"The Lion Dispatch"

February, 2020

Welcome to February

Happy February, Louisville Families!!

Thank you for taking time to read over the February 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.


As a reminder, Louisville Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 due to our district hosting ECNC Speech.

Thank You!

We would like to extend a big "Thank You" to our anonymous donors who contributed to student lunch accounts in December. Your donations were greatly appreciated by our Louisville families.

CareeRockit is Coming Back to LPS!

Exciting News!!!

Louisville Public School will be participating in the Greater Omaha Chamber "CareeRockit" on Thursday, February 13, 2020!!

We are VERY excited to announce that Roloff Construction and Streck will be our host employers for CareeRockit at Louisville Public School!! Students in grades 9-12 who are interested in learning more about engineering, architecture, and construction from Roloff Construction and/or biotechnology and medical analysis from Streck are welcome to attend this great opportunity!!

Mrs. Kara Habrock, who serves on our Louisville Public School Board of Education, is also the President and CEO of Roloff Construction. Mrs. Habrock and team will be educating students on engineering, architecture, and construction pathways. We are very fortunate and appreciate their time and effort to discuss these career options to our students!

What is "CareeRockit"? ~

"CareeRockit" is an initiative by the Greater Omaha Chamber. This initiative provides opportunity for community partners to connect with students and young adults to learn and gain knowledge about growing career options. In addition, CareeRockit provides students an opportunity to gain insight into certain careers while allowing them to build connections with outside businesses.

Please Note ~

If your child(ren) are interested in learning more about engineering, architecture, and/or construction and/or biotechnology and medical analysis, please encourage them to attend CareeRockit at Louisville Public School on Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. This will be at the same time that we will be hosting our LPS Career Fair!

Students who are interested in participating in CareeRockit must have a signed consent from parents. Consent waivers are located in the high school office.

If you have any questions and/or need further information about CareeRockit, please contact Mr. Brett Schwartz, Mr. Kurt Finkey, or Dr. Amber Johnson.

ACT - Parental Consent Information for Grade 11

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, all 11th grade students a re required to 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

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.

LPS - Early Childhood Screenings

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Opportunity Awaits ~ Omaha Exploring Program

An opportunity awaits for students ages 14-20!!

The purpose of the Omaha Explores program is to provide experiences which help young people mature and help to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate an Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.

Please take a moment to review what the Omaha Explores program has to offer our students! We have students in LPS who have taken part and shared what a great experience it has been.

**Please note - Some of the classes/offerings occurred at the beginning of the school year, yet there are some opportunities that are beginning.

Omaha Exploring Program - HERE

Opportunity Awaits: UNO Maverick Run

Children ages 5-12 years are able to register for free to run and participate in the many interactive inflatables at this year Maverick Run, Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Baxter Arena.

Please register online at omavs.com/maverickrun

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February Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Breakfast - HERE

Grades K-5 - HERE

Grades 6-12 - HERE

Elementary News

Please refer to the link regarding Elementary School News - HERE

Middle/High School News

Please refer to the link regarding Middle and High School News - HERE

Walking Club:

Interested in a place to walk during the cold winter months?

If so, Louisville High School would like to invite you to walk the halls until March 1, 2020.

The high school area will be open for interested walkers every Monday-Thursday from 5:30 am - 7:00 am.

We would simply ask that you enter from the high school activity side, keep the dirt outside by changing your shoes prior to walking and stay on the tiled areas throughout Louisville High School.

If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Bev Becker at (402) 234-3585.

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 at 402- Information, along with the application form for Louisville community use of the High School Weight Room, is available through the district office. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Bev Becker at (402) 234-3585 or bbecker@lpslions.org.

School Closings and 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*