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 The 7th grade Lady Patriots Volleyball Team is hard at work this season. The girls have faced some tough competition in the DPVC and are preparing for their first regional game on March 6. Thank you to all of the girls that tried-out this year and congrats to the following players for making the team:

Kaitlyn B.   Ava K.   Sophia R.    Abby B.   Claire M.    Paige S.

Cora F.    Jessica N.   Kara S.   Jaiden H.    Jenna R.    Ava T.

After getting the go ahead from the IESA on beginning a shortened volleyball season, the 8th grade Lady Patriots have been putting in a lot of hard work in practice to get ready for their abbreviated season. After a hard fought battle in their first game of the season, the Patriots walked away with a win over conference rival Hickory Creek. The Patriots hope to continue their winning ways over the rest of our conference rivals until March's regional tournament.

Maria B.    Katie M.    Caroline S.   Quinn B.    Finley N.    Laney T.

Natalie E.   Erin H.    Bella L.    Gabby P.    Michaela R.    Riley S.   Cecilia W.


Congratulations to the following 7th grade boys for making this season’s 2021 volleyball team:

Trayvone J.   Nicholas D.   Aidan K.   Isaiah F.   Josh K.

Nicolas F.   Colin L.   Carter M.   Brandon O.

The team has already jumped into action and is looking forward to acing the competition in this season, which is set to begin on Monday, March 8. Best of luck to the group of young men as they hit the court in the coming days!

The 8th Grade Boys’ Volleyball Team has been formed and they are now preparing for their
first match on March 8 against Summit Hill. The team has a little rust to knock off but are already coming together and working well as a cohesive team. Coach Hence is excited to see what this team can do has expectations for their success is high this season. Congratulations to the following for making the team:

Cam A.    Brandon B.   Ryne F.    Fernando G.    Kyle H.    Jack J.    Greyson K.   Max G.


Tryouts for this year's 7th/8th grade boys’ and girls’ track and field teams are planned for Tuesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 7. Due to Covid-19 guidelines, this year's tryouts will only be open to current 7th and 8th graders. Please pay attention to daily announcements for more detailed information regarding tryouts. A reminder that the IESA requires a current physical to be on file with the school. A physical is considered current as long as it was completed within the previous 395 days (13 months). Please feel free to contact Coach Havlin (boys’ team) or Coach Hence (girls’ team) with any questions you may have.



The Liberty Band is busy preparing music for our next virtual concert which will be ready for viewing around Spring Break. The concert will feature the following songs: Armory by Randall Standridge which is the composer's interpretation of video game music, I Want to Hold Your Hand by the Beatles and The Curse of Tutenkhamen by Michael Story which tells the tale of archeologists finding King Tut's tomb. The concert will also feature the Liberty Percussion  Ensemble playing Behind Enemy Lines. Recently, the Liberty Band members participated in a virtual Solo and Ensemble Contest. Students prepared solos or small ensembles to record and send to judges for comments and an overall rating. The judges were extremely positive and impressed with our students' performance level. Some of the solos and ensembles will be also featured in the virtual concert as "judge's choice" award winners.

The Jazz Band will also be featured in the upcoming virtual concert. The Jazz Band has been working hard to prepare Uncle Milo's Sideshow by Dean Sorenson and Bruce Pearson, Yesterday by the Beatles, and Domino by Van Morrison. Jazz Band members are exploring the rock style as well as improvisation.


We are excited to announce that we will be having a Bowling Club this year! If you are interested in participating in the Bowling Club please use the code obg4fqa to access the Google Classroom Bowling Club class for more information. Please make checks payable to Liberty Jr. High, put them in an envelope, and turn them into the main off or to Mrs. Hartwig. If you have any questions please see Mr. Cutright or Mrs. Hartwig. Physicals are not required to participate this year.


Liberty Chorus has been hard at work in the month of February. We are so excited to finally be meeting in person where we can interact in real time with the other singers! We've spent this month working on vocal technique and singing with balance and blend among the other voices in the group. In honor of Black History Month, the choir also has been studying two pieces based on Lanston Hughes poems. The first, Dream Keeper, invokes the keeper of dreams and asks them to take our dreams, hopes and desires and protect them from the harsh realities of the world in the hopes that these dreams might be realized. The second, I Dream A World, has text that inspired Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech. It addresses themes of equality and prosperity for all people. Both poems were set to music by Rollo Dilworth. A link to the performance will be available soon on the Liberty homepage and Facebook.

Liberty Music Department held a virtual Solo and Ensemble Contest at the end of January. Students prepared pieces and submitted video recordings of themselves which were then adjudicated using the IGSMA rubric. Congratulations to Emilia F. (7) and Maddie U. (8) who received Superior ratings on their vocal solo performances and to Madelyn B. (7) who received a Superior rating on her piano solo.


Liberty just held auditions for the Spring play. We will be presenting a series of monologues and short scenes in April. Our performances will be held on Zoom. The cast will be announced shortly. Mrs. Styx and Mr. Jesse are excited to be working with students in a different theatrical format and we are looking forward to exploring how students will create characters and worlds outside of a traditional stage. Watch this space next month for updates, the cast list and information on how you'll be able to attend these performances.


ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF: Starting immediately, Homework Club will be postponed until further notice. Don’t forget, you can always utilize PM Study Hall to receive extra help from any of your teachers.

POSTPONED: Homework Club will meet every Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 7:30 am to 8:15 am. There you can work on homework, re-take tests, or simply get extra help with classwork such as sentence diagramming! You can drop in to the Zoom meeting whenever you like.


Liberty’s Mathletes are off to a great start this year. Our 7th and 8th grade teams have been practicing after-school via Zoom since January. They have been focusing on working as a “team” discussing ways to attack a math problem and as a group coming up with the correct calculations. The teams first ICTM competition is underway with the students challenging their math knowledge while representing our school. Congratulations Mathletes... YOUR LIFE is ADDING


 Morning Math is an additional resource specifically for math help. It will run from 7:30 am - 8:15 am before school every week from Tuesday through Friday. Students will be permitted to drop in any time during that window to request assistance from the math teacher running the Zoom meeting that day. The teacher schedule for Morning Math will be: Tuesday = Mrs. Zettergren, Wednesday = Mrs. Bethman, Thursday = Mr. Bahret, Friday = Mrs. Byrnes.

Starting September 8, students can find the Zoom links for Morning Math in their Classroom math class, listed as a material.


 Current NJHS members should check Google Classroom for an update about our next service project and our next meeting date.

Parents of 7th Graders and 8th Graders who have a grade point average of 3.9 or higher at the end of Trimester 2 will receive a Connect Ed email from Mrs. Clark on Friday, March 12, with an invitation to apply to the Liberty’s Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. The email will also include this year's NJHS application packet. Students who are interested in applying for membership should read through the packet carefully, print, and complete all sections. Completed applications should be emailed to Mrs. Clark or returned to the Liberty Main Office no later than 3:00pm on Friday, April 16. Please contact Mrs. Clark at jclark@nlsd122.org with any questions about the NJHS application process.


Liberty Orchestra and Allegro continue to work hard and prepare music this past month in preparation for our next performance. Stay tuned for more details!


The Liberty Scholastic Bowl team has been practicing with the Martino team this month. They have split the four matches we have played so far. Leading scorers for Liberty include: Thomas V. with 19, Brian M. with 12, and Emily T. with 10. Next month they will play teams from Troy, Hadley and Homer. Good luck team!


Congratulations to the Liberty Patriot Speech Team for an OUTSTANDING group of performances!

In the category of Monologue, the students receiving a First place rank were:
May F.
Ginny F.
Abby H.
Maddy M.
Mackenna W.

In the category of Poetry, the students receiving a First place rank were:
Bailey A.
Sofia F.

In the Category of Duet Acting, the students receiving a First place rank were:
Naomi B.
Sydney S.
Ashley W.

In the category of Original Script, the student receiving a First place rank was:
May F.

In the category of Group Acting, the students receiving a First place rank were:
Kaleigh B.
Sydney S.
Ashley W.

In the category of Duet Improvisation the students receiving a First place rank were:
Kaleigh B. & Gavin O.
Naomi B. & Ginny F.

In the category of Team Improvisation, the students receiving a First place rank were:
Gavin O.
Ginny F.
May F.
Abby H.
Naomi B.


If you like to help improve our school, then Student Council might be the perfect club for you! The Liberty Student Council is a group of students that work together to plan activities, such as spirit weeks and service activities at school. Liberty’s Student Council is a volunteer-based club which anyone can join. We typically meet twice a month on Thursdays, but sometimes more frequently when planning for an activity. Since there are no elections, all you need to do is come to the first Student Council meeting on Thursday, March 11, after school until 3:40pm, in the cafeteria. (We will also meet on March 25 until 3:40pm.) If you can’t make the meeting or have questions, please feel free to stop by and see Miss O’Brien in room B-212 or send an email to: bobrien@nlsd122.org at your convenience. We are looking forward to another great year with the Student Council here at Liberty!


Yearbook Sales will be online this year!
Order Before March 1st For only $26.00 

Click here to order: https://www.balfour.com/illinois/new-lenox/liberty-junior-high-school 

Follow These Steps:
1.  Scroll down to yearbook products and ads
2.  Click order
3.  Fill in your student’s grade and name
4.  Click shop for this student
5.   Click get started
6.  Click add to cart
7.  Enter your payment information

Yearbook Club had their first meeting on September 28. Students are still able to join this club. If your student is interested in joining the Yearbook Club please have them email Mrs. Hartwig at khartwig@nlsd122.org to get the Zoom link. If you have any questions contact Mrs. Hartwig.