STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY LIBERTY! Resources and Updates for 2020-21

Free meals for kids, teens| COVID-19 | The 2020-21 School Year

Boys BB bows to Chester

Boys Basketball

Liberty 23 Cester 58

Liberty…..15..11…12….5….23
Chester…..3….8….5….7….58

Playing two games back to back is never easy. On Friday, February 26, the Indians hoped to avenge a loss to Chester earlier in the season but were instead overwhelmed by the Hambletonians  58 to 23. Liberty had trouble scoring against Chester and Chester took advantage at the offensive end.

Black History Month draws to a close with “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”

In recognition of Black History Month, Liberty High School shared this video featuring “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” performed by LHS Assistant Principal Tiffane Barrow. The film highlights the people and events that helped to reshape and redefine the Black experience in America.

About the song

In 1899, a young poet and school principal James Weldon Johnson was asked to address a crowd in Jacksonville, Fla., for the coming anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Just two decades had passed since the Reconstruction era, and lynchings were on the rise in the segregated South. Instead of preparing an ordinary speech, Johnson wrote a poem. He began with a simple but powerful line, a call to action: Lift ev’ry voice and sing.

Johnson’s classically trained brother, John Rosamond Johnson, later put music to James’s words. The song was embraced as a hymn in churches and performed at graduation ceremonies and school assemblies. Within 20 years, the NAACP adopted “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” as its official song. For generations it has been known widely as the “Black National Anthem.”

Boys BB hangs on to beat Sullivan West

Boys Basketball

Liberty 43 Sullivan West 38

Liberty…………..15..11…12….5….43
Sullivan West..10….1….8..19….49

The Liberty boys basketball team defeated Sullivan West at home 43 to 38. Liberty held a 26 to 11 half time lead which they extended to 38 to 20 by the end of the third quarter. Sullivan West came roaring back in the fourth quarter to outscore the Indians 19 to 5 but Liberty held the lead to win the game. Junior forward Nasir Gibbs had a game-high 19 points but 12 o0f these were in the first quarter. Sophomore guard Rayshawn Reynolds was also in double digits scoring 13 points.

Girls Who Code offers free 2-week virtual summer immersion program

Girls Who Code, a non-profit with a mission to close the gender gap in technology, is offering a free Virtual Summer Immersion Program to Liberty High School high students.

Participants will learn computer science skill, get an inside look into the tech field, and join a supportive lifelong sisterhood — all while being virtually hosted by influential companies like Twitter, AT&T, Bank of America, Walmart and more.

The Summer Immersion Program is 100 percent free and need-based stipends of up to $300 are available for those who qualify. Low tech? No tech? No problem! It is open to all girls and non-binary students who are currently in grades 9-11.

Apply to the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program here before the March 19 deadline. You can learn more on the Girls Who Code website or by joining a webinar about the program.

Girls BB crushes Fallsburg

Girls Basketball

Liberty 60 Fallsburg 11

On Thursday, February 25, the Varsity Girls Basketball team defeated Fallsburg 60-11. Everyone on the team scored and had their best games of the season. Ally Roth led the way for Liberty with the first triple-double of her career. She had 26 points, 10 steals, and 10 rebounds.  Angelina Rodriguez, Yanira Wilson, and Yanire Wilson dominated the boards with a combined 40 rebounds.

This was the last game for the team that finished 2-2 for the season. Coach Fuentes and Coach Murphy said “We want to thank the seniors on behalf of the entire team. You have been great role models and have meant so much to our team. We are going to miss all of you next season!”

Student Meal Survey | Did you know free student grab-and-go meals are available?

Did you know that free student meals are available to all children in the Liberty community age 18 and under?

Please fill out this Food Delivery Survey to help the district make sure everyone who wants the free meals is able to receive them.

Meals are available 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on all school days, including all-remote days. The program is administered by the USDA and NYSED Child Nutrition Program at no cost to the Liberty Central School District and was implemented to help ease food insecurity faced by families during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Look for the grab-and-go table near the High School loading dock (near the basketball hoop.)

All children 18 and under are eligible, no questions asked. Adults can pick up meals to bring home to their children, and older kids can pick up meals for their siblings at home.

Be Ready for Fall Sports on Monday, March 1

Fall sports including Football, Soccer, Volleyball and Girls Tennis will begin practice on Monday, March 1. Contact your coach for more information.

All athletes must register on Family ID and have a current sports physical. Athletes who are unable to get a physical may have their parents fill out the Interval Health Exam Form For Athletics. This form should be filled out, printed, signed and returned to the school nurse

Girls BB drops one to Livingston Manor

Girls Basketball

Liberty 33 Livingston Manor 52

On Tuesday, February 23, the Liberty girls basketball team traveled to Livingston Manor to play the Lady Wildcats. Liberty came up on the short end of a 33-52 score. Alyssa Kavleski scored 10 points for the Lady Indians.

Boys BB notches wins over Seward, TriValley

Boys Basketball

Liberty 43 TriValley 40

On Tuesday, the Liberty boys basketball team defeated TriValley 43-40 in a hard-fought game that went into overtime. Liberty trailed at the end of the first three quarters but outscored the Bears 13-8 to knot the score at 36-36. Liberty best TiValey 7 to 4 in OT to secure the win.

Junior forward Nasir Gibbs led the way with a game high 24 points; 16 in the second half and 5 in OT. Sophomore guard Raysawn Reynolds score 10 for the Indians.

Liberty 50 Seward 39

Liberty……11..13..14…12…50
Seward……14..9..12….4….39

On Saturday, the Liberty boys basketball team traveled to SS Seward to take on the Spartans on their home court. Liberty fell behind in the first quarter but led at halftime by one point. Liberty expanded that lead to 3 points at the end of the third and then outscored Seward 12 to 4 in the fourth to seal the victory.

Sophomore guard Rayshawn Reynolds netted 15 points. Junior forward Nasir Gibbs added 12 for the Indians.

 

District-Wide Safety Plan Updated | Public comment period is Feb. 23 – March 23

The Liberty Central School District has updated the 2020-21 District-Wide Safety Plan to reflect legislation signed into law by Governor Cuomo in September of 2020. The new legislation requires the adoption of a response plan for health emergency events involving a communicable disease.

Review the New Protocols

The approval process for updates to the safety plan involves a review by the District Safety Team followed by a 30-day public comment period. In Liberty, the public comment is effect through March 23, 2021

To submit your comments, please email Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Assistant Superintendent.

Mandate for public employee

The new legislation requires all New York State public employers to adopt a plan for operations in the event of a declared public health emergency involving a communicable disease. The new legislation will constitute New York State Labor Law Section 27-c, and serves as a response to the effects of the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic this past Spring.

Mandate for School Districts

In addition to Section 27-C, the following section was added to 2801-a of the Education Law that will require additions to the District Plan: 2801-a (m) – protocols for responding to a declared public health emergency involving a communicable disease that are substantially consistent with the provisions of section twenty-seven-c of the labor law.

Timeline

Governor Cuomo extended the original deadline (30 days after the passage of the law) to allow employers and school districts time to implement the process and work out logistics with unions and other affected agencies. The NYS website states that such a plan must be finalized and published by April 1, 2021.

The LCSD Board of Education is expected to adopt the updated Safety Plan at its March 23 meeting.

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