Summer Slice Vol. VI
LA Staff News
School Re-Entry Information
I would like to address our planning for next year in light of COVID-19. As many of you may already know, the District surveyed parents and learned that a significantly high portion of our parents plan to send their kids back to the regular school setting in the fall when we re-open. In June, Dr. Vogelaar wrote to you and mentioned the various new safe practices that will be put in place to address safety as students and employees return. He also mentioned that the District is working on contingency plans, schedules, assignments, etc. and requested that anybody who anticipates needing time off from work to contact the Human Resources Department. If you think this might be a possibility for you, and you have not yet connected with Human Resources, I encourage you to email the HR Department to discuss this (LPSHR@lps53.org). This will help us with our planning and ensure a smooth start to a new school year.
Real-World Learning PD Invitation
The following is a PD invitation from the CAPS Network and the Kauffman Foundation for Real World Learning. Typically, it was an in-person event but this year, it is open to K-12 educators to zoom on July 21 from 10:00-4:00 at no cost.
The NExT+CAPS Summer BASH has the purpose to empower educators to start and scale experiential learning practices for the betterment of students across the globe. This event is with two leading networks of experiential education.
Click here for more information and a link to register.
Safe Schools Modules
SafeSchools training is live for the 2020-2021 school year. Most required training has been published, but a small number of policy courses will be finalized and added in the coming weeks. Coursework deadlines for each semester are September 25, 2020, and January 22, 2021. Exempt employees are welcome to begin completing training at any time. Non-exempt employees who are scheduled to work during the summer may begin completing courses as long as they are timed in while doing so. All other non-exempt employees may begin completing training on their first work day (again, if they are timed in). Employees will login using their district ID (e00000).
A few updates and reminders:
- You'll notice that we have added a handful of courses pertaining to COVID-19 as part of our first semester training requirements. Employees who worked on-site this summer will still need to complete these courses even if they had reviewed similar content prior to July 1st.
- As a reminder, extra duty workers, coaches, and student teachers are required to complete SafeSchools training by the due dates listed, regardless of the semester or season in which they report to duty.
Upcoming Dates to Note
July 18: LHS Graduation
July 20: LN Graduation
July 29th: Carlen starts
August 12th-14th: New teachers to Liberty PD (Tiffany and Carlen)
August TBD: Registration
August 17th: All teachers return.
August 20: KC Tech Academy Open House 6:00-8:00
August 25th: First day of school.
August 27th: Tentative Back to School Night--Time TBD
August 28th: Early Release
Liberty Academy Staff 2020-2021
Debi Straws, Secretary
Carlen Sims, Counselor
Andrea Johnson, Social Worker
Mark Krause, Interventionist
TBD, ISS Instructor
Justin Fetters, Security
Ted Maxwell, Safety
Tiffany Maxon, 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
Kathy Wright-LMS Nurse
Clayton Smith-LMS Head Custodian
Kim Sadler-LMS Cafeteria Manager
Melissa Norris, Director