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Upcoming District Calendar
Thursday, October 15 - Early Release (Professional Development)
Friday, October 16 - No School (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
Monday, October 19 - Board of Education Meeting 
Join Us for Coffee October 15
Our next district Coffee with the Community is scheduled for Thursday, October 15, when LPS Director of Safety and Security, Gary Majors, will speak on Digital Safety and Security.  We will meet in the Administration Center Board Room from 10-11 a.m (8 Victory Lane, Liberty).  We hope you can join us!
Staff/Student Recognitions
AP Scholar Awards
Liberty Public Schools is pleased to recognize our students who have received AP Scholar Awards from the College Board.  Each year, students are recognized for their outstanding performance in collegiate-level AP coursework.  Awards are granted in the following categories:
  • AP Scholar: Granted to students who have received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams
  • AP Scholar with Honor: Granted to students who have received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams
  • AP Scholar with Distinction: Granted to students who have received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams
  • National AP Scholar: Granted to students in the U.S. who have received an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams
Student award recipients based on scores earned in the 2014-2015 school year are listed as follows:

Liberty North High School Recipients
Luce-Virlynn Apollon, AP Scholar
Abigail Day, AP Scholar
Jacob Dice, AP Scholar
Katherine Herrick, AP Scholar
Dylan McCloskey, AP Scholar
Hannah Milks, AP Scholar
Joseph Nevins, AP Scholar
Ian Orlich, AP Scholar
Lilly Sieren, AP Scholar
Kendall Stockard, AP Scholar
Hargobind Vohra, AP Scholar
Elliott Yoakum, AP Scholar
Jenna Crain, AP Scholar with Honor
Nat Davis, AP Scholar with Honor
Hope Giddings, AP Scholar with Honor
Sara Venier, AP Scholar with Honor
Reid Walters, AP Scholar with Honor
Marshall Williams, AP Scholar with Honor
Ying Chow, AP Scholar with Distinction
Tim Haynes, AP Scholar with Distinction
Alex Lapp, AP Scholar with Distinction
Andrew Madison, AP Scholar with Distinction
Abbigail McCune, AP Scholar with Distinction
Derek Rogers, AP Scholar with Distinction
Wes Speer, AP Scholar with Distinction
Ying Chow, National AP Scholar

Liberty High School Recipients
Phoebe Alpern, AP Scholar
Matthew Alvey, AP Scholar
Paul Ambrose, AP Scholar
Michael Conge, AP Scholar
Jose Emery, AP Scholar
Grayson Galloway, AP Scholar
Abigail Hill, AP Scholar
Nicholas Hollander, AP Scholar
Connor Hudgins, AP Scholar
Sadie Jess, AP Scholar
Joseph Kretsinger, AP Scholar
Tiffany Lawson, AP Scholar
Caroline Matz, AP Scholar
Mary Mwaura, AP Scholar
Mikaylie Parco, AP Scholar
Emma Pletcher, AP Scholar
Gretchen Price, AP Scholar
Joshua Ryal, AP Scholar
Ryan Schultz, AP Scholar
Jacob Taber, AP Scholar
Jasmine Tan, AP Scholar
Rachel Young, AP Scholar
Anne Accardi, AP Scholar with Honor
Roman Accardi, AP Scholar with Honor
Damon Braughton, AP Scholar with Honor
Bailey Eddy, AP Scholar with Honor
Meagan Gardner, AP Scholar with Honor
Riley Terzopoulos, AP Scholar with Honor
Benjamin Anderson, AP Scholar with Distinction
Joshua Anderson, AP Scholar with Distinction
Smoky Brackett, AP Scholar with Distinction
Christian Hannah, AP Scholar with Distinction
Varun Lahoti, AP Scholar with Distinction
Lucas Peterson, AP Scholar with Distinction
Troy Spring, AP Scholar with Distinction
Maxim Van Klinken, AP Scholar with Distinction
Jiahui Zhang, AP Scholar with Distinction
Benjamin Anderson, National AP Scholar
Varun Lahoti, National AP Scholar

Congratulations to this fine group of young people for their tremendous perseverance and performance in AP coursework and exams!
LPS News to Know
Middle School Programs Compete for Traveling Trophies
The Blue Jay and Eagle middle school sports programs are competing, for the first time this year, for traveling trophies in various athletic contests. The Battle for the Paddle is officially underway as the schools hosted a pep rally last week. More detailed information regarding this friendly competition may be accessed by clicking here! The Battle for the Paddle is already off to a great start, in that the schools have combined efforts to raise over $2,300 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation after hosting pink out events.  Way to go guys! 
New at LPS!  Classroom Celebration Snacks
Nutrition Services is pleased to announce a new service to elementary students and their families - Celebration Snacks! These elementary classroom snacks may be ordered through your school's café manager at a low cost to families. The snacks are conveniently listed by food allergen to help parents avoid class food allergies. Click here to see the entire categorization of snacks available. Contact your school café for more details and to place your order.
Bundle Up, Birds Coat Drive
Liberty Public Schools will once again be collecting new and gently used coats of all sizes to bundle up our fellow and future Blue Jays and Eagles!  Donation boxes will be placed near the main office at each school from October 19-23.
SOAR Award Nominations Now Being Accepted
Is there a Liberty Public Schools employee that has 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 is beginning its second 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 Liberty Commerce Bank for sponsoring this program! 
Work for LPS 
Liberty Public Schools is always looking for positive individuals who are interested in working for, or volunteering with, our school district!  Click here to view current job openings on our district website.
Spotlight openings include full-time, part-time, substitute positions for:
*  Custodians
*  Nutrition Service Associates
Full-time, part-time, temporary positions for:
*  Transportation - bus drivers needed; NO CDL required; paid training; benefited routes
Part-time and temporary positions open for:
*  Kid's Zone - prefer ages 18 or older; openings before school, after school, or both shifts

LPS Youth Mentor Program
The LPS Youth Mentor program is up and running again this year!  Thank you to all volunteers who have been, or currently are, serving. You have helped make a world of difference in the life of a child. Youth Mentors are volunteers who spend approximately one hour per week with a student and may:

      *  Tutor a student
      *  Have lunch with a student

      *  Share special talents or career interests

      *  Read with a student

      *  Be a good friend who listens

If you, your business, or your group are interested in being a Youth Mentor, contact Colleen Jones at
Upcoming Events
Annual Lily Soto Blood Drive and Craft Sale
Lily Soto, a Liberty schools student and former Lillian Schumacher Elementary student, must receive a blood transfusion every three weeks.  Please help us help Lily by attending what has become an annual blood drive and craft sale at Schumacher Elementary School.  Not only is this a blood drive, but there will be vendors, crafters, BBQ, and a silent auction, all on Friday, October 16, from 1-7 p.m., in the auditorium.  If your small kids come in costume, they can trick or treat the vendors!  
11th Annual Scream in the Dark Haunted House
Bring your family and friends to an affordable haunted house experience right here in Liberty! Heritage Middle School Flight Club will be hosting the 11th Annual Scream in the Dark Haunted House on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17. The haunted house will be open both nights from 7-10 p.m., and the entrance fee is $6 per person. Flight Club students, alumni, HMS teachers, parents, and other supporters help make this fundraiser a huge success every year. Flight focuses on creating a positive school culture, recognizing students for academic success, improvement, and achievement in other areas along with teachers and staff at HMS. Adults should accompany elementary-aged students, and the experience may not be appropriate for kids under age 8.
For more information contact Andrew Hoskins or Katie Garrison
Liberty North's Key Club will be hosting their first ever SOCKTOBER, October 19-23! During
this week-long event, Key Club will collect donations of new, packaged socks to stock their new Necessities Closet, which will serve Liberty Public Schools students and families. Prizes will be awarded each day, including prizes for grade-level students, class, and teacher who brings the most - and more! 
Simultaneously, Key Club will be hosting Bundle Up Birds - our annual coat drive to collect gently used coats, all of which will go to Liberty students. 
We welcome parents to bring donations for BOTH drives to Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 12 & 13 - just look for the donation boxes!  Contact Kimberly Brownlee, should you have any questions.
Keep your eyes open for these upcoming drives: 
 - After Halloween Costume Drive (early November)
 - Prom Dress Drive for our own Cinderella's Closet 
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 p.m., 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 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.)
LNHS Cheer and Dance Kid Clinic
Join the Liberty North High School Cheer Squad and the Golden Girl Dance Team for the LNHS Cheer and Dance Clinic!
     * Participants: Students Grades K-5
     * Date of Clinic: Sunday, October 11
     * Time: Registration 12:30 pm * Clinic 1-4 p.m. 
     * Location: Liberty North High School Auxiliary Gym
     * Purpose: Clinic provides future LNHS cheerleaders and dancers the opportunity to learn    
       cheers and dances. They will also get the chance to perform at halftime of a varsity football        game!
     * Clinic Attire: Comfortable clothing, tennis shoes, water bottle
     * Performance: Halftime of October 15 varsity football game
Click here for more clinic information, and click here to register.
Location Change for Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk
Please note the new location for this event.  For registration, event times, other information, go to:
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: Berkley Riverfront Park
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. 
Free Youth Wrestling Clinic
Liberty High School wrestlers and Liberty Takedown Club are sponsoring a free Youth Wrestling Clinic October 20 and 21 at the LHS Coakley Field House (old main gym). This clinic is for novice or youth, 1st through 8th grade. Clinic begins at 6:15 p.m. and ends at 7:35 p.m.  If your child is interested in attending, please email their name and age to Mike Hammer, LHS Head Wresting Coach,
HackEdKC Event
Heads up, students!  Registration is now open for a 24-hour HackEdKC event, challenging students to use technology to solve problems in their communities. This event will take place at Liberty Middle School from noon on November 7 until noon on November 8.  There is a $10 registration fee, which will include plenty of food and plenty of support!   Learn a lot more about this event, and register, by clicking here. Please feel free to contact Angie Klein should you have more questions.   

Medical Careers Night
High School Students - Think you might be interested in a career in the medical field?  Click on Medical Careers Night and join us November 12 at Liberty Hospital Medical Plaza East, from 6-8:30 p.m., for a fascinating evening of learning about various fields in the medical community. To register for this free event, click here.  Questions? Contact Stacey Hamby.
District/Community Events
Liberty Community Christmas Tree Assistance Program Gearing Up
The Liberty Community Christmas Tree program is gearing up for another year and will be accepting applications through October 16 for those who need Christmas assistance. This program lends a hand to disadvantaged families and older adults in the Liberty area who are facing a difficult holiday season. 

Anyone living within the Liberty Public School District boundaries is eligible for assistance. School-aged children must be enrolled in a Liberty school. Home-schooled children must be registered in an official LPS extra-curricular activity; enrollment will be confirmed. Those needing assistance may fill out an online application at or call the Liberty Community Christmas Tree program at 439-4424, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted, so click on the above link today to see what we're all about!
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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