In this issue of Enews:

  • Liberty High School
    • Suicide Prevention Event: An Invitation from Principal Martin
    • The Patriot Press
    • Donating to your favorite Liberty Club or Sport
    • Homecoming Dance FAQs
    • Upcoming Senior Dates
    • AP Exam Registration
  • Issaquah School District 
    • Test Text Message being sent to all ISD Families on Oct 24 
    • The Voice Mentor Program Needs You
    • Community Forum on Teen Drug Abuse
    • Are you Registered to Vote?
  • Liberty High School PTSA
    • Reflections Art Contest
    • Join Liberty PTSA
  •  School Calendars    

 


Suicide Prevention Event: An Invitation from Principal Martin

Good afternoon Liberty High School community, 

On Monday, October 28 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Liberty High School Theater, we will host an evening session discussing Suicide Prevention.  This event is presented by the Forefront organization, which is a part of the University of Washington and is a leading voice in student mental health and suicide prevention.  Please join us to learn more about how we can all work together to support our teens, and what signs and signals parents, staff, and friends can watch for with students who are struggling.    

Our goal in presenting this event is to provide guidance, information, and resources to help to support our youth in need, and to respond to the struggles that they are facing.  Presenters will provide skills and work to build confidence to help in having conversations and providing assistance for our youth. 

This event is presented by Liberty High School, the Issaquah School District, Swedish Medical Center, along with ParentWiser and the Issaquah PTSA Council. Attendance is free for Parents/Adults & Teens. Please register here

We hope to see you there. 

Thank you,

Sean Martin                                                                                    Principal, Liberty High School

For more information see the Event Flyer here.


The Patriot Press

Want to know more about what goes on at your kid's high school? The Patriot Press, Liberty's very own student newspaper, has you covered. We pull back the cover on news in the Liberty community, check in with Liberty's sports teams, and showcase a variety of students all around the school. And the best part is that all of our articles are available on our website! If you missed our first issue of the 2019-2020 school year, published September 27th, make sure to check out all the articles and more online exclusive content at https://lhspatriotpress.com/, or follow us @lhspatriotpress4 on Instagram.


Donating to Your Favorite Liberty Club or Sport 

Looking for an easy way to donate to your favorite Liberty High School club or sport?  Now anyone with internet access can make a donation.

Go to the Issaquah School District pay online website here:  https://web.issaquah.wednet.edu/TouchBase/

  • Choose the big blue button “Make a Donation”
  • Choose the school Liberty High School
  • Choose the group to which you wish to donate

The money will go directly into your favorite club’s / sport’s account – hooray!  No user ID or password required! 


Homecoming Dance FAQs

Homecoming is fast approaching and we often get questions from students and parents about the dances we have at LHS. Below is our attempt to answers some FAQs for parents and students.

Homecoming Dance – October 26th, 2019 8:30pm-11:30pm @ Liberty HS

Why does ASB host dances?

ASB’s mission statement is to inspire unity, remain dedicated to student leadership, and leave a legacy of service leadership. Dances help us promote unity amongst the student body.  We believe that common experiences bring people together and dances are a great way to unite the student body. Homecoming is the highest-attended ASB event, outside of assemblies. 

What is ticket cost?

Tickets are on sale October 15 at the bookkeeper and at the door of the dance. Early bird tickets are $15 with ASB, $20 without ASB, and $25 at the door. In order to receive the ASB price, the ASB validated card must be shown (bring your dates’ card!) at the time of ticket purchase.

What if I don't have a date?

Go with a group of friends! You could even go by yourself and meet up with people at the dance. We actually have a lot of students who go without dates and have a great time.

What if I want to bring a date that doesn’t attend the school?

Each student is permitted to purchase one guest ticket.  Guests must be in at least 9th grade and younger than 21. Any student who wants to bring a guest must submit a guest form (found online on the school website) and submit it to the main office no later than the Wednesday before the dance.  All guests must present valid photo id at the dance. 

What are considered dance essentials?

A ticket and a photo id.  Pictures will be available at the dance at no cost.

 
What aspects of the dance does the school promote?

Liberty High School promotes attendance at the dance itself. Some students choose to make the dance more of an all-day event with a day-long schedule with time set aside for pictures, dinner, and the dance. Some students also like to continue to hang out with their friends after the dance has ended and choose to plan a party for afterwards. Students are not expected to participate in these additional activities and they are not connected with or promoted by the school.

What are the dress recommendations for the dances?

ASB gives a general dress recommendation for the dances but there isn’t a set dress code. Homecoming is considered semi-formal; girls typically wear dresses/heels and boys wear a suit/tux.  That being said no student has ever been turned away from a dance for not following these dress recommendations. Students are still expected to follow the school dress code that is outlined in the student handbook.  

What items do many students recommend acquiring for the dance?

Many students recommend getting an outfit that meets the dress recommendations and a boutonniere/corsage. These items are not required or expected at the dance but many students choose to purchase these items.


What are some ways to save money when attending a dance?

  • Buy your ticket ahead of time (they usually are $5 more expensive at the door)
  • Drive yourself or have your parents drive you.
  • Avoid over-priced restaurants, dinner will be fun no matter where you go
  • Do your own hair, makeup, and nails
  • Borrow or rent a dress
  • Borrow shoes
  • Parents take photos to avoid professional costs

Need financial assistance to help attend the dance?

Thanks to the PTSA Outreach, LHS counselors have access to a wide variety of dresses and tuxes for students in need, including many sizes, shoes, accessories, etc.  Please contact your counselor and PTSA will help find a dress/tux to meet those needs.  If the cost of attending the dance is a concern, simply complete a Scholarship Eligibility Application form (found in the Attendance or Counseling Office) and contact Erin Armstrong or call at 425-837-4948.


Upcoming Senior Dates   

 

Due Nov 1, 2019 Senior Pictures (both baby photo and senior picture) 

Due Nov 1, 2019 Senior Quotes 

Nov 5 & 6, 2019 Senior Interviews

  • Nov 5: 8-9 a.m., 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Nov 6: 8-11 a.m.    

AP Exam Registration - Deadline: Monday, Nov. 4

To register for exams, submit this form to the main office by the end of the day on Nov. 4, 2019. 

Each Advanced Placement exam costs $94. 

  • $40 of the exam fee is non-refundable after Nov. 15, 2019.   

Exam fee/s will be added to your account when this form is received (go to Pay Online to complete payment). 

If you request financial assistance, Mrs. Armstrong will check in with you before any fees are assessed.  

If you need College Board-approved accommodations for AP testing, contact your counselor to ensure that all paperwork is submitted promptly.  The deadline to begin the accommodations process is Jan. 17, 2020.  

Additional information is available on the LHS Advanced Placement website

 



Issaquah School District

 

 

TEST of our Text Notification System 

On Thursday, October 24 we will be conducting a TEST of our text notification system. We are doing this to make sure the information we have on file for you in Family Access is correct. Please note that if we only have a landline telephone number for you, we cannot send a text. Here’s how it will work: At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, the District will send a test text message to all families that says “TEST text message from ISD.” At approximately 6:30 p.m. the District will send a follow E-News by email to all families with information about how to let us know if you did not receive the text. 

-    If you do receive the text, you’re all set! You do not need to respond to the follow up E-News.

-     If you do not receive the text, please follow the instruction in the email. 


THE VOICE MENTOR PROGRAM NEEDS YOU!

Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education (VOICE) is an in-school, volunteer mentoring program that pairs caring community members with Issaquah School District students. VOICE mentors work one-on-one with students throughout the school year. Some students may need academic help; others may need emotional support or a friend and role model. All benefit from a positive, supportive relationship with an adult role model.

VOICE currently has 200+ students on the wait list. We need mentors! Can you help?

Here's what’s involved:

  • Complete a screening process, including a mandatory, in-depth, pre-match training.
  • Time commitment of once/week (30–60 minutes) throughout the school year. Schedule and choice of school is flexible to accommodate mentor availability.
  • Optional supplemental trainings, plus support provided by your mentee’s school and the VOICE team.
  • Most importantly, develop a meaningful relationship with a young person and help them thrive.

    “I have come to learn that I only need to be a caring human being who enjoys spending time with kids. These are relationships that enrich my life as much or maybe more than my mentees’ lives” ~ Recent quote from a long-time VOICE Mentor with 3 mentees

    If you would like to become a VOICE mentor, please APPLY HERE

    To learn more: Email VOICE@issaquah.wednet.edu View our VOICE Website Call us @ 425.827.7222. 

Community Forum on Teen Drug Abuse: Warning Signs and Resources

The City of Sammamish is hosting a community forum on teen drug abuse on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Washington University at 120 228th Ave NE. Sammamish. Speakers include Sammamish Police Department, King County Public Health, Influence the Choice (featuring Hidden in Plain Sight), and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The event is free and childcare will be provided. 


Are you Registered to Vote? A quick way to check and register online for 11/15 Election 

Ballots for the November 5 election are being mailed out to registered voters on October 18, 2019! Do you know if you are registered to vote? If you’ve recently moved or changed your name (or just haven’t voted in a while), you probably need to re-register to vote. And, because general elections usually happen only once a year, it’s understandable if you’re not totally clear on your voter status or if you remembered to update your registration after your last big life event. Even if you’re pretty sure you have, there’s no harm in taking a minute to double-check and there is an easy way to find out! Simply follow this link to the VoteWA website and enter your name and birthday. It will verify your status, and offer you the opportunity to update your information if need be. October 28 is the deadline to use the online registration, but you can still register in person up to November 5. All of the details are on the VoteWA.gov website! You can also find important details about the November 5, 2019 General Election at King County’s Election Website. 



 Liberty High School PTSA   

 

REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST - 2019-2020 THEME IS "LOOK WITHIN"

Turn in Deadline is Monday, November 4th by 3:00pm to the Liberty Front Office

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition.  Designed to enhance rather than replace a quality arts education, the national PTA Reflections Program provides opportunities for students, preschool through 12 grade, to express themselves and to receive positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Since 1969, the PTA Reflections Program has inspired millions of students across the nation to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. 

Click here for more information, entry form and details

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

CLICK HERE FOR PROGRAM VIDEO


The Liberty High PTSA's mission is to support the Liberty community to achieve academic and life-skills goals for all students.   

Please join Liberty PTSA and help support our students and school community! Liberty High PTSA does so many wonderful things for our students & staff here at Liberty and we would love to have you be a part of it! PTSA Members also receive a complimentary "L" window cling  and printed student directory. It's easy to join - just go to the website at www.libertyhighptsa.com and sign up. Your membership and donations are important and make a difference to our students and Liberty community. Thank you for your support!

As a member of Liberty High PTSA you are also a member of the WA State PTA & National PTA which come with local, state, and national benefits and discounts. Visit the PTSA website for more information:  www.libertyhighptsa.com 



2019-2020 School Calendars

Our A/B calendar for next year is posted on our website here

Liberty High School 2019-2020 bell schedule is posted on our website here

Access District Calendars here

  


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