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.
“New” PARENTS! WE NEED YOU!
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!
“New” Schedule for Middle Grades state EOCs
“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.
“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 email@example.com or send your hard copy orders and pictures to the school, Attn: Talitha Roberts.
ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 4, 2014!
“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.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, (904) 547-7692).
Last meeting of the year is on Tuesday, May 13 3:30-4:30 Julington Creek
Liberty Parade Photos
Redirecting Children’s Behavior is course presenting non-violent strategies that foster appropriate behavior in children. Please read the below for more information.
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.
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, email@example.com or Loretta Palmer, 5-8, firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com)
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
Click here to get started!
SchoolPay Help Line: 888-88-MYPAY
LPA School Tour Video
“New” Coffee with the Principal
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
Empowering Excellence in Educators Learn about St. Johns County School District’s new instructional evaluation system that will advance student growth and academic achievement.
Students in Action
“New” Battle of the Books
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:
6th Grade Winners
“New” Bag it Up is May 8th and 9th
More information coming soon!
“Updated” Liberty’s Got Talent Try-outs
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!
“New” Grease is coming to LPA
“New” LPA students participate in Math Counts competiton
LPA student receives Governor’s Scholarship
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 email@example.com.
“New” Box Tops Q3 Winner
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!!!
LPA 6th graders place 3rd in 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.
Attention 8th Graders!
Girls on the Run
4th grade class gets 3-D printer
Science Fair Winners
5th Place – Jayten H
5th Place – Samuel S
Character Counts! recipient LPA student
Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Cheerleaders
Congratulations to these students and their families.
Congratulations to our 2013 Basketball Teams