Loveland City Schools Newsletter
May 7, 2022
Strategic Vision Update
Our Strategic Vision process will wrap up in the next few weeks. We have been working on a shared set of goals for our students and our district, along with action steps to get us there.
Two important dates are coming up:
Community Meeting, Monday, May 16 at 6 pm in the Loveland Middle School cafeteria
Strategic Vision Launch Night, Monday, June 6 at 5 pm in the Loveland Middle School cafeteria
Read more about the Strategic Vision process on our website at www.lovelandschools.org/vision
Loveland Tiger Community,
I knew when I joined Loveland City Schools as Superintendent last summer that I was joining a destination school district in a fantastic community. I’m more certain of that now than I was when I first sat down for interviews with our community members at the start of the hiring process.
It was clear that our school community needed to develop trust in district leadership and I have been working hard to earn that trust. As you’ll read in this newsletter, our Strategic Vision process is nearly complete. That work is important to get us all on the same page for our kids. The Strategic Vision will be our roadmap for the district’s student-focused goals and our financial goals.
The chart above compares the amount of money spent per pupil by Loveland, with districts across Ohio, and in our immediate area. The orange line indicates Loveland City School District's per-pupil spending from 2007 to 2021 and shows that spending has remained stable or decreased over the past few years. The blue line represents the average per-pupil spending of the over 600 districts in the state of Ohio. The red line shows the average spending of the other 21 districts in Hamilton County. Our spending is significantly below both measures because we have made a concerted effort to be fiscally responsible to our stakeholders while still delivering high-quality education for all of our students.
The district continues to make adjustments to provide the educational excellence that our community deserves with the funding available to us. We have been able to use pandemic relief money, known as ESSER funds (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) provided by the federal government in very strategic ways.
ESSER funds helped to pay some of our current staff and hire a few others on short-term contracts to help our students recover from pandemic-related learning loss through programs like summer school. We have also been strategic with our personnel decisions to ensure we are meeting our students' needs.
There are also great things in place that help to mitigate some of our long-term costs. Right now we are in contracts with our gas and electric suppliers which should protect the district from inflation-based price hikes through 2027.
Trust and transparency are two of the things that our community has demanded from Loveland City Schools. I, along with our Treasurer and the Board have worked to build that trust, and communications about our finances like this message are part of our ongoing effort at transparency. We provide a great return on investment for our community. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about Loveland City Schools, please feel free to call, email, or schedule a meeting with me.
Superintendent, Loveland City Schools
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Loveland High School Named “Best” by US News
Loveland High School has been named to the “Best Schools” list by US News and World Report. Loveland High School (LHS) was ranked #45 in the state of Ohio and #12 within the Cincinnati Metro Area.
Loveland High School moved up a spot from last year when US News and World Report ranked LHS #13 in the Cincinnati Metro Area. You can learn more about the US News and World Report rankings for Loveland High School by following this link.
Tiger Steps Ahead: Partnerships for Student Success
Tiger Steps Ahead is the career and college planning program for all Loveland students in grades 6-12. In this personalized approach, career exploration begins early to help students learn about the many pathways that are available to them. They take assessments and research careers that match their interests. As students move into high school, they have opportunities to job shadow, pursue internship and pre-apprenticeship opportunities, earn industry credentials, and pursue employment, all while working toward graduation.
To celebrate some of the partnerships that the Tiger Steps Ahead program has created, a special luncheon will be held on May 20 to express our appreciation for the continued support from area businesses. By working with organizations and companies including Miami Township, Little Miami River Chamber Alliance, NEST, Easter Seals, NovaCare, TriHealth, First Star Logistics, and several others. We are making sure that our students have the real-world skills they need for life after high school, and some hands-on experience in fields that they want to pursue.
This type of work makes a significant impact on student success. If you would like to partner with Loveland City Schools with career or educational opportunities for our students, we can help you design and build that program! Please reach out to Drews Mitchell, Career and College Counselor at email@example.com.
Congratulations to our Class of 2022!
The Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2022 will take place at Xavier University’s Cintas Center on May 21. Congratulations to the Class of 2022 as they wrap up their time at Loveland High School and start their next chapter!
There were three Signing Day ceremonies at LHS in April, to recognize the commitments our students have made after high school.
Congratulations to our student-athletes who have committed to playing their sport at the college level:
Zach Mulligan - Lacrosse, Otterbein University
Ella Nagel - Basketball, Otterbein University
Viviana Clayton - Basketball, Denmark Technical College
Bailey Jackson - Football, Siena Heights
Jake Case - Wrestling, Mount St. Joseph University
Sawyer Bowin - Football, Lake Erie College
William Westermeyer - Lacrosse, Wittenberg University
JP Tew - Squash, University of Virginia
Congratulations to our students who have committed to serving in the armed forces:
Jake Patterson - graduated early and is currently serving US Air Force
Logan Farnsworth - US Army
Trent Williamson - US Army
Gabe Rayburn - US Marine Corps
Phillip Craig - Ohio Air National Guard and Air Force ROTC
Nancy Taylor McKibben - Navy ROTC - 4-year scholarship
Alex Winfield - Air Force ROTC - 4-year scholarship
Congratulations to our students pursuing the arts in college:
Isabel Abrinica - Miami University, emerging technology and business design
Alton French - Cleveland Institute of Music, bassoon performance
Aidan McCracken - Otterbein University, acting and theater
Grace Nunn - University of Cincinnati-DAAP, communication design
Elisabeth O'Neill - Ohio University, production design and technology
Abby Richardson - Kent State University, fashion design and merchandising
Haley Zuch - University of Cincinnati-DAAP, fine art and digital media
Interview Day at LMS
Thank you to the community members who volunteered for 8th Grade Interview Day at Loveland Middle School. Our students went through mock interviews to help build the skills that they’ll need for job and college interviews.
Loveland a Purple Heart School District
Evan Osgood Wins National Honor Society Scholarship
Loveland High School’s Evan Osgood was named the 2022 National Honor Society Scholarship winner during an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. on Monday evening. He was chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants, and as the winner, he received a $25,000 National Honor Society scholarship. Learn more about the program and the award by following this link.
A Reader’s Theater In the Park
Join our Loveland Elementary second-grade students during A Reader’s Theatre in the Park. Second-grade students will be reading their own poetry and personal narratives before a crowd of family members and friends. What has usually been a classroom event has been moved to the Nisbet Park Amphitheatre so we can invite a crowd. Please join us on Wednesday, May 18, with seating beginning at 1:15 pm.
Loveland High School Students Win Conservation Grants
Students involved in Honors Biology, Green Team, and Environmental Science at Loveland High School have won thousands of dollars in grants to help local environmental concerns. Read about it on our website by following this link. Great work!
Loveland Athletic Boosters Spring Craft Show
The Loveland Athletic Boosters are holding an outdoor craft show in May. Join together with your friends and neighbors for this great event to benefit our student-athletes. If you have a hobby or a side hustle you want to show off to the community - this is your chance. If you’re looking for cool and unique gifts you won’t want to miss it. The Loveland Athletic Boosters Spring Craft Show happens Saturday, May 14 at Loveland Primary School. For more details and to register, follow this link.
Learn More about the District in Our Quality Profile
Loveland City Schools recently released our 2022 Quality Profile, which is a great chance for you to get caught up on some of the accomplishments of our students and the programs offered across our buildings. It includes information about our academic programs, highlights from our sports and arts programs. Follow this link and flip through it to learn more about Loveland City Schools!