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Important LPS Dates at a Glance
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).
Dr. Julie Moore Selected as Executive Director of Secondary Education
At the Monday, February 6, 2017 Board of Education study session meeting, the Board appointed Dr. Julie Moore to be the next Executive Director of Secondary Education, effective July 1, 2017.
 
Dr. Moore is currently the principal at Discovery Middle School, a role she has held since 2009.  She will fulfill her duties as principal at DMS through the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year.

For more information regarding this announcement, click here.
LPS Schedules Long Range Planning Meetings
Liberty Public Schools invites our district stakeholders to provide us help in determining the long range planning priorities of LPS.  There are two Community Input Meetings focusing on district long range planning.  Hollis+Miller Architects will be present assisting in this process.  Below are the details for these upcoming meetings.  We hope you can make plans to attend!

Thursday, February 16 - 6 p.m. at Discovery Middle School
Thursday, February 23 - 9 a.m. at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church
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 to take place from June 5 - 29, 2017.  Be sure to follow the LPS summer school program on Twitter at @LPSSummerAdv. 
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
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, visit their website at www.epic.liberty.k12.mo.us or call the EPiC office at 816-736-5730. Enrollment is open through February 28, 2017.
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!
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
LHS Sapphires Ranked 8th in the Nation! 
Last weekend, the Liberty Sapphires celebrated their own Super Bowl victory after being ranked 8th in the nation at the UDA National Dance Team Championships.  The team competed in the small varsity pom and jazz divisions, competing against teams from all over the United States.  Throughout the weekend, the Sapphires had to advance through the preliminary and semi-final rounds to make it into the final day of competition.  Out of 77 teams in jazz and 66 teams in pom, the Sapphires advanced to finals in both divisions.  The team finished in the top 20 teams in the small varsity jazz division and earned the 8th place ranking in the small varsity pom division.  Congratulations to the 2017 LHS Varsity Sapphires:  Chloe Balsdon, Taylor Bargfrede, Brynn Baymiller, Hannah Doherty, Kennedy Doherty, Josi Frigon, Chloe Kuchta, Ally Miller, Annie Pottios, Danielle Roepke, Alexa Smith, Taylor Stufflebean, Mary Jane Swetnam & Alyzza Vitug.  The Sapphires are coached by Maggie Willis, Kristen Bosiljevac, Courtney Klepper & Macayla Witt.  
LNHS DECA Students Win Big 
A total of 15 members of the Liberty North High School DECA Chapter joined over 500 high school marketing students from Northwest Missouri at the annual District Career Development Conference on Friday, February 3 at the UMKC Bloch School of Business in Kansas City.  Liberty North brought home 27 finalist medals, 12 trophies, and 3 District titles. Nine students will continue on to compete at the Missouri State Career Development Conference, which will be held March 12-14 at Lake Ozark, MO. Approximately 1700 high school competitors will attend the 3-day conference and competition.
 
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA conferences are targeted, highly-focused learning experiences for students and advisors. DECA conferences bring members into the larger DECA community while providing unique opportunities to extend classroom learning. Each of DECA's conferences connects with corporate professionals to engage students in learning industry-related trends and content.
 
Kristen Hittner & Alexis Leggett serve as the local DECA chapter advisors at LNHS.
 
STATE QUALIFIERS
1st - Carter Rocha - Sports Entertainment Marketing
1st - Rachel Eaton & Rachel Hon - Fashion Promo Plan
1st - Ethan Fletchall & Carter Rocha - Marketing Communications
2nd - Jordan McCue - Sports Entertainment Marketing
2nd -  Carter Rocha - Automotive Services Marketing
2nd - Ethan Fletchall - Quick Serve Restaurant Management
3rd - Joey Nigro - Automotive Services Marketing
3rd - Claire Gibson, Isabel Hicks, & Jordan McCue - Learn & Earn Written Project
4th - Holly Hawkins - Retail Merchandising
4th - Isabel Hicks - Human Resources Management
4th - Isabel Hicks - Automotive Services Marketing
4th - Ethan Fletchall - Hotel & Lodging Management
 
FINALISTS
Claire Gibson - Apparel & Accessories Marketing
Tally Hill - Human Resources Management
Molly McKinnon & Mackenzie Thompson - Buying & Merchandising
Holly Hawkins - Apparel & Accessories Marketing
Rachel Eaton & Rachel Hon - Buying & Merchandising
Joey Nigro - Hotel & Lodging
Rachel Hon - Human Resources Management
Holly Hawkins - Marketing Communications
Tally Hill - Principles of Business Management
Tommy Bryant & Hunter Scherschel - Hospitality Services
District/Community Events
Another Opportunity to Dine Out for the Activity Complexes Campaign! 
It is time again to Dine Out for the Activity Complexes Campaign!  Coming up this Thursday, February 9, from 4 - 9 p.m., you may choose any or all of these great local eateries and they will generously donate 10% back to the Campaign. For Chili's and Longhorn, you must present the attached flyer.  Thank you for your continued support.  For more information, or to make a contribution to the campaign, please click here!
e-Flyer #1
e-Flyer #2
e-Flyer #3
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
LNHS Preps for Courtwarming Festivities 
We are excited to celebrate this year's Road 2 Victory Courtwarming festivities! Courtwarming is a fun-filled week, celebrating our winter activities, the supporters of these programs, and it is a time to celebrate our school traditions and showcase our Eagle Pride! From spirit days throughout the week and our second annual Tip-Off Trivia Night, to the return of our Super Eagle Competition during Eagle Hour to the basketball games Friday night, there is something fun for everyone to enjoy! Be sure to check the student council page on the school's website for info pertaining to this year's Courtwarming festivities, and follow @LNHSSTUCO on Twitter and Instagram for Courtwarming Week updates and reminders.
 
LNHS COURTWARMING COURT
Congratulations to the following seniors, who were nominated by the basketball programs to serve as our 2017 Courtwarming Court.

Courtwarming King Candidates: Edmundo Chacon III, Nick Coleman, Drew Geisert, Payton Price, Jaxen Willhite
Courtwarming Queen Candidates: Lindsey Downey, Catherine Hemenway, Katie Pohl, Shea Prather, Lizzie Stark
LNHS Students Partner With Garrison School Cultural Center 
Make Black History Month in 2017 memorable by beginning work toward the Future Leader badge of Garrison School Cultural Center. Garrison's digital learning Badge prepares young people for community success and culturally cognizant leadership. Eight Liberty North High School students began working toward the badge in January 2017 to learn more about African American history and culture.  One LNHS student actually designed the badge that was selected from those submitted.  For more information on this initiative, click here.
Future Now:  Finance Opportunities Available 
For the second year, all Liberty Public Schools juniors will participate in Future Now: Finance (formerly Reality U) through the support of community sponsors and volunteers.
 
Future Now: Finance is a financial literacy simulation program for high school students provided by Communities In Schools of Mid-America. It provides students a real life experience in handling their finances as a 26 year old. It's a fun, tangible way to experience the reality of making financial decisions about life's necessities. They learn what it costs to maintain a household, family, and children, why it's important to do well in school, choose a career, and plan wisely.
 
A few volunteer spots are left:
To volunteer at Liberty North High School February 22, 17, click here.
To volunteer at Liberty High School March 28, 2017, click here.
 
Program sponsors are:   Capitol Federal, Spencer Financial, ,Financial Avenues, Liberty Sertoma , McDonalds, KCB Bank , Clay County Bank, Prime Insurance , Platte Valley Bank,
Greater Kansas City Foundation , Edward Jones, Pony Express Bank , Leap Hospitality,
Pure Water Delivery , RC Jones, and The Maids.
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.
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 understanding that 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 on the morning of March 4, 2017, from 9 -10: a.m. in the Liberty North High School Library.  You need to be registered to attend, and can 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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