Class of 2019 turns its tassels

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.

To relive moments from the ceremony, visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel.

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Please review our safety procedures

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.

Class of 2019 inspires younger students during nostalgic Senior Walk

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.

Learn more about the non-medical exemption from school vaccination requirements

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:

Click to access 0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf

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.

Student entrepreneurs enjoy Market Economy Day at LES

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.

Sullivan County students bond over shared experience at Bethel Woods’ Music in Common

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:

 

Important information about graduation and senior events

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.

Student-designed rain barrels up for auction

Historical records show that collecting rain with rain barrels dates back hundreds and hundreds of years. Thanks to our student-artists at Liberty High School, gorgeous rain barrels are now on display and up for auction.

It’s a simple concept: catch drops of rain with a rain barrel.

But these aren’t just any rain barrels. They’ve been specially decorated by our students and are now being auctioned off to raise money for the school’s Visual Art Scholarships.

The auction will take place online at this website: Rain Barrel Project. This page will be updated as students complete their barrels.

For more information about the auction please contact kjohansen@libertyk12.org.

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Academic achievement dinner honors top students

On May 30, Sullivan BOCES held its Annual Academic Achievement Dinner honoring the county’s top students. Superintendents of Schools, Principals, board presidents, and members of the press attended the event.

The following seniors attended:
Paul Symanski
Sarah Kleinberger
Abrielle Milling
Benjamin Quackenbush
Asabelle (Jerikah) Fleischman

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