Seasonal Flu Information

Seasonal Flu Information

Infants and young children are at a greater risk for getting seriously ill from the flu. That’s why the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all children six months and older get the seasonal flu vaccine. Below is a summary of information about the flu provided by the NYSDOH and CDC.

Sullivan County Public Health Services also offers seasonal flu vaccine clinics. Speak with your child’s school nurse for more information. 

What is influenza (flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

  • fever (usually high)
  • headache
  • extreme tiredness
  • dry cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle aches
  • stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults
  • Although the term “stomach flu” is sometimes used to describe vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea, these illnesses are caused by certain other viruses, bacteria, or possibly parasites, and are rarely related to influenza.

What can I do to protect my family against the flu?

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. The flu shot is approved for use among people 6 months of age or older, including healthy people and those with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease). For more information, email the NYS Department of Health visit www.health.ny.gov.

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Recess Monitor

Position available: Recess Monitor
Hours: Part Time Hours
Location: Liberty Elementary School, N. Main St., Liberty
Effective date: September 2018
Professional: HS Diploma or Equivalent
Experience: Preferred
Salary: $13.57/hr as per current LAMA Agreement
Recruiting Officer: Jacqueline Harris Email: jharris@libertyk12.org
Due Date: June 29, 2018

Apply via: www.olasjobs.org or /www.libertyk12.org/employment/

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Graduation speech available online

During the June 23 commencement ceremony, Interim Superintendent of Schools Carol Napolitano read a speech that was composed of snippets from students own reflections. Read on for a full copy of the speech.

This year, I met with Ms. Davies’ and Mr. Fleck’s Senior English Classes. I explained to the seniors that I wanted today’s speech to reflect their words of Liberty Pride. I have had the pleasure of reading their papers and have extracted phrases to reflect each letter of the word PRIDE. Let me begin;

P is for Perseverance, being Positive and PRIDE! When a situation gets tough, you gather the strength to push through.

It was the first day of kindergarten and I was nervously rehearsing the common phrases of “I need to go to the bathroom” and “I don’t feel good”. The reason- I was the first person in my family to attend grade school in the United States and my first language was Spanish.

Getting good grades for the hard work I put into it made my school career a fun experience.

School has taught me many skills that will allow me to be better in a career.

My great grandpa was born 100 years before me. Liberty made my great grandpa the way he was and the same goes for my grandpa, mother and me. This is evident as you walk next to the cafeteria where all graduating class pictures are displayed.

R is for reliability and upholding your commitment.

As a middle school student, I learned what it meant to be a Liberty Indian. I started playing soccer for Liberty in seventh grade. I will never regret wearing that red uniform and running across the field with my huge jersey on.

Everyone has an impact. It is that impact that incites change in another’s life. What I wish to be known for is being reliable, honest, trustworthy and a kind natured individual.

During Freshman year, we had color wars. When we showed up to do the decorations, we were a mess. This prompted me to make insane amounts of decorations every year to ensure that this did not happen again even though everyone still thinks it is my mom who makes them.

I is for Integrity- to have morals and to respect not only yourself but others as well.

I have learned important lessons that will stick with me as I get older; such as having a good work ethic and keeping a positive attitude. Working hard to achieve success is one of the best things to accomplish in life.

My high school experience was great! High School turned me into a man. With all the responsibilities I had to do in order for me to come this far, I am not looking at the past but rather only to the future.

With every start of a new season comes an end. Turning in your jersey for the last time is a sentimental moment. Though you probably think about stealing it, you hand it in anyway.

D is for Dedication: to put in all your effort and realize from here there is always a way up.

School has taught me that if I don’t suffer, I won’t succeed.

Freshman year was crazy. I remember my first day getting lost going to every class and the teachers asking me why I was late and requesting a pass. It was also my first time taking Regents Classes and exams. It was so intense.

What’s important in my eyes is that through high school, you are able to obtain a handful of friends that you become extremely close with. Friendship has a great impact on how your high school career goes. You need friends to talk to when you are down and to laugh with when you are happy.

E is for Everyone. No matter your skin color, appearance or religion, everyone gets to feel that they are part of Liberty.

We had some really interesting and fun field trips. I remember Kelder’s Farms and really enjoyed strawberry picking.

Moving to Liberty has changed me for the better. I am happier, have more good friends and feel as if I can do anything. I have found my passion at Liberty.

For me, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would ever think about pursuing a career in academia, let alone becoming a teacher. This speaks to the teachers that worked tirelessly to draw out the potential in everyone.

The words that I have collected from our seniors, portray our Liberty Indians with Liberty Pride.

For our students who have lost loved ones, they are smiling down upon you today with the same Liberty Pride that you all exhibit!

It is with Liberty Pride that I thank YOU, the seniors, for allowing me the opportunity of incorporating your thoughts into this speech. This speech is for you and hopefully you will remember this day as you gather for reunions!!

I wish you the best that life has to offer.

With Liberty Pride: Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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:

Graduation will be broadcast live via YouTube

Can’t make this year’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 23? Watch it live online!

Complete live coverage of Liberty High School’s Class of 2018 commencement ceremony will be broadcast via YouTube, barring any technical difficulties at approximately 10 a.m.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. June 23 in the Liberty High School gymnasium.

To access the district’s YouTube channel, please click here.

 

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ENL Parent Orientation will be Aug. 30

Dozens of Liberty schools’ English as New Language (ENL) students and their parents will join community members on Aug. 30 from 6:15-8:30 p.m. for ENL Parent Night, a welcome back event that takes place before the start of a new school year.

Parent Night was designed as a resource for English language learners to find out more about the opportunities available to their families. The evening will provide students and parents with an opportunity to meet with their principals, teachers and other staff. Particular attention will be paid to supports available to help students meet educational expectations and about the school’s procedures and practices. ENL teachers and staff will be available to help families fill out the traditional start-of-the-school-year paperwork. The night will also feature a keynote speaker named Beverly Guity. Ms. Guity will share her experiences as an ENL learner.

Additionally, community organizations will be available to provide translated information and resources that might be of use. Representatives from PRASAD, Hudson River Health Plan, Sullivan County Adult BOCES, Child Care Council, Literacy Volunteers, Liberty Public Library and the Youth Economic Group were available to answer questions, provide insight and pass out translated materials.

For more information about ENL Parent Night, please contact the Office of Student Services at (845) 292-5400 ext. 5112.

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.

LHS nurse to accept yellow cards

The first day of Varsity sports practice is  Monday, Aug. 13. Mrs. Shortall, the high school nurse will process yellow cards on Aug. 13, 14, and 15 from  8 a.m. to noon and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All athletes must have a current physical and a signed yellow card to begin practice. A sports physical exam is good for one year.

LES Dean of Students, PK-4

Position available: LES Dean of Students, PK-4
Hours: Full Time Hours
Location: Liberty Elementary School, N. Main St., Liberty
Effective date: July 1, 2018
Professional: NYS Certified Building Administration
Experience: Elementary Teaching Experience
Salary: As per current LAA Agreement
Recruiting Officer: Jacqueline Harris Email: jharris@libertyk12.org
Due Date: June 29, 2018

Apply via: www.olasjobs.org

Job Description:

The Dean of Students is responsible for maintaining a positive, caring, orderly, and supportive student culture and learning environment. Critical to this responsibility is overseeing the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system, which relies on the development and universal understanding of expectations for conduct, establishment and consistent implementation of support systems, and use of data to guide interventions and responses to problem behaviors. The Dean of Students will participate on the school’s RTI/MTSS Team in an advisory capacity to assist in the creation of multi-tiered classroom behavioral intervention plans. In addition, the Dean of Students plays an important role in promoting trusting and mutually respectful relationships among students, staff, and families by maintaining strong lines of communication and transparency of expectations across stakeholders. In fulfilling these key responsibilities along with the others described below, the Dean of Students plays a critical role in ensuring that students feel a sense of unity with their peers, families, and teachers, believe in the power of a great education, and take responsibility for their actions as both citizens and scholars.

Responsibilities

  1. Teacher Support/Classroom Support
    • Ensures that teachers understand Code of Conduct, enforce it consistently and fairly, and follow established protocols; consults with building administrators when Code is not enforced appropriately and/or protocols are not followed
    • Proactively communicates with teachers and visits classrooms to promote positive behaviors and mitigate problem behaviors
    • Works with teachers in the classroom to observe students, make recommendations and develop behavior improvement plans when needed
    • Provides prompt classroom support to teachers when requested; follows established protocols for addressing students who demonstrate problem behaviors
    • Works with the Principal and Assistant Superintendent to facilitate professional development offerings that promote sound behavioral management practices in the classroom
    • Conducts formal observations of Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Teacher Aides and Monitors, as assigned by the Principal.
    • Maintains monthly records to assist teachers in the classroom with promoting positive behaviors and mitigating problem behaviors
  2. Management of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)
    • Models the school’s values and standards for professional conduct; consistently demonstrates best practices for communicating with students, staff, and families
    • Works with other administrators to ensure that the school’s policies and procedures for holding all students to high behavioral expectations as stated in the Code of Conduct are understood and promoted/enforced with consistency across all staff
    • Serves as the point person for dealing with behavioral crisis-intervention and acute behavioral issues
    • Directs the staff-wide implementation of the school’s tier one interventions according to the Code of Conduct
    • Directs tier two interventions for students who consistently violate the school’s Code of Conduct – such interventions may include specially designed small-group interventions provided by Student Support staff and teachers to create timely, efficient, and flexible solutions to behavioral issues
    • Directs tier three interventions for students who engage in serious problem behaviors – such interventions involve referring students to the Student Support Team for case study, establishing a conference with families, conducting a formal evaluation and, if necessary, incorporating the support of a local agency for individualized services
    • Ensures that students’ Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) are followed as specified
    • Maintains accurate and up-to-date student conduct data and records regarding interventions, including conferences held, awards and acknowledgements, detentions, suspensions, and communication with families
  3. Oversight of Common Spaces
    • Ensures that common spaces, including the hallways and bathrooms, are clean, safe, orderly, and reflect a pro-learning culture; promotes the student ownership of these spaces through various initiatives
    • Proactively circulates and is highly present and visible in the school’s common spaces during school hours (including student arrival and departure) to maintain safe, orderly, pro-learning school environment
    • Works with school leadership to support staff’s implementation of best practices and procedures in actively promoting a safe, orderly, pro-learning environment in common spaces
  4. Administration of Detention and In-School Suspension
    • Oversees, manages, and administers the school’s detentions, including managing and communicating required attendance and communicating with families
    • Oversees in-school suspension, including the management of their course assignments, and communication with families
  5. Communication
    • Communicates with students’ families as necessary to keep families abreast of any observed changes in an individual student’s conduct
    • Meets regularly with the Student Support Team and PBIS Team to analyze PBIS data as well as to discuss individual students and their behavior patterns and how to best support students through specific interventions
    • Meets with grade-level teams to discuss PBIS data and discuss possible interventions based on data
  6. Other
    • Leads staff efforts to ensure that all students have excellent attendance and arrive at school and to class on time; works aggressively with students and parents to ensure excellent attendance
    • Oversees school-wide practices for arrival and dismissal to ensure student safety
    • Serves on the school’s Student Support Team to conduct case studies and monitor the performance and behavior of students identified as potentially needing additional support
    • Performs other operations-related tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position

Key Qualifications

  • A proven track record of promoting student success inside and outside of schools; at least five years of formal experience in working with adolescents
  • NYS teacher and administrative certification is required; a Master’s degree is preferred
  • Leadership experience in developing positive school culture, including a deep knowledge of socio-emotional needs of students as evidenced by work history, certifications held, and/or research conducted
  • Familiarity with the New York State Social/Emotional Development and Learning (SEDL)Guidelines, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Olweus, Restorative Practices, and other non-punitive disciplinary systems
  • Approaches behavior problems as “teachable moments” wherein students investigate the root cause of their behavior and take initiative to improve it; understands that through this process, students see themselves as young people whose opinions and agency are respected
  • Believes every child is “at-promise” and does not simply label a child as a “behavior problem” when she/he misbehaves
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating support to address the needs of diverse learners; familiarity with Liberty’s student population and the community to be served
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in their own learning, academically and non-academically
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written; strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members; experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups) and a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic.
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