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LPS Hosts Annual Salute to Veterans
flag3.jpgThis morning, Liberty Public Schools held our annual Salute to Veterans breakfast and program at Discovery Middle School.  Nearly 100 local veterans attended the event that included remarks from several students and LPS Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker.  In addition, all classrooms in the district viewed a special Flag Raising Ceremony and recited the Pledge of Allegiance together as a district.  The ceremony, led by our local American Legion post, may be viewed by clicking here.  We thank all of those who have served and who are serving our great country!  
Liberty Public Schools Are United for United Way!
United Way Our district's annual United Way campaign was held October 19-23.  All of our buildings, district-wide, participated with a variety of activities held for both students and staff.  After donations were collected, LPS raised nearly $60,000, making this year's campaign one of the largest since we have been participating!  Thank you to everyone for making this successful event possible! 
Blue Jay Cheer Captures 7th State Championship
Blue JayLiberty High School cheerleaders competed this past weekend in Columbia at the 2015 Missouri State Cheer Competition. The team took first place in the 5A Large category. This is the varsity cheer team's 7th state title. Congratulations, Blue Jays!  

Next up for the Jays:  
The varsity team is working to qualify for the National Cheerleading competition held in Orlando this February. They compete in December at the UCA Regional in hopes of achieving that goal to return to the National Competition. The 
team is led by head coach Brenda Moats, and assistants Daisy King and Madison Young.  Team members include:  Annabelle Anderson, Cynthia Barker, Grace Buehler, Samantha Butcher, Elise Ciferri, Taja Dotson, Molly Filger, Tianna Fry, Meghan Fullerton, Skyler Galvin, Kelsi Garrett, Tally Hill, Olivia Hoseth, Avery Hunt, Maddy Kudrna, Katie Lamb, Taylor Lee, Desirae Leeson, Lauren Potts, Jackie Quigley, Mitchelle Rader, Jessica Shepherd, Hunter Siegfried, Meg Weaver, Nicole Wood, Bailey Wynn, Sabrina Zern, and Lindsey Zoz.
LPS News to Know
Next Coffee with the Community Set for Thursday, November 19
We hope you can make plans to attend our next Coffee with the Community event coming up Thursday, November 19, from 10-11 a.m at the LPS District Administration Center, 8 Victory Lane, 3rd floor Board Room.  This month's presentation will be provided by the Prevention Program Director of the Liberty Alliance for Youth, Ms. Kendra Callaway, who will give us an update on progress made with this organization.  We hope you can make plans to attend!
Vote to Help LHS Win $100,000 Prize!
The Liberty High School Student Council has been participating in a campaign to promote safe driving practices with a week of activities.  LHS has received word they are a national finalist in the competition and are eligible to win $100,000 for their school.  Voting is open this week with supporters eligible to vote once per day.  To participate in the contest, and to watch the LHS campaign video, click here.  Best of luck, Jays!
Medical Careers Night
Reminder: Medical Careers Night is Thursday evening, November 12, from 6-8:30 at Liberty Hospital Medical Plaza East.  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. 

A children's choir composed of students selected from all the elementary schools in Liberty will accompany the teens in several of the musical numbers, and they will join the teens in some of the dance numbers. Teens will be involved in teaching the children about theatre. This year, teens are designing all of the teen costumes and constructing at least 60% of them. Leaders Dahiana Barasz and Cassie Sisson researched both the Biblical background of the story and Jewish traditions to incorporate symbolism and meaning into the costume fabrics, colors, and designs.
 
Thadeus Acha is Joseph, and Abigail DayAshleigh Erickson, and Kinsey Collins are the Narrators. Brothers are Conner Paulson, Garrett Williams, James Sisson, Justen Willhite, Kaelin Hagen, Michael Chapman, Nate Meshau, Romero Higareda, Scott Green, Sean Pappone, and Sean SturdivantRomero Higareda is also Pharaoh. Tyler Carpenter is Potiphar, and Sarah Cowan is Potiphar's Wife. Bryce Tinkham is Jacob, Nick Baumart is the Baker and Male Understudy, and Max Brown is the Butler. Cassie Sisson is the Narrator Understudy, and James Sisson is the Understudy for Joseph. Garrett Williams is Dance Captain, and Courtney Carr is Stage Manager. James Sisson designed much of the show's lighting. Over 60 teens will be involved in producing the show.  David Young directs, assisted by Rebecca Dempsey and Kim Lenger, with Alan Bunch directing music, Kenny Personett choreography, and Susan Patton overseeing the student-led costume crew. Emily Myers leads music for the children's choir.
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
LPS Band and Orchestra Students Excel at Districts
Band and orchestra students from Liberty High School and Liberty North High School, along with feeder schools Discovery Middle School, Liberty Middle School, Heritage Middle School, and South Valley Middle School, excelled at the Kansas City Metro #3 All-District Auditions!  
Congratulations to ALL the students who auditioned. Click here to view the final results of auditions held at Liberty High School on November 7.
Speech and Debate Team Results Posted
Liberty High School Results 
The team traveled to two high schools over the weekend of November 6th and 7th.
 
Lee's Summit West (Varsity)
Phoebe Alpern - 5th Place International Extemporaneous
Riley Payne - 4th Place Original Oratory
DeJa King-Dial - 4th Place Poetry Reading
Heather Shipley - 4th Place Storytelling
Corben Phillips - 2nd Place Storytelling
Natalie Schaller - 3rd Place Lincoln Douglas Debate
Ethan Cook - 2nd Place Lincoln Douglas Debate
Allison Potter and Jaclyn Drewry - 4th Place Champ Policy Debate
Jackson Mueller and Andrew Egbert - 8th Place Regular Policy Debate
James Hirsch and Owen Wohler - 4th Place Regular Policy Debate
Summer Olson and Addison Henson - 1st Place Regular Policy Debate
Paul Ambrose - 2nd Place Student Congress
*Team placed 3rd in Team Sweepstakes
 
Lee's Summit North (Novice)
Jordan Carlson and Jason Niffen - 2nd Place Policy Debate
Ricky Ames - 6th Place Student Congress
John Belfonte - 3rd Place Lincoln Douglas Debate
Logan Kristl and Kaitlyn Jackson - 1st Place Duo Interp
Kasey Allshouse - 1st Place Prose Reading
Grace Keenan - 1st Place Dramatic Interp
Bailey Daniels - 6th Place Dramatic Interp
Sarah Keenan - 1st Place Storytelling
Maggie Quinn - 2nd Place Dramatic Interp
*Team placed 1st in Team Sweepstakes
Liberty North High School Results
Congratulations to the novice speech and debate team for placing 2nd out of 27 schools in team sweepstakes at the Lee's Summit North tournament.  Individual results below.
 
1st Humorous Interp Emily Caywood
2nd Humorous Interp Garrett Williams
2nd Foreign Extemp Harrison Frawley
2nd Original Oratory Maddie Newton
2nd Prose Bryce Tinkham
2nd Storytelling Garrett Williams
3rd Policy Debate Sadik Mohamed/Harrison Gates
4th Foreign Extemp Sadik Mohamed
4th Dramatic Interp Noah Graham
4th Poetry Sarah Cowan
4th Public Forum Debate Maddie Newton/Lauren Johnson
4th Lincoln Douglas Debate Preston Valentine
4th Lincoln Douglas Debate Alma MacDonald
5th Original Oratory Lauren Johnson
5th Dramatic interp Sean Pappone
5th Duo Interp Autumn Bammes/Sean Sturdivant 
5th Prose Christopher Gooch
6th Prose Sean Sturdivant 
6th Storytelling Jamie Allen
 
The Varsity squad competed at Lee's Summit West and the following students placed.
 
2nd Champ Policy Debate Todd Rogers/Cami Smith
2nd US Extemp Mac Newton
3rd Champ Policy Debate Jake West/Michaela Scarrow
4th Student Congress Isaac Keller
4th Champ Public Forum Debate Mac Newton/Bret Snider
4th Champ Lincoln Douglas Debate Matt Gallup
5th US Extemp Emma Taylor
5th Original Oratory Michaela Scarrow
6th Humorous Interp Hailey Austin
Upcoming Events
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 regarding the drive may be accessed by clicking here.  
TSA Day Out Scheduled for Wednesday, December 30
Liberty High School's Technology Student Association (TSA) is hosting a TSA Day Out for all students currently in Kindergarten through 6th grade.  This one-day event on December 30 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Liberty High school, will provide a full day of fun activities for students, while parents get a break to take care of any end-of-winter break needs or just get the kids out for some great activities.  For $25, students will have 7 hours of games, experiments, an engineering movie, and lots of fun.  A snack will be provided during the movie, but a lunch will need to be brought from home.  All proceeds will go toward helping the 50 TSA students travel to state and national competitions in various Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields.  Sign up quickly, as our spring camp filled every spot!  To register your student, please email dboden@liberty.k12.mo.us for more information and the registration form.
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
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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