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December 18, 2015 - End of First Semester
December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016 -
Schools Closed for Winter Break
January 4, 2016 - Teacher Workday, No Classes
January 5, 2016 - Classes Resume
EPiC Elementary Named 21st Century Learning Exemplar by P21
P21, the leading organization advocating for 21st century learning for every student, has designated EPiC Elementary as an exemplar school, as part of a nationwide initiative identifying models of exemplary 21st century learning practices that are preparing students for success across the United States.  This exciting news was released earlier this week.  More information regarding this announcement may be read by clicking here.  Congratulations to EPiC on this achievement! 
Board of Education Election Information
The Liberty 53 School District will accept declaration of candidacy from any person interested in running for a position on the Liberty School Board in the April 5, 2016, election. Persons interested may file at the Liberty Public School District Administration Center located at 8 Victory Lane, Liberty, Missouri.
 
Filing will begin on December 22, 2015, at 8 a.m. and will continue during the district's regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.  Candidates should enter the building through the east entrance doors.  Filing will not occur on days that the school district's offices are closed due to inclement weather.  Filing will not occur on the following holidays when the school district's offices are closed:  December 24, 25, 31, 2015, and January 1, 18, 2016.  Filing will end on January 19, 2016, at 5 p.m.
 
There are two positions available with three-year terms.
Board Candidate Workshop Monday, December 7
As mentioned above, two seats on the Liberty Public Schools Board of Education will become available in April 2016. In an effort to inform interested applicants of Board of Education responsibilities, a Board Candidate Workshop will be offered Monday, December 7. The workshop will begin at 5 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the District Administration Center, 8 Victory Lane.
 
Candidates filing for board member positions must complete a Candidate's Affidavit of Tax Payments (Missouri Department of Revenue Form 5120). This document may be accessed by clicking here.      
Coffee with the Community Thursday, December 17
Join us Thursday, December 17, at 10 a.m., for our next Coffee with the Community. Trey Katzer and Tracey Kracht will present an interesting, informational session, keeping us in the loop on Technology Integration within Liberty Public Schools.  Join us at the LPS District Administration Center (3rd Floor Board Room), 8 Victory Lane, Liberty.
LPS News to Know
Northland CAPS Open House
Will you be a high school junior or senior for the 2016-17 school year? Do you enjoy working with students from other districts and business partners from the real world of work? Are you eager to solve real problems in a fast growing business outside of the high school walls?  If so, join us at 6 p.m. for the Northland CAPS Open House on December 9 or the Open House on January 20, Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes St., Gladstone. You will be able to talk with other students currently enrolled in Northland CAPS, visit with instructors, and learn more about the program.  
Strands for the 2016-17 school year include: Engineering/Advanced Manufacturing, Global Business/Entrepreneurship, Global Logistics and Transportation, Medicine and Healthcare,
and Technology Solutions.  
Seating is limited, so if you're interested, you may want to sign up now.
December 8:  Click here            
January 20:  Click here     
For more information, click on this link: www.northlandcaps.org or call 816-977-8111. 
Staff/Student Recognitions
Congratulations, LNHS Varsity Scholar Bowl Team
Congratulations to the Liberty North Varsity Scholar Bowl team for finishing 5th out of 24 teams at Fort Osage on November 21.  In addition, Elliott Yoakum received special recognition for being the 2nd leading scorer of all the competitors at the tournament.  The Liberty North Varsity Scholar Bowl team consisted of Hillary Albert, Brooks Casel, Kaylee Chase, Jacob Dice, Sarah Myers, and Elliott Yoakum. The team is coached by Mary Coogan and Rosemary Camp.
Kudos to LHS ACE Mentoring Club
Kudos to the LHS ACE Mentoring Club for their award winning design and presentation at the Kansas City ACE Mentoring Design Charrette Completion on November 21st!  The team of Mason Armstrong, Claire Dunlap, Titus Adkison, George Meyer, and Donnie Smith won 1st place in the  Form Follows Function Award Category, for their innovative Digital Café Design.
Congrats LNHS Speech and Debate Team
Congratulations to the Liberty North Speech and Debate team for placing 2nd out of 22 schools at the Park Hill South tournament! Individual placings follow.
 
1st co-champions Champ Policy Debate: Michaela Scarrow/Bryn Ramos and Cami Smith/Todd Rogers
1st Champ Public Forum Debate: Mac Newton/Bret Snider
1st US Extemp: Mac Newton
3rd Champ Public Forum Debate: Jordan Jackson/Carman Stephenson
4th Lincoln Douglas Debate:  Matt Gallup
 
The Novice team competed at North Kansas City and placed 4th out of 20 schools. Individual placings:
 
1st  Lincoln Douglas Debate:  Braydee Chu
1st Foreign Extemp:  Braydee Chu
3rd Foreign Extemp:  Harrison Frawley
4th Dramatic Interp:  Autumn Bammes
4th Student Congress:  Emma Mitchell
5th Public Forum Debate:  Lauren Johnson/Harrison Frawley
6th  Policy Debate:  Emma Mitchem/Mitchell Sidden
6th Student Congress:  Mitchell Sidden
Upcoming Events
LHS Hosting Boys Basketball Clinic
Boys, Grades 1-5, come play basketball with the Blue Jays basketball team!  During this two-hour clinic, you will practice your ball handling, passing, dribbling, shooting, rebounding, and defensive skills with the varsity coaches and players. 
When:   December 5, 9-11 a.m.
Where:  Liberty High School Fieldhouse
Who:     1st-5th grade boys
Cost:     $10; autographed t-shirt $10 (optional)
                       *May write one check ($20) for both; t-shirts will be delivered
                       *Make checks payable to BlueJay Nation 
Please register in the gym the morning of the clinic, and bring your own basketball.  If you have questions, contact Coach Roger Stirtz by clicking on his name, or call 736.6836.
LNHS Hosting Youth Basketball Camp
The Liberty North men's basketball program will host a youth camp and parent clinic on December 12 from 9-11 a.m. at the Liberty North Fieldhouse.  Players will be instructed by current players and coaches.  Parents will receive information about age appropriate skills and drills.  We look forward to seeing players in Grades K-7 and their families on December 12! Questions should be directed via email to Head Coach Chris McCabe, or by calling 736-5519.
Information may be found online at: 
TSA Day Out 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.
District/Community Events
HMS PTA Hosts Holiday Shopping Mart
Heritage Middle School PTA will host its first Holiday Shopping Mart on Saturday, December 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be over 90 vendors selling a variety of crafts and products. There will also be activities for younger children, including a Children's Village for making mom and dad a special gift, face painting, and other holiday fun. Entry is free, and concessions will be sold. There will also be a raffle contest to win an Apple iPad mini! Tickets may be purchased now at the HMS front office or on the day of the event. 
Local Writers Gather for 2nd Annual Story Center Author Fair
Building on the momentum from last year's inaugural event, MCPL will host upwards of 20 local authors of children, teen and adult fiction and non-fiction books on Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woodneath Library Center. Authors, including Jen Mann (Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat), Pete Dulin (KC Ale Trail), LaDene Morton (The Country Club District of Kansas City), Ann Ingalls (The Little Piano Girl) and many others, will answer questions about how they became published authors and will sell and sign books for holiday gifts. Take a look at the updated list of authors by clicking here.  
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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