March 3, 2010Don't Forget to Register to Vote; LPS Announces Building Teachers of the Year; Lady Jays Basketball in Sectionals Tonight; Community Survey; LHS Robotics Compete in Tournament This Weekend; SVJH Presents Romeo & Juliet; Northland Transition Fair; 3rd Annual Barrett Wepler Basketball Classic; School Board Candidate Forum; Oklahoma; RV 4th Graders to Perform Musical; SVMS Family Math Night; Manor Hill Pancake Breakfast/Art Fair; Manor Hill PTA Fundraiser; Help Support Liberty's Orchestra Program; Liberty School District Foundation Fundraiser; LMS Fundraiser; LHS Dodgeball Tournament; Liberty Sapphire Tryouts; Summer Adventure 2010; 2010-2011 Kindergarten Enrollment; Learn How to Communicate with Your Teen; Liberty Sapphires Win Back-to-Back State Titles; LHS Science Olympiad Results; LHS Students Have Good Showing at 2010 SkillsUSA Missouri District Contest; LJH Breakfast Club; Parent Tips
The April 6 election is quickly approaching, and time is running out for you to register to vote if you have not already done so. With three Liberty Public Schools Board of Education seats available, and the $8 million bond issue on the ballot, be sure to let your voice be heard. Visit the following website (www.claycoelections.com) for more information on how to register. The deadline for all Liberty Public Schools patrons to register to vote in the April 6 election is March 10, 2010.
Congratulations to the following Liberty Public Schools teachers who have been named their building’s Teacher of the Year! They will now compete to see who will be named the Liberty Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2010-2011, which will be announced in May. Andrea Busch (Alexander Doniphan/Kindergarten), Jacob Rapp (Frankliln Elementary/P.E. & Health), Glenda Monachino (Kellybrook Elementary/Kindergarten), Michele Kernell (Lewis & Clark Elementary/2nd grade), Shirley Holladay (Liberty Oaks Elementary/4th grade), Michele Peck (Lillian Schumacher Elementary/Challenge & Peak), Jamie Ackart (Manor Hill Elementary/2nd grade), Lisa Gray (Ridgeview Elementary/4th grade), Becky Carr (Shoal Creek Elementary/Special Education Teacher), Jessica Jeffries (Warren Hills Elementary/4th grade), Carita Marshall (Liberty Middle School/7th grade Special Education Teacher), Melissa Norris (South Valley Middle School/7th grade Communication Arts), Susan Link (Liberty Junior High/9th grade Math), Jonalee Searcey (South Valley Junior High/8th grade Communication Arts), Jody Fowler (Liberty High School/Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) Teacher, and Wendy L. Sohm (Liberty Academy/10th & 12th grade Fine Arts).
The Liberty Lady Jays basketball team won the district championship over St. Joe Central last Saturday and now compete tonight in the Missouri Class 5 Sectionals to be held at the new Independence Events Center. They will face William Chrisman in a 6:30 p.m. game with a berth in the state quarterfinals on the line. If you can’t make it to the game, you can listen to the broadcast on the Liberty Public Schools website at: http://athletics.liberty.k12.mo.us/
Liberty Public Schools would like to thank everyone who has participated in the recent Community Survey. If you haven’t had a chance to participate, there is still time to do so. This survey, which will be available until March 8, 2010, should only take about 10 minutes of your time and can be accessed by clicking on the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C9FKV7T. Thank you for caring enough about our school district to let us hear your thoughts!
The Northland Transition Fair, “Beginning the Journey from School to Adulthood”, will take place on Tuesday, March 9, from 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Park Hill South High School (4500 River Park Drive, Riverside, MO 64150). Invited agencies include providers in the areas of adult services, post secondary education, independent living, employment, mental health, community access, disability law, and guardianship. Please come and join the Liberty, North Kansas City, and Park Hill Special Education Departments for this event. Contact Barb Wright (736-6745) for more information.
The 3rd Annual Barrett Wepler Basketball Classic will take place Friday, March 19, through Sunday, March 21, at Liberty Junior High. The tournament will have separate brackets for boys and girls in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and high school. The team fee is $175 with a three game guarantee. The purpose of the event is to honor and celebrate the memory of former Liberty Blue Jay basketball player Barrett Wepler. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Barrett Wepler Scholarship Fund. If you have any questions regarding the tournament, contact director Terry Barmann at 816-809-2953 or email email@example.com
The Liberty Council of PTAs will host a school board candidate forum Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at the District Administration Center. Please plan to join PTA leaders from our community to hear directly from the candidates as to how they will lead our district, if elected. The forum will be broadcast on Channel 18 in the days following the event. If you have specific questions you would like the candidates to answer during the forum, please direct them to PTA Council President Deb Loomis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liberty Middle School students will bring a classic American musical to the stage when they present Oklahoma! at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre, 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty, March 4, 5, and 6. Admission is $5, and the curtain rises on all performances at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, in advance at Liberty Middle School during regular school hours, or from cast and crew members. For more information, contact Christine Gregoire, 736-5410.
On March 8, at 7 p.m., at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre, 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty, the fourth graders of Ridgeview Elementary will premiere the new show, No Such Thing As Normal!, a musical about Autism. This play is the result of a collaboration between VSA Arts of Missouri, a newly emerging arts organization that advocates access to the arts for people with disabilities, Liberty’s Ridgeview Elementary School, and the Jellybean Conspiracy, a theatre-based project in which people come together to tell a life-changing secret: Everyone’s life is important, and each person has the potential to make a unique contribution to the world. For more information, contact Kit Bardwell, VSA Arts of Missouri, at 816-868-1789 or by email email@example.com
South Valley Middle School is hosting Family Math Night Thursday, March 4, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. for all SVMS 6th and 7th grade families. The evening will consist of a variety of fun math activities, including a concession stand, and will conclude with a raffle for several prizes. Come join the fun!
The public is invited to attend the Manor Hill Pancake Breakfast and Art Fair on Saturday, March 6, from 8 – 10 a.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children 4 - 12 years old (3 and under eat free). This year’s pancake breakfast will once again be served by Chris Cakes. After breakfast, remember to tour the Manor Hill hallways to view art on display by the wonderful young artists of Manor Hill!
Manor Hill PTA’s cookie dough fundraiser continues until March 12. There are 10 different flavors in 2.7 lb. tubs or pre-portioned packs. Tubs are $12; pre-portioned packs are $14. Please contact Megan Watt at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information or would like to place on order. Cookie dough will be delivered in April. Help our kids get WILD about cookie dough, and thank you for your support!
On Thursday, March 11, you can help support your Liberty school orchestras and Liberty Orchestra Booster ClubasGodfather'sPizzawillbedonating20% ofeachpurchasemadebetween 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. if you mentionLibertyOrchestra Boosters. Dine in or carry out is available.
Papa John’s Pizza is hosting Liberty School District Foundation Week at the Liberty location now until Friday, March 5. Flyers have been distributed to all elementary and secondary schools with coupons and promo codes for each school. Whether you order online or by phone (415-2777), give them your school’s promo code, and your school and the Foundation will receive 10% of all orders this week. If you have not received a flyer and want to participate, the following are the promo codes for each school and the Foundation: Liberty School District Foundation LSDF01, Alexander Doniphan Elementary LSDF02, Early Childhood Center LSDF03, Franklin Elementary LSDF04, Kellybrook Elementary LSDF05, Lewis & Clark Elementary LSDF06, Liberty Academy LSDF07, Liberty Junior High LSDF08, Liberty Middle LSDF09, Liberty Oaks Elementary LSDF10, Liberty Senior High School LSDF11, Lillian Schumacher Elementary LSDF12, Manor Hill Elementary LSDF13, Ridgeview Elementary LSDF14, Shoal Creek Elementary LSDF15, South Valley Junior High LSDF16, South Valley Middle School LSDF17, Warren Hills Elementary LSDF18
Liberty Middle School is selling trash bags and reusable, earth-friendly shopping bags for their spring fundraiser. There are three different sizes of trash bags for all your spring clean-up jobs. Each roll is $10, and orders are being taken until March 10th. “Liberty Families Care About Our Planet” reusable shopping bags are currently available for $3. You can go to the LMS website for an order form (email@example.com).
Mark your calendars for the semi-annual Liberty High School Newspaper Dodgeball Tournament! Tournament will be Thursday, April 8, beginning at 6 p.m. Prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd places, as well as Best Team Uniform. Cost is $5 per person, with up to 7 people on a team. Teams can be co-ed and can be all different ages. Tournament consists of 3 preliminary rounds, followed by a single elimination tournament bracket. Cost to watch is $3 per person. All proceeds go to support the printing of the LHS newspaper, The Bell. New this year: A “mini” Dodgeball game for kids under the age of 10. If interested or have questions, please ask any Bell staff member or email Jennifer Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tryouts for the 2010-2011 Liberty Sapphires squad will be held April 6, 7, 8, and 9 from 3:45-5:15 p.m. in the Liberty High School gym. Incoming freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for the Sapphire dance team. A tryout informational meeting will be held Tuesday, March 30, at 6 p.m. in the Liberty High School cafeteria. Those auditioning, and their parents, are asked to be in attendance at the tryout informational meeting. Please note that students will need to have a copy of their current physical in order to participate during the week of tryouts. Please contact Coach Maggie Willis email@example.com or Coach Brandi Yates firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. Please note: Auditions for the Liberty North High School pom squad will be held at a later date. Information for these tryouts will be posted soon.
2010-2011 KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT
Remember to enroll your upcoming kindergarten student now! Enrollment for 2010-2011 kindergarten students will continue through March 22, 2010; however, we encourage you not to wait. You can beat the rush and enroll your child now by taking two (2) proofs of residency (gas, electric, and/or water bill), your child’s birth certificate, immunization record, social security card, and names and phone numbers of emergency contacts to the Centralized Enrollment/Welcome Center at the District Administration Center, 650 Conistor, Liberty, between the hours of 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 736-5310 or visit our website at http://www.liberty.k12.mo.us/parents/student-enrollment-information.
There are still five spots available in Session Four of the “Parenting Teens” classes. It is not too late to sign up if you want to learn more effective ways to communicate with your teen.
Session Four: Sundays, 5 – 6 p.m.March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18
There is no fee for the class, and participants will receive one book to keep. A light meal will be served. Only 25 spaces are available each session. Contact Dana Combs email@example.com for more information or to enroll.
On Saturday, February 27, the Liberty High School Science Olympiad team competed at the Greater Kansas City Regional Science Olympiad Tournament finishing in 5th place. High scoring medalists were seniors Axel Seoane (two Silver, one 5th place) and Anthony Stasiak (one Silver, one Bronze). Other medalists were seniors Alex McCoy (one Silver, two 5th place), and Ryan Weber (one Bronze, one 5th place); juniors Aaron Brammer (one 4th place), Patrick Ford (three 4th place), Meghan Heathman (one Silver, one 4th place), Alyssa Richardson (one Bronze, one 5th place), Barbra Jackson (one 4th, one 5th), Eric Lalata (one Silver, one 4th, one 5th), and Michael Ocassio (one Bronze, one 4th, one 5th); and sophomore Brandon Seoane (one 5th), and Mack Yi (one 4th).
Liberty High School students that attend the Excelsior Springs Area Career Center (ESACC) competed in the SkillsUSA Missouri Northwest District Contest on February 13. First place winners were Hamid Yasmine, Employment Application Process and Health Knowledge Bowl; Cassie Yanez, Health Knowledge Bowl. Second place winners included Shane Carder, Related Technical Math; Michael Coca, HVACR Technical Information; Christian Dunn, Telecommunication Cabling; Jennifer Green, Prepared Speech; Hamid Yasmine, Job Interview; Ryan McLean, Action Skills; and Ciera Yanke, Opening & Closing Ceremonies. Third place finishers were Jennifer Green, Customer Service; Scott Lindsey, Computer Maintenance Technology; and Ciera Yanke, Health Knowledge Bowl.
This was the first year the Liberty Junior High Breakfast Club awarded Life Changer Awards to people in the community who are making a difference. The event was held Thursday, February 25, at LJH. To see pictures of the event, click on the following link: