In the 2015-2016 school year, the Liberty School District Foundation awarded Manor Hill Elementary an Excellence in Education grant in the amount of $5,700 to create a brand new MakerSpace. Manor Hill used the funds to transform the former computer lab into a space that is designed to foster creativity, critical thinking, and student collaboration. As a part of the design and building process, Manor Hill collaborated with LPS Fine Arts and students in design classes at both Liberty High and Liberty North.
The MakerSpace opened up a brand new world of learning for all 435 students in grades K-5; giving students the ability to research new topics that traditionally would have been out of the realm in the classroom. Through the new space, students were exposed to robotics, computer programming, sewing, electronics and more. "These activities have allowed students to think critically and problem solve in an authentic and meaningful away," Jamie Ackart, LPS Innovation and Learning Coach.
Through the new space, Manor Hill reported achieving the following learning targets:
The Liberty School District Foundation is happy to work with private donors to establish scholarship funds to support Liberty students after they have graduated by offering post-secondary scholarships. The Foundation uses the process established through the Liberty Public Schools Community Scholarship Program to accept applications.
This year, the Foundation is thrilled to announce that eight scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1,500, were awarded to Liberty seniors.
Amy Cordray Memorial Scholarship Fund
Brandon Jacques Scholarship
Chad Rogers Memorial Scholarship
Chandra Bolin - $1,000
Chris Bartholomew Scholarship
Jack Smith "Mr. Blue Jay" Scholarship
in the 2015-2016 school year, 380 students were able to use the Conductivity Testers to assist with course work. In the Theoretical Chemistry course, they were used to determine the properties of different types of compounds. Conductivity is one of the tests explicitly used to determine if a compound is ionic, polar-covalent or covalent in nature. This allows them to better understand the behavior of these materials in water and their use in living systems. In Earth and Space, conductivity is used to assess the different types of rock materials. Minerals are designated by the ionic substances that form the rock materials. The differences in the electron affinity give the minerals their hardness. These meters have allowed the students an additional method by with to determine this defining trait and compare it between minerals. In the AP Environmental Science these probes were used when assessing both soil quality (nutrient availability) and the conductivity of various samples of water. These tests are used to determine the health of a system and to quantitatively determine the differences between sites.
One of the best outcomes from this project was the students desire to use these materials for additional applications. For instance, this can be used to test for hard-water caused by the presence of the mineral limestone. We were able to test the water from various locations in Liberty (which does have hard water) and determine if it varied by location. In fact, the filtration system in the new wing reduces the level of minerals in the water. Students went on to compare various water filtration systems as well.
Honoring Outstanding Personal Effort
These special recognition awards were first presented in 1996 to Liberty School District students who exemplify special attributes above and beyond the normal efforts of the daily school routine. This is an attempt by the Foundation to reinforce positive behaviors which are considered vital to a student's future growth and development. Realizing there are many students who do not qualify for academic or musical recognition, HOPE Awards are an endeavor to say to a student that we appreciate the time, effort, and progressive achievement they make in becoming the best they can be. It is significant that we encourage students to endure their own individual struggles to the best of their abilities. It is possible for each of us to be the hero in our own lives.
Thank you to KLPS Channel 18 for filming both evenings!
As a result of the Major Saver campaign in December of 2015, the Liberty School District Foundation raised $65,388 and has granted half of those funds, $32,681, right back to Liberty elementary and middle schools. The Liberty School District Foundation has leveraged the Major Saver Campaign since 1999, and has successfully granted out over $355,000 to LPS from the proceeds.
In an effort to support education in Liberty, the Foundation commits to granting each school half of the proceeds earned at their school; these funds are used to directly benefit Liberty students and support learning in the classroom. Dr. Kyle Palmer, principal of Lewis and Clark Elementary states, these funds “allow them to offer additional and extended opportunities for students to be prepared for the 21st century.” How schools use the funds can vary depending on the need, however, all funds must directly benefit students.
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