Liberty Newsletter Volume 44

January 15, 2020

Liberty's Smore Newsletter

This newsletter is your opportunity to "stay in the loop" on all things Liberty. I run the newsletter on the 1st and 15th of each month during the school year.

Submission suggestions are always welcomed and I rely on staff members, coaches and directors to provide me with most of the outstanding photos. Thank you to the Liberty staff for helping me build this newsletter.

Thank You


Scott Kibby


Liberty High School

Iowa City Community School District

Important Dates

Conferences (4:15-7:45)

Wednesday, January 22

Wednesday, April 15

Winter Trimester Finals

Wednesday, February 26: Science and Electives

Thursday, February 27: Social Studies and English

Friday, February 28: Math and World Languages

Monday, March 2: No School for Students, Staff Records Day

Spring Talent Show

Wednesday, April 29

National Honor Society Ceremony

7pm, Monday, May 4


Winter Dance: Saturday, February 15

Prom: Saturday, May 2

2020 Graduate dates

Senior Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, May 13

Senior Scholarship evening: Monday, May 18

Graduation rehearsal: Thursday, May 21, 1:30pm

Graduation: Sunday, May 24, 7pm at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Family/Teacher Conferences

A reminder that Wednesday, January 22 we will have our conferences from 4:15-7:45pm in the main commons. The format has not changed. This is an open time for you to come and visit with your student(s) teachers regarding their winter trimester progress. No appointments are necessary.

We look forward to seeing you Wednesday night.

Registration is coming soon!

Registration activities for the 2020-21 school year will start in classrooms on January 16th.

Registration materials will be emailed to students and parents on January 17th.

Liberty will host their annual Registration and College Credit Options Presentation to parents during Parent/Teacher conferences on January 22nd at 6:30 pm in the HS Auditorium.

AVID students visit the Kirkwood Regional Center

Liberty students in our freshman AVID class were accompanied by Ms Mick and Ms McGrane to attend the Women in STEM conference in December at the Regional Center.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Construction Progress for Phase 3

Several exciting phases are underway or will begin soon.

1-Windows are being installed throughout the new wing (pictured right)

2-Terrazzo, the colored pebbled flooring will be installed after the window installation is complete.

Liberty TV

Liberty TV, which is created by our students in Broadcast Lab with Mrs Cunningham and Mrs Smith have created to newsreels recently.

The first features the Winter Show Choir Showcase, the Robotics team and Girls Basketball.

The second features the play "Property Rites", our tech support team featuring Zach Miller and Enrique Cox, our Boys' Swim team and our Project Earth Club

Big Library News

Starting Monday, students in the ICCSD will be able to check out materials (in person and online) through the three public libraries in our communities (Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty). This. Is. A. Big. Deal. In addition to print materials, students can check out e-books and audiobooks through Overdrive using their cards.

Librarian, Mrs Smith, will run point on figuring out how to help students navigate the system.

While K-6 students will receive a new card that will serve both as an ID card and a library card, students in junior high will receive a new ID card with the AIM logo, and high school students can request a new card that has the logo. Current Liberty ID cards will work at any of the three libraries just fine.

Here is a link to the AIM website the district has created that will help answer any questions you may have.

On-Line Newspaper

The Liberty Live Wire is going exclusively online this year. The newspaper publishes new content every day. There will be no more printed papers, so make sure you continue to check the online website for an updated news source. You can find the most recent Liberty News at

Senior Photos and Vanity Ads

Seniors & Senior Parents!

Senior photos and vanity ads are due by January 31st for the yearbook. If you haven’t had senior photos take, the journalism staff can help get this taken care of. One hour sessions with complete photo rights book for $150. Proceeds go entirely back into the journalism program.

All information regarding senior photos and purchasing a vanity ad for seniors can be found HERE. If you have any questions, please contact

Yearbook Staff Photos for sale

The Liberty Journalism Staff is now selling their photos to the general public! You can purchase any of the photos you see on our social media, news website (, in the yearbook.

You can purchase the images from the following link:

If you have any questions about purchasing images, please contact


PSTO board members for 2019-2020:

· President: Marissa Keeney

· President Elect: Julie Schmidt

· Secretary: Deb Wagner

· Treasurer: Shawn Eyestone

· Volunteer Coordinator: Lyse Strnad and Azeez Butali

· DPO Rep: Jacki Marquardt

Meetings are 4:45 on the third Wednesday of the month in the Liberty Library.

February 19-District Directors Coreen Frank and Lora Daily are our guest discussing district systems of supports for students

April 15-Shanell Young is our guest speaker and will be discussing the role of the Student Family Advocate at the High School level

May 20-tba

(no March meeting due to Spring Break)

If dates or times change, we will send an email notification. Meetings are a great forum

for learning about what is happening at Liberty and to support the Liberty staff in the

mission to provide a great learning experience for the students. Everyone is welcome

and we would love to see you there!

The PSTO primarily uses Sign Up Genius to obtain volunteers for any school events or

donations needed throughout the year. We will communicate these via email. We

greatly appreciate the willingness of parents to help provide for the needs of staff and




-------------Staff Spotlight------------

Tom Eilers-Mathematics

Tom Eilers is one of Liberty's math teachers. He also serves as one of the sponsors for Liberty's BPA (Business Professionals of America), as a staff representative on the Liberty Fund board, and assistant track coach at North Central Junior High. Eilers was born and raised in the area, and attended the University of Iowa where he graduated with a degree in mathematics. This year he is teaching Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Honors Pre-Calculus, but in the past he has taught 8th grade general math and also Algebra 1 and 2. Outside of school he spends a lot of time playing basketball and supporting various local and national sports teams, especially the Hawks with his 17 year old pug named Herky. Eilers has enjoyed the last couple of years at Liberty and cannot wait for even more amazing things to happen in our developing community.

Ryan Kelly-Mathematics

Ryan Kelly is one of Liberty’s math teachers as well as the Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. Ryan came to Liberty from Dubuque, Iowa, where he previously taught at Senior High School for five years. Ryan carries endorsements in Coaching, Mathematics, and Middle School Generalist, but currently teaches Algebra 1B and Algebra 2. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, Allie, who also teaches at Liberty. Outside of school, you will find Ryan spending lots of time in the community, specifically basketball related. He coaches for the Iowa Barnstormers Club where he works with middle school and high school athletes to develop their game. Ryan has loved being a part of building the culture here at Liberty academically, athletically, and socially. #BoltNation #GoBolts.

---------Counseling and Career Development Information---------

Winter Job Shadows

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors!

Sign up for Winter Job Shadows ends

January 24th.

Go to

and begin exploring the possibilities!

Rick Spear

Career Development Facilitator

Student Family Advocate

Upcoming Post Secondary visitors

Students may sign up in the Counseling Office to hear from the following representatives

United States Marine Corp

Thursday, January 30 at 11:30

If you are interested in meeting any of these representatives please make an appointment with Jan in the Counseling Office.

Grade Level Handbooks

The Counseling staff has created parent resources for each grade level.

9 booklet:

10 booklet:

11 booklet:

12 booklet:

The Counseling Office Team

The counseling office has their own smore and it's linked here

Counseling Administrative Assistant

Jan Schneider, phone 688-1354


Julie DeVries,

Who's My Counselor? (by students last name)

A-G Troy Bergmann,

H-N Jenni Naughton,

O-Z Mayra DeVries,

Student Family Advocates

ShaNell Young,

Rick Spear,

----------Clubs and Co-curricular Programming----------

IN SHOC Club Receives Liberty Fund Support

Liberty High School's Interact Students Helping Our Community (IN SHOC) Club accepted a check for $400.00 from the Liberty Fund.

The money will be used to help the service club afford its monthly bingos at The Residence on Forevergreen and its monthly community meals at the Ronald McDonald House. IN SHOC also purchases materials to make fleece blankets for donation and donates to an international project each year. IN SHOC is grateful for the support of the Liberty Fund.

2020 Liberty High School World Affairs Seminar Selections

Peace through Understanding is the World Affairs Seminar motto. The vision is to build global leaders and citizens through an international seminar with an innovative, rigorous academic program. At WAS open dialogue is encouraged. The focus is current global topics and trends.

The 2020 World Affairs Seminar topic is Hunger in a World of Plenty.

Rotary Clubs are organizations of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. One of their central tasks in the Iowa City area is to foster these qualities in young people. In partnership with area high schools, Rotarians sponsor scholarships for students to attend WAS. Eight Liberty High School students were selected to attend the summer institute in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Back row: Luis Garcia, Mie-Dazzia Caston-Gonzalez, Lauren DeYoung, Alana Just, Lucy Kaskie

Front row: Sophia Cockerham, Hannah Vogts, Emma Dreyer

Dance for a Difference is coming soon. Dancers needed

The Liberty High School Difference Makers are having their 3rd annual "Dance for a Difference" on March 1st from 12-6 pm. This is our final event of the year and our last push to fundraise money for kids and their families battling life-threatening illnesses. Dance for a Difference will have dancing, games, food, a silent auction, guest speakers and more.

We want people from all over the community to attend this fun event! By signing up to be a dancer, kids have to raise $50 but this gets them the event t-shirt and food at the event. The link is

Club Opportunities at Liberty

Liberty has a rich and diverse set of club options for students.

We ran a club fair during lunches in the first week of school for students to discover all that is offered.

Here is a link to slides with more information regarding most of our clubs.

----------Activities Programs----------

Dance team wins at Regionals

Coming off their first place performance at state in the Jazz division, the Liberty Dance Team traveled to Chicago for the UDA Chicagoland Regional Dance Championships.

The team earned first place in the small class division in BOTH Poms and Jazz.

Their next stop is nationals in Orlando. Congratulations Dance Team and Good Luck at Nationals

Morrison featured as one of 10 to watch in 2020

Recently, Athletic Director, Mike Morrison was featured in the Iowa City Press Citizens list of the 10 people to watch in the area.

On behalf of Liberty coaches and athletes, thank you Mike for your leadership in building our programs and the management of the huge Phase II construction project over the past 2 years. Well Done!

Enjoy the article linked below

Choirs for a Cause

Liberty hosted West High and City High's show choirs on Wednesday, January 8. Each school debuted their 2 show choirs in front of a packed house. The event financially supports each schools choir department as well as a charitable organization. This year the Fight with Flash Foundation will receive funding from the event. If you'd like more information about this organization you can visit

Volleyball Fundraiser serves the community

For the third year in a row, the Liberty Lightning Volleyball Program capped an excellent season by making a donation of $2,600.00 to Team Breast Friends, a group that helps local people that are uninsured or underinsured afford their medical treatments. The team raised the money through a trivia night, t-shirt sales, and their Pink Match raffle. Thanks to the Liberty Community for supporting our efforts.

The team is also highlighted on the Team Breast Friends Website.

Academic Honor for Liberty Softball

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association recently released their 2019 national academic rankings for high schools. Liberty softball finished in a tie for 12th (nationally) with Charlevoix HS from Michigan with a team GPA of 3.78 in the unweighted division. Also, Liberty was the only Iowa team listed.

The following individuals were recognized earlier in the fall by the NFCA as All-American Scholar-Athletes by achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Claire Geiman, Blythe Geiman, Kara Maiers, Brylee Klosterman, Ella Johnson, Addie Schmierer, Ashlyn Geasland, Courtney Olson, Ella McLaughlin, Kennedy Daugherty, Kinsley Robertson, Marit McCaffery, Mallory Jones, Tiffany Jones, Kylie Hamers, Kelsey Phipps and Raquel Trolliet

Sports Medicine Parent Night

Details are included in the flier below for the Wednesday, January 29 meeting at 6:30 regarding "Fueling Your Adolescent Athelte 2.0"