The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is developing a Parent Dashboard to increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier for parents and the public to access. This is part of New York’s ESSA plan.
NYSED is gathering feedback from parents and stakeholders to guide the work of developing the Parent Dashboard. NYSED will use this feedback to identify the data that is most useful to parents and the public.
Tuesday, April 23
Liberty 21, O’Neill 10 (5 innings – rain shortened game)
The Liberty Varsity softball team earned a big divisional win at O’Neill. After a slow start, Liberty’s offense exploded for 14 runs in the 4th and 5th innings as they pulled away for a 21-10 victory in a rain-shortened five inning game. Jerikah Fleischman had two doubles, a single, four runs scored and six RBI to pace the Indian offense; she was on base in all of her five at bats. Katy Decker added two hits, three runs scored and four RBI. Brooke Nichols did her job from the lead-off spot scoring four runs on a hit, three walks and a HBP. Varsity record now stands at 2-1 in the division and 4-2 overall.
Liberty vs. Burke @ Burke
No information provided.
Wednesday, April 24
Liberty vs. Port Jervis @ Liberty
No information provided.
Liberty vs. Sullivan West @ Villa Roma
No information provided.
Thursday, April 25
Girls Spring Track
The Girls Varsity Track team travelled to Port Jervis yesterday where they cruised to a 107-24 victory over Burke but fell in what was an incredibly exciting track meet to division opponent Port Jervis by one point, 66-65. The girls scored in 15 of 17 events and swept the 110 hurdles and high jump. In a meet where the girls knew that every point counted, they gave it their all from start to finish.
Scoring in individual events were:
Brooke Roth- 1 st in 100 hurdles, long and triple jumps
Katrina Blais- 2 nd in 100 hurdles and the 800
Nicole Blais- 3 rd in 100 hurdles
Alyssa Kavleski- 3 rd in the 100, 200, and triple jump
Ally Roth- 2 nd in high jump, 3 rd in the 1500 and 800
Kelsey Morgans- 1 st in high jump, 2 nd in the 400 and 200
Chloe Ricco- 3 rd in the 400
Brianna Roth- 1 st in 400 hurdles, 3 rd in high jump
Areli Vega- 2 nd in 400 hurdles
Sydneigh Fleischman- 2 nd in the 3000
Eleisha Graves- 2 nd in shot and discus
The 4×100 team of Brooke, Chloe, Alyssa and Ysabel Manzi placed 1st.
Boys Spring Track
Yesterday the Liberty Boys Spring Track team traveled to Port Jervis to compete against Port Jervis and Burke. The Indians defeated Burke 94-39 but lost to Port Jervis.
Senior Ashton Barrett won the triple jump, placed second in the long jump and tied for second in the high jump. Sophomore Miguel Campos was second in the 1600 and 800 and third in the 3200. Senior Jake Lescynski won the pole vault and was third in the 400 hurdles. Junior Troy Willis won the 400 dash. Eighth grader Rayshawn Reynolds was third in the 100 and 200.Junior John Nolan was second in the 400 hurdles. Senior Kymanni Dennis was second in the 200.
In the final race, the 1600 meter relay, Junior Troy Willis took the baton for the final leg and ran down the Burke runner to secure the victory for his team in the last 100 meters.
Liberty vs. Monticello @ Liberty
No information provided.
Liberty vs. Fallsburg @ Lochmore
No information provided.
Saturday, April 27
Girls Spring Track
The Girls Varsity Track team traveled to Monticello on Saturday to compete in the Jessica Fingers Invitational under cold, snowy and windy conditions. However, given the intense conditions, the team performed well in many events.
Placing and scoring for the team were:
Placing 3 rd in individual events were Kelsey Morgans in high jump and Areli Vega in the 400 hurdles. Placing fourth were Julia Austin in javelin, Angel Giarrantano-Rogers in hammer and Brooke Roth in triple jump. Eleisha Graves was 6 th in shot put.
Scoring in relays were:
Placing 3 rd was the freshman/sophomore 4×400 of Ally Roth, Katrina Blais, Jordan Raynor and Alyssa Kavleski and the freshman sophomore 4×100 relay of Chezzy Hanofee, Alyssa, Jordan and Katrina. Placing 4 th was the varsity 4×400 of Areli, Kelsey, Brianna Roth and Hillary Ortiz-Vega.
In 5 th were the Varsity sprint medley relay of Kelsey, Brooke, Areli, and Brianna. Also 5 th was the freshman/sophomore sprint medley relay of Chezzy, Alyssa, Jordan and Katrina and the 4×800 relay of Jerikah Fleischman, Sydneigh Fleischman, Nicole Blais and Ally. Rounding out the scoring was the Distance Medley Relay of Jerikah, Sydneigh, Ally and Chloe Ricco.
Boys Spring Track
On Saturday the Liberty Boys Spring Track team traveled to Monticello to compete in an invitational meet. Although the conditions were not ideal, some of the boys rose to the occasion and had good performances.
The best result of the meet was in the Freshman/Sophomore Medley Relay. The team of Miguel-Campos Castro, Gabe Desrochers, Wayne Kratz and Rayshawn Reynolds won the event and SMASHED the school record by almost 20 seconds!
Senior Ashton Barrett won the high jump, placed second in the triple jump and third in the long jump. Eighth grader Rayshawn Reynolds made it to the finals of the 100 meter dash and placed sixth. Rayshawn also placed sixth in the Varsity high jump. Senior Lucas Carrion placed sixth in the long hump.
The Varsity 4 by 1 team of Lucas Carrion, Kymanni Dennis, Gabe Desrochers and Jamar Islam placed fourth.
The Varsity 4 by 4 team of Miguel Campos-Castro, Jamar Islam, Kevin Raymond and Troy Willis took fifth.
The Freshman/Sophomore 4 by 4 team of Michael Burger, Wayne Kratz, Zach Haberzettl, and Juan Romero placed fifth.
As the calendar pages flip toward September, you might be asking if your child is ready for school. Whatever age your child is when they start school, you can help them enter the classroom with confidence by being your child’s first and most important teacher. To ensure the best possible school experience, there are skills and tasks that all children should be comfortable with before entering the classroom.
1. Teach independence
The more things a child can do on their own, the more time they, and their teacher, will spend on classroom activities. Practice having your child:
- Use the toilet by themselves.
- Put on coats, boots and shoes with minimal assistance.
- Make choices: red or blue crayon; blocks or dolls.
Bradley Strait, principal at The Learning Community, a pre-K through grade 2 school in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District, recommends making incremental changes toward Independence
“Set your child up for success,” he said. “Instead of letting them pick an outfit from their whole wardrobe –and risk them picking shorts when it’s snowing outside – lay out two weather-appropriate outfits and let them choose which one to wear.”
2. Read together
Children have to learn to read before they can read to learn. Learning the alphabet is the first step.
- Sing the alphabet song together.
- Point to written letters as you sing.
- Point out the letters in your child’s name.
- Choose books about your child’s interests.
- Visit your local library and let your child choose books to read with you.
3. Count together
Recognizing numbers and understanding their relationship to one another is a basic foundational math skill.
- Count steps together while you walk up and down a flight of stairs.
- Count pieces of cereal or crackers as you put them in a bowl (or as you eat them!).
- Ask your child “how many?” when you see groups of items that number fewer than 10.
- Practice sorting and classifying—big, small, near, far, under, above, colors— as a way to reinforce early math skills.
4. Look for social opportunities
In preschool and kindergarten, children are learning social skills such as sharing, communicating and listening. Look for opportunities for your child to practice.
- Make playdates.
- Go to library story times.
- Visit local playgrounds.
5. Establish—or reinforce—routines
Help your child become accustomed to routines by establishing a set of activities to do every morning upon waking and every evening before bedtime.
- Get dressed.
- Brush teeth after meals.
- Put dirty clothes in a laundry hamper.
- Read before bed.
6. Engage your child in conversation
A three-year-old might not yet have a robust vocabulary, but they can still express their needs, wants, hopes and fears in their own way. And the more you talk with them, the more words they will learn.
- How do you feel?
- Why do you like this toy?
- Why are you scared?
Why is pre-K and kindergarten important?
Children benefit from early-education programs, like prekindergarten or kindergarten, because they learn academic and social skills that lay a solid foundation for the rest of their years in school. Kids who attend early-education programs receive higher reading, math and cognition test scores into early adulthood and earn more money over the course of their lifetime compared with those who did not have the benefit of early education.
Is my child not ready for school—or is it something else?
If you have questions about what your child should be able to do at their age, speak with your child’s pediatrician, call the early intervention office in your county or contact the school for support. The sooner kids get the help they need, the sooner they’ll be able to thrive at school.
So your child will be going to school!
Whether it’s preschool or kindergarten that your child will be attending, change can be unsettling for everyone involved. Before school starts, there are a few things parents should know and can do to help ease their family into a new school routine.
Visit the school
The more time your child spends at the school they’ll attend—especially with you—the more comfortable they’ll be when they start attending school by themselves.
- Arrange a tour at your local elementary school or early learning center.
- Attend concerts or other public events that interest your child at the school.
- Play on the playground.
Know the rules
It’s true: Schools have lots of rules and policies, all geared toward ensuring a safe and healthy environment for students and staff. Check out school handbooks or websites to be familiar with rules that you know will impact your family, such as:
- Pick-up and drop-off times and locations.
- Food for classroom parties/birthdays.
- Safety policies, such as propping doors open.
- Visitor and volunteer rules and policies.
Regular attendance builds the school-going habit and helps children develop relationships with teachers and school staff. But there are other reasons daily, on-time attendance is important.
- Teachers schedule their time in the classroom to the minute; late arrivals can disrupt learning and distract other students.
- Early grades lay the foundation for future learning, and regular attendance helps children develop the reading, writing and math skills they will need in the future.
- If your child says they don’t want to go to school, talk to your child’s teacher as soon as possible—you might be able to help address a small issue before it becomes a big problem.
Once you’ve made the decision to enroll your child in school, think of their teacher and school as a partner. You all have the same goal for your child: to be happy and successful.
Talk with your child about what’s happening in their world away from home and take advantage of the many ways schools share information with families.
- Parent-teacher conferences.
- Parent-teacher organizations or school community councils.
- Read through papers sent home.
- Check out teacher and/or school websites, if they have one.
- Find out how your child’s teacher prefers to communicate: email, phone, text message app.
Remember, you’re all in this together. If there is something happening at home or school that you think is, or could, negatively affect your child, let their teacher know. They can’t help if they aren’t aware. They can work with you and your child to find solutions or accommodations to make school a positive place were your child can learn and grow.
Monday, April 8
Liberty 9, Goshen 10
The Liberty Varsity Softball team battled to the end but came up just short in a 10 to 9 loss at Goshen this afternoon. In a very exciting last inning, Goshen robbed two base hits from Liberty including a homerun when their left fielder went over the fence taking a homerun away from Jerikah Fleischman. The catch preserved the Goshen victory. Kelsey Morgans went 4-4 with a homerun, triple and two singles. She scored 3 runs and drove in 3 to lead the offense. Katy Decker had a single and double with two runs scored. Jerikah Fleischman added a double. Liberty’s record is 0-1.
Wednesday, April 10
Boys Spring Track
The Liberty Boys Spring Track team hosted O’Neill and Fallsburg on a cold and windy day. The Indians overwhelmed an undermanned Fallsburg team 120 to 6 but lost to their archrivals 0’Neill 66 to 70.
Sophomore Zach Haberzettl ran the 3200 for the first time and placed third! Senior Ashton Barrett placed first in the high jump, triple jump and long jump. Sophomore Miguel Campos won the 3200, placed second in the 1600 and third in the 800.Senior Jake Lesczynski won the 400 IH. Junior Kevin Raymond won the 110 high hurdles and was third in the 400. Junior Breckin Cheh won the shot put. Junior Rich Jandik won the discus. Eighth grader Rayshawn Reynolds was third in the 200 and high jump. Junior Kymanni Dennis was second in the 200. Senior Lucas Carrion was third in the 100. Sophomore Troy Willis placed second in the 400. Freshman Gabe Desrochers was third in the 400. Junior Francisco Miguel was second in shot put. Freshman Wayne Kratz was third in discus.
Liberty won the 4 by 800 relay with the team of Miguel Campos, Jake Lesczynski, Jose Luna and Juan Romero.
Girls Spring Track
The Girls Varsity Track team scored an 84-55 win over division opponent O’Neill and defeated Fallsburg 107-8 on yet another cold, windy day.
The girls swept shot put, discus, and triple jump. Eleisha Graves won shot and disc. Brooke Roth was first in 100 hurdles, long and triple jumps. Brianna Roth was 1st in high jump, 2nd in pole vault and 3rd in the 1500. Alyssa Kavleski was 2nd in the 100, 200 and triple jump. Mya Reynolds was 1st in the 200 and 3rd in the 100. Katrina Blais was 2nd in 400 hurdles and 3rd in 100 hurdles. Sydneigh Fleischman was first in the 3000 and 3rd in triple. Angel Giarrantano-Rogers was 2nd in discus and 3rd in shot. Jerikah Fleishman was second in shot. Kelsey Morgans was 2nd and Chloe Ricco 3rd in the 400. Areli Vega was 3rd in 400 hurdles. Alexandra Riley was 2nd in the 3000. Jordan Raynor was 3rd in discus.
The 4×800 relay of Jerikah, Sydneigh, Katrina and Alex placed first.
Thursday, April 11
Liberty 37, Fallsburg 1
Gabby Magie had a double, three singles and scored six runs to lead Liberty’s 24-hit attack in their victory over Fallsburg. Kylie Bachman added a double and three singles of her own while Areli Vega and Katy Decker each scored five times. Kelsey Morgans had two more doubles and a single, scoring three runs and driving in four. Taylor Arpino pitched a 1-hitter and struck out eight in her five innings of work. Liberty’s record is 1-1.
Friday, April 12
Burke 4, Liberty 0
Although they played a solid game defensively, Liberty fell in a pitcher’s duel 4-0 to Burke Catholic. Katy Decker pitched a complete game, giving up just 3 earned runs while scattering nine hits and striking out 4. Brooke Nichols reached base each of the three times she was up with a walk and had a stolen base. Gabby Magie and Ana Barragan each had a hit for the Indians. Liberty’s record is 1-2
Saturday, April 13
Sullivan West Tournament – Game 1
Liberty 10, Monticello 9
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Ana Barragan scored the go ahead run on a double by Katy Decker completing a huge rally and giving Liberty a 10 – 9 win over Monticello. Liberty had trailed 9 – 1 in the 4th inning. Decker went 4 – 4 with three doubles, 2 RBI and a run scored. Taylor Arpino went 3 – 3 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored while Gabby Magie had a double, single and two runs scored. Liberty improves to 2 – 2.
Sullivan West Tournament – Championship Game
Liberty 16, Sullivan West 0 (5 innings)
Katy Decker threw 5 scoreless innings giving up just three hits while striking out six leading Liberty to a 16-0 victory in the championship game of the Sullivan West Tournament. Jerikah Fleischman had a double and triple with 4 RBIs to pace Liberty’s offense. Lily Alejandro went 2-3 with 3 RBIs while Kylie Bachman had a double with two runs scored. Decker reached base 4 times with a double (her 4th of the day), two walks and a HBP. Liberty’s record is now 3-2.
In an effort to empower children to make healthy food choices, develop an awareness of how fruits and vegetables are grown, and increase physical activity, Liberty Elementary School teacher Christy Green joined forces with our friend Bee Moser from Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer an exciting extra-curricular class for all second graders.
Fun, engaging and undoubtedly educational, the class featured a perfect mix of structure and informality. Students were happy to share their personal healthy pursuits, from making an apple pie with mom using fresh apples from the yard to trying – and enjoying – a chickpea from the school’s salad bar.
The goal of the 60 minute class was to teach students about the parts of a plant by focusing on the different parts that we commonly eat – root, stem, seed, flower, fruit, and leaf. Following a brief discussion, students put their knowledge to the test in a game that called for students to match a fruit or vegetable with the part of the plant it is known as. (For example, a carrot is a root, celery is a stem, corn is a seed, broccoli is a flower, etc.)
Together, Ms. Green and Ms. Moser hosted a healthy taste test. Students were asked to describe size, shape, color, smell and texture of the food before taking a bite. As an added charm school-esque bonus, students learned the importance of a “no thank you bite” and how to discreetly dispose of a food they don’t like using a napkin.
After planting kale seeds in an ice cream cone (because it’s compostable), students ended the class with a little exercise.
After a year in the Middle East, Liberty Middle School teacher John Chewens was welcomed home by the students, staff and board members with a surprise assembly.
Following a performance by the school’s band, Mr. Chewens former and current students reflected on what had been lost – and gained – this past year.
While students and staff undoubtedly missed Mr. Chewens, they reflected on how they were able to tighten the bonds of their friendship despite his absence. Mr. Chewens had been keeping in touch with his class through letters and video chats. Much of what he was experiencing, such as sandstorms, were incorporated into student lessons. Students and staff also sent him regular packages.
And Mr. Chewens also had a surprise of his own. He presented the Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore with a flag.
The Sullivan County School Boards Association recently announced that they’ll be honoring Liberty High School teacher Maria ‘Pia’ Caro and Liberty Parks and Rec Assistant Director James Guara as the recipients of this year’s Sullivan County Outstanding Educator Award and Friend to Education Award, respectively.
Both of these awards honor individuals who have made an impact on the education of children in Sullivan County. Ms. Caro and Mr. Guara will receive their awards at a dinner at The Sullivan on Wednesday, May 29. Cocktail hour will include h’oeuvres with a cash bar; a buffet dinner and dessert will follow. The cost is $37 per person.
Mrs. Caro has been teaching at Liberty High School since 2013. She has a zeal for teaching students English, instilling a love for literature, and preparing them to excel on the English Language Arts Regents Exam. Her dedication only starts with the fact that she is the last teacher in the building each day. The energy and enthusiasm that she displays in her lessons can be equated to a performance which she adapts throughout her lesson in order to sustain the attention of her students. The tireless hours of preparation that Mrs. Caro spends researching and developing her lessons and the technology she entwined in them is justified by the results she achieves.
As the needs of students in the District have changed, and a transitioning educational climate has burgeoned, Mrs. Caro is at the forefront of meeting these challenges through her energetic, engaging, technology spiraled lessons, and units. Her ability to change the pace of lessons, build capacity in students to read and write at a level that meets or exceeds the requirements of the New York State ELA Regents is only the beginning of her relentless approach to student growth and achievement. Mrs. Caro is known amongst her peers as a technology guru, who seeks to combine the newest technology resources with research based pedagogical techniques. Her ability to use technology at its highest form of learning can only be described as awe-inspiring. Mrs. Caro integrates technology in her lessons at the highest levels, the transformational stages of Modification and Redefinition.
As the Assistant Director of the Liberty Parks and Recreation Department, James works on behalf of both the community and the school to provide experiences that are fun, informative and enriching to all those fortunate to be a part of them.
James has been with Parks and Recreation for the past five years, and has planned and executed many events for our community. He is the epitome of Liberty Pride which is warranted through his dedication, pride and zeal for teaching and instructing our youth to be upstanding citizens in society. The energy and enthusiasm that he displays on a daily basis is evident in the many lives he touches each day.
James has lead the Youth Warriors football program to consecutive undefeated seasons with under the lights game experiences for young athletes. James has brought free training clinics to Liberty Central School for all residents and is an active member of the town and Wellness committee.
James also takes the leadership role in guiding high school students during Hanofee Day Camp, giving students a chance to take on real life responsibilities. James is always looking to better himself which directly impacts the counselors working at Hanofee Day Camp as well as anyone he encounters. The softball program and wrestling program at Liberty Central Schools, as well as many other programs in the Town of Liberty, have been redefined thanks to James’ drive, motivation, and willpower. James’ experience, passion, and integrity makes him a hardworking, wholesome individual. As James often says and certainly abides by, “To be a good leader, you have to be a good follower.”
New York lawmakers have approved a state budget for 2019-20 that increases education funding by just over $1 billion and makes permanent the state’s property tax levy limit law, or tax cap.
The newly approved $175 billion state budget calls for total education spending of $27.9 billion, which represents an increase of 3.8 percent compared to the current year. School districts have been awaiting a finalized state budget agreement, which provides information about state aid levels for school district operating budgets, so that they can propose their own spending plans for the coming year.
The state aid increase includes $618 million in additional Foundation Aid and $342 million more in reimbursements for such designated expenses as transportation, construction and BOCES services. Foundation Aid and expense-based reimbursements are districts’ primary sources of state funding for everyday school operations.
The remainder of the increases in state aid — about $50 million — will go toward a variety of targeted initiatives and grants, including pre-kindergarten and after-school programming.
The final state budget did not include a consolidation of expense-based aids and reduced building aid reimbursements, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo put forward in his executive budget proposal released in January. It also did not include the Governor’s proposed Equity Funding Formula, which would have directed portions of state aid to specific school buildings. Districts must instead file a report by Sept. 1 on how they will address identified inequities between school buildings within a school district.
Total school aid is higher than what Cuomo initially proposed, but falls short of the $2.1 billion the Board of Regents and the $2.2 billion the Educational Conference Board (ECB) had identified as necessary for schools in 2019-20. The ECB is comprised of the Conference of Big 5 School Districts, New York State Council of School Superintendents, New York State PTA, New York State School Boards Association, New York State United Teachers and the School Administrators Association of New York State.
Other measures in the approved budget include:
- Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) Reserve Funds: School districts can now create a reserve fund to mitigate future TRS rate spikes.
- Dual Enrollment Classes: Community colleges and high schools will be allowed to provide dual enrollment programs that enable students to receive college credit at little or no cost.
- Transportation: School districts will be allowed to share routes for contracted pupil transportation services.
- Salary Cap: The salary cap for BOCES district superintendent salaries was increased.
- STAR Changes: Those whose household income falls between $250,000 to $500,000 will be required to pay their full property tax bill first before receiving a check for the STAR property tax rebate program.
- Free lunch: Reduced-price lunches will be made free for students.
- Building Condition Surveys: Building condition surveys may now be staggered over 5 years, beginning in January 2020. Currently, all districts throughout the state complete building condition surveys on the same five-year cycle. This change is designed to ease the wait times for state approval of school capital projects.
Property tax levy limit law to become permanent
The state budget includes a provision to make the existing property tax levy limit law, also known as the tax cap, permanent. The law, which was set to expire next year, does not limit the amount of money a district can raise through the tax levy. Instead, it sets a threshold at which districts are required to obtain a higher level of community support for budget authorization.
Funding for targeted education initiatives in state budget
The following are additional highlights of the $27.9 billion education spending plan included in the newly enacted state budget:
- Community Schools: The Foundation Aid increase includes a $50 million set-aside for community schools, resulting in $250 million total for a range of programs and services in schools designated as struggling or in other high-need districts.
- Pre-kindergarten: The budget includes $15 million to serve more of the state’s three- and four-year-old children in pre-kindergarten programs.
- After-school programs: A $10 million increase from the current year will help fund after-school programs.
- Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers: The budget adds $14 million to existing funding for Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers.
- My Brother’s Keeper: The program that supports initiatives to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color is slated for $18 million in new funding.
- Bilingual education grants: The budget includes $18.5 million in bilingual education grants and $770,000 for training programs for teachers in bilingual/multilingual education.
- Master Teacher Program: The budget adds $1.5 million to fund an additional cohort of master teachers in schools with high rates of teacher turnover or inexperience.
- We Teach NY Program: The budget provides $3 million to recruit and prepare a corps of 250 teacher candidates who are of color and would work in high-need subject areas.
- Expands access to advanced coursework: $5.8 million will subsidize the cost of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams for students in poverty. The budget also includes $1.5 million to create advanced courses in school districts where there are few or no advanced courses.
- Governor Cuomo Announces Highlights of the FY 2020 State Budget (Governor of New York State)
- Fiscal Year 2020 Enacted State Budget (New York State Division of the Budget)
- 2019-20 State Aid Projections (Governor of New York State)
- Advocacy Update: Final State Budget Deal Reached (New York State School Boards Association)