October 2021

From the Desk of LeAnne Gandy - Superintendent

A Message to Wildcat Families

As we near the end of the first nine weeks, I invite all of us to take time to reflect on the good. The pandemic has altered the educational setting and we all feel the urgency of helping our students learn and grow, with new challenges we have never encountered before. Be confident in your ability to make a positive difference in the lives of your children every day. We appreciate your partnership in ensuring your child's academic success.

Good things are all around us. We have approximately 3500 students enrolled in our schools. We are able to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to our students. We have devices, the internet, and a safe, engaging space for our students to excel. Our COVID numbers are dramatically decreasing, which is great for the community and our schools. Our district is financially sound and we are able to support impressive salary schedules for all employees. LMSD has supportive community partners and the district offers many opportunities for students to excel. As a district, we are committed to investing in what makes us great, our people.

It is easy to focus on what isn't going right, but when we pause to see the good, we can be reminded of what makes Lovington great. I appreciate all the support you lend to our school district and hope you have an amazing October!


Mental Health and Wellness

In 1990, Congress established the first week in October to be Mental Illness Awareness Week to support the National Alliance on Mental Health's efforts to raise awareness of mental health issues. This year, that week falls between October 3-9, 2021 with October 10th being World Mental Health Day.

Mental Health is a combination of a person's emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Our mental health status impacts how we think, feel, and act. Mental health is also a determinant factor in how a person handles stress.

Lovington Schools has a strong behavioral health team to support our Wildcats. Additional service providers and resources can be found by clicking on Counseling Resources, NAMI.org and Nor-Lea's Parent/Student Resource document. Remember your health matters!

Roadrunner Food Bank

Food insecurity is a barrier to academic success and overall student wellbeing. Childhood food insecurity rates are projected to rise across the state, and we want to support families in having equitable access to healthy food.

If you have neighbors in need please refer them to the website at www.rrfb.org/find-help/find-food for a list of distribution partners in their area.

Social Studies Standards: Extended Comment Period

Please see the information below from the New Mexico Public Education Department regarding Social Studies Standards.

The extended public comment period on the updated social studies standards opened Tuesday and continues through Friday, Nov. 12. This includes an additional 15 days beyond the legal requirement for review and comment. Written comments may be submitted:

  • By email to rule.feedback@state.nm.us
  • By regular mail addressed to John Sena, Policy Division, New Mexico Public Education Department, 300 Don Gaspar Ave., Room 121, Santa Fe, NM, 87501.
  • By fax to 505-827-6520.

The public may speak about the proposed standards as well as two other proposed rule changes at a public hearing from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 12 in Mabry Hall in the Jerry Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar Ave. in Santa Fe. Speakers will be encouraged to submit written comments and then have up to 3 minutes each to speak.

Upcoming Events

  • October 8, 2021 - End of the 1st Nine Weeks
  • October 12, 2021 - Board Meeting
  • October 13, 2021 - PSAT for Sophomores at LHS and NHHS
  • October 20, 2021 - Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences - No School for Students
  • October 19, 2021 - PSAT for Freshman at LHS and NHHS
  • October 26, 2021 - PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors at LHS and NHHS