Loveland City Schools Newsletter
October 2, 2021
Welcome to our first digital newsletter for our Loveland City Schools community!
Our goal this year is to strengthen our relationships with our parents, staff, and community through improved communication. Whether you have students in the district or not, you are part of our Loveland City Schools community, and we want to provide you with timely, useful information.
I’m about two months into my time here in Loveland, and I love getting into our buildings to see our dedicated staff taking care of every kid, each and every day. I have seen so many positive interactions between students and staff, and I want to share those experiences with you. These are the things that make me proud to be here in Loveland City Schools!
Our team has laid out a communications action plan that includes:
This monthly Community Newsletter
Weekly Tiger Talk Newsletters from each building to parents
Weekly Tiger Talk Newsletters from the district to parents
Videos to introduce important information & highlight positive events in our schools
Quarterly postcards to connect with community members and encourage them to sign up for the digital mailing list
Internal staff newsletters to highlight our staff and the wonderful work taking place in and out of our classrooms
A new, updated website
A new “All Call” system, which will allow us to notify parents via phone, text, and email
A new mobile app will also launch soon
I’m excited that our kids are back in our buildings regularly for the first time since the spring of 2020. Since our kids have not been in school regularly for a while, students have had to develop their classroom stamina and the social/emotional well-being of our kids at the start of this school year has been a focus. Going through a pandemic as an adult is difficult, and we are doing our best to help our students adjust. As a district and community, we have done an excellent job of working together to keep kids in school while monitoring attendance and the COVID dashboard. I can assure you our school nurses and health aides work very closely in conjunction with the Hamilton County Public Health Department when investigating any COVID incident.
I know I am very fortunate to be a part of the Loveland Schools and I want to do everything within my ability to develop trust between myself, our students, our staff, our parents. and our Loveland City Schools community. It takes time and effort to develop strong, lasting relationships built on respect, a willingness to listen, and have difficult but productive conversations. I’m willing to put in that time and I believe our community is too.
On social media, you will notice the hashtag #beLOVEland. This is our effort to showcase the relationships between our students, staff, and parents that are at the heart of what we do. You’ll be seeing more of those in the months ahead. The best way to foster those relationships is to celebrate them because they’re truly what makes this community special. I can’t think of a better way to inspire a student than by letting them know they’ve made a difference. We’ve linked to the first video below. It’s about Loveland High School sophomore Brady Burns who launched a fundraising effort along with his 3rd-grade teacher.
I am active on Twitter to provide positive information and to follow all of our other Tiger Twitter accounts. My Twitter handle is @TigerSupt. I think social media is a great way to share information, but relationships happen face-to-face and person-to-person.
I look forward to meeting everyone and If you ever have any questions or concerns about what’s going on in our district, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. My email is email@example.com.
Thanks for taking the time to read our first digital newsletter and Go Tigers!
Loveland City Schools
Summer Extended Learning Success!
Loveland City School District received federal pandemic relief funds to help our students recover any learning lost due to disruptions to the school year caused by the pandemic. You may have heard of ESSER funds or Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds. This is money that flows from the federal government to the Ohio Board of Education, and then to Loveland City Schools and other districts, with specific limits on what the money can be used for.
As part of our Extended Learning Plan, required by the Ohio Department of Education, we put together a Summer Extended Learning Program that took place in July and August 2021 and will continue for the next few years. This additional educational opportunity should help our students close any academic gaps.
Beginning July 22, we offered a 10-day learning opportunity for students in kindergarten through 8th grade, with K-4 at Loveland Early Childhood Center (LECC) and grades 5-8 at Loveland Intermediate School (LIS).
Here is who we served:
238 students in grades K-4
126 students in grades 5-8
For a total of 363 students who attended.
The goal was to add additional support to any family interested in an academic boost or to revisit the key standards from the year with a focus on English Language Arts (ELA) including reading and writing, and math standards. Instruction included Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities, along with Art, Music, Recess, and both local and in-house field trips.
Breakfast, lunch, and busing were provided and there was no charge to any of the families involved.
Some parent reviews:
“My kiddo had fun and learned!! It was a home run for us!!”
“My daughter loved it. Thank you for all your hard work and for all the staff that worked with the kids.”
“It was definitely a positive experience. My daughter is a little sad that today was the last day of Summer Learning.”
“My son had a great time and we thank you for the opportunity for him. It was wonderfully organized! “
In an effort to monitor the progress of our students who attended the Summer Extended Learning Program, we will review student growth results from the fall Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments to determine if students who attended the program are demonstrating academic gains. We will also be collaborating with other districts to refine the program for the summer of 2022.
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Homecoming is a two-day event in Loveland, and this year was extra special.
The Homecoming Parade was led by Grand Marshall Stan McCoy Jr. Stan was a long-time Loveland Middle School gym teacher and a football, basketball, and track coach. He recently retired and it was great for the community to have a chance to salute him for his many years of service to our district.
Some of our class of 2020 and 2021 student-athletes were welcomed back to the Homecoming game to be honored on the field during halftime. With the pandemic disrupting their senior years this is a special opportunity for them to get another round of applause for their hard work.
Students in Mrs. Federman's Art Class at LMS Create Their Version of “American Gothic”
Loveland City Schools Earns "A" in Niche Report
Loveland City School District was recently recognized with an “A” rating in the Niche Rankings of school districts. Our ranking places the district in the top 10% in the state of Ohio and among the best in the Cincinnati area. Our teachers were also recognized with an “A+” in the report. You can learn more by following this link to an article on our website.
Are you a Loveland VIP?
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. Along with academics, students get out into the community and work different jobs around town, along with basics like grocery shopping and other household tasks.
The VIP Program is an opportunity for members of our community to meet with our students while they practice skills like eye contact, listening, and communication while also networking. One recent VIP guest was Loveland Mayor Kathy Bailey.
If you’re a “Loveland VIP” and have a heart to help students with special needs, email Nancy Duff through this link to learn more about how you can get involved.
Did you know that 52% of our Loveland City School employees live right here in the district!
Meet the Federmans!
The couple that teaches together, stays together - and stays in Loveland!
Did you know that Loveland City Schools is lucky enough to have a married couple teaching at LIS/LMS? Together Steve and Beth Federman have more than 46 years of experience teaching in Loveland City Schools! Mr. Federman teaches science and social studies, and Mrs. Federman has been an art teacher her entire career. In addition to teaching in our district, they also live here and have two children, a son who recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati and a daughter who is a senior at Loveland High School. Thank you to the Federmans for their service and dedication to our Loveland community, and our Loveland students!
Feel-Good Fish from LES!
Meet the Principal: Sara Gehring, Loveland Early Childhood Center
Tell us a little about yourself? Family? Pets?
My husband, Chuck, and I are the proud parents of Elizabeth, Natalie, and Henry. We have two dogs: Doc and Syd; and two fish: names change daily :) You can typically find us running around town for sports practices and games, piano/theater lessons, and spending time with family and friends! I am also an adjunct instructor for a local university. I really enjoy this time with preservice educators, who are working towards becoming certified Intervention Specialists.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Cincinnati, OH. I graduated from Mother of Mercy High School (now Mercy McAuley) on the west side of Cincinnati. My husband and I moved back to that area a few years ago to be closer to my parents.
How long have you been in Loveland City Schools?
This is my fourth year in LCSD. Prior to joining the LECC team as principal, I served as the Assistant Principal at Loveland Middle School for three years. I have been an educator for over 15 years. During this time, I have served in roles such as K-12 Intervention Specialist and District Administrator for Student Services.
What’s one thing you love about our Loveland City Schools community?
I really love the devotion our families of Loveland CSD Tigers have to our schools! Can’t wait to get back to a time where we can welcome parent volunteers back into our school buildings. I love the students that I get to interact with every school day. Our students have such pride in their learning and working together to learn new things! I am very fortunate to have this opportunity to work with our Tigers and see them achieve their goals!
Was there a teacher who inspired you to get into education?
My French teacher in high school is someone that I continue to gain inspiration from all these years later. She was so invested in her students beyond the content. She took time to talk to us and get to know us outside of the classroom. She would take time outside of school to meet us to see a French film at the Esquire Theater and try French restaurants. I thought she was the coolest adult! I barely remember the French I learned, yet I will always remember and think fondly of my time as one of her students. I appreciated her valuing each and every one of us for the uniqueness we brought to the classroom.
Caps for a Cure - LIS/LMS students (and staff) donated for cancer research & got to wear a cap to school
National Merit Honors for Tiger Scholars!
Three of our Loveland High School seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists! Jeremy Case, Alexander Harlow, and Nicole Pedicini will have an opportunity to continue in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Read more on our website by following this link. Congratulations to Jeremy, Alexander, and Nicole!
8 LHS students were also named “Commended Students” in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. Front row left to right: Allison Oh, Olivia Abram, Jackson Abram. Back row left to right: Kyle Becker, Steven Muir, Jonathan Muir, Evan Rasmussen, Caden Swartz. Congratulations to all our Tiger scholars!
What’s Happening In October
If you’re a Loveland High School sports fan, you can check all the team schedules by following this link to the athletics website. Cheer on our Tigers!
Also, October is a big month for music at Loveland High School. Here are the times and dates for fall concerts:
The Vocal Concert is on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 7 pm.
Orchestra Concert, Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 7 pm.
Concert Band Performance, Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 7 pm.
Jazz Concert, Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 7 pm.
They are free and open to the public!
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, October 5, 2021, at 6 pm.
The next Board Business Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 6 pm.