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Simply the Best!  Morgan Fleming Wins DiRenna Award
It was an exciting night at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park, Kansas, on Thursday, April 7, as Liberty High School Senior Basketball Player Morgan Fleming was announced as the winner of the DiRenna Award, the top female basketball player in Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas).

Fleming becomes the first basketball player, male or female, to win the award in Liberty's tradition-rich history. She helped lead her team to back-to-back State Final 4 appearances the past two seasons and became the schools all-time leading scorer last month.

"The award means so much to me, especially with the caliber of talent in Kansas City," Fleming told reporters at the event. "Setting a goal and achieving it, it's a great feeling." 
Cliff Redmond Named LPS Support Employee of the Year
It was an exciting morning to be inside the Discovery Middle School gym on Thursday, April 7, as DMS Custodian Cliff Redmond was announced in a surprise, all-school assembly as the 2016-2017 LPS Support Employee of the Year!
 
"Mr. Cliff", as he is known by DMS students, has been a dedicated employee of Liberty Public Schools for 16 years and has worked at Discovery Middle School for the last 12 years. According to DMS Principal, Dr. Julie Moore, Redmond goes above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis.
 
"He is charismatic, personable, and dependable," said Moore. "He does whatever he can to help staff and to make school a positive environment for students."
 
In its sixth year of existence, the LPS Support Employee of the Year program was put into place to annually recognize the outstanding work of the nearly 900 support employees who make up Liberty Public Schools and accompanies the districtıs Teacher of the Year program.
 
"Today is not only a day to lift up and celebrate Cliff, but it is also a day to celebrate all of the support employees in our district who make a difference in a child's life on a daily basis," said LPS Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker. "Seeing the reactions from students and colleagues here this morning, it is evident that Mr. Redmond is certainly making a positive impact at DMS, and we thank him for that."

Complete coverage of the surprise ceremony last week at Discovery Middle School may be viewed on the LPS YouTube page
LPS News to Know
Coffee with the Community Scheduled for Thursday, April 14
Each month, Liberty Public Schools hosts a community meeting to allow stakeholders to receive an update on happenings and topics related to LPS. Our next Coffee with the Community will take place this Thursday, April 14, at 10 a.m. from the District Administration Center (8 Victory Lane/3rd floor). This month, we will receive an update from the district's stakeholder committee, Vision 20/20. We hope you can make plans to attend!
High School Senior Lunch Refunds
LNHS and LHS senior student lunch refunds will be issued May 9 and 10 in the Liberty North and Liberty High school cafeterias. Students must have an ID Badge to obtain refunds.  Parents/guardians may also transfer account balances to another student account within the district. Auto pay through ParentOnline.net must be turned off before obtaining a refund or transfer of balance. Parents/guardians preferring a balance transfer to another account, rather than their senior student receiving a refund, should contact the school cafeteria by May 6.  Liberty High School cafeteria contact information is shcafeteria@liberty.k12.mo.us, 736-5344.  Liberty North High School cafeteria information is lnhsmanager@liberty.k12.mo.us, 736-5520. Please state the senior student's name and the name, school, and grade of the student the balance is to be transferred to.
Student/Staff Recognitions
Student/Staff Recognition's Available on QN Bulletin Board
Due to the high volume of student/staff recognitions submitted in the spring, these noteworthy mentions will be posted at a designated position on our LPS website for viewing. This page will be updated throughout the week as recognitions are received. To view this page, click here.
Upcoming Events
LPS Presents 2016 Project Lead the Way Student Showcase
The 2016 Project Lead the Way Student Showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, from 6-8 p.m., at William Jewell College (Yates Union Hall, Rooms 221-222). K-12 students will be showing off PLTW engineering projects for family, friends, and community members.  Graduating seniors will present capstone projects from Engineering Design and Development.  Please register for free by clicking hereLiberty Public Schools was recognized with the PLTW District All-Access award this year by adding PLTW Launch at all K-5 schools!
LNHS Hosts Prom Saturday Night April 16
The 2016 Liberty North High School Prom, The Time of Our Lives, will be held at The View at Briarcliff (4000 N. Mulberry Drive, KC, MO 64116) on Saturday, April 16, from 8-11 p.m. For more information, please read the 2016 Prom Newsletter, which highlights the upcoming Prom festivities. Any guest who does not attend school at LNHS, must complete the Guest Registration Form.  Additional information about this year's Prom may be found by clicking here.
 
Congratulations to the following seniors, who were nominated by the Liberty North staff to serve as our 2016 Prom Court. These students were chosen, because they have shown a commitment to academic excellence and dedication to their academic pursuits. Through their endeavors, Prom Court nominees personify the view of LNHS as an institution for learning. 
 
2016 Prom King Candidates: Joe Barry, Jack DeGarmo, Romero Higareda, Tyler Lamport, Alex Trinidad
 
2016 Prom Queen Candidates: Madison Dobberstine, Ali Gates, Hope Giddings, Maddy Mattson, Sarah Philpot
LPS to Host Camp Med
Camp Med will be held for all incoming 6th-8th grade students enrolled at LPS. This event provides students with an opportunity to talk to experts to see what it is really like in the medical field. Get a hands-on preview of what Liberty's Biomedical Science program has to offer. Camp Med dates are July 26 and 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and will be held at Liberty North High School. For additional information on this event, click here
Coming this Summer: Franklin Maker Camp
Franklin Elementary will be hosting a Maker Camp later this summer. The event will take place August 1-4 and will be held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. each day.  As part of this event, students will study elements of science, technology, engineering, and math through building, programming, and inventing. Any student who is in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade is eligible to participate in this camp.  Cost is $100, with all proceeds going toward the Franklin Makerspace. Sign up soon, as the camp is limited to the first 20 participants. For more information or to register, contact Katie Fisher. 
Schumacher Hosting 2nd Annual Shark 5K
Lillian Schumacher Elementary will be hosting their 2nd Annual Shark 5K on Friday, April 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. They will be raising money to support local and national charities chosen by Student Council and voted on by Schumacher students and staff. The charities supported are Unleashed Animal Rescue, Heart to Heart International, and Hillcrest Transitional Housing. This event will take place on the Schumacher trail and playground. All are welcome to join us in raising money and awareness for these great organizations, all while participating in a super fun event! There will be water and snack stations, a book fair, and music! Registration is accepted on a donation basis, with a suggested donation of $15 per registrant. For questions, please contact Schumacher teacher Abby Crossett
HMS Presents
Commedia Delight
Heritage Middle School presents Commedia Delightby Claudia Haas and Richard Cash. Plot Synopsis: Welcome to Delight, Italy! The once happy village is now a sad town ruled by the not­-so­-very­nice Signora Notsobene Pantalone. The townspeople are frightened of her, while her spirited daughter, Piccola, feels smothered by her mother's rules. Then a ragtag troupe of traveling actors turns everything upside down. Led by a woman who looks surprisingly like the signora, and with other characters assuming disguises, there's lots of comedic confusion, and it just might lead the citizens of Delight back to their heritage of fun! Using Commedia dell'arte as a base, and flavored with a little of the fable, Stone Soup, and a little of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, this play is truly a commedia delight! Join us in the HMS auditorium at 7 p.m., April 15 and 16, for what's sure to be a fun performance! Tickets are $5, which you may purchase at the door, in advance from the HMS attendance office, or online
Discovery Middle School Presents Pippin
The ensemble cast tells the story of Pippin, a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life. To prove his loyalty to his distracted father, King Charles, Pippin goes to war. But when the Leading Player convinces the prince to fight tyranny, Pippin kills Charles and takes over the throne. Come enjoy the music, the fun, and the suspense as Discovery Middle School presents a Steampunk-Inspired interpretation of this classic, Broadway Musical. Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 21, 22, and 23 at 7 p.m.  Tickets are on sale for $5 at showtix4u.com or at the door.   
I HEART LPS and the Kansas City Royals Essay Contest
Tell us why your school rocks, and why you LOVE your school, for a chance to win a pair of Kansas City Royals tickets! The Liberty School District Foundation wants to know why YOUR school ROCKS! Liberty Public Schools students are invited to submit a short essay telling us why they love their school for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see the Kansas City Royals take on the Washington Nationals on May 4. A big thank you to Hawthorn Bank for donating the tickets!
 
Essays are due April 14, 2016, by 8 a.m. For more details, and to submit your essay, visit www.LSDF.org
Liberty North Color Guard Tryouts
Liberty North Color Guard will be holding their tryout clinic April 18-21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the LNHS Auxiliary Gym. Color Guard includes: flag, rifle, saber, and dance. No experience necessary. For more information, email Coach Hall at ahall@liberty.k12.mo.us
LHS Band Program to Host Fundraiser April 23
Liberty High School's band program will hold a one-day mattress fundraiser on Saturday, April 23, at LHS. There will be 24 brand name floor models on display for customers to try. All beds purchased are brand new, made to order, and have factory warranties. Save money compared to retail stores. Details for this fundraiser may be accessed by clicking here.
LHS TSA Hosting 2nd Annual LEAD Camp
Liberty High School's Technology Student Association is hosting its second Liberty Engineering and Design (LEAD) camp for students entering K-5. This event will be held May 27 at Liberty High School from 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. and will cover a fun, diverse range of topics. There will be many engaging age- and group-related projects in engineering disciplines, such as civil, aerospace, chemical, and electrical. Registration is now open, but is restricted to 20 students in each grade on a first-come, first-served basis. All supplies, lunch, a project to take home, and a t-shirt are included in the cost of $40. Email name and grade to dboden@liberty.k12.mo.us.  You will be emailed a link to the full registration.
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 Robotics to Host Summer Camps
The Liberty Robotics Foundation and Liberty Robotics Team 1764 will be hosting two summer camps this year.

1)  APP Camp will be May 31-June 3,  9 a.m.- 3p.m. at Liberty High School
Students will research needs and how to design an app to support those needs. This may be as an individual or in teams of students. Students will learn to use some basic app development software and investigate the process of taking an app to market. The camp is open to all incoming 6th-8th grade students. Cost is $100 per student and includes a t-shirt and pizza on the final day of camp (bring lunch the first three days). Checks payable to Liberty Robotics Foundation.
*Showcase competition the last day of camp, spectators and parents are welcome.

2)  Robotics Camp will be June 6-10,  9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Liberty High School
Using problem solving skills, creativity, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, students working in teams will construct, program, and compete with a Vex robot. Supplies and programming software will be provided. This camp is open to all incoming 6-12 grade students.  Cost is $150 per student and includes a t-shirt and pizza on the final day of camp (bring lunch the first four days). Checks payable to Liberty Robotics Foundation.
*Competition will be the last day of camp, spectators and parents are welcome.

Both camps are limited to 40 students. First come, first serve. Sign up to reserve your spot now by clicking here
 (include student's shirt size in the comment section). Then, submit the form and check to: Liberty Robotics Foundation, 2525 Hughes Road, Liberty, MO 64068, no later than May 22. 
 
For more information or questions, contact us at parent@libertyroboticsfoundation.com. 
Liberty North Football Fourth Annual Spring Clean-Up This Saturday
Liberty North High School's football team will be having their very successful, Fourth 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
Mid-Continent Public Library's Access Art
Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Woodneath Library Center, 8900 NE Flintlock Rd., KCMO, Mid-Continent Public Library will present an all-day art event led by instructors from the Kansas City Art Institute and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art with opportunities for creating new works of art. Register early at mymcpl.org/accessart for these sessions and more! 
Annual Engineering Showcase April 26
The annual Engineering Showcase Event will be held April 26 from 6-8 p.m. at William Jewell College in Yates Union, Room 221-222. Graduating Project Lead the Way (PLTW) seniors will highlight capstone projects from the Engineering Design and Development (EDD) course in a series of quick-hitting presentations. LPS received the PLTW District All-Access award with the inclusion of elementary PLTW curriculum this year. This event is a great opportunity for students from all levels to see the creativity and problem solutions for, "It really bugs me when....". Students, parents, and the community are welcome to attend this free event. For more information, click here or email Colleen Jones.  
Camp Fire Heartland Summer Day Camps Registering Now
Camp Fire Heartland's programs immerse participants ages 5-16 in nature to learn, explore, and grow together while developing a lifelong respect for the outdoors. Past participants agree, Camp Fire offers a variety of activities, making this day camp experience unforgettable!
 
Summer Youth Day Camp (ages 5-11) - Camp Fire Heartland will be offering seven weeks of Youth Day Camp beginning June 20 and ending August 5. Programs will start at 8 a.m. Spaces are limited and fill up quickly, so register today to guarantee your place. Check out our cool weekly themes here.

Outrageous Teen Camp (ages 12-16) - Our campsite is just home base. The city is our campground. The Hogan at Camp Lake of the Woods will serve as home base from which campers arrive and depart each day. Then, 3-4 times per week, campers will go off-site to a field trip location based on the camp theme of the week. Half of our weekly field trips involve community service where campers will spend time learning about an organization in the community and volunteering on a wide variety of projects. All that, plus campers will go swimming twice each week! It is summer, after all.
Camp Invention Returns to LPS
Camp Invention takes summer fun and transforms it from ordinary to extraordinary! In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Liberty Oaks Elementary is pleased to
offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering 1st-6th grade. An exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons exploring connections between science, technology, engineering, and innovation, children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins July 11 with Matthew Krohne serving as Director of the Epic™ program!

Register on or before May 10 to receive $15 OFF the base price of $220. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit
www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child's spot today!
Recycle Liberty April 16
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
Earnest Shepherd Youth Summer Camp
Earnest Shepherd Youth Center's summer camp registration is now open. 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 run May 31-August 12. Beginning swim lessons will be offered the month of June. Check out our website at www.earnestshepherd.com or call the Youth Center at 781-7733 for more information.
Geek Week Summer Camp
Do you have a middle school or high school student who is interested in coding or gaming? Send them to Centriq's inaugural Geek Week Summer Camp! Centriq will be hosting two Geek Week summer computer camps in July. One is for high school students (entering 9th-12th grade this fall), and one is for middle school students (entering 5th-8th grade this fall). Cost is $175. Click below to learn more and to register. Contact Colleen Jones for any questions.
 
Centriq Geek Week Summer Camp
Student Summer Opportunities in the Kansas City Area
To view some amazing upcoming summer opportunities for our students, 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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