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  

Your Student Not Returning to Liberty?
 If you know that your student will not be returning to Liberty Common for the 2016-17 school year, please contact Julie Russell at 482-9800 ext. 3114, as soon as possible.  There are many anxious parents waiting for a spot.  To ensure a smooth transfer of your child's records, you may pick-up dis-enrollment paperwork in the office.  Thank you.  

May 26|Olympic Day-No lunch will be served. Microwaves not available.

May 26|WatchDOG, Rodney Good, Mike Hersh, Wes Cardenas.

May 27|Last Day-11:00 Release, no lunch will be served.
Please note: No bus service between schools will be provided on the last day of school.

May 27|Free Dress Day 

Class Of 2016 Graduation. 
Friday, May 27th, 6:00PM,  Timberline Community Church, Main Auditorium.

Waterbotics Summer Robotic Camp.  Students who will be entering Grades 3-10 in the Fall can come experience and apply the principles of engineering design, computer science, and physical science by building and designing robots to glide along the surface of the water as well as dive down into the depths below.  A week long camp's robotics missions are designed to reinforce many physical-science principles emphasized in the Core Knowledge science curriculum, from simple machines in Grade 2 to buoyancy and Archimedes' principle in Grade 8. 

This camp is being co-hosted by the FRC Robotics Team 4499, the Highlanders, and the LCHS FTC Robotics Team 5899, 6 Bits and a Byte.   It will be offered at Liberty Common High School on July 18-22 from 1 PM to 4:30 PM.  The cost of the camp is $125.  Registration is available now and there are limited spaces, so don't miss this opportunity. To sign up, CLICK HERE

Sunscreen Guidelines
Although sunscreen is allowed at school, teachers or staff passing it out, as well as sharing among students is prohibited.  Students must bring their own sunscreen for use at school.  Sunscreen will not be provided at Olympic Day. 

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
  • Denise Benz: 420-4184
  • John Rohrbaugh: 225-2259
  • Aislinn Kottwitz: 217-5925
Next Board of Directors Mtg., 
May 12, 2016 
Liberty Common Elementary    
In an effort to keep students safe during drop-off and pick-up times, please refrain from using cell phones. The front, middle and back drop-off and pick-up areas are designated NO CELL PHONE AREAS. 
Major Dates Have Been Finalized
2016-17 Calendar
  • Classes Begin-Aug.  29
  • Labor Day-Sept. 5
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences-Oct. 28
  • Thanksgiving-Nov. 23-25
  • Winter Break-Dec. 26-Jan. 6
  • Martin Luther King Day-Jan. 16
  • Professional Development Day-Feb. 17
  • Presidents'Day-Feb. 20
  • Spring Break-March 13-17
  • Good Friday-April 14
  • Last Day of Classes-1/2/Day May 26
6th Grade Band and Choir Celebrate Success

This past weekend, the 6th grade Band and Choir traveled to Elitch Gardens. They started the day by participating in a music festival, where they performed in front of a panel of judges. Both groups did a great job, and were awarded the highest rating, a gold medal! They spent the rest of the day enjoying the park. The weather was beautiful, and it was a wonderful way to finish up the school year. Congratulations to both the band and choir!
A Great Week of Liberty Student Accomplishments


The Eagle's Nest

May 23, 2016 
Volume 19  
  Issue 34       
News from Bob Schaffer, LCHS Princpal and Casey Churchill LCS Principal 
Milestone School Year Ends
By:  Principals Casey Churchill and Bob Schaffer
Another fantastic Liberty school year is coming to a close, and along with it, a chance to look back upon a year of solid academic achievement for our students.  The Liberty Board of Directors and administration could not be happier with the accomplishments of our students, instructors, support staff, and parents. 
Liberty Common School has become a premier school in northern Colorado due to the proper partnership of parents, professional staff, and hardworking students.  We are thankful to all who helped make this year so successful.

The elementary school continues to thrive with 612 students, 60 staff, and 1200 on the high school and elementary lottery list.  Liberty Common Elementary school is a model example of how a school should operate.  This past year, Liberty opened our doors to many teachers and administrators that are looking for answers on how to run a successful school.  Many tours were given and meetings were attended by both teachers and administrators to answer these questions and give insight into how this is done. 
During the 2013-2104 school year, Liberty started the first ever Core Knowledge Colorado Network.  This year, on February 12th, Woodrow Wilson Academy in Westminster hosted the event.  About 400 teachers traveled to Westminster to share ideas and learn about the rich Core Knowledge content.  This networking legacy has doubled in capacity since we started.  This was a great opportunity for us to see another CK school and continue this annual tradition of networking with other CK schools in Colorado.  Networking provides our teachers an opportunity to meet and learn from other teachers.  We thank the teachers for their teamwork throughout this process as this accomplishment has again placed Liberty on the map.

Teachers continue to embrace our new data mining system, Pearson Inform.  Inform integrates with our grade book system, Powerschool providing teachers with a one-stop venue to analyze student test data.  This provides teachers with the information we need to help intervene with students that are struggling.  The teachers have found the Inform interface easy to access testing data.  The quicker we can learn about student skill deficits the quicker we can deliver the interventions students need to be successful.  Our goal is to close this achievement gap and get all students access to the rich curriculum we teach.

Lastly, Liberty continues to successfully navigate our way through the new online state testing.  We understand and agree with the dissatisfaction of Common Core State Standards and the online state testing.  Liberty Common School, as a public charter school, still needs to abide by the law and conduct these tests.  We thank all the parents that allowed their children to take these tests.  This is the right choice even if you are not in agreement with CCSS or CMAS.  Liberty's stance has been and always will be to fulfill our obligation to the state.  If we disagree, then we should fight that battle at the Capital.  We encourage parents to have their children take these tests in the future to show the state all the great work we are doing here.  I am confident our students' scores will remain at the top again this year.

Liberty's mission is to provide a contextual body of knowledge which will in turn provide students with a rich domain vocabulary.  This rich vocabulary, along with strong phonetic instruction, allows our student to both decode and comprehend what they read.  Literate students make quality citizens.  Quality citizens make for a more democratic society.  Liberty elementary is on track with our mission.

At the high school, we're more than enthusiastic about the way our sixth year is finishing out.  Liberty's fourth senior class is graduating in style, and they've set the bar high in our fourth year with a full high-school roster.
In addition to academically outpacing their peers at all other Colorado high schools, our seniors have certainly put LCHS on the map.  Yes, we've bragged much about how they earned the highest composite ACT score in the entire state - and why not? 
Our seniors have been commended and celebrated in the media, in both chambers of the Colorado State General Assembly, in the city-council chamber, and in the PSD Boardroom.

That achievement and attention, along with being rated by US News & World Report as the best high school in northern Colorado, has flung wide open the doors of opportunity for the senior class, and for all LCHS students who follow.  We've become a routine target for nearly every college recruiter covering the West.

Talk about superb young leaders; our seniors have built and established many new traditions that will define our institution and its students for many years to come.  Their fine example has taught those behind them well.

What's just as impressive is the followership at Liberty.  As the seniors march off, onward and upward from Liberty, the junior class is stepping up in a marvelous way.  Next year's House Captains, appointed officers, and School Captains are installed, and they are already working on plans for the next school year.

And let's not forget our junior-high students.  Rounding out their final years of the Core Knowledge Sequence has prepared them well for high school.  This year's 7th & 8th graders proved to be a fun cohort making the kind of academic progress we expect to see at Liberty, while simultaneously maintaining some hallway spunk - right through to the end. 

Their road to maturity is an enthralling thing to behold, and we can't wait to see how they lead the high school over the next four and five years. 

As a parent-run school, Liberty's high expectations have pushed students and staff alike.  This was a year of particularly hard work, expansion, and invention.  It's hard to imagine it turning out much better.  

On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration, we offer our sincere and humble thanks to all Liberty parents.  Your leadership, guidance, volunteerism, financial support and prayers have contributed mightily to what we're convinced is the best public education Colorado has to offer. 

To the fifteen students moving on from Liberty, we wish you a fond farewell.  To all returning Liberty students, we're already looking forward to seeing you again on Monday morning, August 29th. 
In the meantime, enjoy the summer break.  You've earned it.
Olympic Day is Thursday

Don't miss out on your chance to volunteer before school is finished for the year.  Join us in celebrating a fantastic year and participate in the fun and games.  Only a few time slots left to fill.  Please CLICK HERE to sign-up and volunteer.  Students need to pack a sack lunch. Hot lunch will not be served.  No microwaves available.  

Lost and Found Overflowing

Please take a few minutes to visit our Lost and Found.  All items are on display outside the Front Office.  Remember, what is  not claimed by May 27th., will be given to charity.  Thank you.   

Please complete and return Family Info. Update Form.
By now you should have received a 2016-17 Family Information Update Form in the mail.  The form is a light purple.  By completing this form you are helping us enter your family's information in our data base over the summer and be ready to go on August 29th.  Please contact the Front Office if you didn't receive or have any questions. 
News From the Health Office
Class takes place Monday, June 13th, 9am-Noon at the elementary school. American Heart Association Certification (good for two years). Heart Saver CPR/AED (adult, child, infant, to include measures for choking) $35/student (this exact class runs in the Fort Collins Recreator for $70/person)  Register here by Monday, June 6. Questions, contact our school nurse at

Medication Reminder. Please remember to pick up any medications or supplies your student may have in the health office by 10AM on Friday, May 27th (the last day of school!), or they will be disposed of.  You are always welcome to pick them up anytime before that if your child will not be needing them at school.

A Note From Mr. Knab, Liberty Common Athletic Director  

Below you will find information on summer events, activities and camps for Jr. High and High School athletics.  You will also find very important information regarding changes next year, including league changes and athletic fees.  Please read and keep this information as a resource this summer as you prepare your student-athletes for next year. 
This Summer In Junior-High Sports:  
Speed Camp - ALL SPORTS (7th - 12th Grade) *NEW*
Get faster with Coach Mayes. Monday/Wednesday/ Friday, July 11th - July 29th, 5:30pm - 7pm, on the track. Cost is $50 and T-shirt included.   Register on July 11th at 5pm at the track. Questions? Email him at:
Open Gym - Thursdays, 5pm - 7pm, starting 6/16, 7th & 8th grade girls welcome, in elementary gym (blue side).
Summer Camp - 8/8 - 8/12, 2pm - 4pm, elementary gym, 6th - 8th grade (However, the volleyball season is for 7th - 8th grade girls only).
Summer Camp - 8/8 - 8/12 8am - 10am on the soccer field.  Questions? Email Coach Reeves @ 
Summer Camp - 8/8 - 8/12, Boys 10am - 12pm, Girls 12pm - 2pm. Questions? Email Coach Wilcox for girls at and Coach Norris for boys at
Cross  Country
Coach Norris will have an individual summer workout with 'end of summer' incentives. Questions? Contact Coach Norris at
Information on New Leagues and Fees:
Jr.-High Changes:
Liberty Common is no longer in the Northern Colorado Independent League (NCIL).  We are now in the Northern Plains Middle-School League Association, nicknamed the 'Northern Plains League' (NPL). The following schools in this league are:
Eaton Middle School
Highland Middle School
Platte Valley Middle School
University Middle School
Weld Central Middle School
Estes Park Middle School
Milliken Middle School
Frontier Academy
Ft. Lupton Middle School
Turner Middle School
North Valley School
South Valley School
The biggest change is that, at this time, 6th graders are only allowed to run cross-country and play boys and girls soccer. This is because these two sports are not technically part of the NPL. Our games this season are made up of schools in the NPL that do have these sports. (not all do)
This means the NPL does not allow 6th graders to participate in volleyball, basketball or track.  6th graders are encouraged to play on the city recreational teams. This was the hardest factor in making this decision.  LCS has enjoyed 6th grade basketball and volleyball participation for years in the NCIL. Keep working hard on your skills and we look forward to having you in 7th grade.
Also, the 7th and 8th grade teams are separate from one another.  Most schools have two 7th grade teams and two 8th grade teams. During the volleyball and basketball seasons, when 8th graders play games at their opponents location, Liberty will host the 7th grade games and vice-versa. This is the general rule, though, we have a couple of games next year that this is not the case.  Although 6th graders will not play these two sports, it opens up and encourages 7th and 8th graders, who may not have thought about playing, to give it a try.  This allows the opportunity for them to be introduced to the game at a competitive level for them, thus building the sport in numbers for each grade. 
Why the change?  Liberty Common co-founded the NCIL and the league met our needs as a young school.  Over time, Liberty Common has outgrown the league and the competition.  In the last two years, two of Liberty's biggest rivals have left the league.  One went to the Poudre School District and another went into the NPL.  In order to adequately prepare our student-athletes for the next level, the decision was to move in to a more competitive league that will sharpen our athletes' talent.  Dictated by our increased high school numbers, LCHS had to move into a more competitive high-school league (Patriot League).  This change takes place this coming year and it makes sense to make the jr.-high changes at the same time.
Athletic Fees:
1)  Beginning in the fall of 2016-2017 school-year, the jr.-high athletic fee will be $100 per sport. 
2)  Beginning in the fall of 2016 - 2017 school-year, all athletics will be paid online. There will be more information in the July newsletter.
3)  There is still a $600 family cap in place per school year.  This includes siblings that are in jr.-high and high-school athletics.
4)  If a student-athlete plays and pays for two sports, they play the third for free.
New Gym:
Obviously, one of the biggest changes for next year is the addition of our new high school gymnasium.  High-school practices and games will be in the new gym for Volleyball and Basketball allowing more time and flexibility for the jr.-high teams at the elementary school on their new floor.  Mr. Knab is looking for summer help.  If you want to add your name to his list of people that want to be contacted during the summer to help bring our gym to life, please contact him, Things to do include painting, trophy case, 'Great Wall of Champions', and whatever else needs to be done. 

Sports Camps offered: *Boys' Soccer *Boys' Basketball *Girls' Basketball *Girls' Volleyball. CLICK HERE for dates and registration information. 

Liberty Common Academic
Summer Camps

Dear Parent/s,
Summer will be here before you know it! Liberty Common Elementary School is offering a SUMMER CAMP for reading and literacy, math, and academic individualized tutoring, for students entering 1st.-6th. grades.  Spots are filling up, so register early.

CLICK HERE for information about and to register for  Reading and Literacy Camp.

CLICK HERE for information about and to register for Math Camp.

CLICK HERE for information about and to register for Individualized Tutoring.   

We are excited to offer our summer camp and hope your child can join us!

Keith Churchill
Principal, Liberty Common School

Attention Parents of Liberty Common Rising 6th Graders
Summer English Program.  This summer's four-week English "booster" is the perfect, economical opportunity for students needing a grammar, vocabulary, or writing-skills boost.  For more information  CLICK HERE. The cost is much less than typical tutoring, the tutor-to-student ratio is small, and the instructor is Mr. Dybzinski, head of Liberty's English department.  Regardless of whether your student is ahead or behind, he will set your child up to engage our rich English curriculum at LCHS.  Furthermore, he plans to have much fun in the process.   CLICK HERE to sign up.