LES secretaries answer 6 questions

Six questions in 60 seconds is the district’s new web series in
which we interview Liberty Central School District staff members.
First up for the 2015-16 school year is Patti Green, Carrie LaJoie
and Debbie Rusin.

Commonly referred to as “the central nervous system of the Liberty
Elementary School” Patti, Carrie and Debbie – who can always be
found in the school’s main office – were selected because teachers
and administrators alike say they are always going beyond above
their call of duty.

Every employee plays a role in the vitality and success of the
Liberty school community. Throughout the year, “Six questions”
features randomly selected employees each week so staff members,
parents, students and other community members can develop a more
personal connection with the men and women who make this a special
place to learn and work.

Patti Green:
Patti has been a secretary for 27 years and has seen many
principals, teachers and staff come and go. She says she has
always found her job very rewarding and challenging. The best
part, she says? No two days are alike.

1. What three traits define you?
Humor, work ethic, willingness to help

2. What is your personal philosophy?
Try your best, never give up and help when you can

3. What would you consider to be your greatest
accomplishment?

My two sons. They’ve become productive, hard-working young men
with morals and values and are raising their children to be the
same.

4. Who are your biggest inspirations?
My mom. She raised four daughters as a single parent and never let
them go without or take their lives for granted.

5. What would you tell yourself at elementary school age?

Work hard, try your best and never give up.

6. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

Meatloaf is my favorite entertainer.

Carrie LaJoie
Carrie joined the elementary school six months ago as a typist in
the main office, which she refers to as “the hub of the school”.
Her responsibilities vary from day to day; she finds that
flexibility is kid. She says she her favorite part of her job is
interacting with the students each day, because “they are the
reason we are all here.”

1. What three traits define you?
Genuine, honest, determined

2. What is your personal philosophy?
It is what it is; I don’t think we should worry about the things
we can’t change. We should just accept it and move on.

3. What would you consider to be your greatest
accomplishment?

My education. I worked diligently in an Honors Program to earn my
Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Then I went to the college of
Saint Rose to complete my Bachelor’s in Education and Master’s in
Literacy.

4. Who are your biggest inspirations?
My family. My parents taught me to be a thoughtful, hard-working
person and my siblings have fostered some friendly rivalry!

5. What would you tell yourself at elementary school age?
Enjoy your childhood, soak up all that the world has to offer and
try not to take things so seriously.

6. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I am a huge baseball fan! I go to games, collect memorabilia and
love to support my favorite team.

Debbie Rusin
Debbie has been a typist for the district for 16 years. “Everyday
is a challenge beause you never know what to expect,” she says.
“But I love my job and love interacting with students. They are
the best part of my job.”

1. What three traits define you?

Loyal, kind-hearted, fun-loving

2. What is your personal philosophy?
Don’t judge a person until you get to know them. Be open.

3. What would you consider to be your greatest
accomplishment?

My three sons. I am so proud of them. They are the best!

4. Who are your biggest inspirations?
My parents.

5. What would you tell yourself at elementary school age?

Pay attention, take everything in and listen.

6. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I love horse racing. I am pretty much an open book.

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Spirit Week

Liberty High School is getting ready for Spirit Week and Pride
Weekend. Six days of fun, activities and athletic events are set for
Monday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 10.

Liberty students will also choose the members of the 2015
homecoming court. Nominations and voting are being held this week.
Students can place their votes for king and queen in the cafeteria
during their lunch periods.

Students may purchase tickets for the Oct. 10 homecoming dance
during lunches for $6 per person. Parents are invited to watch the
announcement of the homecoming court at the Oct. 10 football game
against Fallsburg.

During Spirit Week and Pride Weekend, all students and staff
showcase their pride in their school, student-athletes and
community. Activities include sporting events, a pep rally and the
homecoming dance. Here is a list of activities:

Monday, Oct. 5:
• Sports Jersey Day

Tuesday, Oct. 6:
• Hippie Day

Wednesday, Oct. 7:
• Hat Day
• Tennis match against Port Jervis at 4 p.m. at the Liberty Tennis Court;
senior recognition prior to start

Thursday, Oct. 8:
• Class Color Day (staff and faculty wear pink; seniors wear purple;
juniors wear orange; sophomores wear green; and freshmen wear
blue)
• Boys Soccer game against Burke Catholic at 6 p.m. on the Liberty
football field; senior recognition at half time

Friday, Oct. 9:
• Red and White Day
• Pep Rally at 2 p.m. in the Liberty High School gymnasium
• JV Volleyball game against O’Neil at 4:30 p.m. followed by Varsity
Volleyball* game in the Liberty High School gymnasium
• Girls Soccer game against O’Neil at 6 p.m. on the Liberty football
field; senior recognition at half time

Saturday, Oct. 10:
• Football game against Fallsburg at 1:30 p.m. on the Liberty football
field; senior recognition prior to start of game
• Homecoming Dance at 7:30 p.m. in the Liberty High School cafeteria

 

*The senior members of the Volleyball team will be recognized
at their Oct. 21 game.

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Theatreworks presents Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide

Transitioning from kindergarten to first grade can be tough. Just ask Junie B. Jones, a charismatic student who’s made it through successfully and wants to share her tips on how to get by at school.

Liberty Elementary School is thrilled and extremely proud to announce that through PTA fundraising, Theatreworks USA will present two performances of Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School for all students grades pre-k – 5 on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Now that Junie B. Jones has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on everything that elementary school students need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends will deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and always something to sing about!

Theatreworks USA is America’s largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. A troupe of six Threatreworks actors will come to Liberty Elementary School to present two performances of its comical book adaptation.

This is a school performance only. Liberty Elementary School would like to thank the Liberty PTA for making these performances possible through fundraising.

According to its website, since 1961, Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 72 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about four million people annually. Every year, the company tours approximately 16 shows from its ever- growing repertoire of 115 plays and musicals. For more information, visit http://www.theatreworksusa.org.

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Yearbook to go on sale

Another amazing year is underway at Liberty High School and the
yearbook staff is already capturing the best moments and big events
for the 2015-16 school year yearbook.

Students can purchase the yearbook for the lowest price of the
year if the order is placed before Oct. 16.
Students will save up to $11 off the regular price of $68 and, if
applicable, receive three free icons for the cover of his/her
personalized yearbook.

  • If you would like to order by credit card or use a
    payment plan
    , go to www.jostensyearbooks.com. You
    will be given the option of a three month payment plan upon
    checkout or pay in full.
  • If you prefer to pay with a check in person,
    bring payment to Mrs. Bull in Art Room 410.
    All checks should be made out to “Libertas”; please don’t
    forget to add sales tax to your order.

To offset the cost of the yearbooks, the staff and Student
Council are selling sweat pants ($25) and yoga pants ($30). Orders
for pants are due by Oct. 9; the money must be received
before the order is place. All orders will be here in time for the
holidays. 

Thank you for supporting the Liberty High School yearbook!

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Common Core Math explained to parents

Common Core math can be a mystery, and parents are going to school
to understand it.

With the implementation of Common Core State Standards, many
public school students in the United States are learning math very
differently than their parents did. These changes have confused
many parents and guardians, leaving them flustered by a basic
parental duty: helping with homework and supporting their child.

In effort to explain and demystify the Common Core approach to
math, the Sullivan County BOCES Adult Education Program is holding
special math sessions to give parents and caregivers of students
of all ages an opportunity to work on the same math problems their
children work on each day.

Parents are encouraged to bring a list of questions or samples of
his/her child’s math problems they would like to learn more about.

The Common Core Math for Parents course is designed to help parents and guardians gain a working knowledge of Common Core Math Standards and problem solving techniques and “…includes hands-on activities and tips for parents so that theyare better prepared to help their children with assignments.”

Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from Oct. 26 through
Nov. 18 from 5:30-8:30p.m. The cost for the total course is $100.
To learn more or register, please call 845-295-4915.

The Sullivan County BOCES Adult Education Program is located at
St. John Education Center, 22 St. John Street, Monticello, NY
12701.

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eSpark individualizes LES instruction

Imagine walking into a classroom where a second grade student
is working on third grade reading comprehension while the
classmate next to her brushes up on first grade math skills. Look
further and you see 15 students working independently at their own
pace while five others meet with their teacher for small group
instruction.

Is this level of classroom differentiation possible? It is for
Liberty Elementary School, who implemented a data-driven blended
learning model using iPads for the 2015-16 school year.

During the school’s Sept. 16 open house event, parents and
guardians learned more about eSpark, an app-based program that
Liberty’s elementary school teachers use to personalize and
individualize learning.

“Education isn’t one size fits all,” Assistant Principal
Victoria Curry said. “Not all students learn in the same way or at
the same pace. With eSpark, our teachers use iPad technology to
provide students with engaging, individualized lessons.”

And the teachers couldn’t be more excited to integrate eSpark’s
educational apps into their classrooms.

“What’s special about eSpark is that is it solely made up of
apps that have been thoroughly examined and approved by former
teachers and are individualized for students’ learning based on
NWEA test results,” Mrs. Curry said. “The apps are also selected
to maximize student engagement, and students get to rate the apps
to give feedback to eSpark.”

Teachers will use eSpark educational apps as a way to
supplement their lesson plans. In the classroom, students will log
into their eSpark account for 20 minutes at least two times a week
to supplement a lesson.

When students log into the eSpark app they are guided through a
series of quests – each aligned to a Common Core standard. After
learning the new concept via video, students dive into a series of
activities, games, videos and/or podcasts that help them practice
and reinforce the concept. At the end of the quest students are
asked to create a video to answer a specific question about the
quest. Each quest includes a pre-quiz and post quiz to measure the
students growth and understanding of the material. Teachers can
monitor individual student’s progress and identify areas of
strength and development.

For more information about eSpark, visit
https://www.esparklearning.com/ or contact your child’s teacher.

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LMS Unity Day

Students from Liberty Middle School are encouraged to help spread
awareness about bullying prevention by wearing orange on Unity Day,
Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Unity Day is sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention
Center and it’s a day for everyone to come together and spread
positive messages by wearing the color orange, which represents of
support, hope, and unity.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Unity Day exists
as a day to raise awareness and help put an end to bullying.

When you unite with the people around you, you can make a
difference in your community and in your school,” said Liberty
Middle School Assistant Principal Richard Schacher. “Last year
dozens of parents, teachers, community members and businesses came
together and supported the cause.”

Help the middle school send one large ORANGE message of support,
hope, and unity:

• Wear ORANGE. Even if you’re not a middle school student or a
parent of a middle school student, support the cause by wearing
orange. It can be an orange t-shirt, tie, hat, wristband, socks,
or even shoelaces.

• Make ORANGE go viral. Let your friends know why you’re “going
orange” by posting about Unity Day on Facebook, Twitter, and
Instagram. Post your Unity pictures to the district’s Facebook
page.

About PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center: Founded in
2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center actively leads
social change, so that bullying is no longer considered an
accepted childhood rite of passage. PACER provides innovative
resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and
recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts
education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and
well-being of students. PACER offers tools to address bullying in
schools, the community, and online. For more information, visit
PACER.org/Bullying.

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Block Party on Church Street on Sept. 12

Celebrate the rejuvenation of Church Street in Liberty at a free
block party on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 1-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome
to see the beautification efforts taking place on Church Street as a
result of work by residents, the Jeff Bank, the Presbyterian Church
and Sullivan Renaissance.

Church Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 12:30-4
p.m.

The celebration kicks off with a ceremony at 1 p.m. Festivities
will include music, entertainment, face painting, demonstrations
and children’s activities. Light refreshments will be served,
sourced from local businesses. Rennie, the Sullivan Renaissance
Rooster, and a few friends will be present for pictures.

There is no charge for the block party. Bilingual translators will
be present.

The Church Street’s beautification pilot program kicked off on
June 6 with the NACL stilt walkers, NYS Assemblywoman Aileen
Gunther, Liberty Mayor Ron Stabak and exhibits by the Greater
Liberty Chamber of Commerce, Liberty Library, Jeff Bank and
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County.

The program provided a face lift to the residences and parking
areas by planting flowers, cleaning up debris and other
neighborhood improvements while working toward a sense of beauty,
safety and inclusion. The project was initiated by the Sullivan
Renaissance Bilingual Advisory Committee and was designed to unify
landlords and tenants, help the businesses, and provide a friendly
neighborhood for the churches and residences.

For information about Sullivan Renaissance, contact 845-295-2445
or www.sullivanrenaissance.org.

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ESL Orientation on Aug. 27

In honor of its cultural diversity, Liberty Central School District hosted its eighth annual orientation event for English as a Second Language (ESL) families on Thursday, Aug. 27. There, dozens of students and their parents joined community members to learn more about opportunities available for their families.

According to Student Services Director, Eileen Conway-Whitaker, the district hosts Parent Night and other similar events as a way to engage and empower parents as strong leaders in their children’s education. Events like these are designed to help parents support their children in school and learn about community resources that might be of interest.

Representatives from the following community resources attended: BOCES Adult Program, Child Care Council, Karl Bressler (lawyer), Hudson Health Plan, Hudson River Health, Liberty Public Library, Literacy Volunteers, Mid-Hudson Migrant Program, Migrant Resource Center, New Hope and PRASAD Dental Health.

At Parent Night, families were given resources to learn more about the ESL program, principles of language acquisition, ESL assessment and how to promote the academic success of their children in all content area subjects. Parents also received other information, such as how to communicate with their child’s teacher and what procedures should be followed in case of illness or school closings.

The night kicked off with a buffet table of food contributed by Shoprite, Nonni’s Biscotti, Floyd and Bobo’s Bakery and Dunkin Donuts.
In addition, Luarben Bencosme from the Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center’s Bilingual Outreach/Information Department presented (in Spanish) information on the Parent’s Center and the Committee on Special Education process. She also gave information on how the Center can support Spanish-speaking families and districts throughout the region to promote meaningful family engagement in children’s special education programs.

According to a Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center brochure, the center is an outlet for parents who have questions or concerns regarding their child’s education process, Individualized Education Program (IEP), transition to adulthood and more.

Looking for additional ESL resources?

    • • The Sullivan County BOCES Adult and Continuing Education Program will be offering a High School Equivalency (formally known as GED) program for Spanish speaking adults. This program will begin in October and will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the CACHE Office in Liberty (63 South Main Street). For more information, call Sullivan County BOCES at (845) 295-4913.

• The Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County will offer an ESL class for adults in the Liberty High School (room 307). This class will begin Sept. 24 from 6:30-8p.m. For more information, call Literacy Volunteers at (845) 794-0017.

• The district’s Student Service Department is always available to answer questions or provide resources. For more information about the ESL program, please contact Office of Student Services at (845) 292-5400 ext. 5112.

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Staff members receive awards for service

Over 50 employees were honored during a Superintendent’s Conference
Day on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30+
years of service at Liberty Central School District were honored
with a pin. Read on for the full list of names and number of years
served.

5 Year Pins
Cielo Canola
Regina Pegg
Colleen Tenbus
Laura Riddick
Liz Fuentes

10 Year Pins
Celia Caldora
Tony Sinacore
Rebecca VanKeuren
Kevin Ferguson
Tracey Magie
Jill Parks
Joanne Smith
Rachel Countryman
Colleen Rodriguez
Matt Stoddard
Kristine Kratz

15 Year Pins
Debbie Rusin
Cathy Clifford
Carol Dellapenta
Jen Eisenberg
Stacy Feasel
Deborah Hess-Colao
Robbi Phillips
Mike King
Diane Franke
Mary Chanov-Vaghela
Kort Wheeler
Bernadette Hofsommer
Debbie Bierstine
Paul Minto
Don Sherwood

20 Year Pins
Sherry Fisk
Jill Weiner
Erin Poley-Gorr
Melinda (Mindy) Wegener
Lynda Cohen
Mary Kortright
Jack Strassman
Darlene Card
Sandy Klein
Maureen Stabak
Audrey Woolard

25 Year Pins
Linda Argentati
Michelle Quick
Tracie Euker
Crystal Kirchner

30 year pins
Gene Madsen
Nancy Mohrman
Cathy Wilhelm
Hazel Ackerley

Special mention for over 30 years of
service:

Mike Vreeland (31 years)
Sharyn Fogelman (31 years)
Robin Sostak (32 years)
Leanne Mangabang (33 years)
Jill Dunnigan (37 years)
Dotty Davidson (42 years)

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