On June 28, Liberty Central School District graduated its Class of 2019 in a ceremony that looked back on the graduates’ 13-year journey and celebrated the days still to come.
As students accepted their diplomas, the community looked on with pride, whether they were supporting their own children or someone else’s.
In a ceremony filled with words of advice and reflection, the members of the graduating class heard a larger theme; to stay humbled in this wild world and to tackle it with thought, rationale, kindness and social responsibility.
Many parents and guardians may wonder which is better: full day Pre-K or half day Pre-K. The answer is “neither.” There is a difference and that difference is in the length of the day. The full day Pre-K program offers students more time to socialize with friends at school. It’s not the length of the day, but the experience itself that matters for your Pre-K child. At Liberty Elementary School, we strive to provide all Pre-K students with a high quality Pre-K experience that is focused on social interaction and language development.
Students in the full and half day Pre-K programs receive the same opportunities for instruction through daily structured play. All Pre-K children engage in a variety of well-designed social activities such as literacy learning centers, construction sites, science exploration and experiments, dramatic play, songs, games, movement and interactive applications on classroom technology. Students interact and speak with their peers and teachers throughout their day, which helps promote language strong language skills.
One of the top priorities of Pre-K is to engage students in language usage. Whether a child is enrolled in a full day or half day program, parents and/or guardians can help at home by engaging their child in conversation. Every moment of the day is an opportunity to notice everything around you, ask and answer questions and facilitate learning!
Liberty Central School District is excited to introduce a new program that we believe will have a profound effect on our students. We’d like to invite parents to take a survey regarding this program. Please check your e-mail or the school website for information.
A key component of the Leader In Me initiative is a needs assessment. We are asking all staff, parents and guardians and students in grades 4-12 to take a ten minute survey that will help us gauge the community’s perception of our school buildings.
Students and staff will take the survey this week during school hours.
Parents and guardians, please take a few moments to find your respective link and take the survey. Thank you.
In light of the recent threat to our high school on June 19, we are writing to assure you that the safety of your children and our staff and employees is our number one priority and something that we work at constantly. While we cannot detail all aspects of our security plans, we’d like to remind you about what is in place and provide you with some information about our ongoing efforts.
Training and Protocols
We review security protocols with staff throughout the year and, as you know, practice response drills to a variety of different situations with our students. We have comprehensive building- and district-level safety plans and an active district safety committee. This committee includes district administrators, police and fire officials, operational staff and teachers.
We utilize the intercom or “buzz in” procedures in our buildings, and continue to review where, and when, building access should be more restricted. Our staff and faculty wear their ID badges at all times. As part of our ongoing work, we will be identifying additional actions (such as extra security cameras) that can enhance our emergency preparedness. As you may be aware, our 2019-20 school budget includes funding to upgrade our security system.
Strong Relationship with Police
We have a strong working relationship with the Village of Liberty Police Department and do not hesitate to call law enforcement to our schools as needed. Police are regularly in our buildings for specific issues and events and we regularly seek law enforcement guidance in how we can be proactive and provide staff with the most up-to-date training. Our School Resource Officers patrol each of our school buildings regularly.
If You See Something, Say Something
It is also important to emphasize that our students and families are a critical part of keeping our schools safe. We encourage students to talk to an adult at school whenever they have a concern or notice something that does not seem right, and we ask all of you to do the same.
We cannot say or underscore enough, the safety of our students is a top priority to the district. If you have any questions today, or in the future about safety practices in our schools, please do not hesitate to reach out to the district office or your child’s building principal.
On June 17, the members of the Class of 2019 – dressed in their red and white graduation gowns – returned to their elementary and middle schools for the district’s annual Senior Walk. The nostalgic procession took place at all three Liberty school buildings, as well as the district office.
The seniors were welcomed back with great enthusiasm by their former school principals, faculty, and administrators—happy and excited to revisit the classrooms and hallways of their childhood. As the graduating seniors walked the schools they were cheered by students waving colorful signs emblazoned with well wishes and congratulations. Many young students held out their small hands, hoping for a senior high-five. Each school prepared something special—message boards, pictures and small diplomas.
Watch the video below for highlights.
Sullivan County Public Health Department released the following statement on June 14:
On June 13, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. The United States is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years, with outbreaks in pockets of New York primarily driving the crisis.
As a result of non-medical vaccination exemptions, many communities across New York have unacceptably low rates of vaccination, and those unvaccinated children can often attend school where they may spread the disease to other unvaccinated students, some of whom cannot receive vaccines due to medical conditions. This new law will help protect the public amid this ongoing outbreak.
What did the new law do?
As of June 13, 2019, there is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated against measles and other diseases to attend either:
- public, private or parochial school, or;
- child day care settings.
For those children who had a religious exemption to vaccination, what are the deadlines for being vaccinated?
Children who are attending child day care or public, private or parochial school, and who had a religious exemption to required immunizations, must now receive the first age appropriate dose in each immunization series by June 28, 2019 to attend or remain in school or child day care. Also, by July 14, 2019, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses. The deadlines for follow-up doses depend on the vaccine.
The New York State Department of Health follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices catch-up immunization schedule and expects children to receive required doses consistent with Table 2 at the following link in order to continue to attend school or child day care:
What is the deadline for first dose vaccinations if my child is not attending school until September?
Parents and guardians of all children who do not have their required immunizations are encouraged to have them receive the first dose as soon as possible. The deadline for obtaining first dose vaccinations for
children attending school in the fall is 14 days from the first day of school.
Within 30 days of the first day of school, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses.
Additional information will be forthcoming.
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 14
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. The instruction leading up to Market Day focuses on the basics of economics, entrepreneurship customer service and money management.
POSITION AVAILABLE: NYS Certified Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director
(Director of Interscholastic Athletics and Director of Health/Physical Education K-12)
HOURS: Full Time Hours, Tenure Track Position
LOCATION: Liberty High School, Buckley St., Liberty
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 1, 2019
PROFESSIONAL: NYS Certified Physical Education Teacher, additional certifications preferred
EXPERIENCE: High School – Teaching and Coaching experience preferred
SALARY: Based on experience and the current LFA Agreement
JOB DESCRIPTION Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director
Job Goal: To provide substantial and effective leadership in developing, achieving, and maintaining comprehensive interscholastic athletic and district Physical Education & Health programs.
1. Administrative Certification (preferred); NYS Physical Education Teaching Certification; Coaching Certification;
2. Minimum of three (3) years of coaching experience (preferred);
3. Standard CPR and First Aid Certifications;
4. Demonstrated effective experience in working collaboratively with administration, faculty, staff, students, and parents;
5. Demonstrated effective experience in planning, communication, budget, and public relations.
1. Comply with New York State policies and the regulations associated with New York State Public High School Athletic Association, and with School Board Policy relating to athletics.
2. Promote good sportsmanship as a priority of the athletic program.
3. Recommend policies for control of athletic contests, provide a program for educating spectators, and coordinate chaperones and other supervision.
4. Schedule athletic contests and make arrangements for officials, field crews, transportation, supervision (crowd control), and medical services for the interscholastic athletic program.
5. Meet with all school principals on a regular basis to discuss the athletic and intramural programs.
6. Represent the school district at conferences, meetings, and athletic councils at the local, regional, state or national level, subject to approval of the principal and superintendent of schools.
7. Plan policies and procedures for emergency care, such as victims of accident, injury or sudden illness.
8. Supervise interscholastic awards.
9. Organize and direct tournaments.
10. Prepare written reports for administrators within the district and the State Education Department regarding athletics, Physical Education & Health.
11. Perform various assignments as required by the high school, middle school, and elementary school principals.
12. Organize and plan opportunities for professional development of Physical Education & Health staff.
13. Supervise and develop a plan for reviewing and updating curriculum maps for Physical Education & Health.
14. Implement an Adaptive Physical Education program.
15. Plan and organize conference day activities or meetings that pertain to Physical Education & Health (i.e., department meetings, visitations, etc.).
16. Supervise and organize any Physical Education, Health or athletic grants, as well as seeking them out for the district.
17. Ensure that the district is following State Physical Education & Health Standards and Objectives.
18. Develop and implement a strategic plan to accomplish the job goal.
19. Study needs and make recommendations to the elementary school, middle school or high school principal for construction, modification, and/or alteration of indoor and outdoor facilities related to athletics and Physical Education & Health.
20. Arrange and/or conduct periodic inspection of facilities and equipment and recommend necessary maintenance and repairs, particularly related to students’ health and safety, to the head custodian or grounds supervisor.
21. Schedule, assign and regulate the equitable use of indoor and outdoor facilities for educational and recreational purposes by school groups.
22. Work with the grounds supervisor on preparing and maintenance of all practice and game fields.
Equipment & Supplies:
23. Ensure that all student participants have the equipment required to practice and compete safely.
24. Organize and supervise the management of instructional and athletic equipment, materials, and supplies (includes the selection, purchase, identification, storage, inventory, maintenance, and equitable distribution of supplies) for interscholastic and modified athletic teams.
25. Prepare long-term plans for purchase of equipment and supplies.
26. Devise procedures for providing, controlling, and maintaining athletic uniforms.
27. Supervise the collection, custody, and deposit of money collected as ticket, sales, gate receipts, and special projects.
28. Develop a budget including provisions for new and replacement equipment, supplies, maintenance, and personnel services.
29. Provide for the allocation of funds in accordance with budgetary appropriations, accounting and reporting procedures.
30. Initiate, approve, or authorize all athletic requisitions, examine and approve bills for payment for equipment, supplies, materials, and services and consult with the principals on the purchase of Physical Education & Health equipment.
Supervision & Training:
31. Coordinate with nurses and building principals for the scheduling of medical examinations for candidates of athletic teams and establish follow-up procedures to secure correction of defects.
32. Assist with records of all athletes checked to determine provision for insurance coverage and required physical examinations, and eligibility for athletic competition.
33. Organize and/or advise student groups related to athletics.
34. Recruit and recommend coaches and intramural staff for appointment, subject to the agreement of the building principal. Assist the building principals in reaching closure of the final selection of regular classroom teachers as their appointment relates to a vacant intramural or coaching position and assist all principals on the appointment of Physical Education & Health staff.
35. Assure that coaches meet New York State coaching certification requirements.
36. Help prepare and coordinate schedules of coaches for all phases of the athletic program.
37. Disseminate information and stimulate interest pertaining to seminars, workshops, extensions courses, conferences, clinics, and research at the local, state, district, and national level.
38. Act as liaison or moderator to any Booster Club or parent support group and recommend and supervise the faculty advisor to the Varsity Club.
39. Develop and supervise a system of news releases to area media relating to schedules and the achievements of teams, players, and coaches.
40. Develop, maintain, and coordinate effective relationships and high morale relating to the athletic program among teachers, students, coaches, parents, community and state organizations.
School Year Responsibilities:
41. For the school year, the appointed teacher shall serve as the District’s Athletic Director (AD) and Director of Health/PE, and shall carry out all responsibilities associated with that position.
a. As part of these responsibilities, the AD shall serve as recruiting officer for all interscholastic coaching and supervisory positions, arrange for all such positions to be properly posted, and shall make recommendations to the Middle School and High School Principal for appointments to fill those positions by the Board of Education.
42. During that time, the AD will be relieved of 2 daily teaching periods (.04 FTE) and shall be paid a stipend in accordance with the LFA contract for all hours worked as Athletic Director.
43. The AD shall also serve as Director of Health/PE K-12 and shall carry out all responsibilities associated with that position, including but not limited to attending department chair meetings, and shall be paid the stipend in accordance with the LFA contract.
44. During the summer months (July and August), the AD shall continue to serve as the District’s Athletic Director and shall continue to carry out all responsibilities associated with that position.
45. During that time, the AD shall submit a weekly record of his/her actual hours worked and shall be paid at the LFA contract rate for summer curriculum work. Total compensation for July and August shall not
exceed $3700, without the prior written approval of the Superintendent of Schools.
Immediate Supervisor: Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Three Liberty students took part in the Music In Common program hosted by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts during spring break and we’re bursting to share their achievements!
Anthony Philippe, Maria Rakin and Patricia Scarlett joined forces with ten other students from Livingston Manor, Monticello and Roscoe to create content for a zine, produce and edit films, write and perform songs.
Access their final products here:
- “Under the Sun” – an original song – https://youtu.be/CRjrsniKQ0I
- “A Day in the Life of Phillip” – an original short film – https://youtu.be/pcuiD0y2uPc
- Film blooper reel – https://youtu.be/BASXPoXoIu0
- A digital version of their hand-made Zine – https://issuu.com/musicincommon/docs/mic_zine_2019
In just a few weeks, the Class of 2019 will turn their tassels. Read on for several important dates for the seniors and their families to be aware of.
Senior Assembly Rehearsal: June 12
- The rehearsal will take place at 3 p.m. in the Liberty High School auditorium
- Seniors do not have to wear their caps and gowns
Senior Assembly: June 13
- The assembly will take place at 6 p.m. in the Liberty High School Auditorium.
- Seniors should wear their caps and gowns.
- Seniors should meet at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Senior Parade: June 17
- There will be a group photo before the parade at 8:15 a.m. in the gymnasium.
- Parade line up begins at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria; parade to follow and end approximately at 11 a.m.
- Seniors should wear their caps and gowns.
Graduation Rehearsal: June 27
- Rehearsal will take place a 10 a.m. in the Liberty High School gymnasium.
- Seniors do not have to wear their caps and gowns.
Graduation: June 28
- Commencement will begin at 7 p.m. in the Liberty High School gymnasium.
- Graduates should arrive in their caps and gowns by 6 p.m. in the Liberty Middle School gymnasium.
Guests, please arrive early if possible. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and commencement will starts promptly at 7 p.m.