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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
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!
Denim & Diamonds Ticket Information
Now Taking STUCO Applications for 2023-2034 School Year
Volleyball Spring Clinic
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any further questions.
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:
Dancing with the Majestics
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
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:
VOE (Verification of Enrollment)
Student Sign-Out (Driver and Parent Pick-Up)
Free ACT and SAT Practice Exam
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
Register here: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/5962/
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!
Cap & Gown Delivery!
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
SENIOR WEBSITE & BOOSTER CLUB CONTACTS - CLICK HERE
Community Service Green Cord Deadline
Attention Class of 2023 Seniors
Senior Exam Exemption Information
Please click on the link below to view the Senior Exemptions for Exams in the spring.
Senior Exam Exemption Policy
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
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!
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.
Stem Festival T-Shirt Design Contest
Entries Due by Friday, March 17th at 5:00 pm
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
Lovejoy High School PTSO
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. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094BA4A829A2FFC70-gift
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.
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT FRIDAY APRIL 14, 2023
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 http://bit.ly/LovejoyPTORecipients.
Nominations are due by Wednesday, March 31, 2023.
Click on the following link to obtain the nomination form:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmC2tt12ct7idNDsEmQfr8cS42UTxkSpS3i80kf7iew_9GlA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0&usp=mail_form_link
PTSO Social Media
The Lovejoy High School PTSO is now on Social Media. Check it out!!