Summer Slice Vol. IV

LA Staff News

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People Know They Matter When...

One of the most important things we can do for our kids is to let them know they matter.


When they arrive...

When they are absent...

When they are distant...

When they are angry...

When they are in trouble...

When they are doing their best...


By ALL STAFF taking a restorative approach when addressing "wrongs" at LA, we will have a greater, positive impact on their lives.


What if we had the ability to easily (no additional work) share "strikes" with parents and students as a communication tool?

What if we found a way to ALSO recognize the positive behaviors our students exhibit, and "the good stuff" was ALSO communicated with the student and parents (no additional work)?

What if we "weighted" our "strikes" so that overhearing the f word in a student's conversation is not the same as telling someone to F off when they are angry?

What if when our kids met our predetermined threshold (ex. 3 strikes) for "something needs to happen", there was an automatic way of alerting a staff member that an intervention was needed?

What if our "interventions" were not limited to putting kids in ISS and sending them home?

What if our "charts" were able to manipulate the data (no additional work) to PROVE to us our impact on students?

What if "all of this" wasn't one more thing but actually took less time for us so that we can spend time doing the right things at LA?


If that gets you excited, you need to send me a random emoji so I know you're excited, too!


Pssst....and, if you want to learn more about restorative practices, let me know and I'll send you some info!

Zach and Ted: This is FOR YOU!

https://youtu.be/bdIWPJTj4LQ

Brinkmeyers Head West

Check out Chad, Emily, and the little ladies at Disneyland! Despite some tired girls in the picture, they all had a fantastic time! Chad was up at LA last week to do some work for his grad classes, and I think he went home to get Caroline to pick out some kitties for the Brinkmeyer household! If you want to visit, the petting zoo is open daily!

Don't make me hunt you down--send me a pic of something you're doing this summer! :)

Upcoming Dates to Note

July 29th: zSpace training at Liberty North 8-11 (Paul and Nick....and one more if interested)


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


August 30th: All School Speaker 1:00 at LPAT: Rick Ross

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