What’s up with the 2019-20 yearbooks?

The 2019-2020 school year sure came with some surprises, and Liberty’s yearbook committees are working hard to create terrific yearbooks to commemorate it all.

Here’s an update on the status of this year’s publications:

High School Yearbook

  • Cost: $68. If paying with cash please bring the exact amount. Make checks out to “Libertas.”
  • How to order: There are a very limited number of High School yearbooks still available for purchase. You can order your 2019-20 “Libertas” LHS Yearbook here.
  • The last day to pick up a yearbook is 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. June 23.

Middle School Yearbook

  • Cost: $25
  • How to order: Students ordered their yearbooks earlier this year, but a few are still available for purchase. Contact Ms. Canola at ccanola@LibertyK12.org
  • When will they arrive? Middle School yearbooks are available for pick-up and purchase 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the entrance to the Middle School on the following schedule:
    Social distance rules will apply, mask required.
  • Grade 5: Monday, June 22
  • Grade 6: Tuesday, June 23
  • Grade 7: Wednesday, June 24,
  • Grade 8: Thursday, June 25

Elementary School Yearbook

Cover Contest

LES students are invited to submit a cover design for the LES 2019-2020 Yearbook!
Artwork must be an original 8.5 x 11” design. The theme is “Young Heroes: How you’re doing your part to save the world.” Email submissions to Ltreible@LibertyK12.org by June 26.

Grade 4 Baby Photos

The yearbook will include a page LES Fourth Graders’ baby photos!
To participate, email the photo (JPEG please) to Ltreible@LibertyK12.org and write “Grade 4 ES Baby Photo” in the subject line.

Grades 3-8 assessments suspended for 2019-20 school year

The New York State Board of Regents and state Education Department announced Friday, March 20, that the elementary- and intermediate-level state assessments for Grades 3-8 have been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

“It is most important that during the time of closure, schools are able to continue to focus their efforts toward local school and community needs, as they have been doing, and not be concerned about state assessments. NYSED has applied for federal waivers for testing, accountability and reporting requirements,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that states may cancel any scheduled standardized tests for this school year.

This suspension applies to the following New York state testing programs:

  • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
  • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
  • New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
  • New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
  • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and
  • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.

The state has not yet issued guidance on end-of-June Regents exams and The College Board’s Advanced Placement exams.

Volunteers sought to provide childcare to children of first responders, health care workers

The State of New York, in an effort to support the critical work of healthcare workers and first responders, has required school districts to establish child care services for them.

Sullivan County school districts are working in cooperation with the Sullivan County government, SUNY Sullivan, Sullivan BOCES and the Sullivan County Child Care Council to implement a countywide plan to serve the child care needs of our health care workers and first responders.

There will be two central locations, SUNY Sullivan and the Catskill Regional Medical Center. These sites will be available for drop in care on a daily basis. It is anticipated that this plan will be fully implemented sometime between March 23 and March 27, 2020.

We  need volunteers to supervise these two sites. Plans are already underway to provide games, movies and other forms of engagement for the child care sites.

If you would like to volunteer, please email Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan at psullivan@libertyk12.org  and provide your name, the hours and dates that you are available, and your contact information, including email and phone number. You may also call 845-292-5400 ext. 2031.

NYSSBA to BOE candidates: Please don’t campaign door-to-door

The New York State School Boards Association is urging candidates for their local boards of education not to go door-to-door in order to collect signatures on their petitions to get on the ballot for school board elections this May.

“At this point in time, public health is the paramount concern,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Robert S. Schneider. “All school board candidates, and especially those who are at highest risk to contract the coronavirus, would be putting themselves in harm’s way by going door-to-door collecting signatures on their petitions in the midst of a pandemic. Likewise, they would also be putting community members at risk.”

At the current time, school board elections and budget votes are still scheduled to occur on May 19; however, theNYSSBA is working diligently with the State Education Department and the governor’s office to move both school board elections and the school budget votes to a later date, or find an alternative for this year.

“We urge those seeking a seat on their local school board to follow the guidelines, including those for social distancing, put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health, as well the governor’s Executive Orders,” said Schneider.

March 19: School Closure Updates from the Asst. Superintendent

Dear Liberty Community,

This week, the Liberty Central School District distributed school work and student meals to our Elementary, Middle, and High School students.

If you were one of the many families who were unable to pick up your child’s school work, please be assured that we are working on a plan to get it delivered to you as soon as possible. We will announce those details shortly.

Here are a few additional updates:

  • If you do not have access to the internet, please call 845-292-5400 ext. 2031.
  • We are providing breakfast and lunch to our students while school is closed. Meals are available for pick up 9-11 a.m. each weekday morning at the High School and are being delivered by Rolling V bus drivers along their regular routes. If you have not been able to receive meals, please call 845-292-5400 ext. 2031.
  • We have received inquiries regarding Third Quarter grades. More information pertaining to these topics will be shared soon.

Google Classroom for Secondary Students

The primary platform used at the secondary level is Google Classroom. However, some teachers are using additional platforms to support your child’s learning:

The Structure

Teachers are posting assignments and providing minimal deadlines of 2-3 days. If your child is having difficulty meeting deadlines please contact the teacher via email or through the Google Classroom platform. Please know that our teachers will be flexible as we are all learning a new way of educating.

Feedback/Assessment

Teachers will provide feedback and assignment grades as students complete their digital work. Depending on the assignment, the turn-around time for a grade may differ.

Educational Resources

Our teachers shared some helpful educational links to enhance at-home learning. We’ll continue to share more resources during the extended school closure:

Prek- Grade 8

If a student needs their login information for Freckle or MyOn, please email your child’s teacher.

Grade 9-12

        Social and Emotional Well-Being

        We thank everyone for their continued understanding, patience and support.
        With Liberty Pride,

        Dr. Patrick Sullivan
        Assistant Superintendent

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