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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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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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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




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At the Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Board of Education work session, the Board appointed several individuals to serve in assistant principal roles.  These appointments include:

  • Mrs. Whitney Weakley has been selected as the new assistant principal at South Valley Middle School.  Mrs. Weakley has spent her entire career in education in Liberty Public Schools and has most recently served as assistant principal at Warren Hills Elementary.  Earlier in her career, she spent eight years teaching at Liberty Middle School.  She will replace Mr. Mitch Hiser, who was appointed the new principal at Lewis and Clark Elementary earlier this semester.
     
  • Mrs. Sara Wickham has been selected as an assistant principal at Liberty High School.  Ms. Wickham has served in LPS since 2006 as both a classroom teacher at LHS and as an Innovation and Learning Coach.  Most recently, she has been an administrative intern at LHS.  She fills one of the two assistant principal positions that were vacated earlier this year.
     
  • Mr. Edward Tate has been selected to fill the second assistant principal position at Liberty High School.  Mr. Tate began his career in public education in 2004 in his hometown, with the Wichita Public School District, serving as a classroom teacher.  He would eventually transition into an administrator role and has most recently served as an assistant principal at Smith-Hale Middle School in the Hickman Mills School District.
     
  • In addition to the three appointments made this week, the Board also recently selected Mrs. Jamie Ackart to serve in the role of assistant principal at Shoal Creek Elementary.  Mrs. Ackart has spent the past decade serving students in Liberty Public Schools as both a classroom teacher at Manor Hill Elementary and most recently as an Innovation and Learning Coach at both Manor Hill Elementary and Lewis and Clark Elementary.

All of the appointments listed above will be effective for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 5/3/17




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The Board of Education is currently seeking applicants interested in filling the vacant seats of the Audit & Finance Committee. The seats available are three 3-year positions ending June 30, 2020 and one 1-year position ending June 30, 2018. Service for the position will begin immediately following an interview and selection process by the Board of Education to be conducted on Monday, June 19, 2017.  Applicants must be available to participate in the interview process on that date.

 

The Audit & Finance Committee is appointed by the Liberty Public School District Board of Education and is responsible for making recommendations to the Board relating to any matters of audit or financial concern within the operation of the District.  The overall responsibility of the Committee consists of performing a comprehensive, prospective review of the operations of the District and making recommendations, including, but not limited to, the following:  contract awards, financial reports of revenue and expenditures, non-bond capital improvement reports, bond issue capital improvement reports, investment reports, annual budget, long range financial planning objectives, audit reports, and internal control reports.  The comprehensive charter of the Audit & Finance Committee may be viewed at:

 

https://www.liberty.k12.mo.us/auditandfinancecommittee

 

Meeting Frequency: Committee members commit to review financial data on a monthly basis and attend meetings typically on Monday evening, 5:30 p.m., the week prior to Board of Education meetings.

 

Qualifications: Residents of the Liberty Public School District wishing to serve on the Audit & Finance Committee should have experience or background in a leadership capacity, budget, accounting, auditing or finance.

 

Meetings held by the Audit & Finance Committee are open, public meetings held under the auspices of Missouri Sunshine Law.

 

Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, May 1, 2017 through Monday, May 22, 2017.  Interested patrons may fill out an application online on the District’s Web site at:

 https://web.liberty.k12.mo.us/forms/auditoversight/

 

Applications must be received by the close of business, 4:30 p.m., on Monday, May 22, 2017.  Applicant interviews will be conducted on June 19, 2017.  In the event the Board of Education meeting is rescheduled, applicant interviews will be rescheduled as well. 

 

For more information, please contact Cindy Sullivant, Chief Financial Officer at 816-736-7105.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 4/28/17




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By David Boyce

The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) announced its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2016-2017 earlier this month.

Education leaders from across the country are recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions and instructional strategies that contribute to high-quality learning experiences for all students.

The 20 to Watch program honors educators nationally who are passionate, capable, curious, and always thinking about the next technology innovation for education.

The NSBA thought so much about the things happening in LPS, that Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker made the 2016-2017 20 to Watch list, which was announced on April 3.

In true Tucker fashion, he deflected the recognition heaped upon him and praised the staff and administrators at LPS.

“It is pretty humbling to be a part of that quality of a group and to be recognized in that capacity,” Tucker said, “but it is really a reflection of our team and our district efforts as to where we are at in innovation. You can’t solely take the credit by any means, but share the accolades with everyone.”

In their write-up, NSBA said this about Tucker: “Under Dr. Jeremy Tucker’s leadership, EPiC Elementary has become a model school for creativity and problem-based learning that uses visionary and innovative practices advanced through the use of technology. He encourages his staff to embrace the concepts of Future Ready schools and align classroom instructional design with project-based learning. As a #GoOpen Ambassador district, he shares the district’s experiences with open education resources (OER) across the country.”

Tucker has been the superintendent of LPS for over three years and feels at home.

“It has been great,” Tucker said. “We enjoy Liberty, the experiences we have had here as a family, and definitely, the support of the school board.”

In his years at LPS, Tucker has been impressed with the level of engagement of the students and the level of expectation from the parents and family as LPS continues to navigate growth and change in the Liberty community.

Tucker and his staff are never satisfied with the status quo. They want to keep improving the educational opportunities for the students.

“There are certainly areas we can improve upon as far as challenges we face,” Tucker said.

One of the challenges is to maintain the high level of education for each student as the district continues to grow. Tucker is thankful LPS is in a community in which businesses take an active part in the education process.

“Community partnership is key for us as we look at a variety of learning opportunities for kids,” Tucker said. “If they want to pursue college or the career path of their choosing, how do we partner with our community to be able to give them a glimpse of what those options are like.”

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Published: 4/20/17




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At a surprise, stand-up meeting held in the conference room at the Support Services Building, it was announced that Mr. Marion Hunerdosse is the 2017-2018 LPS Support Employee of the Year.

 

Mr. Hunerdosse has been a loyal Liberty Public Schools employee, serving in the transportation department since January 1985.  His duties in the department have ranged from not only a route driver, but also a driver trainer and licensed 3rd party examiner for the Missouri State Highway Patrol to issue new commercial driver’s licenses to drivers.   Following a stint as Assistant Transportation Director in 2001-2002, Hunerdosse returned to driving bus routes, a position he still holds today as he safely transports special needs students.

 

“Marion is a man of great integrity and leads by example,” said LPS Director of Transportation Ono Monachino.  “He genuinely cares about the students he transports, their parents, and the people he works with.  I think he epitomizes everything the Support Employee of the Year is about.”

 

Away from the transportation office and bus, Hunerdosse keeps himself extremely busy.  He is also a pastor at Flack Memorial Christian Union Church in Excelsior Springs, MO.

 

It’s also a family affair for the Hunderdosse’s in Liberty Public Schools, as his wife, Gail, is a long-time administrative assistant at Alexander Doniphan Elementary.

 

This is the seventh year of the Support Employee of the Year program, which was introduced as a way to recognize the outstanding work by LPS support staffA listing of previous LPS Support Employee of the Year recipients is provided below.

 

Previous LPS Support Employees of the Year

2016-2017  Cliff Redmond – Discovery Middle School

2015-2016   Curt Laven - Technology

2014-2015   Gina Van Egdom  - Alexander Doniphan Elementary

2013-2014   Brenda Drummond - Shoal Creek Elementary

2012-2013   Carolyn Morris ­- Early Childhood Center

2011-2012   Debby Ross ­- Manor Hill Elementary

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Published: 4/18/17




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At the regular April 17, 2017, Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the hiring of Mr. Jeff Baird as the new Director of Transportation, effective July 1, 2017.

 

Mr. Baird has had a successful career in both business and logistics. Past employment has included serving as Vice President of Logistics and Strategic Planning at EB Games, assisting the company through an Initial Public Offering (IPO), and developing distribution capabilities on four continents.  He also helped start a third-party logistics company until 2007, when he moved to the area to work for W.W. Grainger as a process manager.  While at Grainger, he also took on a ministry role at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, where he currently serves as an associate pastor.

 

“We’re excited to have Jeff join us, and I’m confident he’ll be a great fit with the transportation team and prove to be a strong leader for the district,” said Chief Operations Officer Steve Anderson.  “Jeff has a unique background and perspective that will translate well to this position.  While he has big shoes to fill, I am confident we will continue the great momentum that Ono and his team have been able to gain over the past several years.”

 

Born in Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Wilkes University, Mr. Baird has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Finance.

 

He and his wife, Deb, are active in volunteering with non-profit organizations and schools, including LPS’s own Liberty Academy.  The Baird’s are proud parents of three adult children and one grandchild.

 

Mr. Baird will replace current Transportation Director Ono Monachino, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 4/18/17




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Liberty Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. LPS is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017.
The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to
provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Liberty Public Schools answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
“The recognition of being a Best Community confirms the value of high rigor in the Fine Arts Department through the work of the teachers, students, and the community," said LPS Director of Fine Arts Aaron Money.   "It is an honor to be selected five years in a row by the NAMM Foundation."
This award recognizes that LPS is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education
legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, and awaiting state
implementation designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.
As LPS finalizes its 2017-2018 budget, The NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music Education Award and the state level
implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of curriculum offerings and available to all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school and the personal benefits of making music.
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music.
In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.
Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in
group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.
A 2015 study, “ Striking A Chord” supported by the NAMM Foundation, also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents
for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.

About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 4/5/17




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Yesterday was the local election in which four LPS Board of Education positions were determined.  Winning the three, three-year positions were Kim-Marie Graham, AJ Byrd, and Angie ReedKent Peterson was voted in to serve the one-year position.  All candidates will officially be sworn-in at the regular Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 17, 2017.

For a detailed look at results from Tuesday's election, visit the Clay County Missouri Board of Election Commissioners website by clicking here.

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Published: 4/5/17




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At the Monday, March 27, 2017, Board of Education meeting, the Board appointed Dr. Greg Mees to be the next principal of Discovery Middle School, effective July 1, 2017.

 

Dr. Mees is currently an assistant principal at Liberty High School, a role he has held since joining Liberty Public Schools in 2008.  He will fulfill his duties as assistant principal at LHS through the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year before assuming his new role. 

 

“We are excited and confident Dr. Mees will build on all of the great things happening at DMS,” said LPS Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker.  “Dr. Mees has a tremendous skillset and track record of successfully serving secondary students and families.”

 

Born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, Dr. Mees attended Indiana University – Bloomington, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in History.  He returned to Columbia in 2001 to be a social studies teacher at Columbia Hickman High School, his alma mater.  While in Columbia, he earned a Master’s degree in Secondary Administration from William Woods University.  In addition, Dr. Mees obtained his Educational Specialist and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri – Columbia. 

 

Dr. Mees will replace Dr. Julie Moore, who was named the new Executive Director of Secondary Education earlier this semester.

 

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Published: 3/28/17




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The Liberty PTA Council will be hosting a Board Candidate Forum on Tuesday, March 28, in the 3rd floor District Administration Center Board Room. This event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will not only provide an opportunity for the candidates to share why they would be good board members, but also provide the audience with an opportunity to ask questions. 

 
As shared earlier this winter, candidates that have filed for the three, three-year term seats are:  Mr. Nick Bartlow, Ms. Angie Reed, Ms. Kim-Marie Graham, and Mr. A.J. Byrd. In addition, there is one, one-year seat available. Filing for this position was Mr. Kent Peterson.
 
This event will be taped by KLPS-TV Channel 18 and offered on the LPS YouTube Channel.  Please contact Liberty PTA Council President Jennie Alexander with any questions.
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Published: 3/9/17




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Liberty Public Schools recently received exciting news when the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that we were one of only six districts in Missouri to attain the AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP classes for students while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on the exams.  Below is the press release that was delivered state-wide last month:

 

Missouri students have increased their scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams over the past decade, according to the latest data. AP classes offer several advantages for students, including portability of scores to a variety of colleges and universities in Missouri and across the country. Students who score 3 or higher have been shown to earn higher grade point averages in college, and they are more likely to graduate from college in four years. A score of 3 indicates a student is qualified in a subject, 4 is well qualified, and 5 is extremely well qualified.

For Missouri’s class of 2016, 6,938 students scored 3 or higher on the exams. That is compared with 3,400 students in 2006. Sixty-one percent of Missouri students who took the exams scored 3 or higher, compared with the national average of 56.2 percent.

Six Missouri school districts attained the AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP classes for their students while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on the exams:

  • Kirksville R-III
  • Liberty 53
  • Nixa Public Schools
  • Parkway C-2
  • Smithville R-II
  • Washington School District

“Congratulations to these school districts and to all the Missouri students who made such great progress on AP exams,” said Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “AP coursework is challenging and rigorous, and we are proud of these students and their teachers.”

Proposed AP syllabi must be approved by a panel of current AP instructors and higher education representatives before districts may offer an AP course. Content-specific training is available to better prepare teachers to successfully offer their AP courses.

AP exams will be offered in May. Discounted fees are available for qualified low-income students.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 3/7/17




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Liberty Public Schools is now in Step 3 of the Long Range Planning Process - Planning Criteria. 

This phase of the Long Range Plan is where we define the priorities and objectives that will guide the options we explore in Step 4.  In an effort to gain your input, we have put together a menu of planning criteria that may fit the desires of Liberty Public Schools.  This is a draft list of 16 potential criteria statements that explain what the District wants the Long Range Plan to address. With that said, many of them may need revised and tweaked until they fit Liberty perfectly.  So please give us your honest feedback when responding and use that comment box to tell us exactly what you are thinking.  We will use this information to guide our discussion and formation of the final planning criteria.

To take the survey, click here.  We appreciate the feedback from our valued LPS stakeholders!

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Published: 2/23/17




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At the Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Board of Education meeting, the Board appointed Mr. Mitch Hiser to be the next principal of Lewis and Clark Elementary, effective July 1, 2017.

Mr. Hiser is currently the assistant principal at South Valley Middle School, a role he has held since 2015.  He will fulfill his duties as assistant principal at SVMS through the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year before assuming his new role. 

“I look forward to starting my journey at Lewis and Clark and being a part of the great work happening there”, Hiser said.  “I am honored to join a staff and community where students are at the center of every decision.  I am also excited to get to know, in greater depth, the staff, students, and parents that make Lewis and Clark the best place to be.”

Mr. Hiser has deep roots in Liberty.  He is a Liberty High School graduate and began his career as an educator with Liberty Public Schools.  He taught K-5 Spanish at Franklin and Lillian Schumacher from 2004-2007, first grade at Lillian Schumacher from 2007-2012, and third grade at Kellybrook from 2012-2014.  Mr. Hiser has completed his Bachelor's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, his Master's degree in Educational Leadership, and his Educational Specialist degree in Superintendency - all from Northwest Missouri State University.

Mr. Hiser will replace Kyle Palmer, who resigned from his position last month.

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Published: 2/22/17




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Dr. Martin Jacobs, principal at Liberty North High School is pleased to announce senior Benjamin Ross, son of Kevin and Lucy Ross, has been named a finalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Over 1 million US high school students entered the competition. As a finalist, Benjamin is eligible to earn one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, which are valued at a total of more than $36 million.

 
Congratulations and best wishes to this outstanding senior student as he continues on with his educational endeavors. We are proud of you for this national accomplishment.
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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 2/13/17




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Liberty Public Schools invites our district stakeholders to provide us help in determining the long range planning priorities of LPS.  There are two Community Input Meetings focusing on district long range planning.  Hollis+Miller Architects will be present assisting in this process.  Below are the details for these upcoming meetings.  We hope you can make plans to attend!

Thursday, February 16 - 6 p.m. at Discovery Middle School
Thursday, February 23 - 9 a.m. at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church

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Published: 2/9/17




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At the Monday, February 6, 2017 Board of Education study session meeting, the Board appointed Dr. Julie Moore to be the next Executive Director of Secondary Education, effective July 1, 2017.

 

Dr. Moore is currently the principal at Discovery Middle School, a role she has held since 2009.  She will fulfill her duties as principal at DMS through the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. 

 

“It is difficult knowing I will not see my family at Discovery Middle School each day,” said Moore.   “They have helped me grow as a leader and as a person, but I am excited to transition into this new role.  I look forward to the opportunity to continue to work with the amazing building and district leaders in LPS.”

 

Prior to being a principal, Moore was an assistant principal for 5 years and served in the classroom as an English Language Arts Teacher (1996-2003) in both Liberty and Columbia, MO.

 

Dr. Moore has a Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degree, all from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

 

Dr. Moore fills the position vacated by Beth Heide, who was selected as the Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services last month.

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Published: 2/7/17




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'17-'18 Academic Calendar Approved

At the regular Board of Education meeting held Tuesday evening, January 17, the Board approved the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar.  To view the calendar, click here.  The first key date to take note of is Wednesday, August 16, 2017, as that will be the first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Note:  The 2017-2018 EPiC Elementary calendar was also approved at the January 17, 2017, Board of Education meeting and can be accessed by clicking here.

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Published: 1/18/17




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Filing for candidacy in the April 4, 2017 Board of Education election closed Tuesday, January 17, 2017.  Candidates filing for the three, three-year seats included:  Mr. Nick Bartlow, Ms. Angie Reed, Ms. Kim-Marie Graham, and Mr. AJ Byrd.  Candidates filing for the one available seat for one year were:  Mr. Kent Peterson and Mr. Bruce Cantwell.

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Published: 1/18/17




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At the regular Board of Education meeting held Tuesday, January 17, 2017, the Board approved the hiring of Ms. Beth Heide to serve as Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services.  Heide has served as the Executive Director of Secondary Education at LPS since July 2016.  Her new duties, which she will assume July 1, 2017, will now have her leading the Academic Services Department.

Prior to her move to LPS last summer, Heide spent much of her career in the Center School District, where she most recently served as the Director of Human Resources and Director of Student Services.  Her career in education has spanned over 22 years and has seen her serve in roles as classroom teacher for 10 years, high school assistant principal for 4 years, and high school principal for 4 years.

“I am so excited to continue my professional journey with Liberty Public Schools,” Heide said.  “Liberty’s standard of excellence sets it apart as a leader in education.  In moving to an assistant superintendent role, I am looking forward to working more closely with the entire system to continue to ensure the success of every child.”

Heide has a history degree from Avila University, a master’s degree from Baker University, and is currently completing her doctorate from the University of Kansas.  She and her husband, David, have two children, daughter Madison, who attends the University of Notre Dame, and son Rhett, who is a high school freshman.

LPS will soon begin an internal search to fill the position of Executive Director of Secondary Education, vacated following Ms. Heide’s appointment.

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Published: 1/18/17




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Due to the incoming severe winter weather event predicted to arrive in Kansas City this afternoon/evening, Liberty Public Schools will be on a 2-hour early release schedule Friday, January 13, 2017.  In

addition, sessions at the Early Childhood Center have been canceled.

 

The LPS Kid’s Zone program will be available as normal at all building sites until 6 p.m.

 

All district activities scheduled for this evening have been canceled.

 

Thank you for your attention, and be safe if you must travel this weekend!

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Published: 1/13/17




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Updated 12/19/16 ---- 11:30 a.m.

 

*The band concerts scheduled to take place this evening at Liberty North High School and Liberty Middle School WILL BE HELD AS SCHEDULED.

 

*ALL GAMES for Liberty North High School are CANCELED for tonight. Men's & Women's basketball - all levels. Safe travels!

 

*This evening's Liberty Public Schools Board of Education meeting will be held as scheduled.

 

If you have any additional questions regarding a specific LPS activity, you are encouraged to contact the school/team/activity directly.

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Published: 12/19/16




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High School Students/Parents,
Due to classes in LPS being canceled Monday, December 19, 2016, an updated finals schedule has been drafted and provided below.  Please note that this schedule is for BOTH high schools and that lunch will be provided as normal both days.  Please call your respective school with any questions.

Tuesday, December 20 
2nd Hour:  8:30 AM – 10:00 AM (**NOTE: This is a later start time for LHS students, but buses will run as normal**)
4th Hour:  10:10 AM – 12:05 PM (1st Lunch:  10:10 AM – 10:35 AM; 2nd Lunch:  11:40 AM – 12:05 PM)
6th Hour:  12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Eagle Hour/Liberty Hour:  1:45 PM – 3:15 PM (students who stay meet in cafeteria or LMC)
 
Wednesday, December 21
1st Hour:  8:10 AM – 9:40 AM
3rd Hour:  9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
4th Hour/Lunch:  11:20 AM – 12:05 PM  (1st Lunch:  11:20 AM – 11:45 AM; 2nd Lunch:  11:45 AM – 12:05 PM; with student study in 4th hour)
5th Hour:  12:10 PM – 1:40 PM
7th Hour:  1:45 PM – 3:15 PM   
 
 

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 12/18/16




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To say there was a lot of excitement in the Board Room at the LPS District Administration Center on Monday afternoon, December 12, 2016, would be an understatement.

 

Flanked by a few dozen large poster boards covered with black draping, Building Pride Co-Chair Shane Davolt introduced the business and corporate sponsorship donors who have stepped forward to support the district's activity complexes private fundraising campaign, which officially launched September 1, 2016. After the sponsorship boards were unveiled to the packed room one by one, Davolt announced the exciting news that approximately $2.5 million had been committed in just the first 100 days of the campaign.

 

"The interest and support for these activity complexes has been nothing short of incredible," Davolt said. "This is a massive undertaking and takes you, me, and our entire Liberty community to make it happen."

 

Davolt noted that the campaign is operating in two phases, with the first 100 days focused heavily on finding business and corporate sponsorships for naming rights at each of the complexes at respective high schools. The press conference on Monday served somewhat as an official pivot toward the charitable giving/donor portion of the campaign. Several dozen individuals have already donated to the campaign, as their names were displayed on separate display boards on Monday. Davolt noted several giving options are now available and may be done so by visiting the Liberty School District Foundation website and simply clicking the Building Pride logo.

 

"Potential donors are provided several giving options ranging from $100 to $50,000," Davolt said. "Donors can also provide it as a one-time gift, or it could be over a 24-month giving period if that is preferred."

 

The Building Pride Campaign officially concludes on May 31, 2017.  Davolt expects the next update to the community to take place in March of 2017, with hopefully more encouraging news about the campaign.

 

"It is so encouraging to be able to report that we are now over halfway to making our goal of funding both complexes," said Davolt.  "It continues to be the goal for us to have this campaign completed, and complexes in use, for the fall of 2017. We just can't thank our sponsors, donors, and community enough for getting us to this point in such a short amount of time."

 

Following, is a listing of sponsors who were introduced on Monday, December 12, 2016:

Liberty High School Activity Complex

Liberty Hospital - Stadium Naming Rights (Liberty Hospital Activity Complex)

HyVee - Field Naming Rights (HyVee Field)

Gary Crossley Ford - (Gary Crossley Ford Stadium Seating)

Cosentino's Price Chopper - (Cosentino Price Chopper Convenience Building)

BankLiberty - (BankLiberty Press Box)

 

Liberty North High School Activity Complex

Crossley Ford - Stadium Naming Rights (Crossley Family Activity Complex)

Liberty Hospital - (Liberty Hospital Stadium Seating)

Cosentino's Price Chopper - (Cosentino Price Chopper Convenience Building)

BankLiberty - (BankLiberty Press Box)

 

In addition, several large videoboard sponsorships have been obtained. These sponsors include: Chick-Fil-A, HyVee, Climate Control Heating and Cooling, Kanning Orthodontics, and Pony Express Bank.

 

To watch the press conference from Monday, December 12, 2016, in its entirety, click here.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 12/12/16




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Liberty Public Schools will get into the holiday spirit on Friday, December 16 as elementary schools from throughout the district will perform various holiday selections as part of the 3rd Annual LPS Holiday Open House.  All performances will take place in the Board Room of the District Administration Center (3rd floor), located at 8 Victory Lane.  Community members are invited to attend and enjoy great performances from some of our youngest talent!  Below is a detailed schedule of performance times:

 

DAC Holiday Open House Schedule for Friday, December 16

 

9:00-09:30 a.m.           Liberty Oaks Elementary                   

9:30-10:00 a.m.           EPiC Elementary                                

10:00-10:30 a.m.         Warren Hills Elementary                   

10:30-11:00 a.m.         Lillian Schumacher Elementary         

11:00-11:30 a.m.         Lewis and Clark Elementary

11:30-12:00 p.m.         Ridgeview Elementary                       

12:30-1:00 p.m.           Alexander Doniphan Elementary

1:00-1:30 p.m.             Kellybrook Elementary       

1:30-2:00 p.m.             Shoal Creek Elementary                    

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Published: 12/6/16




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Despite the mild fall, winter weather conditions are right around the corner, and we want to provide you with the ways we will communicate with you in the event school needs to be canceled.
Decisions about school closings are made by the administration and communicated to parents via several sources, including QuickNews, the LPS Mobile App, LPS website, local television stations, KLPS Channel 18, and our social networking options, Facebook and Twitter. In addition, parents of students attending LPS will be immediately notified with an automated phone call. To view a brief, informational video regarding school closings information, click here.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 11/30/16




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The Liberty 53 School District will accept declaration of candidacy from any person interested in running for a position on the Liberty School Board in the April 4, 2017 Election.  Persons interested may file at the Liberty Public School District Administration Center located at 8 Victory Lane, Liberty, Missouri.

 

Filing will begin on December 20, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. and will continue during the district’s regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Candidates should enter the building through the east entrance doors.  Filing will not occur on days that the school district’s offices are closed due to inclement weather.  Filing will not occur on the following holidays when the school district’s offices are closed:  December 23, 26, 30, 2016 and January 2, 16, 2017.  Filing will end on January 17, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

 

There are three positions available with three-year terms and one position available for a one-year term.

 

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Published: 11/29/16




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The LPS Board of Education met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 21, 2016.  To view the meeting summary, click here

Each month, district stakeholders can also view meetings on the LPS YouTube page, or by clicking here.

The Board of Education will next meet for the regular meeting on Monday, December 19, 2016.

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Published: 11/28/16




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Robert “RJ” Reece wants to make the world better and he found a way to get his message across with pieces of his lego sets, a camera, some fishing string and a laptop.  In September the Missouri 529 College Savings Plan (MOST) offered a $1,500 college savings contest for third through eighth graders with the question, "How will you make your world better?"

Following judging, RJ was tabbed as the winner of this years contest and will receive the $1,500 prize.

The official announcement was made Friday afternoon, November 11, 2016 at RJ's home school, Lillian Schumacher Elementary.

To view more about this exciting news, and to view photos from the event, visit the LPS Facebook page, or simply by clicking here.

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Published: 11/14/16




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District Performance Update

When LPS Annual Performance Review data was received from the Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education in October 2016, many observations were made:

  1. Liberty Public Schools continues to be a high performing school district and one that achieves at high levels in many areas.  The district scored an overall 98.2% on the overall MSIP 5 indicators for the district. This is a growth percentage score of 0.3% from last year’s previous score.
  2. Liberty Public Schools received the highest point indicators allowed for the following MSIP 5 areas – Academic ELA, Academic Math, Academic Science, Academic Social Studies, College and Career, Attendance, and Graduation Rate.
  3. LPS was pleased to see growth and improvement from its students across the district.
  4. LPS scored above the state average on all exams.
  5. LPS provided the ACT to over 95% of graduating seniors and current juniors, which was the highest number LPS has ever tested in one school year.
  6. The district’s graduation rate (93.7%) was an increase from the previous year.
  7. Student attendance rate’s received the maximum points allowed (10) for MSIP 5 scoring.

Below is a breakdown of the exam subject areas and accompanying highlights:
English Language Arts (ELA)
While the district did see a decline in the MSIP 5 MAP Performance Index score of 387.6 on the English Language Arts (ELA) assessment, LPS continued to see gains in grades 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and Communication Arts II.  

Math
LPS saw tremendous gains with students in all grade levels, particularly in grades 3-7 and in Algebra 1. Overall the districts MSIP 5 MAP Performance Index score is a 372.4, which is an increase from the previous year.

Science
Overall, LPS held steady with a MAP Performance Index of 369.3.  In the area of ACT Science the district did see a strong growth score of 21.9 up 0.3 from the previous year. 

Social Studies
Our students scored 399.4 MSIP 5 MAP Performance Index, which is slightly down from last year but is considered a strong score across the state for the American Government assessment.

To access the complete district report card, visit the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at www.dese.mo.gov

 

The staff at Liberty Public Schools works hard to focus on the growth of every student every day, and it shows in our results.  Our community should be proud of the hard work both students and staff commit to learner success.” 
-Beth Heide, LPS Executive Director of Secondary Education

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Published: 11/8/16




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Show Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets for all LPS Fall Theatre productions are now on sale. If you would like to use a credit card to purchase tickets, please go to the LPS Fine Arts Department website (http://finearts.liberty.k12.mo.us/) and click on the ShowTix4U logo near the top of the page.  You may also call the Fine Arts office at 736-5660 and provide credit card information over the phone or stop by their office at 801 Kent Street, Liberty, to purchase tickets with cash or check.
 
Online ticket sales end at noon on opening night for all performances during that week. For example, if opening night is on a Thursday, online ticket sales end at noon on Thursday for the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances. 
 
If there are still tickets available, they will be sold at the school's box office starting one hour before the show. We can only accept cash or checks at the box office...NO credit cards.
 
To find out if tickets are still available for a show, please follow us on Twitter @LPSFineArts.
SVMS Presents Murder at the Malt Shop 
Please join South Valley Middle School players Thursday, October 27, Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29 at 7p.m. in the South Valley Commons forMurder at the Malt Shop.  Murder at the Malt Shop is a 50s melodrama filled with quirky characters.  A melodrama is a "music drama" where music can be used to increase emotions or signify character.  Another component of a melodrama is a simplified version of the moral universe or right and wrong.  This reality is revealed through stock characters such as the damsel in distress, the hero, the villain and many more and of course there is a happy ending.  Murder at the Malt Shop does not disappoint with character names like Sheriff Collin All Cars and the starlet want-to-be, Holly Wood. The plot does not disappoint in this who dun it farce.  Tickets are $5 at showtix4u.com or at the door.   
DMS Presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The unforgettable characters from the beloved novel come to thrilling, laugh-happy life in this funny and frill-free festival adaptation of Victor Hugo's popular literary classic. Outside the great Notre Dame cathedral 50 years after the original story's fateful events, a troupe of youthful players leads the rabble of Paris - and sometimes even the audience - in recreating the riotous adventures of the misshapen, but tender-hearted bell ringer, Quasimodo. Of course, the story wouldn't be complete without the beguiling gypsy dancer Esmeralda and her clever goat Djali; dashing Captain Phoebus; despicably devious Dom Frollo; romantic and starving poet Pierre; the down-to-earth gang-leading King of Thieves; comically bitter recluse Paquette; and more! 
 
Come see The Hunchback of Notre Dame October 27, 28, and 29, 7 p.m. at Discovery Middle School! Tickets available for $5 at www.showtix4u.com or at the door.
Liberty High School to Present Beauty and the Beast 
LHS is excited to present Beauty and the Beast coming up November 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, and 19 all beginning at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater.  The house will open at 6:30 p.m.  Additional matinee performances will be held on November 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. with the house opening at 1:30 p.m.  Seating is general admission and will not be reserved.  Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children, students, and senior citizens. To purchase tickets, please go to the LPS Fine Arts Department website (http://finearts.liberty.k12.mo.us/) and click on the ShowTix4U logo near the top of the page.  You can also call the Fine Arts Office at (816) 736-5660 and provide credit card information over the phone or stop by our office at 801 Kent Street in Liberty to purchase tickets with cash or check.
 
Online ticket sales will end at noon on opening night for all performances during that week.  For this show, online ticket sales end at noon on Wednesday for that week's Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances. 
 
Once you arrive at the Little Theater please roam through our lobby as we will have multiple booths available.  We do encourage everyone to purchase tickets as soon as possible due to the limited seating in the Little Theater.  Enjoy this classic "Tale as Old as Time".
HMS To Present Legally Blonde, Jr., The Musical
Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde, Jr. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show's instantly recognizable songs are filled with humor, wit and sass, leaving cast members and audiences alike seeing pink!  Legally Blonde, Jr. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle's high school boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she's not serious enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate, Emmett, and spunky hairdresser, Paulette, along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren't mutually exclusive.  As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling afterall.
Legally Blonde, Jr. features large, energetic dance numbers with an expandable cast of sorority sisters, law school students, hairdressers, and more!
 
This great production will take place November 3, 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. inside the Heritage Middle School Auditorium
Tickets are $5.  You can purchase advance tickets from the HMS attendance office or online at www.showtix4u.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.
LNHS to Present Mary Poppins November 17, 18, 19 
Mary Poppins will fly onto the Liberty North High School stage on November 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m.  A total of 60 students will appear on stage, with another dozen making the show possible with technical magic.

Tickets are available now and may be purchased by clicking here.
 
The Banks family is trying to be the proper happy family, but there are problems. Mr. Banks is conflicted about work, Mrs. Banks has some unfulfilled dreams, and Jane and Michael are acting out. Mary Poppins flies into their lives, and with just "A Spoonful of Sugar" shows how "Anything Can Happen" if you take time to "Feed the Birds." There is magic and fun and love and a happy ending, with lots of songs and dances along the way. It's "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!"
 
Caitlyn Fuller plays Mary Poppins, Garrett Williams plays Bert, Nathan Meshau and Kinsey Collins play Mr. and Mrs. Banks, Megan Day and Eli LaFleur play Jane and Michael, Conner Paulson and Regan McKay play Robertson Ay and Mrs. Brill, Cassie Sisson plays Miss Andrew, Emmy Caywood plays Mrs. Corry, Sarah Cowan plays The Bird Woman, Alma MacDonald plays Neleus, James Sisson plays the Park Keeper, Nik Baumert plays the Bank Chairman, Joe Lord plays Valentine, Michael Chapman plays Northbrook, Simon Whitsitt plays von Hussler, Justen Willhite plays Admiral Boom, AnnaLynn Blackwell plays Miss Lark, and Noah Graham plays the Policeman.
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Published: 10/24/16




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The Liberty Schools Activity Complexes received a major financial gift at the Liberty High School Homecoming football game Friday, September 30. The Crossley Family (Todd, Carey, Camey, and Carley) and Gary Crossley Ford generously became a lead and major donor for the activity complexes at Liberty High School and Liberty North High School. The Crossley Family has been a household name in our community for over 40 years. We give our sincere appreciation and thanks to the Crossley Family for their outstanding generosity. Joining in congratulating the Crossley's on-field at the pre-game Friday night ceremony were Liberty High School Principal Dr. April Adams, Liberty High Activities Director Jason Cahill, Liberty School District Foundation Chair Heather Wolesky, Foundation Board members Mary Coogan, Carrie Swetnam, Angie Hill, and Jeff Akright, Blue Jay Nation President Clayton Gray, Liberty School Board Member and Liberty High graduate Lori Tritz, Liberty School Board Member Kim-Marie Graham, Building Pride Activity Complexes Committee Co-Chairs Shane Davolt and Russ Weathers, Liberty Mayor and Liberty High graduate Lyndall Brenton, Liberty City Council members and Liberty High graduates Kevin Graham and Paul Jenness, and Liberty City Council members Gene Gentrup, Rae Moore and Jeff Watt. The Crossley Family encourages you to join their family and give a financial donation to help build these activity complexes. We are on our way but need your help! Send your donation to: Liberty School District Foundation, 8 Victory Drive, Liberty, Missouri 64068 OR donate online by visiting the Liberty School District Foundation website and clicking the Building Pride button, or by clicking here. Your donation is very important and greatly appreciated!
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Published: 10/4/16




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Liberty High School Principal Dr. April Adams has announced that LHS student Brock Boysan has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented to this scholastically talented senior.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  Congratulations Brock!

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Published: 9/26/16




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LNHS Yearbook Receives All-American Rating 
Congratulations to the 2016 Liberty North High School Yearbook. The 2017 Ayrie, with its K[NO]W LIMITS received the All-American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association, which is the highest rating that the NSPA awards. To achieve an All-American rating, a yearbook must receive 400-500 points and receive four out of five marks of distinction in five categories. The 2016 Ayrie earned 465 points and four marks of distinction in the categories of Essentials, Coverage, Writing and Editing, and Design.
 
The 2016 Ayrie staff consisted of:
Shelby Adkins; Editor-In-Chief
Madison Colley; Managing Editor
Michaela Alexander; Copy Editor
Alydia Claypool; Student Life Editor
Emily Schonemann; Varsity Sports Editor
Jordan Givens; JV Sports Editor
Jessica Schell; Acadmics/Classes Editor
Faith Irvine; Clubs Editor
Brooke Culpepper; Clubs Group Editor
Zaria Jones; Underclassmen Editor
Catria Wilson; Seniors Editor
Sarah Young; Layout Editor
Anna Floyd, Jane Kemp, Amanda Bonnot, and Kole Write; Photography Editors
Maddie Mosbauer; Public Relations
Lauren Birkeness, Nicole Kronick, Shi Lee, Emily Niec and Madalyn Riley; Varsity Reporters
MacKayla Crawford, Olivia Goodmon, Layke Graybill, Annany Mendoza, Alexis Mutzbauer, Kylee Oxler, Addie Rockers, Riley Sutherland, Kiersten Watson and Cassidy Williams; Reporters
Ronna Sparks-Woodward; Adviser
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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 9/20/16




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Liberty High School is excited to announce its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees. This year, a total of eleven deserving LHS alumni will be honored into this prestigious group. The event culminates with a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Celebration, hosted by Blue Jay Nation, taking place on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at Restoration 1894, located at 1 East Kansas Street, Liberty, MO.  A reception with appetizers will be served from 6-7:30 p.m., with desserts and the induction program taking place from 7:30-9 p.m.  Reservations may be purchased for $40 each by visiting the LHS website or by clicking here.  Interested parties may also purchase tickets by mailing a check or money order payable to Blue Jay Nation (please include your name and number of tickets on the memo line).  Mail to:  Liberty High School, Attn: Athletics HOF, 200 Blue Jay Drive, Liberty, MO 64068.  For additional information, please contact Kristin Shultz at kschultz@sbcglobal.net or 816.686.7031. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, September 23.

 

A listing of the Hall of Fame Class of 2016, including biographies for each of this year's nominees, is provided below:

 

  • David Allen is a 1996 Liberty High School graduate, where he dominated on the football field and still holds several school records. He was a two-time All-American at Kansas State and is a member of Kansas State Ring of Honor. After his success at Kansas State, Allen went on to display his talents in the NFL, two seasons with Jacksonville Jaguars and one with the St. Louis Rams.
     
  • Stephan E. Butler was a longtime Liberty educator, coach, and administrator. He was the Liberty High School Varsity Football Coach (1991-1993) with a record of 29-5 and a two-time Liberty High School Athletic Director (1992-1999), (2002-2008). He was voted Kansas City area Football Coach of the Year in 1993. It has been said that Coach Butler was, and is, a class-act professional. He cared about his students and athletes, and they performed at their highest levels for him.
     
  • Scott Carroll is a 2003 graduate of Liberty High School, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. He was named to All-Conference and All-District in all three sports and named the Liberty High School Male Athlete of the Year 2002/2003. He was awarded All-Metro in baseball and football and KC Metro Sports MO Male Athlete of the Year (2002-2003). He attended Purdue and Missouri State University before being drafted in 2007 by the Cincinnati Reds. He joined the Chicago White Sox in 2012, making his Major League debut with the club on April 27, 2014. He is currently a member of the Texas Rangers Organization (AAA-Round Rock Express).
     
  • Tyler Chiarelli graduated from Liberty High School in 2004 and participated in Jazz and Concert bands, which led to a career as a professional musician. He currently serves as Florida Georgia Line’s lead guitarist, which was voted ACM's duo of the year four consecutive times. They also received Diamond status for selling 10 million copies of their hit song “Cruise” and released seven #1 songs.
     
  • Jack DeWees III graduated in 1992 from Liberty High School, where he was a 4-year football letterman (All-District, All-Conference, All-Metro), a 3-year track letterman, an All-State band and choir member, and a National Honor Society member. Jack was granted a scholarship to play football at William Jewell College where he was a 4-year football letterman and graduated in 1996 with a B.A. in Communications.
     
  • George Hoover was a longtime (1968-98) educator (Franklin Elementary) and coach in Liberty Schools. He coached cross-country, football, baseball, and wrestling; coached several state champions as Head Wrestling Coach at Liberty High School. George continues with his service to Liberty High School by both volunteering with several athletic programs and serving as an announcer for softball and baseball. Coach Hoover has contributed to the lives of thousands of kids in the Liberty Public Schools system by being a great role model and has been considered a “hero” in Liberty Public Schools.
     
  • Jeremy Martin graduated in 1994 from Liberty High School, where he was a football letterman and was awarded 3-time All-Conference, 2-time All-State, All-District, and All-Metro. He won the 1993 Buck Buchanan Award and was considered the top offensive lineman in MO and perhaps the top recruit in the KC area. He led LHS to three straight Conference and District titles. He also is a graduate of Kansas State, where he played football four years, and won several awards, such as the Joan Friederich Award for unselfishness, leadership, and commitment to Kansas State Football.
     
  • Nick Robinson is a 1998 Liberty High School valedictorian graduate. He participated in soccer his senior year and was a three-year basketball letterman. He was also a member of the undefeated 31-0, 4A MO State Championship boys varsity basketball team. Nick earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford where he also played basketball, winning several awards. He was a 2-year Captain, and the team earned 4 NCAA tournament appearances; 2 PAC-10 Championships, and a #1 ranking in 2004. Since graduation from Stanford, he has served and worked as an administrator or assistant coach at Rio Rancho High School, Stanford University, William Jewell College, Louisiana State University, and most recently, as the head coach at Southern Utah University.
     
  • Professor E.J. Scott (Legacy Honoree)
    The organization of team sports at LHS began in the fall of 1902 due primarily to the efforts of Professor EJ Scott, who was superintendent of Liberty Schools. The first football team became a reality after much work by Professor Scott, D.A. Sharp, and Mr. Burch from William Jewell College. The first game (which Liberty won) was played at William Jewell, and Liberty completed that season with a 1-1-1 record. The next year the football team completed a winning season with a record of 7-1. Most believed the success of the 1903 season was due to the leadership of Manager Scott and Coach Tim Hallissy (former player). In 1904, continuing his belief in the importance of sports to the reputation of a school, Prof Scott managed the baseball team. After his departure in 1905, Prof Scott left a legacy of his devotion to growth and improvement for LHS.
     
  • Megan (Dennis) Soto is a 2005 Liberty High School graduate where she was a 4-year varsity softball letterperson. She was a 3-time first-team All-District, Metro, Sectional, Regional and State and named First-Team All-Suburban her senior year. In 2004, she was awarded Gatorade and All-Metro Sports Player of the Year. Also in 2004-2005, she was captain of the Blue Jays softball team and held the highest batting average both seasons. In 2005, the Liberty High School softball team won the state championship and Megan earned MVP honors. She continued her softball career at both the University of Missouri and Emporia State (with a 2nd place trophy in the D2 NCAA World Series, 2009). Megan earned a B.S. degree in Business Management in 2010. 
     
  • C.W. Stessman retired in 2000 when he was the longest tenured Liberty High School administrator. While with the district, his achievements included: first summer basketball camp; developmental youth basketball league; Liberty High School Head Mens Basketball Coach (winning various tournament championships); Head Men’s Tennis Coach; development of Liberty High School alumni directory; composition of lyrics for Liberty High School fight song; founder of KLHS TV Cable Channel; Student Council sponsor and founder of LHS boys basketball tournament, which bears his name. Finally, he contributed to the History of Liberty Mural at Liberty City Hall and was featured in the documentary film, “The Story of Liberty, from Settlement to Suburb.”
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Published: 9/15/16




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Liberty North High School Principal Dr. Martin Jacobs, is pleased to announce that Liberty North High School student Benjamin Ross has been named a 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist.  Ross joins high school seniors from around the country who now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  About 90 percent of Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Congratulations, Benjamin, on this great news!

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 9/15/16




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ELECTRONIC FLYER DELIVERY STARTS AUGUST 31
Liberty Public Schools is excited to launch a new electronic flyer communication tool called “Peachjar.” To view school-approved eflyers, simply click the Peachjar button on the school’s website.
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This “green” initiative is expected to save our schools tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of that, posting school flyers in this electronic backpack removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers. 

No action is required for our parents. Families will receive a welcome email from our service provider (Peachjar) the week of August 31 that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to receive or view school eflyers.

To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add “school@peachjar.com” (or your district’s selected “from email address”) to your email contacts. When you receive your first eflyer, be sure to click “always display images.”

This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure parents are well informed about school programs, activities, and events.

 

For additional information on Peachjar, specifically how vendors can go through the eflyer approval process, click here.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 8/30/16




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As was announced earlier this summer, a private fundraising effort to construct activity complexes at both Liberty High School and Liberty North High School is scheduled to begin Thursday, September 1, 2016.  To officially kick-off the campaign,  Building Pride Campaign Rallies have been scheduled for Thursday evening, September 1, at both high schools.  Liberty North High School will hold its rally from 7 – 8 p.m. at the LNHS Field House, followed immediately by the Liberty High School rally, beginning at 8:15 p.m. on the new turf field in front of Liberty High School.  Among the guests and speakers in attendance at these events will be war hero and motivational speaker Drew Meyerowich, along with campaign and district personnel.
 

For those interested, a charitable giving brochure is available and can be accessed at the links below:
Charitable Giving Brochure #1
Charitable Giving Brochure #2

 

You may also follow the Building Pride Campaign on social media.  The official Facebook page may be accessed by clicking here, while the official Twitter page may be followed by clicking here!

 

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 8/29/16




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As we begin another exciting school year, we are pleased to announce that the SOAR Awards also return!

SOAR Awards, which stand for Service Over and Above the Rest, provide Liberty Public Schools an opportunity to recognize dozens of staff members throughout the school year for a job well done.

Recipients will receive a personal visit to their school from LPS Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker, along with members of his leadership team.  In addition, thanks to Commerce Bank, recipients also receive a gift card!

To nominate someone for a SOAR Award today, click here!

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 8/16/16




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In the days leading up to the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Liberty Public Schools have been posting brief video segments on the district Facebook page that provide families with information they need to know to prepare for the beginning of the new school year.

Below are the "30 Things to Know"!

#30 - District Calendar

#29 - School Start/End Times

#28 - Transportation Information

#27 - Immunization Information

#26 - Nutrition Services

#25 - School Boundaries

#24 - Kid's Zone

#23 - District Safety and Security

#22 - Board of Education

#21 - Liberty School District Foundation

#20 - Parents as Teachers

#19 - QuickNews

#18 - KLPS-TV Channel 18

#17 - PTA Information

#16 - LPS Educator Magazine

#15 - Teacher Placement Letters

#14 - PowerSchool

#13 - Fine Arts

#12 - Athletics

#11 - School Closing Information

#10 - Mobile App

#1 - #9 (Coming Soon!)

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 8/2/16




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Earlier this summer, Liberty Public Schools launched an official Instagram page! 

 

This now adds to the growing list of social media platforms LPS has developed to increase communication with stakeholders.  In addition to Instagram, social media outlets include Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

To visit the new Instagram page, click here.

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Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 6/13/16