Wall of Fame Committee seeks nominations for 2020 induction: Deadline is Feb. 29

The Liberty Wall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2020 induction ceremony.

The Wall of Fame provides a wonderful opportunity to honor and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of Liberty alumni. 

The distinguished men and women previously named to the Wall of Fame represent an extraordinary range of personal and professional achievements and serve as role models to our students.  Their personal accomplishments in an array of careers and endeavors exemplify what can be attained through initiative and commitment.

The 2020 inductee will be invited to a reception held just prior to the Liberty High School 2020 graduation commencement and will be introduced during the graduation ceremony. A plaque for each inductee is on permanent display in the Liberty High School lobby.

Nomination Process

Anyone may nominate a Liberty alumnus for this distinction by submitting a Wall of Fame nomination application. The deadline to submit nominations has been extended until Feb. 29.

The Wall of Fame Selection Committee will review the nominations and determine the new inductees to the Liberty Wall of Fame. All information discussed is kept confidential. A deceased alumni may also be nominated.

The selection committee is made up of five to nine volunteers representing the Liberty community, including school district staff, alumni, and community and board of education members.

Camp Invention returns to Liberty this summer!

a student looks over a small robot
A student builds a small robot at Camp Invention. This summer enrichment program returns to Liberty in August 2020.

Camp Invention is returning to Liberty Central School District!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Liberty High School will again offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention program to students entering grades K through 6.

This exciting, weeklong summer adventure provides lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Students rotate through several hands-on activities each day while using teamwork, creative thinking and problem-solving skills to invent unique solutions to real-world challenges.

The week begins Aug. 17, 2020 with Liberty Makerspace teacher Tamika Terry serving as director of the all-new 2020 program, Elevate!

During Camp Invention, young innovators will:

  • Build a cityscape out of upcycled materials, navigate planes through a storm and take apart a robot they’ll bring home at the end of the program.
  • Learn the value of their creativity as they sketch and build prototypes, design logos, market their invention and protect their intellectual property.
  •  Collaborate and discover solutions to protect the Earth’s ecosystems as they compete in zipline races, explore energy conservation and help wildlife habitats.
  • Discover the great inventors behind their favorite sports, play high-energy games and design the ultimate sports complex.

Camp Invention’s activities give participants the opportunity to explore, create and build confidence as they bring their biggest ideas to life.

Local educators facilitate the program and enthusiastic high school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Register online by visiting the Camp Investion website or call 800-968-4332. Use promo code SUM25 to save $25 (expires March 31) or SUM15 to save $15 (expires May 12) off the $235 registration fee.

It’s flu season: A guide for parents

The new year has brought with it a spike in flu cases, and health officials warn that this flu season could be the worst in years.

In New York, there was a 74 percent increase in confirmed cases of influenza – “the flu” – over the recent holidays, with 9,200 cases reported to the New York State Department of Health for the week ending Dec. 28, bringing the statewide total to 22,800 cases this season.

Infants and young children are at greater risk for getting seriously ill from the flu. That’s why the Department of Health recommends that all children 6 months and older get the flu vaccine.

What is the flu?

The flu, or influenza, is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu can spread from person to person. The flu comes on suddenly. Most people with the flu feel very tired and have a fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, sore muscles, and and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. The cough can last two or more weeks.

Most people with the flu are sick for about a week, and then they feel better. But, some people, especially young children, pregnant women, older people, and people with chronic health problems, can get very sick

Protect your child

Flu shots can be given to children 6 months and older.

Health experts advice that parents and guardians should get the flu vaccine for themselves and encourage thier child’s close contacts to get the flu vaccine, too. This is very important if your child is younger than 5, or has a chronic health problem such as asthma or diabetes. Because children under 6 months can’t be vaccinated they rely on those around them to get an annual flu vaccine.

Wash your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes. It’s best to use a tissue and quickly throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. This will prevent the spread of germs.

Tell children to:

  • Stay away from people who are sick
  • Clean hands often
  • Keep their hands away from their face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or to cough into their sleeve, not their hand
  • Throw tissues in the trash after they are used.
  • Proper hand washing
  • Wash your children’s hands with soap and water. Wash them for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  • If soap and water are not handy, use hand sanitizer. It should be rubbed into hands until the hands are dry.

How does the flu spread?

People who have the flu usually cough, sneeze and have a runny nose. The droplets in a cough, sneeze or runny nose contain the flu virus. Other people can get the flu by breathing in these droplets or by getting them in their nose or mouth.

Most healthy adults may be able to spread the flu from one day before getting sick to up to 5 days after getting sick. This can be longer in children and in people people with weaker immune systems.

What if my child seems sick?

Contact your doctor if you think your child is sick.

Seek emergency care or take your child to a doctor immediately if your child has any of these warning or emergency signs:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids (not going to the bathroom or making as much urine)
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  •  Symptoms improve, but then return with fever and worse cough

Can my child go to school with the flu?

No. Children with the flu should be isolated in the home, away from other people. They should also stay home until they have no fever without the use of fever-control medicines and they feel well for 24 hours.

To learn more visit  www.cdc.gov/flu/

Liberty Middle School designation rises to “Good Standing”

Thanks to the hard work of Liberty Middle School teachers, staff, administrators, parents and, most especially, the students, the Middle School has joined Liberty Elementary as a “School in Good Standing” with the New York State Education Department.

The Education Department this week confirmed that the Middle School has successfully attained the improved designation. In 2019, the Middle School was designated as a Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) School, meaning that too many students were underperforming.

“This is terrific news and testament to the hard work of our administrators and teachers,” said Liberty Superintendent Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore.

The designations are largely based on student performance on New York State’s annual English Language Arts and Math assessments, which are taken by students in grades 3-8. Other factors include academic progress, absenteeism, graduation rates, and English language proficiency.

Student data is further divided into 10 subgroups: all students, American Indian and Alaska Native; African American; Hispanic or Latino; Asian; White; Multiracial; English language learners; students with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students.

The designations assigned to districts and schools are:

  • Recognition School: A school that is high-performing or rapidly improving.
    School in Good Standing: A school that does not have any underperforming student subgroups.
  • Targeted Support and Improvement School: Has at least one low-performing student subgroup.
  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement School: Has an “all students” subgroup with underperformance in the bottom 5 percent of all schools in the state and, for high schools, a graduation rate below 67 percent.

Liberty High School’s designation as a Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) School, remained unchanged.

TSI designated schools are required to develop a School Comprehensive Education Plan which identifies needs and evidence-based intervention solutions and seek input from parents, staff and students through an annual survey.

“Our administrators and faculty continue to develop new curricula and provide targeted professional development to ensure that all our Liberty students achieve at their highest level, progress every year, attend school every day, graduate on time and feel ready for the world of college or careers,” Dr. Tornatore said.

For more information on how the designations are determined, visit the State Education Department’s website.

LHS students recognized for second quarter perfect attendance

Seven high school students in a row
Congratulations to these students, who each had perfect attendence in the second quarter.

Congratulations to Liberty High School students Norlis Acosta Bustillo, Darian Jackson, Xander Kip, John Nolan, Michael Cuellar Ramirez, Nya Reebe and Jerry Robbins, all of whom had perfect attendance in the second quarter!

Every day counts, and regular school attendance is one of the most important factors in academic success.
We are so very #LibertyProud of these scholars, who were each rewarded with a $20 gift card to a local restaurant, graciously donated by Rolling V Bus Company.

Parking at Liberty Elementary School

Visitors to Liberty Elementary School are asked to refrain from parking in the Ideal Supermarket parking lot.
The supermarket’s owners kindly ask that LES parents, guardians, and staff use the school’s parking lot.

The December edition of “LES News” is on the air!

“LES News,” a video newcast brought to you by our Liberty Elementary students with the expert assistance of teacher Tamika Terry, is a great way to learn about some of the terrific things happening in the elementary school.

Here’s the latest edition, along with some of the students’ earlier broadcasts:

Students participate in Area All-State

Picture of Area All-State music participants in November 2019
Standing: Tyler Black, Christopher Bayer; Sitting: Kylie Flynn, George Lopez

The Liberty Central School Music Department is proud to announce that four students participated in the Zone 9 Area- All State music festival at Suffern High School on November 22 and 23

Selections were based on the solo evaluation results last spring and teacher recommendations. The Area- All State festival is comprised of the top student musicians from Greene, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Orange and Ulster Counties.

Congratulations to Tyler Black & George Lopez who performed in the Mixed Chorus. Christopher Bayer performed with the Band and Kylie Flynn with  the Orchestra.

Tyler Black was selected as an alternate for the 2019 All-State Mixed Chorus. Tyler’s score of 99 on his solo evaluation last spring garnered him this prestigious honor. 

 “These students represent the highest quality of musicianship and exceed expectations. To be recognized by the New York State School of Music Association (NYSSMA) for such a distinguished level of accomplishment is remarkable and well deserved” according to Tim Hamblin, Director of Music at The Liberty Central School District

Please contact Timothy Hamblin, Director of Music for further information. He can be reached at 292-5400 ex. 2021 or thamblin@libertyk12.org 

Peters appointed LHS Interim Assistant Principal

Robert Peters, new LHS Interim Assistant Principal, with High School Principal Derek Adams

Mr. Robert Peters was appointed LHS Interim Assistant Principal at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Board of Education.  Mr. Peters will serve in this position until a new Assistant Principal is hired. He replaces Mr. Paul Brown who left our district to accept an appointment in another school.

Coach Franke named Coach of the Week

The New York Jets have announced that Joseph Franke of Liberty High
School in Liberty, NY has been named this week’s (week of 10/13/19) recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week award presented by Gatorade. Through Gatorade’s partnership, the monetary award to benefit the school’s football program has doubled to $2,000. Coach Franke will receive a Gatorade kit, containing a cooler, fuel bars, Gatorade powder mix, squeeze bottles and much more. Along with this award, Liberty High School receives an automatic bid to compete in the 2020 New York Jets 11-ON Tournament. In addition, he is invited to watch
the New York Jets play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 22 from a luxury suite at MetLife Stadium, where he will be presented with a certificate and an award ball.

In its 24th year, the Coach of the Week award is given to a coach in the Tri-State area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes.

Coach Franke is a graduate of Liberty High School. He played wide receiver and safety for the football team. After graduating in 2012, Franke attended SUNY Oneota. During his time at SUNY Oneota, Franke played shortstop for the baseball team. He began coaching high school football after graduating college in 2016. Franke was named the head coach of his alma mater, Liberty High School in 2018. In addition to his coaching duties, Franke serves as a 5th grade mathematics and science teacher for Liberty Middle School.

On Friday, Oct. 12, the Liberty Indians defeated the O’Neill Raiders, 24-15.

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