Show your #LibertyPride

If you follow Liberty Central School District on social media, chances are you’ve seen the hashtag #LibertyPride.

Part of a district-wide social media campaign, this hashtag was created to showcase the teaching and learning taking place across the district and to recognize those individuals, programs and activities that help our students to reach their fullest potential.

Parents and students alike tell us great stories about their experiences at Liberty and we want to share those messages with the community, the region and the state. We hope that students and parents really get involved and lead the conversation.

Join the #LibertyPride conversation!

Anyone with a Facebook account can participate in the campaign by uploading and sharing photos using the hashtag #LibertyPride.

Not sure what to share? It can be anything that makes you proud to be a member of the Liberty Central School District community. Does your child’s bus driver go the extra mile for your child? Share that on social media and include #LibertyPride. Is there someone – a teacher, coach or secretary – who brings out the best in your child or helps them when they are challenged? Share it! Did you or your child score a goal/touchdown, reach a milestone, overcome the odds? Let us know using #LibertyPride!

We have a lot to be proud of throughout our district. We want to make sure our community members  are aware of the positive things taking place in our district each day. Who better to share that information than our students and their parents?

What is a hashtag?

Hashtags are created when the pound symbol (#) is inserted before words or phrases relevant to a post on social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. They are used to categorize posts or Tweets, drive conversation and advocate for support of various topics.

Connect with the district on social media

Follow the Liberty Central School District on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/LibertyCSD) to receive district-wide news and updates.

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Liberty wants to tap one of its most valuable assets — you!

All Liberty parents are invited to take the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Survey beginning Oct. 31. Required by the state for Focus and Priority Schools, the survey asks about leadership and capacity, school leader practices and decisions, curriculum development and support, teacher practices and decisions, student social and emotional developmental health, and family and community engagement.

Keep an eye on your email for a personal invitation and survey link. You can also take a paper survey in English or Spanish. Surveys will be mailed home in the coming days. The survey will close on Nov. 14

All responses are completely confidential. Help us ensure all students receive an education that opens up a bright, successful future!

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Board appoints Sandy Wagner as assistant superintendent

The Liberty Central School District Board of Education is happy to announce the appointment of Sandy Wagner as Assistant Superintendent, effective immediately.

Currently Director of Technology of the Liberty Central School District, Mr. Wagner is a longtime educator and technology specialist who has served in various administrative positions since 2001, including Technology Integration Specialist for the Geneva City School District and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES and Director of Technology for the Trumansburg Central School District and Auburn Enlarged City School District. Prior to taking on administrative duties, Mr. Wagner spent over a decade as a classroom teacher.

Mr. Wagner was selected among six semi-finalists and three finalists from across the state considered for the position. The board chose him as its top candidate because of his focus and proven success in improving student achievement across the district, fostering innovative ways of addressing gaps, experience collaborating and working with higher education, as well as his diversity of experience in education and technology.

The district is confident that Mr. Wagner will continue to advance all that has made this district a great place for student learning and achievement. We ask that the district’s staff, parents and community join us in welcoming him as our new assistant superintendent.

Mr. Wagner succeeds Carol Napolitano who retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

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Schools to dismiss early Oct. 7 for district-wide drill

On Friday, Oct. 7 the Liberty Central School District will participate in an early release emergency drill. The entire district will dismiss buildings 15 minutes earlier than their regular times.

Below is information from each school.

Liberty High School
Liberty High School will begin the early dismissal drill at 2:42 p.m. At that time, an announcement will be made over the loudspeaker informing staff and students that this will only be a drill and that the building will be dismissed in full. Administrators will ensure that the entire building is clear of students and staff and then resume normal after school activities.

High school athletes will wait outside with their coaches and resume practice after 15 minutes have passed.

Liberty Middle School

Liberty Middle School will also begin the early dismissal drill at 2:42 p.m.

Middle school members of the Boys and Girls Club will wait with a staff member outside the cafeteria until administrators have ensured that the entire building is clear of students and staff.

Middle school athletes will wait outside with their coaches and resume practice after 15 minutes have passed.

Liberty Elementary School

Parents and guardians, please be prepared at your bus stop for an early 15- minute arrival from your child’s bus.

Liberty Elementary will dismiss students for the bus at 2:20 p.m. Walkers will be dismissed and pick-ups will begin after buses have departed. The administrators will ensure that the entire building is clear and then resume normal after school activities.

Elementary members of the Boys and Girls Club will wait with a staff member on the athletic field until administrators have ensured that the entire building is clear of students and staff.

6 p.m. sport busses will be running on their regular schedule. Please review your family’s plan so your children have an understanding of where they need to go and what they need to do in the event of an early dismissal from school. This drill provides you with an opportunity to prepare for such a dismissal.

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Liberty Middle School to host Unity Day, Oct 19

Liberty Middle School students and staff are recognizing October as Bullying Prevention Month and asking the public in joining them in wearing orange on this year’s Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The action is being taken to promote kindness, inclusion and acceptance throughout the community.

Unity Day is when the community, schools, businesses, and organizations come together and send a message of support, hope, kindness, acceptance, inclusion and unity against bullying by wearing orange.

All staff and students will receive an orange wristbands and come to school wearing orange. There will be several school wide activities taking place that will be on display in the school and posted online.

Make your color orange on Unity Day – and send one large orange message or support, hope and unity to show that we’re united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Send your pictures with your orange on our district’s Facebook page.

Help our students spread the word! For more information about Unity Day and how local residents and businesses can get involved, contact Liberty Middle School Assistant Principal Richard Schacher at (845) 292-5400 ext. 2306 or rschacher@libertyk12.org.

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Openings available in new LMS club, WeConnect

As the steady increase in globalization continues, students in seventh and eighth grade are now taking an active role in learning what it means to be a self-directed, contributing member of his/her communities.

Openings are available for the WeConnect, a new 4-H Club at Liberty Middle School designed to help students discover new cultures, understand the importance of global citizenship* and learn how to become a global citizen that can help change the world.

*Global citizenship incorporates the following:
• Identification as a citizen of a global society
• Knowledge of and appreciation for all cultures, including one’s own
• Understanding of global interconnectedness and/or issues that affect our global world
• Responsibility to positively contribute to and care for our global society

WeConnect is a fun, learn-by-doing educational program for students in grades 7-8 that will meet every third Thursday of the month from 2:15-4 p.m. The first meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 20. Interested parents and students are welcome to attend, ask questions and learn more.

To sign up, fill out and return an interest form to the school’s main office by Friday, Oct. 14, contact Sullivan Cornell Cooperative Extension at 845-292-6180 or sullivan@cornell.edu or visit www.sullivancce.org.

Students will be given forms during class this week. Space is limited – membership is first come, first serve.

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