"The Lion Dispatch"

Louisville Public Schools ~ August, 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!! We are excited to begin another great year filled with learning, memories, and so much more!!

During the 2019-2020 school year, "The Lion Dispatch", will be sent out electronically to our families. Families will receive "The Lion Dispatch" one time per month over the course of the school year. Our families have access to "The Lion Dispatch" on our district website, as well.

In addition, there will be limited copies placed in and around our local businesses.

If you would like to receive a paper copy, please email Dr. Amber Johnson, Director of Learning, at ajohnson@lpslions.com, and we will add your name to The Lion Dispatch mailing list.

Again, we look forward to an amazing school year and hope this will be a great year for our "Lions"!


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.

Please Welcome Our New Staff Members ~

Certified Staff -

Please welcome the following certified staff members to our LPS family!!

Mr. Shane Mathis - Elementary Principal

Mr. Clint Little - Activities Director

Mrs. Natasha Vavra - Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Morgan Manley - Special Education Teacher

Mrs. Melissa Schmitt - 3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Angie Stanley - Vocal/Music Teacher

Ms. Becky Speer - K-12 Art Teacher

Mr. Steven York - 6-8 Grade Math Teacher

Mr. Conner Luedtke - Instrumental Music Teacher

Mr. Clint Petite - 6-12 Math Teacher

Mr. Scott Rice - High School Math Teacher

Mr. Caleb Schulze - 7-12 Industrial Tech. Teacher

Support Staff -

We are excited to announce that we have a total of 5 new support staff members joining us this upcoming school year!

Each staff member will have the opportunity to work with our staff and, more specifically, our students! Please welcome our new team members ~

Mrs. Rebecca Potthoff

Mrs. Heather Falcone

Mrs. Lacey Staub

Mrs. Vicki Mitteis

Ms. Emily Weander

Student Enrollment ~ We Continue to Grow

Our student enrollment continues to grow, and we are excited that our families have chosen LPS!

Student Enrollment Numbers: HERE

Student Lunch Program for 2019-2020

Please find information below regarding our school lunch program (Taher), as well as our August breakfast/lunch menus.

Taher August 2019 Newsletter - HERE

Food4Life App FAQs - HERE

2019-2020 Menu Prices ~ HERE

Breakfast -

Student - $1.65

Adult - $2.25

Lunch -

K-5 - $2.75

6-12 - $3.00

Adults - $4.00

Extra Sandwich - $1.50

Milk/Juice - $0.40

August Breakfast Menu - HERE

August Elementary (K-5) Lunch Menu - HERE

August Lunch Menu Middle/High School - HERE

2019-2020 Student Handbook

Below is a line to our updated 2019-2020 Student Handbook for grades Kindergarten-12. If you are not able to access a copy of the handbook online, please contact your respective office for a paper copy.

The district would strongly advise you to review the handbook as it serves as a reference for several questions you may have regarding our district. Additionally, the student handbook also outlines building procedures and policies, along with information on school times, the yearly calendar, staff members, lunch, student discipline, and school records.

2019-2020 Student Handbook - HERE

Exciting News - reVISION Grant Approved!

Louisville Public School is excited to announce that we have received Nebraska Department of Education reVision Grant for the 2019-2020 school year!!

The reVISION process is a strategic approach for schools to analyze their current Career & Technical Education system and make plans, as needed, for adjustments. By participating in the reVISION process, our school district is focused on ensuring that our students leave high school with the knowledge and skills required for employment and/or entrepreneurship.

In addition, the reVISION process will provide opportunities for our district to design career education programs for students to experience a smooth transition from high school to postsecondary education.

Most importantly, reVISION grant will play a critical part in developing a talent pipeline for economic growth and workforce development in Nebraska. A key component of the reVISION process will be to is analyze the alignment between our current career education programs and Nebraska’s identified economic and workforce priorities.

Louisville Public School received a $2,000.00 reVISION Initial Grant which is intended to assist us in implementing the reVISION process. The funds will assist us in substitute teachers, teachers’ time outside of contract time, expenses associated with community engagement meeting(s), and other expenses directly related to the reVISION process.

We look forward to sharing new information about the reVISION process throughout the school year!!

Elementary Playground Shade Update

In an effort to be the best stewards of your generous contributions to the playground shade project, we wanted to share an update in plans. Due to the districts growth and need to plan for expansion, we are waiting to add additional elements to the playground area at this time. Once a plan to accommodate growth is decided upon, we will re-visit the project and continue to make the playground a wonderful space for Louisville children and families. Thank you for your understanding and continued support!

Louisville Public School Recognition

The Nebraska Association of School Boards in partnership with ALICAP recognized Louisville Public Schools for our outstanding leadership in school safety!

We are very proud that our district maintains high expectations in ensuring our school district meets all safety standards. We thank our Superintendent, Mr., Andy Farber, and our Safety Committee Members for their dedication in serving as part of our safety committee within our school district.

Opportunity Awaits - Kidventor Contest at Fat Brain Toys

Please take a moment to read over an exciting opportunity for our "Lions" -

Fat Brain Toys designs award-winning toys that are sold worldwide...not just here in the Omaha area. Their toys promote "A Smarter Way to Play" and have been on the global stage more than fifteen years now!

For the past two years, Fat Brain Toys has hosted our Kidventor contest. Children from around the United States submit their ideas, drawings, prototypes, etc. of their inventions for THE NEXT GREAT TOY!

In 2018, 11-year-old Alexander Xiong from Minneapolis won the contest with his idea for a game called Door Pong. Alexander has since gone on to appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with his game. This year, 9-year-old Emma Turner from Austin, Texas won Kidventor with her invention of Buggy Light. Buggy Light will go into production later this year. You can read about Alexander and Emma - HERE.

Here's the REALLY cool thing...the winner receives a $2,500 scholarship, $500 worth of toys from Fat Brain Toys, an all-expense paid trip to New York City to show their idea to toy industry experts at The American International Toy Fair in February, and, they are awarded a real license agreement which gives them a royalty on every single toy that is sold for the lifetime of the product. Needless to say, Alexander and Emma will have healthy college funds ready when they graduate from high school!

This is a great opportunity to put creativity, STEM, reading, research, and public speaking skills to use! What child doesn't love to talk and think about toys? Fat Brain Toys is passionate about keeping play and toys an integral part of the daily life of children everywhere.

Interested about this opportunity?!! Please review additional Kidventor Contest Information - HERE

A "Shout Out" to our Summer Team ~

This summer has flown by and there has been so much accomplished over the past couple of month! Our custodial, maintenance, and technology crew have been extremely busy preparing for this school year with completing many projects!

A special thank you goes out to the following team members who have made our building look tremendous ~

Rob Bauers

Shane Clymer

Russ Gray

Josh Gray

Jake Renner

Susan Knop

Melissa Bruce

Bobbie Dickey

Maia Johnson

Jason Brewer

Nate Simons

In addition, we would like to extend gratitude to Mr. Jim Group for donating sweet corn crop to the Louisville Dance Team, as well as Mike Knott for helping the Dance Team harvest and deliver the corn!

Transportation Drivers Needed

If you or someone you know may be interested in serving as a Louisville Public School transportation driver for our district, please reach out to Mrs. Dana March at dmarch@lpslions.org or 402-234-3585.

Community News ~ 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.

Notice - Annual Asbestos Update

Federal regulations require all schools to inventory asbestos-containing materials and develop a management plan that identifies and controls asbestos-containing materials in their building. The presence of asbestos in a building does not mean that the health of the building occupants is necessarily endangered. As long as the identified material remains in good condition and is not disturbed, exposure is unlikely. Please note, at least once every six months periodic surveillance is conducted on all asbestos-containing materials and suspect material assumed to contain asbestos. A re-inspection will be conducted every three years throughout the district of all items that

have asbestos-containing material. From time to time operations and maintenance will be conducted to keep all material in good condition. For more information please contact the Superintendent of Schools, Andrew Farber at (402) 234-3585, or the project manager at (402) 339-6240.

Notice - 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.

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



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*