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HBCU College Tour!

HBCU College Tour!  Check out details HERE for the Alpha Phi Alpha annual college tour.  Stop by the counseling office to pick up registration information.

Counseling News

 

January 11, 2017

 

Coffee with the Counselors Cancellation Announcement

The January Coffee with Counselors covering the topic of AP classes has been cancelled. All parents are encouraged to attend AP Information Night on Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 PM.  If you are unable to attend the evening event and have questions about AP classes, please contact your student’s counselor.   


AP Information Night - January 12, 6:30 PM
Students and parents interested in learning more about the LHS Advanced Placement (AP) courses are invited to attend an information meeting on January 12 at 6:30 PM at LHS.  The evening will start with a general session and then our AP teachers will share details about their classes.  Please contact Brett Coffman with questions; bcoffman@liberty.k12.mo.us   
    
Martin Luther King Day Celebration!  

All students and parents are invited to attend the MLK Celebration at William Jewell College on Monday, January 16 at 10 AM in the Gano Chapel.  Click HERE for details.  


Enrollment for 2017-18 has started!  

Students will be meeting individually with counselors during January to review their course selections as follows:

  • Current Freshmen:  January 10-13 in ELA classes
  • Current Sophomores:  January 17-20 in science classes
  • Current Juniors:  January 24-27 in American Government classes


NCAPS Open House
Last Information Session for 2017-2018 Applicants/Parents

On January 18th, NCAPS will be hosting their final information session for anyone interested in hearing more about the program. The event will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Gladstone Community Center.  Strands for next year include: Information Technology, Digital Media, Medicine and Health Care, Global Logistics, Global Business and Entrepreneurship, and Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing.


Students wishing to be considered for the NCAPS program will need to apply no later than February 17, 2017.

Application and additional Information is available at www.northlandcaps.org  
Also, feel free to contact your child’s counselor at 736-7046.

 

Career Connections  Interested in Learning More About Careers in Business/Finance or Law & Criminal Justice?
Our monthly speaker series called Career Connections will be hosting professionals from these areas:

  • Business/Finance - Jan 27, 2017
  • Law and Criminal Justice - Feb 7, 2017

Both sessions are held during first and second hour (students must attend both class periods).  Limit of 60 students for each session. Reserve your seat now by registering through the LHS website! 


ACT Registration Deadline This Week!
January 13 is the deadline to register for the February 8 test.  Register online at www.act.org.

 

January 5, 2017

 

Enrollment for 2017-18 has started!
All students will be entering their course selections for next year in advisory on January  6. Students will need to bring their completed enrollment forms to advisory.  Counselors are available in the commons for questions.  

Students will meet individually with counselors during January to review their choices as follows:

Current Freshmen:  January 10-13 in ELA classes
Current Sophomores:  January 17-20 in science classes
Current Juniors:  January 24-27 in American Government classes  


Parent & Student Events!

All parents are invited to join the Liberty High School Counselors for Coffee and Tea on Thursday, January 12th from 7:15 - 7:45 AM in the media center.  The topic of discussion this month will be AP/Dual credit classes.  Please come out and join us for a brief informational session with some time for Q & A’s.  

 

AP Information Night--January 12, 6:30 PM

Students and parents interested in learning more about the LHS Advanced Placement (AP) courses are invited to attend an information meeting on January 12 at 6:30 PM at LHS.  The evening will start with a general session and then our AP teachers will share details about their classes.  Please contact Brett Coffman with questions; bcoffman@liberty.k12.mo.us


Incoming Freshman Parent Night--Tuesday, January 10th, 6:30 - 8 PM at Liberty High School

The LHS Counseling & Social Work Department will be hosting our annual Incoming Freshman Parent Night for current 8th grade parents whose children will be attending LHS next school year.  The evening will begin with a presentation by LHS counselors outlining the enrollment process, course sequencing, graduation requirements, and post-secondary planning. From 7-8 PM you are invited to attend an Academic Fair to give parents an opportunity to meet with teachers from a variety of academic departments at LHS and get information about classes, prerequisites, and more.  Please direct any questions about this event to Scott Gillespie at bsgillespie@liberty.k12.mo.us.  


Career Connections
STUDENTS! Are you interested in learning more about careers in Business/Finance or Law & Criminal Justice?

Our monthly speaker series called Career Connections will be hosting professionals from these areas:

  • Business/Finance on January 27, 2017
  • Law and Criminal Justice on February 7, 2017

Career Connections meets in the LMC from 8:10-9:45 AM (hours 1 & 2)  and students must attend both class periods.

Reserve your seat now by registering on the front page of the LHS Counseling website.  Sessions limited to 60 students.

 

December 8, 2016

 

Enrollment for 2017-2018 has Started!
Do you have questions about courses for next year?  Counselors will be available in the commons next week during Liberty Hour!  Now is the time to be speaking with your counselors, teachers and parents about classes for next year.  Counselors will meet individually with each student starting in January.      


Interested in applying for NCAPS for the 17-18 school year?
Gain more information by attending the NCAPS student meeting on Tuesday, December 13 during Liberty Hour.  Meet in Room 301 in the LMC. Current NCAPS students will present regarding their experiences and and answer questions.  Website:  www.northlandcaps.org
 
Stress Less Week is Coming!
As finals approach, students tend to get anxious and stressed out. During the week of December 12th through the 16th, daily stress less activities will be available during Liberty Hour. If you would like a chance to win a prize, simply pick up a Stress Less Week card in the guidance office on Monday December 12th, participate in an activity four out of five days during the week, have a staff member sign off on your “stress less” card each day, then drop it off in the Counseling Office after Liberty Hour on Friday for a chance to win a prize!

 

Stress Less by
1.     Working with a teacher to improve your grade or prepare for finals
2.     Spend Liberty Hour coloring in the LMC
3.     Utilize a quiet room in the guidance office for meditation
4.     Walk the track in the field house.

In addition to these activities look for signs to help you “Stress Less and Laugh More” as well as information about FREE APPS to help you cope with stress.


Remember that Liberty Hour rules will still apply.  You must choose your activity and stay in that location for the entire Liberty Hour time frame!


Two Important Parent Nights!

 

Incoming Freshman Parent Night
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
6:30 PM

On Tuesday, January 10th, the LHS Counseling & Social Work Department will be hosting our annual Incoming Freshman Parent Night for current 8th grade parents whose children will be attending LHS next school year.  The evening will take place at Liberty High School from 6:30-8pm and will begin with a presentation by LHS counselors outlining the enrollment process, course sequencing, graduation requirements, and post-secondary planning. Then from 7-8pm there will be an Academic Fair to give parents an opportunity to meet with teachers from a variety of academic departments at LHS and get information about classes, prerequisites, and more.  Please direct any questions about this event to Scott Gillespie at bsgillespie@liberty.k12.mo.us.


AP Information Night
Thursday, January 12, 2017
6:30-7:30

Students and parents interested in learning more about the LHS Advanced Placement (AP) courses are invited to attend an information meeting on January 12 at 6:30 PM at LHS.  The evening will start with a general session and then our AP teachers will share details about their classes. Please contact Brett Coffman with questions; bcoffman@liberty.k12.mo.us  


Seniors - Many Scholarships Now Available!
The Liberty Community Scholarship Program application is now available. This program consists of over 50 scholarships that are guaranteed to be awarded to Liberty High and/or Liberty North seniors.  One application is used for all scholarships.

Application can be found at:  https://lhs-lps-ca.schoolloop.com/scholarships  

Deadline is February 1, 2017

 

Juniors - KC Scholars Scholarship Available!
You have the opportunity to be selected  for one of 250 KC Scholars college scholarships with a value of $40,000 each. These scholarships are guaranteed to be given to students in the KC metropolitan area.  Applications open January 2, 2017 More information can be found at:  www.kcscholars.org

 

 

December 2, 2016  


Enrollment for 2017-2018 School Year has Begun!
Do you have questions about courses for next year?  Counselors will be available in the commons December 5-8 during Liberty Hour!  All students will receive enrollment sheets and graduation progress sheets by December 8. Now is the time to be speaking with your counselors, teachers and parents about classes for next year.  Counselors will meet individually with each student starting in January.   


Interested in attending a Career Center?
All students interested in attending one of the career centers next year are invited to visit with a career center counselor during Liberty Hour on December 8 in the counseling office.  Find out about all of the wonderful programs at the Area Career Center and Northland Career Center.  See you soon!   


See you at the First Friday Table!
All students are invited to stop by the counselor table during lunch on Friday, December 2.  Counselors will be available to answer questions about enrollment, ACT registration, Career Center shadowing and applications, NCAPS, and much more!  
Don’t forget to register for prizes and we always have candy!   
    
Northland CAPS Parent Night
Thanks to all who came out to the Liberty Public Schools Northland CAPS Parent Night at Liberty North High School. If you missed this meeting, there is another parent night on December 6 at the Gladstone Community Center at 6 p.m.
To register for the meeting or see more information, northlandcaps.org   


Planning to attend Maple Woods next year?
Contact the admission office to set up a tour at www.mcckc.edu.  

    

HBCU College Tour
The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is sponsoring their annual HBCU tour in March.  Check out the details on the front page of the LHS Counseling website!

 

 

October 20, 2016

 

Local Job Fair- Students Invited! The Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a job fair on November 1 at Mosaic Life Care from 3-7 PM.  Check out the details HERE.  It is suggested for students to bring a resume.

 

Do You Need Help with Christmas? Liberty Community Christmas Tree Accepting Applications

The Liberty Community Christmas Tree program is accepting applications through November 11 for those that need Christmas assistance. The program lends a hand to disadvantaged families and older adults in the Liberty area who are facing a difficult holiday season. A few weeks before Christmas, each household in the program will receive several large boxes of non-perishable food along with milk, eggs, and a turkey. Children in participating households also receive gifts to help make the holiday season a little brighter.  Anyone living within Liberty Public School District boundaries is eligible for assistance. School-aged children must be enrolled in a Liberty school. Home-schooled children must be registered in an official LPS extra-curricular activity; enrollment will be confirmed.

 

Those needing assistance may complete an online application HERE or call the Liberty Community Christmas Tree program at 439-4424 Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The deadline for applying for Christmas assistance is November 11.

 

Do you need help filling out the FAFSA? Seniors filling out the Free Application For Federal Student Aid are invited to attend a FAFSA Frenzy event to receive free assistance filling out the form.  The FAFSA is required for the A+ program and to receive federal and state grants and loans.  Check out the FAFSA Frenzy website for details.  Excelsior Springs High School will be hosting an event on November 3 from 6 PM to 8 PM and Maple Woods will be hosting an event on November 13 from 2 PM to 4 PM.

 

Are you interested in the medical field?  Check out the Medical Career Night on November 10 at Liberty Hospital 6 PM to 8:30 PM.   Click HERE to register for a tour during the event.

 

Dating Violence Presentations   Awareness of healthy dating relationships is critical in young adulthood.  MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault) will be presenting in the Personal Finance classes on October 26.  Students who wish not to attend are welcome to report to the counseling office for the period.

 

LPS Diversity Festival! Plan to join us as we celebrate diversity at the LPS Diversity Festival on November 15 at Liberty North High School.  All families are welcome to enjoy free appetizers from 6 PM to 8 PM as they visit the booths.  See you there!

 

Spotlight

Did you know that LPS sends students to 2 Career Centers every day?  Our students attend the Northland Career Center in Platte City and the Area Career Center in Excelsior Springs.  The students have an opportunity to focus on an area of interest.  

 

This week’s spotlight will focus on the programs at the Area Career Center in Excelsior Springs! 50% of their graduates attend college after high school.  ACC provides a great starting point for careers! Visit the school’s website for details.  Registration for these programs will occur during our enrollment period for next year.

 

Areas of Study

Animation & Media
Automotive Technology
Carpentry/Construction Tech
Computer Technology
Electrical Trades
EMT-Basic
Fire Sciences
HVAC

 

Do you want to see which college representatives are coming to LHS?

Click here to see the calendar!

 

 

 

October 11, 2016
 

Parents: Do you want to know how students search for Colleges and Scholarships?

Please join us for Coffee with Counselors on Thursday, October 13 from 7:15 AM to 7:45 AM in the LHS media center (library).  We will explore all of the opportunities available in Family Connection.  Our students use this tool to create a 4 year plan for their classes, search for colleges and scholarships and request transcripts. Hope to see you soon!

 

NCAPS: Engineering, Business, Digital Media, Health Careers and More!  Our students have a unique opportunity to receive profession-based learning in a specific area through NCAPS.  Liberty High School and Liberty North students who are interested in learning more are welcome to shadow a NCAPS program on October 21. LHS does not have school on this day so you can attend without missing class!  Go to the Northland CAPS website for more information about the advantages of the program. Sign up by October 18 in the Counseling Office if you are interested!  You must provide your own transportation.

 

We are looking for students who have volunteered!  The Prudential Spirit Award is a highly selective award given to middle level and high school students each year across the United States. The award honors those students who have gone above and beyond with helping others through volunteer work. Liberty High School has the honor of nominating one student.  Please see Ms. Wiederholt, LHS Counselor, by October 26 if you would like to be considered.  

 

Do you have an interest in the construction world?  The Builders Association is hosting an open house on October 18 at 6:30 PM at 105 West 12th in North Kansas City.  Contact Richard Bruce at rbruce@buildersassociation.com for more details.  

 

Sophomores and 4 Year Plans Counselors are working with sophomores this week on developing a course plan to complete high school.  The students will be able to use their plans as a guide during registration.  Students are encouraged to share their plans with their parents by accessing their Family Connection account from the LHS Counseling website.  

 

SPOTLIGHT:
(A weekly focus on a college, scholarship, career or mental health issue.)

 

Kansas State University Scholarships!

Increased out-of-state scholarship offerings for the class of 2017!

  • A $48,000 renewable four-year scholarship is available to students with a 24 ACT Composite/1160 SAT ERW+M and a 3.5 or higher GPA.
  • $32,000 renewable four-year scholarship is available to students with an ACT composite between 21 and 23/1060 or 1150 SAT ERW+M and a 3.5 or higher GPA.

Learn more about all K-State scholarships.  Students should apply for admission and scholarships by November 1 priority deadline.

 

 

 

 

October 3, 2016

 

Interested in Engineering and/or Architecture? Come to the Career Connections event tomorrow, October 4, during 1st and 2nd period in the LMC! You must attend both periods.  You will be able to listen to and talk with professionals who are currently working as engineers or architects.

 

Future Leaders Academy: Current juniors and seniors interested in government and policy may want to attend the Future Leaders Academy at William Jewell College on October 13.  Interested students must meet the following criteria; rank in the top 25%, be a junior or senior, active in community and extracurricular activities and exhibit leadership potential.  The cost is $7.00 to attend.  Contact Ms. Wiederholt, LHS Counselor, by October 4 if you are interested.  We must have 10 students participate to attend. 

 

Health Science Day at William Jewell College:  Males interested in nursing are encouraged to attend the Health Science Day on October 12 at WJC!  The day will be designed just for you to learn about the nursing field and how to make your dream come true.  Stop by the counseling office to sign up! See the counseling website for more details. 

 

SAT Registration Deadline!  October 7 is the registration deadline for the next SAT test day.  Register HERE for the November 5 test. 

 

FREE ACT Practice Test: The Tutoring Center in Kansas City is offering a free ACT practice test on October 8 at 12:30 PM.  Space is limited.  Call 816-781-0000 to register.  Check out their website at www.tutoringcenter.com

 

Interested in being an Athletic Trainer?  The University of Missouri-Columbia will host their annual Athletic Trainer Open House on October 28.  Click HERE for details.  RSVP is required. 

 

College fairs in our area!

  • Kansas City National College Fair October 9 and 10 at the Kansas City Convention Center.  To save time register before the event!  Click HERE for details and registration information. 
  • Shawnee Mission College Clinic October 13 at Shawnee Mission East High School.  Click HERE for details and registration information. 

 

Did you miss the College & Career Parent Night?

Visit the LHS Counseling Department front page for the presentations. 

 

SPOTLIGHT:
(Each week we will spotlight a college, scholarship, career or mental health issue.)

 

APPRENTICESHIPS IN KANSAS CITY AREA
Did you know that a carpenter apprentice in the Kansas City area starts their program with a total salary package, including benefits, of $17-21/hour and that a master carpenter can earn over $45/hour? Apprentices in the trade professions are a viable career option for many students, including those seeking professional careers in the trade industry. For information:

Kansas City and western Missouri: Apprenticeship Programs - Western Missouri 

 

 

September 21, 2016

 

Students:  Students in grades 10-12 are invited to attend a bus trip to tour Northwest Missouri State University on October 5.  Space is limited for this college visit!  We will be leaving at 8 AM from LHS and return before 3 PM.  Permission slips are available in the counseling office.  Deadline is Monday, September 26.

 

Students:  Are you interested in the military?  Don’t forget to sign up to take the ASVAB on September 27.  Registration is available in the counseling office!

 

Students and Parents:  We hope to see you at LHS for Post-Secondary Planning Night on September 27 at 6:30 PM.  You will be able to attend sessions on How to Finance a College Education, Filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), Two Year Degrees; the Options and Benefits and College Planning 101 (the steps to college planning).  Hope to see you there!

 

Students:  College Fairs are a great way to gain information!

  • National College Fair: October 9 and 10 at the Kansas City Convention Center.  Register here!
  • Shawnee Mission College Fair: October 13 at the Shawnee Mission East High School.  Check out details here!

Sophomores and Juniors:  The PSAT will be given on October 15 at LNHS and October 19 at LHS.  Sophomores are encouraged to take the test to qualify to attend the Missouri Scholars Academy this summer.  Juniors with high scores will be able to compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Register by September 22 on the front page of the LHS website.  Cost for the test is $22. 00.

 

 

September 13, 2016

 

Sophomores and Juniors:  The PSAT will be given on October 15 at LNHS and October 19 at LHS.  Sophomores are encouraged to take the test to qualify to attend the Missouri Scholars Academy this summer.  Juniors with high scores will be able to compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Register by September 22 on the front page of the LHS website.  Cost for the test is $22. 00.
 
Students:  The next ACT deadline is fast approaching!  September 16 is the deadline to register for the October 22 test date.  Register at www.act.org.
 
Seniors:  A few reminders about planning for life after high school!

  • Your transcripts have been updated with class rank and GPA.
  •  The transcript request process is covered in your individual senior meeting.  If you have questions before your meeting, please stop by the counseling office.    
  • Don’t forget to check out the scholarship list on Family Connection.  Click on the College tab and go to the Scholarship List under Scholarships and Money.   
  • You can also find additional scholarship searches on the LHS Counseling website and click on Scholarships and Financial Aid.

 
Juniors and Seniors:  October 21 is a great day for a college visit!  No school at LHS! Contact a favorite college and arrange a visit.  Check out the LHS Counseling website for questions to ask on your visit!  
 
Parents:

  • The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will soon be available!  The FAFSA will be available on October 1 for the 2017-18 school year.  Check out the details here.
  • Plan to attend our Post-Secondary Planning Night on September 27 at 6:30 PM at LHS.  Sessions will be available on Financing College Education, Filling out the FAFSA, College Planning and Two Year Degrees; Options and Benefits.  Hope to see you there!

 
Students and Parents:  Check out the LPS College and Career Readiness website for college and career events across the district!  Did you know you could receive assistance in finding a professional to job shadow?  Look for the form under Shadow and Internship Opportunities.

 

 

September 6, 2016

 

All Students:   The last date to add an online class is September 12.  Parent signature is required on the request sheet available in the counseling office.

 

All Students:  COLLEGE FAIR- September 12, 2016 from 6:30-8 at Liberty North High School. College planning sessions will be held at 6pm and 8pm.
Register at www.gotocollegefairs.com

 

All StudentsCoping Skills Group---Do you have difficulty coping with stress or anxiety?  Then consider participating in this skills group.  The group will meet one time per week for 6 – 8 weeks in the counseling office.  We will talk about how stress and anxiety impact your life and learn skills to relieve symptoms allowing you to better cope when feeling overwhelmed.  The group will meet on Tuesdays during the school day. Sign up by September 15 in the counseling office.

 

Seniors:  Don’t forget to attend your individual senior meeting with your counselor.  You will have an opportunity to discuss your plans and ask questions.  Stop by the counseling office if you need a reminder of your date and time!

 

Parents:  Consider attending the following event:

 

  • Would you like to learn how to help your senior navigate their senior year and plan for life after graduation?   Join the counselors in the LHS library on Thursday, September 8 for the first Coffee with Counselors session from 7:15 AM to 7:45 AM.  Hope to see you there!
  • Plan now to attend Post-Secondary Planning Night on September 27 at 6:30 PM at LHS.  You will be able to attend sessions on Steps to College Planning, Financing College, Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and Two Year Degree Options and Benefits.
     

All Students:  You are invited to attend the Diversity Club meeting on Friday, September 9 during Liberty Hour in the counseling office.  The LHS Diversity Club is a great way to celebrate the cultures of our school community.  All students are welcome to join us!

 

Juniors and Seniors: Are you interested in the military?  The ASVAB will be given at LHS on September 27 at 8 AM.  Stop by the counseling office to register.  Check out the ASVAB website for test details.

 

 

 

August 29

Seniors: Don’t forget to attend your individual senior meeting with your counselor. Fill out the senior profile located on the counseling website before your meeting. You are welcome to review the presentation from the senior group meeting by clicking here. Your counselor is looking forward to meeting with you to discuss your future plans!

 

Juniors and Seniors: Are you interested in the military? The ASVAB will be given at LHS on September 27 at 8 AM. Stop by the counseling office to register. Check out the ASVAB website for test details.

 

All students: Planning for your future takes research and time. Check out these opportunities!

  • College representatives will soon begin to visit LHS to meet with students. The visits will be posted in the weekly news and on the bulletin board outside the counseling office. Students need to sign up in the counseling office to receive a pass.

  • College fairs are a great way to explore college options. Liberty North High School will be hosting a fair on September 12 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Register online today!

  • College representatives from Notre Dame, John Hopkins, University of Virginia and Emory will be in Kansas City on September 15. Register here for the session that begins at 7:00 PM at Rockhurst High School.

  • Post-Secondary Planning Night on September 27: Sessions will be offered on Financing College Education, Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and College Planning. The evening will be held from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at LHS.

  • Parent Event- Coffee with Counselors: A new way to get information in a small amount of time! Monthly sessions will be held from 7:15 AM to 7:45 AM on important topics. Parents are invited to attend the first session on September 8 in the LHS library! We will be discussing the college application process, how to find scholarships, ACT registration and preparation, requesting transcripts, preparing for the military and more! All in 30 minutes! Hope to see you there!

All Students: Do you want news you can use? Every first Friday the counselors will be in the cafeteria to share important information. First Fridays with Counselors are a great opportunity to ask questions and receive information. We look forward to seeing you on September 2 in the cafeteria!