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Last Day in LPS Now Monday, May 23, 2016
Due to yesterday's school cancelation, the last day of school in Liberty Public Schools for the 2015-2016 school year is now Monday, May 23, 2016.  A reminder that all make-up days at LPS are made up at the end of the school year.  
LPS News to Know
Medical Careers Night
If you're a high school student interested in a career in the medical field, click on Medical Careers Night, and join us for an evening of learning about all of the opportunities available within the medical community. This seminar will be Thursday evening, November 12, from 6-8:30 at Liberty Hospital Medical Plaza East from 6-8:30.  Although this event is free to attend, you will still need to register by clicking here. Contact Colleen Jones if you have any questions.
LNHS Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
"Any dream will do." Teens and children will sing and dance the story of a dreamer whose dreams did come true in Liberty North High School's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This show is all music of many different styles, and the upbeat singing and energetic dancing will inspire everyone in the audience to dream big, because everyone "could become a star."
 
Shows are Friday, November 20, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 21, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, November 22, at 2 p.m.  TIckets are $5 for children, students, and seniors; tickets are $10 for other adults. They may be purchased online in advance at showtix4u.com. Tickets will also be available at the LNHS box office one hour before the start of each show. 
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 $10 each.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding ticket sales, please contact the Fine Arts Department at 736-5660.
Reality U$ Coming to Both Liberty High Schools
Reality U$ is a one day financial literacy event.  It provides students with 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.  One of the events took place at Liberty North High School today, while another is scheduled for 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!  Thanks to the following companies for supporting Reality U$ through the Liberty School District Foundation!
 
B&B Theatres
Bank Midwest
Capitol Federal
Clay County Savings Bank
Commerce Bank
Crossroads Animal Hospital
David Anderson
Edward Jones - Charlotte Fulkerson
Financial Avenues
Frazier DeCamp Financial
KCB Bank
KJ Financial
LaMars Donuts
Liberty Sertoma
McDonald's
Niles Media Group
Pure Water Delivery
Pony Express Bank
Premier Financial Partners
Snider & Talbot Financial Planning
Spencer Financial
State Farm - Bret Ohlhausen
Vet Center of Liberty
 
If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Jones.
Staff/Student Recognitions
Speech and Debate Results
This past weekend, the Liberty High School Speech and Debate Team traveled to Grandview High School for their annual invitational tournament. The team did exceptionally well, with the following individuals earning recognition: 
 
Grace Johannes and TJ Cowger- 5th place Public Forum Debate
Jason Niffen and Drake Persinger- 5th place Policy Debate 
Derek Rhea and Layne Nichols- 8th place Policy Debate 
Jake Hill and Carly Mantia- 12th place Policy Debate
Abby Maloney- 8th place Lincoln Douglas Debate 
Kelsey Pierce- 16th place Lincoln Douglas Debate
Kush Talati- 20th place Lincoln Douglas Debate
 
The team looks to continue its success at the Ray-Pec Invitational Tournament this weekend.  
Students Compete at Avila Science and Math Competition 
This weekend, some of the district's best and brightest young women competed in the Avila Science and Math Competition. The ladies took 4th place overall and 1st place in the Biology section. This year's team included Ying Chow, Hilary Albert, Lily Nguyen, Libby Westheus, Michaela Scarrow and Marky Mutchler. We have a brand new set of awards to add the long-standing success of our ladies in this competition!
Student Council Representatives Recognized  
Friday, October 30, Student Councils from all six middle and high schools in Liberty Public Schools attended the Northwest District Student Council Convention at Smithville High School. It was a day full of learning and excitement for our student leaders.  Below, are some of the exciting recognitions that took place honoring LPS STUCO representatives: 
  • Kelsey Stuff, StuCo Advisor at Heritage Middle School, was named the Northwest District Middle Level Advisor of the Year
  • Scott Carr, Heritage Middle School principal, was named the Northwest District Administrator of the Year
  • Lindsey Plaster, StuCo Advisor at Liberty North High School, was honored as a High School Level Advisor of the Year nominee
  • Liberty North Student Council was elected as next year's Northwest District 1st Vice President
Approximately 150 student leaders from LPS attended last week's conference.  Some of these students facilitated breakout sessions, and many will also attend other StuCo activities throughout the year, such as the state convention and the summer workshop.  
 
We have some incredible students stepping up and making a positive difference in our buildings and beyond.  Congratulations to all involved! 
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 HMS 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.
Parents as Teachers Hosts Board Book Drive
The LPS Parents as Teachers program is sponsoring a BOARD BOOK Drive!  They are collecting donations of new or gently used board books suitable for infants and toddlers.  Collection boxes are located at the LPS Early Childhood Center, 9600 NE 79 Street, Kansas City, MO 64158.  More information on the drive may be accessed by clicking here.  
Parenting 101 Event Offered Next Week
The LPS Parents as Teachers program will be hosting a Parenting 101 event Monday, November 9, at the Early Childhood Center, 9600 NE 79th Street, Kansas City, MO 64158.  There are two sessions being offered (6 p.m. session:  Potty Training and Baby Sign Language, and the 7 p.m. session:  Make and Take activity - theme is literacy and I Love You rituals, along with Introduction to Spanish - ideas how to introduce your child to Spanish using books, activities, and learning tools. These activities are for parents only.
HackEdKC Event
Heads up, students!  Registration is 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.   
LPS Diversity Dinner Set for Thursday, December 3
All secondary students and their families are welcome to attend Liberty Public Schools' Annual Diversity Dinner at Liberty High School on Thursday, December 3, starting at 6:30 p.m.  The evening will celebrate the diversity in our school district.  A complimentary dinner will be provided. Dr. Joe Seabrooks, President of Penn Valley Community College, will present the keynote address.  Please RSVP by November 23 by clicking here. 
District/Community Events
Liberty Community Christmas Tree Assistance Program 
The Liberty Community Christmas Tree program's application deadline is this Friday, November 6. 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, or if home-schooled, must be registered in an official LPS extra-curricular activity. Those needing assistance may complete an online application at www.ci.liberty.mo.us/LCCT or they may call the Liberty Community Christmas Tree program at 439-4424, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

With the annual Liberty Public Schools food drive, the generosity of donors and volunteers, the program provides several boxes of food to families, as well as vouchers, which volunteers use to purchase gifts for the kids. Applications may be completed online at http://www.ci.liberty.mo.us/LCCTApply2015 or by calling 439-4424.
6th Annual Liberty Giving Thanks 5K Scheduled for Thanksgiving Day 
The 6th Annual Liberty Giving Thanks 5K will be held on Thanksgiving Day 2015 in Liberty.  This event benefits Hillcrest Hope Transitional Housing of Clay County by raising awareness and funds to support its mission to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency. The course is a loop course with a combination of roads, paved trails, and a few gentle hills. This event will be chip timed, with plaques given to the top three male and female runners, and medals to the top three age group finishers. This is a family-friendly event, and strollers and walkers are welcome, but will be asked to start at the back of the line-up for safety purposes. NO PETS WILL BE ALLOWED THIS YEAR. The first 400 registrants will be guaranteed a knit cap. Register by clicking here.  You may also find out more information about this event by clicking here to visit their website.
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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