LES presents December Character Counts awards

Students standing in a line hold certificates Liberty Elementary School honored dozens of students on Monday, Dec. 19, during two ceremonies in the gymnasium. Both assemblies were livestreamed. The first, for students in third and fourth grades, can be seen at https://events.locallive.tv/events/96763. The second, for students in kindergarten through second grades, can be viewed at https://events.locallive.tv/events/96764.

Students standing in a line hold certificates The awards, given to one student in each classroom and chosen by the teacher, recognized students who embodied one of the seven habits promoted by Leader in Me. December winners received the “First Place Focus” and “Task Tackler” awards. The awards, named by the students, are based on Habit 2 (Begin With the End in Mind) and Habit 3 (Put First Things First).

Students standing in a line hold certificates The winners of the “First Place Focus” Awards, for setting realistic goals and working to achieve them, were Nevaeh Jeronimo, Koralee Ross, Rodrigo Gonzalez Cuellar, Tori VanDunk, Josue Hernandez Soperanez, Stephany Reyes Lazo, Keira McPhillips, Amelia D’Agata, William Martin, Eli Grossman, Jayson Gomez Alegria, Hemy Gomez Lopez,  Amelia Gerwer, Zaynab Benadim, Jean Carlos De La Cruz De La Cruz, Daniel Crespo Jr., Aarit Patel, Elisa Brust, Taliyah Kennedy, Josslynn Letohic, Finley Blume, Paul Cando, Crisnelly D’ Oleo Garcia, Joseph Geoghan, Ryleigh LaMantia, Mayson Ackerley, Mateusz Klys, Carolina Vera Rivera, Jonathan Contreras Martinez, Tyler Kavleski and Joseph Portillo Larios.

Students standing in a line hold certificates The “Task Tackler” winners, for working before playing and being organized and managing  their time according to their personal priorities, were Jackson Davis, Kaiden Putnam, Andre Ramos, Samantha Gibbons, Jairo Garcia Garcia, Jason Santay Vicente, Annabelle Andrade, Jackson Brasington, Luis Rivera Lopez, Yiling Ouyang, Yair Morales Banegas, Jeicot Maradiaga Martinez, Evelyn Segovia Ramon, Kevin Valencia Bamac, Emmy Galeas Aguilar, Jasmine Williamson, Romina Morales Romero, Elizabeth Klein, Keily Martinez Zelaya, Mirey’ah Steele, Camila Navarrete, Chase Blume, Jose Maradiaga Palma, Savannah Jones, Damaris Jadan Pangolo, Ronal Dubon Duque, Ely Garcia Garcia, Leandro Leon, Marjorie Tejada Servellon, Elisa Barragan and Paul Odior II.

Well done, students!

A message from the superintendent regarding the school mascot ruling

Dear Liberty family,

As you may be aware, the New York State Education Department recently mandated that schools stop using Native American mascots, logos and imagery or risk losing state aid and school officers.

Following a state Supreme Court ruling, SED has determined that Liberty and the dozens of schools across the state who use Indian mascots and imagery are in violation of The Dignity for All Students Act.

DASA prohibits “the creation of a hostile environment … that … reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause … emotional harm to a student,” a condition that could be created through the use of Native American mascots, SED said.

For more than 20 years, districts have been encouraged to move away from use of these symbols, but many continued to use the Indian mascot, believing that it is meant to honor the native tribes.

“Arguments that community members support the use of such imagery or that it is ‘respectful’ to Native Americans are no longer tenable,” SED said in its mandate.

We here at Liberty have been “The Indians” for nearly 75 years. Many of our students, staff and alumni are proud to be the Liberty Indians. And while we do take pride in the accomplishments we have had as Indians, it is now time to find a different mascot.

We soon will begin discussions on what that mascot will be.

The state Board of Regents, which supervises school districts, is expected to issue further guidance in the coming months.

While we do not yet have a plan on how the changeover will take place, we do know in the coming months we will seek input from all sectors of the Liberty school community.

We know this is going to be a big change for our school community. We hope everyone will offer constructive feedback to help make Liberty a great place to learn for all.

Sincerely,

Dr. Patrick Sullivan

Superintendent of Schools

Wall of Fame nominations being accepted

The Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame provides an opportunity to honor and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of graduates or attendees who have walked the halls of Liberty’s schools.

Graduates or attendees of Liberty who have made a lasting and outstanding contribution in their lives and career to society upon graduating or leaving the Liberty Central School District are eligible for nomination to the Wall of Fame.

Nominations are reviewed by the Wall of Fame Committee, which is made up of volunteers representing the school district, the local community, and the Board of Education.

To nomination an individual please complete and submit the Liberty CSD Wall of Fame Application and email it to WallOfFame@libertyk12.org. You can also mail the application to Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame, LCSD District Office, 115 Buckley St., Liberty, NY 12754.

Nominations must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 31.

LHS releases first marking period honor roll

29Liberty High School celebrated the academic achievement of its students with an Honor Roll breakfast on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 for all of the scholars who achieved outstanding grades in the first quarter marking period of the 2022-23 school year. See pictures from the events on our LCSD Facebook and LCSD Instagram pages.

The following students were named to the honor roll for the first marking period at Liberty High School:

12th grade

High honor: Wilmer Acosta Bustillo, Bryan Bajana Alegria, Tanner Bury, Mariah Cadet, Annabella Card, Matthew Chigbundu-Obiokoye, Alexandra Cogswell, Madison Cross, Eliezer Cubero Vargas, Zeimoni Dansby, Michael DeFrank Jr., Armando Diaz, Cristian Diaz, Kayla Donmoyer, Alli Dworetsky, Tanner Ferguson, Andrew Figueroa, Dominic Gagliardo, Ximena Garcia Gomez, Gissel Gonzalez Ramirez, Madison Green, Grace Hernandez, Kianna Jackson, Charlyanna Johnson, Kaitlyn Lamantia, Ryan Lin, Eric Llanos, Jacqueline McKay, Dylan Nichols, Filiberto Nieves IV, Anthony Osorio Ramirez, Paola Ponce-Agredano, Sendy Ramon Fernandez, Tatiana Rebolledo, Cody Ricco, Angelina Rodriguez, Angelica Rothberg, Summer Schmidt, Ronald Segovia Ramon, Boise Sellers IV, Zandy Valencia Bamac, Derek Wheeler, Jackson Wolcott, Grace Wormuth and Alejandra Zamora.

Honor: Norlis Acosta Bustillo, Chase Beseth, Ethan Blumenthal, Shyann Boyles, Logan Danzilo, Connor Evans, Camila Gonzalez, Londyn Guara, Seriya Jorge, Thompson Kaufman, Mahetzin Leon Martinez, Elliel Lima, Christian Marvel, Damien Northcote, Jessica Ponce, Rocco Sabatini and Dayris Valladares.

11th grade

High honor: Maria Abreu, Jumana Abu Al Ghanam, Raymond Bayron, Brittany Cardenas, Yuridia Cristino Lopez, Gabriel Daniels, Nevaeh Davis, Morgan DeGraw, Nathan Desrochers, Cara DiBartolo, Christopher Garzon Valle, Hannah Gill, Claudia Herzog, Brooke Hessinger, Liliana Ines Leon, Julia Juran, Zoe Kip, Aylin Leon Martinez, Melany Manzanares Orellana, Natalie Morales, Samuel Olivares-Reyes, Elaina-Louise Ramirez, Stefany Sandoval, Erin Skinner, Jaime Smith, Grace Torres, Benjamin Visconti and Sincere Warren.

Honor: Sofia Arutyunyan, Anthony Aubain Jr., Mia Barragan, Rayanna Cottman, Marcus Detzauer, Lorna DeWitt, Jayla Edwards, Dillon Finke, Tyarah Harris, Adam Houser, Sophia Jastrzebski, Jose Joya Reyes, Madeline Kelly, Enrique Mercado, Elyanna Ocasio-Lombardi, Lesly Panama, Jake Parks, Raleigh Paynter, David Philips, Alesandra Rivera, Jacob Ross, Jeremy Simon, Kelvin Turcios Mejia and Irvin Valente Guzman.

10th grade

High honor: Quinn Allen, Endya Alvarez, Guillermo Arauz Gonzalez, Christian Aucaquizhpi Perez, Kaitlyn Bodolosky, Noah Call, Andres Castillo Hernandez, Colin Doeinck, James Dworetsky, Olivia Dworetsky, Jeffrey Evangelista Jr., Sara Fajardo Reyes, Sophia Ferguson, Carla Lara Fernandez, Haley Gill, Lianna Gissentaner, Sandra Hanofee, Jordan Hewlett, Joshua Kratz, Jack Krum, Kenisha Ledoux, Nora Liddle, Jordan Loucks, Addison Makky, Kimberlin Malaga Gonzalez, Matthew McKoy, Jeremiah Mercado, Owen Moore, Sierra Norris, Joshuaj Reyes Escobedo, Megan Schmidt, Mason Smith, G’niiyah Taylor, Angel Valladares, Austin Werlau, Aaliyah Williams, Konnar Williams, Mykenzi Williams, Rachel Yaun and Rita Zheng.

Honor: Elmida Aguilar-Reyes, Austin Bertholf, Gavin Beseth, Lewis Bound, Khushi Chaudhary, Shelby Clack, Braedan Clarke, Brayan Cruz Lopez, Yelsin Cruz Marin, Alan Edwards III, Angel Espinoza, Wengele Garrod, Haylee Gomez, Mia Gorr, Wyatt Green, Lorenzo Guarnaccia, Anjay Harripersad, Mya Huebsch, Bryan Jimbo Montero, Skylar Loyce, Matthew Lutz, Colin Mangan, Sofia Marty, Nevaeh McCoy, Andrew McPhillips, Edwin Mendoza, Joseph Metz, Erick Morales Banegas, Tobyist Murphy, Marcie Obi-Okoye, Liam Parks, Anna Payton, Edvin Perez Perez, Joceline Perez Reyes, Jose Perez Sanchez, David Sellers, Brianna Smith, Kyra Wingert and Hannah Wormuth.

Ninth grade

High honor: Naiara Alvarado Peidy, Sheyla Anguisaca-Llanos, Cristian Argenal, Carmela Burgio, Addison Bury, Runxian Chen, Genna DeFrank, Giada DeFrank, Eli Desrochers, Allisson Diaz Lopez, Joseph DiBartolo, Abigail Fitzgerald, Damaris Garcia, Jacob Kelly, Zane Kip, Kaley Klein, Belen Leon Martinez, Gianna Lewis, DaShaun Loyce, Arwyn Lucero-Bonilla, Angelina Magie, Leonel Malaga Ventura, Angel Maldonado, Brenna Mangan, Serenity Moore, Amber Peachey, William Pennell, Brooke Porter, Cassandra Porter, Phillo Romero, Joseph Sarney, Justin Simon, Ashley Szuba, Isabella Wagner, Elijah Warren, Tatianna Warren, Cameryn Will and Isaiah Young.

Honor: Kamoren Connell, Jake Cross, Marcus Curry, Christopher DiBartolo, Emanuel Espinoza, Giovanni Flores Leon, Sydania Foster, Cheyenne Graham, Cynthia Leon, James Letohic III, Yamilet Lopez Cortez, Yuritzy Martinez, Melanie Moreno Velasquez, Danny Ramon-Fernandez, Ryan Romero-Bello, Tayler Schwartz, Elmer Son Vicente, Jordan Unger and Angela Wheeler.

Eighth graders’ trip teaches about technology’s impact

The eighth graders took a trip to the Hurleyville Arts Centre and Hurleyville O&W Rail Trail last month.

A student reads an informational plaque near a body of waterUnit 1 of the new Into Literature curriculum poses the essential question: “Does technology control our lives?” To answer this question, the class is reading a variety of texts to formulate their arguments.

As an extension of this, Hurleyville Arts Center  provided a private showing of the movie “The Social Dilemma” for the class. The movie focuses on the social and cultural impact of social media usage and the tactics used to modify behaviors as well as the psychological impacts.

To help showcase an alternative to a technology filled world, students visited the Hurleyville O&W Rail Trail walk and ride. There they had an opportunity to explore the historic rail trail and discover the natural world around them.

The students also gathered in small groups to debrief and reflect on what they had learned.

See more photos from the trip on the LCSD Facebook page. and the LCSD Instagram page

Take steps to prevent respiratory illnesses

It is important to us here at Liberty that we keep our school community safe and healthy.

Respiratory illnesses are on the rise here and across the nation, with the triple threat of flu, COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV. These viruses, while usually manageable, can lead to illness, hospitalizations or death, according to the state Departments of Health and Education. The combination of the three diseases has led to limited availability of pediatric hospital beds across New York.

There are several simple steps that can be taken to help prevent the spread of these illnesses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching commonly touched surfaces such as door knobs. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water isn’t available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands; sneeze or cough into your elbow or into a disposable tissue.
  • Although we want our students and teachers to be in school as often as possible, we’d rather they stay home when they are sick or symptomatic.
  • Stay up to date on vaccines, including flu and COVID-19. Find a location to get vaccinated here
  • If you have been exposed to someone who is sick, are at high risk for infection or just feel more comfortable wearing a mask while in public indoor spaces, wear a well-fitting, high-quality mask. 

Masks and rapid COVID tests are available in the health office of each building.

To learn more about COVID, RSV and flu, visit the state Health Department page on respiratory illnesses.

Digital Equity Survey responses needed

The Liberty Central School District is asking all parents, guardians and students to take a Digital Equity Survey to help identify students who may need access to reliable internet and/or a digital device for completing schoolwork at home. New York state requires that school districts collect this information to better serve our families needs. 

The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete. Access the Digital Equity Survey here.

Please complete the survey by Jan. 30, 2023.

If your situation changes after you submit the survey, please complete the survey again.

For more information, if you have trouble submitting the survey, or need access to a paper copy, email Stacy Feasel or call her at 845-292-5400 ext. 2332.

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