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Upcoming Dates at a Glance
Thursday, February 11 - Staff Professional Development (early release)
Friday, February 12 - Parent Teacher Conferences (no classes)
Monday, February 15 - President's Day (schools closed)
Tuesday, February 16 - Board of Education Meeting (7 p.m./District Administration Center) 
March 21-25 - Spring Break (no classes)
Monday, May 23 - Tentative Last Day of School (subject to change due to inclement weather days, which are added to the end of the district calendar)
LPS Board of Education Accepts Resignation from Ms. Houston-Stewart
At the regular Board of Education meeting held Tuesday evening, January 19, the Board regretfully accepted the resignation of board member Eileen Houston-Stewart.  Ms. Houston-Stewart recently accepted a job in the Atlanta, GA area and will be relocating later this month.  LPS would like to thank Ms. Houston-Stewart for her service to our district and community and wish her the best of luck in the future! 
 
The Board will now begin accepting letters of interest to replace Ms. Houston-Stewart and will work towards appointing a new member in February to serve a term until April 2017.  A detailed timeline of the process may be viewed by clicking here.  Additional information as to how citizens can submit a letter of interest may be found in the Board of Education Public Notice information below. 
Board of Education Public Notice
The Liberty Board of Education is seeking an individual to fill a vacancy as a director on the Liberty Board of Education.  The term vacancy will be from February 16, 2016, until April 2017.  Candidates must meet the qualifications of state law to serve as a board director.

Residents interested in serving as a director on the Liberty Board of Education must submit a letter of interest to the school board secretary.  Candidates submitting letters of interest will receive an application packet to be completed and returned no later than 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2016.  Please submit letters of interest to:  Mrs. Sandra Cockrum, Secretary, Liberty Board of Education, 8 Victory Lane, Liberty, MO 64068 (Phone:  816.736.5301 or email: scockrum@liberty.k12.mo.us
Two Candidates File for Two Board of Education Seats
Board of Education candidate filing officially closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.  Two candidates filed for the two open seats.  These candidates were Mr. Scott Connor and Mr. Andrew Roffmann, both current members of the LPS Board of Education.  Since the same number of applicants filed as were number of seats available, there will not be a need for an election in April.  Mr. Connor and Mr. Roffmann will be sworn into office at the reorganization meeting in April.  
2016-2017 District Calendar Approved
Among the action items on the agenda at the Tuesday, January 19, Board of Education meeting was the 2016-2017 LPS District Calendar.  The Board approved the calendar presented, which may be accessed by clicking here.  To view the entire Board Summary notes from last evening's meeting, click here.
LPS News to Know
Coffee with the Community Thursday, January 21
Join us tomorrow, Thursday, January 21, for our first Coffee with the Community of 2016.  This meeting will take place in the 3rd floor board room of the LPS District Administration Center, 8 Victory Lane, from 10-11 a.m.  Liberty Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Tucker, will provide a district update and take a look at second semester.  
EPiC Elementary Enrollment Tours January 26 & 27
EPiC Elementary will be hosting Parent Information Tours on Tuesday, January 26, and Wednesday, January 27, from 9-10 a.m. for anyone interested in placing their child in the randomized lottery process for enrollment of the 2016-2017 school year.  Please call Patrice Clark at 736-5730 if you are interested in attending one of the parent information tours. If these times do not work for you, EPiC will be hosting their school-wide showcase night on February 9 from 4-7 p.m.; please feel free to attend.  For more information regarding the enrollment process, visit EPiC's website at www.epic.liberty.k12.mo.us.  Enrollment will be open January 13 - Friday, February 26.
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. tonight, January 20, for the Northland CAPS Open House at the 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. Click here to sign up now, as seating is limited.  For more information, click on www.northlandcaps.org or call 816-977-8111. 
Honor an LPS Teacher With Valentine's Day Gift
Do you know a special teacher who seems to never give up on their students, who sees potential in every student, and always seems to go the extra mile to make sure kids are not only learning, but excited about school?  Think about your child's teachers - what special teachers, administrators, or staff members in your child's life deserve a special Valentine message to say thank you?

This year, to honor Liberty Public Schools teachers, administrators, and staff, the Liberty School District Foundation (LSDF) is sponsoring a special teacher recognition opportunity; for Valentine's Day, you are invited to give a donation to the Liberty School District Foundation in honor of any special teacher, administrator, or staff member who works for LPS.  For each donation, LSDF will attach a heart to a Valentine's Day card to be delivered to honored educators; hearts will include your name, acknowledging your generosity and gratitude (gift amount not mentioned).  Donations must be made by February 4, will be used to support the Foundation and its programs (directly benefiting LPS students), and are tax deductible. 

For more information, visit www.LSDF.org.  Remember, in order to include your heart on a Valentine's Day card, you must make your donation by February 4; this may be done by clicking here
Staff/Student Recognitions
High School Art Competition Winners Announced
Liberty High School competed in a metropolitan area high school art contest, creating banners for 35 countries represented on Kansas City's Grand Boulevard of the Americas. LHS was matched in 5 countries against 5 different high schools, submitting 17 total entries. An exhibit of all student work was held at the ArtsTech building on January 8.
 
The following student works were announced as winners on January 20. After the works have been exhibited and photographed, they will be made into flags, which will be displayed on Grand Boulevard until 2021.
 
Brielle Buntin, Senior - Argentina   http://bbun15-16.blogspot.com/ 
Madison Baker, Junior - Belize   http://mbak2015-16.blogspot.com/ 
Taylor Soehlig, Sophomore - Chile    http://taylors15-16.blogspot.com/ 
Kaitlyn Heishman, Junior - Chile  http://khei15-16.blogspot.com/ 
Brenna Newberry, Senior - Haiti   http://bnew15-16.blogspot.com/ 
Sarah Ragan, Senior - Haiti    http://sragan2.blogspot.com/ 
Logan Kesler, Senior - Paraguay    http://lkes2015-16.blogspot.com/ 
 
Pan American Association of Kansas City is co-sponsoring an opening reception for the winning entries at the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall in February, with the exact date and time to be announced.
Upcoming Events
Parents as Teachers Music & Movement Group Connection    
Join the LPS Parents as Teachers group this Friday, January 22, and have fun moving and grooving with your child.  Many skills are learned through music, and best of all - it is so much fun for both you and your child!  The following two sessions are available and will be held at the Early Childhood Center, 9600 NE 79 Street, Kansas City:

6 p.m. for infant to pre-K (divided by ages)
7 p.m. for infant to pre-K (divided by ages)
 
Should sessions need to be canceled due to inclement weather, a message will be posted on 736-7020 and on the Early Childhood Center website.  Please contact Nancy Daugherty at 736-7028 if you have questions.
Benefit Pancake Breakfast
In support of the Liberty High School Marching Band and Color Guard, Liberty Blue Jays Marching Pride is sponsoring a pancake breakfast featuring Chris Cakes on Saturday, January 23, from 8-11 a.m. in the Liberty High School cafeteria. Cost is $6 per person. Breakfast will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, Tang, and coffee. Purchase your tickets online by clicking here, or you may purchase tickets at the breakfast. For additional information, contact Tara Laws.
9th Annual KC Brain Bee Competition
High school students are invited to compete on January 30, 2016, at the live Q & A competition that will test their neuroscience knowledge. Brain Bee is sponsored by the Society of Neuroscience, KC Chapter, and is held at KU Medical Center from 9-Noon.  The winner is invited to the championship at the University of Maryland in March. Go to http://sfnkc.org/ for more information. Email afnkc@kumc.edu with student's name, grade, and high school.  More questions?  Contact Colleen Jones.
District/Community Events
Liberty Community Health Action Team
Would you like to be more involved in the health and happiness of your child? Join an LCHAT (Liberty Community Health Action Team) taskforce!  Liberty Public Schools is part of a coalition of public and private organizations, including Clay County Public Health Center, Liberty Hospital, and the City of Liberty, working to improve the health and wellness of the community as a whole. We need active parents who have the drive to impact the health of our youth. Contact LCHAT Project Coordinator, Kate Lesnar816-595-4213, to find out more. You may also visit the LCHAT 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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