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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 News to Know
2016-2017 Kindergarten Online Enrollment
Liberty Public Schools began its second year of online enrollment February 1 for those families needing to enroll their incoming 2016-2017 kindergartners. Click here for information regarding online enrollment.
EPiC Elementary Enrollment Information
Mark February 9 on your calendar if you are interested in placing your child's name in the EPiC Elementary randomized lottery process for enrollment in the 2016-2017 school year (but missed the January 26 and 27 enrollment tours). You may call Patrice Clark, 736-5730, to let her know you are interested in attending the February 9 school-wide showcase night from 4-7 p.m.  For more information regarding EPiC's enrollment process, visit their website at www.epic.liberty.k12.mo.us.  Enrollment is open through Friday, February 26. 
Summer School Online Enrollment February 11
This year's Summer Adventure 2016 online enrollment for kindergarten through 8th grade opens Thursday, February 11.  Additional information may be found on the summer school website by clicking here

Summer Adventure 2016 is scheduled to take place from June 2-28.  Be sure to follow the LPS summer school program on Twitter at @LPSSummerAdv. 
Reminder:  Honor an LPS Teacher With Valentine's Day Gift
Just a reminder, if you know a teacher who seems to never give up on their students, who sees potential in every student, who goes the extra mile to make sure kids are not only learning, but also makes sure they're excited about school, then we can help you to say thank you. To honor LPS teachers, administrators, and staff, the Liberty School District Foundation (LSDF) is sponsoring a recognition opportunity.  For Valentine's Day, you are invited to give a donation to the Liberty School District Foundation in honor of any 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 and will be used to support the Foundation and its programs, which directly benefit LPS students. Donations 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
Student/Staff Recognitions
Congratulations to the LNHS Eagles Mock Trial Team
January 21, the Liberty North High School Eagles Mock Trial Team was ranked third for the evening's competition, taking three ballots and earning a win. January 26, the LNHS Eagles Mock Trial Team was ranked first for the evening's competition, taking three ballots and earning a win. Their next completion will be this month at the Jackson County Missouri Courthouse, Kansas City, MO.
 
Team Members include:  Ike Acha, Briana Byrd, Matthew Calcara, Daniel Harper, Sarah McBroom, Nate Meshau, Sadik Mohamed, and Maddie Newton.  Assisted by sponsor, Kim Scholes, and attorney, Rob James
LHS/LNHS Participate in National Signing Day Events
Student athletes from across the country participated in National Signing Day events at high schools earlier today.  Both Liberty High School and Liberty North High School held ceremonies earlier this afternoon, as each high school had several student athletes sign national letters-of-intent. To view the complete list of Blue Jay signings, click here. To view the complete list of Eagle signings, click here. Congratulations to all of these student athletes on their accomplishment, and thanks to all coaches for supporting them on their journey! 
LHS Student's Artwork Shown in Missouri Capitol Building
What an honor!  Liberty High School student, Sama Ek, has had her artwork chosen to represent District 17 in the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City!  Established in 2014, a joint effort between the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, the Missouri Art Education Association, and sponsored by Senator David Pearce, the Senate Art Exhibit showcases fine arts programs in all 34 Senate Districts. The exhibit is located on the grounds of the Capitol in the hallway that leads from Senate parking to the Capitol ground floor entrance. K-12 teachers from any arts discipline were able to submit two entries of art or performance. Each of our 34 State Senators selected a winning image to represent their district. These images are being printed hung throughout 2016 in the Missouri Capitol to advocate legislator support for the arts. 
 
District 17 State Senator, Ryan Silvey, chose Liberty High School senior, Sama Ek's, Rav, Reduction Print of a Silver Fox. An awards ceremony will be held in Jefferson City March 31, Fine Arts Education Day, to honor students and teachers. Another ceremony will be held at the Missouri Art Education Association Spring Conference in St. Louis, MO on April 8th. Congratulations, Sama!
Upcoming Events
Liberty High School Courtwarming 
Blue Jay For all the information you could possibly want to know about this week's Courtwarming at Liberty High School, click here!    
 
After the success of the Color Powder Party during Homecoming week, we decided to have a Tekno Bubble Dance immediately following the Courtwarming basketball game! The bubbles glow under black light, and when they pop on the kids during the dance, it has a really cool effect!  Be sure to read through the information to see what other fun activities we have planned to make sure we #GlowBigOrGlowHome!
Liberty North High School Courtwarming 
Eagle logo Liberty North High School will celebrate Courtwarming February 8-12. We are excited to celebrate the classic movie, Grease, with this year's, We Got Wins, They're Multiplying festivities!  For more information about Courtwarming, click here.
 
Congratulations to the following seniors who were nominated to serve as the 2016 Liberty North Courtwarming Court.  
 
Courtwarming King Candidates: Carson ArmourDonald Kandlbinder, Caleb Longley, Quentan Sanderford, Ryan Sprugel
 
Courtwarming Queen Candidates: Brooklyn BarnettChandra BolinMckenzie Harlan, Kayla MaustAnne Woody
Relay for Life Team Captains Meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 6:30-7 p.m.
Liberty Hospital Education Center (next to the Dialysis Center)
2525 Glenn Hendren Drive, Liberty

If you are registered as a Team Captain, are a past participant, going to register, thinking of registering, or are wondering what Relay for Life is, this is the meeting for you!  We will go over everything you need to know about our 2016 Relay that will take place Saturday, June 25.
Questions? Contact Julie Davidson or Luke See.
LNHS Girls Basketball Skills Academy
The Liberty North Girls Basketball Skills Academy is a three-week program for girls in 6th-7th grades at Heritage Middle School and South Valley Middle School. If you have an interest in basketball, you are encouraged to attend the Academy, which will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 16-25. The Academy will be a great opportunity for any skill level of athlete to get better each day and start to learn skills necessary to be a part of the Liberty North Girls Basketball program.
 
Dates: February 16, 18, 23, & 25
Time: 3:15-4:45 p.m.
Location: Heritage Middle School
Cost: $15 (includes t-shirt)
Sign Up: Click here for website 
 
*If you attend South Valley Middle School, you can catch the shuttle bus that runs to Heritage Middle School immediately after school. Please plan on having your parents pick you up at Heritage at the conclusion of the clinic each day.
 
For more information about the Academy, contact Mike Morley (8th grade girls basketball coach)
LHS Blood Drive Friday, February 19
The Liberty High School AP Biology class is sponsoring a Community Blood drive at Liberty High School on Friday, February 19, from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gym.  Adult donors may come at any time or they may make an appointment online by going to www.savealifenow.org.  Use Sponsor Code libertyhs.  For more information, contact Rick Knowles at 736-6800, ext. 2019 or any LHS AP Biology student.
Women in Engineering Breakfast
Girls (and their moms) in grades 6-8, this is for you! If you are interested in learning more about careers and future trends in engineering, join us for breakfast at Mosaic Life Care, 8880 NE 82 Terrace, KCMO, on Saturday, February 27, from 9-10:30 a.m.  Professionals from a variety of engineering fields will be available to share what their current jobs are, the types of jobs their company hires for, and what skills and education are needed for those jobs.  

Click here to register!  For more information, contact Colleen Jones.
District/Community Events
Earnest Shepherd Youth Center Chili Supper
Earnest Shepherd Youth Center's annual Chili Supper is going to be held February 18.  Mark your calendars now for an evening of good food and fun! Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 5-10 years of age; children 4 years and under eat free. Come help support the Youth Center, and enjoy a delicious meal including chili, hot dogs, and nachos. This is one of our fundraisers to support our programs for 2016!
 
For more information, call 781-7733.
Community Lego Drive
The Liberty Robotics Foundation and Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Community Lego Drive February 29-March 11. Do you have Lego pieces that aren't being used anymore?  Just drop them off at the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce, 1170 W. Kansas St., between the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This collection will be donated to local schools and will help with the implementation of K-5 Project Lead the Way LAUNCH. Students will use Lego pieces for many activities, helping them to become problem solvers and critical thinkers.  
Save-the-Date, Job Fair at Woodneath
Mark your calendars for the March 12 job fair to be held at Mid-Continent Public Library, Woodneath location. For more information, click 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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