commons and outside the Library when students arrive.


TXDOT Construction on Estates Pkwy Has Begun

Texas Department of Transportation has started construction on Estates Pkwy. We hope that having the following information will allow you to be prepared and cautious when you travel on this road.

· Work will take place on Estates Pkwy from Angel to Country Club

· They will be doing base repair and widening the road by ensuring the shoulder of the road is the same width for the entirety of Estates Pkwy

· General work hours will be from 9:00 AM-3:30 PM, so there should not be much "if any" imposition during the school day.

· There will be some night work performed from time to time.

· Completion of the project is expected to be June/July 2023


March is National Athletic Training Month!

As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Our high school and middle school athletic trainers, as well as our student athletic trainers, devote their time and energy to ensuring the health and safety of our student athletes throughout the year.
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Denim & Diamonds Ticket Information

Tickets for the Annual Denim & Diamonds Gala and Live Auction are now available. Please click on the link below for more information or to purchase a ticket.


Now Taking STUCO Applications for 2023-2034 School Year

Applications for the 23-24 Student Council are now available. Click the link or use the QR code to access the Google Form and start the process.
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Volleyball Spring Clinic

Join Lovejoy Volleyball on April 30th for a spring clinic to raise funds for the prestigious Ann Kang Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii. This clinic will be run by National Gatorade Player of the Year, Averi Carlson and our 2023 Varsity Team. K-6th grade will go from 1:00-3:00 and 7th and 8th grade will for from 3:30-5:30, both at LHS. Spots will be $125 each with a t-shirt included. Be sure to sign up quickly as there are limited spots for each session.


Email for any further questions.
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School Store Sale

The Lovejoy High School Store is having a sale. 50% off select items and 20% off select Nike and Under Armour. Come see us!! Monday-Friday 8:45-4:00.

Parking at Lovejoy High School

Just a reminder, if you are a student driver and have not purchased a parking pass, please make sure to stop by the school store. All student drivers must have a pass to park at LHS. There should be no students parking in the front of the school.

Thank you


Attendance Task Force Weekly Report

Attendance continues to be a top priority for Lovejoy ISD. It should come as no surprise that attendance has a direct relationship with student learning. Additionally, public school funding is provided by the State of Texas based on each district's average daily attendance (ADA).

Lovejoy has developed an Attendance Task Force consisting of staff, parents, and students to formulate ideas about how to positively impact ADA in our district. One suggestion is to update the community via weekly principal communication on the number of absences each campus has accrued YTD along with the budgetary impact of those absences. This information can be found below:

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Dancing with the Majestics

If you are K - 8th graders and are interested in dancing with the Majestics, please click on the link below for more information regarding the Majestics Dance Clinic.

Dance Clinic

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Lovejoy Jazz Band

Click the link for tickets and to view a full description on the performances for the evening of May 1st


Special Education Parent Connect Newsletter

Check out the Special Education Parent Connect Newletter by clicking the link below!


Save the Date - Athletic Physicals

Who may attend: All students entering 7th-12th grade who plan to be in athletics, majestics, cheer, color guard, and/or band in the 2023-2024 school year

**Parents are encouraged to attend with their child

When: May 23rd, 2023 from 3:30pm to 8pm

Where: Lovejoy High School Gymnasium

For more information click the link below:


Golf Tryouts

It's never too early to start thinking about the 2023-2024 school year! If you are interested in trying out for the 23-24 Leopard Golf Team, register or sign up to receive information for tryouts in MAY 1-4 by completing the google form.

23-24 Leopard Golf Tryouts


VOE (Verification of Enrollment)

If your student needs a VOE for driver's permit or license, please send requests to and pick up at the front desk.

Student Sign-Out (Driver and Parent Pick-Up)

If your student needs to leave campus for any reason, please send sign-out requests to Your student will get a slip and be dismissed at the specified time. Please include the student's name, time they need to be dismissed, and any details we may need. We kindly ask that the requests are submitted as far in advance as possible.
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Free ACT and SAT Practice Exam

Dear Lovejoy High School Families,

We are working hard to support our families this school year with additional resources. Revolution Prep is offering our students the opportunity to take a free online ACT practice exam, see below to register:

ACT Practice Exam
Saturday April 1, 2023
8:00 am to 12 :00 pm
Live Online

Register here:

Positive Behavior Traits: TRUSTWORTHINESS (3RD 9 weeks)

This year, the counseling department will be focusing on the four principal Positive Behavior Traits from the Texas Education Agency TEKS. Please use the slides linked below to review what caring looks like in a variety of ways during high school for Lovejoy Leopards . We encourage you to connect this with your family's expectations as well!


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Cap & Gown Delivery!

Seniors - Jostens will be here on Thursday, March 16th during lunches to deliver items ordered for graduation including cap and gowns.

Senior Pictures Needed!

SENIOR parents, we need your help with the SENIOR VIDEO

The Senior Booster Club creates a slideshow of submitted senior pictures which is played at graduation and baccalaureate. Please submit FOUR pictures of your senior as soon as possible. DEADLINE: MARCH 24, 2023. (NO EXCEPTIONS). SUBMIT SENIOR PHOTOS, CLICK HERE


Community Service Green Cord Deadline

Seniors who are attempting to earn the Green Service Cord, must have all 400 hours of community service submitted to Mrs. Vaughn in room B112 no later than May 5.

Attention Class of 2023 Seniors

Please click on the link below to view information regarding seniors from our senior boosters!

Senior Information

Senior Exam Exemption Information

Please click on the link below to view the Senior Exemptions for Exams in the spring.

Senior Exam Exemption Policy

Scholarship Information

The Lovejoy Gifted Association (LGA) will award one $500 scholarship to a college-bound senior graduating from Lovejoy High School. Application closes April 30th, 2023 at midnight.
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Congressional Award Gold Medal

Over the weekend, Sophomore Kugu Scott received The Congressional Award Gold Medal and was honored as a STEM Star Recipient. This award represents 400 hours of service, 200 hours of personal development and 200 of physical fitness. Two Lovejoy HS Alumni were also recognized:

Ryan Schlimme - 2022 Gold Medalist

Kai Campbell - 2022 Gold Medalist


Speech & Debate

After 4 days of competition last week, these students qualified for the National Speech & Debate Association's NATIONALS competition in June. This is one of the biggest goals for the students each year, so we're super proud of them for achieving it!

Andy Choy - Congressional Debate
Paari Palani & David Wise - Policy Debate
Tracy Chen & Neola Edwin - Public Forum Debate
Gage Larson - Lincoln Douglas Debate
Kaitlyn Tapia- Lincoln Douglas Debate
Abby Rodriguez - Dramatic Interpretation
Alina Srambickal - Program Oral Interpretation
Romi Kahana - Humorous Interpretation
Shruti Subramaniyan - Informative Speaking

In addition to these students:

Zach Hevron received the district's Assistant Coach of the Year award! He's a great asset to the team and we're lucky to have him!

Lovejoy swept the district tournament winning Sweepstakes in Speech, Debate, AND Overall!

Girls Soccer

Last Friday the varsity girls soccer team beat Sherman 6-0. Goals were scored by Ella York (hat trick), Emma Nelson (2), and Margo Chester. Assists were by Emma Smith (2), Callan Snider, Lainey Pierce, Nicole Young, and Paige Young. Kenlea Swadender and Natalie Lenart were in goal for the team's 11th clean sheet of the season. On Tuesday, the varsity team beat Denison 6-1. Goals were scored by Emma Nelson (hat trick), Kate Carlson, Paige Young, and Kiera Watson. Assists were by Emma Smith, Ella York, Maggie Manders, and Natalie Knight.

Last Friday the JV girls soccer team beat Sherman 2-0. Goals were scored by Sophia Johnston and Izzie Stein. On Tuesday the girls beat Denison 6-0. Goals were scored by Maria Arlaban (2), Izzie Stein (2), Sophia Johnston (2), and Rachel Dobbs. Assists were by Izzie Stein, Maria Arlaban, and Mia Lutcza. Kirsten Yoakum and Jenna Murphy earned the clean sheet in goal playing behind an excellent defense.

Our final home game is on Friday, 3/10, over Spring Break vs. McKinney North. Kick off is at 5:30 for JV and 7:15 for Varsity. Come out and support the team as they look to win the district championship.

Boys Basketball

With basketball season coming to a close this past week, we are excited to announce and recognize our Leopards that received All-District awards. Karson Templin won the district MVP for the second straight year, and Tate Ziemkiewicz won the district Sixth Man of the Year award. Akshat Saini and William Parkhurst were 1st Team All-District selections and Jackson Wood and Parker Patel both received 2nd Team All-District. Coach Kyle Herrema was awarded co-district Coach of the Year. We are also proud to announce that we had 9 Varsity players make the Academic All-District Team. Those players are Akshat Saini, Kyle Sheehan, Alfred Cheatham, Mark Massey, William Parkhurst, Luke Lytle, Jackson Wood, Karson Templin and Parker Patel. Thank you to everyone that came out to support us this year and congratulations to these young men!
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Stem Festival T-Shirt Design Contest

Calling all students to submit design entries for the 2023 STEM Festival T-Shirt Contest! Click here for more information: Stem Festival T-shirt Design Contest

Entries Due by Friday, March 17th at 5:00 pm

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LISD needs your input!

As part of the Lovejoy 2030 Future Ready Strategic Target, Lovejoy ISD is seeking your input regarding College, Career, and other vocational/professional opportunities. Data collected is anonymous, and will be used for the specific purpose of analyzing interest/need for College, Career, and other vocational/professional opportunities. Completing the feedback form is completely voluntary.

Student College and Career Feedback

Parent College and Career Feedback

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Lovejoy High School PTSO

Consider joining LHS PTSO this year. Our goal is to ENRICH, CONNECT and SERVE the staff, parents and students of Lovejoy high school. As a PTSO, we try to show the staff of LHS our appreciation and gratitude for their hard work everyday. Your membership dues and leopard donations go directly to to helping our teachers know they are appreciated. It's an easy way to show the staff THANK YOU. Scan the QR code on the graphic or click on this link:

Volunteer Needs

LHS PTSO is partnering Student Council for "Hi How Are You Week"! The idea is to ignite conversations around mental health, and StuCo has asked for some $10 gift cards to give as prizes for some games. These gift cards can be to Starbucks, Target, Chick Fil A...anywhere you think a teenager might like to spend money! If you can help, please sign up using the link below and send the card with your student to the front desk no later than Monday, March 14th. Since that's the Monday after Spring Break, why not just knock it out this week??!! Thanks for your support of this fun and important effort by Stuco.

Top ‘O the morning staff breakfast! The PTSO along with your help is providing the LHS Faculty and Staff with a Breakfast Biscuit Bar on Friday, March 17th 2023 to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Please sign up below and help us make this a GREAT EVENT!


The Parent-Teacher Organizations in the Lovejoy Independent School District each will award one $500 scholarship to a college bound senior graduating from Lovejoy High School in 2023. This centralized application means that each student completes the application ONCE, but is eligible for PTO scholarships through the Lovejoy schools they attended (plus the Lovejoy Council and Preschool PTO).

All student applicants (a) must have attended LHS during their sophomore, junior, and senior years; (b) be a member of the LHS Parent-Teacher-Student-Organization (PTSO); (c) complete the online scholarship application, including the essays; (d) upload a resume; and (e) have one letter of recommendation submitted.

To apply for the scholarship, students must complete the application by clicking on the link button below.

The form at the link will allow students to exit and return to the application in case they cannot complete it in one sitting.


Outstanding Service Awards

The Lovejoy Council of PTOs will be recognizing two special individuals at Lovejoy High School who have given outstanding service to our children this year. This recognition is one of the highest honors which can be bestowed upon an individual by our PTSO. The only requirement for receiving this honor is that the recipient has promoted students’ well-being and demonstrated care for children.

A nominee for recognition may be a parent, volunteer, teacher, administrator, or a community leader. The recipient is not required to be a PTSO member.

If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please fill out the form below. The recognition committee will carefully consider each candidate. Recipients can only receive this honor one time. A list of people who have previously received this honor can be found at

Nominations are due by Wednesday, March 31, 2023.

Click on the following link to obtain the nomination form:



Click HERE to view the 2022-2023 Spring Semester Events