Summer Slice Vol. IV

LA Staff News

LPS High Schools take on PBIS in 20-21

This fall, the three high schools will each send a team to be trained throughout the course of the 20-21 school year. At Liberty Academy, the team will consist of Art, Chad, Mark, and Melissa.

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success.

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Who has Class E??

Come on, LA, keepin' it classy with your very own CLASS E License! Remember, 100% of staff who could be driving students should have this completed by August 25th this year!

Who forgot to water the money tree?

I know this comes as no surprise to you, but the financial situation is one that we will need to be thinking about when we return to school in the fall. Because the district froze our budgets as soon as COVID hit, it helped put us in a better position when the money was withheld from school districts in May and June. However, as I'm sure you've seen, there are more cuts to K-12 coming. LPS is doing their best to stay on top of this by making smart decisions NOW.

In a nutshell, we spend most of our budget on supplies for student projects AND transportation. We are at a critical time where we need to think about how to reduce costs. Art has taken on the coordination of trips in a way that has maximized our dollar, and he even has shared some ideas for an even more cost efficient way of transporting our students. Even if we continue transportation as status quo, I want everyone to start thinking about how we can more efficiently offer the personalized paths at Liberty Academy--especially in a time where we are being asked to do with less. Several of us have discussed ideas such as student-led fundraisers (local restaurants, SAVERS, etc), grants (hey, we should get a pottery wheel), or Market Day where kids can sell/auction items to replenish the budget. I'm asking that right now you be mindful of ideas for what we can do differently to impact the bottom line.

Upcoming Dates to Note

July 19: LPS 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 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

Zack-LA Custodian

Kathy Wright-LMS Nurse

Ed Leal-Technology

Clayton Smith-LMS Head Custodian

Kim Sadler-LMS Cafeteria Manager

Melissa Norris, Director