Liberty sports are being livestreamed

Do you want to watch one of Liberty’s home games but can’t make to the field? No worries. Our home events are being livestreamed. To watch, check out Liberty’s page on Local Live

There you will find the schedule and links to all upcoming games.

Up next is varsity football against New Paltz at 1 p.m Saturday, Sept. 24.

Now, you can cheer our teams on wherever you are!

Volunteer opportunities available for Business INCubator class

Liberty High School’s Business INCubator class is underway, and there are still opportunities for local business leaders to share their knowledge and skills with the class.

The course gives students an opportunity to create and develop a product or service with the potential of turning it into an actual business.

A key component of the INCubator program is giving students a chance to interact and learn from real-world business experts. For this to succeed, LHS needs the support of experienced, professional community business leaders. There are several ways for local business leaders can participate.

Volunteer Roles

Coaches

  • Teach in the classroom
  • Subject matter expert lending skills to teach specific portion of the curriculum
  • In-class teaching for length of the module, about 2-5 days

Mentors

  • Offer the student team strategic guidance and wisdom
  • Weekly communication with the team is encouraged
  • Mentor and student team begin working together from Unit 2 through Unit 8, class culmination (Late September-May)

Board of Advisors/Directors

  • Offer teams strategic evaluation at Pitch events
  • Two in-class events – MVP Pitch & Final Pitch

Foundation Volunteer

  • Financial Support

If you are interested, please fill out this form. For more information, email dhart@libertyk12.org or call Dan Hart at 845-292-5400, ext. 6432.

 

 

Liberty Elementary remembers 9/11


An American Flag is held between two fire trucks as first responders stand nearLiberty students were decked in their Liberty red and waving American flags for their annual tribute to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. 

American flags are held up in the air by students

From the American flags on their school shirts to the 700 flags held by each student, Liberty Elementary School students and staff on Friday, Sept. 9, paid tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, by honoring local law enforcement agencies, firefighters and EMTs who serve our communities today. Bob England, the school principal, reminded students that we are taught to evacuate or hide from a threat, while our first responders run to the danger to keep us safe. 

The police chief, firefighters and others gives students a thumbs up.

The school invited all past and present law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMTs to the September 11 Remembrance Ceremony to honor the past, present and future. Personnel from the Liberty Police Department, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, State Police, Liberty Fire Department, Swan Lake Fire Department, Loch Sheldrake Fire Department, Hatzallah EMS and others as well as many former first responders were honored in this solemn learning experience about service and community. Liberty Police Chief Steven D’Agata also spoke about how much police, fire and medical workers mean to the community. The school also honored two retired NYPD police officers who were at Ground Zero on that terrible day.

a student fist bumps a police officer in the foreground and a student hugs another officer in the backgroundThe event closed with students giving a thumbs-up on this day and anytime they see someone in uniform serving the community. Each guest was also given an American flag pin and a thank you card by the students.

More photos can be seen on our event Facebook post and event Instagram post.

LCSD seeks District Safety Team members

Liberty Central School District is seeking parents and guardians, as well as members of the community, to serve on the District Safety Team.

The group will review and update the district’s annual Safety Plan, which outlines the district’s resources and response regarding crisis intervention and emergencies.

The group will meet at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Nov. 10, Jan. 12, March 23  and May 25.

Those who would like more information or are interested in joining are asked to contact Assistant Superintendent of Business Laurene McKenna at 845-292-5400, ext. 2060, or email lmckenna@libertyk12.org.

Two honored by Sullivan County School Boards Association

Two familiar faces at Liberty Central School District will be honored by the Sullivan County School Board Association next month.

Laurene McKenna will be honored as an Outstanding Educator, and Elementary School Resource Officer Sgt. Joseph Poppo will  receive a Friend of Education Award.Laurene McKenna stands by the red Liberty District Office sign

McKenna taught mathematics at Liberty High School for nearly a decade. She had previously taught in Fort Ann, Jeffersonville and Pennsylvania.

“Ms. McKenna is an outstanding educator whose dedication to our students, school, and to education is unparalleled and is only matched by her loyalty to her values and commitment to teaching,” High School Principal Derek Adams wrote in nominating McKenna for the honor.  “The desire to improve her instruction, the culture and success of our high school, and the district is evidenced by her involvement in a multitude of commitments such as, self directed professional development, building leadership teacher facilitator, academic eligibility committee member, district safety committee member, and master scheduling team member”

She also has obtained her building, district and business administration certification, and now serves the district as the assistant superintendent of business at Liberty.

“The students at Liberty High School have been fortunate to have her as a teacher,” Adams wrote, “and our building is a better place with her helping us all to be our best.”

Students holding hand-drawn photos stand in front of a School Resource Officer Poppo has been a police officer and sergeant since 2000, and has been serving the Liberty community for almost all of those years. Poppo began facilitating and supervising Liberty’s DARE program in 2003, “taking every opportunity to connect with Liberty’s youth to build positive and respectful relationships to deliver a message of health and wellness,” according to his nomination letter.

Poppo is the department’s community liaison in charge of the community policing projects such as Bike with a Cop, Coffee with a Cop and Roadside Litter Plucks for community beautification. Poppo is often called to respond to crime scenes and domestic violence situations where children are adversely affected by the traumatic event. He serves a vital role in these cases to identify and initiate the process of recovery for children and families traumatized by violence or adverse events. “His kind and caring approach, along with his trauma-informed training, puts the Liberty Police Department in a stronger position to protect and serve the children and families of Liberty every day,” the letter read.

Poppo has served as the SRO at Liberty Elementary School and supervises the SROs in the middle and high school buildings since the pandemic began. While school was closed, he made many home visits. When the school reopened in September 2020, he helped children feel safe, in part, by wearing cartoon masks.

“His ability to connect with the youngest students is really something to see,” the letter read.

“I am proud to have such dedicated people working in our schools who make Liberty a great place to learn,” Superintendent Patrick Sullivan said.

The SCSBA annual awards dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Villa Roma in Callicoon.

Liberty, Rolling V introduce “Here Comes The Bus”

Are the school buses running on time?

In the past, caregivers would only know, unless a bus was significantly off schedule, by watching the stop.

This year, Liberty Central School District and our transportation provider Rolling V Bus Corp. have partnered to help give parents and guardians the piece of mind of knowing where their child is through the “Here Comes the Bus” program.

Once signed up, parents and guardians can track their child’s bus through the computer or a mobile app, and get an email or push notifications once the bus gets close. If a bus is significantly off schedule, an email and push notification will also be sent.

To sign up, caregivers will need the school code, 29018, and their students’ school ID numbers, available through SchoolTool. Sign up can be done by signing in to https://login.herecomesthebus.com, and following the instructions. The mobile app can be downloaded via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by searching “Here Comes the Bus.”

If a child has multiple last names separated by a space, the name should be input into the system with the space removed (ie Davis Jones would be DavisJones), as the system does not allow spaces.. Hyphenated names may be input as normal.

After signing up, it takes about 24 hours to be able to view the bus. At this time tracking is only available for regular morning and afternoon assigned bus routes. The app tracks the bus, not the student, so if a student is not on their regular bus, a parent or guardian will not be able to view the alternate route.

Here Comes the Bus offers several instructional videos, including How to register via desktop, How to register on a mobile device, How to add students, How to update and change notifications. More instructional videos are available on the website

There is also a page of frequently asked questions and a support page.

If parents and guardians are having difficulty tracking their child’s bus, they can reach out to Rolling V Liberty Bus Terminal at 845-292-4485 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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