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Principal's Corner

Dear Lovett Longhorn Family,

I'm excited to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! From here on out, you can expect to receive this weekly website updates, announcements and other pertinent information. Please subscribe to this page for updates.

Just over a week ago, the district's Final Reopening Framework was released and since that time, Longhorn staff has been working to make the necessary updates and training to ensure we are well-prepared for a safe and successful school year. We know that this year will be different but we know as a Lovett community we are better together and stronger than ever because Lovett Longhorns can do VIRTUALLY anything. This year we will continue our theme of FOCUS to ensure that Lovett Elementary will continue to be a place where staff and families come together so the children entrusted into our care grow to be productive, confident, compassionate, members of a global society. We have taken the lessons from last year to make the proper adjustments to ensure our families are supported and are students are engaged. A few key updates are listed below:

  • All students will participate in remote learning using the Google Suite, including Google Classroom and Google Meet. This will allow CPS to better track student attendance and greater consistency across all schools. You can find a great Google Classroom tutorial for parents here and on this Thursday, September 3rd. Principal Cain and Assistant Principal Melendez will be holding a google how-to for parents to help them get prepared.

  • There will be a significant increase in real-time live (synchronous) minutes based on the feedback from parents. Kindergarten will receive 180 minutes of real-time (synchronous) instruction and 180 minutes of independent learning activities (asynchronous). Longhorn students in grades 3-4 will receive 205 synchronous minutes and 155 asynchronous minutes. Middle school students will receive 230 synchronous minutes and 130 asynchronous minutes.

  • All students will participate in all specials classes (Spanish, Fine Arts, PE) each week. No grade levels will be combined for these classes and all specials classes will have a 30-minute live component in every class session.

  • Grading and attendance will return standard practices meaning students are accountable for active engagement and participation in all classes and assignments. Please note that CPS' Framework guidance asks that attendance be taken throughout the day and requires students to demonstrate engagement throughout all sections/courses of the day.

Although the mode of delivery for instruction will be different, instruction will continue to be delivered with the same dedication and care that our Longhorn Staff is known for. If you are in need of technology, please do not hesitate to reach out to our email josephlovettelem@gmail.com with your child's name and someone will get back to you to schedule time for pick up. Our teachers will be holding parent teacher orientation. I always say that one of the greatest characteristics of the Lovett learning community is the genuine care and compassion shared between staff, students, and parents. We are all partners in this work and we will continue to build on her legacy of love to ensure that our IMPACT on the lives of our students is the reason everyone will continue to “Love it” at Lovett! I look forward to an amazing year! As always, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you and I thank you for all you do!

Your Partner in Education,

TaraShaun R. Cain, Principal