Loveland Grows the Whole Child
If you have read any education news lately, you know that in addition to pushing for more rigorous academics and accountability, there is also an increased awareness that we must grow the whole child. Governor Kasich has outlined two specific educational initiatives in the past few weeks that I’d like to highlight: reduce our drop-out problem and encourage mentoring. I am happy to inform you that these very important goals are not new for Loveland.
As a community we understand and support the value of education and work to ensure our students graduate on time and ready for the next phase of life. The four year graduation rate for Loveland was 93.7 percent for the class of 2013. The state graduation rate in 2010 (the last year for national data) was 81.4 percent and the nation’s graduation rate was 78.2 percent. So the community of Loveland is doing something right. But we can still improve, and we are working to do just that.
The variety of course offerings, extra-curricular activities and counseling services are crucial to engaging students in their education. We know that we can’t just teach reading and math. We have to take care of our students and their families. Because of our teachers, our bus drivers, our custodians, our parents, our PTOs, our student mentors, our nurses, our secretaries, our administrators, our entire staff, and our residents, we are able to take care of each other and promote a strong and healthy community. It is not uncommon to see a child get a hug or a high five, a pat on the back or a listening ear when one is in need. Promoting the safety and well-being of our students is just what we do in Loveland, and that leads to strong students and graduates.
In addition to the great work done each day, a group of staff and community volunteers have really stepped up to support students. The Loveland Adult Mentor Program (LAMP) pairs professionals in the community with Loveland High School students. This volunteer mentor program serves as a way to support students beyond classroom instruction. We are so appreciative of the members of our extended Tiger Family who take the time to work with our students in this capacity. Together, we really do grow the whole child.
Click here if you would like to meet one of our LAMP mentor volunteers and learn more about the program.
Posted April 14, 2014