LCSD will continue to serve free meals to students

The Liberty Central School District will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to students through its participation with the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2018-2019 school year.

Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 amended section 11(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1))(the law) to provide an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with increased levels of low-income students. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision.

All students enrolled in the Liberty Central School District may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them. Families will not have to fill out meal applications, but by filling out this form, you will be able to help determine the district’s eligibility for additional state and federal grants.

Breakfast and lunch meals follow the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for healthy school meals.

For information about the district’s food service department and cafeteria menus, contact Food Services Director Dara Smith. For more information about the Community Eligibility Provision and how the district has qualified, please contact School Business Official Georgia Gonzalez.

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Welcome Letter from Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore

Dear Liberty Central School District Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members:

I would like to take this opportunity to officially say I am honored and excited to be selected as your next Superintendent of Schools.

My guiding principle as your Superintendent is based on the belief that every child can and will attain the education and skills necessary to achieve their dreams of a meaningful and bright future in today’s fast-paced world.

Our focus in the district remains constant. We believe all children can learn. We care about each and every student, and we aim to show it by providing our best efforts as teachers, administrators, mentors and advocates to our entire student population.

To that end, I would like to share a glimpse inside the three frameworks that the district will use as guidance in shaping Liberty to be the best school district it has ever been.

1. Professional Learning Communities

I firmly believe that successful educators achieve growth when they collaborate and learn from each other. What this means for Liberty, in short, is that from now on, our educators will meet regularly, share their successes and “lessons learned” and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.

2. Behavioral Supports

The district has always held to the assertion every learner needs academic, social, emotional and behavioral support. Our district’s multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) will continue to grow this school year, and each building will work harder in addressing the needs of the whole child with more intention, intervention and customized support.

3.  Technology

Liberty will now look to the Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition (SAMR) Model developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura as a framework for planning meaningful digital learning experiences that are transformative. The SAMR Model helps teachers plan and reflect on the technology experiences they are offering students. The goal is to plan lessons that are transformative to learning rather than ones that just enhance the learning experience when possible.

I am excited about what is to come and I hope that you are too. Delivering excellence is still our top priority and I look forward to achieving that goal together.

Yours in education,

Dr. Tornatore

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Teachers put time into tinkering at MakerSpace Camp

Kids aren’t the only ones attending camp this summer. The grown-ups are going, too.

Educators from Liberty Central School District recently attended the MakerSpace Boot Camp at the Orange Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Goshen.

The camp was run by Shannon Mersand and Sheri McNair of the School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York (SLMSSENY.)

This three-day immersive conference allowed educators to learn about and explore 25 maker-style activities and hands on playgrounds that included such themes as robotics, coding, circuitry, engineering and fabrication.

The activities, applications and funding options learned from this boot camp will be applied toward the creation of the MakerSpace at the Liberty Elementary and Middle Schools.

More about MakerSpace and the SLMSSENY Boot Camp

 

Project-based learning is making waves in education.

Makerspaces change the ways schools use technology, engage in learning and teaching; the forms of learning that take place in school. However, without deliberate professional learning and planning, the glamour of new tech tools can overshadow the importance of instruction within MakerSpace. For that reason, district representatives attended the SLMSSENY MakerSpace Bootcamp for knowledge, insight and resources on the best way to develop a school’s MakerSpace.

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