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
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Wednesday, April 24
Liberty vs. Port Jervis @ Liberty
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Liberty vs. Sullivan West @ Villa Roma
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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
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Liberty vs. Fallsburg @ Lochmore
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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.
BUDGET HEARING AND ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION
LIBERTY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Education of the Liberty Central School District will hold a Budget Hearing at the Liberty High School Auditorium, Buckley Street, Village of Liberty, New York, in said District on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Prevailing time) for the purpose of discussion of the expenditure of funds and the budgeting thereof proposed by the Board of Education for the school year July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.
NOTICE IS GIVEN pursuant to Section 1716 of the Education Law, that a copy of the statement of the amount of money, which may be required for the following year for school purposes, exclusive of public money, and the Real Property Tax Exemption Report will be annexed to any budget of which it forms a part and may be obtained by any resident in the District at the District Office, 115 Buckley Street, Liberty, New York, and at each of the three following school buildings in the District: The Liberty Elementary School, Liberty, NY, The Liberty Middle School, Liberty, N.Y., and the Liberty High School, Liberty, NY during the fourteen days immediately preceding the annual budget vote and election, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. prevailing time, other than a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday, together with the text of any resolution to be presented to the voters and will be available on the District website. A copy of the detailed statement of estimated expenditures will also be made available at the Budget Hearing to be held May 7th, 2019.
NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Annual Meeting and Election, including the vote upon the appropriation of the necessary funds to meet the estimated expenditures for school purposes for the 2019-20 school year, the election of members of the Board of Education, the vote upon the propositions outlined below, and any other business that may legally come before this meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, between the hours of 12:00 pm noon and 9:00 pm prevailing time, at the Liberty High School Gymnasium, 125 Buckley Street, Liberty, New York and
NOTICE IS GIVEN: that any qualified elector who desires to submit any proposition to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting and Election, except as to a question or proposition required by law to be stated in the published or posted notice of meeting, shall file with the Board of Education a petition setting forth such proposition, not less than thirty (30) days (by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 22, 2019) prior to the Annual District Budget Vote and Election and such petition shall be signed by at least twenty-five (25) qualified voters of the District.
NOTICE IS GIVEN: that the following persons have submitted nominating petitions to fill three three-year terms on the Board of Education effective July 1, 2019 and expiring on June 30, 2022, vacated by the expired terms of Matthew DeWitt, John Nichols and Dr. Philip Olsen.
Philip Olsen DDS
NOTICE IS GIVEN that the following propositions will appear on the ballot:
PROPOSITION NO. 1
Shall the following resolution be approved?
RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Liberty Central School District, Sullivan County be authorized to make the expenditures shown in the budget presented to the Board of Education, in the amount of $48,393,178 for the school year 2019-20 exclusive of public monies and to levy the necessary tax therefore.
PROPOSITION NO 2
Shall the following resolution be approved?
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Liberty Central School District (the “Board”) is authorized to undertake certain capital improvements at the Liberty Elementary School, as more specifically set forth in a Resolution of the Board dated April 9, 2019, and is further authorized to expend therefore an amount not to exceed $350,000 and to transfer up to $350,000 from the General Fund to the Capital Fund to finance the costs of such capital improvements.
NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to section 2014 of the Education Law, Personal Registration of voters is required, and no person shall be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting and Election to be held on May 21, 2019, whose name does not appear on the register of the District or who does not register as hereinafter provided, except a person who is otherwise qualified to vote and is registered under the provisions of Article 5 of the Election Law. The times and place of registration are set forth below, and any person shall be entitled to have that person’s name placed upon such register, provided that at such meeting of the Board of Registration, that person is known or proven to the satisfaction of the Board of Registration, to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at the school meeting or election for which such register is prepared.
The Board of Registration shall prepare a register for said Annual Meeting and Election which shall include all persons who shall have presented themselves personally for registration for any annual budget vote and election or special District meeting or election and who shall have voted at any Annual or Special Meeting or Election or conducted at any time during the 2015, 2016 and 2017, 2018 calendar years.
NOTICE IS GIVEN that Personal Registration may be achieved on any day, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. prevailing time at the Liberty Central School District Office, 115 Buckley Street, Liberty, New York up until Thursday, May 16, 2019.
NOTICE IS GIVEN: that the register of the District, so prepared, will be filed in the office of the School District Clerk at the Liberty CSD District Office, 115 Buckley Street, Liberty, N.Y., where the same shall be open for inspection by any qualified voter of the District on each of the five (5) days prior to the Annual Meeting and Election, weekdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., prevailing time (with the exception of Sunday and Saturday by appointment only) Said register will be open for inspection at the Liberty High School Gymnasium, 125 Buckley Street, Village of Liberty, N.Y. during the hours of the Annual Meeting and Election.
NOTICE IS GIVEN that the members of the Board of Registration shall meet at the Annual Meeting and Election on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Liberty High School Gymnasium, 125 Buckley Street, Village of Liberty, N.Y., between the hours of 12:00 pm and 9:00 pm, prevailing time, where and when the Annual Meeting and Election will be held for the purpose of preparing a register of the school district for meetings or elections held subsequent to such Annual Meeting and Election.
NOTICE IS GIVEN that applications for Absentee Ballots may be applied for at the Office of the District Clerk. If the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, the completed application must be received by the District Clerk at least seven (7) days before the election, or Tuesday, May 14th, 2019. If the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter, the completed application must be received by the District Clerk no later than the day before the election, or Monday, May 20th, 2019. Absentee Ballots must be received in the office of the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. prevailing time on May 21, 2019.
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 2018-a of the Education Law, qualified voters who meet the criteria for “permanently disabled” and are so certified by the Sullivan County Board of Elections, will receive paper ballots by mail.
A list of all persons to whom Absentee Ballots shall have been issued will be available for public inspection in the office of the District Clerk on each of the five (5) days prior to the date of the Annual Meeting and Election, weekdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., prevailing time, (or Saturday by appointment) and such list will also be posted at the polling place at the Annual Meeting and Election of members of the Board of Education.
Dated: April 26, 2019
Liberty Central School District
Liberty, New York
Tania DeFrank, District Clerk
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.
Liberty High School has released the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the second marking period. Check out who made the lists by going to high-school-honor-rolls-2018-2019
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.
Interested in learning more about Liberty’s proposed 2019-20 budget? Looking for information on the New York State School Tax Relief (STAR) program, tax levy limit law or general budget terms? Visit this page to access glossaries, videos and more.
Please note: Since the development of the district’s annual spending plan is an ongoing process, we recommend that you save this page and open it weekly for updates.
The district’s 2019-20 budget development presentations and updates are also available online. Following the budget adoption on April 23 printed copies of the budget statement will be available in the main office of each school building in the district, the business office and the Liberty Public Library.
As of press time, the draft proposal carries a 0 percent tax levy increase and maintains all existing academic programs; creates a third School Resource Officer position and a high school MakerSpace and includes funding for four translation devices which would provide real time, two-way translation; an after-school tutoring program at the middle and high school; additional security cameras at the middle and high school; and field maintenance equipment for the soccer, softball and baseball fields.
Voters will also elect three members to the Board of Education. Voters will cast their ballot on Tuesday, May 21 at Liberty High School. Polls will be open from 12-9 p.m.
Absentee ballots are available for voters who are unable to vote in person due to illness, physical disability, hospitalization or travel.
Applications are needed in order to receive a ballot. To request your ballot application, e-mail District Clerk, Tania DeFrank at email@example.com or call (845) 292-6990, or visit the District Office at 115 Buckley Street in Liberty. If you want your ballot mailed to you, your application must be received by May 14. If you plan to pick up your application and ballot in person you may do so until May 20.
Absentee ballots must be returned to the district office by 5 p.m. on May 21.
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 Liberty Indian Booster Club will accept scholarship applications until May 10. The scholarship will be awarded to two Liberty High School student-athletes who plan to further their education. Students may pick up a copy of the application in the high school guidance office.