Summer Slice Vol. III
LA Staff News
Skill Building at LA
We transitioned our three skills (Empathy, Self-Awareness, and Self-Control) to a more student-friendly version (I care about others, I am reflective, and I am a healthy decision-maker).
As a staff we identified that we need to not only value these things, but we have to arm our kids with the skills to have them.
Further research supports what we have concluded:
“Emotion skills are especially important for students facing adverse child experiences because the psychological and biological stress responses that accompany trauma impact motivation and executive functioning. If children facing trauma have tools for dealing with their hurt, frustration, and stress, they too will have opportunities to learn and thrive.” (18)
I can say I am most excited about the time set aside this year at LA to teach our students HOW to become the BIG 3 that we value. Nick, Summer, and I have found some resources to make this work easier to implement.
If you have ideas for this area, I'd love to hear them. Currently, we have been compiling a Google Doc with ideas that can easily be implemented into one of our circle lessons.
Norrises to New York
Don't forget to text me a pic and an update of your summer!
Upcoming Dates to Note
July 29th: zSpace training at Liberty North 8-11 (Paul and Nick....and one more if interested)
August 5th-7th: New teachers to Liberty report (none from LA)
August 6th: Registration (optional if you want to meet kids) 4:00-6:00
August 7th: Registration (optional if you want to meet kids) 8:00-1:00
August 8th: All teachers return.
August 14th: First day of school.
August 19th: Back to School Night 6:00-7:00
August 30th: All School Speaker 1:00 at LPAT: Rick Ross
Liberty Academy Staff 2019-2020
Debi Straws, Secretary
Lori Streu, Counselor
Andrea Johnson, Social Worker
Mark Krause, Interventionist
Eddie Richey, ISS Instructor
Justin Fetters, Security
Ted Maxwell, Safety
Christine Patterson, 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