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Liberty Public Schools Accepted into National Network of Innovative School Districts

 

LPS joins Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, will partner with other leading educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers from across the country

 

Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Liberty, MO Liberty Public Schools was accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.

 

Liberty Public Schools was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.

 

"This is quite an honor for our district and is a testament to all of the tremendous innovation taking place in our classrooms," said LPS Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker.  "I cannot stress enough that this recognition would not be possible without the collaboration that takes place between teachers and leaders throughout our system."

 

The League of Innovative Schools, launched in late 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once per year. With the new members, the League now includes 94 school districts in 33 states. The full list of members can be found at digitalpromise.org/districts.

 

“The League of Innovative Schools works to improve outcomes for students and solve the challenges facing K-12 schools through powerful and smart use of learning technologies and research,” said Kim Smith, executive director of the League of Innovative Schools. “We’re excited to welcome our new League members and further amplify the collective voice of the League to advance positive change in public education.”

 

League members are represented by their superintendent, who commits to:

●       Attend biannual League meetings, which feature classroom visits, collaborative problem-solving, and relationship-building with peers and partners;

●       Participate in League challenge collaboratives on a broad range of topics relevant to the changing needs of school districts;

●       Support Digital Promise research and provide feedback so it translates easily into classroom experiences and expands what we know about teaching and learning;

●       Engage with entrepreneurs to advance edtech product development steeped in the latest learning science and meets district needs; and

●       Participate in the League’s professional learning community by connecting with other members online, in person, and at each other’s school districts.

In addition to superintendents’ participation, there are also opportunities for other school administrators, principals, and teachers to participate in League and Digital Promise initiatives.

 

The League will officially welcome new members at its fall 2017 meeting on October 31 in South San Francisco, held in held in partnership with the EdSurge Fusion conference.

 

For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit: digitalpromise.org/league.

 

Press Contacts:

Digital Promise

Kristin Atkins

katkins@digitalpromise.org

(650) 815-6934

 

Liberty Public Schools

Dallas Ackerman

dallas.ackerman@lps53.org

(816) 736-5317

 

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About Digital Promise

Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization that builds powerful networks and takes on grand challenges by working at the intersection of researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Our vision is that all people, at every stage of their lives, have access to learning experiences that help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and continuously learn in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit the Digital Promise website and follow @digitalpromise for updates.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 10/5/17




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Dr. Martin Jacobs, principal at Liberty North High School, is pleased to announce senior Nathan Jacob, son of Jamie and Ann Jacob, has been named a semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.  In addition, Dr. April Adams and the entire Liberty High School community are proud to announce senior Nolan Burroughs, son of Amy Quinn and John Burroughs, has also been named a National Merit semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. 
 
Over 1 million United States high school students entered the competition with only 16,000 being named semi-finalist.   As a semifinalist, these students are now eligible to earn one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, which are valued at a total of more than $32 million. 
 
Congratulations to both of these students for this amazing recognition!
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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 9/20/17




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Liberty Public Schools has officially earned accreditation from AdvancED.  All became official on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 when AdvancED Director, Dr. Tina Woolsey presented LPS Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker with the certificate of achievement.

 

To read more about this exciting news, click here.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 8/30/17




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The annual Liberty North High School/Liberty High School varsity football game set for this Friday, September 1, at LNHS is sure to garner much attention and a large crowd. Preparations have been made, so below are important details in an effort to make your experience a good one:
  • Ticket pre-sale will take place Thursday, August 31, and Friday, September 1, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Liberty North High School Athletic Office. Ticket pre-sales will also take place Thursday, August 31, at the varsity volleyball game at LNHS until 7:30 p.m. In addition, pre-sale tickets will be sold at the Heritage Middle School office from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. both Thursday and Friday.
  • Gates will open Friday at 5:30 p.m.
  • In addition to LNHS student activity passes and sponsor passes being accepted for admittance, Liberty High School passes will also be accepted for this game only.
  • Tickets must be purchased at the Box Office (located across Eagle Drive from the visitor's gate), NOT AT THE COMPLEX GATES. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students (K-12 with ID's).
  • In an effort to ease parking/congestion, shuttle buses will be running from both Warren Hill's Elementary and Rogers Sporting Goods from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Shuttles will then begin returning fans to respective lots at the end of the 3rd quarter through the conclusion of the game.
  • Parents who plan to drop off and pick up students need to do so in the front loop of Liberty North High School (south side of the building).
  • Concessions and restrooms will be made available inside LNHS.
  • Food trucks will also be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Eagle Drive (trucks to include: Mud Hole BBQ, Tito's, Funnel Cakes, and Kona Ice).
 
We hope everyone has an enjoyable game experience, and we wish the best of luck to both teams!
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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 8/29/17




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SOAR Awards Return in '17-'18
Is there a member of the Liberty Public Schools team that has made a difference for you or your child? Returning for another year is our SOAR Award program. SOAR, standing for Service Over and Above the Rest, allows us the opportunity to recognize many of our amazing staff throughout the school year. Along with a surprise visit from our superintendent and other district leaders, recipients will receive a gift card and certificate, made possible by our returning sponsor, Commerce Bank.
 
To nominate someone for a SOAR Award today, click here.
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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 8/17/17




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The 2017-2018 school year is right around the corner.  In an effort to prepare you for the upcoming year, we encourage you to visit our official LPS Facebook page to view the "30 Things to Know" video series.  From school start/end times to district boundaries, the series is intended to provide parents and students all of the important information to have a successful start to the new school year.  To visit our Facebook page and view these segments, click here.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 8/4/17




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On August 21, 2017, Liberty Public Schools is fortunate to experience the solar eclipse along the path of totality.  Students in Liberty will be offered the opportunity to participate in a variety of classroom learning experiences, tied to Missouri Learning Standards, and centered on an inquiry instructional approach.  Eclipse glasses will be provided to all LPS students and staff.  Students will learn the appropriate guidelines for experiencing the eclipse , and teachers will provide a variety of activities for students to better understand the eclipse event.


For questions about the Liberty Public Schools Eclipse Day, please contact your child's school or the Liberty Public Schools Department of Academic Services.  Additionally, more information that has been collected and curated by LPS Science teachers can be accessed by clicking here, intended to better equip and prepare our staff, students, and families for the Eclipse Day 2017.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 7/11/17




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Incoming 6th/9th Grade Student Residency Verification Information
Attention parents of students entering the 6th and 9th grades for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year! LPS will be implementing a new residency verification policy. This will be a requirement for students starting on the first day of school (August 16, 2017). The calendar window to submit required documentation is June 15 - July 29, 2017.  Parents are encouraged to begin gathering the information below to submit during the calendar window in order to avoid long lines and/or enrollment delays:
  • Residency Declaration Form
  • A copy of parent/guardian photo ID
  • Acceptable proofs of residency
    (Two different utilities - water, gas, or electric OR lease agreement OR non-contingent home sales contract OR settlement statement from home purchase)
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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 6/15/17




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At the Monday, May 22, 2017, Board of Education meeting, the Board made several appointments to the LPS District Leadership Team.  Below, is a summary of these appointments:

 

New Executive Director of Elementary Education Named

The Board appointed Andrea Dixon-Seahorn as the next Executive Director of Elementary Education.  Ms. Dixon-Seahorn is currently a Special Consultant for Equitable Education with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Educator Quality.

 

As an educational professional of 23 years, Ms. Dixon-Seahorn has experience serving in roles as an instructional coach, school library media specialist, and elementary classroom teacher in urban academic settings.  In a school leadership capacity, she brings with her nine years of experience as a principal and assistant principal in the Kansas City area.

 

Ms. Dixon-Seahorn holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Masters of Library Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Specialist in Education-Superintendent from Northwest Missouri State University.

 

Michelle Swierski Named New Warren Hills Elementary Principal

At the Monday, May 22, Board of Education meeting, the Board appointed Ms. Michelle Swierski to be the next principal at Warren Hills Elementary.

 

Ms. Swierski is a familiar face in Liberty Public Schools, as she has served in the role of teacher, instructional coach, and most recently assistant principal since 2003.  She spent eight years at Alexander Doniphan Elementary, six as a classroom teacher, followed by a two-year stint as an instructional coach.  She then accepted a position as assistant principal at Kellybrook Elementary in 2011 and has remained in this role until Monday’s appointment.

 

Ms. Swierski has a degree in Elementary Administration from Park University, along with a Specialists degree in the area of Curriculum and Instruction from William Woods University.

 

Jennifer Selock Appointed to Assistant Principal Role

The Board appointed Ms. Jennifer Selock to be a traveling assistant principal between Shoal Creek Elementary School and Heritage Middle School.  Ms. Selock joined Liberty Public Schools in 2014, teaching 6th grade English Language Arts at South Valley Middle School.  In 2015, she taught the Missouri Option Program, and recently became the Academic and Behavioral Interventionist at Liberty Academy.  

 

Ms. Selock has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Missouri Western State College and her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University. 

 

We look forward to welcoming each of these individuals to the District Leadership Team.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 5/23/17




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Parents of Liberty Public Schools,
Recently, you should have received an email regarding updating your student(s) demographic information for the 2017-2018 school year.  Included in the email was specific username/password information for your child(ren).

The window for making these updates opened earlier this morning and the portal can be accessed by clicking here.

This online review takes just a few minutes and will ensure that your child's school has the most up-to-date information.  This includes the ability to make changes to parent/guardian contact information, emergency contacts, update health information, complete the meal assistance program application, technology usage agreement, as well as reviewing several policies.

The window for making this update will continue until August 1, 2017.  Completing this process early will make the regular student enrollment process prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year much easier.

If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact the school that your child will be attending this fall.

Thank you for your attention and have a great summer!

Office of Communications
Liberty Public Schools

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 5/15/17