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Staci Lester is LPS Teacher of the Year!
At a surprise, all-school assembly held Tuesday, April 19, it was announced that South Valley Middle School Science Teacher Staci Lester is the 2016-2017 Liberty Public Schools Teacher of the Year!

Ms. Lester is completing her fifth year as a teacher at South Valley Middle School and has been teaching for a total of seven years.  She also becomes the first teacher from South Valley Middle School to receive the District Teacher of the Year recognition.

"Staci creates an atmosphere where she challenges her students to be the best they can be and is also their biggest cheerleader as she continues to support them as they learn science," said SVMS Principal Jill Mullen. "She is also looking for ways the students can connect to their learning."

Ms. Lester will now compete for the Missouri Teacher of the Year title hosted by the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education later this summer.

Please join us in congratulating Staci on this exciting news!  You may email her directly by clicking here. 
LPS News to Know
See First Hand What Flexible Learning Spaces Look Like at LPS
Have you ever wondered what some of our classrooms look like at LPS?  We recently had our TV cameras visit Liberty High School and capture a feature on the Flexible Learning Spaces available to our students.  We thank LHS Teacher Kara Geisert for giving us a tour of the space! This feature may be viewed by clicking below.
 
Board of Education Meets Monday, April 18
The Board of Education met for its regular meeting on Monday, April 18, 2016.  Among the highlights of the meeting included the official swearing-in of Board of Education members Scott Connor and Andrew Roffmann.  For a complete summary of Monday's meeting, click here
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!
LHS Color Guard Tryouts in May
The Liberty High School Color Guard will be holding tryouts May 4, 10, 12, and 13 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Lillian Schumacher Elementary gym.  All tryout evenings are mandatory.  For more information about LHS Color Guard, click here.
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. 
LHS Volleyball Offers Youth Camp
Liberty High School's volleyball program will be offering a youth camp May 2-5 from 6-8 p.m. in the Liberty High School Fieldhouse. This camp is being offered to athletes grades 4-7. Cost of the camp is $40 if pre-registered by Friday, April 29, and $45 if registered on-site. Campers will also receive an LHS volleyball t-shirt. You may register by clicking here
Discovery Middle School Presents Pippin
Discovery Middle School's 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 DMS 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.   
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.
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. 
District/Community Events
LPD Accepting Applications for Junior Police Academy
The Liberty Police Department is now accepting applications from students currently in the 7th or 8th grade in the Liberty School District for its Junior Police Academy. SRO Hamline and SRO Bratcher will be the instructors for the Academy. The 2016 Junior Police Academy will take place July 11-15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided.

The purpose of the Academy is to foster relationships that will bridge the gaps between law enforcement and youth while also exposing them to future careers serving their community. The goal of the program is to motivate young people to be outstanding citizens and to empower them to act as a positive influence in our community. The Academy blends classroom learning with hands-on activities to expose Junior Cadets to a variety of topics, including fitness, patrol tactics, criminal investigations, traffic safety, self-defense, and internet dangers.

An application for the Junior Police Academy may be located at the front office of any of the following schools: Liberty Middle School, Discovery Middle School, Heritage Middle School, and South Valley Middle School.

There are a limited number of openings. To be considered, all forms from the application must be complete, including two recommendations, signed releases and waivers, and a short essay. The deadline to apply is May 9, 2016.
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!
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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