Liberty Newsletter: Volume 96

June 6, 2022

Recent District Messages

Registration for the 22-23 School Year is Now Open

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open! While we wrap up the final days of May, we encourage you to take this early opportunity to register your students for the next school year.


As a reminder, all families are required to register their students in Infinite Campus through the process known as Online Registration for the 2022-2023 school year. Please use the link below to register your child(ren). Remember to select the school year “22-23” to register for next year.


Registration instructions for returning families to the District

Families who need assistance with the registration process may attend on-site registration at their home school. Please see the schedule for on-site registration below (junior high and high school registration times will be released by individual schools as the date gets closer):


On-Site Registration Schedule


  • Elementary School On-Site Registration
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Junior High and High School New-to-District Student Registration
    August 8, 2022
  • Returning 7th and 8th Grade Student Registration
    (North Central Junior High and Northwest Junior High)
    August 11, 2022
  • High School Returning Student Registration
    August 11, 2022 and August 12, 2022 (There is no need to come in person for registration at Liberty High. Families can complete all steps online, but may come in if they need assistance on August 11 or 12)
  • Returning 7th and 8th Grade Student Registration
    (South East Junior High)
    August 12, 2022


If you are planning to attend on-site registration, please prepare by bringing the following items with you. If you do not have the needed documentation, please come to on-site registration and we will assist you.


  • Verification of your child’s birth date (examples: a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport); required for new students only. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.
  • Child's immunization records (see Immunization Requirements)
  • Proof of residency (examples: a lease/rental agreement or utility bill); only required for returning students when changing schools or if you have moved.


We thank you for taking the time to register your students early as it helps greatly with our staffing efforts over the summer. Please make the most of the remaining days of this school year and have a safe and enjoyable summer!

22-23 Pay-to-Ride Transportation Program

The Iowa City Community School District Transportation Department would like to notify you of the 2022-23 Pay-to-Ride Program. The Pay-to-Ride Program is available to families that do not qualify for mandatory transportation as required by the State of Iowa. The District provides transportation as required by the State of Iowa.


Iowa Code 285.1.a. The Board of Directors in every school district shall provide transportation, either directly or by reimbursement for transportation, for all resident pupils attending public school, kindergarten through twelfth grade, except that:


  1. Elementary pupils shall be entitled to transportation only if they live more than two miles from the school designated for attendance.
  2. High school pupils shall be entitled to transportation only if they live more than three miles from the school designated for attendance.


When measuring the distance to determine eligibility for transportation, the distance shall be measured by using the shortest distance on public roads only. In general, school buses do not travel on private roads/lanes or in private subdivisions. Distance is measured from the student's driveway to the assigned attendance point of entrance.


If you have any questions, before applying, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at Davis.Esme@iowacityschools.org.


The Pay-to-Ride Program details are listed below:

  • The program is provided on a space-available, time-available, first-come, first-served basis. Participation is limited according to capacity as determined by the District and is available to students in grades K-12.
  • The program is only available on existing bus routes and at existing stops. No additional routes and or stops will be considered for pay-to-ride students after the deadline.
  • Buses provided specifically for special education students are not eligible for this program.
  • Bus stop locations and times are assigned by North America Central School Bus (NACSB).
  • Availability of seats and location of bus stops is subject to change based on changes in enrollment, boundaries, and other factors determined by the District or North America Central School Bus and can occur at any time. When changes to routes or stops occur, families utilizing pay-to-ride busing will be notified at the same time that the families of eligible students are notified.
  • Students must be picked up and dropped off at their assigned location only. Pick-up and drop-off must be at the same location.
  • Requests for a change in a student’s bus stop will only be honored if the student’s address has changed.
  • No guest students will be allowed to ride along with pay-to-ride students.
  • All students riding the bus are subject to the rules and regulations of conduct and safety established by the District and NACSB. The District and NACSB use video cameras on school buses as a means to maintain a safe environment for students and staff.
  • Refunds will be granted for any unused full trimester purchased for the current school year.
  • No refunds or rate adjustments will be made for days buses cannot operate because of weather or other circumstances beyond the control of NACSB or the District.
  • Payments can be made online via the District’s website. A fee is charged on a per-year basis.


Payment and Fees for Service

  • Pay-to-Ride fee is:
    • $575 per student, per year, round trip
    • $345 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for reduced-price lunch
    • $0 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for free lunch
  • Full payments must be made no later than June 9, 2022, to be included on a bus roster for the start of the school year.
  • Applications will be accepted after the due date while capacity remains on existing routes. (Note: Students will only be assigned to existing bus stops and routes; buses will not be re-routed to accommodate requests.)
  • Students are not eligible to ride until payment is received and the application is approved.


Application Process

  1. To apply for pay-to-ride busing, please download the following form:
    Pay-to-Ride Student Transportation Application: 2022-2023 Pay-to-Ride Application
  2. Payment can only be made online: https://www.myschoolbucks.com
  3. Mail or bring your application and receipt, from MySchoolBucks to the following address:
    Iowa City Community School District
    Transportation Department
    1725 N Dodge Street
    Iowa City, IA 52245


If you are interested in participating in the Pay-to-Ride Program, please return the application and payment no later than June 9, 2022, to be considered for a bus roster for the start of the school year.

School Meal Update

We would like to share information with you regarding meal costs for the 2022-23 school year. Unfortunately, the government-funded free meal program for all students that was established during the COVID-19 pandemic will come to an end at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year. This means that there will now be a cost associated with school meals for all families who do not meet the Free & Reduced Meal requirements when school begins next fall.


We understand this change may cause concern; however, there are important steps you can take today to make sure your student receives the meals they need next year.

  1. Complete an application for Free & Reduced Meals. If your student qualifies for free or reduced meals, they can still receive them next year, but you must take action to make it happen. The 2022-2023 online application will be available on our District’s website after July 1, 2022, at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict. Even if you completed the 2021-2022 application, you will still need to complete the 2022-2023 application as well. If you need assistance completing this form, please contact the Nutrition Services Department at (319) 688-1021.

  2. Families that do not qualify for free or reduced meals can begin depositing money into their student’s meal account by logging into MySchoolBucks.com to prepare for the cost of school lunches next year. Information on meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year can be found at www.iowacityschools.org/MealPrices. If you have questions about adding money to your student’s account or if you need assistance accessing MySchoolBucks, please contact the Nutrition Services Department at (319) 688-1021.


Our District will make summer meals available for all children without charge. Meals will be provided, on a first-come, first-serve basis, at the site and times as follows:


WHAT: Morning Snack
WHERE: Wetherby Park
WHEN: June 13th - July 1st AND July 11th - August 5th
TIME: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Monday through Friday


Thank you for your attention to this upcoming change. We remain dedicated to ensuring that all students have access to school meals and we will provide the necessary assistance to make that possible. Please have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Liberty Features & Information

Seal of Biliteracy and Kirkwood Elementary Language Connection

This spring, French Seal of Biliteracy students established a language partnership and mentorship with Kirkwood Elementary 2nd grade classes. The Seal of Biliteracy students' goals were to introduce the elementary students to French, to build cultural awareness and to foster empathy for the experience of ELL students in the English-speaking classroom. During the first session students introduced basic phrases and games. During the second session students reviewed basic phrases, learned about common foods and tasted different flavored macarons. For the final session, students introduced the alphabet and colors with flashcards and songs and also played review games.


Senior Alaina Schmidt said the following about her time at Kirkwood Elementary:


“This experience was so different from any other experience that I could have gotten from another high school class. Our class was able to pass along our knowledge and make a difference in our community by making native French speakers feel welcome. Overall, it was very rewarding to see the kids get excited about French and ask us questions about the language and culture.”


This work by the Seal of Biliteracy students demonstrated the BOLTS matrix. Students fostered a sense of belonging with the Kirkwood students, took ownership of their language and skills in practical ways, showed leadership for future French students, used teamwork to design the lessons, and gave students the safety and comfort of a fun, learning environment. The Seal of Biliteracy students would like to extend a thank you to Principal Colbert for supporting this new world language partnership.

Trimester Three Honor Roll

The PDF below lists every Liberty student who earned a 3.5 or higher for third trimester. These names will be broken down by grade level, placed on a poster, printed, and displayed in the academic commons at the beginning of next school year. Congratulations to all of our third trimester honor roll recipients!

Liberty Class of 2022 Graduation

On Sunday, May 29 the Liberty High Class of 2022 participated in their commencement ceremony. The ceremony began at 1:00 PM and was held at the Xtream Arena in Coralville. The full commencement ceremony can be viewed on YouTube, or in the embedded video below. The link to the finalized graduation program is attached as a PDF below the video. Click here for a full list of scholarships the senior class indicated they had earned, and lastly, click on the embedded link from the Press Citizen below to check out some photos from the day.
Liberty High 2022 Graduation Ceremony

National French Competition Results

Select Liberty High French students competed this spring in the National French competition. The National French Competition is an annual exam released by the American Association of Teachers of French that tests proficiency in leveled interpretive reading and listening skills, and also leveled vocabulary and grammar knowledge. Students compete against other high school students who are currently enrolled in the same level. Over 40,000 students competed across all levels nationwide this year. Mrs. Liddle would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Liberty Fund for covering the cost of this exam for students.


The following Liberty High Students are National French Competition Award Winners for 2022:


Level 2A

Jack VanScoyoc - 6th place in Iowa

Claire Franzwa - 6th place in Iowa

Andi Cetta - 8th place in Iowa

Abbie Chidister - 9th place in Iowa

Russell Brown - 9th place in Iowa


Level 3A

Keren Wela - 4th place in Iowa and National Bronze Medal award winner

Ale Carvalhaes - 8th place in Iowa


Level 3C

Ruth Luyeye - 3rd place in Iowa


Level 4 AP

Nancy Nahra - 3rd place in Iowa

Grace Wang - 5th place in Iowa

Lilah VanScoyoc - 6th place in Iowa


Level 5A

Amah Ajavon - 1st place in Iowa and National Silver Medal award winner

Poseybelle Stoeffler - 2nd in Iowa and National Bronze Medal award winner


Level 5C

Nicolas Kanyiki - 9th in Iowa

Extracurricular Activities

Girls Tennis Season Recap

The Liberty Girls Tennis team just wrapped up their most successful season in program history. The team lost to Clinton in the Regional Finals, just missing qualifying for state as a team, by a score of 5-2. They close out the season with an overall record of 13-4 and a conference mark of 12-3. Ella Gilbert won the North Scott Individual Regional and qualified for the State Singles Tournament. Ella went on to capture 6th place at the State Individual Singles Tournament. The JV team also had a great season closing out the year with a 5-1 record! We look forward to the coming years as opportunities to improve on this success

Bella Pettersen Places 3rd at State Meet

For the second year in a row Liberty Sophomore Bella Pettersen places 3rd at the Class 4A state golf meet. Bella finished six shots behind the first and second place winners in the meet.


Thanks to outgoing Liberty Girls Golf seniors Alison Colony, Ashley Nadeau and Marianna Lehnertz.

Track & Field Season Recap

Boys:

The Liberty Track & Field boys team ended the season with 100 athletes on the squad, all of whom committed to getting better this spring. The boys team finished 8th place in 4A at the State Championship Meet for the 2nd year in a row. Junior Eric Lucas won an individual State Meet title in the 110M High Hurdles, and Luke Meyers, Gavin Keeney, Christian Montover, Jordan Robinson, and Aidan Decker finished with All-State honors. At the Mississippi Valley Divisional, the team finished in 4th place. Most importantly, the squad took care of business in the classroom, where 30 members of the junior and senior classes were named to the MVC All-Academic Team.


Girls:

Liberty girls track just finished their season with the conclusion of the State Track Meet on May 21st. Highlights of their season include winning the indoor conference meet, a second place finish in their conference divisional meet, winning the state qualifier meet, and sending the largest number of athletes to the state meet in the program's history with 24 girls. Congrats on a successful season Liberty Girls Track!


More results and information can be found at the Liberty Girls Track and Field Website.

Summer Sports Camps

Liberty Sports Camps information is now live. Click on the following link to access additional information and the sign up link: https://www.iclibertysportscamps.com/


All camps are held on the Liberty High School Campus:


1400 S. Dubuque St.

North Liberty, IA 52317

Liberty Activity Calendar

Click the button above for an up-to-date calendar of Liberty events

Miscellaneous

Juniper Street Closure

Juniper Street in North Liberty will be closed at the intersection of Juniper Ct starting this Wednesday June 8th at noon for street repairs. The closure is anticipated to last until Tuesday June 14th.


Detour route for traffic will be S Dubuque St to E Zeller St to S Front St. (see picture below)

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Dell Graduation Offer

Dell put together an education purchase program specific to Iowa City Schools. Although this site offers great graduation gifts, the deal are available to everyone in our school community (students, parents, faculty & staff). Please check it out if you are in the market for a new computer.


Dell Education Purchase Program Site

Student Summer Employment Opportunities

The following is a list of employers who have recently contacted our staff to let us know they are looking for summer help. Some positions may require students to be 16 years old and/or have a driver's license. Please contact Liberty career facilitator Rick Spear (spear.rick@iowacityschools.org) if you would like assistance in finding a summer job.


Lionheart Early Learning

www.lionheartkids.net


Southslope

https://www.southslope.com/about-us/careers/


Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

https://jobs.raisingcanes.com/


SouthGate Companies

www.southgateco.com


Centro Incorporated

https://www.centroinc.com/career/


Plastic Products CO. Inc. has manufacturing jobs for students over 18 years old

email Jane Molony at

janem@plasticproductsco.com

or call 319 643-3690


Collins-Aerospace

https://careers.rtx.com/global/en/collins-aerospace

ICCSD Area Community Resources

Please check out the PDF below for food resources, crisis intervention, and a link to additional resources within the Iowa City Community School District area. The first PDF is in English and the second is in Spanish.
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Cultural Diversity & Equity Newsletter

Each month the District Cultural Diversity & Equity team produces a newsletter. Click here to access the May Cultural Diversity & Equity Newsletter. You can also visit our District Equity website for additional information and links to previous newsletters.

Liberty Lightning Virtual Spirit Store

Take a moment to check out the new Liberty High Spirit Store provided by BSN Sports. This store offers a large number of options for Liberty gear. You can search by your favorite brand and customize your own items.


Check it out by clicking on this link: https://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/iowa/northliberty/liberty-high-school or by clicking the image below.

The Liberty Fund

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 felt uncertain, we found encouragement knowing that Liberty families cared about our mission of ensuring that students have access to a broad and rich learning experience and that all students have access to these opportunities at Liberty.


The Liberty Fund is a Liberty specific foundation dedicated to raising funds to enhance learning opportunities and in support of all Liberty groups that provide these experiences to Liberty students. You are able to make donations to The Liberty Fund year round. Donate at The Liberty Fund Website or email for more information at libertyhighfund@gmail.com


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 2021-2022 school year. Please follow us on Facebook: Liberty High PSTO to stay up-to-date.


Beginning, Wednesday, February 16, the Liberty High PSTO will begin meeting in-person again. The meetings will be held in the library.


Meeting dates for 2021-2022


  • Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 5:00 PM: Topic- iJAG presented by Kerry Kilker
  • Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5:00 PM: Topic- Counseling Supports presented by Troy Bergmann and Shelby Bryce
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 5:00 PM: No speaker scheduled
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 5:00 PM: Topics- Student Family Advocates & Available Supports
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 5:00 PM (Meeting Cancelled)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 5:00 PM: Building tour
  • No March Meeting- Spring Break
  • Wednesday, April 20 at 5:00 PM: National Honor Society presented by Jonna Hall and Sakinah Ellickson
  • Wednesday, May 18 at 5:00 PM

Questions?

If you have any questions, please send them to libertyhsPSTO@gmail.com


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

Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000, howard.eric@iowacityschools.org.