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Published Nov 15, 2013, 9:35am
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LPS Salutes Local Veterans

Liberty Public Schools recognized our local veterans on Monday morning, November 11, with a special breakfast and program at South Valley Middle School.  As part of the day's activities, schools throughout the district aired a special Flag-Raising Ceremony and recited the Pledge of Allegiance together as a school community.  Both the program from South Valley Middle School and the Flag-Raising Ceremony are available to view on the LPS YouTube Channel, along with being replayed on KLPS-TV Channel 18.  These videos can be accessed by clicking the links below.


Veteran's Day Flag-Raising Ceremony


Veteran's Day Program from SVMS

Tonight is Medical Careers Night

Join us for Medical Careers Night tonight, November 13, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Liberty Hospital.  This event is open to all 8-12 grade students who want to learn more about the medical field. Three discussion panels will be held, which will include the following:

1) Medical Professionals 

2) Allied Health Professionals

3) Current Medical Students 

A mini-lecture on "The Future of Medicine?" will be presented by Dr. Scott Falke.  Be sure to visit with people from the medical field at their booths, and take a tour of Liberty Hospital.  This event is sponsored by Liberty Hospital, William Jewell College, City of Liberty, Cerner, and Liberty Public Schools.  For more information, click here, or contact Colleen Jones

Tickets Still Remain for LHS's Tarzan the Musical

The Liberty High School Theatre Department will present the musical, "Tarzan", November 14-16 and November 21-23, in the LHS Little Theatre. A select number of tickets remain for performances of this much anticipated school musical.  The advanced ticket order form is now available online and can be accessed by clicking here.

LNHS Football Advance to State Quarterfinals

The Liberty North High School Eagle Football Team advanced to the Missouri Class 4 State Quarterfinals with a convincing 35-0 win over St. Joseph Lafayette Monday night at William Jewell College.  The win now advances the Eagles to Saturday's state quarterfinal round and a road game at Bolivar.  The game will kick off at 1:30 p.m.  To view the complete Class 4 bracket, click here.  Way to go Eagles!

Other LPS News to Know

LNHS Seeking DECA Members

Liberty North High School founded their first DECA chapter this year and extend the opportunity to you and your business to become a part of their successful (and soon to be) winning team with opportunities for business and individual sponsorship.


DECA is a career/technical student organization that focuses on developing future leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA students are required to participate in fundraising activities to help offset the cost of travel and lodging for state, national, and international business and leadership competitions. This allows students to put the experience and knowledge they have gained in the classroom to the test. The Competitive Events Program includes a selection of events for more than 20 career areas and gives each participant the chance to compete against their peers for top honors.


Please contact Kristen Hittner, Advisor, for more information.

Care Bags for December Finals

Order a Care Bag for your LHS student, a teacher, and/or other LHS staff to be delivered before December finals. Care Bags include snack items, a drink, and a personalized note from you. Cost is $5. Click here for an order form with instructions for mailing your order form and payment.  Deadline for orders to be received is Monday, December 2.   Contact Sandy Eddy at jophusno1@yahoo.com if you have questions.

Student/Staff Recognitions

Liberty North Forensics Earns National Recognition

The National Forensic League, the honor society for middle and high school speech and debate, has named its Top 100 schools in the nation for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Liberty North High School ranked #61 out of more than 3,000 schools nationwide.


Members earn points and degrees through the honor society, based on competitive and service-related activities, ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points, to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points.


Recipient schools are published in Rostrum, the national magazine of speech and debate.  Congratulations Eagles!

Cross Country Teams Shine at State

Both boys cross country teams from Liberty High School and Liberty North High School turned in magnificent showings at last weekend's state cross country championships in Jefferson City.  The LHS squad finished 4th overall as a team in the Class 4 division, while LNHS also turned in a 4th place team finish while competing in the Class 3 division.  For detailed results of both teams, visit the Missouri State High School Activities Association website, by clicking here.

LNHS Speech and Debate Continues Winning Ways

Congratulations to the Liberty North Novice team for taking 2nd out of 20 schools at the Lee's Summit North tournament.  Following, are detailed results from the event:

1st US Extemp- Cami Smith; 3rd Original Oratory- Madison White; 3rd Poetry- Justen Wilhite; 4th Original Oratory- Jacob Lozano; 4th Humorous Interp- Kate Eisenhutt; 4th Prose- Joe Duncan; 4th Poetry- Courtney Carr; 5th Humorous Interp- Caitlyn Fuller; 5th Prose- Claire Rose; 5th Poetry- Clarissa Lenger; 6th Foreign Extemp- Elliott Yoakum


Lee's Summit West varsity results:

2nd  US Extemp- Derek Rogers; 2nd Poetry- Lauren VanNess; 4th Champ Policy Debate-  Melissa Pittman/Jessica Pittman; 5th Duo Interp- Hannah Thompson/Katherine Herrick


At the Grandview 8 round debate tournament the following from Liberty North placed.

1st Public Forum Debate- Elliott Yoakum/Molly Hedrick (8-0 record)

3rd Public Forum Debate- Mac Newton/Mattie Seley (7-1 record)

9th Public Forum Debate- Cheyenne Bourgeois/Quentin Morris (6-2 record)

9th Lincoln Douglas Debate- Zach Klein  (6-2 record)

15th Lincoln Douglas Debate- Derya Boydston  (6-2 record)

16th Lincoln Douglas Debate- Maddie Van Dyne (6-2 record)

15th Lincoln Douglas Debate- Derya Boydston  (6-2 record)

4th Policy Debate- Madyson Roberts/Emily Chapman (7-1 record)

9th Policy Debate- Todd Rogers/Madison White (6-2 record)

15th Policy Debate- Cami Smith/Michaela Alexander (6-2 record)


At the Truman Individual Event tournament, the following from Liberty North placed.  Liberty North closed out finals of Humorous Interp.

1st - Summer Blankenship; 2nd- Caitlyn Fuller; 3rd Kate Eisenhutt; 4th Jackson Lord; 5th Sydney Nardini; 6th Courtney Carr; 1st Oral Interp- Clarissa Lenger; 3rd Dramatic Interp- Caitlyn Fuller; 3rd Duo Interp- Caleb Longley/Summer Blankenship; 3rd Improv Duet- Caleb Longley/Jackson Lord; 6th Dramatic Interp- Clarissa Lenger; 6th Dramatic Interp- Joe Duncan/Hannah Crose

Band Students Excel at Districts

Liberty North High School and feeder schools Heritage Middle School and South Valley Middle School band students excelled at Kansas City Metro #3 All-District Band auditions.  The band staff is Shane Fuller, Michael Dragen, Cindy Svehla, and student teachers Haley Adams and Eimile Colgan.

Congratulations to the band students from Liberty North High School, Heritage Middle School, and South Valley Middle School who auditioned November 9 for the Kansas City Metro #3 All-District Honor Band!  Over 400 students from the metro area in grades 7 and 8 were participating for a chair placement in the Middle Level Honor Band.  Approximately, 700 students were auditioning for chair placement in the High School Honor groups.  The 2013 host school for auditions was Liberty High School.


2013-14 Kansas City Metro #3 MS All-District Honor Band Results


Brandan Herrera, Bassoon

Abby Reinhart, Clarinet

Joe Angles, Bass Clarinet

Stephanie Medley, French Horn

Parker Kirtley, French Horn

Chase Mason, Trombone

Levi Anderson, Percussion

Gannon Stark, Percussion

Alex Trout, Tenor Sax Honorable Mention



Claire Buchmann, Clarinet

Abby Dougherty, Clarinet

Alex Meza, Clarinet

Olivia Goodmon, Clarinet

Savannah Hinton, Bass Clarinet

Colin Schmeling, Bassoon

Tysen Stine, Alto Saxophone

Cooper Smith, Tenor Saxophone

Nathan Jacob, Trumpet

Lydia Bolin, French Horn

Briana Byrd, Trombone

Josie Smith, Trombone

Carter Binning, Baritone

Jacob King, Percussion

Zach Imhoff, Percussion

Rachel Hawk, Trombone 1st Alternate

Erin Ellington, Tuba 1st Alternate


The clinic/rehearsals and concert for the KC METRO #3 MIDDLE SCHOOL ALL-DISTRICT HONOR BAND will be held Saturday, December 14, at Congress Middle School and Park Hill High School.   Performance is at 6 p.m. in the Park Hill High School Auditorium.  The clinician/conductor for the MS Honor Band is Mrs. Beth Jinkins from Oak Grove, Missouri.


2013-14 Kansas City Metro #3  HS All-District Honor Band Results


Matt Hudson, Percussion-Option 2

Kylah Bateman, Clarinet

Kaylee Kappler, Bassoon

Brittany Smith, Trumpet-1st Alternate

Riley Kirtley, French Horn-2nd Alternate

Kaila Stigler, Trumpet-Honorable Mention

Kala Hughes, Trumpet-Honorable Mention

Jenna Falleri, French Horn-Honorable Mention

The clinic/rehearsals and concert for the KC Metro #3 High School Honorable Mention and All-District Honor Bands will be held Saturday, December 14, at Park Hill High School.  Performance is at 7 p.m. in the Park Hill High School auditorium.  The clinician/conductor for the HS Honorable Mention Band is Mrs. Ann Goodwin Clark from Cameron, Missouri.  The HS All-District Honor Band will perform at 7:45 p.m. in the Park Hill High School auditorium, and the clinician/conductor is Mr. Steven D. Davis, Director of Bands at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

District Band Results

Below, are results from the KC Metro #3 All District Auditions.  There were over 1,000 students at LHS that auditioned for the two bands (All District and Honorable Mention), Jazz Band and Middle School Band.


KC Metro All District Band

Meagan Gardner - AD 10 Flute, Leya Young - AD 1 Bassoon, Meranda Dooley - AD 4 Clarinet, Allie Foster - AD 4 Euphonium, Christian McKillip - AD 2 Tuba, KC Metro Honorable Mention Band, Hannah Protzman - HM 2 Clarinet, Elizabeth Ruark - HM 1 Bassoon, Travis Geier - HM 1 Alto Saxophone, Sam Browning - HM 4 Trombone


KC Metro All District Jazz Band

Zach Garland Foster - AD Jazz 1st Tenor, Travis Geier - AD Jazz Bari Sax Alternate


These students will present concerts on Friday, December 13 (All District Jazz Band - 7 p.m.) and Saturday, December 14 (Honorable Mention Band - 7 p.m., All District Band - 7:45 p.m.) at Park Hill High School.

Orchestra Students Also Perform Well at Districts

Congratulations to Liberty High School orchestra students who competed in the Kansas City Metro All-District Orchestra auditions on Saturday. It was an outstanding Liberty day. Those who were selected for the All-District Orchestras will perform on January 11 at Park Hill High School at 2 p.m. The students who successfully achieved this distinctive honor are:


Ben Anderson, Violin, Full Orchestra

Bret Beebe, Violin, String Orchestra

Bailey Eddy, Violin, Full Orchestra

Hans Heruth, Violin, Full Orchestra

Varun Lahoti, Violin, String Orchestra

Camille Meeks, Violin String Orchestra

Avery Prine, Violin, Full Orchestra

Josh Ritter, Violin, Full Orchestra

Max van Klinken, Violin, String Orchestra

Kyle Walker, Violin, Full Orchestra

Mallory Bell, Viola, String Orchestra

Brigid Burroughs, Viola, Full Orchestra

Cecelia Cook, Viola, Full Orchestra

Berit Nuetzmann, Viola, Full Orchestra

Tarsus Arciga, Cello, String Orchestra

Bryce Lindamen, Cello, Full Orchestra

Liz Lovesee, Cello, String Orchestra

Lauren Taylor, Bass, String Orchestra


Congratulations to the following Liberty North Orchestra students on their successful audition in making the KC Metro District Orchestra!


Full Orchestra

Beth Hemenway - Viola

Katelyn Brown - Cello


String Orchestra

Emily Lute - Violin

Emmy Gregory - Violin

Chance Johnson - Viola

Becca Saffier- Viola



Shellby Bartlett - Violin

Danielle Myers- Bass

Middle School Students Named All-District Band

Discovery Middle School and Liberty Middle School band programs were well represented at the Middle School All-District Band auditions on Saturday.


The following students were selected for the K.C. Metro Middle School All-District Band:

Liberty Middle School

Abigail Bavuso, clarinet

Jordan Carlson, trumpet

Amos Mwaura, bassoon (alternate)

Ben Tervort, percussion (alternate)


Discovery Middle School

Katie Moretina, bassoon

Derek Wilcock, trumpet

Jackson Witt, horn

Brandon Barksdale, tuba

Peyton Smith, percussion

Camryn Gibson, oboe (honorable mention)


Congratulations to these students and all who auditioned!

Upcoming Events

Blue and White Night Celebration November 16

The Liberty High School boys and girls basketball teams will be hosting a Blue and White Night Celebration on Saturday evening, November 16, at Cokely Fieldhouse.  A dinner will be held at 5:15 p.m., followed by boys and girls scrimmages beginning at 6:45 p.m.  In addition, numerous games and contests are scheduled for this family event.  To see more details, see the promotional flier by clicking here.

Eagles to Host Friday Night Madness

On paper, Friday Night Madness may look like just a night of intra-squad scrimmages, varying from JV wrestling to freshman girl's basketball, to varsity men's basketball, among others. November 22 at 6 p.m., students, parents, and fans of all ages will fill the seats at Liberty North's annual winter sports tip-off event that combines the unparalleled atmosphere that Liberty North's fieldhouse can offer, with countless in-game contests, activities, and giveaways to bring you this very special event the whole family will enjoy. This is the first chance for each program to unveil their new and improved teams and pump up all North fans for their season to come.  While parents can enjoy a night full of vast competition and community support, children will find themselves captivated by events such as sumo wrestling and mascot basketball. Liberty North's very own Sports Marketing Team has taken over full responsibility for this year's event and has worked hard to bring you a night you won't want to miss!

Liberty Sapphires Host Parents Night Out

Calling All Parents!  It is your turn to enjoy a night off.  You may go to dinner, run errands, or simply relax while the Sapphires host a night of fun activities for your children.  The event takes place Friday, December 6, from 6-9:30 p.m. at Liberty High School.  Children need to be 3 years or older, and the cost is $25 ($10 for each additional child in the family). Please click here for detailed registration information.


For further questions, contact Brandi Moore.

LHS Sapphire Spectacular Clinic Info

The Liberty High School Sapphires invite all K-8 elementary and middle school students to participate in the Sapphire Spectacular Clinic. The clinic will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 22, at Liberty High School.  All participants are invited to perform with the Sapphires at halftime of the Tuesday, December 10, varsity boys basketball game, as well as at the Kansas City Classic Dance Competition hosted by the Liberty Sapphires and Larkspur Dance and Choreography on Saturday, December 14.  Please click here for detailed clinic and registration information.  For further questions, contact Kristen Bosiljevac. 

District/Community Events

Burns & McDonnell Presents Career Possibilities

Burns & McDonnell Engineering is hosting a Your World Empowered event December 3 from 6-7 p.m. to help students explore the possibilities of a career in engineering, architecture, drafting, environmental science, or construction management.  This event will be held at Burns & McDonnell World Headquarters, 9400 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114.  To learn more about this opportunity, contact Emily Rhoden at 816-447-9885. To register, click here.

4th Annual Liberty Giving Thanks 5K & Kids Dash

The 4th Annual Liberty Giving Thanks 5K will be held on Thanksgiving Day in Liberty. This event benefits Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Clay County by raising awareness and funds to support its mission to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency. This is a family-friendly event where pets and strollers are welcome and will have their own wave. There will also be a Kids Dash for 12 and younger with prizes for the top three overall male and female finishers and medals for varying age groups.  


WHEN:   Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 9 a.m.  

WHERE: Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Rd., Liberty


Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.  Register online at www.active.com or call 816-516-3796 for more information.  "Like" us on Facebook, Liberty Giving Thanks 5K.

Brunch with Santa Event Coming December 7

Earnest Shepherd Youth Center is hosting their annual Brunch With Santa fundraiser.  The event will be held Saturday, December 7. Participants sign up for a one-hour time slot:  9 a.m., 10 a.m., or 11 a.m.  The event includes a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, a gift from Santa, a light brunch, a walk down Christmas tree lane, and crafts.  Pre-registration is required.  The cost is $10.  Our website is www.earnestshepherd.com.   If you have any questions or would like to sign up, call Linda Babcock at 781-7733.

Liberty Community Christmas Tree Returns

Although you may not have visions of sugar plums dancing  in your head just yet, the Liberty Community Christmas Tree (LCCT) Program is accepting applications through November 15 for those that need Christmas assistance. This program is designed to lend a hand to disadvantaged Liberty area residents who might not otherwise have a joyous holiday season. Each household in the program receives several large boxes of non-perishable food, along with milk, eggs, and a turkey. Children in participating households also receive gifts to help make the holiday season a little brighter.


Anyone living within the Liberty Public School District boundaries is eligible for assistance. School-aged children must be enrolled in a Liberty school, and home-schooled children must be registered in an official LPS extra-curricular activity; enrollment will be confirmed.


Those needing assistance should fill out an online application through www.ci.liberty.mo.us/LCCT or call the Liberty Community Christmas Tree program at 816.439.4424 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Deadline for applying for Christmas assistance is November 15. (Late applications cannot be accepted).

QuickNews Bulletin Board

In an effort to make our Liberty Public Schools e-newsletter, QuickNews, a concise publication in which subscribers can read in a timely fashion, district/community announcements will be advertised in the main QuickNews section for a maximum of two weeks. After this period of time, announcements will be transferred to our QuickNews Bulletin Board, which is located on the LPS website provided at the link below. In addition, there are other announcements that have, in the past, not met criteria to place in this publication. The addition of the QN Bulletin Board will allow them to now be publicized. This bulletin board will continuously be updated throughout the week, and announcements will remain until they expire by date.  To access this page, simply click here.

Important Upcoming Dates in LPS


Monday, November 18, 2013

Board of Education Meeting (7 p.m.)


Wed.-Fri., November 27-29, 2013

Thanksgiving Break

(No Classes)

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