Top Stories from LPS
Dr. Schmitz Receives Distinguished Principal Recognition 
It was announced earlier this week that EPiC Elementary Principal, Dr. Michelle Schmitz, has been selected as the Distinguished Principal of the Year for the Clay-Platte Region by the Missouri Association of Elementary Principals!  Dr. Schmitz is only one of twelve principals selected state-wide and will now compete for the state award later in the spring.  If you would like to write her a congratulatory message, you can do so by visiting our LPS Facebook page.  Congratulations, Dr. Schmitz, on receiving this fantastic recognition! 
Coffee with the Community to be Held December 8
This month's Coffee with the Community is scheduled for Thursday, December 8. The Coffee will be held at Woodneath Library, 8900 NE Flintlock (just south of Shoal Creek Elementary). The LPS Academic Services Department will be providing an update for attendees. The meeting is set to begin at 10 a.m.  We hope you can make plans to attend!  All previous Coffee with the Community meetings are recorded and available for viewing on our YouTube page. To view a listing of meetings during the '16-'17 school year, click here
Vote to Help LNHS Chamber Choir Win $5,000 in Contest
The Liberty North Chamber Choir has advanced to the final four schools competing in the 99.7 The Point 5th Annual Christmas Choir Competition.  Voting is currently taking place and will continue until 4 p.m. Friday, December 9, 2016.  You can vote by simply texting EAGLES to 72881.  The winning school chosen will receive $5,000 to be used for the benefit of the program.  More information on the contest can be viewed by clicking here.  Keep the votes coming and best of luck Eagles!
LPS News to Know
Winter Weather School Cancelation Information
Despite the mild fall, winter weather conditions are right around the corner, and we want to provide you with the ways we will communicate with you in the event school needs to be canceled.

Decisions about school closings are made by the administration and communicated to parents via several sources, including right here in QuickNews, the LPS Mobile App, LPS website, local television stations, KLPS Channel 18, and our social networking options, Facebook and Twitter. In addition, parents of students attending LPS will be immediately notified with an automated phone call. To view a brief, informational video regarding school closing information, click here
LNHS Hoops Tourney Streamed All Week 
It is a busy week at Liberty North High School as a total of sixteen boys and girls basketball teams compete in the annual Liberty North Invitational.  If you cannot make it up to the LNHS Fieldhouse, you can catch all of the action at the school's journalism site "North Nation Media", as all games are being webstreamed this week!  You can access this link by clicking here.  Along with both boys and girls teams from LNHS competing, the LHS Lady Jays are also playing in this tournament.  Best of luck to all teams!
Student/Staff Recognitions
LHS Cheer Takes 1st at UCA Show-Me Regionals
The Liberty High School junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders competed in the UCA Show-Me Regionals on December 4th. JV took 1st Place in the Junior Varsity Small Division, and varsity took 1st in the Large Varsity Division. The varsity team received a bid to compete at the National Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, Florida, in February.  Congratulations, Blue Jays!
LNHS Students Earn Missouri All-State Band Honors
Congratulations to the following Liberty North students for earning Missouri All-State Band Honors:
Katie Moseley, 3rd Chair Flute
Mitchell Sidden, 14th Chair Soprano Clarinet
Joe Angles, 17th Chair Soprano Clarinet
Scotty O'Dell, Honorable Mention Alto Clarinet
Cooper Smith, 3rd Chair Alto Saxophone
Andrew Stockmann, 1st Chair Percussion - Snare Drum
Cooper Smith also earned 2nd Chair Tenor Saxophone but accepted the Alto Saxophone award.  Joe Angles also earned 4th Chair Bass Clarinet, 1st Chair Alto Clarinet, and 1st Chair Contra Bass Clarinet. He accepted the Soprano Clarinet award.
All students who made the Missouri All-State Band will travel to Tan-Tar-A resort this January to rehearse for 3 days and then perform a public concert. The All-State Band is part of the Missouri Music Educators Convention. The conductor for the 2017 Missouri All-State Band is Dr. Carolyn Barber from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Liberty North band students are under the direction of Shane Fuller, Michael Dragen, and Cindy Svehla.
LHS Student Earns Spot in All-State Band
Congratulations to Abigail Bavuso for earning the 21st chair clarinet spot in the Missouri All-State Band this past Saturday! She was one of 204 clarinets that auditioned for 24 spots. She will represent Liberty High School in the All State Band on Saturday, January 28, at Tan-Tar-A for the Missouri Music Educators' Association convention.
We are very proud of her accomplishment!
LHS All-State Orchestra News
Please congratulate Liberty High School students Ben Tervort, bass, Zoe Moody, viola, and Natalie Juno, violin, for auditioning and making it into the All-State Orchestra. These students will be traveling to Tan-Tar-A resort in January for our annual Music Educators Conference. They will rehearse and perform in an orchestra representing Liberty and the best high school orchestra players in the state of Missouri.

This is a huge honor, and we are very proud of all of our students who auditioned!
District/Community Events
LHS Sapphires to Host Dance Competition
The Liberty High School Sapphires are ready to begin their competition season and invites the public to come support them at the Kansas City Classic Dance Team Competition this Saturday, December 10, in the Liberty High School Fieldhouse. There will be 45 Missouri and Kansas dance teams competing with over 200 performances throughout the day. Admission is free with a Liberty High School student ID. Regular admission is $5. LHS varsity performance times are 12:21 & 4:18. Liberty JV performance times are 1:42 & 3:18.
Heritage Holiday Mart
Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 10, as Heritage Middle School PTA will be hosting the 2nd Annual Heritage Holiday Mart This event is FREE! Come shop 115 booths of crafters, vendors, and artisans. Visit Santa, enjoy free face painting, carolers, orchestral music, food, $1 raffles, and more!  New this year - first 100 shoppers will receive a complimentary shopping tote - and one of these lucky shoppers will receive a $25 Holiday Mart shopping spree!
Feel free to print the flyers and share with churches, co-workers, schools, friends, and family. Volunteers are needed to make this event a continued success. Do you have two hours you can spare to help? Our volunteer spots are simple, fun, and much appreciated. Click here to help!       
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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