LHS homecoming early for 2013-2014 school year
Posted Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Loveland City School District wants to make you aware of an important calendar change; the fall Loveland High School (LHS) homecoming celebration will be held September 6, moved up from an original date of October 18.
"The administrative team at Loveland High School knows what an important tradition and series of events homecoming is for our students and the community so we communicated with student council, staff advisers, the athletic department, and board office administration to discuss this earlier than usual date for homecoming prior to formalizing the date on the calendar,” said Chris Kloesz, LHS principal. “A potential October 18 date was very academically concerning because all Loveland juniors and sophomores will take the PSAT and PLAN (pre-ACT) during the school day on October 16. Schools that administer these high-stakes tests to all students in the respective grade levels must adhere to strict guidelines; the testing date cannot be altered as this is a nationwide testing date that is determined by College Board. The results of the PSAT and PLAN provide numerous academic, scholarship and potential career-related opportunities to students; therefore I struggled with the idea of the festive atmosphere of Homecoming week, which traditionally includes dress-up days, class competitions and other fun events, coinciding with this especially important and significant testing date. The other possible homecoming date in the 2013 football season would have had major financial implications for our athletic budget, so we settled on September 6. We have looked at the calendar for the next three years and for several years to come; 2013 is the only year in which homecoming will need to occur this early.”
The high school has also been working with current eighth grade students at the middle school to help prepare them for the early homecoming week. Next year's freshmen will also be provided with additional information during freshman orientation in mid-August.
“We realize this early homecoming date is not ideal for everyone, but we will make it a positive experience for our students,” said Kloesz. “It does provide us a unique opportunity to begin the school year with an unprecedented focus on school and community spirit. It also gets our students, especially the new freshman class, involved in high school activities early in the year. Moreover, as we continue building on our amazing Loveland tradition(s), there is the potential to make each of our home football games and many other fall athletic and extra-curricular events special experiences for students, fans and community. We appreciate the community’s support and we look forward to seeing everyone in the fall--at homecoming and throughout the season.”