DISTANCE LEARNING DURING COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

This COVID-19 page will provide you with the most up-to-date information regarding distance learning and guidelines, schedule changes, and more. At this time, our campus is closed and we have transitioned to distance learning for the rest of the Spring semester. We are monitoring news and information about the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in our area. Since this is an evolving situation, please check this page regularly for updates. 

Schedule and School Day Guidelines

Louisville's school schedule will continue to be full "block" scheule with 85 minute classes. Classes meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on a rotating basis at regularly scheduled times. Breaks between classes are at least 20 minutes. The amount of class time that is synchronous (simultaneous) is at the discretion of the teacher.

Wednesdays are "WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS" in order to give students and teachers a "screen-free" day and to balance the number of class meetings per week. No video conferencing will be scheduled on Wednesdays.

Teacher office hours continue to be on 3-block days after 1:30 pm, or by appointment. This will remain a time for students to ask questions and seek extra help. Students should consult with their teachers on how to best access them during office hours.

Distance Learning Guidelines and protocols for using My Louisville are available on this page for download.

Community Updates - Parent/Student Communication

List of 20 items.

  • May 14, 2020 - End of Semester Reminders, Dr. Aguilar

    Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and Student(s),  
     
    As we quickly approach the end of 2nd semester, I wanted to first thank you for your partnership and trust, particularly as we moved to distance learning due to COVID-19. As I am sure for many of you, this entire experience has brought to my realization what is truly essential and it has also highlighted the many blessings gained from being part of the Louisville community. Of those blessings, you—parents and students—are top on the list and I did not want the year to end without expressing my gratitude for you and your feedback and support along the way. I look forward to better days ahead when we will be able to see each other in person and celebrate our community.
     
    Given that we are nearing the end of term, I wanted to remind you that during the last week of school students will have instructional days from 5/26 - 5/29 and therefore, we are foregoing Wellness Wednesday that week. Students are in the home stretch and we want to encourage them to finish off strong—attend meets, complete assignments, and maintain good communication (respond to messages) with counselors and teachers.
     
    Finally, this is a reminder that there are some important dates in the weeks ahead. Below please find a list of these important events as well as their scheduled dates and other pertinent details:
     
    ASB Elections - May 18through May 22                                                 Virtual
    • Introduction of candidates/speeches/voting
     
    Yearbook Dedication - Wednesday, May 20                                            Virtual
    • Introduction of theme/dedication/yearbooks distributed on June 2
     
    Mother/Daughter Mass & Alumnae Induction – Wednesday, May 20 Virtual/Broadcast
     
    Awards Night - Tuesday, May 26 Invitation only                                   Virtual & Drive-thru
    • Virtual and Louisville High School Campus – drive-thru/pick-up
     
    End of Year Drop-off and/or Pick-up – Tuesday, June 2                        Drive-thru       
    • Laptops/Contents of lockers, Yearbooks- protocols and details to follow
    • Note: If students need something for a class from their locker prior to June 2nd please email Mrs. Mitchell at dmitchell@louisvillehs.org
     
    Once more, thank you! I pray you and yours continue to be well.
     
    Warm Regards,
     
    Dr. Jennifer Aguilar
  • May 5, 2020 - AP Exam Update, LvHS Counseling

    AP Exams are starting next week! Below you will find some final reminders and updates to help students with this new online testing administration. Please read this entire email and be sure to review the 2020 AP Testing Guide and practice with an AP Exam Demo before your first exam.
     
    Please note, all exam dates and times have been updated. Please review the College Board Website here for the new testing schedule.
     
    Getting Ready for Exam Day:
    • Here is the 2020 AP Testing GuidePlease review this guide before testing day. The guide provides information regarding:
    • The AP Exam e-ticket
    • Five steps to take before test day
    • Understanding the test day experience
    • Exam scores, credit, and placement
    • Explainer Videos: New videos are available to give students quick, easily accessible information about their test day experience, what they need to do to prepare, exam security, and more. Explore the playlist.
    • Online AP Classes and Review Sessions prep week: The week before exams, online AP classes will focus on the exam day experience and sample exam questions.
    • Here is the required and recommended resource list. Please review so you know what resources you can use during your exams and how you can access them.
    The Exam Day Experience and AP Exam Demo:
    • Be sure to take a video tour of the 2020 AP Exam experience. College Board will show you which devices you can use to take the exam, how you'll sign in on exam day, the different ways to submit your responses, and more.
    • On May 4, you can practice submitting responses with the AP 2020 Exam Demo. It will allow you to practice the different ways to submit your responses. If you can't connect to this demo from your planned testing device, you won't be able to access the real exam on test day.
    • The AP Exam will only open in the latest versions of Chrome (recommended), Firefox, Safari, or Edge. It will not work in Internet Explorer.
    Two Days Before Each Exam:
    • Confirm receipt of e-ticket. Two days before each exam, students will receive an email with their unique exam e-ticket that includes their AP ID. On exam day, students will use their e-ticket to access the exam. If a student hasn't received their exam e-ticket by email, they can access it through their student account on My AP. E-tickets are nontransferable and shouldn't be shared with anyone. Students who haven't been receiving College Board emails still have time to confirm their contact information at myap.collegeboard.org by clicking on their profile at the top right-hand corner of the page, and going to Account Settings. Students should scroll down to verify their information and confirm their email address. If it's not the correct email, they can update it to an email they check regularly by clicking Update.
    • Students should complete the AP Exam Day Checklist (.pdf/513.39 KB) for each exam they're taking. Students should complete this checklist and keep a printed or handwritten copy with them for reference during testing. Completing the checklist will help students feel confident they're set up for success.
    On Exam Day:
    • Students should click their e-ticket to check in 30 minutes before exam start time. Students should allot 80 minutes for each exam—30 minutes to enter their AP ID, name, and other information, and 50 minutes to draft and submit their responses.
    • If a student accidentally closes the browser, their device crashes, or they temporarily lose internet access, they can quickly click their exam e-ticket again to return to the exam. They should continue the exam, and if they feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted their performance, they can request approval to take the makeup exam at cb.org/requestmakeup. Students can also request a makeup exam if they've lost too much time due to a technical problem, can't connect to their exam, or experienced some other serious disruption.
    Information for AP French and Spanish Language and Culture Exams:
    • These exams will be administered using a new dedicated app: the AP World Languages Exam App. Students taking these exams must use this app on smartphones or tablets. This free app will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store the week of May 11. College Board will email students and their teachers to let them know when the app is available to download. Visit College Board for more details.
    • A video walk-through of the test-taking experience will be available the week of May 4.
    • Details on accommodations for the above exams are also now available.
    • If you’re unsure about accessing the app, please fill out this survey as soon as possible.
    Information for AP Music Theory Exams:
    • Before exam day, students will need to print or hand copy the 2020 Music Theory Answer Sheet and gain access to an audio recording app or software before exam day. Please see more information on the website.
    Reminder for Seniors:
    • If you’re a senior entering college in the fall, check your college’s deadline for receiving AP scores. We encourage you to send scores as soon as they’re available to make sure they are received on time. You are given 1 free score report, and you must indicate your college or university selection in your AP Profile prior to June 20, 2020.
     
    If you have any questions related to these exams, please contact Mrs. Holmes at sholmes@louisvillehs.org.
     
    Our thoughts and prayers remain with you all and we hope you stay healthy and safe.
     
    Best,
    LvHs Counseling
  • May 5, 2020 - Letter to Louisville Community, Mrs. Vercillo

    Dear Louisville Community,
     
    When I last wrote to you, I indicated that the stay-at-home order would change many events in the month of May and that we were in the process of planning to maintain Louisville’s traditions in meaningful ways.  It is important to all of us to bring closure to the school year in a way that is certain to celebrate the success of our young women and honor the many gifts they brought and shared with our community throughout the year.  The calendar for the month of May is as follows.  Please know that you will receive pertinent details prior to each event.
     
    Festival of the Arts/Visual Arts - Wednesday, May 13                                Virtual
     
    ASB Elections - May 18through May 22                                                       Virtual
    • Introduction of candidates/speeches/voting
     
    Yearbook Dedication - Wednesday, May 20                                                 Virtual
    • Introduction of theme/dedication/yearbooks distributed on June 2
     
    Mother/Daughter Mass and Alumnae Induction – Wednesday, May 20      Virtual/Broadcast
     
    Awards Night - Tuesday, May 26 Invitation only                                          Virtual & Drive-thru
    • Virtual and Louisville High School Campus – drive-thru/pick-up
     
    End of Year Drop-off and/or Pick-up – Tuesday, June 2                               Drive-thru       
    • Laptops/Contents of lockers, Yearbooks- protocols and details to follow
    • Note: If students need something for a class from their locker prior to June 2nd please email
    Mrs. Mitchell at dmitchell@louisvillehs.org
     
    Spring Musical - 9 to 5 TBA July
    Senior Luncheon – Wednesday, May 27                                                      Virtual
    Graduation Celebration of the Class of 2020 – Saturday, May 30                 Virtual
    Senior Prom – TBA late July
    Baccalaureate Mass/Reception - July 31, 2020 - Louisville High School/Senior Lawn, time TBA
    Graduation - Saturday August 1, 2020 - Louisville High School/Senior Lawn, time TBA
     
    May God continue to bless you and keep you safe and in good health,
     
    Kathleen Vercillo
    Principal
  • May 4, 2020 - Letter to Class of 2020, Mrs. Vercillo

    Dear Louisville’s Class of 2020 and Parents,

    Let me begin with a few words to our seniors. When you entered Louisville, I remember thinking that your class carried a special place in history because you are the Class of 2020, a class that will likely one day reset the vision for the future of all humanity. Well, given how the pandemic has changed our world and forced your years at Louisville to end in quite a remarkable way, you have certainly claimed your place in history and at Louisville. I am saddened to think that these days belong to your memories of life and yet, I do believe that these events will prove to be gifts to each of you. You are young women that can face adversity and demonstrate resilience. You are intelligent, gifted, and ready to begin life’s journey. You will be blessed! As a result, I hope that you remain especially close to one another and to your alma mater, Louisville. You are always welcome home.

    The graduation survey expresses clearly your desire for a traditional Louisville graduation and we will honor that by planning a Baccalaureate Mass for the evening of Friday, July 31, 2020 and a Graduation Ceremony for Saturday evening, August 1, 2020. Additionally, a virtual celebration will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2020 bringing closure to our school year. Other traditional events typically held in May will be scheduled as listed below. You will receive pertinent details prior to each event.

    Festival of the Arts/Visual Arts - Wednesday, May 13 Virtual
    ASB Elections - May 18 through May 22 Virtual
     Introduction of candidates/speeches/voting
    Yearbook Dedication - Wednesday, May 20 Virtual
     Introduction of theme/dedication/yearbooks distributed on June 2
    Mother/Daughter Mass and Alumnae Induction – Wednesday, May 20 Virtual/Broadcast
    Awards Night - Tuesday, May 26 Invitation only Virtual & Drive-thru
     Virtual and Louisville High School Campus – drive-thru/pick-up
    Senior Luncheon – Wednesday, May 27 Virtual
    Graduation Celebration of the Class of 2020 – Saturday, May 30 Virtual
    End of Year Drop-off and/or Pick-up – Tuesday, June 2 Drive-thru
     Laptops/Contents of lockers, Yearbooks- protocols and details to follow
     Note: If students need something for a class from their locker prior to June 2nd please email
    Mrs. Mitchell at dmitchell@louisvillehs.org
    Spring Musical - 9 to 5 TBA July
    Senior Prom – TBA late July
    Baccalaureate Mass/Reception - July 31, 2020 - Louisville High School/Senior Lawn, time TBA
    Graduation - Saturday August 1, 2020 - Louisville High School/Senior Lawn, time TBA

    May God continue to bless you and keep you safe,

    Kathleen Vercillo
    Principal
  • April 27, 2020 - Semester Exams, Dr. Aguilar

    Dear Louisville Parents/Guardians and Students,
     
    Last week Mrs. Vercillo wrote to communicate that given the CDC’s recommendation to “stay at home” and Los Angeles County’s extension of the social distance order to May 15, 2020, Louisville will continue distance learning through the end of the academic year – May 29, 2020. Since we will continue with distance learning, I want to inform you that for this semester final exams, in the traditional sense, are not going to happen. That is to say, no cumulative semester exam will be given in each discipline. This decision allows teachers to use the calendared “final exam” days as instructional days—an opportunity to extend the learning and to end with connection and positivity with students.
     
    That being said, while cumulative semester exams will not be given, teachers may still give a chapter/unit assessment, if necessary, at some point before the semester ends. Teachers will continue using the test calendar to ensure that students do not experience an overload of tests in any one day. Additionally, if it makes the most instructional sense to hold a test during the last week of school, departments have been asked to abide by the following timeline:
     
    5/21 and 5/22: Religion and English
    5/26 and 5/27: Modern Language and Science
    5/28 and 5/29: Math and Social Science
     
    To allow for this, the May calendar will be amended so that in the last week of school students have instructional days from 5/26 - 5/29 (we will forego Wellness Wednesday that week).
     
    Given this decision, the final exam weight will be excluded from the grade and a student’s semester grade in a class will be what their cumulative grade is with all other categories except the final at the end of the term.
     
    Given these less than ideal circumstances, our Curriculum Council decided that this approach would minimize the stress and anxiety that students might already be feeling about their academics in these uncertain times and it would allow them an opportunity to end the year with engagement with their teachers and peers.
     
    Please know that our administration, faculty, and staff miss you dearly and anxiously await the opportunity to be reunited with you at Louisville.
     
    All my best,
    Dr. Jennifer Aguilar
    Assistant Principal for Academics
  • April 26, 2020 - Spirit Week, ASB President

    Hello Louisville!
     
    In a time that is so complicated and often feels very isolating, the ASB and I thought everyone could use a little Spirit Week fun! We will have a virtual Spirit Week using the instagram account lvhs_spiritweek next week. Please DM entries to this account or tag the account in your personal story/posts! 
     
    The themes for the week are as follows:
     
    - Music Monday: Send us a song you've been listening to over quarantine (DM just the song or send us a picture to go along with it if you would like us to repost!). At the end of the day, we will compile all the songs and send out our very own Louisville playlist!
    - Transformation Tuesday: Send in baby pics, elementary school, middle school, or old 9th grade pictures so your Louisville sisters can see your transformation!
    - Wednesday: Send in video or pictures of your hidden talents - What have you been working on while we've been away? Have you found a new passion? Cooking, sewing, roller blading, singing, running, practicing your free throw, making films, whatever it may be!
    - Thursday: Bring your pet to (virtual) school day! - Send in pictures of your pets (because trying times calls for more cute animals in our feeds!!). 
    - Friday: Class colors! Send in pictures/video of you in your class shirt and color from home. 
     
    The ASB misses everyone so much right now! My best wishes to you and all of your families. 
     
    Sincerely,
    Lila Dubois
    ASB President
  • April 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Update, Mrs. Vercillo

    Dear Louisville Parent(s) and Guardian(s),
     
    I hope you all remain safe and healthy. Once again, I am writing to provide you with an update on the school year. Given the CDC’s recommendation to “stay at home” and Los Angeles County’s extension of the social distance order to May 15, 2020, Louisville will continue distance learning through the end of the academic year – May 29, 2020 including the practice of Wellness Wednesdays.
     
    Indeed, the stay-at-home order will change many events in the coming month but I want to reassure you that we are already in the process of planning ways to maintain Louisville’s traditions in meaningful ways given current circumstance. We will keep you updated on the details for these events. We recognize the importance of bringing closure to the school year in a way that is certain to celebrate the success of our young women and honor the many gifts they have brought and shared with our community throughout the year.
     
    May God bless you and your family and keep you safe.
     
     
    Warm regards,
     
    Kathleen Vercillo
    Principal
  • April 21, 2020 - Senior Update, Mr. Wilson

    Dear Class of 2020 and Families,
     
    I hope you are all staying healthy and safe during this tumultuous time.  I am writing to inform you that we have received confirmation that both the Prom and the Grad Bash event have been cancelled due to the current stay at home order.  All of those who have already paid for the Grad Bash event will be refunded through their tuition account.  If you have any questions about this reimbursement please contact our Business Manager Mike Van Briggle (mvanbriggle@louisvillehs.org).  Regarding Prom, we will do whatever we can to reschedule this event for some time during the summer if gatherings of that nature are allowed. 
     
    Looking ahead, no final decision regarding the Baccalaureate Mass or Graduation has been made yet, although the school is looking into various options and alternatives.  Also, there will be a delivery coming to families of seniors this Saturday to celebrate our senior class.  
     
    Please know we value you as individuals and as a class, and while we, too, are disappointed that we cannot host our traditional events, the inability to celebrate you in the traditional ways does not diminish your importance to the Louisville community. We plan to put whatever time and energy necessary into creating alternative opportunities and activities that will honor you and acknowledge all you have accomplished.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
     
    Sincerely,
    Josh Wilson
    Assistant Principal for Student Life
    Louisville High Schoo
  • April 20, 2020, Distance Learning Adjustments, Mrs. Thinnes

    Dear Students and Parents,
     
    Welcome back! We hope that you had a blessed Easter and a restful break. We want to thank all of you who offered your feedback on the survey we sent out prior to the break. Administrators and all faculty reviewed the results, and determined that there are three main issues we need to address in order to improve the student and parent experience with online learning. Those issues are: 1) due dates of assignments 2)posting of assignments 3) student workload.
     
    At the beginning of break, administration and faculty determined ways that we can adjust practices and expectations to address these concerns, and during the break, teachers put in additional time planning for these adjustments.
     
    Due Dates: Initially, the 11:59 pm due date was to prevent students from working late into the night and/or taking deadlines right up to the last minute. However, the result was that students felt that they were being given less time to complete work than they had when we were in regular session. To address this, assignments will be due at the start time of the class period, not the night before at 11:59 pm. That being said, given that rest and sleep are important, we discourage students from working excessively late on assignments and encourage them to complete the work the evening before the class period.
     
    Posting of Assignments: No later than 8 am every Monday, teachers will post a weekly agenda on the class Bulletin Board, including assignments and their due dates and times. Teachers will not add to this agenda after it is posted. Teachers have also been directed to post assignments in the Assignment Center, so students can use that as a checklist when completing their work.
     
    Workload: Probably the most significant issue is the feeling that students are overburdened with work. Administrators and department chairs discussed various ways that teachers can reduce the quantity of work, and place an emphasis on quality. Over the break, teachers worked on their plans to identify changes they can make to address this concern. Teachers will share these adjustments with their students in a Google meet on their first day of class.
     
    In return, we ask that students follow some guidelines that will be helpful in creating a more productive online learning experience:
     
    Check Messages & Louismail: Check your MyLouisville Messages and Louismail regularly, as this is the primary way teachers and administration have to communicate important information and reminders to you.
     
    Avoid Distractions: We all know that working at home comes with a number of unavoidable distractions, especially in this current environment. However, your cell phone is one you can control. When attending a Google meet or completing an assignment, it is best practice to leave your cell phone in another room. Screen time is a concern, and checking a second screen when working on your laptop adds to that. Also, when we are in regular session, you are not accustomed to completing classwork with your phone accessible, so checking your phone while completing assignments at home will increase the amount of time you spend completing those assignments.
     
    Meet Deadlines/Attend Google Meets: Deadlines are extremelyimportant, as is participation in Google meets. Failure to meet these expectations will adversely affect your performance.
     
    Communicate: We know that many of you are facing other extenuating circumstances that may impact your school work. Teachers understand that – so if there is something interfering with your ability to meet a deadline or participate in an activity, please message or email your teachers as soon as possible to explain the situation. If there is a significant issue that is going to have a long-term impact or affect all of your classes, please have a parent email your counselor who can facilitate the coordination of accommodating your situation.
     
    Get Rest! We are working on our end to reduce the workload, so we hope on your end you are able to relax a bit more and get proper sleep. Just because you can work on an essay until 4 am the morning it is due, does not mean that you should.
     
    This situation is not ideal for any of us, but please know that we are working to make it as valuable and engaging as possible. We also know that the health and welfare of entire community are the priorities at this time, and many of your families have been impacted logistically, financially, physically, and/or emotionally by this pandemic. We want to be a resource and a comfort for you and your family at this time, so please take advantage of connecting with the school community: reach out to teachers, counselors, and administrators for support; participate in virtual class and club meetings; contribute posts to our social media so we can all see what you are up to on Wellness Wednesdays. We want to stay socially and emotionally connected in spite of our physical distance.
     
    Thank you for your patience and support, and stay well!
     
     Rachel Thinnes
    Dean of Students / Dean of Faculty
    Louisville High School
    818.346.8812 Ext 1029 | LouisvilleHS.org
    WOMEN WHO SHAPE THE WORLD
  • April 11, 2020 - Support for AP Students, LvHS Counseling

    We know that the coronavirus pandemic has created new challenges for our students, including those registered in AP classes. To support students in continuing their AP journey, CollegeBoard is offering webinars, online AP review lessons and take-at-home AP Exams. See below for updates and information related to the 2020 AP test administration.
     
    CollegeBoard is hosting a webinar for Parents, Helping Your Student Prepare for AP Exams, on April 16, 2020 at 4pm PDT.   Here is the link to register for this webinar.
     
    About This Year's AP Exams
    Complete your AP journey by taking your AP Exam online on any device you have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. You’ll also have the option to write your responses by hand and submit a photo.
    College Board has published a new AP Testing Schedule, please review the schedule here and make note of your new test date and time.
     
    Exam Length, Structure, and Format
    • The exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
    • Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP Exams will be open book/open note. Get tips for taking open book/open note exams here.
    • Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question is timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
    • For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, and include an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
    • Students taking AP world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions three and four on the current AP Exam; written responses will not be required. CollegeBoard will provide more details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.
    Students Who Don’t Have Internet or a Device
    We recognize that some students may not have access to the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If you need mobile tools or connectivity, you can contact CollegeBoard directly or email Mrs. Holmes at sholmes@louisvillehs.org.
     
    Courses with Portfolio Submissions
    The following courses will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET:
    • 3-D Art and Design
    • Drawing
    • Computer Science Principles (note: this portfolio submission is best done on a laptop)
     
    Taking the Exam
    In late April, CollegeBoard will provide AP students with information on how to access the testing system on test day, and video demonstrations so that students can familiarize themselves with the system.
     
    Exam Scoring and Earning Credit and Placement 
    Get information here about exam scoring and the score release timeline.
     
    Exam Security
    Learn how CollegeBoard plans to make sure that the 2020 exams are secure and fair to all students.
     
    Resources
    Continue working toward college credit and placement with free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes:
    • Are optional and designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
    • Are available on demand after the original presentation so teachers and students can access them any time.
    • Enable AP students to complete the few remaining topics of each AP class and then, throughout April, focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course.
    CollegeBoard is also communicating this information directly to students, so please confirm you are receiving emails directly from CollegeBoard. If you have not received any recent correspondence, please contact Mrs. Holmes at sholmes@louisvillehs.org.
     
    Furthermore, should you have any questions related to these exams, please contact Mrs. Holmes at sholmes@louisvillehs.org.
     
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and we hope that you stay healthy and safe.
     
    Best,
    LvHs Counseling
  • April 9, 2020 - Letter from the President, Sr. Donna

    Dear Louisville Community, past and present,

    I am writing to wish you a wonderful Easter full of the particular blessings you need most at this time. So often lately we have heard the words “we’re all in this together” which certainly helps. But given the challenges of this pandemic - social, economic, health-related, and emotional – we need more support.

    I would like to offer a few suggestions for getting through this turmoil with a certain inner strength. I know numerous organizations have prepared lists of resources, but included below are on-line resources I have found personally helpful. They call us to reflect, to get in touch with our deepest selves and to walk with God’s grace through the uncertainty we face. May at least one resource be of support to you.
    My prayer for you this Holy Week is that you may be able to notice and appreciate the gifts hidden beneath the challenges of this time and be encouraged by them.
     
     
    May God Bless You,
     
    Donna Hansen, SSL
    President
  • April 8, 2020 - Senior Update, Mr. Wilson

    Dear Class of 2020 and Parents,
     
    As we head into Easter break, I wanted to reach out to all of you to let you know that you are all very much on my mind.  The end of senior year is a special time for seniors between college acceptances and events like Prom, Grad Nite, Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation.  Unfortunately, school closures and restricted social gatherings have put much of this into question.  Please know that at this time Prom, Grad Nite and Graduation are still scheduled to happen as initially planned, although we do recognize that it is very possible that the need for social distancing will force us to cancel these events.  If any of these events are cancelled families will be refunded for the full cost of the event.  In addition, if Prom and/or Graduation/Baccalaureate Mass are cancelled, we will do whatever we can to reschedule these events for a later date so that our seniors do not miss out on these important milestones.  We are also working with student leaders in ASB and senior class council to explore ways to recognize the accomplishments of our seniors and to allow for social interactions amongst the senior class.  We will continue to keep all of you updated regarding these events.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and we hope that you stay healthy and safe.  Have a joyful Easter.
     
    Sincerely,
    Josh Wilson
    Assistant Principal for Student Life
  • April 3, 2020- Letter from Campus Ministry, Mrs. Zamora

    Dear Louisville Community,
     
    This coming Sunday, April 5th is Passion Sunday, and the beginning of Holy Week. Understanding that we live in fragile times, highlighted by the global spread of COVID 19, the Church has made the decision to cancel all gatherings in our churches. This is a difficult but necessary decision that is made harder as we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. In the midst of the storm, Pope Francis has said that God is calling people to faith, which is not just believing that God exists, but turning to him and trusting in him.
     
    To celebrate this most holy of times and unite as a people of faith, a number of churches in our community are offering daily Mass, including services through Holy Week and Easter Sunday.  These Mass opportunities can be seen through streaming online options.  A list of some of the Mass options is available here (Mass Schedules Online Easter 2020.pdf). This is not an exhaustive list and many parishes not listed are also streaming Mass online.
     
    We encourage you to take time as a family to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ in the coming days and to pray for those who have been stricken by this terrible virus.  We also ask that you remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to care for their fellow man in the midst of a pandemic that has gripped the entire world.
     
    I would also like inform you that there is a Campus Ministry page accessible to all students and faculty through their groups in mylouisville.  The Campus Ministry page will include reflections, meditations and activities, particularly helpful in times where faith and service are in greatest need.  In addition to this, the application for those interested in leading retreats, helping at liturgies and being involved in Campus Ministrty during the 2020-2021 school year is accesible on this page. This application is open to all students, and current freshman, sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply. 
     
    The members of the Louisville faculty, staff and Campus Ministry wish you a blessed and healthy Easter.  We hope to reunite as a community soon.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me by replying to this email.  
     
    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Dee Zamora
    Campus Minister
  • April 1, 2020 - Distance Learning Extends, Mrs. Vercillo

    Dear Louisville Parent(s) and Guardian(s),
     
    I hope you all continue to remain safe and healthy. I am writing to provide you with an update on the timing of our return to Louisville’s campus. Given the CDC’s recommendation to “stay at home”, the campus will remain closed through the end of April. Our plan now is to return to campus on Monday, May 4th. Distance learning will resume after Easter Break on Monday, April 20th and we will continue the practice of Wellness Wednesdays.
     
    In order for us to better plan for our academic program going forward, Mr. Wilson will be sending you and your daughter a survey about the online learning experience. Please ensure that the survey is completed and returned promptly.
     
    Today, COVID-19 has made our circumstances challenging in so many ways. Our lives are not what they were just three weeks ago. And yet, we are in this together and we will in time find our way to health and wellbeing. In the meantime, in these days before Easter let us keep each other in prayer so that our love will strengthen us, our hope will encourage us and our faith will bring us peace.
     
    May God bless you and your family and keep you safe.
     
     
    Warm regards,
     
    Kathleen Vercillo
    Principal
  • March 26, 2020 - Distance Learning Adjustments and Wellness Wednesdays, Mrs. Vercillo

    Dear Louisville Parent(s) and Guardian(s),
     
    Let me begin by expressing my gratitude for your support as Louisville navigates our new distance learning platform. The past two weeks have brought the best out of so many in our school community – the faculty, staff, and students. While the faculty and members of our technology team have worked tirelessly, we also appreciate how well your daughters have responded despite the many changes in their lives.
     
    However, we want to acknowledge that a number of students are expressing that they are overwhelmed with the number of hours they are online in class and in doing homework. Furthermore, we understand that in addition to their studies a number of our students are assisting at home with their siblings to help their families during these difficult days.
     
    With this said, I want to you to know that we are listening to the concerns of our students and those of you, their parents. In response, we would like to dedicate some time over the next two weeks to student wellness. Beginning next week there will be a change in the school’s weekly schedule. No classes will meet on Wednesday, April 1st and Wednesday, April 8th. These days will be Wellness Wednesdays – time for rest, some exercise and perhaps time to find grace and joy amid these uncertain times. Furthermore, the Counseling Department has included positive tips and strategies to help you and your daughters navigate and process the current situation. I hope these provide you a sense of normalcy and calm.
     
    Finally, we understand that the Los Angeles Unified School District and others have announced May 1st as the date for return to campus and questions are being asked about a potential change in our return. Know that we continue to monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will communicate any change in Louisville’s reopening date.
     
    May God bless you and your family and keep you safe.
     
     
    Warm regards,
     
    Kathleen Vercillo
    Principal
  • March 25, 2020 - Penny Loafer Wednesdays, Mr. Wilson

    Dear Louisville Community,
     
    I hope that you are all continuing to do well in this difficult time.  As you are all aware, tomorrow is our first Wellness Wednesday and the ASB would like you to again put on your penny loafers this Wednesday while you are hiking, cooking, watching a movie, dancing, working on art, doing chores, eating dinner with your family or any other activities.  We hope that this helps to create a feeling of community even when we are separated as you think of your fellow Royals wearing their penny loafers.  So this Wednesday is not just wellness Wednesday, but is also penny loafer Wednesday. 
     
    Make sure to follow us on Instagram as we will be sharing pictures of your fellow Royals in penny loafers throughout the day. Also, please make sure to share your pictures and videos with us so that we can share them out with the rest of the community.  You can share pictures and videos by DMing to the Louisville Instagram or by emailing socialmedia@louisvillehs.org. We also would like you to send us pictures and videos of some of the cool distance learning you are doing on your distance learning school days as well.  So, we hope that you all continue to stay healthy and that you take the time tomorrow to as your ASB President Lila Dubois said, "wear our iconic Louisville penny loafers with pride!"  
     
    Sincerely,
    Josh Wilson
    Assistant Principal for Student Life
    Louisville High School
  • March 20, 2020 - Letter from Sr. Donna, President

    Dear Louisville Community,
     
    It is hard not to be anxious in these days of uncertainty and rapid change. Many are weighed down by a variety of emotions - fear, panic, loneliness, and more. On the positive side, this current situation has given many of us an opportunity to step away from our usual busyness and reflect on what matters most.
     
    I encourage you to pause for a moment and reflect on the prayer below (adapted from Andy Alexander, SJ) which reminds us to look to our God for the comfort and insight we need at this time. We continue to open our school day remotely with prayer and I shared this with our students this morning.
     
    Most loving God, Creator of us all, we turn to you to care for your people in need. We thank you for your presence among us and the peace you offer us. Send us your Spirit to fill us with courage and hope, so that we might be your instruments of love and assistance for others in need. Through this crisis, may we come together, as people of faith in a crisis so often do with the help of your grace. May we come out of it more united and more determined to care for those most in need. Thank you for your fidelity and the graces we need these days. Amen.
     
    If you would like an additional reflection on how to cope with the corona virus situation, please click here.
     
    I pray that you remain well physically and emotionally during this trying time. Please reach out if we at Louisville can be of help to you. We are in this together. Ut Sint Unum – that all may be one.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Donna Hansen, SSL
    President
  • March 20, 2020 - Week 1 Distance Learning, Dr. Aguilar

    Dear Students,
     
    As this first week of distance learning concludes, I want to first let you know that we are thinking of you and your families and are praying that you are all well. Additionally, on behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration, I want to say thank you for how you have risen to the expectations of distance learning. Being able to engage you and be engaged by you has been a highlight in our week!
     
    Heading into next week, I want to share some reminders:
    • Counselors will be wrapping up Course Selection meetings with their advisees this week. If you did not submit your signed Course Selection sheet to your counselor prior to this week, please scan/email it to them before Friday, March 27th. If you do not have access to a scanner, please read “How to Use CamScanner” under Links/Downloads on the Resource Board.
    • Students who are appealing for an AP/Honors course should email their appeal form to Dr. Aguilar (jaguilar@louisvillehs.org) by Friday, March 27th.
     
    As we enter into the next couple of weeks of distance learning and then into Easter vacation, I want you to remember that while campus may be closed and in-person interactions with your friends and teachers are not possible for now, the friendships and sisterhood you have built with Louisville girls and the rapport you have with your teachers transcends anything we are experiencing now. In this time of virtual learning, let us remember that we are connected by a mission anchored in faith, support, care, and unity—qualities that are all the more relevant these days.
     
    May God bless you and your loved ones.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Dr. Jennifer Aguilar
    Assistant Principal for Academics
  • March 16, 2020 - Distance Learning Expectations, Dr. Aguilar

    Dear Students and Parents,
     
    As our teachers finalize preparations to begin distance learning with students on Wednesday, March 18th, I wanted to let you know that important information has been posted for students and parents in My Louisville’s Resource Boards. Specifically, three documents require attention before students begin their distance learning course work:

    • Student Protocols for Distance Learning
    • Counselor Access during Distance Learning
    • Distance Learning Technology Support Policy
    Please take time between now and Tuesday night to read these three documents. To access them, log in to My Louisville and click on the “Resources” tab. Then, select the “Links/Downloads” tile and go to “Academic Downloads” where the link to each of the referenced documents will be.

    Students are advised to check their class pages at least every other day for updates on each course’s lessons and expectations. Please note that all late start days, activities, and assemblies have been removed from the My Louisville online calendar. This means that all 3-block days match the 3-block day schedule in the back of our calendar. This is important because students need to follow the times on our My Louisville schedule/calendar, particularly if a teacher is hosting a “live” class session or if students desire to avail of teachers’ office hours.

    Additionally, students should be reading their My Louisville messages with regularity. Over the next few weeks, counselors will be reaching out to students to schedule appointments in order to finalize the course selection process and teachers have been advised to use the message feature to communicate with students when necessary.

    I pray that you and yours remain safe and healthy during this challenging time.
     

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Jennifer Aguilar
    Assistant Principal for Academics
  • March 11, 2020 - Preparing For Potential School Closure, Mrs. Vercillo

    Dear Louisville Families, 

    As you are likely aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) has just officially named the Coronavirus a pandemic.Given the rapidity at which this virus is spreading, and out of a desire to be as best prepared as possible to handle a potential school closure, we have spent the last few weeks preparing. Teachers have been practicing their use of technological tools and resources to facilitate distance learning; fortunately, we find ourselves well-positioned to function in this way, if the need arises.

    However, so that students and teachers can authentically practice distance learning, we have decided to close school next Wednesday, March 18th.  In doing so, students and teachers will be able experience distance learning, process the experience, and debrief on what further support needs to be given so that if an actual school closure is warranted, loss of instructional time and stress are minimized.
     
    On Monday, we will have a student assembly to share our plan and protocol for distance learning with students.  In the meantime, we are encouraging students to bring laptops, textbooks, and other necessary materials home on a daily basis so that if a closure becomes necessary overnight, they have all that they need with them. Additionally, we ask any family who may not have internet access at home to please contact us so that we can make alternate plans for that student.
     
    We pray that you and yours continue to stay well during this evolving public health crisis.
     
    Sincerely,
    Kathleen Vercillo
    Principal

Distance Learning Documents

From the Counseling Department

There are a number of things you can do to look after and maintain your mental health and wellbeing. For example, many people cope with stress by getting involved with sports, practicing yoga, exercising, or partaking in a favorite hobby. Others express themselves through art, such as poetry, writing or music. What you eat might also affect your mood - a well-balanced diet will help keep you both, physically and mentally healthy.

Mental Health Care While at Home
1. Create a daily routine that you will follow each day.
2. Stay Active & Exercise.
3. Go Outside. Sunlight improves mood!
4. Do your Homework! Work toward a goal at the end of each day.
5. Stay Organized - our environment effects our mood!
6. Do Something Creative.
7. Keep a Journal.
8. Reach Out To Others!
9. Eat Healthy. 
10. Listen to Music.
11. Limit Watching the News
12. Remember, this won’t last forever

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