Michael Cohen named semi-finalist in FBLA competition

Michael Cohen has qualified as a semi-finalist for the Future Business Leader at the State Leadership Conference in Binghamton on April 11-13.  Michael was in the top ten statewide of all Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members in an academic competition, qualifying him for the state competition.  Congratulations Michael, and good luck in Binghamton!

 

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Liberty “mathletes” shine at competition

Liberty middle school students placed third overall in a recent MathCounts competition in Montgomery, NY. The competition team, comprising of Carlos Torres, Alexus Parisella, Tanner Ferguson, and Dylan Nichols, are hoping to make it to the state competition next month.

MathCounts is a nationwide competitive mathematics program designed to expand students’ math horizons and encourage them to consider math-oriented careers such as engineering. Teachers and students in Liberty have been preparing for the competition since school began in the fall. The after-school meetings and competitions spark high-level mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests.

The middle school’s MathCounts club meets once a week. In addition to the MathCounts material, students work on coding, prodigy competitions and dive into more challenging topics for fun. Although MathCounts competitions are only open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, fifth-grade students are welcome to attend meetings and hone in on their skills.

In fact, according to the club advisor, Ms. Amanda Martin, the group mostly consists of fifth-grade students.

“We’re excited to see what the future holds,” she said.
For more information about MathCounts club meetings and competitions, contact Amanda Martin at AMartin@libertyk12.org.

Parent information regarding the LES Read-A-Thon

The Liberty Schools School PTA is very pleased to announce its annual Elementary School Read-A-Thon.

Designed to ignite a love of reading, this PTA fundraiser raises money without the need to recruit student salesmen and women or the need to split profits with another organization.

Will you please join us in asking friends and family members to sponsor your child as s/he pledges to read at least 10 minutes a day?

The PTA has made the Read-A-Thon easy and fun and is hoping that everyone will participate to make it a huge success for our school. The best part of the Read-A-Thon is that 100 percent of the money raised will stay at Liberty Elementary School and directly benefit its students by bringing the musical extravaganza Pete the Cat to Liberty Elementary for a special assembly.

Here’s how it works:
Elementary school parents will be given a packet that contains the Read-A-Thon rules, an overview of the prizes, a participation form, a sponsorship form, and a calendar to record minutes read each night. Your child can begin setting his/her reading goals and ask people to sponsor them right away. Sponsors can pledge to pay a certain amount per minute that your child reads or is read to. They can also pledge a flat amount to encourage your child to meet his/her reading goal. Remind your child that relatives, neighbors, family friends, coaches and even often-frequented businesses make GREAT sponsors! All donations are tax deductible. Your child can continue collecting sponsors throughout the Read-A-Thon.

Your child will track the minutes they read outside of school each day from March 5-16. Forms and any money collected are due back by March 23. Please initial your child’s recording calendar each day, as classrooms will be keeping track of their collective minutes. Individual prizes will be awarded for all who participate; there will be classroom prizes as well.

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All-County Music Festival will be March 2-3 in Monticello

The Liberty Central School Music Department is proud to announce the music students who have been selected to participate in the All-County Music Festival being held at Monticello Central School District on March 2-3 All-County is comprised of the top musicians in each district.

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

Elementary Chorus – Kira Brown, Adrianna Dean, Joselin Flores, Lianna Gissentaner, Mia Gorr, Jordan Hewlett, Mary Grace Riley, Brianna Smith, Mykenzie Williams, Rachel Yaun, Rita Zheng

Middle School Band – Anthony Aubain, Joseph Cerrone, Tanner Ferguson, Madison Green, Vaun Green, Mya Huebsch, Charlyanna Johnson, David Philips, Alessia Lentini, Elaina Louise Ramirez, Summer Schmidt, Dayris Valladares, Sincere Warren, Aiden Yaun

Junior High Mixed Chorus – Aneliya Carrion, Allyson Freer, Victoria Hinkley, Seriya Jorge, Abigail Kelly, Storm Kuhlman,  Rebecca Philips, Hennessy Robello, Angelina Rodriguez, Johnnay Stubbs

Junior High Jazz Band- Tyler Black, Steven Cardenas, Brooke Nichols, Dylan Nichols, Filiberto Nieves, Boise Sellers, Derek Wheeler, Jackson Wolocott

Senior High Band- Christopher Bayer, Ean Blank, Christina Burns, Francisco M. Castaneda, Ian Cody, Kylie Flynn, Angelina Fontana, Gabriella Fontana, Michael Fritz, Eric Fuentes, Balvina Garcia, Zachary Haberzettl, Rebecca Mielnicki, Gabriela Nolan, Tanner Parks, Michael Perez, Monica Ponce, Kyle Porter, Christopher Ramirez, Luis Romero, Jordan Russo, Gabriella Schrader, Trinity Warren

Senior High Orchestra – Kylie Bachman, Nicole Blais, Breckin Cheh, Kelgin Cheh, Maleiah Drayton, Leah Fitzgerald, Kaelyn Gulley, Tatiana Hinkley, John Nolan, Jeet Patel, Elias Rabadi, Nya Reebe, Dara Schiff, Ted Torres

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

Please note that if all county rehearsal is cancelled Friday the event will still take place on Saturday.  Students will be expected report by 7:45 a.m. If the performance is cancelled on Saturday, the make up day will be the Sunday.  Everything will proceed as scheduled on that day.
If there is any changes students and parents will be notified by their child’s respective music teacher.

 

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

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Fourth grade geometry hits the streets

Parents visited Mrs. Terry and Eisenberg’s classrooms to help their children learn more about geometry and the ways in which it is all around us.

They used Google maps to search for and identify geometric figures in the Liberty area.

Then, using pretzel sticks and candy, they constructed geometric figures they had learned about in class.

Parents were very supportive and the teachers (and students!) were very thankful.

Click here to view a photo album from the student/parent geometry activity.

Gabby Nolan wins 55HH, track team scores

On Friday, February 16, the Liberty indoor track team traveled to Gillis Fieldhouse at West Point to compete in the Section 9 Class B Championships. Many athletes turned in personal bests for the season but Gabby Nolan had the best performances. Nolan won her semifinal heat in the 55HH and went on to demolish the competition in the finals. Gabby also placed third in the 300 dash. The boys 4×400 team of Jordan Russo, Miguel Campos, Aimar Ramirez and Owen Siegel finished fourth to score for their team. Alex Riley placed fifth in the 1500 race walk. Kylie Bachman was sixth in the 55HH. The girls 4×200 team of Ysabel Manzi, Chloe Ricco, Brooke Roth and Gabby Nolan placed sixth. The girls 4×400 team of Chloe Ricco, Brianna Roth, Kylie Bachman and Alex Riley also placed sixth.

Desmond Lambe from Roscoe and Hannah Shaver from Livingston Manor also compete with Liberty. Desmond won the long jump and was sixth in the high jump. Hannah placed third in long jump.

Penn-Consentino scores 1000th point

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the boys Varsity basketball team traveled to Chester for a division game against the Hambletonians. Halfway through the first quarter Senior guard Roy Penn-Cosentino drove the lane and scored on a layup. The two-point basket allowed Roy to reach the 1000 point scoring level which is always an exciting moment for any high school basketball player. Roy has worked hard to reach this level. He went on to score 11 points in a losing effort.

Penn-Cosentino is the TENTH Liberty player to reach the 1000 point plateau and the NINTH boy. The list is as follows:

Maurice “Mo” Martin (’82) 1,786
Kaseem Sinceno (’94) 1,645
Milt Martin ( ’77) 1,167
Ray Bridges ( ’76) 1,145
Reggie Biddings (’76) 1,134
Rene Biddings (’87) 1,115
Timika Bruce (’98) 1,106
Earl Pugh (’87) 1,081
*Roy Penn-Cosentino (’18) 1,072
Joe Lewis (’72) 1021

(*still active)

 

Professional development is good for teachers, students

Teachers smiling at conference day presentation about apps. Parents and guardians may look at the district calendar and see Superintendent’s Conference Days and understandably, may wonder if this is the best use of school time.

After all, days off can disrupt child care and work schedules. And students perform best with a highly qualified teacher at the front of the class.

So, why are these days part of Liberty’s—and every district’s—yearly calendar?

1) They are required by the New York State Education Department (NYSED); and,
2) Ongoing professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on new research about how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources and more.

Research shows that teacher quality is the single most powerful influence on a student’s achievement. According to the New York State Education Department, “it is essential to ensure that teachers are provided with ongoing, high quality professional development to sustain and enhance their practice.”

At Liberty, we believe that effective professional development is more than simply sharing new ideas; it also includes a commitment to fully integrate those ideas into the classroom and the school culture.

The district uses professional development days to review state-mandated material such as anti-bullying or safety training. School leaders also use the time to share information on the district’s new technology, to introduce new curriculum and teaching practices or to build staff culture and the culture of a school. Department chairs use this time to go over their curriculum.

Teachers listen to presentation about health in Sullivan County

Professional development has taken on a more prominent place at Liberty. It keeps teachers up-to-date on new research about how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources and more.

On Friday, Feb. 16, all teachers attended a district’s Superintendent Conference Day and covered topics from becoming a healthier school district to preparing for an active shooter situation to writing clearer learning objectives.

Close up of a teacher's shirt that says "proud to be an educator"

There was also time for teachers to teach other teachers in the field of technology —sharing what they know, exploring solutions to problems and implementing those solutions in the classroom in a way that benefits our students.

As the district explores an endless list of speakers and topics, administrators focus on those that will directly benefit our students and help them find success in careers and college and to be contributing members of our community.

The next Superintendent’s Conference Day is scheduled for Friday, March 9, weather permitting.

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Alumnus Killian Bloat at D1 Prairie View

A picture of Killian Bloat in uniform for the Prairie View A&M Panthers
Killian Bloat in uniform for the Prairie View A&M Panthers

Liberty graduate Killian Bloat will soon begin his NCAA Division 1 baseball career at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. Killian played his first two years at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland. He played right field and pitched for Prince George’s while pursuing his Associate’s Degrees and his dream of playing Division 1 baseball. Near the end of his sophomore year several Division 1 schools showed interest in recruiting Killian including Coppin State University, Central Michigan, Norfolk State University and Prairie View A&M. Killian said’ “I chose Prairie View because no other school could match the money. The weather in Texas is ideal for a baseball player and to reach the next level I believe playing in Texas is my best bet.”

Prairie View A&M University is a historically black university located in Prairie View, Texas, which is northwest of Houston. The university is a member of the Texas A&M University System. In 2016, PVAMU celebrated its 140th year.

Killian graduated from Prince George’s CC with a 3.0 GPA and an AA degree. He currently has a 3.0 at Prairie View. Congratulations to Killian and his family as he joins the ranks of Division 1 athletes from Liberty High School.

LES publishes math curriculum map

The LES math teachers have been busy creating a visual map of the math curriculum so that parents, guardians and others can see the topics covered in the elementary school math curriculum. The topics on the map are linked to more detailed information include a link that explains the module and other links to help adults explain the topic to students.

The map can be found at LES Math Curriculum Map.

Please take a look at the map which is a work-in-progress. More modules will be added throughout the year until the map is complete. You may use the “Select language” button in the upper right corner to select another language. Please send any comments to Jennifer Eisenberg at jeisenberg@libertyk2.org

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