Liberty Newsletter: Volume 79
September 15, 2021
Recent District Messages:
Mask Requirements Message (9/14/21)
On Monday, September 13, 2021, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa granted a temporary restraining order regarding the State of Iowa’s current mask requirement ban. The mask ban prevented local school districts, cities, and counties from enacting their own mask requirements. With the restraining order granted, until further notice, school districts in Iowa can require face masks in schools.
Following tonight’s Board meeting, the Iowa City Community School District is implementing a face mask requirement for all students, staff, and visitors in our buildings and on our campuses. This decision is largely based on the CDC’s strong recommendation that face masks be worn in schools, regardless of a person's vaccination status. This requirement also aligns with the advice of our local public health experts.
The face mask requirement goes into effect Wednesday, September 15, 2021. While it includes all individuals in our buildings and on our campuses, it also includes spectators at all indoor and outdoor events. Students actively participating in athletic competitions, whether indoors or outdoors, are not required to wear masks. Students and staff on the sidelines or bench are required to wear masks. For individuals who are eligible for face mask exemption, please complete the Face Mask Exemption Form and return it to your school nurse.
As a reminder and in compliance with the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation, students and staff are required to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in loss of bus riding privileges.
We appreciate your cooperation as we continue our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in our community. #ICCSDtogether
Message of Support for Our Community (9/10/21)
As we approach the 20th anniversary of the tragic events that unfolded in our country on September 11, 2001, we want to take a moment to honor those that lost their lives on that historic day. Unfortunately, this tragedy continues to have an impact on our country, most recently witnessed through the bombing last month when 13 U.S. troops lost their lives at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan. It is important to take time to recognize how these events continue to impact individuals both nationally and locally.
While we understand that these events provide the opportunity for teachable moments within our classrooms, we also recognize that these events can affect students, staff, and families in varying ways. Below please find a list of local and national support services that are available to you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you or someone you know is in need of support.
Voices Center for Resilience: Voices Center for Resilience (VOICES) is a non-profit organization that assists communities in preparing for and recovering from traumatic events and provides long-term support and resources that promote mental health care and wellness for victims’ families, responders, and survivors.
Tuesday's Children: The goal at Tuesday’s Children is to ensure that families who have suffered losses due to the events of 9/11, post-9/11 military service, or other acts of mass violence and terrorism always have a comforting place to turn to for support and community.
9/11 Memorial and Museum: The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance.
Additional Local Support Resources:
- CommUnity Crisis Services & Mobile Crisis Outreach
- Johnson County Social Services
- IC Compassion
- Abbe Mental Health Center
Please know that we as a school district family are here for you, as well as these dedicated local and national resources listed above. #ICCSDtogether
Updated Secondary Quarantine Guidelines (9/8/21)
Due to the fact that elementary-age students are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, quarantine protocols at the elementary level will remain the same. You can find full details on our District’s Quarantine Protocols webpage. This shift in protocols allows us to minimize the number of individuals impacted by a positive COVID-19 case in a school and the amount of time spent away from the classroom. This change does not minimize our commitment to health and safety. We remain diligent in our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure schools remain a safe and healthy environment for students and staff.
Our District continues to strongly encourage universal indoor mask use for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our schools, regardless of vaccination status. This is based on guidance from the CDC. In addition, the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation requires students and staff to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation.
In addition, our District strongly encourages eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals 12 years of age and older who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine locator may be used to find a provider near you.
2021 Liberty Homecoming Activities
The theme is 'Wake Up! It's Game Day!
Wednesday, September 29
The Homecoming Parade will begin at 5:45 PM from the main Liberty High student parking lot. If you are interested in having a float or participating in the parade, contact Mr. Morrison or Mrs. Sievers in the athletic office (319-688-1352). The parade route and parade entry application form can be found below.
The Power Puff game will be held on the football field following the parade. It will begin between 7-7:30 PM
Thursday, September 30
Cross Country Boys and Girls Meet at Iowa City Kickers at 4:15 PM
Volleyball Pink Out Matches. JV and Sophomores play at 5:30 PM, and the Varsity starts at 7:00 PM in the main gym. Below under extracurricular activities you will find additional information on the volleyball team and their Pink Out game.
Friday, October 1
Pep Assembly in the stadium after 1st period.
Sophomore football game begins at 5:00 PM and the varsity game begins at 7:00 PM.
Saturday, October 2
Location: Stadium concourse or Grand Commons/Main Gym
Time: 7:00 PM
Tickets ($5.00 per person): Sold during lunch the week of homecoming
Dress: Dress as nice or as casual as you would like
Liberty High Club Fair
The Liberty High Orchestra Program
- Tuesday, October 12- Fall LHS Concert
- Thursday, December 16- Holiday Orchestra Concert
Ms. Savage is dedicated to providing musical instruction to ALL of our Liberty students, so if you have never played an instrument, or played for a while and want to come back to playing in high school...please join us! She is happy to add brand new string players to the program at any time and this year, the orchestra is taking an epic trip to New York City and would love to take you with us.
Free Strings is a by audition performance group that includes guitar, ukulele, and vocals. It meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00am. Are you a songwriter or a creative who wants to be in a band? This is your group. We tour and promote ourselves just like your average rock band and would love to work with you.
Liberty High Volleyball Update and Pink Out
Volleyball Team Update:
Liberty VB has played 12 out of 19 matches against ranked opponents in the state of Iowa. This week's poll has Liberty 15-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play) as the #3 ranked team in class 5A. Including this weeks earlier match against #2 4A Western Dubuque, Liberty will play 9 consecutive ranked opponents.
Next Tuesday Liberty plays #8 5A Cedar Falls at home, followed by #1 2A (and one of the top teams in the state at any level) Dike New Hartford, #4 5A Pleasant Valley, #2 5A West Des Moines Valley, #10 5A IC West, and #9 3A Mount Vernon at the Liberty Lightning Hy-Vee Classic on Saturday, Sept. 25. Following our home tournament, Liberty rounds out the week @ #13 5A Cedar Rapids Prairie, and at home vs.#9 5A Dowling Catholic as our 2021 Breast Cancer Awareness Match opponent.
By the end of that week, Liberty will have played 26 matches, with 19 of those matches against ranked opponents. If there is a tougher schedule out there, I would like to see it! Our last home match of the season will be Tuesday, Oct. 5 when we host Wahlert Catholic, which will also be our Senior Night.
This schedule was intentionally put together to get Liberty ready for postseason play. Please come out to support us as we prepare to make a run for the state tournament!
Cultural Diversity & Equity Newsletter
Run for the Schools, Oct. 24
This year's Run for the Schools will be held on Sunday, October 24. There will be an in-person and virtual option for participants. This year we will have food/coffee/smoothie trucks and a live band playing at the Chauncey Swan Park.
Interested in participating? Sign up for the race here.
There is still a need for volunteers to make this event happen. Here is the signup to help out this year!
ICCSD Foundation T-Shirts Store
The ICCSD Foundation enhances the educational experiences of all students in the District by providing inspiring enrichment and educational opportunities while ensuring these are delivered equitably to every student, every year.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these District and community-wide t-shirts will be donated to the Foundation so that we can continue to offer our students the very best public school education available. Thank you for helping to support the schools and students in this great community.
To learn more about the Foundation and its efforts on behalf of the District, please visit www.iccsdfoundation.org.
Dine, or Take Out for Education
This is also the first year where CHOMP delivery is also participating. You will need to use the code ICCSDSept when ordering from CHOMP.
Liberty Lightning Virtual Spirit Store
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 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: https://www.smore.com/3cvuk. We encourage you to subscribe to the newsletter to follow their work and find ways to get involved!
The Liberty Fund
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 email@example.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.
During the school year the PSTO meets once a month. Short presentations on relevant topics will occur at each meeting as well as reports on things happening at Liberty are shared by an administrator. Due to health and safety concerns, the Liberty PSTO meetings will be held virtually on Zoom until further notice. Click Here for the Monthly PSTO Zoom Link
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
- Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 5:00 PM
- Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 5:00 PM
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.