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:


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)

When a positive COVID-19 case is identified in one of our secondary schools, communication will be sent to all students and staff who are determined to have been in a class with the positive individual during their contagious period. The communication will inform individuals/families of the potential exposure and offer the choice to self-quarantine should that be the individual’s/family’s preference. Please notify your school attendance office if you choose to quarantine your child and inform them of the reason for the absence. Absences related to a COVID-19 exposure will be approved. If your quarantine is due to an exposure outside of school, please follow the quarantine recommendations that you received from Johnson County Public Health.


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

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The following section contains information pertaining to the entire homecoming activity schedule for the week of September 26 - October 2. It is organized by day and lists the dress up-day themes and scheduled home athletic contests and activities.


The theme is 'Wake Up! It's Game Day!

Sunday, September 26

The Powder Buff volleyball game will be held at 3 PM in the main gym. This is a fun intramural style volleyball game between the junior and senior boys. See the bulletin board outside H042 to order shirts.

Monday, September 27

Dress-Up Day Theme: Jersey/Professional Athlete or Artist Attire.


A Senior Sunset activity will also be held beginning at 5:00 PM in the "freshmen lot" to decorate jeans and sweatshirts. This parking lot is located directly south of the stadium.

Tuesday, September 28

Dress-Up Day Theme: College Gear Day. Wear the college or university gear of your choice.


Go Hawks!

Go Cyclones!

Go Panthers!

Go Drake!

Wednesday, September 29

Dress-Up Day Theme: Country Club vs. Country Attire. Wear either an outfit that would be appropriate for a day in the country or an outfit that would be appropriate for a day at the country club.


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

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Thursday, September 30

Dress-Up Day Theme: Pink Out Attire. Wear as much pink as possible.


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

Dress-Up Day Theme: Bolt Out Attire. Wear all of your Liberty Lightning Bolt gear! High school students try and wear a shirt color that matches your assigned class color.


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

Homecoming Dance- 7:00 PM. Update: With the mask requirement back in place, we will be holding the dance in the grand commons. Tickets will be sold at lunch the week of homecoming. Any Liberty student may attend the dance, and (Update) Liberty students are able to bring one guest who is not a Liberty student. You must complete this guest form to have your guest approved if they are a student at City, West or Tate. If your guest attends a school outside ICCSD, you will need to pick-up a paper guest form in the main office that will need to be signed by your guest's administration.


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

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Picture Retakes/Makeups

School pictures retakes/makeups will be taken during the school day on Thursday, October 21. These pictures will be taken in the commons during all lunches. Order forms are available in the main office.

Extracurricular Activities

Liberty High Club Fair

At Liberty we strongly encourage all students to get involved with some type of club, activity, or sport. On Wednesday, September 8 all students had an opportunity to participate in the club fair during their lunch period. If your student was unable to attend the club fair, please take a look at the Liberty Clubs presentation to get an idea of the various clubs that are available for Liberty students.

The Liberty High Orchestra Program

The Liberty High Orchestra Program is growing in number and and off to a great start this year. We LOVE performing for you and in the community. Here are our two orchestra performances for the fall. We'd love to see you! All Liberty High Orchestra concerts start at 7:30 PM.


  • 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.

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Liberty High Volleyball Update and Pink Out

The Pink Out T-shirt Website is now open for the Thursday, September 30 Pink Out match. All Liberty students, staff, and families are encouraged to purchase a shirt. The store closes on Monday, September 20. In addition to raising awareness for Breast Cancer, the proceeds of the sale go directly to Team Breast Friends of Iowa City. Team Breast Friends supports local women and men going through breast cancer treatment, and provides aid to local families hit hard by the enormous cost of medical care. Thank you in advance for your support of Team Breast Friends.


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!

Activity Calendar

Miscellaneous

Cultural Diversity & Equity Newsletter

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

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

Thursday, September 23 is the annual Dine out for Education event. When you dine in or order out from any of the participating restaurants, they will donate 10% of sales to the ICCSD Foundation. This is the 10th year of this event, and the flyer below indicates how many years each restaurant has been participating in this event.


This is also the first year where CHOMP delivery is also participating. You will need to use the code ICCSDSept when ordering from CHOMP.

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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 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!

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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.


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


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.