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Important LPS Dates at a Glance
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).
Second Long-Range Planning Meeting Scheduled for Thursday
Liberty Public Schools invites our district stakeholders to help determine the long-range planning priorities of LPS. Two Community Input meetings focusing on district long-range planning are a part of the process, with the first gathering having been held last Thursday evening at Discovery Middle School. Over 80 LPS stakeholders attended the meeting. If you were unable to attend last week, you will have another opportunity, as the second meeting will take place at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church tomorrow (Thursday, February 23) at 9 a.m.  Hollis+Miller Architects and LPS administration will be present, assisting in this process. In addition, a community survey will be offered in the coming days to allow a third method for our district stakeholders to provide input in this process.
Mitch Hiser Selected as New Lewis and Clark Principal 
At the Tuesday, February 21, Board of Education meeting, the Board appointed Mr. Mitch Hiser to be the next principal of Lewis and Clark Elementary, effective July 1, 2017.
 
Mr. Hiser is currently the assistant principal at South Valley Middle School, a role he has held since 2015. He will fulfill his duties as assistant principal at SVMS through the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year before assuming his new role. 
 
For more on this announcement, click here.  In addition, the meeting summary from last evening's Board of Education meeting can be accessed by clicking here.
Summer Adventure 2017 Enrollment Window Now Open
This year's Summer Adventure 2017 online enrollment window for kindergarten through 8th grade students is now open. Additional information may be found on the summer school website by clicking here

Summer Adventure 2017
is scheduled for June 5-29.  Be sure to follow the LPS summer school program on Twitter at @LPSSummerAdv. 
LPS News to Know
Incoming 6th/9th Grade Student Residency Verification Information
Attention parents of students entering the 6th and 9th grades for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year! LPS will be implementing a new residency verification policy. This will be a requirement for students starting on the first day of school (August 16, 2017). The calendar window to submit required documentation will be June 15 - July 29, 2017.  Parents are encouraged to begin gathering the information below to submit during the calendar window to avoid long lines and/or enrollment delays:
  • Residency declaration form
  • A copy of parent/guardian photo ID
  • Acceptable proofs of residency
    (Two different utilities - water, gas, or electric OR lease agreement OR non-contingent home sales contract OR settlement statement from home purchase)
EPiC Elementary Enrollment Information 
If you are interested in placing your child's name in the EPiC Elementary randomized lottery process for enrollment in the 2017-2018 school year, the online enrollment is now open. For more information regarding EPiC's enrollment process, click here or call the EPiC office at 736-5730. Enrollment is open through February 28.
2017-2018 Kindergarten Enrollment 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 takes place Tuesday, March 28. 
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. 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, 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
A Trio of Wrestling Champions in Columbia 
It was an historic evening in Columbia, MO, for LPS, as a total of three wrestlers captured State championships, including two freshmen.

Liberty High School saw freshman Jeremiah Reno win the 106 pound Class 4 weight class, capping a perfect 43-0 season.  Fellow LHS freshman,  Greyden Penner, followed that up with his own State title in the 145-pound weight class. To round out the day, Liberty North High School senior Daterraion Richardson came out on top in his 285-pound championship match!  Richardson became the first LNHS wrestler to win a State title in school history. This is also the first time LPS has had more than one State champion in the same season.

Congratulations to this amazing trio and to both LHS and LNHS programs!
LNHS Speech and Debate Conference Champs 
Liberty North Speech and Debate clinched their 7th straight GKCS Conference Championship! Following, are students who won all team Conference honors.
 
1st Team All Conference
Carman Stephenson/Jordan Jackson - 1st place - Public Forum Debate
Cami Smith/Sadik Mohamed - 1st place - Policy Debate
Conner Paulson/Annalyn Blackwell - 1st place - Duo Interp
Bryce Tinkham - 1st place - Dramatic Interp
Mac Newton - 1st - Original Oratory
Mac Newton/Isaac Keller - 2nd - Public Forum Debate
Conner Paulson - 2nd - Humorous Interp
Courtney Carr - 2nd - Prose
Mac Newton - 2nd - US Extemp
Bryce Tinkham - 3rd - Dramatic Interp
Sadik Mohamed - 3rd - Foreign Extemp
Haley Austin - 4th - Humorous Interp
Cami Smith - 4th - US Extemp

2nd Team All Conference
Whitney Wilson/Mattie Seley - 4th - Public Forum Debate
Bryn Ramos/Selma Khalil - 4th - Policy Debate
Braydee Chu - 4th - Lincoln Douglas Debate
Courtney Carr/Noah Graham - 5th - Duo Interp
Isaac Keller - 5th - Congress
Annalyn Blackwell - 6th - Dramatic Interp
Preston Valentine - 6th - Congress
Maddi Van Dyne - 6th - Lincoln Douglas Debate
Zach Klein - 7th - Foreign Extemp
Noah Graham - 8th - Poetry
District/Community Events
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.
Bye Bye Birdie Coming to SVMS 
Bye Bye Birdie comes to South Valley Middle School March 9, 10, and 11. Come and see the story of none-too-successful songwriter Albert Peterson as he hatches a plot with his secretary - and long-suffering girlfriend - to get rock-and-roll phenomenon Conrad Birdie to sing one of his songs on the Ed Sullivan show. The pop star would then symbolically kiss goodbye to a young lady chosen at random from the country's womanhood, this being his last appearance before being drafted. Complicated to start with, things get more tricky as everyone, including Albert's clinging mother, descend on the small town where the chosen girl lives.
 
Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance online.  Please go to the LPS Fine Arts website (finearts.liberty.k12.mo.us) and click on the ShowTix4U logo at the top of the page. Tickets will also be available at the South Valley Middle School box office one hour before the start of each show.
Driver's Education Registration Now Open 
Does your son or daughter want to learn to drive this summer? Do you want professionals to assist in the training?  LPS has the best program and value around! 
 
Your son or daughter will drive with one of five driving instructors.  The course begins with an all-day instruction class on May 30 or May 31, then driving during the month of June.  The cost is $330 if paid before May 1. Sign up soon to reserve your spot.  To register for the program, click here.
 
For more information, contact Lois Magnuson, at Liberty High School, at 736-7046.
Preparing for Kindergarten Event Coming March 2 
Liberty Parents as Teachers is helping families make a smooth transition to kindergarten. Join us for the upcoming event, Preparing for Kindergarten, on Thursday, March 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Early Childhood Center, 9600 NE 79 Street, Kansas City, MO 64158.

Parents as Teachers hosts this annual event to help parents know more about kindergarten.  A panel made up of district personnel (kindergarten teachers, counselor, principal, nurse) will talk about kindergarten. This is a great opportunity to have any questions answered, find out more about the kindergarten experience, and how to help your child make the transition. It is also helpful for those parents who haven't decided whether or not their child will go to kindergarten next year (due to late spring or summer birthdays). 

This is for parents only please.  No reservation is required.  Childcare is not provided.

Reminder:  Kindergarten Roundup is March 28 at the elementary school the student will attend in the fall.
LPS Women in STEM Mom/Daughter Breakfast Information
This event is for middle school girls and an accompanying female parent or guardian. Participants will have the opportunity to informally meet with women that work in STEM-based careers like engineering or computer programming. Our hope is that young girls leave with the understanding there are TONS of really awesome jobs out in the real world, and that you don't have to change who you are in order to find a career that you'll love!  The breakfast will take place March 4 from 9-10 a.m. in the Liberty North High School library. You need to be registered to attend and may do so by clicking here .
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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