LES/LMS Art Show will be March 8-April 7

The LES/LMS Art Show will be held at the Sullivan County Historical Society Museum in Hurleyville March 8-April 7.

The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, Match 8 from 4-6:30 p.m.

We invite everyone to view the wonderful artwork from our component school districts and BOCES, create crafts at our children’s art table, and listen to live music performance from Sullivan County artists.

Miles of smiles aboard the mobile dental clinic  

Children ages six months through 18 years of age who are not receiving services from another dental office are eligible to receive dental exams and treatment through PRASAD.

PRASAD is a dental health program that brings dental services to children who are not receiving services from another dental office. Their fully equipped mobile clinic has two dental offices that provide dental exams and an array of dental treatments including sealants, cleanings, fluoride, fillings, extractions, space maintainers and x-rays.

PRASAD’s mobile clinic visits Sullivan County schools on a rotating basis, but it’s possible to arrange an appointment when the clinic is not at the Liberty campus.  The clinic is also open during the summer at their office in Ferndale.

If a parent/guardian would like to utilize this service, they must first make PRASAD their dental provider by contacting their insurance company and requesting that PRASAD become their dental provider.

PRASAD accepts most insurance plans including Medicaid, Delta Dental, Fidelis, and MVP. A sliding fee application is available for uninsured children.

To learn more or make an appointment, call (845) 434-0376 ext. 216 or visit http://prasadcdhp.org/

Informational flyers and applications are available in a PDF format on the Sullivan County BOCES website at this link.

Students CATCH an active lifestyle with Bee Moser

The district would like to extend its thanks to nutritionist Bee Moser of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Eat Smart New York for her work through the Catch Kids program.

The Catch Kids program is a new after school program for students who attend the Boys and Girls Club. Catch Kids that focuses on physical activity and healthy eating. Currently, elementary school members meet on Tuesdays and middle school members meet on Thursdays from 4-5 p.m.

“The CATCH after school program curriculum is an interactive way to get kids moving while giving them the ability to identify healthy foods. We focus on having fun,” Ms. Moser said.  “[The students] play games while learning about the importance of exercise and healthy food.”

The goal of the program, she said, is to create behavior changes.

“It is beautiful to see how much kids are into learning about healthy lifestyles. It is heartwarming to me when I come back each week and have kids lining in up to tell me what healthy thing they’ve begun to incorporate in their life, from a healthy fruit or vegetable to a little bit of extra walking or playing,” she said.

Coding is as easy as making a sandwich

A great way to help students learn something new is to start with something students are already familiar with, such as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

 

When she entered the door of Mrs. Hand’s third-grade classroom, technology integration specialist Dana Gropper left behind all of her knowledge as a human being.

As she pulled out the ingredients for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, she introduced herself not as a teacher, but as a computer under the direction of the students.

As technology integration specialist, Ms. Gropper designs and delivers technology related instruction to students. In short, she breaks down concepts such as html and coding in age-appropriate ways.

In the video clip below, she teaches the fundamentals of computer programming using the simplicity of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Programmers write detailed instructions for computers to follow, she explained. If the instructions lack detail, the program won’t work as expected.

 

LCSD to host Camp Invention for K-6 students Aug. 19-23

Camp Invention, a summer enrichment program offered at schools nationwide, will be held for Liberty students in grades K-6 on Aug. 19-23, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Liberty High School.

Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in Camp Invention’s new program, Supercharged, where children build confidence, learn to collaborate and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations.

The program will feature hands-on activities to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning; building resourcefulness and problem-solving skills; and encourages entrepreneurship.

Campers will learn creative problem-solving skills while coding and programming futuristic robots, uncovering ancient fossils, designing high-tech superhero gadgets and exploring radio frequencies.

Liberty Elementary School teacher and MakerSpace facilitator Mrs. Tamika Terry will lead this action-packed program featuring exhilarating, hands-on STEM activities teaching campers to question, explore, break through obstacles and embrace failure!

Each day in this five-day long camp will focus on four modules and their coordinating projects:

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING

Children team up to rebuild ships and design underwater equipment in Deep Sea Mystery.

STEM APPLICATION

In DIY Orbot, participants explore circuit boards, motors and gears as they design a remote-control bot to take on obstacles from sports to dance.

INNOVATION

Children collaborate with inventor superheroes and take on the role of engineers, fabricators and innovators to conquer villains in Innovation Force.

CONFIDENCE

Kids become successful entrepreneurs in Farm Tech, as they code bots to turn a polluted wasteland into a money-making machine and create devices to save animals.

There is an opportunity for students in grade 7-9 to take part in the camp’s Leaders-in-Training (LIT) program. LITs will gain mentoring and collaboration skills while helping guide campers throughout the week!

A $25 dollar discount is available to those who register before March 22 and use the promo code “INNOVATE25”

Register and find the promotion that’s right for you at this link or by calling 800-968-4332.

Use a promo code to save money

$25 off when you sign up by March 22 using the promo code INNOVATE25

$15 off when you sign up between March 22 and May 19 using the promo code PLAY15FLYER

$25 off when you register two or more siblings using the promo code SIB25AD

The Makers Club is resourceful and kind

The Makers Club is an after-school program for fourth graders that meets on Tuesdays (for making)  and Thursdays (for coding.)  Two students from each fourth-grade class are selected to participate in ten sessions based on their interest and availability.  After the ten sessions are completed, another round of students will selected to participate.

Club members are currently weaving book bags using t-shirt scraps that were donated to the school. Once complete, the bags will be donated to the school’s lending library so that students can easily carry their books.

A student wearing a bright pink long sleeved shirt stands tall and displays her project: a weaving loom made from a piece of cardboard, string and scraps of tee shirts.

 

View scenes from the LES veterans assembly

On Thursday, Nov. 9  Liberty Elementary School students and staff gathered to honor and thank local community veterans.

Students greeted each veteran as they entered through an honorary arch of flags and made their way to the gymnasium.

Students at Liberty Elementary School always look forward to Veterans Day because it gives them a chance to say “thank you” to our local veterans through praise and introduction, songs, letters and donations, explained elementary school Principal Jackie Harris.

During the assembly, principal explained that it has been a school goal to demonstrate more patriotism and as such, every class sings patriotic songs such as this one after saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each school day.

And that’s not all, she continued. Students apply the service that veterans have provided to their classroom responsibilities and expectations.

“Veterans are their role models.”

Students and teachers lined the gymnasium floor waving flags, singing songs, shaking hands and thanking the men and women for their service.

Students participate in cooking lesson

October is National Farm to School Month. For four weeks, millions of school communities around the country celebrate the movement that connects children to fresh, healthy food and supports local agriculture and Liberty is no exception.

Chef Michael Bel, Director of the Culinary Arts Program at SUNY Sullivan recently donated his time to teach Liberty Elementary School students how to create quick and healthy meals that feature locally grown fruits and vegetables as the main ingredient.

The Catskill Edible Garden Project (CEGP) hosts after-school “Chef in the Classroom” events in Sullivan County schools as part of National Farm to School Month.

Chef in the Classroom is a hands-on way to get children excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Studies show that children who actively engage in cooking are more likely to try new foods.

CEGP is a partnership between Catskill Mountainkeeper, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County, and Sullivan Renaissance.  The project works with schools and community organizations to design edible gardens as living, outdoor educational and gathering spaces.

Students, staff participate in Miles of Hope

On Friday, Oct. 19, the staff and students in the Liberty Central School district participated in the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation fundraiser. Students and staff in Liberty’s three school were asked to wear pink and to donate $1 to Miles of Hope.

The official “final” counts are in:

Elementary School: $447.80
Middle School : $222.50
High School National Honor Society: $150.90
Grand Total: $821.20

For more information about Miles of Hope click on http://milesofhope.org/

The students and staff of the Liberty Central School District participate in several fundraisers each year supporting cancer research.

Picture of LES Staff poses during Miles of Hope
LES Staff poses during Miles of Hope
Picture of pink socks for Miles of Hope
“Yes, I do wear pink!”
Picture of students wearing pink for Miles of Hope
Students wear pink for Miles of Hope

 

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