Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 1  Deadline for ordering a yearbookSpring

    Apr. 19 No School

    Apr. 30 Orchestra Concerts: 6th Blue/Orange and 8th Grade


    May 2  Orchestra Concerts: 7th Blue/Orange

    May 7 Choir Concerts: 6th @ 6pm, 7th @ 7pm, 8th @ 8pm

    May 9 Band Concerts: 6th Blue @ 6:00, 6th Orange @ 7:30 

    May 13 Band Concert: 8/9 Gr. @ 6:30 at SHS

    May 14 Band Concert: 7 Gr. @ 6pm

    May 27 No School

Liberty Middle School News

  • Pop Up Art Show in the Theatre – it was AWESOME!

     

    Art Show Stage Display

    Eye Candy                           Climate Change           I want a world where everything is balanced

    Eye Candy             Climate Change            balanced world

                   

    The Kind Quotes and Notes – this student created a video sharing her project– she displayed her “art” on all 8th graders lockers one day >download the  Kind Quote Video

     

     

     

     

    Kind Quotes


     

     

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  • City Government Career Day

    Thursday, April 25

    8:30 - 3:30 pm

    Take a day off from school  and learn more about future  careers with local government.  Hear from:

    • PoliceCity Government Career Day
    • Fire
    • Human Resources
    • Emergency Management
    • Planning
    • Economic Development
    • and more.

     

    APPLY

    APPLY ONLINE BY   MARCH 29 DEADLINE   bit.ly/WFCareerDay


     

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  • TSA State Competition

    Congratulations to our TSA crew for their outstanding performance at the state competition in Mandan this week! We brought home FOURTEEN medals in 6 different events including Problem Solving, Tech Bowl, Digital Photography, and Video Game Design. #INCREDIBLE! Give a high five to AJ Kaufman, Kacy Steinhouse, Emma Curtis, Gavin Villareal, Aiden Villareal, and Aiden Worster. Way to go, team! 


     

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  • The Augmented Reality Sandbox

    The augmented reality sandbox was a real-time depiction of changes in topography. As the students changed the elevation of the sand, the topographic levels were colored through an overhead projector. Students were also able to fill areas with water by having their hands act as clouds to produce rain and flood areas they had carved out. Many made volcanoes as well and thought that was pretty cool!

     

    sandbox 1 sandbox 2 sandbox 3 sandbox 4 sandbox 5 sandbox 6

    Students pictured:

    Isaac Kanega, Payton Lais, Conner Hustad, Kasen Baer, Ray Vigo, Rachel Fielzer, Claire Upton, Karson Sanders, Lexy Terhark, Megan Johnson, Jordyn Beyl, Olivia Heiden, Alayna Holder, Saree Wadeson, Sam May, Madee Shea, Lindsey Erickson, Hailey Jaeger


     

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  • Mr. Anderson's Advisory Class 'Values' Video

    We started something “new” at Liberty Middle School this year.  Every day except for Wednesday, we start our day with Advisory Time.  It lasts seventeen minutes at the beginning of every day, the students participate in many different activities with lots of great discussions about whats important in their lives.  Everyone has their own personal values that they hold true in their hearts, each student needed to come up with a value and introduce it to the rest of their Advisory Class.  We took everyone’s input and created a WeVideo to culminate our amazing findings.  Please enjoy our WeVideo, I know the students really did.

    Watch the  Video > https://www.wevideo.com/view/1305570691 


     

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  • Student Ambassadors Group

    This month these fabulous students under, Shaina Winning’s guidance, have been doing amazing things all month in the commons over lunch.  Creating a culture of acceptance, compassion, and appreciation.  Thank you for making Liberty a place where it is Cool to Care! 

    Students writing on paper hearts


     

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  • NDSA Assessmentspencil

    In the upcoming weeks, our LMS students will begin taking the North Dakota State Assessments (NDSA) for Math, Reading and Writing. Students will take NDSA assessments on their 1:1 devices at school, and teams may be requesting students keep their device and charger at school during the testing window. If you have questions or concerns regarding the NDSA assessments, you should reach out to your child’s team of teachers or the LMS office.

    Other information:

    • NDSA Testing Window: March 18-May 10
    • LMS NDSA Testing Schedule
      • 6th Grade: March 18-29
        • Math will be taken last week in April
      • 7th Grade: April 1-12
      • 8th Grade: April 15-May 3

     Student/Parent Resource: https://ndsa.portal.airast.org/users/students-families.stml


     

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  • Immunization Information for Students Entering 7th GradeSyringe

    2019-2020 School Year

    According to North Dakota law 23-07-17.1, children entering 7th grade are required to receive Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) and MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccines.

    Tdap and MCV4 are recommended at age 11.

    If your child is in the 6th grade and 11 years of age he/she can receive Tdap and MCV4 now.

    Please make an immunization appointment for your child with a healthcare provider of your choice. For an appointment at Fargo Cass Public Health please call 701-241-1383. The updated immunization record should then be handed into the school upon completion.

    Students who have not received the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines at the start of the 2019-20 school year will have until October 1, 2019 or they will be excluded from school.


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  • toothbrush and paste Hygiene Drive

    FCCLA is doing a Hygiene drive to benefit the YWCA. March 1- 15th. Items can be put in the box in the Commons. Items needed are:

    Toothpaste, Chapstick, Bodywash, Shampoo and Conditioner, Grocery Gift Cards, Lotion, Meal in a box (ex. hamburger helper).

     


     

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  • 2018-19 Storm Day Status  Snow coming down

    For the 2018-19 school year, the WFPS calendar included two storm makeup days: March 14 (used for 1/29 cancellation) and April 22 (used for 1/30 cancellation). School will be in session on these two days.


     

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  • 2018-19 Yearbook

    Deadline is Aprl 1st flying book

    Order your 2018-19 Liberty Middle School yearbook now! To order, please click on the following link: http://shop.balfour.com/smi134209/catalog/category/view/s/your-yearbook/id/312793/

    Yearbooks are $34; shipping is included in the cost and the books will be shipped to your home in July. If you would like to have your yearbook personalized with a name stamp, there are options for that with an extra charge. You do not need to order an autograph insert; one will be provided to all who order a book. If you do not order your book online, we cannot guarantee that there will be any for sale at the end of the year.

    Questions about the yearbook ordering process can be directed to co-advisors Mr. Haaland or Mrs. Schick: chaaland@west-fargo.k12.nd.us or aschick@west-fargo.k12.nd.us.


     

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  •  

    Tower Garden

    Check out the tower garden in Mrs. Woodbury’s 7th grade science room. This technology utilizes hydroponics and aeroponics for growing. No soil. Year-round growing season. Knowledge of food source. Less use of space and water. Sustainability at its finest. Yeah, Lisa!

     

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  • Pod Cast and Empathy Project at West Acres Mall

    Big win for Team Fury (Eric Dobervich, Holly Erickson) and their students and their amazing pod cast and empathy project.  If you are at the mall this weekend check our the kiosks in front of either side of Macy’s.  We are blown away with the knowledge demonstrated by these kids!  Personal narratives at there finest!

    podcast photo  helping homeless podcast Handicapm podcast Girls podcast Hope podcast OKay not to be OK podcast Self Love Podcast


     

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  • Students holding Gift Cards

    Giving Hearts Day was another huge success for our region this year.  Liberty raised about $1200 which equates to $2400 with DMF match funds!  That is incredible for all our charities in the region that do so much good!  Team Amazon (Darcy Olson, Brandy Sellden, Rachel Heinze, Randi Lamoureux) was the team winner with donating $421 dollars.  This is their second year in a row!  Their funds along with a couple other teams ended up giving over $600 to the Ronald McDonald House…with DMF matching funds…means $1200!!!!!!  Way to go Liberty!

     

    Giving Hearts Day Webpage Student looking at Web Page


     

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  • Text me app logo Text Me App

    The Text Me App is the latest rage as it allows students to create fake phone numbers to contact real people.

    • Why should parents care?
    • In our experience, students will download apps like Text Me so that they can hide their activity from their parents (since it won’t appear on their phone bill)
    • Even if a user doesn’t have a cellular plan, they can make calls and send texts using the app
    • Text Me offers location sharing features which can be incredibly dangerous for students
    • Apps that use location sharing make it easy for predators to target children. It’s easy for predators to pretend to be kids to learn where children live, where they go to school, and the locations they visit frequently
    • The app offers in app purchases, so if you haven’t set spending guidelines for your family then costs can add up over time. Additionally, the app encourages students to earn more points by watching ads, inviting their friends to use the app, or playing games within the app
    • Text Me does not support 911, so it’s important for parents to teach their kids to use the call function built into their phones if there is an emergency
    • Some users have reported that they consistently receive random calls and messages from strangers on their Text Me app phone number

      * Source @JoshOchsSmartSocial.com*


     

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  • 6th and 7th Grade Report Card Access

    Report Card

    Liberty will no longer be printing and mailing report cards for 6th and 7th grade students. Report cards can be accessed using Parent Portal.  The Sign up form  is available on our website. This form must be turned into the LMS office along with a picture ID. Otherwise the form can be notarized and returned to the LMS office.

     

    8th Grade report cards will be printed and mailed. There are no changes for 8th grade students, parents and teachers until next year.

     

    Parents can access your student’s grades and attendance at any time throughout the school year using Parent Portal. We encourage you to use Parent Portal on a regular basis to keep current on your student’s progress.

     

    Parent Portal instructions are attached. You can also find Mobile Device instructions on our website.


     

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  • Top apps to help parents monitor their children (part 5 - Final)

    created by: SRO RHONDA JORGENSEN, jessica koerselman and jacob anderson 

    9.      PhoneSheriff

    @PhoneSheriff

    PhoneSheriff is an app for parents concerned about their teens’ smartphone and tablet usage, with monitoring tools and blocking features to help keep them focused on safe media.

    Key Features:

    • Block phone numbers from calls and text messages
    • Set custom time restrictions
    • Block specific apps you deem inappropriate
    • Monitor text messages
    • Get custom activity alerts
    • Real-time location tracking
    • Lock commands
    • Compatible with Android, iPhone, and iPad

    Cost: 

    • $49/6 months
    • $89/year

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    • Available with purchase

    10.    Qustodio

    @Qustodio

    Protect, understand, and manage your child’s online activity with Qustodio. With this parental control app, you can block pornography, monitor social networking activities, set usage time limits, and more.

    Key Features:

    • Block pornography, even in private browsing mode
    • Monitor time spent on social media
    • Set multi-device time limits
    • Control time spent on games and apps
    • Track SMS messages and calls
    • Location tracking
    • Panic button

    Cost:

    • Free (1 user, 1 device)
    • Premium 5: $49.95/year (5 users, 5 devices)
    • *Premium 10: $87.95/year (10 users, 10 devices)

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  • Top apps to help parents monitor their children (part 4)

    created by: SRO RHONDA JORGENSEN, jessica koerselman and jacob anderson 

    7.      TeenSafe

    @TeenSafeCom

    Chosen by more than one million parents to keep teens safe, TeenSafe is an app designed by parents, for parents that enables you to keep tabs on your teens’ online behavior and physical location.

    Key Features:

    • See sent, received, and deleted SMS and chat messages
    • View call logs of incoming and outgoing phone calls
    • Get web browsing history
    • Access to the current smartphone location on a map

    Cost: Free

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    • Available on sign-up

    8.    Curbi

    @getcurbi

    Curbi is a monitoring app that enables parents to block content they deem inappropriate, set ground rules, and time limits. This app ensures your teens are spending the appropriate time studying or sleeping, rather than of on their smartphones. It also features other tools to make sure your teens are using their devices safely.

    Key Features:

    • Block specific apps or call a time-out for studying
    • Filter out adult sites and other inappropriate websites
    • Keep track of the sites your child visits

    Cost:

    • Free (up to 2 devices)
    • Premium: $3.99/month
    • Internet Filter (iOS only): additional $2.99 per month, per iOS device

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  • Top apps to help parents monitor their children (part 3)

    created by: SRO RHONDA JORGENSEN, jessica koerselman and jacob anderson 

    5.   K9 Web Protection

    @K9WebProtection

    A free internet filter and parental control software, K9 Web Protection helps parents control the content their kids can access online. If you’re looking for a free and easy way to prevent your teen from viewing adult content, malicious websites, sites that promote violence, or other concerning content, K9 Web Protection is a useful tool.

    Key Features:

    • Block websites in more than 70 categories
    • Force SafeSearch on all major search engines
    • Configure custom lists to set allowable and prohibited content
    • Override blocked pages with a password
    • Easily generate reports to monitor your teens’ online activity

    Cost: Free

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    6.   ShieldMyTeen

    In three simple steps, you can keep your teenagers safer on their mobile devices with ShieldMyTeen’s internet filtering, application blocking, and other monitoring tools to restrict your child’s access to only safe, approved content.

    Key Features:

    • Internet filtering
    • Application blocking
    • Pornography blocking
    • Web history logging
    • Remote management
    • Location tracking
    • SMS logging

    Cost: $29.99/year

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  • Top apps to help parents monitor their children

    created by: SRO RHONDA JORGENSEN, jessica koerselman and jacob anderson

    1.      Life360

    @Life360

    Location and communication combine to keep your family connected, no matter how many miles divide you. And with features to promote safe driving, you can have peace of mind when your teens are on the road.

    Key Features:

    • Instantly see everyone in your private circle on the map
    • Message everyone in your circle at the same time or 1:1
    • Send quick check-ins to let other family members know you’re safe
    • Add “Places” to automate alerts when family members arrive at specified locations
    • Crash detection, emergency response, and driving analysis

    Cost: Free

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    2.    OurPact

    @OurPactApp

    OurPact teaches responsible and safe digital citizenship through tools that enable parents to set time limits on smartphone use, create schedules, block apps and internet access, and even reward your teens with extra time when they deserve it. With OurPact, parents can finally balance the risks and rewards of mobile technology.

    Key Features:

    • Block social media access
    • Create an agreement with your teens
    • Block apps
    • Schedule device use
    • Manage chores, academic responsibilities, and more
    • Coordinate the whole family’s schedule with reminders

    Cost: Free

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  • Top apps to help parents monitor their children (part 2)

    created by: SRO RHONDA JORGENSEN, jessica koerselman and jacob anderson

    3.  FlexiSPY

    @FlexiSPYLtd

    FlexiSPY is a more intrusive mobile and online monitoring app, but it’s useful for some parents who have reason to be concerned about their teens interactions online. With more than 150 features to give you insight into all your teens’ activities on their devices, you can be sure they’re not putting themselves in danger.

    Key Features:

    • Ambient recording
    • Call recording and interception
    • Monitor email, Facebook, Skype, and other popular messaging and social apps
    • View notes, locations, calendar, browser and app activity
    • Seee RemCam, photos, wallpapers and videos
    • Compatible with Android and iOS devices

    Cost:

    • Premium: Plan: $68/month, $99/3 months, $149/year
    • Extreme: $199/quarter, $349/year

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    4. SecureTeen

    @Secure_Teen

    SecureTeen is a parental control and monitoring app designed specifically for parents of teenagers, with features that work to keep your teens safe from the dangers that lurk online – cyberstalking, cyberbullying, and more.

    Key Features:

    • Filter the web to eliminate pornography and other inappropriate content
    • Application blocking
    • Facebook and Instagram monitoring
    • Web history logging
    • Time management
    • Text message logging
    • Location tracking
    • Remote device control

    Cost: 1 year/ 3 Devices: $39.99

    Download:

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  • Social Media picture            Follow us on Twitter!

    Are you a Twitter user? Make sure to follow Liberty Middle School on Twitter!


     

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  • WantedSmart Phone Donation

    We are looking for 30 used, unwanted smart phones. iPhone 5 or newer and Androied 3.2 or newer. Please see our FLYER for specific information.

     

     

     

     


     

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  • Student Wi-Fi access has been turned off until further notice. This affects all personal electronic cell phone devices...including cell phones.

     


     

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  • As the SRO at Liberty I plan on sharing information with parents on different trend and apps that students are using and what these apps are used for. I will put these in the newsletter to help you keep up with your student’s ever changing world. If there is ever you need from me please let me know.

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  • cell phone   Text-a-Tip

     Text-a-Tip number 701.541.7823 for Liberty Middle school. This is information to the SRO that can be anonymous about thefts, vandalism, violence or illegal activity.


     

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School-Based Sealant Program

  • Seal! ND School-Based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program

    In 2012, The North Dakota Department of Health, Oral Health Program (OHP) implemented the Seal! ND School-based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program. Public health dental hygienists visit schools two times a year (fall and spring) and provide direct preventive services, under standing orders of a dentist which include: oral health education, a screening, dental sealant and fluoride varnish application. A parent/guardian signed consent form is required to participate in the Seal! ND fluoride varnish and dental sealant program.

    Services are provided to schools that are recognized as being in need by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Students attending pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (depending upon the school) with parent/guardian consent are eligible to receive the free oral health services. A goody bag consisting of a result sheet (what the child had done), toothbrush, toothpaste and floss will be provided to each child that is seen. In the West Fargo area, Maple Family Dental will be providing the services. Watch for more information to come!

District News & Updates

  • Online Registration

    Online registration is coming to West Fargo Public Schools! Look for further details and communications to be sent to families later this spring as we prepare for implementing the process for next year.

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  • High School & Middle School Names

    At the March 11 regularly-scheduled meeting, the School Board voted 6 - 1 in favor of naming the district's third middle school Heritage Middle School. The new middle school will open for the 2020-2021 school year and will serve students from Legacy Elementary School, Horace Elementary School, and Deer Creek Elementary School. Heritage Middle School will be located at 6350 76th Ave S, Horace, ND 58047. The School Board also voted 4 - 3 in favor of naming the district's third high school West Fargo Horace High School. The new high school will open for the 2021-2022 school year and will serve students from Heritage Middle School. The official address for Horace High School is to be determined, but it will be within the city limits of Horace, on the same campus as Heritage Middle School.

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  • Momo Challenge

    The Momo challenge is the latest online ‘challenge' that has understandably caused many parents concern. Although there have been lots of media stories in the last week, there is no verified evidence that this ‘challenge’ has caused harm to children, and more recent investigations have found it to be fake news. Despite this, it is clear that it is causing distress among parents and children.

    The Momo character — the disfigured face attached to a bird’s body — was, in fact, a prop named ‘Mother Bird’ made in Japan three years ago for an art exhibition. It was claimed that the Momo challenge was ‘played’ over WhatsApp. The Momo character allegedly asked would-be participants to contact ‘her’ and do a series of challenges — the final challenge being suicide. 

    Although the Momo challenge is now being reported as a hoax, the reports, warnings, and disturbing images could still cause distress to children. It’s important that parents talk to their children about it. The best way to start is to ask a general question about whether they have seen anything online that upset or worried them. Explain that there are often things that happen online that can be misleading or frightening and that some things are designed to get a lot of attention. Parents need to follow their child’s lead — introducing a worrying subject to a child who isn’t familiar with it might lead them to investigate. On the other hand, avoiding mentioning it won’t provide a chance for a good discussion. Take your child’s lead and whatever you decide about overtly talking about these kinds of topics, make sure that they know that contacting strangers and doing anything at all that they are asked to do online or off that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable is not OK.

    There are many great online resources available; here are three of our favorites: Common Sense Media, NetSmartz, and ParentZone.  

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  • Kindergarten Preregistration

    West Fargo Public Schools will hold kindergarten preregistration from 4:00PM - 7:00PM on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26.

    With the exception of Deer Creek Elementary School, all families go to their neighborhood school to preregister. Deer Creek Elementary School families should preregister at Legacy Elementary School.

    Each registered child must provide a copy of a current immunization record and proof of identity (birth certificate, visa, I-94, or other government-issued ID). Preregistration is still possible without these documents.

    Children must be five years old on, or before, July 31, 2019 to attend kindergarten in 2019-2020.

    If you do not know which school your child will attend, enter your address online at www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. Preregistration is an opportunity for parents to complete the necessary paperwork; students need not attend. Students and families will be invited back to meet staff and tour the schools at August's Back to School Night.

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