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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
Coffee With the Community Thursday, February 11
Join us this Thursday, February 11, for Coffee with the Community! The meeting will take place in the 3rd floor Board Room of the LPS District Administration Center, 8 Victory Lane, from 10-11 a.m.  
 
Dr. Sarah Birk, principal of the LPS Early Childhood Center, will be speaking on the topic of Early Childhood Education. 
Time to Enroll Your 2016-2017 Kindergartner Online 
Liberty Public Schools is in the midst of its second year of online enrollment for those families with incoming 2016-2017 kindergartners. Click here for information regarding online enrollment.
Kid's Zone Camp Gone Wild
Kid's Zone's Camp Gone Wild enrollment begins February 11 and is limited to the first 500 students who are registered. More enrollment information may be found by going to the Kid's Zone website.  

During Camp Gone Wild, campers will enjoy daily field trips, such as the movies, swimming, bowling, skating, and gymnastics. Friday Fun Trips will be out of the building going to places like PowerPlay and Worlds of Fun. More activities at the school will include Bricks4kidz, Mad Science, music, crafts, and cooking. Go to the Kid's Zone website (linked above) to register and learn more about Camp Gone Wild.
Online Summer School 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 June 2-28.  Be sure to follow the LPS summer school program on Twitter at @LPSSummerAdv. 
Driver's Education Heads Up
The Liberty Public Schools Driver Education program is the answer for parents wanting their student to learn safe and correct skills for operating a vehicle! This program is offered during the summer months each year, starting about the same time as summer school. Students receive instruction from state certified, professional instructors, both in the classroom and behind the wheel. What we offer:
  • All instructors are State of Missouri Department of Education certified.
  • Instruction is individualized to meet the need of each student and their experience level.
  • Students receive a Certificate of Completion after the successful completion of the course.
  • Behind-the-wheel instruction and observation takes place in leased cars from Gary Crossley Ford. Each vehicle is inspected and equipped with all the necessary safety features, including air bags and an instructor-side brake pedal.
  • All students receive a copy of the Department of Revenue Driver Guide.
  • All students complete Driver Guide chapter questions in preparation for the written portion of the State of Missouri Driver Examination.
  • Students receive 12 behind-the-wheel instructional lessons, each focused on different driving skills needed to pass the State Driving Test (a total of 6 hours behind the wheel).
  • Each student completes 12 hours of in-car observation with the instructor.
  • Each student receives 8 hours of classroom instruction. Students learn essential driving skills and information from a certified driving instructor and guest speakers, such as the Missouri Department of Transportation Engineers, State Troopers, Liberty Police Officers, and Union Pacific Railroad Engineers.
  • Your choice of driving time, six different time slots.
  • Best value around!  We offer more instruction for less money than other area programs. Compare!
*Note: More information about our program may be found by clicking here. You may register on the LPS website by clicking here
Student/Staff Recognitions
LNHS Student Art Selected for Exhibition
The following Liberty North High School students have had ceramic sculptural works selected by juror for inclusion in this year's Annual National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition in Kansas City, MO, from March 16-19, at the Kansas City Convention Center:
Makayla Shannon "Iguana" (Grade 11) - PreAP Sculpture
Anthony Maschino "The Hand of Kansas City" (Grade 10) - Sculpture II

The National Council for Ceramic Arts is a dynamic organization that fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts. NCECA's programs, publications, opportunities, and resources inspire advancement of the field. It is a huge honor to have works accepted into the exhibition, and we are proud of these two aspiring artists. The decisions of the juror were based upon an examination of 1,344 entries for this year's exhibition. The work these students completed was selected, and now will be included, among the best from our country. The catalog, poster, and website will all include this work. 

Chablis Brendel is the art and ceramics teacher for these Liberty North High School students.
Special Olympics Polar Plunge
January 30, 71 brave souls from Liberty Public Schools plunged into Longview Lake as participants in the annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge.  LHS and LNHS won 1st and 3rd place, respectively, in the Golden Plunger costume contest at the Plunge. Nearly $7,000 was raised by Student Councils at Discovery MS, Heritage MS, Liberty HS, and Liberty North HS to benefit Special Olympics of Missouri, the charity of choice for the Missouri Association of Student Councils. The Student Councils of LPS thank the Liberty community for its continued support of Special Olympics of Missouri.
LHS Performs at District FBLA Competition
The following students from Liberty High School competed in the district Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition this past Monday at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. FBLA members competed against 16 other schools in the Kansas City area for a chance to go on to state contest in Springfield this April. 
 
State Qualifiers
Ethan O'Hair & Sabrina Cookson in Marketing
Mikaylie Parco in Business Communications
 
Placed at Districts
Cole Kelley - 3rd in Impromptu Speaking
Nick Kern & Ethan O'Hair - 3rd in Sports & Entertainment Management
Jacob Nelson - 2nd in Graphic Design
Upcoming Events
LNHS Presents The Boys Next Door March 4 and 5 
Liberty North High School presents The Boys Next Door on March 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the theatre. This comedy gives a glimpse into the lives of four intellectually challenged men who live in a group home supervised by a social worker. Their escapades bring laughter and understanding for people who are different than most of us. One of the characters has a poignant storyline that adds depth and humanity to the comedy.
 
Justen Willhite, Noah Graham, Bryce Tinkham, and Thadeus Acha play the men, and Conner Paulson plays their social worker. Regan McKay plays the budding girlfriend of Noah's character, and Holden Walters plays the father of Bryce's character. Other actors include Jamie Allen, Sarah Cowan, Romero Higareda, James Sisson, Sean Peters, and Janessa JohnsonSequoia Crisman and Joseph Duncan run the backstage area.
 
David Young directs, assisted by Rebecca DempseyConnor Bush is Student Teacher, and Nathan Meshau is Student Director. Dahiana Barasz coordinated costumes, and James Sisson designed the lighting. Mr. Young's Stagecraft classes built the set.
 
Advance tickets are available online. Just go to the Fine Arts webpage, and click on the ShowTix4U.com logo. Tickets will also be available one hour before the start of each performance at the LNHS box office. They are $10 for adults and $5 for children, students, and seniors.
Liberty North High School Courtwarming 
Eagle logo Liberty North High School is celebrating 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
LNHS Girls Basketball Skills Academy
The Liberty North High School 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 may 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
Third Annual TechNight Save-the-Date
Save-the-Date for our Third Annual LPS TechNight
Tuesday, March 15, 6-8 p.m.
Liberty North High School
5th grade through high school students and parents
Click here to view flyer. Questions? Contact Colleen Jones.
 
"By 2018, 1.4 million computing jobs will be available in the U.S., but it is estimated only 400,000 graduates will have the appropriate degrees for those jobs." Cerner
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
Save-the-Date: Statewide STEM Event for 7th Grade Girls
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 23!  The Missouri College and Career Consultants present the first ever Statewide STEM Event for 7th grade girls!  For more information, and a tentative conference schedule with session times and speakers, click here.
Earnest Shepherd Youth Center Chili Supper
Earnest Shepherd Youth Center's annual Chili Supper will 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 in 2016. For more information, call 781-7733.
Community Lego Drive
The Liberty Robotics Foundation and the 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.  
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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