Summer Slice Vol. VIII

LA Staff News

Visible Learning Cohort for Teachers

Two years ago, administrators received training about Visible Learning (centered around John Hattie's work). Last year, Art/Chad/Theo/Melissa worked with the VL consultant, Kara, to apply the knowledge and learning at LA. The area we focused was on the learning process, and we continued that work with all staff during the spring PD day (when we were at LA in the PM). As a result, we have a framework (Explore~Dig~Frame~Build~Share) to help students through the process.

This summer I created a visual with the work you did in the spring so that we can hang large posters in our building. When you return (or even if you stop by), I'd love to get any feedback for change before it goes to print. The documents are in my office and you can write directly on them. Once you look at them, sign your name on the doc so that I know that everyone has seen them. My goal is to have them hanging by the first day of school.

The consultant will be back to work with Chad/Art/Melissa in August and January for a half day. I'm excited to see how we can use this time to further our instructional goals at LA. HOWEVER, the district has created a Visible Learning Cohort for teachers this year. This will include two half days of Visible Learning training with Kara. Essentially, you will get a deeper understanding of Visible Learning. I need two people who are interested in this training. Please email me as soon as possible if you are willing to be a part of the cohort!

What does an LA staffer do in the summer??

Don't we all wish we were Nick right now? This is over the 4th of July when the family went to Gulf Shores. They were able to get away for some family time AND a baseball tournament for his son. Of course it's been a busy summer when you have four active kids! I bet Nick (ok, nor the rest of us) doesn't even know what day of the week it is!

Summer Letter for Families

Staffing Update

Mark Krause will be our interventionist this year. I am excited for him to take on this role (he said he always wanted to be Theo), and he is definitely excited to support our students and staff. The posting for his position is open.

Construction Update

Upcoming Dates to Note...

August 6th: New staff to Liberty start date (Jared, Jodi, Mark)


August 6th: Registration (optional) 3:00-6:00


August 7th: Registration (optional) 9:00-12:00


August 9th: All teachers return.


August 15th: First day of school.


August 22nd: Back to School Night 6:00-7:00

18-19 Liberty Academy Staff

Melissa Norris, Director

Debi Straws, Secretary

Lori Streu, Counselor

Andrea Johnson, Social Worker

Mark Krause, Interventionist

TBD, ISS Instructor

Joe Rooney, Security

Robin Anderson, Long Term Suspension

Lisa Augustine, Missouri Option Program

Judy Smith, Alt. Ed. Teacher

Christine Patterson, Teacher

Art Smith, Teacher

Chad Brinkmeyer, Teacher

Summer Kelley, Teacher

Nick Schwieder, Teacher

Paul Richardson, Teacher

Jared Haferbier, Special Education Teacher

Jodi Williams-Sipes, .5 Teacher

Janet Knoke-LA Cafeteria

Don Creason-LA Custodian

Kathy Wright-LMS Nurse

Ed Leal-Technology