Liberty Newsletter Volume 31

June 1, 2019

Liberty's Smore Newsletter

A reminder that in June and July we move to only one newsletter per month at the first of the month. If you are new to my newsletters the purpose is simple: To keep families in the loop about upcoming Liberty events and the cool stuff Liberty kids and staff do.

Thank you for a wonderful 2018-19 school year. Year 2 is in the books and I am proud of the positive changes that have occurred at Liberty through both a culture/climate lens and an increased attention to academic detail lens. We just had our graduation ceremony for the class of 2019. They have made a huge difference at Liberty. I will miss the many outstanding students that I got to know over the past 2 years.

I look forward to the 2019-20 school year. Though, it will be year 3 with students at Liberty it will be the first with 4 full classes of students. The class of 2020 has always had a special place in my heart. Several of the 2020 students were with me in my planning year on my student advisory. Many of them participated in the first Liberty teams that happened to be freshman teams sporting Liberty colors while attending West High. I have high expectations for the Leadership and Responsibility the 2020 Senior Class will have on our school and their legacy at Liberty.

Thank you


Scott Kibby


Liberty High School

Iowa City Community School District

Important Dates

2019-20 School Year

New to the district Registration: August 12 (8:30-11:30am)

Registration grades 9-10: August 13 (8:30am-4pm)

Registration grades 11-12: August 14 (8:30am-4pm)

AP Summer Institute: August 15 (9am-3pm)

New Student Orientation: August 21 (9am-2pm)

First Day of Classes: Friday, August 23


Tuesday, October 1

Wednesday, October 9

Wednesday, January 22

Wednesday, April 15


Homecoming: Saturday, September 28

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

Graduation: Saturday, May 23, 1pm at Carver-Hawkeye

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Graduation Photos

Yearbook staff and their advisor Ashley Cunningham took the attached photos at Liberty's May 25th commencement ceremony. Families may download copies of any photo they'd like at no charge.

Congratulations graduates.

Copy and paste the following to your browser

Summer Hours for the Liberty Library

Did you know that your students can check out Liberty Library books for over the summer? They are allowed to check out up to 8 books, and will receive a "My Summer is Booked" bag to carry them home.

The Liberty library will be open:

June 17th from 11-2 and July 19th from 11-2

Students may want to return their books and/or check out more. Otherwise, they may keep the 8 books until the start of the school year.

Food Pantry news

SFA Heba Nabhan had a wonderful year coordinating the Liberty Food Pantry. Did you know that over 500 individuals were served by our pantry and that over 1000 pounds (1/2 ton) of food products were collected. Thank you to the entire Liberty Community for your generosity.

For storage reasons the Liberty pantry is closed until school starts back up in August, so watch for food drives later this summer.

However our community pantries are still open

Coralville address: 1002 5th Street, Coralville

phone: 319-337-3663

North Liberty address: 89 North Jones Blvd, North Liberty

phone: 319-626-2711

Drivers Education

Liberty High School will be hosting a drivers education class taught by Kirkwood in the fall during first trimester staring on August 26th.


1. Begin August 26th and will run most of first trimester

2. Early Bird class from 7:45 to 8:35 am

3. Transportation to class is not provided

4. Must have your permit before registering for the class

5. Students must have a study hall during first trimester for scheduled driving practice.

6. Cost is set by Kirkwood and has previously been $400 ($160 if you qualify for reduced lunch and free if you qualify for free lunch)

7. Enrollment is capped at 25

If you would like to be registered for Drivers Ed next fall, please stop in the Counseling Office with you permit so we can add you to the list. Or contact Counselor Troy Bergmann at

AP Information

How to view AP scores:

2019 AP scores will be available to students in July. Students will need to go to and use their MyAP username and password created when registering for AP Exam(s) in the fall. If your student has forgotten their username or password, they will be able to retrieve it by clicking on "forgot username and/or forgot password". Your school counselor does not have access to this information.

How to send AP scores to Colleges

To send a FREE AP Score Report to preferred colleges through online process, to to This is necessary in order to receive potential college credit. The deadline to send scores for free is June 15th. This step is recommended to complete for upperclassmen that know what college they will be attending.

Liberty Band

Last week the Liberty Band hosted their Solo and Ensemble festival during school. Many hours of hard work and student preparation go into this event and all of the Liberty Band student's performed brilliantly! This event really allows the individuals in our program a chance to shine brightly!

Congratulations students

Athletic Training Room News

Don't forget to schedule your summer sports physicals. Valid physicals are due by the first day of fall practices (for fall sports) and clinic spots fill up fast.

You can turn updated physicals into the athletic office at any time!

Reading Strategies and Career Exploration

During the third trimester, Mrs. Dolson’s Reading Strategies students completed some career exploration activities. Students researched vocations through the Occupational Outlook Handbook, completed a monthly budget exercise, and completed a multiple intelligence survey.

Students then visited Kirkwood’s campus at Oakdale to listen to a presentation about academy courses and post-high school opportunities and to tour the STEM facilities. After the Kirkwood visit, students attended a session at United Action for Youth where they could explore the arts by participating in drawing, video games, and music production. To complement these activities, students listened to Career Exploration speakers. Four members from the community spoke about the pathway to their career and answered questions from the students.

Panelists included Doctor of Nursing Practice Margaret Boyt, representing health care fields; Iowa National Guard Specialist Zach Harmes, representing military careers; Home Ec owner Codi Josephson, representing small business ownership; and UAY counselor Kylie Buddin, representing IT and music. Mr. Rick Spear, Career Facilitator at Liberty, helped with the field trip and organized the panel discussion.

Press Citizen article

Thank you to the Iowa City Press Citizen who featured Liberty Student Hertier Otiom in a recent article. Hertier is a graduating senior headed off to to big things in the world of computer programming.

Congratulations Sasha Murphy

Science Teacher Sasha Murphy will be busy this summer. She won a grant from the Witinok foundation. Sasha will be learning more about bringing STEM concepts into her classroom. Dr Witinok is a long time public school educator who retired recently from North Central Junior High, but her legacy continues on in the likes of Mrs Murphy. Congrats Sasha

Women's Track

Congratulations to the women's track team on their 4th place finish at the state meet. That is the highest team finish to date of any Liberty sports team.

Additionally, we have our first state champion in Ashlyn Keeney who won both the 3000 meters and the 1500 meters

The Liberty Fund

The first 83 bricks have been engraved. We intend on engraving twice a year, so the next engraving will be in the fall (September/October).

Bricks can be purchased using the link below. They can celebrate a graduation, participation in our numerous clubs, ensembles and teams. Bricks can advertise a business commitment to Liberty. We also have bricks in memorial as well.

Money from the bricks supports the Liberty Fund. The Liberty Fund's mission is to serve underfunded groups/activities as well as provide access for students who may not have the means to participate in our programs. The Liberty Fund hopes to support students having a broad rich learning experience and Champion Liberty Pride.

To date the Liberty fund has supported such groups as: Business Professionals of America, In Shoc, MLK Day, Storm Show Choir, Garden Club, The Math Team and the Art Club.

Senior Portrait Sittings

Juniors & Junior Parents:

It's time to start thinking about senior photos.

The Liberty Journalism staff will be mailing out the photo requirements for the yearbook and newspaper at the start of summer


If you haven't yet planned for senior photos, the journalism staff will be offering a package for $150 to take your photos for you. This will include an hour outdoor session with at least 20 digital images.

If interested in booking a session with the journalism program over the summer, please email Ashley Cunningham, the journalism adviser, at

Liberty Journalism staff

Congratulations to the following students who have been accepted into the journalism program for the 19-20 school year:


Zack Anderson, Gabby Brecht, Amber Burkhart, Aubrey Dallner, Brody Fishman, Nautyca Heidelberg, Max Tafolla


Addisyn Anderson, Sydney Greb, Deanna Meiburg, Kelsey Phipps, Kelsey Steen-Lasley, Eva Stewart, Reanna Wanatee

Broadcast Lab (new!!!)

Josh Bergthold, Olivia Davenport, Dominic Ehrman, Brady Hambright, Nathan Jones, Cameron McKnight, Brennan Plank, Devon Starke, Weston Starke, Addison Stratton,

9th Grade Earth and Space

Congratulations Earth and Space Science students for completing this year’s STEM Innovator program with the University of Iowa

Test Scores will be mailed out in 4-5 weeks

#Go Bolts

Construction Phase 3

The project is still scheduled for completion in Mid-June 2020 and should be fully functional for the 20-21 school year

1) The project has begun with a satellite bus depot to serve the northern part of the district (on the east side of the campus)

2) The wall footings are complete for our 21-classroom addition (picture show to the left)

3) A fully secure "hard-scaped" courtyard is slated to begin later this summer

4) An additional activity parking lot on the far western portion of campus has broken ground and will be complete before the start of school and football this fall (2019)

Liberty's facility receives regional recognition

We recently learned that Liberty High School took 1st place in the ASHRAE Region 6 Technology Awards for New Educational Buildings. Since the region includes Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois & Missouri, the project had competition from significant projects in a number of large metro areas.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s build environment today.

Congratulations to the Liberty design and construction teams on the ASHRAE recognition. It’s nice to see ICCSD get some well-deserved recognition for some of the innovative systems you have been putting in and we appreciate you letting us be part of these projects!


PSTO is looking for volunteers for the board position President Elect, if interested please email the link below.

PSTO meets at 4:45 on the third Wednesday of the month in the Liberty Library.

2019-20 dates and guest speakers

September 18-

October 16-

November 20-

December 18-

January 15-

February 19-

March - No meeting due to Spring Break

April 15-

May 20-

The PSTO has done wonderful work to support the students and staff at Liberty. They'd love to have you join them for meetings. No signup is necessary If you'd like more information you can contact them at

PSTO board members for 2019-2020:

· President: Marissa Keeney

· President Elect: open

· Secretary: Deb Wagner

· Treasurer: Shawn Eyestone

· Volunteer Coordinator: Lyse Strnad and Azeez Butali

World Language-Chinese

Interested in taking Chinese at Liberty?

The Confucius Institute will continue offering Chinese coursework at Liberty High School to current Liberty High students.

In Fall 2019, we will offer CHIN:1115 Beginning Chinese I. This course is designed for students who are not native Chinese speakers but want to learn the basics of the language. More specific course details can be found here.

This coursework is open to all juniors and seniors, as well as freshman and sophomores who are ELP identified. This is a University of Iowa PSEO class, which means that it is free of charge to eligible students. In order to be eligible, students must apply and be accepted to the University of Iowa (which requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50). This coursework begins the student’s University of Iowa official transcript and will count in the student’s college cumulative GPA. This coursework will also be included on the student’s Liberty High transcript, but will not count toward a student’s high school cumulative GPA.

Beginning Chinese I will be offered at Liberty High before school (7:30 - 8:45am) on Tuesday/Thursday (days are subject to change). Therefore, transportation is the student’s responsibility.

Interested students are required to speak with Mr. Bergmann no later than Wednesday, May 22nd. Mr. Bergmann will provide specific timeline and application details. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bergmann at or at 319-688-1354.

Counseling Office News (Summer School)

Summer School Information

Summer School will be available for Liberty students from June 4 - June 28 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Registration: Students may register for classes between 5/13/19-6/3/19 through their Counseling Dept. Sessions will be limited to 30 participants. Students will be served based on need, giving priority to upper classmates.

Course Curriculum: Edgenuity

· Edge closely aligns with ICCSD curriculum

· Students may receive credit in courses they have taken previously but failed (summer school can not be utilized to advance in subject areas)

· Students generally complete one course in 45 hours

· On-line credit recovery is not the best method of learning for all students: Please work with your counselor to determine if these classes are appropriate.

Program Structure:

· Students will complete one course at a time. They may sign up for two sessions, but they need to finish one course before starting the second course. It will require significant student commitment to complete two courses and will require work outside of lab time.

· Students may work at home, but all quizzes and tests must be completed on-site. Students must be in attendance all days assigned, for the duration of the session.

Attendance Policy:

Students are expected to report to their scheduled session every day for the duration of the session. Students who have more than three unexcused absences will be removed from the program. This is based on the ICCSD School District Attendance Policy.

Transportation: The parent/caregiver is responsible for student transportation.

Tuition:$150.00 per course. (Reduced lunch: $75.00 per course, Free lunch: no cost)

For a registration form, please stop in the Counseling Office beginning Monday, May 13.

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

A-G Troy Bergmann,

H-N Jenni Naughton,

O-Z Mayra DeVries,

Required immunization

Per Iowa law, incoming 12th grade students must have a Meningococcal Vaccine (to prevent meningitis, a bacteria that infects the brain, blood and spinal cord) Please check your child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they had the MCV shot after age 16 and make an appointment if needed. Johnson County Public Health provides immunizations at no cost to children with or without health insurance. Call 319-356-6042 to make an appointment.

Please turn in an updated “Certificate of Immunization” before the new school year begins. Your child may not be able to attend school without these required vaccines.

Pay to Ride

The Iowa City Community School District Transportation Department would like to notify you of the 2019-20 Pay to Ride Program.

Program details

  • The program is provided on a space-available, time-available, first-come, first-served basis. Participation is limited according to capacity as determined by the District, and is available to students in grades K-12.
  • The program is only available on existing bus routes and at existing stops. No additional routes and or stops will be considered for pay-to-ride students after the deadline.
  • Buses provided specifically for special education students are not eligible for this program.
  • Bus stop locations and times are assigned by North America Central School Bus (NACSB).
  • Availability of seats and location of bus stops is subject to change based on changes in enrollment, boundaries, and other factors determined by the District or NACSB, and can occur at any time. When changes to routes or stops occur, families utilizing pay-to-ride busing will be notified at the same time that the families of eligible students are notified.
  • Students must be picked up and dropped off at their assigned location only. Pick-up and drop-off must be at the same location.
  • Requests for a change in a student’s bus stop will only be honored if the student’s address has changed.
  • No guest students will be allowed to ride along with pay-to-ride students.
  • All students riding the bus are subject to the rules and regulations of conduct and safety established by the District and NACSB. The District and NACSB use video cameras on school buses as a means to maintain a safe environment for students and staff.
  • Refunds will be granted for any unused full trimester purchased for the current school year.
  • No refunds or rate adjustments will be made for days buses cannot operate because of weather or other circumstances beyond the control of NACSB or the District.
  • Payments can be made online via the District’s website or by mailing a check. Fee is charged on a per year basis.

Payment and Fees for Service

    • $438 per student, per year, round trip
    • $262 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for reduced price lunch
    • $0 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for free lunch
  • Full payments must be made in advance no later than June 14, 2019, to be included on a bus roster for the start of the school year.

Application Due Date

Payment Due

June 3, 2019

June 14, 2019

· Applications will be accepted after the due dates while capacity remains on existing routes. (Note: Students will only be assigned to existing bus stops and routes; buses will not be re-routed to accommodate requests.)

  • Students are not eligible to ride until payment is received and application is approved.

Application Process

  1. To apply for pay-to-ride busing, please download the following form:
    • Pay-to-Ride Student Transportation Application

  1. Payment can be made online or checks should be made payable to Iowa City Community School District

  1. Mail or bring your application and payment, if paying by check, to the following address:

Iowa City Community School District

Att.: Esme Davis

1725 N Dodge Street

Iowa City, IA 52245

  1. Iowa City Community School District will begin processing applications upon receipt, in the order they are received. Each application and payment will be kept on file until it is determined the student is eligible for a seat on the bus.

If you are interested in participating in this pay-to-ride program please return the application no later than June 3, 2019 and payment must be made in advance no later than June 14, 2019, to be considered for a bus roster for the start of the school year.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or by phone.