News and Information
“New” Principal’s Letter
On Friday, November 8, beneath a clear blue sky, over 1400 children and staff honored local veterans and their families with the annual Liberty Parade. This parade is an ongoing tradition at LPA which fosters recognition of those who have fought for America’s freedom.
Please read the rest of Mrs. Thayer’s letter here.
“New” Tools for Success Family Conference
19th Annual Conference for and about families of children with Special Needs ages birth to 22.
When: Thursday, January 30, 2014
From: 8:00 am to 3:15 pm
Where: University of North Florida, Adam W. Herbert University Center 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, Fl 32224. For more information call FDLRS/Crown 904-346-4601 ext 119
“New” Redirecting Children’s Behavior is course presenting non-violent strategies that foster appropriate behavior in children. Please read the below for more information.
“New” Gifted Parent Advisory Meetings
Tuesday, January 21 3:30-4:30 Durbin Creek
Tuesday, March 25 5:30-6:30 Ocean Palms
Tuesday, May 13 3:30-4:30 Julington Creek
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 (email@example.com, (904) 547-7692).
“New” Quarter 2 Exam Schedule
“New” Relay for Life’s UF v FSU fundraiser
This week students will have the opportunity to “vote” for their favorite team by placing any amount of money in the collection can of their choice. The team that raises the most money will be crowned LPA’s fan favorite. All money goes to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life campaign.
In the past we have raised almost $1000 with this fundraiser so let’s show our team spirit and raise money for a great cause in the process. (Students can place cash or checks made to the American Cancer Society in the cans)
“New” 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.
“New” 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.
“New” 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Loretta Palmer, 5-8, email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Rotary Honor Congratulations to Mrs. Alexandra Martin, Social Studies teacher, who was recognized by the Bartram Rotary as the Teacher of the Quarter. Mrs. Martin was honored for her proven success data, school leadership and professionalism with both peers and students. We are proud of her!
“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 email@example.com. 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!
LPA School Tour Video
“New” Gator Bowl Tickets
Tickets are now on sale. Please read the attached flyer for more information.
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” 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.
“New” Volleyball try-outs
Volleyball tryouts will be held on Tuesday, 12/10, Wednesday, 12/11 and Thursday 12/12.
The boys will try out from 3:00-4:00 and the girls will try out from 4:00-5:00. There is no need to pre-register for the try-outs.
“New” Science Fair Winners
Congratualtions to all our winners. The top 3 from each grade level will participate in the regional Science Fair in January!
5th Place – Jayten H
4th Place – Auston – K
3rd Place – Nathan H
2nd Place – Ethan D
1st Place – Kendall S
5th Place – Courtney T
4th Place – Anna C and Delaney S
3rd Place – Kylie R
2nd Place – Alex E
1st Place – Chip M
5th Place – Samuel S
4th Place – Kelsey Z
3rd Place – Bruce W
2nd Place – Hayden R
1st Place – Franco D
“New” Girls’ Soccer Team
The Lady Wolves Soccer team won their season opener in a tough game against Gamble Rodgers last night. The final score was 5-4.
”New” Winter Drama Production
Congratulations to our Thespians who did a wonderful job on the Winter Production.
“New” Box Tops Winner
The PTO would like to congratulate Mrs. Carter’s 3rd grade class for winning the first quarter Box Tops for Education Contest. Mrs. Carter and her awesome students collected 546 Box Tops to win this quarter. Their class received $25 worth of Legos to help with their math studies and Mrs. Carter received a gift certificate for a free blow out from Salontique. Way to go Mrs. Carter and students! The contest for the 2nd quarter is now ON! Please clip and turn in with your teacher’s name marked on your bag. Your class could be the next winner!
“New” 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.
“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”.
Thank you for your support in this year long endeavor.
“New” Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Cheerleaders
“New” 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.
“New” Congratulations to our 2013 Basketball Teams