Summer Slice Vol. I

LA Staff News

The Curse of the Comfort Zone

Oh man, the comfort zone is such a wonderful place. It's warm and cozy, familiar, predictable. I've found I'm SUPER happy there. Content.

That is...until I am pushed out of my comfort zone. During the "pushing" I may feel like the bottom is dropping out (like that barrel we used to ride in at World's of Fun), and I'm near to slipping to neverland. Digging my nails and heels in, yelling and screaming (figuratively and possibly literally), I desperately try to keep myself in the comfort zone.

Oh, but once I get out....WOW!!! I'm so surprised that no one told me about this place. Wait, they did--I just couldn't hear them! Now that I'm out, I can reflect on life back in the zone. I had it all wrong! I'm able to reflect and realize my short-sighted my thinking! I actually thought I was happy, but I wasn't! I TRULY am happy now! I am out of my comfort zone, and IT. IS. BEAUTIFUL.

But guess what? Soon, this new reality will become once again my comfort zone. And I will have to grow, stretch, and continue to evolve all over again.

Thank you for challenging the status quo. Thank you for continuing to push our school outside the comfort zone. Thank you for never stopping. We have not arrived. We will not arrive. We will continue to grow and change and challenge everything we do.

I have read your administrator feedback, and it has energized me for 19-20!! I know, I'm a little amped up for the first week of June! Truly, your feedback gave me some needed direction and I'm happy to be on this journey with you!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer! Melissa

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Project-Based Learning Professional Development

Every year the District brings in a trainer to help our teachers understand the project-based framework according to the Buck Institute (BIE.org). Many of the LA staff have been trained.


Project-based learning is not for the faint of heart. While we have our own style of PBL, if you want to grow in your ability to work with students in a PBL setting, then this is for you!


One of my favorite parts is that our trainer is from a school that is PBL AND RESTORATIVE. She has been a great resource for us and understands us!


Who is interested in attending this training? Please let me know if you want more info!

Interested in Summer PD ($18/hour)

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Let Melissa Know If You Want More Info!

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Get a CALM.COM Subscription for FREE to use at LA!

Remember, practicing mindfulness for 12 minutes a day will rewire the brain in a positive way! Our KIDS need this, and let's be honest, it wouldn't hurt us either! I've used Calm.com to help myself fall asleep (and my kids); it's a great resource!! If you go to https://www.calm.com/schools you can fill out a form and they will reply with a coupon code for you to get a free subscription. Play around with this this summer and let me know what you think! Remember, we can't expect kids to use it if we don't use it ourselves. Seriously, I need to meet you if you can't find something valuable in there! ;)

I would be THRILLED to know our students accessed this DAILY! It would be great if we offered this in the yoga room every morning during PE!

Upcoming Dates to Note

August 5th-7th: New teachers to Liberty report (none from LA)


August 6th: Registration (optional if you want to meet kids) 4:00-6:00


August 7th: Registration (optional if you want to meet kids) 8:00-1:00


August 8th: All teachers return.


August 14th: First day of school.


August 19th: Back to School Night 6:00-7:00

Liberty Academy Staff 2019-2020

Melissa Norris, Director

Debi Straws, Secretary

Lori Streu, Counselor

Andrea Johnson, Social Worker

Mark Krause, Interventionist

Eddie Richey, ISS Instructor

Justin Fetters, Security

Ted Maxwell, Safety

Christine Patterson, Long Term Suspension

Lisa Augustine, Missouri Option Program

Judy Smith, Alt. Ed. Teacher

Art Smith, Teacher

Chad Brinkmeyer, Teacher

Summer Kelley, Teacher

Nick Schwieder, Teacher

Paul Richardson, Teacher

Jared Haferbier, Special Education Teacher

Jodi Williams-Sipes, .75 Teacher

Zach Osborne, Teacher

Janet Knoke-LA Cafeteria

Stacey-LA Custodian

Kathy Wright-LMS Nurse

Ed Leal-Technology

Clayton Smith-LMS Head Custodian

Kim Sadler-LMS Cafeteria Manager