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EPiC Named Apple Distinguished School for 2015-2017
Liberty Public Schools is pleased to announce that EPiC Elementary has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2015-2017.

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

"Being an Apple Distinguished School is an exciting next step in our journey to transform the educational experience for all learners," said EPiC Principal Dr. Michelle Schmitz.  "We are honored to be the recipient of this distinction".

A celebration is scheduled at the school on Thursday, November 5.  More details about this exciting announcement will be shared in the coming weeks! 
Board of Education Meeting Summary Available
The Liberty Public Schools Board of Education held its regular meeting on Monday, October 19, at the District Administration Center.  To view a summary of the meeting that took place, click here.  Also, a reminder that all LPS Board meetings are recorded and aired on the district's cable television outlet, KLPS-TV Channel 18, and air at 8 a.m. daily.
LPS News to Know
LPS Wishes Mid-Continent Library Happy 50th!
Liberty Public Schools would like to join in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Mid-Continent Public Library.  Special thanks to the Liberty Branch and the Woodneath Library Center for their partnership and outstanding service to our students and staff.  A special video has been produced and may be accessed by clicking here
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 Colleen Jones.
Reality U$ Coming to Both Liberty High Schools
Reality U$ is a one day financial literacy event.  It provides students with a real life experience in handling their finances as a 26-year-old and is a fun, tangible way to experience the reality of making financial decisions about life's necessities.  Events will take place Wednesday, November 4, at Liberty North High School, and Thursday, November 12, at Liberty High School, for all junior students.
 
We are very excited to bring Reality U$ to Liberty schools for the first time! The events are funded by the Liberty School District Foundation. If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Jones.
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 through Friday, October 23. 
LHS to Host Safe Halloween Thursday, October 29  
Liberty High School's Student Council will be hosting its annual Safe Halloween event once again this year at LHS.  This is a great event for families in the community to attend and will provide children with a safe and fun experience.  Safe Halloween is scheduled for Thursday, October 29, from 6-8 p.m.  More details can be found by clicking here.
Liberty High School Presents: Once Upon a Mattress 
If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and the Pea," you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried by a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.
 
Performance dates are November 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21.  All performances begin at 7 p.m.  November 14 and 21 will have performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The house will open thirty minutes before the show begins.
 
Tickets for the public may be purchased beginning Wednesday, October 21, through ShowTix4U. Children, students, and senior citizens are $5 each, and adults are $10 each.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding ticket sales, please contact the Fine Arts Department at 736-5660.
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
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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 cjones@liberty.k12.mo.us.
Staff/Student Recognitions
Recent LHS Speech and Debate Results Posted
The Liberty High School Speech and Debate Team has been busy participating in area tournaments.  The team traveled to four high schools over the weekend of October 9-10, bringing home lots of success!  Following, is a listing of recent results.
 
Kickapoo High School - Varsity
Josh Munden & Trevor Harr - 3rd Place Duo Interpretation
Truman Butler - 4th Place Program of Oral Interpretation
Natalie Schaller - 5th Place United States Extemporaneous
Phoebe Alpern - 2nd Place International Extemporaneous
Paul Ambrose - 4th Place Student Congress
Hannah Sanders - 1st Place Student Congress
Max Cronin - 4th Place Lincoln Douglas Debate
Andrue Johnson & Cole Kelley - 4th Place Public Forum Debate
 
Glendale High School - Novice 
Jason Niffen & Jordan Carlson - 3rd Place Policy Debate
Jason Niffen - 3rd Place Student Congress
Briggs Hall - 6th Place Student Congress
 
Blue Springs High School - Novice
Maggie Quinn - 5th Place Dramatic Interpretation
Katherine Vlamis - 1st Place Dramatic Interpretation
Samantha Briggs - 3rd Place Prose Reading
 
Blue Springs South High School - Varsity
Shelby Werner & Lukas Hudson - 6th Place Duo Interpretation
Mary Muir - 4th Place Prose Reading
Shelby Werner - 5th Place Storytelling
Ethan Cook - 5th Place Extemporaneous Speaking
Blue Jay Sophomore Named Player of the Week
Blue Jay helmet Congratulations to Liberty High School Sophomore Robert Rawie, who was named the Kansas City Star Missouri Football Player of the Week for October 12-16.  Rawie scored 5 touchdowns in the first half and nearly 200 yards to lead the Blue Jays to a victory.  Way to go Robert!
LNHS Model UN Team Performs Well in St. Louis
Congratulations to the Liberty North High School Model UN team for winning the Outstanding Small Delegation award at the WashU Model UN conference held in St. Louis this past weekend. More than half the team was recognized with an award in their committee for their efforts. Individual winners included: Elliott Yoakum, Cami Smith, Jacob Lozano, Ying Chow, Cailey Hagen, Sara Venier, and Isaac Keller.
Recent LNHS/LHS Band Results Posted
The Liberty North Screaming Eagles Marching Band competed at the Missouri Days marching band festival in Trenton, Missouri, on Saturday, October 17. The marching band won third place in the Class 5 field competition. The drum line won 3rd place in the indoor drum line competition. The drum major team consisting of Kylah Bateman, Lauren Michaelis, and Scotty O'Dell won the caption award for best drum majors in the Class 5 field competition. The Screaming Eagles will be performing at this Friday night's home district football game.

The Liberty High School Blue Jay Pride and Guard represented LHS at two marching festivals this fall.  October 10, they performed at the Central Methodist Band Day Competition in Fayette, Missouri, and received the following awards:
2nd Place, Indoor Guard Class 5
2nd Place, Indoor Drumline Class 5
3rd Place, Field Show Class 5
They also competed at the Missouri Day Marching Festival on October 17 in Trenton, Missouri, and received the following awards:
2nd Place, Indoor Guard Class 5
Best Marching/Maneuvering Caption Award, Field, Class 5
2nd Place, Field Show Class 5
Upcoming Events
Heritage Middle School Presents Into the Woods JR. 
Into the Woods JR. is coming to Heritage Middle School on November 5, 6, and 7 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.  The musical centers on a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn they cannot have a child, because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.  Into the Woods JR. is a funny and engaging way to get young people to think about the stories with which they've grown up and the ethical issues raised therein.  Purchase advance tickets from the Heritage Middle School attendance office or online for $5 each. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here.
Liberty High School to Hold First Ever Book Study
Liberty High School is excited to conduct its first ever "Blue Jay Big Read" book study on Tuesday, October 27.  Students, parents, families, community members, and staff are all invited to join them in reading Thousand Words, by Jennifer Brown.  Ms. Brown will also be in attendance to participate in an author chat, book discussion, and will provide resources and tips. The event will take place in the Liberty High School LMC beginning at 7 p.m.  For more information on the evening, click here. 
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.   
LHS to Host Wellness Night November 3
The Liberty High School Counseling and Social Work Department is presenting a Wellness Night on Tuesday, November 3 from 6:30 - 8:15 p.m.  Attendees will have the opportunity to choose 2 presentations from the following topics: 
  • Recognizing and Overcoming Parent Fatigue, Leah Barreca, Ph.D and Deanna Zeilmann, Psy.D.
  • Youth Substance Abuse Prevention, Vicky Ward, MA and Kendra Calloway, MA
  • Managing  Depression and Anxiety, Robie Sullivan JD, MA, PLPC, NCC, Dipoto Counseling Group, and
  • Friend or Foe: The Physical, Social and Psychological Dangers of Electronic and Social Media, Scott Brown, Ph.D
Parents and Guardians of any age student are encouraged to attend.  For more detailed information, you can visit the Liberty High School Counseling website or contact Kathy Alagna, Counselor, Liberty High School.   
District/Community Events
Trick-or-Treat On the Square Scheduled for October 31
Historic Downtown Liberty encourages families to bring their children to their annual Trick-or-Treat On the Square event that will take place Saturday, October 31, from 5-7 p.m.
Businesses will be handing out treats for the kids in a very safe and fun environment.  Hope you can make plans to attend and support Historic Downtown Liberty! 
Explore Post 816 to Host Upcoming Event for Students
Interested in Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and/or Business?  An exciting event will be held Thursday, October 29 at 6 p.m. at Village Square!  To find out more details about what to expect, click here!
Liberty Community Christmas Tree Assistance Program 
The Liberty Community Christmas Tree program is gearing up for another year and has extended the application deadline to November 6 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 www.ci.liberty.mo.us/LCCT 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!

If you, or someone you know, could use a little help this holiday season, please encourage them to apply. With the annual Liberty Public Schools food drive, the generosity of donors and volunteers, the program provides several boxes of food to families in program, as well as vouchers that volunteers use to buy gifts for the kids. Applications may be filled out online at http://www.ci.liberty.mo.us/LCCTApply2015 or by calling 439-4424.
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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