Class of 2018 turns their tassels

Liberty High School seniors who gathered for Saturday’s graduation were encouraged to remember where they come from regardless of where they are bound.

Whether they’re diving into careers, packing for college or following any of the many paths open to them, the Class of 2018 has a long journey ahead of them and that journey starts now.

On Saturday, June 23, seniors from Liberty High School crossed the stage and accepted their diplomas.

In a ceremony filled with Liberty pride, words of advice, and reflection, the members of the graduating class heard a larger theme — to experience life while remembering their roots, to cherish their memories always, and to use the values of service, concern, responsibility and kindness that they were taught in Liberty.

To relive moments from the commencement:

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Liz Fuentes selected to present at RSA conference

The district is proud to announce that Liberty High School math Teacher Liz Fuentes has been selected to present at the Rural Schools Association (RSA) Annual Conference July 8-10, 2018 in Cooperstown, New York.

Ms. Fuentes was recognized by the RSA for her innovating use of technology in the classroom and how it provides students with a unique level of individualized instruction.

During her presentation, she will pull back the curtain on how she plans for instruction and assessments to drive instructional decisions that meet the needs of each individual learner. She will share with other educators how she builds and shares her detailed lesson plans using RightPath™, and how that same tool  provides the assessments, lessons and analysis which makes remediation and acceleration easy.

About the Rural Schools Association

The Rural Schools Association is a statewide, member driven organization dedicated to representing the interests of small and rural school districts in New York State. Approximately 300 school districts and BOCES units are currently enrolled as members of RSA. In addition to the financial support provided by RSA members, supplemental assistance is given by New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, in the form of office facilities, utilities, clerical assistance, and the use of equipment.

Each year, the RSA Conference draws thousands of educators, administrators and school bound members from around the state to participate in two days of professional learning and programming. RSA attendees hear presentations from established speakers and master teachers, attend thought-provoking sessions, participate in topical workshops, network and share best practices.

About Ms. Fuentes

Ms. Fuentes graduated from Liberty High School in 1998. Not only was she an athletic standout during her years at Liberty, she was also a member of the band and senior class president. Following high school, she studied at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and later at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. After a teaching at Brentwood Union Free School District for six years, Ms. Fuentes decided it was time to move back to Liberty. The district would like to extend its appreciation for Mrs. Fuentes and congratulate her on this fantastic opportunity.

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Students enjoy Puppets in the Park

Catskill Puppet Theater, an internationally-touring puppet theater based in Otsego County, gave some of our elementary students a personal show in Lapolt Park in downtown Liberty.

Not only did they get a view of live theater, students got an up-close look at how the puppets work.

The district would like to extend its thanks to the Liberty PTA and Town of Parks and Rec for making this idea come to life.

NYS releases new Health Examination Form

New York state has released a new School Health Examination Form that parents and doctors should use beginning July 1. The form is available at the State Education Department website at this link. 

While the state considers the 2018-19 school year to be a transition year when schools can accept ANY completed health exam form, the new required Health Examination Form will be the ONLY form accepted in the 2019-20 school year.

Medical professionals are expected to complete the form when doing physical exams for students entering a new school at any point during the year, as well as for:

  • Students entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5,7, 9 and 11
  • Students who play interscholastic sports
  • Students requesting working papers
  • Students who require them by their Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Pre-School Education (CPSE)

The form may be printed and completed by hand, or completed electronically by saving it to a computer, entering information into the fillable fields and saving a copy for each student.

Please bring the required form with you to your child’s next physical exam so it can be completed during the appointment. Be aware that some medical offices charge an additional fee for completing forms after the visit as this may be considered an additional service.

If you have any questions regarding this form or state health regulations, please contact the nurse’s office at your child’s school.

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Kindergarten students get a hands-on look at the Math Masters program

Kindergarten students from Liberty Elementary School recently got a hands-on look at the Making Math Masters through Movement (MMMTM) initiative, a new program that will be incorporated into the school’s curriculum beginning next year.

The school will begin using the mats at the kindergarten level and in the school’s academic intervention service (AIS) and physical education classes. While those students begin to hop, walk, crawl and dance their way to mastering math concepts, the school will continue to train teachers to implement the mats in their classrooms. More information about how the mats will be incorporated across other grade levels will be announced during the 2018-19 school year.

The Liberty Central School District recently secured $5,000 through the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant, allowing the district to purchase activity mats for the MMMTM. MMMTM is a multi-sensory approach to teaching math the uses physical activity and visual elements. In short, it pairs learning with being physically active to make it more memorable and enjoyable. The mats align with current state standards and range in concepts, from addition and subtraction to angles and coordinates and place value and fractions.

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, the elementary school will begin by implementing the mats at the kindergarten level and in the school’s academic intervention service (AIS) and physical education classes. While those students begin to hop, walk, crawl and dance their way to mastering math concepts, the school will continue to train teachers to implement the mats in their classrooms.

Among the reasons for a program like this is that eight of ten children are what’s known as kinesthetic learners, meaning that they learn best through movement – and the program taps into a child’s natural kinesthetic learning style.

The program is based on research that shows that moving during learning facilitates muscle memory, an important factor with younger children whose abstract thinking skills are not fully developed. Studies show this type of activity allows teachers and students to feel more energized, focused, and prepared to learn.

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