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Important LPS Dates at a Glance
Thursday, March 16 - Teacher Professional Development (2-Hour Early Release)
Friday, March 17 - Parent/Teacher 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).
Liberty PTA Council to Host Board Candidate Forum
The Liberty PTA Council will be hosting a Board Candidate Forum on Tuesday, March 28, in the 3rd floor District Administration Center Board Room. This event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will not only provide an opportunity for the candidates to share why they would be good board members, but also provide the audience with an opportunity to ask questions. 
 
As shared earlier this winter, candidates that have filed for the three, three-year term seats are:  Mr. Nick Barlow, Ms. Angie Reed, Ms. Kim-Marie Graham, and Mr. A.J. Byrd. In addition, there is one, one-year seat available. Filing for this position was Mr. Kent Peterson.
 
This event will be taped by KLPS-TV Channel 18 and offered on the LPS YouTube Channel.  Please contact Liberty PTA Council President Jennie Alexander with any questions.
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
LMS to Present The Sound of Music March 9-11 
The endearing tale of love, joy, hope, and the power of music.  Join the Liberty Middle School 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 may 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.
Free Electronic Recycling
Great electronics recycling opportunity! Dispose of your used and broken electronics by taking them to the Liberty High School parking lot on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m.-noon for free recycling. If it has a cord or runs on batteries, they'll take it! There will be a small fee for CRT televisions, depending on size. For more information and a complete list of what can and cannot be accepted, click here.
Driver 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 31, then driving during the month of June. C ost is $330 if paid before May 1.  Sign up soon to reserve your spot.  To register for the program, click here  . Questions? C ontact Lois Magnuson at Liberty High, 736-7046.
Summer Adventure 2017 Enrollment Window 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)
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
High School Students Earn Distinguished Student Leader Award
Students from Liberty and Liberty North high schools have earned the Distinguished Student Leader Award from the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC). This honor recognizes students who demonstrate superior student council leadership skills and knowledge based on MASC criteria and evaluation procedures.
 
Liberty High School student: Sarah Parrott
 
Liberty North students include: Hannah Brown, Malorie Colby, Shae Crane, Holly Haines, Julia Muchow, Shea Prather, Kendall Steinmetz, Carman Stephenson, Jake Stouffer.
LNHS Students Place at National History Day Regional Contest
March 4 was a great day for Liberty North students at the National History Day Regional Contest sponsored by the Truman Library.  Students placed in every category entered and completely swept the documentary category. 
 
Liberty North students who will be advancing to State by placing in the top three in their categories are: 
 
1st place paper: Levi Anderson
3rd place paper: Miranda Frankenbach
1st place Individual Documentary: Jenyn Pinkley 
2nd place Individual Documentary: Ingrid Weaver 
3rd place Individual Documentary: Sydney Cole
2nd place Individual Website: Joe Anderson 
2nd place Group Performance: Riley Sutherland, Anna Haynes 
3rd place Group Performance: Christina MacKenzie, B rianna Wagoner , Mary ShepherdHarrison Frawley 
 
These students will be working to fine-tune their products in preparation for State National History Day at the University of Missouri-Columbia on April 29th.  The top two students in the state in each category advance to the National History Day Competition in Washington, D.C., which will be held June 11-14 in College Park, MD.  Their teacher is Kimberly Brownlee.
 
Congratulations to ALL of our gifted students, who worked very hard to create products worthy of defense and to grow as researchers, writers, and producers of academic products!
LHS Teacher Named 2017 Emerging Journalism Educator
Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) recently announced Liberty High School's  Jessica Cordonier as its first-ever Emerging Journalism Educator. MIPA launched a new award this year to recognize promising new journalism educators. These "rising stars" show a commitment to journalism education, improving the media programs at their school, and empowering their scholastic journalism students. Cordonier, Editor-in-Chief for the LHS Spectator yearbook, will be recognized as the Emerging Journalism Educator during the annual Journalism Day on March 29 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  
Congratulations, Jessica!
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.
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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