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Welcome Back to LPS!
It was great to welcome back our over 12,000 students yesterday morning to begin what is sure to be an awesome 2015-2016 school year!  In addition to all of the first day of school events that took place around the district, many of our families submitted photos as they sent their children off to school.  These photos have been posted on our LPS Facebook page and may be accessed by clicking here.
LPS News to Know
District Performance Update
The Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education released state Testing MAP and EOC data earlier this month.  Below, you will find preliminary analysis and a few highlights of the testing data:
  1. Preliminary analysis found that Liberty Public Schools continues to be a high performing school district and one that achieves at high levels in many areas.
  2. LPS out performed the State in the area of Proficient and Advanced percentage in all 20 content areas measured.  
  3. Liberty finished in the top 10% of students scoring Proficient and Advanced in the content area of English Language Arts out of 560 Districts tested in Missouri.

To view the complete, detailed document that summarizes the results, click here.   

Board of Education Meeting Summary Now Available
The Liberty Public Schools Board of Education met for its regular meeting on Monday, August 17, at the District Administration Center.  The Board Meeting Summary been posted and may be accessed by clicking here.
Student/Staff Recognitions
LNHS Student Earns Gold at National Competition
Liberty North High School Sophomore Aubrey Larkin recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America's (FCCLA) 2015 National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
Aubrey received a Gold Medal in the category of Interpersonal Communication for her work with an area nursing home and helping connect students to the problem of elder neglect.  Nearly 8,000 members and advisors from across the nation attended this conference from July 5-9.  While in D.C., Aubrey and her FCCLA advisor, Jody Fowler, joined more than 3,000 people at a youth rally held on the lawn of Capitol Hill to advocate for strong Family and Consumer Science courses and career and technical education in schools.  After the rally, select students were sent into congress to visit with senators and representatives.  Aubrey and Ms. Fowler joined students from Grandview and Raytown to discuss the importance of CTE programs with Representative Emanuel Cleaver.  
Upcoming Events
LHS Color Guard Clinic Information
Calling all students from Manor Hill, Liberty Oaks, Alexander Doniphan, Lillian Schumacher, Shoal Creek, Ridgeview, and EPiC! The Liberty High School Color Guard is hosting a mini-clinic for students in grades K-5 on Thursday, September 3. Students will learn a routine to perform during halftime of the LHS varsity football game on Friday, September 4. The clinic has a pre-registration fee of $25, which includes a t-shirt and mini flag.  There will be an additional $5 fee for walk-ins on the day of the clinic. Registration is in front of the LHS auxiliary gym on Thursday, September 3, beginning at 5:30 pm. Clinic runs from 6-8 p.m.  Contact Amber Hess for a registration form.
District/Community Events
PAT Big Truck Event
The trucks are coming!  The trucks are coming!  Parents as Teachers is hosting a Big Truck Event for all families in the Liberty School District. Children and adults are invited to come see a fire truck, dump truck, police car, school bus, Zoomobile, the KMBC weather van, a road grader, tree planter, tow truck, U-Haul, trash truck, and more!  Please join us for a great time on Saturday, August 29, 9-11 a.m., in the Liberty North High School parking lot (1000 NE 104th Street, Liberty).  No pre-registration is necessary and is weather permitting, of course.  
Free 9/11 Concert Offered by U.S. Air Force Academy Band
Join us at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 11, at the Liberty North High School Performing Arts Theater for a free concert by the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, Wild Blue Country.  Tickets are available at the District Administration Center (8 Victory Lane) and the LPS Fine Arts Office (801 Kent Street) and are limited to four (4) per patron.  Remaining tickets will be available at the door that Friday night at 6 p.m.  Should you have questions, please contact the Fine Arts office at 816-736-5660.
LHS to Host Annual Pom and Cheer Clinic
The Liberty High School Sapphires and Cheerleaders are hosting their annual Pom and Cheer Clinic for students kindergarten through fifth grade.  The clinic will be held Wednesday, September 16, from 6:15-7:30 p.m. in the Liberty High School gymnasium, with registration beginning at 5:45 p.m.  The clinic provides future LHS Sapphires and cheerleaders with the opportunity to learn dances and cheers.  Participants will meet the Liberty Sapphires and cheerleaders, as well as perform at halftime of the varsity football game on Friday, September 18!  Please complete the registration form using the link below.  For any questions, contact Kristen Bosiljevac or Brenda Moats.
 
Clinic Registration Form may be accessed by clicking here.
Looking for Legos
Do you have Lego pieces that aren't being used anymore?  We can help you!  The Liberty Robotics Foundation and the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Community Lego Collection from September 28 through October 9.  This collection is to help local schools as they implement K-5 Project Lead the Way LAUNCH, which engages students to become problem solvers and critical thinkers.  Students will use Lego pieces for many activities.  Just drop off Lego pieces at the Liberty Chamber of Commerce office, 1170 W. Kansas, between the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday (Sept 28-Oct 9).
Liberty Farmers Market Offered Saturday's Through October  
The award winning Historic Downtown Liberty Farmers Market will open every Saturday morning this fall. The Farmers' Market will be open every Saturday through October 26. Hours will be from 7 a.m. to noon through September. October hours will be from 8 a.m. to noon. There is also the Cultivating Kansas City Beans and Greens Program. This program matches SNAP (EBT) dollars spent on local food at the market. Learn more at www.cultivatekc.org or beansandgreens@cultivatekc.org or call 913-203-5533.    
QuickNews Bulletin Board
In an effort to make our Liberty Public Schools e-newsletter, QuickNews, a concise publication in which subscribers may read in 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
 

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