"The Lion Dispatch"

March, 2020


Happy Soon-To-Be Spring!

Hopefully, our weather will be turning soon, and we can welcome Spring with open arms!

Thank you for taking the time to read our March edition of "The Lion Dispatch".

If you have any questions and/or need further clarification regarding information within this newsletter, please reach out to Dr. Amber Johnson, Director of Learning, at ajohnson@lpslions.org.

Louisville Public School Vision and Mission Statement ~

Vision Statement - Louisville Public School is a progressive district that engages a community of learners in collaboration towards excellence.

Mission Statement - Louisville Public School staff, families, and community are dedicated to the intellectual, emotional, physical growth, and safety of our students.

LPS Food Service Program

Louisville Public Schools began partnering with Taher's Food Service program at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Our district goal is to provide quality, nutritious foods in a safe environment.

Louisville Public Schools will be seeking your input to help us understand what is important to you and your family in regards to our current food service program.

A survey link was sent to all Louisville Public School families and students (grades 3-12) at the beginning of the month. We encourage you to take the time to provide us feedback regarding our food service program.

If you have questions regarding our district food service program and/or district wellness policy, please contact Superintendent, Mr. Andrew Farber, at afarber@lpslions.org

Additional information regarding our food service program:

Taher offers our students, staff, and parents a rotating selection of freshly prepared from scratch entrées, sandwiches, salads, pizza, soups, specialty items and desserts.

  • Full service breakfast and lunch offerings.
  • Fresh cut seasonal fruit is offered daily.
  • Classic Café: Student favorite meals like Beefy Nachos, Smash Burgers, Orange Chicken, Chicken Bacon Ranch Flat Bread, Taco Bar and more!
  • There is an all you can eat fruit, vegetable, and salad station with each purchased meal.
  • Pizza: fresh home‐made pizzas.
  • Pasta dishes includes Chicken Alfredo, Lasagna and Spaghetti.
  • Grab‐n‐Go: selections of freshly prepared sandwiches and wraps. Sandwich offerings include Turkey RanchWrap, Deli Sandwiches. Salads include Crispy Chicken, Taco, Turkey Bacon Ranch, Chef and Chicken Caesar.

"Remembering Our Fallen" comes to LPS

Traveling Photo Memorial of Nebraska’s Fallen on Display

March 16- 20, 2020

An emotional memorial, Remembering Our Fallen, is a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by Nebraskans killed in The War on Terror (Post-9/11/2001) while wearing our country’s uniform in a war zone. The photo memorial, which includes military and personal photos of each of Nebraska’s Fallen, is traveling throughout the state and will be coming to Louisville Public Schools the week of March 16th. More information can be found at: PatrioticProductions.org.

We must remember these American Heroes and speak their names when we see their family members. We can never forget those who sacrificed everything for our freedom,” said Bill Williams, co-creator of the memorial. “While this memorial is about those who have died, it was created for the living…to help the families in their grief, while reminding the rest of us of the terrible price paid for our freedom by our current generation of military.”

The display will be showcased in our cafeteria/commons next to the concession stands.

Information to Share Regarding Coronavirus

At the suggestion of the CDC and health department, public schools across the United States are planning for the coronavirus. As the health and safety of our students is always our top priority, LPS is in the process of developing an approach for this type of situation.

Currently, we are working closely with local and state health officials, as well as other school districts to identify our best options. As a group, we will organize and work together, so in the event that something may arise, we will be ready. More importantly, we will maintain open lines of communication with our staff and families so everyone is aware of the district’s status.

Until we hear differently, the school day and activities will continue as normal. As always, we will place an emphasis on good hygiene, hand washing and staying home when sick; just as we always do during the flu season. Please let your building principal know if your child(ren) are sick. Should anything change, we will notify you immediately.

Upcoming Lion Breakfast

Louisville Public Schools would like to invite you to attend a series of upcoming informative meetings with our Superintendent, Mr. Andrew Farber and district personnel.

Our next Lion Breakfast will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 beginning at 7:15 a.m. The topic will be - "Understanding the Development and Creation of the School Calendar".

Please email Superintendent, Mr. Andrew Farber at afarber@lpslions.org or Dr. Amber Johnson at ajohnson@lpslions.org if you plan to attend the next Lion Breakfast.

ACT - Parent Consent Information for Grade 11

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, all 11th grade students are required by state law to take a standard college entrance exam. The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) administers the ACT test to fulfill that requirement.

Prior to taking the ACT, students fill out basic information identifying information and information about their career and college interests. Some information is required and other is optional.

With that said, Louisville Public Schools will be mailing home the "NSCAS ACT Parental Consent Form" to all 11th grade families.

Parents/Guardians - Please take a moment to read over the "NSCAS ACT Parental Consent Form", as well as sign and return the form acknowledging your consent to have your son/daughter fill out the optional sections of the non-testing portions of the ACT.

Please return the filled out NSCAS ACT Parental Consent Form to the High School Office by February 28, 2020.

Attached is a copy of the "NSCAS ACT Parental Consent Form" that will be sent home to all families.

If you have any questions or need further clarification regarding the "NSCAS ACT Parental Consent Form", please contact Mr. Brett Schwartz or Dr. Amber Johnson at 402-234-3585.

NSCAS ACT Parental Consent Form - HERE

Parent Resource Fair Opportunity

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March Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Breakfast - HERE

K-5 Lunch - HERE

6-12 Lunch - HERE

Elementary News

The Elementary News is located - HERE.

Middle/High School News

The Middle/High Schools News is located - HERE

Need access to the weight room?

Are you considering joining our High School Weight Room for community use? If so, our Community Weight Room application forms are available through our district office. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Bev Becker. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Bev Becker at (402) 234-3585 or bbecker@lpslions.org.

School Closings & Delays

Louisville Public Schools will use an automated system to notify all families of emergencies, special events, or weather-based closings. Additionally, in most cases school closings due to weather will be released and posted through selected Omaha and Lincoln media sources.

If in question, Louisville families should contact their respective school offices and make certain that all contact numbers and family information is updated for the 2019-2020 school year.

2019-2020 Louisville Public Schools Staff

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Louisville Public Schools Administration

Mr. Andrew Farber - Superintendent



Dr. Amber Johnson - Director of Learning



Mr. Shane Mathis - Elementary Principal



Mr. Brett Schwartz - Secondary Principal



Mr. Clint Little - Activities Director



Mr. Nate Simons - Technology Director



Louisville Public Schools Board of Education

Cindy Osterloh

Kara Habrock

Ashley Christiansen

Andy Mixan

Jon Simon

John Winkler

*The board does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, religion, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or other protected status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated groups*