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Upcoming Dates at a Glance
March 13 - Daylight Saving Time Begins; remember to "spring forward"
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)
Coffee With the Community 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.
Blue Jays/Eagles Involved in Postseason Hoops Tonight
Both Liberty High School girls and Liberty North High School boys basketball teams will be in action this evening in the state sectional round at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena (formerly Independence Events Center). The Lady Jays will face St. Joe Central at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Eagle boys at 8:15 p.m.  For a look at the boys Class 5 state bracket, click here.  To view the Class 5 girls bracket, click here.  Best of luck to both teams as they look to advance to Saturday's state quarterfinal round!   
Basketball Players Selected as DiRenna Award Finalists
For the first time ever, LPS has both a boys and girls basketball player that has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious DiRenna Award.  This award is given to the top boys and top girls basketball players in the Kansas City metro made up of both Missouri and Kansas schools.

Liberty North High School Senior Michael Hughes has been named a finalist for the boys award, while Liberty High School senior Morgan Fleming was selected as a finalist for the girls award.

The DiRenna Award winners will be named at a banquet April 7.  More information on this story can be found by clicking here.  
LPS News to Know
Recycle Liberty - Note Time Change
Clean out that basement or office, then consider taking your unused and broken electronics to Liberty High School's parking lot on Saturday, April 16, for free recycling. Students will be at the drop off area from 9 a.m. to noon. 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 bulbs, ballasts, or batteries. This event is sponsored by the LHS Key Club and T4T (Tech for Teens).  #RecycleLiberty
Franklin Students Enjoying Project Based Learning Opportunities
Third grade students at Franklin Elementary are enjoying the Project Based Learning (PBL) experience! Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Cunningham collaborated to develop a persuasive writing project in support of several local charities. Franklin students have been highly engaged throughout this endeavor and have definitely exceeded the expectations for the project. This experience prompted our students to conduct research to learn more about charitable organizations in our community. While evaluating the websites of these organizations, a number of students were inspired to make contact through e-mail to invite guest speakers to Franklin. The efforts of our third grade students have raised awareness of the charitable work offered at the Ronald McDonald House, The Pet Project, Harvesters, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Special Olympics, and Derrick Johnson's Defend the Dream Foundation. 
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.
Advanced Placement Exam Registration Now Open
Registration is nearing the end for high school students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement courses who want to register for AP exams. Parents and students should both be present when registering to ensure the correct exams are ordered. Each AP exam costs $100 with a $10 registration fee per student, plus a $10 late registration fee if registered after March 4. 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:

Liberty North AP Registration Website:  https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/261967

Liberty High AP Registration Website:  https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/261970


Registration Deadlines:

Friday, March 11, at 11:59 p.m. - Registration Ends

Monday, March 14, at 11:59 p.m. - Registrations not been paid in full will be canceled and no exams ordered


Please contact Dr. Rosemary Camp 
should you have any questions about the AP exams or the registration process.

Student/Staff Recognitions
Reflections Fine Arts Contest Results
Lewis and Clark Elementary's Drew Clemens received 2nd place in the photography division of the PTA Reflections Fine Arts Contest, and Tanisha Gandhi received 2nd place in the visual arts category of this contest. PTA Reflections is a state-wide fine arts contest. Receiving an award means a student's work competed against hundreds of other pieces of work throughout the entire state of Missouri, so congratulations, Drew and Tanisha!
Congratulations LHS Mock Trial Team
Congratulations to the Liberty High Mock Trial Team for making it to state! Students will travel to the Jackson County Courthouse to duel with programs from St. Louis, Springfield, and other corners of Missouri at the State competition, which begins April 1st.
Attorneys: Hannah Berry, Addison Henson, James Kennedy,  Emma Kenney
Witnesses: Anne Accardi, Roman Accardi, Phoebe Alpern, Paul Ambrose, Beth Garrison, Carly Mantia, Jack Zhang  
LNHS Students Represent Well at National History Day Competition
March 5th, 650 students from the Kansas City Region met at the Harry S Truman Museum and Library to compete and defend their research products on historical topics of their choice in the 2016 National History Day Regional Competition. Liberty North students represented well, placing in each of the 4 categories in which they competed. 
 
Braydee Chu placed 1st in the Historical Website category out of 103 regional submissions with her research on "Sacred Music in Medieval Europe: The Birth of Polyphony and the Rediscovery of Notation"
Levi Anderson placed 2nd in the Historical Paper Category out of 43 regional submissions with his paper titled, "A New Strategy: British General Edmund Allenby's Capture of Jerusalem During World War I".
Olivia Carlile and Elizabeth Potterf placed 2nd in the Historical Group Performance category with their performance of "The Stonewall Riots: A Crack in the Wall". 
 
In the Individual Documentary Category, because of the significant number of entries, final rounds were held to determine the top 3 places. Liberty North students Ashleigh Erickson, Christina MacKenzie, Ingrid Weaver, and Katie Mosely advanced as 4 of the 6 finalists, which was ultimately won by Katie Moseley, who placed 3rd in Individual Documentary with her research titled, "Mathew Brady: Photographer of a Nation."
Their teacher is Kimberly Brownlee
 
Winners now advance to the State National History Day competition to be held April 30 at the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Mo. The top 2 winners in each category at State will represent Missouri at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. in June. 
Congratulations to all of our students on their quality research and defense at National History Day! 
LNHS Scholar Bowl Team Places 1st Twice
March 1, the Liberty North Scholar Bowl team earned 1st place in the 32nd annual MCC - Maple Woods Trivia Tournament. The field included 20 area high schools and 240 questions on topics in math, science, literature, art, music, philosophy, and current events. The competing team members were Hillary Albert, Brooks Casel, Kaylee Chase, and Elliott Yoakum.
 
This win was followed by another 1st place victory on March 2 at the Greater KC Suburban Conference Quads Finals. The team was undefeated, out-competing opponents from Park Hill, Lee's Summit North, and Lee's Summit West. Competing team members were Hillary Albert, Brooks Casel, Jacob Dice, Kaylee Chase, Sarah Myers, and Elliott Yoakum. The LN Scholar Bowl team is coached by Dr. Rosemary Camp and Ms. Mary Coogan.
Upcoming Events
KLPS Telethon March 11-12
Channel 18 The annual KLPS broadcasting telethon is coming soon! This live telethon is the fundraiser for the broadcasting programs at LPS. This year's theme is Camp KLPS, and we will be live from Camp KNET and Camp KLHS, Channel 18, during the school day on Friday, March 11, in Liberty. 
 
After school, we'll be at Camp KNET until 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 12. You can watch on Channel 18 and northnationmedia.com
  • "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" will be from 3:30-4 p.m. and will feature several 5th graders and their parents
  • Exit 1-6 and BBFP will perform from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater
  • 7-10 p.m. is our musical event with live bands and talent show in the aux gym
  • 11 p.m. -12:30 a.m. is our dodgeball tournament in the field house
In addition, we are doing a clothing drive for Savers, so clean out your closets, and bring your clothes up to Liberty North to support our broadcasting program. Savers will donate money to the broadcasting program based on the weight of the donations. This is a great way to help while cleaning out your closet!
 
We are still looking for sponsors! We have several options available for sponsorship if you own a business and want to help. If you have questions, please contact jhiggins@liberty.k12.mo.us at LNHS or aderryberry@liberty.k12.mo.us at LHS. 
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. Although this event is tomorrow, you may still register by clicking here.  Contact Colleen Jones should you still have questions after looking at the linked flyer.
Third Annual TechNight March 15
The Third Annual LPS TechNight is coming up on Tuesday, March 15, from 6-8 p.m. at Liberty North High School. All 5th grade through high school students and parents are invited. There will be colleges, businesses, and LPS students giving information and providing hands-on activities for all.  Click here to view the flyer for more information. Questions? Contact Colleen Jones.
LNHS Golden Girls Tryouts
Golden Girls Parent/ Dancer Informational Meeting: March 16, 5:30 p.m. (LNHS Cafeteria)
Optional GG Clinic: March 29, 3:45-5:45 p.m. (LNHS Aux Gym)
Tryout Clinics (required): April 4-7, 3:45-5:30 p.m. (LNHS Aux Gym)
Tryouts: April 8, dancers will be assigned audition time (Orchestra Room)
 
For questions, please contact Samantha Lyons.
Liberty Juniors Explosion Volleyball Tryouts and Camp
Liberty Juniors Explosion volleyball tryouts will be Wednesday, March 16.
11's & 12's: 5:30-7 p.m.
13's: 7:30-9 p.m.
Tryout fee is $5 and will be held in the Liberty High School fieldhouse.

Liberty Juniors Explosion - Liberty High School Volleyball Camp
Monday, May 2, through Thursday, May 5
6-8 p.m. in the Liberty High School fieldhouse

Visit our website at www.tinyurl.com/explosionvolleyball@explosionvb.
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.
Alexander Doniphan 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, 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. 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
Parents as Teachers Construction Zone Dad Event
Dads, this is an event just for you and your little one! Join Liberty Parents as Teachers for a morning of fun in our Construction Zone. You will have an opportunity to design, build, and destroy all kinds of structures.
For: Dads and their child(ren) 14 months to pre-kindergarten
Date & Time: Saturday, April 16, 9-11 a.m.
Place: Early Childhood Center, 9600 NE 79 St., Kansas City, MO  64158
 
If weather permits, some of these events will take place outside, so please dress accordingly. You and your child are going to have so much fun together!
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.         
District/Community Events
March 12 Job Fair at Woodneath
Remember, we told you to mark your calendars for the March 12 job fair to be held at Mid-Continent Public Library, Woodneath location? Well, March 12 is finally here (this Saturday). Click here for a reminder of the details for this event.
Burns & McDonnell Program: Your World Empowered
Shape It. Change It. Improve It. Burns & McDonnell has planned an exciting evening program on April 20 to help students explore the possibilities of a career in engineering, architecture, drafting, environmental science, or construction management. Students in grades 7-12, along with their parents, are invited to the event at the Burns & McDonnell world headquarters in Kansas City. This program will include an overview of the variety of STEM-related careers, seeing how classroom education is relevant to the real world, learning about job shadowing and internship opportunities, gaining real-world perspectives from Burns & McDonnell employee-owners, followed by a question and answer panel discussion with employee-owners to answer questions.

Register online by clicking here now!  For questions, contact Colleen Jones.
Last Call for Community Lego Drive 
The Liberty Robotics Foundation and the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce are holding a Community Lego Drive through Friday, March 11. If you have Lego pieces that aren't being used anymore, please consider dropping 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 to help with the implementation of K-5 Project Lead the Way LAUNCH. Students will use the 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.
High School Student Workshop at Mosaic
Discover health-care and life-care skills that can help you meet your life's purpose and live life well. Learn more about nutrition, diabetes, and cholesterol education for future health-care providers. Join us for a workshop at Mosaic Life Care Center at Shoal Creek on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, lunch provided.

Register at www.nwmoahec.org and click on event registration and forms. For more information call 816.271.6769 or contact Colleen Jones.
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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