Loveland City Schools Newsletter
December 4, 2021
It seems hard to believe, but 2021 is nearly over. In a few short weeks, we will be heading into a new year. As we move forward as a district, I want to make sure we are doing it together - so I have a simple request: please share this newsletter with your friends and fellow district residents who may want to know more about our schools. There’s a link below that will allow them to sign up in just a moment, and they’ll get this monthly newsletter in their email so they can stay informed.
As we look to the new year, we want to be strategic about where the district is going. Loveland City Schools belongs to the community - the families that send their children into our buildings, the students we teach, and everyone who lives and works here.
We started this Community Newsletter because we recognize the need to keep people informed and involved. Over the last few months, I have been trying to meet as many people as I can. I’ve been getting together with community members for coffee, attending meetings, and getting to as many school events as possible.
Thank you for a warm welcome and I’m excited about what we can do for our students and community together. If you have a question or concern, please contact me directly. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Update on Federal ESSER Funds
A requirement for the use of the Federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER) is that school districts must create and continue to refine Extended Learning Plans designed to support student learning loss that may have occurred throughout the pandemic. Loveland City School District chose to utilize some of the funding for summer learning experiences for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Another use of the funds has been allocated for afterschool enrichment activities for all of our students.
The enrichment programs throughout the district has provided support to elementary students who have struggled with reading and/or math, provided opportunities for middle school students to engage in Power of the Pen, a middle school writing club where students refine their work to engage in a writing competition, and an opportunity for high school students to receive extra support in preparation for their End of Course Exams.
Building principals have expressed such gratitude for the additional funds dedicated to supporting the students. Statements such as, “It truly made my heart so happy to see these students working hard and getting extra help. Families made arrangements to get rides...it was just wonderful,” and “We had over 25 students show up for the first session! So rewarding!” were expressed by two of our building leaders.
“It truly is exciting to witness the resilience and dedication of our Loveland students and families! The consistent attendance our principals are noting at these extended learning sessions proves that the robust partnership between the school and home is why our Loveland students are continuing to grow and thrive in our schools,” stated Andrea Conner, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. “We can not express enough appreciation for all of our staff members and families who are working together to support our students.”
Celebrate with Loveland Holiday Concerts
Looking for some music to lift your holiday spirits? Our Loveland High School music programs have winter concerts taking place this month.
Orchestra Concert: Thursday, December 9 at 7 pm.
Show Choir Spirt of the Season Concert: Saturday, December 11 at 5 pm and 7:30 pm
Band Concert: Wednesday, December 15 at 7 pm.
All events are open to the public in the Loveland High School auditorium. You can purchase tickets for the Show Choir concert by following this link.
Staff Pride: Christi Watson, Bus Driver and Monitor
A parent recently reached out to tell us about bus driver Christi Watson going above and beyond for her young student. Tanya Ratcliff said her daughter was having some anxiety about getting on the bus and starting the school year, and she raved about “Miss Christi” working to ease those fears. “She has really made such a difference in my 1st grader's tough transition this year and we are so grateful for her extra love and care!”
The relationships and caring that take place between our staff, students, and families make all the difference. Thank you, Christi Watson, for demonstrating that #beLOVEland spirit!
Celebrating the Pass It On Food Drive
For the 20th year in a row, Loveland City Schools families are supporting their neighbors with the “Pass It On” Food Drive. Each of our buildings collected holiday food essentials to donate to the LIFE Food Pantry. Our Loveland Intermediate School and Middle School students walked from campus to Prince of Peace Church to deliver their donations in person. The generosity of our school community will help provide hundreds of local families with holiday meals - another example of our #beLOVEland spirit!
Did You Know: Our Loveland City Schools families speak 26 different languages in the home, in addition to English?
Fall Signing Day - Congrats to these Tiger Athletes Who Signed to Play at the College Level
Cross Country/Track and Field
University of Cincinnati
University of the Pacific
Cross Country/Track and Field
Central Michigan University
Cross Country/Track and Field
Cross Country/Track and Field
University of Cincinnati
Our Loveland High School Transition Program has been welcoming “Loveland VIPs” to the classroom this year. The Loveland High School Transition Program helps students with special needs prepare for life after high school by building the life skills they need to be self-sufficient. The VIP Program is a chance for students to practice skills like eye contact, listening, and communication.
Recently WLWT News 5 Meteorologist and Loveland resident Randi Rico spoke with students. She talked with students about the weather and working in television news. Retired Loveland teacher and coach Stan McCoy Jr. visited with the students the week before Thanksgiving and taught them how to make his specialty - French toast!
Thank you to our VIPs who spend time with our students and help prepare them for life after high school! You can spread the good vibes and support our Transition program by purchasing a t-shirt through this link.
Meet the Principal: Kevin Fancher, Loveland Primary School
Tell us a little about yourself? Family? Pets?
My wife Jill and I have been Loveland Residents since 2009 with our 2 dogs and 2 children. Our son is a 2021 Loveland Grad attending classes at UC. Our daughter is a sophomore at LHS.
Where did you grow up?
Approximately 30 minutes from here (in a farming country) near Stonelick Lake in Clermont County. I attended the University of Cincinnati for my undergrad and grad work, and I’ve been in Loveland City Schools since 1997.
What’s one thing you love about our Loveland City Schools community?
It has a small-town feel with great neighbors - the people in Loveland are tremendously caring and kind.
What’s one thing you love about your job?
The people - big and small. I work with talented teachers and staff members who care greatly about student success. Working in a primary school is like being a celebrity to our students - they love seeing, interacting, and sharing stories with you. It's hard to have a bad day at LPS!
What’s one thing you do for fun?
Go camping (well more glamping than camping, but I enjoy hiking and biking too).
What was your favorite subject in school?
Industrial Arts (and then math)
When you were in school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a farmer before I wanted to be a teacher. Getting into farming was way too expensive!
Was there a teacher who inspired you to get into education?
I had many great teachers throughout my career, but I would attribute Mr. Dave Heckaman with inspiring me the most. He was a social studies teacher I had in middle school who connected well with kids, made learning fun, provided student choice (before that was even a thing), and truly cared about his kids.
Loveland Students Mark Veterans Day
From Our Music Boosters
Thank you to our music educators for the hard work and passion they put in, sharing the love of music with our students. There is so much happening in our music department. Here are a few highlights!
Our Loveland Primary Students in the first and second grades are preparing for the LPS Showcase that will take place at the beginning of March.
6th Grade beginning strings students will have their first performance at LIS on December 8.
Our new 6th Grade Music Ensembles will perform on December 6 (Choir), December 7 (Band), and December 8 (Orchestra) at 7 pm each night at Loveland Intermediate.
9 students at LMS were recently selected to participate in the Ohio Music Educators Association District 14 Junior High School Honor Band - one of the best showings in our area. They’ll be performing with students from other area schools during a January Concert.
Our Loveland High School Orchestra students are preparing for a December concert that will include holiday favorites, and they will be performing in Downtown Loveland throughout the season and during Christmas in Loveland.
Congratulations to students Brodie Merz on being selected for the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra Philharmonic, Noah Elliot for being selected for the Cincinnati Junior Strings program at UC’s CCM Preparatory Department, and Natalie Hutchinson and Evan Smith for being selected to perform with the Northern Kentucky Youth Orchestra.
The Loveland High School Choirs are preparing for a pair of concerts on December 11, Show Choirs are gearing up for the spring competitive season, and the Show Band is about to kick off. Our LHS A Capella group will be performing at the Loveland tree lighting on December 4.
also at the Loveland Ladies Luncheon on Dec 14th.
Our Marching Band wrapped up their season with several awards for their show, “An 80’s Adventure,” including Outstanding Percussion at the Taylor Invitational, a Superior Rating to qualify for the OMEA State Marching Band Competition, and a great performance at the Midstates Championships.
13 of our Loveland High School Band members made the District 14 Honor Band! The Basketball Band is getting underway and preparing for games, including attending a Xavier University game too.
Our students are loving the opportunity to perform in front of audiences again, and we invite our Loveland City Schools community to hear them perform! If you're interested in showing support for our music programs, and staying informed about upcoming performances, visit the Music Boosters website by following this link.
Get Ready for the Tiger Ball
Loveland Robotics Needs You!
Loveland Robotics is seeking judges for the Loveland VEX Robotics Tournament on January 15 at Loveland Intermediate School. This is an excellent opportunity to see the amazing technical skills of the 7th-12th grade robotics students in the area. Judging will be an all-day event and judges are the behind-the-scenes heroes of any successful tournament. You do not need an advanced Engineering degree to be a judge, but an interest in technology definitely helps. The ability to listen and ask questions, the ability to debate and collaborate with your fellow judges, and the ability to be unbiased are the key qualities of a great robotics judge. The judge advisor will start with training all judges on the awards and the rubrics for each award to ensure consistency and provide the participants with the best possible experience. Then judges will review all the Engineering notebooks and determine which teams they want to interview. Teams will be interviewed, matches will be watched, feedback from volunteers will be gathered, and lunch will be eaten. The judges will discuss and debate all the award categories and come to a final decision on the winners of each award category. Judges are then able to help hand out the trophies to these amazing kids. If you’d like to volunteer, let us know by following this link.
Calendar of Board Meetings
The Loveland City School District Board of Education typically meets twice a month in the cafeteria at LMS/LIS cafeteria.
The next Board Work Session is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 6 pm.
Learn More about the Loveland Schools Foundation
Did you know that the Loveland Schools Foundation has been working for more than 20 years to support our students? Funds donated to the Foundation go to support scholarships for students and mini-grants for teachers. Every year the Foundation also selects Distinguished Alumni to add to our Hall of Fame. To learn more, and to nominate someone for the Distinguished Alumni Award, follow this link.
Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent
Mike Broadwater has been working to spend time with members of our Loveland City Schools community. Over the past several months, he has held monthly “Coffee and Conversation” sessions to listen to anyone who wants to chat. Relationships happen face-to-face, and these gatherings are a chance for people to get to know the new Superintendent and where the district is headed. Several community members have asked for us to host these chats in the evening so they have a chance to attend. We will be scheduling more after the first of the year and will share times and locations in upcoming newsletters and on our Facebook and Twitter. If you have questions for Mike, feel free to send him an email or call.
City of Loveland Events
Here are a few upcoming holiday events from our friends in the City of Loveland:
Light up Loveland: https://lovinlifeloveland.com/events/light-up-loveland/
The city’s annual holiday decorating contest has begun! Have you seen an outstanding decoration display around town? Nominate yourself, a neighbor, or a business through Dec. 12. Submit your nomination today and learn more about the contest!
Community Christmas Tree Lighting: https://lovinlifeloveland.com/events/city-tree-lighting/
This is a new event for the city! Join us on Saturday, Dec. 4 in Downtown Loveland for festivities and fun including arts, crafts, entertainment, food trucks, photo ops, and more. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. with Mayor Kathy Bailey, followed by a fireworks display by Rozzi Famous Fireworks!
Christmas in Loveland: https://lovinlifeloveland.com/events/christmas-in-loveland/
This popular annual event returns Saturday, Dec. 18. Activities are spread throughout Downtown. City Hall will showcase a special performance of The Nutcracker by Madcap Puppet Theater at 7 p.m. Please stay tuned for more details and activity times.
Several other holiday happenings are taking place around town this season. We encourage all residents to check out LovinLifeLoveland.com to browse upcoming events!