"The Lion Dispatch"

May, 2020

And.....WE DID IT!

Welcome to May Louisville Public School Families!

The 2019-2020 is almost in the books! This has been an interesting school year, and one that we did not anticipate. We sincerely hope our "Lions" will have the opportunity to enjoy summer!!!

Louisville Public School district would like to wish our families a wonderful upcoming summer! For our families who will be leaving LPS, we wish you well on your new journey!

Thank you for taking the time to read our May 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.


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.

Letter from Superintendent Mr. Farber

Dear Louisville Families,

I can’t thank you enough for the support you have provided your students, the staff and the Louisville School District. Your understanding and patience throughout our closure has been greatly appreciated. LPS truly understands that this hasn’t been the same as going to school each day and that everybody had personal circumstances to overcome in order to make this temporary situation work.

Throughout this process, one of our objectives as a district has been to provide our students with an academic routine and slow the potential learning gaps they could face next fall. We all know that nothing can replace the time a student spends under a teacher’s direct care. However, as you are aware, with providing our students with something, the gaps, or unfinished learning may be minimal compared to what they could have been. Our hope is to limit learning gaps to three weeks instead of eight or nine.

Moving forward, part of our plan will be to respond to what our student data results say about student progress. Any potential gaps in content and skill development can and will be caught up over time. The district is currently working on a continuity of learning plan to address our students’ potential learning gaps.

End of the school year:

The final day of learning for the 2019 - 2020 school year is Friday, May 15. Our building principals and teachers will be in contact with you regarding final assignments and material drop off. LPS is asking that your student keep their iPad until further notice.

Class of 2020:

To our Seniors and their families, I am very sorry that your year has ended so abruptly and the opportunities that are normally experienced have not been available. I want to thank all of you for your patience as we move forward through this situation. The grace and maturity you have all shown as young adults is amazing and indicative of what it means to be a Lion. We have tremendous “Pride” in all you! LPS looks forward to celebrating your formal graduation on Saturday, July 25, 2020.

Start of the 2020-2021 school year:

In discussing the beginning of the 2020 - 2021 school year, as of today, we are planning a normal start as outlined in the district calendar (see attached). Keep in mind, everything we do and have done has been at the advice and direction provided by our state government and local health department. In regards to the start of the year, we will continue to keep the safety of our students at the forefront of any decisions that we make. In the event that we do not start on the proposed day in August, and the need arises, the district is designing an approach to the school year which includes a revised 2020 - 2021 school calendar and a new continuity of learning plan for remote learning. LPS families will be notified once we have more information and a decision has been made.

Access to the District Facility

In regards to opening the district facility; which includes the playground, parking lot, basketball courts, track and Cub Club, LPS is working with our local health department to determine a timeline and plan for access to the school. We will notify our families once we have permission to do so.

As a district, we are here for you and we will continue to connect with our students and families until we can all be together again in person. Thank you for your continued support of Louisville Public Schools.

Andrew Farber

Superintendent of Schools

Louisville Public Schools.

Outstanding Teacher & Support Staff of the Year

It is with great honor we share the 2019-20 Outstanding Teacher and Support Staff of the Year Award Winners. Please help the Louisville Public Schools Foundation and Louisville PTO congratulate:

- Mrs. Jamie Toelle, Outstanding Teacher of the Year

- Ms. Lisa Sheehan, Outstanding Support Staff of the Year

Mrs. Toelle and Ms. Sheehan exude excellence in their respected roles and are admired and appreciated by the entire Louisville Public Schools community. Congratulations Mrs. Toelle and Ms. Sheehan!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to send in a nomination and articulate so beautifully why your nominee was most deserving of these awards. We are so lucky to have such top talent at Louisville Public Schools.

Please Welcome!

Please welcome Mrs. Christine Hamilton as Louisville Public Schools Nurse!

Mrs. Hamilton joined Louisville Public Schools at the beginning of March. She is a Louisville alumni and very excited to be part of our Lion Family!

Please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Hamilton at chamilton@lpslions.org and welcome her to our school district :)!

ACT Update for 2019-2020 Juniors

ACT Update for 2019-2020 Juniors:

Our 2019-2020 Juniors did not have the opportunity to take the ACT during the month of April due to Covid-19.

Each school district is seeking guidance from our Nebraska Department of Education (NDE). The Nebraska Department of Education is collaborating with ACT to determine the best option for our Nebraska students. We are aware that NDE is considering a few options, such as providing opportunity to have our students take the ACT in September or October, yet they are seeking confirmation from ACT prior to making a final decision.

Once NDE has made a decision regarding ACT testing for our students, we will communicate this information out to our Louisville Public Schools families.

Tentative Graduation Ceremony

We have tentatively scheduled our graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 Seniors on Saturday, July 25, 2020 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Louisville High School.

Mr. Schwartz will be providing our LPS families with additional information as we near July.


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