Liberty Newsletter Volume 21

January 2, 2019

Happy New Year

I've got a shorter version of our twice monthly newsletter today.

Your students will start the registration process in January. I've attached the course of study book here for you. Please have conversations with your student(s) regarding their course choices as families are an important part of the registration process.

Please note the special information regarding our upcoming MLK day as well.

Scott Kibby


Liberty High School

Iowa City Community School District

After School Study Night coming

Several Liberty Staff members are volunteering their time to study with students this Wednesday, January 9 from 4:15-5:30 in the library. This is an open forum for students to simply come to the library and get help from the available teachers.

Administration will provide transportation via vans to students living in the Northwest Junior High attendance area.


On Friday, January 18, 2019, Liberty High School will celebrate its 2nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Focus Day. Our 2019 MLK Focus Day is an all-day event for students, complete with engaging activities celebrating Dr. King’s legacy. The theme of the day is “Embracing Diversity, Encouraging Service, and Enhancing Cultural Inclusiveness”. On this day, we hope to inspire our Liberty High students by providing a safe environment to develop an appreciation and understanding of diversity and inclusion.

Keynote Speaker: Harvie Herrington, Motivational Speaker

Keynote Address: The Power of My Dream: How I Failed My Way to the NFL. See our promotional poster attached below

Herrington Edcamp Small Group Session 1: Personality Profiles

Description: Understanding my personality to get the most out of my potential

Herrington Edcamp Small Group Session 2: Growing the Leader within You

Description: Everyone leads at some point in life. You don't always have to be in front to lead. This session will cover qualities and characteristics of a leader.

Students were asked to sign up for sessions using the following link. It shows families all the sessions Liberty is offerring on 1/18/19.

Counseling Office Corner (Registration Season is upon us)

Who's My Counselor? (by students last name)

A-G Troy Bergmann,

H-N Jenni Naughton,

O-Z Mayra DeVries,

The counseling department would like to invite you to sign up to receive their monthly Counseling Smore. Each issue will provide the month's upcoming event (like registration), testing information, senior tips, and other grade level information.

Please sign up at:

Thank you

Liberty Counseling Department


It is time for us to start preparing for graduation.

There are 2 notes for you today

1-The end of the year Senior Awards Ceremony has been moved from Wednesday, May 15 to Thursday, May 16 at 9:45am in the Liberty Auditorium

2-We need all seniors to visit Mrs Wardenburg in the main office to fill out the official "name" card for graduation. Not only do we want to spell your name correct on the diploma we want a phonetic pronunciation so that we "say" your name correct. Thank you.

The Liberty Fund

You'll be hearing more about the Liberty Fund in the coming weeks and months. Thank you to the families that have supported the fund to date. The Liberty Fund Team will be working through grant applications soon.

If you haven't heard about the Liberty Fund we have essentially created a Foundation for Liberty High School. I started this journey with an amazing set of parents in hopes of supporting our numerous underfunded clubs and activities. That team of parents and staff members has grown over the past year and has done a lot of hard work. There are fundraising arms in the Athletic Boosters and the Music Auxiliary, but the idea started with wanting to support organizations like the Math Team, BPA, garden club and similar "small" clubs/groups. Additionally, I continually hear the Liberty Fund team talk of supporting our students who don’t have the financial means to participate in activity “x”. The team has a heart for supporting ALL kids.

If you know of a need please reach out to our staff. Liberty staff will be writing grants to the liberty fund team soon.

Fall 2018 Honor Roll

Attached is the list of the Honor Roll from the recently completed fall trimester. Students with 3.5 GPA's for the trimester earn Honor Roll.

Recall, from the last smore, if a student earns Honor Roll all three trimesters this year we'll honor them next fall with the Liberty Academic Letter

Congratulations Students

World Affairs Seminar

Peace through Understanding is the World Affairs Seminar (WAS) motto. Its vision is to build global leaders and citizens through an international seminar with an innovative, rigorous academic program. At WAS, open dialogue is encouraged. The focus is current global topics and trends. WAS also offers recreational activities that foster interaction and understanding among participants, staff and speakers.

Each year members of the Liberty junior class have the opportunity to attend the World Affairs Seminar. Students are nominated by staff or self-nominate. After applications are completed, members of the Rotary Club select students for interviews. Scholarship winners are invited to attend the World Affairs Seminar in Waukesha, Wisconsin, from June 22-28. This year's theme is The Promises and Perils of Social Media.

The following juniors received WAS scholarships from the Rotary Club.

Grace Crimmins, Grace Ellis, Razan Karar, Morgan Kazmierczak, Jasmine Miftahof, Kate Randle, Sushma Santhana

Summer Internship Opportunities

The Workplace Learning Connection Internships program is a more in-depth, "on the job" experience. Students complete a 45 hour or a 90 hour internship in the field of their choice and receive elective high school credit upon completion. Current Junior and Senior students are eligible to apply for Fall, Spring or Summer internships. Sophomore students may apply for a summer internship.

Internships for 10th, 11th and 12th grades

Summer 2019: (Please note early due date, this is to accommodate large summer requests)

Intern Portal opens – December 10, 2018

Applications due – February 8, 2019 (interviews TBA)

Go to or see Mr Spear in the main office or email him at


PSTO meets at 4:45 on the third Wednesday of the month in the Liberty Library.

2018-19 dates and guest speakers

· January 16-guest speakers Sakinah Ellickson and Jonna Hall on National Honor Society

· February 20-guest speakers Jenny Saylor and Beth Long on the Garden Club

· March - No meeting due to Spring Break

· April 17-guest speaker Marge Hartman on the North Liberty Summer Meals Program

· May 15-tba

The PSTO has done wonderful work to support the students and staff at Liberty. They'd love to have you join them for meetings. No signup is necessary If you'd like more information you can contact them at

PSTO board members for 2018-2019:

· President: Sandy DeSchinckel

· President Elect: Marisa Keeney

· Secretary: Deb Wagner

· Treasurer: Shawn Eyestone

· Volunteer Coordinator: Lyse Strnad