Liberty kicks off school year with teacher, staff convocation

It was standing room only at the Liberty Central School District’s convocation breakfast Wednesday morning. Educators, administrators, board members and staff flocked to the Liberty High School auditorium after a breakfast hosted by the district to celebrate the start of the school year.

The auditorium was a sea of school colors with many audience members wearing matching t-shirts as they filed in, hugging and laughing as they caught up on summer vacation stories.

The morning festivities continued with the teachers preparing classrooms, watching videos, dissecting data from year’s prior, and above all reminding teachers of what they show up at work to do.

This year, as we seek to create strong learners and successful citizens, let’s adopt a vocation mind-set and think about why we do what we do. As educators, influencers, mentors, role models, agents of change,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Silver said, noting that the key to the community’s future lies within (all) its children.

“Our job is to raise the next generation of citizens with the aptitudes and habits of mind to keep our community great. We can do that by creating pathways to graduation, by adapting to students’ needs, by setting realistic goals and holding high expectations for all students, by increasing protective factors, and by adjusting our process toward the desired learning goals.”

Dr. Silver’s full convocation presentation highlighted the following:

• a summary of regents results, separated by subject;
• a 55 percent increase in the number of students taking college-level courses;
• an increase in graduation rate and number of students attending college;
• a four percent increase in graduate rate of students with Advanced Regents diplomas and CDOS certifications;
• an 11 percent increase in NWEA data; and
• the district’s plans to continue this upward trend, with specific attending paid to its recent focus designation.

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