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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)
LPS News to Know
2016-2017 District Calendar Revised
The Board of Education approved a revision to the 2016-2017 school calendar at its February 16 meeting, changing the first day of school from August 16 to August 17, 2016.  Click here to view the revised district calendar.  Click here to view the revised calendar for EPiC Elementary.
Coffee With the Community Set for Thursday, March 10
Join us from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, in the third floor board room of the District Administration Center for Coffee With the Community. 

This month's speaker will be Dr. Marlie Williams and her Academic Services team, who will provide the audience with an LPS Curriculum Overview.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
Recycle Liberty
Bring your unused and broken electronics to the Liberty High School parking lot on April 16 from 8 a.m.-noon for free recycling!  If it has a cord, or runs on batteries, we'll take it!  There will be a small fee for CRT TV's ($20-$50, given size). We cannot take VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, light bulb s, ballasts, or batteries. This event is sponsored by the LHS Key Club and T4T (Tech for Teens).  #RecycleLiberty
Franklin Families Enjoy Art Fair
Families at Franklin Elementary enjoyed an art fair that focused on STEAM with a theme of historic World's Fairs. The art teacher, Lori Butler, and library media specialist, Katie Fisher, collaborated to create art work that combined elements of science, technology, engineering, art, and math, as well as history and language arts. Students studied and read about the innovations and inventions from the Chicago and New York World's Fairs, then created artwork based on their studies.

In the library Makerspace, students added light and movement to their artwork using circuits, gears, and robotic programming to make the artwork move, light up, and even dance. Second grade built light posts with 3d printing elements and lights to illuminate the city created in art class representing the two World's Fairs, 3rd grade added motors to their artwork, so that it traveled around the cities built by the 2nd graders, fourth grade built robots out of cardboard in art and added circuits to run lights and also engineered a base from Legos to fit on the moving robot that allowed them to travel around the space. Fifth grade students combined their learning about simple machines and robotics to create and program a moving cardboard automata art installation powered by Lego motors. Students had an authentic problem-solving learning experience through this collaborative effort.
Cinderella's Closet Prom Dress Drive
Do you have a prom dress just sitting in your closet? Never going to wear it again? Why not donate it and help another student attend prom? The Liberty North Key Club is conducting a Cinderella's Closet Drive. Gently used or new dresses may be donated to help students who might otherwise not be able to attend. Drop donations off in Room 902 at Liberty North or in the Welcome Center!  Click here to view a short Cinderella's Closet video.  Questions?  Contact Kimberly Brownlee.
Student/Staff Recognitions
LNHS Jazz Band, SVMS, HMS Bands Perform at Festivals
February 26,  the Liberty North Screaming Eagles Jazz Band performed in the Northwest Jazz Festival at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. They placed third in a very competitive Class 5. The band had several featured soloists, including Tysen Stine, Alex Trout, Michael Fuller, Cooper Smith, Sean Koluch, Rachel Hawk, Kala Hughes, Nathan Jacob, Levi Anderson, and Andrew Stockmann. The guest artists for the festival were the nationally famous jazz group - The Four Freshmen. The Screaming Eagles Jazz Band will be hosting their annual community performance, Jazz and Java, on April 9 at 6 pm. It will be held in the Liberty North cafeteria and auxiliary gym. The jazz band is under the direction of Shane Fuller.
 
February 27, the South Valley and Heritage Middle School 7th/8th grade combined bands performed for a panel of esteemed judges at the Kansas City Metro Middle School Band Festival held at Blue Springs High School. Both middle school bands received a rating of "1," which is considered to be "Exemplary" or "Superior." The band director team for Heritage/South Valley/Liberty North is Shane Fuller, Cindy Svehla, and Michael Dragen.
Upcoming Events
LHS Cheerleading Tryouts
An informational meeting will be held for students interested in trying out for Liberty High School's 2016-2017 cheer teams.  Please meet in the LHS cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, to find out more information!  Contact Head Coach Brenda Moats if you have any questions. 
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.
LMS Presents Cinderella
Liberty Middle School presents Cinderella, a timeless tale of wonderful dreams, magical moments, and fairytale endings. The beauty and magic of this classic fairytale is brought to life with wonderful singing and amazing sets and lights. Cinderella is transformed by the fairy godmother from a servant girl's rags into a beautiful ball gown and dances with the Prince. Her jealous stepmother and stepsisters try to stifle Cinderella's dreams while the handsome Prince searches for his one true love. This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical includes songs such as, Ten Minutes Ago, In My Own Little Corner, and The Prince is Giving a Ball. This fairytale story will entrance and entertain all ages.
 
Performances are March 10, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m. in the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets are just $5 and may be purchased online at showtix4u.com or from Liberty Middle School. You may purchase your own magic wand at any show for just $5!
SVMS Presents Disney's, The Lion King Jr.
South Valley Middle School proudly presents Disney's, The Lion King Jr., the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Precocious cub Simba spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa, while youthfully shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba's wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father's life, Simba flees the Pride Lands, leaving the life he knew behind. Eventually, accompanioned by Timon and Pumbaa, two hilarious and unlikely friends, Simba starts anew, but when the weight of responsibility and a desperate plea from the now ravaged Pride Lands comes to find the adult prince, Simba must take on a formidable enemy and fulfill his destiny to be king.

Performances are March 10, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m. with a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. on March 12. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advanced online.  Please go to the LPS Fine Arts website and click on the ShowTix4U logo at the top of the page. Tickets will also be available at the SVMS box office one hour before the start of each show.
AD STEAM Night March 10
Alexander Doniphan will be hosting STEAM Night on March 10 from 5-7 p.m. What is STEAM Night? It will be similar to the Science Nights we have had in past years; however, we will focus on: S (Science), T (Technology), E (Engineering), A (Fine Arts), and M (Math).
 
Activities, experiments and demonstrations will be set up in many of our classrooms and run by the Doniphan staff. This year, families are encouraged to get involved! Families may showcase any of the parts of STEAM. The possibilities are endless!  You can set up unmanned displays and projects, or run manned experiments and demonstrations. Each Doniphan child in a family may set up an individual project or you may do one family project. You may have your display out for the entire two hours, or just for a portion of the evening.
 
Chik-Fil-A will be serving a $6 meal in the cafeteria from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (please pre-pay in the office) and root beer floats will be provided by the PTA. We will also have an open-mic piano set up in the cafeteria! Come and share your talent with us by playing a song! The office will be open on this evening, if you would like to enroll your kindergartner for next fall. This is going to be a great evening!
2016-2017 LHS Sapphire Auditions
For all those dancers interested in auditioning for the 2016-2017 Liberty High School Sapphire Dance Team, please note the following dates. Tryouts will be held March 28-April 1 in the Liberty High School Cokely Fieldhouse.  Audition workshops will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on March 28-31. Panel judging will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 1.  A required tryout informational meeting is set for Wednesday, March 16, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Liberty High School cafeteria. Please contact Maggie WillisKristen Bosiljevac, or Courtney Klepper for more information. Updated audition forms may be found on the homepage of the Sapphires website
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.
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
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.         
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.    
District/Community Events
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.
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.  
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.
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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