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Shannon Selected to Lead Ridgeview Elementary
Earlier this week, the Liberty Public Schools Board of Education appointed Mr. Tyler Shannon to become the new principal of Ridgeview Elementary.  
 
Shannon is no stranger to LPS, as he was as a 4th grade teacher at Shoal Creek Elementary from 2007-2009.  He then began his career in school administration, serving as an assistant principal in the Excelsior Springs School District before becoming a head principal in the Center School District, where he has been for the past four years.
 
Shannon is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and has a Master's and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University.
 
"We are excited to welcome Tyler to the LPS team," said Liberty Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker.  "We feel Tyler brings with him a tremendous skill-set with experience in a variety of educational settings."
 
He will officially begin his role as principal on July 1, 2016.
REMINDER:  Last Day of School at LPS is Monday, May 23
The final day of school for the 2015-2016 school year in Liberty Public Schools is Monday, May 23, 2016.  This will be a three-hour early release day.
Audit and Finance Committee Seeking Members
The Board of Education is currently seeking applicants interested in filling the vacant seats of the Audit & Finance Committee. The seats available are two, 3-year positions ending June 30, 2019.  Service for the position will begin immediately following an interview and selection process by the Board of Education to be conducted on Monday, June 20. Applicants must be available to participate in the interview process on that date.  More information and applications may be found by clicking here
Save the Date:  LPS Retirement Reception Thursday, May 19
Liberty Public Schools will honor its retiring class of 2016 coming up Thursday, May 19, at South Valley Middle School.  An opportunity to congratulate and thank this year's retirees in attendance will take place from 4:30-5 p.m., followed by a brief program beginning at 5 p.m.
A detailed listing of this year's retirees will be provided soon. 
Stakeholders Encouraged to Take Communications Survey
LPS encourages its stakeholders to participate in our annual Communications Survey.  This survey only takes a few minutes to complete and provides us with valuable information to better serve you, our valued customers of LPS, with important information you need to know!  To complete this survey, click here!
LPS News to Know
LHS Theatre Receives Blue Star Nominations
A representative from Starlight Theatre was on hand at Liberty High School on April 29 to present the LHS Theatre Department with several Blue Star Award nominations.  A listing of Blue Star Award Nominations is provided below.  Award winners will be announced at a special recognition event later this month. 
Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role - MacKenzie Greenwood
Rising Star Scholarship- Josh Munden
Rising Star Scholarship - Jennifer Jennings
Outstanding Scenic Design and Construction
Outstanding Costume Design and Construction
Outstanding Hair and Make-up Design
Technical Achievement Award - Josh Munden for Scenic Design and Construction
Outstanding Overall Production
LPS Well-Represented at Excellence in Education Banquet
The Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual Excellence in Education Banquet on April 27 at the KCI Expo Center.  Liberty Public Schools was well represented with many individuals receiving recognition.  Following, is a list of award winners:

Excellence in Service to Education - Mike Crowley (EPiC Elementary) and Cliff Redmond (Discovery Middle School)

Excellence in Classroom Teaching - Crystal Bosch (Liberty High School), Megan Johnson (Manor Hill Elementary), Staci Lester (South Valley Middle School), and Denise Steenstra (Liberty Oaks Elementary) 

Scholarship Recipients - Lindsey Gercken (Liberty High School) and Kailee Knudsen (Liberty North High School)

Business in Support of Education - William Jewell College
Volunteer in Support of Education - Mr. Jeff Frasier 
School Nurse Day is Wednesday, May 11
National School Nurse Day is Wednesday, May 11!  We have an amazing Health Services Department at LPS that handles over 160,000 student visits to our nurses offices collectively, throughout the school year.  Our outstanding Health Services staffs are equipped to deal with whatever walks in their doors.  We honor them on National School Nurse Day for the excellent nursing care they provide our students every day!   
Student/Staff Recognitions
Student/Staff Recognitions 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
LPD Accepting Applications for Junior Police Academy
The Liberty Police Department is 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.
Youth Football Club Opportunities Available
A new youth tackle football program is being started in Liberty!   Our goal is to provide a competitive environment for kids within the Liberty community to learn the game of football and best prepare them to play at the high school level. Join Liberty Football Club now!
  • Play against kids your own age.  Grade level based teams are forming.  2nd-8th grades - current openings at 2nd-6th Liberty Outlaws teams
  • Unlimited weights (no complicated age/weight matrix) - ball carrying weights do apply
  • Open to Liberty and Liberty North families - Practice in Liberty
     
  • Coaches complete background checks with USA Heads Up Certified
  • Join the largest, safest, league in the Metro; multiple divisions at most grade levels offer a level playing field (click here for website). 
For more information, please click here.  
District/Community Events
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.
LPS to Offer DIVAS Camp
LPS is thrilled to offer an engineering camp specifically for girls!  We will focus on building relationships with female engineering students and professionals, using our creativity to problem solve and exploring the many career paths open to women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  This camp is scheduled for July 14-15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Liberty North High School.  For more information on the camp and to sign up, click here
Liberty Parks and Rec Offers Summer Camps
From engineering with legos to ballet to sports-themed camps, Liberty Parks and Rec has something for everyone.  To view the various summer opportunities for students, click here! 
Earnest Shepherd Youth Center Offers Summer Camps
Looking for adventure? Sign up for summer camps at Earnest Shepherd Youth Center. Their summer camp line-up includes Camp Half Blood, Camp Crazee Daze, Harry Potter Camp, Art Camp, Adventure Camp, Camp Grimm.  Each week targets a different age group and camp theme.  Camps will be held May 31 through August 12.  Call the Youth Center today for more information at 781-7733 or check us out at www.earnestshepherd.com
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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