Happy Friday Everyone!
We had another wonderful October week here at Liberty!
This month, we are focusing on the character trait of Empathy. Our teachers will be looking for students who are showing this important character trait throughout the month of October. We will recognize students during our virtual character trait of the month assembly on Friday, October 29th.
Last week we closed out our midterm for students in grades 6th-8th. Midterm grades were posted into Skyward on Monday the 4th. Paper copies of these were also sent home with students. Elementary students in grades K-5 have moved to a trimester report card system, and the first trimester will end on November 12th, with grades being shared during conference week from November 18th-23rd. If you have questions about your student’s grades, please reach out to the office.
Learning Recovery Programs:
Last week on the 6th, our teachers completed their first Lexia training during our late start. Lexia is a research-based program our teachers are using to boost students’ skills in reading. We have also adopted the Dreambox program to help boost our students’ abilities in math. Both of these programs were adopted using our federal ESSER dollars to aid our students in learning recovery. Our teachers are currently using these programs in the classroom, but they can also be used at home. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you need access to these resources at home.
Fall SBA Testing:
On Wednesday the 13th, our teachers trained to administer the fall edition of the Smarter-Balanced Assessment. This assessment is testing students on Math and ELA in grades 4th - 8th, and in science in grade 6. Students are taking the test from the previous years’ grade, so for example, this year’s 6th graders are taking the 5th-grade test. We administered the ELA assessment on Thursday the 14th, and we will be doing the math on Tuesday, October 19th, followed by the Science WCAS on the 20th in grade 6 only. If you have any questions about the SBA, please feel free to contact me.
Junior High Updates:
After hearing from students and parents around lockers, our Junior High ASB representatives surveyed our junior high students regarding lockers. The survey results showed that the majority of our students wanted to use lockers again, so we began the process of issuing those last week. So far we have issued lockers to all 7th and 8th graders, and we will be issuing them to 6th graders next week.
Last week we also received new lunch tables for our outside JH lunch area. Students have really enjoyed having these extra tables to eat at, and it has given some of our younger students a fun place to play during recesses as well!
Halloween Celebrations and ASB Activity:
On Friday, October 29th we will have our K-5 classroom parties and our Junior High ASB Activity. K-5 parties will be held in classes during the afternoon. Snacks and materials may be sent in, please just make sure that all snacks are nut-free, and not batched or processed with nuts or nut products, otherwise, we are unable to serve them. We are not having parent volunteers for this party yet, but we are hoping to have parent volunteers at our next class party. We will have our costume parade in the afternoon on that day before students begin their parties. All costumes must meet school rules for the dress code.
Our Junior High ASB Activity will be a costume contest/dance outside under the covered area during periods 6th and 7th. Our Junior High ASB Representatives have chosen five categories for the costume contest, they are Best Overall, Funniest, Scariest, Best Group Costume, and Most Creative. All costumes must meet school rules for the dress code. After the costume contest, students will participate in a dance with Mr. Pendon acting as the DJ. At the end of 6th period, students will have the option to stay and dance or leave the dance and go to watch a movie, draw, or read in a classroom.
Students may participate in the ASB activity if they have less than three ZAPs, have all passing grades, and have paid their ASB card fee. Any students who do not meet these criteria will be working in a study hall with Ms. Scott in the opportunity room. If you have any questions about the class parties or the ASB Activity, please let me know!
Great Washington Shakeout:
On October 21st, we will be participating in the Great Washington Shakeout. This is our annual Earthquake drill, and it will take place at 10:21.
Healthy Youth Survey October 15th Grades 6-12
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Please reach out to me if you have any concerns or questions!
- JH Volleyball vs. Kettle Falls
- SBA Math in Grades 4th - 8th
- JH Volleyball @ Lind
- JH Football @ Colfax
- 4th Grade Field Trip to Spokane Children’s Theater
- WCAS Testing in Grade 6
- Great Washington shakeout Earthquake Drill
- K-5 Awards Assembly (Virtual)
- K-5 Class Parties
- Junior High ASB Activity
Welcome to Liberty Elementary and Junior High School!
Liberty Elementary and Junior High School
29818 S. North Pine Creek Rd.
Spangle, WA 99031
(509) 245-3211, ext. 2
Fax (509) 245-3530
7:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on regular school days,
7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on early release school days
Welcome to Liberty Elementary and Junior High School, home of the Knights. We are located in southern Spokane County, Washington. Our school serves about 385 students in grades K-8, and our special education program serves students starting at birth.
Our elementary program for grades K-5 includes homerooms for all K-5 students and core-specific rotations in 3rd-5th grade with an excellent staff. Students have instruction from specialist teachers in music and physical education and have opportunities to utilize technology in a variety of ways throughout the day. Community-sponsored sports programs and the County Library system offer a variety of extracurricular opportunities for students outside the regular school day.
In addition to a solid core academic program at the junior high, we offer elective classes in art, technology, choir, band, science investigations, math applications, and literature exploration. A comprehensive school sports program includes cross-country, football, softball, baseball, volleyball, wrestling, and boys' and girls' basketball and track.
We boast an energetic and highly motivated Junior Boosters program run by parents who raise money for our school and "extras" for the students. Special programs include an exemplary special education program, Title reading program, and LAP math program run by experienced and knowledgeable staff. Schoolwide events include parent information nights in the fall, a science fair in the spring, and numerous concerts, programs, and assemblies throughout the year.
We are very fortunate to have a great school, be part of a close and caring community, and have wonderful people to work with every day. Our entire staff strives to keep making our school one our community can appreciate with great pride.
2017-2018 All-School Group