Liberty Newsletter Volume 65

January 15, 2021

Important Dates & District Communication

Updated 2020-2021 Important Dates

Family-Teacher Conferences (4:15 PM- 7:45 PM)

  • Wednesday, February 3
  • Thursday, April 29


  • Winter Dance: Saturday, February 13 (Cancelled)
  • Prom: Saturday, May 15

2021 Graduate Dates

  • Senior photo due to Yearbook: February 26 (
  • Senior Awards Recognition Assembly: Wednesday, May 26
  • Senior Scholarship Recognition Evening: Monday, May 31
  • Graduation Rehearsal: Friday, June 4 @ Coralville Xtream Arena
  • Liberty High Graduation: Saturday, June 5, 2021 (7:00 PM) @ Coralville Xtream Arena

College Course Options Webinar for 21-22

Current sophomores and juniors and their guardians are invited to attend a webinar on Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 PM to hear information about college course options for next school year. These options including Kirkwood Academies, alternative-concurrent enrollment courses through Kirkwood, and PSEO options through the University of Iowa. A reminder that these options are all provided free to students while they are ICCSD students. This webinar will be recorded and sent out afterwards as well if you are unable to attend.

Webinar Link:

MLK Special Learning Day (Virtual)

On January 13 all secondary ICCSD students had the opportunity to participate in our virtual MLK Day of Learning. Although there was a little bit of a scramble to put together this large event in a short amount of time, we could not have been more pleased with the quality of learning that took place this week. Thank you to the large number of ICCSD staff and community members who led sessions and pushed our communities understanding around civil rights, social justice, and service, while also celebrating the life and legacy of MLK.

Culturally Responsive Parenting Seminar

For all ICCSD High School Parents, jointly sponsored by the high school PSTOs.

Via Zoom on January 27th from 6-8 pm.

Please join us for an introduction to cultural proficiency. Participants will be able to identify cultural proficiency and assess where they are on the continuum. Participants will also be able to identify barriers to it and ways to stand for equity.

Presented by Laura Gray, ICCSD Director of Diversity & Cultural Responsiveness

Depending on the number of participants, we will have break-out sessions for facilitated discussions.

To RSVP, fill out this form: and the Zoom link will be sent to you before the event by email.

RSVP by January 20

Questions? Email:

Family-Teacher Conferences

Family-Teacher Conferences will follow a similar virtual format that we utilized earlier this year. Please reserve the evening of Wednesday, February 3 and look for additional communication in the coming weeks from the District and/or Liberty regarding how to sign-up to visit with your student(s) teachers virtually.

Canvas Assistance for Guardians

Although our staff and students have become much more competent with Canvas throughout this school year thanks to our virtual and hybrid learning models, many parents may not be comfortable in navigating Canvas. For those of you that are interested in learning more about Canvas and how you can support your student, feel free to explore the Canvas guardian tutorial videos below.

Virtual Homework Help- Available for ALL LHS Students

We strongly encourage all Liberty High students to access our new Virtual Homework Help opportunity. Click on the image below or visit to visit the homework help Zoom at the designated times. Share what you need assistance with and you will be paired with an appropriate tutor.

AVID Site Team Feature: Marianne McGrane

Involved with AVID Since: June 2019

I teach: Earth and Space Science (science rules!)

Why Avid?

AVID is Awesome! When I first began to learn about AVID and the AVID philosophy, I felt like I was talking to someone speaking my love language. When I was in high school , I struggled to understand how to navigate or “do” school. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to work with some wonderful educators that have helped me to develop strategies and methods to help students get better at the behind the scenes skills needed to become a successful student. I feel that the AVID approach and techniques can benefit all students, however I believe that they’re especially helpful to kids who learn and think differently. They can make a big difference in how struggling students take in and work with information. The AVID approach develops the skills needed for all students to be successful in school. I believe that it can empower students in a way that I wish I felt when I was in high school many, many years ago. I am blessed to be on the AVID team and be a part of this work within Liberty High School.

Interested in learning more about AVID? AVID Smore

Extracurricular Activities

Varsity Boys Basketball Appear in Top 10

Congratulations to Coach Kelly and Ordman and the entire boys basketball program for their first even appearance in the Iowa High School Boys Basketball Rankings. After a quick 3-0 start to their season, include a big 30 point win over in District rival City High, the Cedar Rapids Gazette has Liberty ranked #6. Unfortunately, the varsity boys basketball team is currently under COVID quarantine procedures as a result of a potential exposure that occurred in their last game.

Trojan Bolts Boys Swim Team Wins Again

The combined Trojan Bolt boys swim team continues their dominance in the pool. The Trojan Bolts beat Linn-Mar 108-62 on Tuesday, Jan. 12 and beat Cedar Rapids Washington 118-58 on Thursday, Jan. 14.
Big picture

Activity Calendar


Her Drive

A group of Liberty and other ICCSD students have been organizing a North Liberty chapter of the national Her Drive to best support menstruating persons in our community who are experiencing especially harsh conditions this year. The drive will run from January 16 through February 14. Her Drive is a nonprofit organization that collects bras, menstrual care, and general hygiene products for people who need them. I have linked their Facebook page HERE so that you may continue to look into this awesome project!

In addition to the collection boxes in the main office at Liberty, they also have two locations around our community located at Smash Juice bar in North Liberty and the NL Rec center.

Big picture
Big picture

The Green School House Effect

The Iowa City Community School District began partnering with Green Iowa AmeriCorps (GIA) in the fall of 2019. This school year, two full-time GIA members, Lisa Stark and Meg SmolikHagen, will be working with the District on sustainability-related projects such as developing a model composting and recycling program, supporting school gardens, increasing prairie habitat, environmental/sustainability-related education outreach, as well as a monthly newsletter.

Please check out this month’s issue of their sustainability newsletter The Green School House Effect here: We encourage you to subscribe to the newsletter to follow their work and find ways to get involved!

The Liberty Fund

As families at Liberty High School face challenges from COVID-19 to recent storm issues, the future of the academic environment has never felt so unpredictable. The Liberty Fund is so grateful for the community members who have funded and advocated for the students and staff at Liberty High School over the past few years. At a time when everything feels uncertain, we find encouragement knowing that Liberty families care about our mission of ensuring that students have access to a broad and rich learning experience and that all students have access to the opportunities at Liberty.

We know that now, more than ever, the Liberty community needs us. Some of those needs might look very different than they have over the past two years, and The Liberty Fund is committed to adapting to our changing reality. If you are in a position to make a gift or are looking for a way to help Liberty navigate these changes, please help us support Liberty students and staff. Donate at // or email for more information at

Thank you for your support!

Liberty High PSTO

Liberty High PSTO (Parent Student Teacher Organization) welcomes all new and returning families to Liberty for the 2020/2021 school year. We are undoubtedly in for an interesting year, so please follow us on Facebook: Liberty High PSTO to stay up-to-date.

Join us on Zoom for our monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 4:45pm. Click here for the monthly Zoom Link, or it can also be found on the PSTO Facebook page.

Short presentations on relevant topics will occur at each meeting as well as reports on things happening at Liberty are shared by an administrator.

Meeting dates for 2020/2021

September 16- Online Learning Update from a Liberty Teacher Ryan Kelly

October 21- Mental Health Supports Presentation by LHS Counseling Team

November 18- AVID elective from an AVID teacher

December 16- CANCELLED

January 20- TBD

February 17- K.I.N.G. Initiative- Asst. Principal Kimberly Fitten

March - No meeting (Spring Break)

April 21- TBD

May 19- TBD

2020-2021 PSTO Board

President: Julie Schmidt

President-Elect: Open

Secretary: Deb Wagner

Treasurer: Shawn Eyestone

Volunteer Coordinator: Lyse Strnad

Anyone interested in the President-Elect position can email the PSTO at

The PSTO has an ongoing fundraiser with our Amazon Smile account. Please consider using this with your next Amazon order.