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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)
Reminder - Spring Break March 21-25
Just a reminder, Spring Break is next week, March 21-25, and school will not be in session. QuickNews will be taking a break, as well, but will be back when students return on Monday, March 28.  We hope everyone enjoys their time off!
Lady Jay Hoops Return to Columbia for State Final Four
Blue Jay The Liberty High School Lady Jays basketball team advanced to the state final four with a convincing victory over Belton in the state quarterfinal round last Saturday. The Lady Jays now advance to Columbia for a second consecutive year, facing Springfield Kickapoo in a state semifinal game on Thursday, March 17, at 5:10 p.m.  To view the complete Class 5 bracket, click here.  Also, MSHSAA will be offering a fee-based webstream for anyone who cannot attend the game at the Mizzou Arena in person.  This link is available by clicking here. We wish the best of luck to Coach Noah Simpson and the Lady Jays!  Bring the title home!
LPS News to Know
LSDF Hosts Successful State of the District Breakfast
Foundation logo The Liberty School District Foundation hosted a State of the District Breakfast on March 15 at William Jewell College. Over 160 attended the event, with $18,000 raised through sponsors and individual seats being sold. In addition, LSDF presented two Excellence in Education Grants to the following schools and programs:
  • Building a Foundation of Coding and Programming in Young Learners: $8,385 will go to support librarian instruction around coding and programming at Lillian Schumacher Elementary, Liberty Oaks Elementary, and Lewis and Clark Elementary.
  • The Science of Intonation: $3,375 will go to support purchasing electronic tuners for the Liberty North High School program.

LPS Superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Tucker, also provided the audience with a State of the District address. Congratulations to everyone with the Liberty School District Foundation for hosting an amazing event!  

Summer School Transportation Deadline Near
If you plan to have your child(ren) attend our summer school program in June, remember the transportation deadline is April 5. Students who are not registered for summer school by this date will not be eligible for bus transportation. Summer school dates and building sites may be found at our official Summer Adventure 2016 website by clicking here.
LPS Teacher/Support Employee of the Year Nominees Announced
Each spring, Liberty Public Schools announces its Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year nominees. LPS recently held recognition luncheons for this year's recipients. The complete listing of staff members who were named for this recognition can be found on our district website, or by clicking the links below!
Teacher of the Year Nominees
Support Employee of the Year Nominees 
LPS Board of Education Meeting Summary Now Available
The Liberty Public Schools Board of Education met for its regular monthly meeting Monday, March 14, 2016.  To view the meeting summary, click here.  The Board will next meet Monday, April 18, 2016.
Liberty Early Birds Are Future Ready
Located within Liberty High School is an innovative, child-centered education, teaching, and development laboratory school, the Early Bird Learning Center! Our small class sizes exhibit a friendly atmosphere, which inspires creativity, fosters exploration and play, and whose students are able to visit the wider community on field trips. The EBLC has certified, experienced teachers and exhibits a nurturing environment, encouraging problem-solving and critical thinking. Its integrated curriculum is aligned with Missouri Early Learning Standards. To read feedback from EBLC families, check out our half-day and full-day sessions, tuition, and much more, visit our websiteQuestions? Please email  Amy Mallams.
Student/Staff Recognitions
Excellent Showing for LNHS ProStart Culinary Team
Last month, the LNHS ProStart Culinary team competed at the State ProStart Invitational in Springfield, MO.  Liberty North had an excellent showing, as they ranked 6th out of the 28 Missouri teams that competed! Students had one hour to complete a gourmet meal including a starter, protein entrée with sides, and dessert. This is while cooking in an open ballroom with no electric equipment, just two gas burners! Please congratulate Madalyn Riley, Kayla Thomas, Brett Donner, and Jacob Branson for a job well done! 
LNHS Students Chosen for Academic Honor
Two Liberty North High School seniors, Sara Venier and Hope Giddings, have been selected for the 2016 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class of 2016. The announcement was made by Liberty North High School Principal Dr. Martin Jacobs. Students will be recognized at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO, on April 24.

More on this achievement can be found by reading the story posted on our website, or by clicking here
LNHS Winter Guard Having Successful Season
Liberty North's Winter Guard has been working hard and is having a very successful season! They placed first again this past weekend at the MCCGA Competition held at Lee's Summit North. They also placed 3rd at Park Hill on January 23, 1st at Grain Valley on February 20, and 2nd at Blue Springs South on February 27. They will be heading to Springfield April 1 to compete in the Mid-Continent Color Guard Championships. Be watching for upcoming information regarding tryouts for the 2016-17 team, which will be held April 18-21.
LNHS Scholar Bowl Team Finishes Third
Liberty North's Scholar Bowl team finished 3rd in the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference White Division Tournament held at Fort Osage on March 9. Team members Elliott Yoakum and Hillary Albert were named to the All-Conference Tournament Team.  Additional team members include Brooks Casel, Sarah Myers, and Kaylee Chase. The team is coached by Mary Coogan and Rosemary Camp. The next competition the team faces is the MSHSAA Class 4, District 15 Tournament to be held at Liberty North on April 16.
Liberty Speech and Debate Earns 8 National Qualifiers
Congratulations to the Liberty Speech and Debate Team for their accomplishments these past two weekends at the National Speech and Debate Association District Tournament Series!
From March 3rd to the 5th, the squad attempted to earn qualifications to the National Tournament in debate events, and they had a great weekend! Natalie Schaller (junior) qualified to the National Tournament in Lincoln Douglas Debate. Phoebe Alpern, Paul Ambrose, Samantha Bennett, and Jordan Cowger (seniors) qualified in Public Forum debate. Hannah Sanders and Emma Kenney (sophomores) qualified in Policy Debate.
Last weekend, the squad fought hard to qualify in individual events and had some great success. Natalie Schaller and Phoebe Alpern built off the previous weekend's achievements and earned District Championships in United States Extemp and International Extemp.
Sarah Keenan (freshman) also punched her ticket to the National Tournament in Salt Lake City by placing 3rd in Humorous Interpretation. Congrats to Weston Brown (freshman) and Trevor Harr (senior) for finishing as the 1st alternate in Duo Interp and Max Cronin (senior) for finishing as the first alternate in US Extemp. 
The team looks to build on its success at the MSHSAA District State Qualifying Tournament this weekend! 
Upcoming Events
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 tonight, 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

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Motivational Speaker Coming to LNHS, LHS
Liberty North High School, Liberty High School, and Liberty Alliance for Youth are excited to announce Cara Filler, a top Youth Motivational and Prevention speaker, will be coming to Liberty to speak with LNHS and LHS students! Liberty North students will hear Filler on Monday, March 28, and Liberty High School students will hear her on Tuesday, March 29. Filler encourages students to care more for others and speak up for themselves and what they believe in, so they can stand out from the crowd. She will also be speaking at a Parent Night on March 28 at the Liberty Performing Arts Theater from 7-8 p.m. All parents of students are invited to attend this special presentation. For more information, contact Bridget Herrman.
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
LNHS Cheerleading Tryouts
- Parent/Athlete Informational Meeting, March 31, 6:30 p.m., LNHS Cafeteria 
- Cheerleading Clinic: April 4, 6, 7, 5-6 p.m. (LNHS Fieldhouse)
- Cheerleading Tryouts: April 8, 4:30-7 p.m. (try-out times will be assigned)
For questions, please contact Head Coach Courtney Whited.  
Mr. and Ms. North Competition Benefits Necessities Closet
April 2 at 7 p.m., the Liberty North Key Club will be hosting their annual Mr. and Ms. North competition in the Performing Arts Theatre. The competition will include talents, dances, and skits from the following LN seniors:  Carson Armour, Maddy Mattson, Ryan Sprugel, Lindsay Marvine, Tyler Lamport, Libby Westhues, Tyler Carpenter, Kammi Porter, Logan Graybill, Abby Day, Luke Kernell, and Chandra Bolin.The show will be hosted by LN's own Ted Maxwell!
If you're interested in a ticket, which is only $5, simply email This year's show, which will be fun for all ages, is particularly special to our club. Proceeds will go to stock the shelves of our new LPS Necessities Closet. The Necessities Closet will be used by the LPS social workers to serve needy students and families in our district. Your support in purchasing a ticket would make a huge impact on our ability to have necessities ready for next school year!
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!
Liberty Juniors Last Volleyball League of School Year
Volleyball Opportunity for 3rd-7th Graders: We are offering our last volleyball league for this school year. Liberty Juniors is a league that provides skill training, develops fundamentals, while offering a game-like atmosphere. The league will meet at Liberty Middle School on Sundays from 3:30-5 p.m. The league is six sessions long and will start April 10. Cost for the league is $70, which includes a team t-shirt. Deadline for registration is April 4. There are limited openings for this session, so please complete the registration form, and get it turned in as soon as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to email   
Liberty North Football Having 4th Annual Spring Clean-Up
Liberty North High School's football team will be having their very successful, 4th Annual Spring Clean-Up on Saturday, April 16. This project includes raking leaves, doing yard work, and picking up trash on the roads and highways in our community. Proceeds help supplement our football budget and, among other things, will help to purchase and recondition our helmets and other equipment to keep our athletes safe. If you would like our team to do some work for you, click here to learn more!
District/Community Events
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
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.
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.
Registration March 28 for Earnest Shepherd Youth Summer Camp
Earnest Shepherd Youth Center's summer camp registration opens on March 28th at 8 a.m.  Our summer day camp line-up includes Camp Half Blood, Camp Crazee Daze, Harry Potter Camp, Art Camp, Adventure Camp, and Camp Grimm. Each week targets a different age group and camp script. Camps will be held May 31-August 12. Beginning swim lessons will be offered the month of June. Call the Youth Center today for more information at 781-7733 or check us out at 
365 Track Club Could be for Your Student
If your student is between the ages of 6-18 and interested in track, the 365 Track Club may be just for them. It is the next step for kids who want to run track and receive personalized training during the off seasons. Summer training begins April 19 and runs through July 30. For more information, check out their flyer by clicking 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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