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LPS Closed November 25-27 for Thanksgiving Break
Just a reminder that LPS will be observing the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and will be closed Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27.  Classes will resume on Monday, November 30.  We hope all of our families have a safe and restful holiday week! 
Coffee with the Community Thursday, November 19
Our next Coffee with the Community event is Thursday, November 19, 10-11 a.m, in the 3rd floor Board Room of the LPS District Administration Center, 8 Victory Lane.  This month's presentation will be provided by the Prevention Program Director of Liberty Alliance for Youth, Ms. Kendra Callaway, providing an update on progress with this organization.  We hope you are able to attend!
LPS Board of Education Meeting Summary Now Available
The Liberty Public Schools Board of Education met Monday, November 16, for their regular meeting.  You may view the meeting summary by clicking here, which will provide highlights from the meeting.  In addition, all regular meetings are recorded and replayed on our district's cable access channel, KLPS-TV Channel 18 daily at 8 a.m.
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.      
LPS News to Know
LPS Recognized for "All Access" to Project Lead The Way
Liberty Public Schools was recently recognized at the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Missouri State Conference for implementing PLTW in every school in the district.  PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. and engages students in hands-on activities, projects, and problems reflective of real-world scenarios and careers.   
"We are excited to offer PLTW programs to our students, giving them a chance to get excited about math, science, and STEM concepts and pursue these subjects as they continue their educational careers," said LPS Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services Dr. Marlie Williams.

To read more about this announcement, click here
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 19, 20, and 21.  All performances begin at 7 p.m.  November 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 through ShowTix4U. Children, students, and senior citizens are $5 each, and adults are $10 each.  If you have any questions, please contact the Fine Arts Department at 736-5660.
Staff/Student Recognitions
LNHS Eagle's View Newsmagazine Receives Award
Liberty North High School's Eagle's View newsmagazine staff was awarded 10th place, Best of Show, at the JEA/NSPA national convention in Orlando this past weekend. Congratulations, students, on a job well done!  To view copies of the print edition, as well as to read new content and view the staff list, click here.  
LNHS Yearbook Students Receive National Award
Please congratulate the following two yearbook students on the national award they received this past weekend at the JEA/NSPA national convention in Orlando. 
  Jessica Schell received an Excellent rating in Literary Magazine: Layout.
  Lauren Birkeness received and Honorable Mention in Literary Magazine: Illustration. 
Competition was extremely fierce as thousands of high school journalists from across the nation competed in the various contests, so to bring home an award is a huge accomplishment!
Liberty High School Debate Results
This past weekend, the Liberty High School Speech and Debate team competed at the Ray Pec Invitational Tournament with outstanding success!  Members of the team earned tournament championship honors in four separate events, and Liberty students earned the top four spots in Lincoln Douglas Debate.  The following students earned individual honors:
-          Samantha Bennett- 6th place, Original Oratory
-          Paul Ambrose- 3rd place, Congressional Debate
-          Jordan Cowger- 4th place, United States Extemp
-          Natalie Schaller- 2nd place, United States Extemp
-          Phoebe Alpern/Paul Ambrose- 4th place, Public Forum Debate
-          Max Cronin- Tournament Champion, Congressional Debate
-          Phoebe Alpern- Tournament Champion, International Extemp
-          Natalie Schaller- Co-Tournament Champion, Lincoln Douglas Debate
-          Ethan Cook- Co-Tournament Champion, Lincoln Douglas Debate
-          Lynsie Daniels- Co-Tournament Champion, Lincoln Douglas Debate
-          Max Cronin- Co-Tournament Champion, Lincoln Douglas Debate
-          Samantha Bennett/Jordan Cowger- Tournament Champion- PF Debate
Congratulations to LNHS Speech and Debate Team
Liberty North High School's Speech and Debate team placed 2nd out of 20 schools recently at the Ray-Pec tournament. Individual placings were:
1st Original Oratory, Whitney Wilson
1st Radio Speaking, Mac Newton
2nd Policy Debate, Cami Smith/Todd Rogers
2nd Original Oratory, Mac Newton
2nd Dramatic Interp, Noah Graham
3rd US Extemp, Mac Newton
3rd Original Oratory, Sydney Neal
4th Public Forum Debate, Whitney Wilson/Sydney Neal
4th Public forum Debate, Mac Newton/Bret Snider
4th Lincoln Douglas Debate, Isaac Keller
5th Foreign Extemp, Jake West
6th Foreign Extemp, Sam Kobe
Mac Newton also won the Russell Johnston outstanding individual student award by placing in all 4 of his events.
Pacemaker Honorable Mention
Liberty High School senior, Morgan Fleming, and LHS 2015 graduate, Isaac Knopf, brought home an Individual Pacemaker Honorable Mention for their "Goodbye, Cokely" sports feature story. The Pacemaker is dubbed the Pulitzer Prize for high school students and is awarded to the most talented broadcasting students in the country by the National Scholastic Press Association. This is the first time any Liberty Public Schools student has been named a finalist in the Individual Pacemaker Contest, much less a winner. Congratulations Morgan and Isaac!
Upcoming Events
Look Out for LNHS Friday Night Madness 
Come on out to Liberty North High School's annual Friday Night Madness and Winter Sports Tip-Off at 7 p.m. this Friday night, November 20!  Let 8th graders through varsity high school athletes entertain you with basketball scrimmages, various contests and wrestling recognitions, then join us in congratulating our District, Conference, and State winners from the fall season of LNHS sports.  What a night this is going to be, so make plans now to join us!  
LHS Hosting Boys Basketball Clinic
Boys, Grades 1-5, come play 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.  Please 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:  
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
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. 
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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