LES safety patrol takes pride in protecting others

Mariely has been looking forward to fourth-grade so that she could join the Liberty Elementary School Safety Patrol. Safety Patrol is an ambassador program open to select fourth-grade students. Patrol officers serve on a rotating basis.

Two students hold patrol vest
Fourth-grader Mariely (on left) receives her new patrol vest from her classmate, Elizabeth.

Earlier this week, Mariely was given the orange and yellow vest she’d been so excited to receive.

Before they begin, patrol officers receive training on how to be a role model for safe and respectful conduct in the halls. During their service, they participate in Safety Patrol meetings with district leaders and school resource officers.

Their signature orange and yellow vest represents a commitment to helping promote a safety learning environment for all students and staff at Liberty Elementary School.

A group of students wearing orange and yellow safety vest pose in a photo with school resource officer Devin Brust.
Passing the torch: former patrol officers passed their vests on to the newest unit on Feb. 27.

What’s more, is that the patrol program promotes the development of leadership skills and citizenship qualities.

You might see Mariely or one of her peers at the school’s crosswalk, entrance or hallways. Don’t forget to say hi!

 

 

More about the program:

Students are nominated by their teachers to apply for the Safety Patrol Program. They fill out an application and have an interview with Assistant Principal England, Senior Typist Green and School Resource Officer Brust. Duties are assigned by Mrs. Green based on need. Officer duties may include monitoring tthe bus line, main lobby, “kiss and drop” parking area and stairways.

Officers also voluntarily eat lunch during the end of recess and “patrol” the cafeteria during fourth- grade lunch. They also help pick up and wash down the tables.

Sports Roundup (Week of 2/24/19)

Tuesday, February 26

Boys Basketball

Liberty  66 Spakenkill 72

Teams.. …..Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty…….22 – 12 – 19 – 13
Spack……….9 – 15 – 23 – 25

Contributors

Ashton Barrett – Team high 20 points
Kymanni Dennis – 17 points
Bobby McCleod – 15 points
Chris Bayer – 12 points (4 3-pointers)

Game Highlights

Indians HOT in the first quarter outscoring Spakenkill 22-9
Liberty leads by 10 at the half
Both teams play aggressive defense
Spakenkill surges in the second half when Liberty fails to convert many opportunities

Record

Liberty 10 – 11

No substances found during canine sniff search

The following letter was e-mailed to Liberty Middle and High School parents and guardians on Tuesday, Feb. 26:

The district is working in partnership with the Village of Liberty Police Department and the New York State Police to conduct regular walk-throughs in order to ensure that our schools maintain a safe learning environment. Police canine units are brought to Liberty schools by state police as a proactive measure, not in response to any perceived increase in disruptive or dangerous behavior.

The district has conducted canine walk-throughs in the past. The most recent walk-through took place Tuesday, February 26, when the administrative staff of the Liberty High School and Liberty Middle School called a hold in place for students and staff while canines and their State Police handlers conducted a free air search of all lockers in the high school and middle school.

The dogs are specifically trained to alert during a free air search on the scent of illegal drugs or explosives. To that end, it’s important to note that this was an “open air sniff,” meaning that the canine would alert an officer to the possible presence of drugs or explosives.

The canine teams do not search students during the walk-through. During the search which lasted less than thirty minutes, students remained in their classes completing instructional coursework. Any searches based on reasonable suspicion were performed by building administrators in a private area. There were no substances found during the search today.

Schools must strike a balance between a students’ right to privacy and the need to maintain school safety. Under school board policy 5300.60, the Liberty Board of Education authorizes district officials such as a superintendent, principal, school resource officer or nurse to search a student and his/her belongings if there is a reasonable suspicion that the student violated the law or the district code of conduct. Parents are always contacted once a search has occurred regardless of whether the suspicion was substantiated.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us.

All the Best,

Derek Adams
High School Principal

Andy Cameron
Middle School Principal

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Athlete registration goes digital through FamilyID

Athlete registration just got easier! The Athletic Department is going digital through FamilyID, a secure registration platform that provides students with an easy, user-friendly way to register for sports.

When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs.

Before you register

All student-athletes must have a current physician’s physical on file with the health office to participate in sports. If your student athlete’s physical is expired, you may submit a new one to the health office by taking a picture or scanning a copy and uploading it to the FamilyID form or please hand in a copy to the appropriate school health office.

Registration process

A parent/guardian should register by clicking on this link: https://www.familyid.com/liberty-central-school-district-athletics

Follow these steps:To find your program, click on the link provided by the Organization above and select the registration form under the word “Programs.”

  1. To find your program, click on the link provided by the Organization above and select the registration form under the word Programs.
  2. Next click on the green Register Now button and scroll, if necessary, to the Create Account/Log In green buttons. If this is your first time using FamilyID, click Create Account. Click Log In, if you already have a FamilyID account.
  3. Create your secure FamilyID account by entering the account owner First and Last names (parent/guardian), E-mail address and password. Select I Agree to the FamilyID Terms of Service. Click Create Account.
  4. You will receive an email with a link to activate your new account. (If you don’t see the email, check your E-mail filters (spam, junk, etc.).
  5. Click on the link in your activation E-mail, which will log you into FamilyID.com
  6. Once in the registration form, complete the information requested. All fields with a red* are required to have an answer.
  7. Click the Continue button when your form is complete.
  8. Review your registration summary
  9. Click the green Submit After selecting ‘Submit’, the registration will be complete. You will receive a completion email from FamilyID confirming your registration.

If you need assistance with registration, contact FamilyID at support@familyid.com or 888-800-5583 ext. 1.  Support is available seven  days per week and messages will be returned promptly.

Riley breaks record, others post personal bests

On Friday, February 22, members of the Liberty Indoor Track team traveled to Gillis Fieldhouse at the United States Military Academy at West Point to compete in the 2019Section IX state qualifier meet. This meet is highly competitive and qualifies athletes to go to the NYSPHSAA State Indoor track Championship at Ocean Breeze on February on Saturday, March 2.

The Liberty athletes competing where Brooke Roth in the long hump, Alexandra Riley and Sydneigh Fleischman in the 1500m walk and Miguel Campos in the 600m dash. All the athletes posted personal bests in the meet. Brooke Roth had the the best finish making the finals of the long jump and placing fifth among all jumpers. In the race walk Alexandra Riley placed seventh with  Sydneigh Fleischman closed behind in eighth. Alexandra’s time of 8:53.7 minutes is a new school record. Alex started the year with a time of 9:49 but continued to improve her technique and saw her time drop by almost one minute.  Miguel Campos was seeded 21st in the 600 but ran his best time of the year to finish 12th.

 

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Voter qualification questions, answered

The school budget is the biggest investment the community collectively makes with its tax dollars. District leaders work to make the most effective use of resources to benefit students, to develop and manage the budget in a responsible and transparent manner and to be accountable to taxpayers.

Each spring the board of education adopts a budget for the coming school year for a community vote. Voters will cast ballots on the proposed 2019-20 school budget and school board candidates on Tuesday, May 21 in the Liberty High School gymnasium. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

VOTER QUALIFICATIONS

How do I know if I am qualified to vote?

In order to be legally qualified to vote in the annual school district budget vote and Board of Education election, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be a district resident for 30 days or more by May 21 (this must be your primary, permanent residence);
  • be at least 18 years old as of May 21, 2019;
  • be registered to vote by May 16, 2019.

How do I know if I am registered to vote in Liberty?

Residents of the district who are registered to vote in a general election are eligible to vote at school district meetings and elections without further special school district registration.

If you are not a registered voter with the Board of Elections you may register at the school.  School registration of voters is valid for a period of four years. If the resident has not voted within that period, they must re-register. All new residents must register to vote.

Residents who are not sure if they are registered to vote can access the online Poll Finder to find out. 

How can I register to vote?

District residents who wish to register may do so from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except weekends and holidays, at the office of the District Clerk, Liberty CSD District Office Building, 115 Buckley St., Liberty, NY. Valid ID and current proof of residency required. Voter registration deadline is May 16, 2019.

How can I vote by absentee ballot?

Absentee ballot applications are available at the office of the district clerk from April 24 through May 20, 2019.

Completed applications must be received by the district clerk at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter or absentee ballot applications can be completed up to 4pm on May 20 if the ballot is to be picked up in person. Anyone can pick-up multiple absentee ballot applications, but only the voter can personally pick-up an absentee ballot.

Absentee ballots are available for voters who are residents of the district, but who will not be able to physically vote in their designated polling place (e.g. college students, those with a disability).

Absentee Ballots are due by Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Where and when do I vote?

The district budget vote and Board of Education election will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Polls are open from 12 -9 p.m. and are located in the Liberty High School gymnasium, located at 125 Buckley St., Liberty, NY 12754.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information contact the Tania DeFrank, District Clerk, Liberty Central School District Office, Building, 115 Buckley St., Liberty, NY 12754, telephone: (845) 292-6990 or e-mail at tdefrank@libertyk12.org.

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Liberty basketball teams make playoffs

The Lady Indians defeated Monticello 50-43 on Thursday, February 21 to even their record at .500. This qualified the team for the Section IX Class B playoffs for the first time in six years! The Lady Indians, seeded 8th,  play Rondout Valley, the 9th seed, in a HOME game at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 23.Click here for more information on the game against Monticello. 

The Boys team previously qualified and is seeded 4th in Section IX Class B. They will host 5th seeded Spackenkill at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26.

Come out for both games and cheer your teams into the next round!

LIBERTY PRIDE!

Sports Roundup (Week of 2/17/19)

Tuesday, February 19

Boys Basketball

Liberty  86 Chester 76

Teams.. …..Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty…….31 – 16 – 19 – 20
Chester…..16 – 17 – 13 – 30

Contributors

Bobby McCleod – Team high 25 points
Kymanni Dennis – 18 points
Ashton Barrett – 17 points
Chris Bayer – 17 points

Game Highlights

Indians HOT on the first quarter outscoring Chester 31-16
Liberty hits 17 2-point shots and  16 3-point shots

Record

Liberty 10 – 10

Girls Basketball

Liberty  47 Chester 39

Teams.. …..Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty…….
Chester…..

Contributors

Kassidy DeGroat –  15 points, 10 rebounds – 3rd double-double
Kelsey Morgans – 13 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds
Ally Roth – 11 points, 6 steals

Game Highlights

Team played great defense and moved the ball well offensively. Team is one win away from sectionals for the first time in 6 years.

Record

Liberty

Thursday, February 21

Girls Basketball

Liberty  50 Monticello 43

Teams.. …..Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty………9 – 14 – 16 – 11
Monticello…4 – 15 – 9 – 15

Contributors

Ally Roth – 16 points, 5 steals, 4 rebounds
Kelsey Morgans – 15 points, 6 rebounds
Kassidy DeGraot – 8 rebounds, 5 steals

Game Highlights

Team evens record at .500 and earns first playoff game in six years!
Monticello played a tough game right down to the last few seconds but the Lady Indians prevailed.

Record

Liberty 10-10

Friday, February 22

Wrestling

On Friday, February 22, members of the ELS Wrestling team traveled to Albany to compete in the NYSPHSAA Division II Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Time sUnion Center. The wrestlers who represented ELS and Section IX were Nick Curreri (Eldred) at 145, Cesar Santiago (Liberty) at 170, Drew Bendy (Liberty) at 182, and James DeAveiro (Sullivan West) at 195.

In the outbracket bouts that start the tournament, Cesar Santiago defeated. Aidan Shepardson (Dalton School-AIS) by a score of 7-3. Drew Bendy wrestled a close match but lost to Pat Quinn (Seaford-8) by a score of 11-8. In the round of sixteen Nick Curreri  lost 11-5 to Malachy Farrell (Avon-Geneseo-5). Cesar Santiago and James DeAveiro also lost to their opponents in this round.

Indoor Track

On Friday, February 22, members of the Liberty Indoor Track team traveled to Gillis Fieldhouse at the United States Military Academy at West Point to compete in the 2019Section IX state qualifier meet. This meet is highly competitive and qualifies athletes to go to the NYSPHSAA State Indoor track Championship at Ocean Breeze on February on Saturday, March 2.

The Liberty athletes competing where Brooke Roth in the long hump, Alexandra Riley and Sydneigh Fleischman in the 1500m walk and Miguel Campos in the 600m dash. All the athletes posted personal bests in the meet. Brooke Roth had the the best finish making the finals of the long jump and placing fifth among all jumpers. In the race walk Alexandra Riley placed seventh with  Sydneigh Fleischman closed behind in eighth. Alexandra’s time of 8:53.7 minutes is a new school record. Alex started the year with a time of 9:49 but continued to improve her technique and saw her time drop by almost one minute.  Miguel Campos was seeded 21st in the 600 but ran his best time of the year to finish 12th.

Girls Basketball

Liberty 46 Rondout Valley 61

Teams.. …..Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty……..10 – 13 – 19 – 14
Rondout……20 – 13 – 16 – 12

Contributors

Kelsey Morgans -Team high 29 points
Ally Roth – 9 pointss

Game Highlights

Liberty started the game down 20-10 after the first quarter and was never able to recover. Cold shooting and Rondout’s ability to break the press contributed to the loss.

The team can be proud that they went from 1-19 last season to 10-10 this year. They made the playoffs for the first time in six years. Three starters return plus several bench players and girls moving up from the JV team.

Record

Liberty 10-11

Liberty faculty, staff learn how to ‘stop the bleed’

Two teachers tie a tourniquet to another teacherDuring last Friday’s Superintendent Conference Day, the teachers were the students, and the lesson they learned could save a life.

Professionals from OPERATION ENDEAVOR were on hand to teach Stop the Bleed, a program that demonstrates how to recognize and control life-threatening bleeding.

Participants were shown the steps that need to be taken to address serious bleeding before first responders arrive.

“At Liberty, we believe it’s critical for faculty and staff to have the basic knowledge and a comfort level so that they can take action, if needed, during a medical emergency,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore said.

The Stop the Bleed program was born in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, but it provides a skill set that can be applied in many situations.

As part of the lesson, teachers were able to practice their newly learned skills – which included applying pressure, packing a wound and placing a tourniquet – on prosthetic limbs and on each other. A teacher practices tying a tourniquet around another teachers leg.

“Our number one priority is to keep students, faculty and staff safe,” Dr. Tornatore said. “It’s likely that someone in this building, at some point in their lives, will witness a bleeding emergency and they can help save a life.”

Stop the Bleed will be taught to faculty and staff members from Liberty schools by the end of March. District leaders also plan to purchase trauma kits for each school building.

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PLCs exhibit a commitment to student improvement

It’s no secret that the education world loves its acronyms and abbreviations. One of the latest acronyms to hit the halls has been PLC, short for “Professional Learning Communities.”

So what is a PLC? And how are Liberty educators putting this approach to school improvement into practice?  Read on for a quick guide.

A professional learning community – or PLC – involves much more than a staff meeting or group of teachers getting together to discuss a book they’ve read.  Instead, it’s an ongoing practice in which educators work collaboratively, reflect on instructional practices and monitor progress to ensure student success.

PLCs enable teachers to continually learn from one another through shared visioning and planning, as well as in-depth critical examination of what does and doesn’t work to enhance student achievement.

PLCs focus on ongoing learning, rather than a one-time professional development session. In addition, PLCs emphasize teacher leadership, which means that PLCs benefit teachers just as much as they do students.

PLCs take different forms and follow different schedules in each of our schools, however; the structure is the same: Every teacher engages with his or her colleagues in the ongoing exploration of three crucial questions that drive their work:

  • What do we want each student to learn?
  • How will we know when each student has learned it?
  • How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?

For more information on PLCs and what they look like in your child(ren)’s school buildings, call or visit the school’s main office.

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