News and Information
“New” School Advisory Council Survey
Parents, the School Advisory Council Needs Assessment Survey is here! We value your input and feedback so please be sure to take the survey by clicking on this link. It will be open until March 31, 2014. Thank you for your participation.
“New” ESE Survey
“New” 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.
“New” HIV/AIDS 7th grade presentation
Please read the HIV/AIDS parent letter
“New” Quarter 3 Exam schedule
“New” Deliver the Dream
“New” 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!
LPA School Tour Video
“New” LPA Golf Tournament and Mardi Gras Dinner, Friday, February 28th- register now
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” LPA student receives Governor’s Scholarship
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!
“New” Attention 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 email@example.com.
“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 February 6th and 7th grade students will be collecting supplies and writing letters. A parent letter and a supply list was sent home to all 6th and 7th grade students. Please plan to turn in all supplies to your child’s classroom teacher no later than February 28th. 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.
Box Tops Q2 Winner
The PTO would like to congratulate Mrs. Sexton’s 2nd grade class for winning the Second Quarter Box Tops for Education Contest! Mrs. Sexton and her fabulous students clipped and turned in 492 Box Tops to win the contest. They chose prizes of a Math Bingo game and a Time Bingo game. Also, Mrs. Sexton won a gift certificate for a haircut from Cindy Sutton of Salontique. Way to go Mrs. Sexton and students!
The 3rd quarter contest is under way. Please tell your parents, family and friends to help you collect Box Tops. This is free money for our school which we will use to put shade over the outdoor eating area for everyone to enjoy. Remember to write your teacher’s name on your bag when you turn them in. Gooooo Wolves!
LPA 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.
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.
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.
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.
Science Fair Winners
Congratulations 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
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.
“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