Phase II project work will begin in March

Beginning in March, contractors will start preparing for various upgrades in the high school as part of the Phase II Capital Project that was approved by voters in May 2015. The following letter was sent home to parents and staff on Feb. 24.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

There’s been plenty of behind-the-scenes activity in the twenty months since district residents approved a $9.6 million capital improvement proposal to fix structural issues and enhance learning spaces at Liberty High School.

Beginning in March, contractors from the Milcon Construction Company will start preparing for various upgrades through the high school, beginning with the removal of non-friable (non- hazardous) asbestos embedded in the caulk in the school’s window frames.

Because this work will take place in low-traffic areas and after school hours, we expect minimal disruptions to regular school operations or to community members who use district facilities. During the caulk removal portion of the project, the building will be protected with layers of plastic. All work will be performed during off-school hours and weekends and no unauthorized personnel will be in close proximity to the work.

The caulk removal is expected to begin on or around March 20 and be completed during the summer.

The work will be performed by Milcon Construction Company, a licensed Asbestos Contractor from Albany, NY with a long history of safe and reliable work. Please be assured that the work presents no health hazard and the air will be tested and certified by the Keystone air-monitoring firm throughout the project.

I hope this information will answer any questions you may have. If not, please feel free to contact me directly at my office by calling (845) 292-6990.

Sincerely,

William Silver, Ed.D.

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Phase II Capital Project to begin in March

Beginning in March, contractors will start preparing for
various upgrades in the high school as part of the Phase II
Capital Project that was approved by voters in May 2015. The
following letter was sent home to parents and staff on Feb. 24.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

There’s been plenty of behind-the-scenes activity in the twenty
months since district residents approved a $9.6 million capital
improvement proposal to fix structural issues and enhance learning
spaces at Liberty High School.

Beginning in March, contractors from the Milcon Construction
Company will start preparing for various upgrades through the high
school, beginning with the removal of non-friable (non- hazardous)
asbestos embedded in the caulk in the school’s window frames.

Because this work will take place in low-traffic areas and after
school hours, we expect minimal disruptions to regular school
operations or to community members who use district facilities.
During the caulk removal portion of the project, the building will
be protected with layers of plastic. All work will be performed
during off-school hours and weekends and no unauthorized personnel
will be in close proximity to the work.

The caulk removal is expected to begin on or around March 20 and
be completed during the summer.

The work will be performed by Milcon Construction Company, a
licensed Asbestos Contractor from Albany, NY with a long history
of safe and reliable work. Please be assured that the work
presents no health hazard and the air will be tested and certified
by the Keystone air-monitoring firm throughout the project.

I hope this information will answer any questions you may have. If
not, please feel free to contact me directly at my office by
calling (845) 292-6990.

Sincerely,

William Silver, Ed.D.

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Meeting to discuss Every Student Succeeds Act at SC BOCES

On Thursday, March 9, the Sullivan BOCES Region, in collaboration
with the New York State Education Department, will hold a public
input meeting on the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA.)
This session will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Sullivan BOCES
Rubin Pollack Education Center, 52 Ferndale-Loomis Road, Liberty,
NY.

Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling
(845-295-4016).

Members of the public, parents/families of school-age children,
K-12 educators, Sullivan County school board members, students,
local business owners, members of the higher education community
and representatives of civic organizations, are invited to attend
to provide their feedback on the State’s ESSA educational plan.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the federal
No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), is set to take full effect in the
2017-18 school year. New York, along with the other U.S. states,
will be submitting plans to the federal Education Department that
outline the educational goals on issues they have set for their k-
12 students.

These goals must address: proficiency on tests, English-language
proficiency and graduation rates.

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Students selected for All-County Music Festival

The Liberty Central School Music Department is proud to announce
the following student musicians who have been selected to
participate in the All- County Music Festival being held at
Tri-Valley Central School on March 3 and March 4. The All-County
Festival is comprised of the top musicians in each district.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the following
Liberty participants:

Elementary Chorus- Zion Caffery, Cara DiBartolo,
Jayla Edwards, Alexandra Etess, Jenna Faria, Liana Feliciano,
Aiden Jandik, Julia Juron, Gisell Meredith, Maytte Morales Romero,
Elyanna Ocasio, Elaina- Louise Ramirez

Middle School Band- Reed Black, Katrina Blais,
Mia Call, Tanner Ferguson, Daylene Marin Garzon, Vaun Green,
Madison Green, Liam Henry, Juan Romero Jimenez, Charlyanna
Johnson, Alyssa Kavleski, Logan Keaveney, Jase Krebs, Sophia
Medina, Armando Miguel, Dylan Nichols, Filiberto Nieves IV, Andrew
Palmarini, Boise Sellers IV, Dayris Valladares, Ethan Werlau,
Derek Wheeler, Jackson Wolcott, Eric Zheng

Junior High Orchestra- Aneliya Carrion, Eboni
Penn Consentino, Michael DeFrank Jr., Iain Elanbassi, Katarina
Fonseca, Jair Molina Gavilan, Kaelyn Gulley, Leanna Haney,
Victoria Hinkley, Emily Kim, Ryan Lin, Briana Luna, Madeline
Magie, John Nolan, Dylan Parks, Nya Reebe, Camille Rodriguez,
Benjamin Visconti

Junior High Band- Christopher Bayer, Tyler Black,
Ean Blank, Francisco Miguel Castenda, Kelly Crisotomo, Zachary
Haberzetti, Corrine Hellerer, Eun Bin Kim, Emily Lutz, Sophia
Medina, Brooke Nichols, Eric Orta, Gabriella Schrader, Trinity
Warren

Senior High Jazz Band- Thomas Clark, Ian Cody,
Alana Lamerand, Rebecca Mielnicki, Sarah Nadeau, Christopher
Ramirez, Jordan Russo

Senior High Women’s Chorus- Nicole Blais, Brandi
Crespo, Tatiana Hinkley, Natasha MacLeod, Sierra MacLeod, Rory
Magie, Ysabel Manzi, Arianna Nieves, Isis Wright, Leanna Zilles

Senior High Mixed Chorus- Julia Austin, Megan
Culton, Sydneigh Fleischman, Cascio Fonseca, Angelina Fontana,
Gabriella Fontana, Michael Fritz, Jamar Islam, Emily Kinne, George
Lopez, Tanner Parks, Destiny Pearson, Michael Perez, Stefanie
Quintanilla, Olivia Racette, Brianna Roth, Tracy Torrens

The students are under the direction of Eric Aweh, Tim Hamblin,
Dan McConnell, Emily McConnell and Sarah Weber.

Please contact Tim Hamblin, Director of Music for further
information. He can be reached at (845) 292-5400 ext. 2021 or
thamblin@libertyk12.org

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No substances found during locker search at LMS and LHS

The Village of Liberty Police Department and Liberty Central School District have announced that a police K9 search that took place on Feb. 21 at Liberty Middle and Liberty High School resulted in no illegal substances or explosives being found.

The district is working in partnership with Village of Liberty Police Department and the New York State Police to conduct free random walk-throughs in order to ensure that the schools maintain a safe learning environment. Canine units are brought to Liberty schools by state police as a proactive measure, not in response to any perceived increase in disruptive or dangerous behavior.

The district has conducted canine walk-throughs in the past. This most recent walk-through took place at 12:45 p.m., when the administrative staff of Liberty Middle and Liberty High School ordered a stay-put of students and staff while canines and their handlers conducted a free air search of all academic lockers. The dogs are specifically trained to alert during a free air search on the scent of illegal drugs or explosives.

The canine teams do not search students during the walk-through. The students remained in class during the search, which lasted approximately 30 minutes. Those with additional questions or concerns can contact the school’s main office at (845) 292-5400.

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LHS Color Wars begin Feb. 27

Liberty High School’s annual clash of the classes will begin on
Monday, Feb. 27. Students will earn points for their respective
graduating class by dressing up for the following Spirit Days:

Monday, Feb. 27: Decades Day
Choose your favorite decade and dress the part! Are you a flapper
from the 20s? A hippie from the 60s or 70s? A rocker from the 80s?
Love the grunge of the 90s? Dress the part from head to toe!

Tuesday, Feb 28: Twin Day
Grab a friend and dress alike! Just because you’re both wearing
jeans doesn’t make you a twin—how matchy-matchy can you get?!
Bonus points for triplets!

Wednesday, March 1: Dress to Impress Day
Dig out your fanciest clothes and dress up today! Wear something
fabulous! School dress code still applies.

Thursday, March 2: USA Day
Show your patriotism! Wear your finest red, white, and blue! Stars
and stripes optional.

Friday, March 3: Class Color Day
Freshmen will make up the blue class; sophomores will make up the
green class, juniors will make up the orange class and seniors
will make up the purple class. Faculty and staff will wear pink.

On Thursday, March 2, students can stay after school to decorate
the halls. For more information, please see a Student Council
representative.

Official Rules:
Gain points for color wars

Each morning in homeroom, teachers will tally up the amount of
students participating on each grade level. In order to count
toward your class total, students must be in homeroom. Homeroom
teachers have final say in whether an outfit is appropriate and
meets participation requirements.

Keep all outfits appropriate.
All outfits must adhere to the Liberty High School dress code
which can be found in the student agenda. Pajamas and onesies must
cover a student’s chest, midriff, groin and buttocks. Pajamas
should not be revealing and must be kept closed, zippered,
buttoned, etc. Slippers are not allowed. Regular clothing must be
worn underneath onesies.

For a full list of rules, please refer to to the student agenda or
ask a teacher.

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CSE Annual Reviews in progress

For the remainder of this school year, the Liberty Central School
District’s Student Services Department will be coordinating and
conducting our Committee on Special Education (CSE) Annual Review
meetings. As you may know, CSE Annual Review meetings are
essential to our students’ educational plans towards success. We
are requesting that all parents or guardians attend the meetings.
To show support for our families, the department will be providing
refreshments for every Annual Review meeting.

In addition to discussing our students’ educational plans for next
year, we will also be conducting a parent survey mandated by the
New York State Department of Education. The Indicator 8 parent
survey is designed to measure the “percent of parents with a child
receiving special education services who report that schools
facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services
and results for children with disabilities” (NYSED, 2016). There
will be time allotted during the meeting so every parent or
guardian will be able to complete the survey.

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SC BOCES announces March Book Madness

Move over sports fans, a new kind of bracket is coming to town.
The Sullivan County BOCES March Book Madness has officially begun.

Madness, in the spirit of college basketball’s popular tournament
known as “March Madness,” is literary competition hosted by
Sullivan County BOCES where students across the county pit title
against title and decide which will advance to the next round. In
the end, only one will be left standing.

Several librarians worked to create a bracket of 64 of the latest
and greatest young adult books and have pitted them against each
other in 32 pairings.

Participants can read and vote on their favorite books throughout
the tournament; and winners will advance to the next round until
the final winner is crowned Sullivan County’s favorite book of
2016.

March Book Madness is open to students from all schools. Books are
available in the library or online. All brackets are available on
http://www.scboces.org.

For more information, students should contact their school
librarian.

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