Liberty Newsletter Volume 57
September 14, 2020
Liberty's Smore Newsletter
Principal, Liberty High School
Iowa City Community School District
Important Dates & District Communication
Updated 2020-2021 Important Dates
School Start-Up Dates
- Tentative Back to School Night: Wednesday, Sept. 23 (Virtual)
- Senior Parent Informational Night: Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 PM (more info below)
Textbook/Material Pick-Up Dates @ Liberty High
- Seniors- Monday, September 14, 4:00-7:00 PM
- Juniors- Tuesday, September 15, 4:00-7:00 PM
- Sophomores- Wednesday, September 16, 4:00-7:00 PM
- Freshmen- Thursday, September 17, 4:00-7:00 PM
Family-Teacher Conferences (4:15 PM- 7:45 PM)
- Tuesday, October 13
- Wednesday, October 21
- Wednesday, February 3
- Wednesday, April 28
- Homecoming: Cancelled/Postponed
- Winter Dance: Saturday, February 13
- Prom: Saturday, May 15
2021 Graduate Dates
- Senior Awards Recognition Assembly: Wednesday, May 26
- Senior Scholarship Recognition Evening: Monday, May 31
- Graduation Rehearsal: Friday, June 4 @ Coralville Xtream Arena
- Liberty High Graduation: TBA @ Coralville Xtream Arena
Textbook & Additional Materials Pick-Up
Material pick-up will take place in the staff lot (east lot). We will utilize a drive-through system. If you would like to pick up siblings materials together, please contact the main office to notify us which day you will be coming, and which siblings materials will be picked up together. 319-688-1350
Seniors- Monday, September 14, 4:00-7:00 PM
Juniors- Tuesday, September 15, 4:00-7:00 PM
Sophomores- Wednesday, September 16, 4:00-7:00 PM
Freshmen- Thursday, September 17, 4:00-7:00 PM
- Please return any books from the previous school year, we are still missing many.
- Bring an easy to read sign with your name on it, and display for staff to see.
- Ask your teachers and know what books you should be receiving.
- Check your books before leaving the parking lot and ask someone for help if you think you are missing any.
- Use this Google Form if you are still in need of a text following pick-up.
*See the traffic flow pattern map below for additional information:
The District has continued to monitor the COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County. Based on a fourteen-day positivity rate of 20.4% as of Wednesday, September 9, and support from both Johnson County Public Health and our School Board, the District petitioned the State for permission to continue in a 100% off-site learning model for up to an additional two week period. Permission was granted from the State late yesterday.
The Board of Directors will discuss these developments and determine the next steps at a special Board Meeting to be held at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. At this time, no decision has been made to extend 100% off-site learning past September 22, 2020. The options will be reviewed and discussed during the special Board Meeting before an official decision is made. We will provide an update following the meeting that will detail the District's plan regarding any additional days of 100% off-site learning, the potential transition to the hybrid learning mode, and the return of in-person extracurricular activities.
The health of our students and staff remains the primary focus in our decision-making. We will provide an update following the Special Board meeting that will detail any decisions made during that meeting. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate this process. #ICCSDtogether
Dine Out/Take Out for Education
Senior Parent Informational Night
Liberty school counselors invite seniors and parents to the annual Senior Student and Parent Informational Night on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:30 pm. This year's presentation will be virtual via Zoom Webinar. Counselors will review important steps that seniors will need to complete over the school year to be prepared for their post-secondary plans. Information will include month by month timeline, college applications, testing information, scholarships, NCAA/NAIA, military info, apprenticeships, and more. Parents whether this is your first senior or third, we encourage you to attend, this year as we know is an unusual one so, there may be some new information for you!
The Zoom Webinar link will be sent out closer to the date.
Attendance Notification During Off-Site/Online Learning
- Liberty Attendance Line: 319-688-1350
- A guardian should call to report any illness or appointment that causes a student to miss synchronous (live) class time.
- Synchronous class time occurs on Monday and Wednesday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and all class periods on Friday at teacher discretion.
Back-to-School Webinar Recording
A back-to-school Webinar was held on Thursday, September 3. Here are a few of the items that were covered:
- 1st day of school: Where and how to login
- Individual student schedule updates
- Expectations for online synchronous (live) time
- Expectations for asynchronous (work) time
- Online Learning Class Schedule
- How to stay connected to school virtually (clubs, activities, etc.)
- Material/textbook pick-up times and process
- How to access counselors & other school supports
ICCSD Tech Support
Is your Chromebook not working? Broken screen? Any other technical support needed? Contact the ICCSD Helpdesk.
Iowa City Schools students, families, and staff can reach us to obtain technical support using any of the methods listed below. Also, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to support home use of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday
Canvas Parent/Guardian Access
Standard Enrollment Continuous Online Learning & Online Learning Program Schedule (High School)
Counseling Office & Class Schedules
Who's my Counselor? (student last name)
A-G Troy Bergmann, email@example.com
H-N Jenni Naughton, firstname.lastname@example.org
O-Z Mayra DeVries, email@example.com
Student Family Advocate (SFA): Shanell Young, firstname.lastname@example.org
SFA/Career Development Facilitator: Rick Spear, email@example.com
Liberty High School Calendar
Liberty uses a product called Rschool for its ENTIRE school calendar.
This is highly recommended for families who have students in activities, but is also a great tool for all Liberty families. If you sign up for your student(s) activities, you can get real time updates on changes that will be sent via text or email to you. You can customize this for your student.
There is also a smartphone app. To get the app click on the rSchool calendar link below and then click on "Get the mobile app" on the menu on the right side. Once you download the app:
1. Click set up
2. Select state- Iowa
3. Scroll down until and find Mississippi Valley Conference, IA
4. Select Iowa City Liberty (There is also a listing for Liberty under the Iowa City Community School District heading but this calendar will be blank so use the Iowa City Liberty listing under the MVC heading)
Liberty School Calendar can be bookmarked and found at
Volleyball Team Ranked in Top 10
Boys and Girls Cross-Country Teams Both Ranked in Top 15
Football Takes Down Cedar Rapids Jefferson 7-3
The Liberty Fund
We know that now, more than ever, the Liberty community needs us. Some of those needs might look very different than they have over the past two years, and The Liberty Fund is committed to adapting to our changing reality. If you are in a position to make a gift or are looking for a way to help Liberty navigate these changes, please help us support Liberty students and staff. Donate at //www.iowacityschools.org/TheLibertyFund or email for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support!
Liberty Fund Paver Engraving Opportunity
Senior Families: As you consider ways to recognize your graduating senior, please consider a gift to The Liberty Fund. The Liberty Fund supports co-curricular programs and helps ensure that all Liberty students have access to opportunities.
Your student can be a permanent part of Liberty with a personalized engraved paver in your preferred location at the main entrance to Liberty. There are over 120 engraved pavers already on display as you enter the building.
For the opportunity to engrave a paver, please make a gift of $250 or more -
$500 for silver pavers
$250 for terra cotta
To make your gift click on this link. Please make sure to choose "The Liberty Fund" from the drop down list.
To ensure engraving of your paver prior to graduation, your gift must be received by September 20, 2020. We will contact you regarding engraving information after your gift is received.
For more information on The Liberty Fund click here.
Liberty High PSTO
Liberty High PSTO (Parent Student Teacher Organization) welcomes all new and returning families to Liberty for the 2020/2021 school year. We are undoubtedly in for an interesting year, so please follow us on Facebook: Liberty High PSTO to stay up-to-date.
Join us on Zoom for our monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 4:45pm. Click here for the monthly Zoom Link, or it will also be emailed monthly to all Liberty guardians the day of the meeting. The link can also be found on the PSTO Facebook page.
Short presentations on relevant topics will occur at each meeting as well as reports on things happening at Liberty are shared by an administrator.
Meeting dates for 2020/2021
September 16- Online Learning Update from a Liberty Teacher Ryan Kelly
March - No meeting (Spring Break)
2020-2021 PSTO Board
President: Julie Schmidt
Secretary: Deb Wagner
Treasurer: Shawn Eyestone
Volunteer Coordinator: Lyse Strnad
Anyone interested in the President-Elect position can email the PSTO at
The PSTO has an ongoing fundraiser with our Amazon Smile account. Please consider using this with your next Amazon order.
Liberty High Pantry
Liberty High has a small food pantry. In anticipation of having students back in the building soon we would like to see it full to start the school year.
Consider using the PSTO Amazon Smile account or have the items sent directly to:
Liberty High School/attn Pantry
1400 S. Dubuque St.
North Liberty, IA 52317
(No Weekend Deliveries)
Pasta Sauce (meat and meatless)
Athletic crew socks
Folders of assorted colors
Contact Student Family Advocate Rick Spear at email@example.com for more information, or to schedule a time to access the pantry. The pantry is available to any Liberty student in need.
Summer Grab & Go Meal Service During the 20-21 School Year
We are excited to announce that the USDA has extended our waiver allowing us to continue to offer free meals to all students. The waiver has been extended through December 2020. While meals are currently free for all students through December under this waiver, it is critical that families still complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application since meals may not be free beginning in January 2021. The District provides free and reduced meals to families that qualify; however, you must fill out an application each year as federal income guidelines change. Please be aware that even if you applied last year, you need to reapply by September 30, 2020, to prevent a potential loss in benefits. If you have already filled out an application or have received a benefits notification from the District’s Nutrition Services Department for this year, NO additional action is necessary. Please contact the Nutrition Services Office at (319) 688-1021 if you have any questions about your student’s meal status or if you are unsure about whether an application is needed at this time.
The Grab & Go meal sites are outlined below. Meals are served from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Each meal includes breakfast and lunch. Menu information can be found at MealViewer, under the Grab & Go menu. Meals are free and available to all Iowa City Community School District students and children do not need to be present in order for a guardian to pick-up a meal for the child.
Grab & Go meal sites beginning September 8, 2020:
- City High School
- Hills Elementary School
- Liberty High School
- North Central Junior High School
- Northwest Junior High School
- South East Junior High School
- West High School
Thank you again to our Nutrition Services team for their continued dedication to the students in our community. We will provide additional guidance for meal pick-up during the hybrid learning model prior to the District moving into that model. #ICCSDtogether