We miss you! | Let’s reconnect at the June 16 “Liberty Forward and Beyond” event

Families are invited to reconnect with Liberty’s teachers and staff at the June 16 “Liberty Forward and Beyond! A Look Into Next School Year” meet-and-greet event, which will be held 5:30-6:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 at Liberty High School.

Parents and students are encouraged to stop by this casual, outdoor mixer, which will be held under the high school’s entrance pavilion. Light refreshments will be served.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has made it difficult for many of us to stay connected, but let’s get together to talk about what we’ve been through and what the next school year might look like. “Liberty Forward and Beyond” will include updates from district leaders about the coming 2021-22 school year and the opportunity meet and chat with:

  • Superintendent Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan
  • Elementary School Principal Jacqueline Harris and Assistant Principal Robert England
  • Middle School Principal Heather Cheh
  • High School Principal Derek Adams
  • Experts from the Sullivan County Department of Health
  • Liberty Library’s Marjorie Linko, who will tellus about the library’s summer programming for K-8 students
  • Pre-K and kindergarten teachers, who will share  summer literacy materials for parent

We hope you’ll join us!

LHS student musicians shine at NYSSMA

Congratulations to the talented Liberty High School student musicians who particated in the New York State School Music Association’s festival, which was held virtually on June 6.

Please join us in congratulating their success:

Band

Level 1-4

  • Mia Barraga: Excellent

Level 5

  • Sincere Warren: A (90)

Level 6

  • Katrina Blais: A (95)
  • Mia Call: B+ (89)
  • Daylene Marin Garzon: B+ (88) for flute; B+ (89) for piccolo.
  • Juan Romero Jimenez: A- (93)

Chorus

Levels 1-4

  • Nathan Desrochers: Excellent (25/28)
  • Charlyanna Johnson: Good (20/28)
  • Christian Marvel: Excellent (25/28)

Levels 5

  • Zeimoni Dansby: A+(100)
  • Julia Juron: A+(97)

Level 6 (All-State audition)

  • Chase Racette: A+ (100)
  • Jackson Wolcott: A (96)

Orchestra

Level 4

  • Julia Juron: Outstanding

Level 5

  • Ben Visconti: A

A Single Bite provides summer meal assistance | Here’s how to request free and healthy food

A Single Bite, a nonprofit organization which has helped deliver more than 75,000 servings of food to Sullivan County families since spring 2020, is offering free dinners to local households thoughout the summer.

The meals include a meat main dish, vegetable and grain sides, and a salad. Meals are delivered by A Single Bite volunteers or can be picked up at designated locations. Currently, A Single Meal is delivering meals to 24 Liberty famlies each Thursday, but would like to do more.

To request meals, fill out the Family Meal Intake Form.

A Single Bite is always in need of volunteers to help deliver meals in July through September. If you’d like to help, fill out A Single Bite’s Volunteer Sign Up Form.

To learn more, email info@aSingleBite.org or call 845-482-1030 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays.)

MASK UPDATE | Masks no longer required outdoors on Liberty school grounds

On June 7, the New York State Department of Health released updated guidance regarding mask-wearing in schools. In response to this new guidance, effective immediately, the Liberty Central School District will no longer require that face masks be worn outdoors on school grounds, including during outdoor sporting events. 

Face masks must still be worn by all students, staff and visitors while inside our school buildings. All students and staff must also continue to follow social distancing protocols while on school grounds and in school facilities to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Please be aware that even though masks are no longer required outdoors, no one shall be prevented from wearing one if they so choose.

Author Sarah Weeks visits LMS

A portrait of an adult
Sarah Weeks

Social distancing and hybrid learning didn’t stop the middle school from having their annual Author Day on June 9.  This year it was virtual and well attended.  Sarah Weeks first visited Liberty Middle School five years ago. She is extra special to us because her book, “So B. It,” is partly set in Liberty.  All Liberty fifth grade students read this book in Library Skills class.

Weeks, a Sullivan County resident, told us about how she became a writer (she used to write songs for Sesame Street), where she gets her inspiration (old houses around Sullivan County), and when she likes to write (usually about 4 am!).  The program ended with our students asking her some very thoughtful questions.

Weeks has written more than 60 picture books and novels for young readers, including “So B. It,” “Soof, Pie, Save Me a Seat” and the Regular Guy series.

Owen Siegel named to State All-Star Team

Section 9 Boys Soccer Chairperson and Regional United Soccer Coaches
Association representative, Pete Ferguson, released the names of the 2021 Spring New York State Boys Small School All-Star Soccer Teams yesterday. Liberty Senior Captain Owen Siegel was named to the Second Team All-Stars! Coach Debbie Simpson said “Owen has been the core of our attacking midfield the past two years and a four-year varsity player. Coach Hamlin and I couldn’t be happier for Owen and are so proud of his accomplishments. Way to go Owen! You represent Liberty with Pride.”

Attn. Seniors | What you need to know about Graduation, Senior Walk, and the Senior Assemby

A few reminders important reminders from Principal Adams about graduation and other upcoming senior events:

Senior Walk | Monday, June 14

The Senior Walk will be hld 10:30 am – 12 pm Monday, June 14. The Class of 2021, dressed in caps and gowns, will walk through each school building as a class for the last time. The experience culminates in the showing of a compiled video of their elementary experiences produced by Mr. Philips.

Lineup is at 10:30 a.m. in the high school cafeteria. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow for temperature scans and questionnaires if you do not attend in person.

Senior Assembly | Monday, June 14

The Senior Assemply will be held 6-8 pm Monday, June 15. The Class of 2021 and LHS staff are invited to attend, and the event will include the presentation of awards. The senior assembly will be livestreamed and recorded.

Seniors should wear their caps and gowns.

Graduation | Friday, June 25

The 2021 graduation ceremony will be held Friday, June 25 at the Bethel Woods Terrace Amphitheater. (Rain date: Saturday, June 26)

  • Arrival time for graduates: 5 p.m. for rehearsal and class photo
  • Arrival time for guests: 6:30 p.m.
  • Ceremony start time: 7 p.m.

Graduation will be live streamed and recorded.

things to know about graduation

  • Each graduate is permitted three guests. Guests must present their ticket at the gate.
  • All attendees must wear a face mask.
  • There can be no social gathering or tailgating in the parking lot, road, or vicinity of Bethel Woods.
  • Any decision regarding changes to the event due to weather will be made by 3 p.m. June 25.
  • Guests should present flowers and other gifts to their graduate after the ceremony.
  • Graduates will be mailed a 5×7 photo of them receiving their diploma.
  • Graduates will receive a commencement package containing their diploma, a graduation program, and any scholarships and awards.
  • Please complete the graduation health screener and contact tracing information prior to the ceremony (not more than 24 hours) for faster entrance. It can also be completed electronically or on paper upon arrival.

Tips for Graduates

  • Wear your cap and gown, and remember your tassel, sashes and cords.
  • Bring your yearbook!
  • A Liberty facemask will be provided to graduates.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be walking through grassy and unlevel areas.
  • Bring what you need to help keep your cap (bobby pins, etc.)

Attn. high school students | Turn in chromebooks, school items June 22-23

Chromebooks, chargers, textbooks, wireless hotspots, musical instruments and other school items will be collected June 22 and June 23.

Here’s the collection schedule:

  • Grade 12: 8 am-3:30 pm,  Tues., June 22
  • Grade 11: 8 am- 3:30 pm, Tues., June 22
  • Grade 10: 8 am-3:30 pm, Wed., June 23
  • Grade 9: 8 am-3:30 pm, Wed., June 23

Please be sure your devices are charged and include the charger block and cable. Members of the technology team will check the devices, so please power them on when you get to the return area and let them know if repairs are needed.

Students who need a Chromebook beyond the return date must make arrangements for a later return date.

Fees for unreturned items are:

  • Chromebook: $300
  • iPad: $100
  • Chromebook charger/cable: $50
  • Hotspot: $99
  • Hotspot charger/cable: $20

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