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Early Dismissal Thursday, Oct. 20 - No Classes Friday, Oct. 21 
Parent-Teacher conferences have been taking place throughout LPS this week.  Due to these annual conferences, LPS will be on a two-hour early release schedule Thursday, October 20.  There will be no classes on Friday, October 21. We hope everyone has a great long weekend!
Board of Education Meeting Summary Available to View 
The LPS Board of Education met Monday, October 17, for its regular monthly meeting. The summary e-newsletter providing highlights from this meeting, may be accessed by clicking here. In addition, all meetings are tape recorded and are available for viewing on our YouTube channel by clicking here.
LPS News to Know
Coffee with the Community Meeting Available to Watch 
We had a good turnout for last week's Coffee with the Community meeting held at Liberty's City Hall. LPS Director of Safety and Security, Mr. Gary Majors, presented the audience with valuable information. If you were not able to attend this event and would like to view the meeting, you may do so by visiting the LPS YouTube Channel, or by clicking here.
Show Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets for all LPS Fall Theatre productions are now on sale. If you would like to use a credit card to purchase tickets, please go to the LPS Fine Arts Department website ( http://finearts.liberty.k12.mo.us/) and click on the ShowTix4U logo near the top of the page.  You may also call the Fine Arts office at 736-5660 and provide credit card information over the phone or stop by their office at 801 Kent Street, Liberty, to purchase tickets with cash or check.
 
Online ticket sales end at noon on opening night for all performances during that week. For example, if opening night is on a Thursday, online ticket sales end at noon on Thursday for the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances. 
 
If there are still tickets available, they will be sold at the school's box office starting one hour before the show. We can only accept cash or checks at the box office...NO credit cards.
 
To find out if tickets are still available for a show, please follow us on Twitter @LPSFineArts.
Student/Staff Recognitions
Liberty North Model UN Places 1st
Competing this past weekend at Washington University's Model UN conference, Liberty North took home the Best Small Delegation award. Leading the Eagles were individual winners Zach Klein, with an Honorable Mention, and Maddi Van Dyne, who earned Best Delegate. Way to go, Zach and Maddi!
LHS Blue Jays Pride and Guard Performs Well 
The LHS Blue Jays Pride and Guard enjoyed another successful day at the UCM Festival of Champions. The Guard finished second place in the indoor competition, and the Drumline finished first place in the indoor competition.  The band and guard also performed really well in the preliminary round in a highly competitive field of bands.  The LHS Blue Jays Pride and Guard will perform at the October 28 playoff game at William Jewell College.
Screaming Eagles Marching Band Brings Home Awards 
Congratulations to the Liberty North Screaming Eagles Marching Band for winning 2nd place in the Trenton Marching Festival on October 15. The band also won the caption award for top Class 5 marching and maneuvering score.  For the 3rd year in a row, the LNHS drum majors (Scotty O'Dell, Lauren Michaelis, and Rachel Hawk) won the Best Class 5 Drum Major award!
 
In the indoor competitions, the Screaming Eagles Drumline and Colorguard each took 2nd place in Class 5.  The Screaming Eagles will wrap up their 2016 marching season at the Odessa Marching Invitational on Saturday, October 22.
High School Speech and Debate Season Underway 
The Liberty High School Speech and Debate team made its season debut this weekend at three tournament sites across Missouri. Complete results from these events may be found by clicking here

In addition, the Liberty North High School team competed in Springfield. Complete Eagles results may be found by clicking here.

Congratulations to all students and coaches on a great start!  
District/Community Events
Register Today for Medical Careers Night   
The annual Medical Careers Night will be held November 10 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Liberty Hospital Medical Plaza East. Medical Careers Night is open to Liberty and Kearney school district students in the 6th-12th grades and includes a career fair, meeting medical professionals, and hospital tours. Event is free, but registration is necessary at libertyhospital.org to reserve a tour time. Space is limited, so registering soon is highly encouraged. For more information, contact Colleen Jones.
LPS to Host Diversity Festival - Seeking Presenters
Liberty Public Schools is proud to be hosting a Diversity Festival celebrating many of the cultures and diversities that make up our community. We are seeking those interested in educating others regarding different aspects of your culture/diversity. If you are interested in possibly hosting a booth at this year's festival, or may know someone who is, please complete the survey by clicking here. This year's festival will be held November 15 from 6-8 p.m. at  Liberty North High School.
Heritage Middle School Hosts Annual Haunted House 
Bring your family and friends to an affordable haunted house experience right here in Liberty! Heritage Middle School Flight Club will be hosting its annual Scream in the Dark Haunted House on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22. The haunted house will be open both nights from 7-10 p.m., and the entrance fee is $6 per person. Flight Club students and alumni, HMS teachers, parents, and other supporters help make this fundraiser a huge success every year. Flight focuses on creating a positive school culture, recognizing students for academic success, improvement, and achievement in other areas, along with teachers and staff at HMS. Adults should accompany elementary-aged students, and the experience may not be appropriate for children under age 8.   For more information, contact Andrew Hoskins or Katie Garrison
Scholar Bowl Hosts Trivia and Treats Event October 24 
Liberty North Scholar Bowl will be hosting their annual Trivia and Treats event on Monday, October 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the LMC at Liberty North High School. Teams consist of 4-6 players, and there will be nine rounds of competition with a total of 100 questions from a wide variety of topics. Cost will be $10 per adult or $5 per student with prizes for the top teams and treats available for purchase from FCCLA. Please email Mary Coogan to reserve a table. We hope you will join us for a fun-filled evening! 
LNHS to Present Mary Poppins November 17, 18, 19 
Mary Poppins will fly onto the Liberty North High School stage on November 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m.  A total of 60 students will appear on stage, with another dozen making the show possible with technical magic.

Tickets are available now and may be purchased by clicking here.
 
The Banks family is trying to be the proper happy family, but there are problems. Mr. Banks is conflicted about work, Mrs. Banks has some unfulfilled dreams, and Jane and Michael are acting out. Mary Poppins flies into their lives, and with just "A Spoonful of Sugar" shows how "Anything Can Happen" if you take time to "Feed the Birds." There is magic and fun and love and a happy ending, with lots of songs and dances along the way. It's "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!"

Caitlyn Fuller plays Mary Poppins, Garrett Williams plays Bert, Nathan Meshau and Kinsey Collins play Mr. and Mrs. Banks, Megan Day and Eli LaFleur play Jane and Michael, Conner Paulson and Regan McKay play Robertson Ay and Mrs. Brill, Cassie Sisson plays Miss Andrew, Emmy Caywood plays Mrs. Corry, Sarah Cowan plays The Bird Woman, Alma MacDonald plays Neleus, James Sisson plays the Park Keeper, Nik Baumert plays the Bank Chairman, Joe Lord plays Valentine, Michael Chapman plays Northbrook, Simon Whitsitt plays von Hussler, Justen Willhite plays Admiral Boom, AnnaLynn Blackwell plays Miss Lark, and Noah Graham plays the Policeman.
Clay County African American Legacy, Inc. Invites Community to Event
The Clay County African American Legacy, Inc. invites the community to a Fall Open House Tour of the Clay County African American Gallery and Exhibits on Wednesday, November 9, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Garrison School Cultural Center, located at 502 North Water, Liberty.  This event is free of charge, and more information may be found by clicking here.  
College/Career Information Provided  
Interested in learning more about college and careers? Check out the events provided by the Liberty Public Schools Career Services Department, which may be accessed by clicking here
Clothing Drive Underway at HMS and LMS  
The Breakfast Club at Heritage Middle School and Liberty Middle School is sponsoring their annual clothing drive beginning Monday, October 17, and running through Tuesday, October 25. All types and sizes of clothing are needed - shirts, pants, coats, jackets, etc. - even old Halloween costumes will be accepted. Select donations will stay in the district in our clothing/resource closets, and the rest will be donated to the Clay County Clothes Closet, which help many needy families. There will be curbside drop-off available before school each morning during the drive. Tax receipts will be cheerfully mailed - just include your name and address with your donations. Please consider donating the clothes your children no longer wear.
HackEDkc - Solving Problems with Imagination and Technology
HackEDkc Dates: November 5, 10 a.m., through November 6, 10 a.m.   Register is $15 at http://hackedkc.org Groups form, come up with a problem to  solve, professionals are there to support the students, are some  Nerf wars, lots of food, and other fun. 

Bring your computer, comfortable clothes, and water  bottle (to fill), and be well rested!
HackEDkc is open to any  9-12 grade student, with a group or  not (groups form at the beginning).
 
Want to help?  Be a professional mentor? Volunteers are needed  to mentor participants.  Register to be a mentor by clicking here. Want to d onate or be a sponsor?  We're s till looking for financial sponsors and  food providers (reduced cost or donated).
 
Questions? Contact aklein@liberty.k12.mo.us
Liberty Community Christmas Tree Accepting Applications
The Liberty Community Christmas Tree program is accepting applications through November 11 for those that need Christmas assistance. The program lends a hand to disadvantaged families and older adults in the Liberty area who are facing a difficult holiday season. A few weeks before Christmas, each household in the program will receive several large boxes of non-perishable food, along with milk, eggs, and a turkey. Children in participating households also receive gifts to help make the holiday season a little brighter.  

Anyone living within Liberty Public School District boundaries is eligible for assistance. School-aged children must be enrolled in a Liberty school. Home-schooled children must be registered in an official LPS extra-curricular activity; enrollment will be confirmed.

Those needing assistance may complete an online application through www.ci.liberty.mo.us/LCCT or call the Liberty Community Christmas Tree program at 439-4424 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The deadline for applying for Christmas assistance is November 11. Late applications cannot be accepted.
QuickNews Bulletin Board
In an effort to make our Liberty Public Schools e-newsletter, QuickNews (QN), a concise publication, which subscribers may read in a timely fashion, district/community announcements will be advertised in the main QuickNews section for a maximum of two weeks.  After this period of time, announcements will be transferred to our QuickNews Bulletin Board, which is located on the LPS website provided at the link below. In addition, the Bulletin Board may include announcements not meeting the criteria to be placed in this publication. The addition of the QN Bulletin Board allows them to now be publicized. This bulletin board will continuously be updated throughout the week, and announcements will remain until they expire by date. To access this page, simply click here

In addition, LPS has transitioned to a new eflyer management system called Peachjar.  You can simply click the logo below to visit the program website. 

 
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