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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 inclement weather, those days will be added to the end of the school year).
LPS Stakeholders Encouraged to Take Long Range Facility Planning Survey 
Liberty Public Schools is now in Step 3 of the Long Range Planning Process - Planning Criteria.  This phase of the Long Range Plan is where we define the priorities and objectives that will guide the options we explore in Step 4. In an effort to gain your input, we have put together a menu of planning criteria that may fit the desires of Liberty Public Schools. This is a draft list of 16 potential criteria statements that explain what the District wants the Long Range Plan to address. With that said, many of them may need revised and tweaked until they fit LPS perfectly. Please give us your honest feedback when responding, and use the comment box to tell us exactly what you are thinking. We will use this information to guide our discussion and formation of the final planning criteria. To take the survey, click here. We appreciate the feedback from our valued LPS stakeholders!
Coffee with the Community Returns Thursday, March 9 
The monthly LPS community engagement series, Coffee with the Community, returns on Thursday, March 9, at the Liberty Public Schools District Administration Center, 8 Victory Lane. The meeting will take place in the Board room on the 3rd floor and will begin at 10 a.m. This month, we will be joined by local law enforcement personnel as they present on an important topic facing both students and parents - keeping our children safe while online.

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 learn more about Coffee with the Community, click here.
LPS News to Know
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. 
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)
Garrison School Cultural Center Hosts Perspectives on Leadership Event 
The Garrison School Cultural Center hosted a Perspectives on Leadership event earlier today at Liberty North High School. A panel of impressive guests dialogued with students and answered questions as part of the thirty minute session.  Panelists included:  Ms. Dee Ann Spencer, Bank Midwest; Ms. Lori Tucker, vocalist; Mr. Charles Lee, Sr., retired LPS educator and coach; Mr. Jordan Hollingsworth, retired correctional officer. Thanks to the Garrison School Cultural Center for providing students with this amazing opportunity!
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. 
Student/Staff Recognitions
Students to Represent LPS in SkillsUSA State Event 
Liberty High School and Liberty North High School students will be representing Northland Career Center in the SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference at the State Technical College of Missouri, in Linn, Missouri, April 6-8, 2017.   Below are the district contest results recently completed:
 
Liberty High School
Jenna Abbott - Current State Officer, Career Pathways: Law, Public Safety & Security team member, 1st place; LE/CSI team member, 1st place; Criminal Justice Tech Info, 3rd place
Professional Development Info, 2nd place
 
Bailey Churchill - Industrial Welding, 2nd place
Sean Richman - Diesel Equipment Technology, 1st place
Mitchell Schnebelen - Career Pathways: Law, Public Safety & Security team member, 2nd place
 
Liberty North High School 
Kennedy Myers - Extemporaneous Speaking, 1st place
Tyler King - Quiz Bowl team member, 3rd place
Mackenzie McNeill - Early Childhood Education, 2nd place
Edmundo Chacon - Career Pathways: Transportation, Distribution & Logistics team member, 3rd place
Seth Fillpot - Criminal Justice team member, 2nd place
Students Named to Midwest Honor Orchestra at UMKC
Congratulations to the following Liberty Public Schools middle and high school orchestra students for being nominated and selected as members of the prestigious 2017 Midwest Honor Band and Orchestra Festival held at UMKC. The Bulk of Festival time is spent in rehearsals, during which students work with renowned conductors and directors, culminating in a performance at the Finale Concert on the campus of UMKC.
 
HMS 
Brinn Patterson, violin
Rachel Kim, violin
 
DMS
Liam Bogue, cello
Brooke Burnham, viola
Alexis Carver, viola
 
LMS
Haden Neild, violin
Nancy Elizabeth Gillespie, violin
 
SVMS
Hannah Spainhour, Violin
Brayden Burton, Viola
Cole Bryant, Cello
Collin Hickey, Viola
Rachel Adger, Cello
 
LHS
Fiona Burroughs
Nolan Burroughs
Hollis  Hagenbuch
Natalie Juno
Amy Jurgensen
Kendall McMullen
Evan Moody
Hope Peck
Alex Soto
Kathkeen Wilcock
 
LNHS
Adriana Blair, violin
Kiley Daniels, violin
David Garcia, violin
Ella Pritchett, violin
Riley Sutherland, violin
Anna Haynes, viola
Wessyn Robinson, viola
Nishat Shah, viola
Teagan Anders, cello
Abby Keller, bass
John Williams, bass

Liberty North Speech and Debate Wins Prestigious Tournament
The Liberty North Speech and Debate team won 1st in Sweepstakes at the Neosho Classic tournament, out of 36 schools. The following individuals placed:
1st Original Oratory, Mac Newton
1st Humorous Interp, Conner Paulson
1st Dramatic Interp, Bryce Tinkham
2nd Public Forum Debate, Mattie Seley/Whitney Wilson
2nd US Extemp, Mac Newton
3rd US Extemp, Cami Smith
3rd Public Forum Debate, Mac Newton/Isaac Keller
4th Dramatic Interp, Annalyn Blackwell
5th Original Oratory, Whitney Wilson
 
The team also competed at the Spring Hill tournament.  Individuals placing were:
2nd Poetry, Michael Chapman
3rd Original Oratory, Paige Nicewaner
3rd Dramatic interp, Michael Chapman
6th Foreign Extemp, Clayton Breshears
Liberty High Sapphires Win State Championship
February 25, the Liberty Sapphires won their 7th state championship title and their 9th all-academic state championship title. Competing against 17 teams in Division 5A, the Sapphires placed 1st in the lyrical jazz category and 1st in the pom category, which earned them the highest combined score for a state championship win. Along with the team's incredible accomplishments on the dance floor, the Sapphires also earned the all-academic state title with a team GPA of 3.8.   
 
The 2017 5A State Champions Include:  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, and Alyzza Vitug. The Sapphires are coached by Kristen Bosiljevac and Maggie Willis.
Liberty North Golden Girls Compete at State Competition
Liberty North Golden Girls competed at the Missouri Dance Team state competition over the weekend. For the first time in Liberty North history, the team competed in the Division 5 category. They placed 3rd in Hip Hop, 4th in Jazz, and 5th place overall in the state!  Melanie Benner, Malorie Colby, Alaina Lee, and Courtney Rowe all competed solos against their age group. Alaina Lee received 2nd place, and Courtney Rowe received 3rd place in the sophomore division. The team also received numerous individual academic awards. The Golden Girls are proud to wrap up a successful season and are thankful for the support of their family and friends. The Golden Girls include: seniors, Abbie Benner (captain), Malorie Colby (captain), Lindsey DowneyClarissa Lenger, and Lexi McCann; juniors, Melanie Benner, Emily Dillman, and Sophia Spurlock; sophomores, Brooke Furness, Alaina Lee, Annalise Pinedo, and Courtney Rowe; freshmen, Sophia Bax, Allyson Harris, Cara NedeauKaylin Robinson, Alexa Spurlock, and Shelby Whitley. The team is coached by Samantha Anderson and Tiffany Cunningham
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.
LMS to Present The Sound of Music March 9-11 
The endearing tale of love, joy, hope, and the power of music.  Join the LMS cast of The Sound of Music as they tell the romantic and beloved story of Maria and the von Trapp family. The endearing story of hope and joy will carry the audience to the breathtaking Alps and beautiful Austria as the spirited Maria and von Trapp family thrill with their wonderful tunes. Maria brings the sounds of music back into the family's lives with iconic melodies like "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," and "Climb Every Mountain."

Performances are March 9, 10, and 11 at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets are just $5 and can be purchased online at
showtix4u.com
or from Liberty Middle School.
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.
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 .
Relay for Life of KC Needs YOU
Register for this new MEGA Relay that will take place Friday, June 23, at Liberty High School. 
To learn more, click on participant packet. To register for the event, visit www.relayforlife.org/kcnorthmo or contact Event Chair Lori Ewing at 589-2386.
Summer Internship Opportunities for High School Students
Young Entrepreneurs Program, Kansas City (YEP KC) is a hands-on internship program for high school students that focuses on entrepreneurial thinking and development through practical experience. YEP KC partners with local high-growth companies to offer students opportunities to learn from professionals in a variety of fields, including engineering, marketing, product management, sales, finance, and analytics. To learn more about these exciting opportunities, click here. Questions? Contact Colleen Jones.
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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