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Upcoming District Calendar 
Thursday, September 17 - Staff Professional Development (early release)
Friday, September 18 - Staff Professional Development (no classes)
Monday, September 21 - Board of Education Meeting (7 p.m./District Administration Center)
Join Us Tomorrow for September's Coffee with the Community 
Join us tomorrow, September 17, for the first Coffee with the Community of the new school year!  LPS is pleased to provide monthly opportunities to interact face-to-face with our stakeholders by hosting our Coffee with the Community series. 

These one-hour meetings are held from 10-11 a.m. at the District Administration Center, 8 Victory Lane (3rd floor board room). This month's featured presenter will be LPS Superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Tucker, who will provide a Liberty School District update to the audience. View the Coffee with the Community schedule by clicking here.
SOAR Award Nominations Now Being Accepted
Is there a Liberty Public Schools employee that has a made a huge difference for your child, family, or our community?  If so, we encourage you to nominate them to receive a SOAR (Service Over and Above the Rest) Award.  This employee recognition program begins its 2nd year.  Each month, Dr. Tucker and other LPS leaders visit district buildings to personally present these awards. 


To nominate someone today, fill out a brief online form by clicking here.

Special thanks to the Liberty Commerce Bank for sponsoring this program! 
Looking for Work or Volunteer Opportunities for LPS?
Liberty Public Schools is always looking for positive individuals who are interested in working or volunteering with our school district.  Click here for job openings on our district website.

Spotlight Openings for This Week:
*  Kid's Zone:  Prefer ages 18 or older.  Openings before school, after school, or both shifts.
*  Transportation:  Bus drivers needed.  See description on website.
*  Custodians:  See description on website.

LPS Youth Mentor Volunteer Program
The Youth Mentor program is once again up and running!  Thank you to all volunteers who have been, or are currently, serving as a Youth Mentor.  You have helped to make a world of difference in the life of a child!  LPS is always looking for more volunteers for this program.  Youth Mentors are volunteers who spend approximately one hour per week with a student. This may be:
  • Tutoring a student
  • Having lunch with a student
  • Sharing special talents or career interests
  • Reading with a student
  • Being a good friend who listens
If you, your business, or your group is interested in being a Youth Mentor, contact Colleen Jones at cjones@liberty.k12.mo.us.
LPS News to Know
Ridgeview Elementary to Celebrate 60 Years 
Ridgeview Elementary School will be hosting a 60th Anniversary Open House on Thursday, September 24, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the school.  Below, is a listing of events and activities that are planned:
  • Hear the Rockin' Roadrunners Choir perform at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Student Ambassadors will be giving tours and a history of Ridgeview
  • Visit classrooms to see what a 21st century learning space looks like
  • Take a gallery walk of Ridgeview memorabilia
  • Snowie KC will be selling snow cones
  • Complimentary cupcakes and punch will be served
It should be a great evening to celebrate the Ridgeview Roadrunners!
8th Annual Run. For the Kids Saturday, October 3
Join us on October 3 to run, walk, jog, or stroll in support of the Liberty School District Foundation! Proceeds raised from the run will provide funds to benefit the Foundation's core programs, including teacher grants that are available to all of Liberty's educators. In the 2014-2015 school year, the Foundation was able to fund $20,000 of grant projects to LPS teachers and buildings - all due to private donations and funds raised from events like the annual Run. For the Kids.
 
Run. For the Kids is also an opportunity to help a school earn up to $500! When registering, participants are allowed to select a school they would like to represent; the top three schools represented will earn $500, $350, or $150 (respectively).
 
This year, Run. For the Kids will offer a family-friendly environment to include Finish Line Festivities, Awards Announcements, and a free KIDS SUPER HERO RACE for runners 10 and under!  Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events
LNHS Counseling to Host College Fair
Liberty North Counseling Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual College Fair on Tuesday, September 29, at LNHS from 6:30-8 pm. Join us for an evening where 70+ colleges, universities, and military representatives, will be in one spot to answer all of your admissions questions. College Planning sessions will be offered at 6 pm and 8 pm, hosted by LNHS counselors. For quick registration, go to www.gotocollegefairs.comand click on Students Register Now, and find the LNHS College Fair. More detailed instructions may be found on our website, LNHS Counseling. We look forward to seeing you here! Contact Jill Brock with questions.
Coming Soon: LHS Orchestra Pancake Breakfast and Auction
Please join us for the Liberty High School Orchestra Booster Club Annual Orchestra Pancake Breakfast & Auction featuring Chris Cakes!
Saturday, October 3, 2015
8-11 a.m.
Liberty High School Cafeteria (200 Blue Jay Drive, Liberty, MO 64068)
Tickets $5.50 per person (children under 3 eat free), which includes all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with sausage, juice, and coffee 
Bring extra money with you for the Silent Auction and Cake Walk - $1 per entry into the Cake Walk; enter as many times you would like!   
* All LHS orchestras will be performing during the breakfast
* Silent Auction
* $1 Cake Walk (9:20-10 a.m.)
Buy your tickets today from an orchestra student or online at Blue Jay Nation. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event.
LMS Students Present The Canterbury Tales
Come and support our Liberty Middle School students as they present The Canterbury Tales or Geoffrey Chaucer's Flying CircusThis show blends the humor of Monty Python and Saturday Night Live into one fun-filled evening.  Enjoy the wacky comedy as a group of medieval villagers compete in a storytelling competition as they travel from London to Canterbury.  These colorful characters will have you laughing outloud as their stories take a hilarious turn.
 
Performances are October 2 and 3 at 7 pm at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre.  Tickets are just $5 and may be purchased online at showtix4u.com or from Liberty Middle School.
Lady Jays Hoops Offering Fall Clinic and League
The Liberty High School Lady Jays basketball program will be offering a fall clinic (September and October dates) and basketball league for girls grades 3-7. The cost for the 8-week program is only $75.  For more information, click here. 
Robotics Team to Host Robot Faire
The Liberty Robotics Team will be hosting a Robot Faire for students in kindergarten through middle school and their families, on Saturday, September 19, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Liberty High School.  It is an open house style event for the entire family. Tickets are $5 pre-purchased, or $7 at the door, per participant. For ticket information or to learn more, click here
Ford Drive One Event
Join us for the Liberty Robotics Annual Gary Crossley Ford Drive One Event on September 19 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Liberty High School. Test drive a new Ford, and Ford will make a donation to the robotics team.  While you're at it, visit our silent auction!  The KC BBQ truck and Sheridan's will also be at the event. Want more information?  Click here!   
Gather Up Your Legos
Do you have Lego pieces that aren't being used anymore?  We can help you! The Liberty Robotics Team, Liberty Robotics Foundation, and the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Community Lego Collection from September 28-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. Just drop off Lego pieces between the hours of 9 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday, at 1170 W. Kansas St., (Westowne) in Liberty.  The robotics team will also collect new and used Legos at all LHS & LNHS varsity home football games.
Lillian Schumacher to Host Harlem Wizards
Lillian Schumacher Elementary is bringing the Harlem Wizards to town to play a fun basketball game against our own Liberty District faculty and community leaders, The Liberty Underdogs! Join us for some fun on Thursday, October 8, at 7 pm, in the new Liberty High School fieldhouse. Players on The Liberty Underdogs team include: Mr. Gabriel, Mrs. Bright, Ms. Beaty, Ms. Townsend, Noah Simpson, Roger Stirtz, Mrs. Steenstra, Katie Lawson, Jennifer Corum, Ms. Adams, Mike Murphy, Chris Lucas, Jonalee Searcey, Deb Caywood, Claudia Howerton, Justin Kruse, Kyle Race, Cynthia Espy, Andy Smith, David Wratchford, and our referee will be Stephanie McGill.
 
Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 General Admission, $17 Reserved Seating, and $25 Courtside Plus. Courtside Plus includes a 10-minute meet and greet with the Wizards in a private room before the game, a Wizards lanyard, a Wizards team poster, and seating right behind the Harlem Wizards players. General admission tickets will be $12 at the door.
 
Purchase your tickets at Lillian Schumacher Elementary or go to www.harlemwizards.com. Tickets purchased in the next week will go into a drawing for a Wizards t-shirt. We have 5 shirts to give away. (Reserved and Courtside Plus seating are limited, so get your tickets ordered as soon as possible.)
Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk
Registration, event times, other information: http://www.stepupfordownsyndromekc.org
Team Name: Liberty Leads (click on "find name", and type in team name to register)
When: October 17, 2015
Time: 12 noon - 4 pm
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Lot C
Why: Help raise money to benefit individuals and families in our community with Down Syndrome 
Contact Information: Lisa Young via email or call 736-5460, ext 2742 
Lisa Young will pick up and deliver all shirts. Team t-shirt deadline date (to have team name on the back) is Friday, September 18.
Attention Artists and Makers of Crafts
Calling all artists and makers of great crafts - Heritage Middle School's Heritage Holiday Mart, is seeking vendors for a December shopping fair! Holiday Mart will take place December 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Heritage Middle School. We are expecting up to 90 artisans, crafters, and vendors for what will be a fun, annual shopping event.  For more information, contact Holly Kirkendoll at 816-500-8814 or find the Facebook event page by clicking here.  Hurry to reserve your spot, as this event is filling up fast!  Please share with your friends! 
Student Recognitions
Sports Feature Story is National Finalist
Congratulations to KLHS broadcaster Morgan Fleming and 2015 LHS graduate, and KLHS alum, Isaac Knopf! Their sports feature story, Goodbye, Cokely, was just announced as a national finalist in the National Scholastic Press Association's Broadcast Story of the Year/Sports Story competition. This is the high school equivalent to qualifying for the Pulitzer Prize. Winners of this award will be announced at the NSPA/JEA Convention in November!
Congratulations LNHS Drumline
Congratulations to the Liberty North High School Drumline for placing 2nd in their class at the Drummit at the Summit festival hosted by Lee's Summit High School on Saturday, September 12. The group performed their show for a panel of two judges and received a performance clinic immediately following their performance.
 
The Screaming Eagles Marching Band will be competing at the Carrollton Band Day on September 26!
District/Community Events
New Volleyball League Opportunity
Listen up 3rd-7th graders!  Liberty Juniors is offering a volleyball league just for you!  This league provides skill training and develops fundamentals, while offering a game-like atmosphere. The league will meet at Liberty Middle School on Tuesday nights from 6:00-7:00. It is eight sessions long and begins October 20th. The cost for this league is $90, which includes a team t-shirt.  Deadline for registration is October 16th!  There are limited openings for this session; click here to complete the registration form, and turn it in as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, feel free to email Erica Bruggemann at ebruggemann@liberty.k12.mo.us.  
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 in 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.  Should you have any questions, contact Kristen Bosiljevac or Brenda Moats.
 
Clinic Registration Form may be accessed by clicking here.
Liberty Parks and Rec Has Openings
Liberty Parks and Recreation currently has several jobs openings.  Anyone 16 years and older may apply to work in the concession stands at Fountain Bluff Sports Complex through the fall months. Anyone 18 and older may apply for a handful of different positions from Complex Supervisor at Fountain Bluff Sports Complex or Gym Supervisor at area school gyms. There are also opportunities to help out with our growing Bitty Sports and Camps programs.  For more information on these positions, visit the City of Liberty's website!
Mosaic Life Care September Workshop
Mosaic Life Care Center is excited to announce they are hosting a Careers in Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Pipeline Workshop. This workshop will be held at Mosaic Life Care Shoal Creek location off of 152 Hwy on Thursday, September 24, from 6-8 pm. Students will receive insight on each career, as well as a tour of the facility at Mosaic and enjoy hands-on activities.  Click here to view flyer.
 
Students may register by clicking here.  Registration will close on September 22nd; the first 20 students who sign up will be able to attend. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Colleen Jones or call Jasmin Williams at 816-337-9676.
Change of Date for UMKC School of Dentistry Open House
If you are fascinated by dentistry and curious about the different specialties this career has to offer, then this program is for you!  UMKC School of Dentistry career education program enables high school students to work directly with dental faculty and students.  An Open House will be held Saturday, September 26, at 10 a.m., 650 E. 25 St., Kansas City, MO 64108. Register today at www.exploringkc.org! For any other questions, contact Colleen Jones, LPS Director of College/Career Readiness.
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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