Liberty Common Elementary School 
1725 Sharp Point Dr. 
Fort Collins, CO 80525 
Fax: (970)482-8007

Attendance Line:
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, and A Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School  

Board of Directors  
You may contact all members of our Board of Directors at or by telephone:
  • Patrick Albright: 232-8257
  • Joel Goeltl: 593-8556
  • Paulette Hansen: 282-8455
  • Jeff Webb: 545-9636
  • Bill Werst: 631-8379
  • Denise Benz: 420-4184
  • John Rohrbaugh: 225-2259

Next Board of Directors Mtg., 

August 27, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

Liberty Common Elementary

Mark Your Calendar

August 25|Back to School Night, 6:30 p.m.
(Parents Only)
****See Agenda below****
August 27|
BOD Meeting,
6:00 p.m.
August 27|Carpool Interest Forms Due to Front Office
August 28|Lunch Calendars Due 
August 28| Liberty T-shirt Day.  Show your Liberty Spirit and wear any Liberty T-shirt.    
September 7|
Labor Day, No School 
September 16-18|
Eco-Week-6th Graders at Pingree Park 
September 17|
BOD Mtg., 6:00 p.m.
September 25|Individual Student Photos
September 26|
Liberty2Liberty 5K Run 
September 28|
Public Info. Night, 6:30 p.m.
2015-2016 School Calendar

Dan Knab, Athletic Director
LCS Sports News
This week in Junior-High Sports:

8/24  4pm  @ Estes Park
8/26  4pm  @ Frontier Academy
8/28  4pm  vs  Weld Central
8/24  4pm  vs Dayspring Christian
8/26  4pm 
vs Loveland Classical (Technically an away game, but played in our gym.)

Tennis Club Registration
Liberty Middle School Tennis Club is now taking registrations from interested 6th, 7th, and 8th grade (girls and boys).  The season runs August 31, 2015-October 2, 2015 and all levels are welcome.  Practices are 3:30-5:30 pm at Lee Martinez Park Tennis courts every Monday and Wednesday.  During the week of August 31st., practice will be every day from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm.   CLICK HERE  for Registration Form.  Please direct all questions to Tricia Diehl, Tennis Club Manager, and Liberty Common parent, 

The Eagle's Nest

Volume 19
Issue 1
August 24, 2015 

By: Casey Churchill, LCS Principal

Welcome back to Liberty Common School! We have worked hard getting the school ready for the coming year and we are excited to fill the halls and classrooms with students and parent volunteers. Those of you that are returning can attest this is the best school in Colorado and those of you that are new are in for a treat. The Liberty Common Schools have much to offer and have a proven record of success.

Liberty recently hosted the Milton Friedman Legacy Day event at Liberty Common High School on July 31. This year marked the 103rd birthday of the late Nobel Laureate economist Dr. Milton Friedman, a champion of the free-market movement in education. As an economist ahead of his time and an advocate of the free market, Friedman was also an advocate of school choice based on these same principles.

As a Core Knowledge consultant, I used to say that the number one factor of a quality education is to teach the Core Knowledge Curriculum. Shortly after joining the Liberty Common school community 12 years ago, I realize I was mistaken. There are 2 factors that make a school successful. I now believe in the rich Core Knowledge curriculum and schools of choice. As a charter school, we firmly believe in choice for education. It is the parents' rights and responsibility to choose the best education for their children.

Liberty is a community that strives for excellence in all areas. Our teachers work hard to become specialists in the subject areas they teach, they come to school each day to motivate students and work with parents. Our parents are committed to helping students at home and model the importance of learning. The administration is dedicated to following the founding parent's mission and philosophy of our school.

To the new parents, I welcome you to the ranks of school choice. You have chosen wisely as your child will flourish here at Liberty. Liberty strives to provide a high quality rich base of knowledge that will push your limits as parents of what you know and will liven up any dinner conversation from now until your child(ren) graduate.
By: Bob Schaffer, LCHS Principal

Congratulations to Liberty's Class of 2016 upon achieving a sky-high composite ACT score of 27.08! Though this year's statewide numbers are not yet in, this score would have been number-one in Colorado compared to all other Colorado high schools. With that, we know we're at least near the top again this year.
Earning college-readiness test scores that consistently place our seniors among the top in the state is a sustained historic record and a huge distinction that opens college doors for all of Liberty's students.
With so many successes to celebrate around Liberty, it's easy to under-appreciate the magnitude of Liberty's ACT accomplishment. And, while the incoming seniors deserve the heft of credit for the yeoman's work they've done preparing themselves for college success, these seniors would be the first to credit their parents and teachers going all the way back to kindergarten.
The mighty Class of 2016 is setting the tone for the entire high school and junior high. They've come up with a class motto intended to inspire all students, staff and parents alike: Aedficans Futurum - Building the Future. Student leaders have already posted these words in every classroom and throughout the school.
It's more than just a nice motto. Liberty scholars have established solid credibility to make such a motto bigger than mere words. Starting off the 2015-16 school year, for the fourth year in a row, with top-tier ACT score is the perfect context for an ambitious and festive year of learning.
We've got lots of new features in the school, a few new instructors, and big plans for the year on which I'll elaborate in this same spot in subsequent newsletters. But for today, the big news is all about our fabulous students returning to school for another year of hard work and academic success. Oh, they'll have a ton of fun, too.
It was a real privilege to be at the front door this morning greeting Liberty students as they came back to school. They're enthusiastic, joyful, optimistic and ready to build a spectacular future, indeed.
Thank you for choosing to educate your kids at Liberty Common School and for supporting this thriving, innovative, and dynamic alternative in public education. The entire staff and I are blessed and honored by your trust, your confidence, your partnership, and most of all, by your children.

New Teachers and Staff Join the Liberty Ranks
Rachel Dietrich (3rd Grade)
B.S., Human Development & Family Studies, Early Childhood Education focus, Colorado State University

Teaching Licensures:
 Early Childhood Education (0-8)
 Elementary Education (K-6)
Professional Background:
18 weeks Student Teaching, Thompson School District,
2 years CSU Intern, Poudre School District, Fort Collins
1 year Lead Teacher, Little Bear's Child Care, Fort Collins
Personal Interests:
Hiking, Reading, Crafting, Spending time with family

Rachel Hickman (5th Grade)
Bachelors of Science in Health and Exercise Science 2010
Masters of Arts in Elementary Education 2014.

Professional Background:
Long-Term Substitute, TR Paul Academy of Arts and Knowledge,Fort Collins, CO 2015
Student Teaching, Knowledge Quest Academy, Milliken, CO 2014
Practicum Teaching, Explore Elementary, Thornton, CO 2013
Reading Tutor, 4th grade, Highline Elementary, Aurora, CO 2013
Exercise Technologist 2010-2015
Track and Field Coach, Longmont, CO (summers 2004-2009)
Personal Interests:
I love spending time with my husband and daughter, doing anything, anytime. We enjoy visiting friends and family. I enjoy running and racing with my husband and family. As a Colorado native, I have always cherished the times I get to hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. I like traveling to new places. I love trying anything new, but always enjoy a cup of Bhakti Chai tea.

 Jennifer Scheaffer (5th Grade)
Education: BS from Colorado State University in Human Development & Family Studies
MA in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado
Professional Background:
Student Teaching - 4th grade Cecil D. Andrus Elementary Spring 2015
Practicum - 4th grade Bacon Elementary Fall 2014
Internship - 1st grade Linton Elementary Fall 2013
Personal Interests: 
Walking/hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends

Erin Dean (Academic Support Team) 
Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, University of Northern Colorado
Minor in Reading Instruction, University of Northern Colorado
Professional Background: 
Learning Lab Teacher, Guadalupe Community Center
Classroom Assistant, Sunshine House
Personal Interests:
Volunteering at the Fort Collins Cat Rescue, painting and drawing, running, hiking, reading
Back To School Night Agenda

August 25th, 2015

Parent Orientation Schedule - Please meet in the gym to start the night with a few announcements. There will be 3 rotations for the night (Kindergarten will have 2 rotations). The rotation period and times are as follows:
6:30 - 6:50     Announcements in the gym              
6:55 - 7:15     Rotation 1
(Parents of Kindergarteners stay for Rotation 1 and 2)     
7:20 - 7:40     Rotation 2     
7:45 - 8:05     Rotation 3
(Parents of 6th graders, please attend Eco Week meetings held in student  homerooms)   
The groupings for the meetings will be as follows:

 *All primary teachers K - 6 will be in their classrooms

 *Latin - Mrs. Clouser in Room 148 (Latin Room)
*Art - Mrs. Nichols (grades k-4) in Room 152

*Music/Band - Mrs. Clemens (grades K, 1, 2, 3, and 5/6 band) in Room 109
*Music/Choir/Art - Mrs. Grandprey (grades 4 and 5/6 choir) in Room 153
*Physical Education - Mr. Reeves and Mr. Wilcox in Gymnasium Room 107
*Academic Support Team - Dr. Jessica Radford, Libby Cihiwsky, and Erin Dean in Room 117 (Resource Room)
You may attend any of these groupings during the rotations. This will hopefully give you an opportunity to see as many teachers as possible.
Thank you for coming tonight and thank you for caring about the education of your child!