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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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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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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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.

Student entrepreneurs enjoy Economy Day

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a market economy?
What skills are needed to be an entrepreneur?
How can I balance creating a quality product while making a profit?

These are the questions our young entrepreneurs at Liberty Elementary School asked themselves leading up to their Market Economy Day on June 7.

Market Economy Day is a third grade tradition that seeks to increase the financial literacy of the next generation of future entrepreneurs. By using a school store as a means to teach challenging subjects like finance, business and investing, teachers seek to train a new group of future business owners and creative thinkers.

In this unique form of instruction, students frequently encounter situations that provide the opportunity to relate economic terms and concepts to real classroom situations.

In a mini-economy, students earn play money in a variety of ways and spend it at a class store, class auction, or at stores operated by their classmates.

ture economic system operating within the regular classroom.

 

 

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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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District wins $5,000 Lowe’s Education grant

The Liberty Central School District has secured $5,000 through the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant, which will allow the district to purchase activity mats for the elementary school’s Making Math Masters through Movement (MMMTM) initiative.

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.

Families who attended the district’s Math and Movement Night in March got a taste of what the activity mats will look like and how students can interact with them. The mats align with current state standards and range in concepts, from addition and subtraction to angles and coordinates and place value and fractions.

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 and Liberty Elementary School would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to Barbara Blakey, who previously served as the district’s interim assistant superintendent and Sue Ann Boyd of Cornell Cooperative Extension, who continues to work with the district in partnership to help students become healthier and more active learners. Securing this grant would not have been possible without them.

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