"The Lion Dispatch"

January, 2020

Happy New Year!

Welcome back, and Happy New Year! We are geared up and ready to start the second semester!

Thank you for taking time to read over the January edition of "The Lion Dispatch".

If you have 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 Schools Vision and Mission Statements:

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 safety and the intellectual, emotional, and physical growth of our students.


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

Information Regarding A Potential Bond

Below outlines information regarding a potential bond for Louisville Public Schools:
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New Bus Cameras

Louisville Public Schools is excited to inform our families, that during the 2019 - 2020 Winter Break, the district has installed cameras on four of our primary buses. Camera additions include three cameras on the interior and one stop arm camera for each bus. The cameras activate automatically while the bus is on and in operation and will run until the bus is shut off. The district received a federal grant to partially pay for the purchase. LPS believes the addition of these bus cameras will assist in the safety of our students.

Vape Detectors Installed

Louisville Public Schools has recently installed “Vape Detectors” throughout the middle and high school buildings. The sensor devices, which resemble smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, can detect vaping in places such as bathrooms and/or closets. Additionally, they are equipped to detect and pick up sound abnormalities like shouting, which could be helpful in potentially preventing bullying. Once an abnormality is detected (smoke or noise), a notification will be sent to our building administrators, who can then step in and intercede with the situation/behavior.

Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) Update:

Louisville Middle School has been identified as an "Additional Targeted Support and Improvement" (ATSI) school in the area of "Student with Disabilities".

As a school designated for improvement, our staff members will be working towards developing a plan and course of action to increase the performance for the student group - "Students with Disabilities".

Last month, our Additional Targeted Support and Improvement Team (ATSI) developed an improvement action plan for two goals after conducting an in-depth school wide comprehensive needs assessment and analyzing data from our interim and state assessments.

The two goals we have developed encompass Instructional Time and Transitions from grade to grade/school to school.

Goal 1 - Instructional Time

Based on the Measure of Academic Performance assessment results, students with disabilities in middle school (6th-8th grades) will show growth on NWEA MAP assessment in the area of reading, improving from 66% showing growth in the Winter of 2018 to at least 72% of students showing growth by Winter of 2022.

Activity -

English Language Arts instructors and support will conduct small group targeted intervention. Specific instructors and staff will be trained to conduct small group intervention.

In addition, progress monitoring of student data will occur weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly depending on the intervention determined for the student.

Goal 2 - Transition Plan - Grade to Grade and School to School

At the end of the 2019-2020 school year, a transition plan for incoming and outgoing students with disabilities (grade to grade/school to school) will be developed and implemented.

At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, the transitional plans developed for incoming and outgoing students with disabilities (grade to grade/school to school) will be shared and communicated across to relevant staff members.

Activity/Strategy -

A template will be created to further assist relevant staff with specific academic performance and other related data as students transition between schools and/or grade levels. This template will be shared with the incoming teacher(s) to ensure relevant staff is familiar and aware regarding specific students who may benefit from additional accommodations, modifications, support, and/or challenging resources to further his/her academic performance.

**We will continue to analyze student performance data throughout the year, as our staff makes adjustments to further promote each individual student's growth and achievement.

***As a district, we will continue to keep our LPS families informed about the goals and action steps to address this specific improvement area.

Next 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.

Louisville Lions PTO

Louisville Lions PTO News:

  • 1/31: Bunco! Ladies Night @ 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Louisville Commons Area. Registration details coming soon.
  • 2/3 & 2/5: Parent Teacher Conference Dinners for LPS Staff – Sign Up/Donation Links Available via Facebook mid-January
  • 2/14: Valentine’s Day! Let us help you secure your delicious chocolate. More information coming soon.
  • 2/28: Box Tops - Keep scanning! Keep clipping! Have you downloaded the app? Be sure to scan all receipts within 14 days for credit to be applied to Louisville Schools. All clipped tops are due by Friday, 2/28.
  • 3/14: Roll with Me! A fun filled night for boys Kindergarten and up to test their skills against their mom or special guest. This will be hosted at Leopard Lanes in Bellevue.

Music Boosters - Pancake Feed

Come One, Come All and enjoy breakfast dinner at the Music Boosters Pancake Feed. The money raised will support the Louisville Music Department.

When: Tuesday, January 14th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Louisville school cafeteria

Cost: $4.00 for those 10 years of age and younger and $6.00 for everyone else

Hope to See you There!!

Mrs. Stanley and Mr. Luedtke

January Breakfast and Lunch Menus:

Breakfast Menu - HERE

K-5 Lunch Menu - HERE

6-12 Lunch Menu - HERE

Elementary School News:

Please refer to the Elementary Newsletter - HERE

Middle/High School News:

Please refer to the Secondary Newsletter - 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*