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Common Knowledge, Common Virtues, Common Sense 
A National Charter School of the Year, A Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon School,
 A Certified Official Core Knowledge Site School, A John Irwin School of Excellence ,
A Gilder Lehrman Affliate School  
Volume 18 Issue 5                                                  
September 22, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

Sept. 24-Oct. 8|October Student Count
Sept. 26   |Individual Student Photos
Sept. 26   |Free Dress Day

Sept. 27   |Liberty2Liberty 5K Run(see announcement below) 
Sept. 30   |Character Education Respect Assembly,
                  K-3 attend assembly from 8:10-8:45
                  4-6 attend assembly from 8:55-9:35
                  Speaker from Jon D. Williams Cotillions
Oct. 3       |Fall Festival, 5:30 p.m.(see announcement below)
Oct.13      |5th-6th Grade Drug and Alcohol Education, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16     |BOD Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 17     |First Quarter Ends
Oct. 17     |LCS Talent Show, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 24     |Parent/Teacher Conferences, NO SCHOOL
Oct. 27     |Public Information Night, 6:30 p.m.  

 October Count-School Attendance is Vital

All public schools in Colorado receive funding from the State based on the number of students who attend their school.  It is critical that your student be present during the October Count period. 
The count occurs Sept. 24th-Oct. 8th.  October 1st is the official count date set by the state.  If your child will be absent for more than two days in a row during this time period for other than an illness, please contact the office for an official document to sign.
Please Use PowerSchool
PowerSchool is a valuable resource that allows parents to access lunch transactions, grades, attendance records and fee payments. 

This year we are using a daily bulletin option that alerts you of any "happenings" at Liberty.  To access the Daily Bulletin, log into your child(rens) PowerSchool account, look on the left hand side of the screen and click on Daily Bulletin.

Please use this communication option to keep you and your family informed of Liberty news and important dates If you are a new family to Liberty Common and have not received your student's log-in information, please visit the Front Office to obtain.

Fall Festival Fun-October 3rd
Looking for good family fun, a night of no cooking, AND a great way to support Liberty Common School? Bring your family and friends to this year's Fall Festival! Mark your calender for Friday, October 3rd. from 5:30-8:00 in the gym and south yard. There will be games, crafts, bouncy houses and prizes too.  


This year we will be serving baked pasta from Panino's Restaurant and there is even a gluten-free pasta option this year! Tickets and meal vouchers are required for all activities (see order form below). Please see the bulletin board by the front office for extra order forms or print your own at home.


Many volunteers are still needed to make the Fall Festival a fun Liberty event, please contact Vedra Osborn at [email protected]

Thank you for your support and we will see you on October 3rd! 


Volunteers needed in the Resource Room
We are needing help on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday to help with last minute copy jobs and keeping the resource room stocked and running smoothly. If interested or want more details please email Jen Hopkins at [email protected] 
Support Our Eagles

In This Issue
What's Happening at LCS
October Count
Fall Festival Fun
Resource Room Volunteers Needed
Support Our Eagles
King Soopers Gift Cards
BOD Writing
Fall Festival Pre-Purchase Ticket Form
Save the Date for Grandparents Day
Liberty 2 Liberty 5k
Share Your Action Photos
Contact Us
Liberty Common School
1725 Sharp Point Drive 
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 970-482-9800
Fax: 970-482-8007

Office Hours: 7:50-4:00 p.m.

Please call our      attendance line by 8:30 a.m. if your    child will not be attending school due to illness, appointment or is out of town.
(970) 482-9800, option 2, please call by 8:30 a.m.

If you need to take your child to an appointment during school hours, please come to the Front Office, sign them out and we will call them out of class.

All students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. must be signed in at the Front Office.  It is important that a reason be written as this determines if the tardy is excused or not.  

If your student is ill and you  want any/all homework, please contact the teacher by email as early as possible and homework will be available after 3:00 p.m. in the office. 

If you have any questions about these policies please contact Mrs. Ronen at [email protected]

Board of Directors
Sarvjit Gill            227-4202
Joel Goeltl           593-8556
Paulette Hansen 282-8455
Jeff Webb            545-9636
Bill Werst             631-8379
Denise Benz       420-4184
John Rohrbaugh 225-2259

You may contact all members of our Board of Directors at  

October 16, 2014  
Teacher's Lounge
Liberty Common School

Sharp Point Dr.


King Soopers Gift Cards

28.63 - And now the rest of the story ... 
by:  Bill Werst, Liberty Board of Directors Chairman

Liberty's Board of Directors dissects the Class of 2015's record-breaking ACT scores, examines component parts of academic strength.
The Liberty Board of Directors (BOD) is extremely proud of the performance of the Class of 2015 and beating the Colorado state record for the ACT by nearly a point, averaging a score of 28.63.   We are doubly thrilled that every LCHS graduating class has been #1 in the State of Colorado.  We would like to share how we look at the results.

In our quest for continuous improvement, we still know more can be achieved.   The mission of LCHS is to prepare our students to be successful at the college of their choice and the major of their choice.   No door should ever be shut for an LCHS graduate to pursue the college degree and profession they desire.   

People ask why we require four years of math and science, and why do the students have to pass chemistry and physics to graduate.  Besides the importance of being an educated citizen, what if a student gets to college and they discover they would like to be a doctor?    That already happened to a graduate from the Class of 2013, and she now appreciates why we required her to take both of those science courses.

 Back to the ACT.  The reason the ACT is important is that it is a nationally benchmarked and statistically tracked exam which predicts a student's college readiness.  Reaching the threshold score indicates a student should be able to achieve B's or higher in that subject area in college.   So when the BOD looks at our results, our goal is to have 100% of our students above that threshold in every subject area.    
Nationally, 26 % of students who take the ACT achieve college readiness in all four subject areas.   So the headlines you see may say 28.63 and #1 in the state, but the number we really care about is 100% college readiness in all four subject areas.   Congratulations to the Class of 2015 upon achieving 81% and a success rate three times the national average.   Our challenge to the teachers, administration, the Class of 2016, and all future graduates is to be the first class with 100% college readiness.   No door should ever be closed to an LCHS graduate.  

"And now you know the rest of the story.  Good day!"   

11th Grade ACT Results (% at or above "College Readiness") 
Class of 2013 (23 students)
Class of 2014 (30 students)
Class of 2014 (54 Students)
Threshold Score

If you would like to learn more about ACT college readiness, CLICK HERE
                FALL FESTIVAL 2014
          October 3rd, 5:30pm - 8:00 pm
                     Pre-purchase Ticket Form
    Pre-purchasing your Fall Festival carnival tickets saves you money and time.
Pre-purchased tickets:  5 for $1
Tickets at the night of the event:  4 for $1

             $6 Baked Pasta Meal from Panino's Restaurant
                           (Meal includes pasta, salad, breadstick, and a drink)

                            *    Penne pasta with marinara sauce and ricotta cheese
                            *    Gluten-free pasta with marinara sauce and ricotta cheese
                                 (Only available for pre-purchase)
Add sausage to your meal...............................................$1
Soda or Bottled Water alone_______________ 2 tickets
Bread alone___________________________    2 tickets

There are many crafts and games, both inside and outside.
Games, crafts, & bouncy houses    1 to 4 tickets each

Name: ___________________________________

Meal vouchers requested (check correct number of each desired):  
Total penne pasta meal(s):_____X $6=______Total gluten-free pasta meal(s):_____X$6=____
Add Sausage to your meal(s):_____X$1 =______ Total Bread stick(s):_____X$2=_____
Soda or Bottled Water(s):_____X$2=______ Total tickets for games/crafts: _____X$1=______
Check number:_____Total amount paid: _______    

Please attach your check to this bottom portion of the flyer and return to the Front Office
no later than October 1st.  Pre-purchased tickets may be picked up at the Fall Festival
in the pre-purchased express ticket line.  Thank you!!

Save the Date for Grandparents Day
This will mark the fifth year of a cherished tradition at Liberty Common School.  For the past four years, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, both schools have hosted many proud grandparents of Liberty's exceptional students.  On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, we will continue this tradition.  Grandparents Day at the elementary begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 11a.m. The upper school event begins at 12:30 and concludes at 3 p.m. 

Grandparents Day has been incredibly successful in past years, thanks to our amazing volunteers. We can not put on this event without your time and talents.  Please consider volunteering for one or all of the following:
  • Volunteer to set up and decorate the evening before the event, beginning at 5 p.m. in the elementary school gymnasium.
  • Volunteer to assist with set up and final preparations the morning of the event, beginning at 7 a.m.
  • Volunteer to guide and assist grandparents throughout the event at either or both locations.
  • Volunteer to staff the refreshment tables at LCHS.

If you are interested in volunteering for this beloved event, please contact Erin Mihulka, Grandparents Day Planning Committee chairperson, via email [email protected].  


On behalf of the Grandparents Day Planning Committee, we look forward to organizing a fun, special and memorable day for the students and their grandparents.


Thank you,  

Erin Mihulka 

Grandparents Day Planning Committee Chairperson

[email protected]   

Liberty 2 Liberty 5k- Register Now to Race this Saturday
Ben Trout, Rob Knab and Chris Eldridge round the final turn in the inaugural Liberty2Liberty 5K Run/Walk.
Liberty 2 Liberty 5K. 
The 5th Annual Liberty 2 Liberty 5k is this Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. (registration begins at 8:30am).  There are amazing prizes for top finishers, including a $75 gift card to the Altitude Running Store for the first place male and first place female.  The race-day entry fee is $25, payable at the time of registration.  CLICK HERE for a registration form.  Please note: only participants who registered by 9/19 will receive their t-shirt on the day of the race.  Participants registering this week, or on the day of the race will receive their t-shirts in early October.  Volunteers are more than welcome!  If you or your student wishes to volunteer, contact Olivia Bachelet at [email protected].  Please come out and join us!  It should be a great time to meet new and old Liberty families while bringing our Liberty community closer as a whole!       


Share Your Action Photos
Mr. Reeves and Mr. Wilcox are looking for photos of Liberty students participating in their favorite sport or activity (soccer, volleyball, rock climbing, etc.) to fill a bulletin board outside of the gym called "Liberty Common Athletes in Action!"

If you have a great action photo you would like to share, please turn in a 4x6 print to the front office or directly to Mr. Reeves or Mr. Wilcox.  We ask that you do not send in pictures to be printed out at the school.  Pictures will not be returned at the end of the year.  If you have any questions please contact Mr. Reeves or Mr. Wilcox.