Board of Education appoints Lynnette Brunger as district’s assistant superintendent

The Liberty Central School Board of Education has appointed Lynnette Brunger as the district’s new assistant superintendent.

Ms. Brunger was named to the post at a special meeting of the board, held July 26. An educator with 25 years experience as a teacher, assistant principal and principal, she comes to Liberty from the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, where she is a middle school principal.

Her first day in Liberty is Aug. 23.

What families need to know about the Advance Child Tax Credit

The Advance Child Tax Credit, part of the American Rescue Plan, provides the largest Child Tax Credit to most working families. If you have filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020 or signed up with the Non-Filer tool last year to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, you will automatically get the monthly Child Tax Credit.

Starting July 15, montly payments will automatically be made of $250 per child between 6-17 years old or $300 per child under 6 years old. All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent head of household. Payments will continue until Dec. 31, 2021.

Low-income families with children are eligible, including those who have not made enough money to be required to file taxes and those who have not filed taxes in a while.

If you have not already signed up or have not filed taxes in a while, you can still sign up to get the Child Tax Credit without losing your benefits. You are also eligible to apply for the Recovery Rebate Credit, also known as stimulus payments, as part of this process. These payments do not count as income for any family. (Signing up will not affect your eligibility for other federal benefits like SSI, SNAP, TANF, and WIC.)

If you have at least one qualifying child and earned less than $24,800 as a married couple; $18,650 as a Head of Household, or $12,400 as a single filer, you can use the IRS Non-filer Sign-up Tool to get the Child Tax Credit and receive missing stimulus payments.

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School Board to hold special meeting July 26

There will be a special meeting of the Board of Education 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 26, in the High School Media Center. The meeting is open to the public.

The liminted agenda will include action items and no other regular business. The agenda will be available July 25 at BoardDocs.

The Elementary School’s 2021-22 student supply lists are available here!

Ready for some back-to-school shopping?

Here’s what Liberty’s Elementary students will need for the 2021-22 school year:

Pre-K | Kindergarten | Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 4

Pre-K

Full Day

  • Change of clothes (shirt, pants, underwear, socks, sneakers), labeled with child’s name in sealed bag
  • Backpack (regular size, not a small one)
  • 3 two-pocket plastic folders (paper folders tear easily)
  • Elmer’s washable glue sticks, 4-pack
  • Elmer’s glue, 1 bottle
  • Last Name (A-M): Box of gallon size storage bags with zip-lock
  • Last Name (N-Z): Box of quart size storage bags with zip-lock
  • Crayola fat washable classic colors markers, 8-pack
  • Crayola crayons, 24-pack
  • Play-Doh, 4-pack
  • Small pillow, small stuffed animal and small blanket for rest time (We have no room for large items)

Half Day

  • Change of clothes (shirt, pants, underwear, socks, sneakers), labeled with child’s name in sealed bag
  • Backpack (regular size, not a small one)
  • 3 two-pocket plastic folders (paper folders tear easily)
  • Elmer’s washable glue sticks, 2-pack
  • Elmer’s glue, 1 bottle
  • AM Students: Box of gallon size storage bags with zip-lock
  • PM Students: Box of quart size storage bags with zip-lock
  • Crayola fat washable classic colors markers, 8-pack
  • Crayola crayons, 24-pack or fewer
  • Play-Doh, 4-pack

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Kindergarten

  • Book bag or back pack, labeled with student’s name
  • Set of clothes and sneakers for Physical Education class
  • Plastic crayon box labeled with student’s name
  • Headphones
  • 3 boxes of 24 crayons (Crayola preferred)
  • Glue sticks, 15 (Will need to be replenished throughout the school year)
  • Marble composition notebooks, 3
  • 3 packages of 24 pencils (Ticonderoga preferred)
  • Play-Doh, 4-pack, any color
  • 3 two-pocket folders
  • Scissors
  • EXPO markers, 3 packages
  • Last Name (A-M): 1 box of gallon size Ziploc bags; 1 package of paper plates, and l box of tissues
  • Last Name (N-Z): 1 box of sandwich bags;  18oz package of plastic cups and 1 package baby wipes

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Grade 1

  • Book Bag or backpack labeled with child’s name
  • 3 durable pocket folders (1 red, 1 green, and 1 blue. Do not put names of these folders)
  • Pocket folder of student’s choice (Put name on this folder. This is the homework folder to go to and from school daily)
  • Yellow pencils, 2 packages (Ticonderoga preferred, already sharpened)
  • Large pink erasers, 2
  • Crayons, 2 boxes (no more than 24/box)
  • Black and white marble composition notebooks, 2 (Put name on 1 notebook to go to and from school daily)
  • 4 fine-point black  Expo dry-erase markers
  • Washable markers, 8
  • Elmers purple glue sticks, 10
  • Kids’ blunt tip scissors
  • Durable pencil box
  • Handheld pencil sharpener with shaving catcher
  • Headphones for personal use
  • Tissues, 2 large boxes
  • 1 box of quart, gallon or jumbo Ziploc bags
  • Hand sanitizer, 1 container
  • Disinfectant wipes, 1 package

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    Grade 1 supplies to keep at home

    • Crayons
    • Glue sticks
    • Pencils
    • Erasers
    • Scissors
    • Ruler (with centimeters and inches)

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    Grade 2

    • Red plastic folder
    • Blue plastic folder
    • Green plastic folder
    • 1 pocket folder of student’s choice for homework
    • Composition notebooks, 3
    • Ticonderoga pencils, 2 packages
    • Pencil box
    • Personal pencil sharpener (one that catches shavings)
    • 3×5 index cards
    • Colored pencils
    • Large pink erasers, 2
    • Book bag or back pack labeled with child’s name
    • 3×3″ Post It notes, 4-pack
    • Crayons, 2 boxes (no more than 24/box)
    • Hand sanitizer, small bottle
    • Personal water bottle
    • 3 packs of at least 4 thin black Expo dry erase markers
    • Glue sticks, 12
    • Tissues, 2 boxes
    • Girls: Quart sized Ziploc bags
    • Boys: Gallon sized Ziploc bags
    • Headphones for iPads
    • Scissors

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    Grade 3

    • Headphones
    • Marble composition notebooks, 4
    • Pencil case/tool box
    • Pencils (Ticonderoga are best!)
    • Pencil top erasers or the rectagular ones, 1 package
    • 4 two-pocket folders (1 blue, 1 red, 1 purple, 1 free choice)
    • Crayola colored pencils or crayons, 1 small box
    • Glue sticks (2-3)
    • Post It Notes (3″x3″), 1 large pack
    • Scissors
    • Tissues, 2 boxes
    • Dry erase markers, 2 packages
    • Highlighters (2-3)

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    Grade 4

    • Crayola colored pencils or crayons, 1 package
    • Pencil pouch or box
    • Pencils, 24 (Ticonderoga are best!)
    • Marble composition notebooks, 5
    • Glue sticks, 2
    • 3″ x 3″ post-it notes, 1 package
    • 5 two-pocket folders (Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies/Science)
    • Tissues, 4 boxes
    • Dry erase markers, 2 packages
    • Scissors
    • 1″  binder
    • Erasers
    • Highlighters, 1 package
    • A healthy morning snack each day

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    Additional Pandemic-EBT food relief coming this summer

    New York State is again providing Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food benefits to all households with children who are eligible to receive free school lunch under the National School Lunch Act and whose school was closed or operating with reduced in-school attendance during the 2020-2021 school year.

    Distribution of the benefit began in June and will continue for several months.

    Most eligible public-school students can expect to receive their first benefit beginning in late-July. If your child is eligible and has still not received P-EBT benefit by October 2021, please fill out the P-EBT Information Form.

    Here’s some more information about the benefit:

    • If you have misplaced a P-EBT Food Benefit card issued to your child, you may order a replacement card by calling 1-888-328-6399.
    • Once you have set up a PIN, you can check benefits balance by visiting www.connectebt.com or calling 1-888-328-6399.
    • For more information visit NYSOTDA P-EBT Benefits Information Page.

    The Liberty Central School District is not affiliated with this program. All questions should be directed to the NYSOTDA P-EBT Benefits Information Page or by calling 1-888-328-6399.

    MASK REMINDER | Face coverings required during summer school classes

    While summer school is in session at Liberty, face coverings (masks) remain required at all times for students and staff in all school buildings, offices, and buses regardless of vaccination status.

    Plans for the reopening of the 2021-22 school year will be based on anticipated guidance from the NYS Department of Health, the Department of Education, and local health officials.

    From Dr. Patrick Sullivan | I am honored to be Liberty’s new superintendent

    Dear Liberty,

    I am honored and excited to serve as the Liberty Central School District’s new superintendent.  Since joining Liberty five years ago,  it has been clear to me that our Board of Education, administration, staff, students, families, and the entire Liberty community are dedicated to providing the highest quality education and best learning experience for our students.

    Prior to joining Liberty, I was an assistant principal and teacher with Sullivan County BOCES. I joined Liberty’s administrative team in 2016 as assistant director of student services and in 2018 became Liberty Middle School’s assistant principal. In July 2019, I was appointed assistant superintendent.

    In each role I have had the privilege of getting to know many of you, and I look forward to strengthening the District’s relationships, building new ones, and working together. Later this summer, as we prepare for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, I will be asking for your input. I’m conducting two virtual and in-person forums – to be scheduled soon – and I hope you will join me. The ultimate goals of the forums are:

    • Help the Liberty Central School District prepare for the 2021-2022 school year.
    • Help me gather information to support our students’ learning opportunities for the next several years. 

    I am alway happy to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to email me at PSullivan@LibertyK12.org or call 845-292-6990.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Patrick Sullivan
    Superintendent of Schools

     

    Free summer meals available for students

    Free summer meals for students are available throughout the summer, June 28 – Aug. 20. Here’s where students can grab a healthy meal:

    Liberty Middle School

    • Meals are provided each school day to summer school students
    • Students and parents/guardians can pick up meals 8 a.m. – 12 noon

    Hanofee Park, Sunset Lake Road, Liberty

    • Meals are provided for summer camp
    • Walk-ups welcome!
    • Breakfast available 8:30 – 9 a.m.
    • Lunch available 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

    Liberty HS announces Senior Awards and Top Ten

    Senior Awards

    Beaverkill Foundation Award – Jennifer Reyes

    Betsy Jo Wisneski Reed Memorial Scholarship – Sophia Medina

    PTA Scholarships – Emma Dworetsky, Ally Roth

    Liberty Rotary Scholarships
    Richard H. Fosler Memorial ScholarshipEmma Dworetsky, Sophia Medina, John Nolan, Ally Roth                                

    Community Service Awards (Sponsored by):   
                  Colonial Ramsay Funeral Homes – Pankti Chaudhar
    Foster Supply Hospitality – Emma Dworetsky
                  Kaplan Cabinet – Ally Roth
                  Leadership Sullivan – Sophia Medina
                  New Hope Community – Samantha Rizzitano
                  Woodbourne Lawn and Garden – Owen Siegel

    Gaetano Fontana Memorial Scholarship – John Nolan

    Corky Chanov Memorial Scholarship – Wilber Gomez-Lopez         

    NYSCOPBA Scholarship – Ally Roth

    The Swan Lake Hose Company No. 1 Scholarship – Ally Roth

    The Swan Lake Hose Company No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship   – Ally Roth

    Liberty Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary Scholarship – Jessica Dworetsky

    White Sulphur Springs Fire Dept. & Ladies’ Auxiliary Award – Tyler Black, Reed Black

    Liberty Elks Lodge Citizenship Awards – Corrine Hellerer, Tyler Black

    Visual Arts Award – Cheselyn Hanofee, Eboni Penn Cosentino, Zoe Sisselman

    Worden Family Scholarship – Tyler Black

    Keep Your Dreams Scholarship – Sophia Medina

    Siegel Family Music Achievement Award – Tyler Black, Sophia Medina, Brooke Nichols

    Music Department Scholarship – Tyler Black, Zachary Haberzettl, Sophia Medina, Nya Reebe

    Lowell Heffley Memorial Scholarship – Sophia Medina

    I.O.O.B Chapter 583 Scholarship – Corrine Hellerer

    Lorraine Carrington Memorial Award – Joshua Abreu

    Barbra Sims Memorial Scholarship – Haillie Larios   

    Ed Wolff  Memorial Scholarship – Jennifer Reyes

    Bette Burke  Memorial Scholarship – Yanira Wilson

    Linda Argentati Memorial Scholarship – Joshua Abreu, Christina Daniels, Corrine Hellerer, Haillie Larios, Angelina Martinez, Sophia Medina, Erik Orta, Tristan Porter, Jennifer Reyes, Samantha Rizzitano, Laura Sandoval Padilla

    The Grace Johansen Memorial Scholarship – Sophia Medina

    Ron Francisco Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by the Liberty Central School Phys. Ed. Departmen – Jordan Raynor, Elijah Clarkson

    Liberty Indian Booster Club Scholarships  – Reed Black, Tyler Black, Wilber Gomez Lopez, Corrine Hellerer, Sophia Medina, Brooke Nichols, John Nolan, Eboni Penn Cosentino, Ally Roth

    Liberty Faculty Association Scholarships – Reed Black, Tyler Black, Emma Dworetsky, Jessica Dworetsky, Wilber Gomez-Lopez, Corrine Hellerer, Emily Lutz, Sophia Medina, Brooke Nichols, Ayushi Patel, Eboni Penn Cosentino,  Naydelin Pineda Lopez, Miguel Raymundo Cedillo, Samantha Rizzitano, Ally Roth, Abigail Simmons

    Top Ten

    1. Sophia Medina
    2. Brooke Nichols
    3. Emily Lutz
    4. Emma Dworetsky
    5. Nya Reebe
    6. Karla Garcia
    7. Jordan Raynor
    8. Corrine Hellerer
    9. Jennifer Reyes
    10. Kelly Crisostomo

     

       

     

     

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