The Patriot Press

The Smarter Balance Test is destabilizing education

April 28, 2015

This year, for the first time, Liberty will be administering the Smarter Balance test to all juniors and sophomores. Before you freak out, this year is just a trial. The scores won’t mean anything as far as graduation, but in future years, they might. That is one of the reasons why the administrators...

Register for classes – the smart way

April 28, 2015

Every year it’s the same story. You’re trying to register for classes, and all you can hear are the counselors telling you to challenge yourself, older students warning you to stay away from APUSH and Honors Physics, and your friends discussing which classes they will sign up for together. So how...

How effective are teacher evaluations, really?

November 26, 2014

In 2010, Washington State set a lofty goal: to evaluate teachers and administrators in a way that would improve student learning and the classroom atmosphere. Fast forward four years, and this Washington state legislation, known as the Teacher and Principle Evaluation Project (TPEP), is in full swing. We...

The healthy, hunger-free kids act

October 30, 2014

The United States has a weight problem. Today, with 74.1% of the American population overweight, obesity rates continue to increase and 120,000 people die per year of preventable causes related to obesity. The Patriot Press applauds efforts taken by the U.S. government and our school district to solve...

Liberty’s AP teachers deserve appreciation

September 3, 2014

It’s one in the morning, and your eyes begin to glaze over as you stare at the computer screen, your half-typed essay glaring right back. Completely unable to fathom why any teacher would ever even consider burdening a poor high school student like you with such a ridiculous amount of homework, you curs...

Crafting a healthier lunch at Liberty

May 6, 2014

Do you think about what you’re eating for lunch each day? It may be hard for students not involved in DECA or the L Café to notice, but new changes are starting to effect on-campus lunch options for every student. The 2010 Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act, sponsored by First Lady Michelle Obama, it ha...

Weighted GPAs: Make the change

December 10, 2013

Valedictorian is the most prestigious award a graduate can earn. It is the culmination of four years of diligent dedication to academic success, and it honors the student who has worked the hardest. At Liberty, it’s all about the pursuit of two simple digits—4 and 0. The problem is, not every pa...

Praise for Patriot Way

November 7, 2013

Along with the other changes brewing about Liberty High School is the establishment of a reflective green rectangle—a rectangle that took almost as much work to put up as our new school and as much passion to imagine as the overwhelming wave of Patriot Pride that hit students the first week back. A...

ASB: Working hard behind the scenes

March 18, 2013

If you make the game winning play in the biggest basketball game of the year, everyone around school knows your name. People hear through word of mouth, the announcements, or maybe even in the Patriot Press. But a very important group of students at our school lack recognition regardless of the fact that ...

Patriot power saves our schedule

January 3, 2013

One of the goals of public high school is to teach students how to express their opinions and speak out for what they believe is right. The Liberty community has demonstrated that they understand this lesson wholeheartedly by taking action in response to the formerly proposed schedule change. With our F...

Career center: an unused gem

November 26, 2012

Every morning, we begin second or sixth period with the daily announcements. We listen to the sporting news or the spirit days’ information, but how often do we listen to the career center announcements? Everyday Liberty students are given a plethora of opportunities: visits from college admission offic...

How much change is right for the block schedule?

October 18, 2012

What does Liberty stand to lose as of November? We can tell you it will not be the Patriot Pride so unique to this high school. We will stand by our school during the construction mess and in the adversity of a schedule change. We have been criticized for being loud, for fighting for our block sched...

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