"The Lion Dispatch"
Louisville Public Schools ~ August, 2019
Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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"!
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.
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 Lunch Program for 2019-2020
Taher August 2019 Newsletter - HERE
Food4Life App FAQs - HERE
2019-2020 Menu Prices ~ HERE
Student - $1.65
Adult - $2.25
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!
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
Louisville Public School Recognition
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
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 ~
A special thank you goes out to the following team members who have made our building look tremendous ~
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
Community News ~ Need Access to the Weight Room?
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
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
*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*