News and Information

 “New” Bag Lunches for Grades 5-8 on 4/22

Tuesday, April 22 is Bag Lunch Day for all 5th -8th graders at LPA.  Sandwich bag lunches will be served with fruit and drink in lieu of hot items.  Students who want to order a bag lunch should place their order with homeroom teachers by Thursday, April 17.


Proctors are needed for the hundreds of assessments which will be administered over a 5 week period during FCAT and EOC testing.  Our greatest week of need is April 22,23,24,25.  We need proctors to commit to help us from 8:15-12:00 each day.  Volunteers need to participate in a short training prior to proctoring.  Please call Mrs. Moody at 547-7900 to sign up.

We will not be hosting any visitors the week of April 21 EXCEPT for proctors! Sign up today.  We are also looking for lunch proctors to assist with lunch duty . This is a great way to volunteer at school!

“New” FCAT Schedule

The FCAT Assessment window begins April 14 for students in grades 3rd through 8th.

Parents will want to make sure that students are present for the exams during the dates listed.  Parents can help by making sure their children are well rested , have a good breakfast and are to school on time.  Please do not schedule appointments during testing times.   LPA students are ready to demonstrate what they know!

EXAM Schedule 2014 FCAT

“New” Schedule for Middle Grades state EOCs

2014 EOC Exam Letter

2014 End of Course Exam Letter p. 2

 “New” The Scholastic Book Fair

The LPA fair is set for May 12-16.



Middle Grades course verification forms

Course option verification forms were given to all 5th, 6th and 7th graders on March 24th.  Parents and students should read scheduling information and  review data-based recommendations carefully.  Please be sure to return the verification sheet  to homeroom teachers no later than March 27th, 2014.

 2014 LPA 6th Gr Course Verification Form Cover Letter

2014 7th Grade Course Option Verification form Cover Letter

2013 LPA 8th Grade Course Option Verification Cover Letter

“Updated” Military Supply Collection

For the third year in a row, Liberty Pines Academy has teamed up with the Jacksonville USO in an attempt to lend our hands in support of our military overseas while putting to use our exceptional writing skills. Each grade level will be in charge of one month throughout the school year to collect supplies and write letters to soldiers. The idea is to donate items in order to create carepackages, packed with small items and letters/poems of support. The USO will help to mail these packages to our military “pen-pals”.

In April and May 2nd, 3rd and 8th grade students will be collecting supplies and writing letters. A parent letter and a supply list was sent home to all students. Please plan to turn in all supplies to your child’s classroom teacher no later than May 22nd. Please refer to the documents link on the right for the collection schedule, parent letter, and supply list.

Thank you for your support in this year long endeavor.

Attention 8th Grade Parents!

Congratulate your 8th grader with a yearbook dedication!

Check out the layout ideas on the link below, then print out the form and submit!  Space is limited, and is available on a first come, first serve basis.  Please order soon!

Send your digital pictures and order forms to lpayearbooktheden@gmail.com or send your hard copy orders and pictures to the school, Attn: Talitha Roberts.


8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads

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“New” DC 2015

Attention All 7th Graders!  It is time to think about the 2015 Washington, DC, trip.  Interested parents and students will want to access the WASHINGTON DC link to obtain the latest information about this once-in-a-lifetime trip.   The initial deposit is due April 17, 2014.

DC 2015

ESE Survey


Hardship Transfer

Please read the 2014/2015 Hardship Waiver parent letter. The Hardship Transfer application process will begin on Tuesday. February 18th, when the new application goes live on the Distrcit’s website.

HIV/AIDS 7th grade presentation

Please read the HIV/AIDS parent letter

Deliver the Dream

Deliver the Dream Application 2014

Gifted Parent Advisory meeting

The Gifted Parent Advisory Council meets four times per year to inform the school district about ways in which we can improve our efforts in serving our gifted students.

The next Gifted Parent Advisory Council  meeting will take place March 25 from 5:30-6:30pm in the Media Center of Ocean Palms Elementary School.

It is opened to all parents of gifted students at any level (K-12) to express concerns, ask questions, etc. The District contact for the Gifted Program is Helen DiMare (helen.dimare@stjohns.k12.fl.us, (904) 547-7692).

Last meeting of the year is on Tuesday, May 13 3:30-4:30 Julington Creek

 Liberty Parade Photos

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Animoto of the Liberty Parade

Redirecting Children’s Behavior is course presenting non-violent strategies that foster appropriate behavior in children. Please read the below for more information.

RCB Flyer – Jan 2014

Of the Year Recipients

Congratulations to Mrs. Carlson-Bright, LPA’s Teacher of the Year and to Mrs. Small, LPA’s Rookie Teacher of the Year.

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 LPA is a Positive Behavior Support School

Liberty Pines Academy is a Positive Behavior Support School which is committed to providing a safe environment for all students. For further information, please click here.

 Information on Gifted Screenings and Evaluations:

The St. Johns County School District screens all 2nd grade students each year to identify those who many be eligible for gifted services. Students at other grade levels are screened on a referral basis. Please refer to gifted information page under our links  for information on the timeline and how to request screenings. Children in the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) are allowed two screenings by any school in the SJCSD. Please contact your student’s guidance counselor (Karin Crim, K-4, crimk@stjohns.k12.fl.us or Loretta Palmer, 5-8, palmerl@stjohns.k12.fl.us) with any questions.

SAC Members wanted

Liberty Pines Academy is looking for new members for our School Advisory Council (SAC).  We are excited to get things started this year and encourage parents and community members to join our committee. It’s a great way to hear about school happenings, be involved in important decision-making and get to know teachers, school staff, and school business partners.   SAC meets once a month on the first Tuesday of every month at 4pm.  Please see the SAC tab on the LPA website or email Joy Reichenberg (reichej@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Congratulations to St. Johns County 3rd Graders who scored #1 in the state on the FCAT Reading Assessment! Reading @ 3 and above    Math @ 3 and above

State            57%                    58%

District        76%                    71%

LPA             84%                    76%

Congratulations to LPA 4th Graders whose proficency percentage on the FCAT Writes was the highest in the county! Proficiency is 3.5

3.0                   3.5                 4.0

91%                84%              39%

Congratulations to all Algebra I students with 100% proficiency rate on the state EOC. Proficiency is a 3.  Ninety-one percent of all students earned a 4 or 5.

“Updated” LPA Grading Information Please click here for information on LPA’s grading policies and procedures.

Donations Wanted The Liberty Pines Positive Behavior Support (PBS) team is asking for donations for our middle grades PBS Rewards Cart. This cart is brought to each middle grades homeroom class once per week and allows the students to “purchase” items using their PBS Cards. We are in need of the following items to help keep our cart stocked:


  • Gel pens
  • Folders
  • Binders
  • Highlighters
  • Composition Books
  • Colored Pens
  • Pencils
  • Erasers

Please forward all items to Mr. Cromwell, Dean of Students. Thank you for your support!

LPA Tardy Policy Please read LPA’s tardy policy.

Interpreter Information “If you are a person with a disability who needs assistance and planning to attend a school meeting or program,  please contact Liberty Pines Academy with your specific need at 547-7900.”

Home Access Information Liberty Pines Academy 3rd -8th grade families can begin using the HOME ACCESS CENTER ( formerly Parent Assistant) for digital access to student grades. LPA is also a pilot school for HAC access for our K-2 student families and K-2 access should be available by late October. Parents, please test your HAC log-in and password to confirm access is available.  If not, please email Mrs. Rigsbee at rigsbej@stjohns.k12.fl.us. Mrs. Rigsbee will then contact you regarding access. If your child is new to LPA this year, please make sure you have completed the HAC paperwork. All paperwork is to be returned to our front office staff.  Once returned, access information will be given to your child within 3 school days. Learn more about eSchoolPlus and Home Access Center (HAC)

Labels for Education The Labels for Education® program wants to help a lucky school start the year off right! Enter for a chance to win $50,000 worth of stuff for LPA and great prizes for you in our Back-to-School Sweepstakes! Go to Facebook.com/LabelsForEducation to enter! Simply complete the necessary registration information, “Like” their page and LPA will be registered for a chance to win. It’s that easy!


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Parents can now pay several types of school fees online as designated by each school. It's quick, easy and convenient.
(NOTE: Continue to make payments for school lunches through the paypams.com website.)

SchoolPay Help Line: 888-88-MYPAY
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LPA School Tour Video

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 PTO Corner

“New” Coffee with the Principal

CWP 2014 Q4 copy

Resources and links from Coffee with the Principal

Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset. New York: Ballantine.

Hart, A., & Frejd, S. (2013). The digital invasion: How technology is shaping you and your relationships. Grand Rapids, MI:          Baker.

Video link on stamina

For more information about other PTO activities, events, newsletters, spirit wear orders and more please visit the PTO web site        JAN 2014 – LPA PTO Newsletter

 Empowering Excellence in Educators triple-eLearn about St. Johns County School District’s new instructional evaluation system that will advance student growth and academic achievement.

Parent Resource Guide 2013/2014

 Students in Action

“New” Battle of the Books
The 2014 SJCSD Middle School Sunshine State Battle of the Books was held in the Fullerwood Auditorium in St. Augustine, on April 1st.  LPA’s Middle School Battle of the Books team tied with Murray Middle for second place!  The match was very exciting as the score ran very close throughout the battle.  The final score was only a difference of one point between first, second and third places.

Great job Battle of the Books team for LPA!

Congratulations LPA!   http://blogs.stjohns.k12.fl.us/media/


Picture:  Alternate:  Lauren B. Emily K., Gerald H., Nick V., Taylor T., Kshama S.

“New” Tropicana Speech Winners

5th Grade Winners:
1st: Isaac B. Moving to the US
2nd: Ashlyn H.- Stop the Bullies!
3rd:  Morgan R.-Achondroplasia


6th Grade Winners
1st- Caitlyn R.- Middle Child Syndrome
2nd- Jake S.- The Perfect Vacation
3rd- Camryn M.- My Grandma and i-Phones

Grade6winnersFirst place winners move on to compete in the District competition at the end of the month.

“New” Bag it Up is May 8th and 9th
LPA has met the 60% goal each year and we want this year to be no different. Start thinking about those items in your closets that don’t fit and could be donated.

More information coming soon!

“Updated” Liberty’s Got Talent Try-outs
The annual show will be held on Friday, May 16th and students in grades 3-8 are eligible to try-out.

Try-outs will be held the week of April 28th. Middle Grades try-outs are on April 29th from 3-5 in Mr. Kirsche’s room. Students in grades 3-5 should check with their homeroom/grade level  teachers for specific  try-out  dates. Any student interested in trying out for the show needs to complete the application form and return it to their homeroom teacher prior to try-outs.

We are looking forward to another great show!

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“New” Grease is coming to LPA
The LPA Drama Department is presenting Grease on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Be sure to get your tickets for this fantastic production.
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“New” LPA students participate in Math Counts competiton
A team of LPA Middle Grades students, led by Mrs. Townsend, competed in their first ever Math Counts competition. There were over 400 students in the competition and LPA’s Johan L. came in 7th. Congratulations to Johan and his fellow team members.

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Congratulations to 7th Grader Mackenzie R, winner of the Governor’s Scholarship.  Because of Mackenzie’s exemplary essay entry on the contributions of former Governor Lawton Chiles, Mackenzie has earned four years of paid tuition to a Florida University!

2014021195094723Attention 8th graders

Bartram Trail High School is now accepting applications for rising 9th graders to the AVID College Prep program.  To obtain additional information and apply to the BTHS AVID College Prep Program:

 Visit the BTHS AVID website http://www-bths.stjohns.k12.fl.us/avid/.  Complete the Online Application and schedule a time block for your face-to-face interview.  All interviews will be conducted on February 18, 2014.  Questions may be directed to Mrs. Thompson at thompst@stjohns.k12.fl.us.

 “New” Box Tops Q3 Winner
The PTO would like to congratulate Mrs. Samuels’ kindergarten class for winning the 3rd quarter Box Tops for Education Contest.  Mrs. Samuels and her fabulous students turned in 1343 Box Tops to win a $25 prize of their choice.  The class decided on a butterfly metamorphosis puzzle and a barn animals puzzle to enjoy and learn.  Mrs. Samuels won a gift certificate from Salontique.  Congratulations and thank you to Mrs. Samuels’ class!

Remember, there is one quarter left in this school year which means one more prize to be given away.  We are also working up to the end of year Grand Prize of a make your own ice cream sundae party for the class who turns in the most Box Tops for the whole school year.   Time to start clipping!  Go Wolves!!!

SamulesBLPA 6th graders place 3rd in Celebrate Literacy Week contest
Mackenzie V., Mason B., Xavier H. and Aaron L. from Mrs. Graham’s Reading for Pleasure class created a PSA that was awarded 3rd place in the Just Read, Florida! Celebrate Literacy Week Contest.

Along with a certificate, the school received a $250 award and a $25 Scholastic Gift Certificate. The award ceremony took place Jan. 16 at the Kennedy Space Center. There were many distinguished speakers there, including First Lady Ann Scott and Marcos Pontes, the first Brazilian Astronaut.


Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Alia H, LPA’s Spelling Bee winner. Alia finished third in the St. Johns County District Spelling Bee!


Attention 8th Graders!
It’s time to start thinking about high school options. Please click on this link below for more information and the high school showcase timeline.

High school showcase information

MS Blitz flyer 2014-15

Volleyball schedule

Girls on the Run
Congratulations to our Girls on the Run Team who finished a successful season. The team is shown with their medals from the 5K run held at the University of North Florida.

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4th grade class gets 3-D printer
Congratulations to Ms. Southworth’s class who received a 3-D printer. They are looking forward to using it to bring their ideas to life.

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Science Fair Winners
Congratulations to all our winners. The top 3  from each grade level will participate in the regional Science Fair in January!

8th Grade


 5th Place – Jayten H
4th Place – Auston – K
3rd Place – Nathan H
2nd Place – Ethan D
1st Place – Kendall S

 7th Grade

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5th Place – Courtney T
4th Place – Anna C and Delaney S
3rd Place – Kylie R
2nd Place – Alex E
1st Place – Chip M

6th Grade

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5th Place – Samuel S
4th Place – Kelsey Z
3rd Place – Bruce W
2nd Place – Hayden R
1st Place – Franco D

 Character Counts! recipient LPA student
Congratulations to LPA 8th grader Joshua F. who was recently honored at the St. Johns County Character Counts! award breakfast.

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Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Cheerleaders


Duke Tip
The following 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students qualified for the DUKE TIP Talent Search with scores equivalent to the 95th national percentile on the 2012 and/or 2013 FCAT in the areas of Reading, Math, and/or Science.

Congratulations to these students and their families.

 Congratulations to our 2013 Basketball Teams

Girls Basketball TeamBoys Basketball Team