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Important LPS Dates to Remember This Semester
Monday, February 20 - President's Day (No School)
Thursday, March 16 - Teacher Professional Development (2-hour early release)
Friday, March 17 - P/T Conferences (No School)
Monday, March 20 - Friday, March 24 - Spring Break (No School)
Friday, April 14 - Easter Break (No School)
Tuesday, May 23 - Last Day of School (3-hour early release)
(*The last day of school date has been adjusted to May 23 following 2 snow days from earlier this winter.  If LPS misses any more days due to winter weather, those days will be added to the end of the school year).
Coffee with the Community Returns Thursday, February 9
The monthly LPS community engagement series, Coffee with the Community, returns on Thursday, February 9, at the Liberty Public Schools District Administration Center, 8 Victory Lane. This month, LPS Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker will provide a detailed district update and provide audience members an opportunity to ask questions.  Don't forget, all Coffee with the Community meetings are recorded and made available on our district's YouTube channel and aired on KLPS-TV Channel 18. To find out more about Coffee with the Community, click here.
LPS News to Know
2017-2018 Kindergarten Enrollment Now Open
Attention parents of children who will enter Liberty Public Schools as 2017-2018 kindergartners! The kindergarten enrollment window is now open. Children must be 5-years-old by August 1, 2017, and must reside within LPS boundaries. For more information regarding kindergarten enrollment, click here.

Be sure to save-the-date for Kindergarten Round-up, which will take place Tuesday, March 28!
Final Opportunity For Building Pride Challenge 
Today is the final opportunity to participate in the special challenge presented by the Building Pride Campaign!   A matching funds challenge has been issued to double up to $250,000 from community pledges and gifts made by February 1, 2017.

You read that right! Several contributors have come together to MATCH up to $250,000 towards the District Activity Complexes if the general public will raise that much. That gives us the opportunity to have $500,000 more in the fund. Remember, at the Building Pride press conference, it was announced that we have $2.5 million toward the $4.9 million needed, so we are over halfway there in just 100 days of the campaign.
 
Checks may be sent to the Liberty School District Foundation, Attention: Building Pride Campaign, 8 Victory Lane, Liberty, MO 64068. Donations of $100 and more may be made online by going to lsdf.org.  Also, contributions may be scheduled over a two-year period to make giving easier.  PLEASE, let's act now and come together to meet this challenge. It's also a chance to get an end-of-the-year tax deduction. Be sure to let your companies know, if you work for a company that has matching donation programs.
LHS Celebrates Courtwarming Week  
Liberty High School will be celebrating Courtwarming Week 2017 with many activities scheduled for January 30 - February 3, 2017.  For a complete listing of events, click here.  Best of luck to all involved and have fun!
Valentine's Day Staff Appreciation Gifts 
Special Valentine Gifts for LPS teachers, principals, paras, bus drivers, and staff!  Do you know a special teacher that seems to never give up on their students, who sees potential in every student, and always seems to go the extra mile to make sure kids are not only learning, but excited about school? Think about all of your children's teachers - what special teachers, administrators, or staff members in your child's life deserve a special Valentine message to say Thank You?

This year, to honor Liberty Public Schools teachers, administrators, and staff, the Liberty School District Foundation is sponsoring a special teacher recognition opportunity for Valentine's Day, you are invited to give a donation to the Liberty School District Foundation in honor of any special teacher, administrator, or staff that works for Liberty Public Schools. For each donation, LSDF will attach a heart to a Valentine card to be delivered to honored educators. Hearts will include your name on it, acknowledging your generosity and gratitude (gift amount not mentioned). All donations must be made by February 8, are tax-deductible, and will be used to support the Foundation and its programs, which directly benefit LPS students.

For more information, please visit www.LSDF.org . To include your heart on a Valentine's Day card, you must make your donation by February 8.
Advanced Placement Exam Registration Now Open  
High school students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement courses may now register for AP exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered. This year, each AP exam costs $100 with a $10 registration fee per student. Exam fees may be paid online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration if you wish to pay online. Payment may also be made by check and mailed to Total Registration at the address shown on the confirmation page. Students in need of financial assistance may request it during the registration process. Registration is not complete until the confirmation page has been printed.   
 
Registration Websites:
  Registration Deadlines:
  • Monday, February 27, at 12:01 a.m. - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $20 late fee per registration.
  • Friday, March 3, at 11:59 p.m. - Registration ends.
  • Monday, March 6, at 11:59 p.m. - Registrations that have not been paid, will be canceled, and exams will not be ordered.
Please contact Dr. Rosemary Camp  should you have any questions about AP exams or the registration process.
Student/Staff Recognitions
Lillian Schumacher's Gossett Receives State Award 
At a surprise assembly held January 27 at Lillian Schumacher Elementary, staff member Drew Gossett was announced as the recipient of the Friend of the Library award, presented by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.  According to Lillian Schumacher Library Media Specialist Megan Bright, Gossett has had an incredible impact on the school library programming and was involved in the process of setting out a vision for the school's makerspace.  Mr. Gossett will be formally recognized at a state banquet held at the Lake of the Ozarks later this spring.  Congratulations! 
Several LPS Students Receive Regional Recognition
As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Kansas City Power & Light will recognize  15 high school women from around the region for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology at an award ceremony and reception at Kansas City Power & Light on Friday, February 3. LPS is well-represented with several young ladies receiving recognition. They include:
Liberty High School
Rachel Thomas
Carissa French
Sydney Scholes

Liberty North High School
Alexis Dyser
Emily Windsor

For more information regarding this exciting news, click here.  Congratulations to all of these recipients! 
LPS Student Councils Participate in Polar Plunge
LPS Student Councils raised over $6,800 for Special Olympics Missouri.  A total of 56 Student Council members actually participated in the plunge at Longview Lake last Saturday, January 28. Water temperatures were in the mid-30s, making for a relatively pleasant plunge. In addition to raising money for a great cause, the Liberty North Ice Ice Babies won the Gold Plunger (first place) in this year's costume contest, their fourth consecutive year placing in the contest. The teams appreciate the support of the LPS staff and community, whose contributions supported the best reason for freezin' - Special Olympics Missouri! Team fundraising efforts may be accessed by clicking here.
District/Community Events
Shadow Search Day for LPS 7th Graders on Thursday
LPS 7th graders will be exploring a variety of careers this Thursday in order to learn more about opportunities for them in the future.  A big Thank You to those businesses and individuals willing to give of their time for our students!
LPS Crosstown Showdown to Benefit Building Pride 
What:     Liberty Public Schools Crosstown Showdown
When:    February 4 @ 5 p.m.
Where:   Liberty North High School Fieldhouse
Why:     Raise Funds for Liberty Schools Building Pride 
             Activity Complexes Campaign  
Join us for some stiff competitive basketball between the  faculty from Liberty North High School and the faculty  from Liberty High School. Your admission donation of  $10 for adults and $5 for students will grant you  entrance to the game, along with one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will be available for $5 per ticket or  5 tickets for $20.  Raffle items include an Apple watch, iPad, TV, Letterman  jacket, and much more. All proceeds will go directly towards the Liberty Schools Building Pride Activity Complexes Campaign. Come cheer on your favorite faculty member, enjoy performances by both high school bands, cheer and dance teams , and benefit the community at the same time. Let's see which school can fill the stands the fullest!  
LHS Preps for Courtwarming Week  
Liberty High School will be celebrating Courtwarming Week 2017 with many activities scheduled for January 30 - February 3.  For a complete listing of events, click here.  Best of luck to all involved, and have fun!
Show Tickets Now on Sale!
Tickets for LPS Spring Theatre productions are now on sale.  If you would like to use a credit card to purchase advance tickets, please go to the LPS Fine Arts Department website, by clicking here, 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 our office at 801 Kent Street in Liberty to purchase tickets with credit card, cash, or check.
 
Online ticket sales will end at noon on opening night for all performances of that show.  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.
 
For updates on ticket availability, please follow us on Twitter @LPSFineArts.
LPS Theater Department Spring Schedule 
School
Show
Dates
Location
Liberty High School
Of Mice and Men
February 16-18
LHS Little Theater
Liberty North High School
The Elephant Man
March 3 & 4
LNHS Performing Arts Theater
Liberty Middle School
The Sound of Music
March 9-11
Liberty Performing Arts Theater
South Valley Middle School
Bye Bye Birdie
March 9-11
South Valley Middle School
Heritage Middle School
The Baseball Show
April 20-22
Heritage Middle School Theater
Liberty High School
Rumors
April 27-29
LHS Little Theater
Liberty North High School
Hello Herman
April 28 & 29
LNHS Black Box Theater
Discovery Middle School
The Addams Family
May 4-6
Discovery Middle School
LHS Community Blood Drive Scheduled for Friday, February 17
The Community Blood Center is the primary supplier of blood for local hospitals and has been serving Missouri and Kansas hospitals for over 50 years. The Center needs to collect 580 pints of blood every day and over 140,000 pints annually to meet the needs of our local hospitals.  Someone in the area that the Community Blood Center serves needs a blood transfusion every 4 minutes.

You have the opportunity to do your part for local hospital patients at the next Community Blood Center drive held at Liberty High School in the Gymnasium, 200 Blue Jay Drive, Liberty, on Friday, February 17, from 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Adult donors may come at any time or they may make an appointment online by clicking here and using the sponsor code libertyhs. For more information, please contact Rick Knowles at 736-6800, ext. 2019, or any LHS AP Biology student.
Liberty Robotics Team 1764 Could Use Your Help 
Liberty Robotics Team 1764 is competing in the first Robotics FedEx Innovation Challenge! There are four challenges, and we have already submitted three on Twitter and Instagram. 
 
Here's how you can help us: We need everyone to Like/Retweet on Twitter and Like on Instagram the following photos and video:
Our Steam Punk Logo
Our First Alumni Video
Our Reveal of the Kit of Parts
 
The more Likes we get, the better our chances are to win a $5,000 grant, roboRIO controller, and LabVIEW software!
 
Please help us through February 17th, when the winner will be announced!   Click here to learn more about each challenge.
Save-the-Date Annual Academy Bowl-a-Thon
Liberty Academy's 18th Annual Bowl-a-Thon to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held from 1-3 p.m. on March 11 at Retro Bowl in Liberty. Students are organizing prizes, registering bowlers, and will have t-shirts to sell. Please contact Shannon Lawson if you would like to participate or help in any way.  
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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