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Upcoming Dates at a Glance
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)
Peterson Selected to Serve on Board of Education
At the February 16 Board of Education meeting, Mr. Kent Peterson was welcomed by the Board as a new member.  Mr. Peterson was unanimously selected late last week to fill the board vacancy created when Ms. Eileen Houston-Stewart resigned last month. Mr. Peterson will serve as director until the April 2017 general election, at which time the one-year term will be filled through the election process.
 
Mr. Peterson has been an active figure in both the community and the district.  He is past chair and treasurer of the Liberty School District Foundation, as well as a charter member of the LPS Vision 20/20 steering committee.  In addition, he has served as President of the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary and President of the East Clay Rotary Club.  Mr. Peterson is employed by Liberty's Hawthorn Bank, serving as Market President.
 
"Liberty Public Schools has had a tremendous impact on my two children who have moved through this system," said Peterson. "I strive to help provide all other students in the district with the same opportunities that were provided to my children."

To view the complete Board Meeting Summary from last evening's meeting, click here
LPS News to Know
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 began 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 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.
LHS Presents The Diary of Anne Frank
Liberty High School presents The Diary of Anne Frank, February 18-20, at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater. 
 
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 LHS box office. They are $10 for adults and $5 for children, students, and seniors.
 
In this transcendently powerful new adaptation, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence - their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne's voice shines through:  "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to go on living even after my death."
  
ANNE FRANK.................................................................................................SARAH KEENAN
OTTO FRANK....................................................................................BRANDON BARKSDALE
EDITH FRANK...........................................................................................MADDY CANTWELL
MARGOT FRANK...........................................................................................GRACE KEENAN
MIEP GIES.......................................................................................................KELSEY PIERCE
PETER VAN DAAN........................................................................................ANDREW CABLE
MR. KRALER...............................................................................................CORBEN PHILLIPS
MRS. VAN DAAN.............................................................................MCKENZIE GREENWOOD
MR. VAN DAAN.....................................................................................................JAY BUTLER
MR. DUSSEL.............................................................................................CAMERON PRATER
FIRST MAN.................................................................................................JONATHAN EDENS
SECOND MAN..................................................................................................NATHAN MOON
THIRD MAN................................................................................................CONNAR MCKILLIP
DIRECTOR.........................................................................................................DON JOHNSON
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/TECHNICAL DIRECTOR...........................................MICK TURPIN
STUDENT DIRECTOR/STAGE MANAGER....................................................LINDSEY BOYD
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS.................................MACEY KERN, DEKAYLA CRAIGG                                                                                                                           NIKI BENHARDT
ASSISTANT STUDENT DIRECTOR.......................................................DELANEY TARPLEY
BACKSTAGE CREW.............................................SARAH LATHAM, MADELINE SHAFFER                                                                                                                            KATIE MORRISS
DRAMATURGY.........................................................CAMERON PRATER, EMILY GOODWIN
MASTER CARPENTER....................................................................................JOSH MUNDEN
STUDENT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR...................................................................EMMA DAVIS
SOUND DESIGNER/OPERATOR....................................................................JOSH MUNDEN
LIGHTING DESIGNER/OPERATOR................................................................KYLE MUNDEN
VIDEO MAPPING DESIGNER.............................................................................EMMA DAVIS
TECHNICAL CREW...................................JAKE KANE, ZACH STONE, DYLAN JOHNSON
PROPERTIES CREW........................................DELANEY WAHLERT, MAKANA BROOKS                                                                                                     MAGGIE QUINN, EMMA KERN
COSTUME CREW...............................................VALERIE NIERMAN, SAMMY CAMPBELL                                                                  PAIGE EDDY, JENNIFER JENNINGS, SADIE JESS
HAIR/MAKEUP CREW................................KATHERINE VLAMIS, MEREDITH ACKERMAN
FRONT OF HOUSE DESIGNER/MANAGER......................................................JOE GALETTI
USHER CREW.................................AUSTIN GREEN, ALY OLDHAM, HEATHER SHIPLEY 
               CHLOE WANER, NICOLE KITCHELL, HOLLIS HAGENBUCH, TAYLOR HOUSE
Online Summer School Enrollment Open
Enroll your K-8th grader online now for Summer Adventure! Important information, including online enrollment 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. 
Advanced Placement Exam Registration Now Open
High school students, currently enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, may now register for AP exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present when registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered. This year, each AP exam costs $100 with a  $10 registration fee per student. Exam fees may be paid online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit or debit card available before beginning registration if you wish to pay online. Payment may also be made by check, mailed to Total Registration at the address shown on the confirmation page. Students in need of financial assistance may request it during the registration process. Registration is not complete until the confirmation page has been printed.   
 
Registration Websites:
Registration Deadlines:
  • Friday, March 4, at 11:59 p.m. - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $10 late fee per registration
  • Friday, March 11, at 11:59 p.m. - Registration Ends
  • Monday, March 14, at 11:59 p.m. - Registrations that have not been paid in full will be canceled and no exams ordered
Please contact Dr. Rosemary Camp should you have any questions about AP exams or the registration process.
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 Model UN Finishes in Top 10
Congratulations to the Liberty North Model UN team for once again finishing in the top ten out of more than 100 schools from across the country and world at the University of Chicago's Model UN conference! Individual winners were:

Outstanding Delegates: Mac Newton, Cami Smith, Zach Klein, Maddi Van Dyne
Honorable Mention: Dasia Caraballo, Sara Venier, Ying Chow
Verbal Commendation: Jake West, Cheyenne Bourgeois, Jacob Lozano
LNHS Seniors Earn Distinguished Student Leader Award
Liberty North High School seniors, Daniel Hart, Luke KernellKailee Knudsen, Lindsay Marvine, Sarah Philpot, and Claire Rose have earned the Distinguished Student Leader Award from the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC). This honor is the top award granted by MASC and recognizes students who demonstrate superior student council leadership skills. These students will be recognized at the MASC State Convention at Platte County High School on Saturday, March 12!
LNHS Speech and Debate Wins Conference Championship
Liberty North's Speech and Debate team brought home team hardware from three different tournaments in one weekend! The team competed at the KC Suburban Conference tournament and won the conference championship. This is the sixth year in a row Liberty North has been conference champions.  Following are the students named to the All-Conference teams:
 
1st Team All-Conference:
Mac Newton 1st US Extem
Jake West 2nd Foreign Extemp
Sydney Neal 2nd Original Oratory
Summer Blankenship 2nd Humorous Interp
Annalyn Blackwell 1st Dramatic Interp
Conner Paulson/Annalyn Blackwell 1st Duo Interp
Morgan Neal 1st Storytelling
Jake West/Sara Venier 1st Policy Debate
Cami Smith/Todd Rogers 2nd Policy Debate
Michaela Scarrow/Bryn Ramos 3rd Policy Debate
Isaac Keller 1st Lincoln Douglas Debate
Mac Newton/Bret Snider 1st Public Forum Debate
Jordan Jackson/Carman Stephenson 2nd Public Forum Debate
Jacob Lozano/Cheyenne Bourgeois 4th Public Forum Debate
 
2nd Team All-Conference:
Cami Smith 4th US Extemp
Zach Klein 4th Foreign Extemp
Michaela Scarrow 3rd original Oratory
Conner Paulson 4th Humorous Interp
Michael Chapman 3rd Dramatic Interp
Thadeus Acha/Courtney Carr 4th Duo Interp
Alma MacDonald 6th Poetry
Nate Meshau 4th Prose
Courtney Carr 6th Prose
Hallie Wilcoxson 5th Storytelling
Isaac Keller 3rd Student Congress
Cheyenne Bourgeois 5th Student Congress
 
The team also competed at the Blue Valley Southwest tournament and won 3rd place in sweepstakes out of 13 schools:
1st Prose Annalise Pinedo
2nd Dramatic interp Nate Meshau
2nd Public Forum Debate Nick Smith/Matt Calcara
4th Foreign Extemp Clayton Breshears
5th Prose Alex Murray
5th Foreign Extemp Harrison Frawley
6th Dramatic Interp Leo Jameson
6th Foreign Extemp Valerie Venier
 
The team also competed at a tournament at Salina Central in Kansas where they took 2nd place out of 15 schools:
1st IDA Jamal Gregory and Colt Duncan
1st POI Clarissa Lenger
2nd Dramatic Interpretation Clarissa Lenger
3rd DUO Jamal Gregory and Colt Duncan
3rd IDA Tyler Carpenter and Gabe Wright
3rd Prose Bryce Tinkham
3rd Prose Non Qualifier Haydn Finlinson
4th Humorous Interpretation Kinsey Collins
5th Dramatic Interpretation Bryce Tinkham
5th Dramatic Interpretation Non Qualifier Brynn Monoghan
5th Humorous Interpretation Garrett Williams
5th Prose Non Qualifier Brynn Monoghan
6th Dramatic Interpretation Kinsey Collins
6th DUO Sean Sturdivant and Autumn Bammes
6th Humorous Interpretation Cassie Sisson
7th Dramatic Interpretation Non Qualifier Jamie Allen
7th Oratory Non Qualifier Raechel Sherrick
Upcoming Events
Preparing for Kindergarten
Liberty's Parents as Teachers is offering Preparing for Kindergarten, an event designed to help families make a smooth transition to kindergarten.
When: Thursday, March 3, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Early Childhood Center, 9600 NE 79th Street, Kansas City, MO 64158
Parents as Teachers hosts this annual event to help parents know more about kindergarten.  A panel made up of district personnel (kindergarten teachers, a counselor, principal, nurse) will talk about kindergarten. This is an opportunity to have questions answered, find out more about the kindergarten experience, and how to help your child make the transition. It is also helpful for those parents who haven't decided whether or not their child will go to kindergarten next year (because of late spring or summer birthdays). This event is for parents only, please. No reservation is required; childcare is not provided.
 
Kindergarten Roundup is March 15th at the elementary school your student will attend in the fall.
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.
LHS Spring Testing Care Packages
April 19, Liberty High School's 9-11th graders will spend the majority of the day taking the EOC or the ACT. LHS's practical leadership class would like to make this day a little easier for them by offering a Spring Testing Care Package for $4. The care package will include a snack, water, fruit, a mint, and an optional personalized note. Click here to sign up for a care package for your student(s). Your student is welcome to bring the money to the attendance office or to Room 102.    
Let's Kick Cancer Out of the Park
Who wants to Kick Cancer Out of the Park? We are looking for kick ball players/teams to take part in the 2nd Annual Relay For Life of Liberty Kick Ball Tournament.
When: Saturday, April 16
Where: Liberty Middle School
Team Registration: $200
For more information, click here. You may also contact Justin Gambill with any questions.         
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 Remaining: February 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.
Nursing Careers Workshop
Discover healthcare and lifecare careers that can help you meet your life's purpose and live life well! Learn more about nursing careers at a workshop to be held at White Science Center, William Jewell College, on March 10. Contact Colleen Jones should you still have questions after looking at the linked flyer.
Earnest Shepherd Youth Center Chili Supper
Earnest Shepherd Youth Center's annual Chili Supper is 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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